The Swedes are a fun bunch — especially those in the business of building hypercars. Koenigsegg was introduced to the automotive world nearly 20 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. Their cars have become some of the world’s fastest, best-looking, and among the most desirable.
These are the first live shots of the Koenigsegg One:1 — and it’s about as insane as we all expected it to be. As you may have already heard, the One:1 sits on the frame of a standard Agera, but comes loaded with new aerodynamics and added horsepower.
Welcome to the future everyone, glad you could make it. Remember back, say, 30 years ago when 400-, 500-hp was a shot to the moon and back for automakers? Yeah, well, times have changed. Lately, automakers, tuners, and people with too much time on their hands, are claiming everything from 2,800-hp people murdering hypercars, to 288 mph Bugatti’s that will run out of gas if you look at them funny.
If we’re being honest though, it’s all just sort of ridiculous.
You may consider Maserati to be a lavish luxury brand, fit for the well-heeled, but the Italian automaker has a storied history in auto racing. An early racer was the Tipo 26, which won the 1,500cc class of the 1926 Targa Florio. The racing program grew, and won the Indy 500 in 1939 and 1940, and would follow with decades of strong presence in motorsport. The program could trace its roots back to 1914, and at this year’s Monterey Motorsport Reunion (Aug 14-17, 2014), a century of Maserati racing will be celebrated with a glorious gathering of racecars.
If you were anywhere on the internet this time yesterday, you may have heard about Hennessey’s world record speed run. The potent Venom GT supercar made mince meat of the previous record by nearly 5 mph. At 270.49 mph, that makes it the fastest two-seat sportscar in the whole damn world.
If Ron Howard’s Rush was any indication, the motoring world and general public have been ready for serious racing movies for many years. When I say serious, I don’t mean that they take themselves serious, so much as the film takes the automotive aspect serious enough to entice the motorsport neophyte, but also satisfy the hardcore enthusiast.
I am here to say that Need for Speed is just that movie. We’re not ready to share all the details about this racing movie just yet, but in the meantime, we spoke with the film’s star, Aaron Paul, about making a racing film, and about his personal fascination with cars.
The Dallas Buyers Club has certainly earned all of the praise that it has received. Thought we have a bit of a question for the director, Jean-Marc Vallee. Either the 50-year old Montreal native is not much of a car fan– or a very big one. How else could you explain the rather obvious flub.
On February 14th, 2014, automotive history was made…again. John Hennessey — a man obsessed with speed — took his Hennessey Venom GT supercar to the Kennedy Space Center’s 3.22-mile shuttle landing strip in Florida. There, the team recorded a top speed of 270.49 mph with Director of Miller Motorsport Park, Brian Smith, at the wheel. This makes it a “new world record for 2-seat sports cars.”
In the mid 90s, McLaren nearly dominated the world of motor racing. From Le Mans, to the FIA GT Championship to the British GT Championship; among others. But strangely enough, McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray’s dream of the ultimate road-going supercar was never developed for the track. It wasn’t until teams took the vehicle out to the track, did they realize just how precise and track-purposed the car truly was.
There are auto races, and there are Auto Races. And then there is the Daytona 500. As the official kickoff to the NASCAR season, it has long been regarded (and rightfully so) as the ultimate American racing event. In honor of the 2014 race, here’s a look at five great 500s from the past.
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