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ARES Design S1 Project – Their First Wholly Designed Supercar



ARES Design releases pictures of a full-scale S1 Project, their low-profiled supercar, and the first to have been wholly designed by the Italian team.
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ARES Design S1 Project Supercar. Credit: ARES Design
  • Initial photos reveal ARES Design’s hypercar-inspired design
  • S1 Project full scale model to be presented at Salon Privé September 2020
  • Limited edition of 24 units
  • Production starts from January 2021

Since its incorporation in 2014, many automotive adaptations and creations have left the 23,000 square meter ARES Design factory in Modena, Italy. Creating one-off automotive works of art utilizing the world’s finest materials, leading CAD designers, electrical system engineering specialists, drivetrain assemblies, paint shops, artisan leather works, and metal coachbuilders have all worked tirelessly to make their client’s dreams come true.

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The ARES Design S1 Project will be built in Modena, Italy. Credit: ARES Design

Waleed Al Ghafari, ARES Executive Chairman and Co-Founder states, “ARES takes icons of automotive design and develops them further. We make perfect cars even better. We take them beyond, like nothing that has been seen before.”

One project that is especially close to the ARES Design team’s heart has been the S1 Project, because unlike other projects this supercar has been completely designed by ARES from the ground up. Originally conceived from a simple brief from the ARES product team, the S1 Project was tasked to be a hypercar design, with supercar performance and a sports car price tag.

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Double wishbone suspension, forged aluminium axles and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control. Credit: ARES Design

The result is a mesmerizing exterior created by ARES‘s Centro Stile which utilized extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics research to ensure ultimate aerodynamic performance and stability.

Created from hand-crafted carbon fiber body panels, the car’s dramatic low-profile silhouette, curvaceous wheel arches, low front splitter, and forward-sitting cockpit give the car an aggressive but flowing stance while producing maximum downforce and minimum aerodynamic resistance.

Its sleek design and performance are enhanced by its dynamic rear spoiler and the eye-catching exhaust exiting the rear bonnet – leaving the supercar’s back extractor area free and clean.

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The twin exhausts exit the S1 Project’s rear bonnet. Credit: ARES Design

The heart of the ARES S1 Project is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 powerplant with a maximum 8,800rpm. The S1 Project’s anticipated acceleration is expected to produce a 0-62mph (0 -100km/h) time of 2.7 seconds along with a deeply satisfying sonorous roar from the high-revving engine. In addition, the rear-wheel drive supercar has an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, an ARES Design-tuned ECU, and a bespoke crafted exhaust system giving the car a maximum power of 522kw (715hp).

Underneath all this power the Ares S1 Project is underpinned by double wishbone suspension, forged aluminium axles and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control.

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The rear wheel drive car is powered by a naturally aspirated V8. Credit: ARES Design

Inside, the supercar interior reveals the use of minimal and elegant lines, creating a 3D effect enveloping both driver and passenger, with the car’s Human-Machine-Interface contained within the central console and dashboard. Styling and materials will be the task of ARES Design’s artisanal craftsmen, finishing the forward-sitting cockpit using Alcantara, Napa leather, and carbon fiber and aluminum panels to round out the S1 Project’s ambiance.

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The ARES S1 Project Interior features Alcantara and Napa leather. Credit: ARES Design
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Carbon fibre and aluminium panels round out the S1 Project’s interior styling. Credit: ARES Design

Dany Bahar, ARES Co-Founder, commented: “We are delighted to announce this car, as it marks a new chapter for ARES as it is the first car wholly designed by our team at ARES. We did extensive research with our clients and potential clients to find out what they really wanted in a supercar and, time and again, it came back to them wanting to enjoy driving a car; to have fun and not to be worried about power that supercars have. So, we set about achieving that. The aim was not to produce the fastest, the lightest or the most technologically advanced supercar; we want to produce a car that our clients want, that is simple and fun to drive and looks simply stunning and with the S1 Project I know we will have achieved just that.”

Just twenty-four S1 Project coupés will be built to order, with production commencing January 2021.

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ARES have produced a car their clients want. Credit: ARES Design
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Only 24 examples of the ARES Design S1 Project car will be made. Credit: ARES Design

For those wanting to behold the ARES S1’s dimensions in person, ARES Design is displaying the full-scale model between the 23rd and 26th of September at the 2020 Salon Privé Salon Concours d’Elégance Blenheim Palace for the UK debut.

