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Believe it or not, a sports car made in China

2014 Beijing Auto Show

25/04/2014 08:45 |  Comments: 


Our heavyweight champion, Balázs, or better known as Assur on the premises is the news writer of the mother site, Oh yes, he’s an automotive engineer too. They say there isn’t a data that has ever escaped his mind, all we know is that he can drop into any conversation about any car that was made after the war, and he’ll be able to add a ton of details you won’t ever be able to find in books. He has been thinking of selling his longserving Volvo for years, so he always has some used car adverts open on his computer, just in case. Has a wife and two (almost grown-up) children.

The Event Concept, a fully electric two-door, low silhouette sports car was made by a small Chinese design studio, CH Auto

Its shape is pretty interesting. Although vaguely reminiscent of the Bentley Continental series from the side, it does not look like a copy and has good proportions. This is really something as most decent looking Chinese cars are still designed in Europe. The use of the electric drive chain is less surprising; not only because it is in keeping with the concept car trend, but also because China has made greater progress in developing electric cars than ones with internal combustion engines.

The 400 PS electric motor with a torque of 650 Nm is powered by a 41.1 kWh Li-ion battery pack. The large battery makes the vehicle quite heavy, though: its curb weight is 1.685 tons, yet it does 0-100 km/h under 5 seconds and it has an electronically capped top speed of 200 km/h. Some data are even less impressive: the battery provides a range of up to 200 km and recharging the batteries takes 6 hours using a normal 220V socket.

Whether the Event Concept will ever go into production is unknown, but looking at the design one can’t help but think that the background to producing decent designs for local makers is slowly evolving in China.

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