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Hypercars are the very peak of automotive performance in the world. They are resoundingly sleek in design and simply bursting with innovation. These swift and steadfast automotive stunners represent the topmost layer of the topmost shelf, taking the supercar concept to its furthest extremes. As you’re probably aware, supercars are limited edition sports cars developed and produced by artisans, who do their best to push the limits of possibility.

Consequently, supercars are low in supply, but outrageously high in everything else, including power, speed, luxury, quality and price. Crank those insane specs up a few more notches and you’re in hypercar territory, where each model brings only the wildest ideas to life. And while the odds of actually owning a hypercar are slim to none, you can do the next best thing by scoping the list below.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR PRO

Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version.

Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight.

The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times. For about $3 to $4 million USD, you can own one of these beasts.

Lykan Hypersport

The Lykan Hypersport is a Lebanese limited production sports car manufactured by W Motors, a United Arab Emirates based company, founded in 2012 in Lebanon with the collaboration of Lebanese, French, and Italian engineers. It is the first sports car to be designed and produced indigenously in the Middle East.

The production of the car was limited to a planned total of just seven units. The first pre-production Lykan HyperSport was unveiled to the public at the Qatar Motor Show in February 2013

At US$3.4 million, the Lykan HyperSport was the third most expensive production car at time of its production. The HyperSport is the first car to have headlights with embedded jewels; they contain titanium LED blades with 420 diamonds (15cts); although buyers have a selection of rubies, diamonds, yellow diamonds, and sapphires to be integrated into the vehicle’s headlights at purchase based on the colour choice. The car also uses a holographic display system on the centre console with interactive motion features, as well as gold stitching on the seats.

Mclaren P1 LM

The McLaren P1 is a British limited-production plug-in hybrid sports car produced by McLaren Automotive. Of this production run, five P1 LMs were sold and the sixth, the prototype P1 LM codenamed ‘XP1 LM,’ has been retained and is being used for development and testing. In order to convert the cars into the P1 LM specification, Lanzante Motorsport made changes to the drivetrain hardware (to increase power output), employed a modified rear wing and larger front splitter along with dive planes (to improve downforce) and removed the air-jack system and installed Inconel catalytic converter pipes and exhaust headers, lightweight fabricated charge coolers, Lexan windows, lighter seats (similar to those used in the F1 GTR) and a titanium exhaust system, bolts and fixings (to save weight).

The P1 LM also features a larger twin-turbocharged V8 engine than the P1 and P1 GTR at 3,994 cc (4.0 L) with an 8,500 rpm red line. The top speed is limited to 214 mph (345 km/h). The P1 LM holds the record for the fastest lap at Nurburgring and goes for about $3.6 million USD to own one.

Lamborghini Veneno

The Lamborghini Veneno is consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability, giving the vehicle the authentic, dynamic experience of a racing prototype, yet it is fully certified for the road.
The lightweight design of the carbon fiber frame is not only visibly evident, it also proves itself on the scales with a power-to-weight ratio of 1.93 kg/hp (4.23 CV/lbs), and thanks to its forceful twelve-cylinder, the Veneno guarantees a performance that is nothing short of mind-blowing.

Just like the front end, the rear of the Veneno has also been optimized for underbody aerodynamics and high speed cornering stability. The carbon fiber monocoque is also visible inside the car, most notably in the area of the central tunnel and the sills.
The two lightweight bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. The lightweight woven carbon fiber CarbonSkin is used to clad the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner. These measures help reduce the weight and increase the driving fun up to unprecedent levels. To acquire one of these cars, one needs about $4.5 million USD.

Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita

Also called Diamond on Wheels, Trevita is a Swedish abbreviation that translates into “three whites”. The Koenigsegg visible carbon weave bodywork is renowned around the globe for its uniqueness and perfection. Prior to the Trevita, car manufacturers only had access to traditional black carbon fibres. Koenigsegg developed a unique coated fiber solution for the Trevita program that transformed the fibers from black to a sparkling, silvery white.

When sunlight hits the Trevita, it sparkles as if millions of tiny white diamonds are infused inside the visible carbon fiber bodywork. The Trevita features a unique double carbon rear wing, inconell exhaust system, carbon ceramic brakes with ABS, airbags, paddle-shift, chrono instrument cluster, infotainment system, tire monitoring system and a hydraulic lifting system. The Trevita was originally intended to be a limited edition of three examples.

