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Hypercar Hire in Europe - history, insights and options available

Hypercar Hire in Europe - a myth or reality?

While there are plenty of options to arrange a Supercar Hire throughout Europe, is it really possible to get your hands on a Hypercar Hire for a few days, or is this just a dream that's never going to turn into reality?  The short answer to this question is yes, there are some Hypercar Hire possibilities out there, but the price point can be extreme.   Read on to discover more insights and options available in the European marketplace when it comes to Hypercar Hire.

Hypercar Hire - Mclaren Senna

Hypercar Hire - the low down on cost & security deposits

First, it's important to understand that a real "market" for Hypercar Hire doesn't exist in Europe.  There are so few cars, and these are almost entirely privately owned vehicles (using brokers to rent their cars) which means that rates are never published on-line.  A car needs to be sourced, then a price is set based on your precise needs - location, miles to be driven, number of days - and in certain case personal risks. 

However, let's just set the scene in terms of the cost to rent what might be "considered" a Hypercar.  Typically, compared to the rental cost of a supercar, such as the 488 Spider (which might be in the region of $2000-$2500 per day) your Hypercar Hire will cost you 6-8 times that amount, so expect to pay from $12k and upwards per day.  

In addition, when you rent any kind of high performance car, you can expect to provide a security deposit, in case you make a damage whilst you are in possession of the car.  Coming back to the 488 for a moment - when you rent this car, and you can expect to be asked for a security deposit (normally in the form of a credit card reservation) in the region of $15-$20k.  Once again, your Hypercar Hire security deposit is likely to be 6-8 times this sum, so don't expect a deposit any less than $100k - depending again on the car owner.

These extreme costs are directly linked to both the value of the car being driven, often valued in excess of $1m, but just as importantly when it comes to the security deposits, the running and repair costs of the cars - famously the tires on the original Veyron cost more than $4k each, that means $16k whenever you need to swap out all four corners!!

However, saying all of the above, it isn't to say that Hypercar Hire isn't possible if you are determined to live the dream.  Read on to learn more, starting with our insights into the journey of Hypercars, and why these really generate so much interest, before we get to the lowdown on Hypercar Hire in Europe.  Of course if you just want to skip our preamble (and miss all the pretty pictures) then just scroll to the last section of this feature for our full insights.

So what exactly is a Hypercar?

The term hypercar is something that is thrown around more and more in the modern world, and there are commonly disagreements about which cars are deserving of this moniker. If you ask three different people what separates hypercars from supercars you might get three different answers! The most commonly listed hypercar identifiers are things like 1000+ horsepower, super rare, over $1mil, or record breaking top speed. But these have changed with the times. 

In the 80's, whilst the term wasn't being coined, the Ferrari F40 was considered a hypercar.  But it has nowhere near the capability of a more recent hypercars like the McLaren P1, or indeed the ground breaking Chiron - built for one purpose.

The way we see it, there were clear steps throughout the last 4 decades that progressed hypercars into the modern definition. If we examine the commonalities throughout time maybe we can find what sets hypercars above supercars.

Round 1 - the 80's - Ferrari and Porsche go toe to toe

Hypercar Hire - Porsche 959 F40

In the 80’s we see what appears to be the first separation from supercars. Ferrari and Porsche launched what were essentially limited edition, road legal, super performance cars built for the track. From Ferrari came the fire breathing F40 and from Porsche the AWD 959. Two different takes on a theme, but with one common objective…to be the fastest production car on the planet. Though the F40 reached a higher top speed and the 959 accelerated to 60 quicker.

See the table below and note the average differences between the hypercar and the pick of the crop supercar of this era.

 The Stats

Ferrari 
F40

Porsche
959

Lambo Countach

Launched

1987

1986

1974

Horsepower

471

444

375

Top Speed

201

197

179

0-60 time

3.8

3.6

5.6

Production Run

1300

337

2000+

MSRP

$400k

$225k

$140k

As you can see, the F40 and 959 set themselves above the Lamborghini in every category - they output more HP, reached higher speeds in shorter times, and claimed higher price tags as limited production units.

OUR WINNER - the F40 really is still considered one of the all time greats, and what a look! Who are we to argue with that!

Round 2 – Into the 90’s and Mclaren's game changer...

Hypercar Hire - Mclaren F1

In the 90’s Ferrari wanted to offer their clients a refreshed model that stood above the rest and blessed the world with the F50. With a higher price and higher horsepower coupled with smaller acceleration times and production numbers, this car followed the trend we saw in the previous decade. McLaren then proceeded to shock the world with one of the most famous cars of all time – the Gordon Murray designed McLaren F1.

This leapt miles (or KM) ahead of everyone with its numbers – 627hp, a 240 mph top speed (which held the record for 12 years), and a price tag of $800,000 for one of the 106 uber-rare units.

