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Aston Martin Vulcan Unveiled


Aston Martin was kind enough to release the first details about the track exclusive Vulcan without letting us wait until the public unveiling next week in Geneva. The very exclusive track car will be limited to just 24 units and will be powered by a 7.0-Liter naturally aspirated V12 engine producing more than 800 Hp! More details will follow next week but for now you can check out the high res gallery and the press release please.








ON TRACK FOR GLORY: ASTON MARTIN VULCAN PREPARES FOR TAKE-OFF

Geneva global reveal for limited edition, track-only, 7.0-litre V12 supercar
Motorsport-developed technology for extreme on-track performance
Expert tuition, technical support and experience programme for owners

25 February 2015, Gaydon: Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan – a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.


Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance.


Uniquely for Aston Martin, the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – will allow owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.


CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar. Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.


“A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan – and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it – sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.”


Motorsport-inspired


Styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, and with a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars, this supercar is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine.


With its 800-plus bhp powerplant developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing, this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience.


Utilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship.


Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand’s successful GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.


Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.


Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control.


The new track car will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.


Aston Martin’s Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King, said: “Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task for the team here at Gaydon.


“Our deep and broad motorsport experience, allied to our renowned road car expertise, has allowed us to make the Aston Martin Vulcan the absolutely compelling proposition it is today.”


Fast-track training


Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be offered the opportunity to take part in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training.


Experienced racers including Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans-winning Darren Turner will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully-constructed series of practical and theoretical driver training events.


Using a number of exciting high performance Aston Martins including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique, before beginning their thrilling personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan.


David King said: “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car’s performance potential, on some of the world’s most famous and glamorous race circuits.”


There will also be the option of time in the virtual race car world of Darren Turner’s Base Performance Simulators, where buyers will have ample opportunity to further refine their driving style in the safety of the digital race track.


No longer the exclusive preserve of Formula 1, it is widely acknowledged that using a simulator can help prepare a driver for any race; improving technique and consistency as well as, ultimately, lap times.


Almost infinitely flexible in terms of colour and trim options, the exclusive new sports car will be offered to buyers through Aston Martin’s VIP sales programme, using the expertise and luxury customer service that is now a hallmark of the brand’s ‘Q by Aston Martin’ bespoke personalisation service.


Dr Palmer added: “We have already received strong interest from the customers we have spoken to about Aston Martin Vulcan.


“The cars will blend our traditional Aston Martin values of Power, Beauty and Soul with an unrivalled ownership experience; a unique combination that will guarantee their place in the brand’s rich and charismatic history.”


Performance data, together with further technical details about the ultra-exclusive track-only supercar, will be released closer to its track debut later this year.


The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its world debut on the brand’s new stand at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5 Stand 5253) at 10.15am on Tuesday March 3.
Ferrari FXX K Revealed


Ferrari's latest moving laboratory has just arrived. The new track only beast features a series of improvement over the road going LaFerrari including a more powerful engine and one of the most aggressive aero packages ever fitted to a Ferrari.

The FXX successor produces 1035 Hp (1050 PS) coming from a 848 Hp (860 PS) V12 engine and a 187 Hp (190 PS) electric motor. Ferrari says the new FXX K achieves a 50% improvement in down force in the low drag configuration and a 30% improvement in the more aggressive down force configuration.

More pictures and details in the press release after the jump.


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Sorry for the lack of updates. Changes will come soon I hope...

But for now here's your first huge crash that occured in the last lap of the first ever Formula E race that took place today on Bejing. We're not sure what Nicolas Prost was trying to do right there and we're not sure why he looked right while it was clear that if Nick was going to try an overtake it would have been definitely on the left. It was all for the Benefit of Lucas di Grassi who will be remembered for clinching the win at the first ever Formula E race, which by the way is called "ePrix".

Next race will take place in Malaysia on November 22nd.

Picture of the Day: Five Generations


Jon Hunt is a respected Ferrari collector who recently took delivery of his LaFerrari hypercar. His son Harry Hunt and some of his friends went for a nice road trip from London to Modena. But it was no ordinary road trip as the cars involved were none other than Ferrari's finest supercars from the last three decades: the 288GTO, F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari. At the end of their visit to modena, the cars stopped for a family picture at the Fiorano test track. Beautiful!

You can watch a short interview of John after the jump.






