Never-seen-before supercars, revolutionary flying cars and a Bentley Azure covered in two million gems. Yes, it’s time for another Top Marques Monaco extravaganza.
Once again, some of the world’s most glamorous supercars will line up at the Grimaldi Forum, with VIPs invited take a test drive on a closed section of the famous F1 GP circuit. You don’t get to tackle La Rascasse or Tabac at a common or garden motor show. Here are some of the highlights from day one.
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It’s fair to assume that no child will ever grow up wanting to own a Vanda Dendrobium, but – dodgy name aside – this electric hypercar is a technological masterpiece. According to the engineers behind the project, the Dendrobium will accelerate to 62mph in 2.6 seconds, before maxing out at 200mph.
The name, in case you’re losing sleep over it, is inspired by a species of orchid found in Singapore, the home of Vanda Electrics. The company claims the car has been on the drawing board since the 1990s and is very much a ‘halo model’, designed to generate interest in a future production version.
From Bratislava with love? There’s something very James Bond about a flying car, but the Slovakian company is adamant that the AeroMobil is more than the work of fiction. Indeed, it is promising to make the first deliveries in 2020, with production limited to 500 units. The price: €1.2m to €1.5m, depending on specification.
The Aeromobil is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘boxer’ engine, with 300hp delivered to the propeller through a bespoke transmission. It can transform into flight mode within three minutes and offers a cruising range of 466 miles. If you fancy your own short-haul flight machine, the company is taking orders in Monaco.
PAL-V is offering a different take on the ‘magnificent men in their flying machines’ concept. The Liberty takes to the air using a wind-powered rotor, enabling it to, in the words of the Dutch company, “float in the air”. If the weather conditions aren’t favourable, simply return to terra firma and continue in car mode.
According to PAL-V, the Liberty Pioneer Edition “marks the launch of the flying car era”, and an initial 90 will be sold, each one with a price tag of circa £417,000 plus taxes. A range of 310 miles is possible in the air, or an impressive 817 miles on the road.
Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS
Donkervoort hit the headlines in 2004 and 2006 when the D8 270 RS set lap records at the Nürburgring. The D8 GTO-RS is its spiritual successor and the Dutch company is hinting at more records in the future. Power is sourced from Audi’s 2.5-litre TFSI engine.
The D8 GTO-RS was announced as a limited edition of 40 units in 2016, encouraging Donkervoort to create Bare Naked Carbon and Race editions. The Bare Naked Carbon Edition will be limited to 15 units, with all the carbon fibre elements left exposed. The Race version is optimised for the track.
We won’t claim to know much about the Calafiore C10 – the firm’s website has yet to be updated – but we know that the Italian hypercar will produce something in the region of 1,000hp. It’s the result of “the combination of supersonic jets and the cars of Le Mans 24 Hours”. Interesting…
Frangivento Asfane FV-Charlotte
The FV-Charlotte is the roadster version of the Frangivento Asfane, built in Italy and dedicated to Monte Carlo. The electric supercar is the work of Italians Giorgio Pirolo and Paolo Mancini.
Asfane is taken from ‘As-fa-nen’, meaning ‘it can’t be done’ in piemontese dialect, a reference to Pirolo and Mancini’s desire to keep pushing the boundaries. The supercar of the future is dedicated to Charlotte Church. Probably.
Sin R1 550
The Sin R1 550 was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but is in Monaco to give people another opportunity to check out its rather dramatic styling. It’s powered by a 7.0-litre V8 engine producing 550hp, along with an option for fitting a fully-sequential racing gearbox with paddle shifters.
We’re trying desperately hard to be polite about the styling, but it’s all in the name of airflow. The cabin features non-adjustable carbon fibre seats developed at the Sin Cars factory in Daventry.
For Monaco-based Venturi, Top Marques is like a home from home. After four rounds of the Formula E championship, the Venturi team is propping up the table with three points.
Venturi will be hoping for more luck when the Formula E juggernaut rocks silently into Monaco for round five of the championship. The race uses a modified configuration of the iconic GP street circuit, but retains the same start/finish line.
Test Drive Pit
What makes Top Marques unique is the opportunity to test drive cars on the famous GP circuit. Note the Mini Remastered by David Brown Automotive in the foreground. Monaco is the ideal location to showcase the talents of a Mini costing upwards of £50,000.