Out of the U.K., design firm Gordon Murray design has paired with Japanese carbon fiber specialist Toray to build a lightweight, electric powered two-seater.
It’s called the Teewave AR.1 and it uses an electric motor from the Mitsubishi i-Miev electric car.
Toray is a key supplier of composite materials for components used on the Boeing 787. This electric vehicle project was designed to demonstrate the capabilities of Toray’s carbon fiber technology. The Teewave AR.1 uses a monocoque chassis which would only take 10 minutes to process – extremely fast should the car be put into production.
The curb weight is 1,874 including the 529 pound battery pack – almost 900 lbs less than the Tesla Roadster.
However, unlike the Tesla Roadster, the 63 horsepower electric motor sourced from the Mitsubishi i-Miev electric vehicle. The 0-60 MPH time will be over 11 seconds, which is 3 times slower than the Tesla Roadster.
Time will tell if the Teewave AR.1 is even considered for production, but it’s an interesting concept and it gets our approval for using existing technology from the Mitsubishi i-Miev to keep costs low.