The dust is still settling after Jeremy Clarkson was let go from from the BBC after an incident with one of the show's producers. Today the TopGear website removed the faces of all the hosts of the show, not just Clarkson's. Reports have also been making there way around the very reputable internet stating that the warehouse with the TopGear set has already been completely emptied out. Last week James May made it clear in a video from reporters saying that although Clarkson was an idiot he rather liked him and didn't see the show being the same without him. All this information (hopefully) points to all three hosts moving away from the BBC and continuing the show on there own. Only time will tell.
Mercedes dominated the 2014 F1 season, winning the constructors cup with their clearly dominant cars. Two weeks ago in Melbourne, marked the beginning of the 2015 Formula 1 season. The race saw Hamilton in pole position with Rosberg starting in second... At the end of the race both Mercedes came in a one, two finish a full 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. Mercedes outpacing the rest of the pack by such a large margin foreshadowed what looked to be another repeat of last season. Last weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Ferrari answered back with Vettel taking first place. This was Sebastian
McLaren's first taste of the new Sport Series range has landed and it's about to dominate the sub-$200K supercar market. Rumors of this car (codename P13) have been around for quite some time now and it's been known this is McLaren's first shot at gunning down the Porsche 911 Turbo. Coming in at $180,000, compared to the 911 Turbo S' $196,000 base price, the 570S looks to be the better buy. Using the same twin turbo 3.8L V8 as the 650S, albeit de-tuned to 564 hp, the 570S rockets to 60mph in only 3.2 seconds. Cornering speeds should be immense considering the car's dry weight of only 2,895 lbs (630 lbs lighter than the Turbo S). Now, this car will be very fast, but unlike its bigger brothers it does not have deployable aero or the massive amounts of horsepower. It does however have more interior space and more luggage space. This is what McLaren's Sport Series range is all about, all the performance of a supercar in a more usable, comfortable, all around package. Expect to hear more from McLaren around the time of the New York Auto Show.
Aston Martin unveiled a new, FIA approved, track only V12 monster known as the Vulcan. This has to be one of the best looking gentleman's racers ever. The praised V12 has been bored out from 5.9 to 7.0 liters, specs are still unknown but rumor has it the car produces upwards of 800hp. Only 24 examples will be made so if you can afford one you better get on the phone now.
Here at ATLperformance we like to be opinionated and to be honest we're very confused about Audi's most powerful flagship supercar. Since the introduction of the Lamborghini Huracan we've been eagerly waiting for a new R8. Seeing how radical the differences in styling are between the Gallardo and Huracan, we expected the same from the Audi sibling. Styling seems to have become a bit more angular and gone is the iconic carbon sideblade behind the doors. Power only comes in the from of a V10 producing 540hp in base trim or 610hp in R8 Plus trim. 0-62mph comes in at 3.5 and 3.2 seconds respectively. It will be interesting to see how this will stack up against it slightly older Lamborghini cousin.
McLaren is on top of their game right now and this limited production run 675LT proves just that. Conveniently unveiled at the same show that Ferrari brought its new twin turbo 488GTB, the 675LT looks to be its closest rival. Unbeknown to most, LT does not stand for Longtail but more appropriately, lightweight. Somehow the engineers managed to squeeze another 100kg out of the car from the 650s all while increasing downforce and turning up the power. With a satanic output of 666hp and 516lb/ft of torque crammed into a car weighting only 2,711 lbs dry, the performance figures should be astounding. Only 500 units will be made and price comes in at 349,500 USD.
The new lightweight brother the 911 GT3 is here and will start to come in some retro colors. This is currently the largest displacement 911 in the model range at 4.0 liters making 500hp and 338lb/ft of torque. With a 'Ring time of 7:20, it comes in 5 seconds faster than the current GT3. The car has completely reworked aero all focusing on pushing the front axle into the road. Love it in this dark purple.
We saw Jaguar's C-X75 concept supercar unveiled last year, unfortunately it never made it to production. But it did make it into the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, as the villain's ride of choice. Expect to see it on the big screen this year.
Porsche is currently in a transition period with the 911 and the Cayman. While the 911 will begin to transition into only turbo motors in the near future making them much faster and more hardcore, the Cayman will now be receiving the outgoing 3.8L flat six from the 911. Effectively turning the 911 into a whole new beast (with new pricing as well) and pushing the Cayman up into a segment once reserved for the flagship 911. Porsche had heard quite a bit of criticism in the past few months regarding the GT3 only being available with the PDK gearbox. This is most likely due to the current declining market for manual gearboxes along with the lack of performance that a manual provides when compared to the outstanding PDK. Only, they've had a plan all along to satisfy the purists still seeking a third pedal with the soon to be unveiled Cayman GT4.
This all new Cayman available only in a manual gearbox borrows many parts from the current GT3 including chassis components, brakes, wheels and more... Porsche claims the new GT4 laps the 'Ring in only 7:40 which matches the time of the 2011 911 GT3; quite a feat on its own. Power comes from a 3.8L flat six derived from the 911S that makes at least 385hp and is good for a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. Coming in at $84,600 that is quite a deal for all the performance this car can dish out. Expect more details as the Geneva show nears.