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Limitless Personalization: The Little Car Company Looks Back at The First 100 Bugatti Baby IIs
Celebrating more than 100 deliveries of the Bugatti Baby II, The Little Car Company - makers of the limited-edition Bugatti Baby II - look back at their most memorable client commissions, including the hundredth vehicle. Built in partnership with Bugatti, the Bugatti Baby II is a contemporary tribute to Ettore Bugatti’s original masterpiece, the Bugatti Baby, built in 1926. The vehicle was developed to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary and is not only significant in preserving the history of the Bugatti marque, but also inspiring a new generation of young Bugatti enthusiasts. Like any true Bugatti, the purchase of a Bugatti Baby II means an abundance of personalization options. When it comes to specifying their Baby II, clients can choose from over 160 combinations across the Vitesse and Pur Sang models, with a range of additional extras and accessories that can be selected to create the perfect Bugatti. And if an individual can’t find exactly what they are looking for, The Little Car Company’s bespoke division will find the solution – whether it’s colour matching or enhancing the vehicle with additional fittings. To honour their 100th commission, The Little Car Company have reflected on some of their most notable creations. Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, commented: “As with any luxury brand, The Little Car Company can offer a number of personalization options, which clients love to explore when specifying their vehicle. “We have commissioned a wide variety of Bugatti Baby II examples, some of which have included vehicles for owners of the original Bugatti Baby from 1926, where they have asked for us to match the colour of their new Baby II to their original. We’ve also had a number of original Bugatti Type 35 owners match their Baby II to their racing car. Some clients who own modern Bugatti examples, such as the Chiron 300+ and the extremely rare Bugatti Divo, have also completed their Bugatti Baby II to a similar specification. One Bugatti customer recently took delivery of his new Chiron Super Sport 300+ and certified Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition by ‘La Maison Pur Sang’, alongside six Bugatti Baby II models in bright spring colours – one for each of his six children.” - The Hundredth Commission Purchased by Mr Sasan Azimi, an avid car enthusiast based in The Netherlands, the 100th Bugatti Baby II marks a milestone for Bugatti and The Little Car Company. A passionate collector of the world’s most exclusive cars, Mr Azimi commissioned his very own Bugatti Baby II Vitesse after learning about the remarkable history of the Bugatti Type 35. On the 110th anniversary of Bugatti, he also discovered the story of the Bugatti Baby I - created by Ettore Bugatti - and that The Little Car Company were producing the Bugatti Baby II, in partnership with Bugatti. Joining other exclusive cars in his garage, Mr Azimi carefully personalized his Baby II to match the first racing Bugatti Type 35 he ever saw on exhibition. His vehicle features the renowned (Chiron) French Racing Blue exterior and boasts a Lake Blue interior, matching that of the racing car he saw many years ago. Commenting on his one-of-a-kind vehicle, Mr Azimi said: “The Bugatti Baby II is amazing quality overall. Its handmade finishing, its hidden details from Bugattis past and present and finally, the astonishing performances not only in acceleration, but even more impressive in braking. “I’m extremely happy to be part of the 500 lucky owners of this collector’s item. On top of this, having the privilege to have been delivered my Bugatti Baby II - the 100th delivered worldwide - on my birthday, made it an unforgettable day for my family and I.” - Authenticity at its core The Bugatti Baby II is available in three versions: Base, Vitesse and Pur Sang. The Pur Sang offers the same powertrain as the Vitesse but with beautiful, hand-formed aluminium bodywork. Using the same traditional coachbuilding techniques as the original Bugatti Type 35, each aluminium body takes more than 200 hours of skilled craftsmanship to create. The Bugatti Baby II is based on a digital 3D scan of an original Lyon GP car with identical geometry and suspension, meaning the handling is as authentic as an enthusiast could hope for. A nod to modernity is the introduction of adjustable dampers, allowing clients to tailor the handling in ways not possible in the Type 35’s heyday. The Baby II’s performance lives up to the Bugatti name. Offered exclusively in rear-wheel drive, all versions of the Baby II have a fully electric powertrain, high performance hydraulic brakes and selectable driving modes. The Base model comes with two modes; Novice which is limited to 20kph (12mph) and 1kW (1.3bhp) of power, and Expert which is limited to 45 kph (30mph) and 4kW (5.4bhp) of power. The Vitesse and Pur Sang models include the Novice and Expert driving modes, but also offer extra performance from an upgraded powertrain, unlocked by the legendary Bugatti Speed Key. This enables owners to deploy up to 10kW (13.4 bhp) and with an all-up weight of just 230kg, achieve a top speed of 70kph (42mph). Depending on the weight of the driver, 0-60 kph is dispatched in just six seconds. Other features which will appeal to enthusiasts include faithful working replicas of the original Type 35’s instruments, with some adaption for modernity. For example, the fuel pressure gauge has now become the battery gauge and in a nod to the Bugatti Veyron, the oil gauge has transitioned into a power gauge. The scale replica of the famous four spoke steering wheel now has a quick release to make access to the cockpit easier. The adjustable pedals are machined from solid aluminium billet and proudly display Bugatti’s famous “EB” logo, while the fuel pump handle has been exactly reproduced, but now serves as the forward, neutral and reverse selector. For further information on the strictly limited edition Bugatti Baby II, please visit: www.bugattibaby.com
All the exciting new technical details revealed on Everrati’s flagship supercar, an electric version of the legendary GT40
Everrati Automotive Limited (Everrati), the leading global technology company specializing in the redefining and futureproofing of automotive icons, has revealed full technical details on its new high-performance zero emission version of the legendary GT40, a flagship that sets new standards for electrified classics. Furthering the legacy of one of the world’s most desirable cars, the meticulous attention applied by Everrati includes the creation of the company’s own EV propulsion platform, using automotive OEM-level development processes and technology, allied to the latest state-of-the-art electric motors and batteries. Drawing on the exceptional experience of the Everrati engineering team, which has amassed more than 50 years of working with automotive OEMs, and the strong strategic partnerships it has developed with leading component manufacturers, the technology showcased by the GT40 has been fully proven to the highest possible standards, certified from high-volume vehicle applications. Everrati’s exacting engineering expertise, applied to every facet of the project’s development, guarantees that the performance and characteristics of the original car are maintained and enhanced where appropriate. Headquartered in Oxford, UK, Everrati joined forces with Superformance in July last year with the mission of precision re-engineering the legendary Le Mans-winning car with a custom-designed electric drivetrain for a zero-emissions future. Superformance, based in Jupiter, Florida, is a global leader in the manufacture of 1960s-era continuation component sports cars and produces a rolling chassis for the GT40 built under license. As a result, the Everrati is the world’s only GT40 EV listed in the official Shelby Registry. Everrati Engineering Director, Mike Kerr: “Future-proofing a car of the GT40’s legendary status is both a privilege and a challenging responsibility. Quality and authenticity are of paramount importance at every stage. That’s why at Everrati, we insist on the complete design and development process being documented and controlled using OEM-derived practices. Utilizing Everrati V model product design and delivery methods, ensures quality is maintained at every stage of the vehicle development process, from concept through to post-production sign-off. “Everrati delivers the best electric drivers’ cars in the world and preserves the original characteristics of the past masters we work on, such that they can be enjoyed by aficionados in the coming age of zero-emission mobility.” Proprietary EV technology All engineering development has been carried out at Everrati’s UK headquarters in Upper Heyford, a former US airbase in the English Cotswolds, focusing on delivering the exhilarating levels of performance and driving engagement enthusiasts would expect of a redefined version of such a legendary car, while maintaining the soul and integrity of the original. Everrati’s proprietary state-of-the-art EV powertrain