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AMG chief thinks Mercedes-AMG Project One could be the fastest car ever in Nurburgring

The Nurburgring Nordschleife has long been considered as a benchmark for performance in the automotive world. Because of its complicated course, carmakers and tuners have been trying to prove the worth of their creation by driving through the so-called Green Hell. Now, Mercedes-AMG could try to prove the performance of its Project One hypercar by challenging the Nurburgring.

In an interview with Autocar, Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers remarked that it was "reasonable to speculate" that the new Project One hypercar would challenge the lap time record at the fabled Nurburgring lap time record. Right now, the lap time record for the Nurburgring for a production car is being held by a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991) driven by Larns Kern. With a lap time of six minutes 47.30 seconds, this Porsche 911 GT2 RS had set a new record at this challenging course.

Interestingly, Moers is looking beyond the lap time record by a production car at Nurburgring. The AMG Project One will also try to challenge the overall lap time record at the Green Hell. This means that the AMG Project One will aim not just at becoming the fastest production car at this circuit, but also set the target of becoming the fastest among all cars that ever set their tracks on this road.

Read the entire article AMG chief thinks Mercedes-AMG Project One could be the fastest car ever in Nurburgring

McLaren P1 attempting to set a new record Nurburgring to beat the Porsche 918 Spyder

As you may know already, the Porsche 918 Spyder lapped the Nurburgring in just 6 minutes and 57 seconds. Still, Marc Lieb (Porsche factory driver) said that the car could go even faster. As a result, McLaren will return tu Nurburgring with its P1 hypercar in order to take on the Porsche 918 Spyder. For those who don’t know, the McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 4 seconds, which means that the 918 Spyder was 7 seconds faster than the British car.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine delivering 608 hp and is coupled to a hybrid module because the vehicle is designed as a parallel hybrid. The hybrid module consists of a 115 kW electric motor and a decoupler that serves as a connection with the combustion engine.

On the front axle there is another independent electric motor that has an output of 95 kW. The total amount of power delivered by the Porsche 918 Spyder is 887 hp. The German supercar hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.7 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) in 22 seconds. Meanwhile, the McLaren P1 uses a twin-turbo V8 engine rated at 737 hp as well as an electric motor which delivers 179 hp.

Read the entire article McLaren P1 attempting to set a new record Nurburgring to beat the Porsche 918 Spyder

Koenigsegg to take on Bugatti’s Veyron Super Sport speed record

Koenigsegg is considering its options on how to beat the top speed world record that Bugatti Veyron had set recently. Just last month, Bugatti brought its Veyron 16.4 Super Sport to the VW Ehra-Lessian test track.

The car was equipped with a 1,200 hp and 1,500 Nm quad-turbocharged powerplant that enabled the car to reach a speed of 268 mph (431 km/h), marking its place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Days after the record was set, Top Gear was given a special tour at the Koenigsegg factory by no other than the boss himself, Christian von Koenigsegg.

Read the entire article Koenigsegg to take on Bugatti’s Veyron Super Sport speed record

Lamborghini CEO mulls a car to rival the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie

McLaren has already commenced the production of the McLaren Senna sports car this year. On the other hand, Aston Martin will start building the much-anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar in 2019. There is no doubt that there is overwhelming interest in these limited-series production cars, and the top honcho of Italian sports car maker Lamborghini won't let such opportunity pass by.

Stefano Domenicali, chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini, has disclosed to Autocar that the Italian sports car maker is seriously considering building an “extreme aero” limited-series production car that would compete against the like of the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie.

According to Domenicali, Lamborghini’s possible new limited-series production car would be “in the vein of Centenario and Veneno,” which are both limited production hypercars that fetched millions of Euros in price. Lamborghini only built 40 examples of the Centenario, of which 20 are coupes and 20 are roadster. The production run for the Lamborghini Veneno was more limited, as only five coupes were built (only three were sold to customers) and only nine roadster versions were produced.

