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The McLaren F1 LM-Spec Sold for $19.8 Million at Auction

That’s Slightly Less Than the Estimates

The McLaren F1 LM-Spec that went up for auction at the Monterey Car Week in California sold for $19.8 million, making it the most expensive McLaren F1 to ever be sold. This impressive number, however, was still slightly below estimates, according to The Supercar Blog

The RM Sotheby’s auction was expected to see somewhere between $21 million and $23 million for the car, but the bidding never quite climbed that high. The car is the real deal. It has the production number 18 and an immaculate service record and record of ownership. 

The car’s first owner had it in Midnight Blue Pearl with a black interior. When the car sold, its second owner decided they wanted to have the car altered. So, it was sent to Surrey to the McLaren facility there to be restored and reworked. What it looked like at the auction at the Monterey Car Week is how the second owner wanted the car. 

It has a Platinum Silver exterior, cream-colored leather-clad interior, and a large rear wing was added. The owner also had McLaren work on the enigne, adding new radiators and cooling elements as well as a tune. The V12 engine now makes 680 hp over the original 627 hp. Despite the fact that the car didn’t get what the estimates expected at auction, this is still the most expensive F1 ever sold. 

The Drako Motors GTE Is a 1,200 Horsepower Electric Supercar

A Powerful Electric Based on a Fisker Karma

The Silicon Valley startup called Drako Motors has a new all-electric supercar called the GTE. The car is based on the old Fisker Karma chassis, according to Top Gear. Unlike the Karma, the GTE isn’t some high-end luxury hybrid. It’s a bonafide electric supercar with 1,200 hp. It also comes with an absolutely insane 6,500 lb-ft of torque.

the GTE can run all the way up to 206 mph before not being able to go any further. The car comes with a 90kWh battery pack, which is similar in size to the batteries used in Tesla’s machines. Drako has not stated a range, but we’d expect it to be similar to Tesla’s cars. 

The car comes with Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes as well as a special torque vectoring system, so it should ride, corner, and stop properly for a supercar. The company claims it will be a fatastic car on the twisties, by saying “cornering precision unlike any other supercar on the road today.” That is yet to be seen. However, the car certainly looks the part, and we’d expect the company not to be bragging too much. 

The car comes with four electric motors to produce all of that power. There’s a motor for each wheel. There are various drive modes, too, including a drift mode. The company is calling its system Quattro Manettino, which as Top Gear points out will probably annoy both Audi and Ferrari. 

Drako Motors has a fully functional prototype right now and is taking orders from customers. The company plans to build only 25 of the cars. Each one will cost $1.25 million. 

Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster

A Special Roadster

At The Quail in Monterey, California, Lamborghini unveiled a special 63 edition roadster of the Aventador SVJ. Only 63 of the cars will be made. The 63 is significant to Lamborghini due to the fact that the company started in 1963. The car is special not only because of the fact that so few will be made, but also because there will be eight different designs used for the paint and exterior and interior elements. 

The car that was shown at The Quail featured a matt grey Grigio Acheso paint job and orange Arancio Dac accents. The 63 Roadster comes with a slew of carbon fiber accents and components inside and out. The cabin is fitted with plenty of Alcantara and Lamborghini’s patented CarbonSkin. 

The roof, engine cover, air vents, rim around the windscreen, and the side mirrors are all made of carbon fiber, according to GTSpirit. Other than the unique exterior and interior components, the car is an SVJ Roadster. It gets Lamborghini’s V12 engine that puts out 770 hp and about 531 lb-ft of torque. This makes the car good for a 0-60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds. It has a top speed of over 217 mph. 

Aston Martin Valhalla In Action on the Racetrack For the First Time

Aston’s Vallhalla Takes On Silverstone

To celebrate Aston’s debut of the Valhalla in North America, the company decided to showcase a video of its new car tearing around Silverstone. The video was shown at The Quail. In the video, the Valhall and the Valkyrie both shoot around the track looking like they’re right where they belong. 

