The Spika previously the Alex Eroadster is a futuristic and revolutionary concept car that is about to become a reality. It is supported by Vital, European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and is a collaboration between Dublin's DCU Invent, Dundalk IT Regional Development Centre and Queen's University Belfast.
The suspension is being designed and built by Track Day Performance TDP, leaders in the field of performance suspension design. The car charging management will be handled by M2C suppliers of charging solutions to the ESB ecars (Irish Power Company). The Spika will be powered by 2 lightweight yet powerful 15Kw/80kw electric AC motors providing a huge power to weight ratio and giving the car excellent torque and rapid acceleration. The chassis is of carbon fibre construction which gives the whole car strength and rigidity as well as providing huge weight savings.
The Spika is a high performance semi-sports car built for speed and fun, while being also a functional long range form of transport. It is being designed to dispel many of the preconceptions that people have about electric cars.
Mike Keane recently joined the company as a director. He was lead engineer on some of the most innovative electric car projects of this century. While head of engineering at Williams Engineering (Williams F1) he was lead engineer on the amazing Nissan Bladeglider electric car which was showcased at the Rio Olympics. In addition he heading up the engineering team that made 5 Jaguar CX75s (seen above) stunt cars for the James Bond film Spectre. He led the team that worked on the drivetrain for the Aston Martin Rapide E (seen below). Mike's ability to plan, design and deliver are second to none and he brings an important new dimension to the project.
The Alex car was originally the brainchild of inventor/designer Tom Finnegan, who has worked in the green energy sector for some years and has already built a working prototype of an electric sports car loosely based on the Lotus 7 design using composite materials to achieve lightweight results. In the early 2000s he owned and operated Accelerator Rally School in southeast Ireland.