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PostHeaderIcon XING Mobility Miss R Is Tesla Roadster’s Asian Cousin

You may not have hear of XING Mobility, but they have been in the business of making electric powertrains for some time. They are a supplier of such systems to car makers the world over. But now they want in on the game itself, and they have a player called XING Mobility Miss R.

OK, so the naming of this electric supercar is not particularity brilliant. But wait until you hear about the kind of performance it promises. There ain’t nothing miss-y about the numbers this car can pull. According to the Taipei-based firm, XING Mobility Miss R has one megawatt of power which is about 1,341 horsepower,produced by 4 independent 350V motors. Since the Miss weighs next to nothing, they say it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.8 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Those are better records than that of the new Tesla Roadster.

In fact, XING makes it quite clear that they are gunning for Tesla’s crown as the world’s fastest electric sports car. Well, fastest accelerating that is, seeing as Miss R has a top speed of only 270 km/h. They are still developing this thing, but they probably need a nicer design if they want to take on and beat Tesla’s sexy Roadster. What XING Mobility Miss R has going for it though is the battery technology. They are using an innovative system with LEGO-like battery modules which house 42 lithium-ion cells, sitting in a bath of 3M Novec 7200 Engineered Fluid used for high-caliber cooling.





But instead of focusing on range XING believes their fast-swapping method, which allows you to take the empty battery pack out and put in a charged one in 5 minutes, is more convenient. Be that as it may, they cannot realistically expect to win the battle against Tesla for one very simple reason. Whereas the new Roadster is priced at $200K, the production version of the Miss R, if they get to that stage, will be upwards of $1 million USD apiece.

Via Motor1

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PostHeaderIcon Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004S Has Central Driving Position

You probably know American rich man Glickenhaus from his previous one-off, custom Ferraris. Well, what started as a hobby for him is now a legit business, and this is the latest production of his company. The new Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004S is an Italian-American McLaren F1 with the steerign wheel right in the center. 

That makes the SCG 004s a three-seater, so you have two of your buddies with you as you go a cruise around the lawn of your favorite concourse. They won’t be awfully safe though, and neither will you. The design and layout of the dashboard in this car is pretty old-fashioned.It brings to mind racing Ferraris of the 60s, which means it is an absolute delight sitting in that cabin.

Cameron Glickenhaus ha ambitions to become the modern-day Enzo Ferrari by directly emulating him. His ultimate goal in designing and building Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004S, and the other model that went before it, is for him to race at Le Mans. But he has to produce a number of road-going model and sell them to public to be eligible for the race. So there will be up to 325 units of the car sent out ot the wild over the next two or three years. And they will come in various forms, including GT3, GTE and GTLM competition. The support for the 003C will continue for the time being.















As for the specs, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004S is powered by a 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine developing 650 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. That power has to haul only 1,179 kg thanks to a carbon chassis. The driven wheels are on the rear and their diff is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. All very vintage stuff, but SCG does offer a paddle shift option as well.

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PostHeaderIcon Devel Sixty 6×6 SUV Has 700 hp, Insane Looks

They call it the baddest truck in the world, and they have a point. The Devel Sixty SUV, unveiled at Dubai Auto Show, is almost certainly the craziest thing you have ever seen on, well, six wheels. And the craziest thing about it is they are actual going to produce and sell it to the public!

Compared to this, AMG’s 6×6 G63 looks like a Honda Civic. Devel Sixty 6×6 SUV is modeled, by the looks of things, on military personnel carriers. It even has military-grade wheels and tires and chassis, and night vision system, of course. It’s not armored though, at least in its concept form. The Sixty looks childish to be honest, but that’s kind of what’s cool about it. It could prove less effective in helping you survive the apocalypse than a Prius, but that doesn’t take away from how awesome this creature is.

Powering the Devel Sixty 6×6 SUV is a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine developing 700 horsepower and over 1,000 Nm of torque. It claims to hit 100 km/h from 0 in 5.8 seconds on any kind of surface you can imagine. It’s a pity, though, Devel didn’t put their 5,000 hp, 3,700 Nm of torque W16 engine in this car. That is probably because it’s not real.




At any rate, other notable highlights of this bad boy include portal axles with independent suspension for each wheel, carbon fiber body (as if lightness is a matter of concern here), 6 Pilot automatic fully adjustable seats, GPS, and tire inflation system. They say the Sixty is street-legal, but what streets they have in mind we don’t know. They will make one for you in a year, however, if you place an order today and pay them $450,000. 

