This tiny machine is what 1,340hp of electric power looks like

Oh the engine-swap possibilities
by Greg Potts | Apr 8, 2020
PHOTO: TopGear.com

Surely you’ve come across the crate-engine game by now? We’ve played it a few times here, perhaps most notably with Mopar’s 1,000hp ‘Hellephant’ supercharged V8. It goes like this: We select the engine (usually with a ridiculous amount of power), and you suggest cars that would make a wholly inappropriate but extremely entertaining home for said engine.

This time, though, things are a little bit different. That’s because the engine in question is a new electric motor developed by an Australian company called HyperPower. The unit is technically known as the QFM-360-X, but we prefer its other name: the HyperPower Quantum Force eMotor. Oh, and it produces 1,340hp.

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HyperPower says it’s the world’s first extreme-duty performance electric motor, and that its power to mass ratio is revolutionary. The company also says the motor has been designed with future transport systems such as a hyperloop or electric light rail in mind.

However, fellow Australian company Top EV Racing is currently using four of the motors in its EV dragster—so plugging one into a road-going car with a load of batteries shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

Come on, then—give us your best/most ridiculous car suggestions in the comments below.

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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