Bond’s Aston DB10: the real story

TG exclusive: we interrogate Aston design boss Marek Reichman for the inside line on the ‘Spectre’ star.

“Sam Mendes wanted this to be the poster car for every boy who watches James Bond for the first time,” says Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman. He’s discussing the conversation with Spectre director Mendes that led, eventually, to the DB10, Daniel Craig’s company wheels in the 24th Bond outing, which reaches cinemas late in 2015.

“My interpretation of that was that Sam was talking about a brand-new DB5,” continues Reichman in an exclusive chat with TG. The DB5, of course, was Sean Connery’s ride in 1964′s Goldfinger, a gadget-laden masterpiece that established the Bond-Aston love affair and remains, for many, the archetypal Bond car. But, says Reichman, the DB10 doesn’t revive its predecessor’s gadgetry, but rather its philosophy.   more…

 

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Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang brought back with more than 500 hp

The original Shelby GT350s from 1965 were Ford Mustangs tuned by then-newcomer Carroll Shelby from everyday pony cars into track-ready rides, ones that proved their capabilities by beating Corvettes and Ferraris on circuits across America.

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

Today, after a 43-year hiatus, Ford resurrected the name with the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang — and by its reckoning, the mission hasn’t changed much.

Based on the new Mustang chassis, Ford says the GT350 will boast not just ample power  — more than 500 hp — but better handling than any Mustang the company has produced in the past 50 years, with technology far beyond what Shelby could have envisioned in 1965.

The biggest news lies in the engine bay, where the GT350 brings the term “flat-plane crankshaft” into the limelight for the first time in decades. If you imagine a see-through version of a typical V-8 engine, the pistons move in a stair-step fashion — alternating power strokes in a way that maximizes the engine’s smoothness. It’s the reason a Corvette, Mustang or Challenger sounds the way it does; the traditional V-8 burble comes from exhaust pulses created by so-called cross-plane crankshafts. More …

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Mercedes AMG GT3 lands in 2016

This will get confusing very quickly, so please pay attention. Mercedes-Benz has announced that the Mercedes-AMG GT3 – the racing version of the new Mercedes-AMG GT – will launch in 2016.

That’s a lot of AMGs and GTs in one sentence, but it’s a big bit of news, though not entirely unexpected. At the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed to TopGear.com that the new AMG GT sportscar would spawn a variety of models.

So here’s one for the Nomex brigade. We’re told that testing of the “new sportscar based on the street version” will commence next year (that’s 2015), with a season debut at the beginning of 2016.

And that’s about all we can tell you at the moment, but for those of you who’ve just shelled out for a racing SLS GT3, fear not: Mercedes will continue to support the big ol’ gullwing even after the AMG GT3′s launch.   more…

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1050bhp LaFerrari XX lands this December

Exclusive: TG gets the inside line on Maranello’s most extreme production-derived car in history

The track-only ‘XX’ version of Maranello’s hybrid hypercar, the LaFerrari, will be launched at the firm’s World Finals in Abu Dhabi in early December, company insiders have confirmed to Top Gear.

And we’re told most extreme production-derived car in Ferrari’s history will make a monstrous 1050bhp, some 100bhp more than the road-going version. Yep, that’s about 50 per cent more power than a 2014 F1 car. Sheesh.

Though it was rumoured the race-spec LaFerrari could use an F1-issue turbo V6, TG is told the XX will employ the same powertrain as the road car – so a naturally aspirated V12 and electric motor – but bumped up to a total output of around 1050bhp, 60-something horsepowers north of the similarly track-only McLaren P1 GTR. It seems that extra power has been found from the V12 rather than the electric modules, which are said to produce the same 161bhp as before.  More . . .

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First Chevy Corvette Z06 comes off the line

Production of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is finally underway, according to a posting on StingrayForums.com.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The first car, a black beauty destined for motorsports icon Rick Hendrick, came off the line yesterday at 9:26 AM, according to the forum poster, who was on a public tour at the lucky moment.

Chevrolet’s Bowling Green, KY factory is building just seven cars an hour. Now, we’re sure this is very, very happy news if you’re one of the lucky folks that placed an order. It does not, however, mean you’ll be taking delivery straight away, according to Chevrolet.

“Yes, we started producing customer cars yesterday,” Chevy spokesman Monte Doran told Autoblog. “We are not shipping cars to customers yet, though. We’re still doing final quality checks and audits and will begin shipping cars in the coming weeks.” More . . .

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The Dodge Trans-Am is back!

458bhp retro-hardcore Challenger concept unveiled at SEMA, but will Dodge make it real?

If you’re a fan of Seventies muscle cars, you may be familiar with the Dodge Challenger Trans-Am, a legendary homologation special of the day. If you’re too young to remember pony-car racing pre-history, fear not: Dodge has revealed a modern day interpretation of the Trans-Am to bring you up to speed.
Unveiled at this week’s SEMA show, the Challenger T/A Concept (that accronym stands for Trans-Am, not Track Attack as in the Viper) is a throwback Sam Posey’s original number 77 race car.  More . . .

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New 600HP Supercar Hitting the Roads in 2015

Florida-based Exotic Rides, a company known for producing custom bikes and cars, is set to launch its very own supercar as soon as next year.

Exotic Rides W70

The W70 will boast 600 horsepower in what they intend to be a daily driver, not just a car for sunny weekend drives.

It will be powered by a LS7 7.0-liter V8 that will send that 600 horsepower to the rear wheels, with the goal of avoiding the overheating problems often associated with high horsepower engines. If that 600 still isn’t enough, a turbocharged version will likely be available with as much as 800 horsepower.

Australian automotive designer David Williams is responsible for the W70′s very Ferrari-influenced looks that will have no one doubting that this is indeed a supercar. The similarities are so noticeable, so there’s a good chance the casual observer will mistake this for a Ferrari when you see it drive down the street. More . . .

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725bhp Ford Mustang RTR unleashed

Take that, Hellcat: wild tuning packs for the new Mustang head to SEMA, and they’re Europe-bound

That didn’t take long. Ford hasn’t quite got round to putting the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the new Mustang and already the tuned specials are hitting the market.

This is the Mustang RTR, the brainchild of drifting champ and rear tyre-hater Vaughn Gittin Jr, and it’s packing enough punch to see off anything from the BMW M4 to Ford’s muscle car nemesis, the 707bhp Dodge Challenger Hellcat. More . . .

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It’s the new Viper ACR. Scared?

Dodge is taking its demonic looking Viper ACR concept to the SEMA show. Watch out Nismo GT-R

It appears Dodge is in the Halloween mood already. Its new Viper ACR has kicked off our week off in somewhat scary style.

Just look at it: the Viper is hardly a shrinking violet to begin with, but Dodge has seen fit to crank its road presence up by several hundred per cent.

As well as its bold white, black and red colour scheme, there’s a carbon front splitter, some rather serious looking dive planes, a set of 19in lightweight alloys and one of the biggest, maddest wings we’ve seen in a long time.  More . . .

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Shield Your Eyes from this Mutant McLaren P1

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but that little bit of vomit in my mouth?

That’s all due to what one Chinese owner did to his 2014 McLaren P1. It’s just frightening, which is fitting on Halloween.
Ugly McLaren China photosAccording to TheSupercarKids, he (or she) had to pay $139,000 extra for the paint job. Probably $9,000 in materials and $130,000 in bribes so the painters at McLaren could swallow their pride.

What this unnamed owner has done is take the $1.1 million McLaren P1 and painted it a hideous mixture of green and yellow. There’s been some suggestion the owner might be a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Or clinically insane.)  More . . .

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