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The Chicago Auto Show Vandalism: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Just a few short days ago, we posted about the awesome race-run Viper on display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Now, only a few days later, some of Chicago’s finest citizens have taken a very cool, unique display; something unlike what most of us ever get to see and vandalized it. It’s bad enough people steal shift knobs, pull off HVAC controls, etc…

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show: European Hammers

Dear BMW: you’re not Audi, an M3 can be available in both coupe and sedan – even convertible if you want. It’s not necessary to neatly line them up against Audi’s S5 by having different numbers for different body styles of the same chassis, muddying the water with 2 cars when there should only be one. Furthermore, the original M3 WAS A TWO DOOR, why not make the M4 the 4-door?!? Here it is, the new M3 4-Door in near as makes no difference Laguna Seca Blue. We love blue, but LSB was a horrible shade last time, this is slightly better, but not good enough to offer. What’s next, Phoenix Yellow?

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Sexy coupe-inspired sedan, room for 4 (yes, 4) and plenty of power on tap here in the RS trim. Finished off with a phenomenal shade of blue (hint hint, nudge nudge BMW) the Audi RS7 is sure to be a winner! Stop by and drool, I know we did.

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Yesterday’s news, the SLS “Final Edition”. Will they sell? Maybe, but only because there is certain to be a limited number produced. Aside from that, people either already purchased them or have been holding out for an SLS Black Series which is like bringing a gun to a knife fight as compared to a “regular” SLS in both appearance and strength.

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show: American Muscle

2014 and 2015 are poised to be big years for American Muscle cars. Chevrolet rolled out the new C7 Corvette as a 2014 model but ’15 brings it’s biger, bolder, stronger brother: the Z06.

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Also on display, the new Camaro Z/28, one of the most exciting cars for us to see at the show. The Z/28 wore a VIN # that decoded to 2012 however, causing us to wonder if the Z show car was in fact the real deal, or an SS with new clothes. Maybe an early test car? Someone at GM knows the answer, but that someone is not us. Nonetheless, the car looks AWESOME in black with its wide fender flares, aggressive aerodynamics, and front splitter that is just waiting to tear up the straight at Gingerman or rip itself off on the first parking curb you inch too close to. Inside the Recaro seats look quite inviting as does the traditional H-pattern 6-speed gearbox, no flappy-paddles here.

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New for ’15 is a completely redesigned Ford Mustang. We like it’s new look and are excited about the prospects of what the GT-500 and *gulp* GT-350 might look like. Yellow seemed to be a big color theme in this year’s show, the sign of a new trend? We like the more bulging hood with bold body lines and vents up top.

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It will be interesting to see what happens with the Viper in ’15 with high prices and resultant bad sales numbers taking its toll on the SRT flagship. We hope it can hold on long enough for a rebound and have always loved its unique look and no BS attitude about straight line performance.

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Last but not least, Cadillac brought back its Black Diamond CTS-V wagon. We love big power wagons and are told that on a track the wagon is the best / most balanced of the three (wagon, sedan, coupe). Unlike other “power wagons” the V is available in your choice of a 6-speed manual or paddle shift automatic and we appreciate the option. We were, however, surprised to see it here, hoping to catch a glimpse of the forthcoming new model CTS-V. This body style was phased out 2 years ago but sticks around only in the V trim…for now. It may be collectable if the new version doesn’t come with a wagon or stick shift option so buy it and 100 lbs of metal flake, while you can!

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Looking for more American Muscle? Check out this post: The 2014 Chicago Auto Show: Because Racecar

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show: The Invasion of Japanese Supercars

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show is home to what appears in our eyes to be an absolute plethora of past, present, and future Japanese Supercars…we’re excited. The newest supercar to debut is the 2014 Toyota FT-1. We’ve longed for a suitable car to replace the Supra ever since it was discontinued over a decade ago and (like everyone else) are hoping this is it. Time will tell if the FT-1 reaches production and of course how much the production car will differ from the concept below. All we can say is it’s worth a trip to the show just to check out. From the radiator fan setup to the interior, built in air jacks (that will never, ever see production) to the overall design, “she’s a looker”.

