Ferrari Isn’t Ready To Kill Off Its Naturally Aspirated V-12 Yet
Ferrari has been very busy through the first half of 2021, introducing – as of the time of this writing – two “new” models: The 812 Limited Edition V12 and the V-12 Targa that is the 812 Competizione. These cars are a big deal because it’s widely believed that, thanks to increasingly stringent emissions regulations and the forced transition to electrification, the days of larger naturally aspirated engines like the Ferrari V-12 are about to come to an end. This, however, may not be the case – at least not if Ferrari has anything to say about it.
2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder
The 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder is the facelifted version of the original model launched in 2016. It’s basically an upgraded variant of the rear-wheel-drive alternative to the standard Huracan, which features an AWD layout. Visual upgrades are in line with the rest of the Huracan lineup, but the RWD stands out with a unique front bumper and rear diffuser. More notably, it’s more powerful than the old model, as it now features the V-10 engine of the old AWD model. The naturally aspirated mill cranks out 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 Huracan Evo RWD Spyder hits 62 mph from a standing start in 3.5 seconds.
The Ferrari 812 Competizione A is a V-12 Targa With 830 Horsepower
A couple of weeks back, Ferrari gave us a glimpse of the 812 limited-edition. Now, the company has taken the wraps off it. Christened the 812 Competizione, Ferrari has also unveiled its Targa-top twin called Competizione A. The Competiziones are the alter ego versions of the standard 812 Superfast and come with a lot of significant differences. The highlight, however, is its ability to rev to 9,500 rpm that makes it the highest-revving Ferrari road car to date!
A New Hypercar Could Put Switzerland On The Map of Hard-Hitting Contenders
While the rest of the world, as in mainstream automakers, fight to grasp the full force of electrification, supercar and hypercar manufacturers are using potent technology to push cars to the edge of what we know is possible. Cars like the all-electric Lotus Evija, for example, promise 1,972 horsepower and sub-3-second sprints to 60 mph. Even hybrid cars like the McLaren Elva with around 800 horsepower and do three-second sprints to 60 mph and sub-7-second sprints to 124 mph. From a performance standpoint, the benefit of electrification is undeniable. That undeniable benefit is why the car you see here, which doesn’t have an official name quite yet, could put Switzerland on the map as it aims to compete with the most potent cars that money can buy today.
Mercedes-AMG Project One caught in production shape
The highly-anticipated Mercedes AMG Project One seems to be ready for production. At least, that’s what the latest footage shows, anyway. AMG’s hybrid supercar has been a regular “guest” at the Nurburgring, but this time, the camouflage is off, revealing every detail of its exterior. The only “camouflage” we see here is the motorsport-inspired wrap, but other than that, this is how the production cars will look like once they reach their customers.
2021 Ferrari 330 LMB Project Remastered by Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport & Classic may be a relatively new name on the automotive scene, but the idea behind it is as old as most car manufacturers. Peter Bell – the man behind the company - is an entrepreneur whose entrepreneurial spirit created a few successful businesses. With that being said, his latest one, which involves sports and classic car restoration, gave birth to arguably the most exquisite project we’ve seen this year – a Ferrari 330 LMB thoroughly remastered by the UK studio with tender love and care.
The Italian-Built, Chinese Hongqi S9 Will Have Some Ferrari Muscle Behind Its Development
If you had any doubts that Chinese carmakers are being serious, this will definitely put them to rest. We have known about the Hongqi S9 Chinese supercar, which will be made in Italy, for a while now, but the plot is thickening. Now we’ve learned that the hybrid supercar is styled by the same man responsible for the Audi R8 – Walter da Silva - who is now Silk-FAW’s vice president of styling and design. But that’s not all. Silk-FAW – the joint venture responsible for the S9 – appoints Amedeo Felisa, who is a former Ferrari CEO and Board Member.
Watch The World’s Quickest Ferrari F8 Tributo Take on a McLaren 765LT
Maserati Bora - A Great Car With Horrible Timing
Maserati is one of the oldest and most coveted Italian car brands ever. Although they’ve had their ups and downs, the motorsport success of Maserati cars has helped spawn some great road cars, too. Among them was the Bora, which actually has its 50th anniversary this year. The Maserati Bora may not be as celebrated as other models of the brand, but it’s one of the most significant Maserati cars to have been produced. For its 50th birthday, we are giving you some interesting facts about the Bora.
