How cool is this car? Can you see these popping up more and more in the future? Would you buy an electric car?
High tech investors race to build electric cars - Ian Wright, who left Tesla to start Wrightspeed last year, is aiming at the same $3 billion market for high-performance sports cars. The New Zealand-born electrical engineer spent nine months retooling an Ariel Atom race car to run on a lithium-ion battery — a prototype of the car he hopes to eventually sell for about $120,000.
Wright frequently takes prospective investors — and reporters — for a spin in the hills near his Woodside home.
With no doors, roof or windshield, a drive in Wrightspeed’s X1 feels like a roller coaster ride and can leave passengers wind-beaten and queasy. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3 seconds, making it one of the world’s fastest production cars. Last year, Wright’s X1 beat a Porsche and Ferrari in separate races.