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The New McLaren 720S

10th March 2017 — by Dave Cox

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Good vehicle design challenges your predisposition.

Car manufactures over the last decade or two have been doing this for a while with each incremental update. BMW comes to mind here when they released the last of the E series cars. I remember seeing the 5 series and thinking “Hmm, not sure I like that” but within a couple of days I had totally come round the new design language. And I think it is important that manufactures keep on challenging our ideals. For if they follow the same styling cars will quickly date.

Sure, sometimes it doesn’t work out so well, consider the FIAT Multipla, that remains as ugly now as it did the day it was dreamt up. The same could be said about the Nissan Juke. Ahead of the Geneva motorshow, I saw a few blurry and low res pictures of the new McLaren 720S and I couldn’t really work out what was going on.

Come Wednesday morning my feed was full of pictures of the 720S, more importantly, they were clear and I could finally see what McLaren had been up to. My initial thoughts were that of confusion. I love McLaren, I always have, in my eyes, they can do no wrong. But now I wasn’t sure, is it ugly? Can I even say that?

The first point of contention for me was the “eye sockets” that now adorn the front of the car. From anything other than a dead front they appeared almost garish, like a set of poorly chosen sunglasses. For me it really disrupted the flow of the car. It was an odd choice as I have always thought that McLaren’s headlights have been cleverly integrated into the flow of the design.

Secondly the seemingly continuous change in surfaces across the bodies skin was a bit busy for my liking. From a side profile, it made it difficult to read. Things weren’t looking good, this was not the McLaren I had known and loved.

To be honest, these feelings lasted all of about 24 hours. I watched a few videos on the car, listened to McLaren talk about the innovations they had made and looked at really impressive imagery by Dean Smith and I could finally appreciate the way it looked. It is all in the details with this car, the “eye sockets” are not only there to house the improved headlights but also low temperature radiators. When you think about it, that is quite a clever way of designing the front end, no more large open grilles at the front of the car.

The “fussy” sculpted side is all about funnelling air to the intakes and holding turbulent are closer to the car all in the aid of improving down force. Speaking of which, this car actually produces 50% more down force than the 675LT before it! That is enormous! Not to mention that this car will also do 212mph!!!

McLaren have also developed “Carbon Tub II” for this project. A lighter stiffer tub which improves weight, torsional rigidity and allow for much better visibility. Having had a ride in a few McLaren’s I can say that being able to see out of these cars was never their weak point. To improve it must make it a joy to drive. I am thinking more along the lines a fighter jet canopy. The speedometer folds away neatly when the car turns off and also when you engage sport mode. I turns into a race car inspired rev-counter. Now that is just cool!

What do you think? Are you still struggling with the way it looks? Or have you come round to the new look of McLaren?

Words: Dave Cox (ShootingDave)
Pictures: McLaren – NetCarShow.com

News

Ford GT sets top speed dominance

25th January 2017 — by Black Flagged

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The Ford GT has set a scorching top spot at the Blue Oval offices with a dash melting top speed of 216mph

Like the glass cockpit in airplanes and race cars, the all-new Ford GT features an all-digital instrument display in the car’s dashboard that quickly and easily presents information to the driver, based on five special driving modes.
Like the glass cockpit in airplanes and race cars, the all-new Ford GT features an all-digital instrument display in the car’s dashboard that quickly and easily presents information to the driver, based on five special driving modes.

 

The Ecoboost 3.5 V6 engine, strong-arms a punchy 647hp and a asphalt assaulting 550lb/ft of torque. With the cars dry weight at a Weight Watcher friendly 1400kg, It pushes the Ford GT to the top of the table, making it the fastest car in the Ford production line up.

In recent tests at the Calabogie Moorpark in Canada, the Ford GT also proved it’s no straight line pony. It clocked in quicker lap times than both the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 458 Speciale

We’re stoked to see that Ford are producing a car with Supercar slaying capabilities and look forward to seeing how the GT will develop with some aftermarket touches

 

 

 

Event

Winter Teddy Bear Run 2016

8th December 2016 — by Kim Pham

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I rarely find myself awake at 6am on a Sunday morning, even more so outside of car show season but today was for something rather special. That’s right boys and girls, it was the 5th Annual Winter Teddy Bear Run.

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Organised by hard-working enthusiasts John Rampton, Westley and Nicki Waller, the Teddy Bear Run is a charity car run with the sole mission of raising money for a good cause. On this occasion, the chosen charity was the Chestnut Treehouse,  a children’s charity hospice for Sussex that provides care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions.

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Car enthusiasts from all over the UK (with all types of vehicles) came together, donated and took part in the run delivering gift-wrapped teddy bears from the illustrious Goodwood Motor Circuit to the Chestnut Tree House in the market town of Arundel. An astounding 105 vehicles took part in this year’s run (68 last year) and raised £7,695 (well done guys!)

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This year’s participants included a tractor unit and a Tuk Tuk!! (yes I thought I had escaped them back in Thailand). The abundance of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, TVR, and a Mustang made the meeting point and convoy run feel very special, very similar to the Supercar Siege events I participated in earlier in the year. There aren’t going to be many chances where you can run with cars like these and I was lucky enough to have now experience it twice in 2016.

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Similar to Fueltopia’s very own annual Toy Run, it’s an occasion which highlights a growing number of philanthropists amongst us car enthusiasts and how they combine their passion with a sense of duty to help charitable causes. For most of us petrol heads, it’s all too easy to dote over our cars and get lost in the fun and excitement of car events whilst forgetting that spending one day, donating a little time and money really does go a long way towards helping a good cause.

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The experience of meeting at Goodwood Motor Circuit and convoying together to the children’s hospice was an exhilarating yet satisfying one. The general public were clearly bemused by the sudden invasion of the local area by the noisy and extravagant Aston Martins, Porsche and classic supercars.

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The heart-warming reaction from the children, families and staff at the hospice made all the hard work, organisation and donations worthwhile. The Chestnut Treehouse Charity Hospice costs well over £3.5m a year to provide the support and care for over 300 young people and so events like this really helps not only contribute to the cost, but help bring a little happiness to the children.

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This was my first Teddy Bear run and no doubt I shall be attending next year’s event. If not for the experience of meeting other enthusiasts and convoying with amazing supercars, the tremendous contribution these events make to local charities should be a good enough reason for more petrolheads to get involved.

To learn more about the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and their mission, please visit
http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/

More information about the Teddy Bear Run can be found here:
http://www.teddybearrun.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/teddybearrun/

Thank you to John, Westley and Nicki for all their hard work.

Video

#Speedaintfree a movie you should watch

27th November 2016 — by JimmyDrama

I’m a big fan of Japanese car culture and one man, Luke Huxham, has an amazing eye and talent of bringing the best of it into film. His new offering #Speedaintfree won’t disappoint either.  While there are no english subtitles, the cinematic experience will resonate with any real-deal petrolhead and it certainly pushes all the right buttons.

This short film is part of a bigger DVD release and we’ll make sure to keep you posted.