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  • With all of the drama surrounding McLaren's recent split from Honda, the Woking-based outfit is looking to step forward in its new Renault partnership. The collaboration between the two will begin in 2018, and according to McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier, the team is incredibly optimistic that Renault will help put it back to its glory days of yesteryear.In a recent tell-all interview with the official Formula 1 website, Boullier explained things with Honda had become a "proper disaster" for the team's racing credibility. The struggles caused by the failed partnership have left McLaren without a podium for three years, not to mention a strained relationship with star driver Fernando Alonso. Collectively, Boullier tells that it was enough for his team to pull the plug. "The crucial moment was after the Barcelona testing, when we tried to work and help Honda to improve the situation in a very short time, including having discussions with the other engine manufacturers, ..

    McLaren Says Renault Will Put the Team Back Where It Belongs

    With all of the drama surrounding McLaren's recent split from Honda, the Woking-based outfit is looking to step forward in its new Renault partnership. The collaboration between the two will begin in 2018, and according to McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier, the team is incredibly optimistic that Renault will help put it back to its glory days of yesteryear.In a recent tell-all interview with the official Formula 1 website, Boullier explained things with Honda had become a "proper disaster" for the team's racing credibility. The struggles caused by the failed partnership have left McLaren without a podium for three years, not to mention a strained relationship with star driver Fernando Alonso. Collectively, Boullier tells that it was enough for his team to pull the plug. "The crucial moment was after the Barcelona testing, when we tried to work and help Honda to improve the situation in a very short time, including having discussions with the other engine manufacturers, ..
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  • The next big thing in car reveals seems to be video games. The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS made its official debut at E3 alongside "Forza Motorsport 7" and now a new McLaren concept, the Ultimate Vision GT, has been unveiled via the upcoming video game "Gran Turismo Sport" which goes on sale for PlayStation 4 on Oct. 17.The McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is a very futuristic hypercar concept that could some day be a successor to the P1. This fictional car has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine powering the rear wheels with two electric motors individually powering the front wheels. The concept makes 1,134 horsepower and 940 foot-pounds of torque. (It’s weird to talk performance numbers about a car that doesn’t exist in real life.)Those numbers are even more impressive when considering the weight of this concept. The McLaren Ultimate Vision GT only weighs about 2,200 pounds, making it lighter than most compact cars today including the ND Mazda Miata. Talk about power-to-weight ratio.Pe..

    McLaren Ultimate Vision GT Hybrid Hypercar Concept Will Debut in ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ Video Game

    The next big thing in car reveals seems to be video games. The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS made its official debut at E3 alongside "Forza Motorsport 7" and now a new McLaren concept, the Ultimate Vision GT, has been unveiled via the upcoming video game "Gran Turismo Sport" which goes on sale for PlayStation 4 on Oct. 17.The McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is a very futuristic hypercar concept that could some day be a successor to the P1. This fictional car has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine powering the rear wheels with two electric motors individually powering the front wheels. The concept makes 1,134 horsepower and 940 foot-pounds of torque. (It’s weird to talk performance numbers about a car that doesn’t exist in real life.)Those numbers are even more impressive when considering the weight of this concept. The McLaren Ultimate Vision GT only weighs about 2,200 pounds, making it lighter than most compact cars today including the ND Mazda Miata. Talk about power-to-weight ratio.Pe..
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  • At the root of McLaren's core is technology. Although we always picture the brand solely as an automaker or championship racing team, futuristic advancements in general are the Woking company's bread and butter. Its Applied Technologies division is a separate branch that focuses on non-automotive projects, and out of its high-tech trenches comes this: an exo-skeletal brace, made for an anonymous billionaire out of the strongest man-made material on Earth.McLaren's Health and Wellness sector was approached by Client X, an affluent go-getter with a larger net worth than my whole line of ancestors combined. Men's Healthwas able to dive deep into this special mission, dubbed Project Invincible, which was created for the customer to protect his weakened mid-section.The chest plate and shield, made out of carbon fiber, Dyneema (used in bulletproof vests) and Zylon, an ultra-high strength material used in the company's current F1 car, was McLaren's answer to Cl..

