Top Five Hypercars recently launched
As the world of Supercars continues to rise, taking things up a notch are hypercars. These cars essentially reflect design studies by car manufacturers making the superlative that much more special in terms of performance, technology and rarity. We cite five hypercars from 2018.
5. Mercedes-AMG One
Although revealed in late 2017 as the Mercedes-AMG Project One, as the hypercar nears production the German brand has elected to drop “Project” and simply name it the Mercedes-AMG One. The Mercedes-AMG ONE produces 1,039–1,231 hp through a hybrid powertrain that shares many features with modern Formula One cars. The car has five motors with different functions onboard: one internal combustion engine and four electric motors.
The production of the car is planned to be 275 units at a price of US$2.72 million per unit, all of which have been already sold. Rumour has it that Mercedes-AMG received orders for four times the production amount, but have stated that production will not be increased from the planned 275 units, in order to maintain the exclusivity of the car.
4. Aston Martin Valkyrie
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a limited production hybrid electric hypercar. Designed by world renowned F1 technical design chief Adrian Newey, the car's makers claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world for it. The car contains a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine tailored by Cosworth, which was initially planned to produce around 1,000 hp, but it was later announced that the engine would produce 1,130 hp with a redline of 11,000 rpm.
A road car production of 150 units is planned, at a unit price of US$3.2 million. There will be a track version, called the Valkyrie AMR Pro, with only 25 units.
3. McLaren Speedtail
As a succeeds the legendary F1 car, the McLaren Speedtail has a 3-seat layout and a hybrid motor producing a healthy 1035 hp. As can be expected, a host of technological features are present in the McLaren Speedtail. Noteworthy mention is that the Speedtail does not feature door mirrors, instead using HD cameras mounted on the fenders that pop out when the ignition is turned on, and retract inside when the "Velocity mode" is activated, which the company states is to reduce drag.
McLaren plans to build 106 examples of the Speedtail, all of which have already been sold, at an MSRP of around £2.1m.
2. Bugatti Divo
The Bugatti Divo is a mid-engine track focused hypercar. The car is named after French racing driver Albert Divo, who raced for Bugatti in the 1920s winning the Targa Florio race twice. The engine, a 8.0 litre quad-turbocharged W16 unit, produces 1479 hp retained from the Chiron mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Only 40 cars bearing the Divo name will be built and every car (based on the Chiron) costing €5 million has been spoken for.
1. Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta
The Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta is an extremely limited special edition hypercar. The rear wheel fairings are made from carbon fibre and it gets a roof scoop but no actual roof. A 6.0-litre biturbo V12 on board with 789bhp, the same power output of the wild Huayra BC. It’s matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, along with a mechanical locking diff and rear-wheel-drive.
Limited to only three units (already spoken for) this piece of automotive history is priced at €15 million, making it the most expensive production car to be sold to date.