• Apr 13th 2008 at 7:02PM
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There's something about McLaren supercar projects that ends with people running in every which direction. Following the benchmark McLaren F1 supercar, some stayed with the Formula One team; Gordon Murray went his own way; others went on to work on the Caparo T1; while another is developing his own supercar. Likewise, the engineers from the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren project have headed off to do their own things. Case in point: Carbonyte, the automotive composites specialist that developed the SLR's chassis.

With the SLR on its way out, Carbonyte went on to annoy Ferrari by stretching a 360 Modena. Then the company came out with the stretched Smart ForTwo that looks like a Red Bull can. According to reports, the firm is now preparing to apply its high-tech, lightweight HotFusion Composite Manufacturing Process to a whole slew of supercars. First due to face the guillotine is a Lamborghini Murcielago commissioned by the same buyer who bought the stretched Ferrari 360. This time around, the Lambo is set to incorporate an additional rear axle for visual effect. Evidently not content to keep a low profile, Carbonyte is also working on plans for stretched versions of the two fastest seven-figure hyper-exotic supercars known to man: the Koenigsegg CCX and the Bugatti Veyron. We're a bit torn here: one part of us thinks Carbonyte ought to be stopped before they're allowed to hack apart any more exotics, while the other half is curious just to see them do it. Pioneers or butchers? Comment away...

[Source: Gizmag]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously, you people care that much to get angry?

      It is their car to do as they please once they buy it. I think it is safe to say that we will never lose the entire fleet of any supercar made in the last 30 years. For every odd-ball that wants to either wrap their's around a tree or saw it in half and add a third axle there are three collectors who will be sitting theirs in a HVAC controlled garage paying some guy to polish the clearcoat and change the fluids every year. Guys like Ralph Lauren come to mind.

      do i think a stretch supercar is silly? most definitely. do i want to see the end result? sure. if i had insane amounts of expendable income would i do this? no.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It doesn't impress me but it's their money to do as they like.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should make a stretch Cobalt SS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shoot the bastards
      • 7 Years Ago

      • 7 Years Ago
      THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DO ANYTHING THEY WANT TO A KOENIGSEGG OR VEYRON EVEN IF THEY PAID FOR IT! these guys are lowlifes who give petrolheads bad names and should be imprisoned
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that model Preggers?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Koenigsegg CCX and Bugatti Veyron limo is a terrible idea. I would hate to see one get carved up by some idiot with too much money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Somebody stop them!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Have to agree with Alex.

      Hardly worth getting worked up over.

      A good custom job adds to the spice of life. Something different and one-of-a-kind.

      A bad custom job just illustrates foolishness, but usually harms no one.

      And either way, one or two cars modified doesn't detract from the original design, or the remaining cars that are left original.

      Ultimately, it isn't your car, so what can you, or I, really do about it? Laugh, cry, whatever, move-on. Honestly, who throws their shoe? :D

      life is too short to begrudge other people having their fun. There are other serious issues happening that deserve more attention.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heck I'd settle for one of those Mustang limo's like in the Jerky Boys movie.

      A Koenigsegg limo though? Is that not a little too rare for the limo treatment?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dearest Targa Tasmania,
        you're insane.
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