Hypercar Brawl

Get ready to sit back and watch the biggest car battle of the decade start to unfold in the next two years.  Four of the most iconic automotive powerhouses will go head-to-head in a market segment that hasn’t seen this much action since the launch of the Bugatti Veyron in the early noughties.

Let’s recap; when the Veyron was launched it had to go up against the Ferrari Enzo, Porsche Carrera GT, and Pagani Zonda.  Quite simply, one of the best automotive battle royals of all time.  Since then we have seen many other incredible übercars: Ferrari 599 GTO, Porsche GT2 RS, McLaren MP4-12C, etc, but nothing like the hypercars of the days gone by.  These more recent examples, while lust inducing, were not meant to be the best that their manufactures could produce.  They are supercars, what we will talk about today is a new generation of hypercars.

Ferrari F70

Ferrari’s crème de la crème offerings have always been legends: 250 GTO, 288 GTO, F40, F50, and Enzo are titles spoken with reverence and whispered by the tifosi (Google it).  We don’t know the final name of the next car to join this illustrious company, but we do know that we will likely see it either late 2012, or early the next year.

Why do we classify it as a hypercar you might ask? Because it will quiet simply be one of the most technologically advanced cars the world has ever known.  A 6.3L bi-turbo V12 shared with the F12 Berlinetta and FF (albeit they don’t get the turbos) that has been married to a hybrid-kinetic energy recovery system (HY-KERS) to produce something around 1000bhp.  And it’s four-wheel drive.  And it has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.  And it will cost your first born as a blood sacrifice.  And it can fly.  Well, that last one’s not true, but you get the picture.

McLaren P12 SuperMac

See what they did their with the cars name?  McDonalds Big Mac, McLaren . . . forget it.  Like the Ferrari, we still don’t know the definitive title for this upcoming F1 successor.  The internal designation is P12, and McLaren doesn’t exactly have a history of creating emotional names (MP4-12C anyone?), so this may very well be what we’ll call it.

Power will be provided by the same 3.8 twin-turbocharged V8 as found in the fax machine (Jeremy Clarkson’s accurate name for the MP4-12C), but it will be massaged to produce something like 800hp.  And just to stick it to Ferrari, the P12 will also feature a Formula 1 derived KERS system that will add an additional 200hp at the push of a button.  Now take a second to do some math . . . there ya go, another 1000bhp car.

Unlike the original McLaren road car, the F1 that held the title of fastest production car for most of the 90’s and early 00’s, this new halo model is chasing rapid acceleration figures over pure top speed.  Think 2.3 seconds to 100km/h and you get the idea.  Price tag?  If you have to ask . . . it’s close to $1,000,000.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Do you like the Toyota Prius?  If you said yes please leave the computer, find a tall building, and jump off.  Now I know that only the intelligent people are reading this I can tell you that the new Porsche hypercar is a plug-in hybrid.  Wait, don’t break the computer!  It’s okay because the three electric motors work with a naturally aspirated 4.6L V8 that is based on the engine used in Porsche’s LMP2 cars.

This engine was developed exclusively for the 918, so you won’t see it in a variant 911 (but it would be cool).  It only produces 562bhp, but the electric tech contributes another 228bhp.  Not as much as the Ferrari and Macca, but the Porsche is set to be much more environmentally friendly with a high mpg figure and a C02 figure that will allow the baby whales to keep swimming.

Is this a true successor to the Carrera GT?  That’s debatable, and we will just have to wait until the fall of 2013 to find out what it’s really like.

Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar seems a little out of place in this company, but their coming hypercar is the real head scratcher of the group.  The least powerful with “only” 500bhp, but that will still enable this pussy to get to 100km/h in three seconds.  The engine doing this grunt work is a 1.6L twin-charged four-cylinder, which produces that peak bhp figure at an ear-bleeding 10,000rpm.  It just doesn’t seem logically does it?  The old mantra “there’s no replacement for displacement” was obviously not told to the Jaguar engineers.

The Jag also features two “high-powered axial fluid electric motors” that have “three times the power density of regular electric motors”.  I have no idea what that means, but I’m assuming it make car go fast.  As the other three hypercars have motorsport connections Jaguar didn’t want to be left out and joined up with the Williams F1 team to help develop their own KERS program.

Past Masters

I started by saying that the Ferrari F70 will be one of the most technologically advanced cars, but I now put it to you that all four of these models will be the most technologically advanced cars we have ever seen.  And I for one can’t wait till they’re here!


~ by ubercar on July 26, 2012.

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