generates up to 800bhp and 800Nm of torque, with state-of-the-art technology from Integral Powertrain providing twin high-performance OEM-validated radial flux permanent magnet electric motors that supply drive to the car’s rear axle. The power-dense 60kWh lithium-ion battery integrated into a sector-leading 700-volt electrical system benefits from advanced liquid-cooling and thermal and safety management systems to support high-performance use on both road and track. The battery can be charged from 20% to 80% via an 80kW CCS fast charger in as little as 45 minutes and provides a range in excess of 125 miles. To ensure optimum weight distribution and enhance vehicle dynamics, every element of the powertrain, including the battery and driveline, utilizes existing chassis structural mounting points. Battery packs are positioned within the sills and behind the driver and passenger, while the low positioning of the battery in the chassis also optimizes rear visibility. This meticulous approach means that the GT40 offers weight a distribution of 40/60 F/R, better even than the original 1966 GT40 MKII A which raced at Le Mans (38/62), while its kerb weight of 1,320kg makes it 47kg lighter than a fully fuelled vehicle in period, too. The 6.52:1 compound single ratio reduction transmission system and race-derived limited-slip differential used are fully optimized for the high performance dual electric motor installation system. Engineered for efficient, ultra-rapid power delivery, the Everrati GT40 delivers blistering acceleration, surging to 60mph in well under four seconds, and on to a top speed of more than 125mph. Evocative soundtrack synchronised to driver-controlled gearshifts But there is more to the GT40 than sheer sensational performance. Making the car as characterful, engaging and fun to drive as possible has also been a critical focus. By using technology developed for high-end racing simulators and existing premium EV sports cars, Everrati gives the driver the option to evoke the visceral engagement of the original GT40 in ‘Race Mode’. By selecting this mode, the driver (and passenger) experience twin active sound generators, which deliver up to 110db of augmented V8 exhaust sound. The gear shifter – which is normally used to select drive, reverse or neutral – also enables the driver to select virtual gears, with each shift synchronised to the sound generators and torque delivery giving a corresponding momentary ‘pause’ in acceleration to ensure driver engagement that invokes the experience of driving a car with a conventional transmission. Seat-mounted transducers further immerse the driver in a seductive aural experience that is truly captivating. Safety, too, is a priority, with the car’s sophisticated motorsport-derived user display interface providing the driver with extensive live data on the performance and condition of every element of the EV powertrain. With the driver’s permission, an on-board 4G data logger delivers further reassurance by enabling remote access to Everrati engineers for diagnostic purposes. Poised to meet global demand The development of the GT40 also dovetails with Everrati’s ever-growing ability to meet surging demand for its electric classics thanks to the successful application of its repeatable and scalable production process, made possible by the development of its own propulsion platform, which enables application to most classic vehicles, no matter the drivetrain. This business model will allow the company to rapidly set up manufacturing partnerships in new markets around the globe as interest in Everrati vehicles continues to escalate. Everrati has already agreed a strategic partnership with Aria Group in Irvine, California, to begin the build of electric versions of the Porsche 964 (911) for the US market. Everrati Engineering Director, Mike Kerr: “A car such as the GT40 comes with a heritage and performance that sets high expectations. Through our strategic partnership with Superperformance, we are confident that we have delivered something extraordinary. The engineering team at Everrati is immensely proud to have received the honour of creating the only GT40 EV in the world to be listed in the official Shelby Registry. Our OEM-derived process approach has delivered a car of exceptional performance. At the same time, our advanced driver-focused visceral engagement technology will enable drivers to access a fully immersive aural experience and reignite the romance of the era in which the GT40 dominated the Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1960s, in a new era of zero-emission electric mobility.” Everrati Founder and CEO, Justin Lunny: “The GT40 personifies Everrati’s philosophy. While many companies perform electric conversions of classic cars, our approach goes far beyond that. Deploying an OEM mindset and skillset, we redefine the vehicle as a new car with state-of-the-art design and engineering executed by a team with extensive experience at some of the world’s most celebrated car makers. The GT40 showcases how Everrati is taking the art of future-proofing automotive icons through electrification to the next level. And with a scalable production process in place and an ambitious strategy to collaborate with new manufacturing partners, we are poised to grow the company and engage with a new global customer base for the GT40 and our other models.” Order books are open for commissions via: https://www.everrati.com
Czinger 21C debuts at Concours on Savile Row with H.R. Owen
The Czinger 21C hypercar will be making its first public appearance in the UK at the inaugural Concours on Savile Row event in the heart of London. In partnership with H.R. Owen – exclusive UK dealer to Czinger – the 21C will be displayed outside Norton & Sons tailors for the duration of the show. The 21C sets new standards in both engineering and design. It is propelled by the most power-dense production internal combustion engine the world has ever seen, pairing a 2.88-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol unit with an 800-volt electric drive system, to produce a peak power output of 1233bhp. That astonishing power is distributed across all four wheels via a seven-speed sequential transaxle gearbox which, in a car weighing just 1250kg, equates to devastating performance. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 1.9 seconds, while 0-186mph takes only 8.5 seconds. A top speed of 253mph is possible. Czinger has developed a ground-breaking build process to enable it to push the envelope of hypercar performance with the 21C. Czinger’s patented human-AI design process ensures every component of the car is optimised for performance, weight and packaging. For example, the front upper control arm is hollow with 3D-printed internal structures allowing it to achieve significant weight savings without affecting performance. This attention to detail and obsession with perfection has been applied throughout every aspect of the car, each and every component is a bespoke work of art. Thanks to its outstanding power-to-weight ratio the 21C has already set a production car lap record at Laguna Seca, beating the McLaren Senna by two seconds. At Circuit of the Americas, the 21C also holds the lap record, having beaten the previous holder – the McLaren P1 – by six seconds. Just 80 examples of the Czinger 21C will be built, available to customers in two fully homologated specifications; a lightweight high downforce configuration and a low drag configuration for top speed. Those hoping to see the Czinger 21C can find it at the Concours on Savile Row; a celebration of automotive and tailoring excellence taking place at London’s world-famous Savile Row on June 15 - 16. The iconic street will be closed to traffic to display some of the world’s greatest cars, including the 21C which can be found near Norton & Sons, bespoke tailors and shirt makers since 1821. H.R Owen, the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, is proud to have recently been appointed the exclusive UK retailer to Czinger. Czinger is the latest addition to H.R Owen’s partners, which include sought-after luxury and performance brands such as Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, BAC, Puritalia, Rimac and Radford. Ken Choo, CEO of H.R Owen, said: “It’s an honour to be partnering with the Czinger team to debut the 21C in the UK at the Concours on Savile Row. It’s a great opportunity for us to begin introducing this trailblazing brand to the people of London, in one of the most suitable settings. The bespoke craftsmanship that underpins the design and engineering of the 21C is perfectly mirrored in the tailored creations of Savile Row. It will be a celebration of the highest standards from the worlds of automotive design and bespoke tailoring.” Czinger Co-Founder and EVP Operations Lukas Czinger, said “As the foremost luxury automotive dealer in the U.K., H.R. Owen is an instantly recognized and respected international brand. As we grow our global presence and our vehicle portfolio, collaborating with the right, best-in-class, partners is critical. Together with H.R. Owen, we will introduce a new era of automotive performance and technology to the U.K. market.”
