Has The Hypercar Holy Trinity Become A Big Waste Of Money?

Opinion / 32 Comments

Inflated price tags and rapid progress have quickly made these cars obsolete.

The original hypercar wars began when the Ferrari Enzo, Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes-McLaren SLR competed for dominance in the early 2000s. The hypercar rivalry cooled off a bit after that, but was reignited back in around 2013. The new trio was known as the "hypercar holy trinity," consisting of the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, and McLaren P1. These three cars used hybrid technology to advance the automotive landscape with performance that we could only dream of a decade ago.

When these three cars were new, there was nothing on this planet that could rival their performance figures. Just a few short years later and it seems that the holy trinity have met the one obstacle that they cannot overcome: progress. A new hypercar holy trinity is hot on the tails of the tails of this trio, and the game is about to change once again. Whereas the Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren all focused on using hybrid technology to produce speed, this new trinity will focus on extreme lightness and creating an F1 driving experience for the street. The new, "lightweight trinity" will consist of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the Aston Martin Valkyrie, and the upcoming McLaren BP23.

We believe that the lightweight holy trinity will certainly put the final nail in the coffin of the hybrid trinity, when all three finally arrive. However, a few other cars may have already beaten the new trio to the punch. In just a few short years, it appears that the hybrid holy trinity has become obsolete. We know that progress can not be stopped, and we saw this when the 458 was the first Ferrari to beat the Enzo around the Fiorano test track. But this batch of hypercars has been defeated even quicker than their predecessors. Cars like the 911 GT2 RS and 720S have already surpassed their more expensive contemporaries.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has captured the Nurburgring lap record, which the recently revealed McLaren Senna has firmly fixed in its crosshairs. The whole purpose of buying one of the hypercar holy trinity was to say that you owned of the fastest, one of the most technologically advanced cars in the world. Sadly, that may not be true anymore. While all three of these cars are still incredibly capable, we don't know if any of them are worth their incredibly inflated price right now. At their original prices, all three cars could be purchased for around $3.4 million. Today, it would cost more than twice as much to buy the trio.

The LaFerrari is the worst offender, with prices still hovering between $3.5 and $4 million (for the coupe). The P1 is a bit more reasonable, with prices ranging from $2 to $3 million. The 918 is by far the most acceptable, with prices under $2 million. We have to wonder whether or not these three cars will continue to be so expensive. All three are about to be outpaced by other models, some of which are coming from their own manufacturers. The other thing that needs to be considered is the maintenance costs. Batteries do not like to sit for long periods of time without use, so what's going to happen when that LaFerrari with delivery miles needs to go in for a service?

We still love all three of these cars. They pushed the boundaries of what we knew was possible and drove the entire industry forward. However, if it was our money, we'd pass on all three of these cars with their insanely inflated prices and put our bets on the future, rather than dwelling on the past.

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