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The $148 Million Dollar Sports Car Built To Beat Tesla

The Tesla Roadster is Elon Musk’s fastest creation yet, and it is impressive, I mean impressive. Musk’s astonishing vehicle has utterly destroyed the lightning quick records set by Ferrari and Lamborghinis in the past. However, its reign atop the fastest car ranks hasn’t lasted very long.

Some other notable companies and competitors have been putting down their own hyper cars, going so far as spending upwards of $150 million and attaining hair raising speeds of over 300 miles per hour just to develop a vehicle that can surpass Tesla’s finest.

Fasten your seatbelt, because we’re going to be racing through some of the fastest and most expensive hyper cars ever created. Before I get to the competition, let’s take a look at the benchmark, the Tesla Roadster and what a benchmark it is. Leading up to the release of this vehicle, there was serious hype and with good reason.

Allow me to share some staggering statistics on the car. The Tesla Roadster has a top speed of over 250 miles per hour and a quarter mile time of just 8.8 seconds. That translates to a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in a mere 1.9 seconds. For reference, F1 vehicles achieve the same feat in 1.6. Yeah, that’s less time than it just took your jaw to drop.

Though the company website does not specify the horsepower produced by the three electric engines, the Tesla Roadster is seriously fast. The car retails at two hundred and fifty seven thousand dollars and Tesla is currently taking reservations. No doubt it will take a few sales for Musk to recoup the large portion of Tesla’s $1.4 billion research and development budget that helped make the Roadster a reality in the first place.

However, all of the impressive things I just told you about the Tesla may be causing some people to put their car on an undeserved pedestal. In reality, there are a number of other vehicles that can leave the roadster in the dust. Don’t believe me. Just wait and see.

The first of the speed demons we need to talk about is the Hennesy Venom F5. If you thought the name was intimidating, wait until you hear the top speed. The Venom F5 tops out at three hundred and one miles per hour. Yeah, you heard that correctly. The Venom F5’s top speed blows the Tesla Roadster clean out of the water.

But what’s most shocking about this is that it isn’t even the fastest car on the list. That would be the Bugatti Chiron, but we’ll get to that real soon. So how does the Venom F5 stack up against the Roadster? Well, it’s top speed is certainly higher, it puts out over eighteen hundred horsepower and does 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds, which is a little bit slower than the Tesla.

You may be wondering, how can I get my hands on one of these? Well, it’ll be pretty hard as Hennesy is only building 24 of them in 2020 and the base price is a whopping 1.8 million dollars. But if you’re rich and influential enough, maybe they can squeeze you onto their list.

You’ll definitely find yourself doing some squeezing if you ever get your hands on the wheel of this next car, the SSC Tuatara. The Tuatara is actually a rare nocturnal lizard native to New Zealand and is a fitting name for its exotic beauty. The SSC Tuatara was revealed to the public in 2019 and the American made monster features a 5.9 liter V8 that pumps out seventeen hundred and fifty horsepower, good for a top speed of 300 miles per hour.

Those stats definitely eclipse the Tesla Roadster, although the SSC Tuatara does 0 to 60 in a slightly slower two and a half seconds, compared to Tesla’s 1.9. SSC or Shelby Supercars only produced 100 of the Tuatara tacking on a steep $1.3 million price tag. To put that in perspective, you could buy five roadsters for that price.

No, your collection might not be as exclusive.

This next car had a difficult name to pronounce and it might be even harder to see when it’s blowing past you on the road. It’s Koenigsegg Jesko, Jesko is an omaj to the company’s founder, Jesko Koenigsegg. And also means “the brave one” in German. The name is fitting because it’ll take some bravery to get behind the wheel of this machine.

The Jesko was revealed in 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show and features a five liter twin turbo charged V8 that cranks out sixteen hundred horsepower. Koenigsegg produced only 125 units of this supercar and charged a whopping 2.8 million each. In spite of that, the company had absolutely no problem selling the cars.

They were sold out even before the car was unveiled in Geneva. The car has a staggering top speed of 300 miles per hour, which surpasses the Tesla Roadster. However, and this is becoming a trend, it does 0 to 60 in two and a half seconds, which again, can’t quite match Musk’s roadster. Still, this car is seriously, seriously, fast.

Just take a look at the Jesko effortlessly sailing past a Bugatti Veyron, not too shabby. Though, the Jesko beat the Bugatti Veyron, which is impressive, it definitely does not beat the next Bugatti, the Chiron. Though its predecessor topped out at 267 miles per hour, the Chiron eclipses all other top speeds with a record 304 miles per hour. That’s right.

This is currently be fastest supercar in the world. The Chiron’s first edition was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016 and features Bugatti’s signature eight liter quad turbo charged W16 engine. The Chiron creates a modest fourteen hundred and eighty horsepower, which is somewhat less than many of its closest competitors in spite of its record top speed.

