Let’s say you have enough money to last you at least a few lifetimes and you’re looking to splurge it on something that not a lot of people have in this world have. Wouldn’t you opt for a high-powered, street-legal, electric sports car as your choice in burning all that money away? Well, German automaker, e-Wolf, has something that should interest you. It’s called the Alpha-1 SRF - ’SRF’ stands for Silent Radical Force - and it’s about the most awesome-looking electric sports car you’ll ever find.
Based on the chassis of Radical Sports Cars , the Alpha-1 SRF is not your ordinary electric sports car. It’s got the look of an LMP1 racer, except that its street-legal. So you pretty much get the best of both worlds with a car that resembles those LeMans racers, but is legal to drive out on the road.
The only thing that sets this thing back is the price tag, which you’ll find out after the jump. But like we said, if you’re the type to burn that much money at a moment’s notice, then you won’t have any trouble paying to take this awesome electric sports car home to your garage.
UPDATE 07/05/2011: The new Alpha-1 SRF has recently been caught testing at Nürburgring and spy photographers believe that the car is about to break the track’s record for electric cars. Hit the jump for the video.
More details on the e-Wolf Alpha-1 SRF after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
The e-Wolf Alpha-1 SRF is based on the Radical Sports Car, which means that, aesthetically speaking, both vehicles look similar to one another. Designed and built to look the part of a LeMans-style electric race car, the Alpha-1 SRF weighs just 970 kilos - 2,138 lbs - while measuring 4,190 mm long, 1,785 mm wide, and 1,070 mm tall. Wheelbase measures in at 2,368 mm. Further details regarding the Alpha-1 SRF’s interior are still under wraps, but if it’s totally in-line with Radical’s sports racers, there’s a good chance that it could also carry an F1-style paddle-shift gear change, a fly-by-wire throttle, and a set of street-ready wheels and tires.
According to e-Wolf, "[We are] setting new standards for series-production vehicles and custom designs: not only in terms of technology and integration design, but also in respect of efficiency, safety and performance. Our development teams work together with leading suppliers and research institutes. We take the needs of our customers into account at an early stage in vehicle development and produce convincing drive concepts unmatched throughout the world.”
Powering the Alpha-1 SRF is a 41.5kwh ceramic battery pack from li-Tech that accounts for 350 kg (772 lbs) of the model’s overall 970 kg (2,138 lbs) weight. This unit carries an output of 140kW (187 horsepower) with a peak output of 280kW (375 horsepower) that’s good for a maximum of 30 seconds. These numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 143 mph.
The e-Wolf Alpha 1 SRF is already available for "just" €215,000, which is roughly around $300,000. It doesn’t come cheap, but hey, you gotta pay to play, right?
Since the e-Wolf Alpha-1 SRF is based on a Radical Sports Car, common sense suggests that comparisons between the two should be noted.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, there really isn’t much of a difference with a few paint exceptions. The powertrain, however, is another matter. Whereas the Alpha-1 SRF comes with an electric motor, a car like the Radical SR3 SL is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 247 horsepower with an additional 53 ponies tacked to it courtesy of Life Racing. This rounds up the total output of the SR3 SL to 300 horsepower and 340 lb/ft of torque. The SR3 SL hits a 0-60 mph time of just three seconds with a top speed of 165 mph. Under the circumstances, the SR3 SL trumps the Alpha-1 SRF in top speed and overall performance, partly because of the completely different drivetrains powering each car.
However, the biggest difference between the two comes in the price tag, swaying the favor clearly in the SR3 SL’s direction. The $300,000 price for the Alpha-1 SRF is roughly three times the price attached to the RS3 SL, which can be yours for a little over $100,000.
- It’s street-legal
- Race car body will catch attention
- Electric powertrain is a fresh alternative
- Price tag is up to the moon
- Cheaper alternatives abound
- Not our first option