2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast by Carlex Design
The curves on the Ferrari 812 Superfast can make any car enthusiast drool. The chiseled body with the cuts and creases in the perfect places make this one of the better-looking supercars you can see on the road today. The company is even coming up with a convertible version of the 812 this year, which will be the first time in over five decades that you can buy a new V-12 convertible from the brand.
Polish aftermarket company, Carlex Design, recently laid its hand on this beauty to give it a unique twist. Since the 812 Superfast is a looker anyway, Carlex did the smart thing to not mess around with the exterior, and instead, has tastefully designed the cabin to perfection.
The Viritech Apricale – More Than Just The Worlds First Production Hydrogen Hypercar
A British startup known as Viritech and based in MIRA Technology Park is aiming to become the “world’s leading developer of hydrogen technology,” and it all starts with the development of the Apricale – a hydrogen-powered hypercar that promises 1,100 horsepower. The car itself will be sold in limited numbers for a price of around £1.5 million before taxes, but that’s not the whole story.
Mate Rimac Talks Straight-Line Performance in The Rimac C Two
Rimac Automobili’s YouTube channel hits us with more details regarding the Rimac Concept Two’s straight-line performance. We already know that the Rimac Concept Two will be a very quick car. The combined power of its electric propulsion system is 1,914 horsepower (1,408 kilowatts) and 1,696 pound-feet (2,300 Nm). Mate Rimac – the founder of Rimac Automobili hits us with some new details about the hyper EV. We already know that, in a straight line, the C Two will be insanely quick. The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint takes just 1.85 seconds.
The Lotus Evija "Doesn’t Disappoint" With An "Unmistakable Lotus Feel"
Lotus’ highly-anticipated Evija is getting close to production and it promises staggering performance. Matt Windle says that, currently, there are a few Evija prototypes, each focusing on a different aspect – one focuses on battery management, another on build and tech, and a third one – on the motors. The one he drove most recently was focused on the performance aspect and he promises that it does not disappoint.
2022 Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1
Aston Martin has come up with a DBR1-spec V12 Speedster which pays homage to the namesake 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours winner. This will be an optional package that brings about aesthetic changes to the exterior and the interior. There are no changes made to the powertrain specs. Aston Martin hasn’t even mentioned the price of this package, but expect the final cost of the V12 Speedster DBR1 to cross $1 million. That’s a lot of money.
Doug DeMuro Wants To Teach You About the McLaren Sabre’s Many Quirks
Doug DeMuro is giving us yet another in-depth “quirks and features” review of a cool car. This time, t’s the latest special car from McLaren – the Sabre. As always, we get the introduction to the car. It’s worth noting that the Sabre is supposed to be an evolution of the McLaren Senna, on which it is based. In the McLaren lineup, the Sabre sits over the Senna, but under the Speedtail that mimicked some features of the McLaren F1.
Someone Paid Porsche 911 GT3 Money For this 1981 Porsche 924
The Porsche 924 was manufactured between 1976 and 1988. Although it was launched as a successor to the 914 and was supposed to sit at the bottom of the company’s model hierarchy, it came with a lot of significant bits and marked a lot of firsts for the company. It was the first street-legal Porsche to feature a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. Not to mention, also the first car from the company to come with an automatic gearbox.
There were many iterations and models of the 924, one of them being Carrera GTS. The automaker built 59 examples of it and 15 of them were the quicker ‘Clubsport’ models. One of these 15 was on Bring-a-Trailer’s auction recently and it was sold for over a quarter-million dollars! That’s way more expensive than any new 911 that you can buy today.
2020 Pininfarina PF0 Battista
Pininfarina, the company best well known for its association with Ferrari, wants to break free from under the shade of the Prancing Horse and make a name for itself as the builder of the fastest car to come out of Italy. The name of this car? Battista, like the name of the company’s founder. The numbers that should firmly plant this car on the map? 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet, a 0 to 62 mph sprint in less than two seconds, and a top speed of about 250 mph. All done by an EV powertrain that’s capable of running over 300 miles between charges.
