Protoscar Lampo2: Ugly, Electric, Interesting

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The Protoscar Lampo2 is built on GM's Kappa platform but dispenses with the attractive Solstice/Sky shell for bad sci-fi styling and replaces the gasoline engine with two separate electric powertrains tied together to deliver 408 HP.


While having a look that burns like fire, the Lampo2 does has some slick ideas, not the least of which includes two completely separate powertrains at each axle. Running together the engines have a total output under full power of 408 HP and 472 lb-ft of torque. The car weighs in at a respectable-for-a-full-EV 3,483 lbs and delivers a 0-to-60 MPH time of five seconds flat and a top speed of 124 MPH. Not too shabby.

If you run out of juice you can take the traditional deep charge which takes about 8 hours and delivers a 124-mile range, though the second and more interesting option is a 10-minute quick charge using a stand-alone, high-power charging system for a claimed 62 miles of additional range — it's like Xanax for range anxiety.

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Is there a rule stating that all cars that are powered by an electric drivetrain must me horrifically ugly?

I've never seen a good looking electric car, how hard can it be?