Here at TopSpeed, we talked for the first time about "Bluebird" back in 2012 when we announced the 2012 GTL Formula E Racing Concept - a vehicle that looked more like the Batmobile than a race car designed for the FIA Formula E series.
While its first vehicle looked a little over the top, the one announced today sounds more promising. It is named the DC50 sports car and Bluebird will officially unveil it on September 28th, 2013 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
The new DC50 Sports Car is an electric car limited to only 50 units and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s land and water speed records in 2014. According to the first details we have on the car, it will deliver about 360 horsepower and its acceleration figures will match the ones of a Porsche. It will deliver a driving range of about 200 miles on a single charge.
The model will be built as a two-door coupe with electrically operated scissor doors and wears a coat of Bluebird blue paint.
Click past the jump to read more about the Bluebird DC50 electric sports car.
Bluebird will enter a market with limited choices. The only legitimate competitor is the Detroit Electric SP:01 - a very promising electric sports car which unfortunately has been delayed by one month, so it will be unveiled in August 2013.
The SP:01 is based on the Lotus Exige and is powered by a 201-horsepower electric powertrain, replacing the regular V-6 one. This electric powertrain combines with a four-speed manual transmission – that’s right, no direct-drive garbage here – to give it a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds.
Gallery Detroit Electric SP:01
Bluebird to officially launch DC50 Sports Car and Bluebird GTL Formula E at Sustainable MotoExpo on Saturday 28 September 2013, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
One of the largest and most varied sustainable and eco-friendly motoring events take places at the internationally renowned National Motor Museum, Beaulieu this year and will be the occasion for the world exclusive unveiling of two new Bluebird cars. The Bluebird name is synonymous with cutting-edge technology and record-breaking, a tradition continued by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell.
At the Sustainable MotoExpo, Wales will launch his Bluebird DC50 electric sports car – a limited edition of just 50 Bluebird electric sports cars built to commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2014 of Donald Campbell’s land and water speed records. With peak power of up to 360bhp and acceleration to match a Porsche, the Bluebird DC50 is a two-door coupe with electrically operated ’scissor’ doors. It has a range of up to 200 miles, depending on specification, and will be available in one body colour only – Bluebird blue.