Is this India’s first supercar?

Is this India's first supercar?

America made the Ford GT and the Dodge Viper. The McClaren F1 rolled out of a British factory. Germany has the Porsche Carrera GT, while Italy is home to both Ferrari and Lamborghini. India, meanwhile, has never produced a flashy supercar.

Sarthak Paul, a 21-year old entrepreneur, is trying to change that. The recent university graduate has embarked on a starry-eyed quest to produce India’s first supercar, with help from a team of automotive engineers based at India’s Manipal Institute of Technology.

Paul calls his fledgling car company Mean Metal Motors (MMM). The automaker has already produced a couple of planned concepts, and if all goes well, Paul hopes the first physical prototype will be ready for a showcase at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. He’s calling his creation the “M-Zero.”

Paul cannot be accused of lacking ambition. With an estimated price tag of $125,000 to $150,000, M-Zero aims to compete with the world’s fastest and most powerful cars.

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The plans call for a supercar that can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds, and achieve a top speed of 200 miles per hour. The mid-mounted engine will produce more than 500 horsepower, and be partially powered by a hybrid electric power plant.

The M-Zero will also feature a fingerprint system instead of keys, and allow users to create a “profile” that will activate their preferred driver settings. These include their favorite seat position, air conditioning settings and music playlist.

“We want to give them a car that’s exactly the same or can do even more than a Lamborghini,” Paul said.

On the subject of aerodynamics, Paul’s excitement is palpable.

“I was watching a random show in which they discussed how the world’s fastest sea animal [the sailfish] moves through air and water,” he said. “Then we thought, why don’t we just analyze why the fastest sea animal is the fastest?”

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The body of the car will utilize the startup’s newly-developed smart material, called “carbo-flax”, which claims to be both lighter and one-tenth the price of carbon fiber. Paul said he hopes to sell the material to satellite companies in India in order to raise funds for the first prototype.

Fund raising is just one of many potential roadblocks Paul faces. The Mean Metal Motors founder said that Indian venture capitalists “do not identify hardware startups as something they’d invest into.” They prefer the software firms of Bangalore.

Murad Ali Baig, a popular author and automobile analyst with The Economic Times, has doubts about Paul’s “carbo-flax” funding strategy, and sees few other options for the company to raise capital.

Baig also pointed to the complicated engineering required to build a supercar.

“The very advanced engine and hybrid motor technology, and the successful mating to the suspension and body is no simple matter and may need months or even years to debug sufficiently to make them safe on the roads,” he said.

Paul refuses to be discouraged, saying his company has acquired “the best automotive engineering talent in the country.”

“[Our success] would give a boost to people who want to do something in the hardware world,” he said.

Is this India's first supercar?

Source: CNN Money

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McLaren’s momentum: building the Great British supercar

McLaren's momentum: building the Great British supercar

Going head-to-head with Ferrari was seen as suicide until McLaren threw down the gauntlet in 2010. In five years, the Woking company has become firmly established as a genuine rival to the Italian sports car maker.

Yet it’s the acceptance of the British brand by discerning supercar customers around the world, who bought a record 1,649 models in 2014, that has underlined that McLaren has not only arrived, but is here to stay.

The firm has built a state-of-the-art factory, developed a range of successful supercars and taken on 1,200 workers in the UK. Even given McLaren’s 50-year expertise in Formula One racing, the achievement of setting up and delivering a world-class car business is unprecedented.

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McLaren’s move into road cars was the sixties dream of founder Bruce McLaren, and became the vision of Ron Dennis, the mastermind behind the company’s grand prix success, who has applied the same meticulous standards of excellence and relentless pursuit of perfection.

The man responsible for turning Dennis’ vision into reality is Mike Flewitt, the chief executive of McLaren Automotive since 2012, who is pushing even harder as the firm looks to almost triple sales to 4,000 cars by 2017.

