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These are the best hypercars inspired by Formula 1

These are the best hypercars inspired by Formula 1
From the grille to the showroom (Photo: Richard Pardon/Daimler AG)

Big fan of Formula 1? Then you’ve undoubtedly spent a lot of time fantasizing about what it would be like to race in some of those cutting-edge cars that race the racetracks of the world.

Well, commercial car companies are starting to take notice and integrate racing elements into their products.

We take a look at five F1-inspired hypercars with advanced technologies transferred from the grid to the showroom.

McLaren Arthur

The McLaren Artura is the first unlimited production PHEV

If you’re an F1 fan, you may have seen the McLaren Artura name on the rear wing of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo’s race cars this year.

There has been a nine-month delay in the release of the Artura, largely due to the global semiconductor shortage and some software issues.

But it’s coming – McLaren says July. This car replaces the 570 in their lineup and is a game-changer for the supercar industry as it is the first unlimited production PHEV.

Ferrari and Lamborghini, which are working on similar hybrid solutions in this segment, will be watching closely.

Engine: 3.0 twin-turbo V6 with single-engine plug-in hybrid electric system

Flow: 671 hp

0-62mph: 3.0 seconds

Top speed: 205mph

Price: £185,500

Ferrari SF90

The Ferrari SF90 is the fastest and most powerful Ferrari road car ever (Photo: Richard Pardon)

The current flagship of the Prancing Horse, the SF90, puts an end to a traditional V12. Instead, it features a revolutionary package of V8 and PHEV engines (one on each front wheel and a third between the engine and gearbox) with a combined output of nearly 1,000 horsepower.

The result is the fastest and most powerful Ferrari road car ever. In addition, the exhaust is made of Inconel super alloy, like its F1 cousin, to withstand massive temperatures.

The aero is so advanced that Ferrari has patented its floor vortex generators and the F1-inspired Drag Reduction System (DRS) wing. It’s 4WD up to 130mph, but then all the power goes to the rear wheels – so watch out when it’s wet!

Engine: 4.0 twin-turbo V8 with 3-engine electric plug-in hybrid system

Flow: 987 hp

0-62mph: 2.5 seconds

Top speed: 211mph

Price: £376,000

Mercedes-AMG One

The Mercedes-AMG One was co-developed by Lewis Hamilton (Photo: Daimler AG)

Developed in part by Lewis Hamilton, the carbon fiber ONE is Mercedes’ attempt to build a Formula 1 car with a license plate.

The hybrid powertrain is a slightly modified version of that in their 2016 championship-winning F1 car and has a limit of 11,000 rpm.

The gearbox is also a variation of the F1 machines. Only 275 will be built and all have already been sold. One goes to Sir Lewis. Give it a few decades and I think Hamilton’s car could compete for the status of the most valuable hypercar in the world.

Engine: 1.6 turbo V6 with 4-engine electric plug-in hybrid system

Flow: 986 hp

0-62mph: 2.2 seconds

Top speed: 217mph+

Price: £2.4 million

Aston Martin Valkyrie

The Valkyrie is the wildest customer car Aston Martin has made

Designed by F1’s Adrian Newey and developed by both the Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin teams, the 1,200kg Valkyrie is the wildest customer car Aston has ever produced.

From the start, the philosophy was to design an F1 car when you had complete freedom in the regulations, but also one that is also road legal.

The 1,000 horsepower V12 is naturally aspirated – so it sounds great – and is boosted by a 160 horsepower F1-engineered Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). The carbon body is capable of producing an unparalleled 1,814kg of downforce at high speed, meaning you could effectively drive it on the roof of a tunnel.

That commute under the Thames at Dartford could be interesting.

Engine: 6.5 V12 with KERS hybrid system

Flow: 1,160 hp

0-62mph: 2.6 seconds

Top speed: 250 mph

Price: £2.5 million

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50

Gordon Murray

The GMA T.50 is inspired by the 1978 Brabham (Photo: Richard Pardon)

While not technically an F1 manufacturer, GMA’s mastermind Gordon Murray is one of the sport’s most respected alumni.

The 75-year-old ex-technical director of Brabham and McLaren saw his cars win a total of ten championship titles. He went on to design the iconic 1995 McLaren F1 race car, which recently sold for £16 million.

The T.50 is its spiritual successor and revives the central driving position flanked by two passenger seats. At 986kg, it’s lighter by some margin than anything else on these pages. Inspired by the 1978 Brabham BT46B, it uses a rear-mounted fan to suck it up to the tarmac and is a unique recipe of new and old technology.

This 100-car edition sold out in 48 hours to a mix of wealthy enthusiasts and those hoping to turn it around in a few years.

Engine: 4.0 V12

Flow: 654 hp

0-62mph: 2.8 seconds

Top speed: 217 mph

Price: £2.832 million

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