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Intro to the Auto-Captain

Life as we know it would not be as appealing and exciting if sports cars, supercars and hypercars were non-existent. Imagine life without the adrenalin rush that comes with hard acceleration or the roaring sound of a V-engine. That imagination is a lot of torture for any car enthusiast. The love of fast automobiles is real!
Since this is my first article I would like to define and explain certain terms that a lot of people assume to know. I will be using these terms a lot in my reviews. Let’s get to it.

A sport car according to Wikipedia is a small, usually two-seater, two door automobile designed for spirited performance and nimble handling. High maneuverability and light-weight are a requisite. This is in simple terms the everyday driver’s car. Sports cars are inexpensive compared to other categories. The sports car category usually starts with something like a Toyota 86 or Audi TT to the Mclaren 570s which is the ultimate sports car, completely driver centric and performance oriented.

The next category in the car hierarchy is the Supercar. Supercars are more prestigious compared to sport cars. With power outputs of above 500 Horsepower supercars thrust-to-thrill. The price tag places them in a place where only a few can afford. Most supercars are mid-engined, meaning that the car’s engine can be placed anywhere in the car for centre of gravity purposes. Usually the engine is placed behind the passenger compartment. My favourite features of any supercar is the Paddle shifters located right behind the steering wheel (simply because gear liver is too slow) and the beautiful soundtrack that accompanies every gear shift and acceleration through the exhaust pipes. It will also interest you to know that supercar is one word unlike sport car. My favourite supercar is the Porsche Gt3 RS simply because of its 4 Litre 6 flat naturally aspirated engine that produces a good 500 Horsepower. The Ferrari 488 GTB, Mercedes Benz AMG GTR also fall under this category.

Hypercars make the impossible possible. They define physics and re-write the books of aerodynamics. Down force and loud engines producing over 1000 Horsepower (Hp) is a priority. Performance over luxury, a good example is the Koenigsegg Agera S made by Swedish low-volume manufacturer Koenigsegg. Agera is a Swedish verb translating “to act” in English. The Agera S features a 5.0 Litre twin turbocharged V8 engine delivering an astounding 1030hp and a top speed of 446 Km/hr. From stand still Agera S accelerates to 100 km/hr in 2,9 sec. Now that is hyper performance.
Horsepower is a unit of measurement of power. History goes back to the 18th century in Scotland. Engineer James Watt used Horsepower to compare the output of steam engines with power of draft horses. Today we measure power of engines in Horsepower and Kilowatts.

Now that the ice is broken you can expect reviews on sport cars, supercars and hypercars and who knows maybe we will do super-hypercars in the near future. Yes, these cars are fast but it is the way they make the driver feel as they deliver the numbers that’s so crucial, and that’s what we will find out.

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