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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.

By now, a lot of you have probably watched the Need for Speed movie, and while the story left a lot to be desired, the cars in the movie were a definite treat to our senses. That includes our sense of sound, which played a pretty important role in our viewing experience, given the roster of exotics that were in the movie.

This video by Sound Works Collection takes us on a "behind-the-recordings" look at how sound mixing played a huge role in making the movie. The objective, according to re-recording mixer Greg Russell, was to not only make the cars the "heartbeat from a sonic standpoint" but to be authentic and believable, allowing the audience to be put into the front seat.

Forget about how the movie was shot and the cinematography of it, this is about understanding the importance of those ear-piercing shrieks coming out of all those exotics to make the movie more believable.

Like what Russell further elaborated on, when four cars pass by, the objective is to "hear four engines, not a blur of sound".

Watch the video to further digest why sound mixing was a very important tool in making the Need for Speed movie. After that, go watch the movie again and we guarantee that once you pay close to attention to the sound, the experience of watching it gets exponentially better.

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Air. This simple combination of oxygen and nitrogen is one of the most difficult factors for designing a high-end supercar . It needs to be routed to the engine for combustion, funneled to various systems for cooling and it is used for downforce to keep the car stuck to the road. For most of the 20th century, designers had to make compromises to one of those systems to improve the other. You had to cut downforce to reduce drag and increase speed, or you had to increase drag to provide better brake cooling. Now though, we have active aerodynamics. The engineer’s solution to have your air-based cake and eat it too. For the most technical demonstration of active aero any production car to date we need to look no farther than the new One:1 from Swedish supercar maker Koeingsegg .

Using a complex collection of vents, flaps, motors and hinges the 2015 Koenigsegg One:1 can completely alter its aerodynamic profile and performance.

Read on to find out about all of the advanced aero technology on the Koenigsegg One:1

The Bugatti Veyron is no stranger here at TopSpeed, but it seems every time we see one move, it still catches us by surprise, as it emanates the majestic beauty and radiates cylinder thumping masterpieces from its massive W-16 engine. That’s definitely the case here, as race car driver David Green powers up a canyon road in this Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

In this wonderfully shot, yet way-too-short video, Green talks about what it’s like to drive the Veyron . He begins by mentioning the car feels much smaller one behind the wheel and is rather easy to place on the road. Once the hammer is dropped, however, the car comes alive with brutal acceleration. Making the car even more amazing is the open top that allows all the noises and burbles from the 1,200-horsepower W-16 to enter the cabin, making for a unique experience.

Toward the end of the video, Green makes an interesting argument for purchasing such a supercar. It has nothing to do with practicality or even being a show-off, it’s all about appreciating the design, engineering, and the pentacle of car technology.

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The Los Angeles Police Department is proud to show off this police-decked Lamborghini Gallardo , complete with the department’s traditional black-and-white paint and “To Protect and to Serve” written on its sides. If you want to get a glimpse of the LAPD Lambo, as it is affectionately known, the car is scheduled ot make an appearance at the Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field in Lancaster on March 21st through 22nd.

In case you’re wondering, though, that’s as far as the extent of the LAPD’s use of the Gallardo. The police -dressed Gallardo isn’t exactly going to be added to the LAPD’s fleet and chase bad guys down the 101 Freeway.

The Gallardo is actually owned by Nathalie and Travis Marg of Light Source 1, Inc, both of whom generously donated the use of their Lamborghini to serve charitable events for the LAPD Air Support Team. Among its first stops is the aforementioned LA County Air Show later this week and after that, you can expect to see the LAPD Lambo to make more publicity stunts in the future for the department.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo.

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Ferrari has never been shy about its muscle-flexing tendencies so it comes as little surprise, at least to us, that Maranello appears to be building a special-edition LaFerrari. As if the LaFerrari isn’t special enough.

Apparently, Ferrari is tinkering with the idea of building a LaFerrari specialist because the exclusive supercar was pretty damn hard to buy. It sounds confusing but demand for the LaFerrari was so high that those who couldn’t buy one were all left clamoring for the company to make some more. Little did they know that Ferrari was already thinking about appeasing these people after CEO Luca di Montezemolo let the cat out of the bag at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

According to Autocar, Montezemolo said that a lot of Ferrari’s customers were "disappointed not to be able to own a LaFerrari," but quickly followed that up by saying "we expect to have something special to offer them soon."

So what is this "something," exactly?

The first car that came to our mind was the LaFerrari EVOXX . To be fair, the company has given no indication that it’s building a track-focused version of the already powerful LaFerrari, but we know Maranello’s tendencies, specifically when it comes to showing the world just how awesome it is. So we’re confident that an EVOXX is in the cards for the LaFerrari at some point in the future. Could this be what Montezemolo was alluding to when he talked about "something special?"

We won’t know until a confirmation is made, but we certainly won’t be surprised if the LaFerrari EVOXX comes to fruition. Until then, you can see our earlier rendering of what we thing the LaFerrari EVOXX would look like.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari LaFerrari.

