In 2011, a small Finnish company popped up with dreams of building the next great powertrain for a Le Mans 24-hour race car. Fast-forward to 2015, that company – Toroidion – has created something perhaps even better, a hypercar.
It should be said that the Toroidion 1MW is a concept car – for now – which made its grand entrance on Thursday at the Top Marques auto show in Monaco. The company will officially announce the 1MW’s power output once testing has been concluded, but claims that the sleek coupe is fully street-legal. In the absence of numbers and figures, Toroidion says its electric powertrain is both scalable and lightweight, and given the group’s original bend on endurance racing, the 1MW is said to be equal parts daily driver and track car.
The battery packs that supply the 1MW, suspected to be lithium-ion cells, are noted to store a ‘high-capacity’ of juice, feature quick recharging, and can be easily and rapidly swapped in a pit-lane scenario. The hinted ‘scalability’ of the 1MW powertrain suggests that if a full megawatt of power is optional, smaller and more manageable power outputs will likely be offered as well. For reference, the heady Koenigsegg Agera One:1 set the megacar standard last year when it arrived with 1,341hp flowing from its twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8.
While the Toroidion 1MW concept may produce more questions than answers, its unique styling isn’t an unknown. The electric hypercar evokes visuals not far removed from coachbuilt Italian concepts of the 1960s – think Bertone Miura and Corvair Testudo. We’ve reached out to Toroidion and will provide more information when made available.