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Is Ferrari planning an even more exclusive hypercar?

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Ferrari has confirmed that all 499 examples of its latest flagship, the LaFerrari, are already spoken for as biggest rival Porsche reveals mixed fortunes with its latest flagship offering, the 918 Spyder.

Ferrari’s parent company, Fiat, is examining other opportunities to extend the car’s production run in some way with the most likely outcome being an even more limited edition but with even more power and extreme performance. Each of which could change hands for as much as $3 million.

LaFerrari interior

Reusing the car’s platform and V12 petrol engine (but not its electric motors) in order to create a Maserati hypercar is also under consideration. The last Maserati hypercar, the MC12, was actually a Ferrari Enzo in disguise but with a slightly de-tuned engine.

The news highlights not only the strength of the Ferrari brand and the loyalty and trust of its existing client base – a member of the public is yet to officially test drive the 949bhp car – but it also underlines the success of the Prancing Horse in this particular segment, compared to McLaren or Porsche.

The LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and the long-awaited Porsche 918 Spyder all have three things in common — they use a hybrid powertrain (a combination of a petrol and an electric motor); they all have a strictly limited production run; and they each cost more than $1 million.

McLaren P1 supercar

However, only Ferrari can claim that its hypercar is sold out. Mclaren has managed to sell 275 of its 375 P1 hypercars after little more than six weeks on the market.

Porsche, whose 918 Spyder has been on display in concept and prototype version for two years now, is still trying to sell many of the 918 examples it intends to build — despite the fact that it is $300,000 cheaper than the McLaren and $600,000 less than the Ferrari yet offers similar performance.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Picture

McLaren P1

McLaren P1 Selling Fast

McLaren P1 Winter Testing

The company says it has already sold 275 examples of its P1 supercar to clients in Europe, the Middle East and North America and is well on its way to selling all 375 examples of the $1.3 million flagship model, less than two months after it made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The McLaren P1 combines an electric motor with a 3.8-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine capable of producing 903bhp. The P1 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in under 3 sec, from 0-200km/h in under 7 sec and from 0-300kph in 17 sec before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 350km/h.

What makes all of these figures even more impressive is the small size of the car’s engine and the fact that it can be driven solely on the electric motor for short distances for truly emission-free travel.

Ready for road or track, the P1 can be specified with any number of bespoke interior fittings and finishes and is available with the option of fitted luggage to make optimum use of the vehicle’s storage space. With such capabilities it shouldn’t come as a surprise that even in financially uncertain times the P1 is already proving a hit with the supercar-buying public.

The company started taking orders on March 7 and only 100 examples remain unsold. However, when the car is offered in Asia later this year, all remaining vehicles are expected to be snapped up.

Of the decision to build such a limited run, McLaren said that the company wanted to ensure the P1 remained a rarity so that spotting one on the road would remain an unforgettable sight.

Though the car is available for order, the P1 is still officially undergoing final-stage testing to ensure the reliability and performance of its components, no matter what the conditions.

The car is currently in Sweden undergoing cold-weather testing and McLaren has released a video of the P1 tearing up the Arctic Circle to whet the appetites of young boys, car fans and potential clients alike. Once all tests are completed, McLaren expects to start deliveries in September.

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Dubai police show off Ferrari

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Dubai police on Thursday showed off a new Ferrari they will use to patrol the city state, hot on the heels of a Lamborghini which joined the fleet earlier.

The car sporting the green and white of Dubai police was unveiled at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It will be used by women police to patrol tourist areas.

The introduction of luxury Italian cars to the police force is being seen as a sign of economic recovery in the Gulf emirate where a housing bubble burst in 2008.

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Meet the new fastest production car in the world

Hennessey Venom GT

American supercar the Hennessey Venom GT has hit 265.7mph (427.6kph) to beat the Bugatti Veyron’s existing record on a technicality to steal the top speed crown.

The technicality in question is engine tuning. A standard production version of the Hennessey Venom GT managed to come close to 270mph along a 2.9 mile stretch of runway whereas the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, using Volkswagen’s 5-mile+ straight, got closer still, hitting 267.8 mph (431kph).

After setting its record, the production version of the car had its engine slightly detuned so that its top speed would be limited to a mere 258mph in order to guarantee the tires don’t disintegrate.

Therefore, though it is still technically the world’s fastest petrol engine car, the Bugatti is not the world’s fastest street-legal production car.

The Hennessey Venom GT was tested in February but the figures have only now been ratified. The car, which is loosely based on the Lotus Exige, is powered by a twin turbo-charged 7.0-liter V-8 engine.

It pumps out 1244 horespower and, as the car weighs exactily 1244kg, its power to weight ratio is 1000 horsepower per tonne.

In February of 2013, the Venom GT officially became the quickest accelerating production vehicle in the world as it ran 0-300 km/h in 13.63 seconds, thus establishing a new Guinness World Record.

The car also managed to go from 0-60 mph in 3.05 seconds and 0-100 mph in 5.88 seconds, and it ran the standing quarter-mile in 10.29 seconds at 158.83 mph.

Only 29 Venom GTs are scheduled to be built and each will cost their lucky owner $1.2 million plus shipping, not including options. Hennessey claims that the first 10 have already been sold.

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McLaren working on a new entry-level supercar

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The third road car from McLaren, currently codenamed the P13, will be designed to compete head to head with the Porsche 911 Turbo in terms of price, performance and driving thrills.

Expected to go on sale in 2015, the car will not be a budget-basement vehicle built from the parts bin but will share the same carbon fibre MonoCell ‘tub’ chassis developed for the MC12 supercar.

Speaking to Autocar, Ron Dennis, the company’s executive chairman said that the resulting car would be available as a hardtop upon launch and would be joined later by a convertible version.

