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17th of March 2018


Weird, wayward hypercars of the 2018 Geneva motor show

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The Geneva auto show is always a home for the weird and wild. It seems the clientele it brings to the table are the sorts who won’t settle for just a Ferrari Pista or McLaren Senna; they’ll also look at super-hyper-megacars from brands like Giugiaro, Zenvo, Zerouno and Techrules. Not familiar? Allow us to elaborate.

Zerouno Duerta

The Zerouno Duerta comes from the Italdesign design house.

Zerouno Duerta

The Zerouno Duerta is an Audi R8 Spyder underneath, meaning it gets a 5.2-liter V10 providing 610 hp and a top speed of around 200 mph. The company made five hardtops last year and sold them all at a price of $1.6 million. The interior is handcrafted and the sheetmetal styling looks plenty different from the supercar from the four rings brand.

It comes with a hard targa roof but also gets a stowable fabric top that can be deployed in bad weather. The Duerta versions will reportedly set you back a cool $2.4 million.

Zenvo TSR-S

The Zenvo TSR-S was built in Denmark.

Zenvo TSR-S

Built in Denmark, the TSR-S is a street-legal version of Zenvo’s GT race car and features a 5.8-liter twin-supercharged V8, making a whopping 1,177 hp at 8,500 rpm, though you can manually dial it down 700 hp if you want to start small.

In Zenvo’s own words, “the unique dual gearbox setup can switch between a standard road gearbox configuration and a brutal mechanical direct power-shift race set-up that delivers a genuine race car experience on the track.” It has seven forward speeds and helical-cut dog gears. In normal mode, the gear change is electronic, softening the blow. In race mode, Zenvo says, it’s one of the fastest-shifting gearboxes in existence.

The other trick piece is its centripetal rear wing. That means when the TSR-S corners the wing rotates relative to the cars longitudinal axis, generating cornering force as well as downforce. It also works as an airbrake when needed.

Only five will be made per year at a yet unknown price. A cool million would be a good starting guess.

Giugiaro Sybilla

The Sybilla was penned by GFG Style, Giorgetto Giugiaro and son Fabrizio's new company.

Giugiaro Sybilla

The Sybilla, from legendary designer Giugiaro, looks like a cross between a spaceship and a fifth-generation Cutlass Supreme convertible. Remember that roll bar?

It’s powered by four electric motors, one per wheel. Together they make 536 hp for a claimed acceleration time of 4.5 seconds to 62 mph. It uses a 100-kWh battery pack and gets a range of 280 miles.

The tech-heavy interior was done by Chinese renewable energy company Envision, which supplied the interior with four personal-size screens and one big dashboard screen. The company says the EV uses the Envision’s Internet of Things technology “so it is synchronized with the energy ecosystem.” Envision executive director Felix Zhang told Autocar that the company’s tech aims to run 100 percent on renewables such as solar and wind power.

Oh, did we mention the front glass slides forward like the frickin’ Batmobile!?

Techrules Ren RS

The Techrules Ren RS was also designed by GFG Style.

Techrules Ren RS

The Ren RS from Chinese startup Techrules is offered in two unbelievable versions. The first gets four electric motors, one per wheel, making 858 hp and 1,150 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful six-motor design ups that to 1,287 hp and 1,725 lb-ft of torque.

The cool part here is the diesel-powered range extender, which Techrules says will get you 727 miles from 21 gallons of diesel. It comes with a 28.4-kWh battery pack that can recharge 80 percent in 15 minutes with a DC fast charger.

Like the Sibylla, this car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and son Fabrizio at their new company called GFG Style. This is a track-only single-seater that weighs in at about 4,000 pounds. For racing, the Ren RS features a fuel bladder and carbon-fiber race seat, both FIA approved, as well as a canopy ejection system that allows for a quick exit in case of fire.

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