When it comes to the supercar, no one does it quite like Italy. It’s a country that practically invented the concept. With picturesque coastlines and plenty of twisty driver’s roads, the combo simply works. Now, Sicily-based electric vehicle manufacturer Tecnicar is gearing up to offer Italy’s very first fully electric supercar.

Using a name plucked from Roman mythology, the Lavinia currently only exists as a 3D computer model. However, that hasn’t stopped Tecnicar from making some pretty big claims when it comes to performance. Output will be around 800 horsepower, with a 0-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. Those are impressive numbers for a standard gasoline-powered car, let alone an emission-free electric.

Tecnicar specializes in electric trains, mobility scooters, and micro commuter EVs, making the Lavinia it’s first real attempt at creating a vehicle with any performance aspirations. According to CarThrottle.com, Angelo Granata was the pen behind the 3D renderings before you. Granata is the same artist who gave us the beautiful 2014 Ferrari GTE concept. This latest creation, however, feels a bit forced, especially when placed alongside other six-figure Italian exotics. The name Pagani comes to mind.

With the increasing popularity of cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S, it certainly looks like the future is heading toward a proliferation of all-electric cars. Now would be a good time to start laying the groundwork for this inevitable sea change. Maybe, just maybe, Tecnicar can pull it off. Taking another stab at the styling couldn’t hurt, though.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Tecnicar Lavinia.

Tecnicar Lavinia

2015 Tecnicar Lavinia Exterior
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2015 Tecnicar Lavinia Exterior
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Competitors

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell High Resolution Exterior
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When Mercedes announced that it would fit a gasoline-free electric drivetrain to the gullwing SLS back in 2011, it created quite a stir. This electric vehicle can give its 6.3-liter V-8-powered sibling a run for its money, with a whisper-quiet 525 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of four seconds flat. Unsurprisingly, the Merc represents a benchmark that the Lavinia should take seriously, both in terms of build quality, and performance.

Audi R8 E-Tron

2016 Audi R8 E-Tron Exterior Spyshots
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For some time now, Audi has been teasing us with the prospect of selling a road car based on the same technology platform used in its 24 Hours of Le Mans prototype racer. Thankfully, it now looks like we may actually get an emission-free R8. With one electric motor per wheel, the R8 E-Tron has already lapped the Nurburgring in a record-setting 8:09.099 minutes.

2015 Renovo Coupe

2015 Renovo Coupe Exterior
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Though potentially quite a bit pricier than the Lavinia, the Renovo is still one of the few fully electric, dyed-in-the-wool supercars. If Tecnicar manages to take its concept to production, you can be sure that, like the Renovo, it won’t be in very high numbers. The Renovo is a track-day special with an extremely limited range of 100 miles, but with 500 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque, the acceleration is as hair-raising as sticking a fork in an electrical socket.

Source: Tecnicar

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