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.

The Spa Francorchamps is not just a popular venue for the world’s most popular racing series; it’s also a track every sports and supercar enthusiasts dreams of driving on it at least once in their lifetime. That’s why I’m not at all surprised that some McLaren P1 owners brought their expensive hybrids to Belgium as soon as they took delivery. One of them was actually brave enough to have his vehicle delivered at Spa directly and take his first drive on the famed track. Talk about having a thrilling first experience with 903 horsepower at your disposal.

We’ve already seen a couple of P1s stretching their legs on said track, but it looks like P1 owners keep pouring in. During a late-September track day, no less than 10 British supercars gathered on Spa Francorchamps’ starting grid for what’s probably the biggest McLaren P1 race assembly yet. The landscape in which nine P1s are lined up on the grid for the photo shoot is breathtaking, with the supercars dressed in various factory colors. Yellow, red, orange, green, white and black; it’s like a bag of P1-shaped Skittles spilled on Spa’s tarmac.

Things get even better as the hybrid supercars begin lapping the track. There’s plenty of high-speed footage and thundering V-8 sounds coming from both the P1s and the smaller 12Cs that joined the fun. It’s like McLaren moved its headquarters from Woking to Spa Francorchamps for one day. Hit play for the full action.

The Pagani Zonda 760 LM first caught our eye in May 2014 after leaked photos of the mysterious one-off Pagani made their way into the Interwebs. Since then, we’ve seen bits and pieces of it but not enough to fully appreciate its status as arguably the best of all Zonda one-offs Pagani has ever created. But recently, someone shot a video of the Zonda 760 LM unleashing its fury around the Nurburgring .

The Zonda was joined by fellow exotic luminaries like the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Lamborghini Gallardo . It takes a special kind of supercar to put those two, especially the 918 Spyder, in the background, but the Zonda 760 LM did just that to us. Just watching it pounce around the ‘Ring while listening to that massive engine roar is about as close to one of the best 60-second breaks I’ve had in quite a while.

The Zonda is powered by an AMG, 7.3-liter, V-12 engine that develops close to 800 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds to go with a breathtaking top speed of 217 mph.

Lamborghini took us by surprise ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show by teasing a brand-new supercar . "Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it," is the message released alongside a very simple sketch, one that invited our imagination to go wild. Is Lamborghini preparing a four-seat supercar, a four-door super sedan , or a hybrid drivetrain? Well, we can’t be sure about any of these scenarios, but our educated guess is the new bull, allegedly dubbed Asterion , is a four-seat hybrid looking to give the Ferrari FF a run for its money.

Its styling is also a mystery, although the sketch suggests it will adopt Lamborghini’s current design language. We have a hunch we’ll be bringing you a couple of leaked photos of the Asterion before the Paris Motor Show commences on October 2nd, but until that happens we dropped by to show you a couple of grainy images depicting a never-before-seen Lambo that just surface the Interwebz. There’s no actual proof that this is the mysterious Asterion, but there’s a big chance this is our first look at the new supercar .

The side windows seems to match the shape we saw in the sketch, while the rear fender intake looks nearly identical. We say "nearly" because the vent is placed slightly rearward in the sketch, but if there’s one thing we know about sketches, is that they’re not necessarily intended to accurately match the shape of the actual car. Could these photos show the modern-day Espada we’ll be seeing in Paris? Leave your opinions in the comments box below.

Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini Asterion.

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Launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S replaced the four-year-old MP4-12C, the company’s first production car since the F1 supercar. Available in both coupe and roadster guises, the sports car gets its oomph from McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8. Although it lacks the P1’s tuning and electric motor, the mill cranks out 640 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque, making the 650S quicker than its Ferrari - and Lamborghini -badged competitors. Going into the 2015 model year, the Brits are rolling out more versions of the 650S. Now that the GT3 and the Sprint have completed the manufacturer’s motorsport-purposed lineup, Woking is introducing a road-legal iteration specifically tailored for the Asian market.

Dubbed 625C, with "C" standing for "Club", this "new" 650S-based rig represents McLaren’s idea of a sports car that focuses on day-to-day usability and comfort without compromising the performance and race-bred feel of the original car. The 625C also marks McLaren’s first effort toward growing its presence globally. Read on for the full details.

