The inaugural EV model from Austrian startup Deus Automobiles raised eyebrows when it was debuted at the New York Auto Show this spring.
More than a little bit the enfant terrible — the company claims the car’s 1,640 kW powertrain delivers 2,200 horsepower — the Vayanne, as it is called, has design DNA from Italdesign, one of the most successful newer Italian coachbuilders and the designer of the Nissan GT-R50 and the bold ZeroUno, and Formula 1 veteran Williams Advanced Engineering, the firm that contributed greatly to the Jaguar C-X75.
Deus is a newly minted EV startup; the concern was founded in 2020. The Vayanne’s projected numbers are of course arresting—the word may be relevant to envelope-pushing owners once the street-legal racer sees delivery—with a 0-62 MPH time of 1.99 seconds and a top speed of 248 MPH.
However, Deus will have to improve those numbers a bit if they want to best the R&D efforts of Japan’s Aspark and take the crown for fastest EV. That company’s Owl hypercar is touted to have a 0-60 time of 1.69 seconds, and a top speed of 249 MPH.