Ares S1 Project, Ferrari Omologata, Toyota hypercar: This Week’s Top Photos

Ares S1 Project, Ferrari Omologata, Toyota hypercar: This Week’s Top Photos

Italy’s Ares Design this week revealed more photos of its S1 Project supercar based on the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and confirmed some of the specs. The new supercar will feature a full carbon-fiber body and a naturally aspirated V-8 good for 715 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.

Ferrari Omologata

Ferrari Omologata

Another Italian supercar in the headlines this week was the latest one-off creation from Ferrari’s Special Projects division. It’s based on the 812 Superfast and features a design that pays tribute to the great racing GTs from the 1950s and ’60s.

Touring Superleggera Aero 3

Touring Superleggera Aero 3

There was yet one more Italian supercar in the headlines this week, this one from coach-builder Touring Superleggera. The car takes inspiration from a 1930s-era Alfa Romeo and is based on the bones of a donor Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti rolled out a concept previewing its next-generation QX60. The concept hints at a very impressive redesign for Infiniti’s popular three-row crossover SUV. A redesinged version of the related Nissan Pathfinder is also coming.

2021 BMW M3 and M4

2021 BMW M3 and M4

BMW’s next-generation M3 sedan and M4 coupe were revealed this week. They follow a familiar formula but have mixed things up a bit with the availability of all-wheel drive. Peak power for now is 503 horsepower.

Toyota GR Super Sport prototype

Toyota GR Super Sport prototype

Toyota previewed the new hypercar based on its race car that will compete in the 2021 World Endurance Championship. It’s called the GR Super Sport, and it’s expected to pack a twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels and an electric motor-generator driving the front pair.

2021 Acura TLX Advance SH-AWD

2021 Acura TLX Advance SH-AWD

One of the cars we tested this week was Acura’s redesigned 2021 TLX. It’s based on a new platform and is bigger and more substantial than its predecessor, but it also costs more.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

And finally, one of the cars we look forward to testing is the new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4. The battery-electric compact SUV starts at just over $40,000 and at launch will offer up to 250 miles of range.

The 1,973-hp Lotus Evija electric hypercar is real and undergoing testing

The 1,973-hp Lotus Evija electric hypercar is real and undergoing testing

Lotus has begun track testing of its new electric hypercar dubbed the Evija. Don’t let the yellow cab camouflage fool you; this 1,973-hp monster means business. 

The company is calling this the car’s “dynamic debut,” meaning that this is the first time we’re seeing the Evija in a form that is capable of doing hypercar-type things, like go fast around Lotus’ test track in Hethel, United Kingdom.

“Physical prototype testing at speed is a landmark moment for the Evija and hugely exciting for everyone involved,” said Gavan Kershaw, director of vehicle attributes at Lotus. “Our aim is to make sure it’s a true Lotus in every sense, with exceptional performance that’s going to set new standards in the hypercar sector.”

The Evija boasts a carbon fiber body and battery-electric powertrain that Lotus claims will make it the world’s most powerful production car. Considering it makes 1,973 horsepower and 1,254 pound-feet of torque, we’re not about to argue. The Evija utilizes four independent electric motors to deliver a 0-60 run in well under 3.0 seconds, 0-186 mph acceleration in under 9.0 seconds, and a top speed somewhere above 200 mph.

Lotus Evija electric hypercar

Lotus Evija electric hypercar

And, if Lotus gets its way, those four motors will also be enough for the Evija to beat the 6:44.97 Nürburgring’s production car record set by Lamborghini with its Aventador SVJ in 2018—a mark Lotus executives say they are confident the Evija can beat.

The Evija boasts a race-inspired suspension featuring three spool-valve dampers per axleone at each corner and an inboard-mounted third to control heave. It has magnesium wheels to help control weight, but even between those and the carbon fiber monocoque, the Evija still checks in north of 3,700 pounds. Electric components aren’t exactly lightweight.

Lotus Evija electric hypercar

Lotus Evija electric hypercar

 

Speaking of which, it should have a total range of approximately 225 miles under EPA rules (rated at 250 miles on the WLTP test cycle) and charging the battery to 80 percent will take 12 minutes using a 350-kw DC fast charger.

