Danish boutique automaker Zeno may be best known for an unfortunate moment of fame a few years ago, when one of its cars caught fire on the Top Gear test track.But Zenvo has continued to develop its supercar designs.Zenvo is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in spectacular fashion.It’s got a more powerful, one-off version of the TS1 it unveiled in Geneva last year.Officially called the TS1 GT, Zenvo nicknamed it “Sleipnir,” after the Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse.This new mutation packs over 1,000 horsepower, a top speed of over 200 mph, and a price tag of over $1 million.
Lucid Motors made its first auto show appearance at this week’s 2017 New York Auto Show — and it came prepared.The electric-car startup unveiled an “Alpha Speed Car” prototype of its Air luxury sedan that just achieved a claimed 217 mph at the Transportation Research Center test track in Ohio.That’s the same as a Ferrari LaFerrari.The Alpha Speed Car was pulled from Lucid’s fleet of prototype test vehicles for high-speed testing, and was fitted with a roll cage and large rear spoiler.Lucid says the 217 mph top speed, which was achieved on a 7.5-mile oval track, was actually software limited.It makes the Air one of the fastest electric cars around, assuming production models can achieve the same performance.
As the sun begins to set on the internal combustion engine, manufacturers big and small are switching their attention to batteries and electric motors – even low-volume supercar makers like McLaren.And while Ferrari claims all of its new cars will be hybrid from 2019 onwards, British rival McLaren is said to already have a fully-electric, zero-emissions supercar in the works.According to unnamed sources speaking to Autocar, McLaren is planning to launch an all-electric supercar that must "perform like the 675LT" – one of the fastest, most powerful and positively reviewed McLaren road cars ever made.For context, the 675LT is a 666-horsepower supercar powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine.It can accelerate from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 205mph.At the time of publication it holds the Top Gear test track lap record.
The Top Gear test track may not be long for this world.A project to turn the Dunsfold Aerodrome, the decommissioned airfield that encompasses the track and a corporate park, into an 1,800-unit housing estate has been approved by the United Kingdom’s secretary of state for communities and local government.When we first reported on the matter last year, the Dunsfold Business Park included more than 100 businesses employing more than 800 people, including the Top Gear track and studio.The housing project is expected to create 1,000 new jobs, according to The Sun, likely related to building the new houses.Airfields converted to racetracks were once fairly common in England, but development projects like this have reduced their numbers.The last episode of the latest Top Gear season aired in the U.K. last weekend, but the BBC has not said when the last episode featuring the current track will be filmed.
This one makes our hearts hurt.Car guys and gals that have spent decades watching the BBC show Top Gear in its current and former glory will remember The Stig flying various cars around the test track.The track is a runway at the Dunsfold Aerodrome and it’s been clear for a while now that the track will be replaced by a housing development.The project to demolish the runway and build homes was greenlit in the UK last year.There will be 1,800 homes put in place of the legendary airfield.The local government says that the project will create 1,000 new jobs.
The Stig is one of the most famous racing drivers in the world, and nobody has even seen his face.He's so famous in fact that it's just been confirmed Top Gear's tame racing driver actually exists within the world of Disney's Cars - or at least in a Lego version.Top Gear teamed up with Lego, creating a short film that sees characters from the Cars films travel all the way to the Top Gear test track in Surrey.Once there they get to hang out with the in-universe version of The Stig.Or would it be The Stig's automotive cousin?Assuming, of course, that The Stig himself isn't actually some sort of autonomous humanoid-car hybrid, or that he doesn't have a few components made from plastic building blocks.
An NHS doctor has managed the fourth-fastest time on the Top Gear test track despite not being able to see.Dr Amit Patel lost his sight suddenly six years ago, and being unable to drive severely hampered his career an NHS first-response medic.The test track, at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, is the one Top Gear uses for its "Star in a reasonably-priced car" segment.In fairness, part of the test is all the celebs driving the same car, which isn't a Toyota -- but it's also changed from the Kia Cee'd to the Vauxhall Astra, so not all the times were set in the same car anyway.Patel and performance driving instructor Mark Watkins did a test session in a Toyota Yaris, then upgraded to the GT86 -- which we're not sure we'd call "reasonably-priced," but it's still pretty amazing to see it being driven by a blind man.Patel's time of 1:46.58 would put him squarely in fourth on the leaderboard, between Hugh Jackman and David Haye.
In 2018, the speed record for the fastest tractor stood at 80.8 miles per hour.In March of that year, BBC's Top Gear brought that figure up to 87.271 mph with its Top Gear Track-Tor.Now, just over one year after that record was beaten, a construction company showed up and taught everyone a lesson in building fast tractors.J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited, otherwise known as JCB because brevity matters, announced on Friday that it had captured the British speed record for a tractor.Its 103.6-mile-per-hour sprint tacked on almost 25% more speed than Top Gear's tractor could scrounge up, but then again, JCB is a legit construction company and not a shade tree outfit of two Britons and Matt LeBlanc.Behind the wheel for the effort was Guy Martin, a former truck mechanic turned motorcycle racer turned TV personality.
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