The Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 1: Past, Present, or Future [REVIEW]

The boys are back in town. Well, actually, they’re not in town at all, unless you live near Oxfordshire, UK, anyways. As you most likely have heard, The Grand Tour is no longer touring. But that’s not the point. Let’s get into what’s most important, how the premiere episode of the newest season did.

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The episode starts out with a similar preview segment that we saw last season, showcasing what we can expect over the coming weeks. This is quickly followed by the main film of the series, a fantastic comparison between three amazing supercars; the Lamborghini Aventador, Acura NSX, and Rimac Concept One. The film is set in the jaw-droppingly beautiful, Swiss mountains, as if we’d expect anything less.

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Clarkson, Hammond, and May debate throughout the film over which of the vehicles is best. Harkening back to the episode’s title, Past, Present, or Future, the cars each represent one of those aspects, Aventador being the past, NSX being the future, and the Rimac taking up the position of future. The boys never really come up with a solid decision, not that you’d expect them to, but the beauty of the cars and the scenery and the comedy musings we’ve come to expect from the trio result in a great start for the season.

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Conversation Street is back this season. The segment really just consists of the three hosts harassing each other and making fun of random subjects. If there’s one thing the Grand Tour hosts have fantastic chemistry, and the segment shines because of it. It’s nothing new, but we like that.

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As is the tradition with Hammond, Clarkson, and May, in the following portion of the Past, Present, or Future film, our hosts end up taking very nice, very expensive cars off-roading.

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It’s hard not to grimace at the sight of such high end driving machines scraping over rocks and rubbing into walls, but it does make for entertaining television.

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I know you’re probably wondering, do they ever end up racing these amazing cars? Well, yes. But no spoilers here. You’ll have to watch the episode to see who wins, but we do have a few gorgeous screenshots for you.

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The film then continues with some proper supercar hooning and Clarkson running into a bit of trouble with his Lamborghini.

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Continuing on, we see a welcome change to The Grand Tour, the replacement for Celebrity Brain Crash. From now on we will be seeing the new and amazing segment, Celebrity Face Off, or Celebrity F-Off for short, in which two celebrities from the same fields will face off in a Jaguar F-Type for the fastest lap times. No doubt this will do much better with audiences this season.

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The Grand Tour also has an all-new track for this season and, taking a bit of style from Top Gear UK, it’s got tarmac and gravel bits, which should create some excitement.

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The guests in the first ever Celebrity F-Off are a man who really needs no introduction, David Hasselhoff, aka the Hoff, and Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and former judge on the Voice UK.

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While there’s no Stig (obviously), and no American (thankfully), the interview, the laps, and the segment as a whole are a breath of fresh air for The Grand Tour.

The premiere episode wraps up with an already infamous bit of film.  The boys take off to a hill climb event in Hemberg to see who’s car is the king of the hill.

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The course, which covers 1.09 miles, contains 11 corners, puts all three hosts and their cars to the test, but none so much as Hammond and the Rimac…

In a bizarre series of events, Hammond careened off of a turn and the Rimac was up in flames in next to no time at all.

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Luckily, and with a great sigh of relief, we can all be happy that while the car is no more, Hammond is alive and well.

The same can also be said of The Grand Tour. Gone are many of the gimmicks and forced humor, back is the fantastic chemistry, beautiful films, and amazing cars. I can easily say that The Grand Tour is off to a fantastic start and here’s to season 2.

We give this episode, 5 stars.

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McLaren to unveil their most extreme hypercar on December 10th

McLaren has announced that on December 10th at 12:01 a.m. they will unveil their newest, and most extreme hypercar, codenamed the P15. The car has been described by McLaren as the ultimate example of a road-legal track car. Teaser images have been coming from McLaren for a few days now, and show the rear taillights, rear grille, and other elements of the car (pictured below).

The car is rumored to have at least 800hp and be even lighter in weight than the P1 or 720S.McLaren claims it’s a “road-legal track car unlike anything we’ve built before,” so we can be sure it will be the new halo of the McLaren lineup.

Stay tuned and follow AutoMoguls for more news from McLaren.

[Video] Offically Unveiled: 2018 Corvette ZR1. The ultimate Corvette

If you were lucky enough to be in Dubai today, you may have seen it in person, but for the rest of us, video and pictures will have to do until the Detroit Auto Show.

The following specifications are official and incredible, so prepare to drool a bit.

New aluminum V8, officially named the LT5. The engine producing 755hp and tq

A 52% larger displacement supercharger than the Z06

4 additional radiators over the Z06, bringing the grand total to 13

Two aero kits including a ZTK performance pack ( the high wing pack) which creates an estimated 950lbs of downforce at speed, 60% more than the Z06. 

The same package includes a front splitter, chassis specific tuning, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Sales will begin in spring of 2018 with orders being taken now, so if you want to avoid massive dealer price gouging, order quickly. Only 3,000 are estimated to be built in 2018.

