Sports Cars are engineered to go around corners and straight lines as fast as possible. They are usually expensive, dangerous and so much fun that everybody wants one. Owning a sports car is a gratifying experience but it will cost you money and back pain as they are usually expensive to maintain and not very comfortable. But who cares as they look like supermodels at the beach.
Open top road/track cars have become the rage these days. That’s especially true in Great Britain where seemingly a new startup comes to life promising to take the segment to a new level. Elemental is the latest to try its luck and it has come out swinging, unveiling the RP-1 and promising to lay waste to the KTM X-Bow and the Ariel Atom .
It’s an awfully difficult segment to launch new products into, especially when it’s pitted against some very established competitors. But Elemental is undaunted and the British company is relishing the opportunity to prove its worth with the RP-1.
You can’t blame the company for at least being confident. After all, the RP-1 is being promised as an evolution of the road and track car and taking it to a new level with a package that includes a powerful Ford EcoBoost engine wrapped in a lightweight carbon fiber body.
In a perfect world, such proclamations are treated with wide-eyed admiration. But with so many of this kind of cars in the market, Elemental still needs to prove itself before it’s treated with the same reverence as a company like Ariel.
The company has gotten the ball rolling in that regard. Now comes the time where the RP-1 prove its worth.
Updated 06/23/2014: The first images on the Elemental RP-1 were revealed before the car’s official debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Enjoy!
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Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , the McLaren 650S took the sports car market by storm as the replacement for the aging MP4-12C . Woking’s masterpiece blends styling cues from both the 12C and the P1 supercar and shares the proven 3.8-liter V-8 engine with the rest of the McLaren lineup.Although the 650S is still brand-new and has yet to hit the streets at full throttle as of June 2014, the British company is reportedly already working on its successor. According to Automobile, the upcoming sports car is codenamed P16 and set to arrive sometime in 2017. Also part of the company’s new plan to introduce one new model each year by 2019, the P16 is rumored to arrive in several body versions and configurations.
Naturally, the P16 will better the 650S in all aspects. It will be more powerful, faster, more agile, and emit less CO2. Expect the P16 to mark the debut of a number of new technologies.
Note: Current McLaren 650S pictured here.
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Electric-powered vehicles have been all the rage as of late, but consumers are still wary of them. The main issues preventing buyers from ditching refined dino blood and moving to electric are the uncertainty of the technology and the overall cost of these vehicles. The least-expensive, mass-produced electric vehicle that I can think of is the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV at around $23,000, but it can only travel 62 miles on a charge and takes 14 to 22 hours to recharge. On the other hand, the cream-of-the-crop Tesla Model S can travel up to 300 miles on a charge, but it costs nearly $100k to get into that range. According to a new report from Reuters, Audi is looking into giving buyers a bigger EV selection, as it has blueprints to enter the all-electric realm with a full range of vehicles.
We already know about the Audi R8 e-tron, which has been on and off for the last few years, but this report points toward Audi developing SUVs and sedans to complete the range. For now, Audi is keeping most of the details behind this electric lineup to itself, but it did release a few small bits of information.
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The Toyota Supra was designed to be a sporting machine that could compete with many of the major powerhouses of the day , but it wasn’t until the fourth generation Supra bowed in 1993, that the car gained its status as one of the all-time greats.
It featured an all-new exterior design that was more aerodynamic and much sportier looking than its predecessor. Gone were the sharp edges and pop-up headlamps to be replaced with long smooth curves. Along with the new look, the car also went on a diet losing 200 pounds or more, depending on the trim level.
As is the case with almost all major changes, fans of the car were worried Toyota was softening the intentions of the car. That was until they turned the key on the new drivetrains. While everyone thought Toyota was creating a friendlier, slower Supra, what it actually created was a supercar -eating monster that would grow into a cult icon.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1993 - 1998 Toyota Supra.
The Audi A5 has always been handsome. Rather than being pretty, it has a more masculine look, like something that Jon Hamm would probably drive. The best way to make a great-looking car better is to give it more power, which Audi gladly did with the S5 . More is never enough though, so Audi cranked the performance up even more on the RS5 .
For some buyers, the RS5 was fine, but others still needed more performance. With no RS5 Plus in the pipeline, those owners are are forced to turn to tuning companies. One such company to offer a performance tune for the RS5 is Senner Tuning out of Germany. Offering more than a 50-horsepower bump over the stock RS5, as well as a suspension tune, a new exhaust, new wheels, and an appearance package, there’s no mistaking the Senner Tuning RS5 something that’s far from run-of-the-mill.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi RS5 Coupe by Senner Tuning.
