Epic Electric Vehicles is set to unveil its three-wheeled electric Torq Roadster at a public event on April 6. With the new roadster, Epic founder Chris Anthony has shifted emphasis from range to raw performance and fun (Anthony was also a co-founder of the ill-fated long-range Aptera EV). Clearly, Anthony has his eyes on a very different market this time around – Batman, possibly, if the vehicle's appearance is any gauge.
Some numbers, then. Epic claims the Torq Roadster can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 4 seconds thanks to an electric motor capable of delivering 600 lb·ft (813 N·m) of torque and over 400 hp (300 kW) peak power. It's track width is 80.5 in. (2.04 meters) to aid cornering.
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The piston-beards among you will be fascinated to know that the Torq comes equipped with Wilwood 4-piston brakes, which I understand are for slowing or even stopping the vehicle should the driver undergo an identity crisis coming out of a tight bend. The onboard battery is a Flux Power lithium unit.
Epic has sought to clarify some slightly confused reporting as to the Torq Roadster's setup. Contrary to some claims, the vehicle is front-wheel drive (rear-wheel drive would present certain challenges, given that only one of the three wheels is at the back). As for Epic's claim that the Torq's having three wheels rather than four reduces drag by 25 percent, we assume that's a joke.
Epic is already taking orders, and will apparently build about 50 Torqs this year. The company aims to turn out rather more in 2014. The vehicle will apparently cost US$65,000 in the States and €50,000 in Europe. The launch event will take place at Epic's R&D center in Vista, California.
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