Check out the video below, from Car Guide, for a full video of the debut of the amazing new ZR1, as well as a gallery of official images after the video.

Corvette ZR1 Pictures and Specs Leaked

It appears, even more, info on the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 have leaked. According to enthusiast website, Corvette Blogger, which has reported that the following specs are leaks from an upcoming issue of Car and Driver:

A starting price of approximately $120k
7-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmission options
1/2″ wider wheels than the current Z06
Magnetic ride suspension as standard
Carbon ceramic brakes ( hopefully as an option, not standard)
750hp/680 lb-ft LT5 from a 6.2L V with an Eaton supercharger)
The supercharger produces 52% more air per RPM than the Z06 blower and is also 2.9″ taller.
A sub-3 second 0-60, sub 11-second 1/4 mile, and a top speed of over 210 mph
4 additional heat exchangers
A curb weight of 3664 lbs, a 140 lbs increase over the Z06
Several aero packages available, the RPO “ZTK” as shown in the magazine.  The large wing will have 10 degrees of adjustability contributing up to 500 lbs of downforce at speed.
The large wing is attached behind the hatch and spreads the load to the bumper beam.
A smaller wing is will come as standard (for the old and boring)
Removable top
A lap time 2.5 seconds faster around VIR than Z06

As you can see, much like other ZR1’s the new version is a somewhat mildly upgraded version of the Z06. According to the blog, the car will debut in Dubai on Saturday, so keep an eye out!

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Are you impressed by the new specs? Let us know in the comments!

Can Hennessey steal the title of “World’s Fastest” from Koenigsegg?

If you somehow missed out on the most recent news in automotive speed records, the hypercar company Koenigsegg has just managed to claim five new records for their own with the amazing Koenigsegg Agera RS.

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The feat was managed in the hot Nevada desert on a stretch of road about 11 miles long. While there, the car managed to go from 0-249mph-0 in just 33.29 seconds. The time of 0-249 was achieved in a blistering 24 seconds even, with the stop taking a quick 9.29 seconds. While not Koenigsegg’s focus, the car also did the quarter mile in 9.96 seconds.

Certainly impressive.

The Agera RS wasn’t done there. It managed to achieve an average speed of 277.87, in two directions, and a top speed of 284.55 setting two new worlds records!

Koenigsegg took home even more records, which were that for the highest speed ever recorded on a public road, hitting 284.55,  (previously set at 269mph in 1938) as well as highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road (268mph), and highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road (268.74mph).

It’s clearly time to celebrate. Or is it?

John Hennesey, whom you may have heard of from his Hennessey Venom GT, in addition to a slew of drama in the car community, brought out his newest addition to the hypercar world, the F5, at SEMA this year. According to Hennessey, the car will have over 1,600hp and be capable of exceeding 300 miles per hour for its top speed. Surely this means the car could beat the Agera’s recently attained records, right?

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Well, when it comes to Hennessey and records, it’s not that cut and dry. While the specs are surely impressive, there isn’t yet any true proof of the car’s capabilities, and no one actually has an F5 in their possession yet, aside from the car Hennessey has.

In addition, Hennessey has never broken an official world record. As Top Gear put it,

“Despite going quicker than the Veyron Super Sport, the Venom can’t call itself the fastest production car in the world, at least not in the eyes of Guinness. See, to qualify for a Guinness speed record, a car must make two runs, one in either direction, with the two top speeds averaged out for the official time.”

Couple this with the fact that many debated the Venom GT’s legitimacy as a production car because of its chassis being based on a Lotus Exige (and according to some reports, even the official vehicle title states the car is a Lotus), and you have some very muddy waters.

So can Hennessey shake the image of an unreliable boutique builder and take down one of the world’s most iconic hypercar companies?

We will just have to wait and see.

Porsche Launches Netflix-Style Monthly Subscription Service

Many, including notable industry personality Elon Musk,  have speculated that the future of the automotive industry would revolve around some type of subscription service. It seems that Porsche has decided to carry the proverbial torch of the future as they have started a monthly subscription service for its vehicles, which they will be testing in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The program, which begins at $2,000 a month plus a $500 initial fee, provides access to 11 vehicles from sports cars to SUVs, and is described as a “white-glove” service by Porsche. The service includes detailing, registration, maintenance, insurance, and vehicle tax. For a small additional fee of $1,000 bringing the total up to $3,000 per month if you’re keeping track, you can gain access to a further 6 vehicles such as the Cayenne E-hybrid.

Is this the way of the future? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Video] Watch as the Koenigsegg Agera RS destroys the 0-400-0 world record. Sorry, Bugatti.

Supercar and hypercar manufacturers are always trying to duke it out for the top spot in the leader boards. From 0-60 to top speed there is always a competition. A regular comment from fans of these cars is “What about Koenigsegg?” Well Koenigsegg is has answered to at least one of those requests, shattering the 0-400 km/h-0 (249 mph) record with a time of 36.44 seconds.

Check out the video below.

What record do you think they should go after next? Let us know in the comments.

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