The start-up that’s built a supercar

The start-up that’s built a supercar

 

This is the Vencer Sarthe, a £250,000 supercar conceived by a former plumber from Holland. That may not sound too promising, says Steve Sutcliffe in Autocar, but in reality the car is surprisingly effective. It is an attempt to capture the spirit of the 1980s Le Mans race cars that so transfixed the creator, Robert Cobben, when he was a young boy.

Cobben and his “amiable team of ten or so employees” aim to build just 12 cars a year, says Sutcliffe. But Cobben should have no trouble finding buyers for them. The car will not be to everyone’s taste – it purposely eschews “all the regular electronic trickery” you find in most modern supercars – but it is designed to be reasonably practical for road use and it looks “pretty spectacular”.

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Fire up the V8 engine and drive off, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised: “not for one moment does it feel like it was built or engineered by anyone other than people who knew what they were doing”. And it’s unlike anything you’ll have driven before: it’s unfeasibly rapid with sophisticated and responsive handling, and the engine “war cry” sounds “very, very lovely indeed”. It’s a dream come true for Cobben – and will be too for the 12 lucky customers.

The car makes quite an impression, says Ciprian Florea on Topseed.com, but should Ferrari and Lamborghini be worried? Well, the limited production run alone would suggest not. Vencer is still in its infancy and only time will tell if the tiny start-up will survive. But it is a “breath of fresh air”: very few carmakers make supercars “the old-fashioned way”, so the Vencer delivers what few other modern supercars can. It gives new meaning to the concept of the supercar.

Price: £250,000.
Top speed: 210mph.
0-62mph: 3.6 seconds.
Economy: 21mpg.
Engine: V8, 6282cc, supercharged, petrol.
Power: 622bhp at 6,500rpm.
Torque: 618lb ft at 4,000rpm.

Source: MoneyWeek

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Supercar Suicide: Ferrari F430 Spider Crashes into Austrian Lake

Supercar Suicide: Ferrari F430 Spider Crashes into Austrian Lake

There’s no coming back for this red beauty. After veering off the road, the 36-year-old driver of this bright red Ferrari F430 Spider crashed into a lake somewhere in Austria.

Reports on the ground suggest the Prancing Horse careered down a 70 meter hill before plunging head first into the two-meter-deep pond.

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Thankfully, the driver escaped unhurt, and was able to call the emergency services from a nearby house. Firefighters arrived shortly thereafter, removing the Italian exotic.

While it appears to have minimal cosmetic damage, a drowned engine means the supercar will likely never run again.

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Source: Carbuzz.com

The 10 Best Supercars of 2014

2014 will be remembered as the year the supercar went high-tech; the year in which hybrid technology, once the butt of numerous jokes, came of age and found itself powering some of the most desirable, prestigious and expensive new cars money could buy. T

his was, in other words, a watershed year, and the cars it produced will set a trend for supercars and hypercars for years to come.

But which of this year’s supercars are our favourites? Well, you’re about to find out – so grab a cuppa and 5 minutes and see whether you agree with these top 10 picks!

10. The Nissan GT-R. “But the Nissan GT-R’s been around since the time of Isambard Kingdom Brunel,” I hear you cry. Well, yes and no, because while this 2014 version might be pretty similar on the surface to its predecessor, under the skin it’s a very different animal, with a host of changes have dropped the 0-62mph time to a stonking 2.9 seconds.

Nissan GTR

9. The Ferrari California T. While the California was never loved by the purists, it’s become one of Ferrari’s most successful models – and this heavy revamp, complete with the addition of a turbocharged engine, has turned it into a true supercar. Indeed, if it weren’t for the glut of utterly excellent new models that are just that smidge more exciting to drive, it’d rank far higher here.

The Ferrari California T

8. At number 8, it’s another Italian. Well, what supercar roundup would be complete without them? This time, it’s a Lamborghini – the Huracan, to be precise, which with 602bhp and four-wheel drive has proven itself an adept successor to the Gallardo.

Lamborghini Huracan

7. From Germany this year came the replacement for the loud, proud Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – the new Mercedes-AMG GT. And we were pleased to find out that it’s louder and prouder than its predecessor, not to mention a good deal more precise to drive, too.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

6. In 6th place, the remarkable McLaren 650S. The looks, an amalgam of 12C tail and P1-esque nose, are a perfect metaphor for the 650S’s place in the McLaren range – part-way between one and t’other, to be precise.

