New electric car 'Spika' being built in Carrick

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

New electric car 'Spika' being built in Carrick

The concept of the Spika elextric car due for production in 2020

A new high performance electric car due for production in 2020 is currently being prototyped and developed in Carrick-on-Shannon.


The two seater 'Spika' is being developed by local company Fintos Electric Cars along with some high profile and experienced names in the Northwest Business & Technology Park, Carrick-on -Shannon.


Chasis designer John Corrigan is also working on the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar while with Red Bull Racing. He told the paper last week he contacted investor Tom Finnegan CEO to offer his skills and is “excited” to work on the new car. The latest Aston Martin which will reach speeds of 235mph may have a price tag of £2.5 million but “it has similar technologies” as the Spika car being developed in Carrick!


Mike Keane, CTO of the company and a native of Limerick, formerly worked for Williams Engineering, which is the engineering wing of Formula 1’s Williams Racing. While there he was responsible for the engineering team that built 5 stunt Jaguar CX-75 sports cars for the James Bond film “Spectre”.


The car which is a 2 seater with scissor doors will be ultra-light due to the use of various composite materials. It will be powered by four motors supplying power to each wheel easily getting it from 0-100kph in under 5 seconds. It is also expected to charge in under 30 minutes and will drive up to 500km on one charge.


Tom Finnegan CEO of Fintos said that they have partnered with two Chinese companies to supply batteries, motors and electronics for testing in Carrick-on-Shannon.


The car will go on sale in late 2020 for approx €65,000. A full working model is expected for road testing in the next 12 months - so keep an eye out! More: www.eroadster.net