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Modern Classic Supercar Jaguar XJ220 Back in Action

Modern Classic Supercar Back in Action

The ill-fated Jaguar XJ220 was once the fastest production car in the world but is now mothballed due to a lack of tires, if you can believe it. If you’re the proud owner of this supercar then we bring you some very good news. Your car is about to go up in value and you’re about to be able to drive it more often.

Certified by the Guinness Book of Records, this is the fastest Jaguar ever built and the world’s fastest car from 1994 to 1999, until the McLaren F1 beat it.

A failure, for economic reasons, at its launch in 1992, only 271 models were ever made, making the XJ220 eminently collectible. There was, however, a catch: there are no remaining tires for it. One burnout too many or one puncture and you’re never driving it again.

Now Bridgestone, the company that made the original run of bespoke rubber for the car announced last week that it has put a team together to develop new rubber that can meet the car’s ferocious demands. “It’s very important to keep such iconic vehicles running today,” said Christophe de Valroger, Vice President Consumer OE at Bridgestone’s Europe. “Technology has moved on significantly in the last 25 years and we believe we will be able to produce a tire that will keep the smile on the face of the enthusiast drivers of the XJ220.” Honestly though, we can’t understand why bespoke tires ever sounded like a good idea but perhaps this is what de Valroger means when he cites technological advances since 1992.

The project team, which includes the car’s original chief development engineer and test driver, is moving on swiftly and Bridgestone is aiming to have new tires ready in early 2017 in time for the XJ220’s 25th birthday.

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Tesla Keeps Pace with LaFerrari, Porsche 918

The third fastest accelerating production car is now a Tesla. The Model S P100D with “Ludicrous mode” is capable of going from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. That is slower only than the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder two-seaters, according to Tesla.

By way of contrast, the Model S P100D sedan has four doors and seats five adults and has room for some cargo (Tesla claims the car can seat five adults plus two children and has ample boot space but we think this seems overly optimistic or based on the adults being being horse jockey size!). And we haven’t even got to the price yet…

The Internet has exploded into action on the heels of this news, with many sites crowning the P100D as the fastest production car on earth (it actually isn’t) and noting that its acceleration time beats gravity (it does; gravity accelerates objects to 100km/h in 2.75 seconds). As usual, Tesla founder Elon Musk shows he knows how to grab the headlines but we’re glad it isn’t for claiming we live in a simulation this time.

The P100D’s 100 kilowatt battery increases the range to an estimated 315 miles by US regulatory standards, or 613 kilometers by a European Union standard, making it the first electric production vehicle to break the 300-mile barrier, according to Tesla. The larger battery pack is also available on the Tesla Model X, making the world’s fastest SUV even quicker and giving it a range of up to 289 miles on a charge.

The new P100D had a starting price of $135,000 and has its top speed limited to 155mph. You should be arching your eyebrows in disbelief at that because its speedy competitors the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 were obviously priced north of $1 million.

“While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development,” the car maker said in a blog post. Tesla didn’t say anything about this but it should be noted that no other car at this price is able to achieve this level of acceleration. Furthermore, this is the only full production vehicle still available from the manufacturer because the Ferrari and the Porsche ended their runs some time ago.

Early this month, Tesla Motors reported a larger second-quarter loss than expected as it worked to speed production in the face of strong demand for its electric cars. Tesla reported a net loss of $293.2 million, or $2.09 per share, in the quarter ended on June 30, up from a $184.2 million loss in the same period a year earlier. Revenue at the California-based company climbed to $1.27 billion in the second quarter from $955 million a year ago. Tesla is touting the new models as it faces a wave of bad publicity about self-driving capabilities in its electric vehicles.

A fatal accident in the United States and other less serious incidents in China prompted concerns about the safety of autonomous driving systems, but Tesla remained devoted to improving the technology.

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Chevrolet 2017 Camaro ZL1: Muscled Up

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate 50 good years of a muscle car than with a healthy dose of horsepowered adrenaline. Thankfully, Chevrolet felt the same, and so the Chevrolet 2017 Camaro ZL1 was born.

