McLaren’s not only famous for their Formula 1 team, the F1, their current line of road-going supercars, and of course, the P1.
They’re known for their participation in the Can-Am racing league since the beginning in 1966. And to pay a tribute to this long-standing relationship, the company created a special 50th anniversary limited edition of the 650S Spider from McLaren’s Special Operations division, featuring design cues and a paint scheme that mimics the livery similarly found on some Can-Am cars.
This livery involves a red and black combination, while the 650S Spider gains carbon fiber body parts for the retractable hardtop, the hood, front and rear bumper bits, the air brake, door blades, and more.
Aiding the look are glossy black forged alloy wheels with a diamond-cut rim to pay homage to the wheels often found on the original Can-Am McLaren racers. Of course, their wrapped in grippy Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
Ever wondered what would happen if you attempted to drink the water emitted from a hydrogen fuel-cell? Specifically a fuel-cell powered car?
So would we. But thankfully, automotive journalist Vadim Ovsiankin decided to test this out for us.
Don’t forget, one of the most enticing characteristics of hydrogen fuel-cells is the production of water as their byproduct and waste, similarly to how gasoline and diesel engines produce mainly carbon dioxide.
Not too long ago, an exciting report from Motoring surfaced to say Lexus is in the works with a possible LFA supercar successor, and one that’ll be cooperatively developed and built with BMW.
And although such rumors were to be taken with a grain of salt, it appears the rumors are holding to be true as AutoExpress in the UK reports the supercar should cost around $243,000 US, or around 217,000 euros when it gets launched sometime in 2020.
So far, we’re told there will be two versions of the supercar, one from Lexus and the other from BMW.
BMW revealed the production version of the 2016 BMW M4 GTS recently, a harder-edged, high-performance track-focused version of the standard M4 Coupe.
As a refresher, it comes with an intense bodykit, complemented by a fully-functional boy-racer rear-spoiler and funky orange-trimmed multispoke wheels.
But obviously, the changes are more than skin deep with track oriented suspension, heavy duty brakes, and BMW’s touted water-injection system, allowing for a power rating around 500hp and 442 lb-ft of twist. The result is a 0-62 time of just 3.8 seconds and a top-speed of nearly 190 MPH.
Watch the M4 GTS in action in a short video promo after the jump.
Is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro not enough car for you?
Not to worry as General Motors just released details for a new line of performance parts and accessories for the standard 2016 Camaro.
The extra parts and bits include a performance-optimized air intake, a performance exhaust system, beefier Brembo brakes for the front with the choice of either four- or six-piston aluminum clamps, and even a sports suspension that’s stiffer and reduced ride height by nearly one inch.
There is also a range of body enhancements, including “ground-effects” like lower spoilers for all the body panels, and upgradable rear spoiler, and even an illuminated bow tie logo.
Chevy also made sure not to leave out the graphics, which can be added to your Camaro, with the possibility of gaining some extra horsepower. The interior can be also be turned up with various trim kits, while customers can also choose from various sets of custom wheels.
Not too long ago, Porsche revealed the updated Type 991 version of the 911 Carrera, both in convertible and coupe form, with an all-new standard 3.0L twin-turbo flat-six.
That said, it was only a matter of time that the other 911 variants were to follow, such as the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 Coupe, Carrera 4 Convertible, and Targa 4 versions.
Like the new 911 Carrera Coupe and Convertible, the updated 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4s receive the same list of tweaks, including that new 3.0L twin-turbo six, with 365hp and 331 lb-ft of twist, while the S versions get a bit more oomph at 415hp and 368 lb-ft of twist.
Both a seven-speed manual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic are available for both cars, allowing the standard Carrera 4 models to zip to 62 in just 4.1 seconds, with the S models doing it in 3.8.
Toyota and sports cars seems like such an odd and distant pairing, especially when you consider that the Japanese auto giant has been synonymous to automotive conservation, hybrids and family-friendliness, all the sort of things that otherwise would bore the typical sports car lover to sleep.
But thanks to the appointment of its current CEO, Akio Toyoda, who’s openly been an avid lover of speed and motorsports, Toyota’s been working hard to reinvigorate their love affair with the sports car, especially when they produced some of history’s most iconic sports cars, such as the 2000GT, the Celica, the MR2, and of course, the Supra. And they’ve attempted well so far, giving us excellent examples like the GT86.
Now, meet their latest pitch at a possible new entry-level sports coupe–the S-FR Concept.
Some of the biggest news coming from Great Britain is the return of TVR, which got a revival thanks to entrepreneurs, Les Edgar and John Chasey.
Ever since the company’s ownership was bought back from Russian tycoon, Nikolai Smolensky, Edgar promised to bring TVR back with some new sports cars. And recently, a new video surfaced of said new TVR sports car’s new motor in action on the dynamometer. Though this specific version of the engine is destined for TVR’s new motorsports GT racing version, due for competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017. The road-going version is likely to get a detuned version of this motor.
It’s a Ford-sourced 5.0L Coyote V8, making it the same mill as the current Ford Mustang GT and Shelby variants. However, it’s been given a lovely treatement by Cosworth, which means a new head and thus, new valvetrain for improved performance.
The car as a whole is also said to be developed in cooperation with Gordan Murray.
Check out the engine on the dyno after the jump.
Bugatti impressed the world with the arrival and showcasing of their new Vision Gran Turismo Concept, not only digitally in the virtual world of Sony Playstation’s Gran Turismo universe, but in real life as well at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last month.
What’s so special about the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept is that not only does it exist in the real world, but there are fully-functioning prototypes of the car. And that’s because it’s being used as a test bed for the next-generation Bugatti Veyron hypercar.
Learn what Bugatti has to say about how the Vision Gran Turismo Concept came to life in their new video after the jump.
The Tokyo Motor Show is coming up next in the very near future and Subaru will be partaking in the festivities with two new concepts, which were just revealed on the Interwebs.
Meet the new VIZIV Future and Impreza Five-Door Concepts, which preview a possible new successor to the Tribeca or Forester crossovers and the next-generation Impreza.
The VIZIV Future Concept follows in the footsteps of the previous VIZIV concepts with an attractive, and yet conservative design. Though out of all the VIZIV concepts to date, this latest Future Concept looks to be the most-production ready.
Powering the VIZIV Future Concept is an all-new state-of-the-art hybrid powertrain, further representing Subaru’s desire to be kind and friendly to the environment and the treehuggers and families that primarily buy their cars. This is the same hybrid powertrain found in the Levorg, though with a newer electric motor and an all-wheel drive layout for smoother and more linear acceleration, as well as better fuel efficiency.