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Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo

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Lamborghini presents its new concept car, the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo, at the World Finals of the 2019 FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships.
Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
The Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo. Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini’s latest concept car
  • Available to drive digitally on Gran Turismo Sport – PlayStation 4 Spring 2020
  • Would use the V12 hybrid powertrain from the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37
  • Designed as a single seat track car

Earlier this year Lamborghini reached for the future and launched it’s first hybrid, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. Now off the bones of the Sián, Lamborghini has looked even further into the future and developed it’s latest concept car, one that reveals Lamborghini’s desire to relentlessly push forward with new technologies and visions. Its official name is the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo or Lambo V12 for the short version.

Catering to Lamborghini’s young demographic and fans, the Lambo V12 concept will exist, in the short term at least, as a digital and virtual reality on the latest Gran Turismo Sport Game available on the Sony Playstation 4 from Spring 2020. However, to Lamborghini’s Centro Stile, the technologies and ideas of the Lambo V12 are hoped to live past the game and become a reality.

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo. Credit: Lamborghini

LAMBORGHINI CENTRO STILE

Lamborghini Centro Stile was established in 2004 and carries the mission to combine the spirit of the brand with innovation to create consistently new and unexpected design solutions. The Centro Stile brings together the greatest talents in automotive design from all over the world, who work in close contact with the Technical Office to create the perfect balance between form and function.

“The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is created to provide the ultimate virtual car for young fans and gamers, who are ultra-enthusiastic about Lamborghini and its futuristic aspirations,” said Mitja Borkert, Head of Lamborghini Centro Stile. ”It is an opportunity for the design talent within Lamborghini to stretch its wings and visualize a car that, like every Lamborghini, is a head-turner and the best driving experience, but also mirrors Lamborghini’s push on future technologies, particularly in the arena of lightweight materials and hybridization.”

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo rear lights
The Lambo V12 is definitely a head turner. Credit: Lamborghini

The concept car’s powerful overall design is dedicated to sophisticated aerodynamics. A large wing housing a significant Y-taillight dominates the rear. All elements are designed as high performance surfaces, integrating design and aerodynamics. The main body is disconnected from the fenders, and the hexagon-inspired theme in the side windows is inspired by the Lamborghini Marzal from 1968. The Lambo V12 Vision GT uses the typical Lamborghini Y-signature for both front lights and rear lights.

Front view of the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
Signature Y Headlights follow on from the Lamborghini Sián. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini states’ “The design builds on historic Lamborghini design DNA, expanding the potential of the design language in a very futuristic way. Focused on the single center line, the iconic silhouette of all Lamborghini models, it emphasizes a single seater layout conceived for a racing game where a passenger is not needed.”

Side view of the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
No side doors on this beast. Credit: Lamborghini
Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo active suspension

Inside the Lambo V12 Vision GT

Visualize approaching an open cockpit on a F-14 Tomcat because this is how Lamborghini wants you to feel walking towards this car. With no doors on the Lambo V12 the driver enters the cabin like a jetfighter pilot, from the front of the car. The main driving controls are located within the steering wheel and all driver information is projected virtually in front of the driver, via holographic displays that Lamborghini anticipates will be possible within the next ten years. The Lambo V12 will also offer intelligent, context-sensitive advice from one of the factory drivers when you’re attempting to stomp down your lap times.

Holographic display concept Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
Driver information is projected virtually in front of the driver. Credit: Lamborghini
Holographic displays on the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
It’s hoped holographic displays will be available within the next 10 years. Credit: Lamborghini

Head of design, Mitja Borkert, has said that while the full scale car has been revealed at Gran Turismo World Finals, there’s still refinements to be made before the Lambo V12 is seen in the game next Spring and certainly before this hybridized V12 ever burns rubber on a real track.