And by ‘healthy dose’, we’re really looking at a figure of around 650 horses here. Already in its sixth generation, this anniversary special is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that also produces 650 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the 10-speed automatic transmission, you’ll get a car that will muscle 60mph in 3.5 seconds. To compare, the Shelby Mustang GT350 only puts out 526hp and achieves a 0 – 60mph time of 4.3 seconds. In fact, with the same LT4 power plant as Chevrolet’s flagship Corvette Z06, the Camaro is just as powerful, but with twice the practicality.

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The supercar comes in two options, the ZL1 Coupe is fairly affordable at $62,135 and the drop-top, $69,135.  “The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe — at any price — around the world,” said Steve Majoros, director, Chevrolet marketing.

Chevrolet doesn’t scrimp on all the little details too. The 20-inch wheels ride on Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tyres and an electronic limited-slip differential. Coupled with the Magnetic Ride suspension, negotiating corners will result in a rather exhilarating 1.02 g. Unfortunately, with the 800hp Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang also in the works, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 might have to take a backseat this time.

 

Road-Going F1 Car: Aston Martin AM-RB 001

“Are we already in 2050?” You might ask this after laying eyes on the AM-RB 001. No, we’re still only halfway through 2016, but we don’t blame you for wondering – the latest project between Aston Martin and Red Bull is a futuristic-looking beast that may soon turn up at a highway near you. Yes, this car is reportedly road-legal.

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Co-designed by 10-time Formula One Championship designer Adrian Newey – who’s currently employed by Red Bull Racing – and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, the hypercar is projected to serve up a blistering 1,000 bhp, essentially rendering it a two-seated road rocket. So, as other commentators have noted, this is an F1 car that can legally pass you on the highway, and pass you it will…

This pace is made possible by a brand-new, ultra-compact naturally-aspirated V12 engine, which will power the 1,000kg car with a projected weight-to-power ration of 1:1 (read: one bhp per kilogram), delivering behemoth power that may well propel the car around Silverstone faster than a Formula One car. This magical ratio has only ever been achieved in another car – the Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar. Aston Martin also promises its performance will leave last year’s trinity of McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 in its dust.

A word about the AM-RB 001’s 1,000kg weight. Basically, Newey’s first road-going design is lighter than a Hyundai Elantra, for example, which has a published kerb-weight of up to 1,350kg with just 126 bhp. Take a moment and do the math on the weight-to-power ratio and then realize that the Elantra is of course road-legal. Having these two cars share the same road is like putting Jesse Eisenberg into a UFC ring with Conor McGregor.

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Newey explains: “I want it (the AM-RB 001) to be small and light, with a very responsive powertrain. The aerodynamics don’t necessarily make it more pleasurable to drive, but they do have the effect of making you think you are going much faster than you thought possible. We looked at all sorts of configurations – V6 twin-turbocharged, V8 single turbo – but in the end it had to be a V12 to get the sort of power output we were after.”

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To make the ride less harrowing than it already seems to be, Newey will likely implement active suspension to counterbalance the immense downforce at high speeds. However, Newey insists that his first ever road-legal car will be a comfortable drive. “We’re talking also about the driving experience, not just the statistics. How you are feeling in the car, taking pleasure in driving it, feeling involved in it,” he said.

A track version of the AM-RB 001 will also be made in a limited 25 examples, and will feature modifications such as bigger wings and diffusers, wider tires and a stripped cabin for a drive that is slated to match LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype 1) lap times. However, an estimated 99 to 150 drivers will get their hands on the standard road-legal versions by end 2018; we know we’re keeping our eyes peeled for that inevitable message from Aston Martin that the AM-RB 001 is completely sold out. Oh yes, do note that that AM-RB 001 designation that we keep repeating here is apparently only temporary. By the time we bring you news of the model selling out, it will likely have a new and proper name.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Aston Martin AM-RB 001, Mobil F1 di Jalan Raya

Soft Launch: Ferrari LaFerrari Spider Teased

Italian supercar powerhouse Ferrari has dominated Internet buzz for some time with its now-official tease of the upcoming LaFerrari Spider. We have been following the story from the start, with our first report here, and now that official images of the convertible LaFerrari variant have dropped, we revisit this extremely hyped-up tale of a hybrid hypercar. Incredibly, the official word has it (according to the AFP) this is called the ‘flagship flagship,’ although perhaps the writers at the wire service are just being cute.

