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McLaren’s Latest Sabre Supercar Breaks All the Boundaries

When it comes to cars that break all the boundaries in the realms of performance, design, possibility and cost, look no further than the performance driving machines that roll out of the McLaren livery to…

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SSC Tuatara tries for top speed record again, but runs into heat issues

A number of months have gone by since the SSC Tuatara controversy broke, and ever since Jerod Shelby announced a second attempt, we haven’t heard much of anything out of SSC. We still haven’t heard anything from SSC directly, but they’ve been busy.

According to a YouTuber by the name of Robert Mitchell, SSC had a second go at the record attempt earlier this month. Unfortunately for SSC, nothing has come of it due to mechanical issues with the Tuatara.

Mitchell was invited to SSC’s record run because he was one of the initial YouTubers who analyzed the original run and questioned SSC’s results. Shmee150 and Misha Charoudin were also invited, but couldn’t make it due to travel restrictions. This second attempt took place in Florida, and Oliver Webb was not behind the wheel. Instead, the owner (Dr. Larry Caplin) of this Tuatara decided he was going to drive it himself. No explanation was given for Webb’s absence.

SSC ran into problems with the car the day before it planned to go flat-out for the record attempt. Mitchell offers a full explanation in the 30-minute video above, but long story short: The Tuatara ran into heat issues that eventually led to two spark plugs failing. Running multiple runs to well over 200 mph without sufficient cooling eventually saw the Tuatara get far too hot, leading to the Tuatara eating a pair of plugs. Caplin allegedly got the Tuatara up to 251 mph in his final run, but he aborted the pull when he felt the car wasn’t accelerating like it should have. Of course, it wasn’t accelerating like it should have due to the heat soak issues that had already caused its damage.

SSC threw in the towel after discovering there were problems, and never made another attempt. Mitchell says SSC is planning to try again at some point after Christmas (he plans to attend again), so we’ll be on the lookout for attempt number three.

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2020 McLaren GT | Grand Touring, with an edge

As the winter settles in, I find myself reflecting on the most memorable cars that I’ve tested this year. Chief among them, the McLaren GT.

I drove the GT on a damp midsummer evening. After a lengthy heatwave, temperatures dipped into the low 60s and it was raining lightly. Not the ideal time to drive a $263,000 supercar. And yet, it was impossible not to be excited and curious. 

McLaren has come a long way in a short time. With a decade under its belt as a standalone automotive operation, the company is delivering on ambitious growth plans and now counts four product lines in its portfolio, ranging from the Ultimate to this GT.

It’s a surprising trajectory considering McLaren is best known for making shooting stars, like the 1990s F1 that captured the zeitgeist for supercars of that era. The F1 was followed by the indelible Mercedes-McLaren SLR from 2003-2010. 

It wasn’t until 2011 that McLaren Automotive — freshly spun off from the racing team — attempted a credible road-going car that could actually be purchased and driven by normal enthusiasts. That car, the 12C, was a first step that ultimately led to proliferation of vehicles and technology for McLaren.

After a few hours of spirited driving the GT, my conclusion boiled down to one word: maturity. It over-delivered as a grand tourer, though the car is about as much of a GT as the Ford GT, which is to say, not much. My back was a little tight when I returned home, fatigued but not abused. The McLaren GT is a driving workout on par with an Audi R8 or Lamborghini Huracán.

Performance? It has plenty. But also notable, the fit-and-finish is solid, the looks are striking and it felt like the product of a company that’s been doing this for awhile, which McLaren hasn’t. Certainly competitive with Ferraris and Lamborghis and interesting in its own way. A small shop like McLaren is always going to face challenges achieving scale and consistent prosperity, and the pandemic wreaked havoc on the automaking and racing units. Still, the GT is indicative the company can expand without overreaching.

As I parse my notes from that drive, here’s three takeaways that remain with me, months later, crystallizing the GT’s place in the modern performance world.

2020 McLaren GT

Exterior design: More than just the doors

The GT is one of the best-looking McLarens of this or any era. The cowls on the side behind the doors give the car a sinister, almost Decepticon vibe, but the rest of the car is relatively subtle. The proportions are near perfect. The GT reminds me of some of the best Pininfarina stylings for Ferrari’s mid-engine cars. As dusk settled and I raced to get in a quick photo shoot, qualities like the LED headlights and pencil-thin taillights naturally stood out. The front diffuser and vents are simple, especially in black. Along with the striking wheels, the GT’s features nicely accent its silhouette. 

