Gather your friends around and smell that sweet scent of burning rubber as we run you through the five hottest stories in motoring world this week.
#1 Aston Martin Officially Unveil The Vanquish Zagato
A few weeks ago we reported on a specidal version of the Aston Martin Vanquish which received the famed Zagato treatment. The car will officially debut at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este with some serious firepower under its belt. It will be powered by a naturally-aspirated V12 packing a newly upgraded 592hp, marking the fifth time that Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated together since 1960. Note the one off vehicle’s Zagato style tail lights using the latest LED technology borrowed from the British marque’s Vulcan hypercar. Elsewhere the car will receive the latest DB11 styled rear end along with quad exhausts and a retractable spoiler.
#2 More Teasers Of The Mercedes AMG GT R
Mercedes will finally be unveiling their hotly anticipated AMG GT R tomorrow but until then, you get more teasers which are actually quite funny. One reveals more of the car’s design without giving too much away whilst another features F1 pilot Lewis Hamilton traversing the jungles before he is attacked by the “Beast of the Green Hell” – a.k.a. the Nurburgring. Watch, salivate then laugh.
#3 This Carbon Fibre Enzo Ferrari Could Be Yours
For a cool US$3.5 million. Still with us? Read on. This is no normal Enzo Ferrari; this is one of one ordered in pure naked carbon fibre for the ultimate in lightness. The car is currently listed on sale over at The DuPont Registry by Exotic Motors Midwest in Creve Coeur, Missouri. As reference, the Enzo retailed for $2 million when it was unveiled back in 2002. Only 400 of the V12 beasts were made and this one in particular is the only one that features custom appointments like red Alcantara upholstery and red-tinted carbon fibre trim. You can place your low ball bid here.
#4 Honda Is Heading To Pikes Peak In Electric Trim
Pikes Peak has long been one of the most feared and challenging routes for avid hill climbers. Besides the fact that the track reaches almost 1.5km in altitude, the cars also need to compete with thinning air which drastically suffocates internal combustion engines and reduces down force. On the flip side, the cars are some of the wildest creations man has ever seen because of these circumstances. Honda/Acura have built NSX EV to challenge this very course with electric power and all-wheel drive so it should be a fun 156 corners.
#5 McLaren Track Warrior Returns To The Road
History lesson time. The McLaren P1 was the successor to the 90s icon known as the McLaren F1. Both were designed to be uncompromising road supercars which utilised the best in Formula One technology of their time. Eventually McLaren took the P1 and turned it into a track-only slayer. That car was called the P1 GTR and it was not eligible for public roads. Fast forward to today and a little outfit called Lazante, who also happened to manage a McLaren F1 GTR in Le Mans back in 1995, has acquired a P1 GTR and converted it back for road use. In other words, they took the ultimate race car not intended for the public roads and put it on the public roads.
Lanzante calls this special breed of beast the McLaren P1 LM. Output is still 986hp albeit in a lighter body than the actual race-only car due to the removal of the air-jack system, windows replaced with polycarbonate and titanium bolts and an Inconel exhaust. Just like its F1 grandfather, the P1 also has an engine bay lined with real gold leaf to deflect heat from vital components. Downforce is also up by 40%. The “standard” P1 GTR commands a US$2 million price tag so given these extensive modifications, don’t be surprised to see it go for a cool three mill. So there you have it. The ultimate McLaren P1.