Formula One, or F1 in short, is considered the epitome of motorsports. It has the most advanced technologies on the planet, propelling these cars to mind-boggling speeds that are hard to comprehend for the average person. The drivers in these cars experience lateral Gs more than an astronaut would, when being shot into space in a rocket.
Formula 1 cars have a top race speed of around 360 km/h (223 mph). The fastest speed ever recorded in an F1 race was in the 2016 European Grand Prix when Valtteri Bottas achieved a speed of 378 km/h (234.9 mph). It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately 2.6s.
Road cars have evolved significantly throughout the last few decades and are becoming faster and quicker each year. Especially with the advent of electric hypercars, many cars can outperform an F1 car in terms of acceleration and top speed. The astonishing fact is that most of the cars in this list are road legal.
1. SSC Tuatara
0-60 mph: 2.5 s
Top Speed: 282.9+ mph
Horsepower: 1750 hp
Engine: 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8
The SSC Tuatara is an American supercar that has been in development since the late 2000s. The Tuatara has a carbon fiber shell and monocoque, so it is almost entirely made of carbon fiber. Only 100 units will be produced, and it is built at their facility in Washington, and it costs over $1 million. This aerodynamic masterpiece was designed by Jason Castirota, and it has a drag coefficient of 0.279.
The 5.9L V8 behemoth was developed by Nelson Racing Engines. The engine produces 1,750 hp and 1,280 lb-ft of torque when running on E85 fuel. When running on 91-octane premium pump gasoline, the power rating drops to 1,350 hp. The engine has an 8,800 rpm redline, and it is paired with a 7-speed gearbox.
It has four radiators for cooling the engine, two for the gearbox, and one each for air conditioning, engine oil, and power steering. The two large intercoolers can decrease the temperature of the boosted air by 160 to 200 degrees.
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2. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
0-60 mph: 2.4 s
Top Speed: 304.773+ mph
Horsepower: 1578 hp
Engine: 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16
The Chiron Super Sport 300+ was first announced in September 2019. It is the fastest hypercar Bugatti has ever produced, and it is the first production car in the world to break the 300 mph barrier. According to Andy Wallace, to set the 304 mph record, the car was still accelerating while he had to lift off the gas and could have gained more speed.
Bugatti is only ever going to build 30 units, and all of them have sold out, and each one costs approximately $4.1 million. The customers will have to wait two years to receive the car, and the first batch of 8 cars was delivered recently.
The cars that are being delivered to the customers will have their top speeds limited to 273 mph for the safety of the car and the driver. But Bugatti will remove this speed limit for official visits to the Ehra-Lessien test track.
3. Bugatti Bolide
0-62 mph: 2.17s
Top Speed: 311+ mph
Horsepower: 1825 hp
Engine: 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16
The Bolide is an extremely lightweight stripped-out track-only hypercar. It has a fighter jet-inspired carbon fiber body wrapped around a carbon-fiber monocoque structure, and as a result, it weighs only 1,240 kg. The 8.0L W16 produces 1,824 hp and 1,364 lb-ft of torque when running on 110-octane racing fuel, which equates to a whopping 1,471 hp per tonne.
Thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, it can achieve a 0-62 mph time of 2.17s. But unlike many other cars in this list, the Bugatti Bolide is not only designed for straight-line speeds. The huge wings and aerodynamic structures at the front and rear provide 1,800 kg and 800 kg of downforce respectively at 198 mph, and it can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 5 minutes and 23.1 seconds.
To achieve these kinds of numbers, Bugatti engineers have replaced many parts such as brake calipers and wheels with lighter counterparts. All the screws and fasteners used are made of titanium, and 3D printed parts were used wherever possible.
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4. Koenigsegg Gemera
0-60 mph: 1.9 s
Top Speed: 250 mph
Horsepower: 1677 hp
Engine + Motor: 2.0-liter twin-turbo I3 + 3 electric motors
The Gemera is unlike any other car on the list or any other car that can deliver this kind of performance. It has four seats that can comfortably seat four adults. It has a cargo area to store their luggage and has 8 cup holders in the cabin for added practicality.
