Aston Martin working on 1000bhp electric powered car

Yes, you did read the title correctly. Aston Martin really is developing an all-electric powered car with twice the break horsepower as most of their gas-powered cars.

And as outrageous as that sounds, the car will bring a new dimension to Aston Martin’s British classics by adding to their thrilling Rapide series that have blessed the British super-saloon industry since 2010. Now entering a new era of motoring, the company have placed a 2017 release date on the electrically powered performance car that will no doubt blow our minds when it finally takes to the road.

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Aston Martin Rapide, soon to be electrically powered. Image via Quartz.

Speaking at the Bloomerang New Energy Finance Summit in London last week, Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer confirmed his belief that “the future is electric.”

And speaking about the outlook of Aston Martin’s motoring philosophy, he claimed: “We’re talking about an electric Aston Martin with between 800 and 1,000 horsepower.

“Do I go the way of the rest of the industry and downsize the engine? Do I see Aston Martin with a three-cylinder engine? God forbid. You’ve got to do something radical. Electric power gives you that power. It gives you that torque.”

But it’s important to remember that torque isn’t everything, as those lucky enough to buy the super-saloon car will also take advantage of a four-wheel drive system and a proposed 200-mile range. The all-electric car actually aims to be fairly practical, rather than alternatives that have been criticised for their poor charging and range potentials in the past.

Naturally, we’re holding no illusions that the new Aston Martin will be cheap – a lofty price tag is expected. A figure of over £200,000 has been suggested. But with a revolutionary take on the electrically powered car, owning one could put you at the centre of a key development in the history of British motoring.

And alongside Porsche, Mercedes and Audi, Aston Martin are at the forefront of fierce competition to a world of electrically powered cars currently dominated by Tesla’s Model S and Model X cars.

But with the new Rapide’s focus on power, speed and thrills, there’s no doubt that Aston Martin could well provide a turning point for the industry.

Palmer told the crowd at the London summit to “imagine having all that torque on demand”. And I’m sure we speak for all motoring enthusiasts, when we say that we are imagining a future full of economical thrills.

And there’s no doubt that there is a collective hope among motoring enthusiasts that Aston Martin will deliver on their promise of a future full of ‘beauty and soul’.

For more information, check out the Quartz article on Aston Martin’s plans for a new electrically powered car here: http://bit.ly/1MHuxwe


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