Bugatti Veyron: This Is Your Life

The new ‘1 of 1’ GSV is the latest in a long line of Bugatti Veyron models. We chart them all.
We’re not at all suggesting Volkswagen’s brightest minds took to Shakespeare before embarking on the perilously fraught journey that is the Bugatti Veyron, but you can’t help but detect more than a note of Twelfth Night about its conception.
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." It’s fair to say all three scenarios apply to the Big Bad Bug’.
In fact, we don’t even need to pillage the Bard to attribute majesty to this thing; Jeremy summed it up on the show many moons ago when he proclaimed it to be “the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime”.
Born to a cynical world, packing physics-defying power and becoming the defining car for a generation of petrolheads, the Veyron is the ultimate in excess. It’s got 16 cylinders, for goodness sake, and is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds. Every day of the week. [x]

Bugatti Veyron: This Is Your Life

The new ‘1 of 1’ GSV is the latest in a long line of Bugatti Veyron models. We chart them all.

We’re not at all suggesting Volkswagen’s brightest minds took to Shakespeare before embarking on the perilously fraught journey that is the Bugatti Veyron, but you can’t help but detect more than a note of Twelfth Night about its conception.

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." It’s fair to say all three scenarios apply to the Big Bad Bug’.

In fact, we don’t even need to pillage the Bard to attribute majesty to this thing; Jeremy summed it up on the show many moons ago when he proclaimed it to be “the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime”.

Born to a cynical world, packing physics-defying power and becoming the defining car for a generation of petrolheads, the Veyron is the ultimate in excess. It’s got 16 cylinders, for goodness sake, and is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds. Every day of the week. [x]

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Top Gear - The Perfect Road Trip

scenery porn + car porn

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Is this the strangest car on the planet?

Watch the incredible Youabian Puma in action. Be speechless. Bow before its imperial majesty. 

At last November’s LA Auto Show, we caught a glimpse of the mighty Youabian Puma: a 500bhp, V8-powered behemoth of a convertible, longer than a LWB S-Class and wider than an Audi Q7.

It’s fair to say we were transfixed. Agog. Speechless. Rarely, since that heady November day, have we stopped thinking of the Youabian Puma and its inimitable lines.

If you, like us, were hypnotised by that first glimpse of Puma, today is your lucky today. For today, Dr Youabian - a Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon, and owner of the company - has released a promotional video for his extraordinary creation, and it is everything we dared hope. [x]

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This is the Huracan Super Trofeo


611bhp wings-and-slicks V10 racer ditches 4WD safety for rear-drive lunacy. Stig stirs in his lair.

At its launch, the Huracan - Lamborghini’s V10 ‘baby’ successor to the Gallardo - received gentle flack for being a little, well, safe on the styling side. Well, haters, how do you like it now?
This is the Huracan Super Trofeo, the racing version of the Son ofGallardo. Created with the help of Dallara, it’s been cooked up specifically for Lamborghini’s Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make series that currently runs in Asia, Europe and North America.

As you can see, the Huracan’s aerodynamics have been substantially revised for track. There’s a massive watch-out-for-your-ankles chin spoiler and dive plane at the front, flat under-tray and diffuser setup at the rear, and a vast ten-way adjustable rear wing springing from the rear deck.
The combined effect is to make the Huracan look like a prop from the armory of Game of Thrones… and generate enough downforce to vacuum-pack the Lambo the track. Extra grip will come courtesy of bespoke set of Pirellis wrapped around those lightweight rims. [x]

This is the Huracan Super Trofeo

611bhp wings-and-slicks V10 racer ditches 4WD safety for rear-drive lunacy. Stig stirs in his lair.

At its launch, the Huracan - Lamborghini’s V10 ‘baby’ successor to the Gallardo - received gentle flack for being a little, well, safe on the styling side. Well, haters, how do you like it now?

This is the Huracan Super Trofeo, the racing version of the Son ofGallardo. Created with the help of Dallara, it’s been cooked up specifically for Lamborghini’s Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make series that currently runs in Asia, Europe and North America.

As you can see, the Huracan’s aerodynamics have been substantially revised for track. There’s a massive watch-out-for-your-ankles chin spoiler and dive plane at the front, flat under-tray and diffuser setup at the rear, and a vast ten-way adjustable rear wing springing from the rear deck.

