In 2012, Espera unveiled the Intencity, an all-electric prototype. A year later, Espera students presented the React'ev at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the second project of the 2012-2013 class and the first hybrid car designed at the school.

The React'EV at the 14th Monte Carlo Rally for New Energies (photo UTBM/Espera)

Monte Carlo Rally for New Energies

On the face of it, the React'ev could be a disappointment from a technical point of view. Hybrids are no longer a novelty, and the combustion engine chosen is not new: a Peugeot V6 that has never really excited the crowds, especially in its original 210 hp configuration, mated to a banal 5-speed manual gearbox.

The React'EV is Espera's first hybrid car. Shown here during the 14th Monte Carlo Rally for New Energies (photo UTBM/Espera)

But the aim is not to innovate and present new solutions. What's special about React'ev is that in 13 weeks, the Espera students have designed and built a reliable car that actually runs. And they proved it by taking part in the 14th Monte Carlo Rally for New Energies from March 20 to 24, 2013, right after the Geneva Motor Show. Of course, the React'ev had a few problems during the rally: a leak in the fuel system (quickly repaired) and, above all, shock absorber problems that forced it to retire twice! Nevertheless, the car made it to Monaco, where it finished the handling test. These shock absorber problems in no way call into question the quality of the work done by the Espera students. And that's great. The powertrain proved reliable and the car stood up well to the test. In particular, the React'ev made the journey from Annecy-le-vieux to Monaco in 9 hours 45 minutes, covering 460 km of mountain roads without a hitch. For a prototype designed from A to Z in 13 weeks by students, this is a remarkable performance.

Beautiful interior with large central tunnel (Espera photo)


The React'ev is not only reliable and powerful, it's also beautiful. A modern yet classic coupé. A line that I think will stand the test of time.
Every year, the Espera students produce work they can be proud of. Unfortunately, the media don't seem to care. At Geneva, all eyes were on the hybrid hypercars (McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari), impressive though they were, but far removed from everyday reality. The React'ev won't go down in history (with a capital H) and will remain unknown to the vast majority of car enthusiasts. But its design and participation in the Monte Carlo New Energies competition make it one of Espera's most important models.
The PSA V6 engine is backed up by two electric motors (photo: UTBM/Espera)
In brief
1- Hybrid petrol/electric car
2- Participation in the 14th Monte Carlo Rally for New Energies
3- Designed and built in just thirteen weeks