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New Nissan GT-R Nismo – Moar Better

When it burst onto the scene in 2009, the Nissan GT-R excited automotive enthusiasts and has continued to do so annually ever since. The best part in ’09 was its reasonable asking price, the worst part was dealer mark-up. Fastforward to 2014 and the MSRP of this Nismo performance model is almost 200% of the original MSRP. That’s right, this bad boy is expected to be over $150,000 when it becomes available for purchase. A bit steep – used Ferrari territory, but for a very capable car to be sure and she sure is purty!

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Lexus LF-A – More than meets the eye

The Lexus LF-A hasn’t been for sale in years. Much like when manufacturers occupy booth space with race cars, for example, the LF-A still draws a crowd. One of the best things about the LF-A is the sound. Fine tuned to an exacting frequency, it is certain to send shivers up your spine. The display this year features one LF-A. It’s gorgeous, look at it, but don’t miss the console directly behind the car itself that allows you to play and maneuver the exhaust note to your hearts content. We were there for much longer than we’ll admit. It sure is sexy.

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show: Because Racecar

Racecars are always party of any major auto exhibition and the 2014 Chicago Auto Show is no exception. The SCS team was fortunate enough to tour the show during Media Day and provide you with an inside look at what we believe to be the highlights. This post, the first in a forthcoming series focuses on racecars: why they’re taking up valuable booth space and their back-stories.

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Dodge Viper GTS-R

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Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with motorsports knows about Daytona. The 2.5 mile 40-foot wide superspeedway in sunny Florida is also home to a 3.56 mile road course. There are a plethora of important events that take place at Daytona annually: The NASCAR Daytona 500, Daytona Bike Week (for you motorcycle fans) and of course the granddaddy of American sportscar racing, then Rolex 24-Hours of Daytona in which drivers pilot their machines (generally 3 per car) for 24 hours straight. It’s one of the ultimate tests of driver tenacity, vehicle durability, team problem solving, and operating in a high-speed, no room for error environment on no sleep.

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For the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona, SRT Motorsports lead a factory backed effort fielding two cars that finished 12th and 27th respectively. Shown here is the #91 car, the front-runner of the SRT effort. Racing is a dirty sport, physically. Dirt, oil, dust, grime, etc coats every nook and cranny of a vehicle’s surface. Typically after a car returns from the track, the team spends several hours cleaning it before disassembly and moving forward with necessary vehicle maintenance. That leads us to what we regard is the coolest aspect of this display. It appears to have been put in the truck and sent to The Chicago Auto Show in the same condition in which it finished the race. Dirt, bumps, and bruises all intact. It alone is worth the price of admission, but there’s plenty more to see.

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Why is there a race car here to begin with? Two reasons: 1) you can actually buy them, but almost nobody will and 2) to sell the car below, the Viper SRT street car which has not been selling very well since its introduction. High prices and fierce competition from our next racecar / street car combo from the other side of the motor city,  or in this case McCormick place.

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The Corvette C7.R

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Competing in the same class at Daytona (GTLM) and on the IMSA Tudor United Sportscar circuit is the new Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. There’s no doubt Viper has a following, but they don’t hold a candle to the obsessed faction of Corvette owners and enthusiasts. With the display of the C7.R and Z06/Z07 performance variant street car it’s easy to see why. Our staff engineer Brendon pointed out that unlike the Viper, this C7.R was built for car shows; it has never, and likely will never see a racetrack if it even sees pavement. It’s like the hot blonde that sat across from you in high school history class: you spent hours drooling over her and when you eventually were lucky enough to take off her clothes you found out some of the “hardware” was bolt-on. Disappointing as it may have been, you still enjoyed staring at her the rest of the semester; because face it that’s all you could do with that restraining order in place. Too far? Probably, let’s move on.

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This picture had to be included, I love the Michelin Man…is that so wrong?

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Unlike with most other cars, the C7.R and 2015 Corvette Z06 were designed in tandem. The Corvette Racing program exists to showcase sportscar superiority and garner the attention of fans around the world who will hopefully turn into customers. Be it behind the wheel of a Corvette, Colorado, or Cruze, Chevrolet is working to capture market share and dare we say is doing a fantastic job of it…well except for the Cruze, that one is on our SCS rental car blacklist.

Once upon a time ago when they re-introduced Corvette Racing with the C5 the racing team had to adapt the street car. After years of C5.R and C6R success, however, the production and race teams now work hand in hand transferring knowledge from the racing program to the street program and improving both cars in the process. The new Corvette C7 is in many ways the best yet much due to the efforts of the racing program.

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The new 2015 C7 Z06 shown above is a product of that synergy. Design and engineering parallels can be drawn until the cows come home. The new Z06 should have 650 horses on tap thanks to the new supercharged LT4 engine. You can be sure that Chevy’s color choice here was no accident. As lovers of the C6 ZR1 we’re excited about this car. It has a new motor and more power than the ZR1 and an interior that absolutely blows it away amongst other accolades. The new Z06 is a bit heavy but is otherwise the real deal. Kick it up a notch to the Z07 and get more carbon fiber, better handling, carbon ceramic brakes, sticker tires, and more! We predict pricing to start around $85k and head north to +/- $115,000 but time will tell.

The Pirelli World Challenge GTS Champion Blackdog Speed Shop Camaro ZL1

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Located in the Illinois Camaro Club booth on the far side of the Toyota off-road test track you will find Blackdog’s mean-looking flat black Chevrolet Camaro. Fresh after a victory in its first season of Pirelli World Challenge competition, this LS3 powered behemoth is the real deal. A full roll cage, carbon fiber fenders, hood, and rear decklid and of course its new championship pedigree. It will be interesting to see if the Pirelli World Challenge series homologates the factory’s new Z/28 track car into the series for 2014 or if teams stick with the ZL1 bodied, SS powered efforts.

Mazda Skyactiv Prototype

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The Skyactiv prototype is powered by a diesel engine. That’s right, a diesel powered racecar. We’re big fans of diesel here at SCS, it keeps you in a non-hybrid car while providing incredible longevity and fuel efficiency as compared to gas. In a race application, however, Mazda’s gamble didn’t pay off. Every car in their diesel-powered Skyactiv fleet found its way back to the garage with the race still ongoing. Beaten? Yes, but kudos to Mazda for heading into uncharted territory. We’re hopeful that they return next year with an improved effort and that the diesel technology they’ve developed for the track will filter down to more consumer level offerings.

 

Moving to Singapore? Park a Supercar in Your Living Room!

The Hamilton Scotts development in Singapore invites you to “imagine a home the celebrates your most fervent passions.”

Supercar owners living in an exclusive high-rise apartment block can now park their beloved motors in their living rooms. Hamilton Scotts in Singapore is a brand-new 30-story development where condos cost between $8.9 and $22.2 million. With parking in the city limited, the skyscraper designer came up with an innovative way of parking some of the planets fastest cars. Residents simply drive their 200mph vehicles into a biometrically-controlled lift at the base of Hamilton Scotts on the city’s swanky Orchard Road.

 Have time to do some more research of you own? Have you seen something similar? Comment below and we’ll post it!

June 2013 Supercar Saturdays Event Video by WOT Films – Sponsored by Midwest Motors, Inc.

What a great event last month at Bannockburn Green! An incredible mix of cars turned out for a sunny event with clear skies despite the typical SCS forecast of “scattered storms”. Special thanks to Midwest Motors, Inc. for sponsoring the event, Adam from WOT Films for documenting it, and the UIC Formula SAE Team for bringing their car out!

Bucket list: Trip to Nurburgring Nordschleife

SCS Attendee Rich crosses one off the bucket list:

Trip to Nurburgring Nordschleife

Rich has been following SCS since its inaugural season. With previous employment in the automotive industry he knows his way around a car. As life goes on we must make changes, for Rich that meant leaving behind the automotive industry for new ventures. Luckily for him his passion for things with wheels still lives on and when he can get away to enjoy that he takes full advantage of it.

Words by: Rich

This past summer my work travels took me to Frankfurt Germany for the tri-annual Achema Show. What seemed like a trip to not so exciting pharmaceutical trade show turned into a trip of a lifetime!

Before departing for Achema I was offered time off during the show to roam Germany. This could mean only one thing; a trip to Nürburgring! For those of you who are not familiar with the automotive world, Nürburgring is the automotive mecca; the top destinations for any enthusiast. This was an opportunity to check an item off my bucket list and fulfill a long time dream of driving the green hell!

