The lucky winner of last week’s massive £107.9million Euromillions lottery jackpot has gone up in the estimations of petrol-heads across the country, after he announced that he was to spend some of his fortune starting a collection of luxury sports cars.
Mechanic and part-time racing driver Neil Trotter is living out the fantasies of car enthusiasts the world over, shopping for some of the most expensive and exclusive cars. With such a healthy bank balance, there is literally no car that is off limits.
With so much choice, we’d imagine actually nailing down the models on which to splash the cash would be a nightmare. Thankfully, Motors.co.uk is on hand with some sage advice (or rather our own fantasy car purchases) to point the lucky Mr Trotter in the right direction.
The 918 Spyder starts from £652,849
As an expression of the ultimate in automotive engineering, the Porsche 918 Spyder has few peers. Using a cutting-edge hybrid system, the convertible hypercar boasts not only massive power, but also ultra-low official fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures. As a keen car enthusiast, Mr Trotter can do worse than invest in what is arguably the template for all future high-performance supercars. Had he won the lottery a little earlier, Trotter could also consider the 918’s similarly advanced rivals the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, which were sold out within days of being unveiled.
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Loud, brash and attention seeking, the Lamborghini Aventador is the ultimate lottery win clich?. It’s also a supercar in the traditional sense: a huge, naturally aspirated V12 engine situated behind the seats and a body so low and enormous that its really only suited to the smoothest and widest roads. There’s no trick electrical technology here, and the Aventador, with its old-school charm is all the better for it. We’d recommend anyone with a sufficiently healthy bank balance to get one before ever stricter fuel and emissions regulations consigns its kind to the history books forever.
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A supercar for those who are fed up with supercars. Mercedes’ flagship saloon car offers all the performance of an Italian thoroughbred thanks to its twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine. A 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph means it can hold its head high amongst the supercar elite. However, unlike your average supercar, the S-Class comes with lounging room for four and the sort of luxury appointments (heated door panels anyone?) that would leave a Bentley Continental GT looking a tad basic. If inconspicuous consumption is your thing, look no further.
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Forget about modern supercars and their vulgar styling – if you want to be marked out as a true car connoisseur, consider the Eagle Speedster. It’s based on the already gorgeous Jaguar E-Type of the 1960s, which is then fettled and tweaked to create a vision of automotive perfection. It may cost over £500,000 but given just how stunning it is, we think it’s worth every penny. The beauty is more than skin deep, too, as the Speedster comes with modern brakes and suspension, and a thunderous 4.7-litre straight-six engine.
If you’re thinking about starting a serious supercar collection, then the Hennessey Venom GT – unofficially the world’s fastest car – simply has to be on the shortlist. Having managed to hit an astonishing 270.49mph on a NASA runway, and then only stopping as it ran out of room, the Venom comprehensively outran the £1million Bugatti Veyron, despite being developed on a comparatively tiny budget and without recourse to VW’s vast wealth of engineering talent. Hennessey is so chuffed with its achievement that it has released a ‘World’s Fastest Edition’, complete with red and blue go-faster stripes for the ultimate ‘new money’ look.
March 27, 2014