Another unique aspect of Salon Privé 2015 is that it doesn’t just focus on the traditional Concours categories, there are displays of modern supercars as well as other more modern machinery. Salon Privé 2015 also features a collection of the best track-only specials. Based upon production hypercars, these vehicles feature the very highest performance imaginable.
Three of these track-only hypercars are on display including the Ferrari FXXK, the McLaren P1 GTR and the Aston Martin Vulcan. Each of these cars demonstrates the very best of its brand. They are all limited edition, built for the track only and enjoy a high level of factory support.
The first of the track-only hyper cars is the McLaren P1 GTR; a £1.98 million British machine. It is an evolution of the McLaren P1 road car, with an uprated 3.8 litre V8 engine and 986 bhp. With a kerb-weight of 1440kg, it produces around 685bhp per tonne. In order to own one, you must be one of 375 existing P1 owners. Even then, only 40 odd will be produced, making the GTR very exclusive indeed!
Whilst the performance and weight add something to the speed of the car, those that have driven it have commented that the speed is actually most recognisable through the use of track-only Pirelli rubber. With no limits to constrain the design, McLaren engineers have been able to fine-tune every aspect of the car, including the crazy bodywork.
Our first insight into the Ferrari FXXK came as it was driven into the show ground at around midday on Monday. The noise this thing makes is incredible. A product of Ferrari’s Corse Clienti, less than 40 will be made available. It features a range of upgrades over the LaFerrari upon which it is based. Its 6.3-litre V12 now produces 1,035 bhp thanks to new camshafts, a reworked intake manifold and an un-silenced exhaust system.
The bodywork is just as impressive. The rear spoiler is pretty unique, two fins which stand separate from each other are fed by aero lines running along the flank. The rear features a huge diffuser and the front includes an intricate carbon fibre front splitter. All in, it is as close as it is possible to get to Formula 1 performance in a closed, mid-engined package.
Last, but not least, we have the Aston Martin Vulcan. The Vulcan is slightly different to the other two in that it isn’t based upon a road car. Perhaps the closest thing to it is the Aston Martin One-77. Although in reality, the two are very different indeed. Just 24 cars will be made priced at $2.3 million.
The name Vulcan is a nod to the legendary cold-war bomber. As you would expect, the Aston Martin equivalent also comes with sledgehammer performance. It gets a new 7.0 litre V12 engine with 800 bhp in a 1350 kg package. The Vulcan features a carbon fibre monocoque and a body constructed by Canadian specialists Multimatic who are also set to build the new Ford GT.