There’s a lot of hoopla surrounding the automotive industry at the moment, as enthusiasts continue to freak out about electric vehicles and autonomous cars. While those two pairings go together like Nutella and bananas for automakers, it looks like a lot of brands are still willing to push boundaries with driver-oriented supercars.
Major automakers like Ferrari and McLaren were on hand at Geneva and brought the goods with them. The Ferrari 488 Pista is an absolute head turner and McLaren unveiled the even more hardcore Senna GTR. The British marque’s sportier arm, McLaren Special Operations also brought along a 720S in an incredible shade of Atlantic Blue.
But enthusiasts are all familiar with Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, and Koenigsegg. Automakers that we’re not so familiar with that brought some impressive cars to Geneva include: Zerouno, Techrules, Rimac, W Motors and Zenvo. All of these small automakers, and more, brought supercars to the auto show, proving that high-performance vehicles won’t go down without a fight.
Zenvo might have a bad rep for building cars that catch on fire, like the ST1, but the small Danish automaker is looking to change that with the radical, yet street-legal TSR-S. With a 5.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that was developed in house, the TSR-S develops 1,177 hp and can get to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. Whoever is brave enough to buy one of the five units is in for a good time.
The Rimac C_Two may be one of the craziest cars to make its debut at Geneva. The second electric car from the brand is even more radical than its first, with a total of 1,888 hp and a zero-to-60 mph time of 1.85 seconds. Yes, it’s electric. But gosh darn it, it still looks amazing and will make anyone rethink a boring electric future.
Are you seeing how small brands are still pouring millions of dollars into developing supercars yet? If not, here’s one more example. Techrules was at Geneva with its Ren RS. While other automakers are looking into making electric supercars, hybrids, and pure vehicles with nothing but a good ol’ internal combustion engine, Techrules has taken another approach.
The Ren RS comes with a total of six electric motors and a diesel turbine engine to produce a total of 1,287 hp. With a 21-gallon tank, the Ren RS has a range of 727, which means you’ll be able to do a ton of laps on a track. But you won’t be worried about range as the car has a top speed of 205 mph.
There was a time when hybrids and electric vehicles were boring, hideous things that a lot of people wouldn’t be caught dead driving. But times have changed. And while not everyone is fully on-board the electric bandwagon, it looks like automakers, even small ones, are continuing to find ways to make them have incredible performance.
Will the internal combustion engine last forever? Probably not, but from the looks of it, automakers won’t give up on the traditional source of propulsion without a fight.