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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.

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The Bugatti Veyron , the world’s fastest production car in its Super Sport guise, is nearly ten years old. Although in today’s automotive industry ten years on the market make a car obsolete, the Veyron is here to stay until the manufacturer sells its remaining stock. About a year ago, Bugatti’s stock included 50 units of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadster.

I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of the Veyron. Mainly because it was developed as a speed record car. It’s the result of Bugatti’s obsession with the McLaren F1, the production supercar that held the world record from 1993 until 2005. Unlike the Veyron, which can reach an intoxicating 267.85 mph on an oval track, the F1 was also a successful race car , proving itself at Le Mans.

Of course, with a luxurious interior and badge that speaks for itself, the Veyron is more than just a gas-guzzling, tire-wearing machine. Now that the supercar has reached its final months on the market, Bugatti has decided to sweeten up the deal with half a dozen of very exclusive models launched under the "Les Legendes de Bugatti " flag.

With the first four version already launched and sold out, the French automaker has just introduced the fifth special-edition model — the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Based on the record-setting roadster, the Black Bess pays tribute to a Type 18 model that was built in 1913 and delivered to aviation pioneer Roland Garros.

Named after an English race horse, the Type 18 Black Bess was built around one of the fastest pre-war Bugattis, a two-seater that was powered by more than 100 horsepower that propelled it to a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t seem much nowadays, but it was lightning-fast in the 1910s.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess.

Koenigsegg has been churning out episodes of its Inside Koenigsegg web series at around the same pace as the speed of its subject, the One:1 megacar . Now on its third episode, Inside Koenigsegg now takes us on an in-depth look at the One:1 ’s active rear wing.

Christian Von Koenigsegg claims that the One:1’s rear wing is the world’s first top-mounted active rear wing, a distinction the company decided to go with because it creates the kind of downforce that can be of good use to the high-speed stability of the One:1.

Another unique characteristic of this top-mounted active rear wing is its weight. According to Koenigsegg, the whole carbon-fiber component only weighs 10 kg, one-third the weight of similar contraptions from Koenigsegg’s competitors.

That’s pretty impressive, more so knowing how much it helps the supercar achieve its ungodly performance capabilities. It makes us wonder, really, how far more advanced the One:1 really is when you line it up against its rivals.

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When it launched the LaFerrari last year, the Prancing Horse company reached entered a new era, embracing hybrid technology by embedding it into the supercar that followed the footsteps of the Enzo.

Built in only 499 units, the LaFerrari sold out in just a few months, as more than 1,000 customers expressed interest in the $1.4 million supercar. Obviously, more than 500 Ferrari aficionados had to be left in the cold.

That being said, the LaFerrari is not only a desirable vehicle, but also a rare supercar that the average Joe won’t stumble into it while driving to work anytime soon. Seeing one of these Ferraris on a public road would cause one’s heart to beat a lot faster and, if in motion, the engine would deliver an exquisite V-12 symphony for the ears to feast upon.

But how about seeing more than one LaFerrari in the same place? Impossible! Unless it’s one of those exclusive Ferrari customer meetings at Monza. The most recent Ferrari Corse Clienti event occurred a couple of days ago and gathered three LaFerraris, much to the enjoyment of the people that were lucky enough to get up close and personal with them.

The new supercars completed a few laps on the famed Italian track, overshadowing the other Ferrari-badged cars that took on the course the same day.

As a quick refresher, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari is motivated by a HY-KERS hybrid system that consists of a 6.3-liter V-12 engine and two electric motors that deliver a total output of 963 horsepower. The conventional unit generates 800 horsepower, while the electric motors add an extra 163 horses. The powertrain, which is connected to an F1 dual-clutch gearbox, pumps more than 663 pound-feet of torque.

As expected, the supercar’s performance figures are exhilarating — the 0-to-60 mph sprint takes only three seconds, while top speed is set at 217 mph.

