Aston Martin Rapide E Debuts on Streets of Monaco

By Paul Joseph

Following a glittering public reveal at Auto Shanghai just last month, Aston Martin’s first all-electric model – Rapide E – dazzled crowds lining the streets of Monaco last week.

The all-new Rapid E took to the small principality’s world-famous streets for it first public demonstration ahead of Saturday’s Formula E Monaco ePrix.

Taking part in two dedicated on-track sessions throughout the day, the British luxury marque’s revolutionary new model was put to the test by Aston Martin works driver and three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Darren Turner.

Billed as the most powerful Rapide model ever, the car’s twin rear-mounted electric motors deliver a combined target output of 612PS and a colossal 950Nm torque.

Rapide E is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery – encased in a carbon fibre and Kevlar casing – with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells.

This bespoke battery pack lies where the original 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located, with the 800V system allowing for more efficient charging and greatly improved thermal characteristics over existing electrical architectures.

Speaking after the drive, Darren Turner said, “I’ve had the privilege to join the Aston Martin engineering team at various stages of the car’s development and the performance that’s on offer in Rapide E really is incredible.

“The car has the kind of torque and punch that you’d expect from an EV, but they’ve really worked hard to retain the dynamic characteristics of what makes an Aston Martin special.

“Today feels like a real milestone in this company’s history and for me to be the first person to drive an all-electric Aston Martin publicly is an absolute honour, particularly here in Monaco”.

Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, added, “Rapide E is a defining product in Aston Martin Lagonda’s history.

“We have set out a bold strategy for the electrification and hybridisation across the Group and this product demonstrates that we have the capability to deliver an EV of exceptional performance, while still delivering the qualities demanded of not just Aston Martin customers, but the wider luxury market. “

Commercial production of the Aston Martin Rapide E will commence towards the end of 2019 at Aston Martin Lagonda’s new production facility in St Athan, Wales. The model will be strictly limited to 155 units worldwide.

By Paul Joseph