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1000 HP Club

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One Thousand Horsepower. It’s a number so huge that it boggles the mind. If you’ve ever driven a 500 horsepower car, you know what ridiculously fast is. Now imagine a car with twice the number of ponies over the hood. There really aren’t words in the English language to describe the force we’re talking about here.

On a select few automobiles have ever crossed the 1000HP mark. That’s four digits of horses under the hood. In celebration of the 1,000th post here at Houston Cars, please enjoy the exclusive, elite, incredible 1,000 HP club. You may be surprised at some of the names that are missing. Lamborghini has never done it. Ferrari hasn’t come close. Not even the fabled McLaren has cracked a thousand horsepower. Read on to find out who has:

2005 – Present Bugatti Veyron – 1,001 horsepower. Bugatti managed this incredible feat by using one of the most advanced, complicated engines ever produced.

Under the hood of this front-engined monster is a quad-turbo W-16 engine. That’s right, 1 turbo for each bank of 4 cylinders – and there are four banks. Sixteen cylinders, eight liters, and 1,001 horsepower. Un-f*cking-real.

2007 Barabus TKR – 1005 HP. Barabus Sportscars is a small automaker, and the TKR is their crowning achievment. The TKR uses a twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter V8 to create the astonishing horsepower.

Top speed is well over 200 HP, and 0-60 is in a spine-destroying sub-2 seconds.

Koenigsegg CCXR – 1015 HP. Koenigsegg, an impossible to pronounce Swedish manufacturer, makes some fast friggin cars. The CCXR is the most powerful of the bunch – good for a whopping 1015 Horsepower, when fueled with Ethanol E85. Sure, you won’t save the world driving this car, but it’s need to see someone use Ethanol for a worthwhile purpose.

The CCXR is powered by an exceptionally small engine for this bunch – a twin-supercharged 4.7 liter V8. That’s right – it’s the only twin-supercharged engine on this list, and has, by far the smallest engine.

2009 SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo – 1,287 HP. Shelby Supercars ( SSC ) was able to best the world-famous Veyron by an astonishing 286 horsepower.

Featuring a twin-turbocharged 6.3 liter V8, the SSC Ultimate Aero chose to go with good ol’ American Muscle. And when the quarter mile blows by in 9.9 seconds, you won’t care that you’re down 8 cylinders on the Veyron.


All of these cars have one thing in common – they’re frickin fast. All of these cars also used some sort of forced induction – a given, considering the power they’re putting out. Only the CCXR chose to go the twin-supercharger route, with spectacular results. The smallest engine of the bunch, and it only loses out to the unbelievable SSC Ultimate Aero.

An incredible bunch, these cars. Hopefully more will join the fabled ranks of the 1,000 HP club over the next few years. After all, too much power is almost enough.

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