Few cars are held in as high regard as the McLaren F1 supercar from the 1990s.
Way ahead of its time, it used F1 technology, a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and a fearsome 6.1-litre V12 engine that made it the fastest road car in the world – a record it held for no less than seven years.
Just 106 were ever built between 1992 and 1998 and only 64 were designated road cars. All of these were tailored to the customer’s order and cost each lucky owner between £550,000 and £650,000.
Today, pristine examples are worth more than 20 times that – and this unused version looks like it could smash the record fee paid for one.
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It’s known for creating the ultimate in luxury sports cars.
Now, Tonino Lamborghini has released a luxury Android smartphone to match its vehicles – the £1,900 ($2,450) Alpha – One.
The phone boasts Italian handmade black leather and a frame made from the same ‘stronger than titanium liquid metal’ used to build its supercars.
The Alpha – One smartphone also comes with an accompanying custom black leather case, but critics claim the device’s specs do not match its price tag.
Despite Lamborghini claiming its latest phone features ‘the most luxurious technology’, the device has similar specifications to high-end smartphones that cost less than a third of the price.
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This ‘pristine’ Lamborghini complete with matching speedboat are the ultimate toys for thrill-seekers – if you have a cool £1.7 million ($2.2 million) to spare.
The bespoke lime green Aventador SV Roadster and MTI Super Veloce catamaran, which means super-fast in Italian, is currently for sale on eBay.
Both were custom built and are finished in an extremely rare special-order colour called Verde Singh, which costs £60,000 ($76,000) alone.
Peugeot has unveiled a sinister looking supercar concept that will be debuting this month at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The vehicle has been built using materials that have been processed as little as possible. They include aluminum, carbon fiber, PMMA (PolyMethyl MethAcrylate), copper and even felt.
Power comes from a mid-mounted 3.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel, developed with the help of Peugeot’s motorsport arm, Peugeot Sport. Cooled by ducts which begin at the roof via NACA take-offs, the V-8 transmits its 600 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.
For added performance, Peugeot designers have also added their company’s HYbrid4 system. The latest version of the system uses a kinetic energy recovery system to charge up an array of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are used to power an electric motor that sends an additional 80 horsepower to the front wheels, coming online automatically when the Onyx is accelerating.
One of the Onyx’s most distinguishing features is its interior. Made of felt, compressed and stretched, the cabin is formed as a one-piece pod, with no stitching or joints.
It creates a real cocoon around the occupants and is fitted into the carbon structure, visible in places, it replaces a number of elements found in regular cars: soundproofing, floors, dashboards, roofs, and even seats.
To make the seats, for example, designers simply inserted foam padding under the felt. The best part is that felt is not only quite flexible to use, it’s completely renewable as it’s made from wool. The dash, meanwhile, is made from old newspapers that have been compressed to form a hard material that, believe it or not, resembles wood. If you take a close look at the dash, Peugeot says you’ll even notice some of the original newspaper print.
Sadly, Peugeot stresses that the Onyx is simply to showcase the talents of its design team and preview new materials and construction techniques that could be making their way into future cars. In other words, you can’t purchase one.