Watch Stock McLaren 720S Beat Its Declared Top Speed

212 miles per hour? Make that 215.

The McLaren 720S is undoubtedly one of the fastest and most exciting supercars of today. It may not be as fast as Koenigsegg cars or the Bugatti Veyron, but it’s definitely up there. In fact, one of our editors regarded the British supercar as one of the best he has driven.

Among the reasons why the 720S belongs with the greats is the fact that it’s amazingly fast – thanks to the wonders of its biturbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. This power plant can do wonders, and with wonders I mean it can produce 710 horsepower (530 kW) and 568 pound-feet (770 Nm) of torque.

McLaren lists the 720S’ top speed at 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour), which definitely puts the McLaren Super Series range-topper among the fastest stock cars of today.

That’s not it. The McLaren 720 can reach 62 mph (100 kph) from a complete standstill in just 2.9 seconds – that’s even faster than the time it takes for a traffic light to turn from yellow to red. Its 0-124 mph (200 kph) is rated at 7.8 seconds.

However, it seems like the British marque has been lying about its top speed all along, but in a good way. In a video by Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds on Youtube, the McLaren 720S was able to achieve a top speed of 215 mph (346 kph).

Of note, Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds uses Olympic Grade Tag Heuer laser traps and Garmin GPS system in measuring speeds, which explains the discrepancy between their read out and the car’s speedometer (not seen on the video). With that said, McLaren’s top speed might not be a lie after all. Maybe it’s just a matter of discrepancies with the instruments used to measure the speed.

Besides, this isn’t the first time that a manufacturer “lied” about its top speed. The BMW M850i is declared to have a top speed of 155 mph (250 mph). However, we found a video that shows that it can do 161.5 mph (260 kph).

Watch the video on top of this page to see the top speed run of the McLaren 720S.

Source: Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds via Youtube

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New Genesis Electric Concept Coming To New York

Will Genesis showcase an electric hypercar?

Genesis is bound to do the same thing again at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

The now-standalone company of Hyundai is bound to repeat history by saying that a new electric show car next month. To recall, the Korean luxury brand showcased the Essentia – an all-electric concept that’s confirmed to be going into production as Genesis’ priciest car. With its compelling looks and heart-stopping theoretical performance numbers (0-60 miles per hour in 3.0 seconds), it’s one of the showstoppers during last year’s New York Auto Show.

The confirmation came from Luc Donckerwolke, head of Hyundai Group design, in an interview with CNET Roadshow. It’s pretty straightforward. “You’ll have an electric show car for Genesis,” he said.

However, there are no further details added to this statement, which is quite expected. Whether the show car will slot above or below the Essentia, we’ll surely know when the month of April comes. It isn’t too much to speculate, though, since several electric hypercars have been revealed since the Essentia was birthed. If Genesis would want to go head to head against names like the Pininfarina Battista, the New York Auto Show would be the best place to do it.

But then again, you can take this speculation with a grain of salt. 

While a new electric show car is an exciting bit on its own for Genesis, Donckerwolke added that an updated production-ready Genesis G90 would also take center stage in its booth in New York.

Meanwhile, Hyundai will showcase the new Sonata and the all-new Venue crossover. The latter is a newly-named crossover that the world has yet to see and will slot below the Kona.

Source: CNET Roadshow

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Unholy Drag Race: Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Vs SRT Hellcat

“We already know how the story ends, but I still wanted to see it from my own eyes.”

Those were the exact words from the presenter of this video, and we couldn’t agree more.

The Challenger SRT Demon is probably the most unholy muscle car to roll off Dodge showrooms these days. It’s the widebody, bonkers version of the Challenger that oozes with unadulterated power and designed to eat asphalt in a drag strip. 

But before its infernal birth, there was the Challenger SRT Hellcat – equally furious and diabolical, but not when you get to see their spec sheets. Pitting the two in a half-mile drag race might sound pointless, but just like what the presenter said, we still want to see it with our own eyes because otherwise, you wouldn’t be on this page.

Before you proceed and watch the most unholy drag race, let’s put the numbers of the siblings to see their differences.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is propelled by a 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 2.4-liter supercharger. This setup allows the Hellcat to produce 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. With these output figures, the Hellcat can reach 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds from a complete standstill.

