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Posted by Joseph Clement on 2 August, 2017

What is a hypercar?

Hypercars are the most sought after high-performance automobile specimens in the world. They are not trying to fit into a range or a model type, in fact, they are trying to do the opposite which is to be as exclusive, different and next level as possible. A hypercar should have no equal, it should truly be the creme de la creme of any automotive brand.

Aston Martin Valkyrie Side Angle
Aston Martin Valkyrie

Most of us will never own a hypercar. If you’re lucky you may be able to own a supercar – the hypercars little brother – in your lifetime but a hypercar is a different kettle of fish entirely. And this is why most of us are content with simply seeing a hypercar. The opportunity to marvel at the high-level engineering and design work that has gone into creating a hypercar is normally enough to satisfy a car enthusiast’s appetite. Beyond that, the best you could hope for is a chance to drive a hypercar or ride as a passenger in one.

As expected, these exotic limited edition vehicles carry an astronomical price tag. In many cases, only the rich and famous can afford to own one of these exclusive cars that can easily cost well into the millions. And beyond that as an owner, you take on the responsibility of preserving a rare item that is highly likely to appreciate in value. Manufacturers will only produce a very limited amount of hypercars because that is what makes them special the fact that they are unique. Also, these cars are often built by hand using the best materials available so they cost a lot to manufacture.

Koenigsegg Agera RS
Koenigsegg Agera RS

You can expect a hypercar to deliver unrivalled performance with brake horsepower (bhp) figures ranging anywhere from 600 to 1000+, which is really something special. These cars will often have cutting edge aerodynamics and incorporate hybrid electric technology for optimum performance. To legitimately be considered a hypercar the automobile needs to be hitting speeds of above 200 miles per hour (mph).

Blue McLaren P1
McLaren P1

Looks-wise hypercars are often outrageous, outspoken, aggressive and in-your-face, but would you really expect anything less? These cars are supposed to stand out and for the price why the hell would you want a hypercar to be discreet? I wouldn’t. I love the extraordinary design and the sense of occasion when you see a hypercar. Not to mention the jaw dropping noise that is often produced by a V8 or V12 engine.

Honestly, what’s not to love about a hypercar besides the price tag?

Here are some (not all) examples of what I would consider to be a hypercar:

  • Bugatti Veyron
  • Bugatti Chiron
  • Ferrari LaFerrari
  • Koenigsegg Agera
  • Koenigsegg Regera
  • Pagani Huayra
  • McLaren F1
  • McLaren P1
  • Aston Martin Valkyrie
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • Lamborghini Veneno
  • Ferrari FXX K
  • Pagani Zonda

What is your favourite hypercar? Please comment below.