The video is less than a minute long and goes by way too quickly. We could sit around a watch these things on the racetrack all day long. Still, it’s nice to see the Valhalla and Valkyrie doing their thing. The Valhalla in the video is what the company calls a dynamic concept. That means they’re still tweaking the car as it gets closer to the end of development. 

The Valhalla and Valkyrie are similar cars in many ways, but the Valhalla is designed to be a bit more livable day-to-day whereas the Valkyrie is a hardcore track monster. This is evident just by looking at them. The Valhalla is smoother and softer. It’s door entry and egress is a little easier to handle, and the interior is a little more spacious and comfortable. 

While Aston hasn’t said exactly what the car’s performance will be, it has said the vehicle will get a turbocharged V6 engine that should put power out to all four wheels. The power number is supposed to be around 1,000 hp. This should make the car good for a 0-60 mph time of about 2.5 seconds. 

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Lamborghini Showcases an Art Car at Monterey Car Week

A Pop Art Crafted Aventador S

The car you see here is a Lamborghini Aventador S that was crafted by Skyler Grey, a 19-year-old pop artist based in Los Angeles, California. Lamborghini worked with the artist to make this art car, and it has just revealed the car at the Monterey Car Week in California. 

Paying homage to some of the best pop artists out there, Grey took the Aventador and added plenty fo bright colors and some bulls along the side, which is, of course, the emblem for Lamborghini. The Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domencali said that the car was already sold before the project even completed. 

Inside the car, you’ll find a black interior with orange contrast stitching and an intricate Bull embroidered between the seats. While all Lamborghini Aventador S models are special, this one is a true one-of-a-kind art piece. The project came about through the Ad Personam program, which personalizes customer’s cars. 

The car is also part of Lamborghini’s Lamborghini Sicura program. According to Motor Authority, the program certifies cars and works to prevent counterfeits. 

Like all Aventador S models, this special art car features a 6.5-liter V12 that produces 730 hp. The car is just as much a performer as any other Lamborghini. It features a 0-60 mph time under three seconds and a top speed of 217. Just because it looks cool and unique doesn’t mean it should be any slower. 

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Texas Tuner Company to Offer Manual Transmission for New Supra

So, You Can Get a Manual Afterall

If you were seriously disappointed with the fact that the Supra was without a manual transmission and further dismayed by the news that the car’s chief engineer said there’s not going to be a manual in the future and you’d be stuck with the 86, then you will be thrilled to hear that a Texas company will make one. Yep, the good folks at European Auto Group have your back. You can have the manual you want in the new Supra.

The company’s owner Art Bartosik told CarBuzz that there will be a six-speed manual available for customers who have an automatic Supra. “We are now taking customer deposits,” he said in an interview. European Auto Group is no stranger to manual enthusiasts. The company is known for putting gated manual gearboxes into supercars that didn’t come with them from the factory. 

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The job will take between 30 and 40 days to complete and will cost the customer about $12,000. That is pretty pricey for a manual transmission, but if you’re a manual gearbox enthusiast and you desperately want one, we can see forking over the money. To get your name on the list, you need to have the car and $6,000 to put down as a deposit. 

The company has also partnered with Canadian tuning company ProTuner Freaks to give people’s Supra’s a little bit of a power boost should they want it. The tuner company will jack the power output up to about 420 hp. A 420 hp manual transmission Supra is what Toyota should have made in the first place. 

MSO Has a Special McLaren GT for Pebble Beach and It’s Gorgeous

As You Might Expect, This Is a Beautiful Machine

On August 18 at Pebble Beach, McLaren will reveal a special MSO version of the GT. The car will feature special exterior and interior colors and accents. This will set it apart from other GTs that will be made. The GT is coming later this year with a price tag north of $200,000. You can bet this special edition will go for more money than that. It’s a super special GT and will be one of the eye-catching cars at Pebble Beach this year. 

