Supercars / Exotic cars

Supercars / Exotic cars

  A Supercar is a sports car, typically an exotic or rare one, whose performance is highly superlative to its contemporary sports cars. They are pure bestial look and performance. Even if you never own one of these they will change the way you feel about cars just by looking at them.

A prototype of the Ferrari LaFerrari XX was recently spotted putting in some test laps around Ferrari’s famed Monza race track. It certainly looks the part of an ultra exclusive supercar, right down to its incredibly dynamic look and throaty growl that’s music our ears.

The three-minute video gives us a good look at how far Ferrari has progressed in the development of the LaFerrari XX, considered as the pinnacle of Ferrari engineering. Don’t blame us for being extra giddy about watching the LaFerrari XX in action. We’ve been waiting a long time for a video of the supercar putting in one test lap after another and this video certainly didn’t disappoint!

The first two minutes were nothing short of an eargasm. But at around the 2:20 mark, we witnessed something we never thought we’d see: the right rear wheel of the LaFerrari XX completely buckles, presumably due to some kind of suspension mishap. Watching in slow motion is even more incredible considering you see the top half of the wheel pop outside of the arches and resting diagonally while the other three wheels continue to rotate.

Supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari XX are always subjected to extreme testing, the likes of which normal vehicles aren’t treated to. Now we know the reason for that.

DMC has this way of building up its supercar programs. It teases you with renderings, drops a few hints along the way, and when you least expect it, leaks even more details about it. The company’s first program for the Lamborghini Huracan , called the "Affari," fits into the company’s proverbial slow play.

We first saw renderings of the Affari program back in December 2013. Since then, it’s been kept largely in the shadows and it wasn’t until July 10, 2014 that DMC finally gave us more details of its first aftermarket foray of the new Lamborghini.

DMC’s reputation as a premier Lamborghini tuner was once again in full effect with its Affari program for the Huracan. The German tuner wasted little time bringing a new level of customization to the supercar , giving it a significant aerodynamic upgrade that’s perfectly suited for the Huracan’s new-world aggressiveness.

For now, details only revolve around the handful of aerodynamic components that were slapped on the Huracan. DMC still has plans to develop a performance upgrade for the Affari program, but those are being kept on ice for the time being.

Since this is DMC we’re talking about, we have a certain level of expectation on what this engine tune will deliver. The tuner has given us every reason to hope for the best, so we’re not sweating on the possibilities of the Affari program being all its hyped up to be.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Huracan "Affari" By DMC.

Pagani Automobili has been officially launched in North America. It’s been 22 years since Horacio Pagani established its very own company in Modena, Italy, and 15 years since the very first Zonda left the workshop, and Pagani may now officially sell its supercars in the United States.

And by "supercars" we mean the breathtaking Huayra , the upcoming Huayra Roadster and all the limited edition and bespoke versions that are set to follow. All these V-12-powered rockets can be acquired through the company’s U.S. subsidiary, Pagani WorldWide, across the entire North American continent.

Although U.S. deliveries of the Huayra have only just begun, the said supercar is already familiar with American soil as an import, and a very successful one for that matter. According to Pagani , 40 percent of Huayra sales this year have been accounted by U.S. customers, making North America its largest market. Now that the Huayra can be picked up from specialized dealerships, we expect Pagani to flourish even more in the United States.

Click past the jump to read more about Pagani’s North-American launch.

Porsche did it. McLaren did it. Heck, the previously stubborn Ferrari did it. Now it appears that Bugatti is also considering doing it. By "it," I mean hybrid, or to be more specific, a hybrid supercar.

Reuters is reporting that the extravagant supercar brand is throwing around the idea of using a hybrid system to power the successor to the Bugatti Veyron. For a company that prides itself on those mammoth, 16-cylinder engines, a move to a hybrid powertrain is as surprising as it was inconceivable a few years ago.

But Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimier is reportedly angling to use a hybrid engine on the Veyron’s successor. It’s unclear if he’s doing this to jump on the bandwagon his competitors are in, but there’s no denying that his position was made because of the reception the Porsche 918 Spyder , the McLaren P1 , and the Ferrari LaFerrari have all received.

One thing we do know is that the Veyron successor won’t compromise its performance ethos in the name of using a hybrid engine. The supercar is still expected to be more powerful than its predecessor, possibly generating an output in excess of 1,500 horsepower. It’s also being prepped to eclipse the 267-mph top speed of the Veyron Super Sport and even reclaim the unofficial top speed record from the Hennessey Venom GT .

As Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari have shown, there’s a place for hybrid systems in the supercar world. Bugatti has spent some time watching its competitors roll out their products one after the other.

It’s the Bugatti’s turn now and don’t be surprised to see the Veyron’s successor packing its own efficient hybrid system .

Click past the jump to read more about Bugatti’s future hybrid supercar.

Source: Reuters

Thanks to my job, I have had the rare opportunity to drive several high-powered and expensive cars. From Porsche to Lamborghini with a few GT-Rs in between, I have spent a lot of time going fast. When I heard Gotham Dream Cars was coming to town, I didn’t really think too much about it. A few quick laps in a Lamborghini around an autocross course seemed to pale in comparison to some of the things I had done. Then I started to hear some of the other car fiends in the area talking about how exciting this seemed.

