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Ultimate collector cars are showcased across the Monterey Peninsula every August; but for a lucky few, they may end up taking them home.
In keeping true to its promise of extending the “LT” line of performance road cars, McLaren has unveiled the new 600LT as the flagship of the Sports Series.
V8 Maseratis are nothing new, not even in the modern age of the brand. The Quattroporte and GranTurismo both featured soulful Ferrari-derived 8-cylinder mills, but when the Levante was unveiled in 2016, it didn’t immediately come with a V8 engine option. It was expected as an inevitability, but nonetheless, we waited.
Maserati’s deep, dark secret was outed at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
McLaren Special Operations exists solely to execute the things that customers simply dream possible. From entirely one-off models like the X-1, to paint samples that match anything in your imagination, the exclusive branch of McLaren’s road car company has had a hand in some of the most radical creations in the modern supercar market.
The luxury automotive sector has long established that the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the premier showcase of collector cars spanning both niches and decades. Because of its credibility, it has become the standard to aspire to for every other automotive Concours, but few may ever meet the challenge.
As one of the most important global motor shows on the calendar, the Geneva Motor Show typically gets the best of the best from every automaker. The stage is set for each performance car company’s attempt to one-up the display next to them.
By David Newton
I used to be your typical car enthusiast – seems like as soon as I made a new car purchase I’d be sniffing around for the next acquisition. I’d fall in love with a new release and then find myself at the annual auto show with no real serious intent or purpose, but then leave the event with the cerebral seeds planted.
When the thermometer starts to dip, drivers like to call it “boost weather.” Engines, and turbos, are operating at much better efficiency, yielding a driving experience at its peak for the year.
With that in mind, it would seem like an excitable time to finally experience the 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 – its twin-turbocharged flat-six powers the fastest 911 ever built for road use at the time. But instead, the December weather just reminded us of how intimidating the GT2 was meant to be.
In the hyper-competitive industry of performance cars, superlatives are short-lived. When brands unleash a new supercar claiming to be the fastest in its rich history, it’s hardly a feat – it’s just striving to keep up before it’s soon replaced at the top again.
19 Dec 2017
McLaren Automotive is pleased to announce the opening of its North American McLaren F1 Service Center in Pennsylvania, United States. The new facility will offer maintenance and service on McLaren F1s located in North America, and is one of only two authorized service facilities outside of McLaren Special Operations (MSO) in Woking, United Kingdom.
Operated by McLaren Philadelphia, the facility is separate from the main McLaren Philadelphia retail facility, located at a remote site in Pennsylvania, set up to ensure customer discretion and privacy. The North American McLaren F1 Service Center was designed to replicate the services provided by MSO at its headquarters in Woking and the staff have been trained by MSO in-house technicians on the complete F1 service experience, ranging from basic annual maintenance to full system refreshes and even major renovations.
MSO has seen rapid growth as the McLaren heritage business expands, with MSO offering bespoke services for its heritage cars including the McLaren F1, SLR, McLaren P1™, and 650S. The new facility offers owners in North America a dedicated facility for their McLaren F1 vehicles to be serviced and the added convenience of no longer having to ship their cars to the U.K. for maintenance. While never officially imported to the United States by McLaren, it is believed that there are over 20 F1s in North America now.
The North American McLaren F1 Service Center in Pennsylvania holds one of the original sets of special tooling required to service the F1. An annual F1 service involves a meticulous level of inspection to the vehicle, including fluids, filters and wiper blade replacements and a full suspension inspection. The service requires a full “vehicle shakedown” on a closed test track or runway to compete high speed runs and assess the vehicle through its full performance envelope. Every second annual service requires a higher level of inspection and includes a brake service and flush, a more in-depth vehicle alignment, CV joint service, air-conditioning service and coolant service. Every five years the fuel tank must be replaced, which is an extensive process to complete and involves removing the powertrain from the vehicle.
“The key to servicing and maintaining a McLaren F1 correctly is allowing adequate time for the technician to meticulously check every nut and bolt—servicing an F1 is not a quick process,” said Tony Joseph, President, McLaren North America. “For North American owners, when you add up the time the actual service takes, with transport time to and from the U.K. – it equals a lot of time away from their vehicle. Having a service center in North America will allow us to drastically cut back on transport time and gives us an authorized facility that prioritizes North American F1s and owners.”
