The Bugatti Chiron has almost reached the pinnacle of production sports cars. At least for homologated models that are only powered by a combustion engine. Recently, however, there have been more and more privateers on the coast who claim to be able to do better than Bugatti… with just an electric motor. This is our top 5 electric hypercars.
Morand Cars, a Swiss specialist in the restoration of old vehicles, plans to offer a hypercar in two versions: one hybrid, the other 100% electric. The latter will deliver 1950 hp via 4 permanent magnet motors. The strong point of the Swiss hypercar? Its mass, limited to 1250 kg, including 350 kg for the 70 kWh battery… Optimistic. However, the project is looking to be taken seriously with Eric Boullier, ex Lotus F1 team principal and then McLaren F1 race director, on board. This hypercar claims a top speed of over 400 km/h, while crossing the 200 km/h mark in 6.3 to 6.5 seconds. One thing is certain, these numbers will be difficult to verify on the typical Swiss mountain passes.
To symbolize its renaissance thanks to fresh money, Lotus has presented the Evija as a technology demonstrator and spearhead of its electric offensive. It has 4 electric motors that deliver a combined power of 2,000 hp. Enough to dethrone the Bugatti Chiron? That remains to be seen. Lotus remains quite modest (or just realistic) with a 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds for a top speed of more than 320 km/h. Above all, this new Lotus remains true to Colin Chapman’s motto: the weight must remain low. At least for an electric car, because with 1,680 kilos we cannot speak of a featherweight.
After the offer to buy Bugatti, Rimac finally saw Porsche invest in its capital. A sign that the Croatian constructor should be taken seriously. Rimac has just presented its second model, the Nevera. This “sudden Mediterranean storm” uses a quartet of electric motors for a total of 1,914 hp and 2,360 Nm. Enough to claim stratospheric performance: 0 to 100 km/h in under 2 seconds, 400 m from standstill in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 412 km/h. All this with a WLTP range of 550 km. Fossil fuels? How old-fashioned!
The famous Italian design house, also a high-flying coachbuilder, has decided to go it alone and launch its own electric hypercar. The Battista – as it is called – has 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm. Characteristics that are close to the Rimac Nevera… from which it also borrows its drive unit. The styling is classic, with a touch of Ferrari and a touch of McLaren, but the performance is another world: less than 2 seconds to pass the 100 km/h limit from a standstill and the symbolic 300 km/h threshold is reached in reached 12 seconds. On the other hand, the Italian car is more modest than its Croatian donor car in terms of top speed, as it gets stuck at 350 km/h.
It is Japanese, promises 2,012 hp and has a… special look. The Aspark Owl is a real halo model for a brand that plans to expand its range with more accessible cars, and plans to attack its prey… sorry, its competitors in silence. Not only can it boast impressive straight-line performance – from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds, from 0 to 300 km/h in 10.6 seconds and a top speed of more than 400 km/h – but its designers also claim that it will push boundaries on the track thanks to its active aerodynamics and its intelligent transmission.