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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: 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!

Supercar Spotlight — SCS On Site at McLaren P1 Preview

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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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Quick and Dirty: 2013 Chicago International Auto Show via Camera Phone

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This morning the SCS team is very excited to be at the Chicago International Auto Show for 2013 Media Day! We have been (and will continue to be) providing coverage across our social media outlets (you know, Facebook and Twitter) throughout the day as well as making some subsequent blog posts with more respectable images later in the day. This is just a small preview of what the show has to offer, so check it out over the next 10 days at McCormick place!

 

Cadillac ELR? ATS-V? What could it be? EDIT: It's an ELR

Cadillac ELR? ATS-V? What could it be? EDIT: It’s an ELR

...an ELR parked here in the parking lot on purpose with a dirty window?

…an ELR parked here in the parking lot on purpose with a dirty window?

You'd never guess what this is! But It's the best looking Corolla we've ever seen!

You’d never guess what this is! But It’s the best looking Corolla we’ve ever seen!

The future is near!

The future is near!

Excited for the Toyota pickup concept unveil later in the day!

Excited for the Toyota pickup concept unveil later in the day!

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FANTASTICALLY engaging display by Honda

FANTASTICALLY engaging display by Honda

The new Viper

The new Viper

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From over Function? Maybe, but we wouldn't object to some off-road CPD YouTube clips!

From over Function? Maybe, but we wouldn’t object to some off-road CPD YouTube clips!

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We like the Rally Miata

We like the Rally Miata

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Cool Frost Blue wrapped Beetle

Cool Frost Blue wrapped Beetle

 

Brendon with Ken Block and Tanner Faust

Brendon with Ken Block and Tanner Faust

 

Modified Ford Fiesta ST

Modified Ford Fiesta ST

 

Modified Ford Focus ST

Modified Ford Focus ST

 

Sure a Touareg towed a 747 on Top Gear...

Sure a Touareg towed a 747 on Top Gear…

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The best, most ingenious piece of media swag

The best, most ingenious piece of media swag

 

Laguna Seca...ish

Laguna Seca…ish

 

Nismo Juke, better than the plain Juke but still not enough power for me...come on Nissan, make a more powerful, stick-shift  Juke I can afford.

Nismo Juke, better than the plain Juke but still not enough power for me…come on Nissan, make a more powerful, stick-shift Juke I can afford.

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I'm a sucker for orange!

I’m a sucker for orange!

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Nicely Customized Lexus LS, Would you call it VIP style?

Nicely Customized Lexus LS, Would you call it VIP style?

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...I have my doubts about this car, but I'm still a sucker for orange

…I have my doubts about this car, but I’m still a sucker for orange

 

Another of my favorite displays

Another of my favorite displays

 

If the ELR is in here, why is it dressed in camo out there?

If the ELR is in here, why is it dressed in camo out there?

 

LF-A, Always a show-stopper

LF-A, Always a show-stopper

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The TURBO Camaro

The TURBO Camaro

2013 Camaro SS 1LE, makes us wonder how the upcoming Z/28 will top this one!

2013 Camaro SS 1LE, makes us wonder how the upcoming Z/28 will top this one!

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Autowerks and Dr. Beasley’s Team Up for SEMA!

Dr. Beasley’s SEMA Show Booth

When Dr. Beasley’s needed someone to paint custom miniature hoods with complicated matte paint for use in their booth at SEMA, they turned to the team at  Autowerks, our long-time Sponsor. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the process! Also, the Dr. Beasley’s team will be live-blogging from the SEMA show this week! Comment below or on the Dr. Beasley’s Blog with what you want to see and they’ll do their best to find and post it for you!

 

Mixing Blue Matte Paint

Green and Orange Matte Paint Mixed and Ready to Spray

Green Matte Paint and Spray Gun

Matte Paint Being Sprayed on a Mini Hood

 

Dr. Beasley’s Detailing Product Giveaway Winners Announced

 

Many of you who registered for and attended the September Supercar Saturdays event sponsored by Dr. Beasley’s took advantage of two opportunities to win over $400 of Dr. Beasley’s products specifically chosen for your vehicle. There was a bit of a snag in the process as a couple people who were chosen as winners didn’t reply back to us! The SCS team continued to go down the list and the winners have finally been officially determined. Congratulations to Dan P and Steve M! Always register for SCS events for a chance to win other cool prizes!