Oh, and of course, this and all McLarens have dihedral doors. It’s easy to speak a soft design language when the doors shoot straight up in the air. Make no mistake, the GT stands out, but to my eye, it’s a holistic approach, rather than the gluttonous buffet of carbon-fiber and copious style creases favored by other brands.

Interior: Simple, but not cheap

Another neat feature: ambient lighting that displays light flecks on the dash and armrests. It’s not visible at first, but as the golden hour faded to total darkness, the GT’s cabin reassured me with a soft glow. Oh, and the Bowers & Wilkins sound system is excellent. I almost missed that. The GT is the rare car that demands your full attention, entertains you with its sounds and creates an atmosphere for the drive, which in a supercar like this can border on sublime. But hey, who doesn’t like music? As I sat in my driveway I toggled among the studio, live and driver-focused sound settings as I listened to a couple of old Springsteen tracks.

Driving experience: Not an abuse of power

The 4.0-liter twin-turbo powerplant does not disappoint. With 612 hp you can hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, which is a legit figure, and the seven-speed dual-clutch holds gears aggressively but smartly.  

As my drive continued, I began to push the McLaren a bit, playing with more aggressive drive settings and getting quicker on the throttle. The reflexes are outstanding, returning an almost instant and powerful bite from the brakes. The steering is more direct than the Aston DB11, but lighter than some Ferrari and Lamborghinis I’ve tested. McLaren does a good job of making the driver respect the car without being abusive. Things like great visibility help.

To draw things together …

Despite the GT billing, this car feels much more like a supercar. Considering its powerful engine and carbon monocell, it is one, as far as I’m concerned, but the GT was reasonably forgiving over metro Detroit’s broken roads. I meandered west over the area’s ‘mile’ roads, then up and down Woodward Avenue, finding myself at the M1 Concourse, a 1.5-mile road course anonymously tucked into the suburbs. I pulled up to the private entrance for members, thinking I might get waved in by a guard (If someone pulled up to a racetrack in a McLaren, I’d probably let them in), but it was after hours and the gate was closed, so I turned back.

I completed my stint with a sprint across town and then up Interstate 75, alternately accelerating hard, clacking through gears with the paddles and then docilely falling back in traffic. The GT doesn’t have a split personality, but it can adapt to any situation an enthusiast might present it with, even on a damp summer drive in the middle of a pandemic. This is a decent GT and an excellent performance car, which is the right formula for McLaren.

McLaren Sabre revealed with over 800 horsepower and 218-mph top speed

The McLaren Sabre is out and ready for business. While McLaren hasn’t provided its usual full information drop and detailed set of photos, McLaren of Beverly Hills has posted the first customer car on its website and released some details about the car.

One thing to know off the top is exclusivity: There will only be 15 Sabres built, and all of them are headed to the U.S. It was designed and personalized by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to exacting U.S. standards, featuring “ideas and innovations that global homologation would not permit.” What those features and ideas are, McLaren isn’t specifically disclosing (we asked). All McLaren could do was suggest that some of the aerodynamic elements and body work would not pass European or Asian homologation requirements.

The Sabre is packing more power than any other non-hybrid McLaren, beating out the Elva by 20 horsepower for a total of 824 ponies and 590 pound-feet of torque from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Acceleration figures aren’t available, but top speed is 218 mph. That makes it the fastest two-seat McLaren ever. Given the Senna-like huge aero all throughout the Sabre’s body, we imagine it’s rather lethal on a racetrack, too.

McLaren says it involved the future owners in development of the Sabre more than any car previous. The 15 folks buying got to have a close relationship with the MSO team of designers, engineers and test drivers in an effort to personalize each car to their preferred specifications. McLaren flew out test mules for buyers to get behind the wheel of at the Thermal Club. Then, they got to tell McLaren what they thought of the drive. Typically, feedback comes after owners take delivery of the finished car, so this is rather unusual.

There’s no official price from McLaren on the Sabre, but it hardly matters. All 15 cars are spoken for and sold, so nobody else will need to mull over the likely exorbitant MSRP.

