The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron Will Debut at a Special Event on June 1st!
You gotta love a highly detailed Lego kit, especially when the subject matter is one of the most insane, over-the-top four-wheeled machines on the planet. Now, it’s looking like that’s exactly what we’ll get in just a few weeks’ time, as Lego and Bugatti are gearing up to release the new Chiron Technic kit.
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Rolls-Royce Thinks its Customers Are Too Good for Semi-Autonomous Technology
According to Rolls-Royce, all of its customers have Chauffeurs, and when you cater to the one-percent, there’s no room for semi-autonomous technology. It’s not for Rolls-Royce customers. At least not until it’s truly effortless and then it’ll be ripe enough for the typical Rolls-Royce client. While the statement above makes Rolls sound about as stuck up as the people it builds cars for, its reasoning does have some merit. The fact is that for customers that do have Chauffeurs (I’m definitely not saying all do, but a good portion surely do) it wouldn’t make sense to pay your very own Alfred to sit around and do nothing, waiting for an instance where he’ll have to take over.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie Will Be More Advanced Than F1 Cars
While motorsport is often considered the place for performance technology development, the rules and regulations of any given series are designed to make for an even playing field, and as such, they often place limits on what technology can actually accomplish in the real world. Luckily, that isn’t the case for extreme hypercars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
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You Can Buy a Pagani Huayra Roadster for $25k a Month
Unveiled in early 2017, five years after Pagani debuted the coupe model, the Huayra Roadster is arguably one of the most spectacular supercar you can see on the road today. However, because only 100 were built, spotting one outside supercar meetings is as difficult as it gets. And buying one is equally hard, not only because they cost $2.4 million before options, but mostly because all 100 units are already accounted for. But if you missed your chance back in 2017, Putnam Leasing has a deal for you. As weird as it may sound, you can buy a Huayra Roadster through a car lease program with only $25,339 per month.
Xtomi Ponders How the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Could Evolve with Six Renderings
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has some people drooling and some people criticizing. Well, be prepared to drool and criticize even more as our friend Xtomi has decided to render the Cullinan in five different body styles that range from a shooting brake to a coupe, to a pickup. That’s right folks, an actual Cullinan pickup truck. So, with that said, we’re going to pick each design apart a bit and decide whether or not Rolls should actually considering making any of these body styles.
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The luxury SUV bug has bitten its share of automakers in recent years. Up to now, Rolls-Royce has been an exception, but come 2018 and the British automaker launched its very own people hauler. Better late than never, Rolls-Royce. News of Rolls’ interest in developing a luxury SUV came to light in 2015, when Rolls-Royce was already working on a brand-new platform for the Phantom sedan. As expected, the SUV is based on the same underpinnings and shares many styling cues and features with the luxury four-door.
Although Rolls-Royce has no history with SUVs, the company cited vehicles from the past which have been successful in events such as the Scottish Reliability Trials and the Alpine Trials, and had the ability to carry their owners "over challenging terrain with absolute reliability and comfort" in Australia, India, and other parts of the world. On top of being Rolls-Royce’s first-ever SUV, the Cullinan also introduces many new technologies to the brand, including all-wheel drive, an off-road driving mode, and a suspension that actively extends the dampers to keep every wheel on the ground in rough terrain. The SUV’s true purpose is to challenge the Bentley Bentayga, but how does the Cullinan compare to its British rival? Let’s find out in the review below.
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Video of the Day: Watch This 42-Liter V-12 Burn More Gas Idling For Two Minutes Than You Used All Week
EV’s and hybrids are all well and good, but sometimes, there’s just no replacement for displacement. The owner of the Packard-Bentley “Mavis” would certainly agree. Break it down, and what you’re dealing with here is basically a Bentley 8 Litre chassis powered by a 42-liter Packard 4M-2500 V-12 engine. Yep, you read that right - 42 friggin’ liters, baby.
Because it was originally intended for use in a WWII-era American PT boat, the engine produces a whopping 1,500 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, which, stuffed into a 1930 Bentley chassis is a bit, well, ridiculous. In the best way possible, obviously.
To make it fit, the car’s builder had to move the steering column to an offset angle, while a total of 24 exhaust tips were added to help it spit flames and smoke like some raging hell beast.
While the video doesn’t show the Mavis actually moving, it’s well worth a watch for the gross display of internal combustion (and external combustion, for that matter).
SCG Teases New Road and Racing Cars for 2020 Model Year
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, the boutique high-performance automaker best known for its SCG 003 monster machine, just released a pair of images teasing its latest design work. Details are scant at this point, but apparently we’ll see this thing debut or the 2020 model year.
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Video of the Day: Shmee150 Discusses What it Really Costs to Daily Drive a Supercar
Most people never get the chance to get behind the wheel of a car like the Mercedes-AMG GT R the Porsche 911 GT3, or the Ferrari 812 Superfast, let alone drive one on a daily basis. That means that it’s hard for us to understand or comprehend the outright cost of daily driving one of these works of art. Even doing something like buying new tires can set you back the cost of a Honda Civic and you better hope you don’t get a ding or a scratch in the paint because you’re going to pony up big time to make it look right again. Even simple things like oil changes and filter changes cost fast in excess of what you and I are actually used to. With that in mind, take a look at the video below and listen to what Shmee has to say about his experience with daily driving high-end cars like the AMG GT R and 911 GT3. It will certainly put things into perspective for you!
