Opinion: The McLaren 720s signals a new era in Supercars

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It’s no secret- Mclaren has quickly climbed the ranks putting out some of the best road going supercars. After producing the legendary McLaren F1  (in my opinion, the greatest car ever made) throughout the 1990’s, McLaren was absent from the street-legal supercar market. Manufacturers such as Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and many others seemed to be the go-to brands for the super wealthy who wanted to go super fast in extraordinary style.

In 2011, McLaren made a reappearance when the MP4-12C hit the market. The sleek looking supercar had a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 pumping out about 590horsepower. McLaren had quickly captured the attention of car enthusiasts who were still in love with the brand due to the F1’s legacy. Then, in 2013 came McLaren’s biggest push into the street-legal supercar market with the release of the million-dollar P1. Exquisite styling, monstrous power and state-of-the-art technology put the P1 and McLaren at the top of the supercar world competing directly with hyper-cars from Porsche and Ferrari.

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Fast forward to the present day and McLaren has a very impressive lineup. The 12C is no more but McLaren now has the the 650s, 675LT, and the 570s (540s outside the U.S.). McLaren and the P1 were still dominating the game but the supercar industry had rapidly changed from decades before. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and other manufacturers were putting out cars at an astronomical rate. No longer would a model be offered for 10+ years but instead cars would last about 4-5 years before getting rebranded and refreshed into something faster and better looking than the previous generation. This is where the all new 2018 McLaren 720s comes into play.

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The unique styling caught the world by storm. Some, weary of the new look and others in  love (the car looks much better in person than in photos). Put styling aside for a minute though and focus on performance. The 4.0L twin-turbo V8 makes an impressive 710horsepower (almost 50hp more than Ferrari’s 488GTB). The 720s will propel to 0-60mph in a blistering fast 2.8 seconds and will max out at 212mph. All for a very reasonable $288,000 USD.

There is one issue though- these are the performance numbers on paper. Ask anyone who has driven the 720s (or has put the car on the Dyno) and they will tell you that there is no way McLaren is being ‘honest’ with the performance numbers- but not in a bad way. Almost every reviewer of the supercar says the 720s is faster than the 900hp P1. Keep in mind, the P1 was made to be McLaren’s fastest, most extreme car in their offered lineup and today fetches a price tag well over $1,000,000 USD.

The P1, with a top speed of 217mph, was apart of what car enthusiasts called the ‘Hyper 3’ which included the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. All three cars had both gasoline and battery powered engines that were obliterating any other supercar on the street (with few exceptions), which is why we refer to them as ‘hyper-cars’. So how could McLaren put out a car that costs nearly $800,000 less and go faster than a P1? The answer is simple- technology. Although the 720s is only 5 years newer than the P1, supercar technology is rapidly improving. From more carbon fiber and better aero among many things, the technology in late 2017, early 2018 has allowed McLaren to surpass the P1. So why isn’t McLaren being honest about the performance? Well, how would you feel if you spent well over $1,000,000 on a P1 just to have a $288,000 car be faster? Understandably so, McLaren does not want to piss off it’s most loyal, highest spending customers so for now, the McLaren P1 remains ‘faster’ than the 720s.

What all of this means for the future of supercars is that the once thought to be impassible performance numbers on the Hyper 3 is already becoming outdated technology. If McLaren can put out a car like the 720s, we know others like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche are soon to follow. They Hyper 3 had a short, yet successful run of being the worlds most extreme hyper-cars, but the tide is changing and a new era of extreme performance and better technology will soon be taking over.

Take a look at the gallery below for additional pictures of the 720s, LaFerrari, P1 and other McLaren models.

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Hellcat Halted

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Don’t panic—the production of the Dodge Hellcat Charger and Challenger was not halted due to a lack of sales. In fact, Dodge stated in its blog this week it’s no longer taking orders for the 707hp muscle car because it’s too behind on orders.

According to an article from Road and Track, about 2,200 cars have been delivered worldwide—which includes both the 2-door Challenger and the 4-door Charger. More than 9,000 orders have been placed in recent months for the extreme muscle cars.

