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The New Pagani Imola: Only 5 Examples and Already Sold Out

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The new Pagani Imola is limited to a production of five examples, with each priced at five million euros and all having sold already.
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Only 5 Pagani Imola’s will be made. Credit: Pagani Automobili

The Pagani Imola is said to have undergone the severest on-track validation test ever applied to a Pagani car. It seems to have come out the other side of this process refined by the trials and so it’s no surprise then that Pagani’s latest car demanded the honor of inheriting its name from the track on which it covered an impressive 16,000km of testing at racing speed.

Speaking specifically of the circuit in the Motor Valley of Emilia Romagna, Horacio Pagani, Founder & Chief Designer di Pagani Automobili stated, “Imola is a sacred place for car enthusiasts. It’s a fast, difficult, technical circuit that has always separated the wheat from the chaff.” With Horacio describing it this way you could get the impression he wanted to test the new car’s ultimate limits, experiment with ideas and create something Pagani could stand proudly behind as its latest and greatest, “A roadworthy Hypercar with a racing temperament that embodies the maximum expression of Pagani’s track technology.”

There are already 5 very happy Pagani Imola owners out there. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Named after the infamous Imola circuit, Italy. Credit: Pagani Automobili

Pagani has always cherished experimenting and has what it calls a vehicle-laboratory. Many of its important innovations have been devised, developed and tested within this division and have been credited with being instrumental in the development of Imola’s predecessor, the Huayra, and contributing to such things as the Carbo-Titanium chassis, as well as geometries, materials and concepts that were hitherto unheard of from the aerodynamic, dynamic and supercar-safety viewpoints.

With the Imola, Pagani laid down initial specifications then determined to stay open minded as the car developed and as they set about incorporating innovations as the car developed. This also extended to Pagani involving their customers in the build process to garner further ideas and suggestions, even going as far as some customers joining the team to act as test drivers.

The Imola endured 16,000 km’s of testing at race speed. Credit: Pagani Automobili

The initial track tests had already achieved great results and so as Pagani states, “This encouraged us to study other solutions and ideas, often with the approval of our customers and their increasing involvement, not only during the first stages of development but even when their vehicles had been completed. Aware of the potential of the scientific research we were conducting, our customers frequently asked us to wait so that they could be present as their car took shape, and they often came up with brilliant suggestions.”

Pagani was happy to subtly nudge aesthetics to the side so that practical and technical improvements could be employed to deliver an exceptional track worthy Imola. Horatio put it this way, “We can’t say that it’s an elegant car. We wanted an efficient vehicle, and just as you’d expect if you were looking at an F1 single-seater, this led us to design a car with additional aerodynamic features. So, although on the one hand these details may detract from the lines and overall aesthetics of the vehicle, on the other, they also allow to improve lap time, ease of driving and especially safety.”

Interior render of the Imola. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Seats embossed with the race circuit the car is named after. Credit: Pagani Automobili

Still Pagani Imola’s aesthetics haven’t been completely compromised with Pagani cleverly introducing a new bespoke painting system called Acquarello Light which reduces Imola’s weight by 5kg while still upholding the car’s color depth, richness and shine. Weight reductions here are just the start and Pagani has conducted extreme research for many years leading to the increasingly extensive use of noble alloys, such as aluminum, titanium and chrome-molybdenum steel and Pagani continues to also play around with these materials in an additional capacity, to use them to create new and interesting design aesthetics.

Aesthetics took a slight back seat to function and efficiency. Credit: Pagani Automobili

In terms of aerodynamics, the Pagani Imola has an active system whereby four mobile winglets move dynamically according to driving conditions extending also to braking situations where the winglets act somewhat like air brakes.

Among many other innovations on the Imola the suspension geometry has been newly designed in a way that reduces the dive effect and sway when braking. So much so, says Pagani, that the driver can take a corner by braking at the last thousandth of a second! All we need now is a race track like Imola to test it on.

Pagani Imola Technical Characteristics

  • Engine: Mercedes-Benz AMG 60° V12; 5980 cc.
  • Power: 827 hp
  • Torque: 1100 NM
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Gearbox: Xtrac 7-speed transverse AMT with electro-mechanical differential
  • Clutch: Triple-disc clutch, electronically controlled differential, tripod joint system
  • Suspensions: Independent double wishbones, helical springs, electronically controlled shock-absorbers
  • Brakes: Brembo 4 ventilated carbon-ceramic discs: Front 398×36 mm with 6-piston monolithic calipers; Rear 380×34 mm with 4-piston monolithic calipers
  • Rims: 20’’ front, 21’’ rear
  • Tires: Pirelli Trofeo R, front: 265/30, rear: 355/23 R21
  • Structure, chassis and composite materials: Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 monocoque with front and rear tubular steel subframes
  • Dry weight: 1246 kg / 2747 lbs* * presentation version
  • Dimensions: Wheelbase – 2795 mm, Width – 2035 mm
    (2264 mm with mirrors) Length – 4853 mm Height – 1269 mm
Imola side view. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Imola front view. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Imola rear view. Credit: Pagani Automobili

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

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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

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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.

McLaren Elva Gulf Theme Front View
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).

McLaren Elva Gulf Theme Side View
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

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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
2021 Bentley Flying Spur Center Console
Bentley’s Rotating Display now available on the Flying Spur V8 model. Credit: Bentley Motors

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