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Land Rover has given a first glimpse of the new Defender ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 10 September.

The road to reveal for Land Rover’s most capable and durable 4×4 started in one of the most land-locked locations on earth, among the towering 300m canyons of the Valley of the Castles in the remote Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan.

Across seven decades of pioneering innovation, Land Rovers have earned a unique place in the hearts of explorers, humanitarian agencies and adventurous families across the world. Proven in the harshest environments on earth, the new Defender maintains this bloodline.

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Beside the peerless luxury and refinement of the Range Rover family and the highly capable and versatile Discovery SUVs, new Defender completes the Land Rover dynasty.

Driven by a passion and respect for the original, new Defender delivers transformational breadth of capability and advanced all-terrain technologies to redefine adventure for the 21st century, while remaining true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for 71 years.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla take flight

The Nordic hall of the heroes is Aston Martin officially open for business as Aston Martin’s latest mid-engined sportscar – Valhalla – has taken flight for the first time alongside the world’s most highly-anticipated hypercar, Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Celebrating  Valhalla’s North American debut at the world-famous Monterey Car Week’s ‘Quail’ display, today’s video showcases both ground-breaking models – born from Aston Martin’s collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies – being put through their paces at the luxury British marque’s official development facility at Silverstone by High Performance Test Driver, Chris Goodwin.

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While Aston Martin Valkyrie delivered its stunning debut as part of this year’s British Grand Prix earlier this year, its closely related Valhalla sibling has until now been solely shown in static guise after wowing the crowds upon its unveiling at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Today’s ‘dynamic concept’ car signals the next step on the journey towards delivering the first of these exceptional hypercars.

Though making greater concessions to practicality and road use, Valhalla remains true to the uncompromising engineering ethos laid down by its bigger brother. Benefitting from genuine state-of-the-art F1TM technology and unrivalled active aerodynamics utilising variable morphing surfaces, Valhalla is set to deliver equally impressive levels of handling performance. Powered by a bespoke Aston Martin V6 twin-turbo engine, Aston Martin Valhalla will surpass figures shown in today’s hypercar world, underlining its own elite status.

Strictly limited to 500 coupes worldwide, the programme remains oversubscribed as Aston Martin continues to handpick the final lucky customers who will have the opportunity to own this extraordinary machine.

In contrast, the sold-out Aston Martin Valkyrie’s testing programme continues apace with the first customer delivery scheduled for later this year, when the model will claim its unrivalled position at the top of the automotive arena.

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Insane Video for the 800 horsepower Fenyr on the track

It is no secret that W Motors makes the most beautiful and powerful cars, and what really sets it apart is its Emirati identity. Last spring, we got the opportunity to fully drive one of W Motors Cars “The Fenyr”. However, the test drive was a little bit limiting the full capacity of that wolf as it was performed on the streets of Dubai where speed limits are highly respected. We didn’t fully understand the power behind this machine until…

We were invited by W Motors during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK to experience the VIP passenger ride and feel the true power of its Fenyr Super Sport on the Goodwood Hill Climb. The driver was a professional with several 24H Le Mans endurance titles. So how can we say no to such experience that will put us behind the wheels and feel firsthand the enormous power of this car?

We arrived at the super sports cars yard, overwhelmed by all the super and hyper cars there, one car stood out with its silky white color that was our ride. Wore the helmet and the right outfit and hopped in inside the Fenyr, as the engines roared and the checkered flag dropped announcing the start of the race; The Fenyr was first on the track which gave us an exhilarating experience as we rushed into the 0-100 KM/h under 2.8 sec you feel your soul leaving your body, to catch it up again as we reach the 200 KM/h in a blink of an eye. This wolf is capable of reaching a top speed of 400 km/h which honestly I don’t remember if we reached it or not as this experience was surreal.

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The Fenyr proved once more that with its twin-turbo 6-cylinder flat mid-engine upgraded by RUF, the experts in Porsche engine tuning, can compete and sometimes exceed the 12-cylinder Super Cars. The Fenyr engine is a 3.8-liter capable of producing 800 horsepower and 980 Nm or torque and if you don’t know what these figures mean all you have to do is watch the video.

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THE CAR THAT RESPONDS TO YOUR MOOD: NEW JAGUAR LAND ROVER TECH HELPS REDUCE STRESS

Jaguar Land Rover is researching new artificial intelligence (AI) technology to understand our state of mind while driving – and adjust cabin settings to improve driver wellbeing.