Modenese coachbuilder ARES reveals limited-edition ARES Defender V8 Hardtop
World-renowned luxury Italian coachbuilder ARES Modena has released details of its bespoke Defender V8 Hardtop. Combining robust yet beguilingly elegant design, exquisite levels of hand-crafted luxury, state-of-the-art technology, and phenomenal performance, it represents a modern-day tribute to the timeless off-road icon and a compelling acquisition for any collector or aficionado. The ARES Defender V8 Hardtop follows on from the company’s acclaimed Defender Ultra V8, which was unveiled in 2018. The new model is designed by the company’s Centro Stile in Modena and assembled in the ARES smart factory using a combination of contemporary OEM-level technology and traditional handcraft skills. These include CAD, carbon fiber ovens, electrical system engineering specialists, drivetrain assembly, paint shop, artisan leather works and metal coachbuilding facilities. No detail is spared in the painstaking creation of the ultimate Defender. With a design heritage that can trace its routes all the way back to the first Land Rover Series 1 of 1948, the Defender's taut, square lines are treated with due reference by the ARES design team. A series of subtle enhancements bring additional layers of modernity and sophistication. Devoid of all visible body bolts, the ARES Defender’s elegant lines are further enhanced by larger rear tinted windows, while a premium-grade panoramic sunroof floods the cabin with sunlight. Based on a Land Rover Defender chassis and featuring a suspension lift kit, the ARES Defender V8 Hardtop rides 35mm higher than the standard model on striking 18-inch ARES Design alloy wheels wrapped in Cooper Discoverer tires. Wider wheel arches, an ARES Design carbon fiber bonnet, a new single-piece carbon fiber front end featuring powerful LED headlamps nestling in a contemporary-themed grille and new rear circular LED taillights amplify the Defender’s purposeful styling. Inside, the ARES designers and artisans have transformed the Defender’s utilitarian cabin into a sumptuous environment that cocoons its occupants in the lap of luxury. Only the very finest leather, carbon fiber, wood and aluminum trim are used throughout the cabin. They combine to create an aura of assured quality and unsurpassed comfort, which fully extends to every part of the cabin, including the bench seats in the luggage compartment. The Defender’s in-cabin technology has undergone a similar metamorphose. The vehicle is replete with all-round electric windows, a six-speaker state-of-the-art infotainment system with subwoofer, featuring satellite navigation and Apple Car Play & Android Auto Bluetooth connectivity. A bespoke instrument panel and a beautiful hand-stitched leather steering wheel place the driver at the heart of the action, within easy reach of the upgraded and modernized switchgear and controls. A press of the starter button summons a new 5328cc V8 engine – which replaces the outgoing 4-cylinder turbodiesel – to life. Integrated as part of an extensive engineering program undertaken by ARES, the V8 engine dispatches its 355hp and mammoth 519Nm of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. To ensure a superlative driving experience, the ARES engineers have further bolstered the transmission system, axle shafts and CV joints to accommodate the significantly enhanced performance of the ARES Defender V8 Hardtop. The braking system has been similarly upgraded and sports larger performance discs and 6-piston calipers. An advanced electronically adjustable ORAM suspension system offering sport and comfort modes, ensures a relaxing ride, engaging handling, and precision body control whatever the terrain. ARES will coach-build a limited series of ARES Defender V8 Hardtop models, each priced from €235,000 ex VAT. Orders can now be placed at aresdesign.com
The ‘Mona Lisa’ of cars, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé, sells for record €135 million (c.$142 million) to benefit charitable fund
A road-racing car built by Mercedes-Benz in 1955, and kept by them ever since, has been secured by British expert Simon Kidston for a client. Kidston had lobbied the board of the German company for 18 months to consider selling the car "that would never be sold". In an invitation-only event held at short notice in conditions of great secrecy at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on 5 May 2022, Kidston's bid of €135m secured the car for an unnamed collector. All monies will be used by Mercedes-Benz to set up a charitable fund for young people. It had always been assumed that Mercedes would never part with one of the crown jewels of its company collection, considered the 'Mona Lisa' of cars because of its rarity, racing pedigree, beauty and unavailability. The final figure of €135 million (c.US$142 million on the day) smashes the existing record for the sale of a car, believed to stand at $78 million in a private sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO which took place in 2018. The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé was a development of the open two-seat sports-racing car built by Mercedes for the 1955 season and driven by Grand Prix greats such as Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio and Peter Collins. Heavily based on the company's all-conquering W196 Grand Prix single-seater, the W196 S sports car was powered by a 302bhp, 3.0-litre straight-eight of great complexity, and dominated the 1955 World Sportscar Championship. Moss's record drive on the 1955 Mille Miglia has been described as one of the greatest-ever feats of motor racing. Dual-nationality (German and British) engineer and chief of Daimler-Benz motorsport Rudolf 'Rudi' Uhlenhaut commissioned two closed versions of the dominant sports car for endurance racing use. The design shares styling cues with the famous 300 SL 'Gullwing' road car but under the skin is a pure competition car with almost no concession to practicality, as none was ever intended to be sold to private clients. Neither 300 SLR Coupé was raced, though they were used for practice and as highly skilled driver Uhlenhaut's high-speed transport to European events. A road test jointly conducted by British magazine Autocar and Swiss periodical Automobil Revue in 1956 produced the following figures: 0-60mph 6.9sec; 0-120mph in 20.3sec; maximum speed 176.47mph. For the purposes of the road test, the car was fitted with power-sapping silencers. “Remember that this car is not for sale, and in this form never will be: it is a racing car adapted for road use with certain experimental objectives in view… It has to be mastered like a mettlesome horse.” “To have driven it has eclipsed all previous experiences in 20 years of test driving on the world’s finest cars, and I do not expect to find its match for a long time to come.” Writing for British magazine Autocar in January 1957, Gordon Wilkins describes the other-worldly capabilities of the SLR Coupé. Commenting on the record transaction, Kidston said: "If you had asked classic car experts and top collectors over the past half a century to name the most desirable car in the world, there's a good chance that they would have come up with the same model: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. It's a combination of exotic engineering, all-conquering racing history, the power of the three-pointed star on its nose and the fact that one had never, ever been sold. Many collectors had tried, all had failed “That was what the entire motoring world thought, but times change, and if you don't ask, you'll never know. A long-standing relationship with the Mercedes-Benz Museum helped, but even after 18 months of patient lobbying, we didn't know if or how they would consider letting the 300 SLR out of captivity until just before it happened. For everyone involved, and especially the new owner whom we represented, this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy the Mona Lisa of cars."
