A new supercar was recently revealed Genty Automobile and it true to its boastful teasers, the car, called the Akylone, is promising a whole lot of performance capabilities.
Whether it lives up to its promise or not is still a matter of conjecture.
Genty Automobile is an independent French design company that seeks to produce high performance vehicles that go back to the basics of optimum power encased in a lightweight design. Their first offering is the Akylone, a supercar Genty is claiming to be a serious threat in the industry’s uber-competitive "supercar arms-race".
Despite being officially revealed, the Akylone appears to still be far from a finished product, which is a real bummer considering that we were expecting much more than just CAD renderings.
Nevertheless, new supercars are always worth their time on these pages, and it’s going to be very interesting how Genty follows up their official unveiling of the Akylone. Hopefully, we’ll get to see a live one up close real soon.
Updated 10/18/2011: This review has been updated with the official details, specs and images. Find out more about the Genty Akylone after the jump.
David Guetta is one of the word’s best DJs and his skills behind the mixer are without question. Apparently, those hands of his aren’t as good behind the steering wheel of a car.
In a recent interview with German newspaper, Bild, Guetta admitted that his license was revoked on a permanent basis in France for excessive speeding. A lot of times. We don’t know if he has an insatiable appetite for speeding tickets, but losing your license for life is one of those things that we dread the most. That and seeing a bathtub full of snakes.
Ever the celebrity, Guetta brushed off his punishment, saying that he wasn’t that big of a driver in the first place. At least he’s not strapped for cash and he can just hire a chauffeur to do the driving for him.
But still, we can’t fathom the thought of our license only being returned to us until after we hit the curb. We won’t have much use for that then, wouldn’t we?
Automotive racing has a long history in many countries, but France was the first to hold a Grand Prix race. The small town of Pau hosted the event in 1901 on the short 1.7 mile course that runs through the town. The town is about 50km from the Spanish border and is known as a resort area set among beautiful rolling hills. It took them until 1933 to set up an annual Grand Prix race for the town, but ever since then its people have been enamored with racing.
This past weekend saw a change for this town and its racing heritage. Instead of roaring loud Formula 3 cars tearing up the race track, 12 drivers took electric race cars out for this new event. It must have been an odd sight considering that these petrol heads are used to the sounds associated with Formula racing and thrive upon the excitement, but this sleepy little French town was hardly even disturbed by the low hum emitted from these new race cars.
A few months ago, we got a good look at fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s extraordinary garage/museum and all of the tear-jerking classics housed under its roof. Like most avid collectors that have the money to spend for these classics, Ralph Lauren’s line-up of cars includes some of the worlds most luscious and most expensive pieces of metal the automotive world has ever seen.
For the rest of us, the closest we can get to seeing these cars up close is if a collector was kind enough to have his prized pieces shown at an exhibit so we regular Joe’s can salivate over them. This is where Ralph Lauren comes in.
The world famous fashion designer is lending some of his most prized vehicles to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris for a special exhibit called “The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection”. The exhibit, which will run for three months beginning on April 28th to August 28th, 2011, will feature some of the world’s rarest and most valuable vehicles, including a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and a 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupe.
Just to give you an idea on how amazing Mr. Polo’s car collection is, those last two cars we mentioned above – the 250 GTO and the 57 SC Atlantic – are both worth an estimated $30-40 million. Each.
Check out a brief description of each of these classics after the jump
Speeding in France is about to get a wee bit trickier to get away with now that the Gendarmerie are getting 70 Renault Megane RS police vehicles on the prowl.
The new Megane RS police car will replace the current Subaru Impreza fleet and will come in the blue and yellow color scheme as other French police vehicle. The Gendarmerie have even opted for the “Chassis Cup” version, which is the model with the best handling at high speeds. The Megane RS is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm. The vehicle’s speed tops out at 155 mph, leaving the drivers with lead feet little opportunity to get away.
Renault chose Durisotti, an approved Renault coach-builder, to fully transform their new fleet into true police vehicles with the special equipment necessary to catch speedsters. The result of their work is shown in the photos provided.
