The different classes make sure we cater to all tastes, too. This year we had dedicated classes for everything from the Ferrari 250, to the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, to the original Fiat 500, with Aston Martin DBs and Maserati GTs making knee-quivering additions. Filtering between this veritable chocolate box of automotive temptation you might have found yourself amid a few impressive, if not slightly out-of-place slumbering monsters. What were they doing there?
A Ferrari Enzo, a Porsche Carrera GT, a McLaren F1, a Bugatti Veyron Vitesse, a Pagani Zonda S and a Koenigsegg CC8S, all looking like they’d be more at home on the Hill, comprising in its entirety, this year’s hypercar class. This was our love letter to the millennial car enthusiast, in an attempt to coax out the ten-year-old living in all of us. We loved the Countach, we adored the Miura, we were in awe of the F40, but in our youth there was a new breed of automobile emerging whose mission was, quite simply, to be a cut above the rest.
This was the genesis of the Hypercar. The F40 had the performance and the aggression but lacked the glamour. The Countach and the Miura lacked the punch. This new breed would serve as a vessel for fevered engineers not concerned with sales numbers to vent their fetishism and explore new pioneering technologies. Where their brightest ideas and wildest dreams would be cast in carbon for the frivolous few to accrue. It’s the very fringe of automotive engineering and design, but on the flip side, decadence – where technology and desire are cultivated in equal unprecedented parts. The brief for the car that arguably set the unbeaten standard – the McLaren F1 – was for it to be the finest road car the world had ever seen, or would ever see.