A Look at the Three Most Anticipated Hypercars of 2013
The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder all come from three very different car companies, but the reason for their production is the same. Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche all wanted to show off to the automotive world that hybrid technology CAN BE fun, exciting, (and, of course, very fast). All use electric motors that give a great torque boost and quicken the response off the line, paired with their massive and powerful engines. All are mind bendingly quick, using DSG transmissions with seamless shifts. And finally, all have taken active aerodynamics to a whole new level of complexity, with carbon fiber bodies. These three cars may seem to be very similar, but in truth they’re very different indeed. Whichever “path” you choose, you’ll be guaranteed a fantastic and impressive hypercar.
The Ferrari LaFerrari combines elegance and beauty with science, something Ferrari has been famous for for the past two decades. It is the product of a company that has mastered aerodynamics, increasing down force as the car reaches higher speeds. The V-12 and electric motor pairing give a combined 963 BHP and 663 lb-ft of torque. The estimated 0-60 mph time of the LaFerrari is just under 3.0 seconds. Ferrari plans to make just 449 of these fantastic machines, but sadly all of them have been purchased already.
The Porsche 918 Spyder’s looks are rather subtle and pragmatic, unlike the LaFerrari. The Porsche designers are known for their emphasis on industrial design, rather than style. Of course the Porsche is a beautiful car, however it’s not as brash as the Ferrari. The Porsche 918 Spyder churns out 875 BHP, and an incredible 0-60 MPH time of just 2.8 seconds. Not only is the speed immense, but the Porsche has a combined 85.6 MPG!
And last, but definitely not least, is the gorgeous McLaren P1. McLaren has faced criticisms since their MP4-12C for almost having no emotion in their designs, as if their cars were designed only by science with no passion. The reduction of drag, increase of down-force, and extraction of heat are believed to have been the main reasons for the final shape of the P1. However, this car still turned heads at the Geneva motor show because of it’s huge curves and elegant stance on the road. The McLaren P1 combines an electric motor with a 3.8 L V8, giving out a combined total of 903 BHP. The McLaren has an extremely impressive 0-60 MPH time, at just less than 3 seconds.