Fiat Chrysler, which owns Dodge and the SRT division has warned potential customers that certain dealerships have been accepting deposits for the Hellcat without actually having permission from Dodge to do so. Dealerships have been allocated one Hellcat per month. Dealerships must also pay a fine if an unsold Hellcat sits on the lot for more than five days. There have been reports that some dealerships have accepted $5,000 non-refundable deposits on cars they cannot fulfill the order for.

It is unclear how long production will be halted, but one would assume that Dodge will take advantage of the increased demand and hold off on new orders until others have been filled. With demand so strong, and no new orders being taken, it will be interesting to see what will happen to the value of already delivered Hellcats.

The Hellcat Challenger comes with a reasonable base price of $59,995 and the 4-door Charger starts at $63,995. Both vehicles get their power from a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that makes an astonishing 707hp. For the price, there may not be a better, more powerful car out there. A new Lamborghini Aventador packs 700hp and has a starting price of almost $500,000; although both cars offer different types of extremes.

The Charger wears the crown when it comes to the world of powerful sedans, which has been an increasingly popular market. The car holds a record-setting top speed for a sedan of a blistering fast 204 mph (yes, it’s been proven) and holds the record for the fastest quarter mile by a sedan at 11 seconds.

The Challenger has a top speed of a very fast 199 mph, a 0-60mph in the low three-second range and runs a 10.8 second quarter mile. Surprisingly, the car manages to get 22 mpg despite the massive power output.

To allow for easier daily driving, the Hellcat models come with two different key fobs. One key fob restricts the engines power output to “just” 500hp, while the second key will unleash all 707hp.

According to CNN, Challenger sales are up 60%, while Charger sales have increased 23% for January and February. This leads me to believe Dodge has won the battle of the revival of the muscle cars between Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet. Although successful, sales numbers for the Mustang and Camaro don’t come close to matching that of the Hellcat. Also consider the fact that the Hellcat models are the fastest production muscle cars in the world right now for a very reasonable price. Will Chevy and Ford catch up? Will the Hellcat model duo have any competition in the near future? Only time will tell.

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Check out the 2015 Hellcat Challenger here

Check out the 2015 Hellcat Charger here

 

The McLaren F1 LM Revealed

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As a car enthusiast there is always one question that is asked in conversion—what is your favorite car? I have been asked this question countless times by so many people and my answer has never changed. Of course, the Lamborghini Murcielago, Enzo Ferrari and Maserati MC12 come to mind, but one super-car stands tall above the rest—the 1995 McLaren F1 LM.

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Produced by the legendary racing company McLaren, the F1 LM is an extremely limited-edition version of the already insane F1 and F1 GTR. The F1 LM has modifications from the track only F1 GTR to make it street-legal.

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It all started in 1992 when Gordon Murray designed and produced the original McLaren F1 that would be allowed on public roads. McLaren had already more than proven itself on the track, but could it compete with Ferrari and Lamborghini which were already having great success producing street cars? Well, the answer was yes. It did more than compete; it absolutely tore up any competition. From 1992 to 1998 only 106 F1 cars rolled off the assembly line in Woking, Surrey, England; only five F1 LM’s were produced. Before we even get to the performance specs, the production number instantly adds huge value to the car.

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The more “common” McLaren F1 boasts incredibly impressive design, power and handling. BMW and the M Sport division built Murray a custom 6.1L V12 engine called the BMW S70/8. Producing 627 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque the F1 will reach 60 mph in a blistering 3.2 seconds, 100 mph in just 6.3 seconds and will top out at 248 mph. As one can imagine, these are unheard of numbers in the nineties, and the vehicle quickly became the worlds fastest street-legal car and held the title until 2005. The naturally aspirated engine sits in Carbon Fiber body panels surrounded by gold foil for heat insulation. A reported 16 grams of gold was used in each McLaren. The limited F1 LM uses the same engine as the track-only F1 GTR; a naturally aspirated V12 producing 680 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque. The F1 LM will scream to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 100 mph in 5.9 seconds and has a max speed of 243 mph. The top speed is lower on the the LM due to added aerodynamic drag.

