Want an R8? Get in line. After years on the market Audi’s aluminum-intensive supercar is still a highly desirable piece of automotive hardware. Helping generate buzz, the company is giving one lucky person an opportunity to drive an R8 for an entire day, or enjoy the Audi sportscar experience in Sonoma, California.
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The sprawling Volkswagen Empire is in the process of consolidating its vehicle architectures. To help quell the industrial chaos Porsche was put in charge of sports-car development, but now it’s reported the next-generation Audi R8 will not share Zuffenhausen’s latest architecture.
McLaren is planning to build a full model range of super car and sports cars for consumers. Currently, there are at least four more models in the design and development pipeline. The new cars include the current MP4-12C, a hypercar (codename P12), built to take on the new Lamborghini Aventador, and a successor to the famous McLaren F1. The P12 model is expected to produce around 800-hp and its weight will be similar to the MP4-12C. The British automaker will also be building a cheaper sports car (codename P13) to take on the non-turbo Porsche 911.
The full model lineup is part of a plan to sell 4,000 cars a year, with roughly 1300 MP4-12C models, 2,500 P13 cars and roughly 200 P12s.
All of the vehicles will, however, be “true McLarens,” said McLaren managing director Antony Sheriff. “Whatever we do will be based on carbon. It will have performance and handling that’s the best of its segment.”
All of the new models will receive the MP4-12C’s carbon-fiber monocell tub. This piece forms the central structure of the sports car including the front bulkhead, sills, floor, and rear bulkhead. The monocell tub is made of some 25 pieces of dry carbon fiber matting in single large tool while resin is injected.
McLaren is likely to unveil the P12 within a year and a half, and the P13 will be seen within two and a half years. The British automaker will also build a convertible version of the MP4-12C, but there is no confirmation on a release date.
[Source: Motor Trend]
German investment banker and millionaire, Stephen Korbach has started a new Gemballa racing team, which will be competing in the 2012 motor sport season with two McLaren MP4-12C GT3s. Korbach has asked Sascha Bert to act as team manager for the motor sport involvement.
“Sascha Bert is an absolute pro and is ideally qualified to manage our new racing team, said Korbach. ”We deliberately went for the McClaren MP4-12C GT3 for our motor sport commitment, because we think the car has enormous potential to be among the season’s leaders. Together with a renowned deployment team that’s already won everything in sight and exceptional drivers, we obviously want to drive to win. Racing is in our blood.”
The Gemball MP4-12C features the M838T twin turbocharged 3.8-liter McLaren V8. Power has been detuned to 500-hp and limited to 7,500 rpm. The powertrain is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox equipped with steering wheel mounted paddles.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Lamborghini has announced it will unveil a “super sports car” next month at the Frankfurt auto show, with initial rumors suggesting it would be a production version of the Sesto Elemento concept. The latest report, however, suggests that, while similar, the new model will be a version of the Gallardo Super Trofeo race car. The important difference, here, is that while it won’t be as extreme as the carbon-chassis concept, it will be street legal!
Only 30 of these special cars will be built, and will be based on the LP560-4. The vehicle will feature a 5.2-liter V10 cranking out a whopping 562-hp and mated to a six-speed e-gear paddleshift transmission will likely achieve a 0-62 mph time of three seconds and a 210 mph top speed. The car will have a race-spec suspension, have a stripped-out interior and will feature significant use of composite materials – even more so than the Superleggera. The Gallardo will likely weigh around 2,850 lbs, 150 lbs lighter than the standard car. The Lambo will also feature aerodynamic tweaks, with a large wing at the rear and a very aggressive front splitter. Expect a price tag of around $285,000.
[Source: Auto Express]
Shelby has just unveiled the name of its upcoming supercar, the SSC Tuatara, which is expected to reclaim the position as the fastest production car in the world.
The American automaker’s previous model, the Ultimate Aero TT, came equipped with a twin turbocharged V8 which produced 1,287-hp and beat the Bugatti Veyron. The Aero TT achieved a top speed of 414 km/h (257 mph). However the speed record was reclaimed by the Bugatti Veyrom Super Sport.
The Tuatara name was chosen because of inspiration drawn from the lizard that lives in New Zealand. The name means “peaks on the back”, which is symbolic to the winglets on the back of the new car. The reptile also possesses the fastest evolving DNA on the planet, which inspired Jerod Shelby. Shelby said, “Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year. After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC’s Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all‐around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC’s latest project”.
Details on the Tuatara are still top secret but what is known is that the car will be powered by a 7.0-liter DOHC V8 twin-turbo cranking out around 1,350-hp. The car will weigh approximately 1,200 kg (2,654 lbs) and will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds. The Tuatara is also expected to have a top speed of 442 km/h (275 mph).
Check out the video of the Tuatara after the jump!
With Ferrari 458 Italia production in full swing, questions have been raised as to when the convertible top will be available and what it will look like.
In this new rendering of the convertible,the 458 takes on a look similar to the 360 Modena Spider, one of Ferrari’s most elegant designs. As for the convertibles official unveiling, it will likely take place at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, meaning the drop top Spider will be available by next summer. But you better have your pennies saved, because the current coupe has a base price of $225,000 and the Spider will certainly be more expensive.
In this new 2012 Lamborghini Aventador “Quality” promo commercial, the Italian automaker takes the viewer inside the factory to show just how much thought and quality goes into designing and building the brand’s flagship super car.
The three minute in-depth video starts off by showing the designers sketches of the car, then it is transferred to the computer, then carbon fibre and aerodynamics are tested, and finally the engine is built. The different stages of design are thoroughly illustrated in the well filmed commercial. All in all, auto enthusiasts should definitely take a few minutes to check out this fantastic video.
The $379,700 supercar will replace the Murcielago and will be powered by a 700-hp 6.5-liter V12 engine. The Aventador will use a carbon fiber monocoque chasis, will come standard with an AWD system and feature a new 7-speed ISR single-clutch gearbox. The 3,500 lb sportscar will hit 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
Gallery: 2012 Lamborghini Aventador
Check out the video after the jump!
Rapper Flo Rida (real name Tramar Dillard) received a DUI in his $1.7 million black 2008 Bugatti Veyron last night, after police observed the car swerving in and out of lanes. During the 3:30 AM downtown Miami stop, the police could smell the odor of alcohol, so the rapper was given a field sobriety test and failed. Flo-Rida’s blood alcohol level was .185 which is more than twice the legal limit.
The Bugatti Veyron was loaded up onto a flatbed tow truck heading for the impound lot, when Flo’s friend managed to get approval to take possession of the vehicle.
Once arrested, the rapper was taken to a nearby station where he is currently being booked. This brings new meaning to Flo-Rida feeling “Low”.