Given that electric motors produce 100% of their torque at zero rpm, we expect the Toroidion to be fast — perhaps ludicrously so — off of the line.
At April’s 2015 Top Marques auto show in Monaco, Finnish company Toroidion unveiled the 1MW Concept, a completely Finland-designed-and-built supercar. The moniker references the car’s 1 megawatt of output, the metric equivalent of 1,341 horsepower, which makes the Toroidion the first electric car to break a barrier that only a handful of gasoline-powered cars have surpassed. In an electric car this is more a matter of basic math than super tuning carburetors; each wheel has its own motor, with two 200-kilowatt motors in the front and two 300-kilowatt in the back. Given that electric motors produce 100% of their torque at zero rpm, we’d expect the Toroidion to be fast — perhaps ludicrously so — off of the line.
The eye-catching concept model is bulbously sleek and self-consciously light — behind the butterfly doors with handles of 3D-printed latticework, the interior is stylishly sparse — and the whole enterprise is light on details. That’s okay for Top Marques, where the goal is to find buyers willing to finance the build of their own supercar, but auto enthusiasts of the shallow-pocketed kind are anxious for more details.
What we do know is that the design is courtesy of Passi Pennanen, an automotive stylist who has worked for Jaguar and Honda, and run an eponymous design studio since 2004. We also know that the 1MW is built on a new powertrain model, one that is designed to be scalable for different applications, implying both racing and street versions to come. Tantalisingly, the website notes that “The high-capacity battery of the Toroidion powertrain is as easily replaced in the pit-lane as it is in the home garage,” making us wonder what hot-swappable wonder Pennanen has imagined.
The name, “toroid ion” should give us some kind of hint, some idea of how a molecularly charged donut might make for a lighter high-performance battery or more efficient electric motor. But, alas, we didn’t go to school in Finland.
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