First Look At The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

Via a press release this morning from Aston Martin, the 2020 Vantage Roadster has broken cover. The Roadster joins the Coupe in the Aston Martin range with a sleek yet powerful 2020 look. It shares the same ferocious powerplant, a twin turbo V8 pushing out over 500 HP and 504 lbs-ft of torque, mated to an 8 speed automatic ZF transmission. Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Of significant note is the new convertible roof. Unlike in the previous Vantage Roadster and the current DB11 Volante, the new Vantage Roadster does not have a hydraulically operated tonneau cover that the roof nestles under. Instead, the front part of the roof itself forms the cover via a Z-fold mechanism. By removing the hydraulics as well as engineering in the Z-fold mechanism, the 2020 Roadster is able to gain some significant weight savings, making it only 132 lbs heavier than the Coupe. Of course, being an Aston Martin, the roof is fully powered, and without having to wait for the hard cover, it opens and closes in 6.8 seconds, which is the fastest roof on any convertible sold at the time of the press release. Aston Martin Vantage Roadster-2020 The other major comparison point is the more traditional flat horizontal slats in the front grille, against the Coupe’s protruding lip grille with mesh finish. It gives the Roadster a bit more of a classical look, perfectly timed for the 70th anniversary of the Vantage model line. Interior fit and finish is pure Aston Martin, as expected. Large swathes of leather and pleasant touches of carbon fiber give the sensation of sports luxury, and the roof liner is soft touch cloth while the exterior is resilient, waterproof textile. Both Coupe and Roadster share the same performance figures, and 60 MPH from a standing start happens in just 3.7 seconds. However, one would imagine it might sound a bit better in the Roadster with the roof down.

Ferrari Reminds The World Why It Builds The Best Supercars

Today's example: the SF90 Stradale.

There is no other current Ferrari like the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. In fact, the Italian marque's new supercar is a pretty big deal. Why? Because it's Ferrari's first-ever plug-in hybrid model. Its power comes from two sources: a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and three electric motors. The V8 alone is rated at 769 horsepower. The electric motors add another 217 hp. Total combined output comes to 986 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Just to compare, the now-retired LaFerrari, a mild-hybrid, has a total output of 950 hp and 664 lb-ft. Just imagine what its eventual successor will be like.

But until that mystery vehicle arrives, the SF90 Stradale is the most technologically advanced Ferrari you can buy today. And like every Ferrari, it's also a piece of fine art. This new Ferrari-produced video goes behind the scenes of the SF90 Stradale manufacturing process at the Maranello factory and it's brilliant to watch.

There is no voiceover, but rather a step-by-step build process full of dazzling footage that's nearly ten minutes long. Don't let the time length hold you back from watching because there's plenty of interesting things to see. Body manufacturing, the mechanical workshop, and the paint workshop are all included, as is the impressive virtual reality test center. It all culminates with the final assembly stage.

Unlike the LaFerrari, the SF90 Stradale is a series production model, meaning there's no production cap. If you want one, you shouldn't have any problems.

Its price tag? Around $625,000, but you're also getting a supercar with a top speed of 211 mph and a 0-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds. The advanced technologies packed into the car are covered by a sleek sheetmetal showcasing the next stage of Ferrari's design language. Unlike the Ferrari F8 Tributo, the SF90 Stradale bears little to no resemblance to the 458 Italia.


V8 Supercars 2019 | Scott McLaughlin swipes rivals and critics after ugly accusations

