Bertone Blitz

I feel we've started taking for granted the rapid improvements of late in electric motor and battery technology. It's 2015, and with the Tesla Model S P85 D able to frighten just about any 'streeter' with its acceleration, obviously we've come a long way with modern electric cars.

In 1992, this is the best electric car one of the world's leading studios could come up with, an awkwardly-shaped lozenge of a car with partially faired-in wheels and—in one colourway—bright polka dot seat coverings.

Bertone's mission with the Blitz was to advance the notion that driving an electric car can be fun and exciting. Even here in #bcotd, a quick scan of the electric vehicles I've featured have, well, the Venturi Fétish as the only one that could be considered sporting…aside from La Jamais Contente, the first vehicle to top 100 km/h (62 mph).

Electric vehicles from major manufacturers and design houses have, for better or worse, been obsessed with electric vehicles as a tool for getting around or being efficient, but rarely to have fun in.

With an offset driving position, compact dimensions, no roof, and little to be entertained with inside beyond the accelerator pedal and steering wheel, the Blitz is obviously intended for a single purpose.

At least Bertone expended the effort to make this concept a drivable prototype.

To achieve a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) and a zero-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time to rival the Ferrari 348, the Blitz had to be lightweight: just 294 kg (650 lbs), with 117 kg (260 lbs) of that figure due to the car's batteries. Strong performance, considering that the most horsepower they could come up with for the car totals just 72 across two DC motors—and a torque peak of only 70 lb-ft.

Around the tubular steel frame had lightweight fibreglass panels impregnated with nomex, and an interior in carbon fibre. With not much weight to move around, the Blitz could keep driving for up to 130 km (80 miles) per charge.

Quaint, right? Aren't you glad even the electric Nissan Leaf hatchback can now, in most respects, outperform an outrageous '90s Italian concept car?