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Sabine Schmitz Tackles The 'Ring In French Electric GT

 
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Few people know their way around the treacherous Nürburgring Nordschleife better than German race driver and TV personality Sabine Schmitz. She may have retired from 'Ring Taxi' duties last year, but during her career she's lapped the famous Northern Loop more than 20,000 times.

We doubt too many of those laps were undertaken in electric cars like the Exagon Motors Furtive-eGT, however, but that doesn't stop Sabine sounding particularly impressed by what the electric sports car can do.

First revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Furtive-eGT is an all-electric Grand Tourer, a car its makers say brings the 'French flair' back to prestige automobiles. That's certainly true of the styling, but Exagon Motors also has the performance covered.

Thanks to a useful 402 horsepower at 5,000-10,000rpm and 380 pounds-feet of torque from 0 to 5,000 rpm, the eGT can reach 60 mph from rest in only 3.5 seconds and top a limited 155 mph. Range is almost 200 miles on a combined economy cycle, or over 220 miles if you stick to city driving. An optional range extender takes that to over 500 miles.

We suspect those figures don't take into account a few laps of the Nürburgring with Sabine behind the wheel, but she holds plenty of praise for the performance, grip and braking.

In fact, she goes as far as to describe it as feeling easy to drive fast--poetically summed up as "like sitting on a cloud" thanks to the easily-accessible performance and near-silence of electric propulsion. It may not make a sound quite like the BMW M5 'Ring taxis, but if it's good enough for Sabine on the Nordschleife, it's good enough for us...



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