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Double bubble: it’s hypercar Friday!

Double bubble: it’s hypercar Friday!

Hypercars are like buses. Seriously. Two have come along at once to grab you by the eyeballs this week.

First up, McLaren’s next Ultimate Series, previously codenamed BP23, has finally had its name revealed. They’re calling it the Speedtail. The name, says the maker, is “evocative of a peak speed higher than any McLaren yet and a flowing, highly streamlined design.”

It might also be appropriate for a car with a twin-turbo V8 boosted by an electric hybrid system, promising more than 243mph and delivering overall power output far exceeding the F1’s 627bhp.

The Speedtail’s spec also promises “exquisite new materials encouraging boundless tailoring” and a centrally-mounted driving position with two seats either side,as per the legendary F1 road car.

The final public reveal of this petrol-electric hybrid, referred to by McLaren as a “Hyper-GT” will come before the end of 2018, though if you have your name down for one, you’ll see it before then. Only 106 will be produced – and sadly all are already reserved. So you’ll have to find something else to spend that spare £1.6million you had.

This one’s cheaper. In fact, all you need to get to grips with the virtual VUHL 05RR is a fresh download of Forza Motorsport 7 on your Xbox. Within the game, it’s free.

Exclusive to the Xbox, this ultra-lightweight Mexican supercar was made exclusively available on Wednesday via Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox One. As well as exclusive access in advance of its real world production later this year, the VUHL 05RR delivers gamers a feel of the thrill and extreme dynamism of the performance supercar in the virtual world.

Along with the chance to test this carbon-bodied thoroughbred on circuits from across the globe, in all weather conditions and environments, VUHL says attention in the game has been “paid to all elements of the vehicle’s unique DNA, from the interior to the chassis response, handling and engine characteristics”.

Who needs reality? Gamers have also been having a hand in the reception of the real thing, as Iker Echeverria, VUHL Technical Director, explains: “We have beaten all of our rivals at various track demonstrations with our latest iteration, and we really want to share this remarkable lightweight driving experience with the world. This is where Forza Motorsport comes in - available globally and at no extra cost, gamers have no excuse not to try the new VUHL. I hope it is enjoyed as much as we loved working on the development of the car!”

Ready to give the Speedtail a run for its money, the VUHL 05RR goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.7 seconds, all from a 2.3-litre Ford EcoBoost engine paired with a 6-speed sequential gearbox. VUHL’s chassis encompasses an ultra-lightweight body with a carbon fibre and aluminium combination structure, which creates an ultra-versatile car with over 600 bhp/tonne.

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