Hype: Put A McLaren P1 On Your Desk Thanks To New Line Of Scale Models

Posted on 12.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


As of this post Christmas is just 10 days away.  If you’re looking for a last minute gift for the car fanatic in your life then you may want to check out McLaren’s new line of scale models.  McLaren has partnered with premium scale model producers Amalgam who supply most major F1 teams with premium 1:8 scale models to produce a line of premium 1:8 scale models of not only the McLaren P1 but a few of their historic race cars as well.  Now obviously these larger scale models are quite expensive and run about $12,000 but smaller models can be hand from other producers like Maisto and TSM (True Scale Models) from AutoArt.  If you like your models really small you can get a Hot Wheels version of the P1 as well.

However, the real holy grail here are the 1:8 models from Amalgam.  McLaren sends Amalgam all of their actual CAD and digital data from their road cars so that Amalgam can perfectly recreate all the details in miniature.  When it comes to building models of older race cars with designs that pre-date CAD McLaren shared blueprint and other schematics with Amalgam to make sure they could accurately recreate nearly every part.  In fact before this partnership most Amalgam models were made up of 1,000 pieces but these new McLaren models are 3,000 pieces and can take between 300 to 500 hours to put together.  This is because all Amalgam models are made by hand.


Oh, by the way.  Since you are already spending the money, if you happen to have a special one-off McLaren built by MSO (McLaren Special Operations) you can contact MSO so that they can work with Amalgam to build a premium scale model of your car.  From the paint to all the interior options they can make an exact replica.  Pretty cool huh?  While I won’t be able to afford something like this for quite a while; if you can an Amalgam model or even any of the other models from Auto Art or Maisto would make great gifts this holiday season.

Amalgam 1:8 models can be ordered at select McLaren retailers and dealerships.  Models produced by AutoArt and Maisto can be found on Amazon and other places where scale die cast models are sold.  Or you can always hit up the local toy store and look for the new McLaren Hot Wheels cars!

Press Release:

  • As production ends of the McLaren P1™, availability continues in miniature

  • Sizes from 1:64 to 1:8, from approximately 75mm to 595mm

  • Prices from under £10 to over £8,000


Production of the full size McLaren P1™ may have ended but McLaren Automotive has linked up with selected partners to offer every fan of any age a scaled down McLaren P1™ of their own.  Many sizes, shapes and styles are available, from 1:64 models all the way up to an exact, hand-crafted 1:8 scale replica.

The smallest size of McLaren P1™ is now within the reach of the very young, even if their only income is from pocket money, thanks to Mattel-HotWheels. The miniature die-cast toy McLaren P1™ is available in Volcano Orange and Supernova Silver and measures 75mm. The brand has been a favourite of young collectors since 1968 and remains one of the most popular toy car producers today.

For those who would rather build their own, Lego® has created a Volcano Yellow McLaren P1™ as part of the Speed Champions series. The buildable vehicle has all the authentic details of the ultimate McLaren hybrid supercar. The owner can even attach their own stylish wheels and use the wrench to prep their car, and then speed away drifting around the cones in a race to the finish line.

Stepping it up a gear, Scalextric™ and Maisto will take any McLaren enthusiast closer to a behind-the-wheel experience. The Scalextric™ team at Hornby Hobbies has worked with McLaren for the Pro Chassis Ready models in various McLaren colours including Volcano Yellow and Volcano Orange. The slot cars, a firm favourite for many years, offer a unique taste of McLaren P1™ magic.  An alternative driving experience is provided by Maisto’s highly-detailed, radio-controlled 1:14 scale McLaren P1™ with illuminating headlights and tail lights.

For the big kids of the family, resin or die cast models by TSM (True Scale Models) AutoArt, Minichamps and Tecnomodel provide a sophisticated approach to collecting beautiful McLaren P1™ models. All seek to create 1:43 scale centrepieces in a car collection with models chosen for their provenance, collectability and place in McLaren P1™ history.  These include Job#1 which was the first production car built, the Nürburgring edition XP2R prototype famous for completing the circuit in less than seven minutes, the camouflaged McLaren P1™ prototype model with the unique track inspired McLaren camouflage design, and the car Formula 1™ World Champion Jenson Button drove at Goodwood Festival of Speed for the car’s global dynamic debut. New for 2016 will be the Amethyst Black PP3 pre-production model. With its registration P1 OOV, this is the McLaren P1™ notably reviewed by journalists across the world and the star of many a magazine front cover and video. These collectibles capture the detail of the McLaren P1™ in all aspects including the wheels and tyres, seat belts, door handles, engine and suspension.

Finally, what do you buy the person who has everything? McLaren Automotive now has the answer, even for a McLaren P1™ owner. Amalgam Fine Model Cars can produce an exact McLaren P1™ replica in 1:8 scale. Amalgam has the ability to fuse exceptional craftsmanship with the latest advance model-making techniques. The stunning creations are precise to the last 0.1mm, down to the original hand-beaten asymmetric bodywork and creases in the fabric of the seats. The 1:8 scale allows you to see the curves and the shapes without being too big or too small. The complexities of the build made up of so many individual components make them a true piece of art. Made to order, this is the ultimate present for the ultimate car in the McLaren Automotive family.

