If you’ve ever dreamed of a 500 horsepower supercar that packs 1,000 pound-feet of torque, and can go from zero to 60 in under 3.4 seconds—and runs off of a giant battery, then the 2015 Renovo Coupe is the car you’ve been looking for.
For a cool half-million dollars you not only get the ridiculous performance numbers we mentioned above, but you also get a zero-emission vehicle that can go 100 miles on a charge and can be refilled at a DC quick charger in a half hour or in five hours at a standard Level 2 charger.
Like the Tesla EVs, the Renovo is built in Silicon Valley, but the relatively new company uses modified, two-seat, Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis as its starting point.
“There’s nothing like this on the road today,” company founder Christopher Heiser said in a recent interview. “We don’t have to replace any of the supercars out here today. It just adds to the landscape. It’s its own thing.”
Renovo started working on the vehicle four years ago, according to Automotive News, and says it's now taking orders for the roughly 100 cars that will be made starting next year.
Renovo’s founders, Christopher Heiser and Jason Stinson, previously worked at the computer security company Verisign and chipmaker Intel. Though they are new to the industry, they hope to find space in the supercar market alongside venerable names such Ferrari and Lamborghini, and relative newcomers such as Pagani and Koenigsegg.