Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Hypercars rev up for Salon Privé

The latest hypercars from Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren will be on show at next month’s Salon Privé in the UK as part of the three-day event’s tantalising display of vehicles.

With six-figure price tags, extremely limited production numbers, and ownership by invitation only, the Aston Martin Vulcan, Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR all demonstrate the ultimate manifestation of their manufacturers’ prowess in the design and construction of high-performance vehicles.

On show in the exclusive Salon Privé village, it’s a rare opportunity to admire these three thoroughbreds in close proximity to each other, according to the organisers. They’ll join the unrivalled selection of lifestyle and luxury exhibitors attending this year’s event, which will be held from September 3 to 5 at Blenheim Palace.


Born out of Aston Martin’s rich racing heritage, the Vulcan is the UK carmaker’s most extreme creation to date and is utterly breathtaking. With an all-carbon fibre body the Vulcan promises incredible performance and is an engineering masterpiece.

Powered by a naturally aspirated 7.0 litre V12, the car is capable of a sub 3.0 second 0-60 mph (0-96 kmph) time and will achieve a top speed in excess of 200 mph (321 kmph).

Each Vulcan allows the driver to tailor the driving experience to their exacting requirements through a graduated scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.

With a limited production run of just 24 cars, the Vulcan is as exclusive as it is exhilarating.

Ferrari FXX K

The track-only version of the Ferrari La Ferrari, the FXX K, is an astonishing technical achievement and it is Maranello’s most powerful creation to date, being the first Ferrari to produce more than 1,000 bhp.

Power is delivered via a V12 engine producing 860 bhp and an electric motor which produces 190 bhp. This combination provides torque in excess of 900 nm.

The car also adopts a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), the same technology used in today’s F1 cars. The select few who are lucky enough to own an FXX K will undertake an exclusive dynamic test programme with Ferrari. This is truly one of the most exciting cars the world has ever seen.


The McLaren P1 GTR is the most powerful and most exclusive model built by McLaren to date. Underlining its track-focus and performance capabilities, McLaren has resurrected the iconic ‘GTR’ name 20 years on from the famous victory of the McLaren F1 GTR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The track-only model is fitted with a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine, producing 800 PS, coupled to an integrated lightweight electric which generates an additional 200 PS, combining to deliver 1,000 PS. This power is transferred to the track via race-proven Pirelli slick tyres, working with optimised aerodynamics, including Formula 1-derived DRS (Drag Reduction System), to offer the ultimate track experience.

Drivers of the limited production model become members of the world’s most exclusive McLaren ownership programme. The McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme offers a unique insight into the steps McLaren drivers take after signing for the team, as each driver has access to race-winning expertise and bespoke world-class training. This programme is designed to hone and optimise driving skills at some of the most iconic circuits across the world, as drivers learn how to get the best out of themselves and the car.

For supercar fans looking to further indulge their passion, this year’s Salon Privé includes its first public day and the inaugural Pirelli ‘Prestige & Performance’ concours. 

The first of its kind in the UK, it pays homage to post-1975 supercars and allows spectators to see stunning cars from the last 40 years. Presented in The Great Court and paraded through Blenheim Palace’s beautiful grounds, it offers the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of these fabulous vehicles first-hand.

Now in its 10th year, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most prestigious luxury supercar show and concours d’elégance. The three-day event incorporates the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, Boodles Ladies’ Day and The British Supercar Show, along with the EFG Art and Memorabilia Fair and The Salon Privé Sale in association with Silverstone Auctions.  

The Tour d’Elégance takes place for Concours owners only on September 2.  

Salon Privé takes pride and place amongst the leading automotive shows of the world including the US’s Pebble Beach and Italy’s Villa d’Este.  

Tickets for Salon Privé are on sale at

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