There were also several other lesser known cars that were released in the 90s that some will call hypercars as well. Bugatti showed up with the 216 mph EB110, Jaguar briefly claimed the top speed record with the XJ220 and the CLK GTR from Mercedes claimed the record for highest production car price at over $1.5 million.

See the table below to see how these 90’s hypercars compare to your typical 90’s supercar.

 The Stats

Ferrari
F50

Mclaren
F1

Ferrari 
F355

Launched

1995

1992

1994

Horsepower

512

627

375

Top Speed

202

240

183

0-60 time

3.8

3.2

4.7

Production Run

349

106

11,200+

MSRP

$400k

$800k

$140k

OUR WINNER - The Mclaren F1, it led the way, the rest tried to follow...

Round 3 - the 2000’s - Porsche & Ferrari are at it again, but Bugatti spoils the party 

Porsche 918 - Carrera GT

The 2000’s saw a whole host of super performance vehicles emerge as automakers endeavored to create a class above their “normal” supercars to boost brand reputation with halo vehicles. Ferrari released the Enzo to cast its shadow on the everyday supercars like the 360 and the 612.  Porsche debuted the Carrera GT, Mercedes-McLaren debuted the SLR and Ferrari the incredible Enzo.

Lamborghini and Aston Martin rebodied their models into the ultra-rare and powerful Reventon and One-77. And several boutique manufacturers came on the scene with impressive cars like the Gumpert Apollo, Koenigsegg CCX, Pagani Zonda, Saleen S7, SSC Ultimate Aero and the Zenvo ST1.

However, there was one car that dropped onto the scene that smashed just about every record, 0-60, Top Speed, BHP and naturally $$$.  The Bugatti re-wrote the book in terms of what was possible, and really defined the Hypercar like nothing before it had ever done.

Hypercar Hire - Vayron

But asides the Veyron, can all of these be classified as hypercars? Obviously automakers were catching onto the few-off, big bucks, high power halo car trend. See how a few of these compared to your typical supercar the era in the table.

 The Stats

Bugatti
Veyron

Saleen
S7

Ferrari
F430

Launched

2005

2000

2004

Horsepower

1001

750

483

Top Speed

253

248

196

0-60 time

2.4

2.8

3.6

Production Run

450

70

15,000+

MSRP

$1,7m

$375k

$180k

Now we have seen the same trends continue through 3 decades. There is significant separation in all of the categories listed. Cars referred to as hypercars seem to always have more power, a higher top speed and a faster 0-60 time. But as technology progresses, these differences are expected to get slimmer and slimmer. For example, you can see the 0-60 time difference between 80s and 90s cars decreased (marked red). The differentiators that will remain are the production run sizes and the cost gap. In essence, exclusivity seems to be the deciding factor between hyper and super. Lets review the last decade to see if this holds true.

OUR WINNER - the Veyron, no car was ever designed and built like this car, 1001 BHP, seriously! It really is the definitive Hypercar

Round 4 – The 2010’s - a little bit of a sense check and the Holy Trinity is born

If you’re reading this article, chances are you know of the Holy Trinity. You may even be here hoping to find you can rent one of them, and I’m getting to that. If you don’t know of the Holy Trinity, it was the simultaneous release in 2013 of three hypercars the likes of which the world had never seen. Ferrari released the LaFerrari, Porsche the 918 Spyder and Mclaren the P1. Now including hybrid technology to fill the power gaps of the insane combustion engines, every stat from these three hypercars made owners of Enzos, CGTs and SLRs wish they had waited.

 Hypercar Hire - LaFerarri

The good news too, compared to the Veyron, these cars came at a snip, ranging from $845,000 for the 918 to $1,400,000 for the Enzo, and with a total combined production run of nearly 2000 units. 

Special Mention to The Holy Trinity - what's your flavor? 

 The Stats

Porsche
918

Ferrar
LaFerrari

McLaren
P1

Launched

Sept 2013

June 2013

Oct 2013

Horsepower

875

950

903

Top Speed

214

220

217

0-60 time

2.2

2.5

2.8

Production Run

918

499

375

MSRP

$845k

$1.42m

$1,2m

OUR WINNER - if you like Porsche, its the 918, if you love the Ferrari, its...I think you know where we are going, all three were incredible, it's really a case of what's your flavor 

Round 5 - it all gets a bit crazy (and seriously expensive)

There had been many technological advancements between the two decades, but progress wasn’t about to stop there. But as we near the end of 2020, even these 7 year old hypercars might feel nervous at a stop light with the basic Ferrari or Lamborghini supercars. Of course newer hypercars have come along to protect that shrinking performance margin between hyper and super, but those lines are becoming increasingly blurred.   Below are a few of our favorites...pictures courtesy of Spenser Davis 

Hypercar Hire - Bugatti

The Bugatti Chiron

Though hypercars will have higher top speeds and more horsepower, speed limits and tires prevent the use of most of it. On the road, acceleration and steadiness at speed will feel similar and on the track many supercars would actually perform BETTER than today’s hypercars. 