    McLaren Applied Technologies Built This Iron Man-Like Suit for an Anonymous Billionaire

    At the root of McLaren's core is technology. Although we always picture the brand solely as an automaker or championship racing team, futuristic advancements in general are the Woking company's bread and butter. Its Applied Technologies division is a separate branch that focuses on non-automotive projects, and out of its high-tech trenches comes this: an exo-skeletal brace, made for an anonymous billionaire out of the strongest man-made material on Earth.McLaren's Health and Wellness sector was approached by Client X, an affluent go-getter with a larger net worth than my whole line of ancestors combined. Men's Healthwas able to dive deep into this special mission, dubbed Project Invincible, which was created for the customer to protect his weakened mid-section.The chest plate and shield, made out of carbon fiber, Dyneema (used in bulletproof vests) and Zylon, an ultra-high strength material used in the company's current F1 car, was McLaren's answer to Cl..
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  • We all know the story by now: McLaren-Honda, uncompetitive, crap engine, Fernando Alonso wants out, yada yada. Though most news that comes out about McLaren-Honda these days is deservedly negative, glimmers of hope show on occasion—and in an interview with GPUpdate, Alonso admitted that the McLaren-Honda situation has improved noticeably since the start of the season. "As the season goes on we're getting stronger and stronger," said Alonso, "and I hope the second half of the year will bring us some more points-earning finishes." He and his team are nevertheless prepared for a challenging Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, as the fast Spa-Francorchamps track will accentuate the established weaknesses of the Honda engine."This race is a difficult challenge for the whole team, [including] the engineers and the mechanics, as you're on the throttle for almost three quarters of the lap, which makes it's a tough circuit for both the car and the driver," stated Alonso. Yusuke ..

    The McLaren-Honda Relationship Is…Improving?

    We all know the story by now: McLaren-Honda, uncompetitive, crap engine, Fernando Alonso wants out, yada yada. Though most news that comes out about McLaren-Honda these days is deservedly negative, glimmers of hope show on occasion—and in an interview with GPUpdate, Alonso admitted that the McLaren-Honda situation has improved noticeably since the start of the season. "As the season goes on we're getting stronger and stronger," said Alonso, "and I hope the second half of the year will bring us some more points-earning finishes." He and his team are nevertheless prepared for a challenging Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, as the fast Spa-Francorchamps track will accentuate the established weaknesses of the Honda engine."This race is a difficult challenge for the whole team, [including] the engineers and the mechanics, as you're on the throttle for almost three quarters of the lap, which makes it's a tough circuit for both the car and the driver," stated Alonso. Yusuke ..
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  • Ah, Monterey Car Week. Gearheads flock to California every summer for the annual gathering surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where some of the finest cars in the world are presented. Vehicles on display range from immaculate vintage roadsters to the newest and rarest hyper cars. However, the car McLaren Automotive is most excited to showcase is neither of those. The company will instead show off a one-off 720S in a bold new color scheme, a strange combination considering the all-new 720S is designed to be anything but rare. McLaren released details about its custom 720S days before the car will be given to the owner. Built by McLaren Special Operations, this 720S will go on display at Pebble Beach Concours on August 20th, where McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt will hand the keys to entrepreneur and car collector Michael Fux. And that's not all—they're also handing over the exclusive rights to use that color on any McLaren going forward.This 720S' exterior ..

    Extremely Purple, One-Off McLaren 720S Presented to Wealthy Client at Pebble Beach

    Ah, Monterey Car Week. Gearheads flock to California every summer for the annual gathering surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where some of the finest cars in the world are presented. Vehicles on display range from immaculate vintage roadsters to the newest and rarest hyper cars. However, the car McLaren Automotive is most excited to showcase is neither of those. The company will instead show off a one-off 720S in a bold new color scheme, a strange combination considering the all-new 720S is designed to be anything but rare. McLaren released details about its custom 720S days before the car will be given to the owner. Built by McLaren Special Operations, this 720S will go on display at Pebble Beach Concours on August 20th, where McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt will hand the keys to entrepreneur and car collector Michael Fux. And that's not all—they're also handing over the exclusive rights to use that color on any McLaren going forward.This 720S' exterior ..
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  • On paper, Belgian Formula One driver Stoffel Vandoorne's first full season in the sport looks dreary. Save for his P10 finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, he and his McLaren-Honda MCL32 have failed to bring each other home when it counts. While he did manage to claim his team's first points of the season in 2016, when he made a one-off debut replacing Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix, it has taken him a further 10 consecutive points-free race weekends for him to match his previous best finish. Considering how large the points delta between him and his teammate Fernando Alonso has become, some have begun to write Vandoorne off as a second-rate driver.But McLaren-Honda's racing director, Eric Boullier, sees things differently. In an interview with Belgian outlet RBTF translated by F1i, he discussed both the pressures of driving for McLaren-Honda and the promise that Vandoorne nevertheless shows. "The tricky thing for Stoffel is that he is racing for one of the m..