The exterior of the MSO GT will feature a new bespoke paint called MSO Defined Flux Silver and Satin Graphite paint as the contrast color. This contrasting color will appear on the door skirts, front splitter, wing mirrors, rear bumper, and rear diffuser.  The car will also feature Satin Graphite Iron brake calipers and what MSO calls the Bight Pack, which is chrome trim around the windows, polished titanium exhaust tips, and gloss black wheels. 

Inside, the car gets Geoform Stitching on the seatbacks, sun visor, door cards, and armrest. The stitching pattern is inspired by the canopy design of the British Museum. There’s Satin Graphite Leather in various spots in the interior, and otherwise, most of the cabin features Flux White Leather. The MSO logo appears at various spots on the car including the headrests and doorsills. 

Mechanically, the car hasn’t been altered it will still get the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 612 hp. That engine is good enough to make this gorgeous car sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. This car should be one of the more important models at Pebble Beach this year. 

Lexus Adds the 2020 Inspiration Series LC 500

Only 100 U.S. Units Will be Made

Lexus has just unveiled its latest special edition of the LC 500. The company has a new 2020 Inspiration Series of the car. It’s designed to be a more sophisticated version of the model. The visual giveaway for this model is that it features a unique Nori Green Pearl paint and some special two-tone 21-inch wheels. The two-tone theme of the wheels is carried over into the interior where you’ll find a unique blend of brown and black. 

The special edition LC 500 gets unique saddle brown leather seats. The other standout material inside the car is the supremely dark black Alcantara used in various places inside the car. There’s also a Black Amber leather trim on the dash that’s quite attractive. Pair all that with various other black materials in the cabin, and you get a fantastic blend of brown and black. 

The engine was not touched in the car. The 2020 Inspiration Series LC 500 still features the burly 5.0-liter V8 engine. That mill creates 471 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. That power is pushed to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission and filtered through a limited-slip differential. Zero to 60 mph comes in just 4.4 seconds and the top speed sits at 168 mph. Pricing will be announced at a later date. The car will be available in the fall of this year. 

New Supra Variants Will Get More Power

Get Excited for a More Powerful Supra

It has recently come to light that the new Supra has more power than Toyota suggested. Dyno tests revealed the car actually makes more power than the company claimed. However, that doesn’t mean that Toyota won’t come out with new and more powerful variants of the car. According to a recent interview with the Supra’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, by Autoblog revealed that more powerful Supra variants may be coming soon. 

The variants of the Supra that will be coming will use the same 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that the current one has. This is not a bad thing. The engine has plenty of more power to give to the world. In the BMW Z4, the engine makes about 50 hp more than the Supra, so it stands to reason that Toyota could add that kind of power bump without doing all that much work to the engine. 

Tada wouldn’t disclose what kind of power bump the next versions of the car would get, but he did say the following: “With a sports car, the promise is to offer more performance with each additional version.” Autoblog said that a new version could show up pretty much every year. That sounds pretty good to us. 

Another thing Tada touched on is the fact that there will be no manual transmission in future versions of the supra. “Customers who want a manual should choose the Toyota 86,” he said. That makes sense Toyota has managed to get a lot out of the 86, and anyone who wants a manual transmission has a wonderful Toyota sports car with one in the 86. However, it would still be awesome to see one offered in the Supra. 

Mercedes-AMG’s Project One Hypercar Delayed Until 2021

It’s Taking Longer Than Expected

There’s a lot to be excited about with the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar. One of the things we were pumped about was that it was supossed to come out soon. Well, according to the German publication Auto Moto und Sport, the car will take some more time than was originally thought. The project has been pushed out to 2021. 

Why? Well, it seems that using a Formula 1 engine in a road car and making it legal is a little more tricky than Mercedes thought it would be. The company is finding that the new emissions standards are making things difficult according to Motor1. The engineers at Mercedes seem to have underestimated the task of transforming the V6 engine into a street-legal mill. 

