DriveTribe community car of the decade - megacar category
It says a lot about the crazy times we live in when even a term as evocative and meaningful as “hypercar” is no longer able to stretch itself far enough to cater for the very fastest speed machines on the planet. And for that very reason, we have now seen a new performance level established - that of the megacar. And the nominations are...
A star shone brightly in the skies above Geneva on the night of this car’s unveiling, for it signified the point where what we thought was impossible - replacing the legendary Bugatti Veyron - became a reality. Beyond the base 1500 horsepower Chiron, you really do have to consider the branch of machinery to spawn from this extraordinary vehicle. There was the more handling focused Sport model, along with the even sharper, drool-inducing Divo. But perhaps the most noteworthy achievement of the Chiron species happened earlier this year, when the SuperSports 300+ became the first ever production road car to travel at a speed of over 300mph. And that, my friends, is an achievement of such enormous magnitude, it should make us all extremely grateful to have been born at the right time to witness it.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
More than any other manufacturer, it is Koenigsegg that is compared to Bugatti - a fact which has often bemused me, because the two companies have entirely different approaches to the quest for world-warping speed. The Agera RS was the car that took the production car speed record from the Bugatti Veyron SuperSports - achieving a speed of 277mph taken over a two-way average. With 1144bhp going through the rear wheels alone - or 1341bhp in the 5 “Megawatt” versions that could achieve the speed that put it into the record books - the Agera RS could accurately be described as one of the most savage and untameable cars ever made. But for those worthy enough to captain its might, the reward is speed from the Gods.
Unlike the Agera RS that’s dedicated to both straight line and handling performance, the Regera dedicates itself purely to straight line speed. With the traditional 5L Twin-Turbo V8 and hybridity delivering 1500bhp to the rear wheels through a direct-drive system, the Regera is said to be capable of launching itself from 0-248mph in just 20 seconds. If you want to know what time travel feels like, just step aboard.
Much like the McLaren Speedtail in the hypercar category, the Pininfarina Battista was dubbed a Hyper-GT - only instead of implementing hybridity, it utilised a fully electric powertrain. With just over 1900 horsepower, the Battista is said to be capable of 0-60mph in under 2 seconds, and have a range of 280 miles when you’re not exploring the performance. You could argue (as I would) that a 280 mile range isn’t really enough for a car designed for grand touring. But you could also argue that whatever distance you travelled in it would be an incredibly futuristic experience, and an exercise in immense restraint.
The Battista above and the C_Two are, in many ways, twins separated at birth. For the Battista uses the same powertrain developed by Rimac for the C_Two. Amazingly however, Rimac quote statistics that, in some areas, are a little different. In terms of horsepower, the C_Two develops 1888bhp, as opposed to the 1877bhp produced by the Battista. There are differences too in range - with the C_Two promising to travel 400 miles before needing a charge. Whether that holds any truth or not, we’ll have to wait and see. But with performance cars now nearing a power output twice that of a Bugatti Veyron, it’s fair to say that the horsepower wars will continue mercilessly as we enter an era of silent omnipotence.
And with that, it’s time for you all to get voting! Cast your vote below for your favourite megacar of the decade - the winner of which will go through to the final vote with the winners of the other 9 categories. Voting closes at 7pm GMT on Monday the 9th of December.