McLaren 650S revealed

03_McLaren_650S_CoupeAfter images of the McLaren 650S were leaked online, McLaren have officially revealed the 650S ahead of the Geneva motor show.

The model known as the 650S has McLaren 12C underpinnings and P1 style front end, enabling it to sit perfectly between the two models. It will be made available as a fixed head coupe or a convertible with a retractable hard top.  With the new P1 inspired front end and splitters adds more down-force and better driver turn-in.

The name is derived from the power output of the engine in PS, powered by a tweaked 3.8L twin turbo V8, the same as in the 12C with 25bhp more at 641bhp or 650PS. Torque has been increased to over 650Nm whilst CO2 emissions and 0-62 mph times have dropped slightly to 275g/km and 3secs respectively.

There is a newly developed Air brake system on the 650S that doesn’t only deploy in ‘Aero’ mode as in the 12C but also deploys when the car senses extra down-force may help the driver.

Large side intakes have been added behind the doors to help feed air into the large radiators to cool the mid mounted engine. Even though the drag coefficient is the same as the 12C, the air is worked harder and more efficiently, effectively increasing down-force by 24% over the 12C at 150mph. Tweaks have been made to the dampers along with the clutch making the car 22% stiffer but also making the car feel smoother on road when in ‘auto’ mode and making manual shifts quicker.


Four new colours will be revealed for the 650S and it will be packed with top end equipment as standard including carbon ceramic brakes, sat nav and new forged alloy wheels on purpose-built ‘MC1’ tyres from Pirelli. Prices will start at £20,000 more than the £178,000 12C at £195,000 for the coupe with deliveries being made at the end of March.

The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupé and Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 11.00GMT on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.

Team Galag (Gumball 3000) Updated

Every year, a mixture of stunning cars with their crazy wraps travel 3000 miles to beautiful locations. This is not the Formula 1 season, this is Gumball 3000. This year, the 15th year anniversary of Gumball 3000, starts May 18th taking the 100 cars through Europe from Copenhagen – Stockholm – Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Tallinn – Riga – Warsaw – Vienna – Monte Carlo.

The exclusive 100 car entry grid is packed full of celebrities and the most incredible array of customized, concept, electric, luxurious, sports and hyper cars that you will ever see together. Baywatch icon David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff, will line up on the entry grid in the beautiful city of Copenhagen alongside hip hop superstar EVE, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, rapper Bun B, ‘Pimp My Ride’ host Xzibit, skateboard legend Tony Hawk, MTVs Finish pranksters ‘The Dudesons’, Olympic skiers Jon Olsson and Jens Byggmark in their ‘LeMans style car’, MMA fighter Rubert Burneika, along with Shiekhs, Princes, reality TV stars, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Driving everything from Bugattis, to Koenigseggs, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Morgans, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, McLarens, Twisted Land Rovers, Mercedes Benz, and more…..

Coming to Team Galag – a group of Saudi’s who, this year decided to do something special for Gumball. They didn’t go mainstream and buy conventional supercars like most of the other teams. They decided to create Batman’s Tumbler. now this isn’t a toy they built for the fun of it. It is fully road legal, weighing in at 2.5 tons, wider than a Hummer H1 and capable of 100 mph. This is truly a beast, something you do not want to see in your rear view mirror on the motorways.

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Team Galag have uploaded their video on their Gumball 3000 experience. Check out the full video below:

The motoring quartet

It has been a while since I last posted something here on my blog. A lot has changed, a new pope has been chosen, political leaders have passed and after the Geneva motor show three super car manufacturers flexed their muscles and showed us what they are made of.With them, there is a fourth who showed off the tech in 2010. Two from Italy, one from England and the last from Germany.

Ferrari had us waiting the longest to show the car, just throwing teasers every now and again and only showing the car when they wanted it revealed. Are the Ferrari staff that good at keeping secrets? Jaguar land rover take note.

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Nonetheless, Ferrari laferrari is here. I don’t particularly care for the name or the front end of this car, but looking through its specs makes it quite a contender for the top prize. In their official press release, Ferrari stated that this is the ultimate Ferrari, and is the epitome of the brand and so will the be called ‘The Ferrari’.

I have always felt that styling falls behind air flow in the design of an anniversary Ferrari; and this one is the same. The front end still looks like a test mule, but the side and rear views are stunning. To be fair most drivers will only catch a glimpse of the rear of the motor and not much else.
It has a 6.3l naturally aspirated V12 allowing the engine to redline at a healthy 9,250RPM helped along with a 163hp electric motor gives this monster a whopping 963bhp and 715 ft pounds of torque. It was expected that the car can hit 0-60 in under 3seconds but the surprise is 0-125 time which is sub  7seconds. This is the first production Ferrari to be fitted with F1 style HY-KERS system allowing the batteries to be charged through regenerative braking. Even though this car has a battery pack, this is no ordinary hybrid where the engine cuts in and out. Ferrari felt that the engine was the whole part of the experience so the electric motor is there to boost the engine.

