Vazirani Automotive has unveiled the all-new Ekonk, a new fully-electric, single-seater hypercar. The Ekonk is the brand’s second model after the Shul concept. Vazirani showcased its first concept model at the Goodwood Festival in 2018.
The Ekonk name signifies the company’s beginning. According to Chunky Vazirani, founder of the company, the Ekonk signifies the beginning of the divine light – the big bang according to Indian scriptures.
Single seater car
The Vazirani Ekonk is a single-seater car and is aimed to be extremely lightweight. To signify the same, the hypercar carries the “EK” moniker on the side, which means ‘one’ in the Hindi language. The Vazirani Ekonk looks very aerodynamic.
According to the manufacturer, the Ekonk has one of the lowest drag coefficients for vehicles of its kind. To reduce the drag coefficient, Vazirani designers fully covered the rear wheels of the vehicle.
The whole body of the Ekonk gets carbon fibre construction. The car weighs only 738 kg, which makes it the lightest electric vehicle to be ever made according to the company data. The lightweight body gets a powerful 722 PS electric motor that pushes the power-to-weight ratio to almost 1:1.
Vazirani Automotive tested the Ekonk at the NATRAX facility near Indore where they achieved 0-100 km/h figures in just 2.54 seconds. The Ekonk achieved a top speed of 309 km/h. There are no electronic driver assistance systems in the vehicle as Vazirani wants the driver to enjoy the pure driving experience.
New battery cooling systems
The Vazirani Ekonk gets a bespoke cooling system for the batteries. The company says that the system draws inspiration from biomimicry, which is a study on how animals and humans use breathing to regulate their body temperatures and some of the ancient Indian manufacturing techniques.
Vazirani has not released the workings or other details of the cooling system. However, it gets a direct-to-air cooling system as opposed to the liquid cooling system that many EV manufacturers have adopted to manage the temperature of the batteries. Vazirani claims that the new system makes the EV lighter, faster, safer and also makes it cost-effective. Vazirani also claims that the cooling system increases the range of the EV.
While the company has not revealed any plans of manufacturing the car yet, we may get to see some of the technologies used in the vehicle in other cars based on the Shul. The Ekonk is currently in the prototype stage and it will take years before it becomes a roadworthy vehicle, if Vazirani plans to do that.