The Eliica (Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car) is an 8-wheel 800bhp electric car invented by Hiroshi Shimizu of Keio University in Japan. It has a charge time of 10 hours, a range of more than 300km per charge, and is faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo, doing 0-60mph in four seconds, and 0-100mph in seven seconds. Maximum test speed is 370kph (230mph).
From a test drive report:
At our drive at Keio University near Tokyo, we punched the 'D' button on the dash, pointed the car down the road and flattened the gas pedal. With a faintly audible whirr of eight 100bhp in-wheel motors, the 0-60mph sprint was smooth, effortless, quiet - and surreal. The mind-boggling acceleration was on a par with that of a 500bhp GT racing car. Yet the lack of a transmission meant there were no jerky cog swaps as we were thrust back in our seat by an incredible 0.8Gs.
-- by JD