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Here’s a cool video from Jay Leno’s garage. Here he talks about a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera. Pantera expert Michael Drew visits the garage to go through what may be the most unappreciated and misunderstood supercar of the 1970s. We love these...
Here’s a cool video from Jay Leno’s garage.
Here he talks about a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera. Pantera expert Michael Drew visits the garage to go through what may be the most unappreciated and misunderstood supercar of the 1970s.
We love these cars.
A unique, full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna has been created in secret by shifts of specialist assemblers working around the clock. Taking nearly 5,000 hours to assemble, it comprises almost half a million separate components. Unusually for a McLaren, the LEGO Senna is something of a heavyweight, tipping the scales at 1700kg – 500kg more than...
A unique, full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna has been created in secret by shifts of specialist assemblers working around the clock. Taking nearly 5,000 hours to assemble, it comprises almost half a million separate components. Unusually for a McLaren, the LEGO Senna is something of a heavyweight, tipping the scales at 1700kg – 500kg more than the McLaren Senna that sold out as soon as it was announced in 2017.
Built to click with fans the world over, this surprise new Senna is the most realistic and ambitious McLaren ever made by LEGO. Pieced together from one metric tonne’s worth of LEGO elements, you may not be able to drive off in it, but enthusiasts young and old can climb aboard, sit behind the wheel, push the start button in the roof and even hear a simulation of the 208mph car roaring into life. As well as this they can operate the working lights and infotainment system on the model. Fans of the famous brick, as well as fans of the McLaren Senna, will be able to see it soon at one of a programme of events across the world.
The astonishing life-size re-creation of the most track-focused road McLaren is the latest in the model partnership between McLaren Automotive and the LEGO Group, the iconic Danish toy manufacturer. Generally, the LEGO Speed Champions range of McLaren kits using the famous bricks is available in more manageable sizes for younger hands to put together. But as McLaren and LEGO showed with the McLaren 720S model in 2017, a 1:1 scale McLaren built entirely of LEGO bricks makes for a uniquely immersive, interactive and, above all, fun experience.
Now the brick-built Senna moves the model-car game on in ways befitting an Ultimate Series McLaren. The statistics behind it are mind-boggling: in total, 467,854 individual LEGO® elements were used in its construction, which is almost 200,000 more bricks than were used to construct the 720S model of two years ago. Working shifts around the clock, teams of up to 10 model-makers needed 2,725 hours to click together all the pieces for the LEGO McLaren Senna, nine times longer than it takes to produce each painstakingly hand-assembled real Senna (300 hours). Including design and development, a total of 4,935 hours went into creating the model, involving no fewer than 42 men and women from the LEGO build team.
The McLaren Senna is the first LEGO® McLaren to incorporate interior parts from a real car, underlining its authenticity. Inside the extreme, driver-focused cabin are the lightweight carbon-fibre driving seat, steering wheel and pedals from the real Senna. Actual McLaren badges are fitted and the wheels and Pirelli tyres are exactly as specified on the real car. The dihedral doors are made from LEGO® bricks and are removable to allow people easy access to the cabin.
Rendering the ultimate form-follows-function McLaren in plastic bricks with such accuracy required months of design and development work, involving both McLaren and the LEGO team.
The car’s brick-work is finished to replicate Victory Grey with contrasting orange highlights, just like the 15cm-long, 219-piece, McLaren Senna LEGO Speed Champions edition that went on sale earlier this year in toyshops, priced at £12.99. For young McLaren owners of the toy model, seeing its full-size LEGO equivalent promises to be a magical double-take moment.
McLaren and LEGO fans of all ages will be able to get up close to the first LEGO® McLaren you can experience from the inside at a variety of events throughout 2019, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, UK, in early July.
Stonor Supercar Sunday 2019 is only a month away. The second Stonor Supercar Sunday will take place on 19th May at Stonor Park, betweek 10am and 4pm, the historic estate in the heart of the Chiltern Hills near Henley-on-Thames. We are delighted to say we have five (yes five) pairs of tickets to give away. The sweeping...
Stonor Supercar Sunday 2019 is only a month away. The second Stonor Supercar Sunday will take place on 19th May at Stonor Park, betweek 10am and 4pm, the historic estate in the heart of the Chiltern Hills near Henley-on-Thames. We are delighted to say we have five (yes five) pairs of tickets to give away.
The sweeping lawns of Stonor House – home to the Stonor family for more than 850 years – will once again play host to around 150 automotive stars with two supercar paddocks, one dedicated to modern & future classics and the other for historic supercars. Prizes will be awarded in two classes – Historic Supercar & Modern Supercar – with runners-up also awarded in both categories.
As well as stunning motor cars, Stonor Supercar Sunday has upscale street food stalls, delicious gourmet picnics and acres of children’s activities: the Stonor Wonder Woods Adventure Playground, a small funfair and laser tag.
