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New Codenamed Project ‘003’ Hypercar from Aston MartinAston…

New Codenamed Project ‘003’ Hypercar from Aston Martin

Aston Martin’s next step into the mid-engined hypercar market has been confirmed with the release of the first official details of Project ‘003’.

Project ‘003’ is the third hypercar to be developed by Aston Martin following the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro (formerly ‘001’ and ‘002’), 003 has its DNA deeply rooted in concepts and technology currently being developed for those revolutionary road and track-only machines.

Project ‘003’ will be built around a lightweight structure and powered by a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine. Combined with active aerodynamics for outstanding levels of downforce in a road-legal car, active suspension systems providing next-level precision, control and driver connection like the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, Project ‘003’ will possess class leading dynamics on both road and track.

While this exceptional breadth of performance is of paramount importance, Project ‘003’ is also being designed and engineered to offer more practical concessions to road use, including space for luggage. Fully homologated and available in all markets in both left and right-hand drive, production will be limited to 500 coupe examples globally, with the first cars arriving to market in late 2021.

First Look: The Abarth 124GTThe Abarth 124GT pricing has been…

First Look: The Abarth 124GT

The Abarth 124GT pricing has been announced for UK customers.  Revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Abarth 124GT comes as standard with a carbon fiber roof, 17” OZ Ultra-Light alloys, Bose sound system and Visibility pack including; dusk and rain sensors, rear parking sensors and adaptive front LED headlights and is limited to just 50 cars in the UK.

The carbon fiber roof weighs just 16kgs maintaining the optimum 50:50 weight distribution of the 124. The hard top is lined on the inside and has a large rear window and efficient defroster to clear it in less than three minutes. It guarantees thermal insulation and soundproofing, while ensuring ample rear view.

The roof can be removed and refitted in a few easy steps. This means being able to easily switch from open-air thrills to grand-tourer-style in a few minutes.

Both with their unique differences, the two personalities perfectly embody the leading values of the brand of performance, craftsmanship and technical excellence. The Abarth 124 was engineered to create a new benchmark in the sports roadster segment and boldly does so with cutting-edge engineering solutions, such as weight concentrated within the wheelbase, engine installed behind the front axle, sophisticated mechanics and special materials to achieve excellent weight-to-power ratio. Furthermore, the perfect 50/50 weight distribution in running order ensures outstanding feedback and agility. The suspension features high double wishbone suspension on the front and a five-arm multi-link on the rear with calibrated setup specifically designed to increase cornering and braking stability.

The 124GT is also equipped with the legendary Record Monza Exhaust giving the car its recognizable Abarth sound, as well as mechanical self-locking differential for greater traction. The Abarth 124GT is available in three colors: Portogallo 1974 Grey, San Marino 1972 Black and Turini 1975 White.

The Abarth 124GT is fitted with a 1.4 MultiAir Turbo 170hp engine as per the 124 spider reaching 62mph in 6.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 144mph. The 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 142mph. The 1.4 MultiAir Turbo engine has a combined cycle of 44.1mpg for the manual and 42.8mpg for the automatic.

First Look: The New Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATICEmotive, agile and…

First Look: The New Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC

Emotive, agile and digital: with the A 35 4MATIC, Mercedes-AMG is presenting a completely new entry-level model in the world of driving performance. It is based on the new Mercedes front-wheel drive platform and is powered by a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with output of 225 kW (306 hp). Body shell, suspension, all-wheel drive, transmission, driving programs, fine tuning – every detail has been designed for maximum driving dynamics without compromising on everyday comfort. The performance at sports car level (acceleration 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds) and the specific design also strengthen the identity as a member of the performance family. A true AMG hot hatch.

The new A 35 4MATIC expands the AMG model portfolio as an attractive entry-level model in every respect. Because the development of the A 35 4MATIC was integrated into the development process of the new Mercedes-Benz
A-Class right from the start, it was developed at the same time as the future A 45 4MATIC, making it was possible to inject the AMG DNA into every detail. 

