Mon Dieu! Quebec Company Creates the Azkarra; 0-60 in 2.5 Seconds

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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.

[Images: Girfalco]

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  • 05lgt 05lgt on Jan 25, 2017

    0-60 is nearly useless as a metric.

  • JuniperBug 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.

  • Analoggrotto By the time any of Hyundai's Japanese competitors were this size and age, they produced iconic vehicles which are now highly desirable and going for good money used. But Hyundai/Kia have nothing to this point that anyone will care about in the future. Those 20k over MSRP Tellurides? Worn out junk sitting at the used car lot, worn beyond their actual age. Hyundai/Kia has not had anything comparable to the significance of CVCC, 240Z, Supra, Celica, AE86, RX-(7), 2000GT, Skyline, GT-R, WRX, Evo, Preludio, CRX, Si, Land Cruiser, NSX etc. All of this in those years where Detroiters and Teutonic prejudiced elitists were openly bashing the Japanese with racist derogatory language. Tiger Woods running off the road in a Genesis didn't open up a moment, and the Genesis Sedan featuring in Inception didn't matter any more than the Lincoln MKS showing up for a moment in Dark Knight. Hyundai/Kia are too busy attempting to re-invent others' history for themselves. But hey, they have to start somewhere and the N74 is very cool looking. Hyundai/Kia's biggest fans are auto Journalists who for almost 2 decades have been hyping them up to deafening volumes contributing further distrust in any media.
  • 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)