Supercar Origami: This McLaren P1 Is Made Out Of Paper

Supercar Origami: This McLaren P1 Is Made Out Of Paper

You can attempt to make your own for under five bucks. Let’s face it. You’re never going to own a McLaren P1. A real one, we mean.

This paper-made version, however, is slightly more attainable – as long as you have the dexterity, patience and hours of spare time to construct it.

The artist behind this amazing example of supercar origami is Taras Lesko, who first appeared on our radar with his eight-foot-long paper Lamborghini Aventador.

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The McLaren Paper 1 is made from gluing together textured printed templates, utilizing 139 parts and 40 pages.

With stunning attention to detail – the wheels and spoilers are particularly impressive – the end result is clearly worth the effort.

So if you fancy a go, head to the Visual Spicer website and either download a PDF ($3.99) or print a template for $24.99.

Source: CarBuzz.com

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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

The Supercar Battle Of The YEAR: Ferrari LaFerrari vs McLaren P1

The Supercar Battle Of The YEAR: Ferrari LaFerrari vs McLaren P1

2014 will go down as the year of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder. They are the latest and greatest in terms of road cars that are enormously capable.

Would you call them daily drivers? I think you’d be hard pressed to do so, however, they are the best pieces of engineering that bring race car technology to the road. Expect this to trickle down into more common road cars down the road.

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One thing that I don’t believe anyone has really done is get them all together. Especially the Ferrari. With these absurdly priced machines, it’s not surprising that all of the companies are cage-y about doing head-to-head comparisons. I guess I can understand it from their shoes, but it’s a bit of a bummer for the number crunchers and car geeks.

Thankfully though, CAR got their hands on the Ferrari and McLaren to do some driving in the same conditions on the same roads.

So, WHICH is the better absurdly expensive and capable supercar? I’ll leave you to it to find out for yourself, below!

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Is The McLaren P1 The Most Awesome Supercar Ever?

McLaren P1

Reasons the McLaren P1 is awesome number 1: it has a centrally mounted exhaust which is spitting flames more often than not. That’s pretty cool!

The P1’s so-called IPAS hybrid powertrain (i.e. Instant Power Assist System which is McLaren-talk for the hybrid setup used on Formula One cars), can boom out 903 hp and slings you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds.

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On the track, the P1 is astonishing. The specially formulated Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires — 19 inches in front and 20 inches in back — work overtime with the P1’s intricate adaptive suspension to keep the action grippy and comfy at all times.

It’s so brilliant, in fact, that the whole limited run of 375 McLaren P1 hypercars has already been sold with last deliveries due by July 2015.

McLaren P1

According to Gavin Green from Car Magazine, “There’s never been a car so fast, so thrilling, so deliciously rewarding to power and manipulate around a track. There’s never been a car that offers such an astonishing breadth of capabilities.

“Just as they did with the wonderful F1 road car, the men from McLaren have once again redefined the supercar.”

McLaren P1

Top 5 Hypercars

Top Gear Magazine has selected the top five of the world’s best hypercars, purely based on how they perform on the track: The Aston Martin One-77, Hennessey Venom, Pagani Huayra, Bugatti Veyron, and McLaren P1.

5. Aston Martin One-77

Aston Martin One-77

Although it’s a “fantastic looking thing, and is surprisingly deft given the size.” Top Gear says the $1.4 million Aston Martin One-77 “just can’t compete with the P1 on any other level.”

4. Hennessey Venom

Hennessey Venom

“Hennessey’s Venom is worth about $1.1 million, and it also loses out to the P1, which is “so together, so refined in its reactions, that it makes the Texan wonder feel like a muscle car in comparison.”

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3. Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

“As the world’s fastest production car, the $1.5 million Bugatti Veyron can beat the P1 on a straightaway. But,” Top Gear says, “if you want to be more involved in the thrill of it, then the P1 has found a new niche.”

2. Pagani Huayra

Pagani Huayra

“The $1.4 million Pagani Huayra is “baroque, bonkers, and brilliant,” but loses to the P1 on the grounds of worse ride quality and a slower transmission.”

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1. Mclaren P1

Mclaren P1

That leaves the P1, with a $1.15 million price tag, the champion. Well played, McLaren. Which is your favourite?

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