The Renovo Coupe is the World’s Sexiest All-Electric Supercar
One part Detroit, one part Silicon Valley, the Renovo generates 1,000 lb-ft of torque and costs around $530,000.
For fifty years, the Shelby Daytona Coupe has boasted the most beautiful silhouette in racing. So what happens when you take a Shelby replica and bolt twin electric Sequential Axial Flux motors under the slender hood? I’ll tell you what: America’s suavest tin man gets a super-powered pacemaker. Say hello to the Renovo Motors Coupe.
Renovo draws from two great American industry towns, Detroit and Santa Clara. For the iconic body, Renovo called on Shelby American, a company that produces stunning reproductions of Peter Brock’s original 1964, Le Mans-winning car. For the lithium-ion-powered motor, Renovo leaned on the expertise of its founder, Jason Stinson, who spent twenty years working on software, battery management, and component integration at Intel.
The product is stunning: Shelby’s sinewy shape powered by twin electric motors producing 500 horsepower and 1,000 ft-lbs of immediate torque. That insta-thrust gets the Coupe to 60 in just 3.4 seconds, while the battery pack allows the hot shoe at the wheel to keep that pace and more for 100 miles. While Renovo could have easily extended that range with more batteries, they wanted to keep the coupe light, and it is, at 3,250 pounds—two hundred less than Chevy’s Corvette. A “quick-charge” time of 30 minutes allows owners with eyes on the track to recharge between lapping sessions.
Compared to an original Shelby Daytona, which can go for up to $7 million at auction, the Renovo is a bargain at $529,000. And, with plans to sell just 100 annually, your drop-dead gorgeous future-powered retro-coupe will be the only one on the block.