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Supercars Of London reveals gorgeous $50,000 Lamborghini restoration

Published: 24/Aug/2020 11:16 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 16:51

by Kieran Bicknell

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Owning a supercar is expensive at the best of time, but then restoring, painting, and protecting a supercar adds a mammoth amount to the cost of ownership, as Paul Wallace – SupercarsOfLondon – explains in his latest video.

The process of buying and owning a supercar is a ‘bucket list’ item for almost any petrolhead, but few realize the additional costs of restoring and protecting their pride-and-joy. Fresh from a thorough restoration, Paul’s Lamborghini Murcielago enters the final stage of its factory-fresh overhaul at NVN London.

Taking us behind the scenes of this high-end facility in London; Paul gives us an inside look at how the super-rich keep their supercars looking their best and how they protect them from everyday dirt, damage, and weather.

Lamborghini Murcielago Receives Decontamination Wash
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Before the PPF is applied, the Lamborghini receives a thorough decontamination wash and detailing

So clean you could eat your dinner off it

Despite being fresh from its $32,000 respray, the paintwork on the Lamborghini needed a full decontamination wash and detail before laying the Paint Protection Film (PPF) over the top of the paintwork.

Paul explained the need for this meticulous attention to detail by using an analogy many of us will be familiar with: “Imagine having a speck of dust on your iPhone as you lay a screen protector on; You get this little air bubble [from the dust]” – Should the car have any dirt left on it, it would poke up and cause imperfections in the PPF film.

The PPF film is then cut from a custom-made template, before being laid onto the car. With the edges specifically made to ‘tuck’ underneath each panel, the result is a flawless high-gloss finish that improves the paintwork and protects the car.

Over 11 months in the making

Breaking down the cost in the video, Paul explains that the paintwork alone cost $32,000. Initially starting out as a ‘paint restoration’ he now considers the car to have had so much work done, it qualifies as a full-on restoration project to bring the Murcielago back to factory-fresh spec.

Alongside the paintwork, the ‘Murcie’ also received over $15,700 on upgrade and replacement parts, including a whopping 250 man-hours of work. This is in addition to the 500 man-hours of work on the paint alone, bringing the project to a total of around 750 hours of labor.

With the total cost hovering around the $50,000 mark, Paul reveals that he may now be looking to sell the Murcielago to fund his next project, stating it is the “right time” to do so.

After so many hours and with so much money invested in the car, hopefully, it will be an easy sale for him when the time comes.

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The insane tech inside GMC’s new $100,000 Hummer EV pickup

Published: 30/Oct/2020 16:25

by Kieran Bicknell

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When GM announced that the next Hummer was going to be electric, few believed them. Fast forward to 2020, and the all-new Hummer is indeed fully electric, and packed to the brim with crazy technology, as YouTuber Doug DeMuro discovered.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage at the moment. With the state of California announcing the ban of combustion-engined (petrol & diesel) cars from 2035 and the entire country of England doing the same, the race is on for manufacturers to bring EVs to the masses.

While GM’s new Hummer isn’t aimed at the masses – since it starts at $100,000 – it is a massive step for the company. It becomes even more significant when you realize precious Hummers were gas-guzzling behemoths, though this one isn’t exactly small.

Doug DeMuro with Hummer EV
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The Hummer’s light bar at the front doubles up as both an illumination device and a charging status bar.

Doug DeMuro reviews the 2020 Hummer EV

YouTuber Doug DeMuro is no stranger to reviewing prototype vehicles, and that’s exactly what he has his hands on for his October 29 video.

While he was unable to drive the Hummer on the open road, he still got to delve deep into the interesting tech and design of the new EV.

With an all-electric range of 350 miles, the Hummer is ideal for everyday driving. Coupled with an ever-increasing EV charging network, and the possibility of an electric-only lifestyle becomes very real indeed.

Features of the 2020 Hummer EV

The light bar on the front of the Hummer is instantly recognizable, but its coolest element is initially hidden. When plugged in to charge, the light bar turns into a battery charge gauge, showing just how much charge is in the battery.

Inside, the interior is firmly rooted in 21st-century design, and represents a “big departure from anything else on the market today.” Screens adorn the cabin, with the instrument cluster and infotainment being a fully-digital affair.

The rear window of the Hummer can be lowered, while there are plenty of hidden storage compartments throughout. These are especially useful in the summer, as it allows drivers to park with the windows down, without their valuables being on show.

Not only does the back window roll down, but the entire roof comes off. Called the ‘sky view roof’ the roof comes off into four components, leaving just a roll bar and the windows.

Power for the Hummer EV comes from three electric motors, which result in mind-boggling performance. According to GM, a performance version will be coming that will hit 60mph in less than three seconds. That’s always impressive, but even more so given the size and squared-off shape of the truck.

The first ‘Edition 1’ models are all spoken for, with deliveries aiming to begin during fall 2021. With numerous other variants confirmed by GM, it will be interesting to see how widely-adopted the Hummer EV becomes.