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Brabus launch electric and hybrid E-class concepts at the Frankfurt IAA

BRABUS, the highly acclaimed independent automobile tuner, has unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show press days two all new luxury performance cars both powered by Protean Drive™ in-wheel motors and feature a brand new brake concept from Alcon.

The first BRABUS EV (electric vehicle) sedan, called the “High-performance Four-wheel-drive Full Electric Car,” is based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It features an all new EV system developed to demonstrate a peak combined 320 kW (430 hp) and 3,200 Nm (2,350 ft.-lbs.) torque from pure electric power using four direct-drive Protean Electric motors, one in each wheel.

A second BRABUS hybrid drive vehicle, called the “Technology Project Hybrid,” also made its debut at the show. Powering the rear wheels in combination with the internal combustion engine, the Protean Electric in-wheel motors each add 80 kW (110 hp) and 800 Nm (590 ft.-lbs.) of peak torque. This gives the sedan a combined electric motor and internal combustion engine acceleration of 0-100 km/hr (0-62 mph) in 7.4 seconds and a combined electric motor and internal combustion engine acceleration of 60-120 km/hr (37-75 mph) of 5.6 seconds.

Stopping power is provided by a unique Alcon system, designed to package in the wheel with the disc mounted to the outside of the motor. Calipers operate from the inside of the disc rather than outside and are integrated into a system with ABS, EBD and regenerative braking.

To see the Brabus promotional video for the new vehicles, please click here

To link to the Protean Website, inlcuding additional images and video footage of the vehicles, please click here 


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