    Stoffel Vandoorne Is Impressing His McLaren-Honda Bosses

    On paper, Belgian Formula One driver Stoffel Vandoorne's first full season in the sport looks dreary. Save for his P10 finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, he and his McLaren-Honda MCL32 have failed to bring each other home when it counts. While he did manage to claim his team's first points of the season in 2016, when he made a one-off debut replacing Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix, it has taken him a further 10 consecutive points-free race weekends for him to match his previous best finish. Considering how large the points delta between him and his teammate Fernando Alonso has become, some have begun to write Vandoorne off as a second-rate driver.But McLaren-Honda's racing director, Eric Boullier, sees things differently. In an interview with Belgian outlet RBTF translated by F1i, he discussed both the pressures of driving for McLaren-Honda and the promise that Vandoorne nevertheless shows. "The tricky thing for Stoffel is that he is racing for one of the m..
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  • We at The Drive are big fans of hunting for interesting things on eBay. I personally have covered two recent unique eBay finds in articles from the realm of Movie/TV cars. A Off-Road-Ready Bentley Continental GT from the television series Supercar Megabuild seen on National Geographic UK and one of the Subaru WRX stunt cars from the future cult classic Baby Driver. If you were to hit up eBay right now and search we are sure you could find some unique cars worth a bid, but there are some items more rare than the car in the automotive world - car luggage and car owners manuals.As of this article, one of the highest priced pieces of automotive luggage is a luggage set for the new Ferrari GTC4Lusso. The price? A "Buy It Now" listing at $12,895.00. Suppose you want a matching golf bag for your GTC4Lusso, good news is they offer that as well, the bad news is it will run you $16,980.00 for just a Ferrari golf bag. If you are a fan of the prancing horse but the GTC4Lusso is too new a model fo..

    Take a Step Inside the Crazy World of eBay Exotic Car Luggage and Owners Manuals

    We at The Drive are big fans of hunting for interesting things on eBay. I personally have covered two recent unique eBay finds in articles from the realm of Movie/TV cars. A Off-Road-Ready Bentley Continental GT from the television series Supercar Megabuild seen on National Geographic UK and one of the Subaru WRX stunt cars from the future cult classic Baby Driver. If you were to hit up eBay right now and search we are sure you could find some unique cars worth a bid, but there are some items more rare than the car in the automotive world - car luggage and car owners manuals.As of this article, one of the highest priced pieces of automotive luggage is a luggage set for the new Ferrari GTC4Lusso. The price? A "Buy It Now" listing at $12,895.00. Suppose you want a matching golf bag for your GTC4Lusso, good news is they offer that as well, the bad news is it will run you $16,980.00 for just a Ferrari golf bag. If you are a fan of the prancing horse but the GTC4Lusso is too new a model fo..
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  • The 2017 IndyCar season is over. American Josef Newgarden has been crowned the champion, and rightfully so. It was an amazing season. It was the season IndyCar needed to show the world that it's back and better than ever. After the Champ Car/Indy Racing League reunification in 2008, the series had been struggling to find itself and its fans. America's premier open-wheel racing series was struggling. The series was using a now outdated chassis and the racing wasn't nearly as exciting as it could have been. The chassis in use in 2008 had been in service since 1996 but it was a necessary evil to carry it forward in the years following the merger. In those years, fans were also left wondering what was happening. When Indy and Champ were split, it was confusing enough. The years from 2008 through 2011 were rough. The series was just sorting itself out and devastated by the death of Dan Wheldon in the final race of 2011. Oddly, this tragedy seemed to be a much-needed catalys..

