The Smart ForTwo is far from being the most exciting car in the world, but hand it over to the talented folks at Brabus and they’ll make it considerably more interesting. Case in point, the Ultimate E Concept debuting today at the Frankfurt Motor Show is not your typical city car. For starters, it started out in life as a regular ForTwo fitted with a combustion engine and then it received a fully electric powertrain developed in collaboration with Kreisel Electric.
The ForTwo concept is equipped with an electric motor that develops an impressive 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. With so much power having to carry around just 2,392 pounds (1,085 kilograms), it’s no wonder the Ultimate E Concept is seriously quick and fast. 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) takes 4.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 112 mph (180 kph). The maximum velocity might not seem very impressive, but let’s keep in mind we’re dealing with a tiny electric car.
Installed in the vehicle’s floor is the lithium-ion battery pack with a 22-kWh capacity and enough juice for 100 miles (160 kilometers) in the New European Driving Cycle. If you’re in a hurry, using a wall box charger for half an hour will charge the battery to an 80 percent level.
Sitting on 18-inch lightweight forged wheels, the zero-emissions Smart has received an eye-catching yellow paint on its wide aerodynamic body while on the inside a similar shade is nicely combined with the blue theme applied onto the seats, dashboard, and door panels.
Brabus says it’s currently performing road tests with the Ultimate E Concept and will show it at IAA to find out whether there will be enough demand to take into consideration a production version in a limited series.
Gallery: Brabus Ultimate E Concept official images
World premiere at the IAA 2017
BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept
BRABUS shows the concept of an exclusive electric city sports car with 150 kW / 204 HP, 350 Nm of torque,
0 – 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h
in cooperation with Kreisel Electric
“Electric city sports cars must primarily be fun. This includes breathtaking and virtually silent acceleration paired with a sufficient range,” says BRABUS CEO Prof. h.c. Bodo Buschmann.
150 kW / 204 HP (201 bhp), 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque, 0 – 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). A strikingly styled bright yellow body running on 18-inch forged wheels, and a luxurious interior crafted from the finest blue leather: On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com), the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept celebrates its world premiere at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt am Main.
The concept vehicle of an exclusive city sports car with electric powertrain was built based on the current smart fortwo coupe. The transverse electric motor behind the rear axle gets its power supply from a lithium-ion battery pack installed in the vehicle floor. It has a capacity of 22 kWh and delivers a maximum range of 160 kilometers (100 miles) in the NEDC standard cycle.
The BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept was developed and built by BRABUS ZERO EMISSION. Since 2008, this business division of BRABUS Group has been working on alternative powertrains. As a competent development partner for this project, BRABUS ZERO EMISSION was able to enlist Kreisel Electric from Austria.
The BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept is currently in the road-testing phase. If there is sufficient customer interest, the equally innovative and attractive electric city sports car could be built in small-series production in the near future.
For four decades, BRABUS has been considered one of the top addresses worldwide for exclusive high-performance vehicles. The BRABUS ZERO EMISSION business division of the company holding the status of automobile manufacturer with the German Federal Department of Motor Vehicles deals with the development of vehicle concepts for cars with alternative powertrains.
The Bottrop-based company continues its long-standing tradition of developing and producing exclusive city sports cars based on the smart fortwo with the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept and an alternative powertrain concept.
The platform for the innovative concept car is the smart fortwo coupe of the current generation. As in all smart vehicles, the BRABUS ZERO EMISSION high-performance electric motor is installed behind the rear axle in a transverse layout. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission.
The electric motor of the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept produces 150 kW / 204 HP (201 bhp) and propels the two-seater from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds. The vehicle has a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph).
Despite the performance potential, which for a microcar is enormous, the electric powertrain is particularly eco-friendly because it is carbon-neutral. As per NEDC (New European Driving Cycle), the consumption is just 13.9 kWh per 100 km (62 miles). The range is more than adequate for the predominant area of use of the concept car, the urban environment. Depending on the driving style, the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept has a range of 190 kilometers (118 miles) or 158 kilometers (98 miles) in the NEDC standard cycle on a single battery charge.
This comes courtesy of the ‘High-Efficiency Battery Power’ technology from Kreisel Austria. The compact 22-kWh lithium-ion pack of the Austrian specialists was tailored to fit the compact body of the smart fortwo perfectly. At the same time, the energy storage unit is nonetheless particularly light. As a result, the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept has a curb weight of just 1,085 kilograms (2,392 lbs.). Another advantage of this state-of-the-art battery technology is the short charging time. On a wall box charger in the garage at home, an 80 percent charge takes just 30 minutes.
