The Renovo Coupe might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's certainly one of the curviest — and shiniest — electric supercars that you are ever likely to lay eyes on. Boasting a 740-volt lithium ion battery that pushes out 500-horse power and a Nvidia Tegra X1 superchip with a teraflop of processing grunt, it's certainly no slouch in the "oomph" department either. We were lucky to get up close and personal with the latest iteration at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California. Despite having to constantly wipe drool off our lens, we managed to take a few photos...
Originally debuting at CES in January, the Renovo Coupe was once again rolled out to wow punters at GTC 2015. For a conference centrepiece, I'm sure you'll agree it's not half bad. Like the previous prototype, it uses a factory-modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis although this time with an all silver finish instead of white-on-blue.
Here it is from the other side. Trying to photograph this thing without a gaggle of gawkers in the way was surprisingly difficult. (Actually, it's not that surprising at all. This car commands attention.)
The 740-volt lithium ion battery packs have the physical appeal of a sports car engine. It boasts a power output of more than 500 horsepower and 1000 ft-lbs of torque which sees it capable of going from 0 to 60mph in 3.4 seconds. Not too shabby! It has a reported top speed of more than 120 mph (193 km/h).
The plush dashboard boasts a pair of LCD displays powered by Nvidia's Xi chip and Drive CX computer.
The Drive CX computing platform handles everything from 3D advanced navigation and natural speech processing to high-resolution digital instrument clusters and oodles of infotainment. Prior to the implementation of the Tegra X1, the Renovo Coupe's dash was considerably more primitive looking.
The Brembo ceramic brakes are a new addition to the Renovo Coupe. That's sophistication right there.
Even the charging connector is pretty stylish. We attempted to pop it open, but a horrified minder rushed over and stopped us before we could take a photo. Tch.
More gaudy opulence for the Rich Kids Of Instgram to share in-between jaded selfies. (And yes, that's a reflection of me with a ridiculously oversized phablet. I'm clearly as bad as they are.)
Get outta the way, lady. You're spoilin' the view!
The car's futuristic stylings are superb for the most part, but I'm not sure about that rear: it looks like a cross between a Huey helicopter and something The Jetsons would fly in. Then again, I drive a Ford Laser, so what do I know?
So how much can you expect to pay for one of these petrol-shy monsters? Current estimates place it in the region of $US529,000. Christ knows what it will cost down under, but it's safe to say that nobody reading this can afford it. Soz.
Gizmodo travelled to GTC 2015 in San Jose, California as a guest of Nvidia.