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What makes supercars , super cars ?
What makes super cars , super cars ? Well I guess performance in terms of speed has something to do with it , but performance is relative . A super car built in the 1950s or 1960s with a V6 engine may not be able to match even some of our cars on the road today , say for example the latest V6 Yoyota Camry . So therefore performance is relative depending upon the period we are referring to . But back then , these cars are the fastest supercars at that time or period .
Super cars | 200mph
In today’s car technology , to qualify as a supercar , the car needs to demonstrate a top speed beyond 200Mph . To achieve this 200mph , several key areas of engineering is required . First would be the engine technology to deliver the required torque and revs needed . Engine needs to be compact , light weight , but yet delivers a ferocious and enormous power .
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Material and engineering technology
The kerb (Curb) weight needs to be as low as possible and this may require special carbon fibre technology to give the car the needed hardness , rigidity and strength , replacing the good old aluminium on the chasis and car body . The car needs to have superb aerodynamics to reduce friction and drag to allow it to glide effortlessly .
With all this superb technology and engineering designs and studies , couple with low volume , the super car definitely must cost a lot higher than ordinary vehicles .
Super cars | Today’s Super cars
In the 1990s , we had the Honda NSX which at that time was able to match that of the Ferrari 348 . But somehow Honda just would not want to pursue that route and the NSX was left to die a natural death . Without enhancement , modifications and improvements on the car , it just would not be able to match the later European cars that come about , such as the Ferraris 355 and the Porsche 911s
Today we may not have Honda in the super car league , but we still have the Lexus LFA and Nissan GT-R , which are Japanese , pitting against the well established European brands such as Ferraris , lamborghinis , Mercedes , Maseratti , Porsche & Koenigsegg
Super Cars | Conclusions
Super cars are very fast cars which are focussed primarily on speed . This is the primary purpose of a super car . Everything else seems secondary such as comfort , fuel economy , style and price . For super cars , all the technology , design and engineering activities centred around ONE main objective , speed !!
Here is the photo of Honda NSX . Top speed is 171 mph
Here is the photo of the Bugatti Veyron. Top speed 254 mph
Here is the photo of the Porsche 997 . GT9R . Top speed 257 mph