Jul 162007
Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

Ferrari is extending its FXX programme for another two years, with a new, faster, more developed version of its Enzo-based superca

In case you’re not one of the 20 super-rich owners of an FXX, here’s a reminder of what the FXX programme is all about.
Created in 2005, the FXX is a track-only car based on the Enzo and with a 6.2-litre V12. It is not homologated for road use, and nor is it designed to compete in any track events.

Those who buy an FXX essentially buy themselves a seat on a special research and development programme. Only 20 ‘client test drivers’ can take part, each getting the opportunity to compete in six specially arranged FXX track events a year over the next two years. They can also arrange extra track time in their FXX with Maranello.

Initially planned to run for two years, the programme has now been extended as Ferrari has introduced a range of revisions for the car, now dubbed the FXX Evoluzione.

The FXX Evoluzione is marked out by a new livery and revised rear wing. The 6.2-litre V12 has been upgraded to produce 848bhp at 9500rpm (1000rpm higher than before), and revisions to the gearbox cut the shift time from 80 milliseconds to just 60 milliseconds.

0-60: ?

Engine: 6.5 litre V12

Power: 848bhp

Torque: ?

Top Speed: ?

Gearbox: manual gearbox can change gear in 60 milliseconds

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: 1,000,000GBP

 12:13 pm  Motoring
Dec 112006
Keonigsegg CCX

Keonigsegg CCX

The stunning new CCX model from Swedish super car manufacturers, Koenigsegg has a 4.7 litre V8 engine,  boasting an extraordinary 806bhp!

The car is listed within the 2005 – 2006 Guinness Book of Records as the fastest series produced car in the world.

CCX stands for Competition Coupe X. Two-door, two seater with removable hard top stowable under the front hood lid

0-60: 3.2 seconds

Engine: Koenigsegg V8 cast aluminium, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts

Power: 806bhp

Torque: 678 lbft

Top Speed: 245mph

Gearbox: Specially developed 6-speed gearbox by Cima. Torque sensitive, limited slip differential.

Country of Origin: Sweden

Prices from: £349,000 GBP.

Contact: http://www.koenigsegg.com

 3:15 pm  Motoring
Dec 112006
Hulme F1

Hulme F1

Inspired by Denny Hulme’s success as the 1967 Formula One World Champion, The concept of the Hulme supercar is a mid-engine design with a high performance powertrain and chassis that gives the driver the feeling of driving a Formula One Car on the road.

Developed by SupercarsNZ, a company set up by Auckland-based entrepreneur Jock Freemantle, the Hulme F1 supercar has been developed in secret over the last two years

Limited to just 20-30 units worldwide, it will seat two and initially be offered in the U.K. and German markets. Expected to be produced in 2008


Engine: 500hp BMW V8 engine (E39 M5)

Power: 550bhp


Top Speed:

Gearbox: six speed sequential gearbox

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Prices from: £300,000 GBP.(expected)

Contact: http://www.supercarsnz.com/

 3:15 pm  Motoring
Dec 112006
GranTurismo Maserati

GranTurismo Maserati

The sleek, 2008 Maserati GranTurismo is a rare gem among sports cars. One of the most highly anticipated introductions to the U.S. market in years, the GranTurismo is styled by Pininfarina with luxury appointments.

The GranTurismo of 1947 began Maserati’s long, unbroken reputation for style and sexiness. Since that original GranTurismo, Maseratis have always looked fast and they have always had sumptuous interiors combining breakthrough design with unexpected practicality.

So when the covers came off the new GranTurismo in Geneva in early 2007, it was the apex of a detailed, passionate design adventure that kept true to its heritage. That heritage has its roots in the Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta Pininfarina, which was so successful that its affectionate name, the GranTurismo, became the universal name for all fast, sexy, two-door coupés.

The leather in every Maserati is carefully crafted by Poltrona Frau after long months of development, while fellow Italian Salvatore Ferragamo’s tailored leather luggage set fits perfectly, both inside the boot of every Maserati GranTurismo and in the foyer of the world’s best hotels.

Distinctive Maserati hallmarks include the oval version of the Maserati logo known as the Maserati “Saetta”, which has been positioned on the C-pillar since the Quattroporte’s launch in 2004

Its headlights keep an historical Maserati coupé signature. View the GranTurismo in profile, and the lights sweep up into the front guard panel – just as they have done since the 1940s.


0-60: 5.1 seconds

Engine: V8 74.2 Litre

Power: 405bhp

Torque: 339 lbft

Top Speed: 178mph

Country of Origin: Italy

Bi-Xenon front headlights with adaptive light control. 19″ Alloy Wheels. Brembo braking system

Prices from: $117,500 – $135,000

Contact: http://www.maserati.com

 3:15 pm  Motoring
Nov 122006
Murcielago LP640

Murcielago LP640

The new version of the Lamborghini Murciélago Coupé features considerable innovations in terms of body design and mechanics. And also with a new name: Murciélago LP640, which refers to its engine position – longitudinale posteriore – and to its power 640 hp

Designers and engineers have not only focused on reworking the engine, suspensions, gearbox, exhaust system, brakes and electronics, but also the interior and exterior design; improvements that make the Murciélago LP 640 the most extreme and fastest sports car in its class, placing it at the very top.

In their reinterpretation of the Murciélago LP640, the designers at the Lamborghini Style Centre have remained true to the traditional Lamborghini principles of purism, sport and function. The Murciélago LP640 now appears even more aggressive, with the new front and rear bumpers contributing significantly to its appearance.