Back-to-back V8 Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has taken a bitter swipe at rivals who have questioned his record-breaking season — as rivals call for changes to bring him back to the pack.
McLaughlin won a V8’s record 18 of the 32 races in an insane season, including Bathurst for the first time. But rather than allowing the star to enjoy his victory, rivals have slammed his victory in the great race after cheating allegations. McLaughlin was ultimately stripped of his pole position with DRJ Penske fined $30,000 after his qualifying engine failed technical checks. It came after controversy following his victory after his teammate Fabian Coulthard slowed down to disadvantage all but McLaughlin and Triple Eight Racing’s Jamie Whincup who stayed ahead of the slow down. Coulthard was eventually knocked from sixth to 21st, while the team copped a record $250,000 fine and lost 300 points. Stewards concluded the team had breached fairness regulations but did not find the tactics — which were described as “disgraceful” by motorsport legend Larry Perkins — were deliberately intended to benefit the McLaughlin-Premat car. But while Coulthard copped some flak, McLaughlin copped a majority of the scrutiny.
Scott Pye even took a shot as late as before last weekend’s Newcastle 500, saying his championship season would “forever be tainted” and said “a car and team that’s been constantly found to be illegal continues to get meaningless penalties” He’s not the only one to have had a shot with his Holden rivals also getting their licks in among the opinions about the season. But McLaughlin’s dominance in the first season of the Ford Mustangs has been incredible and McLaughlin is tired of all the sledging with his family feeling it deeply, demanding his rivals get better about the issue. “They probably feel the pain more than I do and that’s not on,” McLaughlin said. “I felt like we did a really good job and I felt like I drove the best I ever have, but sometimes you can’t win with people. “Unfortunately, that’s how it is in this sport and you just get used to it, I just hope next year all of us can come into it with a better perspective, I feel like we can be better role models. “Banter is great and we all do it but I just hope we can come back and have an idea of being a professional, not only for our sport but for other sport and athletes around the world. “I think we can really lead by example.” McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard said the comments since Bathurst had taken their toll. “It makes you stronger, that’s for sure,” Coulthard said. “We’re in control of everything we do in the race car and everything that happens externally we have no control over. “You’ve kind of got to ride the wave and remember those people that are commenting come here and watch us race cars for a living, so I think we’re in the better position.”
Scott McLaughlin was up for a big night after finally being able to celebrate the championship.Scott McLaughlin was up for a big night after finally being able to celebrate the championship.
It was a perfect storm of criticism for McLaughlin with the success of the Mustangs especially early in the season. McLaughlin claimed the first four race wins and 13 of the first 17 races before a late fightback from Triple Eight Racing. McLaughlin won the championship by 562 points over Shane van Gisbergen with Whincup a further 102 points back. Seven-time champion Whincup has already called for downforce to be significantly reduced next season to produce more competitive races. Before McLaughlin won in 2017 for the first time, despite Holden having won eight of the 10 manufacturers championships since 2010 and Holden also winning six of the seven championships before McLaughlin’s breakthrough win in 2018. Rules changes in 2020 include downforce being reduced by around 15 per cent but Whincup wants that reduced even further. “The numbers getting thrown around at the moment aren’t probably as high as what we’d like, we’d like to see a little bit more aero ripped off the cars,” Whincup said. “But you’ve got to be a bit careful, there are a lot of factors, you’ve got to make sure you don’t do 320km/h down the straight at Bathurst.”
Jamie Whincup took out the season finale in Newcastle.Jamie Whincup took out the season finale in Newcastle.
There were several rule changes implemented throughout the year after DJR Team Penske dominated the first half of the season. Engine rebuilds will also be capped at three per season next year and there will be modifications to shock absorbers. “Everyone is asking me, will it suit the Holden? Will it suit the Ford? To be honest it’s going to be a really good change for the category because it’s not going to favour anyone individually,” Whincup said. “I’ve been really encouraged with Supercars this year on how we’ve moved forward from the start of the year to now, it feels like we’ve come leaps and bounds forward. “I think we’re in for a really good season next year.”

