First Sight: GAC’s record breaking ENO.146 concept.

By Mark Andrews

Car Design News.

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On the opening morning of the Guangzhou Auto Show, an EV carrying six people drove out onto the stage of the GAC stand. Whilst EVs were two a penny at the 2019 show, this car was different; firstly, although it’s a concept, it is a working one, and secondly it is a record breaker. The numbers in the concept’s ENO.146 name tell the story – this is the car’s drag coefficient, making it the world’s most aerodynamic passenger electric vehicle.

“Recently in the automotive world, there are a lot of show cars coming out but most of them are targeted on the topic of CASE (connected autonomous shared and services electric) – however, most of them stay at the idea phase and you will also notice that all of them are becoming too similar. Especially when it comes to autonomous driving – eventually the car will become a box with four seats inside,” began Zhang Fan, GAC’s vice president of R&D.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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