Cholmondeley Power and Speed

Top 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track

Cholmondeley Power and SpeedCholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 takes place on 10-12 June at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Tickets are available from the website.

This year, the theme is ‘Supercars Past, Present and Future’ – so what better excuse to count down the 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track since the event began in 2008? Fasten your seatbelts…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed10. Aston Martin Centenary Vanquish – 68.46 seconds

Aston Martin’s 100th birthday present to itself, this special-edition Vanquish set a lap time of 68.46 seconds in the marque’s centenary year of 2013. What a way to mark the occasion.

With a 570hp V12, the Vanquish launches to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, while carbon-ceramic brakes scrub off speed for the corners. It also looks and sounds fantastic – a real treat for the Cholmondeley crowd.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed9. Ford GT – 68.08 seconds

This retro-remake of the 1960s Ford GT40 was another real crowd-pleaser at Cholmondeley. It was brought along by the Ford Special Vehicle Team in 2014.

The GT lapped the track in 68.08 seconds, putting it in ninth place overall. Its mid-mounted 5.4-litre supercharged V8 delivers 558hp and 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed8. Bentley Continental Supersport – 67.09 seconds

Until the GT Speed and GT3-R versions of the Continental GT arrived, the 630hp Supersports was Bentley’s fastest and most powerful production car ever.  

You might not expect the big Bentley to be especially quick around a racetrack, but a 67.09-second lap time, set back in 2010, proves otherwise. It also hits a top speed of 204mph.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed7. Jaguar XJ220 – 67.05 seconds

The Jaguar XJ220 is another supercar leviathan that confounds expectations around a racetrack. Only 271 XJ220s were made, and one set a 67.05-second lap.

It might not hold the Cholmondeley record, but the XJ220 was the first production car with more than 500hp – and fastest car in the world when launched in 1992. So it deserves a place in history.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed6. Ferrari 458 Italia – 66.59 seconds

Moving into the modern era, the Ferrari 458 Italia is widely seen as one of the best driver’s cars ever made. There has been more than one 458 at Cholmondeley over the years, but the best time of 66.59 seconds was achieved in 2012.

The 458 Italia has a howling 570hp 5.5-litre V8 and a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It was recently replaced by the turbocharged 488 GTB.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed5. Porsche Carrera 4S – 65.28 seconds

With 400hp to the Ferrari’s 570hp, the Porsche 911 has done well to lap the Cholmondeley track more than a second quicker. Perhaps it helped that this Carrera 4 version had four-wheel drive.

The Carrera 4S packs a 3.8-litre flat-six engine and sprints to 62mph in 4.1 seconds. However, it’s still not the fastest Porsche 911 here, as we shall discover…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed4. Nissan GT-R – 64.99 seconds

The car the Japanese call ‘Godzilla’ takes fourth place in the Cholmondeley rankings. Its time of 64.99 seconds was set in 2012 by Jann Mardenborough, the first British winner of Nissan’s GT Academy.

Mardenborough’s GT-R boasted 550hp, although the latest 2017 car is even more powerful – with 570hp. Use the launch control and it will reach 60mph in just 2.7 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed3. Porsche 911 Turbo S – 64.81 seconds

Here’s that other Porsche 911 we talked about. The mighty twin-turbocharged 560hp Turbo S just pipped its rival Nissan GT-R, with a lap time of 64.81 seconds.

The seventh-generation ‘991’ Turbo S can hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds – considerably quicker, it should be noted – than a McLaren F1. Still not enough to top the Cholmondeley leaderboard, though…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed2. McLaren 650S – 63.87 seconds

McLaren has five decades of F1 experience, although it didn’t launch its current range of road cars until 2011. Three years later, the 650S set a stunning 63.87-second lap time.

Interestingly, the McLaren 675LT – a modified ‘long tail’ version of the 650S – has recently set the fastest time ever around the Top Gear test track. This car has slightly less power, but will still reach 207mph…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed1. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 – 63.54 seconds and 62.64 seconds

Holding the TWO fastest Cholmondeley lap times is no mean feat for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4. The four-wheel-drive Italian supercar really is as fast as it looks.

In 2011, the Gallardo Spyder Performante set a time of 63.54 seconds. Two years later, the lightweight Superleggera version went nearly a second quicker. Will anything beat the Lamborghini in 2016?

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London supercar dealer pleads against boy-racer crackdown

London supercar dealer pleads against boy-racer crackdown

London supercar dealer pleads against boy-racer crackdown

The founder of a central London supercar dealership has begged with Kensington and Chelsea council not to ‘demonise supercars’ in a move he’s branded ‘using the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a nut’.

During the summer months wealthy areas of central London see an influx of visitors from the Middle East arriving to stay in their London properties – and often bringing expensive supercars with them.

But locals complain that they drive in an anti-social manner, revving engines late at night, accelerating quickly and driving in convoy.

To combat this, Kensington and Chelsea council has proposed legislation set to curb ‘excessive levels of noise, nuisance, annoyance, danger or risk of harm or injury caused by motor vehicles to members of the public and property in the area’.

It’s called the Public Spaces Protection order, or PSPO.

‘ASBO for supercars’

Described as an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) for motor vehicles, the public spaces protection order could give police powers to dish out fines for anyone causing a scene in their car in the central London district.

But the founder of Prindiville, a specialist supercar dealer in central London, has said existing laws are perfectly adequate and common sense needs to prevail.

Prindiville founder Alex Prindiville said: “While I can fully sympathise with local residents who are upset by the anti-social behaviour of the few, the proposed terms of the PSPO are an excessive response – forbidden will be playing music loudly in your car, travelling in convoy, revving your engine, letting your engine idle, causing either a stationary or moving obstruction, sounding your horn, accelerating rapidly, and a few more things besides.

“If I were to go shopping at Harrods in the Ferrari LaFerrari currently in the Prindiville showroom and when I started it up it revved loudly – which it would because that’s simply what happens with supercars like these, whether you like it or not – would I be arrested and have my car impounded?”

Prendiville added that the wealthy supercar owners are no different to boy racers across the country.

He said: “I don’t doubt that some of the young Arabs in their powerful supercars do cause a genuine nuisance, but apart from the price of their cars, are the rest of them so very different from young lads the length and breadth of this country? Existing police powers will sort out the troublemakers in Newcastle or Birmingham, Bristol or Brighton, so why does Kensington and Chelsea require anything extra?”

Do you agree that the proposed regulations are excessive? Or is a heavy hand needed to combat this anti-social behaviour? Comment below or tweet us @editorial_MR.

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