There are a few supercars that are so expensive and rare that it’s very unlikely that you’ll ever see one in person. There are also a few that aren’t street legal. We decided to compile a list of ten of those hypercars, in no particular order, and bring them all together in one location for your viewing pleasure.
The Regera is the latest hypercar to come from the mad genius known as Christian Von Koenigsegg and its unlike any other on the list. Not only does it have 1500hp on tap thanks to the help of 3 electric motors making it one of the most powerful cars listed, but it’s also one of the most unique. Koenigsegg set this car up to where it doesn’t have a transmission like normal cars. Instead, it has a single gear that’s in a way directly connected to the 1100hp twin turbo V8 that can propel the car up over 250mph. For slower speeds, the V8 is disengaged and only the electric motors provide power. It can still lay down one hell of a burnout though.
For those of you for whom Monday mornings always feel like you're emerging from a big fog…..Here's another angle on the Regera's epic 'smoke machine' burnout from earlier this year.
Nai-post ni Koenigsegg Automotive AB noong Linggo, Oktubre 30, 2016
Aston Martin Vulcan
Aston Martin has drastically upped their game when it comes to high-performance hypercars. They actually have two cars on this list, the first being the absolutely incredible Vulcan which is currently the most powerful Aston Martin ever built. And the Vulcan doesn’t use hybrid technology or even turbocharging to achieve that. Instead, it relies solely on what is arguably the best sounding V12 ever made. The 7.0L naturally aspirated V12 produces approximately 820hp and helps the Vulcan sprint from 0-60 in under 3 seconds and a top speed over 200mph. The Vulcan is not street legal for a whole list of reasons, one of which is what I feel to be one of the most interesting things about the car. The sound it makes. This car is so loud that it’s actually illegal on the road and at every track in the United Kingdom due to exceeding noise ordinances.
Some may argue whether or not the Lamborghini Veneno is technically a hypercar or not, but one thing you can’t argue is the rarity of this car. With only 4 customer cars built, the chances of seeing one of these cars on the road is slim to none. Built using the Aventador as a base platform, the Veneno is by far the most aggressively designed Lambo ever made. Not to mention the most expensive with a price tag of $4.5 million. Powering this beast is a variation of the 6.5L V12 that powers the Aventador and has been tuned to produce 750hp. Thanks to the Veneno weighing almost 1,000lbs less than the Aventador, it can blast off 0-60 runs in just 2.8 seconds.
When a Formula One legend Like Emerson Fittipaldi sets out to make his ultimate track-day dream car, expectations will be very high. And considering Emerson enlisted the help of Pininfarina to design the car, and the German tuning firm HWA-AG to handle the performance of the car, it could actually exceed those expectations. They’re calling it the Fittipaldi EF7 and this thing is about as close as you can get to a full-blown racecar. The naturally aspirated 4.8L V8 is exclusively built for the EF7 and with a redline over 9,000 RPMs, it’s estimated to produce over 600hp. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to some of the other vehicles on the list, but the EF7 only weighs 2,200lbs. That stellar power to weight ratio should equate to some incredible performance.
Ah, the Bugatti Chiron. This had to be a given on the list considering it has over 1500hp and is the successor to the mighty Veyron that flipped the ultra-high-performance car market on its head. The Chiron is arguably “the best car the world has ever seen,” and to make statements like that you better be able to back it up. With a revamped version of the 8.0L quad turbo W16 engine that powered the Veyron and a highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system, the Chiron can blast off 0-60 times around 2.5 seconds all day long. It’s also claimed to be an extremely comfortable car that could be used for road trips and even a daily driver if you’re brave enough to use a multi-million dollar car on the public roads.