Students Eye Nürburgring Lap Record with Hybrid Prototype


Students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands are working on a hybrid prototype with the goal of breaking the overall Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time. Dubbed InMotion IN01, the prototype will have the hard task of breaking the time of 6:11 set by Stefan Bellof at the wheel of a Porsche 956 during Nürburgring 1000 kilometer's qualifying in 1983.

No technical details have been revealed yet but we'll be closely following the development of this ambitious project and we'd love to see the 30 years old record fall!




This is What a Ferrari LMP1 racer Might Look Like



Based on the official pictures of LaFerrari, Sicilian student Daniel Pelligra designed this stunning Ferrari LMP1 racer. Dubbed Concept Prototype Cordero LMP1, the concept borrows LaFerrari's headlights and front splitter but also shares some design elements with the current LMP1 race cars from Porsche, Audi and Toyota.

While Ferrari's return to Le Mans is far from being confirmed, we can only hope that when they decide to take the challenge, their LMP1 car will just like Daniel's design!

[Source: wtf1]

McLaren Reveals the Beautiful 650S GT3 at Goodwood



McLaren officially revealed the 650S GT3 track focused model at the Goodwood festival of Speed. And we can safely say it's the best looking race car out there. The 650S features a more aerodynamically optimized body compared to the 12C-GT3 and also an upgraded suspension and engine. Current owners of the old spec 12C GT3 can also upgrade to the same specification as the new 650S GT3 since the cars share the same 3.8-liter V8.

More pictures in the gallery below and more details can be found in the press release.











Press release:



GT3 evolution featuring enhanced safety and optimised handling
CFD developed aerodynamic package with improved cooling
Limited production run to premiere on the grid for the 2015 season
Upgrade kit available to 12C GT3 owners to extend competitive life of existing cars

In the grounds of the famous Goodwood Estate, McLaren GT has today confirmed first details of the McLaren 650S GT3 – the latest generation track-focused racer which will contest GT3 championships across the globe from the 2015 season. Building on the highly successful 12C GT3, which has firmly re-established McLaren at the front of the GT grid over the past three seasons, the 650S GT3 was unveiled in front of fans and the global motorsport media at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As the 12C GT3 continues claiming trophies around the world, the 650S GT3 has big shoes to fill, but it has been designed to do just that. The menacing and purposeful-looking racer is the second-generation GT3 car from McLaren GT, the GT race car building arm of McLaren, and follows in the slipstream of the 12C GT3, now competing in its third competitive season. To date, the 12C GT3 has secured three championship titles, 51 race victories and 71 further podiums, a number that continues to rise on a weekly basis, and currently leads the highly competitive Blancpain Endurance Series and the GT Asia championship.

Based on the recently unveiled McLaren 650S, and built around the same lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, the GT3 iteration has been honed using CFD technology and the latest in automotive and motorsport simulation to offer enhanced aerodynamics and improved levels of cooling. At the front, an aggressive splitter and larger air intakes dominate the purposeful new look, incorporating the familiar McLaren ‘face’ – albeit a more aggressive and menacing version, while on the flanks, the all-new lightweight carbon fibre bodywork wraps around reprofiled air intakes, which offer further optimised cooling. The fixed carbon fibre rear wing works in tandem with the large carbon fibre splitter to complete the management of air as it is worked across, through and beneath the sleek lines of the 650S GT3.

The road-going version has been designed and developed to provide ‘the ultimate in driver engagement on the road’, and the 650S GT3 uses this same approach. Revised suspension geometry, wider track and updates to the overall setup provide enhanced levels of drivability, optimising engagement for the wide range of drivers competing in GT racing. In addition, the updates have been made with added emphasis on endurance racing, pulling from the learnings over the past few years, and responding to feedback from the customer teams.

Reduced cost of ownership has been a priority during the design and development of the 650S GT3, and this has been achieved through extended component life, including increased engine and gearbox rebuild intervals, together with re-designed components and systems to reduce parts costs. Body panel design and fit have also been optimised which will not only minimise pit lane repair times but also aids weight distribution through the use of lighter components.

Increased levels of safety and refinement for the driver

Inside the cockpit, the 650S GT3 provides improved levels safety for the driver. Protection offered by the carbon fibre MonoCell chassis is further enhanced with the addition of an FIA-approved rollcage. Redesigned and lighter than that of the 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 rollcage provides a greater degree of driver comfort, with increased leg and headroom.

