Tecnicar’s Lavinia hopes to be the first successful electric supercar

It seems like every other week a new supercar rolls out of the woodwork, but this one is a bit different.

As the home of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani, Italy is essentially the home of the supercar. Yet it’s never produced one powered entirely by electricity.

No one has, actually, but the Tecnicar Lavinia hopes to buck that trend.

Looking a bit like a Ferrari Enzo with a flattened nose, the Lavinia boasts an 800-horsepower electric powertrain. Tecnicar estimates a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.5 seconds (in other words, 0.3 second slower than the Tesla Model S P85D) and a top speed of 186 mph.

Tecnicar did not disclose any details about the battery pack, but it does claim that the Lavinia will have a range of 180 miles per charge.

Related: Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car shows signs of life

Development work is currently underway at Tecnicar’s headquarters in Syracuse, on the island of Sicily. The company hopes to have a prototype ready for the Top Marques show in Monaco next April.

Don’t be surprised if the Lavinia doesn’t make it, though.

Only a small percentage of startup supercar builders succeed, and even established carmakers like Audi and Mercedes-Benz have had trouble either engineering electric supercars, or making a business case for putting them on sale.

The Audi R8 e-tron has been called off more times than a Congressional vote on tax reform, while the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive was never put on sale because of an anticipated sky-high price.

Product Review

The $350 Nokia 7.1 sets a new standard for budget phones

The Nokia 7.1 is a nearly perfect budget phone. With a solid camera, a great screen, good performance, and excellent build quality, you’ll be amazed that you don’t have to pay more.
Emerging Tech

New simulation shows how Elon Musk’s internet satellite network might work

Elon Musk has the dream of building a network for conveying internet traffic via thousands of satellites. A new simulation created by a computer scientist looks at how feasible the idea is.
Emerging Tech

Shipping crate filled with 3D-printing robots may be the future of construction

Autodesk has created a robot-filled shipping container which may represent the future of construction work. The crate contains two robots able to 3D print custom components for building sites.
Smart Home

Best Buy offers a slew of Black Friday deals for smart home, security, and Wi-Fi

Building the excitement for Black Friday, Best Buy released its first round of deals for smart home, security, and Wi-Fi devices from Amazon, Ring, Lenovo, Philips Hue, Arlo, and Netgear. The deals in the first round expire November 11.
Cars

Camaro vs. Mustang: Differences and similarities between two premier pony cars

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang are two of America's favorite sports cars. In this comparison piece, we highlight the main differences between the two machines when it comes to their design and performance, among other factors.
Cars

Roborace wants human drivers and machines to work together

Roborace believes the future of racing is autonomous, but it's keeping human drivers in the picture for now. For its first race season, Roborace will use a car called DevBot 2.0 that can be driven by humans or machines.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 1-handed drone control, a pot that stirs itself

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

Tesla raises prices and simplifies options on Model S and Model X

Tesla is making changes to its offerings of the Model S and Model X. The lower-range 75D models will increase in price, while the higher-range 100D models will decrease in price.
Cars

Tesla brings track mode to Model 3 Performance

The new Track Mode introduced for the Tesla 3 Performance model adds stability to the drive while you're behind the wheel and is specifically designed for driving on closed track courses.
Cars

Jaguar’s rally-ready F-Type roadster is happiest off the pavement

Jaguar is celebrating the XK120's 70th birthday by turning the F-Type roadster into a rally warrior. Built to FIA specifications, the model receives suspension and braking upgrades plus a full roll cage to protect the occupants.
Mobile

Lyft’s new rewards program promises ride discounts and comfier cars

If you're always hopping in and out of a Lyft car, then you'll be pleased to hear that the ridesharing service is about to launch a rewards program. Perks include discounts on future trips and upgrades to comfier cars.
Cars

Study suggests autonomous cars could become red-light districts on wheels

Fully autonomous cars can change the way we commute, but they can also have a far-reaching impact on the tourism industry. Two researchers published a study that outlines how self-driving technology could create a new dimension in tourism.
Cars

VW will use Siri as the designated driver for its connected car party

Volkswagen of America added Apple's Siri to help drivers control and interact with their cars. Owners can customize voice commands to tell Siri to change access settings such as interior climate, vehicle lock status, and fuel checks.
Cars

Meet the born-again Ford Bronco that will soothe your ’90s nostalgia

Ford has confirmed it will bring the Bronco back to American showrooms in a few short years. While it's still very much a work in progress, this is what we expect from the Blue Oval's born-again off-roader.