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Yet the team behind the stunning Vega sports car has credentials – and financial backing – befitting similar passion projects emerging in California’s Silicon Valley. The effort is the brainchild of technology entrepreneur Harsha Subasinghe, chief executive of Colombo-based CodeGen, a developer of software for the travel and tourism industry. Building a luxury sports car is certainly a departure for Subasinghe, but one with broader objectives than simply a quick zero-to-60mph time. (That’ll be 3.5 seconds, according to the Vega’s builders.)

Subasinghe envisioned the Vega not only as an all-electric thrill machine, but a demonstration of Sri Lankans’ ability to develop advanced transportation technologies.

“Getting people to believe that a complex engineering project like a supercar can come from Sri Lanka is a huge challenge for us,” says Beshan Kulapala, the car’s project manager. “This country produces some of the best engineers in the world, but in the past we’ve been afraid to commit to innovative product development for fear of losing, or being ridiculed.”

From a purely technological perspective, there seems little chance of that. The car bears a sophisticated silhouette befitting a boutique hypercar, and considerable innovation beneath that sheet metal. Dual electric motors power the rear wheels, producing a combined 900 horsepower with 530 pound-feet of torque. Carbon-fibre construction helps hold vehicle weight to about 3,000lbs – rather remarkable, given the density of the on-board lithium-ion battery packs. The team, comprising over 30 engineers and other personnel, is developing what Kulapala – a 13-year veteran of Intel with a PhD in electrical engineering – calls a state-of-the-art motor controller, and new thinking around battery packaging. Says Kulapala: “The lithium battery modules have a number of innovations in packaging, safety, battery management, system hardware, and firmware and software., “Our eDiff [electronic differential] will also run cutting-edge algorithms to control the vehicle in different road and driving conditions.

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Will it have the same track-attuned chops of a Ferrari or Lamborghini? Not likely, but nor will it be a slouch. That 3.5-second zero-to-60 time places it firmly in supercar territory, and the in-house engineering should help the vehicle – which is expected to carry a six-figure price tag – achieve a 150-mile range and a top speed of 150mph.

The team has the engineering pieces in place, but bringing the Vega to market may be the larger challenge. Raw materials and precision tooling needed for key components are not always present in Sri Lanka, Kulapala says. But Sri Lanka is full of surprises. Per capita income of the country has doubled since 2005, and the nation’s cellular subscriber base has grown 550% between 2005 and 2010. Sri Lanka was also the first country in south Asia to introduce mobile broadband technology.

“With the vast amount of data available online, we are able to learn and build expertise that we would otherwise lack,” Kulapala says. “Sure, we will need time to build experience, but with disciplined research, we are able to not fail where others have already have, and we can be quick to design and engineer products.”

CodeGen executive Subasinghe has invested more than $500,000 in the initial development costs to get the idea off the ground. Of course, budgets will head into the tens of millions once the development and testing of prototypes begins, and the company is taking the funding process one step at a time. Kulapala sees this proceeding at an aggressive pace, with the first prototype rolling out by April 2015 and the technology tuning and certification process following.

As every upstart supercar maker discovers soon enough, it's a long road from daydream to reality. Can the Vega make the trip? Sri Lankans have demonstrated impressive tenacity and innovation in recent years, rebuilding after a brutal civil war and a devastating tsunami. If any country seems equipped to rise to such an occasion, it's this one.
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Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:38 am

Not bad at all! Impressive stats, - the range is still a problem and it's common to all purely electric vehicles, but this vehicle doesn't look like it's intended to be a commuter - looks like it will be more at home on the open road.
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Agree, looks like a nice weekend toy

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Agree, looks like a nice weekend toy




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Usually people that HAVE weekend toys do tend to have that in their bank :lmao: :lmao:

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Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:27 am

Range is still enough for me to drive to Cape Town, visit all my suppliers and then stop for late lunch at a restaurant with charging station, attending to my emails and forum posts for 2 hours before heading home.

