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Street-legal Ferrari FXX K Evo is digitally imagined

Today, what is considered to be the best track-only Ferrari model is probably the FXX K Evo that is based on the LaFerrari. Before that model came out, the most hardcore model was the FXX K. But no matter how cool you would be to own any of these two, both of them are not road legal.

It would be the fulfilment of every car enthusiast’s wish to see the FXX K or Evo going through modifications to become road legal just like models such as the McLaren P1 GTR and Aston Martin Vulcan.

We have yet to see Ferrari confirm such a plan but an artist has already done this virtually. From Aksyonov Nikita of Behance comes a rendering of a street legal FXX K Evo. It looks very similar to the track only version. The minor differences are mostly found on the front fascia. Imagine yourself taking this Ferrari out on the road.

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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

Apollo IE hypercar is now undergoing testing and final development

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.

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Aston Martin shows interior of new Valkyrie hypercar in newly released images

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

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

Just last month, Porsche unveiled the new 935 during the “Rennsport Reunion” motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California. Featuring a body evoking the legendary Porsche 935/78, the 935 is definitely a race car you would want to drive in the track. Nonetheless, it isn't car you can just drive on the road from your garage to the track. After all, the 935 is a track-only race car and can’t be driven legally on the road.

The problem of getting a track-only race car from a garage to the circuit without circumventing any laws or local ordinances has already been solved a long time ago. To solve such a logistic issue, teams or carmakers have been using transporters, which can be large enough to accommodate more than one race car.

Such a situation is the main theme of one of the latest creative visual projects of Igor Shikitov, an automotive designer from Moscow, Russia. Posted at the Behance social creative site on October 3, 2018, Shikitov’s work was aptly titled “Volkswagen Renntransporter.” After all Porsche is now part of the Volkswagen Group.

Read the entire article Volkswagen Renntransporter is home on the wheels for your Porsche 935

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

With 720 PS (710 hp or 530 kW) of max output, a carbon fiber chassis, aerodynamic body and stunning sports car design, the McLaren 720S is nothing short of amazing. By next year, customer teams can pilot a race-focused version of the Super Series as the British carmaker announces the eventual arrival of the new McLaren 720S GT3.

Being developed by McLaren Automotive’s new customer racing division, the 720S GT3 has just finished undergoing extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Now, the development program is in the track-based phase, which includes a punishing test regime that should help validate the GT racer’s key performance data as well as long-distance durability. Track testing is now being conducting extensively across Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Development prototypes are scheduled to cover over 18,500 miles to confirm the GT racer’s exceptional durability and efficiency. The program also includes various 24- and 36-hour tests. The first two development prototypes have already began the test program that will cover tracks on Europe and the US. An intensive Middle East program is scheduled to start before the end of the 2018.

Read the entire article Track-testing of near-complete McLaren 720S GT3 starts in Europe and US

It was back in October last year when Volkswagen began teasing us about the fully electric Pikes Peak racer, and last month, they showed us fully revealing images of the model. Now finally, VW has opened up and is ready to talk about the model’s technical specs.

This zero-emissions race car carries two electric motors, that gives out a combined output of 680 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and a considerable amount of torque at 650 Newton metres (480 pound feet). These numbers are already impressive but wait until we tell you that the vehicle weighs under 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds). If you do the math, it’s easy to conclude that that this car can go quite fast.

According to VW, in only 2.25 seconds, the I.D. R Pikes Peak can accelerate to 69 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in as short as 2.25 seconds. Having said that, it even is faster than a Formula 1 and Formula E racers. Though we were not told yet about its maximum top speed, it really isn’t that crucial considering that acceleration will be significantly more important when tackling all 156 corners of the hill climb in Colorado Springs.

Read the entire article VW I.D. R Pikes Peak goes faster than a Formula 1 Car

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

The Bugatti Chiron is probably one of the sportiest cars in the planet, thanks to its overwhelming power output of 1,500 hp and its hypercar design. If there is one car who could claim to be sportier than the Chiron, it is another creation from the French manufacturer – the new Bugatti Chiron Sport.

Bugatti’s formula for creating a sportier version of the Chiron doesn’t entail any increase or boost in power output or torque. The French high-performance carmaker didn’t need to tinker with the quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W16 engine to come up with the Chiron Sport. This means that power ratings for the Chiron Sport remain at 1,500 hp of max output and 1,180 lb.-ft. (1,600 Nm) of peak torque as transmitted to all wheels. Likewise, this means that Chiron Sport could complete a sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds, and achieve a top speed of up to 260 mph (420 km/h) – the same as the Chiron.

Aside from retaining the superb power and performance of the Chiron, the new Chiron Sport also features the same ease and convenience of driving. Instead of focusing on these elements, Bugatti decided to dramatically improve the handling of the new Chiron Sport and enhance its lateral dynamics on winding roads. To achieve this goal, the new Chiron Sport is fitted with a dynamic handling package and has been made lighter than the original model.

