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.

The time is fast approaching, and I can’t wait. Forza Horizon 2 hits store shelves in just a few weeks, and now we have the official launch trailer as well as news on the arrival of a demo version you can play early. First, just take a look at this trailer. All of the footage in this is straight gameplay from the Xbox One version of the game and it looks stunning. The cars, modifications and scenery are all top notch.

September 30th cannot come soon enough.

Thankfully we don’t have to wait for the release date to bomb around the great European countryside as there will a demo released on September 16th on the Xbox One. I think I *cough* may be sick *cough* next week. According to some reps, the demo will be a timed affair with a few select cars from the game just like the demo for the original Forza Horizon was.

If you are an Xbox 360 player, yes the game is coming to you too, but we have no word on a demo for your system. I am sorry.

When you do pick up the new game, Turn 10 and Playground games have announced that there will be a special reward system that will grant you some fancy cars to start the game with if you are a returning fan. If you have played any Forza game before you are likely familiar with the Forza Rewards system. Essentially, Turn 10 keeps track of how much you play and you gain points based on time played, miles driven, cars owned and more. If you have enough points when you fire up Forza Horizon 2 for the first time you will get a selection of cars that range from the BMW 1 Series M to the Huracán and the McLaren P1 . You can find a full list of cars, their unlock tier and a link to the Forza site to check your standings after the break.

So to recap; we have a great new trailer to watch, a demo coming out in just a few days, and a way to unlock a small collection of awesome cars before the game even launches. Can I get a “hell yes?”

On paper, this may seem like a very silly race. A “low-level” supercar in the McLaren 650S , a hybrid Porsche 918 and an ultra-exotic Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of more than 250 mph all lined up for a drag race. Who will win? Obviously since we are interested in this at all, the results will be surprising.

For once I am going to go ahead and spoil things for you by saying that the 918 wins. It may not have a top speed anywhere near the Agera R’s, but thanks to that instant electric torque and AWD, it launches from the line like a rocket. The real interesting story is the McLaren 650S. Considering it is the cheapest and slowest McLaren you can currently buy, it has no place in this fight, but it holds its own surprisingly well.

It just goes to show that even the slowest of the supercars are blindingly quick, especially over short distances in a straight line. Press that little play button to get an eyeful of horsepower, as there are about 2500 raging ponies between these three pieces of metal and carbon fiber. There is also a good bit of roaring exhaust noise, but sadly the quality isn’t the best, so don’t worry about cranking the volume too high on this one.

Why do you think the McLaren did so well in this race? Is the Agera being driven by a rookie? Does the 650S have more power than McLaren says? I want to read your opinions in the comments. As always, I’ll come back later and comment on what you guys said.

I have driven some very fast machinery in my life, including more than one Lamborghini Gallardo , but I have never experienced the kind of speed you are about to witness.

The U.S. 1/2 Mile is a half-mile drag race that happens yearly in Houston, Texas at Ellington Airfield. It is a hotly contested competition to set the highest top speed over the half-mile distance. Coming in to this year’s event, Underground Racing held the record at 217.1 mph, but there were lots of new cars looking to dethrone the tuning company.

As you can see in this video , that didn’t happen. In fact, using an Underground Racing-tuned, twin-turbocharged Lamborghini Gallardo Superlegerra with 1,800 horsepower, a brand new race record was set at 224.4 mph. When this Lamborghini crossed the quarter-mile mark, it was already going 177 mph. The car was going so fast, and there were so many vibrations, that is started to affect the cameras and caused some major distortion.

It was a good thing that the team brought such a powerful car, as the previous record was smashed by all three of the top finishers.

Considering that amount of speed that was gained from last year’s race to this year’s competition, I can’t wait to see what kind of insane machines show up for 2015. Now stop reading, hit play, and watch this Lambo blast down the runway.

Well this is some surprising news indeed. The man that has helmed Ferrari for more than two decades, Luca di Montezemolo is stepping down, effective October 13th. Sadly, and despite his age of 67, this doesn’t seem to be a simple retirement; there has been some serious tension in the land of the Italian automobile lately.

