Hyperod Will Be A W16 Hypercar With Two Chevy LS7 V8 Engines
Even though it seems like a walk in the park for the big manufacturers to develop a hypercar, it’s no surprise that smaller entities sometimes have a hard time getting their foot in the door. Without countless engineers and designers at their disposal, it becomes increasingly difficult to produce an impressive automobile. Defying all expectations, auto and oil entrepreneur Paul Halstead has cast aside criticism to produce a very exciting competitor in the hypercar market.
For the uninitiated, Halstead is an Australian who made his car capital in the computer industry. His first foray into vehicle design came with the fateful Giocattolo of the 1980s, the result of compressing a V8 engine under the hood of a highly modified Alfa Romeo Sprint. After creating 15 examples and burning $ 4 million, the project fell through.
After the end of its previous release came the Hyperod. The name of the project combines hot rod inspiration with the hypercar numbers of his latest creation. Trademark at a considerable cost in the Australian market, it aims to be sophisticated while boasting enormous amounts of character – avoiding the cookie-cutter formula for many hypercars on sale today.
“Visually, it has to be sexy and make the adults swear gratefully,” Halstead said. “Unlike hot rods, it has to be mechanically sophisticated.”
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the centerpiece of the vehicle is its W16 engine. In an excellent application of Australian engineering, he combined a set of Chevrolet LS7 V8 7.0-liter engines, tilted over 45 degrees and sharing the same crankshaft – as a pair they produce 1,400 horsepower (1,043 kilowatts). Being one of the focal points, the cylinder heads and tailpipes are not shielded for passers-by to admire.
Inspired by the McLaren F1 and Gordon Murray T.50, the Hyperod features the same three-seater layout with a central driving position. However, its similarities end there as the hot rod hypercar has no doors and no roof. With uninhibited opening, occupants can simply enter or exit.
Former McLaren engineer Bruce Lock is responsible for the design and manufacture of the vehicle’s suspension. With the W16 engine and transaxle being a stressed part of the chassis, it requires a very complex double wishbone layout with pushrod activated springs and dampers. Along with the Formula 1-inspired suspension, the car will be fitted with AP Racing six-piston calipers at all four corners. Around the big clamps, custom wheels with rubber shod with 355 sections at the rear and 285 at the front.
Whatever the numbers, it’s refreshing to see a hypercar follow such a unique and original philosophy. Set to release at Pebble Beach in July 2022, the Hyperod will certainly be one to seek out.