Reinforced body-in-white with increased torsional stiffness

Specific measures to strengthen the front section of the bodyshell form the basis for the precise turn-in ability and the toe and camber stability of the chassis components, even when driving at speed. A so-called “shear panel”, a bolted aluminium plate under the engine, increases the torsional stiffness of the front section. Two additional diagonal braces at the front of the underbody also reduce torsion and increase the stiffness.

New four-cylinder turbo engine with output of 225 kW (306 hp)

The 2.0-liter turbo engine is a new development and is based on the M 260 four-cylinder engine in the new A-Class. The new drive boasts a spontaneous response to accelerator pedal commands, high tractive power (400 Nm max. torque from 3,000 rpm), a supremely lively response and an emotional engine sound. The crankcase made of high-strength, lightweight die-cast aluminium reduces the vehicle weight where it matters most for driving dynamics

Sophisticated turbocharging with twin-scroll turbocharger

A twin-scroll turbocharger is used for turbocharging. It combines optimum responsiveness at low engine speeds with a strong power increase at higher speeds. The housing of the twin-scroll turbocharger is divided into two parallel ducts. Together with two separate exhaust ducts in the exhaust manifold, this makes it possible to channel the exhaust gases separately on the turbine wheel.

The cylinders are divided into two cylinder groups and each is directed onto a turbine flow of the twin-scroll turbine. The cylinder groups are defined based on the ignition sequence.

This results in a further advantage of twin-scroll technology, i.e. minimization of the mutually adverse effects of the individual cylinders on the gas cycle. The exhaust gas back pressure is reduced and gas exchange and engine efficiency are improved.

Numerous engine measures increase efficiency

The high technological standards of the new four-cylinder engine are also underscored by numerous efficiency-enhancing measures. These include CAMTRONIC variable valve control, intelligent thermal management for engine and oil, high-precision piezo injectors and multi-spark ignition. In production, the patented CONICSHAPE cylinder honing reduces internal engine friction and also increases efficiency.

Agile gear ratios: AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission also contributes to the agile and dynamic character of the new A 35 4MATIC. The gear ratios have been configured so that the driver experiences very spontaneous acceleration in all speed ranges, combined with fast shifting and optimum connections when shifting up.

The standard RACE-START function allows maximum acceleration from stationary and is a highly emotional experience. The functions of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G transmission are rounded off with a temporary M mode activated by operating the steering wheel shift paddles in any driving mode, and with the manual transmission mode “M” for manual gear shifting with the shift paddles.

AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive

Dynamism, agility and performance – these three attributes characterize the standard all-wheel drive of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC. The variable AMG Performance 4MATIC combines the best possible traction with lots of driving fun. The torque distribution is infinitely variable to suit the dynamic handling requirements. The spectrum ranges from front-wheel drive only to a 50:50 percent distribution to the front and rear axles.

A multi-disc clutch that is integrated in the rear axle transmission is responsible for the variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles. It is controlled electro-mechanically. The influencing factors for torque distribution are not only the driving speed, the lateral and longitudinal acceleration and the steering angle, but also the difference in rotational speed between the individual wheels, the gear selected and the accelerator position.

The main advantages of electro-mechanical control over an electro-hydraulic system relate to sharper driving dynamics – primarily due to the significantly faster response and speed-independent actuation of the discs over the entire adjustment range.

As long as ESP is activated, the 4MATIC system stays in “Comfort” mode. As soon as the driver presses the “ESP SPORT Handling” or “ESP OFF” button, the 4MATIC system switches to “Sport” mode – for even more agile handling and even higher stability limits.

World premiere and market launch

The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show on 2 October 2018, sales will start in October 2018, and market launch will kick off in Q1 2019 in the UK.

Dendrobium D-1 Makes Public Debut at Salon PrivéThe new British…

Dendrobium D-1 Makes Public Debut at Salon Privé

The new British all-electric hypercar maker Dendrobium Automotive Limited recently made its UK public debut to huge acclaim within the stunning surroundings of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. 

The 1,800hp Dendrobium D-1 wowed the guests at the 2018 Salon Privé garden party event, the model attracting enormous interest and admiring glances.

