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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.

Still steaming over not getting a chance to own a Ferrari 458 Italia China Edition ?

Don’t feel too bad because a lot of people who aren’t from China probably feel the same way too.

But even if you lost out on the actual one that costs almost $1 million, you can still get to own a 458 Italia China Edition.

Thanks to Hot Wheels’ premium line of collectable die-cast models, a Ferrari 458 China Edition can be in your future. You won’t be able to drive it because it’s only a 1:18 scale version of the actual supercar but then again, you take what you can get, right?

Besides, parking it on your desk sounds about cooler than actually taking one out for a spin. It still comes with the distinctive "Marco Polo Red" finish and it has the distinctive decorative dragon imagery running the length of the car. Gold wheels are in there, as is the finely-dressed interior.

Really, it’s the best way to own this ultra limited supercar without having to pay a fortune for the real deal. All you need to fork over is $105 and it’s yours.

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Click past the jump to read about the actual Ferrari 458 China Edition

It’s very rare that you see The Stig lose control of a car, let alone one with the sheer power of a Lamborghini . If we’ve come to know anything about Top Gear’s tame racing driver, it’s that he rarely makes any mistakes when it he sits behind the wheel of any car.

But the improbable happened in a recent episode of Top Gear. Not only did he spin out on a car, he did it on one of the rarest exotics in the world, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento .

People eventually found out that the world was round and now, we also found out that The Stig is human after all.

The Stig spinning out rarely happens. In fact, before doing it on the Sesto Elemento, the only time the masked driver did it was with a Koenigsegg CCX some years back, an episode that infamously led to the Swedish automaker installing a rear wing to add downforce to the CCX.

In this case, downforce wasn’t the issue that resulted in the Sesto Elemento spinning off the track. A high-speed left turn just caused The Stig to lose control, sending the ultra-limited Lambo into the grass, damaging the underside.

It’s tough seeing The Stig lose control of a car like the Sesto Elemento. It’s like watching Jay-Z mix up his lyrics during a live concert.

But even the best fall down sometimes and we’ve no doubts that The Stig can bounce back from this like nothing ever happened.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Paying tribute to the unheralded people behind some of the finest cars on the planet is easier said than done.

You can’t really recognize people who prefer to do their work in the shadows, content on letting their products be recognized for what they eventually become.

That’s why Nissan’s decision to showcase the four men behind the success of the Nissan GT-R became more than just an eye-opening look into the people whose imprint on Godzilla stands out above everybody else.

Collectively, they are called "takumi" and they are the ones in charge of building the heart of the GT-R: it’s V VR38 engine. If you have a GT-R in your garage, we invite you to pop open the hood and you might see nameplates like "Handbuilt by Takumi Kurosawa" inside. That’s a testament to each of the four artisans who have no other business in life than to ensure Godzilla runs smoothly.

Takumi Kurosawa is the lead engine builder for the supercar but he isn’t the only one. Joining him are Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama.

Remember their names because they put the work in to turn the Nissan GT-R into one of the most desirable sports cars in the world today.

Click past the jump to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the short documentary. Enjoy!

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We are all for customization to make your car fit your personality, even on one as bad-ass as the Lamborghini Aventador . But Chris Brown’s decision to make his Lambo look like one expensive Nike Foamposite Camo shoe has us scratching our heads a little.

You have to admit that in the past few months we have seen all kind of crazy custom work, but this is far and away craziest yet! Sometimes people just get blinded by money and do crazy things when they are bored, like make their $387,000 car look like a shoe. Not that we are massive Aventador fanboys, but still that thing is hideous!

Despite the horrible camo job, this supercar is still a hoot to drive, thanks to its 6.5-liter V-12 engine that pumps out an astonishing 700 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. The Aventador can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 217 mph.

Let us know if you agree or disagree with our opinion of this paintjob or if you love it in the comments.

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Countach was one of the first supercars developed by Lamborghini . It was unveiled in 1974 and remained in production until 1990, during which period a total of 2,042 units were produced. The Countach won many awards and during its era, it was one of the fastest supercars on the market: it could hit a top speed of 207 mph in its LP 500 Turbo S version.

Now the guys over MotorTrend put it head to head against the new Aventador in the latest episode of "World’s Fastest Car Show." The two cars were driven by Justin Bell, who wanted to see if the new Aventador is as good as its predecessor.

According to him, the drive can tell you more than any history book, as driving the two supercars gives Justin insight into the impact the revolutionary Countach had not only on its eventual successor, the Aventador, but the entire supercar industry. It also drives him to use plenty of dirty language, which was carefully bleeped out, of course... Enjoy!

Aston Martin CC100

If there is a limited-edition vehicle that people with deep pockets should taken notice of, Aston Martin’s DBR1 -inspired CC100 Speedster is likely it.

