German startup Elegend AG has unveiled its very first model — a retro-futuristic electric car named the EL1 that pays tribute to the rally legends of the 1980s. While the Bavarian tech company hasn’t specifically mentioned it, the resemblance to the Audi Sport Quattro is very apparent, and we’re not complaining.
The Elegend EL1 is the concept of company founder and designer Marcus Holzinger and it’s all about performance and driving pleasure, aiming to “transfer analog primal instincts of emotional driving into the modern world,” as the company puts it. At the heart of EL1 is the 4WD electric powertrain with a max output of 600 kW, allowing the electric car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds then reach a top speed of 255 km/h. The curb weight is just 1,680 kg thanks to the ultra-light carbon monocoque, and the 90 kWh battery pack offers a 400 km range. In additional to everyday driving, the car has enough juice for two rounds on the Nordschleife in sports mode.
Elegend only plans to build 30 examples of EL1 and each has a starting price at 890,000 euro plus tax. The prototype should be ready by early 2022, with two additional models also on the way. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be another big talk, no action start up and we’ll be seeing more of Elegend’s stunning builds in coming years.