Past meets present. Or is it the other way around?
Founded more than nine decades ago in Mallorca, Spain, Loryc is being resurrected by Karl-Heinz “Charly” Bosch, but with a modern twist. While the original models available back in the day had gasoline engines, the retro-flavored Loryc Electric Speedster will eschew the combustion engine to make room for an entirely electric powertrain.
From the outside it looks pretty much like a 1920s car, but underneath the skin is up-to-date hardware sourced from the Opel Adam. As a matter of fact, 24 bits and pieces have been borrowed from the posh city car, including the front suspension, rear axle, brakes, handbrake, and steering.
By blending a 1920s design with modern underpinnings, Bosch says it has managed to create a car that features an “historical look with latest technology.” It was a tricky thing to do because the car had to be engineered in such a way as to not exceed a weight of 449 kg / 990 lbs (excluding battery) in order to obtain European type approval. Bosch goes on to specify his team “was fighting every single gram of weight” during the development process and they decided to go with Adam-sourced components to keep the weight low and consequently boost range.
The Loryc Electric Speedster prototype has managed to pass all 120 tests without a hitch and Bosch has already finished the first production-ready car. An additional three vehicles, with each requiring at least 1,200 hours of handwork, will be completed at the workshop in Santa Ponça, a small town in the south-west of Majorca. These will either be sold or are going to be provided for guided tours.
The electric punch comes from a motor with 20 horsepower (15 kilowatts) and 120 Newton-meters (88 pound-feet) of torque in a car that weighs 800 kg / 1,763 lbs (including the 350-kg battery). Speaking of which, it comes fitted with a 30-kWh battery pack with lithium iron phosphate cells, which during the harmonized Motorcycle emissions Certification/Test procedure (WMTC) managed to last for 264 kilometers (164 miles), with Loryc mentioning the speedster will have at least 200 km (124 miles) of range in real driving conditions.
Opel itself is putting the finishing touches on a couple of electrified vehicles, albeit these will be nothing more than rebadged Chevys. We’re talking about the Ampera-e (Bolt) and the second-generation Ampera (Volt) scheduled to go on sale in Europe next year.