Looking for a Los Angeles classic that takes you a step further than the average museum day? A ticket to the city’s Petersen Automotive Museum is your key to an exclusive experience worlds away from a traditional gallery crawl, especially right now. For those with a penchant for the extreme, this month marks the opening of Petersen Automotive Museum’s most talked about exhibition of the year. The Hypercars: Allure of the Extreme showcase, open to the public until September 2022, brings together some of the world’s newest automotive marvels, all in one sleek space on Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard.
Though there’s no textbook definition for what can be considered a hypercar, a few common denominators set a supercar apart from the rest of the high end vehicle market. Speed, agility, design and rarity are a must, and the elite class of vehicles featured in the museum’s exhibit embodies that allure and takes it to the next level. Seeing even one of these models in person is a rare opportunity, as is viewing such a variety in one gallery space. If you do get the chance to visit the Petersen Museum in the next few months, stay tuned for double the magic; the second half of the exhibit will open in September 2022, trading the current cars for a new cast that will be on view until May 2023.
The LaFerrari Aperta (2016), Devel Sixteen V8 (2020) and the Hennessey Venom F5 (2022) are just a few of the supercars you can currently see at the exhibit- two motorcycles, from Lotus and Aston Martin will also be displayed. It’s clear that these cars are feats of engineering and design, but viewing them in a curated space will bring out their creative qualities just as much; this won’t be your usual art showcase, but each vehicle is aesthetically stunning and seductive enough to stand as a piece of its own. Though it might be hard to believe these cars already exist and are in use by a few lucky owners, the exhibit also acts as a microcosm of modern innovation, pointing to what’s possible and what the future may hold. One of the hypercar category’s strongest appeals is the fact that there are always new additions, striving to outdo the latest models; what you’ll be seeing at the Petersen is currently the highest standard of automotive luxury.
After touring the gallery, check out the museum store for souvenir posters, miniatures and apparel to mark the occasion. If you’re craving more, other exhibits that are currently open include Bond In Motion: Official Collection of Original James Bond Vehicles and Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed, featuring luxury automobiles from throughout the 20th century. Hypercars: Allure of the Extreme is a private glance into the highest tier of the automotive world; pre-purchase your tickets here to experience up to thirty technological sensations up close and personal, all under one iconic roof.