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo wheels
Signature Pirelli P Zero’s on the Lambo V12 Vision GT. Credit: Lamborghini

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Ares Design Reveals New Porsche 911 964 Turbo Restomod

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Luxury coachbuilder ARES Design Modena has revealed their latest project – a one-off restomod based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Restomod
The one-off Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES restomod. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Coming off the back of a big year that saw ARES Design Modena release their first-ever wholly designed supercars (the S1 Project and S1 Project Spyder), ARES has started 2021 strong with the reveal of a new one-off restomod project based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Side View
A new modified ducktail spoiler and Fuchs-inspired wheels offer a retro feel. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Launched in 1991, the Porsche 964 Turbo took some time to fans over (thanks in part to the 930 that bore the Turbo badge before it) but eventually found a place in the hearts of enthusiasts largely thanks to the unmissable whale-tail spoiler.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Front View
Based on the 1991 Porsche 911 964 Turbo. Credit: ARES Design Modena

For this one-off design project, ARES Design Modena has refined the exterior of the 911 964 Turbo by modifying the ducktail spoiler and added new Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels (made famous by the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the 1970s) for a retro feel. Meanwhile, under the hood, the Italian luxury coachbuilder has modified the 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with a more powerful turbine and intercooler to produce an upgraded 425Hp.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Rear View
Featuring a modified 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine. Credit ARES Design Modena

Inside, the cabin has been refitted with new leather and tartan houndstooth upholstery (inspired by historic Porsche race cars) along with new gauges and a PCCM infotainment system specially designed for classic Porsches.

As a one-off project, no price has been released for the Porsche 911 964 by ARES, but interested Porsche owners are welcome to contact ARES Design Modena for their own custom restomod quote.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES interior
Historic racing Porsche inspired Houndstooth interior. Credit: ARES Design Modena
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Fuch-inspired Wheel
Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels. Credit: ARES Design Modena

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First US Deliveries of the McLaren Sabre Revealed

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The first deliveries of the new US-only McLaren Sabre hypercar have begun with a papaya orange, blue and Malboro-themed model making an appearance.
MrJWW McLaren Sabre Reveal Front View
MRJWW with McLaren Global Sales Manager Neil Underwood. Credit: MRJWW

The first deliveries of the new US-only McLaren Sabre hypercar have begun, with a few already having been captured on camera recently like this one revealed by MRJWW.

With a twin-turbo V8 engine producing 824bhp and 590lt ft and a top speed of 218mph, the twin-turbo V8 McLaren Sabre is the fastest and most powerful non-hybrid two-seater production car to date and has been homologated especially for US federal standards.

Developed under the code name “BC-03”, the new bespoke hypercar is a special 1 of 15 model that was created purely for a small group of West-Coast North American McLaren clients who desired a “show car made for the road” or as Neil Underwood Global Sales Manager of McLaren Special Operations describes the client’s request “ a car that has an enormous presence on the road but also wouldn’t look out of place on the concept lawn at Pebble Beach.”

MrJWW McLaren Sabre Reveal Side Rear View
Side view of the new McLaren Sabre. Credit: MRJWW

Collaborating directly with the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team for just under two years, the owners took an active part in developing the McLaren Sabre and were even given the opportunity to drive the test mule to ensure the owners were able to fully customize every aspect of the vehicle to their liking, before final delivery.

MrJWW McLaren Sabre Wheel
Special cut wheel blades from a single piece of metal. Credit: MRJWW

With the McLaren Sabre explicitly designed for the US market, the designers at MSO did not have to adhere to the lengthy specifications for global registration and were afforded a few more freedoms in design. Many aspects of motorsport racing have also been incorporated into the McLaren Saber design, with features like the central dorsal fin and a prominent front splitter included and, for the first time on a McLaren, a large active rear diffuser.

The first deliveries to make an appearance have included a Malboro themed McLaren Sabre at the McLaren Beverly Hills showroom, supercar collectors @sparky18888/@VTM_theking_4 bright papaya orange Sabre and @thetriplefcollection’s carbon modica blue edition as seen below.