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé has been sold at auction for a record price of €135 million to a private collector
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of €135,000,000 to a private collector. The car, which is one of two created in 1955, has always been regarded as one of the great jewels of motoring history, but few ever imagined that it would be offered for sale. One of just two prototypes built by the Mercedes-Benz racing department, the car is named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design, often cited as being ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide. The remarkable 300 SLR was based on the hugely successful W 196 R Grand Prix car which won two World Championships in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio, but with its engine enlarged to 3.0 litres for sports car racing. The car was capable of 180 mph, making it one of the fastest road legal cars to have ever been created at the time. The sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé took place on May 5th at an auction held at the MercedesBenz Museum in Stuttgart, with RM Sotheby’s working in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz throughout the entire process to ensure the sale was concluded to the highest possible standard. Among the invitees were selected Mercedes customers and international collectors of cars and art who share the corporate values of Mercedes-Benz. The winning bid on the car was an incredible €135,000,000, making it the most valuable car ever sold and a price which exceeds the existing record by more the €90,000,000. In what felt like a surreal experience, the bidding opened at a price higher than the selling price of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold by RM Sotheby’s in 2018, the car which previously ranked as the most valuable ever sold at auction. The 300 SLR now sits in the top ten most valuable items ever sold at auction. The proceeds will be used to establish a worldwide “Mercedes-Benz Fund” that will provide educational and research scholarships in the areas of environmental science and decarbonisation for young people. “We are proud that we can contribute with our historical collection to this initiative connecting the past with the future of engineering and decarbonisation technology”, says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Heritage. “The private buyer has agreed that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé will remain accessible for public display on special occasions, while the second original 300 SLR Coupé remains in company ownership and will continue to be displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.” Speaking on behalf of RM Sotheby’s, Peter Wallman, Chairman, UK & EMEA, said: “Words can’t really do justice to the importance and significance of this sale. It’s reasonable to say that nobody ever imagined that this car would ever be offered for sale, so for Mercedes-Benz to ask RM Sotheby’s to conduct the auction was an absolute honour.” Oliver Barker, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said “What an absolute thrill to bring the hammer down on this masterpiece of design and engineering, which now stands shoulder to shoulder with the greatest works of art ever sold. Few ever dreamt that this great jewel of motoring history would ever come for sale, and how fitting that it should happen now, just as we embark on a new and exciting chapter with our partners at RM Sotheby’s.
ARES Modena and HPS launch the new Aero, the second model resulting from the collaboration between the two brands
Following on from the successful launch of the Super Leggera E-bike in August 2021, ARES Modena and HPS have revealed the second model from its collaboration. The Italian coachbuilder and the creators of the world’s lightest e-bike propulsion system, have released details of its latest E-road bike, the Aero, the second exciting model in the range of carbon fibre electric bikes powered by WattAssist Pro technology. Designed to meet the demands of the new market segment of e-bike enthusiasts, the Aero e-road bike's clean and essential design features fully-integrated cable routing and a frame designed to optimise aerodynamics without sacrificing riding comfort. These stand out qualities are seamlessly combined with the lightest electric powertrain in the world, the WattAssist Pro by HPS, and the typical, meticulous attention to detail of ARES Modena's projects, making the new Aero a unique bike. Like the Super Leggera, the new ARES Aero by HPS also benefits from the pedal assistance of the WattAssist Pro electric motor, the revolutionary system developed by HPS using technologies and materials directly derived from the world of motorsport and aerospace engineering. The uniqueness of the WattAssist Pro system lies in the miniaturisation of its components and its placement. The compact and lightweight motor, battery and electronic controls are housed in the frame, allowing the weight to be consolidated near the bottom bracket, lowering the bike's centre of gravity and ultimately delivering an exceptionally well-balanced ride and dynamic handling. The WattAssist Pro system provides up to 200 watts of assistance, adjustable via the bespoke interface on the Garmin computer. Thanks to an extensive road test programme, the HPS-developed software does not alter the dynamics when the motor is activated, providing feedback similar to that of a traditional high-end road bike. The central element of the ARES Aero by HPS is the carbon fibre frame developed by ARES technicians in collaboration with the HPS team. The team built on its in-depth experience working with the material when creating its bespoke automotive projects; as a result, the carbon fibre frame offers geometries designed to combine speed performance, extreme aerodynamics and comfort over long distances. Design features include fully-integrated cable routing and tubes with a polygonal section that improves aerodynamic penetration and mechanical resistance. The handlebars and stem are also new, while the Aero's rear triangle is compact, with shorter and lowered stays to enhance aerodynamics and guarantee unparalleled responsiveness and the performance of the WattAssist Pro drivetrain. Its livery, a modern and uncompromised style, is a clear reference to the supercars produced by the Modenese atelier. Two colours are available for the frame, both with a matte finish: Frozen White and Gunmetal Grey. As with every project in the ARES Modena range, the Aero is fully customisable. Clients can request a fully bespoke project based on their needs and preferences. From design to the finishes, including frame size and the choice of the components, ARES and HPS will deliver an entirely tailor-made bike. The ARES Aero by HPS will be produced in a limited series of 24 units and are available for immediate order at a price of 14.950€. The Aeros will also be on display and ready to test ride in ARES Studios and experience the WattAssist Pro technology first-hand. Dany Bahar, co-founder and CEO of ARES Modena, commented on the launch of the new Aero by HPS: "As we had already started on the occasion of the launch of the Super Leggera, the collaboration between ARES Modena and HPS is conceived to offer a complete range of high-end electric bicycles. The new Aero represents the most sporty and modern soul of this range and is dedicated to the most demanding cyclists in terms of performance. I'm sure that enthusiasts will appreciate its unique technology and uncompromised design.” "We are proud of the result achieved with the new ARES Aero,” added Harry Gibbings, founder and CEO of HPS. "We've had a lot of fun and dedication in combining a modern, extreme design with our WattAssist Pro system's quest for maximum performance on the road, and I believe the final product will be a thrill for everyone who chooses it. Once again, working with the ARES Modena team allowed us to bring our know-how and technology to a field where it could freely combine with unique research on materials and shapes, thus giving life to an absolutely unique bike".
