They're the pinnacle of engineering, but what goes into the greatest hypercars ever built? Our top 10 reveals all
Unless you’re at a car show, the only time you’re ever likely to see a hypercar in the wild will be on the streets of Monaco or Dubai. But these cars have a far greater reach than they ever used to, as they have moved from the bedroom walls of young petrolheads to their games consoles instead, where instant access means fans can experience their appeal without ever having to get near one in real life.
With hypercar prices climbing well into seven figures, the exclusivity they offer means they’re hugely appealing to the mega-rich. So if you ever get the opportunity to drive or ride in one, it’s something you should grab, no matter how cynical you might feel about them.
Hypercars push the envelope of road car development. Some of them come with Formula One-inspired tech, and others even go beyond that, with power outputs in excess of 1,000bhp. These figures are achieved with advanced engineering using the latest exotic materials that even make carbon fibre look ordinary, and established companies such as McLaren, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Bugatti are all in the business of hyper performance, hyper expensive cars.
However, the past few years have seen a number of smaller scale manufacturers joining the hypercar ranks, and names such as Koenigsegg, Pagani and Zenvo now line up in the world of the most expensive and exclusive cars on sale. These models all feature petrol power as part of their make-up, but other companies such as Rimac and Nio have gone for the all-electric route to deliver stupendous performance.
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One thing all of these cars have in common, though, is customer demand. With multi-millionaires looking to flash their wealth with a stylish set of wheels that nobody else has, the demand for hypercars shows no sign of abating. These buyers associate exclusivity with collectability, but whether that’s true will only be proved further down the line, when a company has gained a strong enough reputation for their cars to be considered classic. That will be easier for established marques such as Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes to achieve, but it remains to be seen if a more niche manufacturer has the same standing in a few years.
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