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Koenigsegg One:1 photo

Koenigsegg Wins Science Prize with FreeValve Engine

Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg makes vehicles that are as brilliant as they are unnecessary so we were a little perplexed to learn that the company had won the 2016 Popular Science Grand Award. The thing about proper science is that you can’t just throw together a bunch of turbochargers, add a dash of extra horsepower and expect recognition. On the flipside, building a beautiful vehicle gets you nowhere just as quickly. No, the mad genius Christian von Koenigsegg won this accolade for his company through the cam-free internal combustion engine it pioneered.

To be clear, we applaud all efforts to engineer better cars and that is what Koenigsegg has done by effectively ditching the camshaft. This is no small matter because the camshaft has been an integral part of the internal combustion engine since, well, at least 100 years.

Christian von Koenigsegg was considered crazy for wanting to start his own supercar company, completely from scratch. But when his first car was finished in 2002, people quickly started changing their opinion. And 14 years later, the Swedish entrepreneur and inventor has proven himself an automotive genius, delivering innovations with his tiny committed team that some of the world’s most storied and established brands are struggling to keep up with.

Therefore it should seem obvious that the Koenigsegg FreeValve engine, which made its debut this year in a Chinese Qoros concept car, should be hailed as one of the biggest innovations of 2016.

Taking the place of the camshaft is a hydraulic actuator system that controls how the engine breathes. This new system allows each valve on the engine to be opened or closed independently, at a unique moment and for a unique amount of time. Theoretically, this could mean the eradication of every inefficiency inherent in the camshaft system. So, to make a long story shorter, this is a big deal. Motor Authority has a great video from Engineering Explained for those of you who want to learn more.

Koenigsegg Wins Science Prize with FreeValve Engine

The McLaren 570S Coupé

Beaten into second place on the Popular Science list is the McLaren 570S which was singled out because it is, in the publication’s opinion, the first truly usable supercar. Despite sitting low to the ground, having 562hp on tap and a 200mph+ top speed, it can be driven comfortably in real-world situations.

The top three is rounded out by the Chevrolet Bolt EV which makes the list for being the first true electric car for the people thanks to its ability to cover 238 miles on a single charge and costing just $37,495 before grants or subsidies.

Elsewhere in the list there are awards for the new Mercedes E-Class (eighth place) for its cutting-edge car-to-car communication system that relays live road and weather conditions in seconds to other Mercedes cars; and for the Audi SQ7 TDi.

Ranked in fifth place, the premium SUV makes this year’s cut for its innovative lag-free turbo system that uses two traditional turbos plus a third, electrically powered compressor that spools up instantaneously regardless of engine revolutions or exhaust gases. It makes a diesel feel as responsive as a gasoline engine.

Koenigsegg Wins Science Prize with FreeValve Engine

The New Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Are Intelligent Lamborghini Supercars on the Way?

Are Intelligent Lamborghini Supercars on the Way?

Lamborghini has signed an agreement with the Italian branch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the ultimate aim of defining the sportscar of the future.

People that know their automotive history will know how much the comparatively tiny Sant’Agate Bolognese company has already shaped the development of the motorcar.

Its first creation, the 350GT (unveiled in 1963) proved that a car could be both a genuine sportscar and a genuine GT and the Miura, which came three years later, became the blueprint for the supercar that is still followed religiously today – stunning low-slung looks, two seats, a V12 engine in the middle and power to the rear wheels.

And through this new partnership, Lamborghini wants to continue to have the same impact as the concept of the car itself begins to change at its fastest rate since Karl Benz submitted his first patent back in 1886.

“We want people to think of us more and more as a trendsetter in the super luxury and sports car segment,” said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “MIT has always been a pioneer in innovation and we are proud to have signed this general agreement with such an illustrious institution, which will lead to the study of issues of mutual interest relating to the super sports car for the 3rd millennium.”

Such an agreement might seem to go against the philosophy of a company that has a reputation for doing things its own way, often regardless of prevailing trends. For example, it is the only established super sports car company in the world without some form of hybrid powertrain in its range. It won’t even consider turbocharging as a means of upping power while reducing the amount of fuel burned for fear of diluting the driving experience.

