FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY…
Based in the secluded and off beaten tracks of Norfolk (UK), Qwest’s team of legendary automotive and motor racing designers and engineers have been working for over a year on the creation of the world’s first and quickest EV Shooting Brake.
Starting out as so many good things do, QWEST came about following a chat down at the local pub in January 2016 where a successful business man who had just bought his second Tesla Model S, was lamenting its impracticality with a friend and fellow entrepreneur. The impracticalities lay with carrying his canine buddies. This was due to the shape of the Tesla S, with a standard sloping roofed hatchback or fastback style, giving almost no head room for his furry best friends to spread out.
The wish was that the Tesla had an Estate, a proper large estate, a shooting brake, that long lost vehicle format reserved for the annals of history, reminiscing over Volvos and Peugeots of the past long before SUV’s and MPV’s ruled the planet. Low enough to get in, but big enough to fit everything life throws at you, in. With no compromises.
The friend, Dr. Dorian Hindmarsh, has been working with the automotive and motor racing sector for nearly 20 years and knows Norfolk is the place to develop a concept like the world’s first EV estate car.
The car is based fully on the Tesla Model ‘S’ car, and the design that was developed had to be complimentary to the muscular stance and style of the base car, but with increased capacity and access.
Jim Router, Qwest’s Engineering Director, is a legend in the automotive world and has been involved with many of the world’s iconic vehicles both for the road and race track, with Le Mans and Supercars just happening to be his bread and butter. Jim was able to develop a uniquely stylish body section that could be manufactured out of carbon fiber, for strength, durability, weight, and aesthetics.
Tesla was made aware of this project from the outset and some specific criterions are adhered to, to maintain support for their unique method of vehicle updates etc.
Roll on 12 months, and QWest Norfolk Ltd is established, and cutting a £90K Tesla car up with TV’s Jonny Smith from “FullyCharged” running a feature throughout the project.