Notice the gold plating.

Notice the gold plating.

Pop-open the enormous gull-wing doors and you’ll be quite surprised when you notice where the drivers seat is. Murray designed the cars to have the drivers seat in the middle of the car; this gives the driver a more complete F1 racing experience. It not only positions the driver in the same spot as if in a real F1 car, but it allows for much better views of the road in front. Sitting just behind and to the side of the drivers seat are two passenger seats. Yes, this astonishing super-car has room for three passengers. To make things even more intense, it’s recommended both the driver and passengers wear headphones to allow communication to the other passengers during a ride. This is due to the monstrous noise the engine makes. To save weight, little to no insulation was used to keep out the V12’s roar.

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Doors up.

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All five McLaren F1 LM’s produced were painted Papaya Orange to honor Bruce McLaren and the color of his race car. There is in fact a sixth version of the LM called the XP1 LM (also painted in Papaya Orange) that is owned by McLaren and remains in the factory. The car was original promised to Lewis Hamilton, McLaren’s F1 team driver if he won two world championships. Hamilton left the company in 2013 to join Mercedes-Benz after winning one world championship. Rumors have it that the car today is valued at over $4,000,000.

This super-car came far from stripped down; Murray wanted to give drivers comfort as well as performance. Each vehicle came with a specially designed lightweight 10 disc Kenwood sound system that was specifically made to tailor to the buyers music preferences. The cars do not have a radio however because Murray said that he himself barely ever listened to it. The cars also surprisingly come with air conditioning, window defrosters, electric windows and remote control locking. Inside the cabin the lucky owner will find button releases for outside panel access, a storage compartment,and courtesy lights. Also included is a gold plated tool kit, high performance headlights and reverse/fog lights.

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Upon purchasing the record-setting vehicle each buyer received a custom edition Tag Heuer Chronometer wristwatch. Each car was specifically produced to the buyers’ needs and wants. McLaren flew out all the buyers to have the seats custom fit to the their body types. The seats are also non-adjustable because they too are specifically set for the driver’s ideal driving position. This of course makes finding a used F1 that much more difficult if you plan to drive it (which I hope you would).

The value of the McLaren F1 and F1 LM have skyrocketed above its original price tag of just under $1,000,000. In 2008 a McLaren F1 was sold for about $4,000,000 and in 2012 at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance chassis number 066 was sold for a record breaking $8,400,700. Although it is difficult to find an owner willing to give up one of these masterpieces, many have been offered for sale fetching from $4,000,000 all the way to $10,000,000 and above for the F1 LM. McLaren will not release the names of the owners to the public but it is known that famous designer Ralph Lauren has a collection of the cars in his personal garage. There is no doubt that the price of these cars will continue to grow in the future.

The McLaren F1 LM (middle) surrounded by the F1 (Silver) and F1 GT LongTail (Black)

The McLaren F1 LM (middle) surrounded by the F1 (Silver) and F1 GT LongTail (Black)

The McLaren F1 LM (Papaya Orange) and the F1 GT LongTail (Burgundy)

Today, it is extremely rare to see one of these monsters on public streets. I have only seen three in person and yet this has been my favorite car since I was young. My first sighting came over ten years ago at the New York International Auto Show when Mercedes-Benz had a black F1 on display. A few years a later I spotted the insanely rare F1 LM in its beautiful Papaya Orange crossing over the George Washington Bridge here in New York/New Jersey. My latest sighting came on the Long Island Expressway here in New York as a white F1 flew by just a few years ago. Unfortunately, all three sightings came and went so fast that I was unable to snap a picture. All pictures shown throughout the article have come from CarZach fans who have generously sent them over to CarZachdotCom@Gmail.com. I encourage you to send in any sightings you have!

Contrary to popular thought that McLaren would never put out a “newer” F1, they did. The McLaren P1 debuted in 2012 and was limited to just 375 units. All units were sold out by November 2013 at a price of $1,350,000. In my opinion, the F1 and F1 LM will never be replaced. No matter how advanced technology gets a super-car will never be produced so pure and beautiful as the F1. I would love to hear your opinions on whether or not the P1 can truly be considered an F1 replacement. Feel free to comment on the article, tweet us, Instagram us or send us a direct email to CarZachdotCom@Gmail.com.

