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Rimac Nevera Electrifies Monterey Car Week
Purpose-built for performance: the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS makes no secret of its intentions: it is uncompromisingly designed for maximum performance. The 386 kW (525 PS) road-legal high-performance sports car takes full advantage of technology and concepts from motorsport. Even beyond the high-revving naturally aspirated engine with racing DNA and intelligent lightweight construction, it is, above all, the cooling and aerodynamic systems of the 911 GT3 RS that connect it most directly with its motorsport brother, the 911 GT3 R. - Central-radiator concept inspired by motorsport – the foundation for active aerodynamics The basis for a significant performance boost is the concept of a central radiator – an idea that was first used in the Le Mans class-winning 911 RSR and subsequently in the 911 GT3 R. Instead of the three-radiator layout seen in previous cars, the new 911 GT3 RS relies on a large, angled centre radiator in the car’s nose, positioned where the luggage compartment is located on other 911 models. This has made it possible to use the space freed up on the sides to integrate active aerodynamic elements. Continuously adjustable wing elements in the front and on the two-part rear wing, in combination with a number of other aerodynamic measures, provide 409 kg of total downforce at 200 km/h. This means that the new 911 GT3 RS generates twice as much downforce as its 991.2-generation predecessor and three times as much as a current 911 GT3. At 285 km/h, total downforce is 860 kg. A drag reduction system (DRS) is fitted in a production Porsche for the first time. To achieve low drag and higher speeds on straight sections of the track, the DRS allows the wings to be flattened out at the push of a button, within a specific operating range. The airbrake function is activated during emergency braking at high speeds: the wing elements at the front and rear are set to maximum, creating an aerodynamic deceleration effect that significantly supports the wheel brakes. The look of the new 911 GT3 RS is characterised by the large number of functional aerodynamic elements. The most prominent feature of the GT sports car is the swan-neck-supported rear wing, which is significantly larger in all dimensions. The rear wing consists of a fixed main wing and an upper, hydraulically adjustable wing element. For the first time on a Porsche production vehicle, the upper edge of the rear wing is higher than the car’s roof. In addition, the front end of the 911 GT3 RS no longer has a front spoiler, but instead features a front splitter that divides the air flowing over and underneath. Sideblades accurately direct air outwards. Front wheel arch ventilation is provided via louvred openings in the front wings. Inlets behind the front wheels, in the style of the iconic Le Mans-winning 911 GT1, reduce the dynamic pressure in the wheel arches. Sideblades behind the intake ensure that the air is directed to the side of the vehicle. Air from the centrally positioned radiator flows out via large nostrils on the front lid. Fins on the roof direct the air outwards, ensuring cooler intake temperatures in the rear. In the new 911 GT3 RS, the openings in the rear side panel are used exclusively to improve aerodynamics and not to draw in process air. The rear wheel arch also features an intake and a sideblade for optimised airflow. The rear diffuser comes from the 911 GT3 and has been slightly adapted. - Track suspension that can be adjusted from the cockpit Even the suspension comes in for aerodynamic attention. Because the wheel arches of the new 911 GT3 RS are subject to powerful airflows, the components of the double-wishbone front axle are designed with teardrop-shaped profiles. These aerodynamically efficient links increase downforce on the front axle by around 40 kg at top speed and are otherwise only used in high-end motorsport applications. Because of the wider track (29 millimetres wider than the 911 GT3), the double-wishbone front axle links are also correspondingly longer. To ensure that the downforce balance between the front and rear axles is maintained even when braking from high speeds, the suspension engineers have significantly reduced pitching under braking. On the new 911 GT3 RS, the front ball joint of the lower trailing arm has been set lower on the front axle. The multi-link rear axle has also been adjusted, with modified spring rates. The driver assistance systems and rear-axle steering also have an even more dynamic set-up here. The 911 GT3 RS offers three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track. In Track mode, the basic settings can be individually adjusted. Among other settings, the rebound and compression damping of the front and rear axles can be adjusted separately and in several stages. The rear differential can also be adjusted via rotary controls on the steering