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Pedrosa to leave Honda MotoGP

Honda factory rider Dani Pedrosa to leave at end of 2018 MotoGP season

Dani Pedrosa will leave Repsol Honda at the end of 2018 after 18 years with Honda through three classes of MotoGP racing.

The 32-year-old Spaniard joined the outfit in 2006, and has since taken 31 victories and finished as runner-up in the championship three times.

“I have grown not only as a rider but also as a person with [HRC],” said Pedrosa, who thanked his team.

“I will always have HRC in my memories and in my heart. In life we ​​all need new challenges and I feel it’s time for a change.”

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HRC president Yoshishige Nomura added: “Today is a sad day for me.

“On behalf of HRC, I want to thank Dani for all his hard and successful work, and to express our gratitude for these two decades together. We also wish him the very best of luck and success.”

Team-mate Marc Márquez currently leads the riders’ standings while Pedrosa sits 12th.

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WorldSBK: Teams Prepare For Two-Day Test In Portugal

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Kawasaki:

KRT make ready for final European WorldSBK test

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, located near the town of Portimão, hosts the final European test for the Kawasaki Racing Team across 31 January and 1 February before KRT, and the rest of the paddock, make ready to fly to the opening round of the 2023 WorldSBK season in Australia.

With both Jonathan Rea and, teammate, Alex Lowes, making strong progress in testing so far, the Jerez test in late January has set both the riders and their respective pit crews up well for the demands of the 4.592km (2.8533) track which includes one of the fastest straights on the European schedule of the world’s most prestigious production based motorcycle race series.

Hosting its first WorldSBK event in its inaugural year of 2008, the Portuguese circuit has been a fan and rider favourite since then and will produce yet more crucial data for KRT to assimilate in their quest to be super prepared for Phillip Island and round one.

Hoping for warmer weather than they experienced at Jerez, Rea and Lowes will be looking to refine and answer the last few questions before the Championship for real starts with two crucial points scoring events in quick succession at Phillip Island and Mandalika, Indonesia. Plus, with Portimao being on the season calendar for 2023, the team will be able to complete the process of matching previous data to the outcome of this test and be ready to race on Portuguese soil come September.

Jonathan Rea rates Portimao as one of the fastest yet technical tracks on the calendar and showed well in 2022 taking a podium spot in all three races across the weekend while Alex Lowes was just off the podium in Superpole and in the top five in both races. For both riders then the search for those extra tenths of a second in lap time makes this Portimao test highly significant.


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MotoGP versus the TT – Motor Sport Magazine

Racing motorcycles around a wee country road at close to 200mph doesn’t make sense to many people, which is why it makes a lot of sense to others

Sunday’s Catalan MotoGP race takes place 69 years to the day after the first MotoGP race (OK, the first 500cc world championship race), staged on the Isle of Man on 17th June 1949.

That race was won by Harold Daniell on a factory Norton single that nudged 135mph in top gear. Last Friday Peter Hickman established a new TT lap record of 135.452mph while on his way to victory in the Senior TT, averaging 44.8mph faster than Daniell’s winning average from 1949.

At the end of the race he held aloft the exact same trophy of Mercury (the Roman god of financial gain, travelers and luck, trickery and thieves and the guide of souls to the underworld) that Daniell held in June 1949.

Hickman set the record on his final lap of the six-lap race as he chased down Dean Harrison. His winning advantage was 2.06sec, after one hour and 43 minutes of racing, with both men riding different makes of bikes on different brands of tires and not once seeing each other during the 226 miles. Last year the average winning gap in MotoGP was 2.2sec.

The race record also went, for several reasons. Unusually, it didn’t rain during race week, so by Friday there was a good layer of rubber on the racing line, which increases grip. So, Hickman and Harrison seem to have raised TT riding to a new level. That’s what happens in any sport: someone raises the bar and everyone else has to catch up. It’s what Marc Márquez did in MotoGP.

Hickman and Harrison rode the 37¾-mile course in short-circuit mode, with jaw-dropping commitment and precision: laying rubber accelerating out of the corners, elbows within inches of the road through the slower parts of the course, Hickman fully drifting his BMW S1000RR near the top of the Mountain Mile at around 180mph.

Most of the TT course is tackled at that kind of speed and more, with riders flat out in sixth gear for a mile and more through the fastest sections. Watching the racing via onboard cameras, most people new to the TT cannot believe that the film hasn’t been speeded up, because trees, buildings and spectators rush past either side as if viewed from the Millennium Falcon at warp speed.

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Hickman first raced at the TT in 2014, to earn some money. This isn’t uncommon these days. Riders aren’t paid any prize money in BSB, so they have to race elsewhere to pay the bills, never mind the extra risk. Some of these riders don’t take to the unique demands of the TT, others do. Obviously, Hickman is one of the latter. He has fallen in love with the place and now speaks of “this magical island”.