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One of the Original ‘A-Team’ Vans is Going to Auction

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AddArmor’s Ferrari 458 Speciale is a 605-horsepower safe on wheels

Exotic cars and armored cars are often found in the same garage, but they’re positioned on opposite ends of the automotive spectrum. AddArmor leveraged the latest developments in armoring technology to build a Ferrari 458 Speciale that can survive .44 Magnum impacts while posting a sub-three-second sprint from zero to 60 mph.

Founded by military and law enforcement veterans, the California-based firm explained it wanted to build an armored Speciale without sacrificing the model’s performance or handling. It’s much more difficult than it sounds, because the simplest and most straight-forward way to make a car bullet-proof is to add heavy metal plates to it. For example, Brabus unveiled an armored G63 earlier in 2020 that weighs a hefty 8,400 pounds.

“Heavy vehicles tend to be slow, and a slow target is an easy target. In situations where clients need to be protected, speed is always an advantage,” reasoned company president Jeff Engen.

AddArmor upgraded the 458 Speciale with a type of light armor that’s 10 times stronger and 60% lighter than ballistic steel. It achieved a B4 level of armor, meaning the mid-engined supercar can withstand bullets fired by a handgun. It’s offers relatively basic protection; an AK-47 or a high-powered rifle can pierce right through it. It adds 156 pounds to the Speciale’s weight, so AddArmor offset it by ticking every carbon fiber option offered by Ferrari, including exterior and interior parts plus bits in the engine bay. It also fitted a custom exhaust system provided by Capristo that further reduces weight while adding 40 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque.

All told, the armored 458 weighs 67 pounds more than stock. It still posts a 2.8-second sprint from zero to 60 mph, and it’s still capable of reaching 202 mph. We’re told it handles like a non-armored model, too. If you lose the heat, all of the armored extras can be removed to end up with a lighter 458 with a 40-horsepower bump.

AddArmor stressed its 458 Speciale is a one-off prototype built to showcase how far armoring technology has come, and what’s possible in the exotic car segment. If it were to sell it, it would charge about $625,000 for it.

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Bentley starts testing the sold-out, 200-mph Bacalar roadster

Bentley took the limited-edition Bacalar from a sketch to a 200-plus-mph roadster in nine months, a shockingly short amount of time. Its engineers are now putting the first car through its paces at the same break-neck speed.

Although the Bacalar is based on the Continental GT, the British firm explained nearly everything the driver will see and feel is specific to the car. Bentley developed over 750 new parts for it, including 40 built with carbon fiber, and the roadster shares no body panels with other members of the company’s range. All of these components have to meet the same stringent quality standards as those created for regular-production models.

Bentley gave its team 20 weeks to fine-tune the first prototype (pictured), which it calls car zero. Testing started earlier in 2020, so the car has already been put through a wind tunnel and pushed to the limit at triple-digit speeds — it’s as stable and quiet as customers expect. Next, test drivers will pile on the miles to see how it holds up over time. They’ll then test it at up to 176 degrees, and the final step will be validating the electrical system.

Power for the Bacalar comes from a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine, which produces 650 horsepower and 667 pound-feet of torque. It spins the four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Bentley hasn’t revealed what it will do with car zero at the end of the testing phase. Production is scheduled to start in 2021, and the 12 examples planned have already been spoken for. Each one will be unique; buyers will be invited to work directly with the company’s design department to configure the interior and the exterior.

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‘Back to the Future’ Delorean Haynes Workshop Manual

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Pagani Huayra Tricolore Revealed with a $6.7 Million Price Tag!

This is the new Pagani Huayra Tricolore, created as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori. Only three units will be made to celebrate the aerobatic demo team of the Italian Air Force, just like they did with the Zonda Tricolore.

The Huayra Tricolore consists of aeronautical concepts and technology similar to The Frecce Tricolori planes by style and design. The body has been developed with the aim to reach more targets in terms of weight and performance and at the same time safety and reliability.

The definite front splitter was designed to ensure maximum downforce while the front bumper’s side extractors and the air scoop regulate the heat exchange for the engine. The rear carbon fiber wing compensates for the increased downforce at the front.

The chassis was made from the latest generation composite materials such as the Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62, this improves the dynamic response of the car during driving and in critical situations.

The suspension has been tailored to minimize dive and roll-effects during braking and cornering respectively.

The interior has aluminium components made from aerospace grade alloys and machined from billet. The design of the rims, headlights,side air intakes, aluminum frames and the emblem of the Frecce Tricolori are all a direct tribute to the National Aerobatic Patrol.