Even people I know of who aren’t that excited about cars were interested in this chance to experience the power and speed of a supercar. It makes sense though. Supercars are the most useless creation in the world of the automobile, but they still draw certain emotions from us.

It doesn’t matter how much you like cars or not, when a supercar rolls by, you likely pay attention. Maybe it’s the speed, the looks or the noise, but the majority of the world is simply drawn to them.

I decided that I would test this theory and I decided to head to the event. Aside from just experiencing what Gotham has to offer, I brought my wife. Thanks to me she knows about cars, but aside from the fact that she thinks Porsche 911s are pretty, she has little to no interest in anything to do with supercars.

Would she still enjoy this experience? Would she revel in the noise and the horsepower that all petrol heads crave? What about the other guests of the event? Are they gasoline-drinking speed junkies or just regular people drawn in by the allure of Italian horsepower?

Read on to find out more about my day with Gotham Dream Cars

The Ferrari LaFerrari made its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , taking center stage in spite of massive competition from the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno . Not only the fastest road-legal supercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari is also the first Ferrari to carry a hybrid powertrain. Developed as a successor to the almighty Enzo and the F50 , the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari not to be designed by Pininfarina since 1973.

Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although the Italians have yet to assemble all 499 units as of 06/18/2014, the LaFerrari saga is set to continue in an even more exclusive fashion with the LaFerrari XX , a track-only supercar forged by means of decades of motorsport heritage.

Now, as the first road-going LaFerraris have already met their owners, the Italians are reportedly looking to expand the lineup even further. Next on their list, according to a brand-new rumor, is the LaFerrari Spider.

Updated 07/10/2014: Want to see what a topless LaFerrari looks like? So do we, so we created a rendering of it. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Spider.

17 years ago, a team of British enthusiasts came to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to set a new land speed record. The group was led by famed Scottish entrepreneur Richard Noble and had the jet-propelled, Thrust SSC car at its disposal. The attempt was not only successful, but it also became the first to officially break the sound barrier at 763.035 mph.

The benchmark remained untouchable to this day, but that could change in 2016, when Noble’s team will try to take the supersonic record into 1,000-mph territory with a brand-new vehicle. That car goes by the name of Bloodhound SSC and comes to prove that jet power, rocket power and a more conventional V-8 engine can work together under the same roof.

Much like the Thrust SSC, the Bloodhound SSC is being built using advanced, aerospace construction techniques, acres of carbon fiber and titanium, and a bevy of state-of-the-art technology.

Why are we reviewing a supersonic car you may ask? Well, the Bloodhound SSC might very well preview some of the technologies we will find in the road-going vehicles of the future. But most importantly, this land rocket is tuned to reach mind-boggling speeds by means of 130,000 horsepower!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Bloodhound SSC.

By now, we all know how awesome the Ferrari LaFerrari is. It’s the one road car that features the very best of Ferrari technology, something even the F12berlinetta and the 458 Italia can’t boast of. Recently, Motor Trend’s Ignition web series had a chance to get up close and personal with the LaFerrari. Quite frankly, we’re a little jealous of Ignition host Carlos Lago. Not everyone gets to drive the LaFerrari around even for just a few laps.

Lago not only secured a morning’s worth of laps around Ferrari’s famed test track in Fiorano, he also had some time to take in the beautiful scenery around the track later on that day. That ear-to-ear grin on his face is a pretty good indication that he had a ball. We’d feel the same way, too.

The Ignition host was clearly blown away by his time with the LaFerrari, as was every other person who was allowed some time to drive the hybrid supercar . The LaFerrari is, after all, an incredible piece of Ferrari engineering, created with the simple task of showcasing the very best in technological advancements the company has accomplished.

The only thing missing is a Topspeed review of the LaFerrari. Cross your fingers that we get our chance soon.

It’s been only a week since we’ve seen the first LaFerrari crash , and the first fire-related incident involving the company’s brand-new supercar have surfaced the Interwebz via Instagram. The details are pretty thin, but it appears the incident occurred during the Trento-Bondone rally, which was attended by a large number of Ferrari s, including the LaFerrari depicted above.

According to various reports, the red-painted LaFerrari started smoking while roaring up the hillclimb event, but details as to what might have happened under the hood are nonexistent. All we know is the photo taken right after the event suggests the LaFerrari’s rear end suffered some fire damage before an extinguisher jumped in to cool things down. Granted, the damage is limited to the slight burns seen on diffuser and the powder stains covering most of the rear fascia, but we can’t help wonder whether or not the LaFerrari is facing some fire-related issues of its own.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s fire problems.

Source: Instagram

Horacio Pagani has the kind of problem we can only dream of having. The founder of Pagani was recently spotted out and about in a McLaren P1 MSO , an incredibly exclusive supercar that I can’t possibly purchase unless I win the lottery. It must be tough having to make a choice between driving a P1 and his very own Huayra .

But such is the life of a man who is embedded deep in the industry’s supercar circle. We’re not going to make an issue out of that. Besides, he probably has a reason for doing so, not the least of which could be to test out the P1 and use it to help better his own lineup. That’s happened before in the business and it will likely happen again.

Who knows what his real intentions are. What we do know is that Horacio Pagani is an awesome man with an impeccable taste in supercars. The P1 MSO he’s driving also looks incredible, especially the exterior panels decked out in chrome to go with the orange trim on the hood and the red leather interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.


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