The brash excess of the hypercar is on display in L.A.

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Brandan Gillogly

Ever since its major remodel and subsequent grand reopening six years ago, the Petersen Automotive Museum has been in high gear. Major exhibits have included French Art Deco masterpieces, racing Porsches, sci-fi creations, and a dozen or so getaway vehicles used by James Bond. Its satellite exhibits, which change with a bit more frequency, are no less stunning. We’ve seen curated collections that include gorgeous one-off customs, exotic supercars, and Italian motorcycles, but no single exhibit has had as much horsepower as the one that is currently on display in the museum’s lobby as well as the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery on the second floor. Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme includes some of the world’s most exclusive, powerful, and pricey cars from the 21st century.

The first batch of cars in the planned 30-car exhibit includes limited-production powerhouses and one-off concepts. These cars are currently on display and open to the public with general museum admission and will be on display until September 17, 2022, at which point new vehicles will be cycled in. The exhibit will run until May 14, 2023.

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With so many cars to highlight, the exhibit spilled into the lobby. From front to back, left to right are the Caparo T1, 2021 Delage D12 Prototype, Aria FXE concept, and RAESR Tachyon Speed.

Other parts of the Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme exhibit in the lobby include a pair of McLarens, a Bugatti EB110, and two motorcycles, the Lotus C-01, and Aston Martin AMB 001.

The Bruce Meyer Family Gallery on the second floor is where you’ll find the bulk of the exhibit:

We may be a bit biased, as several of us on the Hagerty Media team are members of the Brown Car Appreciation Society (none more than Senior Editor Sajeev Mehta), but in a sea of silver and carbon fiber, the Hermès Edition Pagani Huayra might be the biggest standout.

2016 Pagani Huayra Hermès Editions Brandan Gillogly

The Czinger 21C, which recently captured the production car lap record at Lagna Seca, will also be a part of the exhibit periodically, with a planned two-week stop during the last two weeks of 2021. “We’re excited to host a variety of Hypercars in one exhibit,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Audiences already have been enthralled by seeing some of the world’s most astonishing vehicles up close.”

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, we highly recommend a stop by the Petersen Museum. Tickets can be found on the museum’s website or purchased on-site.

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