Ugur Sahin Design (USD), a Dutch design company founded in 2007, have developed a number of concept vehicles for a variety of clients over the last few years. But perhaps their most impressive project to date is the Corvette-based Soleil Anadi prototype, which was built in 2011 and shown off at the Top Marques car show in Monaco that year. And while most of their other concepts remain as digital models, however gorgeous they may be, hopefully their latest project will make the extraordinary leap to reality.
The car in question is a Ferrari-based model mysteriously called the “Project F” in USD’s correspondence. Although go to their website and it’s found under the title Ferrari FORTIS Concept. So mystery solved.
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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati unveiled what is arguably one of the most important concept vehicles for the company in recent years. The Maserati Alfieri isn’t just a “look at what we can do” vehicle. It’s more of a “get used to it, because this is what our cars are gonna look like soon” type of vehicle.
The concept, which is based on a GranTurismo MC Stradale chassis but with a 24 cm (9.5 inch) shorter wheelbase, was designed at the Maserati Centro Stile in Turin by a group of young designers. It’s name, Alfieri, pays homage to Alfieri Maserati, the best know of the Maserati brothers, and the man who founded “Officine Alfiere Maserati” 100 years ago. And that brings up the other reason for the car. It’s a 100 year anniversary present from Maserati to, well, Maserati.
The Maserati Alfieri concept was inspired by past models, like the 1954 A6 GCS-53, the 1957 3500 GT, the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy. Maserati say that while the car is clearly a concept, it was designed so as to make sure it was production feasible.
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Koenigsegg, the other Swedish auto manufacturer, have just dropped the first round of information on their latest completely insane hypercar.
Called the Koenigsegg One:1, the car stands a very good chance of claiming the title of the world’s fastest production car. That’s because of it’s truly ridiculous power-to-weight ratio. It weighs in at 1,360 kgs (2,998 lbs) wet, which is very, very light. Add to that the fact its turbocharged 5.0 litre V8 produces an earth shattering 1,360 horsepower, and you don’t need to be a maths genius to figure out that means each horsepower only has to propel 1 kg. You also don’t need to be a wordsmith to work out the meaning of the One:1 name.
1,360 horsepower also has another significance. It’s equal to 1 Megawatt. Amazingly Koenigsegg say they could have got more power out of the engine by turning up the boost. But instead they chose to make the car more drivable and with a flatter torque curve. That’s probably a good call.
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When you buy a Lamborghini Aventador you obviously have a long list of options to choose from. But if the standard list of color and trim options isn’t extensive enough, then you can always take advantage of Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalization program. This opens up a whole new world of custom colored paintwork, trim options and interior upholstery. In short, it should keep everyone from the 20-something Silicon Valley millionaire, to car-obsessive Middle Eastern despot happy.
Lamborghini have just announced some updates to their Ad Personam program. Firstly it will soon be extended to include the all-new Huracan. And secondly, it now includes a wider range of options, including an expanded range of leather and Alcantara colors, new dual-color paint jobs, carbon fiber components and monogrammed hand-stitched emblems.
Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customers can spec their car at their local dealer, or if they prefer, they can visit the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and meet up with a dedicated Ad Personam specialist who will help them build a car exactly to their specifications.
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If you’re just not satisfied with owning one of the very latest Italian supercars (in the form of the brand-new Lamborghini Huracan) and running around in it just as it came from the factory, then A. You’re probably one of those people who is never going to be happy. And B, you need to get in touch with Duke Dynamics.
Duke Dynamics, based in Vancouver, Canada, have just announced that come this summer they will be offering a styling package for the Huracan called the Minotauro – no doubt named after the infamous bull-headed man who supposedly lived on the Greek island of Crete a couple thousand years ago. Thankfully however the Minotauro is a lot better looking.
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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin will be bringing along a few special edition models of both the Vantage and the DB9. The race-bred, road-legal V8 Vantage N430 is the real showstopper though.
Available in Coupe or Roadster form, the V8 Vantage N430 boasts a power hike to 430 hp at 7,300 rpm, and numerous weight-saving components.
Ian Minards, Director of Product Development at Aston Martin, said of the new car: “N430 is all about bringing track-honed excitement to the road in an accessible, emotionally engaging, and authentically ‘analogue’ way. The dynamic exhilaration of Vantage is the perfect complement to the eye-catching looks of the N430.”
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McLaren’s range of supercars just increased by a third. Not that difficult when you consider they only make two other cars at the moment, but still, it’s big news. The all-new McLaren 650S is designed to sit in between the MP4-12C and the P1 supercar. It takes design inspiration from both, and also takes advantages of the considerable number of motorsport technologies the company has developed over the last 50 years.
Available as a fixed-head coupe or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the 650S designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) of the McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. The styling is a mix of the P1 – mainly up front, and the MP4-12C, whose influence can be found mainly down the sides and round the back. The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet at 150 mph the amount of downforce created is 24 percent higher.
Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1, have been further developed for the 650S. The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode.
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Not content with owning a brand-new Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 Roadster 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model, Gino Gargiulo has just presented his matching, custom-built powerboat at the 2014 Miami Boat Show.
The 48-foot catamaran is built by Marine Technology Inc (MTI) and based on their G6 Series race boat. It’s finished in the same bright yellow Giallo Maggio paintwork of the car, and throughout it has design elements borrowed from the supercar. Including similar lights both front and rear, large lateral air intakes, seats, center console and steering wheel.
Powering the Lamborghini Aventador catamaran – called the Aventaboat – will be a pair of 1,650 horsepower Mercury Racing engines. Each 9-litre engine features quad camshafts, fuel injection, and a turbocharger. They run on 112 Octane fuel, and, get this, cost $250,000 each!
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The entry-level Ferrari California has just been significantly upgraded for 2014 with the addition of a turbocharger, as well as some subtle bodywork modifications.
The direct-injection, 3.8 litre turbocharged V8 is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 557 lb-ft (755 Nm) of torque. This is a significant increase – 70 hp – over the previous naturally aspirated California. The increase in power translates into improved performance. How does 3.6 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h) sound?
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McLaren Automotive have just made the announcement that they will be adding to their supercar line up with an all-new model called the 650s. The car will be positioned in between the Mp4-12C and the P1 in the company’s range.
McLaren say the 650S has been designed and developed to “offer the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, as well as dramatic yet beautiful styling”.
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