Aston Martin details Rapide E

By Graeme Roberts | 13 September 2018

Aston Martin has confirmed technical details of its 155-unit special edition Rapide E.

The automaker has focused on achieving effective cooling of the batteries and electric motor to ensure consistent performance while strict weight targets have been stringently observed using lightweight alloys and carbon composite materials.

The car will be powered by an 800V battery with 65kWh installed capacity using 5,600 lithium ion 18,650 format cylindrical cells. These are mounted in a bespoke battery pack where the original combustion V12, its gearbox and fuel tank were located. This battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque. 

Rapide E's range target is over 200 miles (300km) under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) while the model is capable of charging at a rate of 1851,2 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. However, the car's 800V high-voltage battery system enables faster charging of 3101,2 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher. 

Projected top speed is 155mph, with a sub-4sec 0-60mph time and a 50-70mph time of just 1.5sec.

The rear-wheel drive Rapide E's twin electric motors will drive through a limited slip differential combined with revised spring and damper rates. 

Rapide E will be built at the upcoming St Athan factory, announced as the future 'Home of Electrification' for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands.