Supercars are neither economical nor practical. The insurance costs alone ($4,000 a month for some) would likely bankrupt most people. And where would you feel safe parking one in a city? But the well-heeled feel compelled for some reason to buy them, and we at least get to look at them. After all, the great majority of them are very attractive.
The supercar-makers also employ top-notch engineers to get as much speed and luxury into such attractive packages as possible. What mechanical engineer wouldn’t want to work at Ferrari, Porsche, or one of the other supercar manufacturers? Plus, all the technology and expertise they develop eventually filters down to the rest of us if it proves useful or necessary.
It’s also interesting that the first four of these cars are hybrids. So even supercar makers and buyers are making the move toward a cleaner environment, right?
Ferrari LaFerrari, a product of Italy’s famous sports car company, is one of a handful of hybrid supercars. The two-door vehicle is the first hybrid from Ferrari, and it gets about 14 mpg—a 40% drop in fuel consumption over other Ferraris, according to the company. It has a 6.3-liter V12 and a 120-kW motor sending power through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, giving it a total of about 950 hp. LaFerrari’s top speed is 220 mph, and it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 sec. Only 209 of the cars will be built; 200 to be sold for about $1.4 million, and nine reserved for distribution to a select few on the firm’s 70thanniversary. The car’s name means “the Ferrari,” as in the definitive Ferrari.
The McLaren P1 was a limited production vehicle. Only 375 of the plug-in hybrids were sold at about $848,000. The car went on sale in October of 2013 and they were sold out by November of that same year. The car gets a top speed of 211 mph from its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and its McLaren-built 131 kW motor, giving it a total of 903 hp and a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.7 sec. For the battery, the P1 relies on a 324-cell lithium-ion high-density battery pack. The car’s all-electric range is 6.2 miles, and it takes two hours to fully charge the battery pack.