The Eliica Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car— was created by Hiroshi Shimizu and the Keio University Electric Vehicle Laboratory in Tokyo.
The 8-wheel vehicle has a top speed of 370 km/h , although its inventor Hiroshi Shimizu claims it could clear 400kph (250mph) in the right conditions, and it can do 0 to 100km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 4 seconds. It is 100% electric, powered by lithium-ion batteries.
The Eliica weighs 2,400 kg (5,291 lb) and seats the driver and three passengers. The body was tested in a wind tunnel. The Eliica uses 8 60kW in-wheel drive motors to provide the equivalent of 800 hp.
The front doors open forward and the rear doors open upward like gull wings. The car’s platform contains 4 tracks of 80 batteries, which make up one third of the vehicle’s cost.The Keio in-wheel drive units eliminate the need for the power-transmission devices connecting the engine and the wheels that are necessary in conventional cars.
The electric motors mean that the Eliica can deliver a smooth acceleration free from gear shifts of about 0.8 g. Each wheel contains a disc brake and employs a regenerative brake system to recover energy.The estimated cost of development was in excess of US$320,000.