Test Drive | Delta E-4 Coupe

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Delta Motorsport have launched the Delta e4 coupe prototype which theblogaboutcars.com was kindly invited to test drive. The concept of designing and potentially building an electrically powered sports car began in 2006, which Delta Motorsport ran in conjunction with numerous motorsport projects.

Look and Style

The chassis looks surprisingly sleek with the interior cabin much larger than its outside appearance. The sleekness is continued inside with the touch screen dashboard (although the interior materials were limited because this is a prototype). In its appearance the bonnet reminds me of a Porsche Cayenne.

Technological Features

The impressive looking touch screen tablet contains the Sat Nav, radio option, speed and other features all in a single screen which is a triumph. It’s easy to use and the driver and/or passenger can change the functions within a few seconds. The Delta e4 can reach 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 116mph with a range of 140 miles.

The Drive

The Delta e4 is an automatic which at first I thought wasn’t going to be the most interesting car to drive. As there is no engine noise the start stop button gives out a brief sound when pushed. The handbrake was incredibly stiff even the engineer in the passenger seat noted this before I even turned the on the car. The Delta e4 handles much better than I thought with the accelerator and brakes very responsive.

Comfort

I wouldn’t say the driving experience is the most comfortable but then this probably isn’t the first thing you think about when purchasing a sports car. You can definitely tell Delta have drawn from its experience in motorsport design because when you are sitting in the Delta e4 it’s almost as if you are driving horizontally!

Verdict?

Well I think everyone knows the car industry has to revert away from using oil so this is a step in the right direction. The car itself is very appealing the problem is the battery weight of 350kg which runs 140 miles. Until car manufacturers heavily invest with the aim of solving this weight issue it’s going to be very difficult to launch these types of vehicles commercially.

 

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