The McMurty Spéirling Is a Real Life Batmobile

The McMurty Spéirling is an EV like no other, and it looks set to smash track speed records.
Written by Alex Healey
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Side view of the Spéirling
While other billionaires are preoccupied with space travel, Irishman David McMurtry is pouring his cash into developing an
electric vehicle
. However, the “McMurtry Spéirling”' isn't a regular EV, it’s one of the world’s fastest cars, and it looks more like the Batmobile than a Tesla.
The concept of an eco-friendly racecar isn’t new; Toyota is designing a
hybrid hypercar
, and Porsche has been working on
high-performance batteries for EV racers
. However, McMurtry’s has lofty ambitions.
He wants to break speed records and prove that electric power can achieve breathtaking levels of performance. But is his unique car up to the task? Read on to find out.

A closer look at the McMurty Spéirling

Motor Authority
reports that the Spéirling is small (just 126 inches long), with a single-seat cabin. 
Looking like a mini version of the classic Batmobile, it weighs less than 2,200 pounds and boasts one horsepower for every 2.2 pounds of weight.
This lightweight design is aided by a “fan-powered ground effect system that generates downforce.” Essentially, air moves over the bodywork and presses the car down into the track, providing more grip and allowing for higher speeds. The battery runs on an 800-volt electrical system, which has a range of 300 miles at street-legal speeds and lasts up to 60 minutes on the race track.

How fast is the McMurty Spéirling?

While many specs are still under wraps, estimates suggest the McMurtry Spéirling can go from 0-186 mph in under 9.0 seconds and has a top speed of more than 200 mph.
To ensure the car reaches its potential, former F1 driver Max Chilton has been hired as head development driver, and he is hoping to register the Spéirling's first official lap time this year.
Sure, the McMurtry Spéirling is a weird-looking car, but it should be commended for its originality. And if it performs as well as expected, future EVs will benefit from the research that has gone into perfecting its range and aerodynamics.

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