Blink & You Miss It: Cars That Make Over 1,000hp

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1,000hp+ Cars Club In The World
1,000hp+ Cars Club In The World

1,000hp+ Cars Club In The World

Over the years, many cars – hypercars to the latest EV sedans – have crossed the 1,000hp mark. Here’s our list of cars in the 1,000hp club.

Not long ago, the concept of a road automobile with 1,000 horsepower sounded absurd. However, the number of members in this private club is expanding. Many exceed that entry criteria, and some even use electric motors to assist them — indicating the direction hypercars are heading.

Here’s our list of those that make the cut in ascending order of power output if you’re looking to join the 1,000hp club:

1. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – 1,001hp

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 - 1,001hp
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – 1,001hp

The original Veyron 16.4 made its debut in 2005 and is the first on the list. The original Veyron just makes it onto this list, thanks to its 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine that produced 1,001hp and 1,250Nm, allowing the hypercar to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds (claimed). These figures were stunning when the Veyron was unveiled, and they continue to be so today.

2. Tesla Model S Plaid  1020hp (2021)

If the normal Model S wasn’t enough to give you the visceral excitement you were looking for, the Model S Plaid, which was just updated, will. With a stated 0-100kph time of 1.99 seconds and a kerb weight of 200kg less than a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, the Plaid can go from 0 to 100kph in just over a second. While this may only be possible under the most ideal of circumstances, it is still possible.

3. Lucid Air – 1,126hp (2022)

The 2022 Lucid Air earned its place on this list by emitting no tailpipe emissions, using lithium-ion batteries, and having twin electric motors. If you only want to do your part for the environment, Lucid will sell you a little less performance-oriented device. However, if you want to keep up with other 1,000hp cars, this is the version you have. The more powerful variant accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of 350 kilometres per hour.

For a four-door saloon geared at the high end of the market, this is impressive. In addition, the Air can travel up to 537 kilometres between recharging stops, and rapid charging means you’ll be ready to go in 30 minutes.

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4. Aston Martin Valkyrie – 1,176hp (2021)

150 vehicles are on the road. Customers flocked to the V12-powered hypercars, which sold for an astonishing £2.8 million each (around Rs 27.99 crore). It’s the most powerful and fastest car the business has ever created, with 1,176 horsepower. Due to massive amounts of downforce that allow for high turning speeds, Aston claims the car can circuit the Silverstone Grand Prix track in the same time as a current Formula 1 car.

The 6.5-litre V12 petrol engine produces 1,014 horsepower, with the electric motor providing an additional 162 horsepower. Due to the car’s 1,030kg weight, Aston enlisted the services of Cosworth for the V12 and Rimac for the electric motor to create these engines, which combined to produce over 1hp/kg.

5. Zenvo TSR-S – 1,193hp (2021)

After debuting in 2016 as the lesser-powered (if you can call it that) ‘TS1 GT,’ the TSR-S takes itself a step further with a reworked and even more powerful motor delivering 1,193hp, as well as some very outstanding active aero. With a twin-supercharged 5.8-litre V8 situated immediately ahead of the rear-axle, the TSR-S can sprint from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in as little as 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour.

The TS1 GT variant never seemed to catch on as a viable alternative to other mainstream options available at the time, having only produced roughly five units per year previously.

6. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 1,200hp (2010-2011)

Although the Chiron has now supplanted the Veyron, Bugatti’s initial hypercar remains the most recognisable, and the Super Sport was its pinnacle. Its 1,200 horsepower was 199 horsepower more than the normal Veyron, boosting top speed to 431 kph while keeping the 0-100kph sprint time at 2.5 seconds.

There were only 25 Super Sports produced. It’s also worth noting that if driven hard out, the engine’s 100-litre tank could be depleted in less than eight minutes.

7. Mercedes-AMG One – 1,248hp (2022)

The dream of a road-going Formula One car has never been realised, but Mercedes-Project AMG’s One comes closer than most. The Project One has a 1.6-litre V6 petrol engine and four electric motors to provide up to 1,248hp, based on an F1 hybrid powertrain.

Electricity isn’t just for the quadruple motors; the Project One’s turbocharger is also powered by electricity to squeeze every last drop of fuel out of the tank. As a result, the Mercedes accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in less than 2.5 seconds and does not come to a complete halt until the speedometer reads 350 kilometres per hour. The manufacturing of only 275 units has been approved. It’s been a while since Lewis Hamilton revealed the Project One concept car at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. However, we anticipate consumers receiving supplies in 2022.

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8. NextEV NIO EP9 – 1,379hp (2016)

The NextEV NIO EP9 lapped the Nürburgring Norschleife in 6min 45.9sec, just half a second slower than a Lamborghini Aventador LP770-4 SVJ on exceptionally sticky tyres. So far, the EP9 is the quickest EV around this circuit, and it’s swift in both curves and straight lines.

