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Some meatball called the Veyron a hypercar, and confused journalists

Mark Cook, on Facebook

In response to MOTOR’s Facebook article about all that exclusive track day where a McLaren P1, Bugatti Veyron, and LaFerrari attended. They are supercars and not ‘hypercars’. Media need to start aligning better with car labels and need to stop making up new ones.

The first supercars way back in the day (1950s or so) could barely manage 200km/h.

Over time they have gotten quicker but they are still supercars. Super sports cars are the next tier down. They should be faster and more powerful than the normal sports car, more mass produced than a supercar, but still special enough in their own right.

Then there are the regular sports cars – quicker and more powerful than regular cars, they look different, sound different, and go fast. No build limits. I know some/most of you won’t agree with this, but if you do some research, you’ll see these have been the standard definitions until the Veyron came out and some meatball called it a hypercar.

Motoring journalists then started getting confused between the definition of super sportscar and supercar. You have to think of the whole thing as a sliding scale. Cars are always going to get quicker, but still stay in the types of categories as above.

We hear ya, Mark. However, maybe it’s a way of marking progress. How fast does a Bugatti Chiron have to travel before being worthy of a new label? Anyways, it’s up for debate. What do other readers think? Write in.

Some meatball called the Veyron a hypercar, and confused journalists