By Steve Hanley
Tomahawk is the world’s first all electric four seat sports car. Developed by two intrepid entrepreneurs from Quebec who quit their day jobs in 2013 to follow their dreams, The result is an aggressively styled cab forward vehicle with 2+2 seating, scissor doors for easy access for rear seat passengers, and a battery pack mounted low in the chassis for superior handling.
“We want to be unequivocally the reference in the electric sports car market. We strive to push the limits and intend to offer the ultimate of what is possible,” says Mike Kakogiannakis, COO of Dubuc Motors*. He promises his company’s Tomahawk sports car will offer customers the highest level of engineering available.
Sports cars are meant to be emotional vehicles, cars that look like they are tearing down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans even at rest. The Tomahawk captures that image perfectly with looks that are a combination of McLaren, Lamborghini, and Corvette. You can’t look at this car without feeling your pulse race.
“The battery is a key design attribute, it is 110 kilowatts,” says Kakogiannakis. “A separate battery drives the air conditioning and other features, therefore mileage is not decreased.” Hands-free voice commands, a built-in wifi hotspot, advanced collision warning and a live 360° camera are also part of the package.
Now the specs. The company says the Tomahawk will have a range of 400 miles — far more than any current production electric car. Top speed is 160 mph and 0-60 acceleration runs take just 2 seconds. There are few cars from any manufacturer that can match the performance of the Tomahawk, even those with gasoline engines. And of course the Tomahawk will do it all with zero tailpipe emissions.
The two founders told Forbes recently their target market consists of anyone between the ages of 25 and 65. “More millennials, the successful entrepreneur, a driver who appreciates lotsa swag and a showstopper,” Mike says. With more generous headroom than most similar high performance cars, “We can differentiate ourselves by appealing to the 6’- 6’3” drivers out there.”
Comparisons to Elon Musk and Tesla are inevitable. Is the Tomahawk just a reconceptualized Tesla Roadster? No way, the founders say. “The Tomahawk is way more spacious and wider. We don’t compare ourselves to Tesla. Elon Musk has different models and targets,” Mike says. “We did not need to leverage any of Musk’s Tesla patent portfolio,” adds Mario, “We had much similar technology already developed.”
So, how much does the Tomahawk cost? The projected selling price is $125,000 with the first deliveries expected to begin in 2019. Those interested in owning one can pre-order now with a deposit of $5,000.
The Tomahawk has something no other car offers, however. Thanks to something called Title IV of the JOBS Act, individuals can invest right along with the founders, giving them an equity stake in the company before its planned IPO. To date, more than 800 people have taken advantage of that opportunity.
Isabelle Tremblay, a professional NASCAR racing driver, says the Tomahawk is ”An exemplary achievement by two men driven by passion to create a sexy, unique, and even better electric car! It all starts with a dream. My next dream is to drive the Tomahawk around the track.”
Adds Redouane Mekideche, Canadian Deputy Director for Foreign Affairs, ”The vehicle is really in a category of its own in terms of style and functionality. Not mentioning the fact that it is 100% electric which makes it really appealing. The owners are really dynamic, a good mix of creativity, ingenuity and strong business acumen. I hope to see many Tomahawks on North American roads in the not too distant future.”
If you want to be part of this exciting journey, the company is truly creating the world’s first ever crowdsourced auto company and it can include you! You can find more information on their website.
This post was supported by Duboc Motors