Read the entire article Lamborghini CEO mulls a car to rival the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie

Setting a new record, especially a world record, has been a way for carmakers to advertise the capabilities not just of their cars, but also of their organizations as well. Fiat is nothing new to setting new world records, and its most recent feat was certified by none other than the Guinness World Record. This new Guinness World Record was for achieving the 'fastest figure of eight, five times between two cars,' as set by a Fiat 124 Abarth Spider.

Fiat made the world record attempt during the 2018 Chateau Impney Hill Climb in July this year. Two Fiat 124 Abarth spiders were placed in a distance from each other, serving as large markers. A Fiat 124 Abarth stunt car was on standby, with Alastair Moffatt -- a world-renowned stunt driver and world record-holder -- behind its steering wheel. All Moffatt has to do was to maneuver the stunt car in a figure of eight between the two Fiat 124 Abarth spider markers five times in a row without a slip.

Then, Moffatt commenced the stunt. He executed the figure-of-eight sliding maneuver neatly between the two cars. He did it five times in close succession, and completed the entire stunt in just 45.66 seconds. In the process, Moffatt and the Fiat 124 Abarth achieved a new Guinness World Record for the 'fastest figure of eight, five times between two cars.'

Read the entire article Alistair Moffatt drives a Fiat 124 Abarth to a new Guinness World Record for fastest figure of eight

Here is good news for those who were lucky enough to place an order for the only 10 exclusive examples of the Apollo IE hypercar. Apollo Automobil, in collaboration with technical partner HWA AG, is already testing, developing and preparing the all-new Apollo IE for production.

Apollo revealed that they have been conducting tests for the new IE. The latest of these tests is a multi-day endurance test at the Lausitzring Circuit in Germany. Tested on the circuit were two factory prototypes -- in both road and race configurations.

Norman Choi, Apollo Chairman, remarked that dynamic development program for the new Apollo IE is now at the highest level, the carmaker and its technical partners are thoroughly testing the prototype cars in both road and track uses before they finally build the final units.

Read the entire article Apollo IE hypercar is now undergoing testing and final development

The upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie is definitely one of the new cars that the automotive world is waiting for. With a total output of whooping 1,130 hp from its immensely dynamic powertrain, the Valkyrie is touted as a hypercar from the gods, and Aston Martin is making a case of it by posting official images of this new creation on Instagram.

Aston Martin released not just one but three official images of the Valkyrie on Instagram. One of these images show the Valkyrie as viewed from top, while another presents the hypercar from the side. Aston Martin was also kind enough to offer a glimpse of the interior of the Valkyrie. The British carmaker said the cabin of the new Valkyrie is minimalistic.

As the image show, the interior of the hypercar is dipped in carbon fiber. Interestingly, the driver takes on a reclined “feet up” position once he or she is behind the steering wheel of the Valkyrie, as inspired by the current Formula 1 race cars.

Read the entire article Aston Martin shows interior of new Valkyrie hypercar in newly released images

The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany has been considered as one of the ultimate tests of quickness and speed for carmakers and their cars like. Setting a new record on the so-called Green Hell is fairly a difficult feat to accomplish, but Porsche seems to be taking it real easy as its creation broke anew the record for the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring.

More than a year ago, on September 20, 2017, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2) underwent a challenge at the Nurburgring, as piloted by Porsche test driver and development engineer Lars Kern. Riding on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 'N2' tires and fitted with the Weissach Package, Porsche Motorsport bucket seat and harness on driver's side, this Porsche 911 GT2 RS managed to set a new record on the 20.6-km Nordschleife section of the Nurburgring, with a record lap time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds (6:47.3)

However, less than a year later on July 26, 2018, the record was broken by nearly three seconds. The culprit was a 2018 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota as piloted by Italian Lamborghini factory driver Marco Marpelli. The time needed by the Aventador Superveloce Jota to complete a lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife was six minutes and 44.97 seconds (6:44.97).

