The six-passenger Eno.146 EV has arrived.
For now, the GAC Eno.146 is merely a prototype but it seems the Chinese automaker intends to put this stunning all-electric, six-passenger vehicle into production at some point. Making its official debut at this year's Guangzhou Motor Show, the Eno.146 abandons typical doors and rearview mirrors in favor of some rather radical styling. Also notice the closed wheels with flat covers. And then there's its "long-tail" rear end. Sound somewhat familiar?
It should because this aerodynamic design was very recently applied to the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which recently broke the world's top speed record to over 300 mph. It even went slightly airborne at 278 mph. That extended rear end helps to stabilize the Bugatti at high speeds and, apparently, BAC felt there was a need to do the same with its latest concept.
In an effort to one-up Bugatti, the Eno.146 has a drag coefficient of 0.146, hence its name. Meanwhile, the Chiron has a 0.35 rating. GAC claims the concept's Cd is one of the lowest in the world.
GAC aims to have all of its production vehicles fully electrified by 2025, a goal other international automakers also share, though the date itself varies. But it's the Eno.146 where GAC is truly showing its R&D achievements. With its gullwing-style doors and powerful electric motors, the Eno.146 is precisely what a concept vehicle should be: exotic. Will it ever reach production? The automaker made no mention of whether or not this will happen.
It's still important to point out that there's a difference between building a one-off concept with an extremely low Cd as opposed to actually putting something like the Bugatti Chiron into production. Needless to say, this really shouldn't be an apples to apples comparison. Still, this concept is merely another example of what ambitious Chinese automakers are capable of doing.
And, lo and behold, the Eno.146's design appears to be all-original. Perhaps the era of Chinese design rip-offs may one day come to an end.