The all- new McLaren P1

The all- new McLaren P1

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The Legendary Keonigsegg CCXRS

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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. 

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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. 

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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 Synergy Detailing Lamborghini.

The Synergy Detailing Lamborghini.

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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. 

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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
  • Winglets
  • 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
  • Satnav
  • 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

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

Martino Auto Concept's amazing Corvette C7.

Martino Auto Concept’s amazing Corvette C7.

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GoldRush Takes New York City: Part One

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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.

The beautiful Maserati Grand Turismo finished in chrome blue.

The beautiful Maserati Grand Turismo finished in chrome blue.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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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A Quick Run For McLaren

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McLaren, the famed racing group, has quickly integrated itself into making high performance street cars. Starting with the legendary McLaren F1 in the 1990’s, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in the early 2000’s and now the McLaren MP4-12C.

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McLaren has recently announced that the MP4-12C will cease production as of 2014. Don’t worry though- McLaren already has the replacement 650S ready to go and the highly exclusive, million-dollar P1 has begun delivery to some very lucky clients.

The 12C was in production from 2011 to 2014, making it a very quick run. No formal production numbers have been released by the British company, but in 2011 it is estimated that 1,000 vehicles were sold in nineteen different countries, including 500 to the United States.

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McLaren took the super-car world by storm with the release of 12C. The car features stunning angles that only years of wind tunnel testing could produce. McLaren had not put out its own street car since the end of F1 production in 1998 and enthusiasts began to wonder if McLaren’s street days were over. In 2009, Frank Stephenson was hired by the automotive group to head the 12C design team. After years of testing, the 12C was born.

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Sitting on a carbon MonoCell, the chassis weighs just 176 pounds. Extensive Carbon Fiber was used throughout the vehicle to reduce weight. The total product is a car hitting the scale at only 2,868 pounds. In the legendary F1, a three-person seating style was used; the driver in the middle and two passengers slightly behind and off to the side. The 12C went back to the conventional two-seater sports car but the interior is purposely narrower than most cars, bringing the driver closer to the center. McLaren, thoughtfully calls the cockpit of the car the “Driver Zone”.

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Powering the 12C is a 3.8L V8 Twin-Turbo engine that originally produced 592hp. In October of 2013 the company decided to add some extra thrust. Offering free installation for all current McLaren owners the engine was retrofitted to produce a monstrous 616hp. All new models from 2013 on would come standard with the power upgrade. The exotic also features a seven speed dual-cluth automatic transmission. Of course the driver can manually shift gears using the paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel. This allows for faster and more precise gear changes.

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With all that horsepower the 12C will sprint to 60mph in just 3.1 seconds and will scream to a top speed of about 207mph. McLaren also offers a spider version of the vehicle which comes with an automatic removable hard top. The coupe version will run the buyer a mere $239,400 while the spider goes for $265,750. A small price to pay for a truly amazing vehicle. You will be hitting the gas station a bit often as the exotic gets just 15mpg city and 22 highway; but hey, it’s a sexy car.

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McLaren certainly did not hold back with this exquisite exotic. Drive around anywhere and you’ll be sure to find yourself the center of attention. When the famous McLaren doors rise up towards the heavens the vehicle will show off it’s beauty. There is truly not one bad angle on this car, and not one bad color choice either. My personnel favorite being Volcano Yellow.

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With the sad news that the MP4-12C will halt production following the 2014 model year, McLaren is not letting anyone down. They have already released the replacement- the 650S. In fact, some are already out on public roads being tested. The replacement offers more power, and other upgrades. The coupe is set start at $265,400 and the spider at $280,225.

The king of super-cars in my opinion will always be the McLaren F1. It is my all time favorite exotic car. Although just 106 were made from 1992 to 1998, this $2 million dollar vehicle tops the list of all street-cars. In tribute to the king, McLaren recently unveiled the P1. At $1.5 million each and top speed of 218mph this is a legend in the making. Only 375 units will be made and all have been sold.