Quickly I began researching the ins and outs of the trip and what it takes to drive the ring. Nurgburgring.uk  proved to be a goldmine of information and is a must visit site for anyone planning a trip there. I contacted Rent4Ring and RSR Nürburgring about the possibility of renting a track prepped car for laps on the ring, both of the companies were extremely helpful. RSR even had an U.S. representative give me a call to further explain some of the packages and answer any questions I might have. Needless to say I highly recommend contacting either Dale Lomas @ Rent4Ring or Antony Ashley @ RSR for Nurburgring vehicle arrangements. Dale also happens to run the all things Nurburgring blog Bridge To Gantry.

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So there I was arriving at the ring. Ask anyone familiar with the place and they’ll tell you that weather is simply unpredictable at the track. The original plan of driving on day one and roaming the area to take some pictures  on day two went out the window. A  cloud had settled on the track delivering rainy conditions and practically zero visibility.

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The weather forced the officials to close the track and it looked like it was going to stay that way for the length of my trip. I couldn’t believe that I made it all the way out here only to be defeated by the weather!

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Luckily there was still plenty to see at the ring…

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including the Ringwerks museum filled with some pretty iconic race vehicles.

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DTM cars have always fascinated me, the aero on this Opel Calibra is no joke

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The place is just filled with race car eye candy

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including some late model F1 cars

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The iconic 1984 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16s,- this was the vehicle that put the spot light on Senna!

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Michael Schumacher’s Benetton Camel Ford F1 car

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Can you imagine having to fiddle with all of the adjustments and concentrate on driving?

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The dissected BMW F1 car was one of my favorite displays in the museum.

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Yup, Europeans race trucks too, youtube European truck racing; those things are insane!

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This shot of the BMW M3 race car concludes Day 1 pictures of my trip. I wish I could have taken my a time and tour the area more; however rain and zero visibility made it impossible to see anything let alone take any pictures.

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Luckily the weather did let up the next day and it seemed like I might get a chance to drive after all. My day started with a 9am appointment at RSR for the RSR Nurburgring road tour…

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A lovely Lotus Exige S was waiting for me!

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This is definitely a view I could get used to!

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The tour takes place on the amazing mountain roads around the Nurburgring. Luckily for me I was the only customer on the tour that morning so Antony took his time to show me both the historic places and some good viewing corners on the track. He drove the blue Exige and had me follow in the white one;  keeping up with him was not easy :D

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The tour gave ma chance to take a few quick snaps of the test cars lapping the Nordschleife.

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It didn’t take long to spot some new cars…

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The 2013 SL500 looked quite good.

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Oddly enough there were a lot of SUVs being tested that day.

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A new 911 Carrera made the mix…

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as well  as an Aventador, the sound of this car was pure music to my ears.

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Jaguar had plenty of cars out on the ring

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It was really cool watching the cars battle the Green Hell

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A Jaguar with fender flares?

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BMW 7 series looked quite composed on the track

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You could tell the cars were being pushed

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we even spotted some friendly competition between the test drivers.

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While at the track I ran into some familiar faces; meet Jessi and Patrick from Autoblog’s The List! I’ve been following the web series since the begging and I instantly recognized Jessi & Patrick. Meeting them made my trip even that more exciting and I am super stoked to see their web-series turn into a TV show.

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This ultra quiet R8 sneaked up on me

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I must say it was quite odd seeing the car at speed without the sound of a roaring engine.

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Unfortunately my time on the tour ran out and it was time to return the Exiege back to RSR. Big thanks to Antony for the tour!

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I left RSR still wanting to drive the ring; however the Exige S is way to much of a car for my first time out on the Nordschleife. Luckily Dale from Rent 4Ring called to let me know that the MX5 I had reserved the day before was available for the public session that afternoon. I postponed my drive back to Frankfurt and jumped on the opportunity to finally drive the  famous Nurburgring Nordschleife!

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a shot of me in action from  NURBURGRING-PHOTOS.COM

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I found the pictures on  ringportal.nl , a great resource with a list of all nurburgring photographers and available galleries indexed by  dates.

