Think quick: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of tuning a Cadillac? We’re not psychic, but we’re guessing your answer was somewhere along the lines of “more puh-puh-puh power”. Now, what if we told you that the D3‘s concept of the just-released ELR extended-range EV has nothing to do with power or the powertrain?
To clarify: the Cadillac tuner is considering its own take on the ELR, but instead of increasing the power output of the Voltec powerplant, D3 is thinking about making the already-efficient car even more efficient by improving the drag coefficient, reducing weight, and decreasing rotational mass through upgrade wheels. Not only would all of these things make the ELR more efficient, but it will also make it quicker. The image you see above is D3’s visualization of these kinds of modifications to the ELR.
The GM Authority Take
Rather than (inefficiently) boosting power, why not optimize the vehicle’s inefficient areas? In many ways, this kind of thinking seems like the future of tuning… wouldn’t you say so yourself?