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Lamborghini has no plans to enter the hybrid supercar market, which means that dreams of a Lambo taking on the Porsche 918 Spyder , McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari can now be put to rest. Lamborghini president and CEO Stefan Winkelmann put the kabosh on ice, saying that there’s no way a supercar market can sustain building hybrid exotics and expect them to be produced as normal production cars. It’s a niche market for the time being, and the obscene price tags attached to these models is not, in Winkelmann’s words, "fulfillable at the time being".

“What you see now — and I don’t want to be, let’s say, finger pointing — but what you see now in the world of the hybrids is not something which is going to be in normal production cars; due to cost, or due to weight if the cost is a normal one,” Winkelmann told CarAdvice.

Feasibility is a big thing for Lamborghini and the idea of building a hybrid supercar just isn’t one, especially when it’s in the business of selling as many of its already awesome naturally aspirated exotics like the Aventador and the recently-launched Huracan .

Tacking a million-dollar price tag on a hybrid supercar isn’t a market that’s sustainable even if P1 and the LaFerrari sales go through the roof. In some ways, the car’s exclusivity is what’s making these sales figures rise up. But if Ferrari or McLaren decide to offer the LaFerrari and the P1 as normal production cars, it’s going to be difficult for them to maintain a significant market of customers willing to pay that kind of premium.

That kind of thinking is more than enough reason for Lamborghini to do away with thoughts of joining the party. If the costs go down and interest is still there, then Lambo could probably change its mind, but for now, it’s not a road Winkelmann is comfortable leading Lamborghini to.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan

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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 03/06/2014: After the first promo video unveiled a few days ago, Lamborghini now released a full video for the new Huracan supercar. Enjoy!

Updated 03/12/2014: Lamborghini unveiled a new video in which Filippo Perini, Head of Design at Automobili Lamborghini, explains the design concept behind the new Huracan supercar.

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

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to make a supercar like the Lamborghini Aventador even more desirable. In some instances, though, even subtle modifications have a way of bringing out the Aventador’s uniqueness even more, which is exactly what Hamann did with its Geneva presentation of the Italian supercar. Dubbed the Lamborghini Aventador Limited, Hamann’s work on the raging bull consists of adding fancy two-tone color to go with a bevy of aerodynamic components and a nice performance bump. That’s the usual trifecta Hamann aims for when it comes to building programs perfectly suited for exotics in the class of the Aventador.

It’s no different this time, and the German tuner once again pulled it off, complete with extra doses of modification on the wheels and the interior.

All in all, just another day in the office for Hamann, which usually translates to tuning awesomeness for all of us.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador By Hamann.

The Koenigsegg One:1 has gotten loads of press lately, and for good reason. It captured the elusive unicorn of the automotive world by hitting the 1 horsepower per kg rating, and it captured all of our hearts in the process. With 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque flowing from its 5.0-liter V-8, it was only a matter of time before one of the car video games inserted the digital version of it, and that day is here.

Need For Speed Rivals is the first to insert the digital One:1 into its game by way of downloadable content. What’s more, the One:1 Pack is 100-percent free of charge. EA Games could have easily turned a profit by charging a few bucks for what’s likely to be one of the hottest DLCs of the year, but it instead decided to be fair to the game owners and give it away. That’s just good business there, folks.

The DLC first hit the Internet on March 4th, and is available for all major platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. So snag it up in your system’s respective marketplace and have yourself a One:1 on EA Games’ dime — well, digitally that is...

Click past the jump to read more about the One:1 from Koenigsegg.

Koenigsegg Agera R

Selling cars worth well in excess of $1 million isn’t an easy thing to do. First and most important, you need to have a market, or at least a client base willing to shell that kind of money. Second, you need to be able to move the cars and find them these owners, which in some cases is the job of dealerships. And finally, you need to go to a market where these cars are going to be enjoyed to their fullest because it’s going to be pointless if you shell out the money only to let the car collect dust in the garage.

Koenigsegg is one of these exotic brands that need checkmarks to all three conditions before it decides to venture into a market. So the recent announcement that Koenigsegg is returning to the U.S. through the Manhattan Motorcars of New York City dealership seems to suggest that the Swedish supercar is ready to conquer America once again.

To its credit, Koenigsegg picked a very capable dealership to handle the job of offering its range of exotics to prospective American clients. After all, Manhattan Motorcars is renowned as an award-winning new and pre-owned retailer for a number of high-end performance brands, including, Bugatti , Rolls-Royce , Bentley , and Lamborghini .

Adding Koenigsegg to that mix not only establishes Manhattan Motorcars as the go-to-place for high-end exotics, but also gives the Swedish company a chance to once again turn some heads and stake some claim to the country’s high-end performance car segment.

As part of its deal, Manhattan Motorcars will be represent Koenigsegg at the New York International Auto Show with a display of the company’s newest model, the 2014 Agera R .

There is no mention as to when Manhattan Motorcars will start selling Koenissegg models, but we have reached out to them for additional information. Until then, we’re sure they’d love to speak to any prospective buyer, so feel free to call them at 1-866-325-1538 or you can visit their webpage HERE

Click past the jump to read more about the Koenigsegg Agera R.


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