Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Ferrari 488 Challenge racer

Ferrari’s 488 GTB was launched in 2015, but the 488 Challenge racer didn't hit the track until the 2017 season. A variety of enhancements include a giant rear wing, an aggressive canard-clad front bumper and a new hood with vents to eject hot air from the radiators in the airflow over the car.

The V8’s 661bhp output is unchanged from the road-going 488 GTB's, but a remap, shorter gear ratios and weight-saving measures throughout should make it feel quicker.
The Side Slip Control software that made its debut in the road car has also been carried over to the racing car, working with the stability control system and electronic differential to fine-tune the car as it slides. There are two traction control dials on the steering wheel.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

VLF Force 1 V10 supercar

The end of Dodge Viper won’t affect VLF Automotive’s plans for the Force 1 V10 supercar, which shares its components. Henrik Fisker, a partner and head of design at the boutique car company, said VLF has access to enough Vipers. VLF plans to produce no more than 50 of the $268,500 cars, and recently started deliveries to well heeled customers.

The Force 1 was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in 2016.
The Force 1 features an 8.4-liter V-10 engine pushing 745 hp. 0 to 60 mph is 3 seconds onto a top speed of 218 mph. The Force 1 comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission with an optional 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The Force 1's carbon-fiber body was designed by Fisker, who was responsible for the design of the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9, among others.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale - 2017

1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster with Hardtop. £897,500
Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art, antiques, pictures, collectibles and motor cars.

1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight. £830,300

1965 McLaren M1B Group 7 'Can-Am' Sports-Racer

1911 Mercedes Simplex 28/50hp 'Roi des Belges' Tourer. £359,900

1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Open Tourer. £550,300

1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon. £281,500

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rolls-Royce SUV on the way

The upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV, the Cullinan, was caught testing. The latest from Rolls-Royce is a rival to the Bentley Bentayga. In previous press releases, Rolls-Royce says that the Cullinan is officially set to be "assessed on public roads in various locations around the world". The testing phase will ensure the SUV still "delivers Rolls-Royce's trademark 'magic-carpet' ride".

The Rolls-Royce SUV should be launched in the first half of 2018. There is no word on price but the rock bottom starting price for a Bentayga is ‎$231,825.

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Mercedes AMG S65 Cabriolet

There are three Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet models available – S500, AMG S63 and AMG S65. A 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine made by hand in Mannheim, Germany, good for 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque propels the S65.

Mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, this will rocket the big cabrio to 62 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds en route to a top speed of 186 mph.
The AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission offers a choice of three modes, Comfort, Sport and Manual.
Beneath the microfiber-lined fabric top, the S65 boasts a full-leather interior. Mercedes’ standard Airscarf, heated armrests, and Aircap wind deflector work to keep occupants comfortable.
AMG fitted the convertible with a sport-tuned air suspension, 20-inch wheels, optional carbon-ceramic brakes, ultra-shiny brightwork, and a lightweight lithium-ion battery to offset the weight of the massive output up front.
The S65 Cabriolet starts something north of $275,000.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

RM Sotheby’s Auction: Monterey 2017

1949 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports 'DB1' Le Mans
RM Sotheby’s is the global leader in the collector car industry. They offer the world's finest cars to the most discerning collectors.
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

1956 Aston Martin DBR1

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster

1936 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton

2006 Aston Martin DBR9

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Muscle Mustangs

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
At the L.A. auto show in November 2015, Ford unveiled the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. The GT350R is powered by a naturally aspirated flat-crank 5.2-liter V-8 and packs Ford’s first adaptive magnetorheological suspension.

Transmission is a six-speed manual, and the car is fitted with dedicated coolers for the engine oil, the gearbox, and the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip differential. The GT350R rolls on carbon-fiber wheels, a first for any major automaker and a rarity even among exotic supercars.
The Shelby GT350R is about as stripped-down as a street-legal car can get. The GT350R buyer gets no air conditioning, no stereo, no rear seats, and no trunk upholstery or cargo floor. Base MSRP is $48,695.

If that doesn't work for you, you must need the supercharged "Shelby Super Snake" with a host of Ford Performance components, including a Roush-sourced 2.3-liter supercharger, which boosts the GT's 5.0-liter V-8 from 435 hp to 627 hp.

There's also an exhaust, a handling kit, 3.73:1 rear-axle gears, half-shafts, and a short-throw shifter. Shelby fits cooling upgrades, 20-inch Weld Racing wheels, and six-piston Wilwood front brakes too.
The "Shelby Super Snake" claims a 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph. Base MSRP is $ 87,000.
How about the Shelby Terlingua V8, with 750-horsepower, upgraded brakes and suspension tweaks?

No? Well then Saleen has the 730-horsepower S302 Black Label.
Need an eight-second quarter-mile run? No problem, try the new Cobra Jet. 50 were built, with each starting at $99,990. The Cobra Jet is a factory-fresh way to run in National Hot Rod Association Stock and Super Stock races, as well as the International Hot Rod Association, National Mustang Racers Association, and National Muscle Car Association. Under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger. New coilover shocks and springs, lighter brakes, a roll cage, new fuel system, new seats with racing harnesses, and a race-prepped automatic transmission.