For many years, electric cars didn’t look so much like cars, as they did… well… they didn’t much look like anything anyone would want to drive. I never understood half-covering the rear-wheels (that has never been cool) or the funky lines and shapes electric cars inevitably filled out. And so, in recent years, electric cars have begun to look more like… well… cars. Whether or not this is a good thing is up to you, but Protoscar apparently thinks electric cars should look funky.
Hence the undramatic unveiling of the Protoscar Lampo 2. An awkward name for an awkward car that actually has some impressive features, like a ten-minute charge good for about 60 miles and a 0-62 mph time of under 5 seconds.
So why the horrid name?
I haven’t heard much of the Lampo 2 (I keep thinking of National Lampoon for some reason) but the car will come out guns a-blazin’ during the Geneva Auto Show. But beneath the awkward looks and silly name is a car with a performance pedigree. The Lampo 2 is based on the outgoing Kappa platform from GM. This is the same platform that underpinned the attractive but undersold Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, which makes me wonder how exactly Protoscar plans on keeping this car in production… and how they managed to make it so ugly.
Ok, I’ve gotten a little too hung up on the looks. A neat feature of the Lampo 2 is that each axle has its own motor driving two wheels; in essence, all-wheel drive. While the Lampo 2 weighs in at a hefty 3,400 pounds, it also manages to make 408 horsepower and 472 ft-lbs of torque. That gives it a sub-5 second 0-62 mph speed, as well as the ability to top out at 124 mph. It has a supposed range of about 120 miles, and an off-board charging system can deliver an extra 60 miles in just ten minutes. No word on pricing, probably not until the “official” unveil.
Give it a new name, more aggressive looks, and an affordable (at least compared to Tesla) price, and we’ll talk. Maybe. Hit the jump for the full press release.