Ferrari Drops a Pair of Bombshell Speedsters at Maranello Unveiling
Reports of Ferrari’s plan to unleash a number of special edition Ferraris came through in a big way with the recent unveilings of the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 Speedsters. The launch of the two Ferrari 812-based speedsters took place at a price event dedicated to Ferrari customers. The two cars haven’t been made public, but reports from those who attended the event have taken to social media to show the parts of the two special edition Ferraris.
1968 Porsche 908 Works Short-Tail Coupe
The Porsche 908 is a prototype racer that competed in the mid- to late-‘60s and into the early-70’s, squaring off against some of the best of the best from the likes of Ferrari and Ford in numerous endurance racing events. Bearing an advanced aero package, an innovative flat-eight-cylinder engine, and a tenacious attitude, the 908 played a crucial part in Porsche’s racing development, and now sits as one of the more desirable collectible competition Porsches to go head to auction.
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Bugatti Hopes To Pad its Lineup With an SUV After All
Bugatti is on a roll these days with new cars under its umbrella. With the Divo creating so much hype lately, Bugatti decided to switch the focus to some other news. The automaker has subtly stated that the Chiron could finally have a sibling, although not immediately. And, from what we can deduce, it will most likely be an SUV. Talk about the market trend affecting even the most exclusive automakers!
Bugatti CEO Says the Chiron Can Hit 280 MPH but Won’t Prove It
Despite producing some of the most powerful and expensive sports cars on the planet, Bugatti’s priorities aren’t necessarily tied to one-upping the competition in terms of ultimate top speed. In fact, Bugatti feels like it doesn’t have to prove, well, anything.
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An Onslaught Of Special Edition Bugattis Could Be on Our Way
Bugatti is reportedly looking to build on the success of the Divo with plans to build more special edition hypercars in the coming years. Word in the pipeline is that the French automaker is setting its sights on developing Superleggera, SS, and Aperta versions of the Chiron. This is the first time we’re hearing about an assault of special edition Chirons, but all these rumored cars are also just the tip of the iceberg. If the whispers are taken with more than a grain of salt, Bugatti could also launch a partnership with Porsche, Rimac, and Dallara to develop an electric vehicle.
A McLaren Speedtail Buildslot is Up For Sale
As expected, a build slot for the McLaren Speedtail has resurfaced online. The company selling the slot, Knight International, is a Dubai-based dealer of rare and exotic cars with models like the McLaren Senna GTR, Ferrari FXX-K with Evo upgrades, and a Mercedes-AMG Project One also in its inventory. The Speedtail build slot’s price wasn’t indicated as the transaction carries a “lawyer to lawyer with NDA” stipulation. Essentially, that’s lawyer-speak for "a lot of money."
Bugatti Looks to a Hybrid Future; Contemplates More Power From its W16
At the other end of life, at the other end of the universe, and at the other end of money people are actually thinking of increasing the power output of Bugatti’s W16 engine. You know - the one that produces 1479 horsepower for the Chiron, 1184 horsepower for the Veyron Super Sports, and 987 horsepower for the Veyron.
How to proceed? What will the future make of the famed 16-cylinder engine that was developed from that awesome Volkswagen W12? That question is occupying the great mind of Stephan Wilkenmann, Bugatti CEO, as he walks in his haute couture suits with a neverending smirk on his face.
Does it bother him? I would not say so as he just sold 40 Divos for 5.8 mil a pop even before unveiling the car. He could sell all remaining Chirons, too. Right now! However, he has to slow down and let the Chiron live its full life. That is more than 8 years.
What happens after that? The W16 will be too old, and according to Winkelmann’s talk from the Divo presentation, it already operates almost at the edge of its capacity. In other words, the W16 cannot churn much more power without sacrificing some of the reliability, or refinement. If it sacrifices any of it, it would not be a Bugatti then, would it?
Can the SSC Tuatara Reach 300 MPH?