Aimed, in the company’s words according to the AFP, at clients who refuse to “compromise on the joy of al fresco driving even when at the wheel of a supercar,” the new car will be a strictly limited edition (AutoBlog reports 150 to 200 units) and will boast both a removable carbon fiber hard top and a removable soft top. Oh yes, all reports agree that the Ferrari LaFerrari Spider is completely sold out. Color us surprised…

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Anyway, as well as chopping off the roof, Ferrari says that it has had to make extensive modifications to the chassis and such to ensure that the open-top car suffered no performance dips versus its coupe elder sibling. The proof of course will be in the pudding but as you can see, especially in the overhead shot above, the lines are mouthwateringly beautiful.

The La Ferrari Spider boasts the same naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 engine mated to an electric motor that powers the hardtop LaFerrari. So that means you get a total output of 950bhp that pushes the car from standstill to 100kmh in under 3 seconds and instantaneous acceleration when the driver’s right foot is pressed hard down.

The car will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in September where Ferrari will reveal more details about the car including its price and the number of examples it is planning to build. This of course is an academic exercise given that if you don’t already have one, you can’t get one. Here’s a last look at the thing.

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Icon Reinvented: Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche Boxster has long been the quintessential roadster with its soft top, two-seater interior and six-cylinder engine that powers its rear-wheel drive. So just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Porsche has gone ahead and done just that with the Boxster 718.

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The most notable improvement comes from within; its euphonic six-cylinder engine has been replaced by a newly-developed turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that supplies a good 296 bhp to the normal 718 Boxster, compared with its predecessor’s 261bhp. The 718 Boxster S – a sportier iteration – receives a 2.5-liter vomeengine that powers a heftier 345bhp to the car, a remarkable improvement to the previous 311 bhp. The result is two Boxsters that are now faster than ever before. The entry-level 718 sprints zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, shaving off 0.8 seconds off the older model.

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The S variation will do the same in 4.2 seconds with a 0.6 second improvement, thanks in part to the PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono pack. And if you’re wondering how it’d fare on a drag strip, the 718 has a top speed of 170mph, while the S version, 177mph. The optional Sport Chrono Package now comes with three settings: Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. Cars with the PDK will also have a Sport Response Button that enables a boost in responsiveness for a period of time.

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Appearance-wise, the new 718 Boxster sees a broader masculine front and a more dynamic side profile, thanks to its larger wheel arches and contoured doors that direct headwind into air intakes for more efficient power generation. Other upgrades include a reconfigured power steering that is now 10 percent more direct (read: more agile, easier to steer) and the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that gives a ten millimetre lower ride height.

Prices of the new 718 Boxster start from S$258,788, while the 718 Boxster S will set you back by at least S$316,588.

Dodge Special Edition Vipers Sold Out

Everyone’s favorite rowdy, old-school muscle car is back. Well, kind of – because the Dodge Special Edition Viper has already sold out. To commemorate its 25th anniversary and the final year of its production in 2017, Dodge unleashed five different special editions of the Viper, all of which sold within days of the launch.

And if this was a race, the 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer) certainly won by a mile, because its 28 planned examples sold out within a mere 40 minutes. The car – in a contrasting black and red finish – is a commemoration of the wicked record lap time of 1:28.65 it set at Laguna Seca last year, where it shaved 1.24 seconds off the previous one set by a Posche 918. The Viper ACR also holds records at 13 other racetracks, making it the fastest street-legal Viper ever.

The other models also proved to be a hit despite their (slightly) larger production. All 31 black graphite Dodge Viper Voodoo II ACRs were sold out in just two hours, the 100 GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACRs (in its iconic white exterior with twin racing stripes) in two days and 22 Dodge Viper Dealer Edition examples in five.

If you didn’t manage to snag one of these, don’t shed any tears – Dodge has announced one more special edition, the Dodge Viper Snakeskin ACR, inspired by the original Snakeskin American Club Racer edition launched in 2010. There will be, of course, plenty of snakeskin motifs throughout; the car sees a bright snakeskin green exterior with a snakeskin patterned SRT stripe. Powered by Lamborghini’s extremely boisterous V10, the special edition comes equipped with full carbon ceramic brakes, an extreme aero package and a snakeskin badge. And because this car is well worth a brag, Dodge will hand you a custom car cover that matches the car’s paint job, with the owner’s name.

