British firm offering all-new electric MG
Could this save the classic car from extinction?
If the rumours are true and classic cars are going to be disappearing from our roads, then cars like this could well be the future.
It may look like an old MGB, but this one has been built by British classic motoring specialists RBW Classic Electric Cars and, you guessed it, it has an all-electric drivetrain. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in eight seconds, and has a limited top speed of 105 mph while Peak power output of 70 kW. Full-charge range is over 155 miles which, considering this won't be a daily driver, is pretty decent.
The battery-powered drivetrain comes from renowned supplier Zytek Automotive, while the body shell is also completely new. Because of that, it's not cheap. While a good MGB can set you back anywhere from £7,000 to in excess of £32,000, this one starts at £83,000.
"The aim is to create a stunning vehicle that has the aesthetic appeal of a classic car but with all the engineering of a modern electric vehicle," said RBW Classic Electric Cars managing director Peter Swain. "To ensure drivers comfortable driving and complete safety, rather than taking an old body shell with distressed and tired metal, RBW has partnered with British Motor Heritage and Gregson Polska to provide brand new body shells."
“The limited-edition hand-built models, with an initial 30 examples created, launched to the motoring trade at Cenex, a showcase of low carbon vehicle technologies, on 12/13 September," he added. "A public launch will follow at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show from 9-11 November at Birmingham’s NEC where enthusiasts can reserve their vehicle with a small deposit."
Just 30 of the electric MGBs will be built, but if that's not rare or exclusive enough, the company will also offer an all-electric Jaguar XKSS recreation for an eye-watering £150,000.
"Our aim is make these great classic cars better for the modern age and to do that, we have been fortunate to be supported by great companies who share the same ethos," said Swain.
"In our research and development, we put the cars through vigorous testing which showed just how much pressure is on the body as well as the components. Such is the power of the engine, we used new components wherever possible to ensure the best for owners to enjoy from their classic electric sports car."
Gallery: RBW Electric MG Roadster