Just 130 units will be built, with production starting in 2020.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept hints at sexy redesign for 3-row crossover

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept hints at sexy redesign for 3-row crossover

The Infiniti QX60 mid-size crossover SUV is finally about to receive a long-overdue redesign, and the designers look to be seriously sexing things up.

Infiniti late on Thursday unveiled the QX60 Monograph concept at its new headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, ahead of the formal debut on Saturday at Auto China 2020 in Beijing. The striking show car previews the design of the next-generation QX60 due on sale in 2021.

The QX60’s corporate cousin, the Nissan Pathfinder, is also about to be redesigned. Prototypes for the new Pathfinder have already been spotted, so it’s no surprise Infiniti is planning a redesign for the QX60. We’ll likely see both vehicles arrive as 2022 models. (Infiniti also has the smaller QX55 crossover coming for 2022.)

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

The current QX60 was introduced for the 2013 model year, originally as the JX, and was renamed the QX60 a year later as part of a naming strategy shift at Infiniti where all models took on the letter Q prefix. While sales have been solid, averaging around 40,000 units annually in the United States, the vehicle has always been panned for looking a little too much like a minivan.

That won’t be the case for the next-generation QX60, judging by this concept version. It combines clean surfaces with athletic proportions resulting in a more upright, more handsome vehicle. From the flowing hood, muscular fenders, and long wheelbase, the concept looks good from pretty much every angle.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

The latest take on Infiniti’s grille shown on the concept features a mesh pattern inspired by traditional Japanese origami, while a series of intricate perpendicular lines inspired by a kimono features on the roof. The headlights are slimmer than what you normally find on an Infiniti while the lights at the rear are integrated in a graphic that spans the width of the vehicle. Infiniti said the design language will also feature on additional models coming down the pipeline.

“We commenced the design of the Monograph knowing this was an opportune time to start a discussion about where we are planning to take the QX60 in the future and more broadly, where we are heading as a brand with our design language,” Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s design chief, said in a statement.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti hasn’t shown the interior of the concept, and given the dark tint of the windows there might not be one. Infiniti also hasn’t provided any information on the specs of its next QX60, apart from it having three rows of seats. A V-6 is likely to remain the base powertrain, and a hybrid option may make a return. The current QX60 lost its hybrid option after 2017. We’re also likely to see a continuously variable automatic transmission remain the sole transmission option.

Rimac Concept_One electric supercar for sale at U.S. dealership

Rimac Concept_One electric supercar for sale at U.S. dealership

As Croatian automaker Rimac Automobili prepares to launch its C_Two electric supercar, an example of that car’s predecessor is up for sale in the U.S. First spotted by Autoblog, New York City dealership Manhattan Motorcars is currently advertising a new Rimac Concept_One on its website with an asking price of $1.6 million.

Unveiled in 2011, the Concept_One boasts 1,224 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, according to Rimac. The company quotes 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph, plus a 210-mile range (likely as measured on the more lenient European WLTP testing cycle) when driven more sedately.

The asking price is a bit steeper than the originally-quoted $980,000 base price, but this is a rare car. Rimac originally planned to build 88 cars, but only eight were completed, according to Autoblog. Only seven survive, as one car was destroyed in a crash during filming of an episode of “The Grand Tour,” with host Richard Hammond at the wheel. Hammond hasn’t been anywhere near this car; it’s a factory-fresh example delivered directly to the dealership, not a privately owned car sold on consignment, Manhattan Motorcars told Motor Authority.

Rimac Concept_One for sale (Photo by Manhattan Motorcars)

Rimac Concept_One for sale (Photo by Manhattan Motorcars)

Rimac is now working on the Concept_One’s successor, the C_Two. When a concept version was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show, Rimac said the new electric supercar would have 1,914 hp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque. Rimac previously quoted 0-62 mph in 1.9 seconds, with a top speed of 258 mph, and has said the C_Two will have an advanced driver-assist system that can act as a driving coach.

