VOLAR-e Electric Supercar: 1,000 HP McLaren-Beater

Follow Antony

Okay, so perhaps "McLaren-beater" is a bit of an exaggeration.

The recently-unveiled McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid supercar has the looks, the heritage, the quality and indeed a full production run on the way--while the VOLAR-e from Spanish industrial design firm Applus Idiada is just a prototype.

But the fact we can make the comparison at all--and to the Rimac Concept_One, for that matter--shows that uber-powerful electric cars are no longer an unusual concept.

In the video above, unearthed by our sister site, Motor Authority, you get a pretty good view of Applus Idiada's supercar.

You get some idea of its statistics, too. Those include a maximum power output of 1,000 horsepower, and 737 pounds-feet of torque from its four electric motors.

It'll reach 62 mph in a flash--just 3.4 seconds--and go on to a top speed of 186 mph.

Power comes from a ten-cell, 38 kWh battery pack, which takes between 10-15 minutes to recharge. There's no word on range, but use all that performance and it won't last long.

Braking and coasting does provide a regenerative effect though, and thanks to the four electric motors, the VOLAR-e has a trick torque vectoring ability, varying drive to each of the four wheels for maximum control in the corners.

Which is your favourite plug-in supercar? Leave your thoughts below.


Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Us

Comments (10)
  1. Yeah, this is just a drag race car...

  2. That's an easy question, Antony... My favourite plug-in supercar will be the first one that I can afford. Alas, then it wouldn't be a supercar at all...

    McLaren all the way, I guess, but I can't claim to know enough about the others to state that with any confidence.

    We all may laugh at the concept cars and low-volume supercars and compliance ones, too, but every vehicle made helps a little with overall development so enjoy the new vehicles, even if they're not going to see the real world in many cases.

  3. This car is apparently a custom one-off Rimac One. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/01/31/rimac-automobili-delivers-first-electric-supercar-wont-let-us/

  4. http://www.worldcarfans.com/113022854455/applus-idiada-volar-e-revealed---based-on-rimac-concept

  5. so, 38 KWh over 0-15 minutes? a cable and switching able to handle 150-300 KW? and what about the residual heat generated by such fast charging? Where is the nassive blower that will take killowatts of heat away? Switching is the only way to go, and the Model S NY trip proves it

  6. Broder was not using all of his brain. Days after he completed his trip, six Model S owners did the same thing and made it. CNN Money also did the trip and experienced no problems. He made several mistakes that no electric car owner would do.

  7. The NY Times story has been immediately shown to be a Hatchet Job just like the Top Gear faked story...

  8. "Power comes from a ten-cell, 38 kWh battery pack"?

    I believe you have that stat wrong.

    Lithium cells are usually in the range 3.5-4.2 volts depending on the chemistry, so a 10-cell pack would be 35-42 volts.

    And each cell would have to be 3.8kWh, those are some pretty big cells.

    I doubt that a 1000 HP car uses 35 volts.

  9. its peobably 10 modules each with several dozen cells. this would make much more sense since a quick charge could be simply 10 parallel feeds so you would essentially be quick charging a 3.8 Kwh pack (still pretty hot but doable)

  10. Rimac Concept One does 0-60 in 2.8 sec., has a beautiful interior, and is actually for sale. Range: 350 miles with DC fast charging capability
    This car seems to be an exercise in engineering, a technological development prototype car.

Commenting is closed for old articles.

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you

Find Green Cars


© 2015 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by High Gear Media. Send us feedback. Stock photography by izmo, Inc.