There is no bigger adrenaline rush in motorcycling. But it’s not merely the buzz, because there is something almost spiritual about racing around the TT course. The combination of the elation of rapid motion through space, the realization that each mistake might be your last and the resultant feeling of all of your senses ablaze as you thread the eye of the needle at frankly ridiculous speeds is a heady emotional cocktail that affects you in a way that no other racetrack can.

In the MotoGP paddock the TT is a tricky subject. Some people love it, some people hate it and others simply shake their heads, unable to comprehend what it’s all about, because it’s a million miles outside their own experience of racing motorcycles.

Since 1911 the Mountain course has claimed 275 lives, including Dan Kneen and Adam Lyon during this year’s practice and race weeks. The TT is dangerous. Motorcycles are dangerous. I’ve lost friends and loved ones to the TT, to short-circuit racing, to road accidents. To alcoholism, that is.

Over the last 40 years I’ve hated the TT, fallen in love with the TT, hated the TT again and then fallen back in love with it. In fact, this back-and-forth process is continuous, changing from day to day according to what’s gone down on the Isle of Man.

However, it’s my fervent belief that as adults we all own our own bodies and can do with them what we like, so long as we’re not hurting anyone else. Of course I feel uneasy about the TT and other races on public roads. But there are also times when I feel uneasy about MotoGP. And I am absolutely sure that I feel more uneasy about schoolkids racing Moto3 bikes than I do about grown-ups racing at the TT.

Motor Sport extends its condolences to the family of Andreas Perez, who died following a Moto3 Junior World Championship accident at Cataluyna.

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MotoGP: KTM Introduces Its MotoGP Teams (Includes Video) – Roadracing World Magazine

2022 MOTOGP™: THE SEARCH FOR PERFECTION STARTS HERE

KTM’s sixth season of MotoGP will see Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing take the RC16 into competition for the longest series in the history of the sport. Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner will attempt to find fresh milestones through the 21-Grand Prix campaign as the company chase their third successive year of race victory.

– Red Bull KTM Factory Racing set sights on 2022 GP wins: they were one of only three teams where both riders tasted victory last year

– Four factory RC16s on the ’22 grid with brand new Tech3 KTM Factory Racing line-up and four riders who have either been world champion or runner-up in the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes

– KTM to enter MotoGP class with two top finishers and stars from the 2021 Moto2 series and the KTM GP Academy system

– Red Bull KTM Factory Racing refine Grand Prix organization with Francesco Guidotti assuming the role of Team Manager

All routes lead to the Losail International Circuit on March 6th and the sixteenth consecutive year that the Grand Prix of Qatar will open the MotoGP World Championship. 2022 will be only the sixth season that KTM are on the MotoGP grid. Losail, in particular, was the scene of their very first full-time MotoGP appearance in 2016. During that intense learning term the factory was frequently trying to reduce the gap to the peak of the pack. They have since surged to the forefront with five Grand Prix victories and 12 podium appearances in just half a decade.

Binder (26-years-old, 17 career wins, two in MotoGP) prepares for his third MotoGP season, all with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. Oliveira (27, 15 career wins and three in the premier class) entered MotoGP a year earlier but is currently the most prolific of the quartet and has walked the podium five times in three campaigns, all with the KTM RC16.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing welcome Francesco Guidotti into the role of Team Manager with the Italian overseeing the second consecutive season of former Moto3 and Moto2 teammates Binder and Oliveira together on the rider roster. Guidotti will bring his former experience and nuance in the category to a refined set-up that will focus on pure results, with the KTM testing team – led by Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio – spearheading development of the KTM RC16 away from Grands Prix.

KTM face 2022 with four factory riders and factory machines thanks to the fourth year of collaboration with the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team. Hervé Poncharal’s knowledgeable and decorated outfit will again help to induct two exciting new recruits: Moto2 World Champion Remy Gardner (23-years-old and six career victories) and 2021 runner-up Raul Fernandez (21 and 10 triumphs in two classes). Both riders came through elements of KTM’s GP Academy and Aki Ajo’s fabled set-up in both the Moto2 and Moto3 divisions.

The 2022 KTM MotoGP launch video can be seen here:

Brad Binder: “I’ve learned so much over the last two seasons it’s difficult just to pick a couple things in particular. I think each year has come with it’s own sets of challenges: in my first I had to manage my expectations a bit. I often wanted too much, too soon and made a lot of mistakes. Last year I had to accept where we were at some points and try and bring the bike home, which was difficult but I learned a lot last year: I learned so much more about the category, how to save my tires better, how to manage races and I enjoyed it a lot actually. So, I’m going in to my third season understanding what I need to do to go faster and I’m looking forward to getting the year started. I’m more ready than I’ll ever be.”

Brad Binder.  Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.Brad Binder. Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.

