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Loryc Electric Speedster: Opel Supporting Comeback of Tradition-rich Brand

03 Nov 2016

  • First choice: Opel supplies two dozen ADAM components for new electric classic car
  • Revival: German Opel fan brings Loryc back to Mallorca’s roads

Opel News - Distant relatives: The Loryc Electric Speedster is fitted with 24 components from the Opel ADAM

Rüsselsheim.  Individualization champion, lifestyle car and now also component donor for an electric vehicle featuring the sports car look of bygone days: the Opel ADAM has added another note to its nearly infinite repertoire. The latest reference in the small car’s portfolio is the tradition-rich Mallorcan brand Loryc that is currently experiencing its renaissance on the popular holiday island, more than 90 years after its founding. The father of the new Loryc Electric Speedster is Karl-Heinz “Charly” Bosch, who re-built the Loryc as an electric car and fitted it with two dozen elements from the Opel ADAM. The front wheel suspension, rear axle, steering, brakes and handbrake in this Loryc, the product of elaborate workmanship, come from the Rüsselsheim brand’s successful model.

 

“Safety and reliability were top priorities for me. So I turned to Opel first when I was looking for parts for the new Loryc,” says Bosch, who wanted to give the car an “historical look with latest technology”. To keep weight and fuel consumption as low as possible, the German expatriate deliberately inquired about the individual parts normally fitted in the Opel ADAM: “The extremely light ADAM components had two decisive advantages. They increased range and were a key reason the Loryc may be driven on the road today.” This is because in order to get European type approval, the 20 hp electric car without a battery could only weigh 449 kilograms. “The biggest challenge in the project was fighting every single gram of weight,” says Bosch. Ultimately the prototype passed all 120 tests without a problem and Bosch built his first series-production vehicle.

 

Things went considerably faster with Opel: “When Mr. Bosch told us about his plans and asked for support, we immediately came on board. We are proud to be part of this project,” says Andreas Apel, Channel Manager Trade at Opel. “Interest in ADAM parts in general is growing, and they are becoming increasingly popular especially for electric mobility projects. The sale of our versatile components is an important business area with which we repeatedly enter new market segments.”

 

Bosch would like to conquer one of those in the coming years in Mallorca. Soon three more Loryc vehicles are to roll out of his workshop in Santa Ponça, and the Opel fan will then offer them for guided tours or sale. Bosch doesn’t aim to reach today’s 215,000 unit sales of the ADAM model, but if it’s up to him, with Opel’s help he will write his own success story.