Top Hypercars in 2016
When it comes to power and speed and downright outrages cost and fun, you don’t have to look any further than a hypercar. Take a normal supercar manufacturer like Ferrari or Porsche and multiply their usual cars by ten and that’s when you get a hypercar. A car that is deemed so powerful with potential to break records and price tags to match.
A few years ago, there was a genuine fear that hypercars might be wiped out by the moving away of fuel engines and the introduction of hybrid and electric engines. However, this is plainly not the case with some of the great tests currently in production being hybrids.
McLaren took full advantage of the hybrid revolution and created the P1. They have combined hybrid power with turbocharging, adjustable aerodynamics and active suspension. The result is a car that is bullet fast on the road and race track.
The engine is a bespoke, twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8, producing 903 bhp. It claims to be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. P1 comes with a 7-speed duel clutch gearbox that helps it put the power down on the road better than its rivals, especially the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The P1 doesn’t have a roll cage because of its interlinked, hydro pneumatic dampers they named Race Active Chassis Control, that means the P1 can race at high speed without fear of rolling. McLaren said they did this because roll cages are bad for ride quality.
The car itself feels very light. Like surprisingly light. This means that when driving it, the P1 is effortless to steer and feels supple and lithe. This car is fast and controlling it and that speed is easy thanks to the way this car is engineered.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Let us talk about another hybrid hypercar in the form of the Porsche 918 Spyder. This was Porsche’s answer to the P1.
Porsche have given the 918 a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8, which develops 544 bhp. As you can imagine with that power the 918 has a top speed of 215 mph. When you get down the acceleration speed of the 918, you witness a 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. If you want to see how fast it gets from 0-124 mph, you are expecting to see 7.2 seconds.
When it comes to driving a hypercar, you do not expect it to be very day to day manageable. These cars are usually for those weekend track days rather than driving to the office every day. However, with the 918, you could genuinely imagine yourself driving to the office in it every day.
The steering on the 918 is very different compared to the P1. It is weightier, this however does not need to be a negative. It gives you a feel of confidence going into the corners, allowing you to accelerate harder on the exit with the four-wheel drive keeping you planted.
The Ferrari LaFerrari is what is known as the holy trinity of hybrid hypercars that includes the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1.
This Ferrari, which has been deemed by some to be the greatest Ferrari ever built comes with a 6.3-litre V12 engine that produces 789 bhp and is supplemented by an electric motor that develops 161 bhp. Ferrari are a little coy when it comes to the 0-60 mph time for the LaFerrari, they simply say its below 3 seconds. It also tops out at 217 mph.
This car can be summed up in just a few words. Blindingly fast and beautifully balanced. The steering is sublime, accurate and effortless, ensuring that whatever you wish to do with this car, you can do it with ease.
When the Bugatti Veyron was launched, it changed the motoring world, by becoming the fastest production car ever built. Its successor is determined to break that record and maintain Bugatti’s dominance of the world’s fastest production car without going hybrid.
The Bugatti Chiron is a fossil fuel powered road destroyer. It has retained the fundamental proportions and powertrain of the Veyron, but Bugatti have improved upon the rest. It has an 8-litre W16 engine that produces a whopping 1479 bhp. With that immense power, the Chiron accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, 124 mph in less than 6.5 seconds and 186 mph in less than 13.6 seconds. With the Chiron’s top speed, you will find it limited to 261 mph. Bugatti have stated that it will hit over 270 mph minus the limiter.
The Chiron has the amazing potential to revolutionise production car speed once again like the Veyron did over a decade ago.
When it comes to luxurious hypdercars, there is one name that can never be left off the list. Koenigsegg have entered the hybrid hypercar scene with the Regera (Swedish for to reign).
The Koenigsegg Regera has a twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 engine with additional electric motors, which produces a combined 1500 bhp. With that immense power, the Regera can hit 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and hits 0-124 mph in 6.6 seconds. The Regera is also the second fastest car on the list, topping out at 255 mph making it faster than the original Bugatti Veyron.
Hypercars are all about insane power, mind-boggling speed and crazy looks. These five cars tick all the boxes and with the introduction of hybrid technology, we are seeing an evolution in the motoring industry. Prestige cars will still be available thanks to the introduction of hybrid technology.