My problem is not the range, my problem is the price.
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Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:50 am

pietpetoors wrote:Range is still enough for me to drive to Cape Town, visit all my suppliers and then stop for late lunch at a restaurant with charging station, attending to my emails and forum posts for 2 hours before heading home.

My problem is not the range, my problem is the price.
I think that would apply to most of us. If I had the moola, I'd probably still go for a Tesla though.
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Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:56 am

Sal nie op my plaas pad kan ry nie.......dit hy gaan ook sukkel oor die speed humps.........

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Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:57 pm

looks absolutely stunning... but not very practical as Bugzy pointed out.

And why if you have 6 figures in the bank would you want to have a super car that you cannot hear coming on few miles away.
Surely supercars are meant to be loud, brash and plain old windgat. Just this week in traffic, audi v10 next to me, got few young men in a twist, nearly wetting themselves when they asked the owner to give it some revs, and he obliged. Not of the car to sound like a PC starting up.

So why is everyone doing research into EV that can outrun all that is a supercar, when the real need is for the average man in the street buckling under fuel costs. I would think relatively poor Asian countries like Sri Lanka would looks at this option first. Like india who bought out a car for just under 1000 rupees or something ridiculous like that.

We don't need it to so speed of sound, or a million miles on single charge.
Everyday commute to work one way is about 50km. So you get to work on one charge, plug it in there, get home, plug it in again.

As been pointed out, this looks like a weekend tourer. And if so, 150 miles not gonna get you far. For these, i say you have your hilux in the garage , and a little Tata EV to work and back.
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Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:19 pm

So why is everyone doing research into EV that can outrun all that is a supercar,
Because:
1. a supercar is the best place to do your research, most mechanical technology you see in modern passenger vehicles today were developed on the race track and then tuned down for passenger vehicle use.
2. You can sell your samples for millions which help to fund your development. If you tried to do that with El Chepos you will almost give away your samples.

Check this out , the Tesla Roadster is now doing 544Km per charge, that is about the same as what our Aygo can do on a tank and it is more than what my bakkie can do on a tank.
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Ongelukkig sal geen elektriese voertuig dit maak in SA nie - wel, nie met Eksdom wat nie krag kan verskaf nie
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Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:37 pm

i have often thought why not have standard battery pack... fits any car... like below the seats...
pull into "petrol" station.. pay for the new pack, you one your way in 5 min.

But that would mean big companies doing something for good of mankind :banned:

Microsoft can't even stick to W3C complaince :slap:
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dalkill wrote:i have often thought why not have standard battery pack... fits any car... like below the seats...
pull into "petrol" station.. pay for the new pack, you one your way in 5 min.
But that would mean big companies doing something for good of mankind :banned:

Microsoft can't even stick to W3C complaince :slap:
This is being done already, but it's still brand specific - i.e. the batteries are not standardised between manufacturers as yet .... it may still come, it's still early days and the concept hasn't caught on enough.
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Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:58 pm

Check this Hybrid, what a beaut !
The front is not that nice, but I like the side view

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Finally, sustainable design without compromise. Introducing the Fisker Karma, the first true electric luxury vehicle with extended range and the freedom to plug in or fill up. With the ability to toggle between the all-electric Stealth Mode or fuel assisted Sport Mode with the simple shift of the paddle, the Karma delivers high impact performance while maintaining a low impact on the environment. The Fisker Karma — a bold expression of uncompromised responsible luxury.
At Fisker Automotive, we strive to create environmentally conscious vehicles with passion, style and performance. It all starts with 959 lb/ft (1300 Newton/meters) of torque, instantly available at 0 RPM. In Sport Mode, the Karma’s EVer™ power management system utilizes the lithium-ion battery system in conjunction with the 2.0 liter 260 HP 4-cylinder direct injection motor (which is connected to a 175kW generator) to accelerate the Karma from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h).
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Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:00 pm

I like!! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:35 am

that profile almost looks like the top gear EV.... has the same concept of being a hyrbid :lmao:
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