In a previous SMASHgods post, we discussed the stylish and decidedly quick Zap Alias. When surfing around I’ve found that there isn’t too much in the way of media (videos specifically) regarding the upcoming all-electric sports car, and most of the information has been conjecture on the part of Alias followers and supporters.

Zap Alias (Santa Rosa showroom)

Today I had a chance to visit the Zap showroom in downtown Santa Rosa and record a video of the Alias (on my cell): the chassis, the engine(s) (there are two), the suspension system and a little of the showroom floor can all be seen in the footage.

The car is still deemed a “prototype”, according to the gentleman who let me in, but in an effort to lay any claims to rest regarding the car’s authenticity or its viability as a conveyance, Zap has the Alias’ innards laid out to bare (next to the outer body), and it’s certainly a simple, yet smart design. What you see in the video is the real deal, and the whole package — yet split apart for all to see.

I also picked up an official Zap Alias pamphlet detailing the performance specs, which differ slightly from the previous post (all are projections at this point presumably anyhow), where the specs were taken from the Zap website.

Performance:

  • 0-60: 5.7 seconds
  • Vmax: 156 mph
  • EV range: 100+ miles
  • Vehicle kerb mass:1,612.5 lbs

Zap Current Pamphlet

The Alias is homologated as a morotcycle. Its recommended safety requirements are however enhanced compared to a motorcycle. It has the usual seatbelt provisions, structural reinforcements, roll hoop, etc (see chassis).

Watch this space for more information regarding the car and the status of its release.

Update: The Santa Rosa showroom now features two Zap Alias models.  Take a gander at the candy apple red show-stopper nestled in front of the prominent Alias wall insignia.  The car is certainly an attention getter — lucky drivers will be the hottest thing on three wheels (see vid).

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Comment by Melissa
2008-08-09 10:24:14

Thanks for the link to this Jason, nice that you could just drive over and do your own investigative reporting. The prototype looks sleek!

 
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