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A four-seat electric hypercar that 'revs' to 22,000rpm? Meet the HiPhi A

Chinese carmaker's latest creation is also claimed to discharge a peak power of 1.5 megawatts

Published: 15 Nov 2023

Shanghai-based electric carmaker HiPhi is about to unveil a four-door, four-seat electric hypercar called the ‘A’, evolving the design and engineering of its 'Z' model to new heights. And yes, it does have an outrageous set of statistics to accompany the brawny exterior.

Having teamed up with fellow Chinese brand WESAIL to adopt parts from its pre-existing Apollo hypercar project, HiPhi will provide the battery and motor. The result? An output of 1,287bhp, a 0-60mph time of just over two seconds and a top speed of 186mph. Impressive… if true.

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Using an 800V platform, the A has been given a trio of electric motors: one at the front and two at the rear. These have been paired with a carbon fibre battery pack that’s claimed to discharge 1.5 megawatts of power at its peak.

HiPhi says that this will be achieved using a carbon-fibre rotor design that employs magnetic cylinder coil cooling technology. Supposedly, this allows the A to stretch its legs to 22,000rpm - almost twice what a modern F1 car can.

Externally, there's plenty to unpack. The GT-R-esque headlights are separated by a thin light bar, while multiple hexagonal shapes have been pressed onto the grille. A red vinyl line also runs across the outer edges of the entire body kit. The rear has a similar approach, with key components including a single bar tail light and a divided spoiler.

Most of the outer shell has been filled with carbon fibre and given a matte finish (anyone else getting Ridge Racer vibes here?) and HiPhi has completed the exterior by adding a hint of flavour to the alloys, with an eye-catching mix of colours used to outline each of the five individual sections.

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The A should also put on a good show when the going gets twisty, with the chassis benefiting from rear-wheel active steering and a near 50:50 weight distribution. Torque vectoring will also be deployed to improve its overall ability.

Aside from HiPhi and WESail, ShanghaiTech University has also played a part in the hypercar. Multiple development processes including the structural design, printing simulation and production monitoring have been overseen at its Intelligent Manufacturing System Centre.

HiPhi founder and CEO, David Ding, said: “From the internal combustion engine era to the new era of intelligent electric mobility, the top hypercars should represent the pinnacle of innovative technology while still paying tribute to the classics, showcasing the transformative nature as a way to look toward the future.”

The HiPhi A will make its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show on 17 November, with official production set to commence on a limited-run basis from the first quarter of 2025.

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