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.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?
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