Electric vehicles are out of control right now, and as a moto enthusiast you almost have no choice whether to get on board with them. When they first hit the scene, most of us scoffed at the thought of driving a virtually silent vehicle on the road. But yet that started to change pretty drastically when Tesla started dominating supercars and muscle cars at the drag strip. The instant torque that’s available with an electric motor was so much of a performance enhancer that it suddenly became a lot more appealing. What really made a huge change in my personal opinion on electric vehicles is when the Holy Trinity Hybrid Hypercars were released and those three cars (P1, LaFerrari, 918) singlehandedly created a whole new level of performance cars. And now we have electric supercars like the Rimac Concept One and Nio Ep9 that are as fast, or in some cases even faster than their gas-powered counterparts. And there’s now another car that hopes to be added to that list, specifically at the top of that list, called the Dubuc Tomahawk.
Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to a car like this, but when Canadian clean technology firm, Dubuc Motors, is making claims like “the fastest accelerating car ever built” thanks to a neck snapping sprint from 0-60 mph that only takes 2.0 seconds, it’s hard to not be somewhat curious. As I do a bit of research on this car they call the Tomahawk, I notice that it definitely has everything you would expect to see in a car that’s capable of backing up those bold claims. For example, it has all wheel drive thanks to an electric motor powering each wheel and each motor is putting out 200hp and 250lb-ft of torque. That of course, adds up to a total of 800hp and 1000lb-ft of torque that’s instantly available whenever you request it. That might not sound like a shocking amount of power, but it’s how that power is utilized that’s important.
The Tomahawk’s four motors are powered by a massive 100kW Lithium-Ion battery that apparently will not only give the car wicked acceleration but will have a range of 370 miles. Granted it would likely be one or the other but still, each is impressive in its own way. One of the main drawbacks to an EV is the immense weight associated with them because of those batteries. And the Tomahawk is no exception with a hefty 4,200lbs curb weight, However, all that weight is supposed to be meticulously situated to provide the perfect 50/50 weight distribution. As far as a size comparison, the Tomahawk is reported to be similar to the size of the Lamborghini Aventador, so it’s not exactly a tiny car.
This is where there’s a great big “but” in the story. A few things don’t exactly add up with the Tomahawk and the claims made by its manufacturer. First of all, the Tomahawk is 200lbs heavier than the Rimac and 400lbs more than the Nio. And it’s also down on power by at least 200hp on the Rimac and almost 600hp on the Nio. But yet both the Rimac and Nio sprint to 60mph in 2.7 seconds which even though it’s only seven-tenths of a second different than the claimed 2.0 of the Tomahawk, that’s a country mile when it comes to measuring acceleration. Just based on that alone, it seems highly unlikely the Tomahawk will be able to back up its bold claims. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just unlikely.
This brings me to the second major “but” in this particular situation. There is giant variable whether or not the Tomahawk will even become a reality or not. Apparently, Dubuc Motors is currently looking for investors to fund the project and have even gone as far as beginning a crowdfunding campaign to help make their dreams come true. If this campaign is successful, we could see the Tomahawk in production as early as 2018, but if it’s not, we may never see it passed what it is right now. That’s a pretty significant variable if you ask me.
So while the Tomahawk might have all the necessary ingredients to make a high-performance electric supercar, it apparently has a long way to go before we will ever have a chance to see whether or not it’s able to back up these bold claims.