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Would You 'Wing-Delete' the McLaren Senna? | DriveTribe
I always stated that McLaren's newest track car is as ugly as it is heavy, and that is chiefly because of the wing. Other than the ridiculous shape of the pillars holding it, it's also mounted way too close to the greenhouse. I understand that the wing serves the purpose, but it looks stupid, and it could've been done better.
Just compare it to the Senna GTR and tell me that the pillars couldn't have been pushed further back and angled?
WHAT IF WE JUST REMOVE THE WING?
A UK based petrolhead and photoshop guru YasidDesign just posted on his Instagram a series of images showing the McLaren Senna without the wing. It's also sitting one some weird-looking GOVAD forged wheels and is lowered even more than the standard Senna.
But the main thing is wing delete, and would you just LOOK AT IT 👇
Suddenly it's the best looking McLaren on sale today, and it's trading blows with my all-time favorite MaCa, the P1 GTR! Without the wing getting in your way you can clearly see the layering of carbon-fiber blades surrounding the engine, but also some really cool looking vertical blades running down the rear hips and helping with the straight line stability.
It looks amazing! Don't get me wrong, it's not beautiful - in the same way that the T-Rex is not beautiful, but it undeniably cool!
cars  mclaren  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The Porsche You Never Knew About... | DriveTribe
When it comes to Porsche, what springs to mind? 911? Cayman? Taycan?
Sometimes people forget that Porsche produced the 924 and the 968, and they're bloody good cars. At the heart of the 968 was a 3.0 litre, four cylinder engine capable of producing around 235 bhp, plenty of power at the time. People yearned for more power so Porsche produced a limited run of "Turbo S" variants.
Around 15 examples were produced which makes the 968 Turbo S more exclusive than a LaFerrari. To extract more power from the 3.0 litre engine the car was improved upon by the motorsport division of Porsche. If there's anyone who knows how to build a great car, it's them (Porsche GT1 - I'm looking at you!)
The 968 was a Frankenstein-like monster as they'd taken the head and turbo from a 994 Turbo S and enhanced the standard model, increasing BHP from 235 to 305 and adding a huge chunk of torque.
It wasn't just performance orientated goodies that the 968 received, it also gained some new ducts, lowered suspension and a lovely spoiler.
I for one would love to drive a car like this, raw power within a relatively light shell would make for one hell of a ride. There's one for sale if you're feeling flush however, there is no asking price so be sure to dig deep!
cars  porsche  history  drivetribe  engine 
march 2019 by rgl7194
This Ferrari F50 with STRAIGHT PIPE is the BEST Sounding Ferrari EVER! | DriveTribe
Now this is hands down the loudest Ferrari F50 I have ever heard in my life! This thing is absolutely insane! The car is fitted with a custom made Tubi Style exhaust system with no cats, and it sounds like an old school F1! Turn up the volume and listen to that 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine SCREAMING! Video has been recorded during the ICE St. Moritz 2019 event.
cars  ferrari  video  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The McLaren 720S Suspension Is A Complex Masterpiece | DriveTribe
The McLaren 720S and 720S spider are obviously fast, but something that doesn't receive as much attention is how brilliant the suspension is. McLaren calls it Proactive Chassis Control II, and it's a system of interconnected hydraulic links that allow for McLaren to eliminate roll bars, and have a suspension that's better suited for adjustment between road driving and track driving.
Not only are the dampers linked side to side, but they're also linked from to back, leading to a unique approach to suspension damping for all scenarios (roll, pitch, warp, etc). Flow restrictors change the damping characteristics for normal, sport, and track modes, allowing the vehicle to better respond to the conditions the driver is experiencing. Check out the video for a detailed explanation of how it all works!
cars  mclaren  technology  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The Pantera roars again: Say hello to the Ares Panther | DriveTribe
Italian styling, American horsepower, and one of the coolest names in motoring. It’s not hard to see why the original De Tomaso Pantera became such a cult icon. Now, nearly 30 years later, it’s back. Sort of.
