Cars Coming Soon: Hypercars from McLaren and SSC

SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara

By the end of this year two of the fastest, most extreme cars to ever grace the earth will be available to discerning buyers. More accurately, they will begin to be delivered to buyers who ordered them well in advance.

McLaren and SSC (formerly Shelby SuperCars) have released more details about their shiver-inducing machines and the timing of their releases, which should be close enough to stage some pretty intense comparison testing. Instead of racing to 60 miles per hour, though, these cars will be measured by the time it takes to approach 200.

With around 2,200 horsepower between the two cars and prices well above a million dollars each, 2013 should end with a blistering battle for supercar supremacy.

The McLaren P1 gets its thrust from a twin-power hybrid powerplant that makes a total of 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to fling the P1 to 186 miles per hour in less than 17 seconds on its way to a 217-mph top speed.

McLaren P1

McLaren P1

A production version of the car should be shown this summer, with deliveries happening by the end of the year. Each P1 will cost $1.15 million.

If 0-186 in 17 seconds sounds impressive, listen to this: An early prototype of the SSC Tuatara bolted to 200 miles per hour in just 16 seconds. Needless to say, powertrain testing has gone very well! Dyno testing has registered an insane 1,350 horsepower and 1,280 pound-feet of torque from its 6.9-liter V8. The first production Tuatara, according to GTspirit.com, will be delivered in December or January.

SSC claims the Tuatara will be “amazingly docile” and offer “incredible daily drivable characteristics that truly mask the savage beast within.”

Jerod Shelby, founder of SSC, had one of the best quotes ever when describing the testing process of the Tuatara’s engine:

Even if it were possible to climb a steep and constant hill at 275 mph, with the aerodynamic drag that would be associated with that speed, you would never see the kind of load we are testing our engines at. It was quite an experience to watch an engine be put through these kinds of extreme tests. I’ve never personally seen exhaust headers glow orange/red for that long period of time. I was waiting for metal to start dripping on the floor. But not only did metal not turn to liquid during the grueling testing, the engine was torn down for internal inspection when all testing was completed, and every component still looked brand new. The Tuatara is going to be an exciting car that redefines the super car industry.

The price tag for this industry-defining car is an equally staggering $1.3 million.

Which car is for you, the McLaren P1 or the SSC Tuatara?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
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    Neither. It’s really a shame that so many talented engineers are wasting their time developing virtually useless cars destined to grace the garages of the idle rich. We could really use these folks to design and develop affordable, safe and efficient cars for the rest of us.

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