The world could have an electric supercar by 2019 if a fledgling Japanese tech company can bring a radical concept car to showrooms.
Japanese upstart GLM is planning a 400kW/1000Nm four-door powered purely by batteries. It is claimed to reach 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.
The largely unheard-of company has supplied EV components and has experience working through homologation issues in various countries. It plans to expand, using the GLM G4 concept that was unveiled at the 2016 motor show as a brochure for its wares.
Basically, the G4 is being touted a four-door electric supercar. It certainly has the look of one, which can be partly attributed to Dutch automaker Savage Rivale, which had a hand in designing and building the G4. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that the G4 draws some striking similarities to Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS, right down to the “blooming flower” doors. In fact, the only physical difference between the G4 and the Roadyacht GTS is the latter’s rear door actually folds itself to turn the car into a four-door GT convertible.
The two cars do have different powertrains. Thanks to some assistance from former Toyota and Nissan engineers, GLM was able to install the G4 electric supercar with electric motors split between the front and rear axles, providing a total output of 540 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to propel the car from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds to go with a range of 248 miles, putting it as close as possible to the 250-mile range of the Tesla Model S 90D.