Read the entire article Bugatti unveils fully dressed Chiron Sport at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see a mid-engined European sports car? Well, that depends on who you are talking to. Some will look at it as a piece of art, while others would see as an opportunity. An opportunity for what, you ask? Well, an opportunity to imagine something even greater.

In this case, it was Arian Shamil who sought to render something he called the Porsche Cayman RSR. And upon hearing that, we can’t help but think that it has a clear reference to the 911 RSR.

Yup, the 911 RSR that, without a doubt, is the fastest and most mind-blowing production 911 ever built - with a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six ahead of the rear axle. As for performance, it can chase its 9500 rpm redline like that of a 510 horsepower, race tuned flat six. This does not even have turbos that will soften throttle response.

Read the entire article Porsche Cayman RSR race car gets rendered

There’s great news for Bugatti Veyron owners as the automaker recently introduced the Loyalty Maintenance Program to help customers maintain the condition of their cars and to allow them to keep their vehicles in mint condition.

The Loyalty Maintenance Program is actually part of the company’s Extended Warranty and Extended Warranty Plus programs, which can last for as long as 15 years. Owning a Bugatti Veyron can be very expensive; the maintenance costs alone are already high. The brand hopes that this program will help reduce operating costs for owners.

Franco Utzeri, head of Bugatti Certified and Financial Services, says that the Bugatti Customer Service is definitely more than just a seal of approval, making a difference for Veyron owners. It includes warranty, individual support, and a combination of a confirmed vehicle history. The automaker’s goal is also to give their customers a unique experience and 360 degree ownership that no other automaker currently offers.

Read the entire article Bugatti offers 15-year warranty as part of its Veyron Loyalty Maintenance Program

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is probably the most futuristic looking vehicle that is out today. In fact, it looks like a spaceship on wheels and could perfectly star in a Sci-Fi movie. Having that, it is actually currently being developed by Gaydon, together with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to make it perform even better than it already does.

It’s a limited edition model with only 150 units to be produced. However, every single example has already been accounted for. Now, one future owner of this car revealed to us what he has planned for his vehicle.

The Valkyrie’s style alone is already pretty much out of this planet, as you can see here in 95 percent ready production form. Now, the owner chose to get the Lunar Red paint to finish his car, but with one ingredient the automaker, or the industry has never used before: dust from the Moon.

Read the entire article Buyer gets Aston Martin Valkyrie featuring moon dust into its paint

Earlier this week, the second generation FE design finally made its public debut. Aside from that, we also got an idea of how the final stage of FIA’s technical roadmap will increase battery and powertrain performance to go together with its striking new chassis.

The new car is said to have an extra output of 50 kilowatts (67 bhp) compared to the current model. This means that it will increase to 250 kilowatts (335 bhp) if the reports are accurate.

Furthermore, the current limit of the car which is at around 225 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour) can even be improved to 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) with the new performance boost together with the low drag philosophy of the new car, said Di Grassi to Motorsport.com.

Read the entire article Series champ Lucas di Grassi claims new Formula E is capable of over 300 km/h

Not that long ago, we witnessed the Koenigsegg’s Agera RS set the record as the fastest street-legal production car in the world. It took the title after proving itself on a long stretch of road in Nevada, with a two-way average speed of 277.9 miles per hour (444.6 kilometers per hour).

Another record it broke was the highest speed recorded on a public road, with 284.55 miles per hour (457.49 kilometers per hour). But would you believe the automaker if it claims that this vehicle could push itself even further - to 300 miles per hour (482.8 kilometers per hour)?

Currently, it would be the Agera RS’ tires that would be the biggest challenge for it to be able to hit 300 miles per hour. But with the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that it was equipped with, the Agera RS was able to hit 284.55 miles per hour. This means to say that when fitted with regular tires that are meant to be used on the street and without the use of unique compounds or racing slicks, the Agera was able to perform outstandingly.

Read the entire article Christian von Koenigsegg claims that 300 mph is possible for the Agera RS

The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is one of the few models out there that only the extremely privileged could acquire. In fact, you would have to be a highly regarded customer in Maranello to get one of the 210 examples to sit in your garage. But even with how expensive this car is, each example has already been accounted for. So if you did not get a chance to buy one the first time it came out and have regretted it ever since, today may be your lucky day.

That is because there is one Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta that is currently being sold at the Seven Car Lounge in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The open-top version of the LaFerrari currently has 62 miles on its odometer, which means that it is good as new - probably the closest one you could get to a factory fresh model.

Though this example has an open-top, it still is based on the fixed-roof hypercar. Under its hood, it comes with the same 6.2 liter hybrid V12 powertrain that produces 950 horsepower, paired with a seven speed dual clutch transmission that gives that much power to the rear wheel drive. The Aperta is the first version in the series since the mid-1990s to be built with an open cockpit. The last one like it was the F50.

Read the entire article Very rare white open-roof Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is for sale in Saudi Arabia