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring

McLaren Automotive is introducing the next chapter in its Ultimate Series and its very first Hyper-GT – the all-new McLaren Speedtail. Considered as the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1, the new Speedtail boasts of a unique carbon fiber McLaren Monocage body structure.

It blends sleek and seamless beauty with technologies and ultimate performance, as evidenced by its ability to go as fast as 403 km/h (250 mph).

The new McLaren Speedtail boasts of sophisticated shape made possible by latest in digital development technologies. This overall shape, along with reduced weight, efficient aerodynamics and a very powerful engine, the Speedtail boasts of enhanced levels of acceleration and greater top speed than any McLaren so far.

Read the entire article McLaren Speedtail is a new Ultimate Series with a top speed of 250 mph

Unveiled in April this year, the 2019 Jaguar XE 300 Sport special edition is out to prove that it is potent enough to set new records. It just did so after breaking the decades-old record at the original track of the Circuit de Charade in France.

Located in Saint-Genes-Champanelle, France, the modern Circuit de Charade is a technical circuit with a total distance of 3.975 km (2.470 mi) and a total of 18 turns. A challenging circuit for many drivers, the current circuit is not how it used to look around 30 years ago. After all, the modern Circuit de Charade just came into existence in 1989. It was built using the southern portion of the original Circuit de Charade.

The original Circuit de Charade is considered as an iconic circuit in France, having hosted the French Grand Prix four times (1965, 1969-1970, 1972) and the French motorcycle Grand Prix ten times (1959-1964, 1966-1967, 1972, 1974). It was constructed in 1957 and opened in 1968, and was built using pre-existing roads around the Puy de Dome volcano.

Read the entire article 2019 Jaguar XE 300 Sport sets new production saloon record at original Circuit de Charade

If you are one of those lucky enough to place an order for a final production version of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, here is a good development: Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance arm has already commenced prototype testing of the hypercar in the United Kingdom.

Following its well-anticipated unveiling at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2017), the Mercedes-AMG Project One went into intensive development behind closed doors for several months. AMG’s transnational project team engineered the Project One digitally to ensure that goals can be met when the hypercar is put on the road.

To ensure that the high-performance drive unit intended for the Project One is ready for series production, hundreds of testing hours were spent on dyno testing the whole powertrain, including all of its hybrid components. Once the dyno tests were completed, the high-performance drive unit was installed into the first prototypes of the Project One.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG is now test-driving camouflaged Project One prototypes

Since 2016, Bugatti has been synonymous to Chiron. After all, the French sports car maker only has the Chiron in its stable since 2016. There is the Chiron Sport, but it is essentially just a track-focused version. There is the Divo, but this hypercar is also track-focused and is produced in very limited number (40 units). Many have been wondering whether Bugatti would offer another model. But just recently, it was confirmed that Bugatti is now ready to build a second model in addition to Chiron.

This confirmation was made not just by anyone from Bugatti Automobiles SAS, but by its top honcho, chief executive Stephen Winkelmann to CarAdvice. During an interview, Winkelmann remarked that he sees Bugatti as ready to do more than one model. This basically steers Bugatti – a part of the Volkswagen Group – into a new direction. The Chiron will still be offered, but a new model could be in the making.

Nonetheless, while Bugatti is ready to develop and launch a new model, it can’t do so right away. After all, the development of a model involves a lot of money. As such, a large investment is required. But Bugatti can’t hope to get such large investment from the VW Group right away – it needs to help. As Winkelmann justified, the VW Group is still stuck in its investments in projects like autonomous driving and electric cars.

Read the entire article Bugatti CEO says carmaker is ready to create a second model alongside Chiron

It has been a year since Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Mercedes-AMG Project One at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. So far, there has been no or little update from the German premium carmaker. Nonetheless, Mercedes is expected to unveil the production-ready version as well as the final moniker of the Project One next month at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show.

During the year after the Project One was revealed, there has been rumors that Mercedes is also intending to create two more versions of the hypercar. One of these would be an open-top roadster version and the other would a track-only variant that can’t be legally driven on the road. According to TheSupercarBlog.com, Mercedes was planning to build between five to 10 units of the Project One roadster, as well as between 25 to 50 examples of the track-only version.