Miguel Oliveira: “Last year we had a huge step forward in four races where I scored three podiums and one win so that was quite nice. Then with the injury in the second half of the season the races became really tough: it was definitely a learning curve for me. I lacked consistency and of course this season I’d like to improve that. It’s never easy to go to the limit and still think about finishing the race. I would say if I’m able to score points in every GP then at the end of the championship the result might be quite different, so we’re just looking to take the maximum potential of myself, of the bike, of the whole crew and translate that into results.”

Miguel Oliveira.  Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.Miguel Oliveira. Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.

Raúl Fernández: “I am really happy to do my first MotoGP season and it is a great opportunity for me. I remember only three years ago I was competing in the Moto3 World Championship, and now here I am in the MotoGP class. It is an absolute pleasure. This winter, I prepared differently than previous years in order to gain muscle and get stronger. The MotoGP bike is so much more powerful. The braking is different… Everything requires more physical fitness, so I did motocross and road bike training, some cycling and running, and I feel ready. My main goal this season will be to advance and progress race by race, and enjoy myself in every single one of them.”

Raúl Fernández.  Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.Raúl Fernández. Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.

Remy Gardner: “I am thrilled to start my first season in the MotoGP class. This is the dream of every motorcycle racer and I cannot wait to get started. We already had a few tests in 2021 that were encouraging, so I am very excited to improve myself, continue to discover the bike, and be able to learn about this amazing class with so many talented riders. I am also looking forward to working again with Tech3, getting along with the team, and continuing the relationship with KTM. This is going to be a long,but interesting year. I know it won’t always be easy but I will always push, try and give the best of myself in order to get the best results we can without going too crazy. I will certainly take this season step by step, but I am very excited to start riding again.”

Remy Gardner.  Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.Remy Gardner. Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.

Francesco Guidotti, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: “It is always important to do better than the previous year. To do better we need more consistent results, more consistency in the top five and on the podium. We have to develop the bike to make the riders happy, to give them the right feeling and confidence to achieve these results. Of course, their position is an important one because they need to show the potential of the bike and the project. They have 2-3 years experience in this category now so maybe it is the right moment to use this experience. They have already won some races so the ability and the potential is there ,so we have to see it more regularly. In the last five years the results have been incredible; starting from zero like KTM did and what they achieved is unbelievable and we want to keep it going.”

Herve Poncharal, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team Principal: “The new season is always an intense moment, exciting and emotional. 2022 is very special for us because we have the pleasure to welcome Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, who respectively finished first and second in the 2021 Moto2 World Championship.There has been a lot of work done this winter to prepare for the 2022 season, both on the bike and in the organization of the KTM MotoGP technical structure. The Tech3 KTM Factory Team has had a few changes of its own too. We are now impatient and ready to start. With two rookies, we don’t expect to win the championship, but our main target will be to win the Rookie of the Year title in the MotoGP class. We are hoping to do some strong finishes, Top 10 and why not Top 5? With riders like Remy and Raul, we have to dream high. Over the last years, rookies have reached podiums, so it can be us this year.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director: “2021 was the most successful motorsport season ever in our group. It is amazing what we have done in one year in the road racing paddock: winning the Moto3 world championship and the Moto2 world championship and finishing 6th in MotoGP. It is super motivating for everything in the future. When you start a project like this in MotoGP you want to win a race one day and to say that sounds quite simple but to actually do it is such an incredible effort from so many people involved. We did it. It’s on paper, but we also had to learn it the hard way; you win one weekend in that class but the next weekend you are fighting to qualify for Q2 because it is just so tight. The target for us now is to be there consistently every weekend, get in that top five and fight for the podium at the end of season standings. That must be the goal for this season. I know it is a very high one because the other manufacturers have ambitious targets as well but we are strong now: we have the team, the base, the bike and we have the riders.”

Hubert Trunkenpolz, Member of the Executive Board, KTM CMO: “For the first time ever we crossed the revenue of two billion and it is another milestone for the company. A continuation of the years of growth. It is an unbelievable success story and we are extremely happy we could achieve it. On the other side when we take a look at motorsport in general we have achieved 21 titles and this is also another record and motorsport engagement is the most important marketing tool we have by far. For sure this incredible success in motorsport is firing-up the company’s revenues and the brand awareness and it is incredibly important. There were some amazing stories in 2021: Miguel’s podium streak, Brad’s win at home, Pedro Acosta, the Moto2 title fight. We cannot wait to see what will happen in 2022. Riders who know how to win races also know how to win championships. It is up to us now to give them the right material, the right structure, the right team and the right situation. So, the right backup from the factory. If everything comes together then the riders will be the ones helping all of us achieve our goals.”

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Moto2 American Racing : The interview pas langue de bois de Matthieu Grodecoeur ! (Game 1/2)

Malgré quelques belles prestations ici et la, la saison 2022 Moto2 a été difficult pour les belles Kalex de l’American Racing Team, le très titré Cameron Beaubier concrétisant rarement sa vitesse en piste et Sean Dylan Kelly figurant souvent dans les profondeurs du classement malgré des essais de pré-saison encourageants.