wheel. This is done quickly and intuitively with an operating and display concept also borrowed from motorsport: Four individual rotary controls and a button for the Drag Reduction System (DRS) are located on the steering wheel. These rotary controls are clearly displayed via graphics in the instrument cluster during the adjustment process. The 911 GT3 RS also features the track screen already familiar from the 911 GT3. At the touch of a button, the driver can reduce the digital displays on the two seven-inch side displays to essential information only. The gearshift indicators to the left and right of the analogue tachometer have also been taken from the GT3. - High-revving four liter six-cylinder boxer engine The 4.0-litre high-revving naturally aspirated engine has been further optimised compared with the 911 GT3. The increase in power to 386 kW (525 PS) is achieved primarily via new camshafts with modified cam profiles. The single-throttle intake system and the rigid valve drive are derived from motorsport. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) has a shorter overall gear ratio than the 911 GT3. Air intakes on the underbody ensure that the transmission can withstand even extreme loads during frequent use on track. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 296 km/h in seventh gear. Aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes with six pistons each and brake discs with a diameter of 408 mm are used on the front axle. Compared with the 911 GT3, the piston diameters have been increased from 30 to 32 mm. In addition, the thickness of the discs has been increased from 34 to 36 mm. The rear axle continues to be fitted with 380-mm brake discs and four-piston fixed-calliper brakes. The optionally available Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) has 410-mm discs on the front axle and 390-mm discs on the rear axle. The new 911 GT3 RS comes standard with forged light-alloy centre-lock wheels. Road-legal sports tyres measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 335/30 R21 at the rear ensure a high level of mechanical grip. - Lightweight construction all the way Intelligent lightweight construction has been a basic principle of all RS models ever since the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Thanks to an array of lightweight construction measures such as the extensive use of CFRP, the 911 GT3 RS weighs in at only 1,450 kg (kerb weight according to DIN) despite many larger components. The doors, front wings, roof and front lid, for example, are made from CFRP. Lightweight CFRP is also used in the interior, for example in the standard full bucket seats. - Available with Clubsport and Weissach packages When it comes to its interior, the new GT sports car is finished in typical RS style: black leather, Racetex and carbon-weave finish characterise the purist, sporting ambience. The 911 GT3 RS is available with the Clubsport package at no extra cost. This includes a steel rollover bar, a hand-held fire extinguisher and six-point seat belts for the driver. The Weissach package, which is available at extra cost, involves considerably more. The front lid, roof, parts of the rear wing and the upper shell of the exterior mirrors feature a carbon-weave finish. The front and rear anti-roll bars, the rear coupling rods and the shear panel on the rear axle are made of CFRP and contribute to a further enhancement of the driving dynamics. The rollover bar, constructed for the first time from CFRP, saves around six kilograms compared with the steel version. Another highlight of the Weissach package is the PDK shift paddles with motorsport-derived magnet technology. This makes gear changes even more dynamic thanks to a more precise pressure point and a clearly perceptible click. Optionally available with the Weissach package are magnesium forged wheels, which save another eight kilograms. The new 911 GT3 RS is available for order now and starts at €229,517 in Germany¹. - Exclusive Porsche Design Chronograph Inspired by the motorsport mindset – where maximum precision is paramount – Porsche’s own watchmaking operation in Solothurn, Switzerland, has developed the 911 GT3 RS chronograph. This mechanical watch is reserved for owners of the car. It is based on a glass-bead blasted case, made from either natural or black titanium, and with a screw-down crown. Inside the watch is the mechanical Porsche Design chronograph calibre WERK 01.200, which has been COSC-certified for its high accuracy. Its flyback function allows the wearer to start, stop and reset the second hand with a single action. The chronograph pushers, which feature ‘Start/Stop’ and ‘Next Lap’ laser engravings, reveal that this chronograph is not just about telling the time. In addition to innovations, such as the pulsometer scale on the bezel, many design features and materials from the GT3 RS are also found. ### ¹ Recommended retail price with country-specific equipment and 19 per cent VAT.
