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Sexy, Quick, and Electric: The Exagon Engineering Furtive e-GT

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On: Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:22AM | By: Chris Weiss


Sexy, Quick, and Electric: The Exagon Engineering Furtive e-GT

French racing company Exagon Engineering has its first road-ready car to show at the Paris auto show later this week. The new car is an attractive electric sports car that brings another sexy-but-green option in the vein of the Tesla Roadster and Fisker Karma.

The Furtive-eGT is a 2 + 2 two-door that measures 4.5 meters in length. Exagon worked with several prominent industry partners on developing the prototype, including Siemens Corporate Technology (engines), Saft (batteries) and Michelin (tires). The car is powered by two 168-hp electric motors and a gasoline generator that combine for a total of 500 miles of range. The car gets half that range under electric power alone.

As impressive as its electric range, is the Furtive-eGT's performance; the car uses its ever-ready torque to hit 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. For reference, the $110,000 Tesla Roadster and its tiny, lightweight Lotus chassis don't break 60 mph until the 3.7-second mark. The Furtive also improves upon the Tesla's top-end with a rather gas-looking electronically limited 155 mph (over Tesla's 125 mph). And while, the car's all-electric range is about the same as Tesla's (245 miles), the gas generator means double the overall range, no range anxiety and several hundred miles more than the range-extending Fisker Karma, which provides about 300 total miles and 50 miles of all-electric.

Suffice it to say that the Exagon Furtive-eGT is a promising electric GT.

There's no additional information floating around about the Furtive's powertrain, but we're assuming that it's an AWD configuration with each 168-hp engine mounted to an axle. As far as looks, the car gets a curvaceous and sporty layout that's a little more compact at the front-end than cars we're used to. The swooping, arrow-like lines of the front-end meet in a compact, pouty grille. Unfortunately, no pictures of the back end have yet made their way out.

Indications are that this EV could hit production as early as 2012. But since it's a racing company with no history of production cars, there remains plenty of questions on that speculated date. There's no hard or estimated price being floated around, but we'd expect this one to be slated comfortably over top the Tesla's $110K price tag. Unfortunately, since French car companies have a way of avoiding us uncultured American heathens, we're not holding our breath toward seeing this hot EV at the local mall.


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