Hypercars for which 1,500 “horses” are not the limit
Still, the devaluation of capacity is wonderful! In the nineties, 500 supercars “horses” characterized the owner as a real man with titanium … nerves, and now they are developing so much fed hot hatches. A thousand horsepower? The value is extremely steep, but achievable – serial production is moving towards this mark by leaps and bounds. Suffice it to recall not the super-expensive supercars, but the maddened Yankees represented by the 818-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which develops 771 horsepower. About tuning from all sorts of Hennessey Performance and others like them there is nothing to say! But there are still impregnable borders. So, the mark of 1500 forces can be considered a magical line that separates the true automobile gods from all the rest. Let’s take a look at Olympus?
The Bugatti Chiron is the crown jewel of the Volkswagen Group empire and the first hypercar to be remembered in the 1,500 and above category. Its 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers develops exactly 1,500 “horses” and 1600 Nm of torque in a wide range of 2000-6000 rpm. For each horsepower, the buyer must pay a minimum of 1,666 euros, taking into account the starting price of the hypercar at 2.5 million euros.
The engine, which retains the fundamental unit architecture from the predecessor Bugatti Veyron, has been completely redesigned. In particular, the performance of the turbochargers has been increased, and many components are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and titanium.
Alsatian stallions accelerate a big man with a dry weight of 1995 kg to 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds, to 200 km / h in 6.1 seconds. The speedometer needle flies over the 300 km / h mark 13.1 seconds after the start. Acceleration to 400 km / h is within 32.6 seconds, and a full stop cycle takes 41.96 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 420 km / h.
– an exclusive hypercar based on Chiron named after French racer Albert Divo, who twice won the Targa Florio race driving a Bugatti Type 35 in the 1920s. The 1500 horsepower engine is from Chiron.
A unique feature is its own body. Suspension modifications and an additional 90 kg of downforce make the Divo a battle-worthy unit that surpasses the original hypercar on the track. In corners, the car is capable of lateral g-forces of up to 1.6 g and burns through the Nardo ring 8 seconds faster than the Chiron, although the top speed is limited to 380 km / h.
Interestingly, the exclusive Bugatti for jerking into hyperspace inherits the interior from the Chiron in almost its original form. Was this what the customers wanted when purchasing a masterpiece, produced in the amount of 40 pieces and costing from 5 million euros?
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
In 2019, Bugatti set a speed record for production cars – the Chiron, driven by test driver Andy Wallace, reached 490.484 km / h. True, there was a discrepancy. The achievement was credited not to a standard hypercar, but to a prototype with a number of differences that played a significant role in achieving extremely high speeds. In order not to be pecked at by the angry public, which clearly did not like such cheating, the company released the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, a production version of the record prototype.
The Chiron Super Sport 300+ modification differs from the “usual” – sorry, owners! – “Shirona” power increased to a mesmerizing 1600 hp The unpainted CFRP rear body has been lengthened by 25 cm to stabilize airflow. The wheels of the record holder are ultra-light made of magnesium.
The standard Chiron has a mintage of 500, while the Chiron Super Sport 300+ will only be released in 30 units. Price – 3.5 million euros. Plus or minus a million, who’s counting?
The Chiron and its variations may seem like a technically run-of-the-mill machine compared to the Swedish-only Koenigsegg Regera with a hybrid powertrain with a combined output of “over 1,500 horsepower and 2,000 Nm,” according to the manufacturer. It includes a 1,100-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers and three electric motors. The first acts as a starter-generator, the rest are connected to the axle shafts and control the thrust vector.
An interesting feature of the Regera is the Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission without gearbox. Instead, a variable-slip hydraulic clutch is provided, which connects the combustion engine to the rear axle.
The curb weight of the Regera is 1590 kg – noticeably less than the “live weight” of the Chiron, which made a significant contribution to the dynamics. Up to 100 km / h “Swede” accelerates in 2.8 seconds, and exchanges the third hundred in 6.6 seconds, lagging behind the opponent. But to 300 km / h, it flies 10.9 seconds after the start and is noticeably ahead of Bugatti. Acceleration from 0 to 400 km / h takes 20 seconds. It is a pity that only a select few will be able to experience this – Koenigsegg has limited circulation to 80 cars priced from $ 1.9 million.
The boss of the company Christian von Königsegg made a luxurious gift to the fans of the brand and to his father Jesko, naming the breathtaking creation in his honor. Jesko is armed with a 5.0-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers. The output of 1600 horses and 1500 Nm (1000 Nm are available in the range of 2700-6170 rpm) is achievable with E85 biofuel, while the unit develops 1280 horsepower on 95 octane gasoline.
The Koenigsegg brand would not be itself if it did not apply an unusual technical solution to the hypercar. This is the Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission (LST) nine-speed automatic transmission with seven wet clutches. As the manufacturer promises, it changes gears at lightning speed, almost at the speed of light.
Jesko, announced with a circulation of 125 copies, will be Koenigsegg’s largest production car. A true highlight of the range is Jesko Absolut, a hypercar with redesigned aerodynamics and a drag coefficient Cd reduced to 0.278. The company believes that the car is capable of breaking last year’s speed record set by the modified Bugatti Chiron, and in theory can squeeze 532 km / h.
As you’ve probably already noticed, the Swedish company is trying to keep up with the 1,500hp bar, as evidenced by the striking 4,975mm Gemera Grand Tourer. An engineering masterpiece develops 1724 horsepower and 3500 Nm of thrust, but it is not even this circumstance that is interesting, but a hybrid power plant, which includes … a three-cylinder TFG engine (Tiny Friendly Giant, “a small friendly giant”) weighing 70 kg with two turbochargers and electro-pneumatic valve actuators instead of camshafts, as well as three electric motors.
An electric motor, developing 406 forces and 500 Nm, is installed on the crankshaft and rotates the wheels of the front axle. The other two (each with 507 hp and 1000 Nm) drive the rear wheels. The cherry on top of the big Swedish cake is the Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission without the traditional gearbox.
Gemera’s dynamics deserve the definition of “unprecedented” like no other. Acceleration to 100 km / h is within 1.9 seconds, top speed is 400 km / h. The company will give life to 350 cars, which is a decent number by Koenigsegg standards. The price is “only” 1.7 million euros.