Porsche? No, Piëch, a name that wants to be big from Mark Zero

Piëch is a name that many people outside of the automotive world may have never heard, but that was behind Volkswagen for years. Ferdinand Piëch was the man that created the group. The one behind the Bugatti Veyron. His kingdom at the group of brands ended in April 2015, when he tried to sack Martin Winterkorn and the rest of the board did not follow him. In September, Winterkorn resigned due to the Dieselgate. Linked to the Porsche family, Piëch never seemed to want to have his family name on a car. His son, Toni, does not think the same way and will present a car with the Piëch name at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. An electric supercar with a very appropriate name: Mark Zero. One that claims to be able to get up to 80% of its charge in only 4m40s. Considering the car has a WLTP range of 500 km, that implies the car can get juice to go for 400 km in almost the same time anyone fills up a fuel tank.

The Piëch Mark Zero is 4.43 m long, 1.99 m wide, 1.25 m tall and did not have its wheelbase informed. It weighs less than 1,800 kg and has three 150 kW electric engines: one for the front axle and one for each of the rear wheels. Since you don’t just add up the power of the engines to know how powerful the car really is, we do not have a total output to inform our readers, but the possible 450 kW, or 612 PS, would be a very respectful number. The car can reach 250 km/h and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 s.

The company does not say what its battery tech is, but states they come from the Desten Group, which will surely receive loads of questions about the breakthrough. The PR Department of Piëch has assured MotorChase it is not the eagerly awaited solid state technology, but also says the car has a flexible architecture that allows it to use any sort of powertrain currently available: plug-in hybrid, hybrid or even solely a combustion engine. The battery pack can also be updated in case new and better technology is developed. It is placed on the central tunel and along the rear axle.

In a huge difference to his father, Toni Piëch is not the man behind the project. He is the marketing director. The man who has conceived the Mark Zero is Rea Stark Rajcic. He is possibly Croatian, like Mate Rimac. A coincidence, obviously, but it makes us wonder how Croatia is a cradle for great electric car. Or people that make them with a lot of skill.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.