Love at First Sight: All-Electric Renovo Supercar Wows CES Crowd

by Gary Rainville

It’s love at first sight for many visiting our booth at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The muscular bearing, sensual curves and flawless silver skin of the Renovo Coupe is inducing swoons clear across the hall. Selling for just north of $500,000, it’s the first all-electric American supercar, and goes from a dead stop to 60 MPH in a blazing 3.4 seconds.

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NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Renovo Motors CEO Christopher Heiser with the new Renovo Coupe at CES 2015.

“I’m beyond jealous,” said Karlton Spindle, a Las Vegas-based car enthusiast, describing the Coupe’s jaw-dropping good looks. Renovo Motors, its maker, has taken “the classic old look and brought it forward with all modern electronics.”

The Coupe features our Tegra X1 technology, which we announced on Sunday, in its digital cockpit concept. With a 256-core Maxwell architecture GPU, the Tegra X1 packs more than one teraflops of computer power, giving it what analysts are calling “mind-blowing” performance.

To keep up with all that we’re up to at CES, visit nvidia.com/CES2015.

Tegra X1 technology is behind the Coupe’s all-digital instrument cluster and 11.6-inch touchscreen in the center stack. Our auto team helped design the cockpit with Renovo Motors using NVIDIA DRIVE Studio software, which enables exquisitely rendered 3D gauges and controls that can be instantly reconfigured so they appear to be made of different materials.

“It’s a new take on old school muscle,” said show attendee Alexandre Kievlov of the 500-horsepower Coupe.  “I’ve driven a Leaf, a Volt, a Prius – I’m sure this has a little more pep,” he said with dramatic understatement.

Added Spindle, “The fact that’s it’s all-electric: It’s off the chart.” He expressed certainty he’d find room for a Renovo in his garage.

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CES attendees ogle NVIDIA Tegra powered Audi TTS.

Joining the Renovo Coupe in our booth is a cherry red 2016 Audi TTS sports coupe, which is also turning heads.

Two Tegra 3 processors power its virtual cockpit, including the car’s navigation, instrumentation and infotainment functions — all directly in the driver’s line of sight.

To keep up with all that we’re up to at CES, visit nvidia.com/CES2015.