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Supercar Blondie reveals “quirky” features of $4m McLaren Speedtail

Published: 9/Sep/2020 11:13 Updated: 9/Sep/2020 11:31

by Kieran Bicknell

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Featuring diamond-flaked paint, incredible active aero, and carbon as far as the eye can see, the McLaren Speedtail is the fastest McLaren production car ever. Supercar Blondie gets the rare opportunity to check it out ‘in the wild.’

Supercar Blondie gets to experience some of the rarest, most incredible cars on the planet as part of her job, but the ultra-exclusive McLaren Speedtail must be near the top of her ‘coolest cars’ list.

Paying homage to the legendary McLaren F1 from the 90s, the McLaren Speedtail is the fastest production McLaren ever built. Limited to just 106 examples, the Speedtail is designed for all-out performance and maximum top speed.

Supercar Blondie sat in McLaren Speedtail
YouTube: Supercar Blondie
Alex loved the interior of the $4 million McLaren Speedtail

The Speedtail has “slippery” aerodynamics

With its quoted max speed of 250mph, fighter-jet like seating position and “slippery” aerodynamics, the Speedtail that Supercar Blondie tested is worth a cool $4 million. Powered by a hybrid V8, this McLaren has a combined total of 1,100hp.

This is no standard Speedtail though, as SB is quick to point out that it has a number of “quirky” features. The paintwork has real diamonds mixed in for an ultra-sparkly finish which costs $130,000 on top of the list price.

Not content with having diamonds in their paintwork, the owner of this Speedtail chose to go with the 24k gold engine details and heatshields — a $35k option. The wheels too are chrome, which adds another $13k to the price. As if a gold engine bay wasn’t enough, the owner also gets a solid-gold toolset in the ‘frunk’ of the car, along with “awesome” custom McLaren Speedtail luggage.

It’s like a fighter jet for the road

Clearly excited by the central driving position and “spaceship sounds” the doors make, the interior appears to be SB’s favorite part of the $4m hypercar.

It’s not lost on her that this is an ultra-rare opportunity, with SB saying she “can’t believe” she gets to do this review.

With a central driving position akin to that of the McLaren F1, both doors are fully automated and controlled by overhead switches similar to those of a fighter jet.

The controls for the engine and gearbox are overhead too, giving a real ‘Top Gun’ feel to the car. With a central driving position and two passenger seats flanking the driver to the rear, this is about as close as you can get to a fighter jet for the road.

While for this video SB was only able to drive around a small courtyard, she said “maybe one day I’ll get the opportunity to test this baby at the track…” So fingers crossed we’ll see a performance test of the McLaren Speedtail from Supercar Blondie in the future.

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Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce

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During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.