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Chris Harris's EV of the year: the Lamborghini Sián

Yes, it's a big V12 supercar, but it's got supercapacitors and an electric motor

Published: 20 May 2021

Electric cars are here to stay. The number being sold increases month by month, the percentage share of the marketplace grows… it’s inevitable. The politicians want them, it seems the people want them. I’m not entirely convinced they’re perfect, however they’re very impressive and the offerings are getting better and better. What’s clear is that engineers are very clever people… once they’re sure it’s worth investing their time and effort they will always manage staggering feats.

If you spend any time in an EV from the last year and then go and spend time in one from five years ago, the advances are enormous. I remain excited about the electric landscape, I’m still not sure they’re as engaging as combustion cars, but you just know soon there’s going to be a small, lightweight electric car that’s fun to drive.

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So where does electrification leave supercars and hypercars? Well, the potential performance that’s on offer when you’ve got four motors attached to four wheels is incredible – we’ll soon reach the stage where humans will need re-engineering to handle the g-force exerted on them. My worry is straight-line performance is fun once, but lacks the same sustenance as a good chassis and characterful engine.

Which is why my electric car of the year is, with a wry look over my shoulder, the Lamborghini Sián – not a hybrid in the conventional sense, it uses a supercapacitor and electric motor to effectively chamfer off harsh gearchanges and add a torque boost at low revs. But the driving experience is sensational – a big V12, all the noise, all the theatre I want from a supercar and a reminder of what a difficult job engineers have to make pure electric cars deliver the same energy and emotion.

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