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A discussion with the guy at http://www.bulletcars.com/ has raised questions about the EV ssports/muscle car market. If you were to buy such a car from a manufacturer, what would be your focus? I'm interested in whether you would look at a 0-100 time of 3 seconds, and disregard a range of 90km, or if you want the car to be capable of intercity travel.

Supercars are notorious for having severe tradeoffs for their looks or their power.
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Price, performance and range are the obvious characteristics a potential owner might be focussed on when buying a muscle car but you've overlooked an important attribute expected of all muscle cars. Engine NOISE, the gruntier and louder, the better.
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Why compromise?

Normally to get high power you need bigger/better batteries.
So getting more power usually means you get more range as well.
The downside to more power is more cost as with any vehicle ice or eV.
So the short answer is NO but the long answer is YES.
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If you are talking performance then only one thing can mater... Power and lots of it.

I am only weeks away from buying a new super sport bike and every one of the bikes I have test ridden so far has sacrificed comfort for power.

At the end of the day everything is a compromise to achieve the end result... Looks may not be optimal because you are trying to achieve an aerodynamic shape... Strength may not be optimal for lighter weight... Everything is a factor when you are chasing peformance.
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Can a car keep traction for 0-100 in 3 seconds?
And would it even be road legal?

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I doubt any BEV would make that, even if it looked red and sporty...
So the short answer is NO but the long answer is YES.
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Richo wrote: Can a car keep traction for 0-100 in 3 seconds?
And would it even be road legal?

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I doubt any BEV would make that, even if it looked red and sporty...


There's an electric datto 1200 doing it in 3.5s, and there are faster cars around so the answer is yes. There are supercars around that do it in under 3s (there's one that does it in 1.67 seconds here)

Would it be road legal, why not? There's no limit to the size of electric motor you can fit to a car is there?

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I am not a fan of those cars really. Great feats of engineering but to me look like a track day only car. So there is a vote for styling.

I guess if u want to sell cars, get someone who can style and it will sell even with other draw backs. From an engineering view point it is the stylists in the car companies who get the most say in the shape of a car and engineering work around that. Else everyone would be selling aerofoil looking cars for low drag.
Just food for thought.
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Taffy wrote: I guess if u want to sell cars, get someone who can style and it will sell even with other draw backs.


Or because of the other drawbacks even? (as ben elton suggested)

eg: Do people buy macdonalds even though it is bad or because it is bad for you?

or: do people buy uncomfortable sports bikes with tiny fairings (useless unless lying on the tank at >200kmh) despite the fact they arent any faster (and often slower on a public road with bumps etc) than a sit upright naked or simply because they are so uncomfortable they must be going fast?
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