Following its public reveal in the Shanghai auto show last month, Aston Martin’s first all-electric model, the Rapide E, took to the streets of Monaco for its first public demonstration ahead of today’s Formula E Monaco E-Prix.
Taking part in two dedicated on-track sessions, the British luxury marque’s new model was put to the test by Aston Martin factory driver and three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Darren Turner.
Billed as the most powerful Rapide model ever, the car’s twin rear-mounted electric motors deliver a combined target output of more than 600 horsepower and 950Nm of torque.
The Rapide E is powered by an 800-volt battery encased in a carbon fiber and kevlar casing, with a 65kWh capacity.
The battery pack lies where the original 6.0-liter V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located, with the 800-volt system allowing for more efficient charging and greatly improved thermal characteristics over existing electrical architectures.
Turner said an “incredible” amount of performance is on offer with the Rapide E.
“The car has the kind of torque and punch that you’d expect from an EV, but they’ve really worked hard to retain the dynamic characteristics of what makes an Aston Martin special,” he said.
“Today feels like a real milestone in this company’s history and for me to be the first person to drive an all-electric Aston Martin publicly is an absolute honor, particularly here in Monaco.”
Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO Andy Palmer added: “We have set out a bold strategy for the electrification and hybridization 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.
“Darren is very lucky to have had the chance to demonstrate what Rapide E can do and I firmly believe that those who have already placed their name down for this special model, will be able to take pride in seeing the car run in anger for the first time.”
The Rapide E will see a limited production run of 155 units.