Game changers: How McLaren, Aston and Lambo are re-writing the supercar rules

Alex Goy posted in News

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Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who has written for the likes of Motor1, Carfection and CNET.

Each week he will be taking a look at the biggest news in the car world, right here on DriveTribe.

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There was a motor show on this week. Geneva usually sees the great and the good of the supercar world unzip their pants and grab a ruler, and this year seemed no different. Here’s what you should care about from there, and the wider world.

McLaren plans to change some rules

McLaren, not content with revealing a billion and seven new models before the end of the decade, has decided to make up new rules about what it means to be a Grand Tourer.

A good GT needs to have space for people and stuff, enough grunt to cross vast swathes of land in a matter of hours – and look the absolute nuts.

McLaren wants its new GT to add ‘a level of agility never experienced before in this segment’ as well. Basically: McLaren’s going to make a softer car for people who need to travel.

Aston Martin’s bold new look

When Andy Palmer took over at Aston Martin the line up looked… identical. No bad thing, but it meant a prole in a Vantage could be mistaken for an Oligarch in a Vanquish, and that would not do.

So Palmer made it his mission to ensure his generation of Astons looked suitably stand-outy. The DB 11, Vantage, DBS, and Valkyrie are all easy to tell apart, but the cars unveiled at Geneva? Less so.

The Valkyrie, AM-RB 003, and Vanquish vision are all remarkably similar. Still, bet they’ll be ace to steer.

Aventa…phwoar *

The winner of the pants/ruler competition at Geneva surely has to be Lamborghini (Bugatti gets an honourable mention for making an unattainable megacar, mind) and its Aventador SVJ Roadster. 760 horses, 6.5-litre N/A V12, just shy of £400k – and it actually looks good in metallic beige. Stellar stuff.

*I do no apologise for this clearly amazing pun

Thanks, chum, and goodbye

Sad tidings to round out this week’s news review. Alex Mills, better known as Viper007Bond, passed away this week after a battle with leukaemia.

The 34-year-old wasn’t just some bloke off the internet, but the mind behind the Final Gear Top Gear/Fifth Gear forum/fan/download site. Final Gear was kicking around before iPlayer, Netflix, and all that kinda stuff, and it meant fans from all over the world could watch their favourite car show easily. There are arguments that without Final Gear, and Alex, the three big names behind this very site wouldn’t be as famous as they are, such was its impact. Go well, friend, and thank you.

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