For its 50th birthday, Lamborghini decided to blow their own whistle and make some noise, by releasing the Lamborghini Egoista Concept supercar, which has a 600 horsepower, 5.2-liter V10 engine. Named after the Italian word for “selfish”, this unique concept is centered around a single-person, carbon fiber and aluminum cockpit — while being completely removable — and as a result is designed around the driver, with racing seat, four-point restraints, and a heads-up display, with LEDs all around. While it will never go on sale and will only be available for test drive to the highest friends of Lamborghini, it is an amazing design that looks more like a fighter jet than anything else. That being said, the wheels and body are made from anti-radar material — very convenient, indeed.
Ferrari has made its first (awesome) hybrid: the LaFerrari boasts a mighty 789HP V12 engine mated with 160HP of electric power, the 949HP combination of which takes the supercar to 62MPH in just under 3 seconds — that’s serious stuff right there.
Besides being eco-friendly and the expulsion of low emissions, event he richest will be unable buy the LaFerrari — all 499 units of the €1 million ($1.3 million) required to purchase the supercar hybrid have been allocated to owners. However, the technology is already planned for future cars.
Via Ferrari, Autoblog
Scheduled to hit the Geneva Motor Show in the next few weeks, the British have a supercar like no other ready for production, sooner or later: the McLaren P1. It’s supposed to be ridiculously fast, but engine specs haven’t been released, so you’ll have to be content with the above — for now. The only real bit of info we have on its performance? The P1 can lap the Catalunya grand prix circuit in 1:45, which is 2.9 miles long, and is 6 seconds faster than a Porsche GT3 12c on the same track.
We’ve been used to seeing Google’s self-driving cars which were approved by California state, but they usually were Toyota Prius variants, which aren’t amazingly cool cars. But Google seems to have taken a step up the ladder, using a Lexus Self-Driving car instead, as spotted by web entrepreuner Stephen Ou on his way back from Apple HQ. Interesting, no doubt. [Thanks, Stephen!]
Without details on specs, price, or even hands-on, the McLare P1 is very mysterious compared to the well-known and tested McLaren MP4-12C. But the British supercar manufacturer is promising that the McLaren P1 will be “the best driver’s car in the world on the road and track” and that it’s going on sale next year. We shall see.
You haven’t exactly seen electric sports cars worthy of fantastic styling, brand name, and speed, right? Enter the Audi R8, which just went around the key track for any high mark sports car — the German Nürburgring Nordschleife. It clocked a time of 8:09, about just a minute slower than the world’s most extreme production vehicles but only a few seconds off of the R8 equipped with its standard V8 engine. Check out the video after the break, or at the source link.
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This time, the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype that costs $845,000 was seen sporting a new black and white shell, rather than the prototype camouflage used to ward off those pesky spies and auto/tech sites. The 918 Spyder (in case you were wondering) contains 770 horse power, and obliterates 100 kilometers of road for every three liters of petrol (78 miles/gallon). It is able to achieve such astounding numbers by combining a combustion engine with electric motors, a carbon-fiber reinforced-plastic monocoque (self-supporting) shell, rear-axle steering, and a fantastic upward-venting exhausted system (it looks awesome, right?). The 918 Spyder is booked for its initial production run beginning in September of 2013; the first units are making their way to American customers late next year.
Via: Porsche Drive
This is the new Dodge Viper — now renamed the SRT Viper. It is luxurious, has audio provided by Harmon Kardon, TFT screens all around its modern interior, a massive V10 640 HP with that iconic long bonnet, and it looks fantastic. Video of it after the break. Via: Autoblog
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I’m not a car blogger. I’m a tech blogger. But I like amazing cars and I like TopGear (heck, they follow me on Twitter). But you know what? It wouldn’t hurt to post such an awesome-looking hand-built marvel like the Aston Martin V12 Zagato. It looks so cool. Its specs are a 6.0-litre V12 510bhp engine, a steel roll cage, front and rear double wishbone suspension with fully adjustable Multimatic DSSV Dampers, and a 120ltr endurance racing fuel tank which will be tested at the Nürburgring in Germany ahead of the famous 24 hour race coming in June.
Tesla and Toyota are pretty much in perfect harmony now with the RAV4 EV debuted at the LA Auto Show. Current models can go travel 100 miles on single charge, but Toyota is currently fine-tuning the 2012 RAV4 EV to get that 100 mile battery life in all conditions, and even more than just that. As for Tesla’s involvement, they pretty much have everything to do with designing the SUV; the power train, battery, electronics, electric motor, gearbox and software.