But one of the secrets of Lamborghini’s endurance (despite several near business death experiences) is that its best cars have been produced by its youngest employees. The team that developed the Miura were all in their 20s.

When seen in those terms, the reasoning behind tapping the resources, intelligence and youthful vigor of MIT becomes clear.

“MIT-Italy is a two-way bridge linking MIT and Outstanding Names in Italian Industry. It is hard for us to imagine a better partner than Lamborghini, and we are looking forward to the projects that this partnership will help us develop,” said Serenella Sferza, Co-director of MIT-Italy Program.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T: Family Supercar

With the Paris Motor Show just around the corner, car manufacturers are releasing information on their latest creations in time for the main event – the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is one such car. Italian automaker Ferrari says the new car is the perfect balance of sporty and sleek. We got the chance to see the model T in person in Singapore last week, and we weren’t disappointed. Images from this first-in-Asia launch are included below.

Inspired by the GTC4 Lusso, the new GTC4 Lusso T does far more than add a T to end of the name. Unlike the GTC4 Lusso, the new model is fitted with a turbocharged V8 engine (hence the T). The objective was to allow drivers to have an all-rounded experience, the kind that works for prosaic transportation needs like grocery runs . The earlier model’s V12 engine caters to keen drivers and those planning on pan-European roadtrips while the new engine makes the model T (as we’ve taken to calling the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T) good clean fun for the whole family.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T: Family Supercar

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T at its Singapore debut last week

The four-seater car no longer features a four-wheel drive system; instead it relies on a rear wheel drive that is controlled via a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox. It does however carry over the four-wheel steering system to the new model and that aids in the high-speed stability and low speed maneuverability. Thanks to the V8, the GTC4 Lusso T is able to manage the race to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The model T tops out at 320km/h.

The aforementioned four-wheel steering is set up to optimize cornering in an urban context with all four wheels turning in the same direction – many a wide-bodied V12 Ferrari driver has been caught out by the tightness of a bend at low speeds and has been forced to take two or three attempts to exit a junction or take a slip road.

The company also says that the engine, although it sounds wonderful with the taps open should also be suitably subdued at lower speeds in order to help drivers stay alert.

The Ferrari GTC4Lusso T will make its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show which opens to the public on October 1.

The interior of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso

The interior of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Chevrolet Announces Genovation GXE For Order

Chevrolet Genovation GXE: Fastest All-Electric Car

It may look like the Chevrolet C7 Grand Sport Corvette but the Chevrolet Genovation GXE certainly doesn’t sound like it. At $750,000, the Genovation GXE from Chevrolet is powered by electric motors and battery packs that provide an impressive 660 horse power to the rear wheels.

Going from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, the car is able to produce a top speed of 205.6 mph. With its quite precise top speed rating, the Genovation GXE is now officially the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric vehicle. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished with the GXE thus far, pushing the limits for electric-powered cars beyond what most people thought was possible,” said Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation. Of course, the car hasn’t made it to the streets yet and, actually, competitors such as Tesla (still the quickest electric car) will have plenty of time to challenge that speed rating (which we will get to in a moment).

Engineered for track racing, the GXE has a manual transmission, a genuine novelty on 100% electric cars, but it is there for torque multiplication, a necessity when trying to compete for position on a circuit.

However, if being used as a daily driver, Genovation claims it can simply be left in third gear the whole time, except when you need to go backwards, of course.

And it is as an everyday car that the GXE is most likely to return a range of 130-150 miles on a single charge, but that’s still twice as far as the 2005 Ford GT could go on a single tank of gasoline.

By adapting an existing car, Genovation has managed to avoid two of the biggest problems new companies face when entering the car market. The first is that things like the fit and finish of doors, cabin switches and creature comforts are the difficult parts of building a car. Mating a powertrain with a transmission is comparatively easy. The second is crash testing. The cars have to meet federal safety standards and the costs of the tests are immense.

Unfortunately, though the car can go from 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds, and it zipped past some thorny production issues, it will take three years to go from accepted order to delivery. This is because each car will take two years to design and a further 12 months to build to individual customer specification.

