Inside The Secret Chinese Supercar Subculture Of Southern California

Inside The Secret Chinese Supercar Subculture Of Southern California

The Chinese government does not like its country’s ultra-rich to show off their wealth. But their reach doesn’t seem to cover Southern California, where the children of China’s elite get to show off. How? With Lamborghinis and Maseratis, of course.

Chinese elite send their children to study in the United States. When they do, their parents give them enough money to buy as nice a car as they want.

Since flaunting your wealth is still frowned upon, these young, rich students organize private meets to see each other’s rides.

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Vocativ went to one of these meets and found a secretive car culture straight out of a movie.

“Why did you pick this car?” asks the interviewer of a student who picked up a $270,000 Ferrari California. Here’s the guy’s response, which is indicative of the spending power these kids command.

This is not altogether different from what you find in many areas with rich Chinese students. Vancouver has a bit of a reputation for this. And China isn’t the only country exports its wealthy kids to lead to supercar booms elsewhere.

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London is known for its Supercar Summer, where the wealthiest children of the Gulf states ride Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and everything else.

Watch the full video above to get a sense of why these kids drive Audis to school, but keep their top-of-the-line Maserati in the garage.

Source: Jalopnik.com

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New pic of ‘baby’ McLaren supercar

New pic of ‘baby’ McLaren supercar

Top Gear has revealed that McLaren’s upcoming, entry-level supercar will have at least one door.

This news comes off the back of McLaren’s latest teaser image for the ‘baby’ supercar, part of Woking’s new ‘Sports Series’ range. As you can see, there is a rather cool door involved.

And it’s no ordinary door, but a vertically opening dihedral door. They suspect there shall be another, too.

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What else do we know about the Sports Series? It’ll go up against both the new Mercedes-AMG GT S and Porsche 911 Turbo, and is expected to arrive around April 2015.

It’ll be based on a spin-off of the carbon fibre tubs used in the McLaren 650S and P1, with aluminium body panels and a variation of the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed dual clutch ‘box.

We’ll find out more as McLaren continues its #BlackSwanMoments teaser campaign for the Sports Series range so stay tuned.

You can of course, read more about the car codenamed P13 here, and check out TG’s verdict on the Mercedes-AMG GT S here.

New pic of ‘baby’ McLaren supercar

New pic of ‘baby’ McLaren supercar

Source: Top Gear

Koenigsegg One:1 Races The World’s First Truck Equipped With A Dual-Clutch Gearbox: Video

Koenigsegg One:1 Races The World’s First Truck Equipped With A Dual-Clutch Gearbox: Video

Volvo Trucks, a separate entity to the Volvo car brand, is renowned for its out of the ordinary ad campaigns, like the 2012 campaign where a woman walked a tightrope between two moving trucks, or the more recent one where Jean-Claude VanDamme did the splits standing on the side mirrors of two trucks rolling in reverse.

Now Volvo Trucks is taking on an almost impossible challenge, racing the world’s most powerful car, the 1,341-horsepower (1,360 hp in metric figures) One:1 supercar from fellow Swedish brand Koenigsegg. With only 540 hp, the Volvo FH truck in this latest video is clearly outmatched by the One:1, however, sitting behind the wheel is none other than British racer and television personality Tiff Needell.

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Furthermore, in this challenge the One:1 will have to complete two laps of Sweden’s Knutstorp race track while the FH, the world’s first heavy-duty truck to be equipped with a dual-clutch transmission, only needs to complete a single lap. Volvo Trucks likes to boast that its new transmission, dubbed the I-Shift Dual Clutch, is based on sports car technology, so where better to demonstrate its performance than on the track—and up against what’s potentially the world’s fastest car.

We won’t spoil the results so go ahead and click play to watch who comes out on top…

Source: Motor Authority

Historic British Brand Lister Teases New ‘Hypercar’

Historic British Brand Lister Teases New ‘Hypercar’

Earlier this year we received news about the revival of historic British brand Lister, a brand that dates back to the 1950s and produced a supercar called the Storm during the early ‘90s.