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Prepare for a glimpse of an exquisite yet truly sustainable future: the new Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept car. Characterised by an electric powertrain and groundbreaking design. Consider it the future of luxury. Consider it the future of performance. It looks great, and I love all that tech, however, will it ever be made? ...
Prepare for a glimpse of an exquisite yet truly sustainable future: the new Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept car. Characterised by an electric powertrain and groundbreaking design. Consider it the future of luxury. Consider it the future of performance.
It looks great, and I love all that tech, however, will it ever be made? Let’s hope so.
This is the stunning Pininfarina Battista, Pininfarina’s first road car in its 90-year history and one of the most powerful road cars the world has ever seen. The Battista, hailed as “the world’s first luxury electric hyper performance GT”, will arrive on the roads in 2020. “Faster than a current Formula 1 race car,” Pininfarina says...
The Battista, hailed as “the world’s first luxury electric hyper performance GT”, will arrive on the roads in 2020. “Faster than a current Formula 1 race car,” Pininfarina says – that’s quite a claim.
Built on a carbon-fibre monocoque, the Battista has a 120kWh T-shaped battery back and four electric motors, one for each wheel. The whole system produces 1,900 horsepower and 2,300Nm (1,702lb ft) of torque, meaning 0-62mph takes “less than two seconds” and 0-186mph in less than 12 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217mph. The range? 280 miles.
Torque vectoring is going to play a massive part in how the Battista drives, not just to improve how the car performs but to help the traction and stability controls.
All that performance would be fairly meaningless, though, without some serious engineering elsewhere. The Battista has five radiators to keep the motors, battery pack and electrical systems cool; there are 390mm carbon-ceramic disks up front and 380mm disks at the rear, with six-piston callipers all-round. An active rear wing with an air brake function works alongside the brakes to bring the car to a halt.
As for the suspension, Pininfarina has deferred giving details, saying only that that “suspension is tuned specifically to deliver a thrilling, engaging and yet comfortable dynamic experience.” You’d hope it would be comfortable, given the fact the Battista is described as a GT, but to do so whilst building a stable, controlled platform from which to transmit 1,900 horsepower to the road will be a big challenge.
Technology aside, Pininfarina has done what it does best and created a truly beautiful machine. The Battista looks quite small and compact, and wonderfully clean for a car with such incredible performance; for once, it’s nice to see a very, very powerful car that isn’t about track performance or extreme aerodynamics.
Is the Battista silent? Well, actually, no. Drivers can choose between the normal near-silent electric car experience or a ‘signature Battista sound’, a noise generated not just to warn pedestrians of the Battista’s approach, but to give the driver an “authentic electric hypercar noise”. Interesting.
And how will it drive? Well, with your foot pinned to the floor one can only assume it will be other-worldly fast, but it should have a well sorted, too. Technical development has been headed up by Dr. Peter Tutzer, a man who worked his way through Porsche’s ranks to become Chief Engineer of Porsche’s race car programme before overseeing the chassis, layout and packaging of the Pagani Zonda, and then moving on to Bugatti to create the Veyron. Then there’s the company’s test driver Nick Heidfeld, a man with many F1, Le Mans and Formula E races under his belt, and of course the record for the fastest ascent of the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard.
“The Veyron targeted 1,000bhp in 2001 when 500bhp was a headline – we doubled the power – and the first question was how can we put 1,000bhp on the road,” said Tutzer. “It has taken nearly 20 years to double that figure again, and that huge gap is not down to a lack of technical ability in the engineering community, but is probably only possible with electrification.
The really extreme challenge remains putting the power on the road and adding performance values not in the 0-100km/h range but at 300-400 km/h.”
What’s nice is that Pininfarina doesn’t just want to create a beautiful, breathtakingly fast electric car, but raise awareness of electric cars and sustainability generally. “Sustainability, and luxury without guilt, is a genuine offering,” says Pininfarina. “The ultimate ambition is to be the most sustainable luxury car brand on the planet.”
Only 150 Battistas will be built, all of which will be available through specialist partners across the world, managed through a central sales team based in Munich. There’s no word on price yet but, in all honesty, for those who love the Pininfarina name and have been waiting for this car for years or even decades, the price really won’t matter.
Here’s a very cool video that we came across by Apex One. This video highlights the development of Koenigsegg‘s latest hypercar, the Jesko. Christian von Koenigsegg explains all the features of the new car and why he named it after his father, Jesko von Koenigsegg. Another supercool...
Here’s a very cool video that we came across by Apex One.
This video highlights the development of Koenigsegg‘s latest hypercar, the Jesko. Christian von Koenigsegg explains all the features of the new car and why he named it after his father, Jesko von Koenigsegg.
Another supercool video.
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