The Donkervoort D8 has always been an attention-grabber. As the first car in the company’s history outfitted with visible carbon fiber bodywork, the Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition isn’t doing much to break that tradition. You can find the material all over the car, on both the exterior and interior, with precious few parts — lights, exhaust, and the custom upholstery, for example — to break things up. The driving experience is equally as raw, with a 340hp Audi engine, a 0-62 time of 2.8 seconds, and, as with all of the company’s cars, absolutely no ABS, ESP, power steering, or other electronic crutches.
Is it a race car, or a racy daily driver? Actually, the Rezvani Beast is a little bit of both. Based on the Ariel Atom racer, the USA-made Beast features a sleek carbon fiber body penned by Samir Sadikhov, who previously created both the Aston Martin DBC and the Ferrari Xerzi, as well as 19 inch wheels and aggressively slender headlights. It comes in two flavors: the 300 model, which packs a turbocharged 2.0L engine pumping out 315bhp and a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds, or the 500, which is powered by a supercharged 2.4L engine cranking out 500 bhp and a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds. Either way, there’s no way you’ll be mistaken for slow.
Let me start by saying that I love Mclaren. I love the efficient way that they go about making some of the worlds amazing cars, without the fussiness, aggressive branding, and redness of, say… Ferrari. Some people think that this makes their cars overly clinical and robotic, but you wouldn’t say that the terminator doesn’t have character would you?
There are two problems, as I see it, and they’re both called F1. First the sport: A couple of years ago Mclaren was top of the tree in F1 and there’s no doubting their heritage in the sport. They even had two British drivers (Lewis and Jenson), all of which is great for their identity as a British car maker, in the same way that Ferrari and Lamborghini are distinctly Italian. The fate of their 2014 season is yet to unfold, but recently the British team has fallen of the grid…
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