This is the Ares Design Panther and no, it doesn't actually have anything to do with De Tomaso. Ares is an Italian coachbuilder that specialises in dressing modern cars in retro clothing. Their greatest hits include the Project 6, which is a GTC 4Lusso reimagined as a modern Ferrari 412. Then there’s the Project 2: gorgeous 50s Corvette on the outside, honking great LS3 V8 underneath.
cars  drivetribe  preview 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Why you should be excited for the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan | DriveTribe
Cyan Racing has completed an intensive development programme for the 528-horsepower Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept. This new vehicle has been designed to be a fast road-legal car that's fully track-capable when the owner fancies burning some rubber around a circuit.
The Cyan Concept utilises the same technology as found in the Lynk & Co 03 TCR race cars that Cyan Racing will compete with in the FIA World Touring Car Cup this year. This means that the new road car should certainly have race pedigree, straight out of the box.
Powering this bright blue machine is a turbocharged two-litre engine that produces a monumental 528-horsepower. This is a quite a lot considering the juice comes from a rather modest four-pot engine that only drives the two front wheels.
This remarkable power output has been achieved by the team that made the engines from the 2017 World Championship-winning 1.6-litre Volvo engine and the well-praised V8 Volvo engine for the Australian Supercars programme of Cyan Racing. In short, these guys know what their way around an engine.
Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Cyan Racing said: "What you aim for when developing a race engine does not differ much from when developing an engine for a performance road car. You do not only want the engine to deliver a lot of power, but also combining the power with a high level of drivability."
PERFORMANCE FIGURES
0-62 mph - 4.4 seconds
0-124 mph - 10 seconds
Top speed - 192 mph
528hp at 7800 rpm
504Nm at 4500-7000 rpm
Weight - 1287 kg
cars  australia  turbo  engine  drivetribe  racing 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Video: First McLaren Speedtail on the road! | DriveTribe
Up until now, we have only seen the new McLaren Speedtail at motor shows but now, there is a video showing it on the move and it sounds amazing. I would be too scared to be the guy driving this!
cars  mclaren  video  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Game changers: How McLaren, Aston and Lambo are re-writing the supercar rules | DriveTribe
Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who has written for the likes of Motor1, Carfection and CNET.
Each week he will be taking a look at the biggest news in the car world, right here on DriveTribe.
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There was a motor show on this week. Geneva usually sees the great and the good of the supercar world unzip their pants and grab a ruler, and this year seemed no different. Here’s what you should care about from there, and the wider world.
MCLAREN PLANS TO CHANGE SOME RULES
McLaren, not content with revealing a billion and seven new models before the end of the decade, has decided to make up new rules about what it means to be a Grand Tourer.
A good GT needs to have space for people and stuff, enough grunt to cross vast swathes of land in a matter of hours – and look the absolute nuts.
McLaren wants its new GT to add ‘a level of agility never experienced before in this segment’ as well. Basically: McLaren’s going to make a softer car for people who need to travel.
ASTON MARTIN’S BOLD NEW LOOK
When Andy Palmer took over at Aston Martin the line up looked… identical. No bad thing, but it meant a prole in a Vantage could be mistaken for an Oligarch in a Vanquish, and that would not do.
So Palmer made it his mission to ensure his generation of Astons looked suitably stand-outy. The DB 11, Vantage, DBS, and Valkyrie are all easy to tell apart, but the cars unveiled at Geneva? Less so.
The Valkyrie, AM-RB 003, and Vanquish vision are all remarkably similar. Still, bet they’ll be ace to steer.
AVENTA…PHWOAR*
The winner of the pants/ruler competition at Geneva surely has to be Lamborghini (Bugatti gets an honourable mention for making an unattainable megacar, mind) and its Aventador SVJ Roadster. 760 horses, 6.5-litre N/A V12, just shy of £400k – and it actually looks good in metallic beige. Stellar stuff.
*I do no apologise for this clearly amazing pun
THANKS, CHUM, AND GOODBYE
Sad tidings to round out this week’s news review. Alex Mills, better known as Viper007Bond, passed away this week after a battle with leukaemia.
