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The New 2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO Unveiled

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Lamborghini’s new Huracán STO is the street legal culmination of the Squadra Corse’s Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO racing cars.
The new Lamborghini Huracán STO. Credit: Lamborghini
The new Lamborghini Huracán STO. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini has unveiled their newest supercar: the Huracán STO “Super Trofeo Omologata”. It is the road-homologated super sports car born out of the collaboration between Lamborghini’s R&D, Squadra Corse, and Centro Stile departments.

Designed as a road car with track performance, the new rear-wheel-drive Huracán STO is the street-legal combination of both the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and the three-time 24 Hours of Daytona/two-time 12 Hours of Sebring champion winning Huracán GT3 EVO.

Designed as a road-car with track performance. Credit: Lamborghini
Designed as a road-car with track performance. Credit: Lamborghini

With track racing performance DNA in its bones, the Huracán STO has been stripped of unnecessary features and with a 75% carbon fiber body weighs 95lbs (43kg) less than the Performante, offering 53% more downforce to deliver a track experience in every day driving.

Lighter than the Performante with 53% more downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
Lighter than the Performante with 53% more downforce. Credit: Lamborghini

At the heart of the Lamborghini Huracán STO is the same naturally aspirated V10 engine as shared by the Huracán EVO and Super Trofeo, offering 640hp and 565 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm and the ability to reach 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3 seconds and boast a top speed of 193mph (310km/h).

“The Huracán STO is the purest incarnation of Lamborghini Squadra Corse heritage, directly transferring technologies from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and drawing on the Huracán GT3 EVO’s unique accomplishment of winning three consecutive times in the Daytona 24 hours,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali.

Inspired by the champion winning Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and Huracán GT3 EVO. Credit: Lamborghini
Inspired by the champion winning Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and Huracán GT3 EVO. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani also shared his thoughts, saying, “The Huracán STO delivers all the excitement of a beautifully balanced, lightweight and aerodynamically superior super sports car, mirroring the driving feeling and exhilaration of Super Trofeo, and perfectly set up for the world’s most demanding tracks but created for the road. The extensive technical solutions and intelligence gained from both our Super Trofeo and GT3 programs has been refined and embodied in the Huracán STO, allowing the pilot to experience the emotions of a racing driver, daily, in a road-legal Lamborghini super sports car able to take lap records.”

Lamborghini Huracán STO Exterior Design

The Lamborghini Huracán STO’s exterior design has also been completely revised to optimize airflow and increase aerodynamic efficiencies as demanded in motorsports. It borrows heavily from the aerodynamic solutions deployed by Squadra Corse race cars, including the following features:

Lamborghini Huracan STO Super Trofeo Omologata Frong Side View Garage
Cofango with air ducts, front splitter, and louvers

Like the Lamborghini Miura before it, the Huracán STO sees the return of the “cofango” – a design element that sees the front bonnet, fenders, and the front bumper built out of one single component.

The carbon fiber clamshell cofango design. Credit: Lamborghini
The carbon fiber clamshell cofango design. Credit: Lamborghini

Combining the words’ cofano’ (hood) and ‘parafango’ (fender), the “cofango” design is not only lightweight but also a timesaving access feature when it comes to motorsports.

New airducts on the front bonnet help increase airflow and generate downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
New air ducts on the front bonnet help increase airflow and generate downforce. Credit: Lamborghini

The addition of new air ducts on the front bonnet also helps increase the airflow through the central radiator, improving engine cooling and helping generate downforce. The cofango also incorporates a new front splitter, directing airflow to the car’s newly designed underbody and the rear diffuser.

Rear fender with NACA air intake

An element taken from the Super Trofeo EVO that makes its appearance on the Huracán STO is the rear fender with NACA air intake, which reduces drag and increases rear downforce.

New rear fender with NACA air intake to help reduce drag and increase rear downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
New rear fender with NACA air intake to help reduce drag and increase rear downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
Rear engine bonnet with air scoop

The Huracán STO’s revised rear hood design also sees an integrated air scoop to improve air-cooling at the rear underhood. Dedicated air deflectors, integrated in the rear bonnet’s frame, manage the significant incoming airflow from the snorkel according to the temperature regulation needs of the engine and exhaust outlet.