The combined effect is to make the Huracan look like a prop from the armory of Game of Thrones… and generate enough downforce to vacuum-pack the Lambo the track. Extra grip will come courtesy of bespoke set of Pirellis wrapped around those lightweight rims. [x]

Be afraid: it’s the McLaren P1 GTR

Big Ron reveals £2m, 986bhp track-only edition of his bonkers hyper-hybrid. World runs for the hills. 
Having driven the McLaren P1 extensively on track and road, TopGear has not, at any point in its acquaintance with the 903bhp hyper-hybrid, thought: “You know what this car needs? More power…”


Good thing McLaren doesn’t listen to TopGear. This is the P1 GTR, a track-only racer revealed at California’s ritzy Pebble Beach meet. A car, says McLaren, with a simple aim: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track. A car with yet more power than the absurdly powerful road-going P1.
How much more power? Precisely 83bhp more than the, ahem, standard P1, taking overall output from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 and electric motor to 986bhp. Veyron power.

McLaren is yet to reveal performance figures, but the GTR will trump the road-going P1’s 0-62mph of 2.8 seconds. Not much save a top fuel dragster will get off the line quicker. [x]

Be afraid: it’s the McLaren P1 GTR

Big Ron reveals £2m, 986bhp track-only edition of his bonkers hyper-hybrid. World runs for the hills. 
Having driven the McLaren P1 extensively on track and road, TopGear has not, at any point in its acquaintance with the 903bhp hyper-hybrid, thought: “You know what this car needs? More power…”

Good thing McLaren doesn’t listen to TopGear. This is the P1 GTR, a track-only racer revealed at California’s ritzy Pebble Beach meet. A car, says McLaren, with a simple aim: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track. A car with yet more power than the absurdly powerful road-going P1.

How much more power? Precisely 83bhp more than the, ahem, standard P1, taking overall output from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 and electric motor to 986bhp. Veyron power.

McLaren is yet to reveal performance figures, but the GTR will trump the road-going P1’s 0-62mph of 2.8 seconds. Not much save a top fuel dragster will get off the line quicker. [x]

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The Vauxhall Viva is coming back


And it just got a lot smaller. Paul Horrell reports on Vauxhall’s upcoming VW Up rival

Vauxhall might not want us to show you the picture above, because it’s a creaky old car. But in your Grandpa’s day it was a much-loved and big-selling one. The Viva. So the name is coming back.

It’s the badge the company will use for its new baby car. It’ll give them a three-model small-car range. The Viva is the cheapest one, then the Corsa - itself just about to be renewed - and the Adam.
Interestingly, the Viva name won’t be used in the rest of Europe, we’re told by a senior Vauxhall source. Likely over there it’ll be called Agila, the name of the car it replaces. Indeed, the Viva name hasn’t been officially announced, but it’s something Vauxhall has researched and found the public likes, and “I can’t say but if you asked me I’d smile,” said our big-cheese.
All of which means Vauxhall is dead-set on selling more small cars in Britain than anyone else. Including the mighty Ford. “We’ll give Ford a bloody good run for their money in small cars. We’ll have three great small cars. They have the Fiesta, which is great, and the Ka, which isn’t,” said Vauxhall’s boss Tim Tozer. [x]

The Vauxhall Viva is coming back

And it just got a lot smaller. Paul Horrell reports on Vauxhall’s upcoming VW Up rival

Vauxhall might not want us to show you the picture above, because it’s a creaky old car. But in your Grandpa’s day it was a much-loved and big-selling one. The Viva. So the name is coming back.

It’s the badge the company will use for its new baby car. It’ll give them a three-model small-car range. The Viva is the cheapest one, then the Corsa - itself just about to be renewed - and the Adam.

Interestingly, the Viva name won’t be used in the rest of Europe, we’re told by a senior Vauxhall source. Likely over there it’ll be called Agila, the name of the car it replaces. Indeed, the Viva name hasn’t been officially announced, but it’s something Vauxhall has researched and found the public likes, and “I can’t say but if you asked me I’d smile,” said our big-cheese.

All of which means Vauxhall is dead-set on selling more small cars in Britain than anyone else. Including the mighty Ford. “We’ll give Ford a bloody good run for their money in small cars. We’ll have three great small cars. They have the Fiesta, which is great, and the Ka, which isn’t,” said Vauxhall’s boss Tim Tozer. [x]

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It’s the McLaren 650S Sprint


For a whisker under £200k, bag yourself a track-honed and track only 650S

If you enjoy spending your days wrapped in fireproof racing suits surrounded by the smell of fuel and torched tyres, then today is a good day for you. Today, McLaren has revealed the new 650S Sprint.

