Best cars for lottery winners

7 Jan, 2016 4:15pm Pete Baiden

If you won the lottery, what car would you buy? Join us as we explore the mouth-watering options for a newly flush lottery winner

After a 14th consecutive rollover in the UK National Lottery, the jackpot for Saturday 9th January 2016 now stands at a record £57.8m. Come Sunday morning one, or more, lucky winner/s could have their hands on a huge sum of money and we think there would be no better way to spend some of their winnings on the car of their dreams.

Yes, in our considered opinion, one of the world's most exotic, exclusive and jaw-dropping cars is the most sensible destination for a big chunk of any lottery winner's windfall. The question is what car would you buy if you won the lottery?

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Every self-respecting car fan thought along these lines at some point, but with so many super-expensive car options now available, the choice may not be as easy as you first think. To help, we have taken a look at some of the most desirable, exclusive and fastest cars that money can buy and even if you're never lucky enough to win the lottery, there's plenty of daydream fodder below...

Lottery winner cars: where to start?

The McLaren P1Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari are obvious choices for any lottery winner, even with prices soaring into uncharted territory for the few examples of these sold-out supercars available on the used market. When money is no object, however, there are always other cars to consider. Perhaps you would spend more of your lottery money on a ludicrously expensive hardcore track-only version like the P1 GTR, or even be tempted by something from one of the smaller hypercar manufacturers such as the Lykan Hypersport.

Classic cars are also a well-known option for blowing a fortune on exotic four-wheeled transport. Our list of the most expensive cars sold at auction is the definitive place to find the top prices ever paid - but there are some reports of private sales involving classic cars and amounts of £25million or more. The most that we know has been paid for a car in a public auction, though, is nearly £23m on a Ferrari 250 GTO.

It's rare that we get a hard figure on the actual price that trully high-end cars change hands for but we've put together a round-up of super-exclusive cars to buy with your lottery money below. 

The hypercars

When you think of mind-bogglingly expensive cars, the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari will always be near the top of the list - these three hypercars have been grabbing headlines for years now. All have advanced hybrid powertrains, providing huge amounts of power and even decent fuel economy. All three had eye-watering price tags when there was space left on the waiting lists. Now that all three are sold out, reported asking prices have gone sky high.

The Porsche 918 is the cheapest of the trio, the most expensive version (featuring the Weissach Package, which makes the 918 even lighter and faster) cost around £625,000 when new but used prices are now topping the £1m mark. The McLaren P1 and LaFerrari both cost around £1million new, with the Ferrari being the most expensive model of the three as standard. One owner reportedly put his LaFerrari up for sale on the used market for $5million (£3.2m) in the US.

McLaren P1 GTR & Ferrari FXX K

Once you've got your hands on a £1million McLaren or Ferrari, you might be allowed to buy one of their hardcore track-only variants. These models are definitely in the running for being the most expensive new cars in the world right now - the Ferrari FXX K is priced at around £1.8million (plus tax), while the McLaren P1 GTR costs a cool £1.98million.

With 986bhp and all of the road-focused parts stripped out, the P1 GTR sits alongside the Formula 1 race cars as the most extreme model McLaren builds. It's only available to people who already have a McLaren P1, and comes with an extensive driver training program and a team of engineers. Only 45 will be built, so get your order in now.

The Ferrari FXX K has a similar arrangement - you get two years of training, racing and maintenance from Ferrari, and the car can only be driven on the track. With over 1,000bhp, potential buyers should be pretty happy with the performance on offer, and with 540kg of downforce at 125mph it won't be lacking grip, either.

Bugatti Chiron

Over the last few years the Bugatti Veyron was the dream car for many, but now it has a successor. The Bugatti Chiron, named after former racing driver Louis Chiron, was confirmed by the company in December and is set to continue from where the amazing Veyron left off. 

Although it's not on sale yet, the figures alone may make you want to wait for its release before spending your money elsewhere. An incredible 1,627bhp and 1,500Nm of torque is reported from a hybrid adaptation of the Veyron's 8.0-litre W16 engine. That could mean 0-62mph in two seconds flat and 'more than' 270mph, although whether or not these are overly ambitious for the production model remains to be seen.

The fastest car in the world?

The Hennessey Venom GT is unofficially the fastest car in the world, with a technicality meaning the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport keeps the official title for now. However the American challenger is a bargain basement £775,000, so only gets a passing mention here. 

The untested Koenigsegg One:1 is more worthy of a spot in the most expensive cars list. It costs around £1.3million and has a power to weight ratio of 1:1 - hence the name. With 1,322bhp, it's the most powerful road car in the world and looks likely to set a new speed record for production cars. 

Koenigsegg has another model that deserves a place here, and although it's not as fast as the One:1, the CCXR Trevita is a whole lot more expensive. Only two were ever built, with one sold for $4.8million in the US (about £3.1million).

Lamborghini Veneno

If you've got some serious cash and want everyone to know how you've spent it, the Lamborghini Veneno could be the hypercar for you. With a 740bhp 6.5-litre V12 on board it will make sure your neighbours never get another lie-in, and the completely over-the-top looks will make you a constant centre of attention.

The Veneno really should have a trailer to carry its owner's giant wallet but maybe that was deemed unnecessary as buying this car would shrink anyone's cash reserves to the tune of £3million.

Low-volume hypercars

There are a handful of small manufacturers around the world that build massively powerful hypercars to appeal to those who feel like a top-end Ferrari or Lamborghini is too mainstream. Cars like the Trion Nemesis, Zenvo ST1, Icona Vulcano and even a new model from British brand Lister will all put a giant hole in your bank account.

Buyers will need to stump up £2.2million to buy the pictured Lykan Hypersport, despite the brand being relatively unknown - a risk that only the richest car fans in the world will be able to take.

There's one final car to mention, though - the Maybach Exelero. You've got virtually no chance of buying one even if you had the £5.2million it was sold for. Only one was ever built and it's impossible to know how much it's worth now.

So that's our round up of the best cars do buy with the mammoth lottery win that's almost certainly coming your way. Have your vote on which car you would buy in the poll below.

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