What The Foxtrot Is a Doking?

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.

  • 2ACL What tickles me is that the Bronco looks the business with virtually none of the black plastic cladding many less capable crossovers use.
  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.