McMurtry is a British electric hypercar company. It has now achieved staggering accelerations of 0-60 mph in 1.4 seconds and a 7.97-second quarter mile, breaking records set by the Rimac Nevera.
The company’s miniature, single-seat batmobile-like vehicle weighs less than 1,000 kg (2,204 lb) and makes 1,000 horsepower, with a super-low drag frontal profile. However, this is not what makes the Spéirling special.
The car has a set of fans underneath it that provide an amazing 2,000 kg (4,409 lb) of downforce at a standstill. This overcomes the chief problem holding back electric hypercars from accelerating faster; pure tire adhesion and the results are, mind-boggling.
Rimac’s Nevera can do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. The Spéirling beats it to 60 by an astonishing half a second and demolishes its quarter mile by half a second as well.
Also, the car achieved these records in the middle of a British winter, on a damp Hangar straight at Silverstone that had been gone over with a track drier. Spéirling was speed-limited to 150 mph after its record-setting Goodwood hill climb. It sat at this speed for “approximately three seconds.”
This machine is indeed the basis for the production machines, which will weigh the same, make the same amount of power, and also make the same amount of downforce. The production version will go even faster.
These times were set by Carwow motojourno Mat Watson, a veteran of many fast car launches who has done an 8.6-second quarter mile in the Nevera. This man knows what insane acceleration feels like.