However, by 2019, though the GXE will be unique – the company aims to build each of the initial 75 models as totally bespoke orders – electric cars of all shapes and sizes could actually be a common sight with annual global sales of between 3-5 million. However, very few of them will come with the GXE’s $750,000 premium price tag.

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Lamborghini Joins Supercar Lineup

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Lamborghini Supercar Lineup

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS is gearing up to be a supercar haven from October 20 to 23 with an impressive lineup that will be parked on the lawn. Fans of Lamborghini will be able to see two of the brands creations out on the lawn at Raffles Marina, overlooking the luxury yachts that will be on display.

One of the supercars is be the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder. Boasting a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine packing 610 horsepower, the supercar is able to hit a top speed of 324 km/h. The design of the car is best described as a combination of the brand’s “innovation, performance and appeal of the Huracán coupé.” Well you could just take a look below, or better yet, drop by yourself to the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Lamborghini Joins Supercar Lineup

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder

The second supercar from Lamborghini’s range calling the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS home, is none other than the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (main picture). Packing 700 horses and a top speed of 350 km/h, the Aventador is a lightweight creation that provides high-revving pleasure with low-end torque.

With this much in store during the fun filled weekend, it would be a shame to give the event a miss. To purchase your tickets for the highly anticipated luxury lifestyle event, visit SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Against all odds, the Paris Motor Show is managing more than a few high notes this year, as seen in these five superlative cars. This list includes a few prototypes because, well we just liked the look of them, but overall these are the buzz-worthy models. Before we get to those though, we do have to say that the Volkswagen I.D. concept car seems like a really great idea and Peugeot has done the unthinkable and (literally) elevated the 5008. These aren’t typically the sorts of cars we cover but we’ll expend a sentence here to give them props.

Returning to the main event for us, we ask once again that you bear with us as we revisit the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. It was either that or take another look at the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6, which we’ve seen quite a bit off (including the featured image, top).

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

Trust Alfa Romeo to name a car Giulia and then amp it up to hyper masculine proportions. Just take a gander at the lines on this sedan and tell us that doesn’t just scream testosterone-fueled muscle. The new high-end Giulia Veloce features all-wheel drive, and two different engine options: 210hp (diesel) or an all-new 280hp (gasoline). On the occasion of the show, the diesel version is being launched in France.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Citroën CXperience

We can’t resist suicide doors and the Citroën CXperience helpfully obliges this silly tendency. The AFP reports that this concept car is almost certainly a forerunner to Citroën’s upcoming C5 generation. This 4.85-meter-long (16ft) sedan stands out with its two-box design, 22-inch wheels and, of course, those suicide doors, Seriously, if this gets made in this form, we look forward to reading about all the mishaps those doors will get the owner into. This hybrid vehicle (gas/electric) promises 300 horses in total. The front end also showcases what could be a future brand identity, with resigned daytime running lights.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

LaFerrari Aperta

Like its hardtop sibling, this new hypercar offers hybrid hyper performance (we just love this tongue-twister), thanks to an electric motor and V12 engine working in concert. The result is a sprint to 100km/h in under 3 seconds and a top speed of 350+km/h – all without a solid roof. It would have reportedly cost more than 2 million euros but Ferrari has saved you all that dough by not having any more models to sell.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Honda Civic Type R

Ok so here is a concept that is so workable we aren’t even sure why Honda is bothering with parading about the prototype. Well, maybe the Japanese automaker just wanted to start rubbing it in rivals’ faces early – the full production model will hit the streets in the second half of 2017. The concept car stands out with its carbon fiber side skirts and splitter – it adds a triple exhaust pipe that makes us wonder what it sounds like. This mean machine also boasts smoked glass headlights and LED indicators.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Renault Trezor

If we’ve never featured a car just because it was bananas (can you say Faraday Future), this will take care of that deficiency. Basically, the Renault Trezor is car-sized eye-candy with a hood and roof that lift up! That alone would have sold us on including this car here but that is not the end of the story. The exposed interior you can just make out here is futuristic and connected, full of ultra-high-definition touch screens. This GT concept has an entirely electric powerplant that Renault has developed directly from the world of auto racing (Formula E). It promises 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) acceleration in under four seconds.

