1,000 Bhp Individual Cars – Three To Choose
1,000 Bhp Individual Cars – Three To Choose LA000 If you like sheer power, and you want a car that makes 1,000 bhp, you now have three options – and that’s without going to tuners like Ruf ofr Callaway, who would get this much power from existing engines. in the 500- Seven hundred bhp range. Tjrees in the 1000 bhp club are the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Bristol Fighter T, and Koenigsegg CCXR. Theoretically, this is all good for 250 mph in theory, but not in practice.
First on the scene was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, the fastest and most powerful car in the world, with a top speed of 248 mph.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is an engineering masterpiece, with an 8.0-liter W-16 cylinder engine center-mounted via a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox to all four wheels – four-wheel style is definitely a good idea with this amount of power. Not only very fast, but with four-wheel drive it is very stable. It has ceramic brake discs and air brakes to help you slow down from over 125 mph.
A particularly impressive addition to the 1,000 bhp plus club is the Bristol Fighter T, which has an engine that produces 1,012 bhp, just 11 more than the Bugatti! It is a front engine, rear drive car designed for high speed touring.
Specifically, the V-10 engine in the Fighter T makes 1,012 bhp at 5,600 rpm. Bristol says that the car’s top speed is around 270 mph, but it has a limiter at 225 mph, which is just over 4,500 rpm! There’s not much to be made, making this car truly extraordinary.
Acceleration isn’t as good as you’d expect – or maybe just simplicity at Bristol Automobiles – at ‘under 3.5 seconds’ while the Bugatti Veyron is well under 3 seconds. These changes are primarily academic – as is the top speed – but the mid-engined four-wheel pressure car will accelerate in an easier method than the front-engined rear drive. The Bristol Fighter just doesn’t have enough weight on the rear wheels to get under 3 seconds.
Double faster V-10
How did they get this much power? Well, like the other Bristol Opponents, the T has an 8-litre tuned Chrysler V-10 engine. For the Fighter T, they have a pair of extra water-cooled turbochargers with almost twice the power so they can exceed the magic number of 1,000 bhp, getting 1,012 bhp at 5,600 rpm, with 1,036 lb ft (1,400 Nm) of torque at 4,500 rpm. That’s a pretty high speed for optimal torque, but the engine still makes a massive 800 lb ft (1,080 Nm) of torque from 3,000 rpm, and up.
The Bristol Fighter S has a top speed of over Two hundred mph, partly due to good aerodynamics, but The Fighter T is an absolute hurricane with a power-to-weight ratio of around Six hundred bhp per tonne and a good top speed, you name it!
Koenigsegg CCXR runs on ethanol Now, along comes Koenigsegg with the Koenigsegg CCXR, based on the CCX supercar, but now this version can run on ethanol biofuel – E85. Because ethanol has an octane rating of over 100 RON – like racing gas in the ’30s – it supplies more power than Gas, as Saab has shown.
On the Koenigsegg CCXR, power goes up from 806 bhp – more than enough for almost anything – to 1,018 bhp! Peak torque is an incredible 780 lb ft (1,060 Nm) at 6,100 rpm. That’s 25% more power
With ethanol, a 15-25% power increase can be obtained for any engine as long as it is optimized with a high compression ratio and other changes. In other words, don’t just stop at the gas station, put ethanol in your tank and get 20% more power. It doesn’t work unless the engine is designed to run on it.
But it’s not that hard to do, and with George Bush trying to get more ethanol used in the US, expect more to follow this route. After all, almost everyone likes power, even if they drive a not-so-fast car.
John Hartley is the editor of http://www.fast-autos.com, an online magazine devoted to fast cars and supercars, where you can read the latest articles on fast cars. He has authored from many of the world’s top automotive magazines, and has authored numerous books on cars and the automotive industry, including ‘Suspension and Steering Q&A’ and ‘The Electronics Revolution in the Motor Industry’.