2004 Alessandro Volta: The Supercar From Toyota, Ahead Of Its Time
Nowadays, hybrid supercars are as common as a VW Jetta. Well, not quite, but you get the idea. Pretty much anyone into cars can name at least a few hybrid supercars off the top of his head – Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Lamborghini Sian, McLaren Speedtail, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Koenigsegg Regera, and others. What you may not know is that back when hybrid supercars were even considered, Toyota beat everyone to it. They did so with the Toyota Alessandro Volta, and this is everything we know about it.
The Aston Martin DB9 Earned a Sub-Zero on Top Gear’s Cool Wall For a Reason
Aston Martin is a brand synonymous with exclusivity, elegance, glitz, and glamor. The legendary sports carmaker has now been around for over a century and is today a symbol of Britain. Aston Martin has time and again been rated in countless surveys as one of the Coolest Brands of all time.
The Complete Chronology of Lamborghini Countach And Its Versions
We have said many times that Lamborghini Countach is a car that deserves to make a comeback. Lamborghini proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Countach, by launching a series about the model‘s history. The original Countach was produced for 16 years, and now that the automaker is reviving the legendary model, it’s worth revisiting all versions of the original car, including some of the very obscure ones.
The 10 Fastest Cars in the World Ranked
The first production car with a recorded speed was the 1894 Benz Velo that had a top speed of just 12 mph. Few verified records exist from that point until around 1950, when the Jaguar XK120 set a production car speed record of 124.6 mph (not to be confused with the tuned prototype that managed to hit 133 mph) From this point on, it became a trend for automotive publications to do their own top speed test. Even the venerable McLaren F1 was tested by Car & Driver, and in 2005 we got our first government-official speed record set by the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 and verified by German inspection officials in 2005. It was that moment when the official challenge between manufacturers kicked off, and since then there have only been a handful of cars up to breaking the record. This list covers the top 10 fastest cars in the world, ranked from slowest to fastest.
Ferrari F40 - A Car With Heritage And a Few Secrets
If you’ve landed here, and are somewhere between your late 20s and early 40s, then there’s a good chance that you or someone you know had a Ferrari F40 poster hanging on the bedroom wall. The F40 was introduced in 1987 and celebrated Ferrari’s 40th-anniversary while, at the same time, ultimately serving as the last vehicle to be launched by Mr. Enzo Ferrari himself. So, what made the Ferrari F40 so special? Well, there’s a lot more to it than you ever realized.
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.
10 Things a BMW M Hypercar Needs to Corner the Market
One of the best ways to showcase your technical expertise and convince buyers to buy your cars is to build a hypercar. Mercedes-AMG did it, Aston Martin too. Heck, Volkswagen AG has the best of them all - the Bugatti Veyron and the Chiron. I can only imagine that somewhere in BMW headquarters in Munchen, the board of directors and investors sat together and discussed the hypercar idea.
After all, back in 2017, when Mercedes-AMG showcased the F1 inspired Project One, BMW M boss Dirk Hacker said:
“We would like to do a standalone car, and we could do it – but today there is no requirement from the market to do it. As a company, we are more focused on future mobility than digitization than building a hypercar, to be honest, but if we came to the decision to do a super sports car, then we could do that.”
Apparently, the market still isn’t favorable for the development of the BMW hypercar, but that does not stop us from the brainstorming of what that proposed hypercar could be. I am giving you ten different things BMW hypercar needs to succeed.
9 One-Off Supercars You Probably Forgot Existed
Owning a supercar guarantees you a certain level of pride and status. Not everyone is lucky enough to afford these six-figure performance machines so when you have one, you have to feel good about yourself.
The rise of bespoke divisions among performance car brands has resulted in a number of one-off supercars being made. Some of these unicorns have turned into the subject of dreams for a lot of people. Some, though, have been forgotten, or, at the very least, set aside in favor of the shiny new releases.
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.
Five supercars, with a total power output of 5.415 horsepower, are here. I am sure that you simply do not know enough about them. Modern supercars and hypercars you have probably never heard of are quite numerous actually. Apart from these, I could have also listed the Rezvani Beast, the Trion Nemesis RR, the Apollo Arrow, the Arash AF10, the Devel Sixteen, and the Arrinera Hussarya, among others. But what is the point as many of these will simply cease to exist as time plays its dirty game and erases them from history. Yet, the five I chose may stick around a bit longer than expected.
10 Things You Must Know About The McLaren Artura
For a while, McLaren was a bit of a wild card in the automotive industry. Almost 30 years ago, they gave us the F1, which was the fastest production car for over a decade. After that, they went quiet. This of course changed around 2010 when they announced their first supercar for the century – the MP4-12C. This was the beginning of McLaren’s offensive and cars like the 650S, 600LT, and 720S were spawned. Now, McLaren gives us the Artura and it’s a bit different than the others. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s quite extraordinary to see so many small supercar and sportscar producers coming up and trying to take the cake from the limited, but money-endowed niche of a market. Only a handful actually do survive long enough to create a customer base (Pagani or Koenigsegg,) to induce some kind of hype and attract funding (Rimac,) or just be talked about (Lykan, Hennessey, or even Zenvo.) It seems that the new supercar producers are springing up like mushrooms (and they go away as easily,) even more so than sports car producers. In that regard, I managed to find five interesting sports cars you have probably never heard of. All of them do try (or have tried) to evoke some sort of evolution in this highly limited market.
The end goal is similar for all - to sell as many cars as possible and become profitable. Enter the world of the incredible, courageous, and sometimes rather innovative pieces of automotive royalty you’ve never heard of.
