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Ferrari LaFerrari XX

The Italian carmaker is currently working on an XX edition for the Ferrari LaFerrari, which will deliver around 1,050-hp and will be ready in 2015. At least that’s what Antonello Coletta says, the head of Ferrari’s Sporting Activity Department, quoted by Car&Driver. The XX Programme is a Ferrari project that produces “turnkey” racing cars for wealthy customers and special events where these customers can test and race their cars. The first Ferrari supercar to get the XX programme was the Ferrari Enzo, followed by the 599.

Compared to the standard version of the LaFerrari, the XX version is lighter and more powerful, with several other upgrades aimed at squeezing as much power as possible. The first prototypes were already spotted testing on the Nurburgring and featured polycarbonate windows instead of the regular glass ones, special tires developed by Pirelli, an upgraded racing electronic suspension system and a carbon fiber body with numerous aerodynamic upgrades. Judging by all these, it’s safe to say the upcoming LaFerrari XX will be a track-only vehicle and not street legal. Italian officials denied most of the rumors about the model, saying that the prototype seen in Nurburgring is just a testing model for new Le Mans technologies. [Read the full article…]

Ariel Atom 3.5R

The small British car manufacturer has just announced a new version of their barely street legal high performance car, the Ariel Atom. The new version, called the Ariel Atom 3.5R comes with significant upgrades compared to the 3.5, the list including better suspension, improved transmission and a set of aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades. But the new 3.5R’s highlight is represented by the engine. The supercar is powered by the same 2.0-liter iVTEC four-cylinder engine borrowed from the eighth generation Honda Civic Type R. But compared to the Japanese model, the engine on the Atom has been supercharged and by equipping the car with a mechanical compressor, power output has been seriously increased, up to 350-hp and 243 lb-ft of torque (330 Nm).

Like we said, the transmission has been improved and even though we’re talking about the same six-speed Sadev sequential transmission, its response times have been improved, which means that an upshift is now made in 40 milliseconds, while a downshift only takes 50 milliseconds. These results are even more impressive considering it’s not a double-clutch unit. Also, the Sadev gearbox can shift from first gear to sixth gear in less than a second, going through all gears, except reverse, of course. [Read the full article…]

Mitsuoka Orochi

Mitusoka Orochi is probably one of the ugliest supercars ever built, but the nightmare will soon be over, since production will end later this year, in September. The announcement was made by the company building the Orochi, an independent Japanese car manufacturer that created their supercar based on the platform from the late Honda NSX. The last Orochi units will be available in two special colors, “pearl gold” and “Fuyoru blackberry” and will come as standard with front splitter, 19-inch modular alloy wheels, two-tone Alcantara leather upholstery, metallic ornaments and Alcantara leather wrapped steering wheel. Pricing for the Mitsuoka Orochi Final Edition starts at 12.7 million yens, which is about $125,000. [Read the full article…]

Mercedes-AMG GT Teaser

The Mercedes-AMG GT will the first model to drop the “Benz” from its name (replaced by their high-performance division’s name) and will be carmaker’s main competitor against the other legendary sports car built in Stuttgart, the Porsche 911. The car is the second one to be independently built by AMG, after the SLS AMG which it replaces and its world debut is scheduled for this fall. But Mercedes won’t let us wait and two photos of the model’s interior were “leaked” today. [Read the full article…]