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Malcolm Flynn | Mar, 08 2013 | 7 Comments

This week’s unveiling of the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 marks the first time the relatively sensible term ‘hybrid’ has officially crept into the typically non-sensible hypercar sphere.

Sure, Porsche’s plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder is on its way later this year, but its UK and Italian counterparts will beat the German to market.

Until the arrival of the new hybrids, the hypercar class has been populated with enviro-renegades like Lamborghini’s Aventador, Bugatti’s Veyron, Koenigsegg’s Agera, and Pagani’s Huayra - with little concern for the fuel used to extract such performance.

Sitting atop Ferrari and McLaren’s already exotic lineups, LaFerrari and the P1 promise performance to trump all of their brand predecessors (at least), but with a healthy dose of enviro-friendly hybrid tech.

We thought it prudent to size-up the key stats of each, and see how they fare against the existing hypercar heroes.

First up, LaFerrari stands above the P1 in terms of engine output, with its total 708kW/900Nm edging slightly ahead of the P1’s total 673kW/900Nm.

To achieve this figure, LaFerrari uses a new 588kW/700Nm 6.3 litre naturally-aspirated V12 tied to a single 120kW electric motor.

Similarly, the P1 uses a 542kW/720Nm 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 tied to a single 131kW/130Nm electric motor and plug-in battery cell, which enables the P1 to travel up to 20km on electric power alone.

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Both cars drive through the rear wheels only, and use a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to deliver claimed 0-100km/h acceleration of less than 3.0 seconds.

Approximate figures have also been given by both manufacturers for 0-300km/h acceleration, with the P1 claiming less than 17.0 seconds, and LaFerrari claiming below 15.0 seconds.

LaFerrari claims to have the P1 trumped in terms of top speed too, promising to deliver “more than” the P1’s electronically limited 350km/h.

One area the P1 appears to have LaFerrari licked is emissions, with the P1 promising less than 200g/km compared to LaFerrari’s 330g/km - a direct result of LaFerrari’s inability to drive on electric power alone.

No fuel economy figures have been offered by either manufacturer, but their emissions figures equate to around 8.6l/100km for the P1, and 14.2l/100km for LaFerrari.

Total production will be capped for both models, with the P1 limited to 375 units worldwide, and LaFerrari to 499.

UK pricing of £866,000 for the P1 has been confirmed, which equates to €1 million, or a local price in the vicinity of AU$1.5 million. Ferrari is yet to announce official pricing for LaFerrari.

Prospective Australian buyers will be comforted by the P1’s right-hand drive production option - courtesy of its UK origin - helping to make local registration possibile.

Like the F40, F50 and Enzo that preceded it, LaFerrari is destined to be left-hand drive only, and unable to be registered for Australian roads.

This hasn’t prevented a handful of top-tier Ferraris finding their way down under over the years for private use however, so never say never.


Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche’s plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder is set to be the next hybrid supercar to rival LaFerrari and P1 when it commences production in September.

Combining a 4.6 litre V8 with dual electric motors to produce an expected 575kW/750Nm, Porsche suggests 0-100km/h acceleration in less than 3.0 seconds, 0-300km/h in less than 27 seconds, and a top speed greater than 325km/h.

The 918 also promises to be capable of 150km/h on electric power alone, with a maximum range greater than 25km on electric charge.

A list price of €645,000 (AU$816,850) will undercut LaFerrari and P1 significantly.


Lamborghini Aventador and Veneno

LaFerrari and P1’s closest big name rival would be the more traditional Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, with a 6.5 litre 515kW/690Nm V12 as its sole power source.

Despite relying on petrol for propulsion, the all-wheel drive Aventador is capable of 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 350km/h.

Lamborghini does not quote a 0-300km/h figure for the Aventador.

Lamborghini has shown some enviro-conscience however, with 2013-spec Aventadors featuring stop/start and cylinder deactivation systems to deliver 16.0l/100km Euro-cycle combined economy (down from 17.2l/100km).

Price-wise, the Aventador carries a €255,000 tag in Europe, but lists at $761,500 on Australian shores.

Lamborghini also revealed the super exclusive Aventador-based Veneno at Geneva, boasting 560kW from its uprated V12 and promising 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds.

No 0-300km/h figure has been quoted yet, but the Veneno’s top speed is a claimed 355km/h.

Sadly, all four units to be produced are already spoken for - one staying with Lamborghini - at an asking price of €3.0 million (AU$3.8 million).


Bugatti Veyron

The 880kW/1500Nm quad-turbo W16 Super Sport is the current fastest Veyron with 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds, 0-300km/h in 15.0 seconds, and a top speed of 431km/h.

Euro-cycle combined fuel economy is rated at 23.1l/100km and carries a price near €2.5 million (AU$3 million).

Bugatti is set to unveil an even wilder ‘Super Veyron’ at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, producing in the vicinity of 1200kW and shedding significant weight to enable an eye-watering 460km/h top speed.

Acceleration of 1.8 seconds from 0-100km/h has been suggested, and if so, LaFerrari and P1’s time in the limelight may be limited.


Koenigsegg Agera R And Pagani Huayra

Further alternatives to LaFerrari and the P1 are the current Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera R top offerings.

The boutique Swedish and Italian carmakers do well to compete with Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini and Bugatti, who each have either mainstream manufacturer backing or a successful Formula 1 team to bolster their efforts.

Koenigsegg’s Agera R uses a 850kW/1200Nm 5.0 litre twin turbocharged V8 to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-300km/h in 14.53 seconds, and a claimed top speed of 440km/h.

Combined fuel consumption is a Euro-cycle claimed 14.7l/100km, and the Agera R will set you back €1.2 million (AU$1.5 million).

Pagani’s Zonda-replacing Huayra uses a 539kW/1000Nm twin-turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.0 litre V12 to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds.

No 0-300km/h figure is quoted by Pagani, and top speed is a claimed 370km/h.

Fuel consumption is rated at ‘about’ 13.0l/100km on the combined Euro-cycle and the Huayra is priced at €1.15 million (AU$1.46 million).



So there you have it, the now eight year-old Bugatti Veyron (in Super Sport guise) still tops the hypercar charts in terms of official output, verified top speed, and most acceleration figures.

The LaFerrari, P1, and 918 Spyder performance claims are still full of 'greater than' and 'less than' symbols, so there might be a few surprises in store - particularly if they face an objective circuit comparison (say Nürburgring?).

Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport achieves its figures by consuming roughly double the fuel of the LaFerrari, P1, and 918, which will only be socially acceptable for so long.

However, the performance claims of the hybrid-infused LaFerrari, P1 and 918 give confidence that extreme performance is indeed possible in the face of environmental responsibility.

Long live the (environmentally responsible) hypercar.

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