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McLaren honors Queen Elizabeth II

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In honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year reign, British supercar maker McLaren Automotive has unveiled a specially developed platinum silver ‘Platinum Jubilee’ paint and badge. Both features were revealed on a one-off example of the new hybrid supercar, McLaren Artura.

Following the development of a bespoke tool and press to create the badge, MSO and McLaren’s advanced coating’s partner AkzoNobel analysed different lighting conditions to define the most suitable metallic pigment combination. MSO’s paint developers then formulated the desired platinum composition which took eight days to complete including durability and application testing.

“It has been an honour for MSO to create a new platinum paint in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this year,” said Ansar Ali, Managing Director – McLaren Special Operations, McLaren Automotive. “This special paint, which will be available for customers to select for years to come, will be a fitting tribute to mark this historic milestone.”

Zenvo Automotive is coming to Denver and will allow US-based customers to buy the Danish-built hypercars. The company’s latest offering is the TSR-S; a 1,177 bhp twin-supercharged flat-plane V8 hypercar with an in-house produced lightweight carbon body that features a Zenvo’s patented Centripetal rear wing, which reacts to steering inputs to create high levels of downforce while cornering. It goes 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 202 mph.

Zenvo of Denver is the first selected dealer out of a total planned five US dealers being rolled out,” said Jens Sverdrup, Zenvo’s chief commercial officer and chairman of the board. “This is to support the sharply increased interest and sales we have experienced lately and support the brand’s growth and prepare to introduce an all-new, worldwide homologated Zenvo to be launched in 2023.”

The Præstø, Denmark-based hypercar company produces five examples of each model per year.

Fisker Pear
Photo courtesy of Fisker

Fisker confirmed that it is producing its second vehicle. The Fisker PEAR electric vehicle will enter production in 2024, with an expected base price of $29,900 and will be produced at Foxconn’s in Ohio.

The PEAR is the company’s second vehicle, the Ocean will start production in November 2022, and will be built on new architecture, and the platform will underpin two additional models that Fisker that will be developed later.

2022 Kia EV6
Photo courtesy of Kia

The 2022 Kia EV6 has been named to the list of “Best Hybrid and Electric Cars” by U.S. News & World Report and earned the title of “Best Electric Vehicle” in this year’s awards.

U.S. News determined the winner by analyzing each vehicle’s starting price, Level 2 charging rate, and EPA fuel economy and range estimates among the 82 hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, and electric vehicles under consideration.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth in the electric SUV segment this year, and the all-new Kia EV6 is a top choice with a comfortable and attractive interior, as well as a comprehensive suite of active safety features,” said Jim Sharifi, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “Perhaps the biggest selling point, however, is the EV6’s exceptional driving range of up to 310 miles.”

David P. Castro
David P. Castro is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. The Santa Rosa, California native resides in Phoenix with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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