Air-scoop has been added to improve air-cooling at the rear underhood. Credit: Lamborghini
Air-scoop has been added to improve air-cooling at the rear underhood. Credit: Lamborghini
Shark fin

An integrated ‘shark fin’ on the rear bonnet improves the Huracán STO’s ability to corner and regulate airflow onto the rear wing, increasing wing efficiency when cornering.

The Huracán STO features a shark fin over the engine bay. Credit: Lamborghini
The Huracán STO features a shark fin over the engine bay. Credit: Lamborghini
Adjustable rear wing

A new single slotted wing with a double airfoil allows the front part of the airfoil to rotate into three positions to enhance rear downforce. The aero balance of the car can thus fluctuate by 13%, adapting the STO to different driving styles and conditions as demanded by the driver.

Large adjustable rear wing adapts to different driving styles and conditions. Credit: Lamborghini
Large adjustable rear wing adapts to different driving styles and conditions. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Huracán STO Driving Modes

Another change to the Huracán STO is the three new driving modes found on the steering wheel buttons. Instead of the familiar “Strada (street), Sport or Corsa modes, drivers will now have the option of the new “STO,” Trofeo and Piogga modes.

New Lamborghini driving modes: "STO," Trofeo and Piogga. Credit: Lamborghini
New Lamborghini driving modes: “STO,” Trofeo and Piogga. Credit: Lamborghini
STO Driving Mode

The default STO mode is for road driving and fun on curving roads. Every aspect of the Lamborghini Veicolo Dinamica Integrata (LDVI) vehicle dynamics system is optimized for all road conditions and coupled with a road-oriented suspension setting. The fully active ESC can be switched off for maximum driving fun while still supporting the driver.

The Lamborghini Huracán STO's default driving mode is STO. Credit: Lamborghini
The Lamborghini Huracán STO’s default driving mode is STO. Credit: Lamborghini
Trofeo Driving Mode

In Trofeo mode, all systems are optimized for dry asphalt and the fastest lap times on the track. The LDVI assures maximum performance through dedicated torque vectoring and performance traction control strategies for both straight sprints, in ESC ON mode, as well as for lap timing, in ESC OFF. The new Brake Temperature Monitoring (BTM) estimation algorithm allows the driver to continually check the braking system’s temperature and manage the system’s wear during its life cycle.

Piogga Driving Mode

Pioggia (rain) mode optimizes traction control, torque vectoring, rear-wheel steering, and the ABS on wet asphalt. Traction control and the braking system are calibrated to minimize loss of grip and engine torque cut, with the LDVI system employing precise estimation to deliver only the torque needed in wet situations. The torque-vectoring reflects the low adhesion conditions and ensures better cornering, while the suspension is calibrated to maximize grip and improve load transfer.

Lamborghini Huracan STO Interior

Lamborghini has announced deliveries for the Huracán STO will begin spring 2021 with prices starting from USD 327,838 / EUR 249,412 / GBP 216,677.

Lamborghini Huracan STO Aerial View

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The New $3.4 million Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel”: Legends of Heaven

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Aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” pays tribute to its racing driver from the “golden decade” and their love for flight.
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Legends du Ciel". Credit: Bugatti
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Legends du Ciel”. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti’s latest limited-edition Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” (translated as The Legends of Heaven) pays tribute to its historic racing drivers of the “golden decade,” many who were accomplished daredevil pilots with a need for speed.

Featuring an aviation-inspired paint color scheme in a matte-grey “Gris Serpent,” with a contrasting high gloss white stripe down the center, the new Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” takes inspiration from the 1920’s aircraft piloted by Bugatti drivers and is based on the Chiron Sport.

Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti
Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them.”

Other small aeronautical details found on the exterior of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” include the small “Les Légendes du Ciel “logo on the front wings, the “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills and door entry lights that project the edition logo onto the ground when the doors are opened.

Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti
Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has also chosen to use a fine light brown Gaucho” leather for the entire vehicle interior as a nod to the aircraft’s leather interiors of bygone eras. Further aviation references throughout the interior include the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” found on the headrests and door panels with a hand-sketched racing scene as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”.

Light brown Gaucho" leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti
Light brown Gaucho” leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti

For owners that want a little something extra, comfort seats are offered as an additional upgrade, along with the optional glass roof “Sky View” through which occupants can gaze into the sky like in open-top aircraft of the past century.

Owners can upgrade to the "Sky-view" glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti
Owners can upgrade to the “Sky-view” glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti

Powered by the same iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine as the Chiron Sport, the new edition delivers 1,500 PS with 1,600-newton meters of torque and is electronically limited to a top speed of 260mph (420 km/h).

