By Jody McCutcheon
Outside the box: what a silly cliche of a phrase. But sometimes it fits well, as in the case of the Dubuc Tomahawk.
For starters, who ever would have thought of building cars in Quebec? It’s not exactly common, but that didn’t stop Dubuc cofounders Mario Dubuc and Mike Kakogiannakis from conceiving the idea back in 2004. And not just any car: an electric, all-wheel-drive, 2+2 supercar. That’s the Tomahawk for you. Dubuc’s motto says it all: the company is talking rEVolution, with notable emphasis on the idea of Electric Vehicle (EV).
Unveiled in 2014, the prototype was produced in Quebec, with almost all parts locally sourced, proving the feat possible. Yet Canadian investors have shown no love, so Dubuc and Kakogiannakis are looking to the US equity crowdfunding program for financing.
The Tomahawk is undoubtedly a marvel on wheels. Specs include 0-100kph (62mph) in 3 seconds, a top speed exceeding 250kph (155mph)–both of which surpass rival carmaker Tesla–and a range of 500km (311 miles). The Tomahawk will run on twin (front and rear) motors, but no word yet on battery power. And it will boast a Dubuc-invented bonded aluminum chassis (Ferrari has sworn by aluminum since the 1940’s).
Other eye-catching and head-turning features include scissor doors, a panoramic roof, a touch-screen dashboard control panel, hands-free voice activated commands, onboard computer with wireless connectivity, and live 360 degree cameras that allow sightlines in all directions from the front seat. Additional safety features include a low centre of gravity to enhance traction and stability control, plus an advanced collision and troubleshooting warning system.
With its spacious interior cabin, the 2+2 sports car is designed to accommodate families–the Dubuc website describes a high-end sports car offering the practicalities of a sedan. But its target demographic is actually tall men, specifically athletes, looking to spend big bucks on a snazzy car. How’s that for a niche market?
Twelve years in the making, the Tomahawk isn’t quite there yet. The official unveiling of a production line is expected in 2017, with a cost of about $110,000. But revolutionary, unconventional thinking has gotten it this far, and doesn’t Tesla need some competition, anyway?