In a bold move, China’s HiPhi, under the umbrella of Human Horizons, has announced the HiPhi A, a hypercar that sets new standards in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. This all-electric marvel not only promises neck-snapping acceleration, clocking 0-60 MPH in approximately two seconds, but also a top speed of nearly 186 MPH. The HiPhi A, deriving its power from a high-performance in-house-developed powertrain, showcases an innovative tri-motor setup with a combined horsepower of around 1,287 hp.
A Technological Marvel
Beyond sheer speed, the HiPhi A is a technological tour de force. Its partnership with Apollo, known for their groundbreaking hypercars like Intensa Emozione and Project Evo, adds a layer of advanced tech and design ethos to the HiPhi A. The vehicle integrates a state-of-the-art 800-volt electrical system, featuring a potent battery capable of a peak discharge of 1,500 kW. However, HiPhi has yet to reveal the car’s range, despite assurances of a fireproof battery casing and a bulletproof underpanel.
Sophisticated Design Meets Luxurious Comfort
The design of the HiPhi A doesn’t just cater to performance enthusiasts but also to luxury seekers. It boasts adaptive dampers, rear-wheel steering, and a proprietary torque vectoring system, enhancing its handling and braking capabilities. The interior is equally impressive, featuring a 23-speaker Meridian audio system, nappa leather trim, and a host of driver-assist features backed by 34 sensors, including lidar. A standout element is the innovative infotainment screen, mounted on an “eight-direction, infinitely adjustable, high-speed motion robotic arm.”
A Challenger in the EV Supercar Arena
As China’s HiPhi prepares to unveil the HiPhi A at the Guangzhou Auto Show, the vehicle is poised to challenge established players like Tesla and Lucid in the high-performance EV segment. Despite its hypercar credentials, HiPhi has shown a preference for affordability, as evidenced by their previous release, the HiPhi Z sedan, which was priced around $90,000. The company, expanding its footprint in Europe, promises more details about the HiPhi A’s pricing and availability in the coming months.
While HiPhi’s foray into the EV supercar market is commendable, questions remain about the HiPhi A’s range and its impact on the global market, given the brand’s absence from the U.S. market. The HiPhi A represents not just a significant step for the company but also for China’s burgeoning EV industry, marking its entry into the high-stakes world of electric hypercars. As the industry awaits further details, the HiPhi A stands as a testament to the evolving landscape of electric mobility, blending speed, luxury, and technology in a package that promises to turn heads and challenge norms.