Most of the car enthusiasts have grown up with posters of supercars on their bedroom wall. Nowadays, the kids are rocking posters of Hypercars. What is a hypercar? To us, it means a fast road car that incorporates revolutionary technologies to set new benchmarks. We have seen the first generation of Hypercars like Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, and Mc-Laren P1, also known as the holy trinity. But, as we welcome 2018, the next-generation of hypercars are already out. Let’s have a look at each one of them-
1) Bugatti Chiron
The term hypercar was coined only after the introduction of Bugatti Veyron in 2005. The Veyron ruled the hypercar category for over a decade before other manufacturers started making a play in this segment. The 2nd generation Bugatti hypercar, the Chiron was introduced in 2016. And it had one goal to be faster and more luxurious than its predecessor.
The Bugatti Chiron has an electronically limited top speed of 261 MPH (420 kph). While this might look slow compared to the Veyron’s 268 MPH record run, the manufacturer says that they had to limit the top speed of Chiron because the tyres can’t handle more stress. If some company is able to develop tyres that can handle the stress then the Chiron can probably touch a 288 MPH (463 kph) top speed.
Bugatti Chiron is powered by an 8.0-litre, 16 cylinder, turbocharged engine that produces 1500 PS of power and 1600Nm of peak torque. Bugatti Chiron can go from standstill to 100 kph in just 2.4 seconds. It’s not just a fast car, but extremely luxurious one too. Some say that it’s like a very fast Bentley. There is nothing in the market right now that mixes luxury and speed so well. Price- $2.99 Million. Follow these Youtube channels if you like supercars
2) Aston Martin Valkyrie AM-RB 001
This is a Formula1 car for the roads. Period. Adrian Newey, known to design some of the best formula1 car felt restricted with the stringent Formula1 rulebook. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AM-RB 001 is the result giving free hand to Adrian Newey. While road legal car takes quite an effort to comply with formalities like crash test, emissions and other bits and bobs, there is no restriction on the aerodynamics of the car. And that’s what Newey specializes in.
Previously, Aston Martin claimed that this hypercar will break the F1 lap record at Silverstone circuit. Now, this is a monumental claim but it seems that the Valkyrie AMR Pro variant will attempt this feat and not the more road-going standard Valkyrie.
Aston Martin Valkyrie gets a Hybrid powertrain that houses a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 and Rimac developed KERS-style electric drivetrain. This setup promises to develop 1130 PS of max power. While this power figure is huge, it important to know that this car will weight just 1030 kilos, Making for more than 1:1 power to weight ratio. The company will produce just 150 examples with price starting at $3.2 million.
3) Mercedes-AMG Project One
While most of the manufacturers claim that Formula1 technology trickles down to the road-going cars, regular consumers have a hard time believing it. But for the Mercedes AMG Project One, the engineers have decided to lift the hardware straight from their Formula1 racecar and plonk it in a road car.
This sounds good when you say it but the thing to understand here is that racecars and road cars have different objectives. F1 cars are designed to be thrashed on a racetrack and then the engine and gearboxes are often replaced after few races. On the other hand, the road-going performance cars need to be fun but they should be reliable and last for years.
Mercedes has lifted a turbocharged hybrid Formula1 engine and fitted it into the AMG Project One. That said, some modifications have been made to it to ensure reliability. The redline is brought down to 11,000 rpm from the original 13,500 rpm of an F1 car and fuel flow limiter is removed. Adding to this, the Energy recovery system will use larger batteries in the AMG Project One with electric motors on each front wheels. Mercedes AMG Project One is expected to hit the roads next year. Price- $2.72 million.
4) McLaren Senna
A supercar that is named Senna has a lot to live up. McLaren launched the Senna earlier this year but the car received mixed responses. Some people were underwhelmed with the design of the car, while others liked it.
McLaren Senna is the most extreme road-legal offering from the company. It uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine boasts of 790 PS of power and 800 Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sends the power to rear axle, taking the car from standstill to 100 kph in just 2.8 seconds. Price- $1 million.
However, we haven’t seen what this car can do on a racetrack. It should be exceptionally good because the company says that “ It’s the personification of McLaren’s DNA at its most extreme”.
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