What makes Supercars, SUPER!
Before we start questioning on why Supercars are considered super, let’s get down to how the term “Supercars” were coined. It was first used as a Marketing name for any unusual and high-end cars. In early 1970’s, vehicles with powerful V8 engines were classified as super. The word was later used for Grand Touring type of cars and a new definition was born during the late 20th century where Supercars is best described as an expensive, eye-catching, fast and powerful vehicle.
Supercars tend to cost more than other vehicles on the road. However, what really matters is the performance of the car. The production of supercars are extremely limited and produced exclusively. Aside from that, most supercars such as the Porsche 918, Ferrari LeFerrari and McLaren P1 contains horsepower that reaches almost up to four figures.
According to Tony Markovich, Editor of Complex Ride, he mentioned exclusivity, technological advancement, execution, costs, and branding are all aspects you could extract to form a Supercar. To some, Supercars are a masterpiece, where it is created with such meticulous detail and is a pinnacle of an automaker.
“Supercars are a masterpiece, where it is created with such meticulous detail and is a pinnacle of an automaker”
Supercars are often expected to accelerate at a very high speed, great handling, power-to-weight ratio, style, rarity and price. These are the main factors contributing to what makes a Supercar; super. Let’s take the Aston Martin DB11 as an example. Its clamshell bonnet is one of the single biggest aluminium body pressings in the world. It is still a very rare sight on the road and delivers 600bhp. The best part of all, any design the customer desires, it can be embossed onto the leather seat covers. Talk about customisation! Not forgetting to mention, every seat cover and trim panel is hand-sewn.
The term supercar changes as technology evolves into greater heights. Electric supercars are the primary example. Automakers are now reimagining cars to electric hybrids not just for added competence but for more power and speed. One of the most iconic would be the McLaren P1, where it uses electrification to create an insane amount of torque and it can power the car on electricity alone for up to 6 miles.
When it comes to supercars, auto companies do not use mass production lines as most of the parts are assembled by hand and constructed accordingly. Here’s a fun fact: Rolls-Royce never use the same paint twice. Aside from speed and customisation, every Supercar is made with high-quality parts and materials.
Before we end this, let’s take a moment to enjoy the work and art that goes into a Supercar and realise why it is worth so much. Here is just to name a few; McLaren P1, Zenvo ST1, Ferrari La Ferrari, Pagani Huayra, Koenigsegg Agera R, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Aston Martin One-77, Ferrari 599XX, Bugatti Veyron Legend Meo Constantini, & W Motors Lykan Hypersport.