Finnish make it super fast
Finland has unveiled one of the world’s most powerful and advanced concept cars
FINLAND has entered the electric supercar arena in a rather big, bold way with the new Toroidion 1MW concept car.
Designed, developed and built entirely in Finland, the Toroidion wrestles the title of world’s most powerful allelectric supercar away from the Rimac Concept One. At a full megawatt (1,341 hp), it’s one of the most powerful supercars, period.
Besides sheer power, the car showcases some interesting technologies with a wide range of potential applications, from a scalable powertrain to a fast-swap battery system.
Toroidion was founded in 2011 with the mission of designing a fully electric powertrain capable of competing in the world-famous 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race, where total driving distances of more than 4 830 km are the norm.
Those distances are well over 10 times the limitations of even high-range electric cars like the Tesla Model S and Audi R8 e-tron. To get around that inherent shortcoming, Toroidion relies on a rapid-swap high-capacity battery that is “as easily replaced in the pit lane as it is in the home garage”.
It doesn’t provide any further details about the battery pack or the swapping system, outside of saying the pack, along with the car itself, is built to a lightweight standard.
Toroidion developed the electric drive to be scalable in power, meaning that it could theoretically show up in something besides a 1,341-hp track/road megacar that’s sure to run well into the seven-figure price range.
We’re not anticipating an affordable Model 3 competitor, but at least it could slide down to a level attainable by the run-of-the-mill multimillionaire, not just oligarchs and oil barons.
Beyond those very general details, Toroidion is holding back further information about the 1MW’s engineering and performance until it tests and tunes the concept car more thoroughly.
So this week’s reveal at Top Marques Monaco is more of a teaser than a fullon unveiling. A 1,341 hp supercar with a scalable powertrain and swappable battery is, however, a pretty satisfying appetiser.
Unlike in the typical car-teaser campaign, Toroidion has driven the 1MW out of the shadows to give us a complete look at its styling. Frankly, it might have been better off keeping us in suspense until it could really wow us with performance details because the design, unlike the potential of the powertrain, is rather flat.
The 1MW concept looks as though Toroidion mashed elements of a number of existing car designs, then rounded out all the edges to make it “modern” and called it a day.
Considering the company’s numberone mission is developing electric powertrain technology, not so much an entire car, we’ll bet that’s more or less how it went down.
The 1MW flashes a profile that looks very C5 Corvette and leaves something to be desired, but it’s just an initial proof-of-concept, so hopefully it evolves into a more attractive sports coupé design worthy of what promises to be cutting edge electric powertrain technology.
We look forward to seeing how Toroidion’s story unfolds.
Not much to look at, the design of Finland’s electric supercar does not begin to hint at the potential of the powertrain.