Set to debut later this year with a pricetag of €55,000 (approximately $70,000), the new Izaro GTE promises Ferrari-rivaling performance but with next-to-no emissions. Of course, all this will depend on whether the project actually makes it to the production stage or remains vaporware--just like the many others that have come before it.
If you’re thinking the GTE’s proportions look familiar, then you would be correct. Its underpinnings are based on the ever-popular Factory Five Racing GTM chassis, which has spawned several hybrid and electric car concepts already, including one with a jet-turbine engine and another from Revenge Designs.
Underneath the sheet metal Izaro’s designers propose to use a chassis constructed from a mix of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steels. Power will come from either a hybrid configuration with 416 horsepower on tap or an all-electric system with a more generous 490 horsepower. Both cars will rely on lithium-ion battery technology for their respective electric drive systems.
Proposed specs include a 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds and a top speed in excess of 174 mph. Driving range, meanwhile, is said to be 428 miles for the hybrid and 150 miles for the all-electric version.
At this price level, it will be remarkable if Izaro can accomplish its bold claims but we wouldn’t hold our breath.