French electric car specialist Venturi has converted its buggy, the America, into a 303kW road-tearing monster.
The buggy itself isn’t new, but the new powertrain represents an 80kW power increase, while an equal boost in torque takes the America to 480Nm.
That enhancement is enough to launch the America from zero to 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 220km/h.
The power upgrade also sees the ground clearance extended to 280mm, joining suspension tweaks to improve handling.
But, despite its off-roading appearance, the two-seater buggy is only available in rear-wheel-drive.
A 53kW/h lithium battery pack provides a driving range of 250km, while recharge is claimed to be just 3.5 hours thanks to an onboard charge booster.
To maximise range, three driving modes are available; Cruising, Sport and SuperSport. Regenerative braking is also featured, capturing energy during braking and storing it in the buggy’s mid mounted batteries.
Despite the heavy battery pack, generous 4125mm length and huge 2060mm width, weight is kept down to just 1,525kg. This is partially thanks to a highly advanced composite tub, featuring a blend of carbon fibre and Kevlar.
Large slotted disc brakes are visible through the chunky 20 inch rims, while wide 255/45 tyres in the front, and 275/45 in the rear give the buggy plenty of grip and a dynamic stance.
With manufacturing commencing in 2015, only 20 buggies are destined for production, meaning customers will need to pre-order soon, even though a price list is not yet available.
Australian availability is not expected.
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