Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK | posted April 27, 2016 08:27
BAIC enters electric supercar segment with Arcfox-7
State-owned Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) has ventured into supercar territory after the automaker arrived at the 2016 Beijing International Auto Exhibition with the Arcfox-7. Set to become the range-topping electric car of BAIC, the Arcfox-7 takes inspiration from Formula E racecars and is powered by an electric motor that produces more than 600 PS.
Beginning from the outside, BAIC says it was designed at the company's new R&D facility in Barcelona, Spain. The Arcfox-7 features a sleek shape that is highlighted by muscular wheel arches and a curvaceous rear. Up front, it has a very low-profile look that consists of tapered LED headlights, a low-slung bumper, and aerodynamic canards. The rear features an integrated spoiler, thin taillight strips and a diffuser-integrated bumper. Completing the exterior features of the car are the side skirts, lightweight multi-spoke alloy wheels and scissor-type doors.
Inside is a digital dashboard display, bucket seats, four-point racing harness and a fingerprint scanner that acts as the car's engine start/stop function.
Providing the necessary grunt is a 6.6kWH battery pack that is connected to an electric motor that cranks out 611 PS. Even with a curb weight of 1,775 kg, the Arcfox-7 can sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in 3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 249 km/h. Estimated maximum range of BAIC's electric supercar is rated at 299 km.
The Arcfox-7 also has three driving modes; Economy, Comfort and Race. According to BAIC, it adjusts the ride height of the supercar accordingly. Stopping power is provided by carbon ceramic brakes, with the front axle getting six-piston calipers while the rear axle has four-piston calipers.