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This British EV Shooting Brake Is A Hot Design That We Love

Hopefully Alcraft can build this awesome car.

We can understand if you've never heard of the car company Alcraft. This British company is yet another automaker that hopes to challenge Tesla in the EV market. Alcraft does have an experienced development team which includes Charles Morgan (from the Morgan Motor Company), Christopher MacGowan (from SMMT) and Mark Carbery (from Toyota, Daewoo and Michelin). The company's founder is David Alcraft, a businessman in the healthcare field who has a love for classic cars. Alcraft's company has just revealed its first all-new car.

The car itself is called the Alcraft GT and it is an all-electric shooting brake with a four-seat layout. The GT will feature a lightweight carbon fiber construction and will pack some serious performance that will match a Tesla Model S P100D. Alcraft is shooting for 600 hp and 840 lb-ft of torque, which is close to the Tesla's 603 hp and 713 lb-ft of torque. The car is supposed to have an all-electric range of 300 miles, though the company is considered a BMW i3-style range extender to give the car even further range. Power will be sent to all-wheel drive through three electric motors with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds.

A 3.5-second 0-60 time is nothing to scoff at, but it is a fair bit off the pace of a Tesla. The powertrain itself was developed by Silverstone-based company Delta Motorsports, which develops advanced EV drivetrains for projects like the new Ariel hypercar. Alcraft has also partners with Continental for safety systems and Michelin for tires. We can expect the Alcraft GT to remain a low-volume car with limited numbers. In an interview with Autocar, Michelin executive Mark Carbery said "We expect single-figure thousands over its life cycle. Subject to the right investment, we’re targeting launching the car for sale before the end of 2019."

Alcraft hopes that it can hit the market running before models like the Porsche Mission E or Aston Martin Rapide EV arrive on the market. The car is reportedly ready for production and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help get the car started. If the campaign goes successfully, Alcraft will price the car between 135,000 GBP and 145,000 GBP ($160,000 to $171,000).

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