Moving over to Ferrari's arch-rival... and at my own risk, dare I say --
The only answer to the ultimate road car, as crafted by the automotive Da Vinci of our time, Mr. Gordon Murray --- The McLaren F1
The only answer? I'm curious what measure would exclude products from Koenigsegg or SSC?
LOL... I knew that statement would be at my own risk
I'll first acknowledge my ignorance towards both Koenigsegg and SSC; frankly, I know very little of both, except for the obvious that they are incredibly fast.
While I was selling Nissans (however brief that period may have been; and boy sure seems an eternity ago), I often talked about the GT-R to potential clients. My terms then, and still now, is that at that level of car, the supercar, the hypercar - lap times, aerodynamics, horsepower figures, G's; they all lose their meaning -- they are no longer the point.
The point then becomes a mere, "which club would you like to be in, sir?"
A prancing horse. A raging bull. A Porsche Club racer. A three-pointed star. A red H.
The issue becomes of lineage, of proven racing pedigree and history, of which to me defines a marque, a name, and frankly... a genre.
Truthfully, if I had to name the one trump card, the one qualifying metric that aces the McLaren F1... well, it's in a name -- Gordon Murray. Maybe it tickles the essence of an absolute purist in design, a one-man show. Maybe it's my own bias that Murray owned and daily drove a Honda NSX, and took many inspiration from. Of which, to add to, the NSX was largely, nay, the NSX IS Ayrton Senna's legacy -- that adds quite a bit to it all too.
Of course all in all, who am I to judge? I've never driven any of these incredible machines. But I think that is precisely the tingle, the dream, that makes this all so mesmerizingly amazing. As Shakespeare put it, "what's in a name?"
Two very good reads, written by Gordon Murray himself!http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-reviews/road-tests/technical-analysis-anatomy-of-a-supercarhttp://www.carzi.com/2008/11/22/gordon-murray-reflections-on-the-acura-nsx/