Avec un fer de lance concluant 17e et un espoir 29e, dresser le bilan avec Matthieu Grodecoeur, le responsible technique de the structure américaine, aurait pu aboutir à a classique interview mêlant excuses et langue de bois, voire même à un refus… C’est tout le contraire ! Un fait suffisamment rare pour être souligné et tout à l’honneur de l’ingénieur français que l’on remercie grandement !

Matthieu, what is your plan for the 2022 season for the American Racing Team?

Matthieu Grodecoeur : « Dans l’ensemble, le bilan est quand me assez mauvais. On est clairement passé très très loin de tous nos objectifs, pour different raisons. Chaque pilote avait ses proper objects en fonction de son parcours précédent. L’objectif de base était quand meme de jouer le plus possible devant avec Cameron et d’essayer de mark des points de temps en temps avec Sean. On a réussi à mark des points de temps en temps avec Sean, mais sur des conditions particulières et on n’a pas réussi à retrouver en saison le niveau de performance qu’il a eu lors des essais hivernaux. On sait que les projects basés sur des pilotes qui viennent de l’extérieur, et pas forcément du milieu des Grands Prix, sont compliqués mais on était déjà passé par là avec Iker (Lecuona) donc on savait qu’il ne fallait pas toujours se fier à la première impression : Par exemple, with Iker, sa première vraie saison en 2017 a été très, très compliquée, avec beaucoup de blessures et pas de point. Pourtant, on avait confiance en lui et à la fin de 2017 tout le monde voulait le virer, KTM les premieres, et pourtant il a fait une super saison 2018, une super saison 2019 et il a même fini par rouler chez KTM. Donc il ne faut jamais vraiment lâcher le morceau, mais c’est clair que c’est clairement compliqué de se jeter dans le milieu des Grands Prix Moto2 quand on ne vient pas de la Moto3. »

« Donc avec Sean on est passé à côté parce que je pense qu’il ya une gestion de la pression et de la manière de travailler que l’on n’a pas su corriger : Même si l’on a détecté les erreurs très tôt , on n’a pas su les corriger d’une manière collective, que ce soit moi ou que ce soit John (Hopkins). On a eu beaucoup beaucoup de mal à trouver les clés meme si on sait qu’il a la capacité d’aller vite, comme il l’avait montré lors des tests hivernaux à Jerez, que ce soit en 2021 or février 2022. Globalement, je ne sais pas pourquoi : Il ya eu des séances qui ont montré des signs encourageants, mais dans l’ensemble, oui, c’était très loin de ce qu’on voulait. L’idée est donc de beaucoup travailler cet hiver pour essayer de comprendre et commencer la saison 2023 sur un pied different. On a donc d’embaucher Julien Robert de chez Marc VDS en tant que crew chief, en espérant que lui arrive à canaliser ça par le travail et la communication, et à extraire le maximum de Sean. On a donc un peu réorgané l’équipe par rapport à ça et on verra comment ça va se passer. »

« Du côté de Cameron, c’était compliqué parce que c’était quelqu’un qui arrivait de l’extérieur avec un palmarès, et qui arrivait aussi avec un age relativement avancé. Il a donc été difficile de lui inculquer le fait qu’il fallait s’entraîner, car s’il avait clairement la vitesse necessaire, pour finir il faut aussi avoir “la caisse”. Il ya donc eu beaucoup d’erreurs en course, avec the erreurs de stratégie et des chutes en fin de course. En interne, cela a été un peu compliqué, car Eitan (Butbul), le propriétaire, et moi, nous avions un avis assez différent de John et Stuart, le crew chief, sur la manière d’aborder les choses. Eux étaient très “il faut laisser faire le pilote” et nous on disait plutôt qu’il valait quand meme mieux finir les courses et marquer des points : Septième, c’est mieux que de finir par terre !
Cela a donc été clairement une galère, globalment parce qu’il ne s’est pas entraîné de l’année. Il s’est complete reposé sur sa capacité à aller vite, sans essayer de construct les choses de manière différente, en essayant d’aller un peu moins vite mais en allant jusqu’au bout. In bulk, on a vraiment eu la sensation qu’après le Portugal il research uniquement à faire le podium : Si le podium n’était pas là, il valait mieux tomber. Ça a été très très dur à vivre de voir qu’on a une capacité de faire des choses et qu’on jette toutes nos chances à la poubelle tous les weekends ! Le nombre de fois où cela est arrivé est indescriptible ! La Thailande, c’est incompréhensible : Le gars, il n’a pas dû voir qu’il pleuvait ! Je ne sais pas, je ne comprends pas : Comment tu peux te retrouver par terre comme ça en quatre virages, en sachant que la course va être longue ? Plein de fois, il aurait pu faire des trucs de dingue, et plein de fois, ça a fini par terre. »