We often show you videos of supercar races that leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the quality of the videos. More often than not, these are amateur videos shot by people who probably only used their cell phones to shoot the race.
It’s rare that we chance upon a video – it actually looks like a short film – that’s as professionally done as the one the folks from Stunt Attitude made. Titled as “The Ring Race”, the short film features a Porsche 911 GT3 and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera engaging in a scintillating road race along the four corners of Paris, culminating in an exciting finish towards the end. The short was directed by Antoine Elizabe, who took great lengths in showing the incredible detail of both protagonists as they roared along the streets and highways of Paris.
Beautifully done with great editing, and not to mention two spectacular leading men – or cars – makes this short a must-watch for any Porsche and Lamborghini-loving gearhead.
Alain Prost, widely regarded as one of the fiercest Formula One drivers in history and the most heated rival of the late, great Ayrton Senna, is still hacking up race tracks in France these days, albeit on a much different terrain. The former Formula One Driver’s Champion’s competitive racing juices are now on full display at the Andros Trophy racing series, the national Ice Racing championship of France.
Last year, Prost raced behind the wheel of a Dacia Duster Ice Racer and proceeded to show everybody that despite his age, he still managed to finish runner-up for the season, trailing only two-time Andros champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut on-board his Fabia Skoda MKII.
This season, which is scheduled to begin on December 4th, Prost is looking to break through with his first Andros championship, and to help him achieve his goal, he’s got a brand new Dacia Duster Ice Racer waiting to be unleashed all over the icy terrains of France.
The new Duster Ice Racer underwent some engine and performance upgrades from last year’s model, giving Prost an even bigger chance to break the Skoda’s two-year stranglehold on the championship.
For one thing, the 55-year old racer is determined to prove that second place won’t be good enough this time around. “Last season, we were aware it would be tough to win the Trophée Andros with a new car, not to mention the fact that the program began at a relatively late stage” he said.
“This time round, my intention is to challenge for the title. We completed two very positive days of testing at Val Thorens last weekend. Our work on Duster has clearly paid dividends and we are convinced we have the means to make a strong start."
Head over past the jump to find out details about Prost’s new Duster Ice Racer.
There’s no Pagani Zonda Cinque like the one rampaging along the Italian mountains in the Need for Speed commercial, but either way, you can’t go wrong with all those supercars.
With all these supercars running all over the Champ Elysees in Paris, we can’t help but get all juiced up to play Gran Turismo 5. We won’t get close to owning any of these babies in real life, so we’ll just settle for acquiring all of them in the virtual world.
Why do we go to France? The Eiffel Tower, the great food and wine, the wonderful romantic skyline, and the fantastic are galleries are all good reasons, but let’s face it, there’s nothing like gorgeous French women to put a smile on our faces.
At this year’s Paris Motor Show, we had plenty of vehicles to look at and they were all just lovely in their own way. While we had to look at the vehicle because, that’s our job, it was hard not to sneak a glance at the models who were presenting the vehicles. We can be pretty sure they could care less about the cars they were in, but, oh my, did they look good.
The good people at Auto123 had their photographers on hand to capture the beautiful women from the motor show, and feel free to tell us your favorite in the comment section below. Of course, if you have your own personal favorite that wasn’t listed, feel free to share it with us as well.
Being the fastest – so far, at least – production car on the planet affords you certain perks and privileges, one of which is you get to be in the news with just about anything you do.
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport holds the distinction of not only being the fastest production car in the world, but for also being the center of attention just by its mere presence. Recently, the 267 mph-supercar paid a visit to the legendary Paul Richard race track in France for a little lap around the circuit.
Not much is seen in this video, except for the dashboard of the Bugatti as it makes its flying lap, but if you’re a fan of hearing the car’s powerful engine at its full, unbridled, and roaring best, this three-minute of the Veyron Super Sport running a lap at Paul Richard is just what the doctor ordered. All you need to do is turn up the volume, hit play, and enjoy the sound of a record-breaking supercar at work.