Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Italdesign Automobili Speciali Supercar

Italdesign is bringing a new vehicle to the 2017 Geneva auto show with a grand total of five planned units. The currently nameless V-10–powered, mid-engined supercar is the first release from Italdesign Automobili Speciali. Co-founded by Giorgietto Giugiaro, who designed classics such as the Maserati Ghibli and the BMW M1, the Italian company is now part of the Audi Group. The new specialty division intends to build limited-run cars both under its own name and as a supplier to other automakers.
A modular chassis is made of carbon fiber and aluminum, and the body is entirely carbon fiber. Under the hood is a 5.2-liter V-10 that Italdesign claims can shoot the car from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and on to at least 205 mph. Price if you absolutely have to get one starts around $1.6 million.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mike Tyson's Ferrari F50 to appear at RM Sotheby's

The F50 was launched in 1995 as a celebratory piece for the 50th anniversary of Ferrari. There were 349 F50 units built worldwide, with 50 units made for US customers. This makes the supercar one of the rarest to find nowadays. The Ferrari F50 was the closest thing to a road-going Formula 1 car the company has ever built. The F50's dynamic and purist approach to achieve high performance allow the supercar to be free of power steering; power assisted braking and ABS.
The F50 was made to deliver extensive use of composite materials, F1-style construction technology and aerodynamics. An F40 successor, the F50 was Ferrari's ultimate machine of the nineties.
RM Sotheby's estimates Tyson's F50 somewhere around $2.3 million, making it the most expensive examples ever sold.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ferrari SF70H

The brand new SF70H is Scuderia’s 63rd single-seater Formula One car, and it's gunning for number one in 2017.

Though the focus has been on aero and grip, Ferrari have taken the opportunity to tweak the 90-degree, turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engine as well.
Engine Capacity: 1600cc
Max revs: 15,000rpm
Fuel flow: 100kg/hr max
Fuel capacity: 105kg
Bore: 80mm
Stroke: 53mm
Valves: four per cylinder
Injection: 500 bar, direct injection

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Nissan GT-R

The 2017 Nissan GT-R features a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that pumps out 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. That gets bumped to 600 horses and 481 pound-feet in the Nismo-massaged model.

Output is channeled to all four corners via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Few cars come close to the GT-R's 0-60 mph times of less than 3.0 seconds.

Base MSRP will be something around $108,000
The next-generation will adopt a hybrid powertrain similar to the one currently in service on the GT-R LM Nismo race machine. That features a twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 with electric motor with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and a five-speed sequential transmission with triple-plate carbon clutch and a pneumatic paddle shift layout that sends power to all four wheels.

2017 Nissan GT-R nismo

Monday, February 20, 2017

1957 Jaguar XKSS going up for auction next month

Auction house Gooding & Co. expects the 1957 Jaguar XKSS to sell for $16 to $18 million. Jaguar built just 16 examples of this car. It planned for 25, but a factory fire destroyed nine unfinished chassis. It’s been more than a decade since one of the 16 went up for sale.

The XKSS is a road-going version of the racing-oriented Jaguar D-Type. A D-Type fetched $21.8 million at auction last year.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

McLaren M840T - 720S

The second-generation McLaren Super Series will be the first modern McLaren not powered by the company's 3.8-liter V8. The new supercar, which debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, will have an all-new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.

In addition to more displacement, the new engine will feature a new turbocharger design. New twin-scroll turbos will be able to spool up faster than previous designs, cutting down on the dreaded “turbo lag”.
McLaren claims the V8 will propel the Super Series from 0 to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds, and the standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds. Besides the new engine, the second-generation Super Series will be based on a new body structure called Monocage II. The company expects the carbon-fiber-intensive design to cut just under 40 pounds of weight. McLaren is targeting a dry curb weight of 2,828 pounds.

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet unveiled the new 2017 Camaro sporting the Corvette Z06’s supercharged V8 pushing out an estimated 640hp (477 kW) and 640 lb-ft of torque (868 Nm).

That’s slightly short of the same 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 found in the Corvette Z06, but a 60hp and 84 lb-ft leap over the previous Camaro ZL1’s 580hp 6.2-liter supercharged LSA powerplant. The new ZL1 went on a diet and lost 200 pounds (91 kg) over its predecessor.
The new top dog in the Camaro kennel will be faster than the old ZL1 that hit 60mph (96km/h) in 4.0 seconds for the manual and 3.9 seconds for the automatic version with respective top speeds of 180mph (290 km/h) and 184mph (296 km/h).
The ZL1 gets a suite of performance technologies, including an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. It rides on 20-inch forged alloys in 285/30ZR20 front and 305/30ZR20 rear Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, with stopping power coming from a set of Brembo brakes with six-piston front and four piston rear calipers.
The Camaro ZL1 would come to market sometime late this year as a 2018 model. Word suggests a $ 60k+ sticker.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The latest V12 Ferrari supercar is the replacement for the F12 Berlinetta. The 812 Superfast uses a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12, tuned to deliver 800 metric horsepower (789 American ponies) at a lofty 8,500 rpm. The new Ferrari makes a maximum of 530 pound-feet of torque, 80 percent of which show up for the party by 3,500 rpm. The dual-clutch gearbox fires off shifts even faster than the F12 berlinetta that came before.
Numbers are a 2.9sec 0-62mph time and a ‘211mph-plus’ top speed.
There are plenty of acronyms to help drivers. EPS is Ferrari’s first electric power steering system, there’s a fifth-generation version of SSC (Side Slip Control), and a second-generation application of Virtual Short Wheelbase, Ferrari’s four-wheel-steering system. Despite the extra tech, the car's 1,525kg dry weight is unchanged from the F12’s. Those kilos are distributed 47/53 front/rear.

The Ferrari 812 Superfast will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. While Ferrari has not yet announced pricing for the 812 Superfast, prices for the the model it replaces, the F12 Berlinetta, start at $320,000.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pagani Huayra Roadster

The Huayra Roadster uses a Mercedes-Benz six-liter V12 engine with twin turbos. It churns out 764 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque. All that power is packed into Pagani’s carbo-titanium monocoque and allied to a seven speed X-Trac gearbox. The suspension and wheels are aluminum alloy. Even the removable roof is carbon fiber.

To keep all that carbon fiber on the asphalt, Pagani installed active aerodynamics: Four flaps move independently, manipulating air to increase downforce.

380mm carbon ceramic Brembos front and back (six-pot calipers on the fronts, four-pot at the rear) are housed inside forged aluminium monolithic 20/21in wheels.
100 Huayra Roadsters will be built, with each one costing a nearly insignificant €2,280,000. Gotta have one? Too late, they are sold old.