Meet the stunning Alcraft GT – the new British electric car that could become a reality with a little help from its friends.
Currently a 33% foam model, the final production car will be a “sporty yet practical” battery-only car with a 300-mile range, boasting a shooting brake-style rear giving access to a 500-litre luggage area.
The first car from Silverstone-based electric vehicle start-up Alcraft Motor Company, the high-performance Alcraft GT features three electric motors and all-wheel drive, giving it an estimated 0-62mph time is 3.5 seconds.
The batteries are in a T-shaped pack between and behind the driver and passenger seats, though it has been designed and engineered so that a range-extender could be added. It can also be made as a 2+2 rather than a two-seater.
With the design of the Alcraft GT complete and virtual engineering undertaken for core systems and regulatory requirements, the next step is to build a full running prototype.
Alcraft Motor Company, which is targeting a start of production in 2019, is launching a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign to finance the car’s development, with the balance coming from equity funding.
The crowdfunding bands start at £10 and go up to £25,000. Rewards include VIP days at Silverstone with rides in a development mule for the GT, featuring similar battery, motor and torque vectoring technologies to those which will be in the GT, and exclusive electric bikes by Cyclotricity and wristwatches by Matthew Humphries Design.
Founded by businessman David Alcraft, his team includes Charles Morgan, previously of Morgan Motor Company, ex-Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders CEO Christopher Macgowan, designer Matt Humphries 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 big name suppliers including Continental for safety systems and Michelin for tyres.
“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,” explained David Alcraft.
“We hope this will establish a niche For Alcraft Motor in Britain’s renowned specialist low-volume car industry.”
To find out more go to https://alcraftmotor.com and follow the crowdfunding links.