Shockingly quick electric concepts faced off against old-school petrol power in this year’s Swiss showdown of speed
FOR THE FUTURE:
Croatian marque Rimac proves that eye-watering performance is achievable without frighteningly frequent trips to the petrol pumps. The Concept_One is powered by four electric motors that slurp from an 82kWhli-ion battery. Power is up to 1057bhp. with an unfeasible 1600Nm of torque; 0-100kmph in 2.6 seconds is the result, and a limited 355kmph top speed with a range of 186 miles.
Honda Civic Concept
Honda clearly wants to upset the stuffy Civic customer base – the latest concept has gone banzai with the styling. An aggressive, tarmac- grazing front end and bright green brake calipers set the tone. Honda claims the concept is “very close” to a production model, but it will have a more restrained choice of engines at launch, including 1.0 and 1.5-litre V TEC turbo petrol, plus a 1.6-litre diesel. Performance fans: there’s a Type-R on the horizon and, yes, it’s likely to be completely crackers.
China’s first hybrid supercar does things differently. Instead of a big engine, it packs six electric motors and a micro-turbine that recharges the batteries at lightning speed. Some may recall Jaguar’s C-X75 concept, which trialled a similar system. Stats for the AT96 model, whose turbine runs on aviation fuel, include a 0-100kmph time of 2.5 secs and a 350kmph top speed. The more practical diesel/petrol GT96 claims a range of 2000 km. Please don’t call it Trev.
Citroën’s snazzy sub-brand could soon see a range of electric sports cars on its forecourts, as the E-Tense promises almost 400bhp from its high-voltage powertrain. But let’s also get pumped about the curvaceous carbon fibre body and the 3D-printed dashboard. Performance is expected to be exciting rather than scary: 0-100kmph is 4.5 secs and the top speed would be limited to 250kmph. However, the E-Tense is more of and towards the future than a preview of a new model.