Not only is Ferrari struggling in Formula One , but Montezemelo has been butting heads lately with Fiat head Sergio Marchionne. Not only is Marchionne upset with the Formula One disappointment, but he and Montezemelo are at opposite ends of the scale when it comes to the future of Ferrari.

Currently Montezemelo has capped Ferrari’s sales at 7,000 cars per year to bolster and maintain the company’s elite status. Marchionne, on the other hand, wants Ferrari to expand, become even more profitable, and to donate technology and engineering to other brands in the Fiat family with the goal of creating more luxurious models across the range. Marchionne wants the new Fiat/Chrysler to become a true competitor to Volkswagen .

According to a report from Bloomberg, Montezemelo has been quoted as saying that “Ferrari is now American,” going so far as to call it “the end of an era.” I hope he is wrong.

This is most disappointing, as Montezemelo has an astonishing record at Ferrari. Since he took over, company revenue has climbed by 1,000 percent, yearly auto sales have tripled, and after years and years of F1 failure, the Ferrari team secured eight World Constructors’ Championships.

Marchionne is anything but an idiot, but I do feel worried for the Ferrari brand as a whole. Montezemelo has obviously had some incredible success in running this prestigious brand, and it is upsetting to see him so unceremoniously forced out of the company that he helped thrust into such incredible success.

Click past the jump to read more about Luca di Montezemolo’s collaboration with Ferrari.

Supercar companies spend a lot of time testing their vehicles, and with so much time and effort being put into testing, accidents are bound to happen. Some involve minor mishaps that are taken care of immediately, while other take a little more time to fix. However, there are accidents that nobody wants to happen and usually these are the types that end with somebody getting hurt.

Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Koenigsegg during a recent test run at the Nurburgring. The Swedish supercar manufacturer spent a few days on the ‘Ring with the One:1 and an Agera R -based prototype. Our spy photographers reported that the testing was going smoothly until the Agera R prototype got involved in a major accident, violently crashing into the barriers at the track.

Photos of the crash’s aftermath show the mule suffering some damage to the front and rear sections but more importantly, both the driver and the passenger were also hurt with the former sadly receiving the brunt of the crash. The speed photos we got were apparently taken a little over a minute before the unfortunate accident.

Hopefully, the driver and the passenger of the Agera R recover from their injuries sooner than later. Nobody wants to see something like this happen, especially on what is supposed to a controlled test session.

Click past the jump to read more about the crash

With only a handful of cars left to be sold, the venerable and spectacular Bugatti Veyron is getting ready to hit the history books. There’s been a lot of talk about its successor, reportedly due in 2017, but details are still under wraps as of August 2014. What we know for a fact is that the vehicle coming to replace the Veyron will be more powerful, meaning output will blast beyond the 1,250 horsepower mark. Naturally, Bugatti will want to improve on its Guinness Book record for the fastest production car.

As we’re waiting for Bugatti to confirm whether or not the Veyron successor will carry a hybrid drivetrain - as suggested by a pair of mules spotted on the Nurburgring track in April 2014 - the folks over at Car and Driver claim they have solved one mystery surrounding the new supercar . Namely, the next uber-fast Bugatti will bear the Chiron moniker. What’s more, the report suggests the so-called Chiron will make its first public appearance as soon as 2015, meaning the Veyron might get a heir to the speed-record throne sooner than expected.

A grain of salt is mandatory with such reports, but there are a couple of reasons why Bugatti might indeed launch its upcoming supercar under the Chiron nameplate. Read on to find out more.

Note: 1999 Bugatti Chiron concept pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Bugatti Veyron’s Successor.

Source: CarAndDriver

The McLaren 650S has drained many wallets since debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . That comes with the territory of buying a supercar that costs $265,000. It costs a lot to get your hands on one, but it costs even more if the 650S gets the McLaren Special Operations treatment, which is exactly the case for this thing of beauty right here.

