Australia’s First Supercar

Australia's First Supercar

Australia’s very own supercar, the Joss JP1, is taking another run at the world stage.

With a mid- mounted all-alloy V8, a claimed top speed of around 340 km/h (211 mph), and all of the current technical innovations expected in a modern day supercar, the Joss JP1 is the culmination of years of design and development work aimed squarely at producing a world-beating exotic machine.

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Despite all of this engineering work, though, the Australian design regulations are amongst the toughest and most intractable in the world, and would take more money and time to comply with than is reasonably available to a boutique auto maker. The upshot of which means that the first five vehicles built and sold by Joss will only be available as track-day cars.

No official date has been given for a possible launch or impending production. Though, based on the proposed timeline and all going to plan, it would appear that it will be somewhere around two years by the time the first new prototype is produced.

Source: Gizmag

Why Maranello is considering a V6 entry-level supercar

Why Maranello is considering a V6 entry-level supercar

Ferrari is readying the next generation of supercars. There’s a corner of Maranello’s R&D skunkworks which is developing V6 power for future sports cars.

It is rumoured that the new twin-turbo V6 is a 2.9-litre unit is designed to be long-term street-legal and affordable in big growth markets such as China.

Although the power output will be determined later in the development programme, 500bhp and 450lb ft should be an achievable target for the new V6 motor.

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In the end, these numbers are of strategic and political nature – if Audi can squeeze 525bhp out of a 2.5-litre five-cylinder motor, Ferrari surely could get close to 600bhp out of a 2.9-litre six.

Ferrari will unveil the turbocharged 458 Italia upgrade at the 2015 Geneva motor show, and the so-codenamed M458-T is due to last on sale until around 2019, according to Car Magazine.

The V6 comes in after that. One scenario being studied at Ferrari HQ is that the 458 successor would split into two models: a V8 engined mainstream car, plus a slightly more affordable version powered by the new six-cylinder engine.

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Thanks to the fresh opportunities provided by the company’s highly flexible modular matrix, it would only be logical to make the 458 look more aggressive and overtly sporty than the leaner and slimmer 456.

There might even be a case for reviving the good old manual gearbox which could, in the 456, be a DCT-derived seven-speeder similar to the cogworks installed in the base 911.

Source: Car Magazine

Video: A Parade of Rare Italian Supercars

Video: A Parade of Rare Italian Supercars

It’s not every day you see something like this. Well, it’s not unusual to spot Italian exotics such as a Lamborghini Jalpa every now and then.

But the chances that you’ll see that Jalpa at the same event with other supercars such as a Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Islero, Lamborghini Reventon, De Tomaso Mangusta, and several others is quite rare. Fortunately, this new spotting video managed to capture all of these exotics in one place.

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They were all gathered for the 2014 Italian Happening Event as part of the Concours d’Elegance at the Inn at St. John, Plymouth, Michigan.

Check out the video ahead where these cars are actually seen being driven instead of just sitting there looking all pretty. Better to see them look pretty in motion with the engines revving.

Source: Carbuzz

Dodge’s $63,000 Charger Hellcat Is Faster Than Legendary Supercars

Dodge's $63,000 Charger Hellcat Is Faster Than Legendary Supercars

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hemi Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful sedan ever to make it into mass production. With 707 horsepower and a top speed of 204 mph, its performance is world beating.

Even more impressive is the Hellcat Charger’s estimated “bargain basement” price of $63,000.

However, recent advancements in powertrain technology have caused a surge in horsepower ratings — and an abundance of mega-horsepower supercars. In that context, it may be difficult to fully appreciate the Hellcat Charger’s truly awe-inspiring performance.

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To provide some perspective, here’s a rundown of the great supercars that have been bested by the Charger. Although some of the examples are from as far back as the 1990s, their blistering performance and cultural significance have not diminished.

The new Hellcat Charger isn’t necessarily better than these iconic supercars. But Dodge’s beast of a four-door does run with a pretty legendary crowd.

Lamborghini Diablo – Top Speed: 202 mph

Ferrari F50 – Top Speed: 202 mph

Ferrari 458 Speciale – Top Speed: 202

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 – Top Speed: 202

Porsche 911 Turbo S – Top Speed: 197 mph

Nissan GTR – Top Speed: 196 mph

Source: Business Insider

Revealed: How Arab playboys fly their supercars into London on chartered cargo jets

Revealed: How Arab playboys fly their supercars into London on chartered cargo jets

Supercars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis take to the skies each year as rich Arab playboys bring their vehicles from the Middle East to London, usually for just a few weeks over summer.

The car owners, many of them from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait, will happily pay a small fortune – in excess of £20,000 for a return journey – for their metal marvels to be flown around 3,000 miles, and often leave them parked up on the streets of Knightsbridge.

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Qatar Airways is one such airline that ships the luxury cars from Doha to Heathrow. Secured to the floor of one of their Airbus A330s, the precious cargo can either be accommodated in a single row or in a side-by-side configuration.

Using their main and lower deck, the airline offers 31 positions on each flight.

Daniel Hallworth, managing director of Dan Car Logistics, which specialises in air freight, told MailOnline: ‘The Arabs often use agents to arrange their cars to be flown to the UK – and some of these guys can have two or three cars that they bring over for just one month.

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‘Once here, they can legally drive it for up to two months. A lot of them tour – so they may come to London for a bit and then truck their vehicle to much sunnier places like Marbella to extend their fun.’

Mr Hallworth, whose company is based in Manchester, said that a car such as a Ferrari or McLaren can cost up to £5,000 to transport each way, while a Bugatti Veyron would be about £6,000 per journey.

