On March 5, at the Geneva International Motor Show, Roland Gumpert showed attendees his Nathalie Race, an electric sportscar named after his daughter. The distinctive feature of the coupe, unveiled in spring 2018, is the engine under the hood: Gumpert, who designed Audi Quattro’s four-wheel drive, said it had been important to him “to build an electric car that doesn’t grind to a halt because the battery is drained but generates electricity during the ride. To achieve this, we used a fuel cell that produces hydrogen from a methanol-water blend.” The fuel cell was made by Serenergy, based in Denmark.
Thanks to its four-wheel drive system, the car reportedly accelerates from 0 kph to 100 kph, that is, 62 mph, in 2.5 seconds, making it faster than a Tesla. Its top speed is 186 mph (300 kph), while it has a range of 528 miles (850 kilometers) when traveling at a steady 50 mph (80 kph). A limited edition of the vehicle, to be produced in Ingolstadt, Germany, is slated to arrive by the end of this year. It will be sold under the brand Gumpert Aiways, a joint venture that was set up with Chinese carmaker Aiways after Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur, a sports car manufacturer based in Altenburg, Germany, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014.