There appears to be some sort of arms race going on with automakers these days with regards to futuristic urban cars. Audi and Volkswagen have already shown their models and now it’s Opel’s turn to have some fun.

The French automaker’s concept is called the RAK e, which was derived from the rocket-powered RAK 2 that Adam Opel, the man who founded brand, raced back in 1928 at a then insane speed of 140 mph.

As far as the RAK e Concept is concerned, Opel built the city car with a steel space-frame chassis made from synthetic materials. The interior comes with a two-seater cockpit and covered with a canopy, similar to the Audi E-Tron Urban Concept. Opel even used a few spare parts from motorcycles in building the concept, which isn’t all that surprising given that three-wheeled chassis’ are pretty much motorbikes themselves. Inside, Opel designed the RAK e to feature with a front seat, steering column, and armrests that tilt forwards to provide easier access for both the driver and the passenger.

Powering this futuristic concept includes an electric motor that offers a peak output of 49 horsepower and a 5kWh battery that comes with a range of up to 60 miles. Needless to say, the powertrain isn’t what you’d call overwhelming, especially considering that it’s got a 0-60 mph time of 13 seconds and a top speed of 75 mph.

But power and speed isn’t what the Rak e Concept is all about. Whereas other cars tout those things, the concept city car puts a premium on zero emissions and urban mobility. That’s where the Rak e Concept has the bull by its proverbial horns.

  • 2011 Opel RAK e Concept
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  • Engine:
    electric motor with battery
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  • 0-60 time:
    13 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    75 mph
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  (858) posted on 02.1.2012

This car is perfect for young drivers who wish a smart vehicle but only cost in a low-budget. I love the agile and futuristic concept design of this car, which can accommodate two people in tandem. 

  (428) posted on 10.24.2011

I would not really expect to see this today, I mean it is too early for a so futuristic vehicle like this. smiley However, I must say that I am very impressed with its striking looks.

  (831) posted on 10.19.2011

I bet they would never put this one on the market. Alas! I love the looks that it had, it was oozing with angst and aggressiveness that everyone would love plus the platform of this one is so unique.

  (570) posted on 10.10.2011

A very futuristic motorcycle! Impressive indeed on its unique platform and nice design, I just only hope that they really had a plan to put this one in production, and I am also curious about its interior.

  (410) posted on 09.28.2011

It appears so ideally futuristic car. One of the concept that has systematic car ever. Very high-end car and even the placement of wheel really impressed me.

  (442) posted on 09.21.2011

Another new design for future. I know this is fast but, for electric engine, I think it will take that car for long.

  (463) posted on 09.21.2011

Is it really a car? Anyway, impressive unique platform design but I really don’t like the fact that it’s an electric engine. So, unreliable for today’s!

  (429) posted on 09.16.2011

Impressive car design. I like the design of this car. The question is this a car or motorcycle? hehehe. This kind of vehicle i think is one of the best product of that brand

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