Hypercar Hire - Koenigsegg Jesko

The Koenigsegg Jesko

Hyprecar Hire - Lotus Evija

The Lotus Evija

Hypercar Hire - Aston Martin Vulcan

The Aston Martin Vulcan

As a result, the clearest differences between the likes of the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Jesko and supercars like the Lamborghini Huracan or even super sport saloons like the Porsche Taycan is the price and production numbers. As you can see in the table below, the acceleration of modern hypercars and supercars has become even closer in this last decade.

 The Stats

Chiron

Jesko

Huracan

Launched

2016

2020

2014

Horsepower

1479

1280

602

Top Speed

261

300

201

0-60 time

2.4

1.9

2.5

Production Run

500

125

12,000+

MSRP

$2,9m

$3,0m

$240k

Despite astronomical horsepower numbers and (unusable) top speeds compared to supercars, the performance gap is shrinking. Obviously this is a small sample size that we are looking at, but a quick google search of lap times will tell the same tale.

Since 2013 the Porsche 918 Spyder has held the title for the fastest hypercar to lap the Nürburgring, which it did in 6:57. Three years later a Huracan Performante, which costs less than half a 918, beat that record with a time of 6:52. The Aventador SVJ, 911 GT3RS and GT2RS and the AMG GT Black are all supercars that have joined the Performante as conquerors of that 918 Hypercar Hill.

Hypercar Hire - Lamborghini SJV

Our Conclusions on the journey

After analyzing all this, through four decades of hypercar development, we find that the modern definition of hypercar is exclusivity. It needs to cost significantly more and be far more rare than the nearly-as-capable supercars it looks down upon. But like many things in life, this is still not black and white. How much more expensive does it have to be? How limited production are we talking? Sometimes its obvious. Lamborghini makes over 2,000 Huracans each year while Pagani makes 30 Huayras in a year. Look at the price gap and it’s the same story. But what about the limited production special edition models like the Aventador SVJ or the GT2RS?

Hypercar Hire - GT2 RS

What's the status of the Ferrari SF90 or the Mclaren Senna? Are these hypercars or just extremely super supercars? Either way, we still have plenty of options to put up on our walls, and more are coming out every year. Looking at all the options out there, we really struggle to pick a favorite…maybe the F40 because it seemed to be the start of the hypercar, or the Veyron for redefining what a car was capable of, or something new like the Lotus Evija or Pininfarina Battista!

So what is possible in the real world? Hypercar Hire the low down

At Ultimate Drives we have been running supercar driving tours across Europe for the last 10 years, and the one thing we have learned about Hypercar Hire is that there is the sum total of zero cars that are available and dedicated as a hire car.  However, there is a market of private individuals with their own Hypercars, which from time to time, they make available to rent either directly, or via third party brokers.  For this reason, the market is notoriously difficult to even call a market.  Instead, if you have a request, this needs to be researched and individually sourced, and prices can vary dramatically.  Below is some market intel from our own connections, updated from Nov 2020

The Porsche 918 Spider - car available in the UK (London) and in continental Europe (Germany).  This is probably the most drivable Hypercar Hire out there, and typical pricing at around $12000 per day, with $100K security deposit

The La Ferrari - available in the UK (London), Italy and the UAE, the most head turning option out there, typical pricing around $15000 per day, with security deposit again in the region of $100k

The Bugatti Veyron - available in Germany, and a perfect tool for the famous Autobahns, typical pricing around $20000 per day, so certainly the most eye watering option, with a security deposit at $150k

The Mclaren Senna - not in some peoples eyes quite a Hypercar Hire, but we are now able to access one such car in the UK, with rates closer to the $5000 per day, and a deposit of $40k - so not quite a Hypercar price either 

If you are interested in a Hypercar Hire of any of the above, please let us know, and we can certainly assist with sourcing, what is a properly insured and fully inspected rental car. 

HOWEVER, if these deposits and budgets seem just a little extreme for your tastes, there is a range of cars that we like to now call "super supercars" where there is a real market, so can consequently be sourced at far more reasonable rates, with deposits that don't require you to own the odd oil field.  These cars are typically renting at around $3000 per day, and are available to both rent, and combine with our luxury driving tours - full car details available on request

The Porsche GT2 RS - available to hire in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, or tour on our Six Passes Tour in the Alps

GT2 RS Package

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider - available to hire, in Germany and Italy, or as part of our Valley of Supercars Tour in Italy 

488 Pista

The Lamborghini SVJ Aventador - available to hire in the South of France and Italy, or as part of our Taste of Tuscany package in Italy

Lamborghini SJV

The NEW SF90 Ferrari - this just launched 1000BHP hi tech supercar, available to hire in Italy and South of France, or as part of our tour around Maranello package

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Next Steps for your Hypercar Hire

For more details on available cars, options and prices, just drop an email to
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