The P13 will be smaller than the MC12 but will share the same 3.8-litre V8 turbocharged engine. However, the powerplant will be tuned differently to produce 450hp, 166 fewer than the version currently found in its other production cars. It is most likely to resemble the flagship P1 than the MC12.

When asked why the company has set its sights on Porsche, rather than Bentley or Aston Martin, who all have cars in the same £120,000 (US$180,000) price bracket, McLaren representatives told Autocar that McLaren was going after 911 Turbo because it is the only true sportscar in that market segment.

Autocar quotes a company insider on the decision, who said: “The truth is, if you have £120,000 to spend on a sports car you’d still end up going for a Porsche 911, even though you can get one [without a turbo] for £70,000. There is nothing else out there between £100,000 and £150,000.”

Cars offered by Aston Martin and Bentley in the same price bracket are focused on long-distance cruising rather than true driver involvement and performance.

Therefore unless a serious driver has the extra £30,000 to upgrade to a Ferrari 458 Italia, a soon-to-be-discontinued Lamborghini Gallardo or indeed a McLaren MC12, the Porsche Turbo or possibly an Audi R8 V10 coupe are the only serious options.

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The Icona Vulcano: a new supercar with over 900 hp

Icona Vulcano

New hybrid supercar, the Icona Vulcano, will be unveiled at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. It promises to deliver over 900 hp, a top speed of 350km/h and acceleration from 0 to 200km/h in under 10 sec.

The man behind this ambitious project is engineer Claudio Lombardi who is known in sporting circles for designing the engines that helped the Lancia team at the World Rally Championships until 1991. He was also the F1 technical director at Ferrari until 2000.

The Icona Vulcano follows the current trend for ultra powerful hybrid supercars. At the Geneva Motor Show, all eyes were on the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 which deliver 963hp and 915hp respectively.

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Ferrari’s Maranello museum welcomes LaFerrari

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In case you missed LaFerrari’s unveiling in Geneva, the hypercar is now on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello as a part of the “Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth” exhibition.

The exhibition gathers some of the greatest Ferrari sportscars ever built, including historical cars such as the 250 GTO, the 250 LM, the F40, the F50, the Enzo and the related competition models.

Along with admiring the cars, visitors will learn about the entire process from the car’s initial conception to the final approval, and they will have the opportunity to see two full-scale models showing the car in various stages of its development process.

The “Ferrari Supercar. Technology, Design. Myth” exhibition will be open until September 30.

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McLaren P1 hybrid unveiled in Geneva

McLaren P1

McLaren has unveiled its P1 supercar, which can reach an electronically limited top speed of 350km/h and go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3s.

McLaren unveiled its new P1 at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012 and presented it as a new breed of supercar without revealing any of its secrets or its performances. And the much-awaited supercar has now arrived.

McLaren P1 supercar

McLaren’s new F1 driver Sergio Pérez attended the presentation of the final version of the P1 in Geneva. It comes with a 915 horsepower, 3.8-liter, twin turbo V8 engine and boasts exceptional performances.

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The new supercar can go from 0 to 200km/h in under 7s and from 0 to 300km/h in 17s, which represents a 5s improvement on the performance of the pioneer McLaren F1. It also has a completely electric driving mode for urban journeys.

McLaren P1 interior

The production of the McLaren P1 will be limited to 375 units. Prices for this car will start at one million euros. See the McLaren P1 in action: youtu.be/VW2LOgchfno

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Lamborghini Veneno hypercar revealed

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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has introduced its fastest and most outrageous road car yet, the Veneno.

The Veneno is named after a legendary fighting bull whose reputation was built on the fact that it was one of the strongest and most aggressive in history.

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The Veneno is based on the Aventador coupe and is built almost entirely from carbon fiber. It boasts a V12, 750 horespower powertrain and permanent four-wheel drive.

Lamborghini says the Veneno can reach speeds of 220 miles per hour (355 kilometers per hour) and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

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The model making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show is grey, but the three production models will each be finished in one of the three colors of the Italian flag.

The green, white and red cars will retail for €3 million ($3.9 million) plus tax and Lamborghini claims it has already secured a buyer for every example.

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However the display model, which carries the production number 0, will remain the property of Lamborghini.

Likewise, although the Italian supercar maker has guaranteed delivery of each production model before the end of the year, production won’t start until further track-based testing has been completed.

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LykanHypersport 2013, the first Arabian supercar

W Motors Lykan Hypersport

The Arab world’s first true supercar, the LykanHypersport 2013, is turning heads in its official debut at the Qatar Motor Show this week.

Beirut-based W Motor claim that its flat-six, twin-turbocharged engine delivers 750hp and will propel the car from 0 to 100 kph in 2.8 seconds to reach the breakneck maximum speed of 390 kph. In doing so the car is entering Bugatti Veyron territory in terms of performance levels.

But to be a true hypercar, performance and luxury must go hand in hand, and so for those who demand the finer things in life, the car’s LED headlights are diamond-encrusted while the seats feature real gold stitching.

WMotors Lykan Hypersport

The instrument panel uses a revolutionary 3D virtual holographic display and many of its functions and commands are motion- and gesture-activated.

Only 7 examples of the LykanHypersport 2013 will be produced and each one will come with a 24/7 concierge service and a special edition $200,000 Cyrus Klepcys Watch also limited to 7 examples.

The LykanHypersport 2013 will retail for $3.4 million with the first orders expected to be fulfilled in September 2013.

LykanHypersport Qatar Auto Show

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz and AMG have been teasing us with the prospect of an all-electric supercar since the SLS AMG E-Cell concept broke cover in 2010.

Now at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes has presented the public with an all-electric SLS that’s set to become the fastest production electric supercar in the world.
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