Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors made quite a splash at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with its prototype supercar. A new video includes an interesting interview with Renovo’s CEO Chris Heiser, delivered during a tantalizing test drive.
Yahoo! Autos’ Justin Hyde points out that over 20 would-be EV-makers have failed in the past decade alone, but offers several reasons why he thinks Renovo just might join Tesla as a serious automaker.
First of all, Hyde actually got to ride in the new supercoupe, which is built on the revered Shelby Daytona chassis and body, and got to experience 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, which felt like “being shot from a cannon.”
Like Tesla, Renovo is starting out by targeting the market for high-end sports cars, unlike many of the bygone companies that tried to build an economical city car. Also like Tesla, Renovo is located in the hotbed of innovation, Silicon Valley. “There’s a reason BMW, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and several other automakers have all opened offices in Silicon Valley to hire and hunt for software expertise over the past few years,” writes Hyde.
“If you could cut this car in half, you’d see more electronics and software than hardware – that’s what Silicon Valley does best,” says Chris Heiser. “We’re not coming to the automotive industry – it’s coming to us.”
Source: Yahoo! Autos