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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GoldRush Rally- one of the most epic car events of the year. On May 31st over eighty exotic vehicles gathered in the desert city of Las Vegas. Eccentric exotic owners proudly showed off their even more eccentric cars. I had written about GoldRush a few months back, and finally on June 7th, I experienced the rally for just a few hours and wow, what a time!
Now, these aren’t just any plain exotic cars in their usual colors. The cars get wrapped up in crazy decals. The sponsors of the rally get their company name displayed on the vehicles and some cars sport funny sayings and stickers. For anyone cringing at the idea of putting “stickers” on a $500,000 car, both the wraps and stickers are not harmful to the original paint, and can easily be removed. The wraps aren’t cheap either; for example the chrome blue wrap on the Maserati GrandTurismo cost $8,000.
Too add onto the cost of the super-car, the wrap, the fuel prices, GoldRush also offers a few different packages that get you in the line-up. This year to be a part of the full rally- from Vegas to New York City, it is $15,000. The prices do include top of the line stays at hotels such as the Ritz Carlton and epic VIP parties at clubs.
Through GoldRush Rally’s Instagram account I was told the cars would be arriving at 380 Bleeker Street in SoHo, New York City in front of the Robert Graham Boutique at 3pm. The streets were already lined with spectators when I arrived at 2pm. While waiting for the rally to arrive a few very nice vehicles came strolling down the street such as Maserati GrandTurismo, Dodge Charger SuperBee, Ferrari F430 Spider and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.
On cue at 3pm loud revving could be heard from the block over and moments later two McLaren 12C’s came rolling down the street with gullwing doors up towards the sky. Both cars were dressed in the same unique wrap that represented the fashion line of Robert Graham, whom I believe was piloting one of the McLarens. Instantly people swarmed the streets rushing to take pictures (and no, the streets were not closed). I should mention that both McLaren’s and all cars participating in the rally sported hearts and stickers that said “Taylor Lynn Foundation: Take a Moment to Give Back”. You can learn more about this heartfelt charity here: http://taylorlynn.org/our-board/
About fifteen minutes later more revving was heard from the down the street and a Mini Cooper S drove slowly down the road with a gentlemen hanging out the window talking on a PA system getting the crowd ready for what was following. Right behind the small average car came a chrome gold Ferrari 458 Italia. After that the parade continued with numerous Rolls Royce’s, Nissan GTR’s, Audi R8’s, Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s and BMW’s. There were over eighty cars that paraded down the small city street, each vehicle wass blasting music, loudly revving their engines and had beautiful women either driving or hanging out the windows.
Personally, I have never heard or seen anything like this in my life. The exhaust notes perfectly echoed off the city buildings and of course the police quickly came to aide in the traffic jam that was being caused on surrounding roads. I tried my very best to capture the best videos and photos possible and again I will also do my best at describing each vehicle and their wraps.
In the gallery above is a beautiful Ferrari F12 that was driven and sponsored by the people over at Black and White Exotic Rentals in California. As seen, the vehicle is made too look like a police car, with the black and white wrap and the sherifs badge on the door. Also on the side of the car says “To Rent and To Serve”. Although I am not totally sure what color the car is originally the black and white wrap was flawless, along with all the decals of sponsors.
Next is a rare, expensive beast- The Porsche Carrera GT (Photo Gallery Below). 1,270 units were produced from 2004 to 2007. Needless to say the car today can run a buyer every bit of half a million dollars. The car was kept pretty original and had basic decals on it compared to the other vehicles. Im not too sure what company sponsored this vehicle, but personally I think the decision to keep the stickers low-key was great idea. I also love how all the decals are gold. It really pops out against the off white paint and also matches the name of the rally. Watch the videos down below and you will here this Porsche howl.