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The other Italian is Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Veneno

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini did what they do best. Come out with a radical car. Presenting the Veneno. Named after a bull which gorged a matador in 1914, this Le Mans styled road legal car which is Aventador based, looks simply insane. Only three have been made, priced at over £2.5 million and have all been sold. It has a 6.5l naturally aspirated V12 pushing out 740BHP. This is not a car which has any electric motors, just insane amounts of power put down on the road via all four wheels.

The car presented at the motor show, had accents of the Italian Flag, however the 3 made will have red, white or green accents. As a car, the underpinnings have been tried and tested through the Aventador and to save a little more weight, the men at Lamborghini used Carbon enhanced plastic panels instead of the mix of aluminium and carbon.

Lamborghini Veneno Front Lamborghini Veneno Side

Mclaren P1

A British hyper car manufacturer celebrating its 50th anniversary, who has only been known for its F1 success and the car it was named after. More recently, the MP4-12C was launched and now we have a new car. The P1. Displayed in Mclaren Burnt Orange, we already knew what it was going to look like as test mules had been sighted all over England. This car is a looker from every angle as you may have already seen.

Different from the Italians, this car has a twin turbo 3.8L V8 with a similar hybrid set up to the Ferrari’s. Combined the engine and electric motor will churn out just over 900BHP and 633 foot pounds of torque. Taking engineering cues from Formula 1, the P1 has DRS  style flap to increase downforce under braking. Even though this is one of my favourites of the four, I do not think people will appreciate that the underpinnings to this £866,000 limited to 375 examples, hyper car is its baby brother, the MP4-12C.

Mclaren P1 front Mclaren P1 rear

By far the most anticipated (or forgotten) super car is the Porsche 918 spyder.

Porsche 918

This car is an engineers dream. A car with over 800BHP, 575 foot pounds of torque but returns over 70 miles to the gallon. Sub 100g/km CO2. Dizzying numbers. The testing that has gone into this car is immense. It was teased in 2010, and will be released some time soon. that’s just under three years of road testing. This is no ordinary Porsche, it is a naturally aspirated 4.8l V8 coupled with two electric motors. One of which powers the front wheels whilst the other powers the rear wheels and helps the engine. Here we have an all wheel drive car with four-wheel steering. There is so much tech on this car, it is engineering genius. At low speeds the rear wheels turn in an opposite direction to the front wheels allowing tighter cornering. At higher speeds, this steering turns with the front wheels giving the car more stability when reaching its maximum of 202mph.

Back to those electric motors, this is only one out of the four that starts in ‘electric mode’ allowing you to drive silently for 15 miles up to 100mph, where you can flip the switch and allow the engine to help in ‘hybrid mode’ focusing on economy and battery range. ‘Sport hybrid’ mode  is more aggressive and keeping the engine running constantly, which I think most people will keep it on. Then there is ‘Race Hybrid’ which uses the batteries to give extra grunt to the engine and also ‘Hot Lap’ which uses all power reserves to give the driver that little bit extra when racing against the clock. Price of this piece of wizardry – £650,000.

Porsche 918 spyder front Porsche 918 spyder rear


All four of these cars cost over half a million pounds, and all run in limited numbers. Who will be crowned champion? Only time will tell. I rule the Veneno out of the race as its more of a museum piece seeing only three will ever be made. The Porsche is looking to be the future of motoring, but will be a rare sight. So I believe it will fall to the mighty Ferrari and Mclaren to battle it out.

The Mclaren P1

I can’t call myself a pistonhead if I don’t write anything about the Mclaren F1 and MP4-12C‘s successor. The Mclaren P1 was unveiled in Paris for the 2012 Paris Motor show among a lot of hype.

Described as the best driver’s car on the road and track, it will have set high expectations in the minds of those ready to fork out their hard-earned cash in late 2013 when it first rolls out of McLaren‘s pristine factory or should i call it a laboratory.

Full details on what will power the P1 have been kept behind closed doors by McLaren staff, however they have let off that it will target 600bhp per tonne as a power to weight ratio. so looking at other production cars you are looking at quickness of an Ariel Atom and power somewhat close to a Bugatti Veyron. Sounds pretty Bonkers. Now in a hypercar, it is not only about sheer power, downforce plays a big part to stop the back-end of the car taking off and helping it slow down. Figures for downforce are at 600kg at as quoted by Mclaren ‘well below maximum speed’ around 5 times more than the current MP4-12C.

In terms of design, if you felt that the MP4-12C was a little understated and seemed to be outshone by other super cars, then this definitely won’t. It will stand out like a sore thumb but in a good way. more like a beautiful woman walking along the high street and every suit stops to stare. McLaren stepped out to say the design of the car is solely for a purpose, no line is created just for beauty, they all have a purpose to help it go quicker, stop quicker and corner better.

Every car firm always shows its cars in a specific colour suiting to the brand. Lamborghini use flamboyant colours like green and yellow, Ferrari have their signature Ferrari Rosso and it looks as if McLaren are joining suit with a Burnt Orange colour to their road cars.

Now to the tech in the car, the sat-nav will know if you are driving on the road or the track, and will send information to the rest of the car to set up the aero package for either surface. hopefully when we are allowed views of the cabin can we check out the full tech available to this car.