With the distribution help of southern-California’s Mullen Technologies, China’s Qiantu Motors is putting the final touches on its K50 performance electric supercar.
The 2020 Qiantu K50 by Mullen features all the modern materials and systems you’d expect in a lightweight performance supercar, including an all-aluminum structure fully covered over in a carbon fibre body (all 29 panels weigh just 46.7 kg), which makes it 40% lighter than steel and 20% lighter than aluminum.
A roof solar panel provides innovative cabin air circulation when the interior temperature reaches 25 degrees Celsius.
It rides on a full double-wishbone suspension calibrated by engineering, research and test services company Horiba Mira, which also handled chassis calibration to ensure the precise handling and ride feedback expected from a sports car.
Power is supplied by two 160-kW electric motors (one each on the front and rear axles to create a 4WD system) with a total output of 429 hp. The motors are fed from a 78-kWh energy storage system made up of 10 battery packs that are liquid-cooled/heated to maintain performance from -30 to 50 degrees Celsius. Range is supposedly around 380 km.
Dynamic torque vectoring turns the 4-wheel drivetrain into an all-wheel drivetrain by using the Brembo brakes (4-piston calipers pinching carbon ventilated discs front and rear) to slow down the appropriate wheels when needed for traction and cornering. The K50 rides on forged aluminum wheels shod with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.
The 2-seat Qiantu K50 features leather/Alcantara heated and cooled sport seats and a large floating HD touchscreen centre stack that houses controls for vehicle settings, climate control and third-party apps. There is no word of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay connectivity or navigation system, but presumably it’s fully connected.
More will be known about the car when it makes its North American debut this week at the New York International Auto Show. It went on sale in China last fall, with North American deliveries (sourced from Mullen’s assembly facilities in California) expected to begin in 2020 (with limited reservations available starting in summer 2019).