While some EV vehicle manufacturers are focusing on commuter vehicles others such as Toroidion from Finland are going for the other end of the market with their electric supercar. The vehicle is said to have 1 MW of power, which equates to 1,341hp at a weight of just under 3000lbs. The company was started in 2011, with the aim to develop an electric powertrain that could compete in the 24 hour Le Mans race. Pasi Pennanen who founded the company has a background in developing concept vehicles and production models and has the likes of Finnish racing driver Mika Salo on their R+D team.
The vehicle is said to have a motor for each wheel with the front wheels having 200 kW motors and the rear 300 kW motors. As the car is still in its early stages, top-level times are still coming in, although the vehicle is said to be able to do 0 to 400 km/h/ 248 mph in 11 seconds and a top speed of 280mph. The price will also be in supercar territory at probably around $1.1 million or €1 million. The vehicle is also said to have some revolutionary concepts such as easy swap out of the batteries and a unique powertrain.
The vehicle has some distinctive features like the sleek, rearview mirrors mounted high on the car's very sleek and smooth futuristic design. The ultra smooth body design and rounded headlights are a nice contrast to the more straight lines of other supercars. The interior views of the vehicle from their website show a quite basic interior which will probably be upgraded for production models, unless they are going for completely stripped out look. When the vehicle eventually goes into production should be one of if not the fastest electric vehicle in the world.
Toroidion are not the only ones trying to cover the performance end of the market, with the likes of Faraday Future with the amazing looking FFZERO1 and with what seems like the launch of a mass produced vehicle on January 3rd (Watch this space!), the current Tesla Model SP90 that can hit 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds and the upcoming Model 3. There are also independent outfits out there who can retrofit gasoline powered cars such as Bloodshed motors who specialise in electric motors for muscle cars. Their electric powered Zombie 222 is said to do 0 to 60 in just 1.79 seconds and a quarter-mile in 9.89 seconds at 140.6 miles an hour. None of these options are going to be cheap if you want top level electric sports performance, but it does give you a hint at what these performance EV can currently do and what will be available in the next few years.
With the likes of fully electric racing such as Formula E it's likely in the electric performance world will heat up even more.