Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Best Supercars

Ferrari Monza SP2 and SP1

Less than a year after it was unveiled to the world, we have the possibility to ride shotgun in the two-seat Ferrari Monza SP2 version up Goodwood’s well-known hillside climb program. Though both might look very similar to the 812 Superfast on paper (plus 10bhp as well as minus 50kg), it’s what can’t be shared in a stats box that actually establishes them apart.

Differences appear from the minute you lay eyes upon the cars and truck; a long, V12-cocooning bonnet only accentuated by the total absence of a roof covering or windshield, and also twin roll hoop-housing strengthens sitting behind both chauffeur and passenger, inspired by the 750 and 860 Monzas of the 1950s.

Ferrari Monza SP1

The name ‘Special Project’ is no overestimation, similar to a pull of the leather loop just inside, and a synchronised, mild upward movement, up come the exceedingly lightweight carbonfibre doors. In this specific vehicle (the really first production SP2), sensational red leather seats total with four-point harnesses are house for the run. Though the seats are surprisingly comfortable, deluxe carpetings as well as leather-covered panels plainly weren’t on Maranello’s agenda, with LaFerrariesque, carbon bareness in their place.

Climbing up in and out isn’t an extremely stylish affair, but despite its radical design, the SP2 is a surprisingly sensible maker. Lift the rear cover and you’ll find a boot large enough for three helmets and a fully packed backpack– you even get USB billing ports on both the chauffeur and passenger sides of the cabin. A predictably helpful grab take care of (which can function as a water bottle holder) is mounted on the central passage too, and there’s also a map holder for when recollecting regarding the Mille Miglia does not quite suffice.

Out of the Supercar Paddock and also via the groups of camera-wielding onlookers we go after that, without a roof, or a windshield, in a ₤ 1.5 m Special Project Ferrari. It’s secure to claim this auto’s not for introverts …

Ferrari Monza SP2

Ferrari covers put on, and a couple of tyre-warming throttle squirts later on, we’re topped on the beginning line. Naturally, tire smoke is compulsory at the start of any kind of Goodwood hillside climb, yet regardless of the first, purposeful loss of grip, speed grabs frighteningly quickly before the first corner, the SP2 seemingly accelerating significantly with every pull of the appropriate paddle.

Aston Martin V12 SPEEDSTER

If you’re Aston Martin, this is one of the most viscerally interesting, uncompromising, car tat the firm has actually ever before produced– until the Valkyrie finally lands.


If you’re a serial hypercar collector, this is your following al fresco wealth-carriage, all set to fill that space in your collection together with your Ferrari Monza, McLaren Elva, Bentley Bacalar, and also McLaren-Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss.


And if you’re neither of those points, you’re jeering hard at the outrageous concept of a 700 horse power (okay, 691bhp) V12-powered two-seater with less weather defense than a Himalayan goat-herder. Complicated to make a sensible instance for this cars and truck, y’see.


The V12 Speedster has no roof, no choice of a roofing system, as well as no mounting factors for a roof. It has no home windows. As well as opposed to a windshield, each of the twin cockpit segments are secured from the onrushing cyclone by absolutely nothing greater than a glass aero ramp that looks like it was squeezed from a First World War biplane.

Sensibly, Aston Martin has restricted the car’s top speed … to 186mph. On the way, it passes 62mph in 3.5 seconds. Which suggests it could be lunched at the lights by a BMW M3.


This is by no implies the fastest auto on the planet, or perhaps in Aston’s stable. It doesn’t require to be, due to the fact that as you figured out the first time you ever rode your bicycle down a really large hill, going 25-30 miles an hour without face security is ample to dry your eyes right into bloodshot ping-pong balls as well as push a bluebottle up each nostril.


Provided you no more obtain trifling deluxes like wipers, sun-visors, window electric motors or a rear-view mirror you ‘d anticipate Aston to have actually reflected these financial savings in the cost. And also they have. The V12 Speedster starts at ₤ 765,000, including tax obligation. If you want it in this special Fifties DBR1 racer-homage livery– or the army aerospace F-18 paint task also on the food selection– then you’re unlikely to be getting much adjustment from eight hundred grand.


Undoubtedly, the V12 Speedster is a noticeable deal. In spite of setting you back around three times as much as an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante– which is really a lot more powerful– the V12 retails for fifty percent as high as the Ferrari Monza, McLaren Elva, or Bentley’s Bacalar. Invite to the Sensibly Priced Speedster.


What’s more, the Aston is an uncommon machine: just 88 will be produced, versus 500 Monzas, 149 Elvas as well as lots of thousands of DBS or Vantage soft-tops. You’re likely going to the be just individual in your tax obligation haven to get one. And since springtime 2021, they weren’t all offered … So, if you’re puddling your debit card between your fingers and also wondering whether to click ‘Include in Basket’, enable us to speak you with precisely what to expect from Aston’s V12 hairdryer.

Bentley Bacalar

The all-new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar* is the rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era. It is the ultimate expression of two-seat, open-air luxury, this definitive Grand Tourer spearheads a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilder in the world.

Just 12 examples of this striking, limited edition model are being created, guaranteeing rarity and exclusivity, and offering supreme luxury and breath-taking performance.