Between 2006 and 2013, SSC North America (formerly known as Shelby SuperCars) held the title of fastest production car in the world thanks to its 256-mph Ultimate Aero rear-/mid-engine coupe. SSC was eventually dethroned by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, but now, the U.S.-based boutique automaker is stepping back in the ring with the Tuatara. The question is - does it have what it takes to best the current crop of outrageous top speed-makers?
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A 2016 Jaguar C-X75 Stunt Car From James Bond Spectre is Up for Sale
A stunning Jaguar C-X75 that was used in the James Bond movie Spectre is now up for sale. Designed and developed to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, the C-X75 never made it to production despite efforts by Jaguar to make it happen. Only five prototypes were produced, one of which was used by the Bond movie’s big baddie, Mr. Hinx. The cost of the C-X75 is by appointment only. That’s fancy lingo for “if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.”
The Plymouth Asymmetrica, later renamed the XNR after its designer, was a concept car built and showcased in the 1960s. Plymouth’s first full-blown sports car, the XNR was conceived as a possible competitor for the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Falcon, but the show car never made it into production.
Unlike most concept cars from the era, which were kept by their respective automakers, the XNR was returned to its builder, Italian firm Ghia, and then sold to a privateer. The XNR changed hands a few times until the 1970s when it made to Lebanon, where it was found and hidden during the country’s civil war. The concept was sent to Canada in 2008, where it was restored until 2011. In 2012, it was auctioned for nearly $1 million.
It’s been almost 20 years since the Plymouth brand was discontinued and the XNR doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s why we decided to have a closer look at one of the company’s most underrated concept cars.
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Hennessey Claims to Have Pushed the Venom F5 Engine to Over 2,000 Horsepower
The Hennessey Venom F5’s 7.6-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 is so powerful that John Hennessey himself claims that it’s capable of producing over 2,000 horsepower. The owner and proud father of the Venom F5 spoke with Top Gear about the company’s plans for its new hypercar. In addition to talking about the Venom F5’s monstrous power figures, Hennessey also confirmed the company’s plans to start testing the hypercar in 2019 with an eye at making a top speed run in the latter part of next year.
When Bugatti launched the Veyron back in 2005, it was difficult to imagine a more ridiculous supercar. But the Veyron became much more ridiculous over the years and its successor, the Chiron, added more to that status. But the Chiron lacks a very important feat; it has yet to set a new world speed record for production cars. Whether this will change or not remains a mystery, but Bugatti just moved into a rather surprising direction with the supercar. The French firm redesigned the shell, added more downforce, and renamed it the Divo.
Named after a racing driver from the past, the Divo is essentially a more track-focused version of the Chiron. This is a big thing actually, as both the Veyron and the Chiron are far from agile on the race course. But the Divo retains the luxurious status of the Chiron and, more importantly, it revives Bugatti’s coachbuilding program. How do we like it? Let’s find out below.
Take a Look at the Pininfarina PF0’s Rear End, Courtesy of Supercar Blondie
In case you hadn’t heard, Pininfarina is gearing up to release it’s own branded all-electric hypercar, revealing tidbits of the machine to select individuals at last month’s Monterey Car Week, several months ahead of a full debut in Geneva next year. One of those select individuals was YouTube personality Supercar Blondie, who gave us an eyeful of the up-and-coming vehicle’s tail in a recently posted video.
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25 Incredible Facts About The Stunning Bugatti Divo
Revealed at “The Quail” as part of Monterey Car Week, the new Bugatti Divo represents the next step into the extreme for the company that produces the fastest car on the planet - the Chiron. The new car takes a slightly different approach to life compared to the Chiron. Apart from being extremely fast and ridiculously powerful, the Divo moves a bit more to the dynamism and cornering abilities, so the top speed is its second priority. While it is based on the Chiron, the Divo feels like a new car, and this made me list a number of facts and differences between the Divo and the Chiron.
Now, I did say that the top speed feels like it’s only the second priority for the Divo. Well, that second priority is at 236 mph.