PRICE: €5,500,000 + VAT
ENGINE: 6.0L AMG V12 Twin-Turbo
POWER: 840 HP at 5900 RPM
TORQUE: 1100 Nm from 2000 to 5600 RPM
TYRES: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R: Front 265/30 R20; Rear 355/25 R21
DRY WEIGHT: 1270 kg

Pagani Huayra Tricolore Rear

Pagani Huayra Tricolore celebrates Italian Air Force aerobatic team with aeronautic features

The Italian Air Force’s aerobatic team, known as the Frecce Tricolori, is celebrating its 60th anniversary next year. To celebrate, Pagani has created the Huayra Tricolore, a very limited-edition variant of the open-top Huayra supercar. Only three will be built, and each features design inspiration from the Aermacchi MB-339A P.A.N. jets flown by the Frecce Tricolori, plus performance upgrades from the Huayra Imola. It all makes for one impressive machine.

The first and most obvious connection between the Huayra and the jets that inspired it is the color scheme. It has a blue translucent carbon fiber finish with bright green, white and red stripes along the sides. Other details tying the vehicles together are the rear wing with supports modeled after the plane tail fins (also, it’s a wing), turbine-style wheels, and billet aluminum parts inside and out in a blue anodized finish. Each car gets a number representing a member of the team, too, with 0 for the team commander, 1 for the lead formation pilot, and 10 for the solo flyer. The aeronautic showpiece, though, is the pitot tube on the nose that is fully functional and measures air speed. This is then displayed on a meter in the cabin with information in knots and mach speed.

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There are other changes to the Huayra Tricolore that aren’t quite as obsessed with the idea of being a land plane. The car gets a deeper front splitter and a revised front bumper with new air vents to increase intercooler efficiency. A new roof scoop is fitted for better airflow to the engine bay. The interior also gets blue and white seats with green, white and red inserts that are similar to the Zonda Tricolores built for the Frecce Tricolori’s 50th anniversary. The seats and the four-point harness buckles also feature the emblem of the aerobatic team.

Backing up the bold design are engine and chassis upgrades from the Huayra Imola track car. The engine is the same twin-turbocharged AMG-developed V12 making 829 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. The stiffer chassis comes from the track car, as does the interlinked electronically controlled suspension. So in many ways it’s a roadster version of the Imola.

It also happens to be more expensive than the Imola. The price is 5.5 million Euros, which comes to $6.75 million at current exchange rates. That doesn’t include tax, either.

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Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 envisions what a GT-R of the future could look like

Most of our Nissan GT-R thinking energy these days goes toward wondering about what the R36 has in store. Nissan is out here thinking about what the GT-R will be like in 2050. If we continue along at the R35’s production timeline pace, it might still be the R36 then. We kid, but hey, the R35’s been out for over a decade now with no end in sight.

As an answer for what the future of Nissan performance looks like, Nissan has brought an intern’s thesis project to life. It’s called GT-R (X) 2050, and it’s a fresh take on our dystopian future of sports cars. Jaebum Choi, a former student at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., set forth to design a vehicle for car enthusiasts in the age of self-driving cars (whenever that may be). Instead of leaving the project on paper and computer renderings, Nissan Design America decided to bring it to life in the form of an official Nissan concept vehicle.

The GT-R (X) 2050 is a tiny car — two feet high and 10 feet long — meant for just one person, and most of the details require some stretching of the imagination. For starters, the operator “sits” in the car in a prone position, laying on their stomach with their limbs in an X position. The exterior design is meant to mimic the body in this position, which explains why it looks like an X from an aerial perspective. Of course, there are some GT-R elements tossed in there, too. The distinctive quad circle taillights sit in back. It uses a very broad, slab-sided design like the R35, and the V-Motion front end style is noticeable from head-on. The rest of the vehicle has a very tenuous grip on what we might typically envision a vehicle to be.

The driver “sees” out via a special VR helmet that you connect to the car’s extensive camera system. There is one window, but it’s at the top and doesn’t provide a view forward. It’s not a fully autonomous vehicle either. Choi told media in a presentation that he envisions drivers steering via controls operated by moving your hands and arms that are splayed outward. You’re meant to “wear” the car to the extent that it feels like an extension of the body.

