Top 10 best hypercars

Our hypercars top 10 represent the highest level of automotive performance as well as the most expensive, fastest and most powerful four-wheel accomplishments in the world.

If it has set a production-car speed record lately or taken us into uncharted territory on ask-and-you-can’t-afford showroom price or peak power output, chances are you’ll find it here.

Some of the entrants to this class have hybrid-electric powertrains that are state-of-the art, while others simply have powerful combustion engines ready to propel them into the distance. All of them are monuments to the science and thrill of speed.

1. Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari’s new top-of the-tree hypercar, is undoubtedly the most spectacular and sensational performance car ever built. The LaFerrari’s powertrain produces an astonishing 950bhp. It is powered by a 789bhp, 6.3-litre V12 engine. 161bhp electric power is channelled directly to the rear wheels. Ferrari claims that the car can reach speeds of 62mph in 2.4 seconds and 186mph in 15 seconds, although we were not able to test it.

Yet, despite its incredible performance and mind-boggling mechanical complexity, the LaFerrari’s absurdly benign and exploitable limit handling methods make it much more accessible and fun to drive on a circuit than anyone could have imagined.

Ferrari paid more than PS1million per car. 500 cars were produced. The last one was made in 2015. It has only succeeded in this feat with the FXXK special track car and the LaFerrari Perta convertible. The LaFerrari, which is still the reigning hypercar champion, is a testament to all that Ferrari does exceptionally well.

2. McLaren P1

McLaren Automotive’s first “Ultimate Series” car had to be a replica of the legendary F1, which earned the company a worldwide reputation. McLaren refused to make the P1 an exact replica of the F1, instead opting for a hybrid-electric 903bhp powertrain, a two seat interior, state-of the-art suspension technology and competition-grade aerodynamics. This car is capable of delivering unparalleled thrills on the road and track.

Because of the thrills it conjures, the P1 is incredibly fast and purposeful at speed. It can challenge and reward its driver to a level only racing drivers usually experience. It’s actually quite docile and easy to drive, but it isn’t as thrilling as McLaren claimed. You won’t find a more technologically sophisticated, efficient or purposeful performance car anywhere else in the world.

3. McLaren Senna

McLaren took the name of the most beloved and tragically-dead F1 racing driver and used it as its model identity for its latest hypercar ‘ultimate series’. This caused a sharp inhale throughout motorsport and car industry. Is it possible to invoke the memory of a legend, so-much-missed figure like Ayrton Senna and then use it to do something corporate such as selling a car, or any car, ever look good? Is McLaren really Ayrton’s real name?

There is a good chance you already have an opinion about this; and for different reasons, whether you like the idea or the unflinching form-over-function aesthetic of this car. You might be influenced by the Senna hypercar, which is the most powerful, advanced, exciting, and purposeful road-legal track car its maker could make.

The Senna has incredible track capabilities. Although it is not the fastest car to lap our dry handling circuit, its incredible grip means that it beat our dry handling track lap record by nearly a second and a half when we road-tested in 2018. It can generate 800kg of downforce and a V8 that produces just under 800 horsepower, making it a car that you would expect to be nerve-testing on track and nearly impossible to drive on the roads. It is simple: neither of these are true.

As you reach speeds that are only possible with prototype racing machines, the Senna will look after you and keep you safe. The Senna is a great physical challenge, but an unforgettable mental experience. It’s not as versatile and user-friendly as other hypercars, but its commitment to the business of getting around quickly, in two-and a half-mile circles is truly amazing.

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While electric hypercars will always be controversial when competing with the most powerful, loudest, fastest, and most dramatic combustion-engined performance vehicles in the world, they are certain to take this niche by the force vectored-per corner torque. The Lotus Evija is our favorite example, which Mike Duff drove around Lotus’s test track at Hethel in prototype form.

This car is electric or not. Its vital statistics are unbeatable. Its 70kWh battery and four drive motors weigh it around 1700kg. However, it can also produce more than two-thousand metric horsepower at its peak. The car is capable of 0-60 mph in nine seconds, which is faster than Bugatti’s extraordinary Chiron.

