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.

When it comes to getting close to awesome slabs of carbon fiber, aluminum and steel, few are better at it than Shmee 150. Sure, his videos may be a little raw and unrefined, but damn does he get up close and personal with the best cars in the world. This time around, at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Shmee found himself in a paddock filled with a number of supercars and sports cars that would make any normal man scream like a little girl that just got the pony she always wanted. But instead, Shmee calmly makes his way through the paddock rattling off all the cars he sees along the way.

This list of supercar awesomeness includes the 918 Spyder , McLaren P1 , Ferrari LaFerrari , Pagani Huayra , 911 Turbo S, Merc SLS AMG GT Black , Nissan GT-R Nismo , Alfa Romeo 4C , Rolls-Royce Wraith, Arash AF8 , Lexus LF-A, Audi R8 V10, MSO 650S , 458 Speciale, and California T. If that list of fantastic petrol burners isn’t enough for you, there were also two ultra-super special models in the one-off Ferrari F12 TRS and the amazing Koenigsegg One:1.

How Shmee manages to rattle off all of this amazing rigs without becoming a little giddy is beyond me. Maybe he has become a little desensitized over the years, but he certainly did a great job showing off each car he saw.

As with most editions, the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed with lots of action as hundreds of classic and modern sports and race cars stormed up the iconic Hill. With so many cool vehicles gathered in England, picking a favorite is next to impossible. However, I must confess some of the Ferraris stole my heart this time, especially one particular LaFerrari that caught the eye with its unique exterior paint.

Unlike other LaFerraris showcased during various events since launch, which were mainly painted in the company’s famous Rosso Corsa, this example roared in Goodwood in a bright-green suit. The hue is definitely a show stopper, but what makes it even more impressive is its uniqueness among "regular" LaFerraris, which can only be ordered in either red, yellow or black. If you’re a bit puzzled, then you should know that the owner of this LaFerrari is no other than Jay Kay, Jamiroquai’s front man.

I have no idea in regard as to how he managed to order the LaFerrari in green — I’m guessing he opted for a bespoke program — but considering he already owns an F40 and an Enzo , the Italian company would be crazy to deny any of his requests. All told, Jay Kay is the proud owner of a LaFerrari that just screams for attention. A refreshing break from the regular, red-painted Prancing Horses.

What do you think? Is this bright shade of green appropriate for a LaFerrari or would you rather have it in Rosso Corsa or Giallo Modena? Let me know in comments.

There’s one more video after the jump.

No, this isn’t a Transformer you’re looking at. This is the latest piece of supercar work coming from the mental minds of DMC . The German supercar tuner isn’t done making hellacious programs for the Lamborghini Aventador . At some point, you wonder if there’s any limit to the company’s imagination.

This new program, dubbed the LP988 "Edizione-GT", follows in the footsteps of the Molto Veloce and Spezial Version packages. Only its not so much as "following in the footsteps" as it is taking it to an entirely new level.

In other words, this is the STAGE3 program, and surely, it lives up to its billing with an incredible tuning kit that comprises of a migraine-inducing body kit and engine upgrade combination.

This is the kind of program that isn’t easy to make, let alone easy to buy. According to DMC, simply showing up with a big, fat check isn’t going to make you a proud owner of the Aventador LP988 Edizione-GT. Instead, interested customers need to to apply — yes, apply — before you’re allowed to buy one. Additionally, each customer selects a one-off color, and DMC will never use that color again on an Aventador.

Those who make the cut will then be treated to a unique model that DMC says will be limited to just one color and/or style per unit, ensuring that no two programs are exactly the same. That’s exclusivity spelled with a capital "E."

The Lamborghini Aventador LP988 Edizione-GT program will cost buyers a whopping $288,888.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP988 "Edizione-GT" By DMC.

The Lamborghini Huracan is pretty fast. Actually, it’s 204-mph fast. It’s the kind of speed that few cars in this world can only dream of attaining. And yet, the Huracan makes it look so easy. That’s when you know that the Italian supercar is another feather in the cap of Lamborghini.

In this video, we get to see exactly why the Huracan is being praised to high heavens. Visual and audio evidences are there to showcase just how fast and powerful this new Lamborghini is. See all the cars it leaves behind without even breaking sweat? That’s 610 of horsepower swag, right there.

And the sound, oh my the sound. Turn up the volume for a few seconds and close your eyes. The only thing you’ll hear is the sound of the Huracan’s 5.2-liter, V-10 engine clearing its throat and belting out a raging mix of power and pace.

The only problem we have is the fact that this asshat chose a public road to perform this feat. Look, if you can afford a Huracan, chances are an hour of track time is not outside of your budget. Please don’t attempt to drive at these speeds on public roads, folks, it’s a disaster just waiting to happen.

Most of us watched the Goodwood Festival of Speed to see hundreds of awesome road and race cars storm up the Hill. Others, including many past and present racing drivers, travel to Goodwood to hoon the vehicles we drool upon. But there’s a third category of motoring enthusiasts that take trips to England to pay million for the classic cars sold each year by Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auction house.