The technology uses a driver-facing camera and biometric sensing to monitor and evaluate the driver’s mood and adapt a host of cabin features, including the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, media and ambient lighting. The settings will be altered in response to the driver’s facial expressions to help tackle stress. Reports suggest 74 per cent of us admit to feeling stressed or overwhelmed every day*.

The mood-detection system will use the latest AI techniques to continually adapt to nuances in the driver’s facial expressions and implement appropriate settings automatically. In time the system will learn a driver’s preference and make increasingly tailored adjustments.

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Personalisation settings could include changing the ambient lighting to calming colours if the system detects the driver is under stress, selecting a favourite playlist if signs of weariness are identified, and lowering the temperature in response to yawning or other signs of tiring.

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Jaguar Land Rover is also trialling similar technology for rear passengers, with a camera mounted in the headrest. If the system detects signs of tiredness, it could dim the lights, tint the windows and raise the temperature in the back, to help an occupant get to sleep.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “As we move towards a self-driving future, the emphasis for us remains as much on the driver as it ever has.

“By taking a holistic approach to the individual driver, and implementing much of what we’ve learnt from the advances in research around personal wellbeing over the last 10 or 15 years, we can make sure our customers remain comfortable, engaged and alert behind the wheel in all driving scenarios, even monotonous motorway journeys.”

The new mood–detection system is one of a suite of technologies that Jaguar Land Rover is exploring as part of its ‘tranquil sanctuary’ vision to improve the driving experience. Designed to create a sanctuary inside each of its luxury vehicles, the manufacturer is trialling a wide range of driver and passenger wellbeing features, to ensure occupants are as comfortable as possible whilst ensuring the driver remains mindful, alert and in control.

Mood-detection software is the next-generation of Jaguar Land Rover’s existing driver tracking technology. The Driver Condition Monitor, which is capable of detecting if a driver is starting to feel drowsy and will give an early warning to take a break, is available on all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

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Hacks and Helping Hat-Tips to Stay Cool – Calm and Collected on a Road Trip from Ford

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Be it a regular two-day weekend, or an extended staycation a few hours away by car, it’s hard to beat the excitement of hitting the open road on your way to invaluable family time.

Of course, any extraordinary journey often requires perfect planning and prior preparations, and at the height of summer, keeping cool under the conditions is often easier said than done. To be as comfortable and as confidently primed as possible for your short-term sojourn, consider these helpful tips from Ford.

Late night departure: While not always possible, postponing your departure until after the sun sets will dramatically reduce the heat inside your cabin. Ford has available lighting technology that can make night-time driving less stressful, too, like Dynamic LED Headlights and Auto High Beam Control, which detects oncoming vehicles and automatically switches to dipped beams until the vehicle has passed.

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Visionary visor: You might see taxis or delivery drivers sticking a newspaper or restaurant menu to their window in the hope of blocking out the sun when it beams in from side of the car, but your sun visor is probably more flexible than you think. The slide on rod sun visor can easily keep that blindingly bright sun glare out of your eyes, keeping you invariably more comfortable.

Too cool for school: Staying hydrated is one thing, but keeping your liquids cool is something entirely different. Ahead of your road trip, be sure to pick up a cool bag or a cool box to store your bottles of water, or perhaps to maintain a level of freshness to some fruit slices. While your air conditioning system will keep you from overheating externally, a chilled bottle of water will prove invaluable during long daytime drives in the summer.

Life’s a breeze: The last thing you need in summer is an underperforming air conditioning unit, either in your home or your car. Before you hit the road, ensure your AC is topped up with the necessary gas to keep the cabin nice and cool. Proper maintenance of your car’s air conditioning has several benefits: it saves money, reduces the amount of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere, and increases the life of your vehicle’s air conditioning system.

Chilling sounds: Summer songs, big hits, and cool chords make any long car journey less stressful. The 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system by Harman available in Ford vehicles has been perfected by acoustic engineers for a sound even audiophiles will appreciate. Prepare for your getaway by setting up a few different playlists, and lose yourself in concert quality while en route to your destination.

Stay the course: It might seem like an obvious point, but plan your route. SYNC® 3, Ford’s next generation of voice-activated technology, with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto* capability, has a new, easy-to-use design and features. The easy-to-read color LCD touchscreen displays phone, audio and navigation functions. SYNC 3’s navigation function allows you to search easily for places of interest, such as a particular building or meeting point, and save them for future reference. This cuts down on valuable time needed to search through menus or maps to help make your day more productive.

