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Top 8 Hypercars to Look Forward to

In the late 80’s, the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 ushered in the age of the supercar; cars that not only adopted the sports car philosophy of stripping down an aerodynamic body and putting a big engine in it, but employed technology more advanced than that found on regular road cars to gain an edge over the competition.

So began the supercar arms race that is still going on today. Now though, there are cars being made that take the idea of fast, high-performance cars and push it further than even typical supercars do: hypercars.

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What is a hypercar? Think of it like a building. First there were structures and simple domiciles. Then came multi-story buildings. Then high-rise buildings. Then came skyscrapers, and ever since then function has been mostly shrugged off in favor of making monumental structures just to prove that you can.

No one needs a building that’s 1,700 feet tall, but it sure does send a message if you have one. A hypercar, then, must posses performance that isn’t really usable for anyone, but so impressive in its own right that we can’t help but look.

There are already a few contenders in this category; namely the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari. Before those there was just the Bugatti Veyron. Really, you could credit either the Bugatti Veyron or the McLaren F1 as the first hypercar, but the effect that the Veyron had on other manufacturers was more significant than the one had by the F1.

So, how do we go even faster? Well, luckily, there are a number of manufacturers looking to answer that for us.

 

8. The Devel Sixteen

This car barely made it onto the list due to not actually existing yet in any finished form. There are more vaporware hypercars out in the world than there are real hypercars, and the typical mix of optimistic investors and entrepreneurs keep the cycle going with surprising regularity. So when a company from Dubai named Devel announced a 5,000 horsepower hypercar that would hit 345 miles per hour, people were skeptical to say the very least.

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Since then, though, they have released video evidence of a 16-cylinder quad-turbocharged engine they had built by Steve Morris Engines that makes an astounding 4,515 horsepower and 3,519 lb-ft of torque. This means that only 80% of the Devel Sixteen is vaporware, and means that you can officially start looking forward to at least a rolling prototype. I don’t think it will ever hit 345 miles per hour, but I am anticipating a video of it catching fire during the attempt.

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7. The Rimac Concept One

Bringing 1,073 horsepower to the table, the Rimac Concept One is actually one of the more reasonable cars on this list. The car is fully electric and uses four motors, one for each wheel, to make forward motion. The two front motors use single-speed gearboxes, but the rears both implement 2-speed dual-clutch transmissions to get the power to the wheels. The battery in this electric hypercar will take you up to 205 miles.

If this all sounds a bit heavy, that’s because it is. The Concept One weighs in at 4,080 pounds. Still, the ample power and traction will take the car from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.6 seconds. The top speed is reportedly 220 miles per hour. The price will end up somewhere north of $1,000,000 and Rimac only plans on making 8 examples.

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6. The Arash AF10 Warp Drive

Sometimes making a hypercar is as simple as taking a garden-variety supercar and cramming 2,080 horsepower worth of electric motors into it. At least that’s what the Britain-based Arash would have us believe since they debuted the AF10 Warp Drive, the monstrous electric big brother to their AF8 Cassini supercar. Again coming in at over a million dollars, this car spares no expense in the pursuit of speed.

Most of the car is carbon fiber, and there are four motors and gearboxes in this car, one for each wheel. There is a normal AF10 that comes with a gated 6-speed shifter and a V8 making 550 horsepower, but why bother? People will just come up to you and ask if that’s the 2,000+ horsepower electric hypercar they read about somewhere and you’ll have to disappoint them with the fact that you bought the slow version.

0-60 happens in 2.8 seconds and the top speed is unannounced, but I imagine it is somewhere near the sound barrier.

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5. The Hennessey Venom F5

While the Hennessey Venom was an impressive piece of automotive engineering, the company talked themselves up too much, comparing their modified Lotus to the technological marvel that is the Bugatti Veyron, and took on some criticism. This is not a first for Hennessey, but why dwell on the past? Faster cars always lie in the future, after all.