McLaren 507S Sprint Debuts at Goodwood

We just knew there would be a new McLaren at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS), besides the P1-GTR, and here it is: the McLaren 507S Sprint. This is a heavily revised, track-only version of McLaren’s compact Sports Series supercar, the 570S.

One of the biggest challenges facing supercar makers is not building cars that can hit 200mph (in fact we can’t think of one that doesn’t hit that mark), it is building cars that are super fast while being super compliant with the legislation that deems a vehicle fit for use on public roads.

Happily though, where the McLaren 570S Sprint will be heading, these laws won’t apply. That’s because despite a £148,000 price tag ($218,000) – £5000 more than the street-legal version – this supercar is track only. And as it’s not homologated for a particular competition, it has no race series performance restrictions either.

Instead it is built to lap up circuit after circuit on the limit. And to ensure it is incredibly difficult to surpass those limits and kiss a retaining barrier rather than the apex of a bend, there are some heavy duty aerodynamic changes. The most noticeable is the huge, fixed wing rear spoiler which, McLaren boasts, generates the highest levels of downforce ever seen on one of its Sports Series cars.

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A new front bumper punctures the air and sends it under, over and through the car. Along the flanks, the door shapes push air into side-mounted radiators for engine and ancillary cooling – an absolute necessity when constantly pushing a car.

And if things do come unstuck, the car has a proper FIA-approved roll cage and seats with six-point harnesses and there’s also the obligatory integrated fire extinguisher system.

Of the new car, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt, said that it was a chance for more people to own a true McLaren race car, something that even a few years ago would have been completely out of reach to anyone other than an exceptional few. “[It is] about being an engaging and exciting drive. The launch of the Sports Series has broadened McLaren to a new audience, introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new group of customers.”

The 570S Sprint will be taking part in this year’s Hillclimb competition at FoS alongside its slightly bigger brother, the 570S GT4 which is built to compete in GT4 racing. And anyone who orders a Sprint but decides they want to take things further and start racing properly will be able to upgrade the car to the same FIA-approved GT4 specification.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage Launched

The original supercar is back and already going up against a host of challengers… Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage will be limited to 50 examples and draws little other than external and internal styling inspiration from the legendary supercar, but don’t regard it as a cheap publicity stunt.

For a start there’s nothing ‘cheap’ about an Aventador. The standard model costs over $400,000 and as this will be a strictly limited, numbered edition expect it to cost much, much more.

However, for that premium outlay, owners will be getting a car that really is the modern interpretation of the original supercar in every sense.

The Lamborghini Miura was the car that inspired the term supercar, and as well as being responsible for the genre, is also responsible for the blueprint. Striking good looks, striking impracticality, impossible performance and a V12 engine somewhere in the middle of it all.

The world will be watching as the Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage goes up against the Bugatti Chiron and the McLaren P1-GTR, among others.

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More than any other marque, Lamborghini has stayed true to this original definition, and the Aventador should be viewed as the Miura’s university educated grandchild.

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Built by the company’s Ad Personam studio, its equivalent to McLaren’s MSO or Aston Martin’s division Q bespoke customization arm, it attempts to infuse the colors and materials associated with the Miura into the company’s latest flagship — so deep pigment solid color exterior paint finishes with a contrasting metallic tone and magnesium effect wheels. There’s also Miura anniversary badging while the interior is finished in keeping with the original car’s stitching patterns and leather choices too.

And despite the price tag, this car is an absolute bargain compared with a Miura, which can command as much as $3 million.

What’s more, the two cars share more than just a maker’s mark. The V12 engine that powers the Miura has matured into the block that gives the Aventador its ferocious power and performance.

The Aventador is also a better handling car, less likely to start leaving the ground in favor of the air as soon as the fuel tank hits the half-full mark.

But what it will do is rocket from standstill to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 217mph (350km/h), which 50 years ago, when the Miura was in its prime, was quite simply unimaginable of a vehicle built for the road.