MSO has been responsible for a handful of special-edition 650S models. This time, McLaren’s very own bespoke division created a unique example of the 650S specifically for a McLaren retailer in Paris.

The car itself doesn’t appear to be headed to a specific owner, but will instead be featured at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance event this weekend at Domaine de Chantilly near Paris. It sounds like a fancy event and judging by the way MSO designed this particular 650S, I’ll venture a guess that it’s going to be well-dressed for the occasion.

Hopefully, this 650S finds an owner soon after it shows off for the cameras at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance event. It would be a travesty if nobody gets to enjoy the beautiful work MSO did to this saucy McLaren.

The McLaren 650S is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that produces 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed DSG transmission, allowing it to hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 207 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Pearl White By MSO.

It’s the face-to-face battle we’ve all been waiting for. This one, though, is a little bit different. A lot different, actually. We’ve seen supercars line up side by side before. That’s old news. What we haven’t seen is a sports saloon take on a race track with a particular corner that the car gets its name from. Ladies and gentlemen, in the red corner we have the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. In the blue corner, we have the Spa-Francorchamps featuring the legendary Eau Rouge turn.

At some point, we all knew this would happen. The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge won’t be able to earn its name without taking on the famous section of the race track. Fortunately, Infiniti , with some help from Red Bull, made it happen, turning the event into a short feature film called “Chasing The Edge”.

Infiniti’s Director of Performance and four-time Formula One World Drivers’ Champion Sebastian Vettel took the enviable task of running the Q50 Eau Rouge around the track as part of a social media-driven race against U.S. driver Parker Kligerman and Nine-Ball World Champion snooker player Pan Xiaoting of China.

Watch the video and find out what happened when the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge finally met its namesake.

This 14-year-old Pagani Zonda may be officially discontinued, but it’s a supercar that’s still worth seeing and hearing. At least for those of us who can’t drive one. And it’s true Pagani, much like Bugatti did with the Veyron , built way too many special-edition models to keep track of. But there’s at least one Pagani iteration that stands out from the crowd. We’re talking about the Zonda Tricolore, a three-unit run built to honor the Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s aerobatic demonstration team.

The Tricolore was sold in a bare carbon skin with a blue lacquer covering most of its body with red, white, and green stripes adorning its nose. A unique set of LED daytime running lights and an exclusive wing mounted behind the cockpit further set it apart from other Zondas. The Tricolore is also fitted with an AMG -sourced, 7.3-liter V-12, the largest engine ever to find its way into the Zonda. The mill is good for 670 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of twist that enables it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a neck-breaking 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph.

Granted, the Tricolore is not only a fast machine, but a noisy one too. If you didn’t already know that, we have the right video for you. It comes from Italian supercar spotter Marchettino and features nearly three minutes of Zonda Tricolore goodness. Hit the play button and pump up the volume.

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. A successor to the Lexus LFA has been a heated topic largely because everybody seems to have an opinion on whether Lexus is planning one or not. A few weeks ago, Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin told Automotive News that Toyota President Akio Toyota wants to build an LFA for this generation of vehicles.

But now, Yukihiko Yaguchi, the chief engineer of Lexus’ RC F program, told CarAdvice at the launch of the RC F in New York last week that there are no active plans to build a successor to the LFA.

So who do we believe now?

If we’re basing it on hierarchy, Templin’s statement might have more weight to it, and let’s be honest, we want to believe the guy because he’s the one who said that an LFA supercar successor is going to happen!

Is it possible that Yaguchi, whose statements were said via an interpreter, may have been misquoted? I personally don’t know and I’d like to believe that our colleagues at CarAdvice vetted that information before posting it.

Or maybe both guys are actually saying the same thing but with different timetables? Maybe Yaguchi is right by saying that Lexus has no immediate plans, and Templin is also correct that Lexus is planning on building one, just not right now?

Are you confused yet?

Hopefully, we have a clearer answer soon because all this “will they-won’t they” talk is giving me a headache.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-A.

Source: CarAdvice

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