When the Devel Sixteen model was showcased at the Dubai auto show in 2013, many people were outright skeptical. We thought the developers were outright ambitious and that a model with such a monstrous engine would be impossible to make, at least in the near future.
No one could imagine any automaker or design house building a 5,000 horsepower engine and make it small enough to fit in a supercar. Well, we were wrong; the developers have commissioned an American company, Steve Morris Engines to build the engine and as evidenced by the video doing rounds on YouTube, the engine is almost done.
Devel Sixteen Exterior and Interior
However, the exterior looks can be deceiving. When contacted, Steve Morris Engines, the company contracted to develop the monstrous engine claimed that the developers of the model wanted him to craft the car itself which he declined arguing he does not build cars. This means that the Dubai group of developers is yet to craft a platform that will accommodate the engine leave alone designing other features of the vehicle.
As such, we are gonna wait for a little longer to see the car on the streets. The model they showcased in 2013 was just a visual prototype of what they want to create. Just when you think you have seen the weirdest automobile, another developer comes up with a surprise. Read along to learn more about this ‘devil”:
The monstrous engine and its performance
Well, a video doing rounds on the internet shows a gigantic 12.3 L, V-16 engine. The engine appears to have four turbochargers which produce a maximum power output of 4,515 horses. The engine is built by Steve Morris Engines. The engine is built from a single piece of billet block. Unlike what many people think, not 2 V8s put together but a single V16 block.
Other features of the engine are its 81 mm, four turbos, a huge intake manifold and a one-piece crankshaft. The engine has taken the company 18 months to craft. When paired with a suitable dyno, the engine produces 3,000 hp in “street mode” when running on normal fuel. With race fuel, the model cranks out 4,515 hp and 3,500 lb-ft of torque. I never knew I would see a car with these rating in my lifetime but now here it is…talk of man and his love for the 4-wheeled toys.
By now, you must be anxious to find out what the power output translates in real life driving. Well, the automaker says the engine will power the hypercar to 60 mph from standstill in 1.8 seconds and that’s “lightening” fast. The creators of the Devel went on to allege that the model will have a top speed of 348 mph equivalent to 560 km/h.
The engine is still a prototype but I believe the automaker will have a running version of the model pretty soon; all we can do in the meantime is wait for this superfast model.
How much do I need to get one?
Well, if you want to get the fastest car in the world, you will have to pay top dollar for it. According to rumors, the Devel Sixteen will go for around £620,000 equivalent to $1M. In addition, the rumors also allege that three buyers have already placed their orders for the “Devil”.
However, the logic to build hypercars still beats me. First, you can’t drive this car everyday on the streets and second, you will never get to drive the car to its full potential, as you are not the only car on the roads. While in theory, you can drive the car from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in under an hour assuming you are the only car on the road and assuming you won’t veer off the road at speeds north of 300 mph, you will never get to take t on such a run in real life.