China’s First Supercar debuts on the Shanghai Auto Show

China’s First Supercar debuts on the Shanghai Auto Show

This is the Qiantu K50 Event!, China’s first home-grown electric supercar, which debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show. The Qiantu K50 Event! will be launched on the Chinese car market in 2016, priced around 700.000 yuan, which is about the same as the Tesla Model S costs in China.

The Qiantu K50 Event! is based on the CH Auto Event concept that debuted last year on the Beijing Auto Show. Production was confirmed in October last year. The company that will build the cars is called Qiantu Qiche (前途汽车), which literally translates as ‘Future Auto’.

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CH Auto, a major Chinese automotive design & development company, is the largest shareholder of Qiantu Qiche.

Qiantu had three cars on show: a racy variant with a shipload of extra wings and two standard cars that look pretty much like last year’s concept. The Qiantu K50 Event! is powered by an electric motor with an output of 400hp and 650nm, sending power to the rear wheels.

Claimed specifications: top speed of 200 kilometers per hour, 0-100 in five seconds. Range 200 kilometer. Battery: 41.1kWh lithium-ion. Charging takes six hours on 220V. Curb weight is 1685 kilo.

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Source: Car News China

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Dubai Police supercar tops list of fastest law-enforcement vehicles

Dubai Police supercar tops list of fastest law-enforcement vehicles

Police in Dubai have no excuse to not catch a speeding motorist as they have the world’s fastest street-legal car in their arsenal, the Bugatti Veyron, which has topped a list of fastest law-enforcement vehicles in emerging countries.

Capable of hitting a top speed of 407kph, the 16-cylinder Bugatti Veyron churns out 1,200 horsepower, allowing it to reach 100kph in just 2.5 seconds, making it able to catch any speeding motorist. The vehicle is the jewel in the crown of Dubai Police’s fleet of luxury cars, which they use to promote their image and to encourage interaction with the public.

Dubai Police chief Maj Gen Khamis Al Muzeina said previously that the force uses the cars to enhance its presence at landmark sites, where a majority of tourists frequent, adding that the police stay up-to-date with the latest cars and technology to ensure the best safety and security services.

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The force also has a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 in its ranks, which is second on the list, a supercar that has recently been acquired by Vietnam as the Southeast Asian country looks to boost its ability to serve and protect. The Aventador, a feature in several police fleets around the world, tops out at 349kph, making other high-speed sports cars drivers think twice before putting the pedal to the metal.

Exotic car maker Lamborghini finds itself again on the list at number three with the Gallardo LP560-4. Accelerating up to 100kph in 3.7 seconds, police in Indonesia are only showing off this beauty in a shopping mall at the moment. If it ever hits the streets, the Gallardo will be capable of maxing out at 330kph.

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A Gulf police force crops up again on the list as Qatari cops have a Porsche Panamera, which comes fourth. The Panamera, the country’s fastest police cruiser, can climb to a speed of 318kph. And with the Qatari government holding a stake in the German high-end car maker, Porsches make up the bulk of the nation’s fleet of cruisers.

Coming in at number five is the Chevrolet Camaro, which Mexican police patrol their streets with at speeds of up to 249kph. Although the Camaro is well behind the blistering speeds of the Bugatti Veyron, those on the wrong side of the law should take note that it can accelerate from 0-100kph in only 4.9 seconds.

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Source: The National

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Superyacht with a helipad, submarine storage… and its own infinity pool

Superyacht with a helipad, submarine storage... and its own infinity pool

When the ultra-rich splash out on a new superyacht, they expect it to come with all the latest accessories. And that’s exactly what they get with the 223ft Explorer, which comes with its own helipad, infinity pool and plenty for space for supercar and jetski storage.

With space for 12 lucky guests on board, the concept yacht from British yacht designer Tony Castro is the ultimate toy for the extremely wealthy and has been dubbed the ‘Range Rover of the seas’.

It was designed to withstand any weather conditions and is sturdy enough to circumnavigate the globe – all while looking incredibly stylish, of course. When it comes to transporting all those extras any cruising millionaire needs to hand, there’s plenty of space for all of them.

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The company explains: ‘With a large carrying capacity for toys and tenders, she is capable of carrying a helicopter in a climate controlled garage, twin limo tenders, car, submarine, jetskis, paddleboards and a variety of inflatables water toys.’

But of course, the life of the ultra-wealthy comes at a cost. According to Tony Castro Design, the superyacht costs approximately 40million euros (around £29million/$43million) to build, which means it is likely to cost even more to purchase.

While the yacht has been designed with ‘rugged utilitarian-looking aesthetics’, it is actually a sumptuous retreat at sea. For the 12 guests, there is space on the yacht for 15 crew, ensuring there is nothing always someone on hand to make sure the journey goes smoohtly.

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The designers explain: ‘Her unique layout holds a full beam enclosed observation deck with opening roof, cinema, beach club, sauna, scuba diving pool, gymnasium, pool, wine cellar and ample space to accommodate a total of 12 guests.’

And of course, there are all the other luxurious finishing touches you would expect to find on board. The guests of honour can enjoy accommodation in the Master Cabin or VIP suite, while others can choose between four other double guest cabins.

There are also plenty of ‘terrace’ area, with sunloungers, giving the impression of sitting on the beach as the water laps the sands. In reality, the wooden areas just out into the sea with ladders down so guests can take a dip to cool off whenever they wish.