LaFerrari Aperta Rolls Out, Sells Out

LaFerrari Aperta Rolls Out, Sells Out

In the absence of many of the biggest names in motoring at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari had the spotlight to itself for the debut of its LaFerrari Aperta soft-top supercar; the entire production run is already spoken for. Next year is also a landmark one for the Prancing Horse as it turns a nimble 70; the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is possibly an early birthday gift to itself. The automaker also detailed plans to build 350 limited edition takes on its current supercar lineup.

By all accounts, Ferrari turned the debut of the LaFerrari Aperta into a party (which is unsurprising in the world of cars) and revelled in the absence of guests such as Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Actually, it was also a farewell party of sorts because the LaFerrari Aperta is sold out. Also, the proper name is Aperta, not Spider as we had it in our teaser in July. Thanks for that Ferrari. Ok, let’s get into that now-unavailable supercar for a bit and see how it would have handled if we could have gotten our hands on it.

Like its hardtop sibling, this new hypercar offers hybrid hyper performance (say that 10 times fast!), thanks to an electric motor and V12 engine working in concert. The result is a sprint to 100km/h in under 3 seconds and a top speed of 350+km/h – all without a solid roof. As you might imagine, that amps up the adrenaline quite a bit and we await actual field reports on this. We imagine the technical challenge to be unbelievably complicated.

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Why? Well, a car without a hard-top roof loses its structural rigidity and aerodynamic prowess, for a start. However, the AFP reports that Ferrari’s engineers and designers have done everything within their powers to ensure that there is no noticeable difference between the hard-top and soft-top versions.

And this is important because who wants a lesser supercar.

The car will come with a fabric soft top as standard or a carbon fiber removable hardtop can be specified as an option.

As well as a new hypercar, Ferrari also detailed plans to build 350 limited edition cars, 70 examples of each vehicle in its series production range – one for each year of the company’s existence – to mark its anniversary.

However, each of these special models will stand out visually but not in terms of performance. Ferrari’s Tailor Made Atelier (which usually handles ground-up bespoke commissions) has created 70 individual liveries inspired by the most iconic Ferraris in history, some of which, but by no means all, were on show.

The California T “Steve McQueen,” for example, is inspired by the 250GT Berlinetta lusso the actor and racing driver once owned. Like the original car, it’s finished in a deep brown and has a camel leather interior.

The company has also looked to racing success for ideas, including the 1961 Tourist Trophy winning 250GT Berinetta SWB. Applied to an F12Berlinetta on the stand, it boasts Blu Scuro racing livery, a number roundel and a white horizontal stripe across the hood.

LaFerrari Aperta Rolls Out, Sells Out

Ferrari unveiled a number of planned new liveries to mark its 70th anniversary in 2017

The Ferrari F12berlinetta: “The Stirling” edition

The Ferrari F12berlinetta: “The Stirling” edition

The Ferrari California T: “The Steve McQueen” edition

The Ferrari California T: “The Steve McQueen” edition

Ford GT

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

When we think about supercars – and hypercars too of course – the names that come to mind are typically European, with the notable exception of the Ford GT. You know the names of course – Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston Martin and McLaren. The news that the Saleen S7 is rolling back into extremely limited production after nearly a decade reminds us though that American automakers have indeed made valuable contributions to the world of supercars.

That Saleen S7 may just be able to lay claim to the title of the first true American mid-engine supercar but that is just a technicality. Despite a penchant for muscle over handling finesse, the Saleen is just the latest in a long line of supercars with an American helping hand.

1971 DeTomaso Pantera © by Sicnag Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1971 DeTomaso Pantera © by Sicnag Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The DeTomaso Pantera

It may have been built in Italy but it was designed by an American – Tom Tjaarda – and used American horsepower in the shape of the Ford V8 block. What’s more it was imported directly into the US by Ford who sold it at its Mercury dealerships and ironed out all of the issues that plagued all Italian built cars of the era. As a result of Ford’s direct involvement, within three years of production, the Pantera was a genuinely good car capable of challenging the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini on the track and on the road.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

The 1993 Lamborghini Diablo VT

Lamborghini Diablo

Another Italian supercar, this one was built while Lamborghini was owned by Chrysler. It was the first raging bull-badged vehicle to surpass the 200mph barrier and in its second iteration the first to get all-wheel drive to cope with those ferocious levels of power. Chrysler sold Lamborghini in 1994, but not before the two companies had worked together to create the phenomenal V10 engine that would power the Dodge Viper.


