The only possible explanation that I can envision is that Santa simply forgot the 5 cars which I was expecting. He was generous, as usual, and I certainly would not make my family aware of as much as a hint of my disappointment, but there are things which must have been misplaced on Christmas’ chili morning. Now, I know what you are thinking and it just can’t be true; my behavior this year was above reproach (just don’t ask my wife). The jolly old man knows that I love to drive fast; horsepower, cubic inches, and high-performance were all mentioned is recent correspondences to the North Pole.
Specifically, I was seeking some of the fastest of the fast automobiles on the planet. I have been fortunate to climb behind the wheel of some very adept cars and trucks, to build others, and even to own a few, but the cars for which I long are in a different league. These are the 5 best rated automobiles in the world, when it comes to their horsepower-to-weight-ratio. Lighter means faster; some of these cars are not outfitted with massive engines, but their gross vehicle weight is very light. Some of these cars are as familiar as Christmas dinner and others are virtually unknown. The one thing that they have in common is tremendous horsepower and light weight, which makes them scary fast and (for me at least) very desirable.
An old favorite, known as the Blue Devil, proves that it can continue to compete. Coming in with a horsepower-to-weight-ratio of .198, that is 3,219-lbs. of curb weight and 638-horsepower (don’t forget 604 lb.-ft. of torque). The Blue devil is equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine and can achieve 60 mph, from a dead-stop, in just 3.9-seconds. The price tag is a reasonable $115,000.
The British made Capato T1 is basically a street-legal (in the U.K.) Formula-One car. It is fitted with a thin carbon-fiber body over an aluminum monocoque racing chassis. Powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 575-horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, the T1 can bolt from 0-60 mph in just 2.5-seconds. The horsepower to weight ratio for the T1 is .55 horsepower per pound. It seats two (not comfortably) and the cost is approximately $400,000.
SSC North America, formerly known as Shelby Super Cars, offers the SSC Ultimate Aero CCX. With a horsepower-to-weight-ratio of .46 and a top speed of 278 mph, this is truly one of the fastest cars in the world. An astounding 1,300-horsepower are extracted from the 6.9-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine and the approximate price is $655,000.
With a curb weight of just 1,212-lbs. and a 500-horsepower rating, the Ariel Atom V8 has a power-to-weight-ratio of .41. For a price of $160,000, you get what amounts to an oversized go-kart with a 3.0-liter Ariel Atom V8 engine in a state-of-the-art exoskeletal racing chassis, which can go from 0-60 mph in only 2.9-seconds.
Manufactured in Switzerland and named after a Swedish word which means “to act” or “to take action”, the Agera S is equipped with a twin turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 producing 1,140-horsepower and 900 lb.-ft. of torque. The Agera S has a price of $2.5-million, a horsepower-to-weight-ratio rating of .40, and a top speed of 273 mph.