BYD Yangwang U9 is an Electric Supercar that Twerks, Jumps Off the Ground
Chinese cars are taking Australia by storm, but it looks like they’re ready to make their mark on the rest of the world with the unveiling of the BYD Yangwang U9. And no, we’re not kidding because this four-motor electric supercar can literally jump off the ground (albeit a few inches) thanks to the brand’s DiSus Intelligent Body Control System (DiSus System), and something called DiSus-X.
Surprisingly, this isn’t some internet stunt from a small manufacturer trying to break the mould. The South China Morning Post claimed that BYD surpassed Tesla in sales last year, while the brand has made its mark Downunder with the launch of its Atto 3 in September 2022. Sales have been strong, only sitting behind Tesla with 2098 reported as delivered since the start of the year, more than double that of the MG ZS EV.
RELATED: 2023 BYD Atto 3 Review: A Sensible EV with a Wacky Interior.
In their news announcement, BYD made no mistake in saying that they’ve basically become bored of creating electric motors and batteries. Let’s not forget the breakthroughs they’ve made with DM Super Hybrid technology, e-Platform 3.0, Blade Battery, and e4 Platform. So they’ve decided to focus their attention on ‘vertical motion’ – meaning suspension systems – where they’re looking to outpace their competitors once again by controlling all vehicle motions in a collaborative manner.
“The BYD DiSus System is the first self-developed intelligent body control system launched by a Chinese automobile company, marking the breakthrough from zero to one. The BYD DiSus System will further secure the globally pioneering stance for BYD in the industry,” said Mr. Wang Chuanfu, Chairman and President of BYD.
Looking at three factors, the brand has given us a glimpse at the collaborative control in body dynamics (lateral, longitudinal, and vertical motions), with a system that can control three branches.
- Intelligent Damping Body Control System (DiSus-C)
- Intelligent Air Body Control System (DiSus-A)
- Intelligent Hydraulic Body Control System (DiSus-P)
The brand mentions that this technology will make its way into several models including the BYD Dynasty series, BYD Ocean series, DENZA, and Yangwang.
While the cherry on top was the Yangwang U9 (pictured throughout) which makes use of a DiSus-X system. Here, the car is able to dance, jump and drive with only three wheels like a Chevrolet Impala on hydraulics. That’s on top of the fact this electric supercar is powered by four electric motors for a claimed power output of 820kW and 1680Nm. Of course, those figures are just hearsay until the car hits production (if ever) but it’s impressive nonetheless.
In the meantime, buyers in Australia can shop the BYD Atto 3 which produces about 150kW through the front tires. It starts from around $48,000 AUD, with more information found at the brand’s website via the link below.
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