“Exo-skeletons today make people stronger by wearing mechanical structures. I tried to fit the size of a person’s body as much as I could, as if I were wearing a car,” Choi explains.

As for what makes it go, Choi says he took inspiration from Iron Man when he envisioned an “arc reactor” type of power source. This would create electricity for the motors. Nissan didn’t provide performance figures, likely because the powertrain is far too nebulous to even make any predictions. Being a GT-R concept, though, it’s meant to be extremely quick. Choi says it’s meant to be more supportive than a superbike, but not much more than that. All design priorities go toward making it a pleasing and fun time for the operator after all.

You might be wondering about the wild looking wheels, and Choi has an answer for those, too. The wheel/tire combo is a one-piece unit that, due to its shape, allows the car to turn 360 degrees. Its design is meant to help the wheel cool down quickly when driven hard. It even has an active wing that pops up to promote more downforce.

We turn further to fantasy land with Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle technology it showcased at CES a few years ago. Choi believes that the GT-R (X) 2050 would use this technology that interprets signals from a human’s brain to make the vehicle an even better self-driving car than ordinary computer-controlled ones. But you wouldn’t be forced to use the autonomous mode all the time.

“Choi has essentially envisioned a new mode of transportation that people could experience like clothes, “wearable,” instead of a traditional vehicle “carriage,” says David Woodhouse, Nissan Design America (NDA) VP. “It is the kind of breaking-the-mold thinking that has always been encouraged here at NDA. We’ve been honored to help bring Choi’s vision to life.”

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One-off 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i supercar will cross the auction block

If you live in a zip code where a Bugatti Chiron is a common sight, and all of your neighbors already have a Pininfarina Battista on order, auction house RM Sotheby’s has just what it takes for you to stand out. It’s selling a 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i, which is a one-off supercar that elevates esoteric design to an art form.

While its name sounds Italian, and it was indeed chosen as a tribute to Enzo Ferrari, the Commendatore 112i was the brainchild of German engineer Eberhard Schulz. RM Sotheby’s explained he landed a job in Porsche’s design department by driving a home-made sports car he named Erator GTE to the company’s headquarters and showing it off to anyone willing to give him a few minutes of their time. He left Porsche and worked for a small firm named B&B before forming Isdera, which is short for Ingenieurbüro fur Styling, DEsign und RAcing.

Schulz’s dream was always to make a modern version of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, and Isdera’s first car explored what the coupe might look like in the 1980s. Its second model, the Commendatore 112i, was developed to be more extreme than its predecessor in every single way, ranging from design to performance. Instead of a V8 engine, Isdera borrowed the 6.0-liter V12 that Mercedes-Benz put in the S-Class (W140) and the SL (R129) — and that later ended up in the Pagazi Zonda — and stuffed it right behind the passenger compartment.

Isdera wanted a stick-shift, and Mercedes-Benz didn’t have a suitable transmission in its parts bin, so the young carmaker sourced a five-speed manual transmission from famed Porsche tuner RUF and added a sixth gear to it. When all was said and done, the 400-horsepower 12-cylinder sent the 112i to a top speed of 211 mph.

BBS and Bilstein helped Isdera develop an active suspension system that lowered the ride height by three inches at high speeds to reduce drag. Schulz went as far as making his own windshield wipers for the Commendatore rather than using off-the-shelf components, and he fitted a periscope instead of side mirrors to improve its drag coefficient. RM Sotheby’s points out the young carmaker wanted to enter its newest creation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Many start-ups talk endlessly; this one created a fully functional and surprisingly impressive car.

Had everything panned out, we may be writing about Isdera’s plans for the 2020s, or looking at how its newest model fares against the competition. However, a big chunk of the company’s funding came from Japan, and it vanished when the Japanese economy slowed down in 1993. There would be no Le Mans entry, no low-volume supercar, and no magazine covers. Isdera went silent, but the 112i’s story doesn’t end there; far from it.

Swiss investors courageously attempted to reboot the project by putting the Commendatore in “Need for Speed II” released in 1997 for the original PlayStation and PC. Later, they made a handful of visual changes to the car, like replacing the submarine-like periscope, and displayed it at the 1999 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show, where it was presented as the Silver Arrow. It was sold, and it went through the hands of several owners before Isdera purchased it and returned it to its 1993 specifications. It’s now selling the Commendatore for the second time.

