WATCH: This super-powerful Chinese electric car can bounce around on three wheels

BYD is posing some serious challenges to global EV makers, and while its Blade battery technology is one of the most advanced in the world, the Chinese EV giant is also working on several other technologies to give its models an edge. Take the BYD Yangwang U9 supercar, for example, which has an advanced suspension system that helps it rock forward even on three wheels.

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April 11, 2023 at 09:50 am

BYD Yang Wang U9 unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show.

While the luxury automaker sets the bar high for its air suspension, BYD claims its Disus-X suspension system is far more advanced. Relying on the manufacturer’s Damping Body Control, Intelligent Hydraulic Body Control and Intelligent Air Body Control, the setup allows the supercar to gain vertical, lateral and longitudinal motion control.

On stage at the Shanghai Auto Show, a bright yellow BYD Yangwang U9 drives forward on three wheels. It’s the suspension setup that picks it up where the fourth wheel is missing. While owners are unlikely to drive the supercar this way, the company claims the technology itself can drastically reduce body roll while helping to improve acceleration and assist with emergency braking. It can also be a vital bright spot in the event of a wheel failure or a flat tire at high speed.

High speed is probably the highlight of the BYD Yangwang U9, as it has four electric motors that deliver a massive 1,100 horsepower and 1,280 Nm of torque. It is further emphasized that BYD Yangwang U9 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in two seconds. The company highlights that the electric supercar will have a range of around 700 kilometers.

First published date: April 11, 2023 at 09:50 AM CST

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