On your average summer Thursday evening here in Long Island, New York, most people are sitting down for dinner with their families and settling in for the night. Not the guys over at the legendary Martino Auto Concepts in Glen Cove, New York. They are busy, along with the local fire department, shutting down town roads, awaiting the arrival of a monster.
Hundreds of people crowd the streets along with over 100 super-cars; but everyone is waiting—waiting for the arrival of that unusual monster. Not unusual as in weird, but as in rare. How rare you ask? Well, there are more Lamborghini Venenos wandering the streets of the world than this car—and there are only four Venenos world-wide.
The monster isn’t Godzilla or some fictional character or car from a movie. The monster is the one-of-one Keonigsegg CCXRS. At $1.6 million this super-car isn’t cheap, but it isn’t slow either. Packing an outrageous 1,018 horsepower, this is one of the fastest street-legal cars on the planet, rivaling legends such as the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport and the American-made Hennessy Venom GT.
In 1994 at the young age of 22, Swedish native Christian von Keonigsegg decided to follow his dream to build the perfect super-car. Just two years later the Keonigsegg company had launched, and the first prototype, the CC, was on the streets. In 2002, full-series production began on the CC8S, and the company quickly gained respect in the super-car industry.
Back on the crowded streets of Glen Cove, the CCXRS slowly strolled down the street following Synergy Detailing’s Smurf blue Lamborghini Gallardo. The black paint glistened in the evening sun and roar of the V8 echoed off the surrounding buildings. The numerous Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis lost all the attention when the CCXRS arrived.
The Keonigsegg CCXR was released at the end of production for the CCX model. The CCXR would be limited to two production vehicles, one being this CCXRS. Both production cars have minor differences, making each vehicle a one-of-one. Powering the beast is a Keonigsegg-built aluminum V8 engine with 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts. With 1,018 horsepower, the super-car screams to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and will reach speeds just over 250 mph. The chassis is made almost entirely out of carbon fiber. The car has an F1 sequential transmission, allowing for lightning-fast shifts. In total, the CCXRS weighs in at only 2,821 pounds.
The car is 169 inches long, 78.6 inches wide and just 44 inches tall. Steer clear of any speed bumps because with just 3.9 inches of ground clearance, you are sure to bottom out. Interestingly enough, the CCXRS can actually run off of E85 FlexFuel as well as normal gasoline. An 18.5 gallon fuel tank makes that stat even more impressive. Listed below are the factory options that come with the CCXRS.
- Visible carbon body
- Dual airbags
- Edition rear wing
- Large front splitter
- Detachable storable hardtop with glass roof
- Adjustable pedals and steering column,
- Adjustable seats
- Carbon ceramic brakes with ABS
- Hydraulic lifting system
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Rear camera
- DVD, CD, iPod connection, sat radio
- Climate control
- Digital warning and info system
- G sensor, alarm, tire monitoring system
- Silver key, leather carpets, roof stowage bag, car cover, forged aluminium wheels, Chrono instrument cluster
Not only does this exotic offer mind-blowing performance, but it also adds the everyday luxuries that normal cars would have. As stated above, the car is a convertible. The removable glass hard top fits right into the trunk of the vehicle for easy installation and storage. At the car show, the roof was off.
As you see in my pictures the doors of the car are very unique, to say the least. Unlike Lambo doors that strictly just go up, the doors on all Keonigsegg models open in a jaw-dropping way. When open, the doors go out away from the car, lower to the ground and then up. Of course this all happens in one swift motion, and this description does not do it justice. When the doors, hood and trunk are open, you’ll be asking yourself if this is in fact a Transformer.
When the young driver stepped out of the attention-grabbing car, many people started asking questions. The most popular being “ Who are you?” and “ What do you do for a living?”. The driver only released his first name and said he lives on Long Island. He did not mention how he affords the vehicle, but did say he’s owned the car for two years and spent $1.6 million on the vehicle. He also said he once rented a runway to open the Swedish-built super-car and reached 236mph! The owner’s Instagram account shows a lavish lifestyle that includes private jets, and many other exotics, such as a few Ferraris, a Nissan GTR and an Aston Martin.
At the end of the day, this one-of-one Keonigsegg is one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen. I saw the newer model, the Agera R, at the New York International Auto Show, but seeing one this up close and personal was truly an experience of a lifetime for any car enthusiast.
CarZach.com would like to extend a huge thank you to the guys over at Martino Auto Concepts for organizing this amazing event, which occurs every Thursday night in the summer. Autostrade is an amazing, community-run car show that benefits the local fire department. If you happen to be near Glen Cover, NY, I definitely recommend stopping by on a Thursday night.
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It’s time to continue the insanity that is GoldRush Rally. I have already shared some of the crazy cars and their wraps in Part One and now it’s time to show some more crazy cars!
One of the newest additions to the streets is the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Martino Auto Concepts took the already stunning Vette and put an immaculate wrap on. The wrap not only showcases real pictures of other exotic cars such as Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s but also show cases the legendary heritage of the all-American Corvette.
Next, we have a very famous and a very unique Lamborghini Aventador named Batventador. The sleek, blacked out Lambo hails from California and participated on the entire GoldRush trip. The world famous Batman logo is on the hood of the vehicle among other places. A gold ribbon on the hood is in support of cancer awareness as the driver of the car frequently visits the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California. On the both sides of the Lambo there is stunning artwork of kids talking, meant to look like the Batman comic book. The wrap on this car was done by Protective Film Solutions and looks flawless.
Keeping up with the Aventador, next is the most driven and the most famous Lamborghini on the road today. Piloted by the ever so eccentric Team Salamone, Bryan Salamone and his girl Concubine, the chrome Lambo has been featured in many magazines and even the rapper 50 Cent’s new music video. Stationed right here in Long Island, New York, Team Salamone took place in the entire rally. Their Lamborghini Aventador Roadster has a chrome finish over the original Verde Scandal (lime green) paint. The lines of the vehicle, as well as the rims, are out lined in the Verde Scandal color. Along the bottom of the car are gold bricks with names on them. Fans of the Lambo could have donated $100 to get their name on one of these bricks. All proceeds went to help stop Human Trafficking in Africa. There were numerous other GoldRush Rally stickers on the car.
Last but certainly not least is the one of one Bugatti Veyron. Nicknamed ‘Panda’ due to its original white and black color, this Veyron is the only one in the world with that custom color scheme. Valued at over $1 million, the owner doesn’t seem to care to much about the miles he puts on as he took place in the entire rally. Not only does he own this Bugatti, he also owns the white and black Rolls Royce Phantom and the Lamborghini Murcielago SV, both of which took place in the rally. When the exotic rolled down the street it easily stole the attention away from all the other cars. The Bugatti did not have a wrap on the car and only featured GoldRush Rally and sponsor stickers. I do however think that the gold rims are an excellent touch.
We have over 100 pictures of the rally! Come back tomorrow and view the whole album. Although every car was not featured in the article, we will bring you pictures of all the cars we saw!
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