Supercar Frankenstein: Piecing Together the Ultimate Supercar
Every car nut has daydreamed about building a car. Hell, we do on a daily basis, and building one in real life would cost more money than we could ever imagine having in our checking accounts. Let’s suspend reality for a tick here and imagine that someone handed you a blank check and asked for you to build the ultimate supercar.
Well, we are going to go over all of the supercars and lay out what pieces from which cars would come together to create the ultimate supercar Frankenstein. Now, there are some rules here. We have to make sure things are feasible. Things like slapping a W-16 Veyron engine into a Lotus Elise will not work, therefore it flat out can’t be done.
We’ll review our favorites in each of the three major categories — body and chassis, engine, and transmission — and end it all up by giving you our estimated specifications for our new vehicle.
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Body and Chassis
Okay, since we are limited mostly by space restraints, we need to pick a good body and chassis to base our ultimate supercar on. When building a supercar, there are a few things you need on the outside. First and foremost, you need an aggressive looking body that simply spews “Come get you some.” You also have to have a sense of class to it, as you still want to look good driving it. Things like the Lamborghini Aventador and SSC Tuatara are slightly too extreme for us. We need something a little more balanced.
Our body and chassis of choice is the Ferrari 599 GTO. This chassis is not only relatively lightweight, at 3,289 lbs, including the engine and transmission. Pop out that engine and transmission, because we have other plans for that engine compartment, and its weight drops to around 2,500 lbs. With its lightweight body, fantastic suspension, and extremely wide rims and tires, the 599 GTO is something that winding country roads yearn for.
Love it or hate it, that’s our pick.
We’ll just jump straight into likely the most controversial and argued part of this entire build. One gearhead will say to go balls out on the power, screw the technology, weight, and reliability. The other says go more technical and try saving a little weight in the process. Basically, a high-revving plant is what this type of motor head wants. Well, we decided to fall right smack in the middle of the two.
We’d like to drop the 8.0-liter W-12 from the Bugatti in there, but there’s no way that beast will fit in the engine compartment without some major fabrication work. For this part, we’re going to give our friends at Hennessey a call and have them hook us up with the same 7.0-liter plant used when they built the Venom GT. With its 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque, we are bound to smolder a little concrete.
The transmission is where you’re going to lose power, so we had to choose carefully. With the advances in automated transmissions, it’s hard to choose now between a manual and automatic. We decided to go with both... We picked the PDK 7-speed transmission from the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S. When it comes to automated manual transmissions (AKA dual clutch) Porsche is always the way to go... hands down.
|Curb Weight||3,300 lbs.|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||187.7 in. x 77.2 in. x 52.6 in.|
|Engine||7.0-liter Turbocharged V-8|
|Transmission||PDK 7-Speed Dual Clutch|
|Power Output||1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque|
|0 – 60 mph||2.6 sec|
|0 – 100 mph||6.3 sec|
|0 – 200 mph||18 sec}}|
|Top Speed||250 mph|
Our goal here was not to build the fastest supercar on the planet, but we think we are pretty damn close with this one. Rather, we were looking to create a car that was both dominant in the supercar realm and flat out sexy. This is our opinion of one sexy, yet intense automobile.
Let us know what you would change up in the comments or build your own, if you like. We’ll even give you the opportunity to name our new creation.