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Can’t differentiate between a hypercar and a supercar? You’re in luck. The Petersen Automotive Museum will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to hypercars.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4
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Don’t know the difference between a supercar and a hypercar? The Petersen Automotive Museum will help you take care of that problem.

The Los Angeles museum announced that its next exhibit called, “Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme”, will open in early December. Over the course of 18 months, the two-part show will define what counts as a hypercar.

The museum defines it as a vehicle situated at the absolute peak of performance, technology, price, and exclusivity. Basically, it is an extremely outlandish car. To help illustrate this, the museum will host some of the rarest and most memorable vehicles produced in recent years.

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Image: Petersen Automotive Museum

Confirmed cars include the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Aria FXE concept, Koenigsegg Agera RS Final Edition, McLaren Speedtail, and the electric Rimac Concept One. There are also a few motorcycles that fit the description, according to the museum. They are the Lotus C-01, and the Aston Martin AMB 001. The museum also says the Czinger 001 will be on hand for “occasional, brief appearances”.

bugatti veyron
Image: Bugatti

“Hypercars are a glimpse of the future today,” Terry L. Karges, the museum’s executive director, said in a statement. “With this extensive exhibit, we want to nail down what a hypercar is while giving guests the opportunity to view some of the rarest and most luxurious vehicles available.”

koenigsegg agera rs
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According to Bloomberg, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a “postwar boom” for luxury carmakers. During a virtual conference call on March 15, Bugatti’s Stephan Winkelmann admitted he was surprised at how well the 112-year-old French brand had weathered the pandemic, stating that it did very well. Winkelmann characterised 2020 as the company’s third record-breaking year in a row.

“History suggests demand for super-luxury sports cars will remain robust, despite a Covid-19-related global recession,” said Michael Dean, head of automotive analysis for Bloomberg Intelligence in a March 16 analysis. Results such as Ferrari’s 27 per cent share-price gain in 2020 and Lamborghini’s already full order book for the first nine months of 2021 testify to that strength. 

Koenigsegg Agera hypercar
Image: Petersen Automotive Museum

As mentioned earlier, “Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme” is a two-part show. The first part, featuring the aforementioned cars, will run from December 4 to September 22 2022. The second part will feature a group of unannounced vehicles, from September 17 2022 to May 14 2023.

Speaking of hypercars, there is a limited amount of Bugatti Chirons left in the world. First making its debut five years ago, the automaker has said there will only be 500 units of the hypercar available. Bugatti has said there are only 40 slots left for the coveted vehicle.

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