Mike’s prototype car revealed a car that feels sluggish when it launches from low speeds but is explosive at higher speeds. However, it can go faster than three-figures with unrelenting power and its handling is as smooth and balanced as you would expect from a Lotus, despite having all-wheel drive. These are promising signs.

5. Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti, the Volkswagen Group’s prestigious brand, was the first to produce the fastest car in the world. The 987bhp four-wheel-drive, W16-engined Veyron broke the 250mph barrier. It was not and will never be considered the ultimate performance car.

The 2016 Chiron is here. The Veyron had an aluminium spaceframe structure, but the Chiron uses a lighter carbonfibre monocoque. The Chiron is nearly 1500 horsepower faster than the Veyron’s final form. The Veyron’s top speed was 268mph. But the Chiron, with 1578bhp Super Sport form, has surpassed that mark to make the Chiron the world’s most contested production car speed record. It currently stands at 304.7mph.

This hypercar will make it possible to reach record speeds. Bugatti’s sixteen-cylinder engine is more powerful and more aggressive than the car’s. It has some turbo lag, but it’s not the most pleasant sounding leviathan lumps. The engine sounds more like a hovercraft or express train than a car. It is not able to contain its surges. It rides well and is a little bit difficult to handle. It still manages to reach speeds as impressive as the Chiron, which is a remarkable feat considering its simplicity.

6. Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder had more power and weight than any of its hypercar rivals from McLaren or Ferrari and also had more battery capacity. It was an attractive driver’s car with a wide appeal that neither McLaren nor Ferrari could match.

The car can be driven up to fifteen miles using only electric power, and then it can be charged at home to go back. It’s a Porsche 718 Boxster, a time-tested supercar that is much easier to drive than any other – and it’s also convertible. It also features a motorsport-derived normally-aspirated V8 engine, which revs to nearly 9000rpm. This makes it both raw and exciting when in full-bore mode. The 918 Spyder has four-wheel drive and more than 900 lb ft torque. This allows it to accelerate from rest with absolute savagery.

It’s not light, but it is fast on the right track. It was the previous holder of our dry-handling track lap record and a wrecker of McLaren P1’s status.

Although it can’t take your breath away as the LaFerrari, and it certainly doesn’t have the ability to make you feel like a Le Mans qualifier, like the P1, the 918’s accomplishment was still exceptional.

7. Koenigsegg One:1

When it comes to describing Angelholm’s fastest thing yet, which doesn’t have either jet engines or air-to-air missiles, numbers speak volumes. The Koenigsegg One-One:1 is priced at PS2 million. The V8’s turbocharged, ethanol-fueled engine produces more than 1300 bhp. It can reach speeds of 250 mph in under 20 seconds if the conditions are right, according to its manufacturer. It’s easy to drive at reasonable speeds, according to our tester. The engine produces plenty of torque off boost and is very responsive to the twin-clutch transmission.

The One:1 is a smooth ride. However, you can feel the turbochargers working overtime to send more power towards the rear wheels. This means that even higher gears may not be able to provide enough traction. It’s extraordinary when the One:1’s aerodynamics kick in and it hits its stride at 125 mph.

8. Aston Martin Vulcan

Hypercars can get too extravagant, but they do so with style. The Aston Martin Vulcan is an example of this. The 820bhp track-only, carbon-tubbed hypercar is built from a chassis adapted from the Aston Martin One-77. It produces 118dB exhaust noise, which is enough to get it a black flag on nearly any UK track day. Baffled, the same exhaust pipes drop to 103db. This would barely make it under noise limits but only while the car’s mufflers can withstand the force from the exhaust gases (which they won’t for very long).

The Vulcan can be deafening to the locals but it is a sublime car to drive around a circuit in. It’s vivid, vibrant, challenging, and physically demanding and feels almost like a racing car. The Vulcan’s handling is like no other car ever made, and it’s incredibly approachable and faithful.

