Aston Martin showed off its new all-electric Rapide E in its first public demonstration on the streets of Monaco ahead of the Formula E ePrix.
Following the Rapide E’s public reveal at Auto Shanghai in April, the company’s first all-electric vehicle was driven around Monaco in front of crowds by Aston Martin works driver and three-time 24hours of LeMans winner Darren Turner.
The most powerful Rapide ever, the car’s twin rear-mounted electric motors deliver a combined output of 612PS and 950Nm of torque.
Powered by a bespoke battery pack an 800V electrical architecture is encased in a carbon fibre and Kevlar casing with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. It lies where the original 6.0-liter V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located.
Dr Andy Palmer, president and group CEO Aston Martin Lagonda said: “Rapide E is a defining product in Aston Martin Lagonda’s history. We have set out a bold strategy for the electrification and hybridisation across the Group and this product demonstrates that we have the capability to deliver an EV of exceptional performance, while still delivering the qualities demanded of not just Aston Martin customers, but the wider luxury market. As the world’s first all-electric luxury brand, Lagonda will directly benefit from the technologies and experience derived from the Rapide E program.”
Production of the Rapide E is scheduled to begin in late 2019 with pricing only available on application.