Hypercars At The Petersen
Beyond Super - Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme
The latest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum goes beyond super - and on to hyper.
By Glenn Oyoung
Mon, Dec 13, 2021 09:03 PM PST
Featured Image by Tyler Clemmensen (a Hennessey Venom F5)
"Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme" is the latest jaw-dropping exhibit to grace the Petersen Automotive Museum. You’ve probably heard the term "supercar" - so what next-level attributes take a car into "hypercar" levels?
It comes down to performance, rarity, and price.
Case in point: The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is one of the 30 hypercars that will be showcased in the Petersen’s Bruce Meyer Family Gallery. The LaFerrari Aperta can do 0-60 in under three seconds, Ferrari made about 200, and it’s estimated that the cost ranges anywhere from $2 million to upwards of $5 million. With a collection of similarly rarified automotive jewels, the exhibit may as well be called:
"Hypercars: If you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it. P.S. Don’t feel bad 99.9999999% of humanity is right there with you."
The LaFerrari Aperta is joined by incredible hypercars from around the world, including Aria FXE Concept, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Caparo T1, Devel Sixteen, Hennessey Venom F5 (Design Model), Koenigsegg Agera R.S. Final Edition, McLaren Speedtail, NIO EP9, Delage D12, Pagani Huayra Hermes Edition, RAESR Tachyon Speed, and Rimac Concept One. Pro-tip, budget about 15 minutes per car to stare at the otherworldly details. My brother and I gave the HyperBaller Award of Excellence to the blueblood who commissioned the one-off Pagani x Hermes Huayra. It was personally super cool (hyper-cool, even) to see the Aria FXE in the flesh since I did an internship there in the early oughts.
Outside, even more goodies await, including two hypercycles: the Lotus C-01 and Aston Martin AMB 001. My fellow Ayrton Senna devotees will appreciate the McLaren Senna GTR in person as well. A collection of beautiful and unique DeTomaso race and streetcars are also around the corner from the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery.
The Hypercars exhibit is split into two successive parts, the first of which is on display until September 22, 2022. The second wave of vehicles will arrive on September 17, 2022, and leave on May 14, 2023.
For more information about current and future exhibits at the Petersen Museum, please visit petersen.org.
About The Author
Glenn Oyoung is a marketer based in Los Angeles. Glenn’s lifelong passion for cars is rooted in playing with Hot Wheels, and has continued into 1:1 scale. He’s the former marketing director of American Racing, author of ‘vehicular alphabet books’ “C is for Car” and "P is for Petersen" in collaboration with the Petersen Automotive Museum. His passion for cars extends to his role as the founder of the monthly car meet Carcadia at Route 66, the most diverse car meet in the San Gabriel Valley.