« Je tiens quand meme à préciser que ce n’est pas du tout lié à sa decision de partir, parce que nous, nous étions convaincus qu’il fallait continuer avec lui. En fait, sa decision de partir est plutôt liée à un certain mal du pays et au fait qu’il va être papa. Donc pour lui, il n’arrivait pas à faire ce qu’il voulait en Europe, il était loin de sa famille et il va avoir un enfant : You coup c’était plus logique pour lui de retourner chez lui.
Le gros souci dans all ça, c’est que ça a été décidé beaucoup trop tard, et il n’y avait donc aucune chance pour nous de nous returner : Cela a été un vrai problem dans la sélection d’un deuxième pilote, car au moment où il nous a annoncé ça, il n’y avait plus de pilote available. On an essayé de se battre un peu pour Senna (Agius, 2e du CEV) mais vu que l’IRTA et la Dorna refusaient categoriquement de le faire rouler (en debut de saison), c’est compliqué de prendre quelqu’un pour seulement Quelques courses. »

Merci, on comprend mieux pourquoi l’année prochaine votre pilote le plus rapide ne sera pas là et pourquoi vous gardez celui qui s’est montré moins rapide…
D’un point de vue technique, on a vu que vous aviez signé un accord avec BOSS AI, une société d’intelligence artificielle, un domaine que tu utilisais déjà pour les pneus, comme Ducati le fait depuis plusieurs années en MotoGP avec MegaRide. Est-ce que tu peux nous en dire un peu plus là-dessus ?

A suivre demain…

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10 Supercars You Won’t Believe Are Slower Than A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon



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Supercars are amazing machines which constantly push the boundaries of speed and technology. Most are designed in wind tunnels to achieve the optimum drag coefficient, coupled with an engine and drivetrain that perfectly fits the vehicle to create a balance of elegance and poise. the dodges Challenger SRT Demon ignores most of this philosophy.

Instead of bodywork sculpted by the wind, the SRT Demon uses a regular widebody Challenger and an engine that would wake up a graveyard. The Demon’s approach to straight-line speed is sheer brute force, punching the air as it thunders down the drag strip – all eight cylinders at their full potential and the massive supercharger screaming as the revs build. The SRT Demon completes the 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.3 seconds on regular tarmac, while a treated drag surface slashes it down to just 2.1 seconds. This is an incredible feat as all 840 hp and 770 lb-ft goes to the rear wheels only. Granted, the fantastical 840 horses are only available when using race fuel and when the special drag mode is selected. In all other cases, the ‘normal’ mode Demon only has to do with a measly 808 hp.

The Challenger SRT Demon was only ever available for the 2018 model year, but it left a lasting impact on the American muscle car world, showingcasing that massively powerful production cars are viable. For interest’s sake, here are ten proper supercars which you won’t believe are slower to 60 mph than the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Related: 9 Things We Now Know About The Lotus Evija

10 Lotus Evija-3 Seconds

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The Lotus Evija is currently the most powerful production vehicle on sale, sporting an incredible 1,970 hp from four electric motors. The Evija may be ridiculously powerful, but is more than half a second slower to 60 mph than the SRT Demon.

The reason it’s not the quickest and fastest electric car ever made is because Lotus focused on the sheer ferocity of the acceleration. The Evija takes 3 seconds to get to 60 mph, but only 9 seconds to get to 186 mph – which is astounding.

9 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series – 2.8 seconds

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the latest AMG model to get the Black Series treatment, making it one of the most powerful car the brand from Affalterbach ever made. Along with the host of exterior and chassis upgrades, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 720 hp and 590 lb-ft.

The AMG GT Black Series accelerates to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, thanks to special tires and an advanced traction control system. Many motoring journalists praised the AMG GT Black for its dynamics, calling it a front-engine McLaren 720S – a high compliment indeed .

8th W Motors Lykan Hypersport – 2.8 seconds

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The Lykan Hypersport is most famous for its ridiculous stunt in a Fast and Furious movie, where it jumped from one building to another. It was the first car produced by the UAE-based Lebanese company and made headlines thanks to its crystal and ruby-infused headlights.

The Lykan features a 3.7-liter twin-turbo flat-6 from Porsche, but heavily modified by Ruf to produce 740 hp and 708 lb-ft of torque. All the power goes to the rear wheels only, which results in a 0-60 mph sprint of just 2.8 seconds. Not bad for a company’s first time out.

7 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 – 2.6 seconds

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The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is currently taking up most of the talk in the motor industry, especially since it emulates one of the greatest Ferraris of all time – the 458. It also holds the record for the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever made, producing 670 hp from a 5.5 liter unit.

The Z06 screams all the way to the redline in classic Ferrari style and even though it’s rear drive only, it accelerates to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds – faster than most supercars in its class. The Z06 is still no match for the SRT Demon though – especially not on a prepped surface.

