As the automotive world moves to the mass market driver technology, three manufacturers are busy developing hyper-machines that will become one of the fastest cars ever made.
Aston Martin has announced its intention to build a car that can swing the circuit as fast as Formula 1 in 2016. The company later discovered that the limited number model would be named Valkyrie.
In September 2017, Mercedes-AMG took over covers from its One-Hybrid vehicle, known as Project One, to thousands of people at the Frankfurt car show.
Fast forward to October this year and McLaren presented its long-awaited Speedtail. The new hypercar is a three-seater, inspired by the F1 supercar at the beginning of the 1990s.
Fans tried to compare the drawing between three hypercarbons, all of which are in favor of combat status and seven-pronged price tags.
But with a closer look, three-speed machines are far different than they first appear.
These are three different hypercarbs with three very different designs.
The most triangular track is Valkyrie. It was written by renowned Red Bull Racing Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey whose machines have won more F1 titles in the last two decades.
The car has a very aggressive design and seems to have hardly enough body to cover its mechanical substrates. Beneath it operates two large air ducts to improve downhill at high speeds, as well as a small wing of the fiber that sits on the front bumper.
On the back, a large carbon fiber diffuser sits beneath Valkyrie's rear wing. This is automatically started to ensure optimum downtime at all times.
Mercedes-AMG One, in the meantime, has a somewhat more subtle look than Aston. It seems to be marginally bigger than Valkyrie and has fewer carbon wings than its rival to help generate force down at high speeds.
Still, Mercedes has a multitude of electronically controlled wings over its body designed to improve high-speed gears. Small steel fibers leak the center of the engine cover.
McLaren called Speedtail as Hyper GT because it would be more at home on cruising on the Italian Riviera than accelerated racing.
The design of an elegant vehicle is deprived of wings found on other hypercarbons. This reduces drag and allows the car to reach higher speeds than its competitors. On the back there are some electronic wings. They simply merge with the car's carbon car.
Each manufacturer has his own idea of what makes the ultimate hipercar motor.
The Mercedes-AMG engine configuration is probably the most radical of the three. One uses the same 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid engine that launches Lewis Hamilton to win the 2015 F1 championship.
The engine, made in the F1 company facility in Brixwortha, is connected to four electric motors. With two systems in combination, the Car magazine says one produces 1.086bhp and turns to 11,000 rpm – only 1000 rpm less than the Hamilton F1.
Along with The One, Aston Martin also opted for a high-rev counter motor at Formula 1. According to Top Gear, the Valkyrie's 6.5-liter engine is similar to the 2.4-liter V8 engine used in the Williams FW32 F1 from 2010.
The details are scarce, but the motorist site expects the hybrid V12-engineered Valkyrie to produce roughly 1,000 bhp.
Meanwhile, McLaren's Speedtail seems set to match the output power of One and Valkyrie, as hybrid systems produce 1.036bhp. The British super-car manufacturer is yet to announce the Speedtail engine configuration, but Evo expects to be upgraded to its 4.0-liter turbine V8 engine.
McLaren says the Speedtail is capable of achieving a top speed of 250mph, exceeding the maximum speed of 217mph.
Interior and Technology
There is not much to say about the Valkyrie cabin, as the hypercar is more focused on setting record racing time races than comfortably taking two passengers to the south of France.
The "helplessly effective" sound from the Top Gear, Valkyrie's cabin features a "F1-style wheel full of buttons". There is a digital display behind the steering wheel, along with two touchscreens on both sides.
The interior of One is similar to many ways on Valkyrie, though Mercedes seems to offer more space for passengers than Aston.
Drivers get contracted steering wheel covered with carbon fiber. This comes with a strip of LED diodes that stretch along the top of the wheel, giving you a reading of the engine speed, says Autocar. Behind the steering wheel there is a digital display and a touch screen above the center console.
The Speedtail cab is more like a big tourist than a stripped-out racing machine. Leather covers cover the inside of the car while metal lights can be found on the doors and sidewalks.
The driver sits in the middle of the Speedtail, with two passengers lying on either side of the central seat. This agreement was inspired by McLaren's F1 supercar in the early 1990s. But, unlike the minimalist interior interior of the F1, the Speedtail has digital screens and dials mounted on the roof to make the cabin uneasy.
Since Evo expects Valkyrie to have a price range of between £ 2 and 3 million, Aston Martin's hypermarket is the most expensive car of three. Only 99 will be made, followed by 24 songs of AMR Pro release.
Mercedes-AMG has already sold all 275 examples of One. Each model costs 2.1 million pounds, according to Autocar.
While the McLaren Speedtail is the cheapest 1.6 million pound pre-tax model, it will be made in less than half the Mercedes-AMG One's production run numbers. The car manufacturer delivers only 106 copies of a three-seater car, all of which have already been sold.