And, as the car is limited to just 50 examples, one day it could be in just as much demand as the original Miura.

Experience Nürburgring with Jaguar F-Type SVR

For those of you with a yen for speed but don’t have access to a racetrack, Jaguar has the answer. In a bid to prove the roaring power of its F-Type SVR, Jaguar will give supercar fans a chance to go around the famous Nürburgring race course with a pro-driver. The 20.83km circuit was dubbed as the ‘Green Hell’ by former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart for its challenging corners, and harsh weather conditions. You can be rest assured, though, that Jaguar intends to maintain maximum safety so that you can experience the thrill of the ride in its full force.

Despite all its infamy and tough conditions, Nürburgring also is also known for its lush scenery (that’s the green bit in Stewart’s description). To be able to catch the visual spectacle, intermixed with the blur of the speed as you go past in the F-Type, a number of precautions have to be taken. The car has a roll cage, racing seats, and harnesses. Passengers also have to wear helmets and neck braces. In exchange for all that (hassle some would say but these could save your life), you’ll be able to receive a precious memento of your experience as the on-board cameras can capture every single second of the ride.

“The weather at the Nürburgring is famed for being unpredictable and the new Jaguar F-Type SVR is the perfect car to tackle the undulating track in variable conditions,” said Mark Stanton, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. While it was deemed out-of-bounds for F1 racing since 1976 (due to racer Nikki Lauda’s near-fatal accident), the track has been a yardstick for supercars everywhere. Everyone from Audi to Nissan has development teams at the circuit for testing.

Well, if all that strikes your fancy, you can book ‘Ring in the F-Type’ experience for €295 per person over at the Nürburgring online shop. Jaguar hopes that you find the experience worth your while, the F-Type SVR might be the supercar you invest in.

The New Maserati Quattroporte: GranLusso & GranSport

Maserati has given its flagship model, the Quattroporte, an update (actually, make that two) for 2016, and the result is the GranLusso and GranSport — both polar opposites of each other.

The Maserati Quattroporte (literally translated to ‘four doors’) has had an illustrious history since its inception in 1963. Less clinical than its German counterparts: the Mercedes S class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series, the four-door grand tourer is now available in two models to better suit the diverse preferences of Maserati’s customer base.

The GranLusso is the luxury-oriented variant of the two, its exteriors now fitted with 20-inch Mercurio alloys and subtler spoilers. Other enhancements include chrome bumper inserts, black brake calipers and an elegant 20-inch Mercurio wheels. Inside, the car is decked in bespoke Ermenegildo Zegna silk and leather, and finished with top grade wooden trim.

On the other end of the spectrum, the GranSport – as its name suggests – is performance-driven, both in style and function. Front and rear new sports bumpers with body-coloured sideskirts reflect its driver’s more athletic lifestyles, as with its larger 21-inch Titano wheels and red brake calipers. The GranSport is essentially a big limo with sporting intent, so it’s only natural its interiors also play the part. Carbon fiber trimmings and piano-black wood veneers add to its aggressiveness, while its sport seats are built for optimum comfort and support, a feature you will appreciate after you learn what its engines can do.

At the heart of the cars, the same Ferrari-developed 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 530 hp, propelling the car from 0 to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and delivering a top speed of 310 km/h. A milder (read: less exciting) 410 hp twin-turbo V6 option is also available, hitting nought to 100 km/h at 5.1 seconds. Both versions are also fitted with a host of latest-generation active safety technology, including an adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a new electric parking brake and a 360-degree camera.

Lamborghini Reopens Museum, Kicks Off Miura Tour

With its renovated layout and displays, the new Lamborghini Museum was reopened on June 9 by Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Lamborghini. The opening coincided with the first stage of the Miura Tour that celebrates the well-loved model’s 50th anniversary this year.

Located at Sant’Agata in Italy, the exhibition space is pure supercar heaven with its display of the car manufacturer’s most prestigious and iconic models of past and present. This includes historic models such as the 1963 350 GT (the location’s first car) and LM 002, as well as concept cars such as a SUV set to debut in 2018.

Super Trefeo racing versions of the Diablo GTR, Gallardo and Huracán will also be on display at a race track-style garage, together with Lamborghini Formula One cars from 1990 and 1991.