EAVX and REE Automotive to Begin Customer Evaluations of New Electric Walk-In Van
EAVX, a subsidiary of JB Poindexter & Co (JBPCO), and REE Automotive (NASDAQ: REE), an automotive technology leader and provider of electric vehicle platforms, today announced the companies’ new fully electric walk-in van (WIV) prototype will begin customer evaluation this summer. The class 5 vehicle debuts the EAVX body design powered by REE’s modular P7 platform, making it the first fully drive-by-wire walk-in van on the market. Evaluations of the new electric walk-in van will take place over several weeks in the Detroit metropolitan area. The pre-booked event will allow pipeline customers across retail, delivery and logistics segments to experience the vehicle, its groundbreaking technology, and secure production capacity on the path for 2023 deliveries. The walk-in van body is a new, ground up development and will be showcased for the first time on the REE P7 platform, which was unveiled in January 2022. The platform is intended to power class 3-5 vehicles with payloads up to 8,800 pounds and range of 370 miles, along with all-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, and autonomous-ready capabilities. The vehicle is designed to provide unique user benefits, efficiencies, and flexibility that can be scaled across further applications and classes with the modularity and design freedom enabled by REEcorner™ technology. The road testing demonstrates the maturity of the REE-EAVX next-generation modular walk-in van program for the North American delivery market, first announced in July 2021. The prototype body, which will have more details unveiled soon, is a step forward in EAVX’s mission to develop next-generation EV and AV powered delivery and work truck bodies and accessories as a business unit of JB Poindexter & Co (JBPCO), which has a leading position in the North American delivery market. “This is an excellent proof point for EAVX’s unprecedented offering to accelerate commercial vehicle electrification for existing and new customers,” said John Poindexter, CEO and Chairman, JBPCO. “By partnering with REE for its innovative REEcorner™ technology and modular electric chassis, EAVX can leverage JBPCO’s proven history of creating excellent work truck and commercial vehicle bodies and accessories to design and manufacture the commercial electric fleets of all sizes and across markets.” “EAVX and REE are delivering on our joint promise from last year and at record pace. The on-road testing of our class 5 walk-in van is a testament to the strength and progress of our EAVX partnership,” said Daniel Barel, Co-Founder and CEO of REE. “We are excited for customers to experience first-hand the unique benefits of the first x-by-wire vehicle built with a best-in-class Morgan Olsen body and Powered by REE, a clear step toward firm orders.” For fleets and customers interested in learning more about the P7 platform and vehicles and for more information on summer demonstrations, contact the companies at https://ree.auto/segments/p7-platform/
Ferrari 275 GTB/C and Alloy Gullwing: Coming to Monterey as RM Sotheby’s Plans Record-Breaking Sale
The longest-running auction tradition of the Monterey Car Week, RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey auction, has been the site of numerous record sales. This year, RM Sotheby’s is on track to hold another record-breaking auction on the spectacular Central California coast at the Monterey Conference Center 19-20 August. Several notable consignments are set to be announced in the coming weeks, starting with a stunning 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C. This third-series 275 GTB/C benefits from sparing competition use in-period, fastidious care during a former 19-year ownership, and a recent three-year comprehensive restoration, resulting in one of the most original and well-presented examples of the venerable 275-based competition. Certified as a matching-numbers example with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book and featured in Keith Bluemel’s well-regarded book Original Ferrari V12 1965-1973, this Ferrari is accompanied by a complete set of tools, as well as an extra set of Campagnolo Fuse alloys wheels with Michelin XWX tires. Ideal for further touring enjoyment or presentation at major concours d’elegance and marque gatherings, this important and rare berlinetta would make a superlative acquisition for any Ferrari enthusiast or competition car collector (Estimate: $7,500,000 - $9,000,000). Joining the Ferrari is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing—the ultimate production version of Mercedes-Benz’s most iconic model. Presented in the factory-correct livery of Silver Gray Metallic over red leather and finished in handsome bumperless racing configuration, this Gullwing is the 14th of just 29 examples built and one of very few examples to retain its matching-numbers 3.0-liter NSL engine and original alloy body. Formerly owned by 300 SL expert Hans Kleissl, proprietor of the respected HK-Engineering, this example received a comprehensive two-year restoration by Gullwing specialist Robert Platz, completed in 2017, and is a proven veteran of the Mille Miglia Storica and the Colorado Grand. Exhibited at the Amelia Island, Radnor Hunt, and Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, this Mercedes-Benz is eligible for the finest and most exclusive vintage tours worldwide and it would make a splendid entry at major concours d’elegance. Stunningly presented and accompanied by restored Karl Baisch luggage set, owner’s manual, spare parts list, and workshop manual, this rare Alloy Gullwing represents an opportunity to acquire one of the world’s most desirable post-war competition sports cars (Estimate: $7,000,000 - $9,000,000). Joining the icons above, RM Sotheby’s is offering one of the finest private collections of automobiles ever gathered by a single owner [see prior release here]. Oscar Davis was a singular enthusiast that built a global reputation, known for acquiring some of the most impeccable examples of the world’s finest cars, beautifully maintained and presented, and with unmatched provenance. The primary focus of the collection centers around the great Italian marques, with many of the finest examples of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, and Maserati all featured within his beautifully curated collection. RM Sotheby’s is proud to announce these and many more spectacular offerings in the months leading up to what promises to be a historic auction in Monterey.
Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport by Sur Mesure to Make First Public Appearance at Salon Privé London
H.R. Owen Bugatti will present the first public appearance of Bugatti Sur Mesure’s debut customer project at Salon Privé London. The unique Chiron Pur Sport is inspired by the heroics of 20th Century racing driver, Louis Chiron, featuring brand new exterior paint colours and a number of ultra-bespoke interior and exterior styling additions. Translated as ‘tailored’, Bugatti’s Sur Mesure builds upon the marque’s distinguished history of coachbuilding, handcrafted interiors, paint finishes, embroidery and bodywork, gathering the collective expertise of its skilled designers and engineers to form a brand-new program to meet growing customer demand for ultra-customized designs, materials and finishes. Louis Chiron was one of Bugatti’s most legendary racing drivers, notching up countless victories at the wheel of Bugatti racers. Just one of his memorable wins was at the 1931 the French Grand Prix, together with Achille Varzi, in a Bugatti Type 51 emblazoned with the number ‘32’. This number – painted entirely by hand – now proudly adorns Bugatti’s modern hyper sports car as just one of a number of custom-made elements developed especially for this car. Two new exterior colours were created to pay homage to the legendary Grand Prix racing Bugattis of the ‘20s and ‘30s. The Bugatti Sur Mesure team also developed a new fading ‘EB’ painted pattern, applied meticulously by hand, which is complemented by a multi-layer stitched ‘EB’ motif on the door panels. Both required new techniques and processes to be developed by the Bugatti Sur Mesure team. The ‘32’ and ‘Grand Prix’ motifs continue throughout the cabin, including a special centre console inlay in black anodized aluminium, with a silver hand-painted inscription. The motifs extend to the door sills, headrests and entry lights. Subtle branding distinguishing the model as a rare and unique product of the program can also be found. Bugatti has calibrated the Chiron Pur Sport for agility, handling and driving performance. In addition to immense power; it also offers a high level of comfort and is suitable for everyday use. It is powered by an 8.0 litre W16 engine delivering 1,500 PS and 1,600 newton metres that is designed for an engine speed of up to 6,900 rpm in the agile Chiron Pur Sport. With the assistance of a 15 percent shorter transmission ratio, the Chiron Pur Sport accelerates even faster than the Chiron. The Chiron Pur Sport catapults from zero to 62mph in just 2.3 seconds, to 124mph in a mere 5.5 seconds and to 186mph in less than twelve seconds. The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport by Sur Mesure will be joined on the Bugatti stand at Salon Privé London by two other examples of Bugatti’s hyper sports cars; the Veyron and Chiron. The three Bugatti models form just one small part of Salon Privé London, sister to Salon Privé Blenheim, which will make its debut in April at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. As one of the UK’s most prestigious events, eight cars will be making their global, European or UK show debut at Royal Hospital Chelsea. Promising to be London’s most exclusive automotive party, with plenty to see and do in addition to the motoring attractions, the shopping village will host a variety of luxury brands, alongside the first-class hospitality for which Salon Privé has long been renowned. Tickets for Salon Privé London are on sale now, please visit the website: www.salonprivelondon.com H.R. Owen is the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, representing some of the world’s most sought-after brands including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Czinger, Rimac and Radford.
