Therefore, meticulous attention to detail has been given to the development and creation of both the electric powertrain and of course the chassis. This ensures the car's driving modes are as enjoyable and exhilarating as they would be in a petrol powered car, enhanced even in some attributes, thanks to the instant surge of electric power.
Design and Exterior
Developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, the Aston Martin Rapide E features an optimal aerodynamic silhouette which benefits the performance of this exclusive Aston Martin. To distinguish this unique electric Aston Martin, blue details such as trim, bumper inserts and side sills are complemented by a blue stripe running centrally, for almost the entire length of the car.
Blue brake calipers continue the blue electric vibe, which look great behind the aluminium wheels which feature a contrasting black and bare aluminium theme. The wheels were designed with creating higher levels of efficiency as well as cooling performance.
Electric is very much the future, but the feel and characteristics of the sports car must not be compromised. And power is certainly something that needs to be ensured is taken care of, in a way that is very much signature Aston Martin. Therefore, replacing the original 6.0-litre V12 engine, is a 800V electrical architecture battery, encased in a incredible carbon fibre and Kevlar casing. This is teamed with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 litium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells.
Unsurprisingly these are placed where the engine would be, if this were a V12 Aston Martin Rapide. The total power output is an ultra-impressive 602bhp, good for the 0-60mph sprint in less than 4 seconds. On a full charge the Rapide E can return over 200 miles.
Climb inside, and the Rapide E is signature Aston Martin, with carbon fiber and blue stitched leather ensuring driver and passengers are encapsulated in sheer comfort, refinement and class. Blue is also the theme for the instrument dials, which tie in with the exterior of the car, as mentioned previous.
All in all, as the first Aston Martin to be fully-electric, the Aston Martin Rapide E ensures that Aston Martin buyers and enthusiasts need not worry about an electric future. The sheer power, class and state-of-the-art technology created to ensure this is still an unmistakable Aston Martin vehicle, guarantee a solid foundation has been set for the future of electric Aston Martin vehicles.