Unfortunately, if you were late to the party, you won’t be able to get your hands on one. The concept, which Aston built to celebrate the British automaker’s 100th anniversary, has now been scooped up by what we can only imagine to be a financially well off collector. After all, he paid around $770,000 for the chance to own the car so he clearly has enough money left on his bank account to absorb that kind of monetary hit.

According to Autocar, there will be a second CC1000 to be built, but like the first model, that one’s already accounted for after Aston Martin was commissioned to build it. Aston Martin’s already building that car and the lucky fella who paid an equal premium for it is expected to take delivery of a literal two-of-a-kind vehicle later this year.

We don’t know about you, but if we had the finances to make that kind of splurge, we wouldn’t hesitate in following the footsteps of these two men.

Rarely do you chance upon a concept as cool and as riveting as the CC100 and the chance of owning one is something our bank accounts would have taken a hit for without even blinking.

That is if our accounts were fat enough to do so.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

Source: Autocar UK
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In every company in the world, there are people that have helped elevate it to supremacy and some companies see it fit to celebrate its heroes. Bugatti is doing just that by preparing a series of six individual Veyron models, specially developed to pay tribute to the people that "have played a crucial role in its history and which have helped creating its mystique."

The first from this special series is called Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille" Edition and, as its name suggests, it pays tribute to Jean-Pierre Wimille — a racecar driver that brought two Le Mans victories to Bugatti.

This special edition was inspired by the Bugatti 57G Tank that won the Le Mans in 1937. It comes with a two-tone paint job that features blue clear-coated carbon fiber and a light Wimille Bleu. Under the hood, this Bugatti Veyron stays bone stock, leaving it at the amazing 8-liter W-16 engine that delivers 1,200 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

The model will be making its world debut at the US The Quail/Pebble Beach set to take place from 16 to 18 August.

Click past the jump to read more about Jean-Pierre Wimille.

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Yesterday a rather rough-looking LaFerrari prototype was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack, which was cool in its own right. Today, however, we have a real treat for you in the form of a LaFerrari production prototype that Hendrick from brainphArt caught driving on the open road in Maranello. This marks the first time that a true production prototype of the newest Ferrari has been caught on film.

According to the report from Hendrick, he had an interesting talk with a Ferrari quality control employee just outside of the the Fiorano test track. According to this employee, Ferrari is hard at work on the final version of the LaFerrari , and the model at Museo Ferrari is a rushed-to-production rough draft and not a final production model.

So why is this the first appearance on a public road for the LaFerrari? According to Hendrik’s Ferrari source, there are only three pre-production LaFerrari prototypes in existence: the show car and two camouflaged versions for final testing. Typically, it only sees super-slow tours within the Ferrari campus or runs around Fiorano.

Many thanks to Hendrik from the rock band brainphArt and his girlfriend for the superb video!

Click past the jump for one more video.

McLaren recently trooped to Hong Kong to introduce its P1 supercar to arguably one of the most exotic-friendly markets in the world. But in the course of telling the gathered crowd that the P1 would cost HKD$8.9 million (excluding First Registration Tax) - that’s about $1.14 million based on current exchange rates, by the way - the British automaker also brought a special one-off MP4-12C that came straight out of its McLaren Special Operations program.

Similar to past one-off creations out of the customization program, this 12C B&W Edition, was treated to a bevy of modifications, highlighted by a two-tone exterior with a unique white color and gloss black accents. The latter, in fact, was used on the roof, the front splitter, the mirror casings and the wheels.

Additionally, the 12C B&W Edition also had its gloss white paint on both the air vents and the instrument cluster bezel, providing a consistency of color and shade that belies its appearance as a true one-off supercar.

And in case there are any questions regarding how much the 12C B&W Edition is going to cost, McLaren has officially priced it at a tidy HKD$4.68 million, which is just a shade above $600,000 based on current exchange rates.

There’s something to be said for a supercar, even a one-off make like this, to carry such a price tag. But given the exotic climate in a place like Hong Kong, we doubt this piece of handiwork from the McLaren Special Operations program would sit long in the McLaren dealership.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C

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The new LaFerrari supercar made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , but it looks like Ferrari decided to keep quite, as we haven’t heard much else on it since then. Lucky for us, as Ferrari decides to keep secrets, we have YouTube user Marchettino who managed to catch the supercar testing at the famous Fiorano racetrack.

The car caught testing appears to be just a mule, but since we know how the LaFerrari looks, we really don’t mind. What this video offers us is an up-close listen to just how sweet the LaFerrari sounds under accelerations and bot does that V-12 engine sound nothing short of bad-ass.

The LaFerrari is powered by a HY-KERS system that combines a 6.3-liter V-12 engine with two electric motors — one motor powers the driven wheels and the second drives the ancillaries. This system delivers a total of 963 horsepower and sprints the supercar up to a top speed of 217 mph.


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