Revealed: How Arab playboys fly their supercars into London on chartered cargo jets

Revealed: How Arab playboys fly their supercars into London on chartered cargo jets

Source: Daily Mail

Gold Ferrari is one of the World’s Most Extravagant Cars

Gold Ferrari is Possibly World's Most Extravagant Car

Tourists and car enthusiasts have been flocking to one of London’s wealthiest districts to catch a closer glimpse of some of the world’s most extravagant super cars.

Many of the impressive vehicles are owned by mega-rich Arabs and wealthy playboys, from the likes of Dubai and Kuwait, who have their expensive cars delivered to west London where many spend their summer holidays.

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One of the most eye-catching of the luxury vehicles is a gold-plated Ferrari 458 that has been spotted in the streets of Knightsbridge and Kensington after being seen in Cannes in southern France earlier this week.

Many of the super cars are reportedly owned by Emiratis and Kuwaitis who have the vehicles delivered to west London where they spend their summer holidays.

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Source: Daily Mail 

Lexus May Bring Back Its LFA Supercar — 30 Years From Now

Lexus May Bring Back Its LFA Supercar — 30 Years From Now

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, could be planning to bring back a supercar that it stopped making in 2012.

Bloomberg’s recently reported that the LFA, a $375,000 sports chariot that was intended to go up against Lamborghinis and Ferraris and high-end Porsches, could be revived for a second run.

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There’s just one catch: The arrival of a new LFA could take…30 years!

In the meantime, the video below memorializes what a lot of people really loved about the LFA: The way it sounded!

Source: Business Insider

The Arab Supercar Tour Continued to Cannes

The Arab Supercar Tour Continued to Cannes

These glamorous playthings of multi-millionaires are usually seen parading along the seafront of Dubai or locked up in the spacious garages of Riyadh.

But dozens of stunning supercars owned by mega-rich Arabs recently descended on the glamorous city of Cannes on the south coast of France – days after many were seen jamming the streets of Knightsbridge in London.

Wealthy playboys from Dubai and Kuwait have had their expensive toys delivered to the French Riviera where many spend their holidays in the summer months.

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The vehicles are tailor made special versions of famous models from car makers like Ferarri, Lamborghini and Bentley – and are certainly turning heads in the resort.

The owners seemed trusting enough to leave their luxury vehicles parked up on the side of the road while tourists walk past in amazement.

The vehicles include an X-Bow, a McLaren, a number of Lamborghinis and Ferraris of differing colours, parked up alongside luxury hotels and restaurants in the French Riviera destination.

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Paul Wallace, who runs the YouTube channel Supercars of London, played down their bad behaviour. He said: ‘August always proves to be the best time of year for petrolheads to see their dream machines on the road.

‘Having seen the change in driving styles and cars, I still can’t believe the police presence and residents kicking up a fuss. For four weeks out of 52, these super-wealthy individuals come and pump millions of pounds into the UK economy.

‘Not only that, they fulfil many car fan’s dream by bringing super rare Bugatti Veyrons, or special edition Paganis. I feel sorry for these guys coming here with their expensive toys as they get harassed by police.’

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Source: Daily Mail

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster to Debut at Pebble Beach

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster to Debut at Pebble Beach

The 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is set to make its worldwide debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It will also appear alongside the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo from the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.

Under the hood, the car features the same engine as the V12 Vantage S coupe. That is an uprated version of the normally-aspirated 5.9-liter V12 AM28 engine which is actually the fifth generation of Aston Martin’s 5.9-liter V12 engine.

In 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster guise, this powerplant delivers a total of 565 hp therefore matching the power produced by the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish from the same engine. This horsepower figure then represents a 55 hp gain over the regular Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

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In addition to the increased horsepower, the 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster now produces 457 lb-ft of torque, which is a 37 lb-ft gain over the regular V12 Vantage.

This powerful engine is then mated to a seven-speed automated manual transmission taken from the V8 Vantage and outfitted with a longer drive ratio for higher top speeds. The transmission is operated via steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

As a result of this power and torque, the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster will hit 100 km/h from a standstill in a mere 4.0 seconds with an impressive top speed of 323 km/h (201 mph) possible.

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Source: GT Spirit

Supercar Dating Website Launched For Luxury Car Owners

Supercar Dating Website Launched For Luxury Car Owners

Only men owning pricey luxury vehicles such as Lamborghinis, Porsches and Ferraris are allowed to sign up to a brand new dating site, where women list their favourite cars in a bid to bag themselves a rich car lover.

SupercarDating.com, aims to put “fine living companions” in the passenger seat next to wealthy single men.

Site creator Sangeeth Segaram – who drives a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 costing around £300,000 – came up with the idea because he said he struggled to find a genuine date despite being a loaded property developer.

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He said: “I spoke to many female colleagues about online dating and the general consensus was that lots of men pretend to be wealthy.

“Carrying property deeds and bank statements on first dates is cumbersome, so I conceived the idea that performance car ownership would provide a glimpse of a date’s wealth.

“Our site enables efficient dating between supercar owners and companions that share a passion for the supercar lifestyle, such as Michelin dining, jet set holidays and high octane experiences.”

But Sangeeth reckons once the fast-lane thrills are over, it’s down to the personality of the potential match to figure whether a date was a success or not.

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He said: “Beyond the first 10-15 minutes of a supercar date, the chemistry is down to the humour, charisma and personality of the dates – owning a V12 engine isn’t an antidote.

“No-one needs to date a supercar owner, but it’s a question of whether you would like to try something that’s different. It’s whatever happens on the date that counts.”

Sangeeth recommends that first dates, which would most likely involve alcohol, should not be in the supercars for safety reasons.

The site is offering free annual membership until the end of January 2015, before it costs £220 per year.

Source: Daily Star