RM Sotheby’s notes that the odometer reads about 10,500 kilometers, which represents around 6,600 miles, and that the car is currently registered in Germany, meaning it’s theoretically street-legal anywhere in the European Union. It was previously registered in Switzerland, so can be re-registered there, too, but enthusiasts who want to drive it on American soil will need to either apply for a show and display permit or wait until it turns 25.

What’s a one-off supercar in like-new condition being sold by the people who built it worth? RM hasn’t provided a pre-auction estimate, so the bidders in the room (physically or virtually) when the Commendatore crosses the auction block in Paris in 2021 will ultimately decide its value. There’s no reserve, so someone is taking it home.

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Too Good to Miss Out: Porsche to Make Le Mans Return in 2023

Porsche has announced a return to Le Mans under the new IMSA and WEC rules. They will enter the championship series in 2023 with a LMDh car and a mission to continue their Le Mans dominance where they hold 19 undisputed wins. This follows Audi’s decision to return to WEC in the same LMDh class, both teams have a healthy rivalry as formidable opponents.

Porsche LMP1

IMSA and FIA WEC have done almost everything possible to entice manufacturers back to top tier racing. They came up with two main classes: LMH and LMDh. LMH will see the use of bespoke hypercars from teams such as Aston Martin with a Valkyrie (TBC), Glickenhaus, Ferrari, Peugeot and more. These racers can be one-offs created solely for racing or versions of pre-existing road going hypercars. The LMDh on the other hand is an evolution of LMP2, there will be 4 chassis suppliers namely ORECA, Ligier, Dallara
and Multimatic. The engines and bodywork will be unique to each manufacturer.

Porsche’s LMDh car will feature a chassis from one of the 4 aforementioned suppliers, while their hybrid engine will be developed internally. Output is capped at 680hp while the maximum weight allowed is 1030kg. The racing budget under the new rules is also comfortable for Porsche and incoming teams thanks to the latest revision of rules. Porsche even hopes for synthetic fuels in the sports, the latest GT3 Cup car will be taking advantage of synthetic fuels.

Porsche LMDh side view

Pagani teases a new supercar as a celebration of ‘Air Speed’

Pagani has tweeted a mysterious video showing what seems to be a new supercar. Details are scant, but like many of its creations there appears to be a strong aeronautical theme.

The first thing we see is a blue device with the words “Airflow Sensor. Handle with Care” etched below it in a nice serif font. Presumably, it’s not the typical mass airflow sensor throwing a check engine code from your old Ford Escape’s intake. In fact, it looks like one of the various sensor probes you’ll find on airplanes and even Formula One race cars. It’s also mounted to a big piece of blue tinted carbon fiber, which is probably the car’s hood or roof.

Next, a gauge flashes before us. It looks like a speedometer, except velocity is measured not in miles or kilometers per hour, but in knots, indicated by an analog dial and red needle on the outside, and the speed of sound in a vertically oriented digital readout on the inside. Also known as mach speed, or 767.269 mph, seems like quite a quick pace for a road car, but you’ll notice the speed features a little decimal point. In the trailer, the car accelerates to Mach 0.12, an easily attainable 92 mph. Of course, that’s still just a fraction of the speed other Paganis have achieved, like the Huayra Imola’s 240 mph to take just one example.

Notably, the engine is a growling internal combustion unit. There have been rumors of an electric Pagani but this isn’t it. The Huayra replacement was supposed to have debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March for a 2021 arrival, but the event was canceled at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports say the successor will have an AMG-built V12 like the Huayra, with electric power to come later.

Accompanying the short video tweet is a cryptic message: “On December 17th, we will celebrate Air Speed. Stay with us and hold on tight!” It should be pointed out that Pagani, like Volkswagen, has had a history of using wind-themed names for its cars. Zonda refers to a warm and dry wind that blows down from the Andes over the pampas of Argentina. Huayra was a god of wind worshiped by the native people of what is today South America.

While we aren’t looking forward to having to convert fractions of mach to mph while accelerating in a multi-million dollar supercar, we suspect buyers won’t worry too much and instead enjoy the novelty.

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This 2017 Ford GT supercar comes complete with matching watch and trailer

For those who missed their opportunity to buy a new Ford GT supercar when it first came out — or perhaps you were one of more than 6,000 whose applications were rejected — another chance is about to present itself. This launch-year 2017 Ford GT, which will cross the block at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, has just 80 miles on it, which is likely as close as you’re going to get to a new-in-the-wrapper Ford GT. And it also comes with two bonus items: a matching watch and a custom trailer.