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MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY TEASES PLUS 8 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION AHEAD OF GENEVA MOTOR SHOW REVEAL

Morgan Motor Company has released the first teaser images of the much anticipated 50th Anniversary Edition of its iconic Plus 8 ahead of its full reveal at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6.

Named after the famous eight-cylinder engine beneath the car’s hand-built body, over 6,000 Plus 8 models have been built in the last 50 years at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road home.

The family-owned, bespoke sports car manufacturer will produce 50 of the special-edition models, each to be sold through its existing dealership network. The Plus 8 50th anniversary edition will be a true V8-powered thoroughbred tribute to the model that has been Morgan’s crowning vehicle for 50 years.

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The teaser images released by Morgan show a blue lacquered paint finish, reminiscent of the British coachbuilder’s first Plus 8 production model (known as MMC11), with hints of hand-painted yellow accents around the car’s iconic front grill, along the bonnet and on the rear towing eyes.

Born on the racetrack, the Morgan Plus 8 is a special combination of craftsmanship, luxury and technology. A lightweight aluminium chassis and 4.8-litre BMW engine sit beneath the traditional Morgan body. At just 1,100kg, the Plus 8 is one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world and is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds as well as a top speed of 155mph.

First conceived by Peter Morgan, the head-turning Plus 8 prototype was revealed to the public at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1968. Approximately 6,000 Plus 8s were produced during this time until the car was discontinued in 2004 when production of the Rover V8 engine ceased.

In 2012, the Plus 8 was reborn into the Morgan range, on a lightweight aluminium chassis with the powerful 4.8-litre BMW engine, as used in the Aero range. With a restyled body, the new Plus 8 was proportionally larger and significantly quicker than any ‘classic’ Morgan before it. The Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition will be the last Morgan sports car to feature the naturally aspirated V8 engine.

This car makes its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.

Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, said: “This 50th Anniversary Edition is a fitting illustration of the Plus 8’s beauty and finesse, coupled with raw exhilaration and capability. Performance has underpinned every one of the Plus 8s that have driven out of our factory gates for 50 years and we’re excited to reveal the car in full in Geneva.”

Jon Wells, Head of Design at Morgan Motor Company, said: “Firmly established as Morgan’s crowning vehicle for fifty years, the Morgan Plus 8 continues to pioneer new technology within the classic Morgan bloodline. When combined with an uncompromising attention to craftsmanship, luxury and material choice, there is no more desirable Gentleman racer.”

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Nissan puts Saudi women behind the wheel with surprise instructors

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#SheDrives campaign offers an unforgettable driving experience

Celebrating Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to grant women driver’s licenses, Nissan recently offered a group of young women the chance to get behind the wheel for the first time – with a surprise group of driving instructors.

The company today released an inspirational video about the initiative, part of its #SheDrives campaign, which encourages women to embrace the exciting prospect of becoming fully licensed drivers in 2018.

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The women in the video say that while they’re delighted by the prospect, they face reluctance from some of their family members. To help them overcome this, Nissan invited aspiring female motorists to hone their driving skills and build confidence on a closed driving course, with a plot twist: Instead of professional instructors, the women were met by their respective husbands, fathers and brothers, who were their teachers for the day.

“2018 is earmarked to be a pivotal moment in history for women in the kingdom,” said Bader Al Houssami, Chief Operating Officer at Nissan Saudi Arabia. “We wanted to launch a campaign that’s just as emotional as it’s innovative, which ultimately is at the heart of what we at Nissan strive to achieve. The #SheDrives campaign aims to motivate women all over Saudi Arabia with a clear message: When the time comes, the decision to drive will be entirely yours.”

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Hotel guests get a kick out of Nissan’s self-parking slippers

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Combining the ultimate in traditional hospitality with Nissan’s autonomous driving technology, one Japanese inn is treating guests to some unusual amenities: self-parking slippers, tables and floor cushions.

At first glance, the ProPILOT Park Ryokan looks like any other traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. Slippers are neatly lined up at the foyer, where guests remove their shoes. Tatami rooms are furnished with low tables and floor cushions for sitting.

What sets this ryokan apart is that the slippers, tables and cushions are rigged with a special version of Nissan’s ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology. When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button.

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First introduced in the all-new Nissan LEAF in Japan in October 2017, ProPILOT Park detects surrounding objects and lets drivers automatically park the vehicle in a selected parking space by pressing a button. The same technology is being used in the amenities at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan during a demonstration to entertain guests and reduce staff workload.