New Jaguar XK European By Thornley Kelham Revealed
Thornley Kelham has revealed the first entirely new project in its ‘European’ range of reimagined automotive legends: the Jaguar XK European, which builds on the success of their Lancia Aurelia Outlaw. Taking a derelict donor Jaguar XK as its base, the bespoke programme allows customers to transform their car into ‘European’ specification, featuring an all-alloy lightweight body penned by McLaren P1 designer, Paul Howse, and a full range of performance and comfort upgrades and enhancements. Most of the work is carried out in-house by Thornley Kelham, together with a small number of trusted and talented partners. As well as its work in concours restoration, the in-house team of craftsmen is expert in race-winning classic motorsport engines, and numerous previous projects have involved bespoke enhancements from uprated suspension, steering and brakes, to conversion to fuel injection, and the design and execution of convenience features such as air-conditioning and high end ICE. In the ‘European’ programme, all that experience comes to bear to create the ultimate incarnation of a number of European sports cars of the golden era, including the Jaguar XK. Howse’s vision celebrates the original beautifully aerodynamic lines in a way that remains true to the car’s original intentions, echoing the kind of work applied to the E-Type Lightweight. The first major task was to lower the roofline so that the proportions become more elegant and purposeful. The next was to add some curvature to the sides; all the body sections now have an acceleration to them which adds sculpture and muscle but also lightness. The arches are wider both at the front and more significantly at the rear with wider alloy wire wheels filling them out nicely, giving that ‘road racer ‘stance. The brightwork was also removed and instead a subtle crease was introduced down the bonnet which follows the split screen into the roof and washes out over the roof, which is more smoothly integrated into the overall form, as are the rear arches. At the rear, the tail now sweeps up to create a more teardrop form. The rear lamps are nestled into the bodywork and the headlights have had the chrome bezels removed, cleaning up the appearance. Inside, a completely redesigned dashboard and interior echo the original but with a dedication to modernizing and improving wherever possible. The dials are kept in a similar layout but are surrounded by a body colour aluminium dashboard rather than a flat slab of walnut. This is enveloped in the finest leather hugging the dials, now positioned slightly higher. The seating position is a vast improvement over the original, dropping the H-point significantly so that you sit in the car rather than on it and ensuring that the lowered roof doesn’t affect the headroom. The seats themselves, whilst classic in design, offer more support than the original items. The door design is also more sophisticated and sporting in design, with a slim storage pocket and a completely new door release to not only improve the ergonomics but also the knee clearance for taller drivers. Electric windows are added, as are electronic gauges and a discreet rollcage, while air-conditioning, power steering, Bluetooth connectivity and a number of in-car entertainment options ensure that every European will offer the thrill of a classic with the convenience and everyday drivability of a modern car. The Jaguar XK 3.8-litre straight-six engine – which produced around 160 -220 bhp in period – is thoroughly reengineered, imbuing the ‘European’ specification with performance akin to a modern sports car. The all-alloy engine is equipped with direct injection, a bespoke camshaft and rebored cylinders for either 300hp or 340hp depending on specification. To allow the new engine to perform more consistently at higher performance, there is an upgraded aluminium radiator with oil cooler, as well as louvred bonnet and subtly redesigned vents and apertures. Power is delivered through a redesigned five-speed manual transmission. Each and every component has been carefully considered and thoughtfully designed for the best possible driving experience. The handling has been enhanced with reconfigured suspension all-round, employing double wishbones at the front, coilovers, tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs. It’s a far more modern package than the original car, which featured basic leaf springs on the rear axle. In fact, the rear axle set up has been completely redesigned, and now incorporates a limited slip differential. Four-piston vented disc brakes equip each wheel. From basket case Jaguar XK to European-specification Jaguar XK involves a process of over 5,000 hours, every stage driven by Thornley Kelham’s meticulous (and award-winning) attention to detail and applied across the entirety of the car from metalwork, paintwork (800 hours) to engineering, fine Connolly leather trimming and chassis set-up. For almost 15 years, the Thornley Kelham team have been masters of both authentic award-winning restoration work and bespoke, upgraded collector cars. From its 32,000sq/ft facility in the Cotswolds, UK a talented team of over 30 has produced the Restoration of the Year-winning Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada, the London Concours ‘Best in Show’ Frazer-Nash BMW 328 and the Concorso d’Eleganza class-winning Lancia Astura Torpedo by Viotti. When customers require additional performance, they can turn to Thornley Kelham’s expert in-house engineering and engine-building team, who can imbue existing historic engines with incredible levels of performance. At the 2018 Le Mans Classic, for example, three cars – two Invicta S Types and a Lagonda – used engines prepared by Thornley Kelham engineers. One S Type produced double the output of the original engine, and the other the overall fastest night time speed of the race. To qualify as a member of the ‘European’ programme, a project must bring together this world-class engine-building and chassis experience with decades of top-tier concours-standard restoration expertise and a dedication to ultimate perfection. In short, it must fulfil three key criteria: The Design. The Details. The Drive. Simon Thornley, co-founder of Thornley Kelham, said: “With our concours-winning restoration heritage and our years of experience in perfecting our bespoke Lancia Aurelia ‘Outlaw’ project, we have developed a team perfectly placed to design and engineer a car that reimagines automotive icons authentically, in intricate detail and with a fastidious attention to quality. The Jaguar XK European is, to our eyes, the most beautiful car yet in the restomod sector, backed up with expertise and experience in developing cars that aren’t just perfect in their finish, but thrilling to own and drive. “The 1950s marked the start of a golden era in European car design. As the world emerged from the dark years of WW2, there was a quest – and a need – for light and joy; a passion to create and rebuild. In Europe this resonated in the car industry. A new era began, driving exports, harnessing and refocussing the continent’s talents, and a new generation of sports cars emerged - in Britain the Jaguar XK120, Austin Healey 100, MGA and AC Ace, in Italy the Lancia Aurelia, Alfa Romeo 1900, models by Fiat, Ferrari and Maserati. German engineers developed the wonderful Porsche 356 followed by the majestic Mercedes 300SL. At Thornley Kelham, over a decade of working with, driving, and restoring these models to concours-level standards, has honed our appreciation for these wonderful automobiles. Our deep experience of their beauty, engineering – and foibles – has also led to an evolution in our approach to them. And so, we have launched our ‘European’ division, our mission being to both pay tribute to their heritage, and to develop them to meet the demands of the 21st Century driver.” Development of the first Jaguar XK built to ‘European’ specification is already underway, with the first commission secured. Numbers will be strictly limited, with prices from £550,000 plus donor car depending on specification.