Related: 10 Exotic Supercars Slower And More Expensive Than The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06

6 Bugatti Divo – 2.6 seconds

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The Bugatti Divo is a special version of the Chiron which has a different body and more aerodynamic panels to give it greater downforce and grip around a track. It’s not quite as good as the current Chiron Pur Sport, but it’s still a force within the Bugatti line-up.

Powering the Divo is the same 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 as in the Chiron, producing 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to all four wheels via a special 7-speed dual clutch, resulting in a 0-60 time of just 2.6 seconds. It’s probably all the radiators keeping it from going faster.

5 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – 2.5 seconds

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The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the ultimate track-ready version of the model, featuring more wings and vents than a Formula One car. The Aventador SVJ also benefits from an upgraded engine and a mustache on the front lip.

The 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 produces 760 hp and 531 lb-ft powering all four wheels via a 7-speed sequential automated-manual transmission. It gets to 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.5 seconds and does a mini four-wheel burnout on the way there.

4 Koenigsegg Jesko Attack – 2.5 seconds

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The Koenigsegg Jesko is the latest iteration of the Swedish company’s ultra-fast two-seaters, which seem to break the laws of speed every time they are run. The Jesko comes in two distinct trims – Attack and Absolut, with the latter going for the fastest production car trophy.

The Jesko Attack is a track-focused version which has an elegant wing in the back and enough downforce to glue it to the ground. The Jesko’s 5.1-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 1,603 hp which helps it to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds – despite being rear-wheel-drive.

Related: Here’s What Makes The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut An Absolute Dream Car

3 McLaren P1 – 2.5 seconds

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The McLaren P1 was one-third of the great motoring trinity of 2013-2014. It was nicknamed ‘Widowmaker’ by Jeremy Clarkson and is constantly considered one of the best modern hypercars ever made.

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 in the middle, mated to an electric motor, produces a combined 903 hp and allowed the P1 to rocket to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. It can also drive along on electric power alone – if such a need ever arises.

2 Nissan GT-R Nismo – 2.4 seconds

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The Nissan GT-R R35 is now well over a decade old, but it still remains relevant within the supercar world. The GT-R Nismo is the most hardcore version of the model, featuring the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 as the standard car, but with power boosted to 600 hp.

The Nismo has slightly shorter gearing and a host of aerodynamic features which makes it a fantastic track car. The result of all these upgrades is a 0-60 mph time of just 2.4 seconds – not bad for a chassis from 2008.

1 LaFerrari – 2.4 seconds

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Ferrari like to give themselves presents for their own birthdays, and their 70th was no different. The LaFerrari – because it would be the best Ferrari they ever made – was based on the technologies from the FXX series of cars, but with added hybrid power.

The 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 got an electric motor and produced a combined 950 hp – more than the McLaren F1 or Porsche 918 Spyder. Despite its rear-wheel-drive, LaFerrari accelerated to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. It was still beaten by the Challenger SRT Demon – a car which cost nearly 17 times cheaper!



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10 Fun Facts About The Incredible McLaren Senna



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While McLaren Automotive may be located in the British borough of Woking; one of the company’s more groundbreaking supercars of the 21st century has its roots in São Paulo, Brazil. Named after the late, great racing superstar Ayrton Senna, the mid-engined McLaren Senna was unveiled in late 2017 as the third entry in its Ultimate series behind the P1 and F1. While not an immediate descendant of either the P1 or F1, the design and execution of the Senna are pure McLaren with a fanatical adherence to the company’s “form follows function” mantra. Adherence means a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine giving the street-legal Senna a whopping 789 horsepower and an absurd attention-to-aerodynamic-detail design allotting this supercar 800 kilograms of downforce.

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10 The Dihedral Doors Were Inspired By The McLaren F1

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A front shot of a powder blue 2018 McLaren Senna with its doors open.

The Senna’s dihedral doors are reminiscent of the McLaren F1. With their unique panels constructed of lightweight, toughened Gorilla Glass, they help create a driving cockpit that immerses the driver in its environment. The inspiration for this awe-inspiring panoramic view from the cockpit was the 360-degree field of vision a helicopter pilot enjoys mid-flight. The absurd stability of the Senna’s MonoCage III means that the roof pillars do not need to be overly thick which translates to incredible visibility for the driver. This is the visibility needed when cornering the Senna at its top speeds.

9 The Senna’s Acceleration Is Extreme, To Say The Least

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Driver side profile of a red McLaren Senna.

McLaren dropped a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine into the Senna with a seven-speed transmission that ratchets up 800 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to the Senna’s rear wheels. The Formula 1-inspired Ignition cut technology utilized in the transmission creates a transitory pause of the fuel spark mid-gearshift which allows for the almost instantaneous gearshift. This transmission tech, in addition to a software-based launch-control function, helps boost the Senna to 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds of acceleration time. As for the Senna’s Quarter mile time, this hypercar can go from a complete stop to finish in 10.1 seconds and top off at about 153 miles per hour.

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8th This Supercar Is A Testimony To McLaren And Senna’s Partnership

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A close-up of the Senna logo on a McLaren Senna in its “carbon theme” presentational style.

