We know that the future of the holy trinity of the cars will be derived from electric, F1 inspired engines and hybrid. However, the current holy trinity of the cars is all hybrid. The holy trinity of the cars consists of the 3 supercars from McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche. McLaren P1, LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder comprise of the holy trinity of the cars.
Porsche 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 specs consist of a naturally aspirated 4.6L V8 which comes with 2 electric motors. The total power output of the car is 887 bhp and 769 Nm of peak torque. The engine could rev up to a face-ripping 9,200 rpm and the hypercar uses a top pipe design for the exhaust. The power is delivered to all the 4 wheels via 7-speed PDK transmission.
The 918 Spyder can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds. It is to be noted that this is the only car among the trio that can be charged through a regular electrical network as it is a plug-in hybrid and comes with 4 wheel drive. The Spyder has 677 Nm of torque at just 800rpm which is one of the reasons for its acceleration. The Porsche 918 can also be driven for 25km on electric-only mode.
Moreover, Porsche has also given rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring for dynamic handling. There are also driving modes on offer namely E-Drive, Hybrid mode, Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid mode. For an additional electrical boost, there is a push-to-pass button. The car uses a monocoque bodyshell with magnesium and aluminium chassis. Because of this, the weight of the hypercar is just 1,490 kg. The active-aerodynamics makes sure that the car does not fall short of downforce. It is needless to say that Porsche has gone all out while working on this hypercar.
The automotive host Jeremy Clarkson quoted the McLaren P1 as the “widowmaker” due to its scintillating performance. McLaren has made a hypercar with an enormous 903 hp and a massive 900 Nm of torque only going to its rear wheels. Even after having so much torque and being a rear-wheel-drive the P1 can reach to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. This power comes from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine which is coupled to an electric motor. McLaren used all of its 50 years of racing experience, carbon fibre technology and the aerodynamics experience for the P1. The result of this was that the MonoCage was the lightest on any road car ever used and the car produced an unprecedented amount of downforce. The downforce for the McLaren P1 was very important because all of that massive torque was just going to the rear wheels.
Moreover, due to the huge hydraulic wing on the back, the downforce helped with stability, balance and cornering. Because of all of this McLaren made their “ultimate series” of the hypercar after the legendary McLaren F1. McLaren has also offered IPAS (Instant Power Assist System) and DRS (Drag Reduction System) to offer an instant boost of power for straight-line performance.
The suspension system used in the P1 is also derived from the F1 cars. The ride height of the car is adjustable and the revolutionary RaceActive chassis can lower the car by 50mm in Race mode. Also, the springs become stiffer by 300% in the Race mode due to which the P1 can attack the corners at more than 2G’s. McLaren wanted to make a hypercar where the driver can experience everything about the car and they have clearly succeeded.
The Ferrari named there hypercar “LaFerrari” which simply means “the Ferrari”. They named it LaFerrari as this is the Ferrari that you need. Ferrari used all of their experience from their F1 and used it in making the LaFerrari. Powering this hypercar is a 6.2L V12 which work in conjunction with electric motors. LaFerrari produces a max power output of 949bhp and 970Nm of peak torque and all of this enormous torque is delivered to the rear wheels. The rpm limit is set to a face-numbing 9250rpm.
The engine is mated to an F1 type 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The traction control of the LaFerrari is derived from the F1 cars. Because of all this power and the traction control system, the LaFerrari can reach 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds. The battery packs are attached to the floor so that the centre of the gravity is low. This battery system works like in an F1 car, it captures the wasted energy and keeps it for when you need it. energyFerrari is using active aerodynamics in the front, underbody and the rear. Moreover, the LaFerrari comes with rear spoiler and diffusers that generates massive amounts of downforce. The dynamic vehicle control of the LaFerrari deploys the flaps present in the front and at the rear for the maximum performance, it can do this by monitoring the real-time data given by the sensors and the 21 computers of the car. Ferrari has used 4 types of carbon fibre for the monocoque, chassis, exterior and the interior.
In order to keep the weight-less, the seats have been fixed and the steering wheel and the pedal box move so that the driver can find his convenient driving position. Ferrari is really proud of this car and that is the reason that they named it “LaFerrari” that is the only Ferrari you will ever need.
It’s the marvels like these that we live for.
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