RM Sotheby’s Readies Largest Ever Offering of Open-Wheel Racecars with ‘THE HOUSE THAT NEWMAN/HAAS RACING BUILT’
RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to announce the sale of The House That Newman/Haas Racing Built—the largest single collection of important open-wheel racecars ever offered at auction. Forty-two cars, eight of which contributed to championship-winning seasons, will cross the block. The sale will take place at the Newman/Haas Racing headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois, on 29 October 2022. With an overall record of 108 wins and 8 championship seasons, the Newman/Haas Racing team amassed a record of winning that puts them in the top-tier of open-wheel race teams. Fielding IndyCar champions, Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Cristiano da Matta, and Sébastien Bourdais, as well as many other drivers including Christian Fittipaldi, Graham Rahal, and Oriol Servià. The team founded by Carl Haas and Paul Newman dominated both the CART and Champ Car series between 1983 and 2011, and forever changed the history of motorsport. Now, an international auction of their treasured, race-proven chassis and many artifacts from their history is planned. Highlights of the legendary collection include multiple cars driven by Mario and Michael Andretti including a 1984 Lola-Cosworth T800 and a 1991 Lola-Chevrolet T91/00, both championship-winning cars. Alongside the Andretti-driven racing machines are cars piloted by the iconic Nigel Mansell. While driving a 1993 Lola-Cosworth Ford T93/00, Nigel Mansell became the only person in history to have won back-to-back championships in Formula 1 and IndyCar series in the same year. “To offer these iconic machines at a time when IndyCar and Formula 1 are gaining fans around the world is incredible. These cars represent some of the best eras of open-wheeled racing—all while being piloted by Formula 1 and IndyCar champions Mario Andretti and Nigel Mansell. The global collector car market wins when storied cars like these become available to the public. With increasing interest in the sport globally, we can expect the market for former racing cars to continue to grow.” Shelby Myers, Global Head of Private Sales. The Newman/Haas team built a decades-long record of motorsports excellence. These race-proven chassis’ provide a tangible record of the team’s dramatic success story and truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one-owner raced cars. The full list of cars being offered from the collection will be announced in the coming weeks.
One of the most powerful road-going F40s ever created to be offered by RM Sotheby's
RM Sotheby’s will offer a one-off Nardo Grey Ferrari F40 “Competizione”—one of the most powerful road-going F40s ever created—through Sotheby’s Sealed, RM Sotheby’s proprietary online auction platform. The car was to be offered via private sale, but after generating intense interest from clients and the car community around the world, the car will now be sold via auction. This particular 1989 Ferrari F40 “Competizione” was upgraded to full competition specification by racing specialists in Holland and the UK, giving the world’s fastest production car a rare chance to earn its keep on the track in period competition. As part of a cosmetic restoration, the car was completely disassembled with the body fully stripped to its bare materials. The car was then repainted in triple-layer Grigio Nardo. Today, it is capable of producing between 700 and nearly 1,000 horsepower depending on setup, making this F40 one of the most thrilling Ferraris available anywhere. The initial announcement of the 1989 Ferrari F40 “Competizione” private sale instantly gained the attention of media outlets around the world, car enthusiasts, social media users, and clients. After generating over 600,000 impressions on social media and with interest among potential buyers increasing, RM Sotheby’s was compelled to offer this incredible machine through their successful online platform, Sotheby’s Sealed. - Sotheby’s Sealed Since it’s unveiling, Sotheby’s Sealed has become an incredibly successful online platform offering some of the world’s most significant cars to a growing global audience. Since its inception, Sotheby’s Sealed has offered Juan Fangio’s personal Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the fabled white Ferrari Enzo, an upcoming McLaren F1, and now the 1989 Ferrari F40 “Competizione”. Using a novel and fresh bidding system, bidders are able to see where their current bid ranks, but will not know what anyone else has bid. There is an auto-extension if a client ranked in the top three bids in the last 90 seconds of the auction. The auto-extend can also be triggered when a new bid causes the bidder to be ranked in the top three, even if the ranking doesn’t change. Bidders can register to bid here. The F40 is widely viewed as one of the greatest road-going GT models built by Ferrari, and this example boasts fascinating history, a unique configuration, and unrivaled performance among its peers. This F40 absolutely stands out. Bidding opens 16 August 2022 at 10:00 AM (PDT) and closes 20 August 2022 at 5:00 PM (PDT).