The Dodge Demon, on the other hand, has the same V8 power plant but with a slightly bigger 2.7L supercharger, enabling it to produce 808 hp and 770 lb-ft torque when using 91 octane gasoline. Using its red key and filling it up with 100 octane gasoline or higher, the Demon can squeeze out up to 840 horses with the same torque figures. It weighs 4,254 lbs, which is 215 lbs lighter than the SRT Hellcat. With these, figures laid out, the Demon can reach 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds.

With around $20,000 price difference between the two, are the improvements in the Demon worth the hefty price gap? Watch the video on top of this page to find out.

Source: Track Day TV via Youtube

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Ford C-Max, Grand C-Max Minivans To Die In June

Another one bites the dust.

Ford of Europe has announced that it will end the production of C-Max and Grand C-Max Multi Activity Vehicles (MAV) in Germany by the end of the second quarter of 2019.

The business strategy from the European arm of the American brand aims to focus (pun intended) its investments and efforts to the “most profitable growth vehicle segments,” which in Ford of Europe’s case, is the Ford Focus, particularly the higher variants Wagon, Active, and ST.

The decision came from the Supervisory Board of Ford-Werke GmbH where the press statement states that this is “another measure to accelerate efficiency improvements and reduce structural costs in Ford’s business operations in Germany.”

Just like what Ford did in the U.S., its European arm wants to put its efforts where the money is, which includes changing its vehicle portfolio.

According to the press release, there’s a sharp drop in customer demand for the C-Max and Grand C-Max, pushing them to cease its production in Saarlouis. The workforce at the said manufacturing plant has been informed of the decision earlier.

With this adjustment in production, the Saarlouis will drop night-shift in its workforce schedule. Currently, the plant has a three-shift schedule.

“We have made a significant decision to jointly shape the future of Ford in Germany and in Europe. It is important that the employee representatives, management and employees all share this difficult path together,” says Gunnar Herrmann, Chairman of the Board, Ford-Werke GmbH. “We know about the challenges ahead. I thank all employees who support this necessary transformation of our company.”

Change in vehicle portfolio isn’t new to the industry, particularly Ford. To recall, Ford North America has ceased production of the Focus and other sedans in 2018, following the incessant demand for SUVs and crossovers in the country.

Source: Ford

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Jaguar Land Rover Proposes HVAC System That Kills Bacteria

Hypochondriacs rejoice!

Cars – we all know them. Machines with some wheels that move things from one place to another. However, Jaguar Land Rover thinks that cars can fight illness as well.

Britain’s biggest carmaker has been working on technology that could help stop the spread of colds and flu. It uses innovative ultraviolet light technology (UV-C), which has been used in the medical industry for over 70 years for disinfecting water, filtering air and sterilizing surfaces.

Jaguar Land Rover wants to integrate it into its cars to help stop bacteria and harmful viruses, known as pathogens, from surviving in the car. Jaguar Land Rover’s system exposes pathogens to UV-C within the air conditioning system which allows clean air to then be sent into the cabin.

“The average motorist spends as much as 300 hours per year behind the wheel,” said Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer. “There is a clear opportunity to better utilize cars for administering preventative healthcare.”

“The implementation of individual well-being measures as part of our ‘tranquil sanctuary’ research promises to not only improve quality of life for our customers but in this case, offers clear advantages in reducing pathogen spread – protecting the overall population from the threat of disease; particularly as we move towards shared mobility solutions.”

Jaguar Land Rover has already started working on pathogen-neutralising technology in its latest generation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The company’s current four-zone climate control and cabin air ionization system uses high voltage to create trillions of nano-sized negatively charged particles (ions) coated in water molecules. They deactivate pathogens, forming larger particles which are removed from the air as they are brought back into the filter. The ions also act upon odour molecules and allergens in a similar way.

Jaguar Land Rrover Pathogens Infographic

“In the colder months infections are spread more easily, it’s reassuring to know that in your car at least, you can be confident that harmful pathogens are being neutralised,” Dr Iley added.

Jaguar Land Rover points out that recent medical trials suggest the use of UV-C could cut the transmission of four major superbugs by as much as 30 percent.

Immunology expert, Dr. Hellmut Münch, CEO at Medical Enzyme Research Association, said: “The rise of superbugs and allergens is one of the largest threats we face as a species today. Investment in immunology is vital in ensuring that our immune systems stay ahead of the race against microorganisms, which are evolving far quicker than traditional pharmaceuticals can keep pace with. It is important that we continue to take an innovative look at how we can adapt our environment to help prevent the spread of the most harmful pathogens – which is why this research is paramount.”

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

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