The emissions issue is just one part of the problem. F1 engines are very special machines with complicated startup sequences. You can’t just toss one into a car and hit the starter button. Oil needs to be brought up to temperature and F1 engines are actually started with an external starter in many cases. This means engineers have a major task on their hands of making the engine more consumer-friendly while still achieving the power outputs promised to the world. Hopefully, Mercedes will get its house in order by 2021. We can’t wait for this car to come out. 

More News of the Ferrari 812 Spider Coming In September

A Drop-Top Superfast

If you’ve always loved the 812 Superfast but were dismayed by the fact that Ferrari doesn’t sell a drop-top version, then you should listen up. According to a car collector that is intimate with Ferrari, the 812 Superfast could be coming as early as September. We reported on this news before, but now The Supercar Blog has more of a concrete confirmation due to an interview.

The publication sat down with a car collector, who just so happens to be one of the few people who will be getting the upcoming Bugatti EB110 Tribute car. It stands to reason that this person knows his or her stuff. The unnamed collector told the publication that the 812 Spider will come in September and it will get the same V12 engine that’s in the coupe. 

In the coupe, that 6.5-liter engine produces 789 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. The power numbers likely will stay the same for the convertible version of the car. However, the convertible will likely be slightly slower than the coupe overall. That means it won’t quite achieve the 812 Superfast’s 0–62 mph time of 2.9 seconds. Still, you’re looking at something between 3.0 seconds and 3.5 seconds most likely. 

When it comes to what the car will actually look like, the verdict is still out. It will have most of the same features and bodywork as the 812 Superfast coupe, but obviously, changes will be made to the car to accommodate the folding roof. The Supercar Blog stated that the top could be a hardtop. This, however, is just speculation. The publication’s source did not say it would be a hardtop car. We’d love to see it as a hardtop, but would not be surprised if Ferrari chose to do a soft-top roof instead. 

The Upcoming Bugatti EB110 Tribute Car Is Lighter and More Powerful than the Chiron

A Supremely Fast Car Will Come Soon

The Bugatti EB110 Tribute car will debut soon at Pebble Beach, but until then we’ve been looking for the latest information about the car. According to The Supercar Blog, the new EB110 Tribute will be lighter weight and more powerful than the Chiron currently is. 

The EB110 Tribute car will use an 8.0-liter W16 engine. It’s the same engine in the Chiron. Bugatti must have worked some magic on it to ensure that it will make more power because according to The Supercar Blog, a source told the publication the engine in the new car will come with “more boost.”

The publication also shared that it has confirmed there will be only 10 models made and each of them will come with a price tag of €8 million ($8.9 million) each.

There isn’t much other information out there on the vehicle. The Supercar Blog recently noted there’s a glimpse of the car under wraps in the video below. However, you don’t actually see the car. You just get a quick glimpse of it. 

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The Tushek TS 900 H Apex Is a 937 hp Hybrid Hypercar

A Powerful Hybrid from Slovenia

The new car from the Slovenian racing driver Alijosa Tushek’s company is the TS 900 H Apex. It’s a hybrid monster that builds upon the success of the company’s first car, the Renovatio T500

The new TS 900 H Apex features carbon fiber bodywork and an Audi-sourced supercharged 4.2-liter V8 that’s combined with two electric motors for a total power output of 937 hp and 1032 lb-ft of torque. The power-split between the electric motors and the gasoline engine is roughly 50:50, according to EVO.

The engine of the car is mounted in the rear and there is an electric motor at each axle that provides about half the power. The electric motors also enable a 31-mile electric-only driving range, torque vectoring, and instant power delivery.

As we said above, the car gets a carbon-fiber body. It also gets a chrome-moly space frame to help keep weight down. The hardtop of the car is removable so owners can get some sun on nice days.