9. Pagani Huayra

Pagani is an exotic car maker that once sold leather accessories for drivers that were blessed by the Bishop.

The Modenese firm’s newest offering is the Huayra. It was introduced in 2012 when 738 lb ft and 720 bhp seemed like an absurd amount of power and torque to attempt to drive one axle in a road vehicle.

The Huayra was driven by a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-litre V12 Mercedes-AMG. It proved to be a challenging car for drivers, and required respect and concentration, even if you tried to disable the stability aids. It’s also extremely communicative, honest, and richly immersive, making it a joy to drive at any speed.

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10. Lamborghini Centenario

Take one Aventador supercar. You can crank up the power of its V12 engine of 6.5-litres to new heights. Give it a show-stopping naked carbonfibre bodywork that improves aerodynamic efficiency and is more aerodynamic than any series-production Lamborghini. Then, bingo, the Centenario.

Lamborghini revealed the car at the 2016 Geneva motorshow, saying that only 40 would be made and that each one would cost PS1.6 million. We have only been able to ride it once, at Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was a great ride.

The Centenario is loud, flashy, and grabs attention. It does everything Lamborghinis are made for. Although it lacks the speed and technical marvel of modern hypercars, the Centenario is a fast and special drive. We hope to get to know it better.

Rimac Nevera

Rimac, a Croatian-based firm, is a good bet for anyone who wants to place bets on which manufacturer of all-electric exotics will top the chart in five or ten years. It was a world-renowned expert in the performance application electric car technology and had done enough to be able to acquire a controlling interest in Bugatti by 2021. It is one of the most disruptive tech brands in the world and has built some amazing fast cars.

The Nevera is the production version the C_Two idea. It boasts nearly 2000 horsepower, four-wheel drive, a top speed of 60 mph, and can be refueled in 1.9 seconds. Although we have yet to feel it, you won’t be asking twice if the phone rings.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

This Formula One racer is one of most interesting stories in the history of the automobile industry over the past twenty years. It was designed by Adrian Newey (Red Bull’s design genius), and it was realized at the end of Aston’s last management period, before it launched its factory F1 team, becoming one of Red Bull’s grid competitors.

The Valkyrie is unlike any other car on the road. It has a Cosworth V12 engine producing 1160 bhp at a speed of almost 10,000 rpm. It’s a love story about aerodynamic design, circuit pace and raw combustion-engined thrill. We’ve only had one ride so far, but that’s not the end of the story.

Mercedes-AMG One

The car’s journey from drawing board to the road was long and complicated. It faced technical difficulties and delays. According to the latest reports, final development is underway on the road in preparation for delivery later in 2021. Mercedes will produce fewer than 300 cars at a cost of more than PS2mil per unit, and all have been sold.

Koenigsegg Jesko

The Jesko is Koenigsegg’s ultimate hypercar, and was launched in 2020 as the successor of the Agera. Its name is Christian, the father of the company founder. It’s powered by a twin turbocharged V8 engine with a maximum power output of 1578 bhp on ‘E85-grade ethanol fuel. However, when it runs on an all-new platform it claims to have a metric tonne more downforce and can weigh in at just 1400kg. It will be Koenigsegg’s first 300 mph production car in a tuned, ‘Absolut-branded version.

Gordon Murray Automotive T50

Gordon Murray, the designer of McLaren F1 fame, is now presenting his own version to the world. It’s a hypercar that car-loving people may be interested in for many reasons. The T50 is a hybrid of an electric motor and a naturally aspirated V12 engine that produces 650 bhp. It follows the same principles that made F1 so unique: a lightweight, compact design, engineering, and rigorous lightweight. It will feature a central driving position, a three-seater cabin, and a similar layout to the F1. It will also use active aerodynamics from a ‘fan car, unlike any other production machine.

Road-going versions of the car should be available by 2022. We sincerely hope that our complete road test verdict will also be available by then.