US: which cars are more powerful than a Nascar racer? image

The NASCAR Sprint Cup race cars are the pride and joy of American sports motorist enthusiasts, but the reality is that some road legal cars pack even more punch in their stable.

We took a look at vehicles – horse powered – that have more than 666 hp each – and while we couldn’t even begin to imagine how all of them would look like galloping at once in real life, we can certainly grin when thinking about one of these cars being floored.

To put things into perspective – without even considering Europe (and all cars are coming from there!), which has a love affair with reasonably powered cars, in the US the EPA tells us that on average a 2012 model year vehicle has 222 hp under the hood.

First off, we have the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, which punches 700 hp through the roof (thanks to its mid-mounted engine) and hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds – topping out at 350 km/h (217 mph).

Lamborghini Aventador lp700 - faster than a Nascar Car

Next, with a stable of 730 hp we have a Ferrari, the F12 Berlinetta – a very traditional supercar that packs a punch good enough for a $315,888 price tag, thanks to its front placed 6.3-liter V12.

F12 Berlinetta faster than a Nascar Car

Porsche’s 918 Spyder comes some time after the last top of the range – Porsche GT and the gas-electric hybrid priced at $845,000 has 887 hp, going to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds and reaching 217 mph.

The McLaren P1 supercar is already sold out, has a price tag of $1,150,000 with a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine aided by an electric motor to develop 903 hp. Enough oomph for a 62 mph sprint of 2.8 seconds.

McLaren P1 faster than a Nascar car

Only 499 of Ferrari’s oddly named LaFerrari will be available, with a huge – but unannounced price tag – and a matching bone crushing power – 950 hp. Again, good enough for a less than 3 seconds sprint to 62 mph and a top speed of 217 mph.

Finally, we have the crème de la crème – Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. No less than 1,200 hp, a $2,250,000 price tag and 255 mph top speed. Way to go!

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse faster than a Nascar