Switzerland's Latest Hypercar Is Gunning For The Lotus Evija

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As expected, it comes with an eye-watering price.

Switzerland isn't known for manufacturing vehicles of its own but this could be set to change in the near future. To start the year, Picasso Automotive teased its supercar which is called the PS-01. Now, another Swiss company called Morand Cars has announced plans to launch a hybrid hypercar in 2023. After all, even China is making hybrid hypercars these days.

Although the car doesn't yet have an official name and its design exists only as digital renders, its specs certainly seem worth shouting about. Intriguingly, the hypercar will be manufactured with a choice of plug-in hybrid and fully electric powertrains. Both models are claimed to be able to reach a top speed of 249 mph and the PHEV variant will be able to blast from 0-124 mph in as little as 6.3 seconds.

Morand Cars
Morand Cars

The 803-horsepower McLaren Elva hypercar takes 6.7 seconds for the same sprint, just for some perspective. According to Autocar, Morand's hypercar will feature a monocoque made from carbon fiber. The body itself will be fashioned from Amplitex, a flax-based composite material that should prove incredibly strong while keeping the weight down.

The PHEV version will use a 5.2-liter V10 coupled with three motors and is expected to produce a total of 1,184 hp. The fully electric version is even more powerful with an output of around 1,973 hp from its four electric motors. In the hybrid, an electric-only driving range of 31 miles has been claimed. For the EV, it can be fully charged in a mere 12 minutes at its target battery charge rate of 8C. These impressive numbers are perhaps not a surprise considering the experienced team leading Morand Cars.

Morand Cars
Morand Cars

The company was founded by Benoit Morand, a former Le Mans team manager, and Eric Boullier, who previously served as the Lotus F1 team manager. "We are working on a disruptive technology with cells that have a greater energy density than those used in Formula E at around 180Wh/kg," said Morand.

The company hopes to have a prototype of the hybrid ready sometime this year and the EV will follow in 2022, ahead of an official launch in 2023. A total of 73 examples will be built and both the EV and hybrid will cost around £1,786,000. That works out to nearly $2.5 million, making it even more expensive than the Lotus Evija EV hypercar. Interestingly, the renderings of Morand's hypercar showcase a similar silhouette to the Evija - both cars have clearly been designed to be highly aerodynamically efficient with a striking mix of slashes and air intakes.

2020 Lotus Evija Front Angle View Lotus
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2020 Lotus Evija Side View Lotus
Source Credits: Autocar UK

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