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Yes, we know what you’re thinking! The guys over at Top Gear finally got a chance to do a lap of their Dunsfold Aerodrome track in the McLaren P1 . Well, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Driving the British supercar you’re about to see in the video above is not The Stig, but Chris Goodwin — McLaren ’s chief test driver.

We don’t know whether the former race car driver was actually conducting any relevant testing or just having some fun, but we do know that this was the first time a McLaren P1 lapped the small course that has seen thousands of vehicles roaring upon it throughout its life.

Although there’s no actual lap time available for us to compare to other Top Gear’s famous list of cars, the footage show the P1 in its natural environment. The vehicle’s hooned at full throttle, its brakes are put to good use and you’ll even notice a bit of oversteer through the fast corners.

If this video is not enough to quench your thirst for the P1, make sure you stick around because there’s more coming our way. The YouTube user that uploaded this clip says we should be getting a full POV from the driver’s seat, as well as some track footage with the supercar in E-mode, soon enough.

The second and latest episode of Drive’s "Inside Koenigsegg" web series is now up online. In keeping up with the overall theme of the second season, this episode returns to showcase the 5.0-liter, V-8 engine of the powerful supercar it has ever built: the Koenigsegg One:1 .

Much has been said about the One:1 and all of them has been either tinted with breathless amazement or shameless gushing. We admit to having fallen to both states at one point or another. But for all the technological wonder of the One:1, the heart of the car remains its massive V-8 engine that spits out an ungodly 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque.

Koenigsegg founder Christian Von Koenigsegg returns to give us a rundown on the development of the One:1’s engine, including his disclosure that the One:1’s engine is actually an evolution of the one sitting inside the Agera R .

In order to generate that much more horsepower, Koenigsegg went and changed a number of the engine’s mechanical components, including the camshafts, the springs, the valves, the injectors, the fuel pumps, and the turbochargers. And that’s just the physical changes, as Koenigsegg put it. Software modifications were also done to raise the redline of the engine.

As always, it’s a fascinating look inside one of the most highly regarded supercar manufacturers in the world and how it goes about the business of continuing to raise the bar of exotic engineering.

Forza 5 has released an amazing new video that pays tribute to one of the finest supercars to come out in recent years: the Ferrari LaFerrari . The video is actually so good that a real-life likeness of it probably wouldn’t look as cinematic as this one. Add the incredible musical score and yes, goosebumps will happen.

The video, essentially, is all about the LaFerrari. But Turn 10 went on a creative route in celebrating the Ferrari supercar by using a number of the company’s past and present models form their own version of a royal entrance by having all these iconic Ferraris form two lines to welcome the LaFerrari.

We all know that the Ferrari LaFerrari has taken the place of the Ferrari Enzo as the company’s premier modern-day supercar. The engineering and technical development attributed to the LaFerrari is beyond incredible, and the car itself looks all sorts of otherworldly. The name, on the other hand, is a whole different conversation...

We already know all of these things, but watching this video created by Forza developer Turn 10 reminds us just how real it all is.

A Pagani test driver recently gave his young son an experience he probably will never forget. Ok, that’s a stretch because we don’t know a lot of adults who remember what they were doing when they were three years old. Still, sitting on your dad’s lap while he drives a Pagani Huayra around a short custom circuit will likely give you chills to last a lifetime.

That was the little treat this little tyke was given when he not only got a chance to smell the Huayra’s interior, but he also got a pretty good seat to experience the unbridled power of this insane supercar .

When he should probably be at home playing with his diecast Huayra, this little one is actually sitting on an actual Huayra getting a first-hand experience on what 700 horsepower and 730 pound-feet of tire smoking torque feels like.

You’re a lucky one, young man. Cherish this moment because you’re likely not going to experience it again anytime soon.

For those that are concerned for the safety of the young child; there is no need to worry because this is a professional driver on a closed course.