Inspired by nature and rooted in technology, the Dendrobium D-1 fuses a respect for the environment with a design-driven approach to engineering, the car being developed in the UK with the support and expertise of the celebrated Formula 1 company Williams Advance Engineering.

As Salon Privé garden party guests discovered first-hand, the Dendrobium D-1’s design challenges the visual sense of viewers, while drawing out intrigue among the more discerning admirers. The D-1’s delicate marriage of futuristic lines and curves casts dramatic shadows, reflecting the soothing texture of aluminium, carbon fibre and glass, to create a truly distinctive machine that looks like no other supercar or hypercar in the world.

Dendrobium’s focus on having technology embodied in sculpture is a testament to the British marque’s endless pursuit of quality in terms of thought, design and build. With a target weight of just 1,750kgs, the carbon fiber D-1, with its superlight and super strong advance composites and alloys, will represent the true feel of a supercar, not too big and heavy, allied to impressive linear performance, and re-writing the rules for the hypercar ownership experience.

The lightweight construction of the D-1 is based on a unique Protocell carbon tub which has been skillfully engineered with future adaptability for further generations of Dendrobium e-performance cars. In addition to its advanced vehicle technology, the D-1 has enormous drama and presence thanks to its unique Bio-Aerial Locomotion door and roof opening system, which is inspired by the Dendrobium orchid plant which unfurls naturally in a similar manner, from which the new British hypercar company takes its name.

The D-1’s interior is designed around the driver as the absolute center of attention. Contrasting with the predominantly black carbon fiber interior, the red body-hugging drivers’ sports seat features stitching and motifs inspired by human muscle fibers.

The Dendrobium design team has had conceptual sketches of an electric hypercar on the drawing boards since the mid-1990s, a vision that was many years ahead of its time. As electric technology has advanced, Dendrobium has been able to revisit this vision and now, as the Company launches its revolutionary global e-mobility strategy, the timing is finally right to take the wraps off a halo working prototype model, as displayed to astonished admirers within the beautiful grounds on Blenheim Palace at Salon Privé.

Ahead of the first production examples of the all-electric 1,800bhp D-1, a number of significant and exciting developments at Dendrobium Automotive will be announced shortly, with full details to be confirmed over the coming months.

H.R. Owen Ferrari Hands Over Unique 812 SuperfastLeading luxury…

H.R. Owen Ferrari Hands Over Unique 812 Superfast

Leading luxury dealer group H.R. Owen has handed over a unique heritage-inspired Ferrari 812 Superfast to a customer. The stunning blue and white livery evokes the legendary Ferrari 250 SWB driven to victory by Sir Stirling Moss at Goodwood, Nassau, Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

Inspired by the exploits of Sir Stirling in the 250 SWB Berlinetta Competizione during the early ‘60s, the car is finished in a matte Blu Scozia Opaco with white highlights. The stripe across the bonnet and white roundels are a modern interpretation of one of the most recognizable Ferrari racing cars of all time.

Powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that unleashes 800hp, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm.

H.R. Owen CEO, Ken Choo, said: “Ferrari has such an incredible history, both on the road and on the track, so we applaud this customer’s choice in evoking an iconic livery for his 812 Superfast. It’s fitting that this design was first seen on a V12 berlinetta Ferrari in the early ‘60s and here – more than 55 years later – we see it on a car that can trace its V12 lineage right back to the 250 SWB and beyond.”

H.R. Owen Ferrari was awarded Global Ferrari Dealer of the Year in 2016 and offers Europe’s largest Ferrari Technical Centre, recently awarded Classiche status. It also runs the only Ferrari-approved boutique of its kind, the ‘Atelier’ in Knightsbridge.

McLaren Announces F1 Certification ProgramMcLaren Automotive has…

McLaren Announces F1 Certification Program

McLaren Automotive has introduced a new service to authenticate the heritage of iconic McLaren F1 supercars. The launch of the new program is coincident with the unveiling of the first F1 to be approved for certification, the renowned ‘25R’ 1997 F1 GTR Longtail. Pristine after a full restoration to ‘as new’ condition by McLaren Special Operations, the last F1 GTR to compete in period is one of the stars of the Hampton Court Concours of Elegance.