Originally, the revived Lister was to produce recreations of the brand’s famous ‘Knobbly’ racing car, campaigned by drivers such as Stirling Moss in the ’50s, but it appears it will launch some modern cars as well, including possibly a new ‘hypercar.’

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Yes, the modern Lister, led by Lawrence Whittaker and his son Andrew, have announced plans to launch a high-end performance model that it says will return the brand to the “leading edge of low-volume sports car manufacturing in the U.K. as well as Asia and North America.”

The project is still at a very early stage but these teaser sketches show that the design of the new Lister will be influenced by the previous Storm supercar, of which 90 were built for road use and a handful more for GT racing.

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Lister says the new car will have a price tag of £2 million (approximately $3.2 million), putting it into the same category as the world’s most potent supercars—at least in terms of pricing—such as those from Bugatti and Koenigsegg. In other words, it’s going to need world-beating performance.

The company is currently seeking investors for the new project.

Historic British Brand Lister Teases New ‘Hypercar’

Source: Motor Authority

McDonalds use a Lamborghini and Ferrari to deliver meals

McDonalds use a Lamborghini and Ferrari to deliver meals

Forget the zippy motorbikes to get the delivery of burgers and fries to arrive on your doorstep as fast as possible – McDonald’s fast food giant has pulled out the big guns with flashy sports cars.

A white Lamborghini and red Ferrari were parked outside the South Melbourne outlet which was one of the first suburbs to trial the home delivery service back in July.

The gleaming cars attracted a lot of attention from impressed customers who were taking photos on their phones of the new high-end delivery vehicles.

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The extravagant delivery service comes as the global net income of the major food supplier has recorded a profit drop of 30 per cent in the last quarter ending September 30.

Meanwhile, 20 restaurants throughout Brisbane will join the home delivery trial during November and December.

There are least seven Sydney outlets and three stores in Melbourne that have already jumped on board the online delivery service trial.

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Many of the items on McDonalds regular menu will be available with the delivery service, including Big Macs, french fries and healthy options like wraps and salads.

Customers must order a minimum of $25 and are charged a $4.95 delivery fee.

Source: Mail Online

The Dutch Build A Supercar You Have To See

The Dutch Build A Supercar You Have To See

It took a little while before the Vencer Sarthe went from early computer models to its real-life debut last year. But the company didn’t stop there, reworking the design even further before the first units were actually completed.

With the Dutch supercar finally actually in production, it’s time to find out if the mid-engine coupe lives up to the wait, and Autocar is putting the Sarthe to the test.

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In many ways, the Vencer has a very old-school, minimalist vibe. Unlike many modern supercars, there are no electric motors to offer hybrid power or a trick all-wheel-drive setup for added traction.

The Sarthe just shoves a supercharged 6.3-liter V8 pumping out 622 horsepower and 618 pound-feet of torque and six-speed manual behind the driver in a space-frame chassis.

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While anti-lock brakes are a small modern concession, the vehicle otherwise lacks any electronic aids, like traction control or stability control.Even the interior is pared down to the bare essentials with only a central screen for the gauges and a handful of buttons.

Is there still room in the supercar realm for a model that is so assertively primordial? Take a ride with Autocar to see if the Vencer can stand up to modern times.

Source: Autoblog

Watch a rocket-powered bicycle outrun a supercar

Watch a rocket-powered bicycle outrun a supercar

You probably don’t think of bicycles as speed demons, but Arnold Nearcher and François Gissy would beg to differ. They’ve respectively developed and raced a rocket-powered bike that just broke a world speed record for the vehicle class, hitting a brisk 207MPH.

It’s not the fastest two-wheeler of any kind, but the acceleration (maximum speed arrives in five seconds) is enough to put supercars to shame.

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As you’ll see in the video below, the machine can outrun a light-yet-powerful Ferrari F430 Scuderia without breaking a sweat.

Given the dangers involved, you won’t be riding a rocket bike on your daily commute any time soon. Still, it’s an impressive feat — think of it as poetic justice for every time a motorist has cut you off while you’re pedaling down the street.

Source: Engadget