I am starting with a car from Slovenia, partly designed by a race car driver.
Ferrari’s One-Off Creations is A List of the Most Desirable Prancing Horses of All Time
Back in 2008, Ferrari launched its One-Off personalization program to a lot of fanfare at that year’s Geneva Motor Show. The goal was to give Maranello’s most important clients the opportunity to create their own Ferraris. It’s been over a decade since that announcement, and it’s safe to say that Ferrari’s program has become a resounding success. Every year, a number of one-off Ferraris enter our lives, commissioned by an individual who Ferrari deems as one of its VIPs. Models like the 2012 Ferrari SP Arya, 2014 Ferrari SP FFX, and 2018 Ferrari SP38 Deborah have been built. Each of these one-offs is unique from every other Ferrari in existence, largely because they came to life as a result of someone’s vision for his or her perfect Ferrari. The 2019 Ferrari P80/C is the latest one-off Ferrari to arrive, but given the success Ferrari has had with the program and the growing demand among customers to get their own “1of1s” — there’s a five-year waitlist, in case you qualify — the P80/C won’t be the last one-off Ferrari in the world. On the contrary, this first ten years of the whole program could be just the beginning of what will most likely turn into one of Ferrari’s most successful customer-centric programs in its long and illustrious history. In case you haven’t paid attention over the last ten years, check out some of the most memorable one-off models that Ferrari has created.
Everything You Probably Didn’t Know About The Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini is one of the most renowned supercar manufactures in the world. Over the years, they’ve developed a reputation for building some of the craziest supercars in the industry in terms of styling and driving dynamics. Nowadays, it’s like they’ve become tamer, under Audi’s ownership. They still make great cars, but you don’t need to have hair on your chest or a steel pair to drive them. The Lamborghini Diablo is the epitome of Lamborghini’s crazy philosophy of infusing a car with as much character as if it were a living being. Here are all Lamborghini Diablo facts you need to know.
Everything You Need To Know About The Lamborghini SC20
Lamborghini has been giving us some pretty epic one-off cars in recent times. Now, the brand’s motorsport division is giving us another one-off Lamborghini. The marque’s main models – Huracan and Aventador often serve as a platform for some pretty epic and unique creations. It’s something of a tradition for the Italian company and now the factory of madness in Sant’Agata is giving us yet another stunning creation, loosely based on the V-12 Aventador. Here’s what you need to know about the Lamborghini SC20.
Everything You Need To Know About The Lamborghini Huracan STO
The 2021 Huracan STO is the most radical road-going version of the brand’s entry-level supercar. It takes everything great about the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO and the Huracan GT3 EVO to create one of the purest race cars for the road the brand has ever made. Although other versions of the Huracan are capable performers in their own right, there is plenty that sets the STO apart. Here’s everything you need to know about this V-10 Lamborghini race car for the road.
5 Cars That Could Hit 300 MPH and 5 That Don’t Quite Make It
If the NBA has Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points and the Major League Baseball has Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hit streak, the auto industry has the 300-mph top speed. These records and marks were once thought of as impossible to break, but recent advancements in technology and preparation have put them within reach, provided that a perfect storm of events happen.
Some automakers have made it their personal missions to be the first ones to emphatically say, and without any speck of controversy, that their car is the first car to legitimately hit a top speed of 300 mph. Depending on who you ask, that record has already been broken, but there are still debates on which model was the first to actually do it. Well, there are five models that are in contention for the record-setting claim, and there are five more that didn’t quite hit that mark during their time in the sun.
Everything You Need to Know About The McLaren Senna
Named after beloved Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna is an Ultimate Series model sharing apex predator status with the likes of Elva, P1, and Speedtail in the British supercar maker’s lineup.
At the same time, the Senna is part of a new breed of supercars that feature F1-derived technology, so it’s basically a competitor for the likes of Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie. As a result, it’s brimming with features that make it both unique and a beast on the road or on the track. Stick around for an in-depth run-through of the Senna’s quirks and specs.
The Best Supercars of 2020
2020 wasn’t such a great year for the automotive business. The COVID-19 pandemic kept factories closed for several weeks and canceled most important auto shows. However, automakers kept things rolling, and most cars that were planned to break cover in 2020 showed up on time, albeit just online. Despite the setbacks, we’ve seen many new supercars hit the spotlight, and many of them brought innovative features to the market, while others promise to set new speed records. We compiled a list of the hottest supercars released in 2020. Let us know which one should get the "best supercar of 2020" award in the comments section below.
For Shame: 13 Expensive Cars With Parts From Cheap Cars
Developing a new car is a time-consuming and more importantly very expensive process. This is especially true when designing a high-performance vehicle. Sometimes, in order to save a bit of money, car companies borrow various parts from less prestigious manufacturers. It is more acceptable when it comes to minor interior pieces, such as indicator stalks or climate controls, as they are not as obvious, but things are different when we talk about the more obvious exterior features. Here are 13 examples of expensive cars borrowing exterior parts from much cheaper models.
Forgotten Supercars: 10 Facts About the Aixam Mega Track
When we talk about French supercars, the first to come to mind are models from Bugatti’s lineup – the various versions of the Veyron, EB110, or the Type 57 Atlantique. And although many enthusiasts would quickly recite a long list of some of the most iconic supercars, there are those that remain in obscurity. The 1995-2000 Aixam Mega Track certainly is one of those forgotten supercars that may have been ahead of its time. Here are ten facts about this quirky French supercar.