Drivetribe Reader's Choice Awards: Hypercar
Time to crown the best hypercar of 2020
Hypercars make supercars look slow. Featuring loads of hi-tech features and some mind-boggling performance numbers, they are the wildest cars on the planet. While 2020 hasn't been nice, it's been a great year for hypercars.
Horsepower junkies rejoice! It's time to crown the best hypercar of 2020.
KOENIGSEGG JESKO ABSOLUT
Starting with the headline maker of 2020 Geneva Motor Show: the Jesko Absolut. Launched at an empty Hall in Switzerland, this Koenigsegg has some heart-stopping numbers to brag about.
The Jesko Absolut has a twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 that is capable of producing 1,280 horsepower and 1,000Nm of torque. But wait. That's not all. Because on E35 fuel, the engine will produce 1,600 horsepower. Koenigsegg spent 3,000 hours in aerodynamic analysis and more than 5,000 hours were spent designing and engineering the car. As a result, you have a car theoretically capable of crushing all the blistering records set by the Bugatti Chiron SS 300+. It's also pretty slippery thanks to an official drag co-efficient of 0.278Cd.
Is it a family car? Well, its got four seats so maybe yes. Is it a hypercar? Yes, because it has 1,700 horsepower on offer. The Gemera is the kind of car we all dream of. A car in which one can drop the kids to the school, and later humiliate Bugattis and Lamborghinis.
The Gemera has three electric motors and a three cylinder engine. The three electric motors of the Gemera are placed on each rear wheel and on the crankshaft. Those three motors produce 1,100hp. In EV mode, the Gemera can hit 186mph. It'll also be able to cover 31 miles on electric power alone.
The three cylinder engine (nicknamed ‘The Tiny Friendly Giant’) produces 600hp. Six hundred horsepower. From a three cylinder engine. Insane. Christian von Koenigsegg calls the Gemera “a completely new category of car where extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness”.
PININFARINA BATTISTA ANNIVERSARIO
The Anniversario celebrated the 90th anniversary of Pininfarina. The Battista Anniversario gets from 0-62 mph in less than two seconds, 0-186mph takes less than 12, and it will go all the way up to 217mph. In other words – it's quick.
The Anniversario's Rimac-sourced 120kWh battery sits between the centre tunnel in a T-shape. There are four electric motors, one on each wheel. Together these motors produce 1,900 horsepower. Apparently, this car can do 311 miles (500km) on a single charge. Now that is what we call "range".
Czinger is a startup company based in Los Angeles, California. The company is named after founder Kevin Czinger and before you start twisting your lips and tongue to pronounce the name of the company, the 'C' is silent.
Capable of doing 0-62mph in 1.9 seconds thanks to the 1,233bhp from the hybrid powertrain, the 21C will be built a cutting edge chassis along with a bespoke structure built from "high-performance componentry". Does this "high-performance componentry" involve carbon fibre Czinger?
Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
Over the years many have claimed that Bugatti doesn't make driver's cars. It only makes cars that are very fast in a straight line. To all those who said this, Bugatti has heard you and given us the Chiron Pur Sport.
50kg lighter than the standard Chiron, the Pur Sport has a reduced top speed of 217mph because of downforce. “We spoke to customers and realised they wanted a vehicle that is geared even more towards agility and dynamic cornering,” says Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “A hypersports car that yearns for country roads with as many bends as possible.”
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Some might argue this is a supercar, but we think it is a hypercar. Basically Ferrari used all the tech and speed of the LaFerrari and put it into the SF90. Unlike a LaFerrari, you can plug in the SF90 like a Tesla.
While there is an F1-derived MGUK (Motor Generator Unit Kinetic) located between the engine and gearbox, the two electric motors have to be charged by plugging them, making the SF90 Ferrari's first PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle). The cherry on the cake is that this is also Maranello's first AWD two-seat sports car.
0–62mph takes 2.5 seconds and the SF90 does 0–124mph 6.7 seconds. Top Speed is 211mph. That is 'Monstrous' Quick. 'Blistering' Quick. 'Any Adjective You can think' Quick.
Gordon Murray T.50
Gordon Murray - the brain behind the McLaren F1 - is back with the F1's spiritual successor in the T.50. Powered by a naturally aspirated V12 developed by Cosworth, the T.50 can rev to a mad 12,100 rpm and produces 650+ horsepower.
The focus has not only been on power, but on also making the T.50 capable of giving the most pure driving experience and part of this was weight saving. GMA claim that their engineers hold a weekly meeting called ‘weight watchers’ where they monitor every component from the gearbox to the nuts, bolts and washers.
The length and diameter of each of the 900 fixings on the T.50 has been "optimised by calculating the forces to which each would be exposed". The carbon-fibre monocoque and body panels weigh less than 150kgs (combined) and the car will have three seats out of which two will weigh only 3Kg and the driver's seat will be weighing 7kg. WOW
Probably the biggest headline maker of 2020, the SSC Tuatara has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. While at first it got the accolade of being the world's fastest production car, further investigation into the footage revealed something else. In order to stop all the controversy, Jerod Shelby and his team have decided to do the record-breaking run all over again.
While it isn't the 'fastest production car in the world' (for now), the Tuatara is no slouch. It has a 5.9-litre V8 having a pair of turbochargers fitted to it which on E85 produces 1,750 horsepower. Lovely.