The production model is slated to debut in June, before hitting the Nordschleife in September
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by Michael Gauthier
We haven’t heard much from Automobili Estrema since the company unveiled the 2,012 hp (1,500 kW / 2,040 PS) Fulminea in 2021.
However, the model is back in the spotlight as the brand has provided an update and revealed the first production model will be unveiled this June. Shortly thereafter in September, Automobili Estrema will travel to the Nürburgring and attempt to set a new lap record for electric sports cars on the Nordschleife.
Interestingly and somewhat unreassuringly, Automobili Estrema has launched a Kickstarter campaign to “support the costs involved with such an attempt.” The campaign is seeking to raise $104,197 (£86,154 / €97,863) and it has already garnered $12,040 (£9,955 / €11,308) from 39 backers as of this writing.
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The company also plans to produce a documentary that covers the “entire journey from inception until the race at [the] Nordschleife.” Viewers will also be able to “follow the making of Fulminea” in nine episodes that are set to roll out between February and October.
Needless to say, there’s plenty of risk involved and the Kickstarter campaign notes “As a start-up company, we know that we might not be able to complete the Fulminea prototype and (or) miss the record attempt … but we also know that with our passion, experience, know-how and talent, the chance of being successful is bigger.” That remains to be seen and the company finished up by saying, “We don’t know yet if our story will have a happy ending, let’s find it out together.”
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With all that being said, the Fulminea is slated to be a revolutionary electric hypercar that features ultra-capacitors as well as a ‘hybrid’ battery pack that combines traditional lithium-ion battery cells with solid-state cells produced by Avesta Battery Energy Engineering. This is slated to give the car a combined battery capacity of at least 100 kWh and a record energy density of 500 Wh/kg. The company also noted the batteries are only slated to weigh 661 lbs (300 kg), while the car itself should come in at 3,307 lbs (1,500 kg).
If everything pans out, the four motor Fulminea will be able to rocket from 0-199 mph (0-320 km/h) in less than ten seconds and travel approximately 323 miles (520 km) in the WLTP cycle. The company also says the car should be able to go from a 10% to 80% charge in less than 15 minutes.
Automobili Estrema added “initial production is underway” and they’ll only build 61 units that start at €1,961,000 ($2,087,396 / £1,725,827).