The Hottest New Supercars of 2020

What do high-end automakers have in store for us this year? It’s safe to say that the horsepower wars are still being waged, though cars can’t get much faster than they already are—or can they? We’ll soon learn if there are limits to tire adhesion and the ability of the human body to absorb “g” forces. Ferrari
Amazingly enough, Ferrari never before named a car after Italy’s capital, but the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Roma coupe will join the company stable this year. The vehicle is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (as seen in the SF90 Stradale hybrid), delivering 612 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The car was first shown, not surprisingly, in Rome last November. The Roma boasts a sharklike nose flowing to a ready-to-pounce rear treatment. The Ferrari is what used to be called a 2+2, meaning that the rear seats—though exquisitely crafted in the Italian manner—are for small children or parcels. The interior uses an array of digital controls, something Ferrari has been slow to adapt. Expect the price to be close to the current Portofino, which starts at US$215,000. Higher up the scale and replacing the 488 is the F8 Tributo, with 710 horsepower from a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, and a price tag starting at US$293,480. Chevrolet Corvette There’s considerable excitement about the first mid-engine Corvette, so much so that the first year of production—40,000 cars for the U.S. market—is already sold out. Like the Ferrari, the Corvette is powered by a twin-turbo V8, though with slightly more displacement at four liters. With 495 horsepower, and 470 foot pounds of torque, it should reach 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. It’s a supercar by every measure except price—it starts at US$59,995. You could buy four of them for the price of the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Since you’re saving so much money, you might want to go all the way to the ultimate Z51 version—which adds adaptive suspension, larger Brembo brakes, electronic limited slip, and a look-at-me rear spoiler. Maserati The Italian automaker has a number of cars in process, including an all-new sports model to be built on the Modena production line starting this year, followed by the convertible version of the sports car, a second SUV and the successor GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2021. The latter will be produced at an upgraded facility in Turin. Expect many of Maserati’s new cars to be available in electrified versions.
Only 63 of these Lamborghini Sian FKP 37s will be produced, and they've all been claimed. Lamborghini photo
Lamborghini The Sián FKP 37 is an exciting departure for Lamborghini—a hybrid with a 6.5-liter V12 engine, a 34-horsepower electric motor integrated into the gearbox, and super-capacitor technology. The Sián name means thunderbolt in the Bolognese dialect, and the new car should live up to its name, with 819 horsepower on tap and 217 miles per hour possible. The super-capacitor offers both weight and power delivery advantages over a battery pack in a hybrid setup, and charges quickly, though batteries are better at storing electricity for longer periods.
This should be the fastest Lamborghini ever made, with sub-2.8-second zero-to-60 times. Only 63 Siáns will be built (commemorating the 1963 birthday of the marque). Ownership will be a very exclusive club. All of the US$3.6-million supercars have been claimed.
Aston Martin's DBX is the company's first-ever SUV. Aston Martin photo
Aston Martin The company’s first-ever SUV, the DBX, goes on sale in the U.S. in the second half of this year. The company says it will be an “all-terrain, seven-days-a-week Aston Martin.” Predictions that it will expand AM’s footprint worldwide are justified by what happened when other supercar producers built their first SUVs. Also in 2020 will be a V8-powered Vantage coupe (based on the architecture of the bigger and more expensive DB11) with a seven-speed manual transmission, and an automatic roadster.
The Tesla Roadster will have astounding 1.9-second zero-to-60 times, the company says, plus 620 miles of cruising range. Tesla photo
Tesla It’s interesting that an electric car claims the fastest times in this roundup. If the second-generation Tesla Roadster lives up to the hype, it will be able to reach that speed in just 1.9 seconds, on its way to 250 miles per hour. The new Roadster, with three electric motors, four seats and a removable glass roof, will sport a huge 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which enables an unbeatable 620-mile cruising range. The Roadster, which will start around US$200,000, is a halo car for Tesla. Expect to see it after the debut of the Model Y crossover SUV. Reservations are being taken. McLaren The US$210,000 McLaren GT is a comfortable tourer, with a softer ride and plenty of space for you and your baggage—even golf bags. Still, it’s not all that relaxed: the four-liter twin-turbo V8 (similar to but detuned from the motor in the 720S) produces 612 horsepower and 465 foot-pounds of torque. The GT will reach 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds, and tops off at 203 miles per hour.  