ARES will also be displaying four hand-built vehicles; its Bentley Mulsanne Coupé, joined by the Panther ProgettoUno (the first model from its Legends Reborn programme, which blends the design of iconic classics with state-of-the-art technology), along with a pair of ARES two-wheelers – the Café Racer and Scrambler.

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See the ARES S1 Project model in person at the 2020 Salon Privé, 23-26 September. Credit: ARES Design


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SSC Tuatara Is World’s “Fastest Production Vehicle” With Top Speed of 316 MPH



North American SSC Tuatara hypercar has claimed the title of the world’s “Fastest Production Vehicle” with an average top speed of 316.11 mph.
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The SSC Tuatara is the world’s fastest production car. Credit: SCC North America

It wasn’t long ago that Koenigsegg set the world record for the fastest production vehicle with their Agera RS and then Bugatti with the Bugatti Chiron, but now the American built SSC Tuatara hypercar by SSC North America has broken the current record for the world’s fastest production vehicle with a blistering average top speed of 316.11mph.

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Checking over the SSC Tuatara. Credit: SCC North America

Driven by 29-year-old British professional racing driver Oliver Webb, the record-breaking drive took place on October 10 on a seven mile stretch of Route 160 outside of Las Vegas, using the first production SSC Tuatara owned by Philadelphian based Larry Caplin.

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British race driver Oliver Webb getting ready to break records. Credit: SSC North America

Originally planned to run in November 2019, the record-breaking attempt had to be rescheduled to March after running into problems with shutting down the highway. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the record-breaking attempt was delayed once again.

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Going over final details with SSC CEO Jerod Shelby. Credit: SSC North America

Pushing the SSC Tuatara to an average speed of 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h), Webb completed the two consecutive high-speed tests needed to set the world record for World’s Fastest Production Vehicle”.

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The SSC Tuatara set an average time of 316 mph over two runs. Credit: SSC North America

The first run was completed in a time of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) in one direction before the second was completed in the opposite direction in an even faster time of 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h).

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To set an official record, the two runs had to be completed within an hour, and officials were on-site to confirm the record (using Dewetron GPS to track speeds using an average of 15 satellites).

SSC Tuatara Fastest Hypercar Record Attempt Driving Side

“It’s been ten years since we held this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara is leagues ahead. Its performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement,” said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC North America. “We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real world setting on a public road. America’s new claim to victory in the ‘land-based space race’ is going to be tough to beat.”

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Oliver Webb after the final run.

“There was definitely more in there. And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster,” said Oliver Webb, who piloted the record run. “As I approached 331 mph, the Tuatara climbed almost 20 mph within the last five seconds. It was still pulling well. As I told Jerod, the car wasn’t running out of steam yet. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realizing the car’s limit.”
Founded by Jerod Shelby in 1998 in Richland, WA, SSC North America is the American hypercar company that also created the Ultimate Aero, a model that previously held the “Fastest Production Car” record from 2007 – 2010 with a speed of 256.14 mph and is the basis for the SSC Tuatara.

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“We validate our engineering by building a car capable of going 330 mph,” shared Shelby on the day of the speed run. “We validate our passion by accomplishing this, despite years of setbacks and challenges. And we validate our values by making sure Oliver’s safety was the first and foremost important goal of the day.”

“We see ourselves as a piece of history that we hope inspires others to break their own boundaries,” says Shelby. “The only way we got to where we are today is by breaking our own. Accomplishing a feat of engineering that pushes the limits of a road-legal car by a margin this large is both exciting and inconceivable, even to me. We are entering a time where we are no longer faced by the limit of machines, but by the human factor.”

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McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO Debuts at Goodwood SpeedWeek



McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO debuts at this years Goodwood SpeedWeek as a celebration of the brands partnership with Gulf Oil.
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McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO. Credit: McLaren Automotive

This year luxury supercar maker McLaren debuted the Elva Gulf Theme by MSO roadster for the first time at the Goodwood Speedweek, held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in the UK.

Commissioned by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), McLaren’s in-house bespoke division, the iconic blue and orange livery represents a celebration of the renewed relationship between McLaren and the Gulf Oil brand.

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The two-seater roadster in the iconic blue and orange livery. Credit: McLaren Automotive

The new partnership confirmed earlier this year renews a historic union between the two brands that originated in the 1960’s and saw the Gulf branding appear on McLaren’s Can-Am, Formula 1, and Indy cars from 1968 through to 1973 and later again on the McLaren F1 GTR’s run by customer team GTC at races like Le Mans.

