The C7 version of the Chevrolet Corvette is the most capable yet. The Z06 model even more so. And now you can have all the performance benefits of the Z06 with the tanning potential of the convertible. Say hello to the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.
2015 marks the first time the Corvette Z06 Convertible has been offered from the factory since 1963, when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. According to Corvette Chief engineer Tadge Juechter, the lack of a Z06 convertible model for so long is due to the fact it was only until fairly recently that it has been possible to make a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of something like the Z06.
The Corvette Z06 convertible features an electronic folding roof that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The roof can be opened or closed on the move, at speeds of up to 30 mph.
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The latest unknown, unproven company to release some pretty renders of a non-existent supercar and throw around some wild numbers is Trion Supercars from California. They’ve just announced that development work has begun on a 2,000 + horsepower supercar called the Trion Nemesis. The company also claims that their unbuilt supercar will have a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 270 mph.
Wild claims are all fine if you’re just trying to flesh out a pure concept vehicle with no plans for production. But if you’re stating these as fact, before the first prototype is even partially constructed, and with the intention of selling it for a considerable amount, you damn well better get your calculations right.
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There will only be six examples of the Koenigsegg One:1 ever built. All of them are already sold.
However one sarcastic soul with accesss to Photoshop – who goes by the alias Santa Panter – hasn’t let that stop them creating an amusingly realistic render showing how the Swedish hypercar could look in Dubai police livery.
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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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