China's LVCHI unveils Venere electric sedan in Geneva
A new Shanghai-based car company, LVCHI (‘green speed’ in Chinese) has come out with ambitious plans to launch a full-electric offering, teaming up with an established Italian design firm to work on its products.
The LVCHI Venere is a high-performance, all-electric four-seater conceived according to the criteria used in the design and manufacture of Gran Turismo vehicles.
The underlying concept in terms of structure is the frame, the central element made totally of composite material, carbon fiber sandwich and honeycomb design, devised to achieve the torsional and flexural rigidity deemed appropriate for the expected high performance, combined with a contained overall weight.
The frame is manufactured integrally, i.e. using the roof as a collaborative structural component. It is the first four-door four-seater with such characteristics. This central element is joined by aluminum chassis supports that are attached to the front and rear powertrain.
The electric powertrain consists of four electric motors, two installed on the front axle and two on the rear axle, combined with a differential per axle, so as to implement a permanent all-wheel drive.
The differential housing also contains a two-speed transmission to optimize the distribution of torque and power.
The interface with the driver and the passengers is provided by a touchscreen unit built into the tunnel, which allows for the management of the car functions, replacing the traditional knob. It will allow the driver and the passengers to select all the functions desired.
The LVCHI Venere will be manufactured in Turin and marketed in 2019.