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.

After much speculation and teasing, McLaren released the all-new, P1 -inspired 650S in 2014. This model takes the place of the aging MP4, and delivers a mammoth 640 horsepower. Just a few months after its official debut, McLaren released a concept version of the 650S from its bespoke arm, McLaren Special Operations. This pitch-black concept obviously caught the attention of movers and shakers, as McLaren announced right before the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed that the MSO 650S would indeed be a limited-production vehicle.

This MSO 650S draws most of its styling cues from the concept that debuted in early 2014. Its carbon-fiber side wings and rear bumper center section, and rear diffuser are all taken directly from the concept. Even the sinister black color that the concept wore when it debuted is part of the production model. In fact, the only straying this concept-turned-production does on its way to driveways is the addition of new interior bits and some featherweight wheels.

Click past the jump to read about this awesome, limited-edition supercar.

The Special Projects division of Ferrari is an exclusive arm of the company that is capable of creating unique, one-off cars for prospective buyers who find the traditional models of the Prancing Horse to be a bit too plebeian. The SP team has created cars such as James Glickenhaus’s P4/5 Competizione . This exclusive customization division has been very busy lately. We are still trying to chase details on models like the SP FFX and the SP America , yet here Ferrari is with another new beauty, the F12 TRS. As you can maybe guess by the name, this latest unique machine is based on the new F12berlinetta .

This one-off exclusive was just unveiled last weekend in Sicily during the Ferrari Cavalcade. The F12 TRS was one of 90 cars that were included in this year’s event.

Updated 06/22/2014: The one-off Ferrari F12 TRS made its debut during the third edition of the Ferrari Cavalcade, which took place the weekend of June 22nd on Sicilian soil. The model was inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa and was developed by Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Style Centre team.

Updated 06/30/2014: Ferrari unveiled a new set of images showing the new F12 TRS in action at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F12 TRS.

All good things must come to an end, so the Gallardo is packing things up and moving out of Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar spot to make room for a brand new baby. Rumors swirled about the name of this new supercar, and the final decision was Huracán LP 610-4 and not "Cabrera," as we initially thought.

The Huracán LP 610-4’s name is derived from a fighting bull from 1879. This Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed of bull was unrelenting and thrust himself into bull-fighting stardom courage and strong sense of attack.

This new new Lamborghini will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, but it will also have more than 130 private showings that start in January. We expect to see it in dealers starting in mid- to late-2014.

Updated 06/23/2014: Lamborghini unveiled a new video revealing the technical details behind the new Huracan supercar. It is by far one of the coolest technical videos I’ve seen in some time.

Click past the jump to read all about the Huracán LP 610-4.

Introduced to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and launched for the 2013 model year, the Ferrari F12berlinetta quickly became one of the most desirable grand tourers on the market. The F12 came to replace Ferrari ’s previous 2-seat berlinetta, the 599 . Built around an aluminum space frame chassis, the F12 brought numerous improvements to the 599. as it was 20 percent more rigid and 150 pounds lighter, and the new chassis also allowed Ferrari to lower the car’s center of gravity by one inch. For 2014, the F12berlinetta has spawned a special edition coming all the way from China. Dubbed Polo Edition, this unique F12berlinetta was crafted by Ferrari’s first Tailor-Made Center in Asia Pacific and reaches into the spotlight to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse.

This new model was inspired by the game of polo (not the fancy golf shirts), a horseback team sport played in Asia for more than 2,000 years. The one-off F12 also pays tribute to the company’s passion for speed and racing. A prancing horse that celebrates horse racing, if you will.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Polo Edition.

As an auto writer, I do get the chance to sit in some cool cars like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder I drove in Gumball or the Nissan GT-R I reviewed, but what if you aren’t a writer and you still want to experience the thrust of a Ferrari? There are a few companies out there that do special track days and even daily rentals of exotic cars, but those experiences are usually thousands of dollars and you usually need to travel to a really big city or race track. What if you are one of the millions who just can’t tick all those boxes to try a car? I have a solution.

Gotham Dream Cars has a new program called Dream Car Sprint that may help you out. It’s a traveling program that visits nearly 50 cities around the country, and they set up a full autocross course for you to play on. The best part is the cost; $250. I have yet to find a cheaper way to bury your foot in the throttle of cars like the Ferrari F430 .

They have other more traditional programs with varying costs, but this traveling circus of horsepower sounds the coolest. They are coming to a local spot near me soon, and I am going to give it a shot. Keep your eyes here to see what I think about that.

Read more about the Gotham Dream Car Sprint and their other programs below.

The Pagani Zonda 760 LM , one of the last iterations of the venerable supercar and a model that’s been keeping us on our toes the past month , is finally out in the open. The Italian automaker quietly took the veil off the 760 LM during a special event, probably right before the unique vehicle was shipped to its owner.

Although the 760 LM is proof that the Pagani Zonda is still alive and kicking 15 years since production began, the carbon-bodied rocket is likely one of the last special-edition supercars to carry the iconic name. The 760 LM arrived only a few weeks after the 760 X , yet another one-off Zonda crafted for a very special, deep-pocketed collector.

