As technological developments are accelerating at such an excitingly rapid rate that most of us find it difficult to keep up, we sometimes look back to old designs from simpler times and look for ways to integrate them into today's technological landscape.
Some of these include the dramatic use of railway station escalators in an art installation or the smart and intelligent combination of new technology in the classic Volkswagon Camper. Although we can't go back in time, we can pay tribute to past innovations by giving them a smart and modern update.
With this thinking in mind, UK-based startup Charge is working on a brilliant fully electric version of one of the most well-loved vintage cars of the 20th century: the 1960s Ford Mustang. And as proof of how much time, sweat and labor will go into the project, the company is planning to make only 499 of the electric Mustangs available.
To help turn their vision into a reality, the company has made the wise decision to work with electric vehicle company Arrival, a London-based company which developed a sleek and modern smart electric van as well as the AI-based racing platform Roborace.
In terms of the specs behind the reimagined classic car, the lucky future owners can expect:
--> A 300 kilowatt electric motor
--> A 64 kilowatt-hour battery pack
--> An expected 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 3.09 seconds with an impressive 200km travel range
--> 7,500 Nm of wheel torque and 1,200 Nm of motor torque
Beyond the operational side of things, Charge also plans to equip the cars with both all-wheel or real-wheel drive modes, and a large touchscreen will be used to allow drivers to easily switch between the two modes. The personalized digital interface in the interior will be the strongest symbol of returning "the classic vehicle back to the cutting edge once again."
For insurance purposes, the company is now accepting £5,000 deposits. The souped-up automobiles will be priced starting at around a hefty £200,000, and Charge hopes to begin making shipments in September of next year. A series of multi-city test drive events leading up to the September 2019 target will kick off in March.
Thanks to clever engineering and a strong attention to design details, the cars, when ready, will give the select group of owners the feeling of owning a piece of history and a piece of the future, all at one time.
The company sums the thinking behind the project best with this statement: "We redefine great classic cars with advanced electric technology while preserving their iconic design. Thus, we believe for emission-free future with giving the ultimate performance to epic auto legends."
This indicates the company, as reflected in the car design, is committed to producing vehicles which embrace a vision of sustainability that does not ignore the realities of sound product design, a luxury consumer experience, and classic innovation.
Interesting Engineering, along with bloggers and car enthusiasts, will be actively documenting the design process and the leadup to the unveiling.