In terms of performance, you’re looking at a car that can do a 0-60 mph run in just 2.5 seconds. Its top speed? A whopping 236 mph. The car comes with a special six-speed sequential gearbox that routes power to all four of the 19-inch BBS wheels wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires. Providing the stopping power are six-piston up front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes. Pricing has not yet been released.

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You Missed Out On Buying this 1975 Beradino at Saturday’s Auction

A Truly Versatile Sports Car

Anything can happen at a car auction. A man or woman can find the car of their dreams, such as this 1975 Beradino. The gorgeous car recently sold at a Coys’ auction on August 3. The auction was set against the backdrop of the Classic Days at Schloss Dyck in Germany. Many great cars were sold, but the Beradino is the one that stands out to us. 

The Beradino was created by JP Paulussen in the 1960s. It was supossed to be timeless and classic all at once. We think he pulled it off. It was also supposed to be highly versatile. It offers a fastback shape, a notchback, and a convertible. All of these shapes are offered in one car, and the owner can change the shape in a matter of minutes.

Powering the vehicle is a flat 6-cylinder Porsche 911 engine from that same era. The car also received Porsche 911 brakes and electronics, so, as you can imagine, it’s a quick and fun car to drive. 

The particular car that was sold at auction on August 3 is German registered. Coys’ didn’t disclose the chassis number in its listing of the car online. It sold for €110,779 (about $124,000). 

McLaren Is Working on a 720S Longtail

The March Forward With New Models Continues

In about decade, McLaren has put out eight cars. The next could be a 720S Longtail. McLaren has no plans of slowing down, and the longtail version of the 720S makes quite a lot of sense. According to PistonHeads, one of the two cars coming to the company’s lineup next year will be a 720S Longtail. The other is the already reported McLaren roadster or speedster

While the speedster or whatever, McLaren ends up calling its roofless car will be impressive, the longtail version of the 720S will arguably be the more important car because it’s more of an all-around, use-it-everyday car. The vehicle will likely get more power than the regular 720S and be improved in many of the ways that people would like to see the car improved. 

This Longtail move will also probably earn the supercar a new name. In the case of the 600LT, that car got its start as the 570S. Motor Authority suspects the name will by 750LT, but there’s no indication beyond the naming schemes of the previous Longtail cars that this will be the case. 

There are no concrete details on what McLaren will do with the model, but we suspect it will have revised styling but still fit in with the McLaren lineup easily. This should be a wonderful Longtail model, and we’re excited to see what comes of it. 

Pininfarina Releases Photos of the Battista on the Road

This Hypercar Is a Stunning Sight

The Pininfarina Battista is an insane hypercar, and now the company has released photos and video of the car driving on the road. The car was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, but the vehicle seen here is slightly revised. There are a new front fascia and some minor changes to the exterior of the car. It’s still undeniably the Battista, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. 

According to Motor Authority, the recent design changes to the exterior of the car will help the vehicle achieve an even more impressive 300 miles per charge. Previously the company claimed 280 miles per charge, so that bump is significant. 

Otherwise, the car is unchanged. It still features the Rimac-sourced powertrain. This system includes four electric motors that produce up to 1,877 hp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque. That amount of power should make the car sprint up to 60 mph from a stop in just 2.0 seconds. 

As you can see in the video below, the Battista was brought to New York City for its on-the-road photoshoot. The company also has some stunning shots of the car on what look like curvy mountain roads and a beautiful harbor. It’s all good stuff, and you should check out all the images and video included below. 

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Ferrari Will Reveal Two New Models In September

Get Ready for Some Prancing Horses

Ferrari plans to expand its lineup in the future, and two of those new models will come in September according to the company’s CEO, Louis Camilleri. The company will hold the reveal of these new models at the Fiorano Circuit in Maranello. Invites for the event have already been sent out, according to reports

The company plans to introduce five new models. These are the first two and another will come before the end of the year. What the new models will be is still unknown. It could be a convertible version of the 812 Superfast. Ferrari has yet to put out a drop-top version of that car. It was rumored that would be one of the vehicles.

