As much as we love Jonathan Ward's beautifully modified vintage Land Cruisers, his next project should prove to be one of his finest creations yet. Ward is in the early stages of creating an all-electric, Art Deco-inspired masterpiece called the Helios. Continuing their tradition of marrying vintage design with the latest and greatest the industry has to offer, they hope to utilize Tesla's upcoming Model X platform, complete with the 380 miles of range and AWD to be at the core of the Helios design.
Currently Ward is hoping to get some one on one time with Elon Musk to talk about his plans and we're hoping that all gets squared away soon because the world could use a car like this, not just one that makes a Lamborghini Aventador look pedestrian, but one that will hopefully spark a design renaissance in the automotive industry.
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Not that the P1 isn't already a racing-grade car, McLaren thought it could use a few more tweaks to make the ultimate P1 track car. At this summer's Concours in Pebble Beach, the company will unveil the concept for the most extreme, track-only version of the P1, the GTR.
What we know so far is that the car will definitely be built and will begin production in 2015 when the final 375th P1 has been built. The GTR will only be available to P1 owners and will feature enhanced aerodynamics, a wider track, slick tires, and a newly-tweaked engine that will max out at 986 horsepower. Buyers of the car will also get to drive on some of the world's most famous race tracks with a McLaren support team and you will even have access to McLaren fitness consultations and McLaren designer, Frank Stephenson.
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Some of Aston Martin's best customers are going to get a special opportunity as the company is reintroducing the Lagonda nameplate to the Middle East due to specific market demand. The car will be created inside the building built exclusively for the One-77 supercar and will be hand built on Aston Martin's VH architecture.
The new Lagonda super saloon will be incredibly exclusive and sale of the car will be by invitation only. The car will be inspired by the 1976 Lagonda designed by William Towns and will have the latest Aston Martin technologies under the hood and as you would expect, the body will dripping in lightweight carbon fiber.
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Sure, the 2015 Cayenne is a refresh, but Porsche isn't treating it as such. They're launching an army of models with sharper duds, more comfort, and a brand new plug-in hybrid, the first in the luxury SUV segment.
On the exterior, the Cayenne gets a revised front and rear end with a new fender and hood, new "airblades" that directs air into the intercoolers, and a refined rear lighting system. The SUV will come in four models: The Cayenne Diesel with its 3.0L turbocharged V6, the Cayenne S with its 3.6L twin-turbo V6, and the Cayenne Turbo that is powered by a 520 hp V8 that can push the car to a top speed of 173 mph. The all-new Cayenne S E-Hybrid will make the most of its electric/gas powertrain with a total of 416 hp and a top speed of 151 mph.
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Mercedes' quirky little city car gets a next generation upgrade with a whole new design, an even tighter turning radius, and a brand new set of three-cylinder engines to power it.
Developed with their partners over at Renault, the new Smart car will feature three engine options which include a 60 hp option and a 71 hp and 90 hp three-cylinder option. The top of the line 90 hp model will be a turbocharged edition which is also fuel efficient and also features an automatic start/stop system. Each car can be equipped with a five-speed manual or a twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission. No word on which specific models will make it Stateside, but our European friends can expect the Smart Fortwo (and Forfour) models to hit showrooms in November...Continued
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Aston Martin has unleashed its fastest convertible to date, the V12-powered Vantage S Roadster. The topless supercar follows its hardtop sibling that debuted last year and puts down some impressive numbers you really can't ignore.
Available later this year, the V12 Vantage S Roadster will be powered by their AM28 6.0-litre V12 which produces 565 hp and will help take the car from 0-60 in an incredible 3.9 seconds while on its way to a top speed of 201 mph. Just like the coupe model, the convertible will share in its racing pedigree with CNC machined combustion chambers, hollow camshafts, and Sportshift III transaxle. It will also get a bevy of exterior refinements with carbon fiber bits throughout and optional customization from Q by Aston Martin. Video after the jump...Continued
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Mercedes adds a finishing touch to their S-Coupe line, an incredibly powerful V12 that'll be found under the hood of their new S65 AMG.
The range-topping grand tourer will have a 6.0L V12 biturbo that puts out 621 hp, a monstrous 738 lb-ft of torque, and will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph. Also exclusive to the S65 are a set of 20" forged wheels, chrome detailing through the exterior of the car, and a heads up display + touchpad standard. The S65 AMG will be available for order this summer and will begin deliveries later this year.
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McLaren's biggest reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed continues their racing heritage into the future with a brand new race car, the 650S GT3. Based on the 650S, the track-ready racer features carbon fiber bodywork that gives the track-ready racer snarling, menacing lines that also aid in the car's aerodynamics.
The body features a 52mm wider track, a new set of wheels and tires, a new nose, tweaked intakes, and a fixed rear wing made from carbon fiber. Inside is a cockpit designed with driver comfort in mind with increased leg and headroom, a new racing seat, and better ventilation. Under the hood is McLaren's remarkably efficient 3.8L twin-turbo V8 which produces 493 horsepower and an upgraded ECU and a new six-speed gearbox. 15 650S GT3s will be built for the 2015 racing season and if you're lucky enough to have a team with the previous model, McLaren will offer an upgrade package to bring it up to the new spec.
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The latest marque to contribute a car to the Vision Gran Turismo celebration is none other than Aston Martin who have unveiled their new digital hypercar, the DP-100. Created by the Aston Martin Design Team, the twin-turbo is a bit of fresh departure from what you usually expect from the folks in Gaydon.
Now we all have lusted after the ultra-rare One-77 supercar, but it's not the most extreme example of what the ultimate Aston Martin could be. That's where the DP-100 comes in, the car is mid-engined monster pushing out 800 horsepower and boasts conceptual features such as vented wheel arches that reduce drag and increase downforce while "Active Wheel BladeS" open and close to lower wheel drag. The car will be available for download in Gran Turismo 6 after its worldwide debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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McLaren's new 650S not special enough for you? The hypercar builder will be releasing a new bespoke model via its Special Operations team which will be on hand at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Limted to 50 models worldwide, the car will be available in your choice of Coupe or Spider and takes on styling cues based on the original concept and was designed in collaboration with McLaren automotive design director Frank Stephenson. Three colors of the MSO 650S will be available: Papaya Spark, a take on the McLaren's signature orange, Agrigan Black which has a dark ruby red metallic flake, and Sarigan Quartz, a brand new McLaren color that is a grey with a tinge of gold. On the exterior you'll find extended side blades, a three piece rear bumper with a carbon fiber center section, and a new rear diffuser design. It will also come equipped with a lightweight set of Palladium-colored 10 spoke wheels, an interior of Alcantara and carbon fiber, and a weekender crafted from stealth black carbon fiber leather.
£252,500 (£272,500 for the Spider), McLaren..Continued
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