I still think these three cars didn’t need the hybrid technology AT ALL! In fact, I think they were held back by the tech and development and as time goes on we are all going to see that this is true. Electric motors don’t have the top end power, they add weight, and they add mass to the design.

The 918 has a naturally-aspirated 4.6L V8 pumping out 608 hp. The P1 has a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 making 727 hp when boost is at 35 psi. LaFerrari has a naturally-aspirated 6.3L V12 that will scream 789 hp without a care. Aston Martin has a new naturally aspirated 7.0L V12 that makes 800 hp inside of it’s Vulcan track blaster, which is up from the 750 hp, 7.3L V12 that the One-77 was running. All these engines (excluding the McLaren) have obvious room for improvement without ever touching a motor.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “But what about the torques?! You’re missing torques!! Won’t somebody please think of the torques!!!” Why would you need 700 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm in a vehicle that weighs 3,100 lbs after the driver and fluids are all inside it? For 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph sprints? You know that these are track cars, let them be track cars. When are you in 1st gear and being timed from 0 mph on the track? You aren’t even using the electric motors by the time you’re at 6,000 rpm and still have another third of your rev range to go.

All I’m saying is don’t be surprised when you see two types of hypercars going forward. First you’ll have the all-engine, featherweight, F1 racing pods with some fenders, streetable track weapons that strive towards a 1 hp per 1 kg power-to-weight ratio (that is 2.2 lbs/hp in US metrics). Secondly you’ll have the heavy (3,500 lbs and up), luxurious, blindingly fast, ultra grippy, expensive grand touring hypercars that utilize electric motors in order to manage the weight at low speeds and get an EPA rating of higher than 9 mpg in the city. Not saying these won’t put down incredible times, but they won’t be the same type of “hypercars” we will be seeing next. The difference is GT3 RS v. Turbo S but taken far further. You’ll end up with products that are track vehicles for the street which will start off cheaper but appreciate more. Then you’ll have street vehicles that are made for the track and will start off more expensive and will not command the same percentage of appreciation.

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Then to top it off, there will always be an edition of those hyper track GTs which will be the lightweight versions with the electric motors taken out. Excuse the pieces of brain on the floor, they’re mine and I may need to use them one day.