Petrol heads all-over the world have been teased for years over the Devel Sixteen, a Michigan owned hypercar company and funded by a Dubai investor, with rumours and speculations about the looks and performance figures. Finally, at the Dubai Motor show in late 2017 the unveiling of the updated Devel Sixteen have been made official with performance figures and tech specs now released. It seems as though the Devel is a legend in the making and one that could jump-start a new era of speed and performance.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS
As of November 2017, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is the world’s fastest production car achieving a top speed of 284.55 mph. Where the performance figures are just as staggering, armed with a 5.0 Litre Twin-Turbocharged V8 producing an eye-watering 1,160bhp and 1,000lb/ft of torque means that this behemoth can accelerate from 0-62mph in under 2.9 seconds. It’s definitely no surprise why the Agera RS is the fastest production car in the world thus far, but it doesn’t come cheap costing at £1.2 million ($1.7 million) means you do get quite the bang for your buck. Though Bugatti is still testing their Chiron in an attempt to beat the record, and now with pressure from Hennessey with their new Venom F5. It would seem that a new speed war is daunting and that the Devel Sixteen has got them all defeated and outgunned.
The Devel Sixteen
The hype for the Sixteen has been around for years, an astonishing beast summoned from the desert of Dubai destined to be a legend, a top trump that defeats all and any competition within its quack. Embedded with a 12.3 litre Quad-Turbo V16 producing 5,007bhp and 3,757lb/ft of torque, shows that Devel means business and are not like their other Dubai counterpart the Lykon Hypersport. A $2.3 million supercar waiting to be bought and stored in some billionaire’s car collection. The Devel Sixteen was destined and designed for one thing and one thing only, to be the fastest production car ever made in existence. The top speed of this monster is something out of science-fiction, an estimated 348mph with a 0-62mph time in only 1.8 seconds. Testing will begin on the Devel sometime this year and it is said that the Sixteen will definitely go over 300mph, though the question now is: Where the hell can we find a long enough straight to max this monster?
Fair to say there is much scepticism in regard to the Devel Sixteen along with its performance figures and development, though Devel Subcontractor Steve Morris Engines (SME) released a video of the V16 producing 5,007bhp on the company dynamometer. Where additionally, SME joins Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) in aiding Devel to put the Sixteen into production. The firm specialises in one-off builds and is responsible for the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003S and the Ferrari P4 and P5 by Pininfarina. The CEO of MAT Pado Garella discussed the Devel Sixteen having the potential to surpass 310mph and with the possibility of surpassing even that and going onto an estimated top speed of 348mph.
Another more pressing issue that arises is the tyres whereby under extreme heat and high speeds the rubber would heat up, as a result of the friction, and well let’s just say you wouldn’t want your tyres to burst going over 300mph otherwise the only way the emergency response team would be able to identify you is via dental records. According to Rashid Al-Attari, the developer of Devel, street legal tyres for the Devel Sixteen are yet to be manufactured which can handle such speeds. A similar justification is also present within the Bugatti Chiron which is also speculated to go into the 300mph region. Where at the moment, Devel is considering two tyre manufacturers for the development, but are unable to disclose their names at the moment.
The Sixteen is expected to be fully completed within the next 12 to 18 months including testing, where unfortunately the 5,000bhp Sixteen isn’t going to be a road legal hypercar. Though it isn’t all bad news, Devel is currently working on two road-legal variants of the Sixteen. A 2,000bhp V8 and a 3,000bhp Quad-Turbo V16, although performance figures are still currently not available the prices however are. The V8 will start at £1.12 million ($1.6 million) and the V16 will be priced at 1.27 million ($1.8 million), so this definitely makes them a hypercar matching both power and price in exclusivity.
To sum then, the Devel Sixteen seems like a serious and a genuine project that is underway with a lot of backing supporting the claims. Therefore, the era of the 300mph hypercars could soon be underway and the launch of another speed war could be upon us. Only this time Devel has got quite the upper hand over its competitors. If Devel is able to succeed in achieving said milestones with the Sixteen, and find itself a long enough straight road to max it to its top speed. Then this could represent the sort of leap we’ve not witnessed since the launch of the Bugatti Veyron back in 2005.
Devel Sixteen website and Instagram