Aston Martin Is Already Working On The Valkyrie’s Successor With Plans To Terrorize Le Mans
Aston Martin has yet to send the Valkyrie hypercar to the welcoming arms of its owners, but that hasn’t stopped the British automaker from setting its sights on developing a successor that it plans to unleash on endurance races from 2020. The new hypercar only goes by the nickname “son of Valkyrie,” but it’s already being talked about in glowing terms by people within the company as the car that could help Aston Martin achieve outright victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
What’s in a Name? The Origin of the "Countach" Name Comes To Light
Lamborghini is known for naming its cars after famous bulls in history. The Miura, for example, is named after a Spanish fighting bull that was bred from the Miura Cattle Ranch Feruccio Lamborghini’s friend, Don Eduardo Miura. There’s also the Islero, which was named after a specific Miura bull that killed matador Manolete back in 1947. Then there’s the Murcielago, which is, quite arguably, the most famous bull in history, thanks in part to the myth that has grown from it surviving 28 sword strokes in a bullfight that took place all the way back in 1897. Of all the Lamborghinis that have made hit the road, only a handful carried names that weren’t connected to bulls. One of those models is the Lamborghini Countach, regarded as the first Lamborghini to break free from the automaker’s bull-naming tradition. So if the Countach’s name isn’t related to bulls or bullfighting, how did Lamborghini come up with the name? Well, we now have the answer, one brought to us by no less than the head of the Countach’s design team, Marcello Gandini.
The New Alfa Romeo 8C Could Be An 800-Horsepower Supercar Stalker
Alfa Romeo’s plan to bring the back the 8C nameplate has come with a lot of speculation about its presentation. The prevalent buzz surrounding the model is that it’s going to be a supercar of some sort. As it turns out, though, it could be more than just a supercar. The new Alfa Romeo 8C could be an 800-horsepower hybrid monster, debunking previous rumors that said that it would “only” have 700 horsepower on tap.
Ferrari Teases New Supercar, Debut Set For September 17
Ferrari is the latest automaker to drop a teaser of an upcoming model, and it’s teasing a new product in the pipeline that could pave the way for a new, limited-run supercar that traces its roots to the 812 Superfast. The teaser doesn’t reveal much about the new model, but it does say that the new supercar will make its debut on September 17 at the company’s official headquarters in Maranello, Italy.
One Man Rented a Lambo and Racked up $50k in Fines Over Just Four Hours
Dubai is known for a lot of things, but for enthusiasts like us, it’s all about exotic cars and excellent roads. However, there are some people who get carried away by this ‘high,’ and end up getting famous for the wrong reasons. Add this British bloke to the list, who racked up roughly $47,000 in fines within four hours while driving a rented Lamborghini Huracan. According to The National, the 25-year-old British tourist was snapped by speeding cameras 33 times in just over four hours!
2020 Milan Red
Every once in a while a new hypercar automotive company emerges claiming it can make a car as good as if not better than the Chiron. Case in point - W Motors, who actually managed to get under the spotlight with the Lykan and the Fenyr. Now, we have a new attendant that is the first one from Austria and one that claims it will be in the same ballpark as Koenigsegg, Bugatti, or even Pagani - Milan Automotive with a car called the Milan Red.
The Milan Red is a no-nonsense (well, a bit of nonsense, just keep reading) hypercar powered by an ICE without any electric assistance. It is still in the development phase (of course,) but if you are really into the world of cars, you might remember this design from some time ago. Zooming through Milan Automotive Facebook page (quite revealing, might I add) I saw that its CEO, Markus Fux, actually was on a business trip visiting someone in Russia who designed a Lada.
The guy is Dmitry Lazarev, and he was responsible for designing the quite stunning Lada Raven Concept. It was a one-off design he actually pitched to AutoVAZ (Lada producer in Russia), but AutoVAZ declined to claim that they aren’t into cars without trunks. Honest to God, their response was along those lines.
Nevertheless, Fux and Lazarev came to an agreement. What once was the Lada Raven, will become the Milan Red. Interestingly enough, the new name Raven is of a passerine bird. The Milan Red, on the other hand, is a word play on the red kite bird of prey, which in German, translates as the Rotmilan. Cool name! And Milan Automotive didn’t just envision a name like that but formed the entire brand around it. The plaque is a nice abstract design inspired by the Rotmilan flying. Some other aspects of the car evoke a certain bird of prey qualities obviously infusing unique character into the Milan Red.
Brabham’s BT62 Already Set For North American Debut; Already Has One American Buyer
Hot on the heels of its unveiling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Brabham BT62 will be making the trip across the Atlantic to have its North American debut during Monterey Car Week in California. The 700-horsepower, track-only supercar will be on display at the Michelin stand at Laguna Seca before making appearances at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and the Exotics on Cannery Row.
