Chinese start-up Small Sports Car (SSC) has revealed an electric two-seat coupé that, it claims, will act as a “national sports car” for China.
Called the SC-01, the small, sleek EV is the company’s first ever car and will arrive later this year with a price of around ¥300,000 – the equivalent of around £39,000 in the UK.
It measures 4085mm long, 1820mm wide and 1162mm tall and weighs 1300kg, meaning it’s similar in size to the petrol-engined Alpine A110 and Audi TT.
It features a mid-mounted battery positioned behind the driver cabin and an electric motor at the front and at the rear. With a total of 429bhp on tap, it can sprint from 0-62mph in 3.9sec and offers “pure driving pleasure”.
SSC says this battery positioning helps for weight distribution and positions the driver closer to the ground, all while reducing the car’s height and wind resistance.
It claims a range of 310 miles (500km) on the NEDC test cycle. Figures using the less generous WLTP system haven’t been revealed.
Under the skin sits a spaceframe chassis, with horizontal, pushrod-driven shock absorbers, which, SSC says, contributes to improved rigidity while keeping the car compact.
Although the interior has not yet been shown, it is said to be “minimalist”, with no infotainment screen. Everything is instead controlled through traditional switches and buttons.