Hongkongers sign up for once-in-a-lifetime 320km/h hypercar challenge

Enthusiasts will get to drive a LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, all in the space of an afternoon, on a racing car test track in Britain in the Hypercar Holy Trinity 200mph Challenge

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 May, 2016, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Monday, 09 May, 2016, 1:15pm

Hongkongers are among the car enthusiasts to have signed up for an opportunity Jeremy Clarkson never experienced on the TV show Top Gear: the chance to drive three of the world’s most exclusive, limited-edition sports cars in a single afternoon.

Corporate services provider The Sovereign Group has teamed up with British supercar club Auto Vivendi to offer its global clients the once-in-a-lifetime chance, in an event called “The Hypercar Holy Trinity 200mph Challenge”.

At a cost of about HK$84,000, they will get to push a Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder to the edge of their speed limits on a test track in Leicestershire, in the British Midlands.

Each model is tuned with cutting-edge electric/hybrid technology and has been produced in limited numbers, available to only the most ardent, wealthy car collectors.

Two Hong Kong clients of Sovereign Group are already on board for the driving experience, scheduled for June, and several others have expressed a keen interest, says group chairman Howard Bilton.

“They all own supercars, so I knew they’d be interested. It’s a rare opportunity. I doubt it will happen again,” Bilton says.

“A professional driver will sit beside them and the idea is to get them above 200 miles per hour (322km/h). The track is long enough and the cars can do it.”

Ferrari produced only 499 of the LaFerrari, which sold for more than US$1 million. Porsche made 918 of the 918 Spyder, while McLaren has built just 375 P1s.

Bilton says one member of Auto Vivendi owns all three of the prized cars and agreed to lend them to Sovereign Group for one day only.

The club has a fleet of supercars, including Lamborghinis and Aston Martins, which are available for members to use.