Let’s look back to when the RAK e comes, the RAK e name actually comes from the rocket-propelled Opel RAK 2 which was driven by Adam Opel’s grandson Fritz in the past 1928.
These days, General Motors of Europe president Nick Reilly said to an online magazine ‘Autocar’ following the unveiling of the Opel RAK e concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show that the RAK e concept is very serious concept. The company is now examining the production feasibility and sure the RAK e could go on sale for £9,000 price tag or equal to $14,216 U.S.
The Vauxhall RAK e is able to reach its top speed of 75 mph and it has a range of 60 miles away. The vehicle also can accelerate from standstill to 62 mph in less than 13 seconds. The Opel RAK e is a lightweight car. Although the main structure of the RAK e is made from high- strength steels rather than the composites and aluminum, this two seater car’s weight is only 380 kg.
According to the lead designer Richard Shaw, the rest part of the body also made from a strategic choice of composite materials which is very rigid.
A couple of wheels are mated to the RAK e’s narrow rear track, mounted- in unit with a single swing arm. The engineer said that the firm attached two wheels to the Opel RAK e due to the mass of the second passenger and for the car’s stability.
The company is sure that the RAK e can be a replacement for the outgoing electric version of the firm’s city car which now has been threw away because of some reasons. The expensive batteries is also become a problem for the RAK e project.
Reilly who is the Europe Presedent for General Motor said that the company has a trouble in cost and the engineer have to refine it. However the company is convinced that the RAK e can be manufactured for significantly less in price compared to the electric version of a conventional car.