REE Automotive Debuts P7-B, an Electric Class 3 Delivery Truck
REE Automotive Ltd. (NASDAQ: REE), an automotive technology company and provider of electric vehicle (EV) platforms, today announced P7-B, a class 3 delivery truck built on a P7 cab chassis, following intensive customer evaluations at REE’s UK Engineering Center. The new P7-B is part of a fleet of vehicles available to prospective customers to evaluate, test, and experience the unique agility, performance, and design enabled by REE’s novel REEcorner x-by-wire technology. To date, evaluations by prospective customers including global delivery, logistics, and e-commerce companies have been positive and encouraging. The prospective customers, to date, experienced firsthand the low step-in height designed for faster delivery times as well as reduced energy consumption due to better aerodynamics and highly efficient power management system of the P7 chassis architecture. Customers also experienced the agility and maneuverability afforded by REE’s all-wheel drive and all-wheel steer for unparalleled vehicle control, leading to better handling and safety in adverse conditions. The driver-focused cabin is designed for optimal ergonomics and human-machine interface for maximum driver comfort, safety, and productivity. The P7-B aims to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) to help facilitate fleets’ transition to EVs. The class 3, all-by-wire electric truck, designed and built by REE based on its P7 modular chassis, targets the important and growing commercial EV mid- and last-mile delivery market, with applications such as 16-foot vans and delivery trucks. It was built in response to market needs and represents a potential opportunity for REE to present fleets with complete vehicles. It also follows the recently announced Proxima Powered by REE, which is P7’s debut on a walk-in van and features JB Poindexter’s Morgan Olson and EAVX Proxima body paired with REE’s P7 stripped chassis. This P7 delivery truck configuration offers increased interior space for passengers and cargo and a low step-in height while targeting a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 km/h), max range of 150 miles (241 km), up to 4,400 lbs (2,000 kg) payload, and vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of up to 14,000 lbs (6,350 kg). The configuration can be modified to best suit customer needs. The full x-by-wire architecture supports all-wheel steer, all-wheel drive, adaptive regenerative breaking, creep control, hill start assist, and torque vectoring as standard as well as over-the-air updates. "The on-track testing of the P7-B and extensive customer evaluations are another crucial step on the road to commercialization and deployment of test fleets followed by scale adaptation in fleets," said Tali Miller, chief business officer at REE. “Feedback from our customers has been that this is the truck they have been waiting for – a driver-centric work truck that drives like a saloon car but is built to deliver under the harshest commercial duty cycle. Our modular P7 chassis allows us to design vehicles tailored to our customers’ needs and we are excited to be showing them what our unique technology affords their fleets as we support them on their path towards electrification and carbon neutrality.” REE’s P7-B and the P7 modular chassis is targeted to be produced in both North America and the UK.
Rimac Nevera #001 Delivered to 2016 Formula One World Champion and sustainability entrepreneur, Nico Rosberg
Just a month after the first production-ready Rimac Nevera, #000, rolled out of Rimac’s facility in Zagreb, Croatia, car #001 has been delivered to its owner – 2016 Formula One World Champion and sustainability entrepreneur Nico Rosberg. Prior to the car being sent to his home in Monaco, Rosberg made the trip to Rimac HQ in Croatia to catch up with Mate and to see the very latest developments within the Rimac Group first-hand. Production of the world’s first all-electric hypercar GT is now underway at Rimac’s new facility on the outskirts of Zagreb. The first year of production is already sold out. Almost every major component of the car is designed, engineered, and built at Rimac weeks or months prior to each car being finished, and installed in the last phase of production – the vehicle assembly which takes about five weeks per car. Showcasing the broad range of customisation options available to customers, car #000 – set to be retained by Rimac – was finished in a bright Callisto Green with Sand Alcantara interior. For car #001, Nico has deliberately chosen a much more aggressive specification described when he first designed his car as the ‘full Batmobile spec’. With Stellar Black paint, polished Vertex wheels and gloss black brake calipers, it’s perhaps the most menacing personality of Nevera possible. The interior is finished in all black Alcantara, with subtle ‘Nico Rosberg’ signature on the armrest plate marking the car 001/150. The first customer owned example of the Nevera will be based in the Principality of Monaco, Rosberg’s home, becoming the first all-electric hypercar in the sovereign state. Nico Rosberg has been a part of the Rimac journey since he first saw the C_Two concept – which would become Nevera – in person several years ago. He believed in Mate’s vision for the Nevera as a truly engaging and comfortable next-generation hypercar, capable of crossing continents and lapping racetracks, all on electric power. He became one of the very first customers. Rosberg