The definition of a supercar may have changed a bit since the advent of hypercars.
However, the subject remains the same: fast cars that give the driver thrills. As we head into the latter half of 2022, we’re going to see the most powerful cars released recently.
Ferrari Daytona SP3, the latest Icona
The third car in the row icona of Ferrari bears the name of Daytona SP3. After Monza SP1 and SP2celebrates the Italian manufacturer’s victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona on February 6, 1967. This supercar takes the basics of LaFerrari Aperta, with ultralight materials such as titanium and carbon fiber. This keeps the weight below 1,500 kg.
The whole design is inspired by the sports prototypes from the 60s with the bulging wheel arches and the very advanced windscreen. The clean lines serve the aerodynamics. The floor actually generates the bulk of the support. In addition to the very aggressive nose, the stern with the horizontal slats, its LED taillights and especially its large exhaust outlets catch the eye.
The Ferrari Daytona SP3 has a 6.5-liter engine in the middle. This atmospheric V12 is an improved version of the one on SF90 Stradale and develops 840 horsepower at 9,500 rpm for 697 Nm of torque. 0 to 100 km/h is swallowed in just 2.85 seconds, which is very fast for a propulsion. It takes 7.4 seconds to reach 200 km/h. Its top speed is 340 km/h.
In just 599 examples, owning a Daytona SP3 counts around 2 million euros. It remains less stratospheric than the SF90 Stradale, but the sound of an atmospheric V12 with a sunroof is still a good argument.
Mercedes-AMG ONE and its F1 engine
The project of Mercedes-AMG putting a Formula 1 engine in a car dates back to 2017. However, the brand has just made its first deliveries of Mercedes-AMG ONE in 2022. This hypercar is a real F1 on the road and features the 1.6-liter Turbo Hybrid V6 engine of Lewis Hamilton’s single-seater world champion.
In collaboration with the stable Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, the power unit consists of a turbocharged thermal unit and four electrical units. It is located in the rear center position and develops a total of 1,063 horsepower, which runs at 11,000 rpm for reliability reasons. This is still far from the 15,000 in F1. Due to the complexity of the engine, the stable does not specify torque.
0 to 100 km/h is shot in 2.9 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 7 seconds and 0 to 300 km/h in 15.6 seconds. Its top speed is 352 km/h. The different driving modes influence ride height, active aerodynamics, torque vectoring thanks to electric motors on the front wheels, ABS and three-level ESP. The 275 copies are sold for 2,275,000 euros excluding tax per unit.
Aston Martin Valkyrie, a luxury supercar
Aston Martin is known for producing luxury sports cars. Its Valkyrie project was launched in 2021. It presents a design very close to a Formula 1, while retaining its road homologation. The designer of Red Bull F1Adrian Newey, created this real hypercar of the British brand.
The striking look of the vehicle comes from its carbon fiber bodywork. This is specially made to maximize downforce and control the atmosphere around the Valkyrie. Bold, the exterior features a signature Aston Martin front grille, with a radical lower section. The latter is only created to enhance performance.
Aston Martin Valkyrie’s engine is a 6.5 liter Cosworth V12. It can spin up to 11,000 rpm, which makes this model very fast and very powerful. In addition, it uses a hybrid system developed by Rimac, a famous Croatian car manufacturer to supply electric cars. The maximum speed of this supercar is 350 km/h. It takes 3 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h.
A total of 235 Aston Martin Valkyrie will be produced including all available versions, of which 150 are under construction. The device is worth more than 3 million euros. Delivery would already have started in the second quarter of 2022.
Hennessey Venom F5, the fastest road car in the world
That Hennessey Venom F5 was first communicated in 2017 but not released until 2021. Hennessey even claimed it was the fastest vehicle in the world. To achieve this, the manufacturer had to build the Venom F5 with a carbon fiber chassis and body. The goal would be to achieve the lowest possible aerodynamic drag and the highest top speed.
Its design is just amazing. Slim headlights attempt to add timeless elegance. Unfortunately, the Venom F5 is designed to go very fast, especially in a straight line. Its aerodynamic aspect and its payload of 1338 kg enable it to achieve its goals.
The hypercar is equipped with a 6.6-liter V8 TwinTurbo that develops 1,871 horsepower and a torque of 1,617 Nm. On paper, the car will be able to drive up to a speed of 512 km/h. The company shared a video showing full-speed stability testing in February 2022 on the Johnny Bomer Proving Ground. According to the results, the Venom F5 managed to exceed 400 km/h, more precisely 436.1 km/h. This car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds.
The marketing of the Hennessey Venom F5 is limited to 24 copies only at a price of 2.1 million euros, the unit. Twelve models will be produced with delivery scheduled for this year, while the remaining 12 will be assembled later.
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, the Swedish hypercar
Koenigsegg is one of the manufacturers vying for the record for the fastest car on the road. The Swedish manufacturer had announced Jesus in 2019, but the first deliveries will not start until 2022. Available in two versions, the Jesko Attack and Absolutely, the two cars each have specific prerequisites. The Attack has better downforce to achieve the fastest lap times on the circuit, while the Absolut carries some aero load for a higher top speed. The latter is characterized by the absence of a rear wing and has a drag index of 0.278 Cd.
The 5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine develops 1,600 horsepower with Super Ethanol E85 and 1,280 horsepower with conventional gasoline. Its torque is 1,500 Nm. Both hypercars have the same 9-speed automatic transmission called Speed of light transmission. The cuts in the reports are truly done at a phenomenal speed to the point where one jumps into gear. Combined with a curb weight of 1,390 kg for the European version and 1,290 kg for the American version, the Jesko Absolut can easily show a weight-to-power ratio of 1 kg/hp, even with passengers and luggage. This makes her a worthy heir to Koenigsegg One.
In terms of performance, it swallows 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.55 seconds. 0 to 200 km/h is done in 4.6 seconds and only 8.8 seconds are enough to reach 300 km/h. The top speed of the Jesko Absolut is estimated at more than 500 km/h, but it will be necessary to await testing under real conditions to confirm this information. The price of one of the 125 cars is around 3 million euros.
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but we talked about the supercars that came out in 2022 with stratospheric performance while being homologated for the road. The cars specially designed for the circuit are another story.