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.

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.

Goodwood may have ended, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to see. With so many cars at Goodwood covering so many generations, markets, styles and brands, it can be hard to make sure you’ve seen it all. Ferrari understands this, and because it never want anyone to miss a single on of their cars , the Italian automaker compiled a nice video for us of all the Prancing Horses that charged up the Hill.

The video stars with a lovely introduction from Lord March’s daughter, Atty Lennox, and then it goes into full on Italian Petrol Opera.

There are F1 cars from the modern and classic era, road going machines,like the 458 Speciale , one-off SP projects like the F12 TRS and even some machines from Ferrari ’s storied Le Mans endurance racing history.

The video would be a bit better if there was more exhaust noise and a little less music, but otherwise there is a lot here to fall in love with.

Click that play button and watch some of Italy’s finest blast the Hill of Goodwood.

When a car that costs $2.4 million does some fancy burnouts, it’s probably a great idea to just stay the hell away. The Koenigsegg One:1 definitely qualifies as one of those supercars that need their space more than any other exotic in the world. So understand the need to give it a little breathing room, especially when its showing off its all 1,340 horses and 1,011 pound-feet of torque with some tire-smoldering donuts.

More than that, it actually looks impressive doing it, even at the potential cost of messing up that carbon-fiber beauty. The combination of that throaty engine roar with a touch of turbo whistle and the ear-piercing sound of burning rubber also creates a nice collaborative treat for the ears, the kind that very few cars in this world are capable of.

So the next time you see a Koenigsegg One:1 — if you’re lucky enough to see one in the first place — don’t get too close. Instead, just step back and enjoy it while you can.

When it comes to getting close to awesome slabs of carbon fiber, aluminum and steel, few are better at it than Shmee 150. Sure, his videos may be a little raw and unrefined, but damn does he get up close and personal with the best cars in the world. This time around, at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Shmee found himself in a paddock filled with a number of supercars and sports cars that would make any normal man scream like a little girl that just got the pony she always wanted. But instead, Shmee calmly makes his way through the paddock rattling off all the cars he sees along the way.

This list of supercar awesomeness includes the 918 Spyder , McLaren P1 , Ferrari LaFerrari , Pagani Huayra , 911 Turbo S, Merc SLS AMG GT Black , Nissan GT-R Nismo , Alfa Romeo 4C , Rolls-Royce Wraith, Arash AF8 , Lexus LF-A, Audi R8 V10, MSO 650S , 458 Speciale, and California T. If that list of fantastic petrol burners isn’t enough for you, there were also two ultra-super special models in the one-off Ferrari F12 TRS and the amazing Koenigsegg One:1.

How Shmee manages to rattle off all of this amazing rigs without becoming a little giddy is beyond me. Maybe he has become a little desensitized over the years, but he certainly did a great job showing off each car he saw.

As with most editions, the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed with lots of action as hundreds of classic and modern sports and race cars stormed up the iconic Hill. With so many cool vehicles gathered in England, picking a favorite is next to impossible. However, I must confess some of the Ferraris stole my heart this time, especially one particular LaFerrari that caught the eye with its unique exterior paint.

Unlike other LaFerraris showcased during various events since launch, which were mainly painted in the company’s famous Rosso Corsa, this example roared in Goodwood in a bright-green suit. The hue is definitely a show stopper, but what makes it even more impressive is its uniqueness among "regular" LaFerraris, which can only be ordered in either red, yellow or black. If you’re a bit puzzled, then you should know that the owner of this LaFerrari is no other than Jay Kay, Jamiroquai’s front man.

I have no idea in regard as to how he managed to order the LaFerrari in green — I’m guessing he opted for a bespoke program — but considering he already owns an F40 and an Enzo , the Italian company would be crazy to deny any of his requests. All told, Jay Kay is the proud owner of a LaFerrari that just screams for attention. A refreshing break from the regular, red-painted Prancing Horses.

What do you think? Is this bright shade of green appropriate for a LaFerrari or would you rather have it in Rosso Corsa or Giallo Modena? Let me know in comments.

There’s one more video after the jump.


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