said: “Ever since I first met Mate and truly understood the genius behind Nevera, I knew I wanted car number one. For me, this car represents absolutely everything I could ever want. It showcases the very best of innovative electrification technology, bringing it into a car designed literally from the ground-up to be not just incredibly fast – or the fastest – but really great to drive, too. I can’t wait to see what it can do.” Following an 11-year career in Formula One that saw him crowned World Champion in 2016, Nico has embarked on a career as a sustainability entrepreneur and investor in green technologies. He is invested in more than twenty mobility start-ups as well as Formula E, while his all-electric Extreme E racing team - Rosberg X Racing are the Championship winners of 2021 and are leading the current season. In 2019, he founded the Greentech Festival, a global platform for sustainable innovation and lifestyle. As of 2021, the event has been hosted in New York, London, Singapore as well as the city it was first established in – Berlin. Mate Rimac, CEO of the Rimac Group, said, “When we first started designing the Nevera we set out to build a car that would impress even the best drivers in the world. Nico was on that list, and it’s a great feeling to know that someone who has mastered the most focused and cutting-edge motorsport in the world gets such a thrill from the car that we’ve created. We’re all looking forward to following Nico’s journeys with the Nevera; all of his cars are used and enjoyed, which is exactly what we encourage our owners to do. And if anyone can test the limits of what we’ve built, it’s him. We’re proud to call Nico a friend and the first member of the rapidly expanding Rimac Nevera owner family.” With the first customer car delivered, uniquely specified Neveras will now begin appearing on the streets of countries all over the world. Only 150 examples will ever be built, sold and maintained by Rimac Automobili’s global network of 25 dealer partners, stretching across North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Even before this first customer delivery, the Nevera has already received global acclaim for its world-leading technologies and unrivalled performance. With 1,914hp, the Nevera is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 1.85 seconds, to 100mph in 4.3 seconds and can run the quarter mile in a world-record 8.582 seconds. This year alone, Nevera has been named GQ’s Hypercar of the Year, Top Gear Magazine’s Best Electric Performance Car and Robb Report’s Best Hypercar.
ONE OF ONE: An Ultra-Rare MCLAREN F1 Emergers for Sale
RM Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the forthcoming sale of a true “one-of-one” example of one of the greatest cars ever created, the iconic McLaren F1. This 1998 McLaren F1 is being offered through RM Sotheby’s proprietary online platform, Sotheby’s Sealed. The sale will begin on 18 August 2022, and bidding will remain open for 48 hours. For nearly thirty years, the McLaren F1 has remained the fastest ever naturally aspirated car and has earned its status as an automotive legend. Born of a company steeped in motorsport pedigree, the F1 was designed to be the greatest road-going automobile ever built, regardless of cost. Upon its unveiling, this was the most expensive new car ever built and in the opinion of those who purchased an F1 new, the cost was justified. Considering this car’s impact on the industry, its success in motorsport, and incredible technical innovations, the McLaren F1 is quickly approaching the highest echelons of desirability and value. Many argue that McLaren’s F1 is the greatest car of the 20th century, a bold claim but a justifiable one considering this car’s impact on the industry and its success in motorsport. With changing demographics in the collector car industry, the McLaren F1 is arguably on a path toward the vaunted heights of other iconic cars such as Ferrari’s 250 GTO and Alfa’s 8C 2900 in terms of desirability and value. When considered together, these three cars are a trifecta with each representing, within its own generation, the very best of design and performance. The 8C 2900 and 250 GTO have sat at the very pinnacle of collecting for decades, and the McLaren F1 can be considered worthy of inclusion within this exclusive club, making them the ‘Big Three’, with ownership of all three signifying their respective owner as one of the world’s top car collectors. Chassis number 059 is the only F1 to leave the factory with a unique headlight setup, making it a true one-off among the 64 road cars constructed and instantly recognizable to those in the know. Midway through the McLaren F1’s production and once some customer cars had started to accumulate mileage, it was discovered that the car had a minor Achilles heel in the form of its headlights. Looking to rectify this, the factory quickly came up with a solution, for which the car presented here, chassis number 059, would be the testbed: the existing headlight internals were replaced with those from the BMW Z1 Roadster and the headlight housings themselves were made slightly shorter. Acquiring this F1 would allow one to join that exclusive club of owners and drivers, achieving something that millions of enthusiasts can only dream of but few, perhaps only a few hundred people, have ever achieved. Having not been seen publicly for the last decade in its current ownership, this represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire a unique and significant F1.