The McLaren F1 had a limited production run of only 106, making it one of the most exclusive cars in the world today. It took four years to meticulously plan, design and build the F1, which broke numerous world records during the 1990s. Featuring a 6.1-liter V12 delivering 620bhp, it remains the fastest naturally aspired road car ever built. The McLaren F1 was the first-ever road car with a carbon fiber chassis, and many of the F1’s most innovative technologies, such as the aforementioned carbon fiber tub, dihedral doors, flat underbody and airbrake are still signature features on McLaren vehicles sold today.
McLaren’s road cars have juggled usability and ultimate performance, and done so admirably, as to limit compromise along the way.
When rumors swirled around the codenamed “P15” being more track-focused than anything else, it sounded like a foray into an unfamiliar segment. Committing to that singular focus would inevitably redirect attention away from what makes a McLaren so appealing. It’s accessible performance and a balanced everyday driving experience, but throughout history, McLaren’s biggest achievements have truly come by putting all hands on deck at the circuit.
Though the Maserati GranTurismo has been a steady presence in the luxury market, sitting largely unchanged for a handful of years, there were hardly complaints of it. When it began production, it was just simply the most exotic choice in its segment. Now, it remains the only one dedicated to its purest qualities.
The well-documented period history of racing and collector cars almost always comes to an end eventually, and the vibrant spirit of the car takes a rest as the car sits stored in a garage, museum, or in some cases even worse conditions.
The annual Pebble Beach auctions then become a unique and pivotal moment for some of these cars as they find new homes and await new chapters in their stories. Ranging among these are historic racing icons, unique examples of present and future collector cars and, overall, some of the most desirable automobiles currently on the road. In many cases, these are vehicles that are rarely offered for sale, making the opportunity itself just as rare as the vehicle displayed.
Despite its name, the Goodwood Festival of Speed isn’t simply devoted to the fastest cars in the world.
Oh, wait. Yeah it is.
25 years in the automotive industry is plenty enough for the landscape to change several times over. From the top down, technology has pushed what is feasible in a road car package.
But not much has been done to duplicate what the McLaren F1 brought 25 years ago.
While it’s likely that Porsche will limit the new 911 GT2 RS to just a handful of elite clients, they are offering the experience of it to all of its fans through Forza Motorsport 7, a Microsoft title dropping in the fall of 2017 on Xbox and PC.
The resurgence of McLaren Automotive came from groundbreaking technology, which went hand-in-hand with groundbreaking design.
One of the minds that contributed to the company’s “form follows function” design philosophy was Robert Melville, a Senior Designer with a hand in the 650S, 675LT and P1, and credited as the lead in creating the 570S and 720S. For his much acclaimed work, he is being promoted to Design Director in the absence of Frank Stephenson.
Through the years, manufacturers have competed in a variety of spectra across the automotive industry, but performance car companies see the track as the only legitimate proving ground to back up their claims. From the Ferrari F40, to the Porsche Carrera GT, to the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, elite supercars have only found their true worth in relation to their competitors by battling it out on the circuit.
The original Porsche Panamera came with very few expectations. It was the genesis of Porsche’s future of luxury, a deviation from performance-first values and an appeal to a new audience originally drawn in by the Cayenne SUV.
It didn’t greatly appeal to the purists, but the purists didn’t need it. Families with the affinity for the quality and style of Porsche saw it as right up their alley and influenced the Panamera to become a staple for the modern-day Porsche lineup. Its available all-wheel drive capabilities, comfort and size as well as ample power when wanted made it the premier luxury sedan option for a big crowd in just a few short years.
The Dodge Viper is reaching the ultimate end of its production after a legacy of 25 years but, boy, is it going out strong.
The Gen V Viper ACR is the last high-performance model of the Viper, and the ACR badge has been a staple throughout multiple generations of the car. It stands for American Club Racing, and the model itself stands for the pinnacle of track dominance. Maximizing performance in any racing environment is the premise, and it was originally executed through engine enhancements and suspension modification to corral the rambunctious Viper. As the generations evolved, so did the changes to the ACR, and the performance jumped accordingly.
For the fifth consecutive year, the RDS Automotive Group has been recognized by philly.com as one of its annual Top Workplaces for 2017.
The results come from a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm specializing in workplace health and improvement. Employees completed a survey covering various aspects of the organizational environment, making the people who are truly the foundation of these companies the ones leading these studies.