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Happy Thursday, everybody. We made it to the incredible milestone of five (5!) episodes. It may not seem like much, but it is our first step towards world Podcast domination. Also, for reasons that I can’t really explain, we spend a lot of time at multiple points in the podcast discussing the Ford Bronco. So, yeah.

In this week’s episode, Mark, Justin and myself find ourselves rambling about the Hyundai Equus , Mistubishi Lancer GT and the Ford Flex Ecoboost in the Weekly Wheels segment.

For the big news stories of the week, we cover the shenanigans that transpired over April Fool’s Day , and slowly built into a horsepower war. We begin with the BoldRide created Jeep rally hatchback , then we move to the deliciously powerful rumor of a Jaguar F-Type Club Sport . Moving the horsepower even higher, we talk about the rumored 700-horsepower SRT Challenger Hellcat , and finish the insanity with some talk of the 2,000-horsepower Trion Nemesis . There is a bit of talk about the current legal dustup with Ferrari and fan’s Facebook page, as well.

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 005 - "Apparently we like the Ford Bronco"

For the Q&A segment, we field a pair of great questions from you guys. The first involves our thoughts on the success of super-cheap superminis, like the Dacia, and if we think they would work in the states. Our second question involves our ability to maintain a critical viewpoint when dealing with cars or brands that we hold a certain loyalty to.

Both great questions that lead to some interesting discussion.

We finish with the new Own, Drive, Burn segment where we argue over the merits of the classic mud-slingers of the International Scout, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.

Make sure to keep all those comments, questions and suggestions coming. You can hit us up here in the comments, reach us on Twitter using our new podcast account @TopSpeedPodcast or you can reach us via email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

Thanks for hanging with us for five episodes, everyone!! See you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Ford Flex, Mitsubishi Lancer GT , Hyundai Equus

It may not seem like it, but the Ferrari 458 is starting to show its age when compared to its competitors’ newest models like the Huracán and 650S . It’s conceivable then that this white stallion prancing around in the snow might be the 458’s replacement.

Caught drifting around snow banks in Northern Sweden, this Ferrari test mule is definitely helping develop something. The first and most noticeable thing are the front fenders. It looks like some engineer needed more room to mount snow tires, so a Sawzall was used to open up the wheel wells. Around the side, black tape seems to be holding body panels together just forward of the rear tire. We’re not too sure what’s going on here, but Ferrari certainly has something up its sleeve.

We suspect the 458’s replacement would generate more power than the current car and matching, or more likely, exceeding the 610 horsepower from the Lamborghini Huracán and getting close to the 640-horsepower output of the McLaren 650S McLaren 650S . A dual-clutch transmission is an inevitable return, and could either the be same seven-speed unit the 458 currently has or perhaps Ferrari is working on a unit with more gears. Only time will tell.

This does seem to be a very early prototype in the 458 replacement program, given it’s the first one photographed and its body panels are ill-fitting. Keep posted to TopSpeed for any developing information.

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During a recent trip to a Miami-area Porsche dealership, TopSpeed founder Philippe Daix found himself face to face with five 911 GT3s as they patiently await an engine swap. Porsche is reportedly testing a revised version of the GT3’s 3.8-liter, flat-six engine, but until the engine is ready and shipped to dealers, these brand-new cars sit covered in a layer of dust, blocked by other vehicles within the bowels of the dealer’s service department.

Porsche made the unprecedented move in February of notifying owners to stop driving their GT3s and ordered dealers to stop selling them until repairs are made. The announcement came after two seemingly perfect GT3s burst into flames as they meandered down European roads earlier this year.

The German automaker’s investigation into the fires revealed two piston rod screws became loose, causing all sorts of mayhem and catastrophe within the engine block. Thankfully, no accidents or injuries resulted from the fires, but the incidents were enough for Porsche to recall all 785 of the 2014 911 GT3 s produces. Until the cars are fixed, current GT3 owners have replacement Porsche vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.


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