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|Need for Speed Movie: Trailer||
The Need for Speed film is album is almost upon us and just to tantalize our tastebuds even further, they have just released a full length trailer.
And yes, we have it here for you to see!
The film circles around muscle car mechanic and street racer, Tobey, who is unfortunately framed for a crime that he did not commit. When he eventually gets out of jail, he is even more determined than ever to settle the score with the guy that was responsible for his conviction.
Expect a lot of fast cars, daring racing and some intense smashes. But that is how like it though, isn’t it?
Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14 2014.
Check out the trailer below:
|7 Supercars race to 300km/h – Video||
It’s not everyday that you get to see some of the world’s most powerful super cars take on the challenge of surpassing the 300km/h mark. But, today is one of those days that you do.
At the Quicksilver Exhaust Vmax 200 event, a lot of powerful cars attempted to make it to 300km/h down a runway.
However, it was only a few (of course) that actually reached the coveted mark. These included the Ultima 1000, the 9 Excellence 9EXX, the RUF CTR 3, the Ferrari F12, the 997 Turbo, Mirage GT and, our favorite, the Lamborghini Aventador.
The 9EXX was the fastest of the lot, however and reached a top speed of (!) 368km/h!
You can check it all out in the video below:
|Ferrari Day in Jozi||
If you are a Ferrari fan, you would be upset if you didn’t attend this event!
South Africa’s biggest supercar event was recently held at Kyalami Grand Prix circuit in Jozi.
It is called the SEFAC (or Southern Equatorial Ferrari Automobile Club) Ferrari Day and it’s held annually – surely good news in case you missed this year’s event.
This year’s Ferrari Day attracted more than 150 Ferrari’s from all over the country. Some of the more special Ferrari’s included a beautiful 250 GTM – one of only 40 in the world!
Other notable cars included an F40, F50, 599 GTB Novitec, Dino 550 Barchetta, F430 and an F12 Berlinetta.
As Ferrari is probably one of the most famous (if not THE) supercar manufacturers in the world, it’s nice to see that us Saffa’s also have a lovely appreciation for the legendary Italian Supercar!
Will we be seeing some of you there next year?
Gallery: Check out some of the beauties on display in Jozi –
|Super Supercar Sounds||
If you like the sound a supercar makes just as much as the actual car, then this video is for you!
Posted by Supercars of London, this video compilation features several different super cars and their unique sounds. A proper show reel of performance and sound and something that will definitely get your engines roaring!
So, do you have a favourite supercar AND a favourite super sound?
|The McLaren P1 goes to the USA||
McLaren’s super cool, hybrid hypercar, the P1 has been brought to US soil for the first time and is sitting at the McLaren Newport Beach showroom.
So if you are a sport star or Hollywood celebrity, you can now purchase the McLaren P1 for a cool $1.15 million.
McLaren completes the final leg of their sales tour for their flagship P1 hybrid hypercar in America. This wonderfully powerful and speedy hypercar was first debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2012. It is also considered as the successor to the McLaren F1.
Have a look at the gallery below to see the P1 on American soil for the first time:
McLaren also claims that this will be the best drivers car in the world. With that price tag, we should hope so!
Also, check out the video to see the interior and exterior of the P1 in Newport:
|McLaren Dishes The Dirt On Its P1 Supercar||
Though we’re now just one week away from the reveal of McLaren’s P1 supercar, the company has decided to go public with the remainder of the car’s stats, including performance numbers and U.K. pricing.
We’ve already told you that the P1’s plug-in hybrid drive system will generate a truly impressive 903 horsepower and 663 pound feet of torque, but McLaren hadn’t released any performance numbers to make those stats relevant. Now the company says the P1 will sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.0 seconds and will hit 300 km/h (186 mph) from a standing start in less than 17 seconds, on the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
McLaren says the P1 will get to 300 km/h five seconds quicker than the firm’s original F1 supercar, which remains astonishingly quick today, some 15 years after production ended. Backing up this performance potential are Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires developed specifically for the P1 by Pirelli, and a braking system designed for the P1 by Akebono. The material used in the car’s carbon-ceramic rotors was previously used in the space program, and the P1 represents its first use in an automotive application.