This GT is finished in Shadow Black and was ordered without stripes. The “Re-Entry” interior (a $25,000 upgrade) features Ebony and white leather, embossed Alcantara seat inserts and headliner, and carbon-fiber accents. The car is also optioned with the titanium exhaust system ($10,000). As in all GTs, motive force is supplied by a 647-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 mounted amidships in the carbon-fiber body structure. It’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and provides a zero-to-60-mph time of under 3 seconds and a 216-mph top speed.

The Jimglo Elite trailer is custom-designed for the Ford GT. It features side portals and removable fenders that allow the GT’s butterfly doors to open when it’s on the trailer, and the ramp is engineered to allow the car to be loaded without scraping its front splitter.

The watch is the Ford GT Owners Edition Chronograph, by Autodromo. It uses a La Joux-Perret flyback chronograph movement within a 43mm steel and ceramic case. The honeycomb dial features Ford GT stripes down the center. Engraved with this car’s chassis number, the watch was an $11,500 accessory offered exclusively to Ford GT owners. (For any non-Ford-GT owners who like the look, Autodromo sells a quartz watch with a similar style for $695.)

With the two-year no-sale window now past for the first Ford GTs, the cars are starting to appear at auction. Ford designer Moray Callum recently is selling his. A 2017 Heritage Edition with similar delivery miles sold a year ago at Barrett-Jackson for $1.54 million. How much does having the watch affect the value of this car?

“Everybody loves ‘free’ stuff, including millionaires. Or maybe especially millionaires,” observes Dave Kinney, publisher of the Hagerty Price Guide. “And that timepiece on your wrist is a reminder of the hunt for your GT. It makes this GT different, and maybe a touch better than most others offered for sale.”

This one is selling at no reserve, so bid to win. And for any of you who might be heading to Scottsdale for the sale, note that the date has been pushed back from its traditional late-January timeframe to March.

New images show Bugatti’s 1,824-hp Bolide track car in real life

Bugatti introduced a one-off track car named Bolide in October 2020, but the images it sent us were computed-generated renderings. It released a batch of fresh photos that finally show the model in real life.

In a normal year, there is a good chance we would have caught up with the latest addition to the Bugatti family tree at an auto show on either side of the pond. 2020 is different because all of the events we normally cover are canceled, so the images give us a much-welcomed second look at the Bolide. It’s just as stunning in photos as it is in the computer-generated graphics, and the new gallery proves this track monster is not merely a figment of some designer’s imagination. It exists, you can look at it and sit in it. Odds are you’ll want to drive it, too.

It’s built around a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W16 that’s related to the engine that powers the Chiron and tuned to develop 1,824 horsepower when it’s slurping 110-octane race fuel. While that’s an impressive figure on its own, it’s even more mind-boggling when you take into account the Bolide’s 2,734-pound dry weight. It weighs about 166 pounds less than the new, second-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ yet it has eight times the power.

Nils Sajonz, Bugatti’s recently-appointed head of special projects, shed light on one of the Bolide’s design themes. He explained the x-shaped lights on both ends are a reference to the tape that race car drivers used to put over their headlights to ensure the glass didn’t spread on the tarmac if it broke. Racing is a significant part of the Bugatti heritage, cars like the Type 35 were hugely successful, and the Bolide is the newest torch bearer.

Will it race? It’s too early to tell. As of writing, it’s a one-off model that hasn’t been approved for production. Bugatti notes that simulation testing reveals the Bolide can lap the Nürburgring in 5:23:01, a figure that makes it nearly as fast as the record-holding Porsche 919 Hybrid, and it takes 3:07:01 to go around Le Mans. The firm is done chasing speed records, but we’re hoping it gives the Bolide the chance to prove its mettle on the track.

Bugatti Type 35 reborn as a sumptuous retro-styled roadster

German engineering and design firm Uedelhoven Studios has reimagined the Bugatti Type 35 as a modern roadster. It’s visibly inspired by the original model, but it’s lower, sleeker, and made largely with carbon fiber.