Another key area that has been optimised is the level of refinement, underlining the focus on endurance and driver engagement. As with its predecessor, the 650S GT3 is fitted with a bespoke motorsport digital dash display which sits behind the unique 650S GT3 steering wheel, inspired by the wheel design seen in the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car. New to the 650S GT3 is a fully FIA-approved McLaren GT-developed race seat, fitted with a six-point race harness as standard. This seat offers increased levels of support and driver comfort through the use of bespoke moulded seat inserts.

The layout within the cockpit has been revised to make it even more driver-focused than previously. The seat is directly mounted to the chassis, and the steering wheel and all-new motorsport pedalbox are then adjustable to bring them closer to the driver. The centre console is also developed from the latest 12C GT3 interior, reducing complexity, and features a membrane-type switch panel for ease of use. In addition to this, improvements have been made to further optimise ventilation and driver cooling.

Award-winning technology, optimised cooling

The 650S GT3 is equipped with the latest generation of the award-winning, 3.8-litre McLaren V8 twin turbo ‘M838T’ engine. Race-prepared and including a McLaren-developed ECU offering increased functionality to incorporate turbo boost and transmission shift control, the engine is coupled to an all-new six-speed sequential motorsport transmission. The 650S GT3 produces around 500PS – the same power as the 12C GT3, which is controlled by the FIA’s Balance of Performance (BOP) regulations. Cooling is improved through larger 650S intakes within the front bumper and re-profiled side intakes. In addition to this, the gearbox oil cooler has been relocated, now incorporated into the larger side intakes, giving the rear of the car a cleaner, more aerodynamic flow.

Race tuned with increased grip

The 650S GT3 uses an all-new race-tuned suspension system with a 52mm wider track than the 12C GT3. The front suspension also allows the fitment of the latest generation larger diameter racing tyres . In conjunction with the optimised aerodynamic package, this provides increased levels of front-end grip and steering feel on turn-in. Newly designed forged aluminium wheels (front - 12.5” x 18”, rear – 13” x 18”) are held in place with a single wheel retaining nut on motorsport axles, while a revised hub bearing assembly and extended-life suspension components are another example of a simplified service item, and reduced maintenance costs.

Behind the new design eight-spoke wheels, and bringing the power, aerodynamics and downforce under control is a newly-developed braking system with monoblock six-piston callipers on the front, and four-piston on the rear, with ventilated discs (380 x 35mm front / 355 x 32mm rear).

Existing owners can upgrade

The 650S GT3 development programme has pulled significant data from the findings and lessons learned from the 12C GT3 programme. Testing of the 650S GT3 will continue throughout the summer with customer car production commencing in the autumn. Pricing for the 650S GT3 has been confirmed – £330,000 ex works, plus tax.

Existing owners of the 12C GT3 are also able to benefit from the updates and enhancements offered by the 650S GT3, due to the use of the shared chassis structure and award winning engine. This upgrade package further extends the life of existing 12C GT3 cars allowing them to continue racing competitively through a second GT racing life cycle. For many McLaren GT3 owners this allows them to race their existing car for an average of six seasons.

Around 15 examples of the 650S GT3 are planned to be produced and delivered for the start of the 2015 season. With the optional upgrade package for 12C GT3, this could see an additional 15 cars running the new design from next season.

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive:

‘The McLaren 650S GT3 is to GT racing what the 650S is to McLaren Automotive, with the new car improving on all areas of a strong existing product, and making it more engaging at the same time. It shares the heart and soul of its road-going sibling with the same 3.8-litre twin turbo engine and the carbon fibre chassis, but turns things up to 11 in terms of aerodynamics. It is truly fit for purpose, but is now accessible to an even wider breadth of abilities and, as with the road car, it provides unprecedented levels of comfort, safety and driver engagement.’

Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director, McLaren GT:

‘The 650S GT3 is a natural progression of an already successful racer, but we have looked at all the different areas where we could possibly make even the slightest incremental improvement. The revised aerodynamic profile looks much more purposeful, and we have managed to incorporate increased levels of cooling without any detriment to performance. A big step forward has also been made in terms of servicing the car, which can be the difference between a race win and finishing off the podium, and the cost of running a car at a competitive level, and this becomes more important the longer and more demanding the event. By simplifying maintenance

and repair processes, and cutting down the time and costs involved, the 650S GT3 will be even more competitive at the longer endurance events with time required in the pitlane reduced to a minimum. ‘

‘Throughout the development programme, we have focused on making the 650S GT3 even more enjoyable and engaging to drive for the wide range of drivers that are competing in GT racing around the world. With a broader envelope of performance, which is easier to access, more drivers will be able to exploit the true potential of the 650S GT3. One example is with the wider track, which gives greater levels of grip and improves handling.’

