Tesla Roadster? What Tesla Roadster? Japanese automaker GLM and Japan racing-car maker Tommykaira are putting the finishing touches on one very cool electric roadster. No word on when it will reach the US but it looks worth waiting for.
The Tommykaira ZZ is said to be able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds, about the same as a Tesla Roadster, according to Tech In Asia. The advantage is that Kyoto-based GLM specializes in what it calls "adaptable" chassis, so the flexibility and customization possibilities may be far beyond what's typical for a high-end sports car, much less an EV.
The model, priced at about $80,000, has sold out of its initial small batch in Japan, but the companies say broader production for markets such as Europe and Taiwan may start next year. Mitsubishi Capital and Globis Capital Partners are among companies who helped fund the development of the Tommykaira ZZ.
We'd reported on Tommykaira back in early 2010 when the company gained from renown for offering special body and wheel kits for hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. But this is far more impressive. Check out the really cool 87-second video of the electric roadster (yes, right-hand drive) in action below.