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Singer Vehicle Design Collaborates With Richard Tuthill On ACS Rally Porsche 964

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Singer Vehicle Design and rally specialist Richard Tuthill have joined forces to create two exceptional ACS rally Type 964 Porsche 911’s at the request of a client.
Singer Porsche ACS Rally Front Side Driving
A collaboration between Singer Vehicle Design and Richard Tuthill. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Californian-based Singer Vehicle Design is known for some of the most unique and tasteful Porsche re-mods, and their latest ACS rally-style Porsche restorations created at the request of a long-term client are no different.

Singer Porsche ACS Side View Jump
The Singer ACS in motion. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Partnering with UK based off-road competition specialist Richard Tuthill who has been rallying for decades and most recently won the 5000km 2019 East African Safari classic, Singer looked to the golden era of the 1980’s rally racing for inspiration to create their first-ever “motorsport-specification” restoration on a client’s 1990’s Type 964 Porsche 911s.

Led by Singer’s Design Office in California, a unique “All-terrain Competition Study” was undertaken as a collaboration between Singer Vehicle Design and Tuthill Porsche to ensure the client’s modified vehicles would be able capable of competing in off-road racing as well being able to demonstrate extensive all-terrain exploration capabilities.

Singer Porsche ACS Rally Front Side Beach
The result of the All-terrain Competition Study. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

With assembly of the vehicles occurring at Tuthill’s UK facility in Oxfordshire, the result was two different vehicles – the “Parallax White” version, which focuses on high-speed desert rallying, and the “Corsica Red” version, which has been configured for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events.

“So much of what we’ve done for the last decade has been inspired by Porsche’s competition success and the All-terrain Competition Study provides us the opportunity to showcase that idea literally and vividly,” shared Rob Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman of Singer Group.

Singer Porsche ACS Beach Driving 1
Singer Porsche ACS Beach Driving 2
Singer Porsche ACS Beach Driving 3

“We at Singer are motorsport nerds in our hearts and demonstrating our understanding of the discipline required our off-road vision to display deeply legitimate competition credentials from the structural engineering, to the bodywork ethos, to the mechanical package. We’ve taken particular inspiration from the iconic Rothmans-sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959s that conquered events like the Qatar International Rally and Paris-Dakar in the mid-‘80s and, at the request of our client, have reimagined these all-terrain 911’s in their honor while utilizing fresh perspectives and state of the art know-how.

Singer Porsche ACS Beach Rear
Inspired by the Rothman sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959’s. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

As is our habit, we chose to tackle our subject thoroughly, and we are proud to have found the best in the world -always our ambition –to help us reach our goals. Like Williams Advanced Engineering before them with the Dynamics & Lightweighting Study, Richard Tuthill and his incredible team have allowed us to bring our vision for the All-terrain Competition Study to life in the most spectacular way. We feel confident this machine can appeal to off-roading enthusiasm of all kinds, whether it be in the pursuit of professional competition at the highest level of adventure and exploration. ACS advances Singer’s capabilities in forced-induction, all-wheel-drive, off-road ability and dynamic response -all of which will support our ongoing mission. This pursuit of focused competition studies is something you will see more of from us in the future.”

Singer Porsche ACS Interior Side
Racing interior of the Singer Porsche ACS design. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Both Singer Vehicle resto-mods have dramatically increased the ride height, suspension travel, and overall strength. Carbon fiber body paneling has also been incorporated to ensure quick replacement can be achieved under rallying conditions, and the addition of a long-range fuel tank, an FIA approved roll cage, and two full-sized spare wheels guarantee’s the rally-specific vehicle means serious business.

Singer Porsche ACS Rally Editions
Singer Porsche ACS Editions: Corsica Red (Tarmac) and Parallax White (Rally). Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

In terms of engine power, the Singer Vehicle ACS Porsche 911 features a twin-turbo 3.6-liter “Mezger” engine capable of producing 450hp and 420lb-ft torque and combines with a flat-shifting five-speed sequential gearbox.

Singer Porsche ACS Tarmac Rear
The tarmac edition for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

While most of Singer Vehicles restoration’s are one-off designs, the commissioning owner of the two ACS restorations has kindly agreed to share the results of the “All-terrain Competition Study” with other clients who would like a Singer off-road design of their own.

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