The Supercar Saturday meet hosted by MN Exotics and Supercars in Bloomington, MN this past weekend was excellent. Many excellent cars were in attendance, even a few surprises. A full photo gallery and video will be coming soon!
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Okay, so some of us are feeling a bit down about the fact that we aren’t yet flying around in Jetsons-like hovercars – but that’s okay, for soon we will have the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
In fact, cars seem to have gone the opposite direction of our nostalgic cartoon predictions – we try to push them downward into the road rather than making them fly. To some this may sound counterproductive, but since you have found your way here, I suspect that probably isn’t the case. If you are here, that means you probably love cars, and thus prefer them limited as such. However, we may be about to see that limit for road going cars raised… a whole hell of a lot.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie isn’t going to begin being delivered to the first lucky customers until sometime next year, and for many of us that can’t come soon enough. Not that we would be able to buy one, since between only 99 and 150 road cars will be made – including remaining prototypes and 25 track-only cars, but because it represents the next big step in hypercar performance. Not only does it mark the next big step, it does so while holding to the naturally aspirated V12 roots that petrolheads love in a hypercar.
The Valkyrie is being created in a collaborated effort by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, which brings some of the world’s leading Formula 1 and motorsport experience to the project. Details on the car are still few and far between, but based on what we do know there is no doubt the car’s performance will shatter current hypercar standards. The combination of lightweight technologies and materials, aerodynamic performance which will likely exceed that of an F1 car, and a V12 which we can expect to produce somewhere around or north of 1,000 bhp for a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio will undoubtedly make for an unprecedented combination.
So rest easy, we may not be flying, but who the hell wants to fly when you can drift the Valkyrie.
Lamborghini shocked the motoring world when they released video of a camouflaged Huracán Performante doing an insanely fast 6:52.01 lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Welcome to the new king of the ‘Ring, the 2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante.
The Huracán Performante was welcomed into the world with shock, awe, skepticism, and outright controversy. After the Porsche 918 -which is considerably more powerful and faster in a straight line than the Huracán Performante – set a 6:57.00 around the historic German track, the world expected only an equally revolutionary hypercar would beat the time. To see a supercar – let alone a toned-up Huracán coupé, which set a 7:28.00 – beat the German hypercar seemed improbable, if not impossible.
Some stated their case, laying out evidence which might indicate the lap video to be manufactured or otherwise altered. However strong some of the evidence may have appeared, Lamborghini was able to quickly dispel such claims by releasing GPS data, confirming the record breaking lap time as legitimate. Porsche fans and hypercar fans were forced to accept the painful reality that a lightweight bedroom-poster supercar had taken down the almighty hypercar at the almighty Nordschleife.
“[The Huracán Performante] illustrates the pinnacle of Lamborghini V10 producation car performance to date, on both track and road, and is perfectly exemplified by its name.” – Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and C.E.O.
As expected, the Huracán Performante was finally revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in full detail… and it certainly begins to explain the, frankly, ridiculous lap time. While other manufacturers in the super-sports car sector may be focused on driver engagement and bringing back manual transmissions or holding to traditions while raising the bar, Lamborghini has gone for maximum technology. The car’s frame is composed of aluminium and carbon fiber, and the body is produced from Lamborghini’s own “Forged Composite.”
The use of these high tech materials make the car extremely light, just 1,382 kg (3,047 lbs) dry. Combine that with the 640 hp 5.2 liter V10, and you get 0 to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed over 202 mph. Not only can it go fast, it stops fast too: 62 mph to 0 in just 31 meters.
The real magic, however, comes from the increasingly common practice of manipulating airflow over and under (and through) the vehicle. Lamborghini’s “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva” creates the ability to have variable downforce and drag through active aerodynamics and electronically controlled air channels. You might think of it as being similar to having a DRS system found in an F1 car, except it works at both front and rear, and uses channels rather than simply stalling the rear wing.
