Welcome to your week of motoring madness done right. In today’s edition we’ve got the low-down on Jaguar‘s latest SUV, the monstrous successor to the iconic Humvee, as well as Lotus and Alfa Romeo taking on the Green Hell with fury. Racing hats on.
#1 Jaguar F-Pace SUV Unveiled
September 15th will see Jaguar debut its long-awaited performance SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The compact crossover will sport a double-wishbone layout for the front suspension and an integral link setup in the rear for ample handling. This is in accordance with a torque vectoring AWD system paired with the company’s proven supercharged V6. Keen on a drive? You’ll have to wait until 2016. For now you get a cool video.
#2 U.S Army Builds The Next Humvee Successor
Oshkosh isn’t just a place to buy your kids threads. They also share the same name as motoring company which the U.S Army has chosen to build its next Humvee/Hummer successor. Oshkosh will be awarded the initial $6.7 billion contract to cover the first batch of 17,000 armour-plated vehicles and if all goes well, it will cost a total of $30 billion over the next few decades. No specs have been released for military reasons, but expect huge torque, IED protection and guns. Lots of guns.
#3 Alfa Romeo Giulia Battles The Nurburgring
We love a good Alfa here at D’Marge and this particular Alfa is better than good. Based on the corner exit speed alone, we’d say it’s near sports sedan perfection as any car can get. Or as the Italians would put it, ‘fantastico!’ This sneaky pre-production video shows what the red-hot Giulia can do, giving the 510hp twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 a run for its money at one of the world’s most demanding tracks.
#4 Lotus 3-Eleven Also Battles The Nurburgring
Hot on the heels of the fiery Italian is the no-nonsense track monster from Lotus. A monster because it doesn’t come with a roof and doesn’t care – its only job is to make lap times tumble and that it does with poise. A 3.5-litre V6 sourced from a Toyota Aurion (you read right) is paired with a new supercharger and other upgrades to help get the car’s spec sheet to 450hp and 450Nm of torque. Not colossal figures by any means but bear in mind this car only weighs 900kg. And it’s street legal. Check and mate.
#5 Senna Returns To McLaren
Ayrton Senna is arguably one of history’s finest race drivers. Earning his Championship stripes with McLaren-Honda in the early days, his untimely demise came in an accident that would take his life too soon. History has a way of repeating itself though and this week saw the announcement of the legendary Senna name again teaming up with McLaren. Bruno Senna is Ayrton Senna’s nephew and from today he will be a driver mentor for McLaren P1’s GTR drive program. McLaren, Honda, Senna – all reunited in the same team. Dream team or marketing ploy, only time will tell.
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