McLaren 650S

5. And in 5th, easily the most potent supercar to have been launched this year is the Koenigsegg One:1. There’s no hybrid trickery here; just a gurt big supercharged V8, and with a faintly ridiculous 1,341bhp and 1,011lb ft of torque, it can hurl you to 249mph from a standstill in just 20 seconds – and then stop again in just 10. Big, but not all that clever, then – but who cares when it’s this obscenely quick?

Koenigsegg One:1

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4. One of this year’s most talked about supercars is in 4th place – the BMW i8. OK, so it’s a little outgunned in this company, but it can still hit 62mph in 4.4 seconds, which is quick enough for most people – and that it can achieve more than 130mpg through a combination of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo and an electric motor is nothing short of incredible.

BMW i8

3. In 3rd place, the first of the true hybrid supercars. The Porsche 918 Spyder is an enthralling, exciting hypercar that, were it not for Ferrari and McLaren, would have moved the game on tenfold. Powered by a 4.6-litre V8 engine and not one, but two electric motors, it’s capable of a total of 881bhp – good for 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds.

Porsche 918 Spyder

2. In 2nd, it’s that Ferrari with the funny name. Yes, the LaFerrari is a deeply impressive bit of kit that proves that even a company like Ferrari can be environmentally friendly. Well, sort of. What’s certain is that it loses none of its essential Ferrari-ness thanks to the addition of the electric powertrain – with which, incidentally, it’s capable of producting 950bhp.

LaFerrari

1. But our top supercar of 2014 – does it come as any great surprise? – is the McLaren P1. With a driving experience that’s as visceral as it is accessible, it looks like a UFO and garners about as much attention on the High Street as if one had landed. It is, in our estimation, the top of the class of 2014.

McLaren P1

Source: Telegraph

Superyacht Comes With Solar Helipad And Matching Supercar

Superyacht Comes With Solar Helipad And Matching Supercar

The Xhibitionist is a superyacht inspired by the shape of an automobile and the brainchild of renown Swedish-based designer, Eduard Gray.

The inner spaces of the yacht can be rearranged into a car showroom, a retail space or a luxury lounge.

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The hood of the yacht opens to release solar panels that can provide power to the vessel.

The panels are also sturdy enough to act as helipad, or a performance space. The yacht also comes with a custom supercar known as the Xhibit-G.

Superyacht Comes With Solar Helipad And Matching Supercar

Superyacht Comes With Solar Helipad And Matching Supercar

Superyacht Comes With Solar Helipad And Matching Supercar

Source: Business Insider

Velvet Rolls Royce: £300k supercar given furry makeover

Velvet Rolls Royce: £300k supercar given furry makeover

Velvet cars appear the latest craze for the super rich after this Rolls Royce was spotted in London.

Passers-by stopped to stroke the £300,000 supercar outside Harrods in swanky Knightsbridge.

The durable fabric is supposed to be weather resistant for those with a spare £3,000 and want their motor to stand out.

Christmas shoppers stopped and stared at the Phantom drophead coupe and took to Twitter to post pictures of it online.

It comes after a black velvet Porsche became an internet sensation when it was seen in the capital last summer.

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Created by Velvet Car, a French company specialising in luxurious films and accessories, the service involves ‘wrapping’ the cars in a durable and weather resistant fibre.

A spokesman for the firm, which supplies the material to garages in the UK and overseas, said that the material, called Velvet Elite 9100, allows car owners to better express their style.

The fibre comes in a range of colours – including fuchsia pink and orange – and is available for all vehicle types.

It is coated with special adhesives and durable textile fibers to withstand severe weather condition.

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The material will last roughly three years and, if the mystery owner has a change of heart, the wrap can be removed by professionals restoring the car to a just off the production line state.

It can be cleaned by hand or using a normal jet wash, without requiring any special products.

A British company, Raccoon, was responsible for the UK’s first velvet-covered car and has completed eight wrappings – mainly for customers who were looking to stand out.

Spokeswoman Alison Clark said: “It tends to be people looking to make a statement.”