At high throttle, the ALA system is activated to provide maximum acceleration and top speed, reducing drag on the front splitter and the rear spoiler by opening channels directing air under the car and under the rear wing. When the ALA system is deactivated, the channels close, directing air over the wings and splitter to create an amazing 750% more downforce than the Huracán coupé. The ALA system also keeps the driver up to speed on what it is doing through a dedicated display in the dash.
The interior is as you would expect, with alcantara fabric and lightweight materials, however, optional comfort seats are available. The driver displays are configurable “depending on driving mode selected: Strada, Sport or Corsa.” The Huracán Performante also supports Apple CarPlay and the Lamborghini telemetry system.
The first examples of the Huracán Performante will be delivered this summer, with prices starting at $274,390.
What do you think? Are Lamborghini heading in the direction you think they should go?
Aston Martin have finally announced the official name for the fabled AM-RB 001 hypercar – the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
One of the most eagerly anticipated hypercars of the 2018, the Valkyrie was first announced as the AM-RB 001 in March of 2016. We were told that Aston Martin and Red Bull would be partnering to create a “ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar.” We then got our first look at the AM-RB 001 (or at least the shell of it) in July. Today, we get the name, along with the video above.
In keeping with the tradition of Aston Martin “‘V’ cars,” the Valkyrie takes its name from mythology. Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, tells us,
“Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”
The Valkyrie is sure to be a revolutionary hypercar, a product of one of Formula 1’s strongest competitors and what has been called the “coolest” brand of all time. It does, however, still face some strong competition from Formula 1’s current champions, Mercedes – who is poised to release a hypercar of their own.
The Geneva Motor Show is still a few weeks away, but Pagani has decided to give us an early look at their greatly anticipated Huayra Roadster… and it looks incredible.
The Huayra Roadster has caused a great deal of anxiety for fans and buyers alike, leaving many questions and expectations high. Fortunately, we finally have an answer to many of those questions, and the good news is the improvements don’t stop at the removal of the roof and the injection of exhaust noise to the cabin. According to Pagani, the Roadster marks significant performance improvements over the Huayra Coupe. Pagani say they have utilized the developments made with the Huayra BC – the track-ready version of the Huayra Coupe.
The improvements begin with the chassis, which Pagani claims is about 52% more rigid than that of the Huayra Coupe, while the car overall is still about 80 Kg less than the Coupe. This is accomplished thanks to the use of some fancy new materials called “Carbo-Titanium” and “Carbo-Triax HP52.”
There’s more power than the Coupe, with the AMG M158 twin-turbo V12 making 764 horsepower (compared to the Coupe’s 720 hp). As with the Coupe, the torque begins low, at just 2400 RPM you have “over 1000 NM” (just under 740 lb/ft) at your disposal. This increase in power is put down through the Huayra BC’s seven-speed, single-clutch gearbox. As before, Pagani have chosen to stick with the single-clutch design in the name of weight savings.
The suspension has been improved based on developments made on the Huayra BC as well, utilizing a new lightweight aluminium alloy called “HiForg.” Brakes are carbon ceramic, provided by Brembo, as you might expect, and Pirelli has wrapped the forged aluminium wheels in their P Zero Corsa tires – however those can be swapped for P Zero Trofeo R’s on the track.
To top off all this performance (sorry for the pun), you get your choice of a carbon hard top or a removable fabric and carbon cover. With all of this, one is left to wonder, where is the downside? Oh yeah, that would be the price – which begins at € 2,280,000 (not including VAT).
Personally, I can’t imagine a more perfect Pagani. Based on what we have been told by Pagani, there is no sacrifice in performance, beauty, sound or experience. I think it looks astonishing, and I’m absolutely melted by the idea of hearing “The God of wind” without a roof, and having improved performance on top of that would be simply otherworldly. We will soon get an even better look at the car when the Geneva Motor Show begins March 9th, but somehow, I don’t think we will be disappointed.
Edit: I should probably mention the other downside, they are only making 100… which have all been sold.