Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Carice Sports Car Is Like A Tiny Electric Porsche 356
If you subscribe to such a theory, you might like the Carice Mk1, a new sports car hailing from the Netherlands. As if its cute little bug-eyed face, tiny proportions and buxom curves aren't enough, it's also powered by electricity.
Carice calls the Mk1 "the realization of technology of the future in a classically styled jacket", or at least that's how its web-page translates--and we don't think that's too wide of the mark.
Stylistically, it's very much like Porsche's first volume sports car, the 356. The 356 is already a small car by modern standards but the Carice Mk1 takes that a step further--parked next to other vehicles, it looks tiny.
Despite its electric powertrain, normally an invitation for a bank of heavy batteries and leaden curb weight, it tips the scales at just 771 lbs. Speaking to Autovisie, Carice founder Richard Holleman explains that the sports car uses a backbone chassis (Lotus Elan-style) and the battery pack sits along its central bar, where it's best for optimal weight distribution.
The low weight does hint at small battery packs, but Holleman doesn't confirm capacity--only varying outputs, from 15 kW to 40 kW. Range is therefore an unknown, though how far you'd want to travel in a small speedster with no roof is a matter of personal taste.
There's a tonneau cover, so at least the seats will stay dry while you're parked up. And the styling? Holleman admits it's a tribute to German design, but also suggests Italian influence. Essentially it's a tribute to "everything that used to be beautiful".
Carice Cars has actually been around since 2009 and has already sold a few vehicles, but Holleman says the company is now ready to sell its cars on a larger scale.
All are built in the Netherlands, and start from a not-inconsiderable $36,000 or so, including Dutch sales taxes. The car made its debut at the Concours d'Elegance at Het Loo Palace recently--no aggression required...