Taking the Roof Off a Hypercar Kind of Sucks

In this race between a Koenigsegg CCX and Porsche 918 Spyder, nobody wins.

byWill Sabel Courtney| PUBLISHED Mar 21, 2016 8:48 PM
Taking the Roof Off a Hypercar Kind of Sucks

In addition to gratuitous horsepower and unusable top speeds, many of the world's gnarliest hypercars have something else in common: roofs that can be removed by hand. It's a handy little compromise that gives these cars a convertible feel without the added weight or complexity of a folding retractable hardtop.

But, as it turns out, popping the top on six- and seven-figure rides is easier said than done. Those removable body panels can be a bitch to get off—and once they've been removed, finding a way to stow them inside all that sleek, wind-wrapped body work can be even harder. Just witness the difficulty the owners of this Koenigsegg CCX and this Porsche 918 Spyder have in peeling lids off at Malta's 2015 Paqpaqli Ghall-Istrina car show.

(And, yes, that's the infamous white 918 Spyder that later careened out of control, injuring 26 people.)