RIMAC NEVERA COMPLETES FINAL WINTER TESTS AHEAD OF THE FIRST CUSTOMER DELIVERIES
The Rimac Nevera has completed two intensive weeks of winter testing at Pirelli’s Sottozero Centre near the Arctic Circle in Sweden. With daytime temperatures unusually warm, the Rimac team spent the time testing at night when temperatures were at their most extreme, fine-tuning systems like the ABS, ESP and torque-vectoring ahead of the delivery of the first production cars. Having already undergone years of simulation and testing, the 1,914hp all-electric Rimac Nevera has already passed USA and EU homologation tests and is due to be delivered to customers throughout the world within the next couple of months. But to ensure every control system functions perfectly in all conditions, the Rimac team headed to Sweden to validate results they had previously achieved on the road and in climatic chambers. It also provided an ideal opportunity to test out the Nevera on its recommended winter tires – Pirelli P Zero Winter. The tire is distinguished by a specific marking on the sidewall that testifies to the joint development work carried out by Pirelli in partnership with Rimac. The Nevera’s standard ‘summer’ tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. Miroslav Zrnčević, Bugatti Rimac Chief Test and Development Driver, said: “Testing on a low grip surface like this allows us to make consistent and accurate observations on how our systems are performing in low temperatures. Things happen much more slowly than they would do on asphalt, and we have nice, even, smooth handling tracks so we know the data we get isn’t affected by surface imperfections or temperature swings. After these two weeks of testing, we’re happy to see exactly the results we wanted to achieve. “ Mate Rimac, CEO of the Rimac Group, said: “For us, this cold weather testing process was an opportunity to put the final 0.1% of polish on the Nevera, ensuring it’s perfect as soon as our owners begin to receive them in just a couple of months. Even after two weeks spent at temperatures of about -15°C (5°F), and a fairly demanding testing regime, our validation prototype performed at 100% throughout, so we know that all our core systems can perform reliably even in extreme conditions. “What we also wanted to develop was a car that could be driven and enjoyed equally by someone who isn’t the most experienced driver right up to a seasoned racer. Finding that balance of creating a rewarding, but safe, drive in a 1,914hp car with four independent electric motors while also building a chassis that delivers delicate on-the-edge adjustability has been our goal from day one, and as our final stages of testing come to close, I can confidently say that’s exactly what we’ve achieved with Nevera.” Designed, engineered, and built in-house at Rimac Automobili, the Nevera is limited to just 150 units. Made possible by its 120 kWh, 6960-cell battery delivering 1914 hp and 2360 Nm of torque, Nevera achieves a top speed of 258 mph (412 km/h), a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 1.85 seconds, and a 0-100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds. It has been independently verified as the fastest accelerating production car in the world.
LEVC’s world-famous TX electric taxi now available in spring-time colour palette
LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has today announced a new addition to its vehicle line up, with the TX Spring Edition. The TX’s instantly recognisable silhouette remains unchanged, but has been updated with a brand new palette. Drawing inspiration from the new season’s colours, the TX Spring Edition sees pink, purple, yellow and green combined together to create a striking effect. A spokesperson for LEVC, Paul Yaleg, said: “Our famous electric black taxi is loved the world over and instantly recognisable. But it was time to take a fresh approach for spring and create a bold new look for the TX to brighten up the city streets. Our TX Spring Edition will be on the roads soon and we’re confident that it will attract plenty of attention.” Although the TX Spring Edition’s appearance may have changed, it still offers a pure EV range of more than 64 miles, plus a total range-extended capacity of 318 miles. Those wishing to enjoy the new look TX can rest assured that it remains completely accessible for customers, with a built-in wheelchair ramp, hearing loop and braille. The large panoramic roof ensures that the TX Spring Edition is the perfect place to see the city sights in comfort while dazzling passers-by with a bold new look.
Maserati Brings Versatility, Elegance, Performance and Innovation to The Road with the New Grecale SUV
From affordable models to luxury ones, SUVs are dominating the U.S. automotive landscape – almost 80% of the U.S. market last year. With the unveil of their all-new Grecale SUV, (pronounced gre-CAH-leh) Maserati is competing where the market is growing in the mid-size SUV space. Recently, CEO of Maserati Americas, Bill Peffer, participated in a satellite media tour to talk about the increasing popularity of SUVs among U.S. car buyers and the launch of the new Maserati Grecale SUV. First Come, First Reserved Reserve Your Exclusive Maserati Limited Edition SUV Only Available Online The new Maserati Grecale SUV is “The Everyday Exceptional”. The Grecale SUV offers best-in-class performance, comfort, and technology. First, the V6 523 hp Grecale Trofeo has best in class performance with 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and best top speed in the category at 177 mph Second, is the best in class comfort with more rear legroom (almost 7 more inches than the competition), more storage capacity (1.7 cubic feet more cargo than the competitors) and more overall passenger space that accommodates up to the 99th percentile in both the front and rear seats Third, the Grecale is packed with standout technology including a standard 14 speaker audio system. The traditional Maserati clock is transformed into a virtual car assistant courtesy of voice recognition managed from the Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) Multimedia system, from the state-of-the-art infotainment and from Maserati Connect. And a first for Maserati is a wearable key that allows you access to your Maserati. A Limited Edition Grecale is available exclusively online. The Maserati Grecale Modena Limited Edition SUV only available via online reservation, for delivery starting fall 2022 in the US and Canada. The limited edition SUV includes special feature combinations only available on this specific vehicle during the reservation window. In the fall of 2022, three versions of the Grecale will available: GT, powered by a four-cylinder mild hybrid engine capable of delivering 300 hp (296 hp US/CAN); Modena, with a four-cylinder 330-hp (325 hp US/CAN) mild hybrid engine; and the powerful Trofeo, equipped with a high-performance 3.0L 530-hp (523 hp US/CAN) petrol V6 based on the Nettuno engine fitted to the MC20. To complete the range, the Grecale Folgore, the 100% electric version with 400V technology at a later date in 2023.
KID ROCK’S 2005 FORD GT TO BE OFFERED THIS WEEKEND IN FORT LAUDERDALE BY RM SOTHEBY’S
RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to offer a 2005 Ford GT owned from new by American rock ‘n roll icon, Kid Rock, in Fort Lauderdale 25-26 March. Joining the stunning red GT is a guitar signed by Kid Rock himself. Immensely proud of its storied history, Ford Motor Company created the Ford GT to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Production of each Ford GT involved multiple facilities and at its heart was Ford’s all-aluminum 5.4-liter V-8 equipped, capable of producing 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. A top speed of 205 mph and a 0-60 sprint of 3.3 seconds elevated the GT into the same echelon as other period supercars. An instant American icon upon its debut, this 2005 Ford GT counts another American icon—Kid Rock—as its sole owner from new. Leaving the factory straight to Kid Rock’s garage finished in Mark IV Red with full stripes, it was one of only 669 finished as such for the 2005 model year. With its stunning retro-inspired design and breathtaking power, the Ford GT has been a highly sought-after model since its release. This four-option, Mark IV Red example’s low mileage, excellent condition, and truly one-of-a-kind ownership history make it an opportunity not to be missed (Estimate: $500,000 - $575,000).
