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article imageQuebec looking to build electric supercar

By Joe Duarte     Mar 5, 2014 in Technology
Quebec - A Quebec car builder not only wants to be a player in the lightweight sports car market, but is also exploring electric powertrains that would put it in very select supercar company.
Dubuc SLC (Super Light Car) announced at the Quebec City International Auto Show that it has entered into discussions with TM4 Electrodynamic Systems (the Hydro-Québec subsidiary that develops electric-vehicle motors and power systems), consumer-accessories distributor Gentec and the University of Sherbrooke to develop an electric powertrain to fit in it Tomahawk two-seater, setting up a potential scenario of an electric supercar designed and built completely in Canada, ready to take on the likes of the Tesla Roadster.
The electric powertrain would reportedly deliver a range of 350 km, a zero to 100 km/h time of about four seconds and a top speed of 220 km/h, according to Mario Dubuc, president of Dubuc SLC (Super Light Car).
Introduced at the Montreal International Auto Show in January 2014, the Tomahawk is actually a kit car ready to assemble on a Corvette C4 (1984-1996) chassis. For $19,995 U.S., buyers get a lightweight polymer body (available in five colors), windows and a removable glass roof panel, nearly complete interior (dash, console, seats and panels) and aluminum monocoque frame. The entire kit weighs in at about 135 kg (roughly 300 lbs.) and the finished road-worthy car would reportedly weigh in at about 900 kg (less than 2,000 lbs.).
Buyers have to supply the Corvette C4 chassis, lights (lens covers are included in the kit), electrical wiring (the frame is pre-drilled to run wires), seatbelts, carpet and their choice of powertrain (engine/transmission) to mount behind the cabin and deliver power to the front wheels.
Dubuc recommends a donor car for the mechanicals and other bits, which would put the entire project at an estimated $30,000, depending on the choices for used components.
Similar in size to a Lamborghini Gallardo, Tomahawk features the same style of scissor doors (opening to 75 degrees) that made Lamborghini famous. It can reportedly be put together in 250 hours by a skilled do-it-yourselfer (compared to many other kits that require 1,500-2,000 hours, according to a company press release).
The company is taking orders on its website.
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