British electric vehicle start-up Alcraft Motor Company has revealed details of its first car, the high-performance Alcraft GT.
The business wants to start production in 2019 and is now launching a crowdfunding campaign offering the chance to play a part in the development of the car and the creation of a new British brand.
Alcraft Motor Company was founded by businessman David Alcraft and includes a core team of Charles Morgan, previously of Morgan Motor Company, ex-Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders CEO Christopher Macgowan, designer Matt Humphries who also spent time at Morgan, and ex-Toyota, Daewoo and Michelin senior executive Mark Carbery.
The engineering partner is Silverstone-based Delta Motorsport, whose expertise in electric drivetrains and battery systems sees it working both with global car manufacturers and at the highest levels of motor sport.
Other partners include specialist British companies Sevcon and KS Composites, and agreements are in place with major Tier 1 suppliers including Continental for safety systems and Michelin for tyres.
Alcraft Motor founder David Alcraft said: “We want to build a British car company which brings together traditional skills and high technology for the emerging low carbon car market.”
“We’re about combining great design, outstanding dynamics and the visceral thrill of electric powertrains to create products that are high in performance and desirability but very usable.
“We hope this will establish a niche For Alcraft Motor in Britain’s renowned specialist low-volume car industry.”
The Alcraft GT aims to be a sporty yet practical electric car with a shooting brake-style rear giving access to a 500-litre luggage area, and a 300-mile range.
The fundamental concept is battery-only, but has been designed and engineered so that a range-extender could be added.
Virtual engineering has provided expected figures of 840 lb ft torque and 600hp which, with four-wheel drive, torque vectoring, and light weight, result in an estimated 0-62mph time of 3.5 secs.
A 33% foam model, made for design verification purposes, can be seen at the Alcraft Motor Company booth at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire on 6 and 7 September.
The business is now launching a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign to support production, with the balance coming from equity funding.
The crowdfunding bands start at £10 and go up to £25,000 with rewards including VIP days at Silverstone, electric bikes by Cyclotricity, and wristwatches by Matthew Humphries Design.