Production of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” is expected to begin at the end of this year and will be limited to 20 vehicles in total at €2.88 million (USD$3.4 million) each.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Side Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Side Rear
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Grille View
"Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills
"Les Légendes du Ciel"
Carbon fiber engine bay
Gaucho Leather interior
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Leather Seats
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Steering Wheel
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Door Details
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Console Insert

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McLaren Artura Teased As The Name of New Upcoming Hybrid Supercar

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McLaren has confirmed “Artura” will be the name of its new V6-based high-performance hybrid supercar.
McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser
McLaren Artura will be UK automaker’s first series-production hybrid supercar. Credit: McLaren

McLaren Automotive has revealed the name for their first series-production hybrid supercar, which will be launched officially next year and named the “Artura.”

Known as a High-Performance Hybrid (HPH), the McLaren Artura is new in every respect and marks the beginning of a new era for the UK based automaker. Building on the experience gained through the development of both the McLaren P1TM hybrid hypercar in 2012 and later the Speedtail Hyper-GT, the Artura is expected to have incredibly quick times if the Speedtail Hyper-GT’s top speed of 250mph (403km/h) is anything to go by.

“Every element of the Artura is all-new,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive. “From the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”

McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser Front On
Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with electric motor. Credit: McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren Artura is said to sit between the GT and 720S in their lineup and will be built on a new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) platform designed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre. It features a new compact twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine and when combined with the lightweight High-Performance Hybrid powertrain and electric motor, retains the power and performance of McLaren’s much larger V8 engines.

For daily driving, the McLaren Artura will also run on electric power alone for emission-free urban journeys.

The McLaren Artura supercar will be on sale in the first half of 2021, with McLaren to reveal further details and pricing in the coming months.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Is Designed to Be Chauffeur Driven

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The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is more luxurious than the standard S-Class sedan and, with the Chauffeur package included, makes it an attractive option for the owner that needs to be driven daily.
Mercedes Maybach Front Side Profile
The new luxurious 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new top-of-the-line 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which sees the wheelbase extended by seven inches (18cm) compared to the standard Mercedes-Benz S Class, and luxurious features like the Executive Seating and Chauffeur Package come as standard.

Designed to combine the Mercedes-Benz flagship model’s high-tech solutions with the exclusivity and tradition of Maybach, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class was first launched in 2015 and has already sold approx. 60,000 vehicles to date.

Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 496hp and 516lb-ft of torque and paired with AIRMATIC air suspension, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class provides an ultra-smooth ride and remains popular to this day as a “car to be driven in” thanks to the comfort afforded by the extended rear area and the luxurious upgrades.

Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

“With the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we are emphasizing the progressive, modern approach of its exclusive product portfolio shortly before the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Maybach automobiles,” says Dirk Fetzer, head of Mercedes-Maybach product management. “As they did then, today’s customers have high expectations of their exclusivity and individuality, elegant design and first-class standard of finish, all based on the latest technology. Especially with respect to comfort, safety and design, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has unique selling features in the hotly contested luxury segment.”

Easily recognizable by the front chrome radiator grille marked “MAYBACH” and the distinctive bonnet with its chrome fin and wider rear doors, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has an elegant appearance, which can be further customized with the option of a two-tone paint finish. Other optional extras include electrically operated comfort rear doors.

The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is essentially based on the new interior design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and shares the same sculptured appearance of the dashboard, center console, and armrests. Owners have the option of adding Ambience Lighting that features throughout the interior cabin.

Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

In the latest model, the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is even more personal and intuitive to use. On request, the MBUX Interior Assist can also be equipped in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz
MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz

Designed to recognize the intentions of the occupants of the vehicle, MBUX Interior Assist recognizes eye-direction, hand gestures, and the body language of the occupants to assist with automatic vehicle functions as the situation requires. The Mercedes‑Maybach S-Class can also recognize movements and gestures by the rear occupants with the help of 3D laser cameras in the roof liner. For example, the belt extender for the outer rear seats automatically offers up the seat belt when MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the occupant’s intention to reach for the belt by hand movements.

Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Deliveries of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are expected to begin mid-2021, although no pricing has been announced.

Mercedes Maybach Rear Seats
Mercedes Maybach Seats
Mercedes Maybach Driving

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