Remember the Devel Sixteen monstrosity? The one that looked like it was made out of cardboard for a school project? Well, it’s back, and it’s angry.
It has made another appearance with massively modified bodywork at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show. The insane-sounding quad-turbo 12.3-litre V16, which hauls out over 4500 horses according to this dyno test, is still an option at the top of the range for people who’d like to die on a racetrack, but there are less silly versions, too.
Whereas the V16, at the crudest point of inception, is two V8s locked together, there are 2000-horsepower and 3000-horsepower versions of just one of the V8s. Yep, the entry-level Devel Sixteen (would it be called the Devel Eight?) has the power of two Bugatti Veyrons. Two.
All that power will take the 16-cylinder car to 310mph or more, we’re led to believe. As always, we’ll believe it when we see it. We can imagine that speed like that will make judging your braking points on track slightly trickier than usual…
Cornering might be awkward, too. It seems to lack crucial downforce at the back, even if it has ground-effect. If an old Koenigsegg CCX without a rear wing will spit The Stig off the Top Gear Track, a 4500-pony hypercar cobbled together in Dubai certainly will. At much, much higher speed.
Somehow the interior of the car is still under development. Devel doesn’t yet seem to be run with the kind of ruthless efficiency you find in most car makers. The interior looks surprisingly spacious at the moment, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Devel may make all the power, but it’s still got everything to prove.