Wallpaper of the Day: Porsche 918
Today, we want to pay tribute to the Porsche 918 - a cold-hearted, track-ready slayer of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari Laferrari. Powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors, this Porsche supercar can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 23 seconds. Add on the Weissach package and its 77-pound weight reduction, and you’ll hit the same sprints in 2.6, 7.2, and 19.9 seconds, respectively. The exterior is all Porsche, and the design is still represented on new models to this day, but the 918 just stands on its out and is a great throwback, so we’ve labeled it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s a massive gallery at the bottom of the page for you to choose from.
Are Cars Without Windshields Becoming a Trend?
McLaren unveiled the Elva supercar earlier this week, and among its many unique features, it included one that has become trendy among supercar brands in recent years. Folks, the Elva is the first production McLaren that doesn’t have a windshield. In fact, it doesn’t have a roof, either. Windows? What are those?
As striking and unique as the Elva is, it’s not the first performance car to adopt this kind of appearance. In this decade alone, there have been a number of other performance vehicles that were created with the little-to-no-windshield design. Some arrived as concepts while others turned into production models. Either way, these five vehicles pulled the design off to varying degrees of success.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ferrari F8 Spider
When Ferrari decided to replace the 488 Spider, we go the F8 Spider – a drop-top version of the F8 Tributo with a carry over of technology and chassis technology from the track-bred 488 Pista. It might not be quite as dynamic as the 488 Pista, but third V-8 powered Italian is good for 710 horsepower and 569 pound-feet of torque – enough to push 60 mph breeze through your hair in just 2.9 seconds. As the epitome of topless performance, the F8 Spider competes against the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder and the McLaren 720S Spider, but we’re so stuck on the F8’s design that we’ve decided to feature it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve chosen our favorite and posted it below, but there’s also a gallery further down the page for you to choose your favorite from. Go ahead and pick your favorite – it’s free!
2020 McLaren Elva
The 2021 McLaren Elva is a brand-new supercar that the British firm added to its Ultimate Series lineup, alongside the Senna and the Speedtail. A two-seat open-cockpit design, it’s inspired by a series of race cars built by Bruce McLaren in the 1960s under the McLaren-Elva name. It’s McLaren’s first open-cockpit road car and its lightest road-going vehicle yet. A track-ready roadster with an aerodynamic design, the 2021 Elva features the most powerful iteration of McLaren’s twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Rated at 804 horsepower, it slots above the Senna in terms of power and falls behind only the Speedtail hybrid. Let’s find out more about this beast in the review below.
Bimota is back with a supercharged machine: Tesi H2. Courtesy Kawasaki
It had been over a couple of weeks that we’d learned about the Japanese Green Team’s acquisition of the celebrated Bimota brand from Swiss-Italian entrepreneurs Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni. But little did we know that this hostile effort would turn out to produce a no-holds-barred hyperbike powered by most powerful motorcycle engine in production in a jiffy, and we’ll get to see it in the flesh.
Imagine the thunderous H2’s 998cc supercharged mill harnessed in a Bimota Tesi chassis with the state-of-the-art electronic wizardry. That, my friend, is what the Bimota Tesi H2 is all about. It is the best of Japanese engineering and Italian architecture the modern world is going to witness and was unveiled at the recently concluded EICMA 2019. The universe is so kind.
The New McLaren Elva Is Faster Than the Senna, Lighter Than Any Other Modern Road-Going McLaren
McLaren is on a roll to diversify its sports car lineup as much as possible, and the 2020 Elva is the latest creation to join the Ultimate Series family. Included in the same lineage as the P1, Senna, and Speedtail, the Elva is McLaren’s first-ever open-cockpit two-seater. A tribute to the iconic McLaren Elva race car that Bruce McLaren designed in the 1960s, the Elva is the company’s lightest road car. Rated at 804 horsepower, it’s also the most powerful non-hybrid McLaren, but it’s also among the most expensive with pricing set at £1.42 million (around $1.8 million as of November 2019).
Aston Martin’s $120,000 Motorcycle: the AMB 001
Aston Martin, the British luxury carmaker tipped as the "coolest brand in the world" of automotive, has announced plans to turn itself into a freak motorcycle manufacturer at the ongoing EICMA, Milan 2019. Partnering in with another legendary British manufacturer, Brough Superior (currently based in France though), Aston brings in a limited edition, track-only, 180 hp hyperbike - the AMB 001. It couldn’t get any more James-Bond-ish.