The Geneva Motor Show is not really the place to come with subtle yearly refreshes and facelifts, it demands the newest and very best each brand has to offer. Porsche and McLaren had these projects in the works for years, but 2017 was the culmination and assembly of these ideas in one place.
Performance cars are climbing and climbing to what seems like an inevitable plateau, which makes the ridiculous numbers associated with them seem less and less impressive each year. But if there’s any battlefield to truly fight for the industry’s attention, it’s the Geneva Motor Show.
The Swiss show centralizes the top European brands to sculpt the landscape of the next generation of cars. That next generation, for McLaren and Porsche, aims to stave off and elevate that plateau for at least a handful of years.
With the debut of the McLaren F1 GTR, the F1 road car was stripped and sent to the track where at Le Mans it had never competed before, let alone won. Lanzante Motorsport, a specialist in classic car service and restoration, took the GTR and made it an instant classic.
The McLaren became the first car, and Lanzante the first team, to win at Le Mans in their respective debuts. The resulting success led to Lanzante Limited earning service capabilities for McLaren road and race cars, thus beginning the next chapter in the history of the F1 GTR and an unprecedented one: road conversion.
Article written by Porsche of The Main Line customer: David Newtown
If I’ve learned anything as the owner of more than two dozen cars in my lifetime, it’s that every household needs a practical car. You can own all the garage charms you want, but at the end of the day at least one of them has to be a reliable mode of functional transportation.
My 2009 Porsche Cayman was used as a daily driver, but in the wintertime its low front chin and protruding splitters meant that all I had was a badly performing snowplow when more than a few inches of white stuff piled up. Read more…
When it comes to accomplishments and acting like you’ve been there before, McLaren prefers to go a little bigger with its celebrations.
Up until the 1995 24h of Le Mans, McLaren actually hadn’t been there before, which made its overall victory in the race that much more impressive. The F1 GTR, the race-reserved variant of the highly-praised F1 road car, took the overall win in its debut with four other GTRs. What followed in homage was a run of potentially the greatest road car ever built.
The accessibility of the McLaren 570 is nearly boundless; it attacks a new price point for the brand, and we already proved where it can go when you put your mind to it. So when McLaren debuted the 570GT as a car made for the journey, it was inevitable what would happen when we got into it.
Article written by Porsche of The Main Line customer, David Newton.
Last summer, I traded my 2009 Midnight Blue Cayman for a 2016 Macan S, with the self-imposed understanding that I would someday end up in another Cayman — perhaps a GTS or even the GT4. I’m not so sure I could have ultimately pulled the trigger on the Macan otherwise.
Sports cars are built to maximize performance, sure, but the reason people pay the super high premiums for them is for the sheer enjoyment. And that’s not something you can pick out on paper.
The only fair and proper – and legal – way to fully enjoy a sports car at its limit is in a track setting. Motor Trend’s “Best Driver’s Car” annual experience drops the year’s best sports cars into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Ca., and has at it with its features team. But atypical to the norm, it’s not a race there.
Ushering in the next generation of the most desirable luxury and supercars in the world has become the norm at Monterey’s car week, but it wasn’t always that way. The Pebble Beach Concours, the fireworks display at the finale of the weekend, was the celebration of decades of historic and significant vehicles, but up-and-coming events like The Quail Motorsports Gathering have shifted the focus to the new era of exotic cars.
Most performance sports cars shy away from the elements and stay in the garage when harsh weather hits. But when you’re the ultimate competitor, and points are on the line, the only option is go out and win.
Realigning public roads as a closed course racetrack allows for the most literal use of the phrase “race cars for the road.” It may be the only chance for some of McLaren’s racing variants to take to the street. Read more…
McLaren’s meteoric rise back into the supercar prominence came as a result of a disruption of the norm. The MP4-12C stepped in to face established competitors from others such as Ferrari, and squared off against the Italians heroically.
McLaren Philadelphia was one of the handful of locations selected to re-open the McLaren brand to America in 2011. The store took that challenging opportunity in stride and has since risen through the ranks to becoming one of the best in the country. In 2015, McLaren Philadelphia became the best.
McLaren Automotive announced McLaren Philadelphia as the Retailer of the Americas for 2015, a result of booming sales, top-notch customer service before and after sales, and reaching beyond boundaries in marketing. McLaren Philadelphia competed against more stores than ever as the brand continues its expansion in North America, but the dealer raised its goals higher than its already award-winning standard.
