The Austrian startup Deus Automobiles, founded in Vienna in 2020, presented the concept of an all-electric hypercar at the New York International Auto Show. The Deus Vayanne was developed in cooperation with Italdesign and Williams Advanced Engineering and is to be delivered from 2025 as a small series limited to 99 units.
The luxury electric car boasts more than 1,640 kW of power, over 2,000 Nm of torque, more than 400 km/h top speed and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in under two seconds.
Deus says that the Vayanne is the result of the collaboration of three philosophies and commitments. The goal here is to build the first electric vehicle in automotive history that exceeds the 2,200-horsepower mark while delivering “a comfortable and luxurious driving experience, outstanding performance figures and maximum everyday usability in the hypercar class.”
“We are really satisfied with the results achieved with the Vayanne, in this first phase of our collaboration with Deus. Thanks to our distinctive experience in low series vehicle development and manufacturing, we are able to provide our technical support and know-how. Moreover, we are excited to apply and integrate the innovative technologies provided by our partner Williams Advanced Engineering,” said Marco Volpengo, Italdesign head of automotive business development Europe.
Last year, Williams Advanced Engineering and Italdesign joined forces to develop a modular platform for building a wide variety of premium electric cars. This platform will be used to create vehicles customised to customer specifications.With the EVX, electric sedans, crossovers and GT vehicles should be able to be industrialised quickly, Williams said at the time. Since the premium vehicles will not be volume models, the platform has been optimised for “performance, shorter time to market, flexibility and business cases for small to medium volume production”.
Although it is famous for its high-end racing cars, Williams Advanced Engineering will soon be divinding its attention with heavy duty vehicles. Earlier this year, Williams was wholly acquired by Australian mining company Fortescue Metals Group.
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