If there is one person that knows the Nürburgring, it is Sabine Schmitz. No, she’s not some crazy test driver that is hired to test all of the latest and greatest sports cars. Rather, she was once known as the `Ring Taxi, as she was responsible for driving an M5 around the ring to pick up drivers whose cars had either broken down or wrecked. She claims that she has circled the famed racetrack over 20,000 times. Yeah, we think she is an expert.
Well, she is now taking to driving new cars around the track, since retiring from taxiing around racecar drivers (and wannabees). Her latest test was of the soon-to-be-released Exagon Furtive-eGT, which is a French-built EV. It’s claimed to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds and hit an electronically limited 155 mph top speed (179 mph without the limiter). So, how did it actually perform?
Schmitz came back with rave reviews on this EV. She is quoted saying “I was very surprised about the grip and the power” and that “you’re [going] fast, but it feels like you are going so easy.” She went on to rave about the brakes and suspension systems too, saying that it’s like “sitting on a cloud.” She also talked about how it has an extremely low center of gravity, which is something that she doesn’t often see in a car like this.
From the sounds of it, the Furtive-eGT is a smash hit, but we won’t know until it officially hits the market. We don’t know exactly when it will go on sale or if it will be available in the U.S., but we do know that it’ll make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
This may finally be the competition that Tesla has been lacking to date, but we’ll see. It is certainly off to a good start.
The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now and medals are quickly adding up. We started wondering what about the varying cars of the world? There is no auto racing in the Olympics and a love of awesome cars is one thing that is shared throughout the entire world. So why not include them?
Here at Topspeed, we felt it was time to give our 4-wheeled friends a fair chance and display the top supercars from each of the countries participating in the 2012 Summer Games – those that produce supercars. So let’s have a look at what these countries have to offer. You may be surprised to find out what countries produce some awesome supercars and what ones don’t produce any at all.
We stand to learn a lot about the world of supercars while putting this piece together, so we are certain you will learn a ton right along with us.
Click past the jump to read our entire list and check out our full infographic.
Exagon Motors announced the first details on their Furtive eGT supercar back in 2010 at the Paris Auto Show, but after that, nothing was heard about this all-electric supecar. Now, Exagon is back with a series of improvements for their electric coupe.
The first version unveiled in Paris was powered by two electric motors developed by Siemens with an output of 340 HP. But, now after two years the output has been raised to 402 HP. As a result, the 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 3.5 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph, but removing the limiter will get it up to 178 mph.
Numerous test cycles have proven that, at an average speed of 50 kmh (31 mph), the Furtive eGT will offer an autonomy of 402 kilometers (249 miles), but since no one actually drives at that speed, Exagon has announced the vehicle will get 197 kilometers (122 miles) at 130 kmh (80 mph). There will also be a small range-extender in the form of an internal combustion engine which will increase the autonomy to 807 kilometers (501 miles).
Production for the Furtive eGT will begin in 2013 and Exagon hopes to sell a total of 150 units a year. The only problem with that is the high price tag associated with it: 350,000 euro - about $425,00 at the current exchange rates.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Exagon Furtive eGT.
UPDATE 09/27/12: Production photos of the Exagon Furtive eGT have been released. There are plenty to look at so we suggest you head on over to the gallery to check them all out!