Finnish make it su­per fast

Fin­land has un­veiled one of the world’s most pow­er­ful and ad­vanced con­cept cars

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - C.C. WEISS

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.

— Giz­mag,com.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Not much to look at, the de­sign of Fin­land’s elec­tric su­per­car does not begin to hint at the po­ten­tial of the pow­er­train.

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