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Forza Horizon 2 is the latest game in the Forza franchise, and it is a sequel to the 2012 game, Forza Horizon . The Horizon games are indirect sequels to the Forza Motorsports
franchise, and more of a separate set of “spin-off” games. The creators use much of the same technology for creating the Horizon games, but they have different style of play that is more catered than pure fun and excitement instead of pure realism. Think of it more as a Michael Bay film .

The new Horizon 2 is based around the idea of a massive exotic road trip, not unlike the Gumball 3000 or Bullrun. You and a massive group of wealthy auto enthusiasts who are getting to spend the next several days bombing around the coast of Southern Europe in all manner of machines that range from exotic like the Lambroghini Huracán to the classics like the a Volkswagen Bus . During your adventure, you are constantly upgrading to different cars and going on bigger adventures.

The first game promised a similar level of thrills and excitement, but it fell short in its scope. Whether it was design decisions or simple restrictions of the old hardware of the previous-generation consoles, Horizon promised a lot, but delivered much less. Now with the new powerful Xbox One system at their disposal, Turn 10 and Playground Games are promising that Horizon 2 rights all the wrongs of the first game, while adding even more content and exciting racing.

Did they succeed?

Continue to read our full review of Forza Horizon 2 for the Xbox One

When Zahir Rana lost control of his Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo XX Evolution back in 2011 during the Targa Newfoundland rally, the supercar and Rana went careening off an embankment and into the Atlantic Ocean. All hope seemed lost for the rare Enzo, one out of only 349 ever built. However, when the car was hoisted from its salty bath, things began to take a positive spin.

Rana decided to rebuild the car. The Enzo was shipped back to Edo Competition in Germany where it was completely dismantled. Repairs were made on the damaged bodywork and cracked headlight while every inch of the cars interior, undercarriage, suspension, and engine were meticulously revitalized.

Rebuilding the 651-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 wouldn’t be enough for Rana. He wanted more horsepower too. The team at Edo Competition worked to develop a bespoke tune for the V-12, something never done on the Enzo.

The rebuilt car was then dubbed the ZXX. Its V-12 now displaces 6.5-liters and is capable of putting out 950 horsepower. Edo Competition fitted the car with a set of custom wheels and a new exhaust system. The Enzo now boasts a futuristic driving experience as all three mirrors were replaced with cameras that display on a central, dash-mounted monitor.

The rest of the interior is completely reworked as well. The Enzo ZXX has bespoke seats that weigh 15 kg (33 pounds) less than the stock units. Rana also spent a large amount of time choosing the right paint, having more than 5,000 samples in to pick from. Overall, the Enzo ZXX is a completely new beast, ready for future races where Rana is determined to finish number one.

Founded in 2010, Vencer announced plans to build its own supercar in 2012. Shown as a concept car the same year, the Vencer Sarthe made its public debut, in a more refined form, at the 2013 Top Marques Monaco. Powered by a naturally aspirated engine rated at 510 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, the Sarthe made quite an impression, and many experts view it as potential threat to the more popular supercars coming from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini . However, the Sarthe has yet to hit the streets as a production car as the Dutch took their time to further tweak things. The supercar, which is named after Le Mans’ iconic Circuit de la Sarthe track, appears to be ready to hit the streets for the 2015 model year. Enhanced by numerous updates, including a new engine and an overhauled interior, the production-ready Sarthe is here to give new meaning to the supercar segment.

And by "new meaning" we mean a road-and-track sports car unaltered by driving aids, with a true analogue and mechanical feel very few expensive supercars can deliver nowadays. But is Vencer, basically a brand-new company, capable of sustaining a war against the greatest of the industry? Should Ferrari or Lamborghini fear the electronics-free Sarthe? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Vencer Sarthe.

The release of Forza Horizon 2 is getting closer every day, and Turn 10 and Playground Studios keep giving us more awesome stuff to talk about. First let’s start with actually playing the game. I have been playing it over the last few days to get ready for the review, and now you can watch me LIVE. I am allowed to stream one full hour of gameplay before the review embargo. I will be playing tonight starting at 6PM EDT. You can find the live stream video after the break. Feel free to join in a chat with me.

