Aston Martin this week unveiled a fully electric concept of its Rapide S four-door sport saloon outside Lancaster House in London, the place for a meeting between their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
The new RapidE concept, an all-electric Rapide, has been developed in collaboration with William Advanced Engineering, the engineering arm of the greater William group. It’s the same team that built the technology for Williams’ Formula 1 race team. In addition, the new RapidE concept is also a team effort between William Advanced Engineering and China investment group China Equity, which announced that it will supply the capital resources once the vehicle goes on production.
During the Lancaster House event in London, Aston Martin and ChinaEquity signed a major agreement to explore the development of a production version of the RapidE concept car. And if everything goes well, the new luxury sports car would be produced at Aston Martin’s global headquarter in Gaydon, Warwickshire in England.
The new concept car was built at William Engineering facility in Grove, Oxfordshire. And it’s now on display in Lancaster House in support of a creative summit organised by the British government’s successful GREAT campaign to showcase the best of what the UK has to offer and encourage people around the world to visit and invest in the country. The GREAT campaign was created to increase tourism and strengthen business relations with foreign and global companies, a fitting backdrop for the launch of a British-made luxury sport car RapidE.
Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO Aston Martin, said in a statement: “ We see luxury electric vehicles as an intrinsic part of our future product portfolio and welcome ChinaEquity into the next phase of study for the project development.” And also added that: “The exciting RapidE concept tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars.”
For now, the RapidE is just a sports car concept, but Aston Martin and its partner ChinaEquity are planning a production version. Aston Martin claims that RapidE could make the move from concept car to market in two years.
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