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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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4 stunning electric suv concepts for auto fanatics

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It’s been a long time coming but electric cars are finally set to make a breakthrough, with 2019 expected to be the year when they become a realistic option for most new car buyers.

By the end of this year, at least 25 different electric cars will be on sale, from small city models to tall and rugged Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

In this edition of Vaultz wheels, we shall be focusing on 4 stunning electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) concepts that will strike the auto market in the near future.

 

BYTON M-BYTE

The world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle. Designed with expressive proportions and iconic digital elements, the BYTON M-BYTE reminds you that future mobility is fueled by intelligence. You might say this car looks like an SUV, but smarter. And that’s exactly what it is: the first Smart Intuitive Vehicle!

With its masculine proportions and a length of 191 inches (4.85 meters), the BYTON M-BYTE shows its new design aesthetics in every aspect, including the closed front-end fascia, disappearing door handles, hidden antennas and a sleek, sloping roofline.

Conventional automotive styling features are giving way to innovative design icons. Side-view cameras replace side mirrors, iconic face recognition cameras provide user identification and BYTON Smart Surfaces show a situation-based interacting light design. These are just some of the intelligent signature elements that reinforce the visible digital power of the vehicle.

Your BYTON understands you like a trusted friend. It recognizes you through face recognition, talks to you and adapts to your needs. With a simple swipe of your fingers, you can intuitively operate the touch displays. And as communication is never a one-way street, BYTON Air Touch also responds to your hand gestures. All in all, it gives you five dimensions of control.

 

 

GAC ENVERGE

The ENVERGE is very catchy with outstanding features and its inexplicable design is its selling point. It is electric and very futuristic especially with its gull-wing doors, digital dash screen and unconventional head and tail lights. Reportedly, it will have a range of 370 miles on a single (full) charge.

A very ridiculous feature of the car is the fact that the headlights would slide out and detach to serve a flood lights, a feature GAC nicknamed “G-Light”. It’s an SUV coupe (only two doors) with wireless battery recharging and stipulated time for a 240-mile range in just 10 minutes.

 

 

GFG STYLE’S KANGAROO HYPER-SUV

Automotive Hall-of-Fame Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, Fabrizio, are behind the Italian company GFG Style “hyper-SUV” concept.

It’s called the Kangaroo and it resembles some of the other supercar concept designs seen. But, this one is different from the rest. A special adjustable hydraulic suspension system helps convert the concept from a sports car to an off-roader. Ride heights are able to vary from 5.5 inches in “Racing” mode to some 10.2 inches in “Off-Road” mode. The car’s front splitter can also retract while in “Off-Road” mode to improve approach angles on challenging terrain. Talk about a transition!

GFG Style says the Kangaroo can be used on any surface, from pavement, to sand, to mud. It comes with two electric motors, each rated at 241 horsepower. The combined output is listed at 482hp and 501 lb.-ft. of torque. A 90 kWh battery pack is said to deliver a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge.

Inside the vehicle, there’s three screens that dominate the space. One is an ultra-wide screen atop the dash that serves as the rear view mirror by displaying the output from a rear-facing camera. Another noticeable aspect of the interior is the color of the leather. The bright orange of the exterior is reflected inside.

While it’s certainly not holding its breath for this vehicle to make its way to production, GFG Style says it does plan on showing off a version of the Kangaroo concept wearing snow tracks. The design company wants people to see how the Kangaroo could be used for fun, while conquering some snow-covered terrains.

 

 

LAGONDA ALL-TERRAIN SUV

Lagonda All-Terrain SUV concept from Aston Martin is mesmerizingly long and perhaps the most striking. With softly rounded edges and an elongated shooting-brake body that stretches way out over the rear wheels, this cocoon-shaped car is not quite what the teaser images had us imagining.

The British manufacturers are hoping to breathe new life into the Lagonda badge with this fully electric four-seater SUV. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is regarded as the stylistic forerunner of the Lagonda brand, which is set to resume production in 2021.

The car’s lengthy appearance is supported by a spoiler on the wide front, as well as the headlight slits that are pulled far into the side. A thin strip of light illuminated with LEDs emphasizes an already lengthy rear end.

Despite the futuristic design, the Lagonda All-Terrain concept still gives the driver a steering wheel to hold onto. But when autonomous mode is turned on, you can turn the front seats backwards to create a sort of self-driving sitting room.

The Lagonda SUV will use potentially game-changing solid state batteries which offer many advantages over the regular lithium-ion ones used in most electric cars. Solid-state batteries do not use liquid electrolytes to move energy around. The cells are made of solid, dry conductive material which mean they are less prone to fire and can supply energy and accept a charge more readily.

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