Of course, Mercedes really had to look into whether developing two more versions of the AMG Project would bring a good case. These two versions – the Project One roadster and track-only model – were evaluated, but evaluations weren’t so positive for them. TheSupercarBlog.com reported that roadster and track-only versions of the Project One were sent to the trash bin in August.

Read the entire article Rumored roadster version of Mercedes-AMG Project One is not coming

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has new performance monster in its stable. This new monster – the new Bugatti Divo – leans towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering . It is also limited in terms of series production with 40 units already sold out, with a price of EUR5 million each.

Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti, they decided to build a super sports car with a different character from the Chiron, but still instantly recognizable as a Bugatti. Furthermore, the new Divo marked the revival of Bugatti’s coach-building tradition. The new hypercar is named after French racing driver and two-times Targa Florio winner Albert Divo.

At a very quick glance, the new Bugatti Divo somewhat has the aura of the Chiron. But they are quite different in terms of outer skin and how they tackle performance. The new Divo still adheres to the philosophy of “Form follows Performance”. Bugatti design the exterior of the new Divo to focus on lateral acceleration, with the aim to achieve optimal aerodynamic and thermodynamic efficiency.

Read the entire article Bugatti Divo is a 1,500-PS hypercar with focus on lateral acceleration, agility and cornering

Spending more than $40 million for a used 56-year old car is totally absurd. But it wouldn’t be weird at all if that car is a Ferrari 250 GTO that was driven by Phil Hill, the only American-born driver who has a Formula 1 crown. Just recently, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold at $48,405,000 at RM Sotheby’s auction sale in Monterey, California.

The auction started when the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO -- – with the chassis number 3413 GT -- was driven on the stage by Derek Bell, himself a legend for winning the Le Mans 24 Hours five times. The sale was conducted by auctioneer Maarten ten Holder, who started the bidding at $35 million. The bid price quickly jumped to $40 million, and then slowly climbed itself up -- with increments of $250,000. When the bid price reached $44 million, nobody dared to top the amount, and the hammer was banged.

Final bid price for the 3413 GTO was $44 million, but the addition of buyer’s fee and other taxes pushed the total price to $48.4 million. It was sold to a major car collector based in the United States. The seller was former chief software architect at Microsoft, Greg Whitten, who is also known for being a Ferrari enthusiast and vintage car driver. Whitten had been the owner of the 3413 GTO since 2000. He has shown it at a number of vintage motorsport events, including four GTO anniversary tours.

Read the entire article Phil Hill's 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO grabbed for $48.4 million at RM Sotheby's auction in Monterey

Since electric vehicles are becoming more popular, and are also becoming more viable for long distance trips, car enthusiasts would try and push the limits of what their cars are capable of on a single charge. Two men in Denver decided to take out the Tesla Model 3 over the weekend to drive it, and after 32 hours, they celebrated victory. However, that’s all their car can do.

EV aficionados have this term they use, “hypermiling”, to describe the idea of them getting the most juice out of their car’s battery, though efficient driving on a forgiving route. The guys we mentioned earlier were Sean M. Mitchell and Erik Strait, who set out on Friday to firmly beat the previous hypermiling record on a closed loop near the Denver Airport. The loop was about a mile in distance, and featured an elevation change of only 10 feet, while the two drove at speeds between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

Tesla rates the Model 3’s range between 220 and 310 miles on a single charge, but the two guys hoped they could reach 600 miles. So what they did was they live-streamed their circuitous journey on Youtube, interacted with those who commented, caught Chipotle burritos in a fishing net and were able to go past their goal 32 hours later.

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3’s crazy new record is 606.2 miles

Even when companies say that they don’t care about setting records, they sometimes don’t mean it. For instance, Mercedes-Benz executives just said that they’re not really after record-breaking Nurburgring lap times.

