Mon Dieu! Quebec Company Creates the Azkarra; 0-60 in 2.5 Seconds
The Canadian province of Quebec has a history of churning out offbeat, low-production speed machines. Blame the six months of winter or the intoxicating effects of pure maple syrup; whatever the reason, enterprising gearheads living in New England’s tuque have a habit of building their own cars.
From the Dubuc Tomahawk, an all-electric 2+2 promising 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds, to the sheep’s-head ugly (but fast) HTT Pléthore, there’s no shortage of cars being designed and built in La Belle Province. Now, another Quebec-based company, Girfalco, intends to increase that number with its new three-wheeled EV — the Azkarra.
We are living in a time where three-wheeled cars are no longer a joke banished to the dustbin of old Mr. Bean episodes. With a significant heaping of Hammond Help, the Morgan 3-Wheeler possesses James Dean levels of cool in some circles, while the Polaris Slingshot and Can-Am Spyder are common enough that they no longer cause mini-riots at every fuel stop.
The Azkarra stands on a trio of rubber donuts and is offered in two versions. The base Azkarra is a rear-wheel drive affair with 100 peak horsepower on tap. The S model cranks up the joie de vivre by tripling the fun to 301 peak horsepower. All-wheel drive means three-wheel drive for the S, equipped as it is with three electric motors.
Both are advertised with a minimum range of 200 km, or just over 120 miles in Freedom Distance. The company estimates the base Azkarra will sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, while the S will turn the trick in only 2.5 seconds. That’s Bugatti Veyron performance territory. A curb weight of 1058 pounds for the base model and 1,124 lbs for the S certainly help these acceleration numbers.
The estimated price is decidedly un-Veyron, though, with the Azkarra retailing for $67,500 and the Azkarra S for $97,500 in the land of hockey sticks. At today’s exchange rate, that’s $51,643 and $74,795 American. This is beyond “Kids, check the couch for change!” money, but it does represent a decent price point for something which will scamper to 60 mph like a stabbed rat. Girfalco does plan to certify their cars for registration in the U.S.
Unsurprisingly, it is said that the Azkarra and Azkarra S will enjoy extremely low production numbers, meaning you’re unlikely to see one yourself on the way to the Montreal F1 race. A total of 100 cars are planned over the next four years. Production is set to begin this year, with the first deliveries scheduled for the jaunty months of spring.
JuniperBug on Jan 26, 2017
You can't really write an article about Quebec 3 wheelers without mentioning Campagna, which has been cranking out different iterations of the T-Rex for about 20 years or so. They're expensive, but when I occasionally see one on the road, I'm always struck by how low-slung they are, and that's while in my lowered Miata. They're claimed to corner at 1.3g despite being on relatively pedestrian rubber (BF Goodrich Comp2) and are powered by a big-bore sport bike engine - currently BMW's, although they used Kawasaki and others in the past. Interesting, if expensive, machines.
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