Final prototype Triumph TE-1 project testing results revealed
Today marks the official completion of the TE-1 electric development project, with the release of the final prototype test results that exceed the project objectives and demonstrate the incredible success of this unique collaboration. The TE-1 significantly exceeds the real-world range of the equivalent electric motorcycles available today with a category-leading 161km / 100mile range, based on live testing and official projections. 130 kW (177PS / 175bhp) peak power delivers an incredible standard of acceleration, achieving 3.6 seconds 0-60mph, and an outstanding 6.2 seconds 0-100mph combined with a game-changing 20-minute charge time (0-80%), faster than today’s equivalent electric motorcycles. At 220kg, the bike is up to 25% lighter than comparable electric motorcycles supporting a class-leading power-to-weight ratio. The unique collaboration between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG, University of Warwick, funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK, was set up to create ground-breaking developments in specialist electric motorcycle engineering and innovative integrated technology design. The extensive live testing programme, which involved numerous assessments of the bike’s performance on the rolling road, as well as on track, provided vital direction into the final set-up and calibration of the TE-1 prototype demonstrator, which has now delivered on all of its targets and objectives. With phase 4 officially completed, the live testing phase of the Triumph TE-1 project has seen the prototype demonstrator exceed expectations and achieve some incredible outcomes, delivering on all project objectives of accelerating electric motorcycle development and innovation, setting new standards for the sector overall, including final battery and range performance. The expertise and capabilities developed throughout the project now pave the way for the exciting electric future to come from Triumph Motorcycles. Category-leading 161km / 100mile range Exceeding the real-world range of the equivalent electric motorcycles available today, the Triumph TE-1 prototype has achieved all project targets with regards to the energy capacity of the Williams TE-1 project developed battery, with an incredible 161km / 100mile range, based on official testing and projections. Regenerative braking has been successfully implemented for TE-1, with scope for further optimisation, as well as greater efficiencies in the motor generator unit and transmission, which could improve the range further for the future of Triumph electric motorcycles. Game-changing 20-minute charge time Advances in battery and charging technologies that have been developed as part of the Triumph TE-1 project, in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), have resulted in a game-changing 20-minute charge time (0-80%), successfully delivering against the ambitious targets laid out by Innovate UK, the government’s research and innovation agency that supports business led R&D funding and UK business growth. “WAE are delighted to have been involved in this exciting programme to deliver the TE-1 prototype. Since its conception in 2018, all the partners have worked with collaboration, innovation and passion to bring the boundary breaking prototype to life. It is pleasing to hear positive rider comments which confirms that the dynamics of the bike are aligned with Triumph’s DNA. This has been underpinned by the class-leading Battery and Control System that WAE has produced within a lightweight and integrated package. This core WAE technology has allowed us to exceed performance and charging targets for the battery which we look forward to seeing in future powertrains.” Dyrr Ardash, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Williams Advanced Engineering. “We are incredibly proud to be able to share such positive outcomes from the completion of Project Triumph TE‑1, where the prototype demonstrator has exceeded many of our initial targets and expectations. Everyone on the team is thrilled with the results we have achieved with our partners, and how the outcomes of the project will feed into the electric future to come from Triumph.” Nick Bloor, CEO, Triumph Motorcycles.
