Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors used Pebble Beach to display a prototype of its first vehicle, the Renovo Coupe. Under development for more than four years, this GT is based on a factory-modified Shelby American CSX9000 “continuation” chassis with bodywork, underpinnings and cabin designed by Peter Brock, who penned the original Shelby Daytona Coupe that won at Le Mans in 1964.
In place of a conventional V8 engine, the Renovo iteration packs a pair of twin-sequential axial flux electric motors that put out over 500 horsepower and 1,000 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This power will send the 3,250-pound fastback Coupe from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and let it top out beyond the 120-mph mark.
Capable of delivering their full thrust in a mere 37 milliseconds, the Coupe’s motors are energized by a Renovo HVP 740-Volt battery that uses the firm’s patent-pending modular lithium-ion technology. The battery pack will have a nominal range of 100 miles, and can be replenished in 30 minutes on a fast-charger or in 5-hours when plugged into a standard 240-Volt Level II system.
Dubbing it “the first all-electric American supercar,” Renovo’s CEO Christopher Heiser says the firm set out to create “an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control and excitement that is possible with EV technology.” Pricing for the limited-production 2015 Renovo Coupe will start and $529,000 and pre-sales began at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 17. The initial marketing thrust will take place in California with first deliveries set for some time in 2015.