Reading those numbers it’s easy to dismiss the Pininfarina Battista as just another ludicrous car that will never actually become reality. Something like the Devel Sixteen, the Arabian hypercar that packs a V-16 engine that’s capable of 5,000 horsepower. That one was supposedly slated to start final testing this month. Or the equally insane Vector WX-8, Jerry Wiegert’s project that should’ve brought his once proud company back from the dead. He said 12 years ago that a 10-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 will power the car and that it will crank out 1,850 horsepower. More recently, Wiegert sold his two WX-3 prototypes to fund the project.
But the Battista is a more serious offering than both those elusive creations. First off, Pininfarina was bought by Mahindra four years ago for $190.6 million and, as we know, Mahindra has the financial power to throw cash at a project like this if so desires. With Pininfarina aiming to build just 150 of these, 50 dedicated to each of its three markets: Europe, America, and the Middle-East, we can expect people to actually come forth with pre-orders once it gets revealed at Geneva in a couple of weeks.
1992 Bugatti EB 110 SS
When Bugatti launched production of its world-beating, 1,000-horsepower, 8.0-liter, quad-turbo Veyron in 2005, the auto world went just a little bit of crazy. And rightfully so. That said, the Veyron owes a good deal of its success to this – the EB 110. Produced in limited numbers throughout the ‘90s, it was the only production model created during Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli’s short stint as Bugatti head honcho. Considered one of the very first street-worthy mid-engine supercars of the ‘90s, the EB 110 was a true technological tour de force in its own right, with a high-revving, quad-turbo, 60-valve, 3.5-liter V-12 engine mounted behind the cabin, an active rear wing, and lightweight carbon fiber body. Indeed, prior to the release of the legendary McLaren F1, the EB 110 was in contention for fastest production car on the planet.
Continue reading to learn more about the Bugatti EB 110 SS.
1995 Ferrari F512 M
The Ferrari F512 M was the last evolution of the Testarossa, unarguably one of the legendary cars of the ‘80s. The F512 M was lighter than its predecessor, featured more modern styling, and boasted improved handling characteristics.
Everyone knows the Testarossa. With its red cam covers, its long “cheese graters” on the sides, and angular design, it’s a staple of its time and one of Ferrari’s modern icons. At the time, it was every bit as fast as a Countach, if not slightly faster. It handled slightly better and, more importantly, was a more relaxed tourer in that you could actually drive the Testarossa for 500 miles at a time and not drop dead from back pain afterward.
The F512 TR continued the trend and refined the recipe, but the ultimate expression of this body shape came in 1994 and was christened F512 M, where M stands for “Modificato.” Indeed, there were many modifications done to the F512 M even in comparison to the F512 TR, but the same spirit was still there. It was to be the rarest of all the Testarossas since only 501 were built through 1996 when Ferrari rolled out the front-engined grand tourer called 550 Maranello.
2019 Lamborghini SC18 Alston
From the outrageous styling, to the thumping V-12 powerplant, to the breathtaking performance, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is anything but boring. But that’s not stopping one lucky owner from turning the volume knob up to 11 on their Raging Bull. Say hello to the SC18 Alston, which comes with race-spec aero and a track-ready attitude to set it apart from its more “standard” brethren. And although it’s designed for track use, the SC18 Alston is still road-legal, bringing the best of both worlds into wing-tastic harmony.
The Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is Real, And It’s Been Spotted On the Road
2019 was the year when Bugatti unveiled the La Voiture Noir (The Black Car) in Geneva. The La Voiture Noire is a one-off model built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, it was sold before the public got a chance to see it, and pays respects to Ettore Bugatti’s stunning Type 57SC Atlantic, a car that disappeared from the carmaker’s workshops during the Second World War and was never found to this day.
2021 Ferrari 812 Limited Edition V12
There was a lot of buzz surrounding the 812 limited-edition for quite some time now, and Ferrari has now officially confirmed it. The Italian automaker has revealed the first official images of the limited-edition 812, which will be revealed in all its glory on May 5, 2021. It looks a lot more aggressive than the standard 812, but that’s not the highlight of this supercar. This special edition can rev all the way up to 9,500 rpm, which is the highest for any internal combustion-engined Ferrari to date.