This is the Devel Sixteen, and it might be the king of lofty statistics. Its Dubai-based backers are claiming it'll use a 5,000-horsepower V16 and will reach a top speed of 348 miles per hour. The sprint to 62 mph will take just 1.8 seconds. Sounds great, right? So, what's the problem?

Everything. To put in perspective the absurd engineering undertaking that would be this car, it's worth pointing out that it took Volkswagen, one of the world's largest automakers, years to reliably squeeze 1,000 horsepower from an 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W16 in the Bugatti Veyron, without requiring a Formula One-style engine teardown after each outing. It took several more years to generate an extra 200 horsepower, on top of that. Oh, and each Veyron was sold at a massive, multi-million-dollar loss.

Then there are the physics of traveling at 350 mph (at that speed, you're covering almost two football fields every second), and the fact that there are only a very small handful of places on the planet where those speeds are possible. But the problems are actually far more simple than that, as Emirates 24/7 points out – there are no road-legal tires available that can handle that speed.

Incredulity about its performance aside, we must say, this is a striking car. With no shortage of inspiration from the likes of the Lamborghini Veneno and Pagani Huayra on the exterior, and a healthy dose of Koenigsegg in the cabin, the Sixteen looks like the marriage of a Le Mans Prototype and a modern hypercar. Also, the back end looks like it has afterburners, which is awesome.

We love the idea of wild and crazy engineering projects as much as the next group of gearheads, but there's so much here that seems impossible that it's hard to view the Devel Sixteen as anything more than an elaborate joke or ruse. Take a look below for a walk-around of the car from Shmee150.


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      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Weapons grade bolognium.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
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      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's like an elaborate project described by an 8 year old. "And it will have five THOUSAND horsepower!! And go THREE HUNDRED miles an hour! Wait, no, three hundred and FIFTY miles an hour!"
      Brandon Allen
      • 1 Year Ago
      People build 2,000 hp V8's running pump gas all the time. If you run the car on pure ethanol which is a poor man's race fuel of sorts, you could probably get up to the 2,200hp mark on a big block V8. I'm sure you could pump nearly 5,000 hp out of a really big V-16 with massive superchargers, meth injection etc. on it. "Reliability" is another concern but at the price of modern supercars, it wouldn't be un reasonable to think that you'd need an engine rebuild once ever 10,000 miles or less and still be a sellable product. Everything else about this car, the 350mph top speed in particular are pure vaporware claims. Yeah, you can get non street-legal tires for top speed runs only and still have a street legal car capable of doing top-fuel like speeds but it would be at the sacrifice of every other performance metric. You can't build a car like that with today's technology. Not yet at least.
        Brandon Allen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brandon Allen
        I shouldn't say "All the time" but it's fairly common in the drag racing community.
      CarbonJoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a hunk of crap! Nice fit and finish on the black line down the hood. Those seats look comfortable (yeah, right). That rear "wing" wouldn't survive 50 mph, since it's attached to the rear fenders with three sheet metal screws. Fitting, since it appears be be made from 16 gauge sheet metal. Top Fuel dragsters are rated between 8000 and 10000 HP, with a blower and running on 90% nitromethane. I call BS on this abomination.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      bet it can't do over 15, and that's with a really strong guy pushing it.
      justgoawaymad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do I need to even say it?....... ok..... PURE VAPOR
      Peter Karwowski
      • 1 Year Ago
      Forget the guy who built the engine, I'd love to meet the man who built a transmission that can handle those 5K ponies. Give him a job at Ricardo or BorgWarner because clearly he is clearly a genius. /sarcasm I just really want to see this thing get put on a dyno in front of the press and see it come out to 800HP.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol, this is clearly a joke. Someone just pulled that 5000 hp number out of their ass and made up some other numbers. Ridiculous!
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Vaporware. It will never hit 350MPH.
      Dustyn Truax
      • 1 Year Ago
      does it blend too?
        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dustyn Truax
        Looks like it will. Those jet exhaust outlets will be the first thing to fall off.
      Michael Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Available in Vapor White.
      • 1 Year Ago
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