California-based Elation might be yet another electric car making start-up, but this one is a little different, as it has the ambition of becoming the first company to produce an all-electric luxury hypercar in the USA with its new Freedom model.
Created by an experienced team of motor racing engineers that have worked in Formula 1, Le Mans and several other racing categories, the Elation Freedom project is headed up by Carlos Satulovsky and Mauro Saravia. The new Freedom displays many elements of its motorsport engineering background, such as a carbon-fibre front splitter, a ventilated nose section, aerodynamic side skirts, plus an active rear diffuser, all taking direct inspiration from the competition world.
The Freedom’s two-seater interior is largely made of carbon, with digital instrumentation and a minimalist centre console. Customers will be able to personalise their Elation with premium leathers, ‘noble’ metals and even precious stones.
The entry Freedom model will be fitted with three electric motors, producing a combined power output of 1,450PS (1,066kW), while an optional four-motor variant will develop around 510PS (375kW) more. The latter 1,960PS (1,441kW) model will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 1.8 seconds and reach an ambitiously claimed maximum speed of 260mph (418km/h).
To deliver this hyper performance, the Freedom is built on a featherweight 82kg carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, leaving a healthy margin to integrate a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, with a capacity of between 100 and 120kWh, providing between 483km to 644km (300-400 miles) of autonomy.
For potential Freedom buyers favouring a more tradition petrol power solution, Elation will also offer the option of a 5.2-litre V10 motor, mated to a dual-clutch gearbox supplied by Audi. After Elation’s bespoke retuning, this Audi-sourced V10 is due to develop around 770PS (566kW) with torque of 664Nm (491lb ft).
The Freedom is announced at an entry price of $2 million US (£1.49m), while the ‘polluting’ V10 version will cost around $2.3 million (£1.72m).