Artega, the German sports car manufacturer, has commissioned Italian Touring Superleggera with the design of their next all-electric ultimate sports car. The Artega Scalo Superelletra is the preview of the series version to be delivered from spring 2019 on; the production is strictly limited to 50 units. It is powered by four high power electric motors offering supercar performance and a new driving experience. Unusually, Scalo Superelletra has three full-sized seats, with a central driving position, offering practicality, space optimisation and the ultimate driving experience.
Artega dictated a demanding briefing. Klaus D. Frers, Artega owner and CEO, states: “The brand name ‘Artega’ comes from the Italian word ‘arte’ for art – the art of sports car manufacturing. Art comes from skill, it is passion
and inspiration. These are the fundamental values of the brand. The task was to maintain the core of Artega whilst reaching the next level of both – Artega and the very top of the market segment of super cars”.
Touring Superleggera was chosen as the stylist because of their unique 90+ year history which has produced some of the world's greatest designs, and recent successful track record with models such as the Disco Volante Coupé and Spyder, Berlinetta Lusso and Mini Superleggera Vision, demonstrating their ability in combining Italian design and craftsmanship with a variety of different themes.
“We are delighted of the opportunity to design a fully electric car. There were a few challenges here, particularly in finding the right proportions for the 3-seater layout. The innovative electric package, however, gives a higher
degree of freedom and we tried to take full advantage from it.” - states Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring - “The project grew incredibly fast, with exceptional levels of mutual understanding with Artega”. In creating the new design, Touring has adhered to Artega’s strict principles. It was important that the car was visually beautiful, with perfect proportions. It also needed to be discreet, understated and unembellished with unnecessary ornamentation.
Obviously a sports car, it also displays its luxurious qualities, without being ostentatious. Clean, simple, minimalistic lines ensure the design is a timeless classic masterpiece, suitable for any event or occasion, but highlighting its exclusivity and showcasing a technical tour de force. In short, it had to be seen as a work of art in accordance with the core values of Artega.
Touring's new design has maintained Artega's visual brand identity while recognising the designer’s tradition of creating beauty through simplicity and purity of line. Subtle design features, such as placing the door in the centre of the car's profile, provide a balanced shape, which accentuates the car's elegance. At the same time, other motifs, such as the razor edge wing profiles, the shut line of the door, the angle of the B-pillar and the hot air exhaust outlets for the front brakes, point to the car's dynamic qualities. Aerodynamic optimisation enhances these dynamics.
Artega Scalo Superelletra uses a state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque with high tensile tubular steel subframes front and rear, in turn reinforced with carbon fibre crossbars. In-keeping with Touring tradition, the bodywork blends aluminium with CFRP panels (PU is used for bumpers). Carbon fibre is selected for weight for bonnet, hood and doors. There are four water-cooled synchronised high performance e-machines from the German manufacturer
VOLTABOX, those in the rear rated at 400kW with a 500kW peak, and the two front ones rated at 350kW with a peak output of 400kW. They provide a total nominal output of 750kW -1,020HP, with a peak output of 940kW
- 1,278HP. With 1,620Nm torque and employing torque vectoring, and on a target kerb weight below 1,850Kg, stellar performance is guaranteed.
Particular attention is paid to eco-friendliness in production. Not only is the manufacturing process CO2-neutral, but the car is fully recyclable, and as much use as possible is made of natural materials. The all-new Artega Scalo Superelletra addresses the price segment from EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,000,000. Orders can be placed immediately to the manufacturer against down payment of EUR 100,000.
The company Artega presented in 2009 an elegant sports car with conventional Volkswagen V6 engine; In 2012 closed its doors to be re-launched in 2015, again in the hands of the original owner (who had lost its influence by capital increase) with a redisigned electric version, even more attractive than the predecessor. Klaus Frers, the owner of the brand, emphasizes that he is the grand-grandfather of Christopher Becker, who in 1835, together with Sibrandus Stratingh, created one of the world's first electric vehicles.
Linked to the story, Artega now wants to dedicate itself exclusively to the development of prestigious electric cars, sporty of impressive performance and extraordinary designs, to become the alternative German manufacturer par excellence.
In fact, Artega sold its 2009 model to the American company Saleen, so well known for many years until his disappearance a few months ago. This charismatic company wants to relaunch its name and new products with Chinese help ... and the sporty Artega with conventional engine.