Coming through next is one of my personal favorites- a Rolls Royce Phantom. The beautiful two-door coupe with the hard top roof was absolutely draw dropping. The off white color seems to be the perfect match for this behemoth vehicle. The black grille makes the front of the vehicle pop-out even more than usual and really made it look like one bad ass car. The gold rims look amazing along with the golden decals. The car really has the perfect amount black added to the paint. I also love the black tinted tail lights. If you’re wondering why the front of the car looks dirty, it’s because those are bugs that the Rolls happen to hit during its long journey. The same owner of this car also owns the draw-dropping white Lamborghini Murcielago LP-670 SV and the ultra-rare one of one “Panda” Bugatti Veyron; both of which will be featured in the next article.
One of the more popular cars of choice on the rally was a Nissan GTR. The GTR pictured in the album below happened to be one of my personal favorites. Going with another police theme, the car was wrapped in black and white, but the best feature was the police lights, sirens and PA system. Leave it to the eccentric owners of the car to be hanging out the window and saying funny things over the PA system. Pay close attention and you’ll notice the matte black roof on the vehicle and on the front bumper it says “Caution: Excessive Boost”. If you’re wondering, the sirens don’t just flash they sound like a cop car as well. I must add that this bad boy had one hell of an exhaust not as well.
Next lets move over to the beautiful blue Lamborghini Gallardo piloted by the guys at Synergy Detailing- a Long Island based detail company. Their Lamborghini was wrapped in Smurf blue, the car is originally orange. Across the windshield says Team New York and again all stickers were in gold. Besides absolutely loving the paint job, I love the black tinted tail lights. Another beautiful touch are the black rims. The contrast blue and black really works well together in my opinion. Team New York partook in the whole entire rally from Vegas back home to New York City. Like any Lamborghini should, this Gallardo had beautiful music coming from the tail pipes!
Well that is it for Part One! Stay tuned to CarZach for Part Two which will feature a one of one Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Mucielago SV and the worlds most famous Lamborghini Aventador! Be sure to check out the videos below! More videos and picture to come in Part Two!
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Spring has sprung and the exotics are out tearing up the roads here in Long Island, New York. I snapped this photo in the fall of 2013 while attending a massive car show. Over 300 locally owned exotics showed up including this Ferrari F430 and Ferrari F430 Scuderia. The 5.4L engine powers out 490-503 horsepower. The specially tuned exhaust note is music to the ear. Look for the differences in both models (Scuderia on right), different tail pipes and engine bay. Sadly, the F430 stopped production in 2009, but the beautiful 458 Italia has taken over!
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It’s Monday and I bet most of us wish we were driving around in this beautiful Rolls Royce Phantom Droptop! The days are slowly starting to warmup and soon I bet this Rolls will drop its top! The logo in the middle of the rims are actually stationary and do not spin with tire! This opulent vehicle can set you back $500,000 very easily, but to roll around this kind of luxury I’m sure it’s worth it.
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Another Monday but this one is filled with three beautiful Lamborghini Gallardo’s! Personally, I would love to take the yellow beast out for a spin. The weather is slowly warming up here in New York and the exotics are slowly creeping their way out of garages. Stay tuned this week for a great article on a very “speciale” Ferrari!
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It’s Motivation Monday yet again. Check out this beautiful Dodge Viper. Absolutely love the color, and of course the exhaust note! Although Vipers are known too not handle to well, they sure do look stunning! A proud, true supercar made right here in the USA!
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Finally the weather here in New York has been somewhat warm! Here’s an awesome throwback to summer, when all the exotics were out to play! A beautiful line up of a Ferrari F430 Spyder, Porsche Cayenne GTS and a Maserati Grandturismo!
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Out of these 3, which do you want in your garage?
Now that is one “HOTLAMBO”! It’s a new week with new opportunities. Let this stunning Lamborghini Gallardo motivate you to work hard this week and achieve your dreams! I snapped this photo while attending a local car show on a hot summer Long Island day. Stay tuned for a new article this week, I have some more great cars coming up!
New post coming soon! In the meantime here’s some motivation on this cold Monday night! Work hard and get the toys you dream of. Here are three stunning Lamborghini Aventador’s I just so happened to stumble upon on a beautiful Long Island summer day. Yes, the car on the left has a license plate that reads “HULK” and the beauty in the middle has a plate that reads “DROPOUT”.
Which color best fits you?