But how does it stack up against the Tesla Roadster? Well, the story is much the same, although it surpasses the Tesla in other key stats, the Chiron does 0 to 60 in an impressive 2.4 seconds, that still falls flat to Tesla’s 1.9 second benchmark. Although it’s safe to say that after 1.9 seconds, the Chiron would remain comfortably ahead of the Roadster. In 2020 Bugatti will be building 20 of these very special machines and each one will sell for $3 million.

Every car we’ve seen so far would beat the Tesla in top speed, but not in acceleration. Well, this next car is finally going to change that pattern. That car would be the Porsche Taycan. This extraordinary vehicle produces a mind blowing 1914 horsepower, can achieve a top speed of 257 miles per hour and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 1.85 seconds flat.

Given these stats, the Porsche Taycan is the only car that completely sweeps the Tesla Roadster in all statistics. However, there is one area where the Tesla Roadster surpasses it. The Taycan like the Roadster is fully electric. However, the Taycan only does 400 miles on a single charge, whereas the Roadster does 620.

The exterior of the car is absolutely gorgeous, featuring those distinct Porsche lines, though packaged in a new and exciting way that demonstrates the car’s innovative origins. Porsche has claimed that they spent over $1 billion. Yeah, that’s B for a billion developing the Taycan with a price tag of only one hundred and twenty five thousand dollars and the stats as impressive as they are.

This car may just be the one to knock Elon Musk off his pedestal for good. Now that we’ve got our focus on acceleration, let’s take a look at a car even quicker than the Taycan, the Aspark Owl. This vehicle claims to be the first Japanese made fully electric supercar with record breaking acceleration. To confirm this, let’s take a look at the numbers.

The Aspark Owl boasts four electric motors and combines to put out 1985 horsepower. It has a reported top speed of two hundred and forty nine miles per hour and can jump from 0 to 60 in 1.69 seconds, making it the quickest supercar on planet earth. However, there is a drawback as the fully electric supercar boasts a modest range of only 280 miles per charge.

In terms of design, the Aspark Owl’s sleek exterior is meant to highlight the feminine, according to the company. Although the exotic beauty is still in production, the company has claimed that they’ll be producing up to 50 of them in late 2020 and that they’ll have a projected price tag of $3.2 million. Can you imagine?

But hey, with that electric engine and the title of quickest car on planet Earth, maybe that’s money well spent. Electric engines and hefty price tags are bound on this list and the next car is more of the same. The Rimac Concept Two. Founded by 30 year old Croatian visionary Mate Rimac in 2009, Rimac calls themselves a technology powerhouse and they certainly are.

The company has been providing electric motors for companies like Koenigsegg and Jaguar and recently signed a $150 million deal with the Camel Group to create improvements on their electric motors in China. Their latest masterpiece, The Concept Two, is an all electric and downright futuristic hyper car with nineteen hundred and fourteen horsepower, a top speed of 258 miles per hour and a 0 to 60 acceleration time of only 1.85 seconds.

These stats, as you may have noticed, sweep those of the Tesla Roadster. In terms of range, however, Elon Musk remains on top as the Rimac Concept Two’s range tops out at 400 miles per charge. That being said, the Concept Two does hold the futuristic perk of being able to start via facial recognition.

The company’s made only one hundred and fifty Concept Twos and tacked on a base price of $2 million. However, being the technological powerhouse they are, Rimac also offers six hundred thousand dollars worth in options, for those who want to be right in the cutting edge.

If that was you, look no further than the Xing Mobility “Miss R” prototype. Though this car is not yet in production, Taiwanese company Xing Mobility has made it clear that they want to create a supercar quicker than the Tesla Roadster. The company is relatively unknown and in fact only has one other model.

The hilariously named Mr. T. Electric truck unveiled at the Taipei Autotronics show. It’s unclear when the car will go into production, but Xing Mobility claims its Miss R model will produce 1341horsepower and accelerate from 0 to 60 in 1.8 seconds.

The car’s exterior may be lacking the flash and dazzle of many of the competitors on this list, but Xing Mobility claims the missile will be rally inspired and so capable of driving on dirt or gravel as well as on pavement.

That would certainly distinguish Miss R from the competitors. What do you think about Miss R’s design? Let me know if looks are a dealbreaker for you in the comments below. All this talk about the future has made looking ahead to this next car, the Peninfariña Battista. Arriving in 2020, the Battista will be the perfect marriage between style and power, and it’s fully electric.

Hand assembled in Italy, the Battista features a 1900 horsepower electric engine that leaps from 0 to 60 in under two seconds. Peninfarina’s team of engineers and designers also have relationships with Rimac who have helped the Battista’s technological components and with Ferrari, as Peninfariña has helped to craft over 100 Ferrari models since 1947.

The most recent of these was the Ferrari Sergio named after Sergio Peninfariña, the Peninfarina’s design house founder. However, the Ferrari Sergio and its $3 million price tag couldn’t quite match the performance of the more modestly priced $2 million Battista. Peninfariña plans to build 150 units of the Battista, making it one of the more exclusive and expensive cars on the list. However, the most expensive honors go to the Bugatti Chiron and its $3 million price.

Well, that’s all for today. What do you think of the electric cars on this list? Do you think they really outperform the gasoline models? Convince me in the comments.

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