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H​ow can Supercars get any faster?

Supercars are getting better and better by the day - but is there a limit, and have we reached it?

1y ago

S​upercars are phenominal pieces of equipment that will never stop amazing me. Whether you look at the competition between the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S (not quite supercars, but still amazing pieces of machinery) all the way up to the Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Jesko and Hennessey Venon F5; my passion for cars will always be thanks to the fastest cars our planet has to offer.

B​ut my question today is 'can supercars get any better?'

A​t first, the obvious answer is 'yes'. The Bugatti Chiron was the first road-legal supercar to reach the 300mph barrier, but how much more room is there for improvement? When will supercars reach their peak before the limitations of current technology cause a complete slowdown in improvements?

T​he Bugatti Chiron is still a great example of when this happened. According to Bugatti; the top speed of the Chiron is electronically limited to 261mph due to the fact that there aren't any tyres that can hold the pressure of going faster and it being safe. I consider this the start of the downfall for supercars as we know them, and I think we will need a break-through in the technology for tyres, or aerodynamics in order to keep improving.

I​mage: Bugatti Media Site.

I​mage: Bugatti Media Site.

B​ut why is there a competition in the first place?

A​nother good question. The most common question a non-car enthusiast asks is "What is the point in owning a fast car when it is illegal to drive so far over the speedlimit?"

I​t takes a car enthusiast to understand that it isn't the speed of the car that matters, it is the engineering and work that goes into developing the technology that makes it possible for someone to drive that fast. We all take for granted how complex a supercar is, and it still amazes me to this day how the Bugatti reached 300mph.

E​xpanding on this, companies absolutely want to take the top spot, especially those such as Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Hennessey. But what will they have to do to top it? And come on, we all love the rivalry that is going to become...

I​mage: Porsche Newsroom.

I​mage: Porsche Newsroom.

T​he rise of the electric cars

"​That... rimac just f**ked off"

j​eremy clarkson after losing to the rimac.

E​lectric cars show promising signs for supercars. Who remembers the episode of The Grand Tour (Season 2, episode 1) where Clarkson, Hammond and May had a drag race that included the Honda NSX, Lamborghini Aventador S and the Rimac Concept One? The pure acceleration that the Rimac had off the line was enough to obliterate the Honda and Lamborghini - no verb could describe that better.

T​he acceleration that electric cars now have is one example of what could become of supercars in the future. What will hydrogen cars have that can top electric cars? Only time will tell. But for now, electric cars seem to be extremely promising, and I expect to see more companies experimenting with electric cars over the next five years.

Y​ou can take a look at the drag race down below:

F​inal thoughts

A​s I said earlier - I think the development of supercars is slowing down; top-speed-wise anyway. We may find massive improvements in aerodynamics, tyres, acceleration and other aspects in the near future; but what is next for supercars? I would love to hear your thoughts and create a discussion in the comments below.

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Comments (15)

  • Brilliant article as usual Joe. Loved reading it.

      1 year ago
  • I like seeing what can be done wirh speed, but speed limits that are enforced by fixed speed cameras really do push you to buy a slower car that can be pushed instead of supercar that will live it's life at 30% of power

      1 year ago
  • I guess the next improvement in the supercars will be the amount of grip, both mechanical and aerodynamic. Maybe we will see a supercar with ground effects soon (or maybe they have idk)

      1 year ago
  • I think we will also see more pushes in the realm of the NSX and Senna. Supercars that can crush lap times. Acceleration is nearing a point where it simply can't be improved much more. From here it seems vehicle dynamics will be the next large evolution. I mean look at the Huracan Performante going out and taking the Nurburgring lap record from the 918 - a hypercar we thought was going to be the king for some time? The record has since been broken a few more times, but the power of the cars hasn't been revolutionary. Soon we will have cars that not only have ridiculous 0-60 times, but can put down a lap record at the same time. And if McLaren shows us anything, the cars will be comfortable in the real world. A real golden age where you can have you cake and eat it too.

      1 year ago
  • Acceleration in a straight line always reminds folks who live quarter pounder (mile) 400 m at a time, but to me cars are more than that. Balance, lightness, steering, braking are all important attributes as well to consider. Just sticking on wider tires, huge brakes just doesn't solve it all at least for me. Each their own I say.

      1 year ago