AECS Spot of the Year 2018


It’s been huge year for the automotive scene of South Australia! We saw the return of local automotive manufacturing with Brabham​, the completion of The Bend Motorsport Park​, the arrival of Lamborghini and McLaren with Zagame Automotive​ as well as the arrival of the Bugatti Veyron at the National Motor Museum​! We also saw some magnificent spots with the likes of the Ferrari Enzo, Porsche 959 and Carrera GT, the Plymouth Superbird as well as the Holy Trinity!

Here’s what you guys voted as the top ten spots of the Adelaide Exotic Car Spotting Spot of the Year 2018!

Number 10: Porsche Carrera GT
Spotted: April 6th by Jack Nottage
Just scrapping into the top ten, the Carrera GT is the only Porsche production model in history to feature a V10 engine. The car was produced between 2003 to 2007 with only 1,270 ever made. With its V10 engine, the car puts out 603 horsepower, has a 0-100km/h of 3.57 seconds and a top speed of 334km/h. The car has held the Nürburgring lap record on three separate occasions with the fastest being a time of 7:28 minutes. Sports Car International awarded the car the number one slot in the Top Sports Cars of the 2000s category and 8th in the Top Sports Cars of All Time list!


Number 9: Ferrari LaFerrari
Spotted: August 31st by Ram Saini, Skibeemo and Cameron Mumford
This year, Adelaide’s LaFerrari falls into 9th spot after being voted as number one last year! Despite being reasonably current, the LaFerrari has already joined the likes of the Enzo, 288 GTO, F40 and F50 as one of the great Ferrari models. The performance figures give you some indication as to why this is – 950 horsepower, top speed of 349km/h and a 0-100km/h of just 2.4 seconds. However, it is what the car represents that makes it such a big deal. With the introduction of the electric motor and kinetic energy recovery system, it is Ferrari’s first ever hybrid car, giving us an insight into what the future may hold. Only 500 were made with only a handful reaching Australia. This year, several have gone up for sale on CarSales for around the $5 million mark!


Number 8: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Spotted: June 25th by Steve Bogdanov (black one) and August 8th by Kylie Fraser (white).
Above we have the Porsche Carrera GT which is ranked 7th on Sports Car International’s Greatest Cars of All Time list. Tonight we have the car that is ranked fifth, the legendary 300 SL. The car has earnt this accolade along with its multi-million dollar price tag for three reasons in particular. The first, its Gullwing doors. The second, it’s advanced technology for that time – the car is the first production car to feature fuel injection. And finally, the 300SL clocked a top speed of 242km/h which at the time, made it the fastest car in the world. Certainly worthy of its fifth greatest car of all time title and spot in the AECS Spot of the Year top ten!


Number 7: Ferrari FXX Evoluzione
Spotted: June 7th by Taylor Sanderson and Richie Baker
Much like the LaFerrari in 9th position, the FXX also managed to rank quite high in last year’s Spot of the Year vote, finishing up in 2nd! The track version of the Enzo was once again spotted on the back of a flatbed. With only 29 FXXs made and even less of the Evoluzione version, Adelaide and Australia for that matter are quite lucky to house this one! Being a track only car, it is far crazier than the already crazy Enzo. It puts out 850 horsepower and has a 0-100km/h of just 2.5 seconds!


Number 6: Porsche 959
Spotted: March 19th by Simon Elliott and various other spots throughout the year.
For the second year in a row, the Porsche 959 slots into 6th position on the AECS Spot of the Year poll. However, unlike last year, it wasn’t just spotted the once. Spot locations ranged from on a flatbed track, to sitting at a petrol station to cruising down Hutt Street! Very cool to be seeing a 959 as a somewhat regular spot on the roads of Adelaide. Only 337 959s were created during its production in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Much like the 300SL, the 959 was also once known as the World’s Fastest Car with a top speed of 317km/h!


