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.

Being a car photographer can be one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs on the planet. Delicacy is important with this job, especially when you’re dealing with a supercar as exclusive and as expensive as the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt Bugatti .

Car photographer Pepper Yandell recently had the privilege of shooting the exclusive Veyron and as the video shows, you really need to know what you’re doing to capture all the good angles of this supercar.

But Yandell clearly knows what he’s doing, pulling out all the photography tricks in his bag to showcase the Veyron in various angles. The play in lighting in these photos are pretty incredible, too. Yandell captures them beautifully, casting different shadows and highlighting different parts of the Veyron.

This video is a nice lesson on how to be a good car photographer. You can’t just rely on the car itself to create the photos, even if said car is one of the most unique supercars in the world. You need to be creative and find ways to emphasize all the positive qualities of the subject.

It’s easier said than done, but if you know what you’re doing, you can create photographic masterpieces the same way Pepper Yandell does on a consistent basis.

It’s been less than a week since the unique Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato showed its impressive bodywork at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este , and rumors about it hitting the assembly line for a limited production run are already plowing the Internet.

We’re not exactly surprised by the news, because every time a working concept or unique vehicle breaks cover, there’s at least one report asserting it could make production. However, this time we’re a bit skeptical with Autocar’s claim, mostly because the 5-95 Zagato is actually a vehicle specifically tailored for a very special collector: Albert Spiess.

Known for owning several unique Lamborghinis and other Zagato-bodied cars, including many Aston Martins , Spiess commissioned the renowned coachbuilder’s pen and raised a one-off, modern collectible. That being said, it’s hard to believe Spiess would agree to see his prized supercar multiplied or Lamborghini green light a limited run.

And while we do understand that this gorgeous supercar made quite an impact upon its arrival, we believe that a production run, no matter how small, will ruin its uniqueness and appeal. This doesn’t mean Lamborghini can’t meddle with a few Gallardo chassis to create something similar.

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The guys over at Petrolicious just got their hands on a beautiful 1980 BMW M1 coated in a wonderful red paint and looking as pristine as the day it rolled from BMW’s factory. It’s owner, Mike Ura, bought the car in 2009 from its original owner with only 12,500 miles on the clock. Today, Mike regularly takes the car for spirited drives on the road and hard track time on a local circuit located just outside Austin, Texas.

As the story goes, BMW wanted to re-enter the Group 4 racing series. In order to do so, the automaker needed a production car with at least 400 units produced in order to race. So the German automaker teamed up with famed Italian steed builder Lamborghini to build the car. However, as time went on, Lamborghini found itself in hard financial times. With the slowed pace of an ailing car company and reworked regulations and specifications surrounding the racing series, full production of the M1 was no longer needed. Only 456 were ever built.

The M1 is powered by a 3.5-liter, straight-six engine with a dry sump oil system, six separate throttle bodies, four valves per cylinder, and a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel-injection system. The inline-six produced 273 horsepower and gave the car a top speed of roughly 162 mph. The mill’s beautiful architecture only added to the M1’s uniqueness as the only mid-engine car BMW produced.

There are cars that you can drive fast and then there are cars that you NEED to drive fast. The Pagani Huayra belongs in the latter category. The Italian supercar is one of the rare exotics in the world that blissfully combines opulent luxury with incredible performance capabilities. So when you’re behind the wheel of one, as this video shows, there’s a responsibility to push the Huayra to its absolute limit.

Watch the video shot by Marchettino and you’ll understand what we’re talking about. Look at how the Huayra’s interior proudly shouts the meeting of the minds between technology and luxury . That’s not something a lot of other cars can boast of.

But more importantly, listen to the unnerving shriek of that AMG-sourced V-12 engine that belts out 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque and it’s easy to get caught up in the undeniable thrill ride that comes with pushing the Huayra to its limits.

There’s no other way to drive this Italian supercar than unleashing all that power on a race track. Just be mindful of trying to handle it because, as the video shows, it can go sideways on you that quickly if you’re not too careful.

We know Ken Block has sick drifting skills, but we didn’t know he was still as adept at smoking tires even with the lights turned off. The man famous for his Gymkhana videos definitely proved as much in this new commercial from Castrol Edge.

Block was joined by BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, GP2 driver Adrian Zaugg, and DTM driver Mike Rockenfeller in this commercial. Together, all four drivers were given a unique challenge: drive their respective vehicles in complete darkness with only their headlights to put the company’s newest and strongest oil to the test.

The challenge looks simple enough until you realize how easy it is to get discombobulated by all the lighting effects, particularly the Laser Box that Block found himself in.

But true to their racing pedigrees, the drivers successfully pulled off all the stunts, capped off by Block doing his own drift tricks inside the Box. It’s definitely worth three minutes of your time, if only to see how Mr. Gymkhana himself manages to balance drifting his car while also enjoying that laser lights show.

Rowan Atkinson’s name is tied to yet another car crash with a McLaren F1 . This time, though, he wasn’t the one who crashed the supercar , but was actually one of the first to help the guy who did. Atkinson was driving his F1 in a convoy of fellow F1 owners driving along Tuscany when a man identified as a rich American businessman lost control of his F1 and crashed it into a tree before flipping over.