It hasn’t been long since Subaru and hot-shoe driver Mark Higgins beat the record for the fastest production car lap around the Isle of Man, doing it in 19 minutes, 26 seconds with an average speed of 117.51 mph. More importantly, the record Higgins and Subaru beat was their own, set back in 2011 in a previous-gen WRX STI at 19 minutes, 56.7 seconds with an average speed of 115.36 mph.
Well now Subaru has released the video about showcasing how the automaker and Higgins prepared for the 37.75-mile lap around the British isle. The video shows more than a few dramatic interior and aerial shots of the 2015 WRX STI blasting around corners and flying over hill crests.
In an effort to record Higgins’ reactions while racing, the Subaru team fitted him with sensors that measured his heart rate, breaths, skin temperature, and personal g forces independent of the car.
Speaking of the car, the WRX STI is a completely redesigned for 2015 with improved aerodynamics, 40-percent stiffer chassis, with better suspension components, and a quicker steering rack. For the race, Subaru added a safety roll cage, racing harness, and a fire suppression system. Mechanically, the car was stock except for stiffer springs and dampers to handle the numerous jumps throughout the course.
The Subaru’s blue hood still covers the stock turbocharged 2.5-liter, boxer four-cylinder that’s good for an amazing 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Its zero to 60 mph time remains stock at roughly 4.5 seconds, but its top speed limiter of 155 mph has been removed to help Higgins blast around the track as quickly as possible.
When the Audi R8 was introduced back in 2006, one of its more notable features was that it was a supercar that could be used as a daily driver. Yes, it was a very fast and capable handler, but it could also be driven to the grocery store if the need arose. Unfortunately, for most people, all of that was overshadowed by the fact that the R8 was an absolute stunner. Even with a base price of over $100,000, it had the kind of good looks that made it look more expensive than it actually was. The Porsche 911 4S still runs the risk of being confused for a Cayman, but as distinctive as the R8 was, there really wasn’t anything on the road that it would be confused with.
It isn’t 2006 anymore though, and despite a refresh in 2012, the overall design is still eight years old. With the R8 no longer looking as fresh and cutting edge as it did at one point, what is the discerning buyer to do? How can you make sure that your R8 stands out in the sea of more than 20,000 other R8s?
Enter the Audi R8 XII GT Aero-Kit by SGA Aerodynamics. With a full body kit and new set of wheels, an R8 owner can make sure that his car not only stands out visually but also possibly even handles better than a stock R8.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi R8 XII GT Aero-Kit By SGA Aerodynamics.
For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock the past few weeks, it seems as if the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , which kicks off on June 26th, is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle. We already learned that you’ll get to run the hillclimb in a digital version of the GTI Roadster and that the Q50 Eau Rouge will clear its V-6, twin-turbocharged throat on the course too. And now we have learned that Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations — the folks responsible for giving thick-walleted customers customized Jags and Rovers — will reveal a new model during the festivities.
According to the press release, the new vehicle will be a Jaguar, so we can rest assured knowing that it won’t be some oddly named and obnoxiously expensive Land Rover . Rather, it will be some sleek sexiness from the British big cat.
As of now, the details are very scarce, as Jag didn’t even give us the slightest clue on what this car will be. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.comand we’ll bring you all of the juicy bits once the car hits Goodwood.
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The Ferrari FF grand tourer was presented in 2011 and launched for the 2012 model year. The FF name stands for "Ferrari Four," which hints at the vehicle’s four-seat interior and its four-wheel-drive configuration. Often described as a three-door shooting brake, the FF is Ferrari ’s first production all-wheel-drive model.
The four-wheel-drive system is an innovative unit engineered and patented by Ferrari. Dubbed 4RM, it is around 50 percent lighter than a conventional system. It splits the power between the four wheels as needed and it’s activated when the FF is driven in the "Comfort" or "Snow" modes. Otherwise, the FF functions as a rear-wheel-drive sports car .
Although it’s remained unchanged since its introduction, the FF can be customized via numerous personalization programs or Ferrari’s Special Projects division. Coming into 2015, the FF gains a special-edition model via Ferrari’s first Tailor-Made Center in Asia Pacific. Recently opened in Shanghai, China, the brand-new center showcased its potential with a couple of bespoke Ferraris, one of them being the FF Dressage Edition.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition.