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Is This The Mercedes-Benz AMG Hybrid Supercar?

By   February 25, 2015

Mercedes AMG Hybrid Supercar

Mercedes AMG Hybrid Supercar

Rumors that Mecedes-Benz is working on a hybrid supercar to compete with the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder have been confirmed. The rumors are all over the place about the specifications, but the car will not likely be seen until at least 2018 and possibly as late as 2020.

Performance speculations are that the car will use a twin-turbocharged AMG V8 that when combined with the electronic motors could produce close to 1,000 horsepower. The 0-60 mph time should be in the mid-2 second range and a top speed of over 200 mph is expected. As for price, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

The car sounds like it will be a beast. However, is Mercedes AMG hitting a moving target? The 918 Spyder already produces 887 horsepower and the Ferrari LaFerrari produces 950 horsepower, so if Mercedes shoots to compete with these cars, isn’t it likely that they will have moved on to even more powerful and faster machines?

A new hybrid supercar with an AMG badge would be exciting to see, but the German luxury car maker needs to keep an eye on the future. They need to make sure that they are shooting high enough that when it comes out it hasn’t already been left in the dust.

 Rendering provided by our friends at TopSpeed

McLaren Launches Designed By Air Website For The P1

By   May 2, 2013

McLaren P1 Designed by Air

McLaren P1: Designed by Air

McLaren is touting how the new P1 is so aerodynamic that it has been designed by air. The new hybrid hypercar will offer over 900 horsepower when the gas powered engine is combined with the cars electronic motor. The car is the spiritual successor to the famed McLaren F1 and aims to bring world class performance back to McLaren (not that the Mp4-12C has been a slouch).

The new McLaren P1 will be competing against new hybrid supercars from Ferrari (with the LaFerrari) and Porsche (with the 918 Spyder). All three cars look amazing and should be great performers. While it is yet to be seen if any of them will get close to touching the Bugatti Veyron’s top speed performance, they are guaranteed to be the fastest production hybrids that you will be able to buy over the next few years.

To show just how advanced the aerodynamics are in the P1, McLaren has launched a website to show off the car. The site is well done and has a lot of great information about the new hypercar. The site has good video presentations and is interactive to show how all that air flow comes together to make the car so fast.

You can check out the web experience at designedbyair.com.

Press Release

The key to the performance for the McLaren P1™ is aerodynamics, and a new web experience, entitled ‘Designed by Air’, is the first of a two part series telling the extraordinary story behind the car’s design.

The website offers participants a detailed insight as the car is ‘born’ from raw metallic and carbon elements and is crafted by airflow. The journey evolves to unveil the McLaren P1™ within the wind tunnel highlighting the aerodynamic focus of the design.

Expanding into further sections, the story behind the design of the McLaren P1™ reveals an interactive 3D model with further information about the finely honed aerodynamic features. The immersive experience, inspired by McLaren Automotive Design Director Frank Stephenson’s biomimicry design philosophy, showcases the McLaren P1™ in simulated urban, alpine, highway and track environments, detailing how the active aerodynamic systems adjust and adapt to deliver optimum performance for differing driving conditions.

The ‘Designed by Air’ McLaren P1™ experience is socially enabled, with a final section ‘Future Chapters’ inviting users to ‘like’, share and register ahead of future updates on the car’s interior and performance features.

Frank Stephenson, Design Director at McLaren Automotive explains: “Our main objective with the McLaren P1™ was to design the best driver’s car in the world, on road and track. Managing air flow in and around the car’s bodywork and optimising aerodynamics was key in achieving this goal. This design philosophy crafted the highly unique and emotive shape of the car.

“The online ‘Designed by Air’ experience developed for the McLaren P1™ captures the essence and detail of the car’s aerodynamic design in an immersive and engaging way.”

The McLaren P1TM experience can be found at designedbyair.com.

McLaren P1 Undergoing Testing – Video

By   January 25, 2013

The McLaren F1 was once the fastest car in the world. Since then McLaren has made a very good supercar in the McLaren MP4-12C, however, it just isn’t the game changer that the McLaren F1 was. Because of this McLaren is hard at work on a successor to the McLaren F1 called the McLaren P1.

The new supercar that will compete against the Porsche 918 Spyder and the new Ferrari Enzo successor, so McLaren has its work cut out for them. The new McLaren P1 is currently undergoing testing and the above video shows footage of the new car. The car is wearing camouflage, but you can still get an idea of what the car will look like. I personally think the camouflage on the car would be a very cool paint job to offer on the production car.

Check out the video and let us know what you think of the new McLaren P1 in the comments below.

How Koenigsegg Paints a Million Dollar Car – Video

By   January 23, 2013

Koenigsegg makes a very good performing hypercar. The Koenigsegg Agera will set you back a cool million dollars and for all that money you expect the car not only to perform well, but to look incredible. For a million dollar hypercar it takes quite a bit of time to paint the car to get it looking just right.

The above video features Christian Von Koenigsegg walks you through the 200+ hour paint process that goes into painting a Koenigsegg Agera. The process is so intensive because it is all done by hand and the paint is made so smooth that they make sure you don’t get any orange peel. Watching the process is amazing and will make you want the same type of paint job on your sports car.

Source: YouTube via Jalopnik

Should the Hennessey Venom GT have received a Production Car World Record

By   January 22, 2013

The Hennessey Venom GT is a fast “production” car. The reason that I use quotation marks around the term production is that there is some debate as to if the Hennessey Venom GT is actually a production car or just a highly modified Lotus. Part of the reason for this is that the car is based off of a Lotus, but it doesn’t use most of the Lotus components except for the body shape. The body is a modified Lotus body, but you can still tell that it is based off of a Lotus.

The folks over at Guinness (the world record people) apparently think that the Hennessey Venom GT does qualify as a production car. Because of this, they recently awarded the Hennessy Venom GT as the fastest production car to hit 300 KPH (186 MPH). No matter if the hypercar is a production car or a modified car, it is very quick. The above video shows the Venom GT making its world record run.

So, should Guinness have given a production car world record? Let us know what you think in the comments below.