It’s also rumored that Ferarri will release its first SUV. The SUV in question is reportedly called the Purosangue. While it may seem sacrilegious for The Prancing Horse logo to feature on an SUV, it’s a vehicle that will likely sell well. Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, and other companies have SUVs now. It only makes sense for Ferrari to follow suit. 

The final car that’s rumored is a new version of the Ferrari Dino. It has been said that the company is working on a new engine, and that engine is being produced for a new Dino. It will be interesting to see if this is the case. No matter what you can expect Ferrari’s additional models to be impressive. 

One of 58 Special Street-Legal McLaren P1 GTRs Is For Sale

For The Person Who Wants a P1 for the Road

If you’ve always dreamed of driving a McLaren P1 on the road, then you need to check out this P1 GTR that is currently for sale. Only 58 of the road-legal version of the P1 exist. Lanzante Limited is the company that handled the P1’s road conversion, and now the website Luxury and Expensive has listed one for sale, and it’s very yellow. 

McLaren originally built the P1 as a track-only car, but as you might expect something so cool and fast and innovative was eventually taken to the streets by folks with plenty of money to pay for the conversion. The British company Lansante Limited has worked with McLaren in the past and did so again to make the dreams of having a road-legal P1 a reality. 

The car in question here is number 34 of the 58 cars that underwent the changes needed to make the car legal for the road, at least in the European Union. Each of the street-legal cars is a little different, so no two are exactly alike. What doesn’t change, though, is the powertrain. All of the cars, including the one see here have a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 and an electric motor. Together they put out 986 hp. 

So, what’s the price of this particular one? Well, if you’re worried about price, then you can’t afford it. The website says the price will be disclosed upon request. You can bet it will be more than the P1’s $1.15 million original price tag due to its exclusivity. 

Watch the 2020 Supra Lap Buttonwillow Raceway Faster than a Porsche 911 GT2

The Supra Is Super Speedy

The 2020 Toyota Supra was less exciting than some people would have hoped, but there’s no denying even from its many critics that the car is an impressive and fast machine. The car might not be designed for the racetrack, but that doesn’t mean it can’t perform well on one. The guys at Evasive Motorsports proved that by taking their black Supra to the Buttonwillow Raceway. 

The car was able to lap the track with a time of 1:58.92, which is wicked fast. To put that into perspective, Carscoops notes that a 997-generation Porsche 911 GT2 around the same circuit in roughly the same conditions managed to put up a time of 1:59.7. 

The 2020 Supra is a little more than meets the eye. The stated power numbers for the car have proved to be under-reported in previous tests, so it’s clear that Toyota is able to get a lot out of this vehicle. This is good news for both people who only drive their car on the street but also the track-day bros, who want to lay down some serious lap times. 

You can check out the full video below. The guys at Evasive Motorsports put together a nice video of the car’s time at the racetrack. 

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Bugatti EB110 Tribute Build Slots are Already Sold Out

You’ll Have to Enjoy This One from Afar

Bugatti has an EB110 Tribute car that it’s keeping a very tight lid on. There’s little information out about the car beyond the fact that it should make its first appearance at Pebble Beach. While little is known about the car, we can say that it’s a for sure vehicle.

Multiple reports have surfaced saying the car does exist and should be at Pebble Beach. A new report by The Supercar Blog says that all of the build slots for the car have already been sold. 

The unnamed source told the publication that all of the 10 cars that Bugatti will make have already been spoken for. The publication also stated that each of the cars will go for €8 million, which equates to about $8.8 million. The price is expected to only go up. The Supercar Blog reported that prices are expected to climb to €10 million, or roughly $11 million after the launch. 

Despite the fact that all of the EB110 Tribute cars are spoken for, we’re excited to see what Bugatti has in the works. When the EB110 first hit the scene it was a revelation. It has since become one of the most amazing supercars of all time. If Bugatti is going to build a tribute car, it needs to have something wholly unique.