(Above featured we have the Toyota Supra GR concept released at Geneva highlighting the future of the beloved sports car from the 2000’s)
Early 2018 and 2017 had seen a lot of major and also minor improvements in the technologies and designs of various types of vehicles including, track focused super sports cars, crossovers, sports SUV’s, hybrid + electric super cars and of course the ever expanding electric car. We also came across many concepts and representations of ideas in the form of physical concept vehicles or in the form of rumors and renders/leaks. And almost every single one of these rumors is put to rest at the biggest automotive showcase on the planet, at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland!
And this year is no different, and we have compiled a spectacular list of cars and concepts introduced at the first day of GIMS 2018!
1.McLaren Senna GTR (Concept)
The past few months and years saw the unveiling of some amazingly advanced and track focused concepts and cars that were redefining and stretching the ideas of aerodynamics, straight-line speed, downforce and weight reduction. Among some of these extremely rare and expensive hypercars was the McLaren Senna, named after Ayrton Senna it was their response to the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the Mercedes AMG Project One. With the goal to be the fastest thing around any race track, it truly did shine with its unique aerodynamic features and advanced transmission and suspension for full attack. Well just a few months if not weeks later at GIMS they have hinted at an even more powerful Senna, the McLaren Senna GTR concept!
This insane track ready hypercar is continuing McLarens’s “GTR” line legacy following the F1 GTR and the P1 GTR from the past 2 decades. In terms of specifications, the GTR will be running the same twin-turbo V8 from the Senna but with power bumped up to around 820 bhp (from 791 bhp), and weight at roughly 2,641 lbs dry. The GTR will feature enhanced aerodynamics with a larger rear diffuser and more effective front end splitter, which can generate 2,200 lbs of downforce at maximum attack. Also it will be featuring a race Dual Clutch transmission for quicker shifts and dual wishbone suspension for enhanced cornering .This car during “production” will cost about $1.4 million with only 75 to be produced and will not be street legal, only track legal.
2. Rimac Concept C_2 (Concept)
This is the successor to all the famed Concept One from the Croatian company, Rimac. This 1940 bhp all electric beast will boast a 120 kwh battery cell in the base of the chassis that is powerful enough to propel it to 62 mph in 1.85 seconds with producing 2,300 Nm of torque at the wheels. It will offer around 400 miles worth of range with daily use and is equipped with various technologies including Level 4 Autonomous driving and a load of motion sensors determining movement inside the cabin and a facial recognition system for entering the vehicle. It also features a completely redesigned interior with more information based displays and new software used to convey important mechanical data about the vehicle and race track data for track day uses. Designed by chief designer Adriano Mudri, the exterior bears a resemblance to the Concept One and features a carbon fiber infused panels flowing air around the vehicle and underneath the vehicle to minimize aerodynamic drag. And of course the vehicle being an all electric vehicle, weighs in at around 4200 lbs and from maximum cell charge it is estimated to hit a top speed of 258 mph under ideal conditions. Expect these cars to be shipped to customers through next year 2019.
3.2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport
As we mentioned before, these past few months and years have seen the development of race and sport focused versions of “standard” super and hypercars and well the automaker Bugatti thinks no different and has finally made a sportier version of their flagship Chiron, sort of. On the cosmetic side, the Chiron Sport will feature a special red and black combo with a 16 emblem on the front horseshoe grille to represent its famous W16 engine producing the exact same 1479 horsepower and features carbon fiber panels to reduce its total mass by 40 pounds or 18 kg. This version will still sport the standard AWD package but will also have a more efficient and better sounding (?) quad pipe exhaust system. All these refinements mean that this beast has shed 5 seconds off the standard Chiron’s Nardo test track lap time, a Volkswagen owned arena. More details are to be released on production numbers and availability but it is expected to cost around $3.26 million USD, $250,000 over the base Chiron. Its biggest competitiors right now are the Aston Martin Valkyrie road car, the McLaren Senna street car and of course the fore coming Hennessey Venom F5.
4. 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder
This year at Geneva, Lamborghini sort of took the “back seat” in terms of releases or unveilings as it is still working in R and D of some of its future electric, hybrid and V12 supercar concepts. But nevertheless, they put a little show up at Geneva with their brand new Huracan Performante Spyder, a successor to the standard Huracan Spyder released a few years ago and updating the looks on the track focused variant of the Huracan, the Performante. The Performante itself brought the Huracan up to date with the latest race/street ready supercar coming out lately and the Spyder is just a roofless update of the same insane car that had set the Nurburgring production car record earlier only to be beat by the 911 GT2 RS last year. In terms of specifications, the 2018 spyder will host the 5.2L 640hp V10 with a revised intake and exhaust to set VMax at 201 mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.1 seconds. This 2018 spyder is 35 kg lighter than the standard Huracan Spyder but 125 kg increase in mass to the Performante of course due to the additional conversion mechanisms. It will still feature the same AWD drivetrain as the its other Huracan siblings with hosting the aerodynamic additions of the Performante. Not to mention also the amazing new sifus type blue and gold color combo. Pricing of the 2018 spyder is around $310,000 in the US this summer!
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