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Fisker building electric grand tourer with record range claim

Fisker wants to make the world’s longest-range production electric vehicle with its Project Ronin grand tourer.

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William Stopford
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Fisker’s first vehicle hasn’t been delivered to customers, but the electric startup is already making ambitious plans for its third.

According to Fisker, Project Ronin will be the world’s longest-range production electric vehicle. That would mean it’d have to beat the Lucid Air’s maximum range of 837km.

It’ll be a grand tourer capable of carrying four adults and their luggage, with “unique doors” for better accessibility, as well as a luxurious, sustainable “vegan” interior with a new design direction for the brand.

Fisker says it’ll use the most advanced, lightweight materials, along with active aerodynamics, and an “innovative battery design” with the pack integrated into the structure of the vehicle.

Development of the concept began last year, and Fisker says it expects to reveal it in August 2023 with production starting in the second half of 2024.

“The aim is to achieve the world’s longest range for a production EV, combined with extremely high levels of performance,” CEO Henrik Fisker said.

“Project Ronin will be a showcase for our internal engineering, powertrain, and software capabilities.”

Further, the company says it wants to “redefine the luxury sports car segment, with a new concept that currently does not exist”.

The teaser image reveals a sleek 2+2 with a dramatically bulging bonnet and wheel arches, an aggressive front bumper, and intricate LED lighting elements.

In January, Henrik Fisker posted a teaser of an “electric super car” on Twitter before deleting the post.

“Still top secret!” said Mr Fisker in his deleted tweet.

“But I was excited today in our engineering meeting! First aero test & downforce test of our electric super car came out amazing! It’s in a segment that does not exist today, period!”

The image appears to show the rear of Project Ronin in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) testing, showcasing its grand tourer silhouette, boxy, purposeful rear, and swollen wheel arches.

Mr Fisker is well acquainted with sports cars and supercars as he was a designer for both BMW and Aston Martin. He’s best known for designing the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, as well as the BMW Z8.

Project Ronin is named not after the leaderless samurai of the Japanese feudal period, but rather the Robert De Niro film best remembered for its thrilling car chases.

It’s Fisker’s third announced vehicle after the Ocean SUV and upcoming PEAR – talk about three disparate names.

The Ocean has already been revealed, with indicative pricing and range figures announced.

Pre-production prototypes have been rolling out of Magna Steyr’s plant in Austria and series production is slated to begin on November 17, with pre-orders opening on July 1.

Fisker said it now has more than 45,000 reservations.

The company’s engineering and purchasing teams are being transitioned to Project PEAR, of which Fisker wants to create three derivatives and produce one million vehicles annually by 2027.

It has yet to reveal what this vehicle will look like, though it’ll be built by contract manufacturer Foxconn at General Motors’ old plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

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William Stopford
William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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