A rough week means it’s time to get behind the wheel for some rubber burning therapy. In this edition we’ve got the five best motoring stories coming from McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Aston Martin, the Dubai Highway Patrol and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS you can afford.
#1 McLaren P1 GTR Specials Head To Goodwood
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is almost upon us and to celebrate McLaren have announced two special P1 GTR race cars with one commiserating the late McLaren F1 driver, James Hunt. That particular car will sport Hunt’s iconic team helmet colours during the time he was at the top of his game with McLaren. The second variant will be a private entry that takes the car created by McLaren Special Operations and makes it even more of a beast with a host of modifications. There’s a total of about 2,000hp between the P1 GTR twins so it should be quite a show when they finally rip down that Goodwood track. We’ll keep you guys posted as more details come out.
#2 Aston Martin DB11 Collects Its First Award
Aston Martin have rarely even done the rounds with their new hero car. That hasn’t stopped the British marque’s DB11 from picking up some awards though. It’s latest accolade comes from Torino where it just took out Production Car of the Year in the prestigious Car Design Awards. The panel of international judges said of the DB11: “The design team has further evolved Aston Martin’s historical design cues and proportions – an elongated bonnet, aluminium roof and muscular rear fenders – a more daring interpretation. Flowing in an unbroken arc from A-pillar to C-pillar, the dramatic new roof strake adds a new flavour of modernity to the DB11. Once again Aston Martin has demonstrated of being capable to blend elegance and power.” A well deserved win for Aston Martin and we definitely can’t wait to hear that 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 when the car lands in Australia tomorrow.
#3 Mercedes-AMG GT R Sharpens Its Teeth
We’ve been teasing the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG GT R for weeks now with mules caught testing in the Nurburgring in camouflage guise. Well Mercedes-AMG are getting in on the action too by releasing a teaser clip which shows off the car’s staunch curves without giving too much away before the June 24 unveiling. Given it’ll be the big bad brother to the AMG GT and GTS variants, expect this one to be louder, faster and a lot meaner. Watch the clip to see what we mean.
#4 Dubai Street Racing Is Up
The Dubai police force have an entire fleet of the world’s fastest and most exotic supercars parked at the station. Still, it doesn’t appear to be a deterrent to local speed demons as the BBC have reported that local authorities have seized 81 cars in total with a release bond amounting in the tens of thousands of dollars for hoons. The report says that a lot of this has to do with the oil-rich region’s propensity to have a higher number of exotic cars per capita along with its extensive highways which are often used as Arabian drag strips. Dubai’s police chief Major General Khamis Al Mazinah told the BBC that owners “were using or preparing to use their cars for illegal races. Other cars were caught in dangerous performances and reckless driving that endangered road users”. Given the base US$27,000 fines amassed to individual offenders, we can’t see the well-heeled culprits worrying too much. A new purchase is simply a heartbeat away. Then again they always have these guys to worry about.
#5 Watch Your Dream Lego Porsche GT3 RS Come To Life
The 911 GT3 RS is not an affordable car by any means. Reserved for the most hardcore of track enthusiasts, the near $400,000 price tag makes it an even more elusive ride for the dreamers. Luckily Lego have come to the rescue with their most advanced kit yet, a Technic version of the 911 GT3 RS in all of its detailed glory. What’s astounding about this model is that the 25-minute – yes, 25 minute – video is actually a sped up version of the build process from unboxing through to finish. That gives you a brief idea of how many pieces of plastic is required to build this thing (FYI: 2,704 pieces). Watch below and be in awe. The car begins to take shape fro the 16-minute mark.