A lot goes into developing a car, especially when it comes to the luxury high-performance segment. Because the automotive market is highly competitive, especially when it comes to the top-tier contestants, manufacturers are in a constant race to innovate beyond what they've done before and release only the best of what they come up with. 

Each top car manufacturer spends millions of dollars on R&D, the high-quality materials used, and on developing the innovative features that make their models capable of high performance. Each of these factors shoots up the final price of the vehicle. 

While luxurious sports cars and hypercars are meant to give the best driving experience, one has to pay the price for the same, and sometimes the amount can be as ridiculous as $18 million. Although most of us can't even think of affording such hefty price tags, we can still have some fun exploring these high-perfrmance rides. Here are the 15 most expensive cars of all tim

The McLaren Speedtail is a hybrid sports car that will only be produced in a limited quantity (via Hot Cars). It is the fourth model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series. The vehicle is also a component of McLaren's Track25 business plan, according to which the company will debut 18 new hybrid cars or derivatives by the year 2025 and will transition to an entirely hybrid fleet by that same year, CNET reported.

The Speedtail comes fully equipped with the brand's most up-to-date comforts and amenities. Put outside mirrors out of your mind. Instead, the Speedtail has a pair of high-definition digital cameras that quietly slide out of the doors when the start button is pressed. These cameras come standard with the model. According to Car and Driver, the cameras have wider sightlines and are more aerodynamic than the external mirrors found on most vehicles.

The iconic McLaren F1 served as an inspiration for the design of the Speedtail's driver's seat, which is built of carbon fiber (via Forbes). Leathers with a lighter grain, both aniline and semi-aniline, are used throughout the cabin. These skins can be individualized with one-of-a-kind stitching designs in a variety of colors according to the customer's preferences. So if you're interested in purchasing a Speedtail, you should know that the price tag comes in at a cool $2.2 million.

The Lotus Evija, whose name is pronounced "eh-VIE'-ya," is a hypercar designed to test the limits of today's available technology. This model is totally electric, and it comes with an ultrafast charging configuration, in contrast to its numerous competitors, many of which offer hybrid powertrains. Its exterior is styled after race cars that are purpose-built to achieve victory on the track.

The sheet metal of the vehicle features components like butterfly doors and a big rear wing, among other things. The Evija's electric powertrain, which is built like a tank, is the vehicle's most impressive feature. A group of four electric motors is responsible for providing the necessary propulsion for the vehicle (via Car and Driver). According to Lotus, these motors produce a combined output of 1,972 horsepower and 1,254 lb-ft of torque. The Evija is capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour, and Lotus anticipates that it will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in fewer than three seconds. Lotus will only produce 130 vehicles, and 2022 models start at $2.3 million.

In an attempt to bring the essence and thrill of Formula 1 driving to the streets, the renowned MotorSport brand Mercedes-AMG has launched the very first Mercedes-AMG Project ONE – a sports car that inherits the science and technology behind a typical F1 racing machine.

The AMG ONE boasts four electric motors in all, one for each front wheel, one coupled to the crankcase, and one in the turbocharger itself, all of which are the result of Mercedes-AMG and Petronas Motorsport working together on this vehicle. The end result is more than 1,000 horsepower and a top speed that exceeds 217 miles per hour. The electric motors in the front axle are capable of 50,000 revolutions per minute on their own, 

and the selective torque distribution enables exceptionally high levels of vehicle dynamics. This, in conjunction with the Race Start function and the removal of turbo lag, enables the ONE to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph in fewer than six seconds (via Car Throttle). Driving the ONE is sure to be a new experience even for drivers with many track days under their belt — but the privilege of owning one will run them $2.5 million.

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire has been deemed to be the world's most expensive one-off automobile. Since the company's founding in 1909, Bugatti has been defined by three characteristics: a pioneering spirit, a quest for perfection, and the determination to perpetually extend the limits of what is possible. Building one-of-a-kind automobiles is one of Bugatti is known for. There will only be one Noire ever m

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