Most concept cars showcased at major auto shows, such as the yearly one in Paris, are one off designs that will never actually see the light of day. In 2010 one Exagon Motors showcased what we thought at the time was a drool worthy electric supercar. It then kinda fell off our radar, until we learned through Auto Evolution a production ready model recently was revealed. Our saliva glands then started warming up again.
The Exagon Furtive eGT all electric sportscar makes use of two Siemens electric motors that are linked by a three-speed gearbox to drive the rear wheels of the vehicle. They combined deliver 296 kW of power, equivalent to 402 bhp, and have a constant torque of 516 N.m between 0 and 5,000 rpm. These motors propel the vehicle past 60 MPH in under 3.5 seconds, delivering a top electronically controlled speed of 155 MPH.
Powering the motors are Saft batteries that are lightweight and have a capacity of 53 kWh with a rated voltage of 360 V. In terms of range they deliver, based upon European driving standards, 223 miles in an urban setting, 193 miles combined and and 178 miles on the highway. This is all dependent upon driving conditions, how the vehicle is being handled, etc.
For those who worry the vehicle may not have enough range between charging points, Exagon offers optional range extending technology in the form of a small combustion engine. It operates in much the same way the Chevy Volt’s technology does, only generating energy for the batteries and not actually powering the wheels. With this, the car is more akin to a plug-in hybrid, and in terms of increased range, again based upon European standards, we are talking about over 500 miles maximum in one sitting.
The body of the Furtive eGT, according to Exagon, is made entirely of a carbon fiber/honeycomb structure based upon Formula 1 technology. It keeps the vehicle lightweight, housing the batteries in the floor to provide for a lower center of gravity while driving. There’s also a double wishbone suspension at both front and rear that is said to optimize operation of the special tires from Michelin the car rides on.
Like many other electric cars we’ve seen, there are multiple operating modes which the driver can engage which balance between performance and range. Tied to this mode selection is a 12-inch digital display on the dashboard that shows relevant information related to the current driving conditions.