Rotary Supercars Promises 2,800 Horsepower Hypercar

You’ve got to love a car that accelerates from 0 to 250 mph in less time than it takes to reheat a cup of coffee. Rotary Supercars says its upcoming “hypercar” will become the fastest car in the world, courtesy of a top speed of 279 mph and its 0.9 second sprint from 0 to 60 mph. That’s right, you’ll be able to accelerate to highway speeds in less than one second. That should be fun.

But like many upstart supercar companies, Rotary Supercars is big on boasts and short on details. The company does not mention any price for this as-yet-unnamed supercar, and no fixed address is listed on its homepage – there is a phone number to reach the company founder/president.

All we have are a few computer-generated images, and one totally insane list of specs. Powering the car is a quad-turbo 8-rotor engine, coupled to a sequential 8-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive system. Thanks to the use of lightweight carbon-fiber in the body, the car is said to weigh only 2,970 lbs.

The obvious target here is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, presently the quickest car in the world with a top speed of 258 mph for the road-going version. It’s also one of the most expensive, with the Bugatti Super Sport commanding a price in excess of $2 million. Don’t expect Rotary Supercars to offer any bargains in the land of ultimate exotic cars.

Yet the firm apparently has a less powerful model, called the Predator GT, under development too. While not my first choice when it comes to alluring car names, the car’s twin-turbocharged 1,200-hp four-rotor engine does have a nice ring to it. Once considered the engine of the future, almost every automaker (with the exception of Mazda) gave up on the powerful but fuel-hungry rotary design decades ago.

Rotary Supercars says it plans on displaying at least one of these speed machines next year, during the 2012 Top Marques auto show in Monaco.

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