Announced at Hampton Court with the unveiling of the chassis number 25 car, the F1 Certified program has been developed to guarantee the authenticity of both road and track versions of the Le Mans-winning supercar, offering ultimate peace of mind for current and future owners. A unique Certificate of Authenticity – which McLaren Automotive is the only body in the world able to issue – authenticates a car’s provenance, originality, service life, road/race history and condition. Conformity with the original specification and to any McLaren-sanctioned upgrades is confirmed by reference to the factory archives.

Along with the certificate, owners receive a bespoke illustrated book documenting the history of their car. In total 106 McLaren F1s were built between 1993-98, among them 64 road cars and 28 GTR race cars.

A veteran of many endurance events in period including the Le Mans 24 Hours, over the past 18 months ‘25R’ has been restored to ‘as new’ condition by McLaren Special Operations. Using original F1 GTR parts held by the factory, the restoration has returned the car to the same specification and livery it had when it ran at Le Mans in the first year it raced.

The top-level circuit career of F1 GTR ‘25R’ spanned eight years and several continents. It was built as one of three Longtail cars for the Gulf-Davidoff team to compete in GT racing in 1997 and driven at Le Mans that year by Ray Bellm, Andrew Gilbert-Scott and Masanori Sekiya. It was forced out two hours from the end of the race when an oil line fractured, causing a fire. Repaired by the factory, ‘25R’ was subsequently sold to a team in Japan where it continued racing until 2005. At the Fuji Speedway that year it became the last F1 GTR ever to compete in a contemporary race series.

After being on static display in a Japanese collection, it was sold to the current owner and brought back to the UK in 2016. The owner’s collection is curated by classic car consultancy Kidston SA, founded by McLaren owner Simon Kidston, also a leading international broker of McLaren F1 cars. Kidston SA entrusted the car to McLaren Special Operations in Woking as, battle-scarred from years of racing, ‘25R’ needed extensive remedial work. Refurbishment became a ground-up restoration to ‘as new’ condition using new, old-stock GTR parts stored at the factory in containers last opened 20 years ago.

The new parts used in ‘25R’ go further than being specific to the 1997 GTR; they are all pre-June 1997 parts, ensuring the car is exactly as it would have been in the run-up to Le Mans that year. This includes the ‘tall’ Le Mans gearing and the blue roof identification lights – taken from an aircraft’s wing, and the only non-McLaren part in the entire car – with which the car was fitted for Le Mans.

With the new body panels displaying the exact Gulf-Davidoff team livery and bearing the car’s 1997 Le Mans number 39, ‘25R’ is a true 21-years-old time-warp machine, as visitors to the Hampton Court Concours of Elegance will witness.

Škoda Reveals Vision RS ConceptWith the debut of the Škoda …

Škoda Reveals Vision RS Concept

With the debut of the

Škoda

Vision RS concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

Škoda

will provide a first glimpse of a future compact car while ringing in the next design phase for its sporting RS model range. Ahead of the world premiere in October, the Czech brand is releasing design sketches for a first impression of this dynamic concept car by lead designer Oliver Stefani.

Even the rough sketches reveal that a key part of this vehicle concept is about aerodynamics. The front is precisely defined. With its slim headlights, it feels very dynamic. The rear is dominated by a diffuser and an aerodynamically optimized roof spoiler. The Škoda Vision RS is 4,356 millimeters long and 1,810 millimeters wide, with a height of just 1,431 millimeters and a wheelbase of 2,650 millimeters. Incorporating clear motor racing references, this car conveys a taste of the next design phase of the RS performance models while building on Škoda’s 117-year-old motorsport tradition. The RS letter combination was first introduced in 1974 for the 180 RS and 200 RS rally sports cars. Following the success of the 130 RS, it became known all over the world. Since 2000, it has been used to identify the performance variants of various

Škoda

model series.

