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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.

Lotus Esprit

Lotus ’ on-again, off-again stance on the production of the since stalled Esprit V8 supercar has seen its fair share of fence-jumping.

But recently, a high-ranking Lotus executive brought new life to the Esprit V8, even if he stopped short of confirming that the company was going to build it.

Speaking to Motoring Australia during the recent launch of the 2014 Exige S Roadster, Lotus brand manager for Australia and New Zealand, Alastair Manihera, hinted that the company hasn’t completely abandoned the Esprit V8, or at least not to the extent that has been reported in the past.

"Contrary to popular belief the factory is keeping its options open," Manihera said, before adding that no timetable has been set on when or where the super car is going to be built.

While that’s far from a confirmation, Manihera did leave out the possibility of Lotus eventually building the supercar and that’s more than you can ask for given the spate of ever-changing directions the company has been having in the past few years.

What we do know is that there’s interest, both within Lotus and fans of the Esprit to see the supercar return for the first time since 2004. It’s no secret that the Esprit, specifically the concept version that was shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, has a future in the industry as a car that could be a nice alternative to more high-priced models out there.

So even if there’s still no commitment coming from Lotus regarding the fate of the Esprite V8, the mere fact that one executive is still optimistic about its chances is good enough for us to keep hoping and praying that the concept that wowed us in Paris back in 2010 will finally get to strut its stuff on the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lotus Esprit Supercar.

Source: Motoring
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We have an even better look at the future of Koenigsegg , thanks to a new teaser video for the upcoming One:1 . So far, the video is exclusive to Drive, and the description says "coming soon to Drive." We aren’t sure if that means Drive has already been lucky enough to get some wheel time with the machine, or if they are being given the first exclusive test.

We have reached out to get more information, but have nothing to report yet.

Whatever the case, the video gives us the best look at the new car yet. Unsurprisingly the overall shape does not appeared to have changed that dramatically since the Agera . Of course, if it’s not broken, you shouldn’t try to fix it.

Things we can see in the video include acres of carbon fiber, carbon-ceramic brake discs, some super aggressive-looking aero bits, and then the video finishes with a sharp profile shadow. No new information about the car has been released yet, but Geneva is just a couple weeks away now, so all will be revealed soon.

We can’t wait.

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If I told you that something fast, powerful and very light was going to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show , you wouldn’t be surprised. But what if I told you that thing wasn’t a car, but was actually a laptop. That might get your attention.

Razer, purveyor of all things awesome for PC gamers has teamed up with Koenigsegg , creator of some of the fastest cars in the world, to create a special-edition version laptop. The laptop in question is a customized version of the Razer Blade.

Based on the design of the Koeingsegg Agera R , this special-edition Blade laptop has a black finish with bright green "fang" design surrounding a Koenigsegg shield logo. Aside from the looks, this is one of the most powerful laptops you can get on the market. It comes loaded with all the latest hardware from Intel and Nvidia. Only fitting for a machine wearing the Koenigsegg name.

The Razer Blade is more than a powerful gaming machine, it has been designed with a focus on lightness and thinness. The Blade is actually the thinnest gaming laptop in the entire world. The entire machine is thinner than the diameter of a dime.

The laptop will not be for sale in any traditional manner, instead Razer will give away two of these special laptops to a pair of fans in celebration of the collaboration. Additionally, we are sure that certain Koenigsegg owners and "fans of Razer" will be given the machines.

If you’d like to enter to win the powerful laptop, you can enter here.

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

We all know that the Bugatti Veyron is the current record holder as the world’s fastest production car, and that just didn’t sit right with John Hennessey and his team. So, they set out to destroy the record, bringing the title back to the good ol’ U.S. of A. After negotiating with NASA to use its landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center, the record was prime for the taking.

Well, as expected, the Venom GT was the car for the job, and it completed its end of the task by hitting a Vbox-verified 270.49 mph — the Veyron Super Sport topped out at 267.81 mph. Unfortunately, Guinness Book of World Records again catered to Bugatti, as it will not recognize the record because NASA only allowed one run, and the record book requires two runs — down and back — to confirm the average top speed.

So, why didn’t Hennessey negotiate for one more pass down the landing strip? That’s because it would have been pointless, as Guinness defines a "production car" as one with at least 30 examples built and Hennessey only has 29 slotted for production this year.

Well, I say screw Guinness and their Bugatti -loving tactics has confirmed that it can smoke the Veyron, plus it is better looking and cheaper — a win-win-win!

Source: TopGear

Chris Harris leads a very charmed work life. Not only does he get near and dear to some of the world’s finest supercars , but as part of his work, he gets to actually drive these machines and give his opinions about it.

It’s the kind of work that everybody would love to wake up doing. Recently, the cool factor of Harris’ work went up 900 levels when he was given the chance to take the McLaren P1 out for a spin both on the road and the track.

Nobody needs to remind us about the sheer awesomeness of the P1 , least of all Harris, who is actually one of the few people in the world who can compare this British supercar to a lot of its competition, including the Porsche 918 Spyder.

But we gotta admit, seeing Harris spend close to 30 minutes with the P1 makes us envy his job. There’s no shame in saying that, because we know a lot of you feel the same way.

Exclusivity and fast cars have gone hand in hand for years. Corvettes , Porsches , Lamborghinis , Ferraris , and Bugattis all have both factors in common and to an increasing degree as the list progresses. However, There’s one car maker, and more specifically, one car model, that oozes with the sort of bespoke rarity only found in artistic works from the likes of de Vinci or Michelangelo; the Pagani Zonda Revolucion.