First Production-Ready Rimac Nevera Takes to the Streets
After five years of development and testing, three generations of powertrain technology, 18 prototypes, 45 physical crash tests and more than 1.6 million collective hours of research and development, the very first full production version of the Rimac Nevera has rolled off Rimac’s new production line. Now, hand-building of the Nevera will now continue at a rate of up to 50 units each year, delivered to customers all over the world. Finished in a striking pearlescent shade of Callisto Green with Painted Graphite Vertex wheels and Sand Alcantara interior, this first car was showcased at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in a series of full throttle sideways runs up the famous Hillclimb. Known as car ‘#000’, and finished with a numbered plaque, it will remain in the possession of Bugatti Rimac as a demonstrator and marketing car. The first cars destined to be delivered to customers are already being assembled, with each Nevera taking 5 weeks at the final assembly line, while many of its parts and systems are being made months prior at Rimac facilities. They will soon be delivered worldwide through Rimac Automobili’s global network of 25 official dealer partners, which stretches across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The first year of Nevera production is already sold out, as eager customers hope to experience the world’s first all-electric hypercar. The Nevera was developed entirely from scratch, with most key systems developed and made in-house by Rimac. To achieve the extremely high-performance targets that the team has set for the Nevera, all major components had to be custom developed. An entirely new generation battery system, inverter, gearbox, motor, control systems, infotainment and many more, were developed specifically for the Nevera. Throughout the development process the powertrain was redesigned three times, in a process lasting more than two years, with each iteration pushing the envelope of performance further than before. Its peerless attention to detail and dedication to perfection has already secured Nevera the title of world’s fastest accelerating production car, alongside being named the Best Hypercar by Robb Report, Hypercar of the Year by GQ and Best Electric Performance Car by Top Gear. As well as its unrivaled performance, this first production car showcases the variety of customization options available to Nevera customers. There are 36 different pre-defined paint colors and the option to go bespoke, a selection of in-house-designed liveries, three levels of exposed carbon fiber – including a full bare carbon body – and an enormous selection of colorful leathers, Alcantara, contrasting accents and metal finishes for the interior. The promise is that each of the 150 Neveras completed will be totally unique. In tandem with the development of the car, Rimac has also been developing its aftersales and customer care programmes. Specialistic digital diagnostic tools have been built from the ground-up to monitor and update the cars throughout their lifetime. Every dealer partner will be given specific training and detailed service and repair information, and a dedicated team has been created: Rimac Service Team to be able to travel worldwide to diagnose potential problems. The target is that the experience of owning a Nevera will be just as extraordinary as driving it. The development and homologation process was an extraordinary journey for the whole team. Starting with initial experimental prototypes, leading on to validation prototypes and then pre-series cars, no fewer than 18 prototype examples of Nevera were painstakingly tested in every conceivable environment and measurable aspect, from the freezing Arctic Circle to a high humidity 48oC climatic chamber. A rigorous four-year crash testing program saw the destruction of nine cars in 45 separate crash tests – all of which the Nevera passed with flying colors to allow customers to experience and own Rimac’s flagship model in all main markets. Mate Rimac, CEO of the Rimac Group, said: “At the beginning of the Nevera journey, we ran thousands of virtual simulations and experimented with countless designs before eventually, the time came to create the very first working prototypes. At this time, around 300 people were working in the company, and now as we enter full production, our company has grown five-fold to have over 1,500 colleagues and construction is well underway for our new 100.000 m² Rimac Campus. The Campus will eventually become the site for Nevera production when construction is complete, making it the fourth place where Nevera cars will have been assembled, following earlier production sites for the prototype phases and the current production facility in Zagreb, Croatia. In tandem with developing the car, Rimac has been rapidly expanding as a business, always looking to find more space. The Nevera was developed with the intention to become the cutting-edge electric hypercar it is today, ready to thrill drivers and passengers in a way they have never experienced before. I’m very much looking forward to customers taking delivery of their brand-new, highly customized cars and hearing their stories of fun behind the wheel.” The Rimac Nevera unlocks the next generation of automotive performance. Its 1,914hp is produced by four electric motors, which propels the hypercar from 0-60 mph in just 1.85 seconds, and to 100mph in 4.3 seconds. Proudly sporting a name in honor of its homeland, a nevera is an unexpected Mediterranean summer storm off the coast of Croatia. As such, the Nevera can transform from a comfortable, adept grand tourer into a pin-sharp performance machine in the blink of an eye.
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.