Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer

The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer was produced by Ferrari between 1973 and 1984. Replacing the front engined Daytona, it was the first in a series of Ferraris to use a mid-mounted flat-12 engine. The 365 GT4 BB was first shown at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Designed to rival the Lamborghini Miura and the newly developed Lamborghini Countach, it was released for sale in 1973 at the Paris Motor Show. 387 were built, of which 88 were right-hand drive.
The engine produced 380 hp, slightly more than the Daytona. The engine was mounted above a five-speed manual transmission. The concept for the howling 4.4-litre flat 12 was taken from the team’s Formula 1 programme, and sung away from its longitudinal, mid-mounted position – a first for Ferrari.
This 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer made $510,000 in 2016.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

2017 Bentley Continental GT SuperSports

The new 12-cylinder Bentley Continental Supersports is the most powerful Bentley ever. Sporting 700 hp and 750 lb-ft it’s also the quickest and the fastest Bentley ever, with a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds onto a top speed of 209 mph.

An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. The car weighs 5027 pounds. To rein in all that mass, carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, as is a brake-based torque-vectoring system. The Supersports retains the Continental’s rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, and gets a dynamic braking system that brakes the inside rear wheel when cornering at speed.
In order to attain these performance figures, Bentley did serious work to its powertrain. The W12 engine – so named because its 12 cylinders are arranged in a ‘W’ formation as opposed to a ‘V’ – has received enlarged turbochargers, an upgraded cranktrain, new conrod bearings and a better intercooler.
The new Supersports will be limited to just 710 units – matching the car’s 710PS metric power output – across coupe and convertible body styles.
Opting for the nifty convertible imposes a significant price penalty. The convertible is base priced at $325,325, nearly $30,000 more than the coupe, which carries a $296,025 sticker. Of course for that money you get a built-in neck warmer, which Bentley says “makes open-air driving an appealing and comfortable prospect even on the cooler days of spring and autumn”.

Friday, November 24, 2017

RM Sotheby's to sell a new 2006 Ford GT

Rare uber cars with low mileage are basically sitting duck calls for highly moneyed automotive investors. There doesn't seem to be any financial downside when it comes to securing these mythical machines. When it rolls up to auction next year, this vehicle is sure to be popular.

RM Sotheby's will offer a 2006 Ford GT with 10.8 miles on the clock.
Pre-auction estimates peg the value somewhere between $300,000 and $350,000 and that estimate seems a tad low. First-generation Ford GT values have slipped but those values are climbing back to where they used to be. This brand new example ought to be at least a $400,000 car.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ferrari unveils the 812 Superfast in Hong Kong

Ferrari unveiled its fastest and most powerful model to date, the 812 Superfast, in the city earlier this week. Ferrari says the 812 Superfast “represents the history and the future of the company”
Acceleration from zero to 100km is in 2.9 seconds onto a top speed of 340km/hour. (212 mph)

It is the first Ferrari equipped with electric power steering and a virtual short wheelbase 2.0 system, providing better agility and response time to steering wheel input.
See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2017/02/ferrari-812-superfast.html

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2018 Audi R8 Spyder

The all-new 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus is the fastest convertible model from the brand. Like the R8 Plus coupe, the R8 Spyder Plus sports a wailing 5.2-liter V-10 engine that packs 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 70 hp and 15 lb-ft over the regular model.

The Quattro all-wheel drive is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It’ll get you from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds onto a top speed of 203.8 mph.

The R8 Spyder Plus’ exclusive new micrommata green paint job gives it a Hulk-like appearance
The optional design package has an anthracite gray single frame grille and black tailpipe covers. The interior is in all black Nappa leather. The Spyder V10 also gets a large 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with loudspeakers in the seats. The leather on the bucket seats has a special pigmenting that stops them from heating up in the sun’s rays.
The standard tires are 245/35R-19 front and 295/35R-19 in the back, with 245/30R-20 front and 305/30R-20 rear rubber optional. The electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering comes from ZF. Adaptive, magnetorheological dampers for the suspension are also optional.

The R8 Spyder V10 starts at an absolute rock bottom $177,100, $12,200 more than its fixed roof counterpart. Carbon ceramic brakes bolster the bottom line by a whopping $9,900.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Glickenhaus SCG 004S

The latest from Glickenhaus is the SCG 004S. The car packs a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 making 650 hp and 531 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a paddle-shifted automatic. At 2,600 pounds, thanks to copious carbon fiber one gets a power-to-weight ratio of 4 pounds per horsie.

