Marcus De Guzman / Aston Martin | September 12, 2018 17:52
Aston Martin to join EV supercar game with the Rapide E
Having debuted as a concept back in 2015, and getting the green light just last year, the all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E will be making its world debut soon as a production car. To be based off the Rapide AMR, the Rapide E was made possible with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) which served as the brand's development partner.
“I take particular satisfaction working with Williams Advanced Engineering and our other associated technology partners to bring Rapide E to reality. As our first all-electric production model, Rapide E will fast-track our knowledge and help us ensure the character and high-performance capabilities of our future EV models and enhance the unique qualities found in all Aston Martins as we know them today,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.
While we have yet to see the Rapide E in full, Aston Martin did say that it will have a redesigned exterior and underbody. Compared to the standard Rapide, the all-electric Rapide E will be more aerodynamic and will come with equally aerodynamic wheels that complement the EV's more flowing design. Apart from those, the Rapide E will be equipped with bespoke Pirelli P Zero low-rolling-resistance tires. According to the automaker, the special tires will generate less noise while still delivering better grip.
In terms of materials used in making the Rapide E a reality, Aston Martin extensively used lightweight alloys and carbon composites to keep the electric four-door as light as possible.
Powering the Rapide E are twin electric motors that crank out over 610 PS and 950 Nm of torque. They get their power from an 800V, 65kWh battery pack that consist of lithium-ion cylindrical cells. With it, the Rapide E is capable of having a maximum range of nearly 320 km. 0 – 97 km/h is swiftly achieved in under 4 seconds while top speed is rated at nearly 250 km/h.
Aston Martin will produce the Rapide E in limited numbers. Only 155 examples will be made and all will be built at the company's new St. Athan plant in Wales. This will be the same factory from which the Lagonda luxury EVs, as well as the DBX EV crossover, will be manufactured.
Customer deliveries for the Rapide E will begin in Q4 of 2019.