Published on March 8th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


5 Obscure But Outstanding Performance-Driven Cars at Geneva 2018

Pininfarina H2 Speed

The first on our list is the Pininfarina H2 Speed. This concept car first showed up in 2016, and is now going into limited production (12 units). It will be the first high-performance hydrogen racing car, and will not road legal, made only for track use.

The H2 Speed will be powered by 4 race electric motors (max power 653 hp @ 13,000rpm) with a lightweight GeenGT H2 fuel cell that provides 250 kW of constant power. It will also feature a braking energy regeneration system. Hydrogen storage capacity will be 8.6 kg, which takes 3 minutes to fill. The whole package weighs 1420 kg.

A top speed of 300km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds is expected.

Zenvo TSR-S

The next car is the Zenvo TSR-S, a street legal version of this Danish company’s TSR racecar. The mid-engined TSR-S has manually-adjustable performance settings and a unique dual gearbox set-up, with a standard road gearbox and a brutal mechanical direct power-shift race set-up.

The ground-breaking rear wing has two rotational axes, enabling it to function both as an air brake and a cornering stabilizer. When the TSR-S corners, the wing rotates relative to the car’s longitudinal axis. This generates an inward force together with the conventional downforce, boosting inner tyre grip and cornering stability.

Powering this car is a 5.8-litre V8 with Twin Centrifugal Superchargers generating 1177 bhp. 0-100 km/h comes in just 2.8 seconds and the car goes all the way to 325 km/h. Dry weight is 1495 kg.

Morgan Aero GT

This British company will be producing 8 Aero GTs, all with manual transmissions.

The same BMW N62 V8 engine used in the Aero 8 will feature here, giving it 367 hp and a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 273km/h.

The Morgan Aero GT will be built by the Morgan Special Projects department. Morgan’s approach will see each car built as an individual bespoke special edition, rather than eight identical examples.

Seat Cupra e-Racer Concept

Perhaps the tamest (and least obscure) on this list is the Seat Cupra e-Racer Concept, being an electrified, performance variant of a widely available mainstream hatchback.

Still, this e-Racer concept has rather lofty performance goals. 0-100 km/h will happen in just 3.2 seconds and its top speed is set at 270 km/h, making it competitive with most of what’s on this list. It is capable of 300 kW of continuous power and up to 500 kW at its peak sent through a single gear with torque vectoring.

Though just a concept now, the Cupra e-Racer will be entered into purely electric touring car races in 2019.

Rimac C Two

Last, but certainly not least, is the Rimac C_Two. Built on a 100% carbon fibre monocoque with a bonded carbon roof. The car has a gearbox for each wheel.

The two front wheels get single speed gearboxes, while the rear wheels get 2-speed gearboxes. It’s one of the most insane projects we’ve seen. Rimac claim it’s a comfortable GT car with a 650 km electric range, but that’s only half the story.

The C_Two is capable of 0-100km/h in just 1.85 seconds and a top speed of 412 km/h. 1914 horsepower and 2300Nm of torque taking power from a 120 kWh Lithium Manganese Nickel battery. Yes, nothing makes sense.

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