Official sketches of the Piech Mark Zero, a new Swiss-built, all-electric concept sports car, have been leaked on social media
Currently, the market is awash with all-electric start-up car brands, and this Swiss-built GT car could be the latest addition to the flood. Called the Piech Mark Zero, it’s an electric sports car built by a new company fronted by the son of Ferdinand Piech, the former head of Volkswagen. These leaked teaser images preview the car’s design ahead of its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Piech’s concept adopts the traditional “long-bonnet, short tail” GT-car silhouette, borrowing styling cues from the Aston Martin DB9 and Alfa Romeo 8C. The quality of the final product should be good, too, with Piech planning to assemble the Mark Zero using Aston Martin tooling and German manufacturing practices.
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Full performance specifications for the Mark Zero are yet to be announced. However, Piech claims it will have an all-electric range of 500km (around 310 miles) on the WLTP test cycle, a kerb weight of less than 1,800kg, an energy recovery system and a new air-cooled battery pack which is both quick to charge and heat-efficient.
The battery packs are mounted in the car’s transmission tunnel and on the rear axle, which Piech states will provide a driving experience closer to that of an internal combustion-engined car. The Swiss start-up also claims that the Mark Zero’s architecture will be modular, allowing its battery packs and hardware to be replaced as technology advances.
Potentially, Piech’s modular architecture could offer buyers a range of powertrains, including internal combustion engines, various hybrid systems and even a fuel-cell driven option. In addition, the Swiss firm plans to make its platform available to other manufacturers.
For the next few years, Piech has planned a range of cars, consisting of a two-seat sports car, a four-seat saloon and a sporty SUV, built on the Mark Zero’s underpinnings. Release dates for these upcoming Piech models are yet to be announced.
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