Hennessey Venom GT
If there’s one company that surely uses some form of black magic to build its cars, it is the folks over at Koenigsegg. When the company first started about ten years ago, no one paid too much attention to them. They just figured that Koenigsegg would be another Ferrari competitor wannabe that would go away in a few years. They didn’t, and subsequently have turned the entire supercar world on its head.
The One:1 is the first hypercar of its kind. The One:1 moniker stands for the power to weight ratio of the car which is a 1:1 ratio. That means it’s 1,340 horsepower engine matches its 1,340kg weight. It’s brilliantly fast, has active aerodynamics, and was set to potentially obliterate the lap record at the infamous Nurburgring until the owners of the track shut it down.
Whether you’re heading to the South of France, or lapping Circuit of the Americas, no other company is better at getting the most out of a car than McLaren. And no other car they make is as ridiculously bonkers as the P1.
Using a combination of a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 in conjunction with a hybrid battery system, the McLaren P1 develops 906 horsepower, sent to just the rear wheels. It uses a carbon fiber monocoque that makes the car unbelievably rigid, and active aero to push the car into the ground for more downforce. It’s a technical marvel just to look at, and brain meltingly fast to drive. If cars were athletes, this one would be juicing to do the hundred-meter dash in under 2 seconds flat.
Ariel Atom V8
The original Ariel Atom had a perfectly adequate 300 horsepower. Weighed the same as a shoe, and tore your face off when you mashed the throttle. But for the folks at Ariel, they wanted to up their game. That’s why they built the Atom V8.
Using two superbike motors essentially welded together to make a V8, the Ariel Atom V8 developed 500 horsepower. It still used the same lightweight frame, except this one was hooked up to a dual clutch paddle shifted transmission to make the shifting just that more ferocious. It’s a terrifying machine, but one that we think you all would probably have a go if given the chance.
Devel Sixteen (Allegedly)
Using a mid-mounted V16 engine, the Devel Sixteen supposedly has 5,000 horsepower, can hit 60 in just 1.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 348 mph. Again, if it were real. The concept car was originally shown off at the Dubai Motor Show in 2013, and since then, we haven’t heard a peep from the people that were set to build it. But who knows, maybe it will be real one day. It will also be the day that pigs fly, and dogs and cats get along. So never.