The white carbon fibre used for the Trevita made the car extremely difficult and time consuming to manufacture, however, and a decision was taken to make the car even more exclusive and limit the number of Trevitas made to just two. It costs about $4.8 million USD to own one.

Mercedes Maybach Exelero

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The Maybach Exelero is a one-off high-performance sports car made by German manufacturer Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler. The Exelero was commissioned by Fulda, a German subsidiary of Goodyear, to test their new Carat Exelero tire range. The Exelero was the second vehicle to serve as a one-off show car for Fulda’s high performance tire range, the first being the Gemballa Extremo in 1996.

In collaboration with Maybach, the initial design of the Exelero was to be influenced by the Maybach SW 38 and built on the platform of the Maybach 57. Another important design stipulation from Fulda was that the car should be able to reach speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph) so that the physical limits of the Exelero tires could be tested. The Exelero is powered by a twin turbo V12 engine made by Maybach and mounted at 60º. Each cylinder has 3 valves, and a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The Exelero costs $8 million USD.

Rolls Royce Sweptail

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The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a one-off large luxury car made in the United Kingdom by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. At the time of its May 2017 on 31 August debut at the yearly Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event it was the most expensive new automobile in the world, costing around $12.8 million.

The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is hand-built, and inspired by coachbuilding of the 1920s and 1930s. The Sweptail was commissioned bespoke in 2013 as a one-off automobile, at the request of a super-yacht and aircraft specialist who had a unique idea in mind. Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars described the Sweptail as “the automotive equivalent of Haute couture”.

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Changan- To disrupt Ghana’s Automobile Market!

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June, 2019 marked the official press launch of Changan in Ghana. A brand that has dominated China’s automobile industry since its inception. The launch took place at Stallion Motors Ghana LTD Office (Stallion Group) located at Obetsebi Lamptey circle  where a range of Changan vehicles were unveiled for all present to witness. These vehicles looked very astonishing and with prices starting from as low as $12, 999 equivalent in Ghana cedis, one will say these brand of Changan SUVs and saloon cars will definitely disrupt the automobile sales industry in Ghana as they have very good model line-up for SUV’s and Sedan with 5 years or 100,000 kms warranty.

History of Changan Automobile

The first thing we may think about when buying a new car is safety and a long lasting feature, whether for personal use, family or an organisation, and that is precisely what Changan stands for; Cháng – long lasting/forever (长) and ān (安) – safe/secure that makes Cháng’ ān (长安).

Changan has been in the Chinese Automobile Industry for 153 years with 33 over years’ experience in building and selling passenger car vehicles. This brand can boast of being an early leader in the Chinese auto industry and currently a top selling Chinese automotive brand sitting confidently amongst the top four automobile groups in China.

Founded in Shanghai in 1862 by Li Hongzhang, the brand’s mission is to pioneer auto culture and benefit human life with a vision to build world’s leading automobile enterprise that later moved to Chongqing in 1937.

Changan has over 33 years’ experience in car-making since it started auto business in 1984 and produced their first batch of small size vehicles in China, and became one of the top four Chinese automobile manufacturing groups in 2009 with a total sales volume of Changan brand vehicles exceeding 10 million in 2014 and a sale volume exceeding 1 million in 2015 for Changan brand passenger vehicles.

All over the globe Changan has a footprint; 12 global production bases (3 under construction) and 32 vehicle and engine plants. Changan has 6000 sales and service stations covering 60 countries, with 150,000 professional service staff providing consumers with pleasant experience anytime, anywhere. The company also uses over 20 APPs and WeChat official accounts for customer service to ensure immediate response to customers. The brand also partners with other top vehicle manufacturers like Suzuki (1993), Ford (2001), JMC (2004), Mazda (2005) and PSA (2010) to deliver the best vehicles.

The Research and Development of Changan Automobile

Research and Development (R&D) is key for Changan hence an R&D network is established in Chongqing, Beijing, Hefei and Hebei of China, Turin of Italy, Nottingham of UK, Detroit of USA, and Yokohama of Japan. A world class talent team made up of over 90,000 employees, including 10,000 R&D personnel globally (6,000 dedicated to Changan brand) and over 400 senior experts from 15 different nations. 13 of them are included in China’s Recruitment Program of Global Experts. Changan attracts the largest number of experts among Chinese auto companies.