The Ferrari FXX K may be based on the Ferrari LaFerrari, but its roots go all the way back to the late 1980s when Ferrari made a track-only beast out of the F40 LM. Then in 2005, the XX nomenclature came back with the Enzo-based FXX. Ferrari succeeded that model with the 599XX before the turn of 2010. It didn’t take long after the debut of the Ferrari LaFerrari for the rumors to begin swirling about a new track-only XX model and sure enough, Ferrari delivered with the FXX K, a V-12 powered track monster with 1050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque on tap and a desire to decimate anything on any track anywhere. It offered a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that approached 220 mph. To top it off, it was excessively exclusive, being offered to only the best and most loyal Ferrari customers in very limited numbers. It came with its own racing program and its own exclusive racing series too. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that the estimated price tag was pegged at the $1.5 million mark, clearly before any extras or taxes.
Of course, one would consider themselves lucky even being in the presence of one let alone owning or driving one. Obviously, if you did own one, you wouldn’t be reading this – you’d probably be at the track. I know I would be, anyway. On the plus side, however, the digital world affords us some extra luxury, and that’s why we’ve hand-picked our favorite Ferrari FXX K wallpaper. And, if you don’t like our pick, there’s a small gallery at the bottom with more options. Go ahead; you deserve to place this beauty on your desktop.
Video of the Day: Chris Harris Drives the LaFerrari FXX K
Even if you’re not a fan of Ferrari, or even the LaFerrari name, you can still appreciate how special the FXX K really is. It was based on the LaFerrari, road-going supercar but it was designed specifically for the track. Such a billing made it lighter, more aerodynamic, and – without a doubt – quicker. What made it even more special, however, is that only a few select and well-established Ferrari customers were afforded the privilege of owning one. It even came as part of its own exclusive racing series that took part on Formula One tracks all over the globe. If that’s not enough to make it special, maybe it’s that powerful V-12 that’s good for 1,050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. Still don’t think it’s special, then maybe it’s sub-three-second sprint to 60 mph, or the 215+ mph top speed will do it for you? Or, maybe you’re in love with the price tag. If that’s the case, then it’s really special because this limited-edition track car was said to be sold for at least $1.5 million!
At this point, I think you get the picture, and now you’ll understand why we’re drooling a bit over the fact that Chris Harris got a chance to get behind the wheel of one. We should all be so lucky, really, but unless you’re one of the 0.001 percent, then this video is probably as close as you’ll come. Quit wasting time and check it out already!
Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX
In one corner we’ve got the 1991 - 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.
The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!
2018 Brabham BT62
Although it hasn’t built road cars yet, Brabham is among the most iconic race car builders of all time, most famous for its 30-year career in Formula One. Established in 1962, Brabham disappeared from racing in 1992 due to financial issues. The brand was revived in 2014 as Brabham Racing, and in 2018 it unveiled its firm design in more than two decades. Meet the Brabham BT62, a track-only supercar powered by a 700-horsepower V-8 engine.
Seemingly unveiled out of nowhere, the BT62 is a project that David Brabham, the youngest son of company founder Sir Jack Brabham, has been working on for a few years. The firm was reestablished in 2014 with a goal to join the World Endurance Championship and to return to Formula One. This has yet to happen, but Brabham designed a supercar instead. Although it’s not eligible for road use, the BT62 looks as aggressive as track-only supercars get and its spec sheet is impressive to say the least. Let’s find out more about it below.
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Prepare to Spend Big if You Want to Own Pope Francis’ One-Off Lamborghini Huracan
Back in November 2017, Lamborghini decided to gift Pope Francis with his own one-off Lamborghini Huracan. The Pontiff graciously declined the gift, opting instead to donate it in the name of charity. Fast forward months later and the aforementioned one-off Huracan is now set to be auctioned off without a reserve price by RM Sotheby’s in Monaco on May 12.
Donut Media Recounts The Epic Tale Of The Ford GT
While relatively well-known among the older gear heads out there, the story of the Ford GT might be a bit obscure to the new blood. That said, anyone with a taste for high-performance and four-wheeled racing is sure to delight in the ups and downs of this classic, and Donut Media has all the important bits laid out in the following 11-minute video.
Just to get you primed, here’s the cliff notes introduction. Back in the ‘60s, Ferrari was in a tough spot financially, and floated the idea of selling out to the Ford Motor Company. Everything looked on track for Dearborn to assume control of the Prancing Horse, with Ford spending millions to take stock of Ferrari’s assets and get all the legal stuff in order. However, just as the final negotiations were wrapping up, there was a problem. Enzo Ferrari wasn’t too keen on the idea of Ford controlling the Ferrari race program, and simply walked, leaving the Blue Oval high and dry.
Henry Ford II was not happy. In retribution, he gave a blank check to his team of race engineers and instructed them to build a race car that could take the fight to Ferrari on its own turf - the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
What was to follow is one of the most epic tales ever produced by the world of motorsport, finally resulting in the Ford GT we know and love today.
Press play for all the awesome details, running up to the modern iteration of that iconic racer.
Don’t Expect a Smaller Lamborghini SUV to Join the Urus
The Lamborghini Urus has been a resounding success for Lamborghini, so much so that the company would be forgiven if it’s suddenly getting a little trigger-happy in following that up with a smaller SUV. Porsche did it with the Macan. Bentley is reportedly doing it with the Bentayga. What’s stopping Lamborghini? As it turns out, Lamborghini is stopping Lamborghini. The Italian automaker has no plans to add another SUV to complement the Urus, saying that it would rather keep the brand’s exclusivity than capitalizing on the Urus’ success.