In the immortal words of Quentin Tarantino, this thing is one bad mothafucka!

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PostHeaderIcon Tramontana Supercar Gets Gold Interior from Vilner

The Tramontana is a Spanish supercar designed to the closest thing to an F1 car for the roads. Obviously, that makes very little sense, which is why the thing didn’t catch on. But it did catch fire though, on more than one occasions, sometimes while on TV. Anyway, Bulgarian tuner Vilner has got hold of one recently and they went gold mad on it for the SEMA show. 

Vilner’s Tramontana differs from other models – which also boast interior designs from this tuner – in that it has a much stronger luxury feel to it. Following the exterior theme of black surfaces complemented with gold accents, the cabin is wrapped in fine black leather and Alcantara, contrasting with the golden leather of the seats which, apparently, is modeled on ancient thrones. Same style and materials can be found on both sides of the cockpit and even the floor mats are made from leather, Alcantara and that “golden leather” elements.

The attention to details in this Tramontana is pretty amazing. But then you wouldn’t expect anything else from Vilner. They have wrapped teh sun visor in Alcnatara and garnished it with gold edging. The dials and knobs have gold surrounds. There’s gold stitching and a steering wheel that appears to have been taken from a captured spaceship belonging to third army of the planet Zaa. As a reminder, AD Tramontana is powered by a Mercedes-Benz bi-turbo V12 with 888 hp. It weighs just under 1,300 kg, and it has a reputation for being extremely wild and, well, fiery.


















 “You are nobody in the automotive custom scene if you’re not at SEMA,” says Atanas Vilner, founder of the namesake art studio Vilner. “We were there as an exclusive partner to the Spanish supercar brand AD Tramontana”

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PostHeaderIcon ATS GT – Italian Exotica with €1,150,000 Price Tag

Normally when a new-born supercar with a million euro price tag appears on the radar we tend to look at it with some skepticism. After all, many have many before who claimed big things, but no one remembers them today. But in the case of the new ATS GT one cannot help thinking here’s something solid, something with real value to it.

Part of that could be because of the brand itself. Dating back to the 60s, the Italian firm was set up by a bunch of ex-Ferrari engineers and technicians. Now that is always a good starting point. But the resurrected model does not rely solely on the merits of its ancestors,namely the ATS 2500 GTS. It’s a bloody good supercar in its own right with the looks and power and exclusivity to back up the name.

Here’s a detailed look at this beauty in one seriously cool slideshow:

Limited to just 12 units, each priced at €1,150,000, the ATS GT features gullwing doors with touch sensors instead of handles, red and gold stripes, a very neat aero kit with pronounced diffusers and spoilers, forged aluminium wheels (20” front, 21” rear), and plenty of carbon fiber inside. The minimalist design of the cabin is an homage to the racing machines the GT tries to emulate. So you get ultra-thin digital Cluster TFT screen,surrounded by an aluminium frame, and the central touchscreen for managing all the other functions including various suspension and powertrain modes.







But the meat of the package is the bi-turbo V8 engine with either 650 or 700 bhp output. The motor features dry-sump lubrication like a racing car and, in the fastest mode, can propel the ATS GT from 0 to 60 mpg in 3 seconds flat and on to a top speed of 206 mph. The 1,300 kg speed machine also boasts a mechanical differential and 7-speed box for maximum fun around track, and of course a sonorus Italian exhaust system is also present.

ATS GT SPECS:

Dimensions
Length 4,700mm
Width 1,960mm
Maximum height 1,210mm
Wheelbase 2,670mm
Dry weight 1,300kg
Boot capacity 2.30m3

Engine and transmission
Bi-turbo V8 engine with dry-sump lubrication
Displacement 3,799 cc.
Power 478 KW / 650 bhp at 7,250 rpm – Optional Upgrade 515 KW /700 bhp
Maximum torque 678 Nm – Optional Upgrade 750 Nm
Euro 6 certification
Rear wheel drive
7 speed automatic ATS transmission

Performance
Maximum speed: more than 206mph
0 to 60mph: 3.0 seconds with launch control
0 to 120mph: 9.9 seconds
CO2 emissions 275 g/km
Fuel consumption
City 18 lt./100 km (15.6mpg)
Highway 9 lt./100 km (31.4mpg)
Combined 12 lt./100 km (23.5mpg)