The 34-year-old wasn’t just some bloke off the internet, but the mind behind the Final Gear Top Gear/Fifth Gear forum/fan/download site. Final Gear was kicking around before iPlayer, Netflix, and all that kinda stuff, and it meant fans from all over the world could watch their favourite car show easily. There are arguments that without Final Gear, and Alex, the three big names behind this very site wouldn’t be as famous as they are, such was its impact. Go well, friend, and thank you.
cars  drivetribe  mclaren  aston  lamborghini  RIP  valkyrie 
march 2019 by rgl7194
This is the world's first 2JZ-swapped A90 Supra | DriveTribe
The new Toyota Supra was only revealed a few months ago, and it was revealed with a BMW-sourced straight-six. Toyota claims it wanted the new Supra to have a straight-six to retain its heritage but purists and other car enthusiasts ignored this and demanded Toyota to fit it with a 2JZ.
Toyota didn't choose to fit a 2JZ to the A90 Supra as it's now a design which is nearly 30 years old. This engine wouldn't meet modern emissions or economy regulations either. So Toyota went for the BMW B58 (B58B30M1) inline-six which also appears in the Z4 M40i, the new M340i and upcoming Morgan Plus Six.
Anyway, Toyota knew people would eventually fit the A90 Supra with a 2JZ because of course they would. And that brings us smoothly to today's topic. Someone has already fitted the A90 Supra with a 2JZ.
cars  toyota  supra  engine  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Introducing the 800hp McLaren Senna GTR | DriveTribe
After the long wait, the GTR variant of the McLaren Senna is finally here, and oh boy is it menacing. It will fit nicely in McLaren's Ultimate Series. Not only is it just limited to 75 units but it also has 814 horsepower, which is 36 more than the Senna's 778 bhp.
We first saw the Senna GTR at last year's Geneva Motor Show and it looked a very promising track devouring spectacle, and now it is finally here. As expected, it is powered by the same 4.0L Twin-turbocharged V8 seen in the Senna but with a tuned ECU and upgraded exhaust. As well as the power upgrade, the Senna GTR also comes with 800 Nm of Torque ( the same as the standard Senna) and with a weight of just 1,188kg which is 186 kg lighter than the bog standard Senna (if you can call it that!). McLaren have made the car lighter by stripping it out and swapping the glass out for polycarbonate pieces.
You will still get 'Track' and 'Race' mode like in the normal Senna but now with a 'Wet' mode which helps the GTR to perform better in wet weather conditions. As we know, the Senna is already mad in terms of its appearance and downforce but the GTR takes this to new heights with a redesigned front splitter, a much larger rear diffuser and believe it or not, a much larger LMP-1 style spoiler.
The Senna GTR now sits better on the ground with a wider stance thanks to wider wheel arches and larger 19 inch centre lock wheels.
What I really like about the new Senna GTR is that it is not only aimed at professional drivers, the average joe could probably give this a spin. McLaren's aim for this car was to make 95% of the car’s performance available to 95% of drivers. I like that. They have done this by adding much larger brakes, for better stopping power, a modified GT3 suspension and some other driver aids.
Some of the other driver aids include, anti-lock brakes, a pit-lane speed control system, a tyre pressure monitor, sensors for brake pad wear, brake disc-wipe technology, an anti-collision radar as well as an air brake function for the huge rear wing, which in turn gives the GTR a 20% improvement in braking over the standard Senna.
On the inside, you will notice Alcantara everywhere accompanied by matte Carbon Fibre which just looks insane. This is a full blown race car and I bet it sounds a dragon awakening from a long hibernation under a fiery volcano which could erupt at any minute.
UK deliveries are set to arrive in September later this year. Each customer will be given the option of personalising their Senna GTR with a huge range of McLaren Special Operations (MSO) accessories. These include things such as bespoke colours or iconic race liveries. Prices are expected to be around £1.1 million.
cars  mclaren  racing  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The 8 most powerful cars coming in 2019 | DriveTribe
The Aston Martin Valkyrie will have 1,160bhp, Aston has confirmed. One thousand of those horses are generated by a 6.5-litre V12, with not a turbocharger (or supercharger) in sight. Peak power is developed at 10,500rpm. It’s utterly astonishing – this is a car for both road and track, remember – but what’s even more astonishing is that power outputs in four figures are not that unusual any more…
The fact is, to be taken seriously as a hypercar these days you seem to need at least 1,000 horsepower, and preferably a weight as close as possible to a tonne for that magic 1bhp/kg power/weight ratio.