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A “Speciale” Ferrari 458

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The Ferrari 458 Italia has quickly become a very popular super-car to own! A 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia will cost $233,509 and carries a 4.5L V8 engine that powers out 570hp. But hey, it’s a Ferrari, so of course engineers went to the drawing board and made something a bit more extreme. The result is the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale!

The beautiful 458 Speciale with some original 458's in the background!

The beautiful 458 Speciale!

The new exotic cranks out a huge 597hp and is a full 200lbs lighter than the regular 458. For $298,000 the Speciale will launch to 60mph in a swift 2.8 seconds and will max out at a mere 202mph. Of course with all this power comes poor gas mileage, the vehicle gets just 13mph city and 17mpg highway. The exhaust note is louder and the car even shifts faster than the base 458.

The heart of the beast!

The heart of the beast!

Styling wise the car features a unique air intake right above the Ferrari badge on the hood of the car. Also, above the headlights, the exotic has numerous small air intakes, adding a good flair to the vehicle. The most notable added touch is the white and blue stripe that runs down the center of the car. I find that this gives the vehicle a more sexy, sleek and fast look.The exhaust pipes have gone from three down to two and are now spread farther apart.

Notice the different tailpipes.

Notice the different tailpipes.

The interior of the car is just as beautiful as the exterior. To help shave off some weight, pure racing seats were inserted into the car which really gives the driver and passenger a true race car feel. To hold the the riders in place, the car is equipped with a 4-point harness seatbelt. The interior is stripped out of most common amenities giving it more of a super-car feel. I had the rare opportunity to sit inside the exclusive vehicle. The bucket seats, known to be uncomfortable in other cars, were shockingly not too bad. Of course I would not recommend very long drives, but for short drives the riders won’t be sore when they get out.

Beautiful bucket seats and a true race car interior.

Beautiful bucket seats and a true race car interior.

DSCN3788The dashboard was clean and just screamed “drive me”. The steering wheel was a piece of art, with numerous options like start engine and race mode. The paddle shifters sat tucked in behind the steering wheel allowing the driver good maneuverability. Sitting out in front, the yellow tachometer clearly shows the insane rev’s of the car. Two beautifully crafted electronic screens sit on either side of the tachometer that display all of sorts of information, like speed, to the driver. Most of the interior is made from carbon-fiber, offering not only sexy styling but weight reduction.

"Drive me".

“Drive me”.

In summary, Ferrari has done it again. They have continued the legacy of the Challenge Stradale and Scuderia series vehicles with this Speciale edition 458!

A big thank you goes out to Ferrari-Maserati Long Island, a division of Experience Auto Group. Located in Plainview, New York, they give customers a superb buying experience and offer the most beautiful cars on the market. They host great events and are always supportive of my passion for exotic vehicles. Be sure to stop by to check out their cars, and follow them on Twitter @FerMasLI!

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A Thrilling Drive In An Audi R8

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As an exotic car enthusiast who doesn’t own any exotic vehicles, it leaves me with a lot of hopeful dreams for the future. Last year, while on a vacation in Mexico I had an opportunity to get behind the wheel of the exclusive Audi R8. Here in the USA these high-performance vehicles rarely get the chance to have someone really put the pedal down and show off their power. Luckily, I was behind the wheel on a closed track and was able to reach speeds up to 100mph. It was a bit challenging to go over 100mph due to the lay-out of the course, which featured a very small straight away and a few different turns.

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In 1997 Audi purchased the all ready highly regarded exotic car producer Lamborghini. Since then, Audi has put some of its excellent engineering into Lamborghini streetcars. In 2007, Lamborghini returned the favor and put some their engineering into the car that would now be known as the Audi R8. To date, more than 50,000 units have rolled off the production line as the vehicle continues to be a high selling, powerful exotic.

