A hypercar pushes the boundaries of what is possible — while a supercar offers world-class performance, a hypercar goes a step further. Put another way, hypercars are the 1% of supercars, boasting cutting-edge engineering and technology to offer speeds that can only truly be harnessed by a professional in a track setting. These are vehicles for the true racing enthusiasts.
A hypercar considers what’s being done and moves beyond it. Performance — and particularly top speed and acceleration — is the key determining factor, though there are no agreed-upon demarcations. The hypercar designation is fluid with where engineering is at the time. What’s clear is that a hypercar is going to outperform the supercars on the market.
For instance, a supercar like the Ferrari 488 GTB has a top speed of 205 mph and is able to jump from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds — impressive numbers, no doubt. But those numbers are dwarfed by a true hypercar like the Ferrari LaFerrari, which can reach a top speed of 218 mph and jump from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, obliterating even formidable performers.
If, at a certain point, the term supercar is defined as “you know it when you see it,” the hypercar definition is “faster than a supercar.”
Think of Sports Car, Supercar, and Hypercar as part of a continuum, with sports cars being on the low end, hypercars being on the extreme end, and supercars being the world-class-performing middle. It’s all a question of degree — of performance, of availability, and of engineering ingenuity.
A sports car, in this sense, is a garden-variety vehicle — a capable performer, but one that will be bested by any legitimate supercar or hypercar. A sports car is also comparatively attainable, and you’ll likely see these vehicles regularly on the street in St. Louis or Indianapolis. A supercar is a rare sight — seeing a hypercar on the road, meanwhile, is like spotting a unicorn.
The Prancing Horse is synonymous with world-class performance, and its stable of supercars and hypercars speaks to that. Perhaps the best modern examples of Ferrari hypercars are the LaFerrari and the hybrid SF90 Stradale. Of course, Ferrari has built its reputation on pushing the envelope at every opportunity, so we know that we’ll see the Prancing Horse expand the realm of what is possible well into the future.
A hypercar is a vehicle that’s meant for those who want to experience the bleeding edge of performance and driving nirvana. If that’s compelling to you, you might consider buying a Ferrari of your own. Contact Continental AutoSports if you’re ready to take the next step — we’re based in the Chicago area, but we can help drivers from throughout the United States acquire the vehicle of their dreams.
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