VinFast and Pininfarina detail VF 8 and VF 9 designs
On 1 March 2022 at Mobile World Congress 2022 (MWC 2022), VinFast and Pininfarina illustrated the details of the interior and exterior design of their electric vehicles, VF 8 and VF 9. These two EV models are expected to be launched throughout the global market by the middle of 2022. In collaboration with Pininfarina, the world-renowned design studio, VinFast's electric SUVs have been designed to offer impressive and stylish appearances while creating smarter and safer driving experiences. In terms of exterior, Pininfarina utilized a modern design language to optimize aerodynamics and reduce energy consumption, while embracing the importance of aesthetics to promote the unique personalities of the vehicles. In combining the curves of sports cars, elongated lines typical of executive sedans, and the bold height and sharp profiles of SUVs, Pininfarina created unique identities and distinctive personalities for VF 8 and VF 9. The interior of the two models is a combination of premium aesthetic standards and meticulous, sophisticated hand cut and sewn, complemented by the integration of advanced technologies to provide an enhanced ambience and calming environment. Seats are powered by intuitive controls that offer heating and ventilation to ensure absolute comfort. In further easing the pressure of busy commutes, the VF 9 Plus even offers massage functions. The VF 8 and VF 9 are equipped with a large 15.6-inch touchscreen in the center console that minimizes the number of physical buttons while simplifying the interface. With the intuitive support of the high-resolution screen, drivers and passengers can easily navigate and enjoy a comprehensive driving experience on every journey. The full-color Heads-Up Display (HUD) technology projects onto the windshield to provide smart solutions that track the vehicle's essential information while ensuring the drivers keep their eyes on the road. Strongly committed to a sustainable future, VinFast is researching the application of eco-friendly materials, such as Eco-leatherette, for production in the interior cabin soon. VinFast also proactively applies multiple solutions that help reduce water waste and chemical emissions. Its innovative battery strategy is also designed and managed with a total recycling solution that minimizes environmental impacts and encourages sustainability. Mr. Silvio Angori, Pininfarina CEO, said: "We move dreams. We are extremely energized to craft the Vietnamese heritage with world-class beauties into VinFast's first cars. And we are even strongly moved to visualize the Future of Mobility with VinFast. We hope that our greener and safer cars can captivate and inspire global audiences to join hands for the movement to a more sustainable future for all." Mr. Emmanuel Bret, VinFast Deputy CEO, added: "VinFast relentlessly innovates to bring our customers outstanding products. The exquisiteness and creativity in Pininfarina's design have created the appeal of VinFast EVs, helping us to realize our efforts. I believe that, along with Pininfarina's companion and its great designs, VinFast will rapidly move towards the goal of smarter and more sustainable mobility solutions for all." On February 28, VinFast presented details about the advanced technologies of its EV models at MWC22. In addition to being greener and safer, the partnership with world-renowned design studio, Pininfarina makes VinFast's EVs more efficient, attractive, and accessible for anyone considering joining the charge with VinFast and the global EV revolution. The VF 8 and VF 9 were introduced to the global audience at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show. Reservations announced at CES 2022, are taking place from January 5, 2022, until the end of April 5, 2022. During this time, customers who complete a 150 Euro deposit enter the exclusive VinFirst - "Pioneer's Gratitude to Pioneers" program, which offers many fascinating perks, including an e-voucher worth 2,500 Euros towards the purchase of a VF 8 and 4,200 Euros towards the purchase of a VF 9, one free ADAS & Smart Services package, one free portable charger, a tree planted in the participant's name, and much more. Customers can learn more and reserve at: https://vinfastauto.eu/en/reservations
Rare ACID YELLOW RENAULT CLIO V6 Breaks Auction World Record at £90,000
A special Renault Clio V6 Phase 2 has just set a new world record, becoming the most expensive example ever sold at auction. The unique hot hatch sold for a remarkable auction hammer price of £90,000 through online marketplace Collecting Cars, which also holds the world record sale price for the Clio V6 Phase 1 (£62,540). The platform also held the previous Phase 2 record at £73,000. The record-breaking Clio V6 is an attention-grabbing low-mileage example of the breed. Finished in eye-popping Acid Yellow, the paint option was offered as a special i.d. (Individual Design) Metallic Pearlescent Illusion option and is exceptionally hard to find, with only eight right-hand drive examples in the hue out of 21 worldwide. The body colour is complemented by the optional ‘i.d. Pack 4’ hand-sewn Storm Grey soft Nappa leather upholstery as part of the Complete Leather Pack, a rare £3,900 option fitted to just 18 cars globally. The pack includes leather door card inserts, a leather engine cover, leather gaiters for the gear shifter and handbrake, a leather-covered steering wheel, and light grey Alcantara for the headlining and windscreen pillars. Powered by a mid-mounted 3.0-litre V6 engine which sends around 255hp to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, this example has just over 17,000 miles and a comprehensive service history, looked after exclusively by main dealers and Renault specialists. The vehicle features an illustrious history, once used as the safety car to support the 2005 Clio Cup series. It also attended the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it was piloted up the hill-climb route by former F1 driver Patrick Tambay. It was also the outright winner of the ‘Best Clio V6’ prize at the 2016 Origine RS (UK’s largest gathering of V6 Clios). At launch, the Phase 2 Clio V6 was the most potent hot hatch available. With an extra 25bhp over its predecessor, it could sprint from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 153mph. The later car also had a longer wheelbase, wider front track, firmer suspension and the addition of stiffer subframes, new bump stops and longer trailing arms for improved handling. Edward Lovett, founder of Collecting Cars, said: “Low-mileage examples of the Clio V6 are becoming harder to find, and this particular car represented a likely unrepeatable combination of exceptionally rare colour, full leather interior, and excellent history. It would be fair to say this result surpassed anyone’s expectations, which goes to show the power of auctions for collectible cars, because there is no limit to how high the bidding can go.” To find out more information on this lot, visit Collecting Cars. Compared to traditional car auctions, Collecting Cars offers significantly better value for sellers and buyers alike. For sellers, the detailed photographic presentation and professional descriptions mean their car is showcased in the best possible way, and is marketed to a huge captive audience of passionate enthusiasts. Furthermore, there is no listing fee, and they receive 100% of the hammer price. For buyers, the premium on auction lots is levied at just 5% + VAT – substantially lower than traditional auction houses, which typically charge 12% or more – and is capped at £6,000. On hammer prices above £100,000 this means that the buyer’s premium is even less than 6%.