Toroidion 1MW Concept – Finland’s Fine All-Electric Beast Has Moved on to Road Testing

Written By: Assen Gueorguiev

Toroidion 1MW Concept

When it comes to fine products, we know that Finland delivers. Whether that be great vodka to keep you warm in the cold winter months, or the all-mighty Nokia which was a household name for decades.

Of course, having one of the least corrupt governments and best education systems in the world, can only spawn creative minds and spark innovation.

Back in April, Toroidion made the headlines with its stunning 1MW fully electric concept. Many expected it though to remain just a shiny blue non-functioning shell. Boy, were they wrong!

Who is Toroidion and what’s so special about the 1MW Concept?

The company was established in 2011 by Pasi Pennanen, who is a former designer for Jaguar and has 2 decades of experience in the auto industry.

Even though there are still very few details known about the 1MW, it does make a few interesting promises:

  • Scalable performance and powertrain

  • Lightweight components

  • Lightweight high-performance batteries

  • Ability to perform fast battery swapping (both at home and on the track)

To make things even more captivating, Toroidion intends to connect each wheel to a separate motor – 2 x 200 kW in the front, and 2 x 300 kW in the back, for a total of 1 megawatt. All of them working in sync will lead to a whopping 1,341 horsepower.

The design can definitely be described as slick, slim and majestic. The green car community is excited to see what battery technology will be used, how well that lightweight battery pack will fit, and will it allow for enough power, and most importantly range.  

How does the 1MW stack up against the others?

Since it’s tough to compare apples to oranges and technology constantly evolves, we’ll look at just a few of the more powerful green supercars from the last few years:

  • Volar-E by Applus Idiada – revealed back in 2013, it packed four electric motors for a total of 800kW and 1,072 horsepower. The recharging time was stated to be only 15 minutes. Two years later, this Spain based company is still going strong (1,800 employees world-wide), alas the Volar-E has been long forgotten.

  • Quant F by nonoFlowcell – announced in early 2015, this beast utilizes flow battery technology. It combines positively and negatively charged fluids through a membrane, in order to create an electric charge. It promises 1,075 hp, 500 all-electric miles range, and an impressive 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Many still don’t believe the Quant F and its little brother the Quantino will ever make it to production, but the truth is – they are closer than ever before!

  • Tesla P85D – even though it is a mass produced 4 door sedan, it’s nice to see how it compares. Tesla's most powerful model currently stands at 691 hp and travels 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. Needless to say, extremely impressive and in a class of its own!

Variety, competition, innovation – all things we badly want, and that we need to see more and more of. Many will fail, but I won’t be in vain. For they will have served a purpose, and helped us on our long path to a fossil-fuel independent future.

There’s one exception of course – the disappointment that was the Fisker Karma!

1MW on the Go

This blue gem first made its official debut at the Top Marques Monaco 2015, back in April of 2015. Last month, it also blessed the invitation-only Connoisseurs Motordag in Sweden. And if you are eager to see it before year end, you may have to book your ticket to Woodstock, UK and attend the Salon Prive, where some of the world's top collectors will rejoice.

Did I hear "Road Test"?

And without further delays, it’s time to jump to the most exciting part of the news. The 1MW can now be seen on the roads of Finland, as they recently started road testing. This is a huge step for the company and all of its fans, who will be following closely the long road ahead of Toroidion.

Where to next?

The painful truth is, many similar concepts remain just that, a concept. For small companies with limited resources, it is extremely hard to take such a vehicle through the entire lifecycle and turn it into a production-ready product, even in limited numbers.

Call it hope, or a gut feeling, but we do believe that Toroidion has what it takes to take things to the next level. Will there be road-blocks? Of course! But success never comes easy.