Taking on extremely rich finery, this $120,000 machine showcases the best of British motoring. An amalgam of a futuristic, nearly anime-inspired aesthetics of Astons’ as we know, and the engineering prowess of Brough Superior, who once used to make the most expensive road-going motorcycles in the world last century.
Car for Sale: Gallardo-Based 2006 Lamborghini Concept S Roadster
Lamborghini is known for making some of the world’s most dramatic supercars and this sure is one of the most dramatic modern Lambos, not least because it lacks the usual amenities such as a full-width windscreen or side windows. Built as a styling design that harkens back to the old-time-y speedsters, the Gallardo Concept S previewed a limited-edition model that never materialized. However, one running and driving example powered by the 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated 512-horsepower V-10 of the standard Gallardo does exist and you’re looking at it now. If you’ve missed out on the Concept S the first two times RM/Sotheby’s tried to sell it, it’ll be up for grabs once again in Abu Dhabi.
Could the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Signal Jaguar’s Return To The Supercar Arena?
It’s been 25 years since Jaguar discontinued its last supercar, the great XJ220 amid poor sales at a time when people really weren’t eager to buy $1 million mid-engined monsters. Nowadays, there are more millionaires than ever in the world and Jaguar, while focusing on expanding its EV lineup, could be planning a shock return to the world of high-performance supercars with something inspired by the jaw-dropping and all-electric Vision Gran Turismo presented late last month. This may well become the halo car for a new era of the Leaping Cat.
2020 Chevrolet COPO Camaro John Force Edition
Another year, another Chevrolet COPO Camaro. That’s what we can expect at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show when the Bowtie unleashes its latest drag racing masterpiece. A total of 70 units of the 2020 Chevrolet COPO Camaro will be made, but only 69 will be unleashed to the masses. The other one — this one — is headed to the auction block, and if looks could fetch a million dollars, the one-off COPO Camaro John Force Edition will be drenched in a downpour of benjamins once it hits the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2020. But before it takes the stage, the one-off Chevrolet COPO Camaro John Force Edition will be in attendance at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. It’s probably the closest we’ll ever get to seeing it up close and personal before some deep-pocketed fellow brings it home with him next year.
Car For Sale: 1996 Zagato Raptor
A roof that lifts up to reveal the cockpit? Check! Futuristic cues that are both strange and appealing as you’d expect from a Zagato design? Check! All the goodies from the Diablo VT including the viscous central differential allowing for AWD and the magnificent 5.7-liter V-12 putting out almost 500 horsepower? Check! A carbon-fiber body created entirely through digital design and manufacturing process? Check! The Raptor could’ve kick-started Lamborghini’s marriage with Audi in grand style at the end of the 20th century but, instead, the car you see here is the only one the Italians ever made.
It was the mid-’90s when Lamborghini realized that its ’lineup" needed to be refreshed. At the time, the company based in Sant’Agata Bolognese made only the mid-engined Diablo, successor of the Countach and a very potent car in its own right. However, the Diablo was hardly a forward-thinking car, AWD aside, and Lamborghini realized it needed to start thinking about its replacement and, on top of that, of something that could allow it to attract a wider audience. The key to increasing its client base, Lamborghini thought, would be to create a model that would sit below the Diablo in terms of performance while lacking none of that unmistakable Lamborghini DNA. The job of designing this new model, as well as the Diablo replacement, was in Zagato’s hands and the legendary design house came up with the Raptor in just four short months, fast enough to allow Lamborghini to showcase the prototype at the 1996 Geneva Auto Show. Now, this one-off coach-built wonder can be yours, providing you’ve got a million or two to spare.
The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time
Picking the ten best Ferraris of all time is not an easy exercise, but somebody had to do it. Sports cars don’t come finer than those with a Prancing Horse badge, and in the 70 years that it has been around, Ferrari has built some of the finest and most desirable performance cars in the history of the industry. A lot of Ferrari models have climbed the ladder to iconic status, and even some of today’s models are on their way there, too. It took a lot of work — and arguments — but we managed to narrow down our choices for the ten best Ferraris of all time.
2022 Gemballa Supercar
Whenever a company announces plans to build a supercar, be it Dyson, Hennessey Performance, Rimac, Zenvo, or in this case, Gemballa, eyebrows are bound to be raised. Embarking on the journey of building a supercar from scratch, regardless of how much experience one such company may possess is, if you will, the ultimate marathon in the car industry. At the same time, running a marathon can have three possible outcomes: you either finish it, you don’t, or best-case scenario, you end up winning it, of course. Wanting to build, or better said, create a supercar from a blank sheet of paper is pretty much the same. But Gemballa thinks it has what it takes.
