|2013 Fisker Surf|
2013 Fisker Surf In a layout masterstroke, Fisker Automotive has created a completely authentic car: the first electric powered luxurious/sports activities vehicle for an lively and eco-friendly lifestyle. The Fisker Surf builds at the success of the ground-breaking Karma Electric Vehicle with prolonged range (EVer™) by adding additional, flexible load-sporting functionality, along side a spirited new mind-set all its own.
Fisker Surf combines overall performance, luxurious, style, software, and economy with a long-lasting problem for the sustainable use of resources and admire for our natural environment.
As a worldwide enterprise Fisker Automotive will offer the Surf in all its markets around the world for the 2013 model 12 months. The Fisker Surf will create a brand new niche and open new purchaser markets for Fisker, by attractive to the ones searching out this specific combo of advanced technology, progressive design and environmental sensitivity, with introduced versatility. Europe, specially, has demonstrated a historical fondness for sport-wagon layout, and it's miles there wherein Fisker anticipates robust demand.
The Fisker Surf is the first vehicle of its type and a radical departure from traditional vehicles offered with the aid of different producers. It brings introduced energy to Fisker's attention on Uncompromised Responsible LuxuryTM and Pure Driving PassionTM.
Very early in the improvement of the original Karma sedan, company CEO and Executive Design Director, Henrik Fisker decided a more versatile variant could be a part of the model lineup. So while the time got here for the evolution from Karma to Surf the route had already been defined for combining software with ambitious and placing design.
In mid-2009, with the Karma's design settled, initial work began on the Surf. Using the Karma as a starting point, lines and angles across the rear quarters have been extended for the brand new roof contour, side window shapes and liftgate.
The design end result is perhaps the most fashionable production sport-wagon ever made.
"The Fisker Surf is a first-of-its-kind green life-style car that offers space, overall performance and comfort design for folks who stay an lively, environmentally aware way of life and like to force lovely motors," stated Henrik Fisker.
A five door vehicle has by no means regarded this sporty with its voluptuous sculptured rear fenders and dynamic aspect profile. The rear cease of the Fisker Surf flows elegantly round to the aspect of the auto with an artfully integrated roof spoiler including to the drama of the rear give up. The liftgate itself is quite an advanced piece, combining utility with an aerodynamic shape styled for a specific flair. Even the high-mounted LED brake light is seamlessly incorporated into the rear hatch and almost invisible till it illuminates.
Stunning new wheels - nevertheless of 22 inch diameter as trendy -- are an evolution of the Karma's Circuit BladeTM layout, and pretty difficult. They employ a two-coloration paint scheme separated by using machined areas. The bright orange Brembo® brake calipers, special to the Fisker Surf, show boldly thru the wheels.
At the the front of the auto, designers took the possibility to create a sporty identification for the Fisker Surf with a new 3-dimensional honeycomb sample grille.
The particular solar roof panel that is a Fisker signature has been integrated into the Fisker Surf, with some twists. The optionally available solar panel no longer only captures sunlight to power the automobile, it's miles simply see-through, with a dark-tint translucence that provides to the feel of openness inside the vehicle, particularly in the rear seats. Standard is a tinted-glass panoramic roof panel that tilts open at the again for brought air flow.
Integrated roof rails allow for delivered cargo capability and have been designed to in shape the style of the car.
While the overall stance and dimensions of the Fisker Surf are unchanged from those of the Karma sedan, the brand new automobile seems longer and sleeker with its prolonged roofline and facet glass.
The Surf is Fisker's imaginative and prescient of a crossover between a game vehicle and a station wagon and indicates how Fisker is increasing its Karma platform hastily with additional models that again create a brand new marketplace area of interest.
Technology and Performance
The Fisker Surf takes complete benefit of the advanced, excessive-performance powertrain and the innovative area body structure of the Karma sedan it's miles based on. Mechanically, the vehicles are simply same.
As the primary true electric powered automobile with extended range (EVerTM), the Karma - and now the Surf - use an innovative collection-hybrid power system in which the car is powered only by electric electricity. The onboard gas engine drives handiest a generator. A pair of powerful electric traction automobiles pressure the rear wheels, taking strength from a 20 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery percent carried in the automobile's imperative tunnel. A 175kW generator elements electricity to the cars and the batteries. It is pushed, handiest when wished, by the green 260 hp turbocharged and direct-fuel-injected gasoline engine.
So similar to a diesel-electric powered locomotive, the Fisker Surf motive force usually enjoys the immediately torque and easy reaction, at the same time as the internal combustion engine coupled to the electric vehicles provide expanded electricity for max performance and prolonged range.
Two driving modes, Sport and Stealth, are to be had to the driver at all times. In Sport mode, full power is available and the driving force can command the unrivaled 981 lb-ft (1,330 Nm) of torque to accelerate from zero-60 mph in only 5.Nine seconds, and acquire an electronically restricted top velocity of 125 mph (201 kmh).
In the default Stealth mode, calibrated for performance, the Surf uses handiest battery power and speeds up from 0-60 in 7.Nine seconds. Top velocity is 95 mph (153 kmh). Under normal riding conditions, battery power alone will force the Surf about 50 miles (eighty km). After that the gas engine/generator and 9.5-gal (36 l) fuel tank offer another 250 miles of range for a total of 300 miles (483 km).
Using a trendy one hundred ten-volt family supply, the Fisker Surf's battery will fully recharge in approximately 14 hours. The Fisker Surf can also utilize popular European 220-volt shops, allowing this time to fall to approximately six hours.
The Fisker Surf and Karma share an modern structure that helps supply glowing performance while ensuring assured manipulate and a quiet, secure experience. The inflexible aluminum shape, long wheelbase, sophisticated independent suspension and standard 22-inch wheels form the idea of a lithe, supple and responsive road vehicle. A low middle of gravity and forty seven/53-percentage weight distribution assist impart a sporting feel.
The large Brembo brakes paintings along with a totally mixed regenerative gadget. During stops, energy that would in any other case be misplaced as warmth is seamlessly recovered and fed returned into the battery to help make bigger variety and maximize efficiency.
Like the entirety Fisker Automotive does, the Fisker Surf has been conceived and advanced with a regular cognizance on sustainability. That way the car runs cleanly and successfully, of path. But past that, its design and manufacture look to low- environmental-impact alternatives at each opportunity.
The Low-Carbon LeatherTM used in the EcoSportTM indoors trim comes from Bridge of Weir, a unique low-emissions and electricity self-sufficient tannery in Scotland. EcoStandardTM and EcoChicTM interiors use totally animal-loose substances. Wood for the interior highlights is reclaimed from sunken logs and fireplace-damaged timber, now not cut from residing forests. Recycled, reusable and low-effect materials are used for seat cushions, carpet backing, trim portions and more.
By adamantly pursuing ways to elevate performance and reduce environmental effect, Fisker Automotive is striving to be the automaker maximum committed to sustainability.
With the stunning new Surf, Fisker has an vehicle that expresses the values of an active, environmentally accountable life-style higher than something else in the marketplace nowadays.