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DID SHMEE150 REALLY

NEED ALL THAT GOLDON

HIS P1 TOGET ATTENTION?

OF COURSE NOT, BUT IT

CAN’T HAVE HURT… MUCH

Unsurprisingly,

the car is based

on a twin-turbo

3.7-litre flat-six

engine producing

770bhp at

7,100rpm. As

per W Motors, it

will do 0-100kph

in a mere

2.8 seconds,

reaching a top

speed of 385kph

Lykan Hypersport

F1, widely regarded as the supercar that

started it all, features a functional gold-

foil heat shield. Did Shmee150 really need

all that gold on his P1 to get attention? Of

course not, but it can’t have hurt… much.

We expect the car’s track performance is

slightly diminished by the added weight

— good thing it’s so astonishingly fast to

begin with.

LYKANAPPEAL

If you like your performance vehicles

grown closer to home, but want to

eclipse even Shmee150 levels of bling,

you’re going to want to take a ride in a

W Motors Lykan Hypersport. This UAE-

made hypercar might not quite be the

fastest, lightest or most high-powered

ride in its segment, but it is the first

Arab-manufactured high-performance

luxury sports car, as well as the first to

offer headlights with embedded jewels.

Buyers of this $3.4-million ride can select

rubies, yellow diamonds and sapphires,

which are then integrated into the car’s

titanium LED blades — depending, of

course, on what colour they select. The

numbers we’ve seen indicate that, in at

least one example of the car, there are

420 individual diamonds combining for

15 cts. In addition to which, W Motors

has announced a partnership with Swiss

watchmaker Franck Muller to produce

limited-edition wristwatches, one for

each eventual owner of the seven Lykan

Hypersports slated to be built — not a

bad bonus gift.

Oh, and did we mention that the W

Motors Lykan HyperSport not only sports

the world’s first interactive holographic

display system but also puts down some

very appealing performance specs as well?

The Lykan is built in partnership with

German carmaker Ruf Automobile, long

associated with bespoke sports cars built

on Porsche platforms. Unsurprisingly, the

car is based on a twin-turbo 3.7-litre flat-

six engine producing 770bhp at 7,100rpm.

If you don’t follow these things closely,

know that “flat six” is basically code

for Porsche. As per W Motors, it will do

0-100kph in a mere 2.8 seconds, reaching

a top speed of 385kph.

This is a great time to be a motoring

enthusiast. The cars are faster, safer,

and handle better than they ever have,

and there are more to choose from

than ever. However, if you find yourself

desiring just a little more sparkle in your

shiny new ride, it’s good to know there

are carmakers out there adorning these

beasts with precious metals and stones

— what better way to celebrate this crazy

ride called life?

This land rocket

combines a

3.8-litre twin-

turbo V8 and

electric motor to

produce 903bhp

and 900Nm of

torque, delivered

to the rear

wheels through

a 7-speed

automatic

transmission

McLaren P1

Add to which, flames shoot out of it’s dual

centre mounted exhausts when you really

open it up (lest anyone think it was even

vaguely related to a Toyota Prius). Not

that anyone would ever actually make

that mistake. The P1 looks like McLaren’s

Chief Designer, Frank Stephenson, drew

the car in a fever dream and, because this

a dream sequence, the car somehow came

to life, racing off the page and into the

3D world before someone in accounting

could shout, “be reasonable!”

This is especially true of how the car

looks with its rear wing jutting 300mm

up towards the heavens — it has an

aeronautical quality that’s underwritten

by 600kg of downforce at 260kph, and

an appetite for 2.0G of lateral cornering

force. This land rocket combines a

3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 and electric motor

to produce 903bhp and 900Nm of torque,

delivered to the rear wheels through a

7-speed automatic transmission. The P1

does the 0-100kph dash in 2.8 seconds

which, in case you don’t follow these

things (and lack imagination) is very fast.

So, how much? Well, the P1 is actually

out of production, with a limited run of

375 cars. So if you want one, you’ll have

to keep a close eye on the adverts. The

cars originally sold for $1.2 million, and

it’s likely they’ll actually go up in value.

But if you really want the gold standard

McLaren P1, you’re going to have to try

and lure it away from Malaysian YouTube

star, Shmee150, owner of a bespoke P1

that, in addition to gold paint on the

wheels, boasts gold plating on the engine

cover, badges and interior trim. There’s

even gold on the exhaust shields, which

takes precedent from the car’s storied

ancestor, the mighty McLaren F1. The

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