To ensure exclusivity, McLaren is only building 375 P1s throughout the car’s production run (which is still over 3.5 times the number of F1 supercars constructed). In the U.K., the car will be priced from 866,000 pounds (roughly $1,313,000), excluding the fitted luggage and any bespoke options ordered through McLaren Special Operations. There’s no word yet on whether or not the car will be offered in the United States, and if so, at what price.
If you’re still not sold on the car’s organic styling, you can blame the people who are serious about buying one. McLaren surveyed potential owners after the concept was shown last September, and the near-universal opinion was “don’t change a thing.” We’ll admit that the P1’s looks have grown on us, but we’d still rather park an original McLaren F1 in our own collection.
|“Inside Koenigsegg” To Debut On YouTube’s Drive: Video||
The Koenigsegg Agera R can dash from 0-186-0 mph in a mere 21.19 seconds, faster than any other production car on the planet, including the Bugatti Veyron. Running conventional 93-octane gasoline, the Agera R puts out an impressive 960 horsepower; on E85, however, it makes a truly astounding 1,140 horsepower. Recent updates to the Agera R include “Aircore” wheels, constructed using hollow carbon fiber spokes, and a revised suspension designed to further boost handling.
If you get the feeling that Koenigsegg is a supercar builder that does things a bit differently, you’d be correct. Now, YouTube’s Drive channel is giving us a behind-the-scenes look at Koenigsegg, hosted by none other than Christian Von Koenigsegg himself. The nine-part series will debut on January 8, and it promises to be much more than just an advertorial for the Koenigsegg brand.
Sure, we expect lots of “we’re better than the competition” segments, but Drive also promises that the series will look at how technology developed by Koenigsegg has the potential of improving even ordinary passenger cars. Aircore wheels, for example, will certainly help boost performance and handling, but they’ll also help to increase fuel economy, essential in the world of mainstream production cars. While we wouldn’t expect the Ford Fusion to sport hollow carbon fiber wheels any time soon, lower carbon fiber production costs could eventually lead to more widespread usage.
If you’re not a fan of Koenigsegg, or if you’ve never even heard of the Swedish brand, the series still offers up a glimpse into a world that few of us will ever see first hand. For that reason alone, we say it’s not to be missed.
|Bertone Nuccio Concept||
The Nuccio concept, showed off by Bertone as a rolling model at the Geneva Motor Show and then as a road-ready car at the Beijing Motor Show is in talks to be sold. An update on the Lancia Stratos Zero concept from the seventies and powered by a 4.3-liter Ferrari V8 with 480 horsepower, the Nuccio was a 15,000-hour exercise in what the company’s historical language could look like today.
That styling has changed a little from the Geneva concept, befitting its new-found usability. The single, narrow LED headlight has been replaced by two more conventional units, and the windscreen is now a more realistic size. The larger side mirrors are also more usable.
Named after the late Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone, one of the company’s most famous designers, the Nuccio concept car also celebrates the design firm’s 100th anniversary this year.
Bertone is responsible for some of the world’s most famous vehicles–the Lancia Stratos, Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Countach and several Alfa Romeos and Citroëns have passed over the drawing board at Bertone before hitting the streets.
|Jaguar’s C-X75 Falls Victim To The Global Economy, Other Priorities||
If you thought Jaguar’s stunning C-X75 concept was among the most beautiful cars ever penned by the brand, you weren’t alone. In fact, the reception by both the public and the media was so universally positive that Jaguar made the bold decision to put the car into production for release in late 2013 or early 2014.
Unlike the concept, which was an extended-range electric car powered by “microturbine” engines, the production C-X75 would use a parallel hybrid setup, relying on a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors for propulsion. The microturbine cars was still being developed, but with the goal of launching a track-only variant.
