The electric hyper-car race is on, but who will gain the lead

It feels inevitable that, eventually, all of the established supercar makers will introduce electric models, even if they’re limited production.

It’s the way technology is going, it’s a good showcase for them and, importantly, it will contribute to meeting emissions legislation. 

For now, a number of obscure manufacturers are promising great things from all-electric supercars. Think Vanda Dendrobium (pictured), NIO EP9 and Rimac Concept One. Perhaps it’s easier
 for them: one project, one car, one powertrain, very small numbers. 

But what about McLaren and rivals such as Ferrari and Lamborghini? Ferrari has described an electric model as “very difficult” to do in the next five to 10 years and Lamborghini has said it has great interest in electric models but doesn’t see it happening in the short term. 

So, with Ferrari and Lamborghini hedging their bets, it seems McLaren
 will likely lead the way. 
Its independent business structure allows it to react relatively quickly and, let’s not forget, it has made huge gains in the supercar segment in a short space of time. I vote McLaren. 

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17 August 2017

Producing an electric hypercar is the easy bit, developing a battery that would enable the full performance to be used for more than a few minutes is more challenging. Until battery energy storage density improves considerably, there really isn't much point in building the car. For now, hybrid is the way to go where performance is matched by a decent range and reasonable weight. We need to walk before we can run, 

17 August 2017

Look at the Telsa P100 it can do sub 3 second spints to 60 and 250 miles plus on the road, make it smaller, lighter more aerodynamic and who knows what it can do. 

For track days, rich people are seldom on the track for more than 20 minutes and trailer it or store it there, and, with a 80% charge possible in 40 minutes inbetween 20 minute sprints it's not really an issue that can't be overcome if there's a need.

It's more a marketing and need issue, afterall an Arab with a million pounds isn't gonna worry about the price of petrol.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

17 August 2017

I think the headline is unfair to Rimac who clearly have one already.

17 August 2017
Clarkey wrote:

I think the headline is unfair to Rimac who clearly have one already.

As Rachel Burgess says in the article, "For now, a number of obscure manufacturers are promising great things from all-electric supercars." Others are promissing cars but, McLaren may well be the first to actually put one on sale to the public.

Citroëniste.

17 August 2017

The Rimac is available to buy as is the NIO EP9.  In fact it may be easier to buy one of these than meeting the ludicrous loyalty requirements needed to acquire a LaFerrari.

17 August 2017
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

Others are promissing cars but, McLaren may well be the first to actually put one on sale to the public.

They're not just promising though. The Concept One already has some or all of its production run in customer hands; not sure if the Nio EP9 has started deliveries yet but it's certainly on sale.

Both of those are unquestionably hypercars, they're more powerful than the Veyron SS and a little lighter too.

17 August 2017
As for the established players, McLaren is bound to be first, unless someone else pulls a Chevy Bolt and has third parties design much of the car. McLaren was talking last year about plans for making an all-electric range topper, right around the time Sergio Marchionne was prattling out conservative anti-EV nonsense, and VW were shouting loudly about their electric plans (none of which included a supercar).

As for what it is, I'm hoping it's either a number-monster like the Rimac, but made in larger numbers, or is a tactile thing that does things people won't expect.

If the latter, give it noisier motors with little soundproofing, give it a multi-speed manual gearbox, give it hydraulic steering. You don't *need* any of those with an EV, and may actually make it slower, but it'd be a showpiece for the fact that going electric doesn't have to mean sacrificing old-school thrills.

17 August 2017
Disgusting idea.

8 September 2017

The 'Autocar Imagines' image includes two large tailpipes. What does Autocar imagine they are for?

TS7

21 September 2017

...one also notes they've forgotten to equip the tyres with a sidewall, but that's quite normal.

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