Insanely fast and extremely expensive; hypercars are the top-tier of automobile engineering and technology. Combining breathtaking designs with some of the latest and most expensive technology, here are some hypercars that the new Aston Martin Valhalla will have to take the fight to.
The British automaker unveiled their new hypercar for the masses just weeks before starting deliveries of its Valkyrie hypercar. Dubbed the Valhalla, the new creation is powered by Mercedes-AMG ’s twin-turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft engine, also found in the AMG GT Black series.
Now converted into a hybrid V8 that is assisted by two electric motors with a 150 kW 400 V battery, delivering a combined power output of 699 kW and 1 000 N.m of torque, the power is sent through a redesigned eight-speed DCT transmission with an E-reverse gear, which eliminates the conventional mechanical cog thus helping shave some weight, and an electronic limited-slip differential (E-Diff).
- Top-speed: 330km/h
- 0-100km/h: 2,5 seconds
- Electric range: 15 km (EV-mode) with a maximum speed of 130 km/h
- Target weight: under 1 550 kg
- Target Nurburgring lap time of under 6min 30sec
Mercedes-AMG Project One
Unlike the Valhalla, the AMG Project One ditches the V8 engine and draws inspiration from the Formula One technology. It combines daily car suitability with a plug-in hybrid drive system by featuring a 1,6- litre V6 turbo-hybrid engine with an electric motor connected to the crankshaft. The combination results in a power output of 740 kW giving it a claimed sprint time 0-200 km/h in under six seconds .
- Top-speed: 350 km/h
- 0-200 km/h: < 6 seconds
- Electric range: 25 km
- Sytem output: 740 kW
- Front-wheel drive output: 120 kW x2
- Rear -wheel drive output: 500 kW
- Displacement 1,6-litre
Almost a decade since Ferrari unveiled its LaFerrari hybrid supercar, the Italian brand decided to join the hypercar game once again. Entering the range as its first-ever PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), the SF90 Stradale makes reference to the 90th anniversary of the Scuderia Ferrari Racing team foundation. The new-plug in hybrid is powered by a 4,0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with three electric motors; two are independent and located on the front axle, with the third sits at the rear between the engine and gearbox. All-in, this system delivers a maximum power output of 735 kW and 800 N.m of torque at 8 000 r/min. This powertrain is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to an all-wheel-drive system.
- 0-100km/h: 2,5 seconds
- E-Drive power: 120 kW
- E-range: 25 km
- Power:574 kW
- Downforce: 300 kg at 250km/h
- Top-speed: 340 km/h
- Weight: 1 570 Kg
On the 2nd of August, 2019, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ was the first-ever hyper sportscar to break the world speed record of 482 km/h. Aerodynamically and mechanically improved over the standard Chiron, the Super Sport 300+ is powered by an 8,0- litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine producing 1 176 kW and 1 600 N.m of torque. This is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power through an all-wheel-drive system.
- 0-100 km/h: in 2,4 seconds
- Top-speed: 482 km/h
- Weight: 1 977 kg
Succeeding its predecessor, the Agera, the Swedish carmaker recently revealed a new limited-production hypercar named after the company founder’s father, Jesko Von Koegnisseg. The Jesko, first introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motorshow, is powered by a 5,0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which uses a new 180 degree flat-plane lightweight crankshaft. This delivers 955 kW and 1 000 N.m of torque at 8500 r/min on your standard octane petrol. Koenigsegg also claims that it can produce up to a maximum of 1 195 kW and 1 500 N.m on E85 biofuel. Boasting a power-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1, the power is sent to the rear wheels through a nine-speed multi-clutch light-speed transmission (LST) which only weighs 90 kg.
- Downforce: 800 kg at 250 km/h and 1 000 kg at 275km/h
- Top-speed: yet to be tested, targeted at 500 km/h
- 0-100 km/h in 2,5 seconds
Named after the legendary Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who dominated the sport back in the mid-eighties and early nineties, the Senna is a pure and brute race car for the road. Powered by a 4,0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 with a dry-sump and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, it delivers 588 kW and 800 N.m of torque exclusively to the rear-wheels.
- 0-100 km/h: 2,8 seconds
- Top-speed: 340 km/h
- Downforce: 800 kg
- Weight: 1 198 kg
Other hypercars worth mentioning also include fully-electric hypercar such as the Tesla Roadster, Lotus Evija, Pininfarina Battista, and Rimac Nevera.