High-performance Fiat 500 gatecrashes supercar show

The Fiat 500 has appeared in a number of guises, including a cabriolet and hot hatch version, and now a French car maker has adapted the city car to deliver supercar performance with zero emissions.

The electric Atomik 500, developed by French car maker Atomik, can reach 100km/h in under five seconds and has a range of 200km.

Supercar performance is delivered through advanced battery technology and amazingly delivers similar performance to a Tesla Roadster in the popular city car.

Although a supercar-style Fiat 500 will not be produced by the manufacturer, a more practical electric version will be released in the US market from 2012.

The 500EV was developed on the 500 platform after Fiat labelled it the ‘perfect’ platform for electric technology due to its compact dimensions and lightweight materials.

Fiat is developing the car in a joint venture with Chrysler, which claims it will have a range of more than 100 miles when it arrives in the US market.

The concept version of the 500EV was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January and will follow combustion-powered versions into the US market in 2012. However, Fiat has not confirmed if the 500EV will be sold in Europe.

In the meantime, the Atomik 500 will debut for the first time in the UK at the Salon Prive event, which runs from 21-23 July in London.

Alfa Romeo and Jaguar also plan to attend the luxury car event with a range of new vehicles including the Alfa Giulietta and Jaguar XK.