McLaren P1™ models can be found at selected McLaren Automotive retailers and various online shops, including www.amazon.com.

Amalgam models can be ordered through McLaren Automotive retailers worldwide.

For more information please visit http://cars.mclaren.com/featured-articles/masters-in-miniature.html.

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Hype: Let Other Drivers Know How You Feel With LED Rear Window Display From Think Geek

Posted on 03.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


It has happened to all of us.  We are driving along going about our business and some horse-turd in another car does something stupid like cut us off, tailgates us in the slow lane, or throws a rubber chicken at us (I live in LA, it can happen).  Anyhow, it is in those moments that the one finger salute isn’t always adequate enough to articulate our true feelings to the offending driver.  However, short of some epic road rage meltdown, there isn’t really any other way to communicate from car to car without doing something crazy. …Until now!

Think Geek has released the Drivemotion LED Car Sign, a small LED display device with 16 pre-programmed messages that can be mounted to the rear window of your car so you can truly let any tailgating mofos know what you really think.  The Drivemotion can display text but also “emoji” like characters that are also pretty good at personifying one’s feelings.  For those pacifists out there who are all about peace and love, it should be noted that the Drivemotion can also display positive messages like a “thank you” directed towards a car that lets you in or a “have a nice day” to everyone.  Although if you’re a real misanthrope those messages could be used cynically as well.  The key here is versatility!

The only downside is that users of the Drivemotion cannot create custom messages and the controller for the unit only has three buttons.  This means cycling through the 16 different messages requires several button presses.  So, unless a user knows all the button combinations by heart it may take to long to bring up the appropriate message and the intended recipient may be long gone.  Or it may be easy to accidentally display the wrong message.  It would suck to call someone an idiot when you meant to thank them for giving you space!

Either way this is a step in the right direction.  If you want to try out the Drivemotion LED Car Sign you can pick it up on ThinkGeek.com for about 40 bucks!

[Source: ThinkGeek.com]

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12 Days Of Hype: A GoPro Makes A Perfect Accessory For The Track Day Junkie

Posted on 12.22.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What is cooler than punishing tires all day at the local track or autocross event?  Having video documentation of it!  Although back in the day such a thing was tricky.  Recording footage at the track required really expensive mounts and head-scratching trying to find a place to put said mount.  However, in the age of the GoPro those problems are in the past.  A GoPro can be mounted just about anywhere and are relatively inexpensive compared to the options of the past.  If you have a regular track day visitor in your life and he/she does not already have a GoPro camera then I would highly recommend getting them one as a gift!  While the newest HERO4 Black model is pictured, GoPro actually has several models available that range in price from as little as $120 all the way up to $500 (for the aforementioned HERO4 black model).  Just pick the model that best suits your budget and its intended purpose.  Don’t forget to pick up some of the motorsports related accessories as well like the suction cup mount ($39.99) and the roll bar mount ($29.99).

As a bonus GoPros aren’t just for motorsports stuff there are mounts that will allow for filming of just about any kind of sports activity or other things depending on how creative the user is.  Its really hard to go wrong with this as a gift!  I wish I had one!  For more info hit the source link below.

[Source: GoPro.com]

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12 Days Of Hype: Genuine Ferrari F1 Engine Valve Desktop Display Piece

Posted on 12.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Car people love to put cool car stuff on their desks.  Its just a fact of life.  Anyone who loves cars probably has some cool car related thing on their desk at work or maybe hung up on their wall and they are always looking for something even cooler to replace the already cool thing they currently have.  Well this is the cool desk thing to end all cool desk things!  Right now from Ferrari, you can buy an engine valve from a genuine Ferrari F1 engine!  It even comes with a certificate of authenticity and a cool stand to display it with.  The stand will have a plaque that will state the car the valve came from and everything.  This is pretty awesome for just about any car person, specially if they are also an F1 fan!

This desktop piece will set you back $210 plus shipping, which may also be pricy if you want to get this in time for Christmas.  Hit the source link below if you are interested in ordering one.

[Source: store.Ferrari.com]

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12 Days Of Hype: Dsalni Drawn Automotive Print

Posted on 12.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Most automotive enthusiasts consider cars to be art.  So they get really excited when they see an art piece of an art piece.  Lost? Stay with me here… There is a really talented automotive artist who goes by Dsalni.  He has a pretty cool blog in which he shows off all his latest works.  The awesome part is that his renderings can be ordered as prints through his online store!  He also puts some of his designs on shirts and hoodies so there is also that.  Basically anything from Dsalni’s store would make a pretty fresh gift.  If you don’t see anything you like in his store you may be able to contact him to commission a custom, personalized piece.  However, he is a busy man and might not be able to finish it before Christmas but it is worth a shot!  Check out his online store at the source link below!