Today a 2014 Audi R8 will set a buyer back anywhere between $124,000-$173,000 (depending what on trim levels). The model I had the privilege of driving was the Audi R8 Base Coupe, which costs $124,000. The vehicle has a 4.2L V8 engine that muscles out 430hp. The car will rocket to 60mph in just 4.3 seconds. As the price increases, the more power becomes available such as the 5.2L V10 that boasts 550hp.

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Besides the sleek exterior, the interior is truly exquisite. The seats were a beautiful red leather and surprising very comfortable for an exotic. The dashboard was clean, well-lit and certainly made the driver know they were in an exclusive vehicle.  Visibility out the front windshield and two side windows was great and would definitely make for easy road driving. I did not have the opportunity to check out how the view out the back, as I did not need to reverse the car for any reason. The steering wheel was light and very easy to maneuver which allows the driver to make those quick turns. The vehicle was an automatic, but did have the option to use paddle shifters (I did not).

Starting up the car was truly music to my ears. The V8 had an extraordinary rumble that not only gets the drivers adrenaline pumping but would certainly let on-lookers know that this baby can go. With my seatbelt fastened and my silly racing helmet on I tapped the gas. Wow. The AWD instantly lurched the car forward. Having to watch out for my friend driving the Ferrari 360 Modena I nervously tapped the breaks and came to instant halt.

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With the go ahead, I put the pedal to the floor and launched onto the track. The V8 screamed as the car accelerated heading into the first ‘S’ curve. With no issue at all the car flew out of the curve and continued to annihilate the open pavement ahead. Through the tighter turns the R8 remained perfectly flat and never gave any sign of over or understeer. It seemed like the tires would never stop hugging the road on every turn.

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Soon enough, my three laps of heaven was over and I was told to slow down and pull over. The R8 handled like a true super-car should. The V8 let out beautiful music but was never too loud that it would be an annoyance to the driver or passenger (I could never get annoyed at that). What Audi had done was put forward their very best in engineering and Lamborghini provided the heart of the beast (the engine). It was an experience of a life time in a car that many only dream of sitting in. When the time comes to buy my first exotic, the R8 would be very high up on my list. It was a great car, with out of this world performance!

Enjoy the video below of my thrilling drive!

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T-Rex: A Different Kind of Monster!

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A new kind of monster is tearing up the streets all over the world. It hails from Quebec, Canada but offers almost nothing to shield the driver and passenger from the cold. The car is a T-Rex from the company Compagna.

Compagna started in 1988 with a few people and a big vision. in 1995 the first ever street-legal T-Rex was unleashed into the wild. The monster has one of the most unique designs ever- three wheels, two seats and no doors. The model pictured above is a T-Rex 14R. The 16S is the the newest and most up-to-date model offered by the Canadian company.

Notice the small windshield and wide front stance.

Notice the small windshield and wide front stance.

Starting at $57,999 it is one expensive, unique and fast vehicle. In fact, T-Rex is considered to be a motorcycle. Therefore, drivers must have motorcycle license to drive it. Compagna offers eight different color options and they ship each vehicle to the customer.

T-Rex sits just four inches off the ground, making driving not only a thrilling experience but also a bit scary. The vehicle is only 48 inches tall, so no I would certainly not recommend it to tall people. T-Rex features a 6-speed sequential manual transmission that is controlled by hand, like a motorcycle. The  engine comes from BMW and packs 160HP. Now that may not seem like a lot (my Volvo has more) but for a car that weighs just 1,040lbs it is insanely fast and will reach 60mph in just 4 seconds. A driver will max out at 120mph, which being so close to the ground is pretty damn scary.

Cargo carriers on the side.

Cargo carriers on the side.

T-Rex seats two and has a few different areas where cargo can be stored. The windshield is low and only offers partial protection to the driver and passenger. Meanwhile, there are no other windows, and the side of the vehicle is completely open.To fight theft, the steering wheel is completely removable. Compagna also offers a touch screen navigation system and an incredible sound system.

No steering wheel, touch screen navigation and of course towels over the seats to protect it from the rain.

No steering wheel, touch screen navigation and of course towels over the seats to protect it from the rain.

