Six wheels, six electric motors, a whole lot of power. This is Hennessey’s new project, Deep Space.
Hennessey is trying something different. Instead of bolting superchargers displacing more than most European hatchbacks to V8s or turbocharging them within an inch of their life, it has revealed details of a brand new, fully electric grand tourer.
Codenamed “Project Deep Space”, the GT will be the most expensive electric vehicle ever offered with a starting price of US$3 million (NZ$4,395,855). For that eye-watering sum, buyers will get a “a unique, ultra-luxurious, grand tourer that can transport four adults in absolute comfort along with four sets of golf clubs, plus luggage.”
Oh, and at some seriously ridiculous speeds.
Hennessey decided that an EV with four hub-mounted motors isn’t enough, and was evidently watching Thunderbirds reruns while drafting the car, because Deep Space has six wheels, each with their own motor.
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“Hennessey has spent more than 30 years building some of the fastest and most exciting vehicles in the world,” explains company CEO & founder, John Hennessey.
“This mantra will continue for our next 30 years by introducing the world’s first fully electrified, six-wheel-drive hyper-GT. We believe that ‘Deep Space’, with six electric motors combined with six driven wheels, could be the world’s quickest accelerating four-seater from zero to 200 mph (312kmh)!”
The company isn’t talking exact power figures yet, but expect the number to be four digits long, considering the upcoming Venom F5 coupe makes 1355kW from a twin-turbo V8 engine.
It’s difficult to see the exact shape of the car from the design sketches, but it looks like Deep Space will resemble an aerodynamic teardrop, in order to reach high speeds with as little interior disturbance and power consumption as possible.
Another first for Deep Space is diamond-shaped seating positions, with the driver centrally located and two passengers just behind on either side.
The fourth passenger, positioned directly behind the driver, will occupy the world’s first VVIP (Very Very Important Person) lie-flat automotive seat, Hennessey says.
More details will be announced in due course, and we can’t wait to hear them, or even see Deep Space in action.