So welcome to the 1,000bhp club… here’s our look at some of the latest members.
cars  drivetribe  aston  mercedes  mclaren  bugatti  performance  valkyrie 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Making sense of the new Aston Martin range | DriveTribe
I don't think anyone can argue that Aston Martin have been on fine form of late with the Valkyrie and the Valkyrie AMR Pro cars making petrolheads around the world simultaneously drool.
As if they weren't enough, Aston Martin have gone and dropped two new designs on us at this year's Geneva Motor Show and they follow in the same salivating trend.
Firstly, we had the AM-RB 003 revealed to us as a 'son of Valkyrie' style concept and this was quickly followed by the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept as the first production mid-engined supercar from the brand.
Before we get into McLaren territory where we have 78 models released in 12 minutes, I wanted to quickly break down the four gorgeous Aston Martin mid-engined powerhouses into a nice neat order. You're welcome.
aston  cars  review  auto_show  drivetribe  valkyrie 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Piëch's 'Mark Zero' EV Brings Innovation that Will Kill Petrol Cars for Good | DriveTribe
Range anxiety is the worst downside to electric vehicles simply because it takes hours to recharge and get back on the road. Well, Toni Piëch, a descendant of THE Ferdinand Piëch from VW, has solved it with a fast charging that is so fast we can call it a day.
Petrol cars have no other advantages over this car. That's it. Game over. EVs win.
HOW FAST IS IT CHARGING?
Tesla's supercharger recharges an 85kWh Battery inside the Model S up to 80% in 40 minutes. Porsche claims their technology is three times faster and can do it in 15 minutes. Mark Zero, however, can do the same thing in 4:40 minutes.
Piëch doesn't state what capacity the batter is, but judging by the range, which is 500km (311mi) it could be as big as Tesla's 100kWh pack.
It is thanks to the newly developed kind of batteries that hardly heat up at all during fast charging that Mark Zero can be ten times faster than Tesla. No heat means higher charging current as well as no need for heavy water-based cooling solutions for the battery itself. That too saves another 200kg, which results in total vehicle weight under 1,800kg.
As James May would've said: It's a win-win-win across the board!
cars  electric  drivetribe  battery  charger 
march 2019 by rgl7194
9 of the most achingly beautiful Alfa Romeos ever made | DriveTribe
This week, I was fortunate enough to spend 24 hours in Italy as a guest of Alfa Romeo - and that might well be the sexiest thing I’ve ever said in my life.
The reason for the trip was to attend the launch of Alfa’s ‘Nero Edizione’ - a new specification available for the Giulia, Stelvio and Giulietta models. Nero-specced cars come with even more tech as standard, as well as some very striking monochrome paint options. If you'd asked me a week ago, I'd have said it was verging on sacrilege to paint an Alfa any colour other than red - but after beholding the Nero Edizione cars in the metal, I'm sold. The Giulia in particular - blacked out, with gunmetal wheels and yellow callipers - was a work of pure evil. Like Darth Vader with a steering wheel.
'Luca, I am your father.'
Before the launch event, I was able to stop by the Alfa Romeo museum in Milan. Now, motoring museums aren't always for everyone. Even I - a massive car nerd - find many of them to be stuffy and underwhelming. But the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo is unlike any other motoring museum in the world for three reasons:
1. There are no barriers separating you from the cars. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it allows you to admire them in their full glory and take unspoiled photographs.
2. Unlike most museums, the exhibits aren't doomed to a lifetime sat gathering dust. All of them are fully functional, and all of them - regardless of their value or historical significance - are taken out at least once a year and subjected to a good thrashing on track. Very cool. Very Alfa.
3. You won't see a collection of such exquisite, beautiful automobiles anywhere else. If you've never understood all the old cliches about Alfa Romeos having souls, and how you can't be a true petrolhead until you've owned one, just visit the museum. By the time you leave, it will all make perfect sense.
