British electric vehicle start-up Alcraft Motor Company has revealed details of its first car, the high-performance Alcraft GT. The business is aiming to start of production in 2019, and is launching a crowdfunding campaign offering the chance to play a part in the development of the car and a new British brand.
The Alcraft Motor Company has been founded by businessman David Alcraft with his team of industry heavyweights from Morgan and Toyota, along with partnering with electric drivetrain experts Delta Motorsport, based out of Silverstone, England.
The new GT is not another electric supercar – it’s sporty yet practical, with a shooting brake-style rear giving access to a 500-litre luggage area, and a 300-mile range.
The fundamental concept is battery-only, but has been designed and engineered so that a range-extender could be added. It has also been designed so that it can be made as a 2+2 rather than a two-seater.
Claimed performance, delivered from a three-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain are impressive. Virtual engineering has provided expected figures of 840 lb ft torque and 600hp which, with four-wheel drive, torque vectoring, and light weight, result in an estimated 0-62mph time of 3.5 secs.
Alcraft Motor founder and managing director David Alcraft comments:
“We want to build a British car company which brings together traditional skills and high technology for the emerging low carbon car market”,
Exposed carbon-fibre B-pillars and roof structure are not just for aesthetics, but serve as both a safety cell and a device to create an exceptionally light cabin, with a roof made largely of glass and a wraparound front screen.
A 33% foam model can be seen at the Alcraft Motor Company booth at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire on Sept 6th and 7th.
With the design of the Alcraft GT complete and virtual engineering undertaken for core systems and regulatory requirements, the next step is to build a full running prototype.
The business is launching a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign to support this, with the balance coming from equity funding. The crowdfunding bands start at £10 and go up to £25,000. Rewards include VIP days at Silverstone with rides in a development mule for the GT, featuring similar battery, motor and torque vectoring technologies to those which will be in the GT, and exclusive electric bikes by Cyclotricity and wristwatches by Matthew Humphries Design.
To find out more go to https://alcraftmotor.com and follow the crowdfunding links.