Dynamics
Forward and rear double wishbone suspension
Shock absorbers with adjusting rings
Active electronic setup
ESP stability control
Brakes with carbo-ceramics discs
20” front wheels; 21” rear wheels
Front tyres 255/30R20 ; rear tyres 355/25R21
Tour-Sport-Race driving modes
Multi material chassis (aluminium alloy and carbon fibre) capable of outstanding strength and torsion

Infotainment
Active instrument panel
Central touchscreens that interact with the main instrument panel
Prima Orchestra Professional Sound System
Parking cameras
G-meter
Tyre temperature and pressure information

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PostHeaderIcon Gordon Murray Supercar Teased Under IGM Brand

After decades of helping other people build awesome supercars, from McLaren F1 to the new TVR, the automotive legend that is Gordon Murray wants to make something he can put his own name on. This is it – well, its silhouette at least – a supercar that will be built under Murray’s resurrected IGM brand and said to be so advanced, it’ll make McLaren P1 look like it’s from the Fifties. 

Murray’s love of aerodynamic is apparently given free reign in the design of this as yet unnamed supercar. They say it “will incorporate some of the most advanced aerodynamics yet seen on a road car.” Latest material and technology will be employed in the building of this machine, and great care will be taken to ensure “light weight and driving pleasure” remain the main of focus of the development team throughout.

The new Gordon Murray supercar will be based on his iStream platform just like the new TVR Griffith. IT features high-strength aluminium sections in place of the steel used in iStream and iStream Carbon. The gains in terms of weight saving are huge, and the strength is among the best. iStream superlight is the ultimate development of iStream technology and promises to be the lightest and most efficient process for body-in-white manufacturing for decades to come. There is no word yet as to what sort of powertrain this creature will boast.

The invitation-only ‘One Formula’ exhibition at Dunsfold Park gathers – for the first and possibly only time – almost every race and road car from Gordon Murray’s 50-year career. The exhibition also celebrates the 10-year anniversary of both the Gordon Murray Design business and iStream manufacturing process, as well as the 25th year since the McLaren F1 road car entered production. On display are 40 different vehicles and designs, including familiar milestone cars* as well as those that have never or rarely been on show before. The exhibition charts the history of advanced aerodynamics and composite technology in each of Gordon Murray’s projects, and features detailed insight into Gordon Murray Design’s ground-breaking iStream manufacturing technology.

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Venom F5 – Details, Specs, Pricing

As the new American hypercar Hennessey Venom F5 is making its world debut at the SEMA show 2017, the tuner/car maker released first official details of this magnificent monster. Replacing the old Lotus-based Venom, the F5 features home-grown American everything and claims some American-sized numbers too. 

Powering the Hennessey Venom F5 is a 1600 bhp Hennessey Twin Turbo V8 Engine mated to a 7-speed single clutch paddle shift transmission. Tipping the scale at 2,950 lbs, the rear-wheel-drive F5 accelerates from 0 to 186 mph (300 km/h) in under 10 seconds and flat out can reach 300+ mph. It is also said to do the now trendy 0-400-0 run in under 30 seconds.

Boasting new and cutting-edge carbon fiber chassis and body, Hennessey Venom F5 also looks the part. It’s low and hunkered down and has a special design cue with three circles featured on the exhaust pipes and inside the cabin for the air vents. The design is not very artistic per se. If you are used to stuff like the Huayra or Regera the F5 will not tingle your tingly bits at all. But it’s a neat and clean look this car has, and more importantly it’s functional aerodynamically.

Hennessey Venom F5 hardtop will be produced in 24 copies, each priced at $1.6 million US dollars.
















“We’ve designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched,” said John Hennessey, company Founder and CEO. “The F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Alpine 110 Cup Race Car Officially Unveiled

Alpine revealed today the racing version of the new A110 which they had promised a while ago. Lightened and more focused, the 2018 Alpine 110 Cup is an affordable race car which you can use for Alpine Europa Cup, or for having enormous bouts of fun on track days.

Alpine 110 Cup Race Car is designed, developed and produced by Signatech, who will also sell the car for around €100,000 apop. With a weight of 1,050 kg and power output of 270 hp (18 more than the road car) mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox, the A110 Cup features racing suspension with 40mm lowered ride height compared to the standard car. Of course, the Öhlins spring-shock absorbers are compression- and rebound-adjustable. Boasting a roll cage and new sub-frames as well as Michelin slick and treaded are other highlights of the tiny racer.