Flewitt’s own story is as spectacular as the rise of McLaren Automotive, from starting on the production lines of Ford’s Halewood plant in the eighties, as a 20-year-old fitting Escort heater hoses, to becoming the firm’s European quality director and vice president of manufacturing over 20 years later.

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Along the way, he gained an invaluable insight into the luxury car sector by working for Rolls-Royce/Bentley, where he set up the brand’s first ever bodyshop and became production director, before returning to Ford.

But when the chance to run McLaren came in 2012, he jumped at it. “McLaren was a rare opportunity,” he says. “It was the right brand at the right time, with cutting-edge technology, great engineers and good shareholders. I felt it could work.”

Flewitt was also impressed by the McLaren factory and facilities at Woking: “I have worked in the car industry all over the world, but these are the most mind-blowing facilities I have seen, absolutely cutting edge.”

McLaren's momentum: building the Great British supercar

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Back to the Future-themed V8 Supercar for Gold Coast 600

Back to the Future-themed V8 Supercar for Gold Coast 600

The No. 6 V8 Supercar is going to look a little different when it hits the streets of Surfers Paradise in Australia for this weekend’s Gold Coast 600, Prodrive Racing turning it into a ‘time machine’ in honour of the iconic film franchise Back to the Future.

Wednesday 21 October, 2015 is the date that Doc and Marty McFly arrive in the future in the second film of the trilogy, and to mark the date Prodrive have taken the wraps off a Ford V8 Supercar that has been suitably modified to mimic the DeLorean that is the star of the movie.

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Complete with gull-wing doors, flux capacitor, ‘Mr Fusion’ device and DeLorean-esque stainless steel paintwork, the machine will also ditch its Pepsi Max backing for the weekend to run in the colours of ‘Pepsi Perfect’, the cola brand that appears in the film.

The team revealed the machine in a short film starring drivers Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert, paying tribute to the trilogy.

“This is without doubt one of the best activations I’ve seen in nearly 30 years in the motorsport industry,” Tim Edwards, Prodrive team principal, said.

“The lengths the entire team have gone to in order to prepare the car are just fantastic. Every department has played some role and the finished product looks amazing on the big screen and in the flesh.”

The project kept Prodrive’s fabrication shop busy, the modifying the car’s standard doors into gas-powered gull-wing doors.

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“We were surprised when we were asked to turn our Ford V8 Supercar into a DeLorean time machine but once we worked out what we needed to achieve, it became a real passion project for everyone involved in preparing the car,” Ben Cockerell, leader of the team’s fabrication shop, said.

“Modifying and making the gull-wing doors without changing the car was a big challenge. Making them look like they were actually part of the car was the hardest part so I hope our fans and fans of the movie appreciate how much effort has gone into this car.”

While all the time-machine hardware is strictly for the show car, the real No. 6 Pepsi Perfect Ford Falcon will hit the track in the hands of Cameron Waters and supersub Russell Ingall for practice on Friday.

Source: FoxSports

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Built For Bond: The Aston Martin DB10

Built For Bond: The Aston Martin DB10

Bond’s new car in “Spectre” was recently unveiled: the Aston Martin DB10. The DB10 has been identified as Bond’s company car as early as 2014. But since then, the world has only seen glimpses of it in two previously released “Spectre” trailers.

Last Sunday, however, it was paraded in Paris along with other Bond cars including the iconic Aston Martin DB5 used in “Goldfinger” and “Skyfall.” Excited French fans came in droves to witness the cars drove up to the Arc de Triomphe, the Telegraph reported.

The new car has been tailor-made for James Bond. Sam Mendes, “Spectre”‘s director, collaborated with Aston Martin’s design honcho Marek Reichman to build a car that exemplify 007.

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They worked according to the philosophy that above all, the car must be predatory. They came up with 10 state-of-art concepts, each outfitted with different technologies such as flamethrowers and roll cages, according to Popular Science.

You may be assured that the new Bond car will never be available for sale. It is exclusive to 007 – thank you very much. However, there are rumors that the concept could be the basis for the next generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage, slated to be released in 2017, reported Auto Express.