The 20 surviving Miuras – all constructed between 1966 and 1972 – from all over the world will go on a journey from the regions of Emilia, and Liguria to Tuscany before completing the journey in Florence on June 12.

Sold Out: McLaren 675LT Spider Carbon Fiber

This isn’t exactly something new since McLaren did it with the P1 model but the British automaker has decided to make a special edition of the 675LT Spider in exposed carbon fiber. The positive response garnered from the company’s earlier effort on the P1 probably contributed to this creation and while that was a one-off, done by the bespoke arm of the company, this version will be a true production car. Well, a production car by McLaren’s standards means that the McLaren 675LT Spider is limited to 25 examples and all are spoken for!

The allure of carbon fiber comes from its exotic nature – stronger than steel but extremely lightweight. That fits right in with the 675LT Spider, which is in the company’s super series for shedding as much weight as possible to improve performance. While much of the Spider is already done up in carbon fiber anyway, this edition takes things further still, with 40% more of it in the build. To celebrate this fact, the body is not painted, merely given a high gloss finish that promises to accentuate the weave inherent in carbon fiber.

One item that remains untouched though is the engine – which is still a 3.8 liters V8 with twin turbos. When spooling it gives the car 675PS (that’s 666bhp), a 0-100km/h time of just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 326km/h (203mph). These numbers have yet to be modified to take into account the weight savings so we shall see how this plays out. Other new aspects to this model include front wing louvers and three integrated cameras for capturing track action as part of a Track Telemetry pack.

Sadly to say, for those interested, McLaren announced that every single model of the car was already pre-sold, even though production won’t be starting until the fall. They aim to deliver each car to its owner in time to make the greatest Christmas present ever but, honestly, this sounds like an overly optimistic timeline!

 

Concours d’Elegance Dedicated To Pininfarina

Between June 2 and June 5, a special Concours d’Elegance will come to the town of Alassio, Italy celebrating the models and designs of the legendary car studio Pininfarina. This show, in conjunction with the late Senator Sergio Pininfarina’s 90th birthday, is a tribute to the globally recognized brand that he built up from a small automotive design studio. This event will also see some of the rarest and most exotic cars that the brand has offered on show together.

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Pininfarina Sergio Concept

Two of the unique cars on show include the 1963 Lancia Flaminia Coupé Speciale and the 1947 Bristol 400 (just three survive) – plus a whole host of models stretching from names such as Maserati, Ford, Cadillac, Nash, Fiat, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Volvo and even Hyundai, all of whom have turned to the firm at one point for inspiration. These production cars join hands with some of Pininfarina’s greatest concepts, all on show together. This includes the Ferrari Sergio (built in Sergio Pininfarina’s honor), the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe of 2013 and the H2 Speed hydrogen fuel cell sports car that debuted at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In short, it is a display of the best out there.

“In the year that my father would have turned 90 years, I thought the most beautiful homage could be a gathering of the cars he has loved most in the city that, together with Torino, has always occupied a special place in his heart, Alassio,” said Paolo Pininfarina. With a jury of Pininfarina family members and international automotive experts – four prize winners will be selected out of the cars competing. These awards include best in show and the Robert M. Lee award for the show’s most elegant car.

Pininfarina H2 Speed

Pininfarina H2 Speed

And while the entrance to the event will be exclusive, the cars competing will be taking to the streets in two separate processions around Alassio through June 3 and 4, allowing all to witness the spectacle on show. The city of Alassio itself has a special “Città di Alassio Award” for the best convertible on display, which it will vote on itself.

Turin Debut for Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli

Even in the usually low-key Turin motorshow (running from June 8-12), there is still something that’s worth a look. The Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli promises to be the most powerful street-legal car ever built in Italy, with a total output of 1000hp all channeled from a turbocharged V8 powerplant. The boutique supercar builder will limit the release to just 25 hand-built examples with an expected price tag of over €1 million, making it a direct competitor to Pagani and Koenigsegg.

“In order to create this extreme Hypercar, we applied technologies coming from motorsport that no one else has ever used on a street-legal car before,” said Luca Mazzanti, company founder. These probably includes the twin-turbo chargers, which will ramp up the ride to a top-speed of 400km/h, as well as boosting up a 0-100km/h acceleration to 2.7 seconds. Also involved in ensuring its capabilities are the active aerodynamics to direct air over the rear wing plus larger inlets for cooling and even a roof-mounted airscoop.