Since Alpine 110 Cup will be ought predominately by gentleman racer and, well, rookies, there has been no compromise on safety features. The car comes with specific Sabelt bucket seat with built-in head restraints, six-point HANS-compatible harness, automatic fire extinguisher, dry battery, master switch, etc. There is also Brembo brakes with large discs ABS and traction control systems, which may be adjusted or disabled.The adjustable pedal box and steering column help adapt the driving position to suit all shapes and sizes of driver. You even get air con!








Bernard Ollivier, Alpine Deputy Managing Director: “The fact we have created the Alpine A110 Cup and a dedicated competition in which they will compete, the Alpine Europa Cup, is yet further evidence of our love of motor racing. We wanted the A110 Cup to be a genuine race car, a particularly refined machine equipped with high-end features geared towards performance. Alpine Europa Cup competitors will therefore be able to enjoy driving a very beautiful car, which will set new standards in terms of efficiency. The organisation of the competition will also meet Alpine’s demanding requirements, featuring rigour and professionalism on the track, but a fun and friendly atmosphere in the paddock. The Alpine Europa Cup will equally be used as a means of reaching out to our community of fans throughout Europe.”

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PostHeaderIcon Apollo Intensa Emozione Has Cool Looks, 780 Horsepower

You may remember Apollo for the technically brilliant but catastrophically Gumpert supercar. That car wasn’t really a success since it caused the company to almost go bust. Now, though, they are back with this, the Apollo Intensa Emozione, and it seems they have got it right this time. 

Apollo has been trying for a few years to come up with a great hypercar and they even came up with some proposals. All of that effort culminates in the IE which seems to flawless, whether you look at its design or technical specs. Packing a 6.3 liter V12 engine with 780 horsepower and 760 Nm of torque, Apollo Intensa Emozione certainly has enough power to be allowed in the hypercar club. And as for the looks, well, OMG!

You’d be forgiven to think it’s a new Pagani the first time you lay eyes upon Apollo Intensa Emozione. It has the same delicacy and art we know from that brand, but it’s more aggressive and motorsport-y. The huge wing and shark fin and large spoilers reminds us of LMP1 cars, while all the twisted lines and tortured surfaces brings to mind a modern art sculpture. And it’s a sculpture made from carbon fiber, just like its monocoque which weighs only 105 kg.

















Apollo Intensa Emozione comes with Brembro carbon ceramic (CCM) and bespoke Michelin tires capable of handling up to 2G. suspension-wise, you have Formula One inspired double wishbone with full push-rod and rocker arm architecture. The car even has four air jacks in the fashion of endurance race cars.

The IE is an old-school kind of hypercar with a naturally aspirated engine and sequential 6-speed gearbox. But it doesn’t really matter because they are only making 10 units of it. It is really more of a statement than a commercial product, and in that sense it is magnificent.

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Venom F5 Previewed Before SEMA Debut

Hennessey Performance is a Texan firm best known for their high-powered tuner cars. A few years ago, however, they decided to build a hypercar and it was such a successful effort they are back at it with a new model. It’s called Hennessey Venom F5 and it is set for debut at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas on November 1. 

Now, those of you familiar with Hennessey’s first Venom know that it is the kind of car built for breaking records. The first one was based on a modified Lotus Exige chassis and had enough power to challenge the authority of top dogs such as Bugatti Veyron. Hennessey Venom F5 is built on an all-new platform developed by HPE themselves and, judging by the preview photos and video they have released, it features a much more intriguing design than its predecessor. The dominating theme in this car is a triplet of circles which is used as the main design cue inside and out.

What really matters with Hennessey Venom F5, however, is not the design or even handling. The Venom has always been about straight line performance and what kind of numbers it can pull. HPE is not yet ready to let us know about the technical specifications of the Venom F5, but one can be fairly sure the hypercar produces well over 1,000 horsepower. The reason that is a certainty is because the Americna firm has hinted at a 300 mph top speed for the F5 in one of their witty teasers. If that’s true, you are looking at the world’s fastest production car.

Stay tuned for more on the Hennessey Venom F5 over the coming days.




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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Ultimate Series Road Car Confirmed

Before we get to see the highly-anticipated BP23 Hyper-GT, McLaren is going to gives an extreme road car. This is the successor to the P1, the modern-day F1, the hypercar with the central driving position. It is a  McLaren Ultimate Series road car set to be the “most extreme, track-concentrated road car McLaren has yet designed.”

