The Gordon Murray T.50 - A McLaren F1 Successor - Has Crazy Aerodynamics
Twenty-five years after helping launch the McLaren F1 supercar, auto design legend Gordon Murray is hard at work on finally launching the F1’s spiritual successor, the T.50.
Though not officially a McLaren model, the T.50 traces its roots to the F1, in part because of Murray’s involvement in designing both cars. Consider the T.50, then, like a modern-day version of the F1, complete with the delta-formation, three-seater layout and an outrageous amount of cutting-edge aerodynamic technology that’s never before seen in a production car.
The Entire McLaren Lineup Will Be Hybrid by 2024 - Here’s What It Means
McLaren has never been bashful about its plans to go hybrid, and now, company CEO Mike Flewitt has pulled the curtains on plans to fully hybridize its entire lineup in the next three to four years. At the heart of this hybrid evolution is McLaren’s next-generation supercar, which will come with an all-wheel-drive setup that includes an electrically driven front axle.
McLaren also has plans to shake up its engine lineup to accommodate this shift. That could spell doom for one of the company’s existing engines, specifically the current V-8 unit that powers a lot of McLaren’s models. McLaren’s plans are already in motion as the company is expected to announce its next-generation platform and hybrid powertrain sometime in the first quarter of 2020. The first of these hybrid vehicles is scheduled to arrive by the end of 2020 with sales expected to commence in early 2021.
Rimac Took the C Two to Nardo and Bragged About it With Some Cool Pictures
Rimac is hard at work testing, tweaking, and making sure that the production version of the C_Two hypercar will rise to the expectation. Other than crash testing the C_Two, Rimac is also applying the finishing touches on equally important aspects for a super-sporty all-electric vehicle, namely handling, road dynamics, and grip. So the Croatian carmaker took one C_Two test mule out to play, with the playground being the famed Porsche Engineering-owned Nardo Technical Center located in Southern Italy.
Watch Shmee Show Off a Custom Bugatti Chiron Key Fob That Might Cost More Than the House You Live In
In today’s tale of the excessive and outright ridiculous things you’ll see in the auto industry, we present to you the Awain Phantom Key for the Bugatti Chiron. Mind you, the Phantom key is not your typical car key. It’s not even a traditional car key. It’s a special key fob that’s synced to a Bugatti Chiron, and if that’s not cool enough, the Phantom Key is also obscenely expensive.
How expensive you ask? Believe it or not, but it costs around $550,000. That’s almost the expected price tag of the super exclusive and all-new Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which means that the Awain Phantom Key might very well be the most astonishing piece of automotive hardware you’ll see in a long time.
How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Bugatti?
There’s no point in explaining to you how Bugatti operates in the rarefied air found in the car industry’s stratosphere. You know very well that such a business model entails sky-rocketing price tags attached to any of the French carmaker’s products, but that’s one side of the iceberg. However, buying a Bugatti is one thing, while owning one and properly maintaining it is a whole different equation. A costly one too, as you’re about to find out courtesy of Manny Khoshbin.
2020 Bugatti Chiron Noire Special Edition
Bugatti has a new pair of special edition models under the “Chiron Noire Exclusive” name. The two models are called the Chiron Noire Sportive and the Chiron Noire Elegance. Both are inspired, partly at least, by the one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire that Bugatti unveiled earlier this year. Both Chiron Noire Exclusive Special Edition models are dressed in all black and carry a bevy of features that are exclusive to the two models. Bugatti only plans to release 20 units of the Chiron Noire Exclusive Special Edition in these two finishes. Deliveries are expected to start in the second quarter of 2020 with each unit costing $3,305,445.
You Can Own One of the Superformance Ford GT40 Replicas from the Ford v Ferrari Movie
We’ve always wanted, at least once, to own a piece of history. The car shared by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby throughout the 1966 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a Ford GT40 Mk. II, is such an example. The identical-looking ’continuation’ Ford GT40 Mk. II seen in the recently released ’Ford v. Ferrari’ movie is another.
The good news is you can own the latter and brag that you’ll sit where Christian Bale did during filming. He’s no Ken Miles but he surely played the part convincingly well and all you have to do to get this baby blue 7.0-liter monster is be the highest bidder on lot #R554 during Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee auction in January. Simple, right?
