The fight to see which manufacturer produces the most powerful car in the world is more alive than ever and, to make matters worse, those who did not trust electric propulsion will be in for a good surprise…
A few years ago it was completely unthinkable to see sports cars on the market with the power figures of the 10 models featured in this article. We couldn’t even imagine a car with half the horsepower of the most powerful car in the world today. Undoubtedly, advances in electrification have made it possible for engineers to give powertrains extra punch with praiseworthy ease. In addition, the instantaneous torque offered by an electric motor is simply sublime when it comes to providing sporty sensations and this, added to a lightweight chassis and impeccable aerodynamic work, means that brands can pull off absolute ground-to-ground missiles. In fact, no less than the five hypercars.
The most performing vehicles that now exist on the face of the earth are zero emission vehicles. Without further ado, let’s see which are the 10 most powerful cars in the world , 10 true beasts that, given their exclusivity (in some cases, there is only one unit manufactured), are within the reach of very few pockets.
Lotus Evija: electric with 2,000 hp
The undisputed king of this list has a British ID. Although it is not a car that agrees in a special way with Sir Colin Chapman’s maxim (it weighs about 1.7 tons), in this case strength is better than skill. Its four electric motors (one per wheel) provide it with 2,000 HP of power and 1,700 Nm of maximum torque, which allows it to catapult itself from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in less than six and from 0 to 300 km/h in less than nine. Its top speed exceeds 320 km/h and only 130 units will be built. It should also be noted that in the development of the propulsion mechanism of this Lotus EvijaThe Williams team has participated directly. Of course, the fact that it is the most powerful in the world does not mean that it is the fastest. That honor is reserved for the SSC Tuatara, which we will delve into later, the only car capable of overcoming the top 500 km/h barrier. In any case, the Evija accepts a maximum charging power of up to 800 kW, enough to fully charge its battery in less than 10 minutes.
Aspark Owl: electric with 1,985 hp
The Japanese have always been a reference in the automotive world and, in this case, it could not be less. A company based in the country of the rising sun has developed what is so far the second most powerful machine on this list. This is the Spark Owl , an electric hypercar with 1,985 hp and 2,000 Nm of torque that promises a 0-100 km/h in 1.7 seconds. Its maximum speed is limited to about 400 km/h and the price of each of the 50 units that are being made is around 3 million dollars (about 2.5 million euros to change) without taxes. In addition, it is one of the lowest cars that exist.
Rimac C_Two: electric with 1,914 hp
Rimac is making a name for itself in electric hypercars. It is the manufacturer that has supplied part of the components that give life to the precious Pininfarina Battista that we will see later, but logically the secret recipe was kept for use in this Rimac C_Two . We are talking about a car presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that declares 1,914 hp of power and 2,300 Nm of torque, and that is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h in 1.85 seconds. To make sure every one of those horses makes it to the tarmac, he relies on special Pirelli P-Zero compounds. Its electric autonomy varies from 650 km if it is driven in the most efficient way possible up to 40 km if, on the contrary, we have what it takes to keep stepping on the accelerator.
Elation Freedom: electric with 1,903 hp
We confess that this is the model about which we have been able to find the least information. What we do know for sure is that it uses four electric motors that make it reach 1,903 hp and that allow it to complete 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds. Its maximum speed exceeds 400 km/h, in addition to this zero-emission version, its creators are contemplating launching a thermal variant with the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 found in the current Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracán.
Pininfarina Battista: electric with 1,900 CV
Quite simply, the homage that the famous Pininfarina bodybuilder wanted to pay to its creator, Don Battista Farina , with the construction of this model can be considered something sublime. The Pininfarina Battista has a carbon fiber body that makes it super light and four electric motors that provide 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque. Its production will be limited to 150 units that will be distributed equally between North America, Europe and Asia and the Middle East.
Bugatti Bolide: combustion with 1,825 hp
Since it fell into the hands of the Volkswagen Group, nearing the new millennium, Bugatti has perhaps been the brand that has entered the rag the most in the race to manufacture the most spectacular car of the moment… and with this Bolide Concept they have done it again. We are facing the most powerful combustion hypercar in the world. Its 8-liter, four-turbo W16 delivers, in this case, 1,825 hp and 2,500 Nm of torque. Without a doubt, this would be enough to beat any Le Mans record. It was born as reliable proof that the luxurious French firm continues to have a huge arsenal to use whenever they want to design the most atomic car on the planet without giving up the magic of listening to a good gasoline engine.
Hennessey Venom F5: combustion with 1,817 hp
Until recently, Hennessey was a company dedicated only to modifying production sports cars created by other brands (especially American ones) to get the most out of them with aftermarket trinkets . However, someone thought it would be a good idea to try developing their own model… and boy was they right. The Venom F5 was for months the fastest car on the planet thanks to its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8. It exceeds 1,800 CV of power and the firm assures that it will accelerate faster than a Formula 1. They also say that it will be able to reach 400 km/h from a standstill in less than half a minute and that it will touch 500 km/h at the top… we will see if any of its 24 lucky users corroborate it with images.
Vanda Dendrobium: electric with 1,800 CV
Singapore did not want to miss the festival of the most powerful cars in the world and as a representative is this Vanda Dendrobium D-1 with 1,800 hp and 2,000 Nm. It is true that at first its creators promised a power of 1,500 CV, but they must have thought that with this they would not enter the top 10 and decided to speed up each component of its mechanics to the maximum. At the moment, it seems that there is only one unit in the whole world and the truth is that since 2018 not much more has been heard from him . Will the project come to fruition?
Corbellati Missile: combustion with 1,800 CV
This Missile has 1,800 CV that comes from a biturbo V8 of no less than 9 liters of displacement. The last name comes in handy, since it promises a top speed of more than 500 km/h. Of course, we are very grateful to the Italians for having made a monster of these characteristics and on top of that with a heat engine, but for me the best of all is its aesthetics. It is impossible not to remember the beautiful Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale every time we look at that front… and that does deserve all our respect. Wonderful creature…
SSC Tuatara: combustion with 1,750 hp
Here is the tenth most powerful car in the world, but the fastest of all of them… Despite the fact that many on this list guarantee a top speed of over 500 km/h, to date only the SSC Tuatara has managed to break the record for the highest speed in a production car, which until then was a matter of the Bugatti Chiron. Its heart is a 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 1,350 hp or up to 1,750 hp if E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) is used as fuel. Blessed madness.
One step below all these majesties are jewels such as the Koenigsegg Gemera (1,700 CV), Jesko (1,600 CV) or Regera (1,500 CV), the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ (1,600 CV), the Saleen S7 Le Mans 20th Anniversary (1,500 CV), the Zenvo TSR-S (1,177 CV) or the Aston Martin Valkyrie (1,160 CV), among others.