The world of super cars gets more interesting with every passing year. Super cars are a lot like fashion shows: they bring to light new technology that will eventually trickle down to regular, mass production vehicles. It’s worth it to take a look at some of these exceptional vehicles, even if you aren’t in the market for a $1 million car.
The McLaren Roadster ($1.69 Million)
The new McLaren Roadster has a completely open design, with no windows, windshield, or roof. It’s a completely experimental, conceptual design, and certainly not one that would be useful or usable to most. Still, it’s supposed to create an exciting, immersive experience, and McLaren says there will be an optional fixed windshield available. The entire vehicle has been designed to be “organic,” with there being no clear lines in the vehicle, and no disruption besides the instrument panel.
Is it going to be too windy at high speeds? There’s technology within the vehicle that produces a type of air barrier above the heads of the drivers and passengers, while the vehicle itself “cocoons” them.
This new Roadster is going into production shortly. Seats, body, and chassis will all be made out of carbon fiber, and the vehicle is going to be one of the lightest that McLaren has ever made. 399 Roadsters will be available, but they are going to cost a pretty penny for a car that can’t be driven in the rain.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie ($3.2 Million)
The Valkyrie has a top speed of 250 mph and can go from 0 to 62 in 2.5 seconds. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this vehicle is its build. It’s low slung, with a small cockpit in the center of four stretched wheels. The doors are gull wing doors that open upwards towards the sky, and the steering wheel itself is actually removable. This is necessary to keep the vehicle lightweight and small. The vehicle only fits two passengers inside of a tiny cockpit that looks a lot like a bubble.
Only 150 units of this 12 cylinder vehicle have been made.
The Bugatti Chiron ($2.8 Million)
Don’t want to spend a cool $3 million? Then you’ve got a steal in this $2.8 million Bugatti, which reaches a top speed of 261 mph and looks like something ripped straight from a science fiction movie. The Bugatti Chiron is a 16 cylinder vehicle with almost glowing highlights, diamond membrane speakers, and the ability to go from 0 to 62 in 2.5 seconds. 500 units of the Bugatti Chiron were made.
The Porsche 918 Spyder ($1 Million)
What makes this otherwise “ordinary” super car roadster special? It’s a hybrid! The Porsche 918 Spyder features an electric motor placed on each axle, and it is still able to go from 0 to 62 in 2.6 seconds. 918 units of this vehicle were made; the perfect vehicle if you want performance and you also want to make sure you’ve done what you can for the environment.
The Hispano Suiza Carmen ($1.7 Million)
You’re going to have to stand in line to get this $1.7 million vehicle; only 19 are going to be available. This coupe is designed to look like the future did in the 1950’s, with exposed wheels in the front, and hidden wheels at the back. With 1,005 horsepower, this vehicle is fully electric and can go 248 miles on a single charge.
This vehicle is exceptionally stylish, and is going to push all the right notes for the right driver. If you want an electric car that certainly looks a lot like a retro futuristic spaceship, this is the best choice.
The Pagani Huayra ($1.3 Million)
With a removable carbon fiber roof, the Pagani Huayra is a sleek, futuristic car with dramatic, sophisticated lines. If the Hispano Suiza Carmen looks like a futuristic spaceship, the Pagani Huayra looks like a dragon. In fact, its three colorways are: the Water dragon, the Warrior dragon, and the Protective dragon. The livery design even has a “dragon-like tail” at the very end.
The GFG Kangaroo ($1 Million+)
No one’s really sure how much the GFG Kangaroo is going to cost, and indeed, it might never enter production at all. This ambitious “hyper SUV” doesn’t just look great, it has a unique, all-terrain feature: It can jump upwards about six inches to clear more difficult terrain. The GFG Kangaroo is the brainchild of GFG Style, has seats for two occupants, and is still in early stages.
Most people aren’t going to buy any of these super cars, but it’s easy to see how at least some of these technologies may influence the automotive market in the years ahead.