The Global Retailer of the Year is to be announced later this year, with Philadelphia facing off against McLaren Glasgow for Europe, Taipei for Asia Pacific and Johannesburg for the Middle East and Africa.
The new 2017 Porsche 911’s performance figures show where the car is, but not quite how it got there.
In the more-turbo-than-the-other-turbos 991.2 Turbo S, the car is poised to slay any and all supercar competitors, and even the standard Carrera pushes the power figure ever higher than before. Such is the theme in today’s sports car competition: more horsepower gains and acceleration pulling toward the limit of what is physically possible.
The New York Bay was the gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants over the course of several decades. The city became the welcome site for the rest of the world.
It’s fitting, then, that the New York Auto Show has established itself as the premier way for car companies to usher their new vehicles into the domestic market as well. From the mass production cars that fill the streets to the hypercars that may only be seen in a venue like this, it’s the hot spot for showcasing the present and future of motoring, and has been for over a century at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show.
While the “wow” factor of a car cannot be measured in any logical way, it undoubtedly sells cars. Sometimes it’s best to believe the hype.
The deviation from the original formula of the 911 came from shifts in the market, not any true dwindling of the enthusiasm toward the car. Turbocharging and pursuit of perfecting the dual-clutch automatic transmission came from external pressures, and Porsche obliged.
Porsche Cars North America has selected Porsche of The Main Line as a 2016 Porsche Premier Dealer. This honor, awarded to only 25 of the German car manufacturer’s 186 U.S. dealerships, recognizes dealers who consistently go above and beyond Porsche’s high quality standards and demonstrate a true passion for the brand and its customers.
McLaren was steadfast in claiming the new 570S wasn’t a track car, that it was meant to handle the everyday in style and class-leading comfort.
They probably would have claimed, too, that it was not suitable for off-road use – if they had actually thought they needed to say it.
In a prolonged effort to emphasize the accessibility of the new McLaren Sports Series, the Woking team has added the 570GT to the lineup as a versatile hatch.
Maserati is setting off into uncharted territory with its new SUV, the Levante, but it’s not going in without any experience. For the first time in more than 100 years, the brand is applying the sophistication and passion found in its sports and luxury cars into the SUV platform.
When the floor of the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan sucked the covers off the 570S at its debut in April of 2015, it showed the entire three-tier model lineup for the first time ever. The original debut saw the 570S joining the 675LT and the ultimate P1 – the GTR. Nearly a year later, the tiers come together again for one of the final times in their current guises.
The car thermometer reads barely into double digits, and the lingering remnants of a major snowstorm heed caution on the roadways. The textbook recommendation is for all-wheel drive or dedicated winter tires. We have neither.
Over the 50-plus years of the 911, its constant evolving led to a better and better performing sports car. Very rarely did Porsche instead aim for luxury.
If you ask any Porsche enthusiast to rattle off their dream garage for the brand, you’ll hear plenty of the most iconic racing and street cars they’ve ever produced. The 917, Carrera GT, 550 Spyder, 356 and many more are symbolic in the long history of motorsports and street presence, and are among the most enviable sports cars ever.
After 12 hours of endurance racing, seconds from every lap lead to minutes and insurmountable deficits for other cars in the pack. At the Bathurst 12 Hours, a Series Production car competition held in Australia, a mere second was all that could be spared.
The downsizing and implementation of turbochargers in sports cars is a compromise that is inevitable for the industry. Porsche doesn’t necessarily see it as a compromise, but instead as a new direction for progress.
The home-field advantage of the Philadelphia Auto Show is giving the RDS Automotive Group the chance to show off its best new products, including some incredibly unique cars and even a first for the Philly show.
Maserati of The Main Line and McLaren Philadelphia specialize in the cars you don’t see everyday, and Porsche of The Main Line specializes in the cars that make the everyday better. That’s what makes the Philly Auto Show a treat, as it brings in the enthusiasts who gravitate toward special vehicles, and it brings in the prospective customer who wants to take a better look at a car.
The Consumer Electronics Show attracts all the industry leaders in technology. McLaren, in the business of road cars, is scarcely outdone in that respect.
Even with everything that is jam-packed to make a McLaren fast around a track or livable as a daily driver, the brand had not yet experimented with the technology implemented in its latest concept. The 675LT JVCKENWOOD concept took many of the consistent features from the inside of the car and replaced them with…nothing.
