We’ve come a long way since the Prius. Toyota first legitimized, then popularized the idea of the mass-produced electric car. Then, Elon Musk actually made them fun to drive. However, we’re now in a whole new era of electric vehicles, one where they’re shattering the track and 0-60 times of their gas-powered counterparts. From everyday drivers to class-redefining pickups to high-concept Italian exotics, here are five of the world’s fastest EVs.
For years, California-based Faraday Future has been marred by production delays and accusations of shady business dealings. However, the company announced last year that it’s moving forward with the release of its FF91 luxury sport crossover, now expected sometime in 2019. While the official stats have been something of a mystery, we expect it to settle north of 1,050 horsepower capable of pushing the FF91 to 60 in around 2.5 seconds. Four-wheel steering and torque vectoring promise to make it more agile on the road. With an estimated range of 300 miles on a single charge and a decent amount of trunk space to boot, it could be the best EV to combine speed, range, and practicality.
There’s no denying Tesla revolutionized, then set the standard for the concept of the modern electric vehicle. The iconic automaker will debut the ground-breaking, all-wheel drive Tesla Roadster in 2020. It’s a beauty inside and out. The numbers are every bit as staggering as we’ve come to expect from Tesla: 1.9 seconds to travel 0-60 miles per hour and a 0-100 time of just 4.2 seconds. In pre-production testing, the Roadster tackled the quarter-mile in 8.8 seconds, and Elon Musk promises a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour. You read that correctly. These numbers place it squarely in McLaren P1 territory for a fraction of the cost. What’s more: it seats four technically, features a removable glass roof that tucks neatly into the trunk, and will boast a range of 620 miles courtesy of a 200kWh battery pack.
A legit electric pickup has been a long time coming. Next year, newcomer Rivian is promising to deliver with the all-new R1T. Based on a now-standard electric skateboard chassis, the R1T offers everything pickup owners want — practicality, durability, and a boat-load of torque — with Porsche-like speed and acceleration. The flagship package will deliver a whopping 700 horsepower and 826 lb-ft of torque via four individual electric motors. Rivian is touting a 0-60 time of just three seconds, while it’ll top 100 miles per hour in less than eight. It’s also capable of towing up to 11,000 pounds and 1,600 pounds in the truck’s bed. With a maximum range of 400 miles, it could be not only one of the fastest but one of the most practical pickups on the planet.
Street-Legal Race Car
There’s a lot of chest-puffing in the automotive world and, more often than not, it’s just that. The Aspark Owl is promising record-breaking numbers at the Nurburgring, besting the current EV champ, the 1,341-horsepower, track-only Nio EP9. While the Japanese-made hypercar has yet to run the legendary proofing track, there’s good evidence to support the automaker’s claim. This video from last year shows the Owl blasting from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in an absurd 1.9 seconds (Motor Trend calculates the time closer to a demonic 1.6 seconds).
To be clear, this is faster than a Bugatti Chiron. These stratospheric numbers are thanks to a pure carbon body with a carbon fiber monocoque all weighing under 1,900 pounds. The Owl’s quad motors push 1,150 horsepower and a yet-to-be-announced amount of torque. The best part? It will be street-legal — all for the low, low price of just $3.5 million (including a non-refundable $500,000 deposit).
Automobili Pininfarina Battista
Not long ago, sub-two-second 0-60 times were thought to be almost physics-defying. But, cars like the Aspark Owl are up-ending what we think we understand about the laws of physics. Last month, Automobili Pininfarina — the famed Italian automaker’s new EV-focused subsidiary — announced the upcoming debut of its Battista hypercar. By the numbers, the concept has all the makings of a record-shattering hypercar: 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque promise to propel the Battista from 0-62 miles-per-hour in less than two seconds, and on to a top speed of 250 miles per hour. Only 150 will be sold but, at less than $2.5 million, it’s a bargain compared to its hypercar competition.
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