Number 5: Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
Spotted: February 23rd by Mario Cuzzocrea
Another car making another appearance on the AECS Spot of the Year list, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso! The car finished as the number one spot of 2016 making it the first winner of the annual spot competition! In production for much of the 50’s and 60’s, the Ferrari 250 series is where some of Ferrari’s most beautiful and collectible cars were formed. The 250 GTO, 250 California, 250 MM and 250 SWB all stand out as some of the greatest cars to rolls out of the Maranello factory! The GT Lusso also has great significance as it marked the end of the Ferrari 250s and potentially the most beautiful group of cars of all time. Just 351 Lussos were created.


Number 4: Enzo Ferrari
Spotted: March 27 the by Dante Bruno and April 8th by Shannon Payne.
Following on with the Ferrari legends, we have the Enzo Ferrari! Named after Ferrari founder, Enzo Ferrari, the car was officially named the Enzo Ferrari but the name Ferrari Enzo has unofficially been given to the car. As tribute to the Mr. Ferrari, the brand went all out to make the car as special as it could possibly be. The 2002 car was designed with all the latest Formula One technology including carbon body, F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission and carbon ceramic brakes as well as the active aerodynamics – a technology prohibited in F1. This all gives the Enzo 650 horsepower, a 0-100km/h of just 3.14 seconds and a top speed of 355km/h! Just 400 were produced. This marks the first time an Enzo has been spotted in Adelaide – one was spotted back in 2014 but has never been confirmed to be real or not.


Number 3: Bugatti Veyron
Spotted: February 2nd by Adam Cameron and Daniel Shizas
I don’t really need to explain why a Bugatti Veyron has made it onto the podium of a car spotting competition here in Adelaide do I? Well here’s a few reasons, it’s not road legal, it’s one of three known Veyrons in the country and it’s worth upwards of $2 million. Oh and it’s been the world’s fastest car twice with this particular one having the potential to reach 407km/h…


Number 2: Lamborghini Miura S
Spotted: June 7th by Ponti Capoccia and December 18th by Tyler Wilson (blue)
The Miura is largely considered the model to kick start the life of the Lamborghini V12s as well as the concept of a rear mid-engine supercar. The Miura was split into several different models and coincidentally, both Adelaide’s Miuras are the P400S, otherwise known as the Miura S. The P400S was the most produced of the Miura range with a total of 338 being built. The P400S is famous for reaching a speed of 288km/h, which at the time made it the fastest car in the world! With this, the 300 SL, Veyron and Porsche 959, we officially have four cars in this year’s AECS Spot of the Year Top Ten that were previously the world’s fastest car!


Number 1: Holy Trinity
And coming in as the Number One spot of 2018, the trio of the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, otherwise known as the Holy Trinity. Since launching in 2013, the trio have completely changed the way people view supercars and especially the hybrid technology aspect. Each car features the traditional V8/V12 engine but also introduces the concept of electrical motors. With the inclusion of both, all three push close to the 1,000 horsepower mark! The three participated in this year’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival and were spotted filling up on fuel on their way to the event. This was the first time the Holy Trinity has been together in public in Australia.


From both Massimo and myself, we would like to thank each and every one of you for supporting Adelaide Exotic Car Spotting in the year of 2018. Thanks to all your support, we were able to conduct numerous photoshoots with a range of incredible cars from the Mercedes 300SL and SLS AMG to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and Aventador S! We were also able to work with Solitaire Automotive Group and the Sporting Car Club of SA and are looking forward to working with them again next year as well as Zagame Automotive! 2018 has been our biggest and best year and we plan that 2019 will be even bigger! Stay tuned as we have some big news to release in the coming weeks!

Joshua Fraser
Adelaide Exotic Car Spotting

To check out the last two year’s Adelaide Exotic Car Spotting top ten spots of the year follow the links below!
AECS Spot of the Year 2016
AECS Spot of the Year 2017

Here’s of few of the other big spots of 2018!

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