0 To 62 MPH In 2.5 Seconds
January 24, 2017, Hybrid Cars
Canadian electric vehicle startup Girfalco revealed two models of its Azkarra three-wheel electric car, one a high-performance version that whisks from 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds — hypercar territory.
Designed for both road and track use, the top-end Azkarra S has three electric motors that deliver power to each wheel that enable full torque vectoring and a combined continuous output of 220 horsepower (162 kilowatts).
In addition to the 2.5-second 0-62 time, the Azkarra S also has a governed top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h).
Girfalco notes that these figures are based on “conservative” simulations, not actual testing — so actual performance could end up better or worse.
The tamed down standard Azkarra is no slouch however. A single electric motor sends 74 horsepower (54 kilowatts) to the rear wheel, good enough for a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).
No specifications about the battery were released, but Girfalco said the driving range for both models is approximately 124 miles — depending on driving style — and the battery can be recharged to around 80 percent in 30 minutes with a Level 3 charger.
For a leisurely or fast countryside jaunt, the driver and a single passenger can enjoy music from a Kenwood audio system with two USB ports, AUX inputs and Bluetooth connectivity.
A number of options will be available including leather trim, a suede-lined steering wheel, different alloy wheel designs and a variety of paint schemes.
Whichever model you choose, be sure to check the weather before heading out, there’s no roof for the Azkarra.
Those with the need for speed should also check their wallets. The standard Azkarra is priced starting at $51,323 ($67,500 CD), while the Azkarra S stickers for $74,133 ($97,500 CD). That’s a huge chunk of change for not very many driving miles.
Girfalco, based in Boucherville, Québec, Canada has begun taking pre-orders, and plans to limit production to just 100 cars with a build rate of 25 units per year.