Bugatti Dealer Tries to Resell a Chiron Super Sport 300+ Build Slot for More Than The Price of the Car Itself
A build slot for the upcoming Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is now up for grabs, provided you have around $5.2 million to spare. That’s the asking price of Auto Salon Kitzbuhel, a German dealership who posted the supposed build slot on Mobile, Germany’s largest online car market. Specific details about the Chiron Super Sport 300+ or even just the build slot were not revealed. Apparently, if you want to learn more about the said build slot and the justification for that stratospheric asking price, you’re going to have to reach out to the dealership through its WhatsApp profile. What’s clear is that if there’s legitimacy to this build slot, it’s hard to imagine someone not making a serious run at it given how limited — only 30 will be made — the Chiron Super Sport 300+ already is.
One could argue that the Pagani Huayra was one of the best supercars of the 2010s, but that argument only holds water up to 2017 when Pagani unleashed the Huayra BC. It’s based on the standard Huayra but features an improved V-12 engine, revised aerodynamics, and a race-inspired interior. That V-12 under the hood is good for 739 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque (the roadster has 753 ponies) while 60 mph comes in as fast as 2.8 seconds. Since this AMG-powered beast is a very limited model, we decided we should show it some screen love and decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite wallpaper below, but there’s a whole gallery at the bottom of the page that you can sift through to find your favorite.
Did You Know That the Bugatti Centodieci Is Actually an Electric Supercar?
The Bugatti Centodieci is one of the craziest hypercars to debut in recent times, and the fact that Bugatti is using it as a nod back to the EB110 supercar makes it even more enticing. Only ten units are to be built, and even though the spec sheet looks absolutely otherworldly, those numbers count for nothing when the hypercar has to be packed and trailered back to Molsheim after a public appearance.
1965 Shelby 427 Cobra
In 1965, Ford won the World Manufacturer’s Title in the GT ranks with the Cobra Daytona Coupe. But you wouldn’t have found the aerodynamic Kamm-tailed endurance racer on almost any bedroom wall around that time. Instead, everyone was hooked on Shelby’s new roadster - the Cobra 427. Sporting the ’side-oiler’ big block 7.0-liter V-8 good for at least 500 ponies, the revised Cobra was five inches wider than the AC Ace-based examples before it, handled slightly better due to an all-new chassis with independent suspension, and was one of the fastest cars you could register in 1965. With a 0-60 mph time of four seconds flat and tires that would go alight at the lightest depressing of the gas pedal, the 427 was unruly but that’s what made it a legend.
Think about what American cars you have loved throughout your life. It’s almost certain that the Cobra 427 was (or still is) in amongst your favorites. With rounded, flared arches, a gaping mouth and a scoop on the hood, and a pair of racing stripes traversing the (usually) blue paintwork, the baddest Cobra found its place in the history books from the moment it entered production. It was as loud as a pack of lions - if lions were ever to attack in packs - and more unruly than a teenager who’s going through a phase that’s "totally not a phase". The first 50 cars made were Competition or Semi/Competition-spec while the other 260 copies built until late ’67 were tuned to be more street-oriented, although even this can be considered a stretch. That’s why probably no other car can boast with such a wide variety of replicas quite like the Cobra and, naturally, most try to copy the look of the Cobra 427.
1962 Ferrari 250 California SWB Spider by Scaglietti
The entire Ferrari 250 line seems to have secured its place in the palace of automotive royalties for generations to come. With unmistakable lines, a variety of powerful but also reliable Colombo V-12s, and limited-run production, almost all of the late-50s to early-60s Ferrari 250 models command astronomical values at auction nowadays.
There are, of course, some stars that shine brighter than others, such as the 250 GTO, the 250 GT SWB, and, lastly, the 250 California SWB Spider built between 1960 and 1962. This is one of those short-wheelbase California Spiders but, despite its originality, it lacks the aura of the ex-Alain Delon ’barn find’ that sold for $18.5 million four years ago.
Besides the fact that Alain Delon once owned and thrashed that particular 250 California SWB Spider, what made it even more desirable were its covered headlights. Amazingly, the more sought after variant is, actually, the one Ferrari made more of: a total of 37,250 California SWB Spiders left the factory with covered headlights and just 19 were optioned without the glass over the twin circular headlamps. Read on to learn more about the strange case of a buyer-induced trend that goes against the otherwise untouchable principle of rarity.