The 2.0L inline-three produces 592 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, and together with three electric motors and Koenigdegg’s direct-drive transmission, it produces 1677 hp and 2581 lb-ft of torque.
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It can travel 31 miles only on the 15 kWh battery, and in hybrid mode, it has a range of 590 miles. It has two 13-in infotainment screens with Apple CarPlay in the front and back. It has 21 and 22-inch wheels at the front and rear respectively, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. It will cost well over $1 million.
5. Czinger 21C
0-62 mph: 1.9 s
Top Speed: 281 mph
Horsepower: 1233 hp
Engine + Motor: 2.88-liter twin-turbo V8 + three electric motors
Czinger Vehicles is an American carmaker, and their latest car, the Czinger 21C boasts some impressive numbers. It has a hybrid powertrain with a 2.88L V8 that produces 950 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque near the 11,000 rpm redline. It is paired with a transaxle sequential 7-speed gearbox.
Combined with the three electric motors, it has a total output of 1,233 hp, which equates to a power to weight ratio of 1:1. Most of the components in the car are 3D printed to save weight. It can provide a downforce of 2,500 kg at 200mph. It comes with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.
It recently broke the lap record of Mclaren Senna at the Laguna Seca and is currently the fastest car with a lap time of 1:25:44. Czinger will only produce 80 units, and each of them will cost $1.7 million.
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6. Pininfarina Battista
0-60 mph: 1.8 s
Top Speed: 217 mph
Horsepower: 1874 hp
Motor: Four electric motors
Pininfarina, the same Italian design house that has designed 64 Ferraris in the last 91 years, built its first hypercar Battista in 2021. Building a car from scratch is an arduous process, so they teamed up with Rimac Automobili from Croatia for this project. Pininfarina sought their help in designing the powertrain as well as the carbon fiber structure for the Battista.
It produces a total of 1,874 hp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque and has a claimed range of 310 miles. The top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph. It weighs 1,996 kg, so not a light car. But the performance it delivers is far better than many hypercars. You can experience up to 1.4 g’s under hard acceleration.
It has three screens that are used to control everything from climate control to seat height. It costs $2.2 million, and deliveries will be starting from 2022.
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7. Rimac Nevera
0-60 mph: 1.85 s
Top Speed: 258 mph
Horsepower: 1914 hp
Motor: Four electric motors
Rimac is a Croatian supercar manufacturer that has stunned the world with its capabilities. The Nevera promises to be the quickest accelerating car and the fastest electric car in the world. It produces 1,914 hp and 1,741 lb-ft of torque from the four electric motors.
It has a huge 120-kWh battery pack which gives it a range of 340 miles, according to Rimac. It can provide instant torque vectoring, which makes it exciting to drive even at low speeds and through corners.
The Nevera accelerates, unlike any other car. It is so brutal and unforgiving that you start to wonder how this is even road legal. The Nevera has an onboard AI Driver Coach that will help you to find the best racing lines. It costs $2.4 million, and 150 units will be made.
8. Aspark Owl
0-60 mph: 1.72 s
Top Speed: 248.5 mph
Horsepower: 1,985 hp
Motor: Four electric motors
Aspark is a hypercar manufacturer from Japan, and the Owl is their first-ever car. This car has been under development for the past four years. It produces 1,985 hp and 1,475 lb-ft of torque. It has a 64-kWh battery, which gives it a range of 249 miles.
These cars will be built by MAT in Italy. It has a very low-profile design and sits very low to the ground, but the ride height is adjustable from 80 mm to 100 mm. It has a carbon-fiber monocoque with carbon-ceramic brakes and 10-piston calipers at each corner.
Only 50 units will be made worldwide, and each will cost you $3.56 million if you want to own one.