It helps having 1,379 horsepower (1 megawatt) available from the NextEV’s four electric motors. The EP9 also has active suspension and aerodynamics that produce 2.5 tonnes of downforce at 240 kph, which is close to that of a Formula 1 car.

9. Koenigsegg Agera RS – 1,379hp (2017)

The Koenigsegg Agera RS is a descendant of the Agera, but with more power and output! The 1,395kg hypercar is powered by a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 1,379hp (1 megawatt) and 1,280Nm. The Agera RS’s peak speed record for a production automobile, which it took from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport after a two-way average speed of 447.2kph, was the most striking feature of the car. Koenigsegg also broke the record for the greatest speed ever recorded on a public road, which had been held by Mercedes-Benz since 1938, when a highly modified W125 Grand Prix car hit 431kph on a closed stretch of the Autobahn.

10. Bugatti Chiron – 1,500hp (2016)

When Bugatti unveiled the new model, many people wondered how the Chiron would compare to the Veyron. However, a 300hp increase (over the Veyron Super Sport) to 1,500hp was still unexpected. To reach its top speed of 420kph, the car needs a lot of power. This is interestingly electronically limited, as normal tyres will be unable to handle more. However, a modified Chiron presently retains the production car world speed record, having reached 490.48kph in 2019.

While the highest speed is impressive, what the 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine can do is even more so. Although 2.4 seconds from 0 to 100 kph isn’t as rapid as others, the Bugatti keeps pushing forward with no let up until it slams into its 400 kph limiter, like a bull irritated by being held back by a gate. It’s a showcase of the Chiron’s immense strength.

11. Koenigsegg Regera – 1,520hp (2016)

Koenigsegg is unapologetically adamant about not pushing its turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 motor to new heights. It thinks that’s plenty, so it went for smaller turbos with improved throttle response. This is conceivable because the engine produces 1,115 horsepower on its own, with the 710 horsepower electric motor filling in any lag caused by the turbos, for a total of 1,520 horsepower.

The Regera is a hybrid hypercar with a top speed of 410 kph that is controlled by an electronic limiter. It can sprint from rest to 300kph in 10.9 seconds and cover 0-100kph in 2.8 seconds. All of this is accomplished without the use of a traditional gearbox, as the Regera employs the Swedish firm’s Direct Drive transmission, which helps keep weight to 1,590kg, as opposed to 1,995kg for the Bugatti Chiron. The manufacture of the Ragera was limited to only 80 units.

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12. Koenigsegg Jesko – 1,622hp (2019)

The Jesko is the Swedish carmaker’s newest model, which aspires to break the top-speed record. It was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show. The Jesko is powered by a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 1,622 horsepower and 2,177Nm of peak torque. The engine is coupled to a unique multi-clutch 9-gear transmission that, in its maximum-speed configuration, will allow for a theoretical top speed of 531kph (330mph).

In addition, Koenigsegg intends to sell the car in two separate configurations: one for track use and the other for maximum on-road top speed (the Jesko Absolut).

13. Hennessey Venom F5 – 1,842hp (2020)

The Venom F5 is dubbed “America’s Hypercar” by Hennessey. Before the numbers start to boggle your mind, that’s about as accurate a description as you can get. When you consider that this sleek-looking motorcycle has a 7.6-litre twin-turbo V8 with 1,842hp, it’s easy to do. This is good enough for a 0-100kph time of less than 3.0 seconds, a 0-300kph time of less than 10 seconds, and an 0-400kph time of less than half a minute, according to the manufacturer.

The Hennessey’s massive power output also results in a max speed of 484kph (claimed). Only 24 Venom F5s are expected to be built.

14. Rimac Nevera – 1,941hp (2021)

Rimac had already built a name for itself with the electric hypercar Concept One. With 1,241 horsepower, each of the eight battery-powered automobiles could accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.5 seconds. But that wasn’t enough for one Croatian company, so it created the Nevera, which boasts 1,941 horsepower from two front and two rear motors.

Thanks to improved liquid-cooling for the battery packs, the company plans to create 150 models of the zero-emission automobile that can go from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 1.85 seconds and on to 415 kilometres per hour. They have a range of 549 kilometres when fully charged, according to WLTP testing.

15. Lotus Evija – 1,999hp (2020)

Lotus’ new Evija is a far cry from the Elises and Exiges of old, having historically only produced vehicles that were tremendously capable through the turns. Lotus has produced the most powerful road-going production car to date, with four 500hp electric motors giving power to each wheel individually. Although Lotus emphasises that the Evija is more than a one-trick pony, its straight line credentials are undeniably impressive. The car accelerates from 0 to 300 km/h in just nine seconds, while the top speed has yet to be determined.

The Evija’s production will be limited to just 130 units, and Lotus believes the car would have a range of roughly 346 kilometres on a full charge (WLTP). However, if the limits of its performance are even slightly pushed, you’ll most likely come nowhere close to that.

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