Advanced Engineering 2018

URT Provides Composite Materials for Electric Vehicle

27 August 2013

Detroit Electric has partnered with URT for the production of carbon fibre body panels for the new SP:01 sports car, which made its global public debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. 

URT also produced the panels for another SP:01 show car, which was revealed to a select group of VIPs in Detroit, US. Six highly-skilled engineers from URT’s production and innovations teams produced the moulds for the car and carried out detailed material research, as well as manufacturing the body panels.

To facilitate the manufacture of the remaining vehicles planned for production, URT has developed a bespoke body engineering programme for the limited edition sports car.

URT’s choice of cutting-edge materials contributes to the vehicle’s gross weight of just 1,090kg. The SP:01 accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph, making it the fastest-ever pure-electric production vehicle.

Matt Cox, URT’s Founding Director, commented, “We were very excited to work with Detroit Electric as we admire its vision and the engineering drive behind the company. The project allowed us to once again showcase our ability to produce high-quality bespoke composite components.

“The development of a bodywork engineering process for the manufacture of the remaining 999 vehicles coincides with recent research conducted at URT to further improve our capabilities. Building on our previous experience in large-scale vehicle production for the defence industry, we plan to increase our manufacturing volumes to thousands across all sectors.”

Detroit Electric’s CEO, Albert Lam, said, “We’re hugely impressed and grateful to URT for managing the bodywork production of our two show cars and delivering components that match our own high standards. URT’s input into developing a production process has proved invaluable.”

The SP:01 is the first production vehicle to be marketed under the Detroit Electric brand since 1939. On sale in many of Detroit Electric’s target markets later this year, the SP:01 will herald a new family of all-electric production cars, including two other high-performance models that will enter production by the end of 2014.

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