What does 400 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque look like when it’s in an all-electric trike? The answer is the TORQ Roadster from Epic EV and it’s “the World’s Fastest 3 Wheeled Electric Vehicle.”
The TORQ will go 0-60mph in 4 seconds and will cost around $65,000 – all without a windshield.
The TORQ Roadster is from the mind of Chris Anthony, co-founder of Epic EV and former head of now-defunct EV maker Aptera.
“While seeking record breaking MPGe with the 3 Wheeled Aptera Electric Vehicle I often found myself longing for a more aggressive styled and track worthy adaptation. The TORQ will create a class of its own with its perfect balance of power, handling and aggressive styling,” Anthony said speaking to Business Wire.
Epic EV only plans to make 50 TORQs a year and asks for a $10,000 deposit from interested parties, which is fully refundable. If you’re less serious but still want to throw some money at Epic EV, you can pay 5,000 fully refundable dollars to be placed on the waiting list.
If you’re in the San Diego area and would like to see the TORQ up close and personal, you can attend the Launch Event on April 6th in North San Diego. If you do attend, bring a helmet. Without a windshield, bugs hitting your face a 60mph can really leave a mark.
We don’t yet know the drive range of the TORQ or the recharge time, which are essential details. If the Tesla vs. Top Gear lawsuit taught us anything, it’s that EVs don’t do well when repeatedly hammered around a racetrack.
The TORQ might feature a lightweight frame and F1-style suspension but will it hold up after repeated track-day thrashings? We’ll have to wait and see.