Watch the menacing super car in action in the video below.

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Why Has This British LaFerrari Owner Waited Over A Year To Pick Up His Supercar?

Why Has This British LaFerrari Owner Waited Over A Year To Pick Up His Supercar?

If you’re going to buy a supercar as an investment, that’s fine so long as said car is driven every so often and not treated like stock.

Well… according to CarBuzz there’s a Ferrari LaFerrari with an owner that’s just waiting around in a UK dealership. It’s just been sitting there! The supercar was delivered last October but hasn’t moved since.

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Now maybe the owner has just been too busy to pick it up, but for an entire year?

One can only assume that the owner bought the limited-run supercar as an investment, with no plan to actually use it and drive it.

Would you ever buy a supercar as an investment without even driving it once?

Why Has This British LaFerrari Owner Waited Over A Year To Pick Up His Supercar? Why Has This British LaFerrari Owner Waited Over A Year To Pick Up His Supercar? Why Has This British LaFerrari Owner Waited Over A Year To Pick Up His Supercar?

Source: CarBuzz

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Jeremy Clarkson’s pal is Malta supercar rally crash driver whose Porsche ploughed into crowd

eremy Clarkson's pal is Malta supercar rally crash driver whose Porsche ploughed into crowd

A millionaire pal of Jeremy Clarkson was driving the £780,000 supercar that careered into a motor show crowd, injuring 28 people.

Multi-millionaire car fan Paul Bailey, 55, lost control of his Porsche 918 Spyder during the motor show in Malta.

Four of the injured are fighting for their lives in hospital in a critical condition and 15 others, including Mr Bailey, had to be treated in hospital.

A six-year-old girl and her mother were among the spectators seriously injured in the accident .

Witnesses said his 211mph Porsche 918 Spyder slammed into barriers after a back wheel hit the grass.

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One spectator who witnessed the carnage said: “The car was speeding down the taxiway when a back wheel went on the grass.

“The car spun out of control, went through the barriers where a large crowd was watching, and into the area of the static car exhibition.

“Many people were hit, there was chaos and screams.”

Mr Bailey, from Rutland, made his fortune in telephone conferencing and sold his company for £28million in 2012.

He became the first person to own the ‘Holy Trinity’ of supercars – an £866,000 McLaren P1, a £1.2million Ferrari LaFerrari and the 918 Spyder.

Mr Bailey loaned some of his 50 supercars to Top Gear when Clarkson hosted the programme.

Source: Mirror

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World’s most powerful supercar unveiled

World's most powerful supercar unveiled

The world’s most powerful racing car – with a speed of 1,000mph – is set to be unveiled. The supersonic racer, named Bloodhound, will go on display in front of 8,000 people in Canary Wharf.

It is hoped that the £10 million UK-built car will shatter the world land speed record, which currently stands at 763mph, when it is tested at full speed.

The Bloodhound will undergo 200mph trials next year at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall before embarking on a series of high-speed runs in a desert venue in South Africa. At full speed the car will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.

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It has three power plants – a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust horsepower, equivalent to 180 F1 cars. The pencil-shaped car will be 44ft (13.4m) long, 6ft (183cm) in diameter and weigh 7.5 tonnes.

Members of the public will see the Bloodhound in its land speed record attempt configuration with its two metre high tail fin – required for stability at high speed – in place for the first time. Engineers have partially removed the carbon fibre panels from one side of the vehicle in order to show off the technology inside.

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Visitors will also get the chance to look inside the finished cockpit – a huge and complex monocoque crafted from multiple layers of carbon fibre – and see the sophisticated digital dashboard.

Mr Noble said: “Public interest in the project is incredible and thanks to the generous support of our partners we are delighted to able to bring Bloodhound to London and put it on show…With the car now built and the track in South Africa prepared our focus is on racing in 2016…That part of the adventure starts with runway tests at Newquay Aerohub next Easter.”

World's most powerful supercar unveiled

Source: The Mirror

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