Knowing a thing or two about crashing the F1, Mr. Bean sprung into action, helping out the injured driver as medical personnel headed to the scene. Bystanders spotted the British actor picking up pieces of wreckage from the McLaren , all while presumably having flashbacks to his own crash three years ago.

Fortunately, the driver didn’t sustain any serious injuries and is reportedly in good condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Pisa. The same, though, can’t be said for the F1, which looks like a mangled heap that’ll probably give insurance companies nightmares for a long time. Hopefully the rig survives to live another day, as McLaren built only 64 road-ready F1 units.

For the record, this F1 is chassis No. 72. This particular red-and-white paint scheme is actually part of a pair of bespoke McLarens, as there is a matching McLaren 12C out there too. McLaren dubbed this matching pair "Project 8."

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One of the most unique concept cars of the past decade came from a company that wasn’t doing particularly well at that time. Back then, Jaguar wasn’t as awesome as it is now, but in 2004, design house Fuore Design put Jag on the map with unveiling of the Blackjag Concept . Touted as the spiritual successor of the XF10 , the now-defunct Fuore Design touted the Blackjag Concept as a mid-engine, two-seater supercar that showcased the immense performance potential Jaguar had at that time but failed to tap into. The concept was, in a lot of ways, a showcase piece Fuore Design created for the British marquee that eventually amounted to nothing more than hype unfulfilled.

Ten years later, the supercar concept is back in the headlines, albeit for an entirely different reason. That’s because the one-off concept that caused the industry to spazz when it was revealed is now up for sale.

The price for the privilege of owning it? $3.8 million.

While that number sounds exorbitant for a 10-year-old, one-off concept, the Blackjag isn’t like any other concept Jaguar has produced since then. Plus, there’s only one model like it in the world and unlike its announced 640-horsepower output back in 2004, the selling page of the Blackjag Concept touts it as having 900 horsepower under its hood. We’re really interested to know where those extra 260 ponies came from.

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Although most customers, including famed car collector Jay Leno , ordered their rare and expensive McLaren P1s in stock form, a few enthusiasts actually opted for their prized supercar to make a stop at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) before reaching their garage.

This is exactly what an Italian customer did, as he wanted his P1 to wear a bespoke paint job that’s not available on the standard vehicle and that we likely won’t see on any other P1 that’s scheduled to pass through the MSO workshop.

Finished in a dark shade of grey with bright-red accents on the front, the doors, and both sides of the taillights and rear diffuser, the McLaren P1 you’re about to see in the video above is also the only one sold and registered in Italy. If that’s not a rare sight, we don’t know what is.

As a brief reminder, McLaren built only 375 P1s and buyers have snatched them all up for at least $1.15 million. The British supercar makes use of a hybrid powertrain that churns a total of 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the brand-new Lamborghini Huracan is an open book by now, with all of the details around it revealed, analyzed and put to good use in comparisons against the Ferrari 458 Italia , its most feared rival.

We’ve also seen a couple of video reviews featuring Sant’Agata Bolognese’s latest machine, but there’s one thing bothering us; we have yet to see the Huracan in the flesh. And that’s because the supercar has yet to hit the streets, with its very anxious customers having to keep their excitement in check for another few months.

But production and post-assembly testing is well underway in Lamborghini ’s home town, as revealed by YouTube’s Mikesupercars, who has spotted and taped several Huracans moving in and out of the company’s offices in Sant’Agata Bolognese. This is the very first time we get to see the Huracan on the move without being featured in a review, and we’re more than happy we are able to do so.

Making the footage even better is the fact that it shows the supercar in various colors, including red, orange, white, and black. According to the uploader, who has seen several vehicles on the assembly line, we’re about to see loads of red Huracans on the streets later this year. Red has been popular with Lamborghini customers ever since the Countach hit the market, so we’re not surprised that customers prefer this specific hue.

As a brief refresher, the Lamborghini Huracan hits the streets with 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque under its hood. All that power hails from a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine and travels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

Lamborghini and Zagato have a long history of working together, having collaborated on a handful of past one-off models, including the first Zagato Zagato -bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ. From it, a 50-year relationship was born and has culminated in the latest collaboration: the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.

Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 , considered as the best-selling Lamborghini in history, the 5-95 Zagato is essentially a new aesthetic look of the Gallardo LP570-4, designed by Zagato to evoke an instant classic look that shows the purest expression of Zagato’s unique coach-building skills. One look at it and you can immediately tell the noticeable differences between what a Gallardo looks like and what Zagato did to the 5-95.

Unfortunately, the supercar’s look is as far as the changes are concerned. Under its hood - and pretty much all mechanical functions - is still purely Lamborghini. What that means is you still get a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

It would’ve been nice to have seen a little performance bump but we’re not complaining on how the entire collaboration came about. That’s one nice looking Zagato-commissioned Lamborghini 5-95, if we do say so ourselves.

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