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

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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.


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