The body of the Murciélago LP640 with its characteristic scissor doors is created from the prized union of sheet steel and honeycombed carbon fibre, glued and riveted together. For those wishing to flaunt the heart of their Murciélago LP640, on request an engine hood made of transparent glass can be supplied.

The seats in the cockpit have undergone the most radical changes; more spacious and equipped with redesigned head restraints, the seats now ensure better comfort. The leather upholstery features lozenge-shaped stitching called “Q-citura”. The same design is recaptured on the upholstery on the door panels, the panel between the seats and the engine compartment, and on the roof panel.

A new instrument panel has been developed with lights featuring a new graphic design, flanked by a new Kenwood car radio with a 6.5” widescreen monitor and DVD, MP3 and WMA player. An optional navigation system is also available (standard in Japan).

Like its predecessors, the new Murciélago LP640 can be customised thanks to the special fittings and upholstery packages. For the first time, the renowned characteristic Murciélago Roadster asymmetric and driver-oriented fittings and upholstery are available for the Coupé, featuring a perforated leather driver’s seat and door panel.

Thanks to the “Privilegio” customisation program, any Murciélago LP640 can be transformed into a customised sports car. For example, the cockpit can be enhanced with an extremely refined carbon finish applied to the air conditioning control panel, the control lever console and the parking brake.

The Murcielago was named, in Lamborghini tradition, after a bull that was spared its life by a matador after a particular courageous and spirited life.

0-60: 3.4 seconds

Engine: 6.5-litre V12

Power: 631bhp

Torque: 487 lb-ft

Top Speed: 210mph

Gearbox: 6 speed manual

Country of Origin: Italy

Prices from: 190,000 GBP plus delivery


 11:05 am  Motoring
Nov 122006
Exigence Of Speed

Exigence Of Speed

The 3 seater with central driving position, from MG Roadcars a supercar manufacturer.

Designed by ex-F1 engineers they operate in the heart of UK FI. Currently in the manufacturing stage with expectations to race in the famous Le Mans 24 Race in 2007.

0-60: 3.5 seconds

Engine: 4.0-litre V8

Power: 500bhp

Torque: 410 lb-ft

Top Speed: 200mph

Gearbox: 6 speed manual

Country of Origin: UK

Prices from: 399,500 GBP


 11:05 am  Motoring
Nov 112006
Ferrari F430 Spider

Ferrari F430 Spider

The production of Ferrari road cars is strictly limited and only a few clients each year in the UK are able to enjoy the pleasure of selecting their own specification as their new car is hand built for them in Italy.

Benefits of ownership go further with Ferrari’s most valued clients in the UK  able to enjoy the opportunity to drive on the finest racing circuits in the world and participate in a series of exclusive Ferrari events through the elite programme called Fiorano Ferrari (www.fioranoferrari.com).

The only company in the world to apply Formula 1 technology to its production cars throughout its history, Ferrari prides itself on building the finest high-performance road cars available today.

Highly innovative aerodynamics and the latest upgrade F1 transmission

0-60: 4.1 seconds

Engine: 4.3 litre V8

Power: 483bhp

Torque: 343 lb-ft

Top Speed: 193mph

Gearbox: 6 manual or F1

Country of Origin: Italy

Prices from: 127,050 GBP

Contact: http://www.ferrari.co.uk/

 3:15 pm  Motoring
Sep 122006
Pagani Zonda F

Pagani Zonda F

The Zonda F from Pagini is capable of 216mph – 0-124mph in just 9.8 seconds.

Engine: 7.3 litre V12 Mercedes Benz AMG motor

Power: hp/rpm (455) 620/7000

Torque: 750 Nm

Transmission: Longitudinal mid engine, rear wheel drive with self locking differential, TCS standard

Clutch: Twin plate clutch new design

Gearbox: Mechanical 6-speed Brakes: Front: 385mm ventilated Brembo disks, 6 piston callipers

Rear: 355mm ventilated Brembo disks, 4 piston callipers (Option: Carbon-Ceramic-Brakes)

Steering: TRW Rack and pinion power steering

Wheels: 19″ APP Aluminium

Tyres: MichelPilot Sport 2 Front: 255/35/19 – Rear: 335/30/20

Carbon-Ceramic-brakes are available as an optional extra.>

Country of Origin: Italy

Prices from: 390.00 GBP


 12:57 pm  Motoring
Sep 122006
Spyker C8 Spyder T

Spyker C8 Spyder T

Hand build in the best tradition of the old Spykers by the most dedicated craftsmen of our time using the very best materials available. Created with passion for the most passionate of drivers. Features Spykers automotive and aeronautical heritage.

0-60mph in 4.0 seconds

Engine: Audi V8 Twin Turbo

Power: 525bhp

Torque: 413lb-ft

Top Speed: 200mph

Insurance Group: 20

Gearbox: 6 speed

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Prices from: 188,500 GBP

 11:59 am  Motoring
Sep 122006
Gumbert Apollo

Gumbert Apollo

A vision of a super sports car with outstanding road performances, combined with aesthetic stylising and a uncompromised functionality. A purist’s vehicle that offers an incomparable driving experience on the road and all this at a price which makes it unbeatable in this class of exclusive supercar.

0-62mph in 3 seconds

Engine: 4.2 litre V-8 Audi bi-turbo

Power: 650bhp

Torque: 597 lb-ft

Top Speed: 224mph

Insurance Group: 20

Gearbox: 6 speed

Country of Origin: Germany

Prices from: 190.000 GBP


 11:57 am  Motoring