China's fastest 1225HP supercar Hyper SSR up for preorder with Tesla Roadster acceleration and Lucid Air price
After announcing the world's first electric SUV that can deliver 600+ miles range on a charge, GAC's Aion brand has now unveiled what it claims to be the world's fastest electric car, the Hyper SSR. Apparently, the Hyper tag will be carried by GAC Aion's top performance models and the first SSR deliveries are scheduled to start in October 2023.
The massive 1225HP output that can launch the Hyper SSR Ultimate version from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 1.9s won't come cheap, though. Those who preorder now, will be able to get the supercar for the equivalent of US$241,415, while a slightly tamer base SSR model that accelerates in 2.3 seconds, will be available at a US$184,000 price point.
According to GAC Aion, the sub-2s acceleration makes the Hyper SSR the world's fastest car, despite that other performance EV juggernauts like the upcoming Tesla Roadster 2, are rated at 1.9 seconds as well, probably the testing accuracy limit. The recently unveiled tri-motor Sapphire Edition model of the Lucid Air also claims acceleration in under two seconds, but its 1200HP output and 10,000Nm torque are slightly lower than what GAC promises for the Hyper SSR.
In order to achieve these breathtaking numbers, Aion has developed its own high performance motors that deliver 12,000 Nm torque to the wheels for 1.7G acceleration. It will also be using a new 900V platform with silicon carbide chips that boost the operating frequency 2.5 times, while drastically decreasing the power draw.
The inductive wing doors would open and close automatically when the driver pushes a button or holds the brake pedal, while for achieving its record acceleration numbers the Hyper SSR's comparatively light body will be made from carbon fiber composites.
The Hyper SSR Ultimate's main competitor is the US$249,000 Air Sapphire Edition which Lucid calls "the world's fastest sedan," but GAC's supercar will have the advantage of being a smaller, lighter EV with more power and torque than the Tesla Roadster 2.
The world's fastest electric cars are both scheduled to launch at this time next year, so in the fall of 2023 we are bound to witness some historical performance comparisons, especially if Tesla manages to advance with the promised 2023 Roadster 2 release date as well.