Chris Goodwin, Chief Test Driver, McLaren Automotive:

‘This is a car that is improving on a race-winning formula, and is designed and built to offer even greater levels of driver involvement, but also to be easier to drive. This is a crucial factor in any racing car, but especially with long-distance and endurance racing, where drivers can double or even triple stint, where we compete on a huge variety of circuits and where weather and track conditions vary regularly throughout a race.

‘GT racing attracts a wide variety of drivers - from the best and most experienced professionals in the world to ambitious amateurs and young developing talents. If the car is easy to drive and gives good feedback as you approach and sometimes exceed the limit, the driver will be better able to drive consistently, error free and extract more out of the car lap after lap. This is key for professional race winner as much as it is for the amateur racers that are making up increasingly large proportions of the grids around the world. It is the result of continuous development, both in terms of the work carried out by the McLaren GT design and development team, but it also takes the learnings from the thousands of laps, from countless circuits across the globe which have been completed by the 12C GT3 with our highly-successful, race winning customer teams. Real-world data and feedback from the teams gives us a much clearer understanding of what the cars go through which no simulator can provide. As such, the 650S GT3 will be just as competitive in the right hands, but more forgiving for the less experienced drivers that are being attracted to the exciting GT3 championships around the world.

‘The 12C GT3 was the first iteration of a GT car from McLaren, and was, and still is competing and winning on a regular basis. The 650S GT3 is now our second generation model, and it is up against more established rivals, many of which are on to the third, or in some cases, fourth. Just as we face in the road car market. Despite this, McLaren is still the brand to beat.’

What’s in a number? 59 - a winning pedigree

The car unveiled carries the Goodwood Festival of Speed theme of ‘addicted to winning’, with its livery including the number 59. The number was carried by the now legendary McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, and claimed victory in the gruelling test of endurance on its debut – a feat that had never been achieved previously, and has not been repeated since. Deliveries of the 650S GT3 will commence from late 2014, and the competitive debut with customer teams in GT3-homologated series will start in 2015, 20 years on from the famous race victory.

McLaren 650S GT3 Technical Specification

Chassis/Body
o McLaren carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminum front and rear sub frames
o Bespoke lightweight carbon fibre/composite body panels
o Left hand drive
o FIA approved safety roll cage
o Air-jacking system
o Colour – customer choice

Aerodynamics
o Front splitter and dive planes
o Rear wing - fully adjustable with gurney
o Front and rear diffusers

Engine/Management
o Race prepared 3.8L V8 twin turbo McLaren M838T
o McLaren Electronics ECU incorporating turbo boost and transmission shift control

Transmission
o Six-speed sequential motorsport transmission pneumatically actuated via steering wheel mounted paddles

Electrical System
o Lightweight motorsport specification wiring and connectors
o Electronic power management system
o Membrane type switch panel
o Auxiliary power supplies for fitment of team equipment (radio etc)

Data System
o McLaren Electronics ‘ATLAS’ data system
o Motorsport digital dash display

Front/Rear Suspension
o Double wishbone adjustable for ride height, camber and toe
o 4-way adjustable dampers with coil over springs
o Motorsport axles with single wheel retaining nut
o Adjustable anti-roll bars
o Forged aluminium wheels: Front 12.5” x 18”, Rear 13” x 18”

Steering
o Electro-hydraulic power assisted steering
o Unique McLaren GT composite steering wheel incorporating key driver switch controls and map settings

Fuel System
o Motorsport ‘bag tank’ system with 125L capacity
o Motorsport ‘quick-fill’ system

Brake System
o Monoblock calipers with ventilated discs:

Front – 6 piston caliper, 380Ø x 35mm disc
Rear – 4 piston caliper, 355Ø x 32mm disc
o Bosch motorsport ABS
o Adjustable brake bias

Cockpit
o McLaren GT bespoke composite seat shell
o Six-point racing harness
o Motorsport pedal box – adjustable position
o Lightweight carbon fibre dash with integrated driver display and switch panel
o Motorsport fire extinguisher system