Ford GT

Unlike the car that inspired it – the original GT40, this car was built from the start to be a road-going supercar. However, one thing remained constant, it had to surpass the benchmark set by Ferrari and that it did thanks to a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that delivered 550hp, a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and 205mph top speed. The result was a faster lap time than a Ferrari 350 Modena.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

A 2006 SSC Ultimate Aero

The SCC Ultimate Aero

This car – that no one outside the US had ever heard of – made global headlines in 2007 when it briefly beat the Bugatti Veyron to become the world’s fastest production car, setting a Guinness-verified 256.14mph. It managed this thanks to a twin-turbocharged Chevy V8 sitting in its middle but stealing Bugatti’s record simply made the VW-owned firm go back to the drawing board and return with the SuperSport, which took the record back. All versions of the Ultimate Aero went out of production in 2013.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

The Hennessey Venom GT

No list of US performance cars would be complete without the Venom which uses the nose and doors from a Lotus (to meet crash testing regulations) but everything else is 100% American mechanical know-how. Its twin turbo V8 in its latest state of tune is capable of outputting 1415hp and the Spyder version is currently the world’s fastest open top street legal car, having set a top speed of 265.6mph

Saleen S7 Supercar Returns

Saleen S7 Supercar Returns, Limited to 7 Models

The Saleen S7 supercar is back but only seven owners will get to enjoy this reissue, called the S7 LM. Ten years after the original S7 supercar stopped its run, Saleen is bringing the model back but this time with a lot more fire in its belly. It will have more than 1000hp on tap and collectors will be pleased that it is limited to just seven hand-built examples.

When the S7 made its global debut in Monterey on August 19, 2000 it did so as America’s first true mid-engine supercar. The Ford GT40 is a supercar of course but it isn’t mid-engine. Using a spaceframe construction and clad entirely in carbon fiber, the original S7 boasted a naturally aspirated 7-liter Ford V8 at its center, transmitting 550hp to its rear wheels, which translated into a 0-60mph time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 220mph.

Over its lifetime it received a number of engineering enhancements, including turbocharging which doubled horsepower and chopped almost a whole second off the 0-60mph time. But while the road-going S7 and S7 twin turbo came and went, the racing version hung around, winning races around the globe including at Daytona, Sebring and Nurburgring. Supposedly, it is the racing success that is behind the company’s decision to resurrect the model, although that doesn’t really explain why there are only seven. It takes us back a little to our story on the so-called “dead man’s cars,” although we are unsure if the S7 qualifies as a dead man’s car.

“True to our form, we are bringing back America’s only true supercar,” said Steve Saleen, President and CEO of Saleen Automotive, “We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around.”

Saleen S7 LM front

The new model, which will be badged the Saleen S7 LM and limited to just seven individually constructed examples, will boast a 7-liter twin-turbocharged engine rated at 1,000hp, a specially designed steering wheel, reimagined interior and special external livery to ensure they stand out from any ‘stock’ Saleen S7s on the road.

While we are not sure about Steve Saleen’s assertion that the S7 is America’s “only true supercar,” it is for certain that this limited edition will be built stateside. While the original cars started out as a joint creation between Saleen and UK-based RML Group, all seven of the S7 LMs will be built exclusively at Saleen’s California headquarters.

The original car caused quite a stir back in 2000 and in terms of styling it still stands up to scrutiny. However, the benchmark for US supercar performance has moved on considerably thanks to Hennessey Performance Engineering and its Bugatti baiting Venom GT.

But if the new Saleen can come close to the Venom’s 2.4-second 0-60mph time and 265mph top speed, it will be worth every cent.

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.

Tesla Model S P100D © Tesla Tesla Model S P100D

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.


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.


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.

Aston martin_am-rb-001_

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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage detail

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.