The Tesla started it, but the idea that cars using alternative tech can still look great and be fun to drive is good news for petrolheads with a conscience. I actually think it’s quite ugly, but it’s intriguing – and better that than bland.
The job of the Spyder is to showcase lightweight construction and eDrive hybrid-electric technology. Its passenger cell is made of lightweight, strong carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), while the drive modules are made primarily from aluminum components.
The 131hp electric motor on the front axle works in tandem with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine sending 223hp through the rear wheels. The Spyder can sprint from 0 to 62mph (100 km/h) in 5.0sec on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. In European tests, it has recorded a jaw-dropping 94mpg.