Ferrari 250 GTO Hits Record Price at Public AuctionA 1962…

Ferrari 250 GTO Hits Record Price at Public Auction

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that was bid to $48,405,000 at the RM Sotheby’s sale at Monterey, California has become the most valuable car ever sold at public auction, beating the previous record for a 250 GTO – $38,115,000, set in 2014.

The car sold on Sunday is the third of 36 250 GTOs built and is one of four early cars subsequently converted by the Scaglietti coachworks in 1964 with more aerodynamic bodywork designed by Pininfarina.

The Ferrari 250 GTO is acknowledged as being one of the most significant racing cars of all times. The first owner of this specific car, Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi, was one of the most successful Italian privateers on track and in hillclimbs. With it he took the class win in the 1962 Italian GT Championship. Second owner, Gianni Bulgari, took first in class and 4th overall at the 1963 Targa Florio and the third owner, Corrado Ferlaino, repeated that class victory and came 5th overall at the same gruelling endurance race the year after with the modified bodywork.

Ferrari 250 GTO Hits Record Price at Public AuctionA 1962…

Ferrari 250 GTO Hits Record Price at Public Auction

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that was bid to $48,405,000 at the RM Sotheby’s sale at Monterey, California has become the most valuable car ever sold at public auction, beating the previous record for a 250 GTO – $38,115,000, set in 2014.

The car sold on Sunday is the third of 36 250 GTOs built and is one of four early cars subsequently converted by the Scaglietti coachworks in 1964 with more aerodynamic bodywork designed by Pininfarina.

The Ferrari 250 GTO is acknowledged as being one of the most significant racing cars of all times. The first owner of this specific car, Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi, was one of the most successful Italian privateers on track and in hillclimbs. With it he took the class win in the 1962 Italian GT Championship. Second owner, Gianni Bulgari, took first in class and 4th overall at the 1963 Targa Florio and the third owner, Corrado Ferlaino, repeated that class victory and came 5th overall at the same gruelling endurance race the year after with the modified bodywork.

First Look: The Ferrari 488 Pista SpiderThe Prancing Horse’s new…

First Look: The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

The Prancing Horse’s new Special Series model, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled during the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach.

The new car sets a new benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance with an unprecedented weight-power ratio of 1.92 kg/cv. A result made possible by the adoption of the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever, which was recently named Best Engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. The 3902cc twin-turbo V8 unleashes 720 cv and combines that power with increasing torque at all engine speeds for continuous and unending acceleration all the way to the red line. The unique engine sound is now even more riveting thanks to the open-top configuration.

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider represents the natural development of the defining design of the coupé version. The Ferrari designers’ primary objective was to maintain unaltered the perfect marriage of aerodynamic efficiency, purity of form and racing spirit.

This concept is underlined by the characteristic central livery which runs the whole length of the car, expanding towards the rear where it finishes at the end of the rear wing next to the spoiler. This continual expansion of the stripe recalls the movement of the airflow and exalts the lines of the car.

The philosophy that imposed an uncompromising choice of materials for the bodywork is also revisited in the interior solutions, with weight being saved by the use of lightweight, pared-back components. As well as the generous use of carbon-fiber and Alcantara® throughout, the carpets have been replaced by patterned aluminium foot plates and the driver’s-side door handle is now a simple strap.

In terms of engineering, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is directly derived from the 488 Pista which encapsulates all the racing experience gathered on world’s circuits with the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. As a result, the new Spider offers the highest level yet of technological transfer from the track to a road-legal drop-top car.

The vehicle dynamics honed for this Special Series 8-cylinder convertible deliver a seamless combination of razor-sharp acceleration, braking efficiency, lightning-fast gear shifting, precision steering, grip, stability and superb handling. The result? A completely captivating and unprecedented driving experience. This was achieved thanks partly to the new lateral dynamics control system, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), which makes on-the-limit driving more intuitive, controllable and predictable.

The car features new diamond-finish 20” alloy wheels with a novel 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine berlinetta-style rims. Also available are the optional one-piece carbon-fiber wheels which offer a 20% weight reduction over the standard forged alloys.