That is certainly mouth-watering, even though the “track-concentrated” part means it is going to be a highly focused car. And the reason that is not such a good news is such hypercars often sacrifice style and comfort and other good, yummy things in pursuit of speed. To be honest we have enough fast cars out there. We would rather see something that is breathtakingly beautiful, or exquisitely-built, or technologically mind-blowing – you know, something like Koenigsegg Regera.

But McLaren only known howto build fast cars and they do it very well indeed. The new McLaren Ultimate Series, which will be released ahead of BP23 hyper track car in early 2018, is going to be hardcore. McLaren is already admitting “daily usability is being sacrificed to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit.” But they also describe its design as brutal, so although it may not be a good road car, at least it’ll be awesome to look at. So far we only have the design of the triple exhaust pipes to admire about it.

As with the BP23, this Ultimate Series model will be produced in very limited numbers and boast a wince-inducing price tag. The name and technical specification of the new McLaren will be revealed over the coming months.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Polestar 1 Officially Unveiled with 600bhp Powertrain

You know the name Polestar from some of the most exciting Volvos of the past few years. Now the Swedish firm is a stand-alone entity, sort of, and they have come up with their first production model. The Polestar 1 is a hybrid electric coupe set to go into production in mid-2019 at Volvo’s facilities in China. 

So what we have here is a Chinese-built, Swedish-designed, electric-hybrid with old-school looks, supercar performance, and Grand Tourer comfort. It’s an amalgam, but something no one else has ever tried before. On the surface Polestar 1 looks like a slightly revised Volvo S90, which is not entirely coincidental. Polestar may have split from mother company, but they are still dependent on them for all kinds of support. And they would want the connection to that they won’t look like a start-up out there in the world exotic cars.

The performance-oriented hybrid electric powertrain in Polestar 1 churns out a very respectable 600hp and 1000Nm of torque. Though technical details of the system are yet to be revealed, they have let us know that the 1 has a range of 150kms on pure electric power alone. If this is true, and the Swedes seldom lie, this car is going to school all the giants of the hybrid segment on what’s possible in terms of performance and economy. handling-wise, Polestar has used all its motorsport know-how to ensure the car drives well. You have double electric rear axle which enables torque vectoring, Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) advanced chassis technology, and a lightweight carbon fiber body.













Besides being the halo car for the new company, Polstar 1 is going to spawn a whole range of other models with fully electric powertrains. It is also set to revolutionize the way people buy cars:

Polestar will also move away from today’s traditional ownership model. Cars will be ordered 100% online and offered on a two or three year subscription basis. The zero-deposit, all-inclusive subscription will also add features such as pick-up and delivery servicing and the ability to rent alternative vehicles within the Volvo and Polestar range, all incorporated into one monthly payment. The flat rate subscription means that having a Polestar car becomes a hassle free experience for the customer. This is facilitated by Phone-As-Key technology. It allows the owner to share a virtual key with a third party, and also enables access to a host of other on-demand features. This concierge service ensures that the customer only needs to focus on the enjoyment of driving.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Agera RS 0-400-0 km/h Record – Chiron Who?

They didn’t want to do it. But all the noise Bugatti made about the Chiron’s 0-400-0 record forced Koenigsegg to react and defend their dignity. So they dispatched a Koenigsegg Agera RS to the test track with the factory test driver and set a record that makes Chiron wet its pants. 

So let’s get down to the numbers. The privately-owned Koenigsegg Agera RS used in this test completed the 0-400-0 challenge in 37.28 seconds over a distance of 2,535m. Actually, it went a little over the magical 400 mark, clocking 403 km/h before the driver applied the brakes. The RS took only 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 km/h over a distance of 1,958 meters. Deceleration was equally impressive with a time of 9.56 seconds over 483 meters.

What makes this record even more impressive is that Koenigsegg Agera RS is less powerful than Bugatti Chiron. It has 1,360 horsepower against the Bugga’s 1,500. What’s more, the Agera is rear-wheel-drive, whereas the Chiron benefits from all-wheel-drive. So it comes down to weight and how the power is put down to the ground. This proves it is possible for a small car maker operating out of a hangar to take on and beat a giant like VW-owned Bugatti with virtually unlimited resources.








Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder and CEO: “It makes me so proud, so happy and excited to see what we have achieved as a team with the Agera RS. A result like this does not just happen. It may have only taken a few hours of driving to complete this run, but we cannot overlook all of the work that went into creating the car in the first place. Building these cars takes everything we have. We give it our all, every day of every week. Without this commitment to excellence, we would not be worthy of either the result or the reward.

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PostHeaderIcon Rezvani Tank SUV Revealed with Big Engine, Bigger Price Tag

We’d been hearing about this thing on and off, but nothing we heard prepared us for what the shock of seeing it. This is the new Rezvani Tank, an extreme off-roader from the Californian boutique auto maker. It is unreasonably huge, unashamedly vulgar, and undeniably awesome!

It appears they let the same 8-year-old boy who did the Rezvani Beast to design the Rezvani Tank as well. This thing is like the bastard child of a Hummer and an alien spaceship. In a Venn diagram the Tank would fit in the cross section between luxury, performance, and sheer lunacy. No nobody needs such a thing, not even the boss of an apocalyptic gang who rules the swamps where Manhattan used to be. But that is exactly why this car is so cool. It’s an action movie, a Van Damme flick, the quintessential big boy’s toy.

But enough with trying to make sense of Rezvani Tank. Let’s see what sort of specs this monster boasts. Under the muscular bonnet you find a HEMI V8 engine supplied by SRT with 500 horsepower. The power is complemented with on-demand 4×4, top of the line off-road suspension and off-road tires, together providing ample ground clearance. Power-initiated, rear-opening doors is another highlight, dwarfed by the presence of a thermal night vision camera. And yes, they can armor plate the vehicle for you if you ask.



















The interior is more on the functional side than style and aesthetics, but you do get some nice seats with elaborate upholstery and a fair bit of luxury amenities. There is even a head-up display system shows speed, navigation, incoming calls, text messages, fuel level, calendar notifications, and speed limit on the current road. Al of this coolness comes at a price… $178,000 at the minimum.

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PostHeaderIcon BAC Mono Sports Car Debuts in Project CARS 2

Even though it has only one seat and no roof or doors or any other luxury amenities, the BAC Mono starts at around £125K. That means a lot of people will never get to drive one, and that is why they have come up with a digital version now. The Mono is now available in Project CARS 2 video game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Granted, driving a car in a video game compared to real life is like self-gratification compared to real sex. But hey, when you don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the real thing, and one isn’t on the horizon anytime soon, the former at the very least provides a little bit of relief. So all you BAC Mono lovers out there, you should go and get this game and see in the digital world what a power-to-weight ratio of 525bhp per tonne means on the race track.

Speaking of tracks, Project CARS 2 allows you to be as fast as you want in the BAC Mono on  some of the most iconic and famous tracks around the world, including Silverstone, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the Fuji Speedway and the Daytona International Circuit. The car is a second-generation Mono with a 2.5-litre Ford Duractec four-cylinder engine tuned by Mountune to deliver 305bhp and 310Nm of torque. Now, you won’t be noticing that it weighs only 585 kg because as it corners like a fly your couch stays still. But thanks to the excellent physics of the game get an idea about the limits of grip in the Mono.






BAC Co-Founder and Director of Product Development, Neill Briggs, said: “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Project CARS 2 and are delighted with how it’s captured the essence of Mono and everything that makes it a global superstar. It’s the dream of driving purists around the world to get behind the wheel of the Mono, and Project CARS 2 provides the next best thing with its realistic handling, poise and speed.”

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PostHeaderIcon DSD Design Boreas Hypercar with 1000-hp

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Following the footsteps of GTA Spano the new Spanish firm DSD Design  Motorsport wants a piece of the hypercar business and by the looks of things they’re coming prepared. This is the Boreas, named after a virile Greek god, and it claims some serious numbers.

It’s all very interesting because the company behind Boreas, according to their Instagram, is more like a start-up that would make smartphone apps or mobile games to rival Candy Crush. But they have gone and made this rather magnificent thing and they seem serious about putting it into production.

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While official details have not yet been confirmed, the Boreas wish list includes a hybrid powertrain with a beefy engine and electric motor that generates one thousand horsepower, offers selectable four-wheel-drive, and iseven capable of driving for a bit solely on electricity. The car has a transaxle 7-speed automated manual gearbox and a targeted 0-100km/h sprint time of 2.8 seconds.

