Italian Start-Up Wants To Build Electric Supercar

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Electric vehicles are the fastest-growing market segment in Europe, outpacing even the popular crossover market in year-over-year growth. This has apparently struck a chord with Italy’s Technicar, which wants to launch an 800 horsepower electric supercar called the Lavinia to compete with the likes of the LaFerrari.

Technicar is in the early stages of prototype development, so what you’re looking at are computer-generated renderings of the vehicle the automaker hopes to produce. Personally the design looks like the kind of Lambo knockoff you’d find in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, though the Lavinia has lofty ambitions to be sure. The goal? 800 horsepower, a 3.5 second sprint from 0 to 60 MPH, and a driving range of 180 miles via an unspecified battery chemistry, along with a lightweight composite body designed to enhance the driving experience.

Sounds good right? Well it would had Elon Musk not just unveiled the dual-motor Tesla Model S P85D with its 691 horsepower, 275 mile driving range, and 3.2 second run from a standstill to 60 MPH. While not the most offensive-looking electric car ever conceived, it does look a bit dated if you ask me, especially with huge front air dams that makes even the 963 horsepower LaFerrari hybrid look thin-lipped. The only area this concept car exceeds the super-Tesla is a theoretical top speed of 186 MPH, which is easier said than done with current battery technology.

Technicar is aiming for an April 2015 debut at at the Top Marques show in Monaco. Is this the last we hear of the Lavinia, or just the beginning of something bigger?

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.