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September 18, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Attention, current supercars: You'?ve been put on notice... McLaren is coming for you. The company officially unveiled its long-awaited (and long-rumored) P1 supercar Tuesday, ahead of its world debut at the Paris Motor Show next week. While McLaren was mum on what kind of power this car will pack (or how, though there?'s wild speculation the car could have almost 1,000 horsepower from a V-8 paired with a KERS setup), it did say the P1 had a single goal: to be the best driver'?
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March 13, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Its resume reads like an overachieving supercar. A twin-turbocharged V-8 unleashes 577 horsepower to all four wheels, it takes 3.6 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph, the sticker price passes $100,000 even quicker than that, and it's a station wagon that seats five comfortably. Wait, what was that last part? Yes, for the few buyers who crave a vehicle that can haul the entire family to a night at the movies fast enough to earn them a night in jail instead, Mercedes-Benz would like to offer the E63 S AMG station wagon.
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AUTOS
January 19, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
McLaren's forthcoming million-dollar P1 supercar made its Los Angeles debut Thursday night. It was every bit the premiere you'd expect in Hollywood. A crane dropped the P1 into place at the SLS Hotel. Jay Leno got an exclusive look at the interior. There was an open bar; there were cupcakes with the McLaren logo on them; and the crowd was dotted with statuesque women grasping the arms of shorter, older men. But the real eye candy was in the center of the room, on a well-lit stage, wearing a brilliant shade of metallic orange.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The Hennessey Performance Venom GT barreled down the space shuttle landing runway at Kennedy Space Center recently, blazing a speed record -- faster than previous record-setting supercars and faster than the space shuttle when it touches down. The Venom GT hit 270.49 mph. The previous record was the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which clocked 267.80 mph. The space shuttle touches down at a relatively sedate 225 mph. Video of the record chase was a winner on YouTube with more than 600,000 views as of Tuesday morning.
AUTOS
May 22, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Texas auto tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering, the company that supercharges anything with four wheels, has revealed its latest project: a modified Ford F-150 SVT Raptor truck. The company has taken the F-150, a pickup truck that's been the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for decades, and transformed it into a roomy SUV with seating for up to eight people. The truck, dubbed VelociRaptor, doesn't get the usual Hennessey power overhaul (although there is a supercharged upgrade available)
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Just weeks after announcing its fastest car on the market , Aston Martin continued a busy centenary year Tuesday by officially announcing a convertible version of its breathtaking 565-horsepower Vanquish. The British automaker said the Vanquish Volante (which has long been Aston-speak for convertible) will join its fixed-roof counterpart at the top of its lineup. Its other cars include the four-door Rapide S, the DB9, and the Vantage V8 and V-12. “Aston Martin is celebrating 100 years of excellence in 2013, and the arrival of this new sports car ... underlines that our mission to make the next 100 years even more successful is starting perfectly,” said company Chief Executive Ulrich Bez in a statement announcing the car. PHOTOS: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Like the coupe, the Volante is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that makes 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.
AUTOS
March 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
If you're not already sick of hearing about the all-new LaFerrari hybrid supercar -- and with 950 horsepower and a zero-to-124 mph time under seven seconds, why would you be? -- there are now several videos online to whet your appetite. Ferrari posted six videos on its YouTube channel that spell out the details of items such as the chassis , hybrid drivetrain , and vehicle dynamics . The posting follows the LaFerrari's much-hyped global debut at this week's Geneva Motor Show.
AUTOS
March 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Never one to let rivals like McLaren and Ferrari have all the fun unveiling their $1 million-plus supercars, Lamborghini brought its $3.9 million Veneno to the Geneva Motor Show. The automaker on Monday unveiled the 750-horsepower car to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary. Only three copies of the Veneno will be made. Sorry, all are spoken for. Two of the buyers live in the U.S., one of whom happens to own a Lamborghini dealership in Long Island. Photos: Highlights of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show So what do these three buyers get for their money?
AUTOS
July 24, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Long known as a place that sells cars, Galpin Auto Sports is getting in the business of building them. The Van Nuys-based shop, which is owned by Galpin Motors, will debut a supercar with as much as 1,000 horsepower at several events during the Monterey Car Week in August. The Galpin Ford GTR1 is based on the Ford GT supercar, which was sold from 2004 to 2006. Galpin says its GTR1 is “an interpretation of what the GT may have looked and performed like had it continued its evolution.” The GTR1 will sit on the chassis of an existing Ford GT. Customers can either bring in their existing Ford GT for the modifications or have Galpin find a GT to convert.
AUTOS
January 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
DETROIT -   At the Detroit auto show, Acura broke news on three new models crucial to the brand's growth : the NSX hybrid supercar, a prototype of the next MDX mid-size crossover SUV, and its flagship sedan, the RLX. These new products come at an important time for the luxury division of Honda. After peaking in 2005 with 210,000 vehicles sold, Acura's 2011 sales plummeted to just 123,000. The company says sales rebounded 26.7% in 2012 and it hopes to continue this growth with a refreshed product line in 2013.