Changan’s unique R&D strength is ranked number 1 in the Chinese automobile industry for 8 years. The styling and package, structural design and performance development, test validation and evaluation, simulation analysis and prototype process forms the digitalized coordination capability and project management capability to support five core strength.

It is assuring to note that, Changan vehicles go through several field and laboratory tests such as crash safety, NVH, master ESP, TCS, VVT, TCT, ICCS and other advanced technologies. The cars have also gone through extreme climate tests in extremely low temperature of -52℃ in Russian snowfield and China’s north border Mohe, extremely high temperature of 50℃ in Turpan and Middle East dessert, an altitude of over 5200m in Qinghai-Tibet plateau and a performance test in extremely high-dust land (120mg/cm³).

Changan has the largest dynamic ground with the most comprehensive functions and highest precision in Asia. A 2 billion RMB investment that built a 224-hectare Changan comprehensive proving ground.

In addition to this, Changan very much believes in the era of smart technologies. Changan 2015 car models have assisted driving, and have upgraded to half automated driving in 2018. Plans are far advanced to have fully automatic driving Changan vehicles by 2025 and beyond. A smart vehicle R&D team with 1500 engineers will be setup to develop technology and products in smart connectivity.

For the past 3 years, Changan has penetrated the African market and now has an assembling plant in Nigeria. Seeing the success chalked in Nigeria, the team has brought the top class vehicles to Ghana; 5 powerful SUVs and 1 smart looking saloon car.

The Changan Brands

Changan’s brand pride comes with a hi-tech and fashionable design. These astounding cars are efficient, clean, safe and smart.

Changan has successfully launched a series of classic products; CS75, CS35, CS15, Raeton, Eado, Alsvin, CX70, Oushang and has more than 8500 customers across the world choosing Changan every day.

Available in the Ghanaian market is CS95, CS75, CS55, CS35 ( available in Luxurious & Distinguished model), CS15 in SUV’s and sedan range has Alsvin  V3 & Eado models.

CS95 in Simplicity…

This model has a simple design appearance but has all the essential elements with extraordinary functions. The car has a succinct visual language and powerful to the core. An absolute high performance full size SUV!

The CS95 is equipped with Blue Core 2.0L turbo GDI engine, has maximum output 171 kW at 5000-55000 rpm and maximum torque 360 Nm at 1750-3500 rpm. The tyres are 245/60 R18, 245/55 R19 and wheels a two-tone aluminium alloy. It also has a fuel tank capacity of 64 litres. Along with dozens of advanced technology, the CS95 is built to have high performance, low fuel consumption, low emissions and high quality harshness (NVH) performance.

It offers supreme comfortability as the design adopts classic design concepts and methods from a couple of industry top brands and the NVH performance of the deep-sea mute is also adopted. The Changan CS95 is a large multipurpose city SUV with seven seats.

The Timeless Beauty, CS75

This urban design CS75 is a beauty that will have customers enjoy being the focus of the car. The front Grille has a rugged styling; suggesting power and performance, a streamline waistline that suggests powerful performance, and the chrome plated trim elements really shimmering to give it that classy look.

The electronic parking system (EPB), electronic power-assisted steering (EPS), and electronic stability control facilitate easier driving and is equipped with a Changan 1.8L turbocharged Blue Core engine paired with an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission running on a 58 litres capacity fuel tank.

CS75 has all the cool tech! It is equipped with the user friendly in call interconnection system, all-around service, remote control system, voice recognition, push-to-talk, built-in hard disk music player, iPod Music play, phone projection, application store, emergency rescue service and anti-theft tracking function.

Safety is a top priority in all Changan vehicles so the CS75 also has automatic parking, 6 airbags, and several safeguards like; electronic parking system, tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360 panoramic system.

Such pulchritude!

Obsidian CS55!

Think hot volcanic lava cooling down sturdily and later becoming a unique glasslike rock. That’s the inspiration for this Changan model. Changan’s design philosophy and strategy was applied here, it was designed and developed by Changan’s European design team who were truly inspired by nature.

