Zero to 60 in Under Three Seconds: Two Ways to Get There

February 28th, 2013
McLaren P1

McLaren P1

One of the cars I’m going to mention here is real and could theoretically be purchased and stored in your garage, assuming you had enough cash and knew the right people.

The other car doesn’t even exist. All we have is the promise that it will, along with some seriously unbelievable claims and performance numbers.

These are supercars that reside at opposite ends of real and imagined, yet share the common goal of becoming one of the fastest automobiles in the world.

First, let’s start with the real car: the McLaren P1.

The new hypercar will boast 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque from the combination of a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor. Zero to 62 happens in under 3 seconds, while the launch to 124 happens in under 7 seconds. Keep the pedal smashed, and 186 mph arrives in just 17 seconds. I’ve driven old Subarus that can’t reach highway speed in 17 seconds. Wow.

Purchase price on the P1 will be nothing short of $1.5 million. But at least it’s real, which is more than what the Chreos can currently say.

Claims about this mysterious car from its maker, Malta-based Silex Power, are extraordinary.

The Chreos will feature all-electric power with a range of up to 621 miles, a full charge in 10 minutes, 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, 640 horsepower and—wait for it—3,245 lb-ft of torque. In technical terms, that’s about enough to rip your face clean off.

However, all that officially exists of this car are these claims and the computer-generated image that’s been published on the web. Silex says the drivetrain is in the process of being tested and a prototype will be built in July.

Fox News says,

Using a proprietary system the company calls Hypercharging, owners will be able to plug the Chreos into a high voltage charging station developed specifically for the car for the ultra-fast charge. Tesla employs a similar system for the Model S it calls Supercharging that needs more than an hour to top off the battery pack.

Should we believe the claims? If they prove to be true, the Chreos will be a revolutionary car and bring electric vehicles a step closer to the mainstream. However, until production begins and the claimed numbers are supported, I’ll keep my excitement firmly facing in the direction of the P1.

What’s the fastest you’ve ever gotten to 60 mph in a car?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    February 28th, 2013 at 20:36 | #1

    As close as I can figure it was about 2.1 seconds. And in a car just as practical for everyday driving in the ones you mention. (it was a stretched fuelie Mustang running a Ford aluminum DOHC 429) Difference was I had a parachute to help me stop.

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