However, the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept impresses not only with its eco-friendly high-performance powertrain. The design of the city sports car stands out from the crowd as well! The concept car is striking with its bright yellow special paint finish and its thrilling BRABUS WIDESTAR bodywork, which is exclusively reserved for the BRABUS ULTIMATE special models.
The widebody version has a sporty and dynamic design with fender flares at the front and rear axle. They create space for the 18-inch wide-base tires, extremely unusual for an electric car of this size. Using hi-tech forging technology, tailor-made and especially lightweight BRABUS Monoblock Y wheels are produced for the current ULTIMATE supercars based on the latest smart generation. With the front wheel weighing just 6.7 kilograms (14.7 lbs.) and the rear wheel just 7.1 kilograms (15.6 lbs.), the BRABUS Monoblock Y wheels for the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept are among the lightest 18-inch wheels on the market. A crucial part in this is played by the filigree design with nine spokes tapering off towards the outer rim flange in the shape of a “Y.”
Thanks to the widebody version, the vehicle can be equipped at the front with 7Jx18 wheels shod with 205/35 R 18 high-performance tires. On the rear axle, size 235/30 R 18 tires on eight-inch-wide wheels provide optimal traction and agile handling. For the concept car on display in Frankfurt, these hi-tech wheels were painted high-gloss black with yellow highlights matching the body.
The BRABUS suspension was tailored specifically to the vehicle weight of the electric car, the ultra-low-profile tires, and the wider track. It combines sporty and safe handling with the desired ride quality.
Of course, there is more to the widebody version than just wider fenders. It also includes aerodynamic-enhancement components developed in the wind tunnel, such as a front spoiler, rocker panels, and rear diffuser. This component was fabricated for the electric car in a special version that features a centered light that shows when the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept is in energy recovery mode.
As a contrast to the bright yellow outer skin, the BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept was fitted in the company upholstery shop with a BRABUS fine leather interior in blue BRABUS Mastik leather, which is especially soft and breathable. It includes not only the seats and the inner sections of the two door panels as well as the A- and C-pillars, but also the dashboard. The elaborate details of this exclusive all-leather interior include decorative stitching and honeycomb quilting with pinpoint accuracy.
Details such as the gauge for displaying the state of charge sitting on top of the dashboard, the clock, and the air vent surrounds were painted to match the vehicle color. The surround of the instrument cluster, the turn signal and wiper stalks as well as the door handle recesses were also painted an eye-popping yellow.
The BRABUS stainless pedals and the aluminum shift knob and emergency brake lever add a touch of racing flair to the cockpit. In addition, this concept car is fitted with tailor-made scuff plates with BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept logo, which like the stainless footrest in the driver footwell are backlit alternatingly in white or red. Stylish velour floor mats with BRABUS logo complete the classy ambience. Of course, the concept car is equipped with modern comfort features such as climate control, sound system and navigation system.
The BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept is on exhibit at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt am Main to demonstrate the competence of BRABUS ZERO EMISSION in the development of vehicles with alternative powertrains. Another aspect of the presentation is market research. The aim is to determine in direct contact with the public whether the demand is strong enough to build this exclusive electric city sports car in small-series production.
About Kreisel Electric:
Driven by the vision to integrate the electric powertrain into all areas of mobility, Kreisel Electric develops the lightest and most efficient high-performance batteries in the world. The range of projects spans from electric karts and passenger vehicles to buses, trucks, boats and airplanes, as well as to stationary energy storage solutions.
The crucial aspects of the performance of the Kreisel battery technology are the special assembly and the innovative thermal management. In 2016, the company presented its stationary energy storage unit, followed by an innovative quick-charging station in 2017. To meet the global demand for battery packs, Kreisel Electric inaugurated a new company headquarters complete with a production line in Rainbach in Upper Austria in 2017.
Electricity consumption and efficiency class:
BRABUS ULTIMATE E Concept based on the smart fortwo coupe: electric energy consumption NEDC with wall box charger: 13.9 kWh / 100 km, electric energy consumption NEDC (Hybrid/BEV) as per ECE-R101: 14 kWh / 100 km, efficiency class A+.