Once upon a time, if you wanted a wild supercar, your choices were limited and usually came from Italy. These days, the opposite is true, as niche companies come out of the shadows almost once a week with fantastic renders and jaw-dropping stats to grab attention – and pre-order money -. buyers. Most ideas die as unrealized vaporware, but Swiss company Morand Cars is hoping to defy all odds with its hybrid hypercar.
Billed as Switzerland’s first upcoming hypercar, Morand Cars works with another Swiss-based company called Bcomp, which specializes in composites and sustainable materials. The idea is to build a rigid, lightweight and environmentally friendly hypercar, using “natural fiber composites” for the body and interior. Apparently, Bcomp worked with a Formula 1 team to create a natural fiber composite racing seat. Meanwhile, Morand Cars’ management staff have racing and engineering background, so there is some automotive know-how at work behind the scenes.
That said, now is a good time to share the jaw-dropping stats. The plan for this still-unknown machine is to offer it both as a plug-in hybrid and as a full electric vehicle, each with amounts of power going to all four wheels. In the hybrid configuration, a V10 engine will be paired with three electric motors to generate approximately 1,200 horsepower (859 kilowatts). The all-electric version will be the real stopper of the show, racing four electric motors to deliver a combined power of 2,000 hp (1,491 kW). When it comes to charging times, the EV is said to fully charge in less than 10 minutes depending on the charging connection.
The weight of the hybrid is targeted at 3020 pounds (1370 kilograms) while the electric vehicle will be lighter to 2755 lbs (1250 kg). As such, both cars are listed with a top speed of over 400 km / h, although only the hybrid model has acceleration stats so far. Step on the accelerator and it will hit 124 mph (200 km / h) in about 6.4 seconds. Of course, this is all moot at this point.
Morand Cars is currently in the first of three phases of development and we have yet to see a physical prototype of this ambitious company. Will Swiss pride and attention to detail win in the end, or will Morand Cars go in the same direction as so many other niche hypercar startups? A fully functional vehicle is part of Phase 2, and according to Morand Cars it will be ready by 2022. So if we don’t see anything by then we should have our answer.