Mazzanti has already quite the street cred in the world of boutique automakers, despite starting out just 15 years ago. The Evantra model that the Millecavalli is based on is hand-built to order and production is limited to five examples a year. The standard car has 715hp on tap and is capable of going from 0-100km/h in 3 seconds. Who knows what level of work was needed to push it to the next level? “When the performance is so important, nothing is left to chance, but each element is the result of the meticulous work of people with great expertise and a true passion” noted Mazzanti.

In other words, lovers of the loud and fast will have another model to salivate over – at least until the next speed-demon comes into view.

Acura NSX Hybrid Supercar is Real

Hybrids are all the rage today, even at the supercar level, as typified here with the Acura NSX hybrid supercar, made under Honda’s luxury vehicle imprint. The cynical might think this is just a fad but, like the Koenigsegg Regera we covered earlier, these concepts are going into production, just like this iconic name from Honda. Presented for the first time as a concept car at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, it has taken four years of prototypes, development and testing of all kinds for the famously fastidious Japanese automaker to finally give the new NSX the go signal.

Those looking for that special first model to make it out of the factory, well the AFP has found its owner and how much he paid for it. The first model to roll off the production line at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, USA, was snapped up for the modest sum of $1.2 million by none other than Rick Hendrick, the famous and wealthy (clearly) owner of the Hendrick Motorsport NASCAR racing team. Seriously, how can you own a NASCAR team and not be wealthy?

The Acura NSX VIN 001 offers truly impressive performances. It comes loaded with three electronic motors, a V6 biturbo VTEC engine and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, promising over 578 horsepower. It even uses torque vectoring technology to vary the power to each of the four wheels. It manages 0-60mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 190mph (305 km/h). In other words, this Japanese supercar lands with the same performances as the most prestigious hybrid sports cars, such as the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1.

The model bought by Rick Hendrick has a “Valencia Red Pearl” finish with bodywork made from a variety of materials, including carbon fiber upgrades to the roof, engine cover and rear decklid spoiler to keep the car’s weight to a minimum. This luxurious and sporty number was also finished with a leather and Alcantara interior trim.

The standard 2017 Acura NSX model will sell from $156,000.

Did Zagato Just Create the Best Aston Martin?

The world could use more cars like the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept. Something that would make looking out of a bus window a lot more enjoyable; something that could almost stop traffic. Well this collaboration between the Gaydon-based automaker Aston Martin and Italian coachbuilder Zagato can literally stop traffic, if traffic could ever catch up to it… (The Verge and Bloomberg are already calling it the most beautiful car of 2016 and it might just have our vote too – Ed)

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Not since the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato in 2013 have the two fabled marques – Aston Martin and Zagato – embarked on a collaboration. Launched in Italy’s prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the new grand tourer, in a breath-taking shade of red, shone in all its muscular beauty. The brainchild of Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman and Andrea Zagato, the car is based on – as its name suggests – the Vanquish, only upgraded with several of the Italian coachbuilding company’s design trademarks. And yes, “concept” is part of the name but the car is not just a glint in a designer’s eye.

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Coachbuilders specialize in bodywork and that is what you get here. The entirely carbon fiber body is given a seamless overhaul with massive panels that serve to reduce the number of split lines, complete with a glasshouse that’s shaped like a visor (because, sport). The roof also rocks the ‘double bubble’, a subtle indentation synonymous with Zagato since it was first introduced to its models in the fifties. Its quad exhausts sit nestled amongst the carbon fiber sills that wrap around the body.

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Paying tribute to its equally sexy cousins at Aston Martin, the wing mirrors invoke the One-77, while its side strakes, the DB11. Tail lights that hark to the “bladed” look of the Vulcan’s are also part of the deal.

At the heart of the special edition is a 6.0-liter, naturally-aspirated V12-engine that produces 592bhp, capable of going from 0 – 62kmh in staggering 3.8 seconds. This is an upgrade from the 568hp by the production Vanquish and generates supercar-like acceleration.

