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TOTD: Which Other Hypercars Should Take on Porsche 918, McLaren P1?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/10/2015 Kelly Pleskot
TOTD: Which Other Hypercars Should Take on Porsche 918, McLaren P1?

Recently, we track-tested a Porsche 918 Spyder and a McLaren P1 to see which was the better million-dollar hypercar. The Porsche may have packed 17 less horsepower from its 4.6-liter V-8 engine and two electric motors, but it ultimately bested the McLaren's P1 twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor producing a combined 904 hp. But which other hypercars would you like to see throw down with these giants, and would they stand a chance of winning?

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An obvious choice would be the Ferrari LaFerrari, which produces a maximum output of 949 hp. As Carlos Lago explained in the article, we had a LaFerrari owner ready and willing to lend us his car, but Ferrari wouldn't allow us to test it. The LaFerrari derives its power from a small 161-hp electric motor and a much more powerful V-12 internal combustion engine. Just like the Porsche and P1, the LaFerrari also claims a sub-3-second 0-62 mph time, though that can't be verified without instrumented testing.

Ferrari LaFerrari© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari LaFerrari

Related link: Read the 918 vs. P1 shootout

Another interesting match-up could involve the upcoming Veyron successor, rumored to be called the Bugatti Chiron. This mass of insanity is said to use an 8.0-liter W-16 quad-turbocharged engine to produce 1500 hp. In addition, two of its turbochargers are rumored to be electrically driven. While the Chiron would no doubt beat the hybrid hypercar competition when it comes to outright speed, it would be interesting to see how other driving aspects compare.

Bugatti Chiron Prototype Front Right Side© Provided by MotorTrend Bugatti Chiron Prototype Front Right Side

Related link: 1500-hp Koenigsegg Regera is a Gearbox-Less Hybrid Hypercar

But what would happen if we throw non-hybrids into the mix? The lightweight Pagani Huayra pumps out 720 hp from its 6.0-liter twin turbo V-12, and we've always admired its agility on twisty roads. The Koenigsegg Agera R is also no slouch, hitting 62 mph in an estimated 2.9 seconds and breaching a top speed of 260 mph. That's not to mention its 1150 hp under the hood. If that's too tame, there's the recently revealed Agera RS and 1500-hp hybrid Regera.

Which hypercar would you like to see challenge the 918 Spyder and McLaren P1? Let us know in the comments below.

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