As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back through the year and reminisce about some of the outstanding moments that made 2017.
Instead of the usual and slightly mundane ‘Best of’ list, we thought instead that we would present to you the very greatest moments of 2017 by the numbers that stunned and shaped the world of cars.
Some of these numbers have broken records; some have set new benchmarks, with others producing defining moments that have changed the perception of what is possible.
Not the meaning of life, but the number of seconds it took the Bugatti Chiron to sprint from 0-249 mph and back to 0 mph again.
For Bugatti, this milestone stood for about as long as it took to complete the record itself as Swedish hypercar upstarts Koenigsegg came along and thrashed it out of the park just a short time afterwards.
This is the speed achieved by the Koenigsegg Agera RS on a closed Nevada highway on the way to setting the production record speed of 277.87mph. One of five records set on this series of historical high-speed runs.
The onboard footage of the run showed Niklas Lilja reaching maximum velocity on the slightly bumpy stretch of highway in a relaxed way with little or no drama at all.
The number of team members that completed the development of the 647bhp 2017 Ford GT in total secrecy prior to its unveiling.
Finally hitting the road in 2017, the new Ford GT was the car world’s best-kept secret before its reveal to the public. Ford managed this initial phase of development with a small dedicated group who worked in secret and out of sight from their co-workers.
Tesla claims that their all-new roadster will complete the 0-60 mph dash in a sub two second time – making it the world’s fastest accelerating street legal production car.
Among the headline-grabbing numbers was that 1.9 second 0-60 mph time that was outdone by the claimed top speed of over 250 mph thanks in part to the cars torque output, which is rated at a previously unheard of 10,000Nm.
12 race wins
The number of 1st place finishes recorded by the Mercedes-AMG F1 team in 2017 allowing Lewis Hamilton to take the world championship with Valtteri Bottas finishing third.
During the 2017 season Hamilton also superceded both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher to claim F1’s all-time pole position record, ending the season on 72 in total.
The total amount paid for an ultra-rare Aston Martin DBR1 as driven by Carrol Shelby and Sir Stirling Moss making it the most expensive British car ever sold.
This DBR1 is the car that won the 1959 Nurburgring 1000km race with Sir Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman at the wheel. The duo completed 44 laps in 7:33.18.0 recording an average speed of 89.204mph in the process.
The total number of laps completed by the Porsche LMP team no. 2 in the 919 Hybrid to take the LMP1 victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans.
On the Saturday evening, the race looked to be over for car no. 2. The team of Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Brendan Hartley had suffered a front axle drive problem with repairs taking over an hour. Rejoining the race some 18 laps adrift of the leaders, the trio carved their way through the field from 56th position to snatch the chequered flag.
This is the claimed top speed of the Hennessey Venom F5, a 1,600 bhp hypercar that could be capable of never before seen numbers.
With the official unveiling of the Venom F5 at SEMA 2017, DriveTribe’s Bill Caswell asked John Hennessey the question everyone wanted to know “will the Venom F5 go 300mph” with the response being “You wouldn’t ask a submarine commander, how deep will your submarine go?”
The world still eagerly waits to find out if the Venom F5 will indeed crack the mythical 300 mph barrier.
The total cost in 2017 for a replacement set of tyres for a McLaren F1. This includes the track hire, pro driver and fire and ambulance crews required on site to balance the new rubber.
Breaking down this vast sum of money, the actual tyres themselves only account for around $7,000 of the total. The remainder paying for the large number of people required and the undoubtedly massive liability insurance premium given that an F1 is valued at around $10-12 million in 2017.
This is the new Nurburgring lap time record as set by the 2017 Porsche 911 GT2 RS with Lars Kern behind the wheel.
Averaging 114.4 mph across the 12.9-mile distance, the new coverstar of Forza Motorsport 7 laid waste to the Green Hell as the German carmaker seized the lap record from the Italians with a near five-second advantage over the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Porsche test drivers Kern and Nick Tandy were consistently lapping the Ring in low 06:50s before setting the all-conquering lap that shattered the six-month-old record.
Which of these landmarks was the standout moment of 2017 for you? Let us know in the comments.