But in contrary to this, they have talked about plans of pushing the Project One hypercar to its limits by taking it to the Green Hell. By doing so, aren’t they trying to prove themselves wrong, by hoping that this could be their fastest car ever? That’s not all, because the automaker also brought in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe alongside it, which recently finished a near-record time lap.

Mercedes CEO, Tobias Moers, said in his interview with Automobile that the AMG GT Four-Door finished lapping the Ring in “7 minutes 30 something” seconds. Not only does this make it really quick, but that “something” could likely break a record. Even if it doesn’t, it will still be placed at one of the top spots of the leaderboard for four door vehicles, just behind Jag’s newest special edition.

Read the entire article Did the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door coupe just break records at the Nurburging?

Late last year, on September 20, Porsche took the 911 GT2 RS to the Nurburgring in attempt to take down the lap record for the fastest production car around the ‘Ring, finishing in 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds. Now, it looks like its record could be broken again soon, this time by Lamborghini’s up and coming Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ). So does it have the goods to surpass the already impressive record?

We have been seeing a lot of spy shots of the said model as it is being tested in Sant’Agata Bolognese at the Green Hell but it looks like Lamborghini was there for another reason. According to those who witnessed it, the naturally aspirated V12 supercar managed to lap the ‘Ring in 6 minutes and 54 seconds or 6.7 seconds slower than the Porsche. However, they made it clear that the track conditions were less ideal then.

When the new Lamborghini attempted its run on the Green Hell, a number of other automakers were out on the track, so traffic was indeed a factor that affected its results. Aside from that, there was a section of the circuit that had a few cones, and this also took their toll on the SVJ’s lap time. But even with all the obstacles and the imperfect conditions, it was still able to finish in 6:54, which is a striking result. This probably means that in ideal conditions, the hardcore Aventador will drop below the 6:50 mark. Therefore, there’s a good chance for it to beat the Porsche 911 GT2 RS’s record.

Read the entire article Porsche 911 GT2 RS Nurburgring record is at risk of being crushed by Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

A few days ago, we talked about two cars that attempted to set a record at the Nurburgring. One of those would be the Porsche 911 GT3 RS that finished the course in 6 minutes and 56 seconds. To be more precise, it was actually 6:56.4 and Porsche has finally confirmed the performance of the track focused model, with Kevin Estre behind its wheel. Impressively, he was able to beat its predecessor’s record by as much as 24 seconds.

Estre wasn’t the only one who drove the 911 GT3 RS, as he was also joined by fellow driver, Lars Kern. Both of them completed four laps of the 20.6 kilometer (12.8 mile) Nurburgring, or the so called Green Hell. And both drivers finished each lap in under seven minutes with just a few tenths of a second difference. This is clear proof of how fast naturally aspirated cars are, especially when the one driving it is extremely skilled too.

During the fastest lap finished by the 911 GT3 RS, the conditions were very much ideal too. At exactly 11:40 on Monday morning April 16, it recorded 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit) track and 14 degrees Celsius (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit) ambient temperatures.

Read the entire article Porsche reveals 911 GT3 RS has an official Nurburgring lap time of 6:56.4 [w/video]

It’s a given that Sports Utility Vehicle could never take on a supercar. A Mercedes G-Class for instance, or even a Mitsubishi Outlander, would find it hard to outperform a supercar like the Ferrari. All that is about to change with the Range Rover Sport SVR from Land Rover.

Driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, this performance SUV set a new unofficial record at Tianmen Road. Located in the Hunan Province in China, the Tianmen Mountain Road is well-known for its 99 turns, making it one of the best ways to test man and machine.

The record for completing this 11.3-kilometers (7-mile) ascent was in 2016 by a Ferrari 458 Italia clocking in 10 minutes and 31 seconds. Taking an average speed of 68.8 km/h (42.8 mph), the new Range Rover Sport SVR managed to traverse the same in 9 minutes and 51 seconds.

Read the entire article 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR beats Ferrari’s record at Tianmen Road