Hypercars, super sedans and exotic absurdities of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Along with crazy concept cars, insane hypercars is a category that keeps folks coming back to the Geneva Motor Show each year full of anticipation. With the growth of ultra-powerful electric and hybrid powertrain technology, Geneva’s stable of high-powered performance cars has only gotten more diverse and more compelling. This year is no exception, seeing everything from the world’s quickest electric sports coupe, to a single-seat microturbine-backed electric track car, to several cars designed to be the all-out fastest production cars ever built.
We’re not exactly sure where the line between supercar and hypercar is drawn, and given how quickly specs are evolving, we’re not sure that line would stay in the same place very long, anyway. If pressed for an answer, though, we’d say that 1,000+ hp is quickly becoming the standard for the hypercar halo. We’d also say that “hypercar” should be reserved for the lightest, sleekest coupes on the floor, while “supercar” can also include sedans with the proper performance credentials.
Other supercar highlights: the McLaren Senna, the latest Paganis to roll off the lines, and a pair of hardcore Lamborghinis.
Not quite as “hyper,” “super” or even “decent-looking” as other cars in the gallery, but every bit as memorable, the new S1 from Sin Cars features a modular framework that lets customers build it exactly as they see fit – anything from a stripped-down, open-top track car to a hard-topped tourer. That modular design doesn’t make for the best-looking piece of automotive art in Geneva, but it’s an interesting proposition for getting a high-performance sports car exactly how you want it.
Start with the style of car you want – from an ultralight, bare-chassised track car to a full-bodied sports coupe – then drop in the powertrain of choice and equip the interior for the style of driving you have in mind. Powertrain options include a 310-hp 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, a 365-hp 3.5-liter engine, a plug-in hybrid with 120-hp electric motor, and a 268-hp all-electric powertrain. Even after purchase, the owner can take advantage of all that modularity in updating the design over the vehicle’s lifecycle. The show car with bare tubular chassis on one side and fuller body kit on the other does a good job showing off the build-it-yourself nature of the design.
Other Geneva curiosities and head scratchers: the 1,800-hp Corbellati Missile that we’re not sure if serious and a Lancia Stratos for the 21st century. Jump on into the gallery here. Gallery: Hypercars, super sedans and exotic absurdities of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show