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While in the paddock I ran into Jessi & Patrick again, this time in the company of the  “Queen of the Nürburgring” herself, the one and only Sabine Schmitz! Meeting Sabine absolutely made  my Nurburgring trip am experience I will cherish for the rest of my days.

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I even surprised Dale with returning the car free of any damages. He mentioned I was among very few customers who they’ve let take the MX5 out on their fist ring outing. I even got to sign one of the doors in their showroom to commemorate my trip!  Unfortunately I do not have any video of my driving the ring, but I can defiantly tell you that the planing for the next trip has already started!

Thanks For reading.

Rich

Supercar Spotlight — SCS On Site at McLaren P1 Preview

McLaren P1 Unveiling at Lake Forest Sports Cars

Photo By Matt Magnino | The Photomotive

As automotive enthusiasts we all go about our daily lives sitting in traffic behind econoboxes, walking past endless aisles of crossovers at the grocery store, and once in a while (when we’re lucky) running across something that gets our engines running. For me it can be as simple as driving past a car my father once owned during my childhood, receiving a friendly wave or “Hey whatcha got in that thing!?!?” from someone at a red light, or seeing a car maker introduce something brand new that resonates back to a car that has always held a special place in my heart.

Petrol heads are often asked what our favorite cars are. Like most, I have many favorites: favorite classics, favorite muscle cars, favorite contemporary cars, supercars etc. Atop my all-time consolidated list of favorites lies only one, the McLaren F1. A car so special, few outside the enthusiast circle have even heard of it let alone know any small morsel of its illustrious, impressive story. I remember hearing rumors in the late 2000’s of a new McLaren and my heart was set aflutter. When the design was unveiled in 2009 it evoked memories of my plethora of McLaren F1 desktop wallpapers long since forgotten.

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As the first cars were completed and the press tour began I watched videos and read articles as the McLaren MP4-12C became the talk of the town. The car received rave reviews; presenters stacked it up against the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, even the Ariel Atom, but for me something was missing. The car didn’t give me the warm fuzzy feeling I get even to this day when I so much as hear the name “McLaren F1”. If it wasn’t the confusing name (which by the way is completely ridiculous, MP4-12C, give me a break) perhaps it was that everyone had simply caught up? Maybe Ferrari and Porsche had covered ground that McLaren had lost while taking a break from street cars for almost two decades; or maybe I simply missed the third seat.

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What it was, I decided, is that McLaren had produced a mainstream car. Not mainstream in the sense that it suddenly fell within budget of the masses, but mainstream in the world of supercars. The F1 didn’t compete with Ferrari nor Porsche, it was in a class of its own and therein lied the problem. The Mp4-12C may have been and may still be the best street car on the market (I wouldn’t know, my invite to drive one may have been lost in the mail) but it’s not in a class of it’s own as the F1 was, literally.

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Fast forward a few years and murmurs of a new car, the P1, began to abound. P1 sounds like F1; maybe I had been looking at things the wrong way. Maybe McLaren had introduced the MP4-12C to get their name back on the map in the eyes of consumers whilst secretly working on the next generation. Could the P1 be a true successor to the F1? When the exterior design of the P1 was officially unveiled at the Paris motor show in 2012 it became evident to the world that this was not intended to be an ordinary car, anything but. The design was futuristic enough that it appeared as if it could have been a far-reaching concept car yet the people at McLaren insisted it was slated for production.

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One day in early January, Zach Chapman, a loyal SCS attendee and frequent poster to our Supercar Saturdays Facebook group posted a photo of a P1. The car was not on stage at an auto show nor at an elaborate event, it sat simply parked under a lift at Lake Forest Sportscars / McLaren Chicago a few minutes drive from my house.

McLaren P1 on Lift at LFSC

Photo by Zach Chapman

Almost instantaneously, I received a text message from Jeremy Cliff of The Photomotive saying he’d do anything to photograph it. I made a few calls to the great people at LFSC who were extremely generous in extending invitations to an very exclusive event — the Chicago unveiling of the P1 design. Here, without further adieu is the result courtesy of Jeremy Cliff and Matt Magnino of The Photomotive. After you finish drooling over these poster-worthy shots, scroll down for a video of the P1 in testing.

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