CS55 get its red appearance by using an advanced triple layer coating process that gives the car its smooth texture. The red metal layer is made up of bright aluminium powder. To put the final touch, a Nano-level material colour spray is applied. The body of the car has a dynamic rhythm, talk about the diving waistline together with the chrome trim below the windows, the blue whale tailed C column and suspending roof design model on the side line of the vehicle body just gives a different feel to the whole CS55. The lights are gorgeous as well, high-quality LED lamps and obsidian-profile 3D trail with LED tail lights. It has 18-inch two-tone stylish wheel hub, a dual-coloured floating roof.

On the inside is a different look all together; it has an x element capsule shaped panel. Sitting elegantly on it is the 8-inch LCD control screen, it has stylish keypads and chrome details. It integrates the in call system, rear view camera (carried on some vehicle models), panoramic image (carried on more premium models), GPS, ADAS functional switching and other smart technology, thus truly realising touch-and-go.

The car is enjoyable, very spacious and offers comfort too. Another fascinating tech in the CS55 is the independent temperature control; the intelligent air conditioning makes it possible to have different temperatures in different areas. It allows you to independently control the temperature in driving seat, passenger seat and the backseat. A PM 2.5 filter and Plasma Generator is also fitted in the car.

The engine is the new Blue Core 1.5T DVVT DOHC all-aluminium alloy engine. Efficient fuel consumption is achieved with the Bosch STT to stop the engine when at a standstill and automatically ignite again when moving again. Under typical urban driving conditions, this gives fuel savings between 5-15%. It’s also equipped with Aisin new 6AT transmission, CS55 possess advanced gear technology, and offers rapid gear shifts and quick control functions as well as contributes to a strong fuel economy.

An intelligent and secure car with Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-warning Assistant Braking, Hill Descent Control, Hill-start Hold Control, Automatic Parking Assistance, 360 Panoramic System and several other advanced technologies that make this car exceptionally different!

CS35 Extraordinaire!

This model is indeed nifty. The CS35 has a stylish front fascia with simple yet sharp lights, shield-shaped chrome plated air inlet grille, a push-button, dual-mode, anti-pinch power sunroof, chrome plated window trim strip, a dynamic V-shaped aluminium alloy hub, eagle-eye crystal headlamp, eagle beak ribbon taillight and chrome plated double exhaust tips.

Every journey with this car promises to be enjoyable and comfortable. This car speaks luxury and comfort with its fashionable two-tone seats design. A cool central control that has a UI interface display showing clearer icons, night mode, and air conditioning status. It also has a sophisticated instrument panel with a bold ice blue look and backlit gauges and TFT display provides driver information with style and is virtually sound proof; low noise, vibration, and harshness

CS35 is simultaneously powerful and environmentally friendly. The fuel-saving equipment such as an intelligent generator with OAD technology, electric thermostats, and a variable displacement compressor, boosts performance while reducing fuel consumption. Isn’t that extraordinarily efficient?!

The engine is an all-aluminium alloy engine, Blue Core 1.6L DVVT DOHC, uses Aisin SS-II manual-auto all-in-one 5-speed manual transmission and a start-stop technology fuel-saving system. It also has extraordinary features like the Electronic Power-Assisted Steering, Automatic Parking Assistance and all-round safety features.

This particular model is  assembled in Nigeria.

Vibrant Alsvin V3

The Alsvin V3 is powerful with a feel young vibe. This car wants its user to feel young and be different!

A dynamic and family friendly sedan equipped with a new generation 1.5 litres Blue Core engine and Aisin SS-II automated manual transmission. It’s also using advanced technologies such as keyless entry, one-button start, electronic power system, professional chassis adjustment, flat rear floor, and 40 dB idling noise are some of the advanced features.

This model of Changan is very comfortable and spacious. The booth is surprisingly spacious for a saloon car. It also has great safety technology installed like the reverse camera at the rear.

At the press launch of Changan’s range of vehicles, the Brand Head, Mr. Manish Daryanani said the brand is building an image of vitality, progress, quality, and fashion, with passenger cars as the focus hence the promotion of Changan brand image in all aspects through high level platforms and events. He also made emphasis that Changan is here to stay with the hope of bringing customers both safety and happiness.

The Stallion Motors Ltd, located at Plot A1 & A2, Obetsebi lamptey Circle, is the authorized distributor for Sales & After-sales Service  in Ghana.

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