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Inspired by the Gulf Oil partnership from the 1960’s. Credit: McLaren Automotive

Under the new partnership, McLaren Automotive customers will have the opportunity to commission Gulf-liveried cars directly from MSO (following on from a few special editions inspired by the famous facing livery including the McLaren Senna GTR LM paying homage to the #24 McLaren F1 GTR that finished fourth in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans).

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Designed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Credit: McLaren Automotive

“The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO is a striking celebration of both McLaren’s history in sports car racing and our new partnership with Gulf Oil,” explained Ansar Ali, McLaren Special Operations Managing Director. “McLaren Special Operations is committed to pushing the boundaries of the ‘art of the possible’ and projects like this showcase the increasingly extensive range of personalisation options we can offer customers – in this case, enhancing the authenticity of the livery by incorporating Gulf brand logos into the design.”

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The Gulf Oil livery will be available to customers upon request. Credit: McLaren Automotive

The Elva, which follows the McLaren P1TM, McLaren Senna, and Speedtail in McLaren’s Ultimate Series, links McLaren’s heritage to its present and future with a name and style that recalls the McLaren-Elva sports racers of the 1960s. These were among the first sports cars designed and raced by Bruce McLaren and the company he founded.

The Elva’s Deliveries are set to commence this year, with many of the specifications having already been completed by MSO. Only 149 vehicles of the Ultimate Series Elva roadster will be produced, making it one of the rarest McLaren’s built to date.

McLaren Elva Gulf Theme Front Aerial View

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2021 Bentley Flying Spur Receives V8 Engine Option



The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur now has the added option of Bentley’s powerful V8 engine as an alternative to the iconic W12.
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2021 Bentley Flying Spur V8 is lighter and more agile. Credit: Bentley Motors

From its introduction in 2005, the Bentley Flying Spur has held its own in Bentley’s lineup as a luxury four-door grand tourer, and was revealed by Bentley earlier this year as the new flagship model moving forward (taking over from the Mulsanne).

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Will take over as the brand’s new flagship model. Credit: Bentley Motors

Now the Flying Spur’s latest release will give owners the option to choose the new V8 powertrain as an alternative to the iconic W12 engine.

After extensive global research, Bentley discovered a change in the way clients have been using their Flying Spurs in recent years, moving away from a chauffeur-driven experience to driving themselves and accompanying passengers.

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Flying Spur customers driving habits are changing. Credit: Bentley Motors

“Based on our research, customer feedback, and trends of customer usage, the new Flying Spur V8 has been engineered to deliver driver-focused ability whilst offering passengers the refinement, comfort and technology expected from a grand limousine,” revealed Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board of Engineering.

“The Flying Spur range is purposeful yet elegant. It has classic Bentley design, best-in-class execution, authentic materials, and attention to detail. The new Flying Spur V8 also includes the latest driver assistance and infotainment systems for enhanced safety, security, and relaxation on every journey. “

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Wheelbase base has been extended by 5 inches compared to the second generation model. Credit: Bentley Motors

Powered by Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing a peak power of 542bhp, the new Flying Spur V8 uses twin-scroll turbos to reach its maximum torque of 770Nm at just under 2000 rpm. It also maximizes fuel economy by shutting down four of its eight cylinders when operating under light-load conditions.

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Standard 20-inch 10 spoke painted alloy wheels. Credit: Bentley Motors

Coming in at 220lbs lighter than the W12 version, the Flying Spur V8 is designed to feel more agile and responsive on the road and includes Adaptive Air Suspension, Torque Vectoring by Brake, Drive Dynamics Control, and Electric Steering as standard features with Electronic All-Wheel Steering available as an optional extra.

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Bentley’s iconic crystal-cut headlights. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Flying Spur V8 comes standard in seven Bentley exterior paint colors with five interior hide options. However, customers can also choose from an additional sixty exterior paint colors should they decide to upgrade to the Mulliner options and a further ten extra hide options and two duo-tone interior configurations with the Color Specification package.

Orders for the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 are already being taken, with deliveries expected to take place later this year for Europe and the rest of the world to follow into 2021.

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Bentley Motors Flying Spur V8 with quad exhaust pipes. Credit: Bentley Motors
2021 Bentley Flying Spur Badging
Discrete badging identifies the V8 model. Credit: Bentley Motors
2021 Bentley Flying Spur Interior
Interior available in 5 different color options and Crown Cut Walnut as standard. Credit: Bentley Motors
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Bentley’s Rotating Display now available on the Flying Spur V8 model. Credit: Bentley Motors

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