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Check out the supercars inside Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander's garage

Huston Astros pitching ace Justin Verlander has an impressive car collection.

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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has a thing for baseball, Kate Upton, his daughter, and cars. A quick scroll through his Instagram feed shows pictures of little else. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Among his collection, past and present, is a Ford GT, a replica of the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Eleanor, Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, Ferrari California, Ferrari 458 Italia, a Maserati Gran Turismo, a Mercedes-Benz SL55, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Audi R8, BMW M760i, and an Aston Martin DBS.

In January, Verlander told MLive.com, "I always envisioned having a collection if I made it and got to that point," Verlander said. "It was always a dream of mine. And I would say I have a pretty decent collection now."

Second-Generation Ford GT

Verlander's Ford GT is one of one, a custom-made creation with lightning fast speed, planted performance, and sleek lines. The model debuted in 2016 and deliveries began in 2017. The Ford GT is powered by a EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 that employs 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque to get its 3,300-ish pound body moving.

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Eleanor

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The Eleanor Mustang, as its affectionately called, is the car Nicolas Cage drove in "Gone in 60 Seconds." The production company built 11 of them for the movie but only three were used in driving scenes. Those three are the only fully functioning models.

Verlander got his with help from Fusion Motor Company about 19 months ago. The replica of a Mustang Eleanor has a starting price of $189,000 and tops out near $285,000. The car is officially licensed by Ford Motor Company and models are still available for purchase.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

Verlander clearly has a penchant for powerful cars and the Lamborghini in his collection is no exception. Powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine the open-top model has typically beefy Lambo lines and an aerospace-inspired interior.

Ferrari California T

There have been two generations of the Ferrari California with the second (2015-2018) being the sexier and more desirable. The second-gen is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that gets 553 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. It's only 60 percent as heavy as the Ford GT, with nearly as much oomph. According to Verlander, his wife chose the specs on this one.

Ferrari 458 GTB

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The smile on the Ferrari 458 Italia is like that on the Cheshire Cat. Its soft and subtle supercar lines are of a bygone design area despite the fact that the car was produced starting in 2011 and running through 2016. The predecessor to the Ferrari 488 was available new in a traditional format or in several special editions. Power comes from its 4.5-liter V8, which achieves 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

Ferrari 488 Pista

About a year ago, Verlander teased a Ferrari 488 Pista he touted as being on order. The model features the most powerful Ferrari V8 ever made, which gets it from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. It has Formula 1-inspired ducts and a massive rear spoiler. Certain components are made of carbon fiber including the engine cover, bumper, and rear spoiler.

Astin Martin DBS

The Aston Marketing DBS was made through 2012. It came standard with a V12 engine that was paired with either a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic transmission. The only 3,400 units of the 510-horsepower model were built.

Audi R8

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Sold starting in 2006, the Audi R8 is a coupe that sports the automaker's permanent all-wheel drive system. It was originally based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. When it was new, the R8 was the first production car with full-LED headlights, something that is commonly available on most mass market models today.

BMW M760i

This luxury large sedan is massive in its size and power. Up until 2019, it was one of the few remaining models that housed a V12 engine under its hood. The car is mostly steel but there are key aluminum elements like the hood, trunk, and door skins. With the V12 it can hit 601 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

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The Audi E-Tron is being made more affordable.

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Longer range, cheaper price. That's the bottom line for the 2021 Audi E-Tron. The all-electric SUV was the first in the E-Tron family to debut and go on sale and the a big step toward the brand's commitment to electrifying 30 percent of its U.S. model lineup by 2025.

Though Audi has revised the model's packages and lowered pricing, it's still pretty much the same SUV. Same fascia, body lines, wheels, brakes, and battery.

About that battery ... Software adjustments have made it so that drivers can now get 222 miles of all-electric range out of the 95 kilowatt-hour battery - an increase of 18 miles. The net energy amount goes up to 86.5 kilowatt-hours, nearly three kilowatt-hours more than the 2019 model.

2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback Audi sells the E-Tron in two varieties: E-Tron SUV and E-Tron Sportback.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The SUV retains its standard 355 horsepower (it can go up to as much as 402 horsepower with Boost Mode) and can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds using Boost Mode.