Now comes word from What Car?, via Motor Authority, that the C-X75 project has been cancelled. Blame it on the current state of the global economy, which really doesn’t favor the launch of another supercar expected to price north of $1 million. Jaguar also has higher priorities these days, such as launching its highly-anticipated F-Type roadster and helping family brand Land Rover bring the new Defender to market.
Though the C-X75 may be gone for now, it won’t be forgotten. Of five built, three are being retained for future development, and its likely that components or systems developed for the C-X75 will make their way into production Jaguars. Meanwhile, the two C-X75s that do make it into private hands are destined to become the most highly prized collector Jaguars on the planet (except, perhaps, for the XJ13 racer).
|Top Gear Loose In America For New Supercar Special||
Take three cynical British auto show hosts, add three supercars and let them loose in the Western United States (and, possibly, Mexico), and you have the recipe for a season 19 Top Gear special.
Autoblog was the first to put together tweets from Jeremy Clarkson, who apparently was losing at blackjack in Las Vegas and doesn’t like the fact that we use time zones other than Greenwich Mean Time. From his tweeted picture of preparations, it looks like the hosts will be driving a Lexus LFA, an SRT Viper and an Aston Martin Vanquish in what could potentially be an epic North American road trip.
Whatever the course or ultimate destination, we’re fairly certain the hosts won’t be spray-painting inflammatory slogans on the side of their borrowed supercars in the deep South. After a near-death experience filming a Top Gear special on U.S. soil five or six years back, the BBC now understands that there are lines best not crossed, unless you have a serious presence of armed security.
Look for the special to air sometime during Top Gear’s next season, which is set to begin with a Christmas special in February of 2013.
|McLaren Reveals P1 Supercar In Paris||
It’s now official: the McLaren P1 will be the successor to the McLaren F1 as the company’s attempt to build the world’s finest supercar. Using the Paris Auto Show as its stage (which, incidentally, was McLaren’s first-ever appearance at an international auto show), McLaren revealed the P1 to a crowd of journalists and honored guests.
In the words, of McLaren’s Executive Chairman, Ron Dennis, “The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and out goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.”
McLaren would only talk in generalities about the car, so specific horsepower figures remain unknown. For the time being, McLaren’s Program Director, Paul Mackenzie, would only admit that the design goal was to produce more than 600PS (about 592 horsepower) per ton, which should indeed produce the race-car-like performance that McLaren is after.
Like the F1, the P1 will be mid-engined and built around a carbon fiber monocoque and roof structure that McLaren calls the MonoCage. Body panels will also be crafted of carbon fiber, and many will also serve to provide downforce or cooling ducts. As the P1’s Chief Design Engineer Dan Parry-Williams explains, “Everything is there for a reason – true form improves function. Every duct, every surface, does a job, either in aero or in cooling.”
To improve grip and high-speed stability, the P1 will employ active aerodynamics, creating as much as 1,320 pounds of downforce, even below its maximum top speed. It’s hard to miss the oversize rear wing, which we presume will automatically deploy above a certain speed threshold (though we suspect it’s manually deployable, too).
Further details on specifications and performance will be released early next year, around the time that McLaren opens up its order books. Deliveries are set to begin by the end of next year, as 2013 marks the legendary constructor’s 50th anniversary.
|McLaren Teases F1 Successor Ahead Of Paris Debut: Video||
Perhaps the biggest announcement in September’s automotive news will come on September 27, on the eve of the Paris Auto Show. At 17:45 CEST, McLaren will reveal to the world the car that’s generally believed to be the successor to the storied McLaren F1. Rumors about the car abound, but McLaren has been very careful not to let too many spy shots or engineering details emerge. In fact, the clearest image we’ve seen of the car is one above, which uses light to effectively camouflage the car’s appearance.
