And McMurtry Sparrow against a Ferrari LaFerrari. It is not a duel of names… peculiar. It is an acceleration test. A death of how the electric car can sweep an entire highly electrified V12 when playing with raw power and contained weight.
The McMurtry Spéirling is a car that we saw for the first time at the last Goodwood festival, one of the best-known meetings of motoring fans in the world. There, there is a tradition, to travel the 1.89 kilometers of circuit to the top of its hill. A route through which the best-known sports cars, the craziest prototypes and even Formula 1 single-seaters have passed.
In fact, it was a Formula 1 car that held the circuit record until a few years ago. In 1998, Nick Heidfeld set the bar in 41.6 seconds in the McLaren MP4/13. In 2019, the figure was finally broken. The protagonist was the Volkswagen ID. R, a electrical prototype which lowered the figure to 39.9 seconds. Last year, the McMurtry Spéirling dropped the time even further, to an astonishing 39.08 seconds.
The following video demonstrates the enormous acceleration capacity of this “little” electric car that takes full advantage of its featherweight design. The reactions are so instantaneous that the slightest corrections are scary.
The latest victim, a LaFerrari
What does the McMurtry Spéirling have to have become one of the fastest cars in the world? The answer is: everything. It has everything to have become one of the fastest cars in the world, capable of reaching 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.5 seconds. A milestone that only electric cars can reach.
To achieve such figures, the McMurtry Spéirling is an electric car of ridiculous dimensions: 3.5 meters long, 1.7 meters wide and 1.1 meters high. This allows it to keep its weight in check and shelter a 60 kWh battery whose sole purpose is to launch the car as far and as fast as possible.
To this battery is added a power of 1.000 CV which is a real bomb for a car that only weighs 1,000 kg. A philosophy of the Koenigsegg One:1. In the passenger compartment, the pilot will only find a steering wheel with an integrated digital display and two air vents. The technique is left to the ground, worked to get as much downforce as possible, sucking in the air, pressing the car into the ground and launching it on its rear exit.
The aerodynamic work is such that the firm claims to be able to offer a downforce of 2,000 kg from a standstill, the same as a Formula 1 car achieves at 250 km/h. In an interview with Autocar, Thomas Yates, creator of the brand, confirmed that his intention is to be able to approve it in order to drive it down the street. If achieved, its production will be minimal and will exceed at least one million euros per unit.
Until then, the McMurtry Spéirling continues to leave us amazing imageslike the following post on Instagram where the acceleration from a standstill of a Ferrari LaFerrari is compared, the successor to the Ferrari Enzo that mounts a 6.3-liter atomospheric V12 that develops 800 CV and is combined with a powerful 163 CV electric motor as a of Kers, as in Formula 1.
When ten years have passed since the presentation of one of the most important Ferrari cars of recent years, we look longingly at the surprise to see that the technical sheet of the new sports car stated that the Il Cavallino sports car could reach 100 km. /h from standstill in three seconds. Now, McMurtry Spéirling cuts that figure in half.
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