Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lost "Bullitt" Ford Mustang found in Mexico

One of the most legendary cars in Hollywood history has been found after nearly 50 years. The 1968 classic “Bullitt” had two stars in it: Steve McQueen and his Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT. There were two Mustangs used during filming: one neat and tidy and another that did the heavy lifting, including the movie’s iconic chase scene.

The pampered star car was preserved and sold three times over the years and is very privately owned today, while the stunt car was beaten up and sent to the wrecking yard. Or so everybody thought.
The car was discovered last year in Baja California Sur, its then-white body rotting away and its original drivetrain long gone. The vehicle features telltale features that it could be the real deal, including reinforced shock towers, a custom 9-inch rear axle, and holes in the trunk that are there to accommodate a generator used to run the in-car camera lights.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of “Bullitt” and a recent Ford video suggests the automaker is working on a special edition of the current Mustang to mark the occasion.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Green works for MSO's McLaren 570GT

Since British racing cars abandoned green liveries in the early 1970s, green has been an underused color on fast cars.

Ferrari’s signature is red, Aston Martin’s is 007-spec grey, and even McLaren identifies with eye-searing orange. Green has been left out of fashion. The latest work from McLaren Special Operations aims to change that.
A run of six MSO McLaren 570GTs costs an extra £21,000 over the too boring standard 570GT, which comes in at £154,000. For that money one also gets a nifty new interior too.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Icona Vulcano

Made of titanium, the Icona Vulcano is said to be inspired by the Blackbird SR-71 plane. Go power comes from a supercharged V8 from General Motors, namely the 6.2-litre from the Corvette ZR1.

It produces 661bhp and 605lb ft, good for 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph in 8.6 seconds. Top speed “exceeds 355km/h” which means 220mph.
The interior features a 12.3-inch configurable display, a carbon fiber racing seat, and yet another screen replaces the traditional gauge cluster. It even has air conditioning.
Smitten by the Vulcano? It’s a one-off, but you can buy one. If you have 2.5million euros that is, which is about £2.1 million or $ 2.7m USD.
More than a Bugatti Chiron, more than a Lamborghini Centenario and more than a McLaren P1 GTR.

But unlike those, one can pretty much guarantee you’ll never have to park alongside another Vulcano.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Mercedes Benz’s high performance division, AMG, unveiled the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.
It is powered by the 1.6-litre V6 hybrid engine — the very same unit that powers Mercedes Benz’s Formula 1 cars. 1000 horsepower, a top speed in excess of 217 miles per hour, and a 0-124 miles per hour time of just six seconds says it all. These sorts of numbers are made possible by additional electric motors on top of the central hybrid. In total there are four: one in the turbocharger, a second on the combustion engine with a link to the crankcase, and two more on the front wheels.
Just 275 of the cars will be made, the price $2.7 million.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Porsche's top 5 rare factory models

Porsche has released a new video featuring its top five unique and rare factory models of all time. Topping the list is the 356 America Roadster, which is a lightweight version of the car that started it all, produced in just 16 examples that were offered exclusively to the U.S. market.

At number two spot is the 911 SC RS Group B homologation special. Only 20 units were built. At number three is the 911 GT1. The 911 GT1 was the road-legal variant of the actual race car Porsche made for endurance racing. Porsche built just 21 units of this car. The 924 Carrera GTS is the most hardcore version of the 924 to date.

356 America Roadster
Road-legal 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution Racer $3.1m

Porsche 964 Turbo S flatnose – 76 built

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2018 Bentley Continental GT

Bentley revealed the new Continental GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Continental GT is now one of the oldest models in production, with the original coupe having first appeared as far back as the 2003 Geneva auto show. It was the pioneer "luxury grand tourer" — a big car with a nominal back seat and a big motor up front, designed to transport well-heeled couples from an urban enclave to a vacation escape.
A revised version of the company’s 6.0-litre W12 produces 626bhp and 900Nm of torque between 1,750rpm and 4,000rpm – enough to take the car from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds onto a 207mph top speed. The W12 now has cylinder-deactivation technology.
A dual-clutch transmission, plus a part-time four-wheel-drive system helps smooth the ride. 48V electrics powers the active anti-roll bars. This technology, called Bentley Dynamic Ride, gives the car handling agility and long-distance cruising prowess.
The new Continental is available to order, with the first examples arriving in the first quarter of 2018. Price hasn't been revealed but is expected to be something north of $‎195,000

Monday, September 11, 2017

RM Sotheby's Ferrari Auction - Leggenda e Passione - Results

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider "Green Jewel" €1.090.200
RM Sotheby’s sale in partnership with Ferrari was September 9th. Marking Ferrari's 70th anniversary year, the auction took place at the Ferrari Factory in Maranello, Italy.

The 2017 Ferrari sale is set to be a world-class event, bringing together the world’s most discerning collectors and an exclusive, curated selection of the greatest sports, GT, and racing Ferraris ever built.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti €7.855.000
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione by Scaglietti €8.500.000 - €10.000.000
1994 Ferrari 333 SP €2.800.000 - €3.300.000
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza by Scaglietti. €3.375.000

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta Alloy by Scaglietti €1.807.000

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO €3.263.000

1994 Ferrari 348 GT/C LM €437.000

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta €8.300.000

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia "Army" €385.250

1997 Ferrari F50 €1.779.000

2011 Ferrari 458 GT3 €550.000 - €600.000