After joining the McLaren Formula 1 team in 1988, McLaren won the Formula One World Constructor’s Championship titles four years in a row with Ayrton Senna winning thirty-five Formula One Grand Prix races as well as three Formula One World Driver’s Championship titles in 1988, 1990 , and 1991. This partnership between McLaren and Senna survived the tragic death of the Brazilian superstar at Imola in 1994. The unveiling of the McLaren Senna in 2017 served to not only introduce the road and motorsport world to McLaren’s world-class hypercar but also to bring well-deserved attention to Senna’s Instituto Ayrton Senna, which helps to provide comprehensive education and opportunities for the development of underprivileged children in Brazil.

7 Lightweight Carbon Fiber Construction On The Senna

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Rear 3/4 view of the 2018 McLaren Senna

As the structural basis for the Senna, McLaren has installed the MonoCage III carbon fiber chassis. The MonoCage III is the next evolutionary step after the MonoCage II found in the McLaren 720s. According to McLaren, the MonoCage III is the most durable monocoque McLaren has ever constructed for a road-legal vehicle. This intensely durable, lightweight structure system works in conjunction with the Senna’s powertrain and complex aerodynamic system to bolster the Senna’s performance. It’s also incredibly lightweight, and with every body panel fastened to the chassis also being constructed of carbon fiber, the Senna is the lightest McLaren since the F1.

Related: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Legendary McLaren F1

6 The Senna’s aerodynamic design is world class

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A close-up of the aerodynamic design of the McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna can generate an astounding 800 kilograms of downforce, for reference that is 200 kilograms more than the P1. What creates this level of aerodynamic performance is the one-two punch of the Senna’s front aero blades and the active rear wing channeling airflow in the most efficient fashion and allowing the driver to confidently corner and brake later than usual for a hypercar of this caliber. Aerodynamic and cooling instruments adorn the rear clamshell of the Senna. A gurney flap situated just before stepped louvers acts as a repellant to air redirecting it around the side of the Senna ultimately pushing it towards the rear wing helping to generate 590 pound-feet of torque on the rear wheels.

5 The McLaren Senna Doesn’t Come Up For Sale Often

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Rear 3/4 of a blue McLaren Senna in a McLaren show room.

It’s definitely not easy. But pre-owned Sennas are popping up at rare and exotic car dealerships and auctions here and there. In late 2020, Post Malone listed one of his three incredibly rare 2019 McLaren Senna XP for sale. So there’s hope you might see one if you keep your eyes peeled to Mecum. Just be ready to shell out some serious coin if you want to find yourself behind one of these hypercars that takes about 300 hours to construct. The going price right now for a pre-owned McLaren Senna is anywhere from $1.2 to $1.5 million dollars.

Related: McLaren M6 GT: The Supercar that Came Before the F1

4 McLaren Unveiled A “Track-only” Senna GTR In 2018

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Aerial shot of a MCU of the front bumper and hood and a McLaren Senna GTR concept.

McLaren revealed the Senna GTR at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. A “track-only” version of the hypercar, the GTR features pared-down aerodynamics and a dual-clutch race transmission system for quicker gear changes and Pirelli fastest racing tires which make it the non-F1 vehicle to come from the McLaren firm. As a division of McLaren’s Ultimate Series, the production run of the GTR only yielded 75 units, all of which were built to custom order. The GTR generates 1000 kilograms of downforce, 814 horsepower, and tops out at a speed of 211 mph. The FIA ​​has tapped the GTR of one of several potential models that could serve as a replacement for the Le Mans Prototype class.

3 The Initial Production Run Limited To Only 500 McLaren Sennas

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Rear 3/4 shot of a 2018 Emerald Green McLaren Senna in a garage

After its online unveiling in December 2017, McLaren went to work on the initial production of the McLaren Sennas producing only 500 units all of which were sold in advance. The asking price of the Senna was a whopping 750,000 GBP or roughly $1 million USD. Once word got out that Senna would represent McLaren’s most powerful street-legal vehicle to date the demand went supersonic with the final build slot being auctioned off for an insane $2.67 million dollars. While this absurd amount of money is more than double the original asking price, the proceeds from the auction were donated to charity.

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2 McLaren Also Constructed An Incredibly Rare Le Mans tribute Senna

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Rear 3/4 of the McLaren Senna Tribute GTR

Much like the Senna GTR, the McLaren Senna LM is a track-inspired rendition of the Senna. Unlike the GTR the Senna LM is street legal. The LM features a unique orange livery that serves as a tribute to the McLaren F1 LM – to honor McLaren’s 1995 win at Le Mans. The Senna LM features titanium panels, LM branding, and OZ center-lock wheels featuring a throwback design. McLaren produced only 35 units of the Senna LM with only 5 units for the US Market. All 5 units produced for the United States were produced for the same person! A VIP client in Florida still owns 3 of the 5 LMs. 2 of the 5 were sold to car collectors with one of these models being wrecked after an accident in 2020 by F1 driver Adrian Sutil.