This year’s event brought together nearly 100 vehicles and more than 400 automotive-related collectors items, raising a staggering £22.6 million (nearly $39 million as of 06/27/2014). One car alone sold for nearly half that amount, with two more fetching more than $1 million each, rounding up yet another successful event.

Not surprising, the most expensive vehicle sold at Goodwood was a Ferrari . Maranello classics are already a common occurrence at such events, and very few change hands for less than $5 million. On the other hand, how often do you see a 102-year-old vehicle sell for more than $1 million? Head over below to find out more about the most expensive classic cars auctioned at Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Bonhams’ sale at Goodwood

For almost every racing game, there is a great hero car. For the classic Need for Speed: Most Wanted it was the BMW M3 GTR, for Gran Turismo 1 & 2 it was the Nissan GT-R , and now for the upcoming Forza Horizon 2 it will be the all-new Lamborghini Huracan.

Lamborghini ’s newest car replaces the Gallardo , the best-selling car Lamborghini has ever created, and it features an uprated version of the V-10 found in its predecessor. The exact car that players will be chasing after in the new Forza Horizon game is the Huracan LP 610-4 and it will be wearing a shade dubbed Midas Yellow.

If the new Forza Horizon follows the same series of events as the first Horizon game, players will start the game in a low-level car and be tasked with racing your way into ever faster cars by beating rivals and challenges. Your final rival will be driving the new Huracan.

In another milestone occasion for Turn 10 Studios, this will be the first time a digital version of the Huracan is available to drive in any game. Look for Forza Horizon 2 to hit the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles later this fall.

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

Having 15 million Facebook fans is no small thing for an automotive company. Recently, Ferrari broke through that mark and as a sign of appreciation for its 15 million — and counting — Facebook fans, the Italian automaker decided to dedicate a lap in the Ferrari LaFerrari to all of them.

It’s not a typical hat-tip gesture, but it’s the kind that only a company like Ferrari can think of. The two-minute video was shot through Google Glass and gives a unique point of view on what a LaFerrari lap looks like when you’re riding shotgun and Rafaelle de Simone, Head of Development Ferrari Test Drivers, sitting behind the wheel.

Speaking of reaching 15 million fans, Ferrari is in elite company. We did a quick check on Facebook and discovered that of the major automakers in the world, only BMW has more Facebook fans (or ’likes," depending on how you describe it) at almost 17.77 million likes. Ferrari’s now at 15,021,085 likes so it still has a ways to go before it can catch BMW in that regard.

But hey, 15 million fans is an achievement in itself, and like only Ferrari can, it showed its love for its fans in about as unique a way as it could.

Well if you have a boss who prefers it when you actually get some work done, close this window immediately. What we have here for you now is a LIVE FEED of the Goodwood Festival of Speed . So far today I have seen NASCAR racers burn rubber up the entire hill, listened to a classic Alfa bounce off the rev limiter, and I just watched a vintage Mercedes get stuffed into the hay bails.

Goodwood is one of the greatest spectacles of the automotive world, and this is the closest you can get to it without a plane ticket. Now stop what you are doing, crank the volume on those speakers to 11 and press "play." Once you get done with today’s footage, we also have a full recording of yesterday’s festivities after the break.

Tell your boss that I apologize, but maybe you can work a little harder next week to make up for it.

One more video after the jump.

As soon as the California T started revving its turbocharged, V-8 engine, we began to wonder how long will it take before Ferrari starts adding turbos across its entire lineup. Well, it appears all V-8s are set to receive forced induction over the next six years, as the Italians want to reduce their fleet CO2 emission by 20 percent by 2021.

That’s the word coming from Ferrari Powetrain Director Vittorio Dini, who said Maranello needs to reduce emissions by three percent each year and by 20 percent by 2021, Automotive News reports. To achieve this daring goal, the company will turbocharge its V-8 engines and develop hybrid technology for each V-12-powered supercar . Additionally, V-8 engine displacement is to decreased, meaning no unit larger than the current 3.9-liter V-8 will be available once Fezza retires the 4.5-liter unit.

Ferrari’s average CO2 emissions are currently about 270 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Ferrari is one of many manufacturer that obtained derogations from the European Environment Agency in recent years, alongside Aston Martin , Spyker , Koenigsegg , and Lotus . For the record, companies such as Fiat , Renault , and Peugeot average less than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s new hybrid system.

McLaren Automotive is quite the busy bee at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , where the Brits will introduce two very fast, limited-edition cars — the track-exclusive McLaren P1 GTR and the MSO 650S . But vehicles aren’t the only things on the company’s mind, as the McLaren Boutique will feature a new line of merchandising consisting of clothes, accessories and many collectibles, most of which are inspired by the design of the 650S sports car and P1 supercar .

Among these products, McLaren enthusiasts will find a pair of McLaren P1 scale models. These come in 1:43 scale, measuring about 4.2 inches, and replicate two very important P1s. The first one is the Ametyst Black version that marked the supercar’s debut at Goodwood in 2013, while the second one is the Supernova Silver example that completed a sub-seven-minute lap on the Nurburgring track. Can’t afford a real P1 or you do but can’t buy one because the supercar is already sold out? Than these replicas are your best shot at owning a P1-shaped collectible.

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


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