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12 of McLaren's finest spiders have arrived in America

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The McLaren 600LT Spider's run has come to an end. The company has allocated 12 of them for the U.S. and 11 of them are currently spoken for.

The final run features a unique McLaren Special Operations (MSO) design that was inspired by a venomous arachnid, Segestria Florentina, earning them the official name McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSO. McLaren has given the models the nickname "Spider Spider".

McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSO The long green lines on the exterior of the car are inspired by spider fangs.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The design theme features twin Napier Green stripes that run from front to back that designers say represent the green fangs of the venomous spider. Its black body is represented by the Borealis black MSO Defined paint. The paint is designed to shimmer with deep green, purple and claret undertones as the position of the light around the car changes.

Further design features include MSO Bespoke Napier Green brake calipers; 10-spoke lightweight forged wheels in gloss black; a web motif in Napier Green on the rear wing and door mirrors, and pinstripe detailing on front fender, side skirt, and rear diffuser vanes.

The car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that produces 592 bhp and 457 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

It has a forged aluminum double-wishbone suspension system with recalibrated dampers, firmer engine mounts and a lightweight braking system. It rides on bespoke Pirelli P- Zero Trofeo R tires.

McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSOT The model features green accents on its interior that match those on the exterior.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The car's retractable hardtop can be can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph.

The models all come standard with the MSO Clubsport Pack, which includes Super Lightweight carbon fiber racing seats, a carbon fiber interior upgrade, lightweight titanium wheel bolts and MSO Defined Gloss Visual carbon fiber front fender louvres all feature as standard.

The car's cabin continues the bold accents with MSO Bespoke bright green stitching and webbing design on the Alcantara trimmed racing seats, unique headrest embroidery, steering wheel stitching, and 12 o'clock highlight mark.

McLaren has also given the car a Bowers and Wilkins 12-speaker sound system, McLaren Track Telemetry, rearview camera, parking sensors, volumetric alarm upgrade, and vehicle lift to allow the nose of the car to be raised when required.

McLaren is pricing the model at $275,500. The remaining model is now available for purchase.

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The Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

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Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 is available with a hybrid powertrain.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will have a maximum tow rating of 14,000 pounds and maximum payload of 3,325 making it stronger than any other light-duty full-size pickup truck. For the 2021 model year, the F-Series introduces its first hybrid powertrain, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost, which gets the most horsepower and torque of any power plant on the roster.

"F-150 is the flagship of Ford's dedication to building the best trucks and represents our commitment to not just meeting customer needs but exceeding them," said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. "With capability and functionality foundational to F-Series, the all-new F-150 not only tows more and hauls more than any other light-duty full-size pickup, it is built to surpass customer expectations with smart innovations that will make them even more productive every day."

2021 Ford F-150 Ford equips every hybrid engine powered F-150 with the Pro Power Onboard generator system. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The PowerBoost engine gives the F-150 2,120 pounds of maximum payload capacity and 12,700 pounds of maximum conventional towing capacity. Those numbers are the most for any hybrid pickup. Hybrids present their own unique set of challenges when it comes to towing because of battery and motor cooling concerns.

The impressive numbers don't stop there. The PowerBoost engine makes 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Models with the PowerBoost engine also come with the Pro Power Onboard generator that delivers 2.4 kilowatts of standard power and an available 7.2 kilowatts – enough to power 28 refrigerators.

AutomotiveMap has an in-depth look at all the available engines and transmission for the F-150. You can read more about them here.

Currently, no other mainstream automakers offers a hybrid or all-electric truck from the factory. Rivian is working on the R1T, Ford is developing an all-electric F-150, and the battery-powered GMC Hummer EV will debut later this year.

Ford is expected to debut the revised F-150 Raptor soon. It's likely to unseat the F-150 PowerBoost as the most powerful F-150 model in order to keep up with the competition being offered by the new Ram TRX.

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