Traditionally, most automakers use international auto shows to unveil new production models and futuristic concept cars, giving automotive journalists and car fans the chance to get up and close to brand new vehicles months or even years before they hit the roads.
If you’re one of a handful of automakers better known for producing hand-built, high-performance sports cars and opulent luxury rides with price tags that make all but the wealthiest of one percenters weep in anguish however, you might debut your latest vehicle at Top Marques Monaco. Held annually since 2003 in the heart of the Mediterranean Principality, Top Marques Monaco showcases everything from multi-million dollar yachts through to helicopters, planes, jewelry and of course, high-end supercars.
This year, alongside countless customised supercars with gas mileage figures measured in single digits, Top Marques Monaco has been home to the world debut of the all-electric Toroidion 1MW Concept Supercar, a vehicle which makes the super-fast Tesla Model S P85D look positively underpowered.
As the name suggests, the Toroidion is fitted with 1 megawatt of electric motors, with each wheel getting its own direct-drive electric motor. Up front, each wheel is driven by its own 200 kilowatt electric motor. At the rear, there’s a 300 kilowatt motor on each rear wheel.
It’s the brainchild of Toroidion, a Finnish company established in 2011 to develop a brand-new electric powertrain that would have what it takes to compete in the annual 24 Heures du Mans endurance race in Le Mans, France.
Finished in a stunning electric blue (no pun intended), the Toroidion 1MW Concept certainly looks the part, with a long, slender worthy of any classic supercar from the last quarter century. Meanwhile, large, wheel arches and a high waist line paired with front-hinging ‘Lambo’ Scissor doors complete the supercar look.
The inside of the Toroidion meanwhile is very minimalist. A pair of race-spec bucket seats sit low down inside with a four-point race harness for each seat. There are no rear seats — presumably to make space for what looks like a large battery pack of unspecified size — and the front dashboard if furnished with two rows of neat switches against a brushed aluminum plate.
Frustratingly, Toroidion isn’t forthcoming with engineering details, but does hint that the car’s large battery pack should be swappable.
“The Toroidion all-new electric powertrain has been designed to be scalable in power for different applications while remaining safe to use and service,” it says on its website. “The high-capacity battery of the Toroidion powertrain is as easily replaced in the pit-lane as it is in the home garage.”
To its credit, Toroidion says the 1MW Concept Supercar is just that for now: a high-powered supercar that may one day enter production. Its appearance at Top Marques Monaco should at least help push it toward production given enough attention.
What do you think of the Toroidion 1MW Supercar? Will it enter into production, or will it be another high-end performance electric car that will never make it to dealer lots?
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