AUTOS
December 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Get ready, supercar fans, Lamborghini is going to rock you like a hurricane. Actually, it's Huracan. That's the name the Volkswagen-owned Italian brand known for icons like the Countache and Diablo have given to its latest mid-engine supercar. PHOTOS: Lamborghini's all-new Huracan The Huracan LP 610-4 replaces the outgoing Gallardo, a car that was introduced in 2003 and has unquestionably been integral to Lamborghini's growth and transition into the 21st century.
AUTOS
September 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
September is a big month for supercar maker McLaren: not only is the company celebrating its 50th anniversary, but deliveries of its 903-horsepower P1 hypercar also kick off soon.  To highlight this, and under the guise of “final durability testing,” McLaren brought a Carbon Black P1 right into our own backyard. On the track at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, as well as throughout Death Valley, the British automaker “tested” the car with a full film crew tagging along.  PHOTOS: McLaren P1 heads to Death Valley for testing The result are 10 gorgeous photos of the plug-in hybrid car, as well as a video in which you can hear just what makes the P1 so fast.
SPORTS
August 4, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
The curtain closed on Los Angeles' 11-year X Games run with the Ford RallyCross SuperCar event at the Irwindale Events Center, however dusty, loud and chaotic it might have been. Toomas Heikkinen took the last gold medal to be presented in Los Angeles for at least the next four years with a superbly maneuvered 10-lap run to win his fourth consecutive Global RallyCross event and become the first two-time X Games gold medalist in RallyCross history. "There's no secret," Heikkinen said.
AUTOS
July 24, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Long known as a place that sells cars, Galpin Auto Sports is getting in the business of building them. The Van Nuys-based shop, which is owned by Galpin Motors, will debut a supercar with as much as 1,000 horsepower at several events during the Monterey Car Week in August. The Galpin Ford GTR1 is based on the Ford GT supercar, which was sold from 2004 to 2006. Galpin says its GTR1 is “an interpretation of what the GT may have looked and performed like had it continued its evolution.” The GTR1 will sit on the chassis of an existing Ford GT. Customers can either bring in their existing Ford GT for the modifications or have Galpin find a GT to convert.
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Just weeks after announcing its fastest car on the market , Aston Martin continued a busy centenary year Tuesday by officially announcing a convertible version of its breathtaking 565-horsepower Vanquish. The British automaker said the Vanquish Volante (which has long been Aston-speak for convertible) will join its fixed-roof counterpart at the top of its lineup. Its other cars include the four-door Rapide S, the DB9, and the Vantage V8 and V-12. “Aston Martin is celebrating 100 years of excellence in 2013, and the arrival of this new sports car ... underlines that our mission to make the next 100 years even more successful is starting perfectly,” said company Chief Executive Ulrich Bez in a statement announcing the car. PHOTOS: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Like the coupe, the Volante is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that makes 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.
AUTOS
May 31, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
To look at the unique proportions of the Audi R8 -- wedge-shaped nose, short hood, large greenhouse -- it's easy to forget this all-wheel-drive sports c ar has been with us since 2007. Cruise down the street in this mid-engined stunner, and its unmistakable facade looks like a movie prop stolen from a film set. (Actually the car does have an enviable IMDB resume, showing up in concept form in the 2004 film "I, Robot," and serving as Tony Stark's ride of choice in the "Iron Man" trilogy.)
BUSINESS
October 16, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Several weeks ago, on a hot Monday afternoon in the Nevada desert some 50 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Porsche quietly gave a sneak peek at an all-new supercar project that will start production in a little less than a year's time. Past the freeway exit touting only a truck stop, a meandering road to nowhere and an eagle-eyed park ranger granting our group access to a gravel road, sat a parking lot containing two prototypes of Porsche's future. They were resting after a day of hot-weather testing by several of the lead engineers on the project.
AUTOS
May 22, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Texas auto tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering, the company that supercharges anything with four wheels, has revealed its latest project: a modified Ford F-150 SVT Raptor truck. The company has taken the F-150, a pickup truck that's been the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for decades, and transformed it into a roomy SUV with seating for up to eight people. The truck, dubbed VelociRaptor, doesn't get the usual Hennessey power overhaul (although there is a supercharged upgrade available)
AUTOS
April 29, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Lamborghini. Sharply angular, more expensive than some condo mortgages. So distinctive that it's an instant what-the-heck-was-that moment when one rolls past, growling like some partially tamed beast. Just having one is usually enough for most owners, but then there is rapper Chris Brown. PHOTOS: Chris Brown's custom Lamborghini What's his Lambo like? Here's a clue: If the Transformers decided to go all upscale Italian exotic on us in their next sequel, one of them would look like this.
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