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The HTT Plethore: Zero to nirvana in 2.8 seconds
Got nine seconds to spare? This car will take you from zero to 60 mph — and back to zero — in less than that.
Car? The HTT Plethore fits the definition of supercar, says Jeffrey Scott of HTT, a Canadian company that conceived, designed and built the Pléthore. A prototype will be presented at the Luxury Supercar Weekend at Vancouver's VanDusen Garden on September 8 and 9.
Supercars roam in the rarefied atmosphere of $100,000–plus modern automobiles. They are sleek, low to the ground, furiously quick, devastatingly fast, and they prowl on your unsuspecting Civics, Elantras or Focuses. They have names like R8, GT Turbo, 598 GTO, Miura, and some have been alleged to gather on dark nights to feast on ‘Vettes, Mustangs and Vipers, with horrific screeching tire noises. But rest assured, good citizens, the police are out in force to keep an eye out on them.
On Thursday night at Q4 restaurant on West Broadway, during an invitation-only event hosted by Autoform’s Aaron Van Pykstra and Mike Wood, well-heeled potential buyers, or dreamers, could admire a deep orange Pléthore at rest on the sidewalk. Plethora, a word of Greek origin signifies overabundance, a fitting name for this vehicle.
The beautifully sculpted body is made of carbon fiber and a Chromolly roll cage is welded to the frame. A supercharged seven-litre, eight-cylinder engine produces the heartbeat. That’s almost one litre per pot. Power is estimated at an untamed 750 horses, blasting the car to a top speed of 247 mph, long past a Boeing 747's take-off speed. With that, brakes are of the kind found in Formula 1 racing. The weight balance of the car, longitudinal and transversal, is near a perfect 50/50.
Would you like to take it out for a drive? That’s easy, although so far, very few people have had the privilege of testing the 2013 prototype model. Just bring in a certified cheque for $750,000 (a bargain at $1,000 per horse) or arrange for a deposit to place your order. Then, glide in through the power “scissor” doors and relish in the smell of fine leather and the snug ambiance of the cockpit. Take one deep breath, then press the button that fires the engine and, let the music play. From low bass notes, to a wild high-pitched hiss, your right foot conducts an orchestra of heavenly, or hellish, dimension.
The driver’s seat will accommodate six-footers comfortably. Should you want to bring two buddies for an adrenaline fix, or, if you lead a complicated life, there is one seat on each side of the driver’s, keeping the balance perfect.