    Indycar’s 2017 Season Was What the Series Needed to Take on the World

    The 2017 IndyCar season is over. American Josef Newgarden has been crowned the champion, and rightfully so. It was an amazing season. It was the season IndyCar needed to show the world that it's back and better than ever. After the Champ Car/Indy Racing League reunification in 2008, the series had been struggling to find itself and its fans. America's premier open-wheel racing series was struggling. The series was using a now outdated chassis and the racing wasn't nearly as exciting as it could have been. The chassis in use in 2008 had been in service since 1996 but it was a necessary evil to carry it forward in the years following the merger. In those years, fans were also left wondering what was happening. When Indy and Champ were split, it was confusing enough. The years from 2008 through 2011 were rough. The series was just sorting itself out and devastated by the death of Dan Wheldon in the final race of 2011. Oddly, this tragedy seemed to be a much-needed catalys..
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  • The 2017 IndyCar season is over. American Josef Newgarden has been crowned the champion, and rightfully so. It was an amazing season. It was the season IndyCar needed to show the world that it's back and better than ever. After the Champ Car/Indy Racing League reunification in 2008, the series had been struggling to find itself and its fans. America's premier open-wheel racing series was struggling. The series was using a now outdated chassis and the racing wasn't nearly as exciting as it could have been. The chassis in use in 2008 had been in service since 1996 but it was a necessary evil to carry it forward in the years following the merger. In those years, fans were also left wondering what was happening. When Indy and Champ were split, it was confusing enough. The years from 2008 through 2011 were rough. The series was just sorting itself out and devastated by the death of Dan Wheldon in the final race of 2011. Oddly, this tragedy seemed to be a much-needed catalys..

    IndyCar’s 2017 Season: What The Series Needed to Take on the World

    The 2017 IndyCar season is over. American Josef Newgarden has been crowned the champion, and rightfully so. It was an amazing season. It was the season IndyCar needed to show the world that it's back and better than ever. After the Champ Car/Indy Racing League reunification in 2008, the series had been struggling to find itself and its fans. America's premier open-wheel racing series was struggling. The series was using a now outdated chassis and the racing wasn't nearly as exciting as it could have been. The chassis in use in 2008 had been in service since 1996 but it was a necessary evil to carry it forward in the years following the merger. In those years, fans were also left wondering what was happening. When Indy and Champ were split, it was confusing enough. The years from 2008 through 2011 were rough. The series was just sorting itself out and devastated by the death of Dan Wheldon in the final race of 2011. Oddly, this tragedy seemed to be a much-needed catalys..
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  • The Forza Motosport 7 demo was released yesterday, but Forza's Community Manager Brian Ekberg released another egg of information. He revealed the 16 "Voices of Motorsports" that are featured in the game. The list includes current drivers, past drivers, car designers, automotive journalists, and well-respected car enthusiasts.Take a look at the list:Charlie Turner, Editor-in-Chief of Top Gear MagazineJonny Lieberman, Senior Features Editor at Motor Trend MagazineJosef Newgarden, Professional IndyCar Driver, (and newly minted 2017 Champion!) with Team Penske, also a Forza AmbassadorKatherine Legge, Professional Driver with Michael Shank Racing, participating in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. IMSA driver, IndyCar driverKen Block, Professional Rally Driver with Hoonigan Racing Division, participating in FIA World Rallycross Championship, also a Forza AmbassadorKim Wolfkill, Editor-in-Chief of Road & TrackLyn St. James, retired Professional Driver in IndyCar and ChampCar s..

    The Automotive Celebrities Who Speak to You in Forza Motorsport 7

    The Forza Motosport 7 demo was released yesterday, but Forza's Community Manager Brian Ekberg released another egg of information. He revealed the 16 "Voices of Motorsports" that are featured in the game. The list includes current drivers, past drivers, car designers, automotive journalists, and well-respected car enthusiasts.Take a look at the list:Charlie Turner, Editor-in-Chief of Top Gear MagazineJonny Lieberman, Senior Features Editor at Motor Trend MagazineJosef Newgarden, Professional IndyCar Driver, (and newly minted 2017 Champion!) with Team Penske, also a Forza AmbassadorKatherine Legge, Professional Driver with Michael Shank Racing, participating in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. IMSA driver, IndyCar driverKen Block, Professional Rally Driver with Hoonigan Racing Division, participating in FIA World Rallycross Championship, also a Forza AmbassadorKim Wolfkill, Editor-in-Chief of Road & TrackLyn St. James, retired Professional Driver in IndyCar and ChampCar s..
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