The automobile industry is ever-growing and ever expanding its capabilities, pushing the boundaries of physics and breaking records worldwide. Starting from 1 litre 2 cylinder engines producing 150 bhp to massive 6/6.2 litre V12 engines producing well over 600 bhp. Manufacturers have also gone the hybrid route of powering the car which is not only more efficient but also produces more power and makes the driving experience more fun.
Out of this technology came 3 cars which would forever change the way the world looked at these machines and gave a whole new meaning to phrase “BREAKING THE SPEED LIMIT”.
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER
This was Porsche’s 1st hyper car and man did they deliver! It’s got a mid-engine layout which means the engine sits between the front and rear axle giving the car equal weight distribution. This car weighs just between 1,634 and 1,704 kgs and coupled with its all wheel drive system it does 0-100 km/h in just 2.5 secs and 0-200 km/h in 7.2 secs and tops out at 340 km/p.
In September of 2013 the Porsche 918 Spyder set a Nurburgring lap time of 6:57 on the 20.6 km track breaking the previous record set by the Gumpert Apollo Sport in 2009 making it the 1st production street legal car to break the 7-minute barrier.
The Mclaren P1 has a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 tuned to produce 737hp and an electric motor which produces 179hp which bring the total horsepower of the car to a staggering 916hp and 900Nm of torque.
The P1 does 0-100 km/p in 2.8 secs, 0-200 km/p in 6.8 secs and tops out at 401 km/p. Mclaren claims it lapped the Nurburgring in under 7 mins but how much under 7 mins was never revealed.
The final car of the Trinity and arguably the most iconic Ferrari of all time, the Ferrari LaFerrari dropped the jaws of everyone in the car community with its beautiful and sleek design when it was launched in 2014. It’s got a
6.3-litre V12 under its hood producing 800hp and an electric motor producing 163hp bringing the car to a total of 963hp. Like the Mclaren its rear wheel drive but that doesn’t stop it from doing 0-100 km/h in 2.4 secs, 0-200 km/p in under 7 secs and tops out at 349 km/p. The LaFerrari has never lapped the Nurburgring but is has the Fiorano test circuit in 1:19:07 making it the fastest road legal car Ferrari has ever built.
As iconic as these cars are and as much of a fan base each of these cars have created their not perfect. It’s a known fact that there is no perfect car which begs the question, Can these icons in the automotive industry hold their own against the super cars of today? In fact Mclaren has lied about the horsepower and top speed of the 720s to protect the interest of the P1 owners.
According to me however, if given the chance the Trinity would definitely come out on top.
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