An Indian startup called Vazinari Automotive revealed images of the Ekonk, an electric hypercar designed to be the “lightest EV ever,” a report from Motor1.com explains. The car, which looks like it’s out of the Speed Racer movie, was designed with a special cooling system to keep it as light as possible.
Though the Ekonk is still in the prototype phase, the Vazinari Automotive team says it aims to develop the fastest car ever built in India, and the lightest electric vehicle in the world. The Vazinari Automotive team says the hypercar will weigh only 738 kilograms (1,627 lb) and reach a top speed of 192mph (308 km/h).
The Ekonk’s impressive air cooling system uses the Vazinari’s so-called DiCo technology, which the automaker says was developed via biomimicry — some flying and gliding animals use air to cool themselves down on hot days. This sets the Ekonk apart from most modern electric vehicles, which use liquid cooling systems to cool down their battery packs.
A vehicle that’s ‘alive’
The Vazinari team used the DiCo system as well as a body made out of carbon fiber to keep the weight of the vehicle down. The creators claim the Ekonk has an electric powertrain that produces 722 horsepower allowing it to go from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in only 2.54 seconds.
“For us, Ekonk signifies our real beginning, where for the first time design and innovation come together. It’s our first vehicle that’s ‘alive’. In the Indian scriptures, Ekonk signifies the beginning of the divine light. The big bang,” Chunky Vazirani, founder of Vazirani, who is a former employee of Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover, explains on the company’s website.
The Ekonk has been tested at the Natrax high-speed track near Indore, India, though Vazinari hasn’t released any information on whether the car will eventually go into production. You have to give it to Ekonk for actually building a car that looks like other designers’ future vision design concepts.