1 For Us Mere Mortals, There’s The Lego Version Of The McLaren Senna

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An orange and gray McLaren Senna constructed entirely from legos.

If you are truly determined to get behind the wheel of a McLaren Senna then for $49.99 you can (sort of) do just that! The Lego Technic series has created an 830-piece McLaren Senna GTR replica for kids ages 10 and up. The set features all the necessary pieces for you to create an astonishingly accurate yet smaller version of the GTR. You can even see the detailed moving pistons of the GTR’s powerful V8 engine as well as the dihedral doors! The Lego set includes 46 decals, and takes about 2 hours to build resulting in your very own Senna GTR that’s three inches high, 12 inches long, and four inches wide when finished!


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Aston Martin make surprising claim about Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel



Aston Martin make surprising claim about Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel

Eyebrows were raised over the summer break last year when it was announced that Fernando Alonso would be moving to Aston Martin to replace the retiring Sebastian Vettel in 2023.

The Spaniard would be ditching the best of the rest at Alpine to join a team struggling towards the back of the grid for seemingly no good reason.

Towards the end of the season however, Aston Martin got to grips with the major regulation changes and their performance improved drastically, allowing Vettel to bow out of the sport with a Q3 appearance and point scoring race in Abu Dhabi.

With Alonso expressing his happiness with how his first few weeks with Aston Martin have gone, team principal Mike Krack has suggested that the 41-year-old take the team further than Vettel was able to.

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“Seb is a four-time world champion, but he is a different person, he has taken the decision to stop when Fernando has taken the decision to continue for longer, that changes the motivation of the team,” he told AS.

“There are dynamics in the team around that.

“We are grateful for what Sebastian has brought, he took the team to a different level; but the combination of the investment behind it and Fernando’s hunger will take us even further.”

The Aston Martin boss has even claimed that Alonso is arguably the fastest driver on the grid, claiming that they only thing the Spaniard needs to be able to win races for the team is a competitive car.

“In a car identical to everyone else’s, [he is] on the front row,” he said when asked about Alonso’s pace.

READ: Aston Martin accidentally leaks their 2023 Formula 1 car

“The main task is to provide a car that is capable of doing that for Fernando. If we produce it, he will put it where it needs to be.”

Alonso himself has claimed that from what he has seen during his first couple of tests with Aston Martin, the team is capable of challenging for championships within a couple of seasons.

With talented individuals such as Dan Fallows behind the scenes and Fernando Alonso in the car, the future looks bright for the team in green.



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Webber predicts ‘dangerous’ Red Bull in 2023 despite penalty



Webber predicts 'dangerous' Red Bull in 2023 despite penalty

Mark Webber has predicted that Red Bull will remain the most “dangerous” team in 2023, despite the squad facing a penalty for breaching the 2021 cost cap.

The Milton Keynes-based squad achieved both championships in 2022, with Max Verstappen winning a record-breaking 15 races en route to his second title while the outfit claimed the Constructors’ crown for the first time since 2013.

Ferrari posed an early challenge before losing momentum as the campaign progressed. Meanwhile, Mercedes struggled with issues such as porpoising on their W13, though displayed signs of progress during the latter stages of the season.

While Verstappen has suggested that his rivals could be more of a threat in 2023, Webber believes that this remark was “very polite of Max”.

Webber: Everyone has to lift their games

“Red Bull are still the most dangerous team coming out of the blocks,” Webber told Autosport.

“Actually, everyone has to lift their games in all aspects. We saw that Mercedes had great reliability, Ferrari of course less so. But Red Bull had good reliability and were strong at all tracks.

“And Max, it’s just ‘Formula 1 plus’ for him at times. I think the highlight for me was to see what he did through the field in Spa. That was just unbelievable.”

How will Red Bull be impacted by penalty?

One factor that will be different for Red Bull going into 2023 is the punishment that the team have received for breaching the 2021 cost cap.

It was confirmed in October that the squad had been ordered to pay a $7 million fine, along with having to forfeit 10 per cent of their aerodynamic development allowance.

Verstappen has previously suggested that the penalty will “hurt” Red Bull, while team boss Christian Horner claimed that the punishment could cost them “up to half a second per lap”.

Webber admits that the impact of the sanction is hard to predict, but expects the outfit to handle it.

“I don’t think anyone really knows how much that’s going to impact them, but I’m sure they’ve got enough creative people there to keep it going,” the former F1 driver said.

“But I think we also don’t know how much Mercedes have given up on this year. In some ways, giving up is not the right word, because there’s always some learning for next year.

“But I mean how they allocated the time, the R&D [Research and Development] and the money under the budget cap between last year and the 2023 car.

“Thanks to those elements, it’s going to be fascinating to see how the first quarter plays out next season.”



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