Published on 18 Mar 2013 by Dan Read
With the 2013 Geneva Motor Show now over we’re taking a minute to have a quick look back at some of the most significant cars that were unveiled over the past couple of weeks. This year’s show was all about the hypercars, but they were a little different than the firebreathing Formula One inspired machines we’ve become used to because this year the key ingredient to the biggest and best of them was electric power.
Marrying the economic and environmental benefits of electric power with the raw pace and energy of a hypercar doesn’t work in most people’s minds, but what Ferrari and McLaren unveiled at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show is just the start. The McLaren P1 with 903 hp, a DRS system and a KERS package ticks every hypercar box. It has the power and the looks a hypercar needs but it also has an electric that contributes 176 hp of the 903 hp and helps it achieve CO2 figures of 200g/km.
The name Ferrari LaFerrari might sound like the name of a men’s fragrance, but it’s the name that the Italian supercar maker has given to their hybrid hypercar. It has 963 hp and produces 900 Nm of torque. Its electric motor doesn’t provide as much horsepower as the motor in the McLaren, but the V-12 petrol more than makes up the difference.
Aside from the hypercars from the Formula One constructors, Lamborghini and Alfa were also showing hypercars. With a 1.9 litre engine, the Alfa C4 might struggle to keep up with the Ferrari and the McLaren but it’s a fraction of the cost at around £40,000. The Lamborghini Veneno is probably the best looking of the lot. It will also be the most exclusive as only 3 examples will ever be built.