Aston Martin Rapide E with 610 hp and 320 km range

Aston Martin Rapide E (2019)
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The number of the Aston Martin Rapide also indicates the top speed of the electric sports car. 155 miles per hour - the equivalent of 248 km /h is the R apide E quickly. A liquid-cooled 800 volt lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 65 kWh is responsible for this power, which directs its energy to two electric motors on the rear axle with a total output of 610 hp and 900 Nm torque. Accordingly, the Rapide E should complete the sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour (96 km /h) in under four seconds, the sprint 50 to 70 mph (miles per hour, converted from 80 to 112 km /h) in 1.5 Achieve seconds. The battery should also be sufficient for a lap of the Nordschleife. The range with normal driving style? Over 320 kilometers.

Quickly charged in under an hour

And where is this battery? Where the 6.0-liter V12 engine, the gearbox and the tank of the conventional Rapide were housed, installed Aston Martin a lithium-ion battery pack in a carbon-kevlar housing. The 800 volt battery can be charged in one hour at a 400 volt /50 kW charging station for a range of almost 300 kilometers, while a quick charging station with 800 V /100 kW can be fully charged in well under an hour. The Rapide E can be charged in three hours at the AC wallbox at home. By the way: Williams Advanced Engineering is also on board as a system partner.

On board is also a fully digital cockpit that takes the place of the analog instruments. It shows all relevant driving data as well as information about the battery status, the performance and the consumption on a 10 inch display. The driver can also view this data on his smartphone via an app. In addition to the option of route planning, the application also shows the current location of the car and can navigate the driver there.

Externally, the Rapide E only shows small deviations from normal Rapide. As with the AMR model, the bonnet is heavily perforated, the radiator grille is barred and the air inlets in the apron are closed. The blue longitudinal stripes across the entire body in the longitudinal direction and theSlightly shimmering blue body elements such as sills and diffusers. Aston Martin is still covered for the price. It should be around 275,000 euros.

Test drive in the electric Aston Martin

By the way, we were able to test a pre-production model a few months ago, which is standard except for a few stickers and LEDs appears. The four-door should give an impression of how an electrically powered Aston Martin could drive. Roughly speaking, the test vehicle has only two things in common with the later car: the chassis of a Rapide and the fact that it is electrically powered.

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Aston Martin uses the four-door Rapide as a test vehicle for the electric drive.

Incidentally, the batteries are about as heavy as the V12, reveals an engineer. The series car should correspond to the series Rapide in weight and its distribution. The drive train consisting of V12, transaxle shaft, gearbox and differential would weigh “a few hundred kilos”. Battery and electric drive shouldn't weigh more than that.

How heavy is the prototype? You guessed it: friendly shaking of the head, no comment. The series Rapid weighs 1.99 tons and the feeling adds up: the prototype certainly doesn't turn around the corner with light feet. The steering rubs a little; This is due to the electric power steering, which helps out here instead of the hydraulic one, explains the accompanying engineer. Two years before the start of series production, it doesn't matter, today it's about the drive. And it succeeds in having the 20-inch rear wheels smeared away on the damp asphalt. There is no traction control yet.

Screen instead of pointer, whirring instead of buzzing

Instead of the pretty clocks with counter-rotating hands, a small screen shows the speed. In addition, the outside temperature and the battery charge are shown in factual, white numbers. Otherwise, the operation corresponds to that of a series Rapid, and the space is identical. It's not the background noise: apart from the deep hum of the electric drive, the prototype is surprisingly quiet. That sounds more like a Nissan Leaf than a GT with a V12 engine that hums at times depending on the performance requirementsand hiss.


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