2020 Detroit Auto Show in June will launch with outdoor festival of supercars

More than 100 models are expected from 12 British and Italian brands

This year’s North American International Auto Show will kick off with a four-day street festival in downtown Detroit celebrating Italian and British supercars, show organizers say. Called Motor Bella, the festival will include more than 100 supercars representing 12 brands, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, McLaren and Lotus. They’re expected to be supplied by the automakers themselves, dealers and various car clubs. In previous years, we’d be spending this week writing about the Detroit Auto Show. But organizers opted to move it to June starting this year to take advantage of warm weather, the Detroit Riverfront setting and the opportunity to stage outdoor reveals and other events as a way to reinvigorate the show, which has suffered from a growing number of defections by automakers. Last year’s show in January was notable for reveals including the highly anticipated 2020 Toyota Supra and all-new Ford Explorer, but it was perhaps most notable for what wasn’t there, as brands such as Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Mazda opted to skip it. It’s a trend affecting all major international auto shows — BMW, Mercedes and Audi have all opted not to take part in this year’s New York Auto Show, as well — as automakers re-evaluate their marketing plans and spending. NAIAS officials say Ferrari will bring a lineup of its cars for its own event in a pedestrian alley behind the upscale Shinola Hotel that features outdoor seating and several eateries, bars and retailers, which would mark a return of sorts for the prancing horse to Detroit after several years away. Other brands that will be represented at nearby sites are Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati and Mini. Food trucks and street vendors will also feature in the festival. Motor Bella will take place June 5-8 and is one of seven events surrounding the auto show, which runs from June 13-20 for the public. Among the expected features are at least 20 vehicle reveals, many of them outdoors, along with outdoor ride-and-drives and a rooftop driving course at TCF Center, the convention center formerly known as Cobo.

The hidden benefit of 2020 VCAT

Supercars’ new method of aerodynamic testing will not only provide a more level playing field between different manufacturers but also across all teams, says head of motorsport Adrian Burgess. A second comprehensive VCAT (Vehicle Control Aerodynamic Testing) was carried out across the past three days at the same Oakey Army Aviation Centre that hosted a week-long test in December. The inherent purpose was to ensure the 2020-specification Holden and Ford models of Supercars are on equal aerodynamic footing, leaving it to the best driver/team combination to win. A more open means of distributing information is expected to also help non-homologation squads compete with Triple Eight and DJR Team Penske, who respectively carry out testing on behalf of all Holden and Ford teams. That in turn could well give underdog outfits a better shot of sticking it to the big guns and securing success of their own this season. “Part of this revised process is all data from the tests will be distributed to all teams,” Burgess told “So instead of just the information sitting with the homologation teams, which it has done in the past, the data from the test will be shared amongst all teams to help level the playing field and reduce any learning curves from the changes to the cars.” Behind the scenes, staff of Supercars, Triple Eight and DJR Team Penske have been spending up to 18 hours a day at the Aviation Centre in the crucial hunt for parity. “It sounds silly but they put these airports in windy places for a reason, so our schedule each day is dictated by the weather, by the wind, and invariably as everyone knows the wind dies down overnight,” said Burgess. That means, arrivals as early as 4am and departures as late as 10pm to make use of the less windy conditions. In between, focus shifts to evaluating parts and settings for the next evening/morning window of opportunity. Burgess has been open about the “regrettable” need to return for further testing after a discrepancy was found in the opening VCAT but is confident the new-for-2020 method will reduce the need for in-season tweaks that proved confusing and frustrating for fans last year. “It’s definitely the direction we need to go,” he said. “We’re all happy with it and the two homologation teams and the pitlane is happy with the processes we’re putting in place. “Yes, it is more complicated, it takes more time to achieve the result we want, but ultimately it’s about trying to achieve parity and equitable racing and that’s clearly what we want to see. “Last year was hard for everybody, making the changes, so we’ve taken the necessary steps to try to eradicate that issue from last year and provide the series with two brands where the cars are equal.” Further, lessons learnt from the two VCATs this off-season will only improve the process for seasons 2021 and beyond. “Like everything when you go through this process, you have a full debrief afterwards,” Burgess said. “There are things that we know already that we can do differently to further streamline it and generate even more data the next time we come through this process.” Teams will gather at Tailem Bend for the annual pre-season test on February 18, ahead of the Superloop Adelaide 500 later that week.