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And because everyone knows the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept will set you back by an eye-watering figure, the good guys at Aston Martin have included herringbone carbon fiber and luxurious anodized bronze leather to the facia, vents and rotary dials to remind you of it. The interior also sees embossed and embroidered ‘Z’ quilt patterns on seat, doors and headrests so you ride in absolute luxury. Just be sure to have your seatbelt on, for obvious reasons.

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The car is fitted with the Vanquish’s usual features— a spectacular center console controlling all aspects of the interior environment, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the AMi III infortainment system; but when your V12 sounds that good, you don’t really need any music.

 

Thousands Apply Online for Ford GT Supercar

The Ford Motor Company tapped into the appeal of its GT model online to both reward its loyal fans and to create invaluable buzz. In just one month, 6,506 people sent the firm applications to buy a carbon-fiber Grand Tourer via its website www.fordgt.com. This is not a giveaway nor some offer of major discounts. Prices are expected to start in the mid-$400,000s.

Nearly 2,000 people used the site’s web app to choose among colors, wheels and interior themes and build a “virtual” GT. They were also able to share images of their customized GT on social media sites. Not only does this allow potential owners the chance to interact with the brand in new ways but it also adds a level of engagement that is difficult to achieve and measure.

Ford says that it is now reviewing applications from those 6,506 applicants (and probably crunching data) and will start notifying potential owners in the next 90 days.

When Ford announced the opening of the application period in April, the company said it would produce a limited number of the high-performance luxury cars and allow for the selected applicants to personalize their cars through a new “concierge” service.

Remember that mid-$400,000s price? Well it excludes destination, delivery and potential taxes of course. Ford said it would take 500 orders for GT “supercars,” to be built in the first two years of production.

Essex Blue: Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition

The Evora 400 gets the special edition treatment yet again, this time to commemorate 50 good years at the Hethel factory in Norfolk.

Unsurprisingly named the Evora 400 Hethel Edition, the version sees the British manufacturer’s fatest car receive a paint job upgrade, in “exclusive heritage” tones of Essex Blue, Motorsport Black and Racing Green. The interior gets a refurbishment in either red or black leather, or Formula One standard Alcantara interior trim. Forged silver alloy wheels, contrasting brake calipers and the graphics set are also part of the deal, as with a build plate inside, because what’s a special edition without one of those?

Performance-wise, this limited edition remains the same. The 400 in its name is derived from its horsepower, courtesy of an upgraded Evora S 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine. Around the Hethel track, the supercar races up 60mph in 4.1 seconds and hits a top speed of 186mph, claiming top spot as Lotus’ fastest car yet.

This special edition is a £3,500 hike over the standard at £75,500 but we think the upgrades and bragging rights are well worth the top-up.

Speedmaster: Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS

We like boutique automakers here so when we heard about the Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS we had to take a closer look. Where major names in the supercar world are routinely criticized for being too conservative in their designs, Dutch boutique automaker Donkervoort is gloriously idiosyncratic. The D8 GTO-RS was clearly designed to match the designer’s dreams, not to meet computer-generated performance standards. Nevertheless, Donkervoort reports that this is the fastest and lightest D8 GTO it has ever built.

Dedicated petrolheads will remember that the D8 RS set a Nürburgring record in 2004, sweeping aside the previous record held by the Porsche Carrera GT by close to 15 seconds. The current RS promises to be even more extreme, powered as it is by a reworked Audi turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. In this version, which Bosch helped to tune, the focus is clearly on acceleration; the GTO also uses this engine and gets 380 bhp from it so expect a bit better than that once the full specs are released (the current teaser information does not reveal the specifications).

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Donkervoort promises a faster and more comfortable drive with the D8 RS, which also boasts new launch control, suspension and brakes. The cherry on top of this speed sundae is that it is compliant with Euro6 emissions regulations. This is also quite a pretty sundae too, with an aggressive stance and a face that looks ready to devour the road.

The Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS is set to make its full debut in just a few months but collectors should take note that only 40 models will be made and the company has reportedly sold 21 of those already. Prospective owners will also want to take note of the pre-tax asking price, currently set at $172,000 (that is a little more than the new Porsche Cayman and Audi TT put together, for those who care to know).

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