No, you haven’t already seen it. Yes, McLaren also recently unveiled the 650S GT3 car; this Sprint is the little brother to that monster, for the gentlemen, less oversteery helmsmiths amongst you.It still gets lots of good bits, though. Underneath is the same carbon fibre MonoCell chassis and 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powering the rear wheels, just like the road car (and that pesky GT3). The engine gets revised air intakes, while both engine and drivetrain get unique ECU calibrations too.Then there’s the FIA-approved roll cage, a lightweight carbon fibre HANS device, six point racing harness, and even air-conditioning. And that last point is not a frivolous, quirky thing - it gets bloody hot in race cars. Aston is even working on a solar panel to power its future GT car air-con systems. So keeping cool is important. [x]

It’s the McLaren 650S Sprint

For a whisker under £200k, bag yourself a track-honed and track only 650S

If you enjoy spending your days wrapped in fireproof racing suits surrounded by the smell of fuel and torched tyres, then today is a good day for you. Today, McLaren has revealed the new 650S Sprint.

No, you haven’t already seen it. Yes, McLaren also recently unveiled the 650S GT3 car; this Sprint is the little brother to that monster, for the gentlemen, less oversteery helmsmiths amongst you.

It still gets lots of good bits, though. Underneath is the same carbon fibre MonoCell chassis and 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powering the rear wheels, just like the road car (and that pesky GT3). The engine gets revised air intakes, while both engine and drivetrain get unique ECU calibrations too.

Then there’s the FIA-approved roll cage, a lightweight carbon fibre HANS device, six point racing harness, and even air-conditioning. And that last point is not a frivolous, quirky thing - it gets bloody hot in race cars. Aston is even working on a solar panel to power its future GT car air-con systems. So keeping cool is important. [x]

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It’s here: the fastest-ever Range Rover

162mph, 542bhp Range Rover Sport SVR is really, really rapid. 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, anyone?
As Land Rover has mentioned a few times recently, it has spent the last several months working on a range-topping, really-bloody fast version of the Range Rover Sport. This is it. It’s called the Range Rover SVR, and it’s the fastest production Land Rover… in the world.
How fast? 542bhp, 502lb ft and 162mph fast, that’s how. And such is the fashion these days, LR has thrown this two-tonne megabomb around the Nürburgring, thus giving James May a mild aneurism.
This SVR pumped around the Green Hell in eight minutes and 14 seconds, making it faster than - if you believe in such fairytale times at the ‘Ring - the Lexus IS-F, original Honda NSX and as quick as a Merc C63 AMG. [x]

It’s here: the fastest-ever Range Rover

162mph, 542bhp Range Rover Sport SVR is really, really rapid. 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, anyone?

As Land Rover has mentioned a few times recently, it has spent the last several months working on a range-topping, really-bloody fast version of the Range Rover Sport. This is it. It’s called the Range Rover SVR, and it’s the fastest production Land Rover… in the world.

How fast? 542bhp, 502lb ft and 162mph fast, that’s how. And such is the fashion these days, LR has thrown this two-tonne megabomb around the Nürburgring, thus giving James May a mild aneurism.

This SVR pumped around the Green Hell in eight minutes and 14 seconds, making it faster than - if you believe in such fairytale times at the ‘Ring - the Lexus IS-F, original Honda NSX and as quick as a Merc C63 AMG. [x]

This is the meanest Fiat 500 on Earth

RRM’s 250bhp Abarth reckons it can smash a Lotus Exige around a race track. Still looks adorable.

There’s something adorably incongruous about the world’s desire to turn the bug-eyed, cute-as-a-very-cute-button Fiat 500 into a circuit-devouring sports-thing. Like arming a Labrador puppy with a claymore.
From Fiat’s own Abarth efforts to aftermarket tuning jobs, it seems everyone wants to turn the little 500 nasty.

But we’ve not yet seen one nastier than Road Race Motorsports’ shot at a Cinquecentro, creating what it calls the ‘500 M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione’, a name rather longer than the car itself.
The American-fettled 500 M1 (let’s go with that for brevity) is a road-legal track-day special that, promises RRM, can keep pace with a Lotus Exige around a circuit. That’s fighting talk. [x]

This is the meanest Fiat 500 on Earth

RRM’s 250bhp Abarth reckons it can smash a Lotus Exige around a race track. Still looks adorable.

There’s something adorably incongruous about the world’s desire to turn the bug-eyed, cute-as-a-very-cute-button Fiat 500 into a circuit-devouring sports-thing. Like arming a Labrador puppy with a claymore.

From Fiat’s own Abarth efforts to aftermarket tuning jobs, it seems everyone wants to turn the little 500 nasty.

But we’ve not yet seen one nastier than Road Race Motorsports’ shot at a Cinquecentro, creating what it calls the ‘500 M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione’, a name rather longer than the car itself.

The American-fettled 500 M1 (let’s go with that for brevity) is a road-legal track-day special that, promises RRM, can keep pace with a Lotus Exige around a circuit. That’s fighting talk. [x]

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