[2020 Edition] 13 Most Anticipated Hypercars And Supercars

Coming Soon: The 13 Most Highly Anticipated Hypercars & Supercars We Just Cannot Wait To Drive

The trio of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 were the previous kings of the hypercar world but that was back in 2013 and six years is a long time in automotive technology, particularly at the top end of the market. We decided to take a look at the most anticipated hypercars we can expect in the coming year or so to pump ourselves up. You have the two-seater Mercedes-AMG Project ONE that will literally transfer the latest and most efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology almost one to one from the track to the street for the first time ever. Given their success in F1 recently, this may be the fastest production car around a track we have ever seen. Of course the guys at Aston Martin and Red Bull beg to differ, telling us that their Aston Martin Valkyrie will be a pure race car and will be close to Le Mans level spec out of the gate. Ferrari of course also announced their new hypercar, a 989 hp plug-in hybrid with turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 paired to three electric motors. It isn’t just the traditional supercar and hypercar brands that have new supercars this year either. The electric only upstarts are challenging the incumbents with their all-electric hypercars and some pretty spectacular numbers. Tesla has their absurdly fast Roadster coming out while the much smaller Rimac is readying their 1,900+ hp Concept Two hypercar also. If you are looking for the ultimate in vehicle performance. If you want a limited edition hypercar or supercar that sits on top of the automotive world, then read on because our list of the eleven most anticipated upcoming hypercars should get you excited: Koenigsegg Jesko
The Koenigsegg’s Jesko comes with 1,600 hp and can do 300 mph according to Koenigsegg. There are two different versions of the car. Koenigsegg designed one for a high speed run to make the 300 mph, and one with some serious downforce for the racetrack. No matter the variant, you get a new carbon fiber and aluminum chassis, new suspension setup, redesigned engine, and a special gearbox. The car may be the successor to the Agera, but it’s all new. The car comes with a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The company worked on the engine to make it more powerful and lighter than any other V8 it has produced. It’ll make 1,600 hp on E85 biofuel and 1,280 on regular gasoline. Torque numbers sit at 1,106 lb-ft. The car comes with a special 9-speed multi-clutch gearbox the company builds in-house. Learn more: Koenigsegg Jesko Tesla Roadster
By now you have all heard about Tesla’s latest F**ck You to the established supercar makers with the announcement of its new Roaster, due in 2020. It is the ultimate performance machine with insanely fast acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph times of only 4.2 seconds and top speed north of 250 mph. This is for real. Pininfarina Battista
New electric hypercar is the first fruit of the contract with Rimac. Rimac is supplying the battery and drivetrain expertise and is also handling a lot of the software and hardware. The car looks like what you’d expect a hypercar from Pininfarina to look like. It’s all sweeping lines that have been aerodynamically designed and beautifully crafted. The Battista may be a brute when it comes to power, but its styling is downright elegant. The teardrop style cockpit, long sloping roof, and rear with its floating taillights is gorgeous. The Battista features an all-electric powertrain. The 120 kWh battery pack comes from Rimac, and that powers the four electric motors that have a combined output of 1,900 hp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque. It can do a 0 to 60 mph sprint in under two seconds and make it to a top speed of 217 mph. The car is also capable of traveling 280 miles per charge. Learn more: Pininfarina Battista Aston Martin Valkyrie
The most extreme car ever created when it is finished in 2020. It is basically an LMP1 lap time machine that works on the road too. With Red Bull Advanced Technologies begins the project and Cosworth developing the incredible V12 engine, Aston Martin has brought Rimac to supply the Valkyries high performance and lightweight hybrid battery system. Electric power will be vital to ensure drivability, but will also be called upon for a power boost, should 11,100 rpm and 6.5 liters be insufficient on their own. Learn more: Aston Martin Valkyrie Ferrari SF90 Stradale
It’s a stunning new hybrid supercar that offers 989 hp from a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It features a plug-in hybrid setup that utilizes a turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 paired to three electric motors. Two of those electric motors are mounted on the front axle and one is mounted between the engine and the gearbox. This setup with the V8 and electric motors makes the Ferrari good for a 2.5-second 0-60 mph time. The powertrain is the most powerful of any Ferrari and puts the SF90 Stradale atop the Ferrari lineup. The car also features an all-new chassis made of carbon fiber and aluminum. The sleek body panels and its aerodynamic shape help the model make a whopping 860 pounds of downforce at speed, and the whole profile of the car is extremely low so it can slash through the air at high speeds. It has a two-piece rear wing that comes from the company’s work in F1 racing. Learn more: Ferrari SP90 Stradale Aston Martin AM-RB 003
The Aston Martin AM-RB 003, is the third of the mid-engine supercars Aston is working on. The company partnered with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to put together the car, much like it has with the Valkyrie. The car still borrows a lot of technology and performance principles from Formula 1 cars. However, it will be the most roadgoing version of an Aston mid-engine car yet. It will get a roomier cockpit than the other cars, more interior storage, a larger cargo area, and doors that make it easier to get in and out of the low-slung coupe. The vehicle gets a lightweight carbon fiber structure, carbon fiber bodywork, active aerodynamics, and Valkyrie-like styling. The powertrain for the model is a hybrid that utilizes a V6 engine and electric motors. Learn more: Aston Martin AM-RB 003 McLaren Speedtail
Meet the new Speedtail – an aptly-named addition to McLaren’s Ultimate Series. This limited-edition car, of which only 106 examples will be built, represents McLaren’s unyielding pursuit of top-speed. It will do 250+ mph, has over 1,000+ bhp and costs a whopping $2.2 million. Its silhouette sweeps from the front of the car to the extended rear – a teardrop shape that is the key to its exceptional aerodynamics – with side accents that add an organic edge to its smooth profile. The front rims are enclosed – for maximum top-speed – while the rears remain exposed. The entire care oozes elegance, class, and barely-contained power that the lucky driver will be able to unleash. McLaren has labeled the Speedtail a Hyper GT, which seems fitting given the excess of the car and its abilities. This is a car that’ll take you to 250mph. Learn more: McLaren Speedtail Aston Martin Vanquish New