Those Mysterious McLaren Models Aren’t What They Seem
A post on McLaren’s official Instagram account caused quite the stir on social media after an image of a raw version of the team’s Formula One race car unintentionally showed a couple of mysterious-looking cars in the background. The immediate reaction from Internet sleuths identified either one of the two models as the upcoming Speedtail, but that speculation has since been debunked by McLaren. Neither of those two models is the Speedtail, or at least that’s what the British automaker is saying.
That Same Mercedes-AMG Project One Build Slot is Up for Grabs Again
A German dealership that was called out last year for trying to sell a Mercedes-AMG Project One build slot for €4.51 million ($5.24 million) is back at it again. Di Automobile GmbH has posted a new ad on German classifieds site Mobile.de, asking for the exact same amount as the first post that it took down a year ago. If anyone out there wants to secure a slot for the Project One at twice the amount Mercedes-AMG is asking, you now have the opportunity to do so, provided that Mercedes-AMG doesn’t shut the door on the German dealership.
Video: Another Look at the Pagani Huayra L’Ultimo
The final Pagani Huayra just arrived stateside, and car fans are drooling over its custom body and interior treatment. Dubbed the L’Ultimo edition, the Pagani is currently on display at Prestige Imports in Miami, Florida, and exotics fan/YouTube personality Mario Vergel decided to check it out for himself. This is what he found.
The video is 6 minutes, 33 seconds in length, and includes shots of several other supercars and sports cars, including the Porsche GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT4, LaFerrari, Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder, and of course, Vergel’s BMW M3. However, if you just wanna jump straight to the Pagani, skip ahead to the 4-minute, 39-second mark.
The video gives us a glimpse off the Italian monster in full HD as it spins on its pedestal, showing the goods from just about every angle.
For those of you who may be unaware, the L’Ultimo is an extremely limited edition of the supercar - in fact, it’s a one-off model that was custom built for one lucky Pagani customer. Continue reading to learn more about it.
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The Lexus LF A was an Oddity in the supercar world but an absolute gem at the same time. When it was released in 2011, it came complete with a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivered a cold-hearted (especially for a Lexus) 560 horsepower. Just a year later, Lexus decided to get a little more exclusive and created the LF-A Nurburgring Edition – a car that was destined to conquer the infamous track and set a new record lap time. And, it did, running the track in just 7 minutes and 14 seconds, enough to beat out the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Corvette ZR1, and the Dodge Viper ACR at the time. Lexus only created 50 examples of the LF A Nurburgring edition, all of where were either black, white, or orange. Since it’s been nearly seven years since the LF A’s conquering of the Nurburgring, we’ve decided to show it a little love and make it our wallpaper of the day. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or choose something else you might like from the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Don’t Bother Flipping the Mercedes-AMG Project One If You Don’t Want Merc Getting Mad At You
Mercedes-AMG’s promise to keep sales of the Project One hypercar exclusive is taking shape after reports that prospective buyers will have to sign contracts that include clauses preventing them from flipping their vehicles in the second-hand market immediately. Apparently, Mercedes-AMG is making it crystal clear to people with build slots for the Project One that the practice of flipping won’t be tolerated. It’s a move that other automakers have done in recent years, including Aston Martin and Ford, both of whom included similar clauses to customers of the Valkyrie and GT, respectively.
The age of naturally-aspirated engines is slowly but surely nearing its end. Only a handful of supercar producers are seriously developing V-10 and V-12 beasts, with Ferrari and Lamborghini being at the forefront of that development. One of them only recently revealed the ultimate in terms of power, speed, composure, and dominance - the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ - the ultimate representation of everything Lamborghini stands for. We have seen glimpses of it stretching its V-12 over the Nurburgring more than once, with its last effort actually being the most incredible one. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has become the world’s fastest production car to ever visit the Nurburgring.
To achieve such an extraordinary goal, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ received a number of exceptional improvements over the previous best Lambo - the Aventador S and the Aventador SV. I am listing must-know facts about the stunning Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Will be the Last Lambo to Sport a Stand-Alone V-12
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is making history every time it makes the news. Hot on the heels of setting the fastest lap time of a production car at the Nurburgring, the Aventador SVJ has a new historical tie attached to its belt. The 760-horsepower Lambo will be the last ever Lamborghini to proudly use a naturally aspirated V-12 engine without any electric aids attached to it. All future Lamborghinis from this point, whether it’s using a V-12 or a V-10 engine, will be electrically assisted.
Video: Donut Media Takes a Look at the Fastest Cars in History
Just one quick glance at the spec sheets for machines like the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Agera RS will quickly reveal one very startling fact - modern top-shelf performance cars are crazy stupid fast. But how’d we get here? How is it you can go out and (given proper funds) purchase a street-legal four-wheeled sports car capable of going almost 280 mph? To quote David post dentist trip - “Is this real life?” I assure you, dear readers, it really is, and in this 8-minute, 46-second video, Donut Media tells us the how and the why.
