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McLaren Teases Next-Gen P15 Hypercar

Fastest McLaren ever, but only 106 to be built.

by on Nov.14, 2017

McLaren offers a trease of the new P15's taillights.

McLaren is familiar with the idea of going to extremes, as its legendary F1 and the more recent P1 models clearly demonstrated. But the British sports carmaker aims to one-up itself with the debut of the newest member of its Ultimate Series set for December 10th.

Internally codenamed the P15, McLaren promises that the new hypercar will be “the most extreme road-legal McLaren ever.” Expect that to mean, among other things, a top speed well in excess of 200 mph using what is rumored to be a 4.0-liter V-8 blasting out something just short of 800 horsepower.

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The P1 isn’t the only ultra-exotic in the works at McLaren, however. The automaker also is working up what is being referred to internally as the world’s first Hyper-GT. And it will borrow at least some elements of the original P1’s design, notably the unusual, staggered three-seat cabin with the driver in the middle.

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When 1,600 HP Isn’t Enough: Devel Sixteen Promising 5,000 Ponies

310 mph hypercar set to debut at Dubai Motor Show

by on Nov.09, 2017

If it lives up to expectations, the Devel Sixteen will easily become the world's most powerful hypercar.

Whether you’re talking muscle cars like the Dodge Demon, or hypercars like the Bugatti Chiron, somebody always thinks there needs to be a bit more power. But if the promise being made by a Dubai-based automotive start-up holds true, we just might be hitting the performance wall.

Set to debut at the Dubai Motor show next week, the Devel Sixteen is said to make an eye-popping 5,000 horsepower from its quad-turbo V-16 engine, enough to propel it to a top speed of 310 miles per hour. To put that into perspective, that’s more than triple what the Chion and the Hennessey Venom F5 can manage.

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There’ve been plenty of rumors about what Devel might have in store since a prototype was first introduced back in 2013. It even released video two years ago showing the engine undergoing testing and reaching a full 4,515 hp on the dyno – with developers noting that they had yet to bring those four turbos up to full boost.

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Mercedes Teases Frankfurt Debut of Project One Hypercar

Two-seater will borrow F1 tech to top 1,000 hp.

by on Sep.01, 2017

The AMG Project One will rely on a compact V-6 and four electric motors to reach over 1,000 hp.

How fast is too fast? Is there a limit to the horsepower one needs? We haven’t come close to the limits on either, it seems, and Daimler is set to prove that point with the debut of the eagerly-awaited Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar in just a couple weeks.

Borrowing key powertrain technologies from the German marque’s dominant Formula One program, the limited-edition Project One cars are expected to make in excess of 1,000 horsepower and top out somewhere around 350 kmh, or 217 mph.

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The carefully crafted teaser image released by Mercedes today gives a hint of what the hypercar will look like as it races towards you. One of the most surprising details is the unusual placement of the familiar Mercedes tri-star, almost certainly for aerodynamic benefits. While the Project One may draw from Formula One, the overall look is more like that of a Le Mans prototype. That should be no surprise, of course, as you can’t fit two in an F1 car.

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Ride of the Gods: Aston Martin Valkyrie

New hypercar developed in partnership with Red Bull.

by on Mar.06, 2017

Aston's new Valkyrie is the latest in a series of exotic "V' cars dating back to 1951.

While it’s not meant to carry you off to the great beyond, Aston Martin is promising buyers will get the ride of their life with the new hypercar it is pulling together as part of an alliance with Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

Making its debut this week at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is the latest in a series of extreme machines from the British maker that, since the debut of the original Vantage in 1951, have used “V” names to stand out from the rest of the Aston line-up.

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We’ll have to wait a day for the full specs on the Valkyrie, which is known inside Aston Martin by its codename, AM-RB 001. But we can expect it to deliver a significant upgrade from what the high performance brand is already offering – including the new DB11.

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Singaporean Hypercar Takes Aim at Bugatti Performance Numbers

Flowery Dendrobium set to bloom at Geneva Motor Show.

by on Jan.18, 2017

The Vanda Dendrobium is named after a genus of orchids native to Singapore.

It looks like something Batman might drive, hails from Singapore and has the nearly unpronounceable name Dendrobium, but start-up Vanda Electrics is betting there’s a market for the new battery hypercar it’s set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The concept model making its debut on March 7th will join a rapidly growing list of high-performance and exotic plug-based models that have been announced in recent months – from the all-electric Faraday Future FF91 to the hybrid-assisted Formula One hypercar under development by Mercedes-Benz.

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Vanda’s website suggests it was “set up to look into the future of electric transportation.” Until now, that has had it focusing on relatively mundane projects like a 25 mph urban delivery vehicle and an e-scooter. But while the Singapore-based company’s teaser release provides few details, it last year hinted it was working on an electric exotic that could hit 250 mph.

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Ferrari Readying Drop-Top LaFerrari

Set to be fastest convertible ever for Italian maker.

by on Jul.07, 2016

Ferrari will offer both a folding soft top and a carbon fiber hardtop for the LaFerrari Convertible.

Even before its official unveiling, Ferrari says it has already sold out the fastest convertible it has ever come up with – even before it releases the official price tag, in fact. But that’s likely no surprise considering the incredible demand for the original LaFerrari coupe.

We’re expecting to hear more in the coming days, but what we’ve already learned is that the LaFerrari convertible has undergone “significant and extensive modifications” to maintain the hardtop’s rigidity and improve its aerodynamics.

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The cabrio edition will also maintain the original LaFerrari powertrain, a 949 horsepower package using Formula One-derived KERS hybrid technology that will help it launch from 0 to 60 in just 2.4 seconds – on the way to a top speed of 217 mph.

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Lamborghini Centenario Celebrates Centennial in Style

Limited run of 20 coupes, 20 roadsters planned.

by on Mar.01, 2016

The new Lamborghini Centenario celebrates the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini.

How do you celebrate the centennial of your founder? You could throw a party and put plenty of candles on the cake. But Lamborghini has a different way of celebrating the 100th birthday of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The Italian maker is showing off the long-rumored Lamborghini Centenario, a super-exclusive, 770-horsepower version of its top-line Aventador two-seater. For those looking to crash the party, Lambo officials told a media audience they plan to produce just 40 of the hypercars: 20 coupes and 20 roadsters.

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Suggesting the one-off model allows his company to “transcend some of the constraints” of regular series production, outgoing Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said, “The Centenario is a car that perfectly combines tradition and innovation. It looks to the future while honoring the legend that is Ferruccio Lamborghini.”

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