Source: The Mirror

Supercar Dating Website Promotes “High Octane” Passion

Supercar Dating Website Promotes “High Octane” Passion

If you’re part of the 1% who owns a high-performance vehicle but not a significant other, a UK-based social media and supercar dating website claims to have what you need: partners who “share passion for high octane experiences.”

Its slogan? “Test Drive Your Date.”

Calling itself the “world’s first wealthy dating social and networking club exclusively for Supercar/High Performance Car owners and Fine Living Companions,” $upercar Dating is a UK-based website for wealthy auto enthusiasts who need a little romantic assistance. After all, finding true love (or a good time without strings attached) can be difficult for the ultra-wealthy.

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The site was started by a young Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster owner looking to connect auto afficianados through $upercar Dating and $upercar Circle (social networking) services. It’s currently open to UK and EU residents and supercar owners only, but will expand to North America, Australia, and Russia once the site launches in 2015.

While the supercar dating site is dedicated to owners of Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferrarris, Bugattis, Lotuses, and so forth, those looking to enjoy wealth are still encouraged to enroll as a “Fine Living Companion” (yes, that’s the official name). These members don’t have to own a supercar but can only participate in the social network via special invitation. Not just anyone can enjoy the organized date parties which include Michelin fine dining and private track days.

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It’s difficult to ignore the gut reaction to $upercar Dating as a place for people with too much money and not enough social skills, but it’s probably difficult for the wealthy to date without fear of gold-diggers, Fiat Multipla drivers, and those who prefer being chauffeured around. Why shouldn’t they get an equal shot, just like sea captains and crazy cat people do?

And a love of lavish cars is trait we certainly endorse.

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Source: The News Wheel

Ferrari 250 owner sets new DVLA record for a vanity plate by paying £518k for ’25 O’

Ferrari 250 owner sets new DVLA record for a vanity plate by paying £518k for '25 O'

A classic car dealer has boosted the Treasury’s coffers by spending a record-breaking £518,000 on a government-owned registration plate.

John Collins paid £518,480 at the DVLA auction for “25 O” which he is putting on his £10 million Ferrari.

The vanity plate is regarded as one of the most desirable registrations because it can be attached to the most valuable cars ever built.

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This includes the £10 million Ferrari 250 GT SWB, £20 million Ferrari 250 TR and £35 million Ferrari 250 GTO.

The amount smashes the previous DVLA record of £352,411 which was spent on “1D” in 2009.

It was offered with a reserve of just £4,000 but pre-sale interest meant bidding started at £50,000 and soon shot up.

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Offers on the phone, online and in the saleroom quickly exceeded £250,000, and £300,000 and with auctioneer Dave Hawes eventually bringing the hammer down at £400,000.

When VAT and buyer’s premium is added, the final cost for the plate was £518,480.

John Collins, a car collector and owner of Talacrest, a Ferrari dealership in Ascot, Berkshire, won the auction.

He also spent £130,000 on the ‘250 L’ for his Ferrari 250 Lusso and £3,000 on ‘500 FER’ at the auction in Glamorgan.

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Mr Collins said: “It is the ultimate plate for the ultimate car. I could have bought a really good Ferrari for the money.

“But I decided I really wanted the plate and I wasn’t going to stop bidding on it.

“Every time I put a bid in, the underbidder responded straight away. The plate could possibly have been the first £1 million personalised registration!”

“It is a lot of money, but I was calm as I have been in auction situations before where I have bid more than $20 million on a car.

“When the hammer went down I was really happy, it is a record for a DVLA registration plate.

“I am going to be putting it on a very special Ferrari 250 SWB which used to belong to Eric Clapton.

“I also bought ‘250L’ which is going on a £2.25 million Ferrari 250 Lusso and ‘500 FER’ which was a bargain at £3,000.”

All of the hammer price and the tax on the buyer’s premium goes to the treasury while the buyer’s premium goes to the firm with the contract for DVLA auctions.

Jody Davies, DVLA personalised registrations’ events manager, said: “What a spectacular way to mark our 150th auction during our 25th Anniversary year.

“While we had high hopes for both registrations, we never dreamt they would be so successful auction during our 25th and enable us to make history for the DVLA.”

Source: Telegraph