The all-wheel drive SUV will start at $65,900, an $8,900 dip from the starting MSRP of the 2020 Audi E-Tron. The model trim level lineup tops out at $79,100. A potential federal tax credit for purchasing an Audi E-Tron up to $7,500 may apply. There is a $1,095 destination charge.

The Premium (base) trim level is available with the Convenience Plus Package, which includes the Driver Assistance package and Black exterior trim kit. It comes standard with 20-inch five-spoke wheels; a heated steering wheel; quad-zone climate control; lane departure warning; heated front seats; a power lift gate; Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus; heated, auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors with memory; Homelink; Integrated Toll Module; and comfort pre-conditioning.

The E-Tron Premium Plus grade comes standard with charge ports on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. It also gets the Driver Assistance Package; ambient interior lighting; heated and ventilated 12-way power-adjustable front seats; matrix-design LED headlights; 3D Bang & Olufson Sound System; and wireless device charging.

2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback The Audi E-Tron Sportback is more expensive than the traditional E-Tron SUV.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The highest grade E-Tron Prestige adds a head-up display; individual contour front seats with massage functionality; Full Leather package; multi-color LED interior ambient lighting; dual-pane acoustic glass; an air quality system; power door closers; and rear sunshades.

The E-Tron Sportback, a sloped-roof version of the same SUV, has a higher starting price - $69,100. The E-Tron Sportback Premium Plus is $78,000 and the E-Tron Sportback Prestige is $82,300. It has an EPA-estimated range of 218 miles, has a 5.5-second zero to 60 mph time, and delivers up to 402 horsepower with Boost Mode engaged.

The standard features list for each of the E-Tron Sportback's grades is nearly identical to what is offered in the E-Tron SUV.

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McLaren F1 chassis no. 63 at Hampton Court during Salon Prive.

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When the McLaren F1 launched in 1992, it was priced at £540,000, the equivalent to £965,000 when adjusted to 2020 values. The price wasn't just extraordinary - so was the car.

The F1 wasn't like anything the world have ever seen before. It was a no-compromise model and is now one of the most sought-after cars in the world.

It's story starts in 1988 when then-McLaren designer Gordon Murray was flying back from the 1988 Italian Grand Prix. The flight was delayed so Murray took the opportunity to sketch some ideas for a high-performance three-seater car. He then went on toe persuade Ron Dennis and other McLaren managers at the time to build the most intriguing road car ever conceived.

McLaren F1 Salon Prive McLaren F1 chassis no. 63 at Hampton Court during Salon Prive.Photo courtesy of Sale Prive

The car's body was sculpted by designer Peter Stevens from Murray's sketches. It was shaped to cut through the air but remain stable without needed wings. Only the airbrake would deploy when necessary. Like Murray's later T.50, the car's three-seat arrangement put the driver at center stage.

The F1 has the world's first carbon-fiber tub chassis - something that is quite common among supercars these days. That tub took 3,000 man-hours to make. The car featured a titanium subframe and magnesium alloy wheels, which factored into the idea of making the car as light as possible. Even the toolkit was titanium, as a means of saving weight.

At the model's heart is a 620-brake horsepower 6.1-liter V12 engine that was developed by Paul Rosche and the team at BMW Motorsport. It's top speed was over 230 mph. The heat it put out was so hot, McLaren needed to line the engine bay. What material did they choose? Pure gold, of course.

The engine is paired with a manual gearbox. The steering and brakes are unassisted.

Big brother was always watching. On-board diagnostics transferred data to the factory so every single one of the 64 road cars made could be monitored for performance.

McLaren made a promise. If a customer had a problem with their F1, McLaren would fly out a technician to fix it. Alternately, there were eight official service centres worldwide.

Even priced at £540,000, McLaren didn't profit from the car.

However, for owners, purchasing the F1 became a solid investment, if they were willing to play the long game. According to the Hagerty Price Guide, until 2006 F1s were changing hands for just over the original asking price, but by 2008 prices began to rise and the F1 was valued at £1.5 million.

It's only gone up from there. By 2014 the cost was over £5 million. In 2015, Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson sold his F1 for £8 million, despite crashing it twice and making what was at the time possibly the world's biggest auto insurance claim.

In 2017 chassis no. 44 sold at Bonham's Quail Lodge Auction for $15.6 million (£12.1 million at the time), while the Hagerty Price Guide now values the cars at in excess of £16 million.

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