Hypercar History

What are Hypercars?

The term Hypercar was coined by the Rocky Mountain Institute to refer to ultra-modern. Extremely-efficient cars which offer outstandingly clean. Safe and economical high performance. Specifically RMI believes hypercars can “achieve 3 to 5-fold improvement in fuel economy, equal or better performance, safety, amenity and affordability, compared to today’s vehicles.

What are characteristics of hypercars?

Hypercars have very efficient propulsion, weight-efficient construction, and outstanding aerodynamics. While any one of these characteristics alone can create good performance. When all three are combined the resulting hypercar can exceed typical Autobahn speeds, offer good handling, and achieve astounding fuel economy.

Are hypercars safe?

Yes, hypercars use some of the same technology found on modern race cars to create safety cells that make difficult crashes survivable. GM’s Ultralite met all corporate and government crash standards thanks to advanced carbon fiber composite sandwich construction also found in high-performance aircraft. Hypercar can use some of the same technology that helps race car drivers survive crashes. Such as the use of carbon fiber, Kevlar, Aluminum honeycomb, and other advanced materials and design techniques.

How is a hypercar different from a supercar?

Supercars rely on older technology and ideas such as large engines. To produce high performance at the expense of comfort, convenience, efficiency, weight and cost. In contrast, hypercar offer high performance with far greater efficiency through the use of advanced materials, superior aerodynamics. And technologies such as regenerative braking, electric power and hybrid drivetrains.