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2012 e-Wolf Alpha-2


More than a year and a name-change after German niche auto builder, e-Wolf, introduced the E2 - it has since been rechristened as the Alpha 2 - we finally have an idea on what kind of specifications the electric super car will carry.

The E2 - now Alpha 2 - was introduced right around the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and after a little under two years we finally know that the electric supercar will be powered by two electric motors delivering a combined peak output of 375 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque. This setup will give the Alpha 2 a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 143 mph, and a range of 186 miles on a single charge.

More than anything else, though, the e-Wolf Alpha-2, together with the Protoscar Lampo 3 and the Delta E-4 Coupe , is a sign that things aren’t looking as bleak for the supercar industry when the ’green revolution’ finally takes shape.

Just goes to show that even when the industry is slowly rounding the corner towards a more eco-friendly approach in their vehicles, there are still brands like e-Wolf that can help satiate the appetites of speed junkies the world over.

Details after the jump

Exterior and Interior

One look at the e-Wolf Alpha-2 and you’ll immediately notice that this car was designed while drawing inspiration from a number of supercars, including the Ferrari Enzo , the Lamborghini Murcielago , and a little of the Ford GT90 . The stance of the Alpha-2 is reminiscent of that from Lamborghini’s departed Murcielago whereas the nose and the front end was ’inspired’, so to speak, by the Enzo with the rear end looking similar, albeit designed more aggressively, to the GT90.

Take out the slightly obscure design mash-up of the Alpha-2 and look at the car’s style as a whole and there’s a certain level of appreciation that goes into it. It may not win any design contests in the foreseeable future, but there’s still something redeemable about the electric supercar’s aesthetics. The Alpha-2 does come with a carbon fiber two-seater body weighing only around 900 kg (1984 lbs), so that definitely counts for something.

e-Wolf Alpha-2

Performance

e-Wolf’s latest announcement of the Alpha-2’s powertrain reveals that the electric supercar will carry two electric motors that produce a combined peak output of 375 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 143 mph, and a range of 186 miles on a single charge.

Pricing

The Alpha-2 is being slotted for a production release sometime next year where it will carry a price tag of €245,000, which is around $350,000 based on current exchange rates. E-Wolf also announced that pre-orders for the electric supercar will be made available soon.

Competition

e-Wolf Alpha-2

For the price tag it commands, we’re not exactly smitten over the e-Wolf Alpha-2 the way we would if it was priced at somewhere near the $100,000-$180,000 range. On that note, two other ’newly-introduced’ electric hypercars are joining the Alpha-2 on this new bandwagon, one that all three niche brands are hoping takes off in the green future of tomorrow.

Take the Delta E-4 Coupe and the Protoscar Lampo 3 and really, it’s not so much a competition amongst the three models as it is an effort in introducing a new alternative in high-speed thrill-seeking to the world.

For their part, the E-4 Coupe and the Lampo 3 both carry some pretty impressive hardware under their respective hoods. For the former, it comes in the form of high performance direct-drive electric motors that produce over 120 horsepower with well over 442 lb-ft of torque, allowing the E-4 Coupe to get from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds with a top speed of 150 mph and a drive range of around 200-250 miles. Meanwhile, the latter is carries three electric motors: two in the back, one in the front. All three motors combined produce an output of 420 kW, which is about 550 horsepower and 664 lb/ft of torque to go with 32 kWh of Lithium-Ion battery capacity. These figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds, a top speed of 136 mph, and a driving range of 124 miles running solely on the 32kWh battery.

With the e-Wolf Alpha-2 joining the fold, maybe there IS a future for high-powered electric supercars after all.

LOVE IT
  • Not a lot of electric supercars around yet
  • Design’s not going to wow you over, but it is noticeable
  • Green is great, yes?
LEAVE IT
  • Price is way too steep
  • No word on how many units will be produced
  • Powertrain could’ve been better


16 comments:

I have no doubt against it. It looks so powerful that even its engine is shouting out loud.

It definitely looks good, but I noticed that corners are abundant in this car. It’s too edgy and it doesn’t look great, but I think the above standard output of this Electric super car might take it as a win in its competitors.

The rear actually attracts me more than its fascia; it’s rather stylish and pompous.

Its edges make up its muscular appeal, although its elegant aspect isn’t submerged.

I love how it was illustrated. I’d love to see this in person as soon as possible. The astonishing look of this car makes me think and wonder about the interior of this car.

The front bumper of the car is almost the same with its rear back. The rocket concept of this car is really amazing. Its perfect for a sure race competition. But I think it needs more power to proved itself.

Very inspired car concept with cute touch of pink on the back exterior evenly look cool and refreshing on the front view. Very technology base car. Perfectly perfect.

The front bumper of the car is almost the same with its rear back. The funny thing here is I didn’t able to recognize what is the front and what is the back. HAHA! Moreover, the design is just like the concept of Lamborghini.

It is one good look for an electric car , but the power train used is not that impressive. Only few competitions will be crossed by this one, so I think, it would still be a success. They must tell us it is only limited or not.

Even though I have my doubts on these electric sports cars, I am actually hoping that this one would work. It would really be a waste of the car’s looks if it doesn’t work.

Well, let’s just wait and see until they have officially unveiled it to the public. They would probably be releasing videos showing this baby in action.

Well, considering all the developments that has been happening in the electric car scene, I really wouldn’t be surprised if the performance becomes at par with petrol cars.

I am still not yet convinced with these electric sports cars. Call me old school, but I really don’t think that they would be able to match up with the performance of petrol powered super cars.

The design looks quite unique for a super car plus its an electric car right? I really love these type of cars. Green is good as they say. But the isn’t that rewarding.

Pretty sleek design, I would say. I am actually starting to like how they did the rear on this one. As for the power train, yeah I would agree that they might want to work out on that one a vit more.

It actually looks very promising. Even though the car has some tinges of the more popular super cars, I do love the fact that it still has some unique features of its own.

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