The new Varley evR-450 electric super car can hit 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, packs 900-plus torques and looks like a Nissan R390. It costs $200,000. It’s also based on the awesome, gas-guzzling $40,000-ish Superlite SLC coupe.
The evR-450 is assembled in Australia by Varley Electric Vehicles. It’s super-trick, featuring twin carbon ironless core AC motors with totally awesome-sounding Tritium Wavesculptor inverters. It has a semi-monocoque TIG-welded aluminum chassis with an integral space frame and weighs just 2750-ish pounds. Range? A comfortable 100 miles. Top speed? A disappointing 100-ish miles per hour. Are the batteries worth the extra cost of $200,000? Hit the jump to find out.
But here’s the thing: It’s based on the Superlite SLC coupe, a kit car that can be had for around $40,000. A kit car that’s made (in part) in Michigan. The SLC is made to take any LS-series Chevrolet V8, so there’s no upper limit to horsepower and torque. Even fitted with a standard ‘Vette mill, the SLC should be able to match the evR-450 in acceleration and completely destroy it in a top-speed run. Plus, it would have a nearly unlimited range.
So are the torquey electric motors and Tritium Wavesculptor inverters worth the extra cash? Or is the evR-450 just a toy to clear a rich enviro-crusader’s conscious?
My vote is for toy. The evR-450 absurdly expensive when compared to its dino-juice-powered cousin. And its slower. And it doesn’t sound nearly as good.