The Devel Sixteen  – The Rare & Mysterious V16 Hypercar With An Alleged 5000hp

PictureAutoBlog – This is the Devel Sixteen, and it might be the king of lofty statistics. Its Dubai-based backers are claiming it’ll use a 5,000-horsepower V16 and will reach a top speed of 348 miles per hour. The sprint to 62 mph will take just 1.8 seconds. Sounds great, right? So, what’s the problem?

Everything. To put in perspective the absurd engineering undertaking that would be this car, it’s worth pointing out that it took Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest automakers, years to reliably squeeze 1,000 horsepower from an 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W16 in the Bugatti Veyron, without requiring a Formula One-style engine teardown after each outing. It took several more years to generate an extra 200 horsepower, on top of that. Oh, and each Veyron was sold at a massive, multi-million-dollar loss.

Then there are the physics of traveling at 350 mph (at that speed, you’re covering almost two football fields every second), and the fact that there are only a very small handful of places on the planet where those speeds are possible. Read More Watch these three videos about the Devel Sixteen:

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