The Zonda Revolucion is Pagani ’s greatest iteration of the Zonda supercar and will likely be the last. This last hurrah of greatness for the nameplate that dates back to 1999, the Revolucion is a hyper version of the already-hyper Zonda R.

Like the Zonda R, the Revolucion’s power comes from an AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V-12 that churns out an amazing 800 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. A central monocoque carbon-titanium chassis and carbon fiber everything keeps the Revolucion’s weight down to a skimpy 2,358 pounds.

Supercars like this aren’t usually built in great quantity, which holds true in extreme form for the Revolucion. Only five were ever made. The one you see pictured above is number two, delivered to its owner in Japan in 2013. Number five , however, is headed to the Geneva Motor Show in early March to show off one last time before being delivered to its lucky owner.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pagani Zonda Revolucion #5.

There is the rare occasion that TopGear UK manages to grab my attention and keep me entertained, and its review of the Zenvo ST1 happened to be one of those times. No, it is not because Jeremy Clarkson was just so witty that I couldn’t turn away. No, it was more like the Zenvo was such a train wreck that I couldn’t drag myself away.

The ST1 is a 1,106-horsepower, £800,000 beast that looks to have all of the goods — on paper that is. To hit this monster output, it uses a 7.0-liter V-8 that is both supercharged and turbocharged, which is rather impressive I must say. However, when TopGear got its hands on one of these supercars , the whole thing went downhill almost immediately.

It started well by Jeremy finding that it was a blur in a straight line, and was capable of hitting a insane 230-plus mph. This is the last of the good things, as from there Jeremy found that the car was literally undrivable in "Race" or "Sport" mode and he must have spun it out a dozen times. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the ST1’s rear brakes then failed and the clutch wasn’t far behind. So, back to Denmark the car goes.

In act II, the ST1 arrived with a new clutch and rear brakes, but before the guys can really take a crack at it, the cooling fan fails and the car does its best Fisker Karma impersonation. Back to Denmark it goes for more repairs...

In act III the ST1 returns yet again, and looks to be in perfect working order. So, the Stig finally gets his crack at it on the TopGear track. Well, the ST1 lays down a crap-tastic 1:29.9, which is one second slower than the Ford Focus ST, folks...

According to Zenvo, the roads were not suitable for driving the ST1 and that is why it turned in such a time, but for my money, it had better beat a Focus in the rain.

Check out the video above to see the full video of TopGear testing the Zenvo ST1.

Kimi Raikkonen is one of the best drivers in the world, so to see him lose control of a road-going car is a little odd. Then again, when that road-going car so happens to be the mighty Ferrari LaFerrari , we can understand how he lost control. With 963 horsepower on tap and a car that he likely has little seat time in, he’s lucky that the spinout was as small as it was.

With the near tragedy aside, the above video, which is courtesy of one of my favorite YouTube folks Marchettino, is chock-full with tons of accelerations, decelerations, fire breathing and flybys from the top-line prancing horse . And man that thing sounds sicker than ever.

Kick back and crank up the volume, because this one is freaking awesome. And pay close attention to the glow coming from the rotors, as this is a clear indicator of just how hard Kimi pushed the supercar — as if the near wreck wasn’t enough of an indication.

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Arash , the tiny car company based in Cambridge, England that brought us the AF-10, has released some more teaser images for a new car. The photos are very misleading and don’t do much to explain the car, but we have deciphered as much as we can.

We can see in one of the shots what is clearly a carbon-fiber steering wheel, and a set of three blurred lights in the background. A few shots later, we see the three lights in succession and that leads me to believe that it is an arrangement for selecting a gear, like what Aston Martin offers. They could also be buttons for things like traction control.

There is also a shot of what appears to be a taillight with some nice milled-aluminum metalwork around it. There are also shots of the dash, which indicates 200 mph, and a shot of what looks like a seat headrest. Both the dash and seat photo feature yellow stitching.

The two strangest photos are the “yellow” one and the photo with the “gear toothing.” Based on the yellow stitching, it makes sense that the exterior of the new Arash supercar will be yellow, so I think the “yellow” photo is a close up shot of the engine cover. There is a slight chance it could be part of the front bumper, but the reflections don’t work right for that.

The “gear tooth” photo stumps me 100-percent. The black material on the right looks like it could be from a speaker, and the bolt nubs on the left make it look like it could be a wheel design.

One thing we do know is that all the waiting will end on February 28, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about Arash’s previous supercar, the AF10.

Source: Arash

What we have here, my friends, is a highly-modified Lamborghini Jalpa — a car that in its day, wasn’t all that quick — but now easily lays down 10-second quarter-mile runs like it was a Sunday drive. It’s all thanks to a General Motors LS1 V-8 (350-cubic inches/5.7-liters) with a Magnuson supercharger bolted on. There’s no word on what this Lambo’s American heart pumps out, but it has to be significantly more than the 255 horsepower from the car’s original mill.

Yes, back in 1981 through 1988, Lamborghini produced the Jalpa with a double-overhead-cam, 3.5-liter (210-ci) V-8 that only laid down minimal power. The car was marketed beneath the Countach in price, performance and size. While it wasn’t very stout, its smaller size gave it better outward visibility and better slow-speed handling. Its 0-to-62 time was said to be six seconds flat on its way to a 15.4-second quarter-mile time. Its top speed was rated at 145 mph.

Sadly, 1988 was the Jalpa’s final year in production, as Chrysler bought the Italian automaker and axed the model. Only 412 were made.

Fast forward to the present, Jalpa number 387 makes it’s way down the quarter-mile strip at Calder Park Raceway in Australia. Its supercharged 350 small block is backed by a Toyota automatic transaxle and power is sent to the massive slicks mounted at the rear. Those boys down under sure know how to make a gnarly beast.


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