The Story Behind The McLaren Elva’s Name
For three decades, McLaren, the multi-championship-winning racing team from Woking, did not make one road car (Bruce’s M6 GT notwithstanding). Then came Gordon Murray’s F1, a car intended as a standalone product. Now, 27 years after the introduction of the ground-breaking F1, McLaren makes 10 different models and is one of the big players in the world of supercars. The Elva is the latest addition to the lineup, a $1.8-million, 804-horsepower drop-top beast - the first 100% topless McLaren. But its name lacks the usual combo of letters and numbers.
What’s the link between a lithe sports car powered by BMW engines and built by a small British company and McLaren’s latest Ultimate Series model? They both share the name and, more importantly, if it wasn’t for the revival of that boutique manufacturer from England, there would be no McLaren today. This is McLaren’s ode to Bruce’s earliest forays as a car maker and here’s the story behind that four-letter name.
A Standalone M Halo Model Just Got a Huge Boost of Momentum
The unveiling of the BMW Vision M Next Concept at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show opened the doors on the possibility of one day seeing a standalone M halo model. That door remains open to this day, though BMW M chief Markus Flasch was also quick to point out that the new standalone model doesn’t have to be a mid-engined supercar. Flasch made that point while speaking to Auto Express at the Los Angeles Auto Show, adding that even if it doesn’t turn out to be in the vein of the Vision M Next Concept, the future M model still has to “stand out from the crowd,” as all M cars should. Regardless of the form it ends up taking, the future M model is expected to arrive sometime in 2021.
The Production Version of the Rimac C Two Debuts in Geneva Next Year, But Under What Name?
Mate Rimac is surely taking his time with the development of the road-legal car based on the stunning Rimac C_Two. The thing is, the Croatian upstart is also taking its time when it comes to finding a name for the all-electric hypercar. As it turns out, Mr. Rimac and his marketing staff will change the C_Two name into something else, but at this point, we don’t know what that might be. What’s more, they don’t have the slightest idea either.
The F1-Powered Hybrid AMG One Hypercar Is Still Happening, But Not Until 2021
When Mercedes-AMG unveiled the Project One in 2017, the automaker promised that the hypercar would find its way to customer’s by 2019. That initial promise has come and gone, in part, because the costs and time that comes with the development of the Project One proved too much even for Mercedes-AMG. But Mercedes’ performance brand remains undaunted, and it is now confident that deliveries of the One — that’s it’s official name now — will begin sometime in 2021. Mercedes still intends to build 275 units of the One, each priced at €2.275 million. That converts to $2.5 million based on current exchange rates.
2019 Karma SC2 Concept
Karma is entertaining us with quite the stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which is also home for the SC2 Concept. The Karma SC2 previews the startup’s future design direction - those are Karma’s words, by the way - which means we’re not necessarily going to see a road-going car inspired by the prototype. Instead, this is Karma showing us what its design and engineering departments are capable of churning out.
We’re sorry to trash your expectations this early, but there’s more to the SC2 Concept than the probability of it spawning a road-ready car. For example, Karma says that the all-electric powertrain is powerful enough to propel the rig from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds. Is this a poke at the Tesla Roadster, which “coincidentally” (and theoretically) can dispatch the same interval in 1.9 seconds, too?
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.
2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Performante
After Lamborghini’s chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani was adamant in suggesting that the Huracan has already matured and reached its peak - “that badge is finished” were his words, by the way, we were expecting rumors about the replacing model. However, a mysterious set of spyshots is bringing us back on the topic of a lighter, more powerful version of the Huracan slated to make a debut in the following months.
We know Lamborghini likes to pull off anniversary editions as well as farewell editions for its cars, but if the recent rumors are true, this could be, in fact, a high-powered Huracan to rule them all, one that would sit above both the Evo and the Performante. In fact, it could be called Huracan Evo Performante, although we’re taking that with a pinch of salt for the time being. That said, did Sant’Agata Bolognese change its mind? Is a Superleggera-style Huracan back in the cards?
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.
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!