Rich and Shameless: Kylie Jenner Deletes a Video Showing Off Her New Bugatti Chiron
Say what you will about Kylie Jenner and her pursuits in life, but you can’t deny that the Kardashian knows her way around cars. She’s the proud owner of a Ferrari LaFerrari, a pair of Land Rovers, a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a Lamborghini Aventador, and what looks to be a Lamborghini Urus, among other steely-eyed rides.
It’s her latest vehicular purchase, though, that has everyone standing up and paying attention. Recently, Jenner posted a video of her new Bugatti Chiron on her Instagram account. It didn’t take long, though, for the Internet vultures to swoop in with their scathing comments, so Jenner quickly deleted the video of her Chiron. The lesson, as always, is clear. If you can’t take the heat, best get out of the kitchen.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato
Aston Martin took the DBS Superleggera and morphed into a limited-edition grand tourer known as the DBS GT Zagato – an Italian coachbuilt beauty that isn’t sold on its own but paired with a DB4 GT continuation that is the spitting image of the iconic model with the same name from back in the 1060s. Under the hood of the DBS GT Zagato sites a 5.2-liter V-12 that pumps out a cold-hearted 760 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This baby can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on the way to an impressive top speed of 211 mph. To put that into perspective, the standard DBS Superleggera has just 664 horsepower and takes 3.4 seconds to get to 60 mph. It also has considerably less torque as well. With DBS GT Zagato making its timely debut not that long ago, we’ve decided that it deserves to spend a little time on the screen as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve displayed our favorite below but, by all means, feel free to pick your favorite from the sizable gallery at the bottom of the page.
How Much Does a Ferrari Cost?
It’s no secret that Ferraris are expensive. They’re often considered rolling works of art more than they’re thought of as automobiles. That kind of stature affords Ferrari the space to ask for premium prices for its models. Of course, legacy has something to do with it, too. There’s a reason, after all, that the most expensive car ever sold — it fetched for almost $50 million — is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay that much to buy a brand-new Ferrari these days, but don’t expect to score one for anything less than $200,000, either. Like most exotic manufacturers, Ferrari charges a premium for its vehicles because these cars are developed with the most advanced technologies in the industry. They’re not just museum-grade pieces; they’re also fast, powerful, and loaded with all the latest tech you can find in the business. Plus, there’s cache that comes with wearing the iconic Prancing Horse badge. So if you’re thinking of buying a Ferrari as your next car purchase, do so with the full understanding that you’re going to have to break the bank to afford one.
2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato
The 2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato is a limited-edition grand tourer based on the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Part of the DBZ Centenary collection, the DBS GT Zagato is more than just a Superleggera modified by Italian coachbuilder Zagato. This grand tourer is sold as part of a package that includes the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, a revival of the iconic car produced in the early 1960s.
Essentially a modern twin of the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, the DBS GT Zagato boasts notable modifications inside and out, including carbon-fiber elements, bespoke features, and a beefed-up engine under the hood. The DBS GT Zagato celebrates a partnership spanning almost 60 years and follows in the footsteps of the Vanquish Zagato, based on the DBS’ predecessor. Let’s find out more about this limited-edition grand tourer in the review below.
Gordon Murray Plans To Race His New Supercar In The 24 Hours of Le Mans
Gordon Murray, the British former F1 designer and father of McLaren’s first proper road car, is about to be back in the arena of hypercars with a car touted by its creator as being "purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever." Known as the T.50, the hypercar will seat three, like the McLaren F1, and will be powered by a Cosworth-developed 3.9-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 cranking out 650 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. With a 12,100-rpm redline and a $2.46 million MSRP before taxes, it will surely cause a storm when it will finally be unveiled.
What is more, the T.50 is being designed with the intention of going racing as Murray hopes to see it race at Le Mans, although it is unclear if it will compete in the GTE class for production-based supercars or the new-for-2020 ’Hypercar’ class that will replace the current LMP1 category as the top-tier category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
When your name is Gordon Murray and you’ve been in the game of designing some of the world’s most daring racing cars and road cars for the better part of four decades, you won’t settle for anything short of perfection when building what could be your last road car. After all, as the true spiritual successor to the F1 (with its three seats, its no-nonsense design down to the naturally aspirated V-12, and the clever aerodynamics), the T.50 must be an amazing car or else it will feel like a disappointment to many. And, if, indeed, Murray’s team will build a racing version, that too will have to be competitive straight out of the box akin to the F1 that swept the floor in its debut year 24 years ago including a famous outright win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.