Rumor has it that the new car will be called the P12, although it’s equally likely that’s just an engineering development name. Unlike the F1, which was powered by a BMW-sourced V-12, the P12 will reportedly use a highly-tuned version of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 developed in-house for the MP4-12C. To further boost output (at least in short bursts), the P12 is expected to use a variant of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) originally developed for Formula One.
We can’t even speculate on performance details, but its reasonable to expect the P12 to be faster than the original F1, and the original F1 was quick enough for 0-60 to give the Bugatti Veyron a run for its money. We’re sure McLaren wouldn’t object to winning the title of world’s fastest production car, even if that wasn’t a specific design goal.
Look for full details to drop on September 27.
|Supercar Builder Gumpert Files ‘Provisional Insolvency’||
Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH was founded by former Audi Sport director Roland Gumpert in 2004, with the mission of building a street-legal car that was fully ready for the racetrack. Designed with little concession to anything other than speed and handling, the Gumpert Apollo debuted in production form in late 2005.
The Apollo was followed by variants such as the Apollo Sport an the Apollo Speed, and plans were in the works for a more polished automobile called the Tornante. Since the Apollo models were hand-built in extremely limited quantities, pricing was a bit on the ambitious side, beginning in the neighborhood of $550,000.
Sales were initially limited to Europe, the Middle East and the United States, but Gumpert saw China as the land of opportunity. Focusing expansion efforts on China, the boutique automaker was unable to achieve its sales volume targets, forcing it to file for provisional insolvency this week.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Gumpert will go away, and the administrator appointed to the case is optimistic that the automaker can be turned around. The first step is attracting new investors, and meetings are scheduled at the company’s Gera, Germany headquarters next week. Assuming that money can be found, Gumpert will now focus on the European market, which it admits has been “neglected” in recent years.
|Second Earthquake Shutters Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini||
A second earthquake hit Italy’s Modena province on Tuesday morning, killing at least 15 people, destroying buildings and damaging infrastructure. The quake, which measured 5.8 in magnitude, struck at 9:00 a.m. local time and was followed by aftershocks as strong as 5.6.
While automakers Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini escaped factory damage in the quake, all three halted operations so that employees could join their families. As Autoweek reports, all three automakers are expected to resume production today.
Motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, also based in the region, was closed following Tuesday’s quake as well. It’s expected that the Volkswagen Group’s latest acquisition will resume production today, too.
The second quake was centered near the towns of Cavezzo, Medolla and Mirandola, but was felt as far away as Tuscany and Umbria. While Italy suffers some 2,000 earthquakes annually, temblors of this magnitude in northern Italy are a rare occurrence.
|Is The GTA Spano The Fastest Car You’ve Never Heard Of?||
Nearly buried in all the hype from this week’s Geneva Motor Show was the debut of a production-ready supercar from a boutique Spanish builder, GTA Motor. Its Spano supercar first started making the rounds in 2008, and the company has been in and out of the spotlight since then. Last year, GTA showed the Spano concept, but this year, GTA says the car is headed for production in its current form.
Essentially a street-legal race car, the Spano starts with a monocoque constructed of carbon fiber, kevlar and titanium, making it both light and incredibly strong. GTA claims a curb weight below 3,000 pounds, which is even more impressive when you consider that power comes from a hefty 8.3-liter supercharged V-10. The engine makes a claimed 840 horsepower on bio-ethanol, which is good enough to sprint from 0 – 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of over 200 miles per hour.
The Spano benefits from advance technology as well, incorporating an electronically adjustable rear wing to increase downforce at speed, as well as a suspension that lowers as velocity builds. AP Racing supplies the braking system, which uses six-piston calipers and carbon-ceramic rotors.
GTA is only building 99 copies, each priced from 692,975 euros ($910,223), so we doubt they’ve submitted the Spano to our own Department of Transportation for U.S. approval. If you want to enjoy a Spano of your own, you’ll need to do so in Europe; if you’ve got the price of admission, we suppose that won’t be a problem.