The next big piece of news is the announcement of the Launch Bonus Car Pack. This little bit of DLC is available on day one for free. The pack includes: 2003 Ford Focus RS , 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, 1993 Clio Williams, 2015 Ford Mustang GT , 1987 Buick Regal GNX, 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV , 1968 Abarth 595 EsseEsse, and the 1956 Ford F-100. For fans of the upcoming game, you may have noticed that these are all previously announced cars. What downloading the car pack does, is give you these cars for free in the game so you won’t have to purchase them with the in-game credits. That means more money to buy other cars and upgrades.

Finally, we also have a brand new trailer for the new game. It is a live-action trailer that helps to define what Forza Horzion 2 is about. It starts with a selection of cars that are trapped on a track, much like a normal racing game. Soon though, a Lamborghini Huracán decides that is not good enough and bursts froth from the confines of the track and out into the open world. It’s a pretty cool video .

On a closing note, Turn 10 and Playground studios released the details on some upcoming DLC options including the VIP Membership and Car Pass purchases. You can find all the details on that after the break along with the embedded player for tonight’s Stream.

I’ll see everyone later tonight.

The Ferrari F40 is known for three major feats: It was the company’s final turbocharged car until the California T was introduced in 2014, it’s the last Ferrari approved by Mr. Enzo himself, and it’s an important piece in Maranello’s line of range-topping supercars , a car the Enzo and LaFerrari pay homage to. But there is more to the F40 story, especially as far as development goes. Although Ferrari never intended to race the F40, the supercar eventually made its track debut in 1989 at Laguna Seca. It was a natural fit as the F40 was actually based on a race car. More specifically, on the Group B rally evolution of its predecessor, the 288 GTO .

In 1984, as soon as Porsche started racing 959-spec version of the 911 — soon to become a road-legal supercar — Ferrari had begun development of a Group B version of the 288 GTO. Dubbed Evoluzione, this extreme iteration of the GTO arrived a bit late to the party, as the FIA axed the Group B category for the 1986 season. The Italians were left with five Evoluzione prototype and no series to put them to good use in. Unlike other manufacturers, who modified their Group B cars to compete in other racing series, Ferrari used the Evoluzione development cars to build the F40. The end result was the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car that Ferrari sold to the public up to 1987, and the spectacular supercar we all know today.

Although it’s been 24 years since the F40 was discontinued, the F50’s predecessor continues to enjoy the massive attention it gets from automotive outlets. The folks over at EVO drove one in the Swiss Alps earlier in 2014, while XCAR showcased it with help from John Pogson, one of the very few people to race the F40. Now, XCAR is back to pay yet another tribute to Ferrari’s brilliant machine with the same driver in the spotlight. Hit the play button for 17 minutes of F40 goodness.

Although we know everything there is to know about the McLaren P1 and we’ve seen the hybrid supercar lap numerous race courses, we just can’t get enough of it. This desire to see the P1 is why we’re back with video footage showing McLaren’s prized jewel of the supercar crowd taking on the Spa Francorchamps track. This isn’t the first time Woking’s new bullet sets wheels on Belgium’s motorsport venue, but we just couldn’t say no to a bundle that sees a supercar as exquisite as the P1 taking fast turns on Spa Francorchamps.

The video comes straight from McLaren and shows owner Michael Benham hooning his brand-new P1 only 36 hours after collecting it. Is that the greatest first experience you can have in your P1 or what? Naturally, Benham doesn’t seem to keen on charging up the Eau Rouge at full throttle, but the footage includes a few high-speed scenes, accompanied by that wonderful V-8 roar. Hit the play button for the entire experience.

As a brief reminder the P1, which McLaren introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , is motivated by a 3.8-liter, V-8 powerplant aided by an electric motor. Total output sits at 903 horsepower, while torque goes beyond the 1,000 pound-feet range. The British supercar needs only 2.6 seconds to charge from 0 to 60 mph, and 4.7 seconds to reach 100 mph. Top speed is a mind-boggling 217 mph, making the P1 one of the fastest road-legal vehicles ever built.


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