Thousand-horsepower supercars have lost their once vaunted ability to shock and amaze, so British specialist builder Arash hopes to stun the upcoming Geneva Motor Show with a 2,080-hp supercar that it describes as a "spaceship", complete with something called Warp Drive. Claimed performance for the $1.53 million curiosity is 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, with a 201 mph top speed, though you can get a discounted gas-only version for $485,000.
In this case, "Warp Drive" refers to the effect of having a dedicated electric motor powering each of the car's four wheels in addition to the 550-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. While the company hasn't said so, the overhead-valve engine's specifications and appearance exactly match those of General Motor's beloved small block V8, in its supercharged LSA guise. These engines are $14,000 and are available directly from GM.
The electric drive system features four 295-hp motors supplied by Germany's Compact Dynamics, with energy from a Kreisel 32 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The chassis employs a carbon fiber main section with machined aluminum front and rear subframes. Adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers let the car ride 150 mm for speed bumps and lower 150 mm at high speed for reduced aerodynamic lift and drag.
Doors are McLaren-style dihedral style that lift upward and forward. Additional details will have to wait for the official unveiling at the show.
We can hardly wait.