Liberal use of carbon fiber is what keeps today’s supercars constantly pushing beyond their predecessors, as the obsession with lightness aids the staggering performance numbers we see today. Not only that, but it adds a unique look that was not seen on supercars from generations prior.
The Maserati GranTurismo was slated as an ultra-luxury coupe with room for four full-size people, a car with the docility to be used every day or one that would comfortably cradle its occupants through long journeys. But it no doubt had true Italian flair with its sex appeal and sinful exhaust tones.
For many Maserati clients, they wanted less of the former and much, much more of the latter.
The Porsche 356 that was daily driven as part of the journey of legendary American singer/songwriter Janis Joplin was finally offered away by the singer’s family and long-time owners. Through the RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale in New York, the Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet that had been vividly hand-decorated to become one of the symbols of a generation became a new collector’s piece, leaving the Joplin family indefinitely for the first time since 1968.
Simply by definition, McLaren Special Operations creates some of the most special and unique supercars in the world. From the MP4-12C to the P1, MSO developed one-offs, custom paint samples and endless options inside and out.
But while many buyers chose only a select few modifications for their cars, others went way above and beyond to test what MSO was truly capable of. It was this desire that led to the MP4-12C High Sport.
Stricter and stricter regulations are the main reason for many car companies to be downsizing their engines. For Porsche, there’s a different reason: history.
McLaren’s fastest road cars were never anything short of the ultimate exhilaration. But in 2015, McLaren’s most dramatic year of growth, the brand has taken it over the top.
Or, it’s taken the top off.
When the new 911 debuted with the inclusion of turbochargers for all models, questions came about as to what they would call the ultra-performance model that enthusiasts came to know as the 911 Turbo.
The question was answered. It’s still the 911 Turbo.
The ultra-performance luxury SUV market has largely been untapped up to this point. That makes the challenge of building the right one rather daunting.
With little to base the product on, it’s quite iffy to dive into that segment without a solid gameplan. Lamborghini, famous for its street-terrorizing supercars, is flirting with the idea and Bentley is looking to mix up its lineup of performance grand tourers with the new Bentayga. But the brand with perhaps the best experience to take on the task is Maserati.
The Cayman GT4 was originally released as a track-ready weapon with the disguise of a road car.
But now the mask has been removed. Completely.
Porsche shoppers are almost always spoiled for choice, with each model having several variants to serve the most dynamic of audiences. Toss in a few individualized options, and the perfect Porsche is achieved.
But the Macan was the only one left missing something. Granted it’s the youngest member of the current Porsche line-up, it came in only base form as the Macan S, and the no-holding-back Macan Turbo. Every other model line had its vacancies filled.
Porsche’s commitment to its motorsports heritage doesn’t just stay on the race track.
Its road cars exhibit all the technology, but most importantly the passion and excitement of its race cars. Throughout Porsche’s GTS line, the cars exhibit the soul of track-focused racers.
Ever conscious of the changing landscape around them, Porsche has always found new ways to stay innovative and ahead of the curve. But for the entirety of the 911’s life cycle, it remained the ultimate purist sports car, staying naturally-aspirated save for the top-of-the-line Turbo models.
That long story is now over.
The Radnor Hunt Club sits among the undisturbed natural terrain of Chester County, and its preserved state offers the perfect setting for equestrianism, similar to how it provided the scene in the late 1800s as the oldest foxhunt in the United States.
The club’s presence as one of the most cherished institutions in the region makes it one of the most desirable locations for special events. Perhaps, though, there is no event more special than the Concours d’Elegance.
The Pebble Beach automotive events every August were once an intimate and exclusive assortment for owners and enthusiasts. But with the expansion of social media, overall coverage has ballooned, leading to the week being one of the most highly-attended set of events in the automotive world.
Porsche’s historic lineage includes creating the world’s most soulful road cars as well as highly competitive racing machines. With these combined pedigrees, Porsches are always near the top of the list of some of the most significant cars in motoring history.
While today’s Maserati brand is the epitome of class, style and luxury, there are times when a fourth characteristic is paramount: racing. Recently, the successful GranTurismo has been given the race treatment and was stripped down to become the Trofeo MC. But more than a decade prior, the brand’s most extreme offering hit the track.