The video starts us pretty early in history (1829), kicking off with steam power, but quickly gets into internal combustion before building towards the insanity of the modern day. It’s also filled to the brim with interesting facts and stories, and offers an good perspective on just far we’ve come - and how far we need to go to get even faster.
Which begs the question - where will we be 200 years from now?
2020 Aston Martin Mid-Engined Supercar
Aston Martin has yet to bring the Valkyrie hypercar into showrooms, but the Brits are already pondering a second supercar for their lineup. According to company CEO, Andy Palmer, the mid-engined supercar is also co-developed with Red Bull Racing, and 130 engineers and designers are already working on the project. The new vehicle will be aimed at the Ferrari 488 GTB.
The unnamed supercar will ride on a bespoke platform developed specifically for this model. Instead of the Valkyrie’s race-spec chassis or the Vantage’s bonded-aluminum platform, it will get its very own underpinnings that will feature a new carbon-fiber monocoque with aluminum sub-frames. There’s no specific word as to when it might arrive, but rumor has it sales will commence around 2020.
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Iconic K.I.T.T. Remains The Coolest Hollywood Car in the Party
In the world of Hollywood cars, few vehicles bring out the childhood nostalgia in all of us more than the Knight Industries Two Thousand, a car we affectionately — and more popularly — refer to as “KITT.” I bring this up because a version of K.I.T.T. was recently featured in an episode of the Supercar Blondie YouTube channel, and if it isn’t the real thing, it might as well be because it looks exactly like the car a lot of us grew up wanting to drive.
Video: The Bugatti Divo Has Freaky Looking Taillights
The Bugatti Divo is drawing closer to its highly anticipated debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this coming August. Precious details have been revealed about the hypercar, but it is expected to be a more evocative version of the Chiron, one that will be coach-built and more driver-focused. In the absence of any meaningful information, Bugatti has released a teaser video of the Divo, specifically the raunchy taillights that are completely different from what the Chiron has. Could this be a sign of what we can expect from the Divo? It certainly appears like it.
Someone Finally Did It - A Rear-Wheel Drive Bugatti Veyron
People are doing all kinds of insane things on the Internet these days, all in the name of getting noticed. Modifying a Bugatti Veyron to be RWD could certainly fall under that category.
Taking responsibility is Houston Crosta, owner of Royalty Exotic Cars, a Las Vegas-based rental company that specializes in top-shelf machinery.
Why would he do it? Good question. Crosta explains it like this: “when it’s all-wheel drive, 4,000 pounds, the car does not feel fast. It’s going fast, don’t get me wrong. The car beats other cars in a race. But, get in the 720S McLaren, it feels like its gonna kill you.”
Uh, okay. Whatever you say, bruh.
And just like that, Crosta and crew pull the front diff and the front axles. The vid actually provides some interesting views underneath the Veyron while they rip out all the required gear to make it RWD only.
After putting it all back together, sans the stuff to make it AWD, Crosta takes the freshly RWD’d Veyron for a cruise to see how the onboard computer adjusts to the hacked-up drivetrain. All seems well, so you know what happens next - foot down, tires burn.
As a side note, the Veyron uses a special type of Michelin tires that cost $17,000 a set. To unseat them from the Bug’s wheels, you gotta send them back to France and spend $70,000. So yeah, that’s some rather expensive tire smoke.
Congrats dude, you just ruined a $1.5 million car for a YouTube video.
The McLaren Senna, Chassis No. 001 Has Been Delivered; Will Call London Home
It ain’t easy to make the McLaren P1 even more outrageous, but that’s exactly the trick the Woking brand pulled off with the Senna. Named after one of the most legendary Formula 1 drivers of all time, the Senna mates big power and aero with incredibly low weight, creating one helluva road car. Now, the very first example of this limited edition monster machine is officially out in the wild.
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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ breaks Nurburgring record!
It’s been only 24 hours since Lamborghini released a short video of the upcoming Aventador SVJ on the Nurburgring, and the Italian firm announced that the supercar set a new lap record for production cars at the Nurburgring. The Aventador SVJ lapped the German track in 6:44.97 minutes, a full minute quicker than the previous record holder.
New video claims the Lambo Aventador SVJ was designed to have the best handling
Lamborghini has already confirmed that the most hardcore Aventador yet will wear an "SVJ" badge, and it’s releasing new teasers as the public debut is getting closer. Rumored to have set a new record for production cars at the Nurburgring, the Aventador SVJ is now shown racing on the German track with the catchphrase "designed to have the best handling."