The production version of the C_Two was originally scheduled to debut at the canceled 2020 Geneva motor show. Over the past few months, Rimac has continued with development work despite the coronavirus pandemic, and now plans to start production in 2021.

In addition to developing its own cars, Rimac licenses technology to other automakers. So far it’s worked on hybrid systems for Koenigsegg and Aston Martin, and is expected to help develop an electric performance car for Hyundai (which owns a small stake in the company). Rimac may even take control of Bugatti in exchange for an increase in Porsche’s stake in the company.

$141,070 Tesla Model S Plaid to deliver more than 500 miles of range, 1,100-plus hp, sub-9.0-second 1/4-mile time

$141,070 Tesla Model S Plaid to deliver more than 500 miles of range, 1,100-plus hp, sub-9.0-second 1/4-mile time

The Tesla Model S is going Plaid and it’s astronomically fast.

On Tuesday after the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting, Elon Musk outlined battery updates. At the end of the presentation, the CEO laid out performance specs for the Model S Plaid, which is available for order now for a cost of $141,070 (including destination).

The fastest Model S will be quick. Tesla said the car will have more than 1,100 horsepower, which will allow it to hit 60 mph in less than 2.0 seconds, cover the quarter mile in less than 9.0 seconds, and reach a 200-mph top speed.

The automaker also said the Model S Plaid will have more than 512 miles of range, though range will certainly be reduced when hitting those crazy performance numbers.

Tesla Model S Plaid will feature Tesla’s latest battery technology along with three electric motors. Tesla didn’t disclose other enhancements to the Plaid model to handle the extra power and speed.

Tesla Model S Plaid spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Tesla Model S Plaid spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Model S Plaid prototypes have been spotted testing multiple times at the Nürburgring with various wheel-and-tire packages along with unique aero bits, including a massive wing.

Plaid models come standard with 19-inch wheels and 21-inch wheels are an option.

Like other Tesla models, the only color that doesn’t come with an extra fee is white.

Inside, Plaid models feature a black interior with carbon-fiber-like trim. A white interior and oak-like trim are optional.

Tesla’s advanced driver-assist system called Autopilot comes standard. An $8,000 option promises future full self-driving capability; if not chosen during the purchase it can be optioned for a surcharge later.

The Tesla Model S Plaid can be ordered today with a $1,000 deposit. Deliveries will begin at the end of 2021.

Driveable F1 car raced by Takuma Sato up for auction

Driveable F1 car raced by Takuma Sato up for auction

About a month after Takuma Sato’s 2020 Indianapolis 500 win, one of his old Formula 1 rides will head to auction. The car in question is a 2002 Jordan Honda EJ12, which auction house The Market claims is fully drivable. The auction runs Sept. 22-29.

The Jordan team (predecessor of today’s Racing Point squad) had some flashes of competitiveness, but 2002 was a poor season for the team. Sato only managed to score two points (at the Japanese Grand Prix), while teammate Giancarlo Fisichella fared slightly better, with two fifth-place finishes.

The car going up for auction was used in pre-season testing at Silverstone in January 2002, and was displayed at Jordan’s season launch event the following month, but the listing doesn’t say whether it was actually raced.

2002 Jordan Honda EJ12 driven by Takuma Sato (photo by The Market)

2002 Jordan Honda EJ12 driven by Takuma Sato (photo by The Market)

Of the five EJ12 chassis (the letters are the initials of team owner Eddie Jordan) built, only two are known to survive, according to the seller. The only other known surviving EJ12 is part of Honda’s heritage collection.

While this car is listed as drivable, it does not have its original Honda V-10 engine. Instead, it has a Judd KV8 Zytec S3000 engine from a Formula 3000 car, coupled to a 5-speed Lola/Hewland paddle-shifted gearbox. This setup is cheaper to run and more usable, according to the seller. The engine was rebuilt sometime in 2016 or 2017, and has only accumulated 500 kilometers (310 miles) out of a 5,000-kilometer (3,106-mile) lifespan since then.

Multiple sets of spare tires, as well as some spare parts and tools, are included with the sale. The Market expects this car to fetch between $190,000 and $320,000 at current exchange rates.