Aston Martin Vanquish

The Aston Martin Vanquish will compete in the supercar market with the Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini Huracan EVO, and McLaren’s vehicles. The Vanquish is still a few years away from debuting, but when it does, it will be a force to be reckoned with. The car will feature an aluminum V6 engine paired with an electric motor. This hybrid powertrain will place it securely in the modern age and help it compete with the other big names in the supercar segment. Gordon Murray Automotive T50

Gordon Murray Automotive T50

We still don’t know much about the T50 but it is probably the most exciting car on this list. According to his website, the car will use a carbon fiber tub, a naturally aspirated V12 engine, a good-old-fashioned six-speed manual transmission, and be rear-wheel drive. The car will also seat three people. The driver will be front and center with the two passengers to either side. The car will begin production in 2022. Right now the car is in advanced stages of development. The vehicle is said to cost upwards of $2.5 million. Murray plans to only build 100 versions of the car, too, meaning it will be a rare model. The model is supposed to have the most advanced aerodynamics of any car and an unmatched power-to-weight ratio. Mercedes-AMG Project One

Mercedes-AMG Project One

In case you missed the official unveiling of the new hypercar, the Project One has an F1-derived 1.6 liter V6 hybrid powertrain which gives it a total power output of over 1,000 hp and a maximum speed of over 217 mph. The hypercar also features an electric turbocharger, four electric motors and 11,000 rpm redline and an idle speed of 4000 rpm. It also gets Variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with hybrid-drive rear axle, electrically driven front axle and torque vectoring. The Mercedes-AMG promises the Project ONE will combine stunning racetrack performance and practical Formula 1 hybrid technology with exemplary efficiency. If I were to bet on which car on this list would win a race on a real circuit, this is the one I would put my money on. Rimac

