The Supercar show could be the tagline of the Geneva motor show. Even as car makers turn their attention to more efficient and electric cars, the Swiss showcase allows carmakers both big and small to unleash their wildest creations.
While the likes of the McLaren Senna GTR, Ferrari 488 Pista and Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro stole the limelight, there were dozens of small, boutique brands that also had some equally fast machines on display in Geneva.
Here are some of the highlights.
Croatia is not where you’d typically expect a hypercar to come from, but the Rimac C_Two is not your typical hypercar.
It’s a fully-electric, two-seat supercar that the company claims is just as home on the racetrack as it is carving across Europe. The statistics are truly staggering; 1408kW of power, 2300Nm of torque, 420km/h top speed, a range of 650km and 0-300km/h time of just 11.8seconds. That’s more power, a higher top speed and faster acceleration than Tesla’s currently theoretical Roadster.
Oh, and if all that’s not enough it also has some state-of-the-art technology, including facial recognition technology instead of a traditional key.
It also has Level 4 autonomous functionality, according to the company, with eight cameras, six radar emitters, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a lidar sensor.
But it’s a serious driver’s car, with a ‘Driving Coach’ system that can overlay selected racetracks to give you real-time tips to get the best lap time, such as the right line into a corner and when to brake.
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Only 150 C_Two will be built and all in left-hand drive.
Fans of 1970s rally rejoice - the Lancia Stratos is back. Well, sort of.
German businessman Michael Stoschek created a one-off modern-day Stratos in 2010, commissioning Italian design house Pininfarina to restyle a Ferrari 430 Scuderia. Now, eight years later, Stoschek and Italian company Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) announced in Geneva they will produce a limited run of 25 ‘New Stratos’ for sale.
In keeping with the rally heritage of the original, customers will be able to choose from three specifications - Road, GT Rally and Safari (pictured below).
Power will come from a 4.3-litre V8 producing 379kW and 519Nm that will help the new Stratos launch from 0-100km/h in just 3.3seconds.
MAT has experience with rich businessmen with a love of retro Italian supercars. It also builds the SCG supercars for American businessman Cameron Glickenhaus, who came to prominence by commissioning Pininfarina to restyle his Ferrari Enzo into a classic ‘60s P3/4 sports car shape.
David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone Edition
This retro-styled British GT machine isn’t your typical supercar, but costing more than $1million it’s certainly priced like one.
The small British firm has made a business taking classic British designs and given them a modern makeover. The Speedback GT is based on a Jaguar XKR underneath but looks like a modern interpretation of the classic Aston Martin DB5 on the surface.
Inside it’s a combination of bespoke, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar switchgear but it all combines beautifully produce a high quality finish.
For the 2018 Geneva motor show the company revealed its latest offering, the Speedback Silverstone Edition. Only 10 examples will be built, out of the 100 Speedback GTs in total, for customers who wants something even more special.
Under the bonnet is a Jaguar 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 455kW and 766Nm, so while it make look old-fashioned it makes modern performance.
Other unique elements to for the Silverstone Edition include a subtle, hand-painted racing stripe, unique badging and brogued leather seats. Buyers can also created a bespoke storage compartment that hides away underneath the boot floor but folds out with the split tailgate which also doubles as a seat.
Pininfarina H2 Speed
Hydrogen is seen by many car companies as the long-term solution for long-range, zero-emission vehicles. Italian design studio Pininfarina and Swiss-French fuel cell producer GreenGT believe it can also power a new generation of supercars.
To prove it the two have produced the H2 Speed Concept; a sleek hypercar that wouldn’t look out of place on the Le Mans grid. At the Geneva show the pair announced a production run of 12 units would be built for paying customers.
However, it will be a racetrack-only proposition, with 472kW generated from its electric powertrain.
Cars like the Hyundai Nexo and Toyota Mirai may showcase hydrogen fuel cell tech on the road but the H2 Speed certainly makes it look cool.
Techrules Ren RS
If ever there was a rocket ship for the road this would be it, though China-based Techrules isn’t quite ready to let its space-age turbine car go beyond the track just yet.
It features a revolutionary powertrain with a diesel-fuelled turbine-recharging electric vehicle (TREV) system - similar to BMW i3 range-extender but far more extreme - to provide an enormous but efficient generator for a 28.4kWh lithium-ion polymer battery powering two front and four rear electric motors.
The result is 960kW and 2340Nm of torque with a driving range from the 80-litre FIA-certified fuel bladder of 1170km.
Despite an aerospace-inspired design from Ford WRC and Lancia 037 design specialists Gianetti of Turin that develops GT3 racing car amounts of downforce, it isn’t the quickest of the cars here in a straight line and completes the standing start to 100km/h in 3 seconds flat on its way to 330km/h.
But it is a technological marvel that’s looking for production in markets around the world.
W Motors Fenyr Supersport
Because the Middle East doesn’t already have enough supercars for high-net worth supercar-rollers, W Motors is offering high performance luxury cars for ‘ultra-high net worth individuals’.
The maker’s latest flashy carbon-fibre supercar is named after Norse mythology’s infamous wolf but it’s not just for posing, and shuttles from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 402km/h.
Designed in-house in Dubai, the mid-engine rear-wheel drive supercar is engineered and assembled by Magna Steyr in Turin, Italy and its 588kW/980Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six is supplied by Porsche tuner RUF.
Limited to just 25 units per year the exclusive supercar costs $1.8 million. But of course, if you have to ask how much it costs…
LVCHI Auto Venere
Despite this four-door four-seater’s plush interior and modern technology inside, China-based LVCHI’s first high-performance luxury car is quicker than a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Based in Shanghai, China the company that stands for ‘leading, votive, cooperative, harmonious, innovative’ uses global suppliers to build its vehicles from Coventry, England to Silicon Valley, USA.
The Venere was designed by the Institute of Development in Automotive Engineering in Turin, Italy and uses a carbon-fibre tub chassis to bring the electric vehicles weight down to 2100kg.
With four electric motors - two front and two rear – the 100kWh battery system produces 740kW of power that moves the sleek coupe from 0-100km/h in under 3 seconds on its way to 249km/h vMax.
Inside, controls have been eradicated entirely by touchscreens that fill the entire centre console. Production timing and pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Italdesign Zerouno Duerta
With a price tag expected to be near $2 million this targa-top supercar is one of the most exclusive production cars on this list.
Just five road-going Duertas (meaning open in Piedmontese) will be built this year on a modified version of the modular carbon-fibre and aluminium chassis that underpins last year’s closed roof coupe.
Billed by the unsurprisingly Italian company Italdesign as a race car for the streets, a naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 producing 449kW and 560Nm at 6500rpm through all-four wheel achieves a top speed of over 320km/h.
But more than just performance car, ultra-exclusive customers can customise their cars in any way they want including full carbon-fibre look paint.