[Source: Dsalni Drawn Store]

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Hype Event: Ollo Clip Photo Exhibition “Shutter Speed”

Posted on 10.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


I think its safe to say that just about anyone who owns an iPhone knows what an Ollo Clip is.  For those of you who don’t allow me to explain.  The Ollo Clip is a genius little gadget fitted with two lenses, with four configurations (Fish Eye, Wide Angle, Macro 10X, Macro 15X) that slides over the built in iPhone’s camera lens and gives users the ability to take really cool shots that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.  For the last year or so Ollo Clip has reached out to a few key figures in the automotive culture, gave them an Ollo Clip and told them to have at it.  Each individual was allowed to take the most creative pictures they could come up with as they conducted their daily goings on be it racing, building cars, organizing car shows, etc.

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Last night Ollo Clip gathered the best pictures from the instagram accounts of those users and put them together into a pretty cool photography exhibit dubbed “Shutter Speed” at the Box Eight studio in downtown Los Angeles.  It was a pretty cool event, though relatively low key compared to some of the other events I’ve been to.  But it was a great atmosphere with cool people and a few pretty cool cars sitting dead center to provide extra eye candy on top of the awesome pictures on display.  To get a taste of what it was like click on the thumbnails.  If you like the idea of being able to expand your phone’s photo capabilities I would highly recommend checking out Ollo Clip.  They are pretty much the go to external lens for iPhones and they just announced a model for the iPhone 6.  If you’re an android person there is an Ollo Clip out now for Samsung Galaxy phones.

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Hype: Want To Smell Like A Lamborghini? Well You Can With New “L” Cologne. Seriously, Lamborghini Made A Cologne…

Posted on 02.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Some people love “new car” smell.  I think its pretty nice too (as long as it doesn’t contain harmful toxins) but I think one of the best new car smells comes from exotic cars.  Frequenting car shows as much as I do I have inhaled my share of alcantara, leather, carbon fiber, and ABS plastic in my time and it is quite intoxicating (no pun intended).  However, would anyone of you actually want to wear that scent?  Lamborghini is hoping so as they just announced that they will be launching their own cologne at the Geneva Motorshow called “L”.   Seriously, this is happening.  Crazy right?

I am sure that “L” won’t actually smell like a Lamborghini interior but technically its possible since they never say it won’t smell like a Lamborghini…  If you are interested in a leather wrapped bottle of “L” then get in line fast as Lamborghini says they will only produce 999 vials of the stuff.  If you miss out then don’t fret too much because Lamborghini says they will actually produce three more scents after this in the near future.  I wonder what the next one will be; Acuqa Di Exhaust Pour Homme perhaps?

Press Release:

Sant’Agata Bolognese, 21 February 2014. Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, the clothing and accessories line with the DNA of the House of the Raging Bulls’ super sports cars, presents the Spring-Summer 2014 collection.

The must-have

The newest product in the collection is definitely the perfume “L”, for men who love essential, unique luxury. The first of the four fragrances, a limited edition with only 999 produced, will be presented in a world preview at the Geneva Show on 4 March. The perfume, designed by a creative team and perfume experts for Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, extends the values of the worldfamous super sports car brand to an olfactory experience. “L” is the first perfume by Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, extending the product range for the first time to fragrances for men.

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Hype Art: EAT SLEEP RACE Limited Edition Canvas Prints Illustrate Tuning As A Weapon

Posted on 01.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The guys from EAT SLEEP RACE are trying to add some culture to our lives with a few extremely limited edition prints of some of their latest artwork.  The first, dubbed “shootout” seamlessly combines the aesthetics of a turbocharger with that of an old school revolver while the second portrays spark plugs as ammunition.  Both pieces are pretty provocative but visually pleasing at the same time.  I’d totally rock both of these on my wall.  There is only one problem: they are only printing 12 of each!  Yes, only 12! If you want one you better move quick!  You can order the prints online right now for $29.99 each and once they are sold out they will not be reproduced! Just click the source link below to go straight to the EAT SLEEP RACE store to buy one.

[Source: EATSLEEPRACE.com]

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Hype: GARAGETUNED x JDMEGO x Evasive Motorsports S2000 Triple Colab Skate Deck

Posted on 12.04.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


If you follow the JDMEGO blog you know that over the last few months Judson AKA “DropJay” did several artwork pieces for skateboard decks yet none of them showed up in the JDMEGO store.  Well that’s because they are over in the ILoveRacing.com store!  Just make a few more clicks! Come on don’t be lazy…  Besides if you want to own this sweet Evasive Motorsports S2000 skate deck for only 50 bucks then you are going to need to move quickly.  This would look so fresh mounted on a wall!

[Source: ILoveRacing.com store]

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Hype: “Hatch Life” Cell Phone Case By GARAGETUNED

Posted on 09.26.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Are you in love with EG and EK Honda Civics?  Do you drool over just about any generation of VW Golf?  Then you might just be about that “Hatch Life“.  If so then Pac Rim’s GARAGETUNED brand has a cell phone case that’s perfect for you.  The best part is that its available for iPhone 4/4s/5 AND Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4 so you’re covered on both iOS and Android fronts!

[Source: iLoveRacing.com]

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