Rimac Concept Two

It is an all-electric hypercar called the Concept Two that debuted today at the Geneva Motor Show. Rimac says it has 1,914-horsepower and a sprint from standstill to 60 mph in an absurd 1.85 seconds. That would make it  the quickest accelerating car ever. Rimac says its 120 kWh battery enables over 400 miles of range too so this could be a very practical electric hypercar. Cool features include facial recognition technology that will both unlock and start the car. The company claims that it’ll get to 100 mph in 4.3 seconds and run a quarter mile in 9.1 seconds. The C Two tops out at 258 mph. If this is the future of electric supercar performance then count me in. Toyota GR Super Sport

Toyota GR Super Sport

We love when Toyota goes racing. The GR Super Sport is the brand’s entry complying with the new regulations for the FIA World Endurance Championships. As a concept, the GR Super Sport uses a hybrid-assisted, mid-mounted 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 making a claimed 986 horsepower (735 kilowatts). The design looks more like something for the track than a road car due to elements like no rear window and a vertical fin bisecting the rear deck. Pricing is reportedly at the level of a hypercar, suggesting a figure well into the six figures and possibly even topping $1 million. GLICKENHAUS LE MANS LMP1 HYPERCAR

Glickenhaus SCG 007 Le Mans

It has been over 50 years since a car made in America has won First Overall at Le Mans. The folks at Glickenhaus think they can be the ones to do it next. Thanks to the new rules for production based hypercars, Glickenhaus will have to offer a at least 25 road-legal 007’s in addition to their factory LMP1 race cars in order to qualify. Price TBD around $1 million. Details beyond that are hard to come by. Source:

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT


As the most powerful and quickest factory Mustang ever, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 blends modern sports-car performance with iconic muscle-car presence. It builds on the same racetrack-capable chassis as the excellent Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, with an additional 234 horsepower that lends it credibility at the drag strip as well. The GT500 makes speed effortlessly with equal parts brains and brawn, including a supercharged V-8 that hammers out 760 horsepower, a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and magnetorheological dampers. Optional carbon-fiber wheels, track tires, and aerodynamic aids are available for drivers looking to get the most out of this monster Mustang. The Shelby GT500 sits at the pinnacle of American muscle cars alongside the 650-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 797-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

What's New for 2020?

The Mustang Shelby GT500 is all new for 2020, reviving a nameplate originally introduced in 1967 and last used from 2013 to 2014. The 2020 Shelby GT500 is the best-performing Mustang to ever exit a Ford assembly plant.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • Shelby GT500: $73,995

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 has a base price of $73,995, which can be inflated past $95,000 for a fully loaded model with the few options that are offered. The $1500 Handling package adds adjustable strut top mounts, an oil catch can, a Gurney flap on the rear spoiler, and splitter wickers with integrated dive planes on the front fascia. The $3000 Technology package includes navigation, blind-spot monitoring, SiriusXM satellite radio, heated mirrors with Shelby puddle lamps, and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system. The big-ticket buy is the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track pack, which is aimed at anyone planning to lap their Shelby on the track. It deletes the rear seats and adds carbon-fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, Recaro seats, a larger rear wing, carbon-fiber interior trim, and the same oil catch can, splitter wickers, and adjustable strut top mounts as in the Handling package.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Shelby GT500's single powertrain—a 760-hp supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that revs to 7500 rpm with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic—is engineered for speed but trying to put the engine's full might through only the rear tires means this Shelby isn't as quick as you might expect. We anticipate the GT500 will be good for a 3.5-second rip to 60 mph and an 11.0-second quarter-mile once we run one through our testing protocol. Cars with significantly less power but more rear grip, such as the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, will handily outrun that zero-to-60-mph time.

Of course, it's not all about straight-line performance. On a racetrack, the GT500 snaps off raucous shifts and sounds every bit as menacing as it is. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are standard, but it's the optional Cup 2 tires that transform the GT500 into an apex-hunting machine. While it's heavy with an estimated curb weight of 4200 pounds, the GT500 corners with confidence and turns in without hesitation. We wish the brake pedal were firmer, but the massive Brembo brakes hold up nicely to track abuse, with no evidence of fade.