It’s month end, thankfully. Of January, even better. As has become tradition, we take a break from the technical blog to offer you some light reading. This week, we look at the most powerful vehicles in the world! The article below is adapted from New Atlas. (, visit the link to see the hypercars which didn’t make our list, as they produce less than 1,800hp. Some as low as a puny 1000hp.


This is our list of the world's most powerful production cars, ordered from least to most powerful and including every current or upcoming production car we're aware of – electric, hybrid or combustion – that claims to make more than 1,800 horsepower. Enjoy, and please tell us if we've missed anything, or if you spy something new!

8. The Vanda Dendrobium D-1: 1,800 horsepower (electric)

It's hard to think of a better place than Singapore to own an electric car; the idea of range anxiety would simply not be an issue on such a small island. On the other hand, we don't know exactly where you'd be able to drop your boot meaningfully into the go-pedal of this all-electric monster, designed locally in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering and slated for production in the UK. Originally promising 1,500 horsepower, the Dendrobium now claims 1,800 ponies, as well as 2,000 Nm (1,475 lb-ft) and a target weight of 1,750 kg (3,858 lb) thanks to extensive use of carbon, composites and alloys. Mind you, we haven't heard boo from these guys since 2018, so it's unclear where things stand.


More about the Vanda Dendrobium D-1.


7. The Hennessey Venom F5: 1,817 horsepower (combustion)

Texan tuning guru John Hennessey has been making fast cars faster for nearly 30 years now, and in recent times has also been building his own series of insane hypercars to keep the Europeans honest in the top speed race. Hennessey's Venom GT held the unofficial 270.49-mph (435.31-km/h) production car top speed record until the Agera RS broke it, and the Venom F5 was built to target the 300-mph mark (483 Km/h). Hennessey Performance is yet to put in a top speed run with the F5, but when it does, it'll unleash the full rage of its "Fury" engine, a 6.6-liter twin turbo V8. Designed to make at least 1,600 horsepower, the Fury engine surprised even John Hennessey himself when it was dyno tested at a colossal 1,817 horsepower. The Venom F5 should hit 186 mph (300 km/h) faster than a Formula One car, it'll have the highest power-to-weight ratio ever seen in a production car, and Hennessey says it should smash the 0-400-0 test in "under 30 seconds," which would absolutely obliterate the Koenigsegg's best effort. USA! USA!


Learn more about the Hennessey Venom F5.


6. The Bugatti Bolide: 1,825 horsepower (combustion)

Good golly, miss Molly. Bugatti has created a new home for its leviathan quad-turbo, 8-liter W16 engine, and this time it's a lightweight track weapon instead of a luxury hyper-saloon. With a raised rev limit and some extra boost, it makes a horrifying 1,825 horsepower and 1,850 lb-ft (2,508 Nm) of torque, but the Bolide's ground-hugging, X-winged body weighs a stripped-down 1,240 kg (2,733 lb), compared to the Chiron's 1,995-kg (4,400-lb). Bugatti's simulated lap times for this thing would break records at Le Mans and be the second-fastest car ever around the Nurburgring. It promises top speeds well over 500 km/h (311 mph). Time will tell.


Learn more about the Bugatti Bolide.


5. The Pininfarina Battista: 1,900 horsepower (electric)

From this point on, we leave the combustion world behind. And when it comes to electric hypercars, total power figures can simply get up and wander as far into la-la land as they want. Where combustion tuners need to jump through insane hoops to squeeze more power out of their engines, the electric crew simply needs to deal with a bit of extra heat. Extra power becomes almost a trivial thing to add. The Battista uses a Rimac AWD powertrain specced to 1,900 horses. It'll get you to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than two seconds if you've got fresh tires on. It's got a luxury cabin, active suspension and aerodynamics, and a selection of different fake sounds you can choose from if you're missing the noise of a combustion engine. And of course, as the first machine both designed and built by Pininfarina, it's absolutely gorgeous to boot.


Learn more about the Pininfarina Battista.


4. The Elation Freedom: 1,903 horsepower (electric)

Yes, we're not mad about the name either. But we're simple folk, and when we see gull-wing doors we go "hooray!" Born in Argentina but registered in the USA, Elation is planning an interesting powertrain for this monster, with the front wheels driven via a single-speed gearbox and the back ones getting a two-speed. As a result, the 1,903 horsepower Freedom promises ludicrous acceleration at low speeds – 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 1.8 seconds – as well as legs long enough to take you up to 260 mph (418 km/h). It's got a nice big battery pack, too, and otherwise the team seems to have kept it fairly simple. Yours for US$2 million. 

Learn more about the Elation Freedom.


3. The Rimac C_Two: 1,914 horsepower (electric)

Rimac kept a little of the secret sauce in its back pocket when it sold Pininfarina its powertrain. The C_Two makes 1,914 horsepower and a hilarious 2,300 Nm (1,696 lb-ft) of torque. We're not sure exactly which tires can hold up to that kind of assault, but Rimac says it'll do a 1.85-second 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) time and a top speed around 258 mph (415 km/h). Range? 403 miles (650 km) if you drive it like a nanna, or about two laps of the Nurburgring (~26 miles/40 km) if you've got the cojones to lay the boot in. The rest of the tech in this thing is ludicrous as well, from its facial-recognition door locks, to its mood-detection system that plays soothing music if you're stressed out, to racing line and braking point data for a range of famous racetracks. And Rimac says it'll have Level 4 autonomous driving through an nVidia-powered self-driving system and some 22 MacBook Pros' worth of on-board computing power. Yikes.

Learn more about the Rimac C_Two.


2. The Aspark Owl: 1,985 horsepower (electric)

Japan's consumer car market might tend toward more practicality than glamor, but you'd be mad to expect this electronics powerhouse of a country to be left behind as the age of the electric hypercar dawns. The Aspark Owl promises a hilarious 0-60 mph (0-98 km/h) acceleration time of just 1.69 seconds thanks to its wildly excessive, 1,985-horsepower, 2,000 Nm (1,475 lb-ft) powertrain. Aspark says that's on street-legal tires, too. Good grief. Top speed is limited at a fairly sprightly 400 km/h (249 mph), and the whole car is less than a metre (3.3 ft) tall, and one of the lowest riding cars on the planet. Yours for around about US$3 million, if you can get hold of one of the 50 being made. That price is, of course, before you add options.

Learn more about the Aspark Owl.


1. The Lotus Evija: 2,000 horsepower (electric)

And here it is, folks: King Dingaling. The first production car making two thousand horsepower. "E-vi-ya" is how you're supposed to pronounce it, and this 2.1-million-dollar beauty is another all-electric beast ready to give you 1,700 Nm (1,254 lb-ft) of electric torque any time you're insolent enough to ask for it. Williams Advanced Engineering has contributed to the project, helping ensure you can drive this thing flat-out for around seven whole minutes before temperature starts to limit the performance. It's also designed to charge at an insanely fast 800 kW, meaning that when the infrastructure gets invented, you'll be able to charge the Evija from 0-100 percent in just nine minutes. In track mode, the Evija will actually add power to the outside rear wheel if it thinks a touch of drift will help you tighten your cornering line, and its giant venturi-tunnel air scoops are big enough for your cats to play tag in.

Learn more about the Lotus Evija.