The Holy Trinity.
Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new TV show The Grand Tour, broadcasted on Amazon Video, has finally hit our screens. The Grand Tour is BBC’s Top Gear in a new jacket. In the first episode, Jeremy Clarkson and his team managed to test the “hypercar holy trinity” on the Portimao Circuit in Portugal. As never done before, the drag race of all drag races with the McLaren P1, the Ferarri LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 took place. But that’s not all, here is a list of all the cars in the first episode of The Grand Tour that are for sale on JamesEdition:
The McLaren P1, which is listed here, was destined to become an incredibly fast car. With its lightweight, carbon fiber construction it weighs only 1395kg. It’s being rocketed to otherworldly speeds thanks to its Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) and mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 paired with an innovative electric motor, producing a combined 903 brake horse power. The McLaren P1 is a machine that's made to be driven, and driven hard. Or how Richard Hammond called it when he accelerated: “Oh you bad bad naughty car”.
In this Ferrari, 0-60mph takes less than three seconds. The LaFerrari's sensational hybrid powertrain is powered by a 6,262cc V12 petrol engine coupled to a 120Kw electric motor, which delivers a combined output of 950 brake horse power. The electric power is available at all times thanks to initiatives such as the KERS regenerative braking system from Formula 1. The 499 LaFerrari’s that are built were all sold prior to the Geneva motor show in March 2013. Having the cash wasn't nearly enough: The owner had to be approved by Ferrari, which required proof of being a serious Ferrari collector, namely having recently purchased at least five production cars in the last few years. To see this Ferrari on JamesEdition, please click here.
Porsche 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 Spyder, listed here, is the blueprint for tomorrow's sports cars with a hybrid powertrain and multiple other trendsetting technologies. When relying solely on its 156 horsepower front and 129 horsepower rear electric motors, the 918 can hit 62 mph in 6.2 seconds and reach 93 mph. But it’s not solely electrical, when giving it a go, the 4.6-liter V8 will come to life adding 608 horsepower to the mix. On those terms alone, the 918’s status as a legendary hypercar is completely fulfilled.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
With this car, Hammond, Clarkson and May arrived into the first episode of The Grand Tour. They cruised through the desert with 526 horsepower produced by the 5.2-liter V8 engine of the GT350. The name Shelby carries a lot of weight in the automotive world. The man behind the name, Carroll Shelby, was a legendary racer, car builder and entrepreneur. Shelby and Ford have been intertwined since the 1950s, when Shelby convinced U.K. maker AC Cars to shoehorn a Ford V8 engine into a racing chassis. As most Shelby’s, this Ford GT350 Mustang gives Ford lovers something to brag about. To see its listing on JamesEdition, please click here.
Ferrari 488 GTB
The Ferrari 488 GTB, listed here on JamesEdition, is essentially an updated version of the 458 Italia that was launched in time for the 2010 model year. Ferrari describes the 3902cc V8 engine of the 488 GTB as their "most high performance engine with zero turbo lag and a unique, seductive soundtrack”. With head-turning style, neck-snapping acceleration, and that indescribable but incredibly potent Ferrari allure, the 488 GTB is one of the most desirable rides on the market. The 488 GTB is not just another Ferrari. It's better.
By Thomas van Doorn