And the entire design is offset with panoramic windows offering views across the ocean.

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Source: Daily Mail

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Explore Singapore in an Uber supercar

Explore Singapore in an Uber supercar

In cities such as London and New York, the taxi app Uber has already radically altered the local transport network. In the former, black-cab drivers have blocked the streets in protest against the app; in the latter, Uber services are more prolific than the city’s iconic yellow cabs.

Now the service is set to make its mark on the roadways of Singapore too, but in an entirely different way. In place of the Priuses that are most associated with the service elsewhere, Uber users in the city can now have the option of booking supercars for their journeys.

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Upon requesting “supercar” on the app, it will be possible for customers to request that either a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder or Maserati GranTurismo Coupe takes them to their destination. For now the cars are being made available on a trial basis, until May 20, in collaboration with local company Dream Drive.

Efficient though public transport options in the city are, the service is likely to prove popular with tourists who wish to explore the city in an unconventional way. The base fare to travel by Lamborghini is $200 (£100), which also covers the first 15 minutes of passengers’ journeys; a $7 (£3.50) charge will be applied for each additional minute in the car. For those travelling by Maserati, the base far is $165 (£82), which again includes the first 15 minutes of travel and is subject to an additional $7 charge per subsequent minute in transit.

Source: The Telegraph

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Ultimate GTI supercar hits GT6 world

Ultimate GTI supercar hits GT6 world

Volkswagen, the inventor of the GTI, has launched the latest descendant of the original hot hatch on the digital race circuit.

Gran Turismo 6 fans can now download the VW GTI Supersport, a 370kW digital supercar. A 635Nm VR6 TSI, seven-speed double-clutch transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive take the virtual Veedub from 0-100km in 3.6 seconds and on to more than 300km/h.

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The basic shape is still a two-box hatch, but it’s been lowered, widened and body-kitted for a radical stance, with lots of carbon-fibre components to lower the centre of gravity and raise its power-to-weight ratio to hair-raising 295kW per ton.

Wide body flares provide homes for the special 20-inch alloys and ventilation ducts for the rear brakes, while a big roof-edge spoiler and rear diffuser deliver the downforce for fast lap-times.

Download it to your Playstation in silver, red, blue or white – and don’t be surprised if you see something very similar ‘in the metal’ at the Worthersee GTI-Treffen gathering in May 2015.

Source: IOL Motoring

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Britain’s top supercar saleswoman Saba Amari reveals tricks of selling dream motors

Britain's top supercar saleswoman Saba Amari reveals tricks of selling dream motors

A new Channel 4 series has been shining a light on the UK’s billion-pound supercar industry, where some of the best salespeople can turn over millions of pounds of profit every year.

While mere mortals might only dream of getting behind the wheel of some of these ultimate driving machines, a select portion of the world’s population are trading them like toys.

The supercar business is unashamedly male-dominated – these are the original boys toys, after all.

Yet one woman is breaking the mould, with a little help from her car-loving husband.

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Preston-based Saba Syed and husband Sheikh Amari have been married for 12 years and run one of the country’s leading supercar dealerships exporting dream cars across the globe.

While Sheikh buys the cars, Saba does the selling and isn’t afraid to be a woman in a man’s world. In fact, she thinks her gender helps her sell more cars.

In Supercars: The Million Pound Motors, she says: ‘It just feels great to be that one person who’s not the stereotype.’

Saba says that she can tell straight away what a customer wants: ‘My focus is on the lifestyle choice. I firmly believe that anyone who comes in knows whether they want to buy or not.

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‘You live once, you work hard. They’re buying into a lifestyle of luxury.’

Although the premium car market might traditionally be seen as something that men enjoy more, Saba says more and more women are coming into the showroom.

Watch the advert for the programme, currently available on demand, below…

Source: Daily Mail

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Video: Meet the M-Zero, India’s First Supercar

Video: Meet the M-Zero, India's First Supercar

Introducing Mean Metal Motors – an automotive start-up which is working on India’s first supercar. Called the M-Zero, it has 4 teams from 4 countries working on turning this dream in to reality.

While the teams in Portugal and Italy take care of body and styling, the UK team looks after the simulations and analysis. The remaining one i.e. the team in India, is responsible for the engine, transmission, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, electronics, and energy storage systems.

The M-Zero will get a light-weight carbon-fibre monocoque tub chassis, which will give provide the required rigidity. Though it will be designed by these folks at Mean Metal Motors, it will then be given to various parts manufacturers for production.

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About the engine – it will be a parallel hybrid mid-engined supercar. Sarthak Paul, founder and director, said they’re planning on getting either a 4.0-litre AMG V8 bi-turbo or the 4.8-litre NA V10, though the procurement process is yet to be initiated. Sarthak adds that they are targeting the 500+bhp mark for the power output.

Since this is a parallel hybrid supercar, there will be an electric motor involved. The electric motor will be capable of producing approximately 250bhp, which, in turn, will give the M-Zero a combined power tally of 750+bhp. The total torque developed will be 900Nm.

Mean Metal Motors is currently looking for funds, and intends to raise $7 million in the first round of funding, which will help them make their first prototype. The manufacturing facility, sadly, will not be in India but in a Scandinavian country. Also, the market they’re looking at is Europe.

Source: NDTV

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