Many would recognize this unique vehicle from MTV’s hit TV show Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, where he often plays around in his own white T-Rex. Personally, I have seen a few on the roads of Long Island, even on the highway. Compagna does take safety seriously and T-Rex is equipped with a roll cage, specialized crash zones and of course seat belts.

In my opinion, if I had some extra cash sitting around to spend on a fun toy I would certainly buy one. I have never been a big motorcycle fan, but this is a one-of-a-kind beautiful machine that keeps pace with super-cars. I don’t think I would be all that excited to take this puppy out on the highway, but it certainly would be amazing to tear up some streets and open parking lots. The vehicle has gotten nothing but rave reviews from owners and even the guys on Top Gear BBC. The car is said to handle amazingly but the riders should be prepared for intense G-force around corners.

T-Rex is one of the most distinct vehicles on the market right now. Many people who see them, probably don’t know what it is they’re looking at. It’s far from your average car, motorcycle and even go-kart. Keep your eyes peeled for this monster shredding the roads in the nice weather!

One fat rear-wheel!

One fat rear-wheel!

Would you pay $60,000 for this toy? Would you even want to get into one? Let me know what you think! Be sure to follow Carzach on Twitter @CarZachdotCom

Exotic Car Sales Rev Up

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It may be shocking to hear, but yes it is true! Exotic car sales are revving up. The economy may be struggling to fire on all cylinders but it seems as though the “1%” are doing just fine. It’s not just the United States that is seeing this market grow. According to CNN.com, the global sales of exotic vehicles are on the rise (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). Partly, these heightened sales are due to the fact that China’s wealthy are just now getting much easier access to these beautiful machines.

With 2013 over and done with, Lamborghini says that they sold a whopping 2,121 vehicles globally last year. According to CNN, this is the third straight year Lamborghini has had a sales increase! The Italian company currently sells only two different vehicles, one – the 700hp, $400,000, Aventador and the other, a more modest 562hp, $225,000, Lamborghini Gallardo. CEO, Stephan Winkelmann mentions that the United States continues to be the number one buyer of these high-priced cars (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). Personally, I would not be shocked to see the sale numbers increase yet again at the end of 2014 due to the release of the replacement Gallardo and a rumored SUV is in the making!

Need an exotic vehicle that can carry more then two people? And do it in opulent style? Well it seems the wealthy are in need of that. Rolls Royce, the fancy and sophisticated sister of BMW is also recording high sales. The very highly regarded brand sold 3,630 voluptuous vehicles this past year (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). This marks the fourth year in a row that the company recorded record sales numbers. Look for the new two-door Wraith, which seems to be the hottest car on the market for the wealthy who want to arrive in style.

The other luxury company to roll out of England is Bentley. They too recorded sales of more than 10,000 cars last year alone. Wolfgang Schreiber, the CEO of the company says that most sales come from China and that he expects them to continue to drive up sales in the coming years.

Yet again, it’s another company from England that is setting records. Aston Martin, has seemed to capture a huge audience of James Bond wannabe’s. The company sold 4,200 cars in 2013 (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). The British super car maker hasn’t seen numbers like that in nearly six years! 

Heading back to Italy, Maserati sold 15,400 cars last year (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). Compared to every other exotic company listed here, Maserati offers the most “affordable” cars. The company even lessened its exclusivity and has released the Ghibli which will set back the buyer at least $66,000. This is the new entry-level vehicle and is meant to rival BMW and Mercedes. If you don’t want to be driving around in car that’s less than $100,000 please don’t worry as you can still buy an MC Stradale for $155,000!

If you’re curious as to why Ferrari didn’t make the list it’s because they’re actually cutting down on production. No, they’re not short on money. They just think that even if you have a few hundred thousand dollars to drop on a car, you should still have to search hard to buy a Ferrari.

With an inconstant global economy right now, who knows whether or not exotic car sales will continue to rev up in the coming years. I  certainly would not predict that any of these companies will mass produce their vehicles. They will always hold their place in society as rare, exclusive, and of course exotic!

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Reference:

Valdes-Padena, P. Exotic Car Sales Surge to Record High-Except Ferrari. CNN.com