Don't believe me? Check these out...
cars  alfa  design  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
One-off $11m Bugatti is the most expensive new car ever | DriveTribe
Bugatti has built a one-off model for a Bugatti enthusiast, taking design inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic.
Anyone with a slight knowledge of French would be able to tell that translated, “La Voiture Noire” means “the black car’. A slightly unimaginative name for a car with such a flamboyant design.
The “La Voiture Noire” celebrates Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, drawing inspiration from the Type 57 SC Atlantic, with a longer bonnet and the C-line that appears on every modern Bugatti.
The car has been created so the bumpers are integrated into the body and the windscreen has been designed to mimic a helmet visor.
Bugatti says the La Voiture Noire is more of a grand tourer than the Chiron, with modifications to the car to make it more comfortable to drive over long distances.
The eight-litre, 16-cylinder engine is the same unit used in the Chiron, producing the same 1,500 PS. The new car features a new six tailpipe exhaust system, four more tailpipes than on the Chiron.
At €11m/£9.5m/$12.5m this unique car has already been sold to a Bugatti enthusiast. Bugatti claims that It is the most expensive new car of all time.
bugatti  cars  drivetribe  money 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Here's the Aston Martin Valkyrie's confirmed performance figures | DriveTribe
Aston Martin has officially unveiled performance figures for the Valkyrie, the upcoming hybrid-powered hypercar from the luxury British manufacturer.
The Valkyrie uses a Cosworth-built naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine, along with a battery hybrid power system that when combined, create an astonishing 1,160 horsepower.
The 6.5-litre V12 engine is said to be as exciting and high-revving as the F1TM engines of the 1990s, but with modern upgrades such as a lighter, better designed setup.
The Valkyrie's engine will rev to a whopping 11,000 rpm and can produce 740Nm at 7,000 rpm, giving this car some serious launching power. However, the added battery system adds even more power to the Valkyrie.
cars  aston  drivetribe  engine  valkyrie 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Insert Han Reference Here: The Veilside Fortune RX-7 | DriveTribe
As you glance through photos of this absurdly transformed FD3S, snippets of Tokyo Drift scenes will likely flash in your head. While that makes for a good memory and is probably the reason why you know of this particular car, you notice something a bit different; Why isn’t this car in orange and black like the one in the movie? That’s because much unlike the predictable choice of scheme for a car like this, this particular Veilside RX-7 goes beyond the mere aesthetics of the kit: It literally has the whole shebang.
That’s right, what you see here is a pure catalog build from Veilside. Instead of simply purchasing the Fortune kit, painting it orange and calling it a day, this FD completes the whole catalog down to the tee. Its yellow hue with contrasting black panels does justice to the new lines given to the RX-7, and if you’ve done enough research you will know that one of the original colors the Veilside Fortune RX-7 debuted with was Yellow – making this example more faithful to the Veilside demo car itself than its more famous iteration from Fast and Furious.
cars  mazda_rx  drivetribe  tuner  design 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Ferrari reveals 488 replacement: Meet the F8 Tributo | DriveTribe
Ferrari has treated us to a look at its incoming 488 replacement ahead of its official reveal at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
This is the new F8 Tributo – and it’s a bit quick. Here’s what you need to know:
POWER. SO MUCH POWER.
Just as Lambo recently released the updated Huracan Evo which matches the power of the pointier, more track-focused Performante, the ‘entry level’ F8 matches the power of the pointier, more track-focused 488 Pista at 710bhp. That’s 50 more than the 488 GTB, a car not often accused of lacking poke. It’s the same 3.9 litre twin-turbo V8 as its predecessor, a powertrain which Ferrari never misses a chance to remind us is winner of the ‘engine of the year’ award three years running now. Turbo lag? Absolutely none, they claim.
Zero to 60 will take 2.9 seconds, and top speed is 211mph. It’s surely no coincidence that the new F8 has exactly the same horsepower as McLaren’s 720S, which has become something of a supercar benchmark of late. Lots of squeaky bums in Woking this morning, no doubt.
cars  ferrari  turbo  preview  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194

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