Over the years we have seen many hopeful start-ups come and go with no real contribution to the hypercar game. As for Boreas, well, we hope the car at least gets to the prototype stage because it looks awesome and we’d like to see more of it.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

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There used to be a time when you heard the word Superbike the only image that popped into your mind was that of a lasciviously curvaceous Ducati in a tricolore livery. Now the Italian brand has come up with something that pays tribute to that image and brings back memories: the 2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Unveiled at  round eight of the World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca, the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition has magnificent presence, what with the iconic Panigale styling, the signature Ducati headlights, and the evocative tricolore livery which is just fantastic. Powering the Final Edition is a special version of the Euro4 Superquadro engine with 209 hp punch at 11,000 rpm and a torque of 14.5 kgm at 9,000 rpm.

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Among the highlights of this motor there is  a lighter crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing pads, titanium con-rods and intake-exhaust valves. Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition also features an ultra-compact monocoque structure contributing to the overall weight of just 179 kg. The electronics package features the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and is equipped with ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). There is also three riding modes: Race, Sport and Wet.

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PostHeaderIcon NIO EP9 Sets New Nurburgring Lap Record

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It wasn’t that long ago that the new electric super car NIO EP9 shook the auto world by setting the world’s quickest autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, but already they have broken yet another record. This one was their own, the EP9’s Nurburgring lap record which the new attempt improved by nearly three seconds. 

In this new attempt NIO Ep9, this time with a driver at the wheel, managed to go around the Green Hell in 6 minutes 45.900 seconds. As you can see in the video the lap was largely silent except for wind and tire noise, but you can feel the g forces produced by the car’s 1360PS (1342 bhp) being unleashed even in the footage. The EP9 has a top speed of 313kph (194mph) and accelerates from 0-200kph (0-124mph) in 7.1 seconds.

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By now I’m sure you all want one of these NIO EP9s and why wouldn’t you, it’s awesome. But there is a slight problem with that, and that is they are making only ten built-to-order cars each with a base price of 1.48 million USD. So even if you have the money you still may not be able to get one.

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“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9. In the inclemental weather that the Nürburgring Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 km (12.9m) ‘Green Hell’, one of which was in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9’s new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time. This is a fabulous achievement for NIO and I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade,” said Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program & FE Team Principal, NIO.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Amelia Island Concours – The Highlight

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The sweet green lawn of the oceanfront Ritz Carlton resort was decorated this past weekend with a huge number of vintage, exotic, luxury and classic cars for the 2016 Amelia Island Festival of Speed and Amelia Island Concours. This was the first of this year’s concours, and certainly one of the finest.

If we cut right to the chase, the highlights of 2016 Amelia Island Concours included a good number of classics – gems such as multi-million dollar original Ferrari California and a  couple of vintage Ferrari race car, as well as early Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and MG models, not to mention European and American classic from the sixties and the seventies.

Special mention needs to be made of Cadillac, who had a prominent presence at this year’s Amelia Island Concours not just with classic and production models, but also the unique Sixteen concept car with a V16 engine. Too bad this car never saw the light of day as a production model. Also on display was a version of the new Ford GT in yellow with black racing stripes.

Check out the best highlights of the event in the gallery below, courtesy of Dimmitt Automotive Group:

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PostHeaderIcon Eye Candy: Furious Red Lykan HyperSport

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W Motors is these days busy preparing the first production units of the new Fenyr Supersport for delivery. But that hasn’t stopped them from giving their first creation, Lykan HyperSport, another shot at wowing the crowd and possibly scoring another sale. So they brought one to the Geneva Motor Show, finished in Furious Red.

To be honest with you when we first heard about the Middle Eastern super car maker W Motors we thought there was no way they would survive, at least not if they insist on making stuff like the $3.4 million, diamond-encrusted Hypersport. Well, we were half right. They are not making diamond cars anymore, but they are so flushed with cash that they can survive even if nobody buys their new product, the Fenyr.

The Fenyr focuses more on power and performance which is why it’s a more serious product than Lykan HyperSport. But new money people come and go in their hundreds these days, and some of them might be interested in having a car with diamond in their headlights. That’s where this car comes in, as it’s the only one in the whole world with such a feature. Of course, buyers will be able to customize their Lykan and get all sort of other exotic materials if they so choose.

As for the technicalities, Lykan HyperSport is powered by a RUF-tuned Porsche engine with 700 horsepower. The manufacturer says it covers 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, but nobody has tested this claim yet.

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