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Lamborghini Urus Arrives in Dubai UAE

Lamborghini Dubai unveiled the all-new Lamborghini Urus in their showroom located on the famous Sheikh Zayed Road, in the presence of Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali. As the world’s first Super SUV, the Urus is opening up a new niche in luxury segment, with benchmarking performance, driving dynamics, unparalleled design and daily usability.

To celebrate the arrival of the Super SUV Urus, the car was taken on a “Royal Tour” for one week prior to the public unveiling event. Visiting the royal palaces of all 7 emirates in the UAE, Royal families had the privilege of private viewing sessions with the Lamborghini Urus.

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“We are extremely excited to be here today with our partner in Dubai, this is a very important market for us already and even more so now that the Lamborghini Urus, our Super SUV, has arrived,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the launch of this model in the Middle East and Specifically in the UAE, we are expecting to at least double our sales volumes in the region.”

The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach, infusing the Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV concept to a new high, the Super SUV, with its design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion, as well as being drivable every day, in a range of environments. It is as much a luxury SUV as it is the most powerful, with super sports car dynamism.

The first customers in UAE will received delivery of the Urus in Summer 2018, at the suggested related price of USD 214 500 (excluding taxes).

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Abu Dhabi reveals 2017’s Best Bespoke Models

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As 2017 draws to a close, Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi Motors – recognized as the world’s best Bespoke dealership for the past nine years – has revealed the top Bespoke models commissioned this year.

At the requests of customers, as well as designed by the experienced in-house team for the local market, 99% of cars ordered in 2017 were entirely Bespoke, with the content per model costing an additional USD 25,000 on average.

“Over the years, we have specialized in delivering some of the finest Rolls-Royce motor cars in the world. In creating our Bespoke collections and limited-edition vehicles we take inspiration from a variety of sources. 2017 has seen a unique vehicle delivered by Abu Dhabi models, carefully curated to reflect the UAE rich heritage, talented local artists, international fashion trends as well as Bespoke motor cars designed to embody the passions, taste and lifestyle of our distinguished customers”, said Joseph Tayar, Brand Manager for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Abu Dhabi.

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The top Bespoke models of 2017 include:

  • Phantom Zenith Collection
  • Wisdom collection
  • Ghost Oasis edition
  • Dawn inspired by Fashion
  • Last of last Phantom Drophead Coupé
  • Mohammed Kazem Wraith
  • First Bespoke Dawn Black Badge
  • Wraith in Blushing Pink
  • Spirit of the Union Wraith
  • Wraith inspired by Manchester City Football Club

With 19 Global Awards in 13 Years, Abu Dhabi Motors is the most successful Rolls-Royce Motor Cars dealer worldwide. Its most notable awards include the Global Dealer of the Year (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015) and Global Sales Leader (2013, 2014, 2015).

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Peugeot 206 RC Turbo by 961 Motorsports

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Make: Peugeot
Model: 206 RC Turbo
Year: 2004

Country : Lebanon
Customized by : 961 MOTORSPORTS

Performance:

Horsepower:  400hp
Torque: 520 nm torque
0-100 Km/h: 5. 8 seconds
Top speed: 320 km/h

 

 

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Engine and Performance Upgrades:

  • ACL Racing Connecting Rod Bearings
  • Techno 5 Forged Connecting Rod
  • Mahle 85.5mm Forged HD Pistons
  • Mahle Racing Piston Rings
  • Polished and Ported Head
  • ARB Head Studs
  • Custom Made Headers
  • 961Motorsports GT327la Turbo with Internal Wastegate
  • Custom Front Mount Intercooler with Custom Piping
  • Front Mount Engine Oil Cooler
  • 85 mm Throttle Body
  • Stage 3 Clutch Kit
  • Custom High Ration Gearbox
  • Short Shifter with Reinforced Rods
  • 75mm Custom Stainless Steel Pipes
  • Jasma 75mm Exhaust
  • Reinforced Engine Mounts
  • Innovate LC1 Wideband
  • MSD Electronic Coil Pack
  • Beru Racing Spark Silicone Wires
  • AEM 255LPH Fuel Pump
  • Lucas 800cc Fuel Injectors
  • Mega Squirt Electronic Boost Controller
  • Manual Fuel Regulator
  • Mega Squirt MS2 Standalone ECU
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Chassis, Suspension and Brakes:

  • 4-Piece Lower Sway Bars
  • Koni Adjustable Front Shocks
  • OMP Racing Front Spring
  • Bilstein B6 Rear Shocks

 

Interior:

  • Lightweight Sparco Evo+ Racing Seats
  • Takata Racing 5-Way Harness
  • Shadow Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Shadow Boost Gauge
  • Innovate Turbo Timer

Exterior:

  • Carbon Fiber Front Hood
  • Custom Made Front Bumper
  • Custom Made Side Skirts
  • Custom Made Rear Bumper
  • Tinted Front and Rear Lights
  • 206RC Original Rims

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McLAREN LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH ULTIMATE VISION GRAN TURISMO

McLaren Automotive looks to the future with breath-taking Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo car in partnership with PlayStation 4 video game Gran Turismo Sport

An extreme McLaren Gran Turismo racing car is today confirmed as an exclusive choice for gamers in the hugely anticipated PlayStation 4 title, Gran Turismo Sport, which will be available starting October 17, 2017.

The McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo was designed in response to a call from game creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, for vehicle manufacturers to design ‘visionary GT cars’ to compete in Gran Turismo Sport. While not a prototype for any future McLaren model, the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo showcases the kind of car that McLaren could produce beyond 2030. Players will be able to choose from three liveries: Performance, Ulterior and Noir.

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Designing for the virtual world and unburdened by production car constraints, the team that created the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo pushed the boundaries of McLaren design well beyond current realities, while remaining true to inherent principles.

The design form of the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo follows its function, meaning every single line and detail has a purpose. Just like McLaren’s road cars, the teardrop cabin and extensive glazing ensure exceptional visibility. And being single-minded in putting the driver first, meant an innovative approach to seating – the driver is positioned not just forward and centrally in the chassis, but lying on their front, with the rest of the car ‘shrink wrapped’ around them.

“We wanted to break new ground and to innovate and the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo does exactly that. It puts the driver absolutely at the centre of the action, delivering a sensory overload with incredible sound and awe-inspiring acceleration. From the game player’s point of view, the driving experience in this car will be like nothing else: the amazing glass cockpit and the motorcycle-like driving position – with your head far forward, almost right above the front axle – combine to allow you to see exactly where the apex of the corner is so you can shave vital milliseconds off each lap.More than anything though, the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo is a stunning looking car. The design form communicates exactly what the car’s mission is and what its intentions are: it’s the ultimate expression of the McLaren design pillars and principles we have already established, futured into the 2030s.”
Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive

McLaren pioneered the use of carbon fibre in Formula 1 and the strong, yet lightweight material forms the chassis of all McLaren road cars. Featured extensively in the upper structure and body of the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo as well as in the chassis, carbon fibre helps to deliver a virtual kerb weight of just 1,000 kg.

The McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo features ultra-advanced active aerodynamic technology. Called Integrated Active Aero, it works by opening tiny aperture covers around air inlets on key surfaces during cornering to create drag and generate downforce, rather than moving the surfaces altogether. This gives the handling benefits of active aerodynamics with a reduced number of moving parts that benefits both complexity and weight. Centrally mounted carbon-ceramic disc brakes reduce unsprung mass and the driver is also able to monitor brake temperatures during racing.

Power comes from a break-through hybrid drivetrain. A twin-turbo, 4.0-litre McLaren V8 engine drives the rear wheels, while high output electric motors are housed in each of the front wheel ‘pods.’ Game players will be able to call upon maximum power of 1,150 PS, with 1,275 NM of torque available instantly from launch, thanks to the electric propulsion and all-wheel traction. Capturing the essence of the spine-tingling sound experienced when driving a McLaren at full throttle was a critical part of the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo brief and as such, the exhaust system and hybrid drive work together to generate a unique thrill for the ears, even in the cabin.

“I created the Vision Gran Turismo project to give car manufacturers the opportunity to design something that has all of the characteristics of their brand, and will live on as a playable vehicle in Gran Turismo. Many of the cars have become legendary in their own right, continuing to shine for years and attracting players from different eras. For me, a car needs to be an extension of the driver; I am focused not just on the appearance, but on the handling, the sound of the engine, and the feeling you get when you are racing. So, it was an honour to work with McLaren to bring the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo to life, and to put such a car on the circuits of Gran Turismo Sport for players to enjoy driving at the limit.”
Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo creator, President of Polyphony Digital Inc.

Gran Turismo Sport, which will be available starting October 17 of this year, is the latest release in the world-renowned Gran Turismo series for the Sony PlayStation. Gran Turismo Sport gives players the opportunity to choose their preferred car from a range of production and concept vehicles and compete at one of 17 locations, including the Nürburgring 24 Hour circuit, Brands Hatch and other world-class circuits. Designed exclusively for the game, the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo will join real-life McLaren models such as the McLaren 650S Coupe and 650S GT3.

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