Uedelhoven Studios isn’t a household name, even in enthusiast circles, but it has helped create numerous concept cars including the 2020 Hyundai Prophecy, the 2019 Hyundai 45, and the 2019 Audi AI:Me. It explained that its designers began brainstorming ways to bring the Type 35 into the 21st century in 2015, though it’s unclear whether Bugatti was involved in the project. We didn’t see it when we went behind the scenes in its design studio to discover some of the unbuilt models it developed in the 2000s and the 2010s, including a V8-powered coupe.

Called Type 35 D, a designation never used by Bugatti, the roadster is instantly recognizable as a follow-up to the successful race car thanks in part to a horseshoe-shaped grille surrounded by a thick chrome frame, a tapered body and light blue paint. The suspension system’s components and the wheels are fully exposed, like on the original model, but Uedelhoven added fatter tires and a sizeable air diffuser that’s wider than the body.

Peeking inside reveals wood trim on the steering wheel and the gear selector, leather upholstery, and a copious amount of carbon fiber. The center console is loosely inspired by the one fitted to Bugatti’s current-day models, like the Chiron, with round instruments (including a digital gear indicator). It looks like there’s a screen on the dashboard, too, which strongly suggests the cabin isn’t as closely linked to Bugatti’s heritage as the body.

What’s under the hood hasn’t been revealed. We think the front end looks a little too narrow to house Bugatti’s thunderous 8.0-liter W16 engine and its four turbos. Released in 1924, the original Type 35 was powered by a 2.0-liter straight-eight engine tuned to develop about 90 horsepower, a magnificent amount at the time.

We don’t know what’s next for the roadster; we’ve reached out to Uedelhoven and Bugatti to find out more, and we’ll update this story if we learn more. We’d love to see the Type 35 D race like the original, which famously won more than 1,000 races (including the grueling Targa Florio held in Sicily) between 1925 and 1931.

Don’t Fancy a Tesla? Get this Full Electric Classic Range Rover for $326,000

Lunaz, a leading creator of electric classic cars has announced the first batch of electric classic Range Rovers. The company will create an initial run of 50 cars of the luxury SUV built between 1970 and 1994.

The company has been consistently asked by its global customer base to apply its re-engineering and restoration on these cars since unveiling Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls-Royce electrified classic cars.

In response, electric classic Range Rovers by Lunaz will be offered both in Town and Country specification. The more urban expression will be presented with increased focus on rear seat and driver comfort. These cars will be available in both standard and long wheelbase.

Range Rover Classic

Country specification will include full suite of engineering, technological and design features that magnify a full electric classic off-roading experience for the first time. This specification will also include a 4-wheel drive system, updated suspension including anti-roll bars and improved brakes. The original interior design will be remarkably elevated by applying Lunaz design philosophy.

Design Director, Jen Holloway and her team will work in close consultation with customers to tailor the car to their exact expectation. Material palettes that honor textile interior of the original Range Rover will also be offered as well as more upholstery options in the very finest leathers and wood. Customers will be able to choose either three-door configurations or four-door models.

Green Range Rover Classic

Usability is further enhanced with the inclusion of a full suite of contemporary technologies with features including infotainment, air conditioning and entertainment screens.

Prices for classic electric Range Rovers will start at £245,000 excluding local taxes. The first production batch of 50 vehicles is currently being allocated with first customer deliveries anticipated for the summer of 2021.

2015 McLaren P1 GTR For Sale – 1 of 58 Worldwide

A rare McLaren P1 GTR for sale with only 230km. This is one of only 58 P1 GTRs that were made. Upon request, it is possible to do a road conversion and registration.

The P1 GTR for sale here is finished in Volcano Yellow, located in the UK and is VAT qualifying. It’s being sold by Supervettura and James Huntley

Developed as a track version of the road going P1, the GTR was launched as a tribute to the Le Mans winning F1 GTR model. It was built after the production run of the standard P1, the power output was increased to 1000PS. The weight was reduced by 50kg while the downforce increased by 10%, this is due to the fact that the P1 GTR has a fixed rear wing.

Immediately after the delivery of the first batch of P1 GTRs, owners began commissioning road legal conversions. Depending on the country of delivery, these conversions are able to meet specific country regulations.

McLaren P1 GTR Price

£2,350,000 + VAT
£2,820,000 Including VAT

McLaren P1 GTR Specs

Power: 3.8L V8 twin-turbo hybrid
Output: 986hp
Weight: 1,440 kg