Bacalar, the most exclusive two-door Bentley of the modern era, launches a new Bentley Mulliner operation, and forms part of a new strategy for the world’s oldest coachbuilder. With an illustrious coachbuilding history, which can be traced back to the 1500s, Mulliner will, from 2020, offer three different portfolios to customers: Classic, Collections and Coachbuilt. 

THE MENLO

Mercedes AMG One

Since the birth of Formula 1, engineers have been dreaming of bringing the supreme technology to the streets. The two-seater Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will transfer the latest and most efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology almost one to one from the track to the street for the first time. The performance hybrid will produce over 1,000 horsepower at a maximum speed of over 350 km/h. The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will combine stunning racetrack performance and practical Formula 1 hybrid technology with exemplary efficiency. It is not just a tribute to our success in motorsports, but also a strong statement on our way to the ‘Future of Driving Performance’.

Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin’s transformational journey takes a huge step forwards with the Valhalla concept car brought to production reality as an extraordinary, truly driver-focused mid-engined hybrid supercar.

Combining intense performance with pinpoint dynamics for unprecedented driver involvement and driving experience.

Built with chassis, aerodynamic and electronics expertise forged in Formula One®, and a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology at its heart, Valhalla is a formidable technological showcase. Yet far from engineering the driver out of the loop, Valhalla’s sole focus is immersing them in a new kind of supercar driving experience.

Valhalla heralds a new definition of Aston Martin. With a mid-engined 950PS gasoline/battery electric powertrain, new carbon fibre structure and aerodynamics inspired by the pioneering philosophy first seen in the revolutionary Aston Martin Valkyrie, Valhalla will bring the perfect balance of hypercar performance and advanced powertrain, driving dynamics and uniquely sophisticated design materials to truly redefine the supercar sector.

Lamborghini Aventador Sian

The Sián FKP 37 is the first super sports car powered by a V12 engine and hybrid technology based on supercapacitors. Its powerful V12 engine, coupled with electric boost, creates an unrivaled gem of engineering and technology. Sián—lightning in Bolognese—is a name that captures the car’s true character, foremost its speed, which exceeds 220 mph (350 km/h).

The Design DNA of Lamborghini is taken to its peak levels: inspired by the Countach, the Sián FKP 37 has sharp lines, aerodynamic elegance and an unmistakable silhouette. 
Its totally carbon fiber body leaves you breathless. The electrochromic roof and moving surfaces controlled by smart materials are sculpted by innovative lines. The Terzo Millennio-inspired headlights leave behind an indelible luminous signature that will shape future Lamborghini design.

McLaren Senna

It is the most track-focused road car we have ever built, and it will set the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date. That is what has driven us to build a track car that is unashamedly without compromise. One that is legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it. Nothing else matters but to deliver the most intense driving experience around a circuit.

Inspired by one of McLaren’s greatest racing drivers, the McLaren Senna is utterly dedicated to allowing the driver to be the best they can possibly be.

800PS and 800Nm from a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, the most powerful internal combustion engine McLaren has ever built. 800kg of downforce made possible by pioneering active aerodynamics. The lightest McLaren since the iconic F1 with dry weight of under 1200kg. A power-to-weight ratio of 668PS-per-tonne (659bhp) that ensures it will set the fastest lap times of any McLaren road car to date. 0-124mph (0-200km/h) in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 208mph (335km/h). Next-generation carbon ceramic brakes that utilise racing technology. Discover the savage performance of the McLaren Senna.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 771 hp

Another day, another video from Goodwood. Only this one absolutely had to be shared, as it shows the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 being driven on the hill, after a smoky start, in the hands of Vaughn Gittin Jr.

The most powerful street-legal Ford ever made its public debut last week during the UK event, prior to its launch that’s scheduled for this fall. 

The GT500 will reportedly have a $73,995 starting price in the United States, destination charge and gas guzzler tax included. That’s about as much as the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which is $500 less expensive and more powerful, with its 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 kicking out 808 PS (797 hp / 595 kW) and 956 Nm (707 lb-ft) of torque.

Koenigsegg Gemera

he Koenigsegg Gemera´s engine is small. At the same time, it is big when it comes to power, torque and sound. Still, it is small when it comes to emissions and consumption. In short – it is a contradiction of an engine, developed and created by Koenigsegg and its sister company, Freevalve. Therefore, it has been named the “Tiny Friendly Giant” – or TFG for short. Being a two-liter three-cylinder engine, the TFG is future-proofed given its extreme performance, reduced fuel consumption and lowered emissions – not to forget its ability to run on second-generation CO2 neutral renewable fuels.

The 800V battery pack
Taking cues from the Regera, the Gemera’s 800V, 15 kWh battery will provide an amazing 900 kW of discharge and up to 200 kW of recharge. Every cell is carefully monitored for voltage, state of charge, health and temperature; and the cells are enclosed in a carbon fiber casing for efficiency, safety and stability. The battery is placed in the most protected area of the car – under the front seat and in the carbon-aramid chassis tunnel.

Range
The Gemera can travel up to 50 km in EV only mode and up to an additional 950 km highway cruise speed in hybrid mode, before needing a fill-up – totaling a 1000 km range. This makes the Gemera a true continent crossing family-oriented “Autobahn” rocketship.