Items tagged with hypercar

We've known for some time that Gordon Murray was working on a true successor to the McLaren F1. For those not in the know, the McLaren F1 is perhaps the greatest road car ever built and posters of it were plastered all over the bedroom walls of car-crazed teenagers during the 1990s. "The modern supercar started with the [Lamborghini] Miura, in my view," said Murray in an interview with Car and Driver. "The McLaren F1 was the central milestone: very sexy, pure lightweight, nothing it didn't need. So, I thought, why don't we do the last great analog supercar?" Murray is providing additional details on the T.50, which like the McLaren F1, will seat three people (driver in the middle, with the two... Read more...
Late last month, Lamborghini teased its next-generation hypercar with a single image that prominently displayed the shape of the vehicle's daytime running lights. Today, Lamborghini has officially pulled the wraps off the vehicle -- albeit in crispy renders instead of in the fleshmetal. Witness the Sian, which is the latest in a long line of absolutely bonkers road cards from Lamborghini. Believe it or not, the Sian is actually the first production Lamborghini car to be fitted with a hybrid system to augment the internal combustion engine. Given that this is Lamborghini's newest flagship, it shouldn't come as a surprise that powering the vehicle is the naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter... Read more...
Money may not buy happiness, but I don't imagine there will be many miserable faces sitting behind the steering wheel inside Pagani's newly unveiled Huayra Roadster BC. Born out of a research project that began in 2017, the Huayra Roadster BC is a street-legal hypercar that is one part artwork and several parts a beastly automobile. Pagani says the BC model weighs 2,756 pounds, which is 66 pounds lighter than the regular Roadster model. The engineers at Pagani were able to shave some weight off by using lighter materials, such as carbon-titanium HP62 comprising the monocoque structure. It also features front and rear tubular steel subframes, and a forged aluminum alloy independent wishbone with... Read more...
Toyota is developing a new 'hypercar' that is based on its TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car that won Le Mans. Called the GR Super Sport Concept, Toyota's Gazoo Racing (TGR) division showed off the at the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after having first revealed it at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. The news at Le Mans is that Toyota is bringing the race car (or hypercar) to the consumer market, meaning it will be road legal at some point. "The development of Toyota's next generation of super sports car has started. It takes the cutting-edge hybrid electric systems and fuel economy technology that the TGR WEC team has tested and refined during the past six years in WEC, and showcases... Read more...
If you thought that the revised Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2) was something special, Ferrari is here to remind you that it can still deliver the goods. Enter the 488 Pista, which is the track-ready version of the 488 GTB. Needless to say, this gorgeous machine is ready to take on all challengers. At the heart of the new 488 Pista is a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine pumping out 710 horsepower and a healthy 568 lb-ft of torque (Ferrari's most powerful V8 ever) sending power to the rear wheels with a 7-speed dual-clutch. For comparison, the 488 GTB "only" produces 660 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. For those wondering, the 488 Pista’s figures are a direct match for the McLaren 720S. It appears... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles with breakneck acceleration, Tesla often comes to mind thanks to vehicles like the Model S and Roadster. However, a Japanese company, Aspark, is looking to put those EVs to shame. We present you with the Aspark Owl, a low-slung electric hypercar that features one electric motor per axle.  When combined, total system output comes in at 430 horsepower and 563 ft-lbs of torque. While that might not sound like a lot compared to the combined 691 horsepower and 792 ft-pound of torque for the Model S P100D (which also features dual motors), the Owl only weighs 1,874 pounds (compared to nearly 5,000 pounds for the Tesla). That allows the Owl to hit 60 mph in under... Read more...
Koenigsegg feels the need, the need for speed. It has managed to get the state of Nevada to shut down and 11-mile section of route 160 that runs between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada, on Saturday and Sunday, to allow the Swedish maker of hypercars to attempt to set a land-speed world record for the fastest production car. The record attempt will employ a Koenigsegg Agera RS. Koenigsegg was granted a special permit by the Nevada Department of Transportation and the 11-mile section of road to be used is said to be straight. The beast of a car that will be attempting the record setting top speed run packs 1,360 hp and is aiming to top the current record of 268 mph set by a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.... Read more...
We got a tiny glimpse of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar last week, but today we're receiving “The Full Monty”. In a word, the car is simply stunning. As we previously reported, the Project ONE is heavily derived from Formula 1 technology, including its carbon fiber monocoque construction and its turbocharged V6 engine. Starting with the engine, the 1.6-liter unit produces 612 horsepower by itself. But roughly 600hp isn't enough for “hypercar” duty. You need more powah! So, the V6 is augmented by a total of four electric motors. Two front-mounted wheel motors add 160hp each (spinning at 50,000 RPM each), and are hooked up to their own single-speed transmission. A third 160hp eclectic motor... Read more...
The hypercar wars show no signs of easing up, and just months after Bugatti dazzled us with its Chiron, Aston Martin is raising eyebrows with the stunningly beautiful AM-RB 001. The vehicle is a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull, and the price of entry for potential customers is a staggering $3 million. Aston Martin is incredibly light on details at the moment, but here’s what we do know. There will two variants of the car produced: a street version that aims to be the fastest production car in the world (watch out, Chiron), while an even more hardcore racing version will be just as fast as today’s LMP1 Le Mans prototypes. Aston Martin will produce as many as 150 examples of the... Read more...
If you’re at all a gearhead like most of the HotHardware staff, you’re no doubt familiar with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The supercar — then named the Vision SLR — was introduced in concept form at the 1999 Detroit Auto Show. The production model was introduced four years later with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 617hp (although it was unfortunately mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission; the only transmission in Mercedes’ stable that was capable of handling 575 ft-lbs of torque in the 3,800+ pound vehicle). A later variant, the 722 Edition, came with an even more impressive 650hp. Over a decade after the initial release of the SLR McLaren, Mercedes and its AMG skunkworks... Read more...