ERA Electric Sportster Goes Ice Racing (w/ video)

ERA’s sporty electric RaceAbout coupe is a slick, 380 hp, all-carbon, 4WD Finnish sportscar powered by 4 hub-mounted electric motors that are enough to propel the car to triple-digit speeds.

The ERA crew has already proven the worth of their car’s hardware at events like Progressive’s Automotive X-Prize and trackdays at Germany’s famous Nurburgring. Now, however, ERA wants to prove that their slinky little sportster can handle yet another hurdle to EV reliability: cold weather.

Many electric cars are quickly sidelined by the demands that heaters, wipers, and more make on their batteries during cold-weather driving. The ERA RaceAbout, though, was driven by Janne Laitinen to a top speed of over 155 mph. On ice. Which would have been a Guinness World Record … if only such a record existed.

You can check out a video of the ERA’s “record” run below, followed by a high-resolution photo gallery, courtesy of Nokian Tires.

Source: ERA, via TechVehi.

Jo Borrás

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