The SCG 004 also comes in at a highly reasonable $400K. The company says it will be ready in early 2019.
There's room for 3 bums in the street version. Glickenhaus has plans to build GT3 and GTE/GTLM racing versions, with a view to one day competing at Le Mans.
The long-term plan is for 250 cars a year by 2021.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Schumacher’s Monaco-winning Ferrari sells for record $7.5m

Michael Schumacher’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001 has sold for $7,504,000, a record for a modern-era Formula 1 car. A six-minute battle between eight bidders saw the machine blow past it's pre-sale estimate of $4m. The Ferrari F2001, chassis #211, helped power Schumacher to the fourth of his seven world titles.
Michael Schumacher - Scuderia Ferrari - Ferrari F2001

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shelby Daytona

The Shelby Daytona was built for auto racing, specifically to take on Ferrari and its 250 GTO in the GT class. Just six Shelby Daytona Coupes were built between 1964 and 1965. The first Shelby Daytona Coupe was built at the Shelby American race shop in Venice, California. The remaining five were built at Carrozzeria Gransport in Modena, Italy. The first built, chassis CSX2287 won the GT class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1964.
All trace of CSX2287 was lost by the mid-1970s, with many fearing the car had been destroyed. In 2001 the car was rediscovered in a rental storage unit in California. The owner had committed suicide by burning herself alive.
CSX2287 is the only Daytona which has not been restored. The car was mechanically reconditioned and resides at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. It's estimated at well over $4m.
The cars were powered by a 4.7 liter V8 producing 385 hp mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. Top speed was 191 mph. The car helped Carroll Shelby build his name and legend.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance and competitive pricing quickly established the model as an iconic supercar.
On its release in March 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made". The Series 2 (1968–71) featured an engine producing 246hp and torque of 263. A total of 18,809 units were built, worldwide.
The Series 1 cars, which are by far the most valuable, fall into two categories: those made between 1961 and 1964, which had 3.8-litre engines, and those made between 1965-1967.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Uber cars at Center of Embezzlement Fight

A pair of the rarest collector cars in the world are at the heart of a London lawsuit embroiling an associate of one of China’s wealthiest men. Zhao Hua Chen, who court filings say works for Chinese aluminum billionaire Zhongtian Liu, has accused Eric Po Chi Shen of buying real estate, rare red diamonds and super cars with money he embezzled while acting as his financial adviser, according to court documents filed in London’s High Court.

This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO made $52 million
At stake in the case is ownership of two classic cars that could be worth as much as $40 million.

Chen says his former business associate falsified his financial reports and lied about how much he spent on property deals, before using the spoils to buy a 1998 McLaren F1 and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. He is asking a judge in the British capital to order the cars to be sold or handed over to him. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta is likely worth around $25 million. The model is a Series 2, with the Series 1 fetching at least $40 million. 39 of the Italian brand’s 250 GTOs were produced.
The McLaren is estimated to be worth as much as $15 million. 106 examples were produced from 1992 through 1998.
See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2017/04/ferrari-250-gto.html

Monday, November 13, 2017

2019 Corvette ZR1

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car Chevrolet has ever made. The 6.2-liter LT5 supercharged engine packs 755 horsepower with 715 lb-ft. The LT5 has a new dual-fuel-injection system, a first for GM.
The standard 2019 ZR1 will come with a seven-speed manual. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is an option.
Chevrolet isn’t talking about performance numbers or pricing, but the expectation is that price will be upwards of $130k when the ZR1 goes on sale in the Spring of 2018.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cavallino Rampante - Prancing Horse

On 17 June 1923, Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna where he met the Countess Paolina, mother of Count Francesco Baracca, an ace of the Italian air force, who used to paint a horse on the side of his planes. The Countess suggested Ferrari use this horse on his cars, saying that it would bring him luck.
Ferrari has used the cavallino rampante on official company stationery since 1929. Since the 1920s, Italian race cars of Alfa Romeo, Maserati and later Ferrari and Abarth were (and often still are) painted in "race red" (Rosso Corsa). This was the customary national racing color of Italy.

Stud farm in Italian is scuderia.