There’s no word as to who will take delivery of this gorgeous supercar, but word has it the owner is an avid Zonda collector that already has a Cinque Roadster and Zonda R parked in his garage. Now that’s what we call enthusiasm!

Click past the jump to read more about the Pagani Zonda 760 LM

After 16 years of wild road trips , the Gumball 3000 has developed quite a few traditions. One of those traditions is the end-of-rally awards ceremony. There are awards for cool cars, crazy stories and new drivers. Of all the awards handed out, none are as prestigious or coveted as the "Spirit of Gumball" award. The Spirit of Gumball is given to the team that does the best job of embracing the spirit of the rally. Winners should show dedication to having a good time and being part of the festivities. They should avoid negativity, push the boundaries a little bit, and above all, have lots of fun.This year the award went to Team Deadmau5.

The video above shows the finale of the awards and includes a look at Deadmau5 and his co-driver Tori Belleci of the MythBusters accepting their award; a gumball machine mounted on a massive chrome plinth. Sadly there is no footage of their car, a baby blue Ferrari 458 with Nyan Cat graphics on it.

Maximillian, Mr. Gumball himself , awarded the honor to Deadmau5 because of his contributions to the Gumball, and his nearly flawless attendance at all events and festivities. When compounded with the fact that this was his first Gumball experience, it only seemed right he should win.

As an expression of automotive fun, extravagance and camaraderie, the Gumball 3000 is an unsurpassed experience. Congratulations to Deadmau5 and Tori for making their mark on everyone who was part of this great event. I know I am happy I had the chance to meet them.

SSC North America has been teasing us with the Tuatara supercar since 2011. The highly anticipated vehicle could finally become a reality next year, as the Washington-based manufacturer is laying ground for a state-of -the-art production facility in West Richland, WA.

The company’s plan to move its operations in a new facility isn’t new, but the project has been lagging for a about a year due to financial difficulties. Fortunately, SSC North America has managed to find the necessary funding for the $6-million project and construction of the facility is set to start in August 2014, Tri-City Herald reports.

SSC’s new headquarters will be located on a 40-acre land near Belmont Boulevard and Keene Road. The facility will include everything: an assembly line, a showroom to offices, and even a museum area. The factory should open in the first quarter of 2015. "This is a lifelong dream for me. We will get there and the project will be very successful," said company founder Jerod Shelby.

Click past the jump to read more about the SSC Tuatara.

The P1 debuted in the 2014 model year with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1 GTR.

This new P1 is starting to take shape, as the British manufacturer has released preliminary details on the race-spec supercar . In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 will carry the same GTR moniker.

But the most important fact about the company’s monstrous race car is its output. Although McLaren is mum in regard to the upgrades destined to enhance the P1’s hybrid powertrain, the manufacturer did say the P1 GTR will benefit from 986 horsepower. That’s 83 ponies more than the road-legal supercar and way more than we initially expected. Needless to say, the P1 GTR will be a rocket.

Naturally, the race-ready P1 won’t be just about enormous amounts of horsepower and torque. British engineers will also enhance the P1’s aerodynamics and increase downforce by means of an aggressive body kit. Expect the supercar to receive an extreme front apron with a prominent lip spoiler and canard, wider wheel arches for the widened track, a brand-new diffuser, and a massive rear wing. To further increase the P1 GTR’s handling around the track, McLaren is also working on a stiffer, heavy-duty suspension system that will support a set of ultra-lightweight wheels wrapped in slick tires.

Not surprising, the P1 GTR won’t come cheap. McLaren will only sell it to customers who have already purchased the road-legal P1, and they will have to fork over £1.98 million ($3.36 million as of 06/13/2014) to buy one. The sticker makes the P1 GTR two time more expensive than its street-spec brother, but McLaren is offering a full racing program with the car. The program will include private consultations with the McLaren driver-fitness team and company design director Frank Stephenson, as well as access to one of McLaren’s dedicated racing simulators. What’s more, customers will also benefit from at least six drive events to be held on certain Formula One tracks. Sounds like McLaren is finally establishing a proper customer program.

As for the P1 GTR’s availability, McLaren says production will commence right after it completes the final example of the road-going P1. There’s no actual schedule, but the 375th P1 should roll out the assembly line in the first half of 2015. There’s no word as to how many P1 GTRs will be built, but McLaren says it "will be strictly limited."

Updated 6/19/2014: In a press release, McLaren said the "latest track-focused model from McLaren GT to make world debut at 11.00BST, Friday 27 June" at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The model the British automaker is referring seems to be the P1 GTR. In addition to the announcement of its official unveiling, McLaren also released a new teaser image, which you can see above. From this image, we can make out the massive rear wing even better — it looks to be a fixed wing — the Pirelli racing rubber, and the Tag Heuer and Mobil 1 decals. No other details were released at this time, but we’ll update you as soon as the P1 GTR hits the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR.


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