What The Foxtrot Is a Doking?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what the foxtrot is a doking

Our LA Auto Show correspondents filed very little information on this bizarre little car, beyond noting that it is

Made in Croatia, no comment on plans to make available for sale in the US.

But a little research reveals that it is an EV prototype from the automotive branch of a Croatian unmanned vehicle manufacturing concern. Dok-ing usually builds robotized vehicles for mine-clearing, fire fighting, and mining, but apparently it’s branching out into electric cars as well. Fast little electric cars at that: a four-motor, AWD version of this XD will hit 100 km/h (60 MPH) in 4.2 seconds, according to the company website. For the record, that’s one second slower than the Mclaren F1, which seems to have inspired the XD’s three-seat layout. Unfortunately, by the time you hit 120 km, you’ll only have just over 100 km of range. But then, it’s all hypothetical anyway, as Doking’s only market right now is Croatia, where these exotic little EVs are selling (or, more likely, not) for six-figure pricetags. On the other hand,

a company rep tells FoxNews.com that it is looking for investors to help federalize the car and set up a manufacturing facility for it in the United States. If successful, it says that it could produce up to 30,000 cars at a price of around $40,000 each.

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  • Dimwit Dimwit on Nov 17, 2011

    You gotta admit it's different. I wonder how it drives? Can't stand that flesh coloured plastic though. I'm waiting for a Cronenbergian surprise the longer I stare at the interior pix!

  • Fred schumacher Fred schumacher on Nov 18, 2011

    This is no Yugo, which was a poorly built Fiat 128. It's a high-tech city car not based on an existing model, like the Volt or Leaf. It has an aluminum space frame that weighs only 270 pounds, a little more than one-third the weight of the 720 pound battery pack. It's a true city car, 9.3 feet long and 5.9 feet wide, with lots of crush space around the three passengers. It has a 0.35 coefficient of drag, which is very good for such a short vehicle. See http://doking-automotiv.hr/ There are two versions: a 120 hp twin motor and 240 hp quad motor. The two motor version goes 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, which is plenty fast and would be the preferred model since it gets greater range. At an average speed of 25 mph, it has 150 mile range. At 50 mph average speed it can go 100 miles. For several months now, I've been logging my average speed, under different driving conditions, and correlating that to fuel use. In my 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, in a pure city street driving cycle (no highways), I average 17 mph at 17 mpg. At 30 mph average, I'm getting 20.5 mpg, at 45 mph I get 24.5 mpg; at 55 I top out at 27 mpg, at higher speeds, the curve goes down. Between 15 mph and 55, the graph is virtually linear. A car with dynamic energy recovery, like the Doking, would do much better at slower speeds.

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.