Welcome to this edition of Coolest Cars,
Over the last few days, there has been a special kind of buzz around the place as we get closer to Sunday's Starship Supercar Show. We had some genuinely great cars arriving (you can have a sneak peek on Giltrap TV). Four floors of the 119GNR building are beginning to be transformed into a car display like New Zealand has never seen before.
It's no surprise that we have many car fans at Giltrap Group, and the debates over what is the greatest Supercar of all time are in full swing. It also explains why Cool Cars needed to become Coolest Cars for this edition.
Every ticket sold goes in the draw to win the ultimate Supercar Experience on the Highland's circuit in the Aston Martin Vulcan; including a VIP lunch for two hosted by Tony Quinn at Highlands, a night's accommodation at the Rees Luxury Hotel, a SIXT rental car and return flights for two to Queenstown.
There are more chances to win at the Starship Supercar Show, with great prizes from Harman Kardon and The Heart of Racing.
Most importantly, this is a chance to raise funds for the Starship Foundation while getting a rare opportunity to see a gobsmacking lineup of supercars and hypercars. So just head to www.supercarshow.co.nz to get your ticket (there will be limited door sales, but online is the best option). To make sure you have space to enjoy the cars, we are holding six 90-minute sessions across this Sunday.
In the meantime, you can see some of my favourites in this week's Coolest Cars below.
Only 106 Speedtails are planned to be built. Each costing approximately NZ $4 million, all have already been sold.
Before driving a Veyron, McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray called it “the most pointless exercise on the planet”. After driving one, he admitted the Veyron was “a huge achievement”.
Koenigsegg Agera S Hundra
The Agera Hundra was released in celebration of Koenigsegg’s 100th car. Its body is fashioned from bare carbon-fibre inlaid with real 24-karat gold flake.
LaFerrari was the first Ferrari designed without input from Italian design house Pininfarina since the 1973 Dino 308 GT4.
Porsche 918 Spyder
In September 2013 a 918 set a Nürburgring lap time of 6m 57s, making it the first series production street-legal car to break the seven-minute barrier at the famous circuit.
Only 375 McLaren P1s were made. The manufacturer states that no two P1s were built exactly the same.
In production for 16 years, the Countach remains Lamborghini’s longest-running model line. Nearly 2000 were produced between 1974 and 1990.
New Zealand engineer and test driver, Bob Wallace, was instrumental in helping develop many of Lamborghini’s early sportscars, including the Miura.
Only 16 examples of the original 1957 Jaguar XKSS were built. Another nine were destroyed in a fire at the Jaguar factory. Production of the ‘lost nine’ continued from 2016-2017.
When the LFA was originally engineered, it was built using wholly bespoke parts that weren’t shared across other Lexus or Toyota models
Corvette Stingray C8
The current C8 generation supercar is the first mid-engined Corvette since the model debuted in 1953.
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
Racing for Team Asia New Zealand, Kiwi driver Simon Evans won both the inaugural I-PACE eTrophy race in 2018, and the series’ final driver’s championship in 2020.