When the Koenigsegg One:1 was released it was automatically in a class all by itself thanks to one key attribute and a combination of many more. That is the incredible one horsepower for each kilogram of weight, aka the perfect One:1 power to weight ratio. Hence the name. Powering this beast is a 5.0L twin turbo V8 that produces a mind blowing 1350hp when using E85 flex fuel. And with a curb weight of just 1350kg, the One:1 is one of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet. Christian has been very specific about the fact that he cares little about the overall top speed of his cars. Instead, he focuses on providing brutal acceleration. For example, the One:1 crushed the world record for running from a standstill up to 186mph and back down to zero in just 17.95 seconds. The record was previously held by the Koenigsegg Agera with a total of 21.19 seconds.
McLaren P1 GTR / P1 LM
The McLaren P1 is one of the members of the Hypercar Holy Trinity along with the Ferrari LaFerrai and Porsche 918. And the only reason those cars weren’t included on this list is because it’s possible to see one of these amazing cars on the road, just not very often. However, McLaren made a more hardcore version of the P1 called the P1 GTR that has more power, more downforce, and is completely illegal on the road. The P1 LM is basically the P1 GTR that’s been converted to a road legal car by the brilliant minds at Lanzante Motorsports. Using hybrid technology, the GTR and LM models have a total of 986hp available when you combine the power from the electric motors and the 3.8L twin turbo V8. This isn’t a straight line performance kind of car either, the P1 LM even set the world record for the fastest time for a road-legal car at the Goodwood Festival of speed and has set its sights on crushing the Nurburgring.
Ferrari FXX K
One of the few cars that can compete with the P1 GTR in both the looks and performance categories is the Ferrari FXX K. This gorgeously aggressive hypercar is the track only version of the one and only LaFerrari. With exception of the Formula One cars they produce, the FXX K is the best Ferrari money can buy. When I say the best, I mean it’s the most powerful, fastest, and overall best looking. providing the power to this sexy beast is a naturally aspirated 6.3L V12 that makes 848hp and when you combine that with the 188hp coming from the electric motors you have a grand total of 1,036hp. Plus the FXX K uses a form of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in Formula One racing to provide an extra boost when needed. And just like with the P1 GTR, purchasing one of these incredible machines with access to a full factory race team that will help dial in the car at any track in the entire world.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Some of you may know this hypercar by the name it’s been developed under, the AM-RB 001. However, this next level hypercar developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull racing has an official name, the Valkyrie. You have to admit, it’s a pretty cool name, which is fitting because this car is so badass on so many levels. It has the potential to completely revolutionize the hypercar segment and in doing so will usher in a whole new level of performance. One of the many goals set for the development team is to shoot for the elusive one to one power to weight ratio like in the Koenigsegg. No word on if they’ve reached that goal or not, but considering there will be a significant amount of help from the Red Bull F1 team, it’s definitely in the realm of possibilities. What we know about the Valkyrie so far is impressive, to say the least. Power will come from a 6.5L V12 that was built and tuned by none other than Cosworth, who has an extensive background in F1 racing engines. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, it’ll feature hybrid technology that was developed with the help of Rimac Automobili who’s responsible for the next level electric car, the Concept One.
Mercedes Benz AMG Project ONE
Last but surely not least is the incredible machine that’s currently being built by the brilliant minds at Mercedes-Benz and AMG. They’re calling it the Project ONE and just like the Valkyrie, it has the potential to reach the next level of performance that even 5 years ago would’ve seemed impossible. Details are still few and far between on the Project ONE until it gets debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show this fall. However, Tobias Moers the Mercedes-AMG Chairman did release a few juicy details that lead us to believe that this thing will bring next level performance. First thing would be the engine. It’s apparently going to be a V6, which might seem disappointing but trust us it’s not. That’s because it’s a 1.6L variation of the V6’s used in Formula One racing and it will have a mind boggling 11,000 rpm redline! This thing will be so high strung that it will only run for about 30,000 miles before requiring a complete overall. There’s so much more to this car, but the last thing I wanted to chime in on was the hybrid power system. It’s a system that was adapted from the ones used in the W07 F1 car used by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during the 2016 season.
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