Meet the Qiantu K50 Event!, the first electric supercar homegrown in China. The creators were so enamored by the new creature, that the name actually does includes an exclamation point. But is this machine actually an event or merely a welcome mat for things to come from the country? Let us delve further into the underpinnings and capacity of the beast to work that out.
- The electric supercar is the product of China’s CH-Auto and has been compared to the likes of Tesla in terms of driving experience. In the appearances arena, the shapely body has been likened to the Bugatti Veyron, which is certainly a compliment. There is little doubt—this is one sexy machine.
- The head engineer of the project, Lu Qun, is quite determined that he can carve out the same success enjoyed by other electric supercar makers.
- The company seems to have taken a page from Elon Musk and opted to begin at the top when crafting an electric car. This approach can also work for non-hybrid vehicles, as Lexus proved with their first-ever supercar, the LFA.
- The Event! derives power from a set of electric motors producing 400 horses mated to a 41.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
- This creates an impressive range of approximately 150 miles, which is well within the confines of a typical commute. It does fall a touch shy of the electric Tesla Model S, but that slight is accommodated in the form of speed. The Event! can nail the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in a scant 4.0 seconds, making it faster than all other electric vehicles in China save the P85D.
- Overall curb weight is just 3,714 pounds and the Qiantu K50 Event! can carry two passengers.
Overall, there are endless comparisons to Tesla, and the Event! is similarly priced in the $115k ballpark. It would seem that this newcomer has what it takes in both the looks and power arenas to compete with major players, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for a market attack.
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