The Venom F5 will weigh around 2,800 pounds; very light for a car of that caliber. The top speed they are aiming for is 290 miles per hour, 20 more than the 270 mile per hour top speed of the original Venom. A single-clutch  paddle-shift transmission will get the power to the wheels. Expect improved traction control and aerodynamics. The best part? The Venom F5 doesn’t look like a limousine version of a Lotus Exige! And the price is only $1.2 million. Don’t let us down, Mr. Hennessey.

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4. The Apollo Arrow

Remember the Gumpert Apollo? Looked sorta like a toy car blown up to full size, not very pretty, lots of panel gaps, devastatingly quick… any of this ringing a bell? Well the dead company has now been resurrected and renamed ‘Apollo’. So far, so good. The whole ‘Gumpert’ name sounded terrible.

So the real question: how fast is it? Well… it’s very fast. Performance numbers will include a modest 1,000 horsepower at the wheels, courtesy of Audi for the 4.0 liter V8, and the light 2,800 pound car will feel like a mouse with a rocket on its back when you put the hammer down. 0-60 takes 2.9 seconds and the top speed will be right around 224 miles per hour. Despite the weight, you will still get ABS, electronic traction control, and GPS for added safety and convenience. As for price? Apollo has bragged that the whole car can be had for less than $1,000,000. Quite the value.

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3. The SSC Tuatara

If this car sounds familiar, don’t be alarmed. There were pre-production models making noise on the streets as far back as 2011. Now, though, there will be real cars made that real (obscenely wealthy) people can go out and buy.  SSC, formerly ShelbySuperCars Incorporated, is based out of America and has been making some pretty outlandish claims about their hypercar.

They say the top speed will be a jaw-dropping 276 miles per hour and that 0-60 will take just 2.3 seconds. The twin-charged V8 revs up to 9,200 RPM and makes 1,700 horsepower. The dry weight is also a meager 2,750 pounds. The price was originally announced as $1.3 million, so expect to pay that much or more to own one.

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2. The Bugatti Chiron

Runner-up to the most anticipated hypercar ever is the successor to the legendary Bugatti Veyron. A car that needs no introduction, the Veyron started the hypercar craze. So how will Bugatti stay on top? Well, by not fixing something that ain’t broke. The Chiron is barely distinguishable from the Veyron to the untrained eye and it uses the same style of construction along with the same engine.

In the Chiron, the Bugatti W16 makes 1,500 horsepower and will reportedly hit a top speed of 261 miles per hour. Unfortunately, at 4,400 pounds, the Chiron is a bit fatter than its competition. With the all-wheel drive system, 0-60 takes 2.5 seconds and you will barely feel it sitting in the luxurious interior, so the weight will hardy make a difference. If you have an extra $2.5 million laying around, prepare to be disappointed. Because the new Bugatti Chiron will cost $2.6 million.

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So what on Earth could be more exciting than a new Bugatti?…

 

1. The Koenigsegg Regera 

So, what makes the Regera more exciting than the Veyron? Well, for starters, the Regera is not a comfortable grand-touring hypercar like the Bugatti, and combines its own unique style with technology all revolving around making the car fast. Ridiculously fast. And it still has that rebellious image that says “I live dangerously” and not “look how super rich I am”. That said, you have to be pretty wealthy to afford the $1.9 million hypercar.

The way it gets power to the ground is also more futuristic than the system utilized by Bugatti. It uses a V8 engine with no camshafts paired with three electric motors to send a combined 1,500 horsepower to the rear wheels. It can be plugged in before a journey to improve electric performance, and the electronic stability control developed by Koenigsegg is one of the most advanced systems out there. This brings the weight up to 3,500 pounds, unfortunately. Still, that’s lighter than the Bugatti to the tune of 900 pounds.

All of this means that 0-60 happens in only 2.8 seconds. This is impressive, but not wholly unprecedented. What is unbelievable is the 20-second 0-248 time.  248 Miles per hour. In 20 seconds. That’s at full throttle, and its doubtful anyone would keep their foot buried into the floor once the Regera hits 186 miles per hour in only 10.9 seconds, but it is still theoretically possible.

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