Audi Develops Race Version of the R8For the first time, Audi Sport will offer a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use in the form of the powerful 500 hp plus GT3 version of the Audi R8 which will be available from autumn 2009. The logistics and factory space required for the AUDI AG customer programme will be created over the next few months in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm and Györ.
'The R8 is the first production Audi bearing the name and genes of a successful racing sportscar and is therefore an excellent base from which to build up our first big customer sport programme,' explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. 'Ever since the R8 was unveiled we've been inundated with enquiries about a race version. With the Audi R8 we will offer customers a racing sportscar equipped with high-calibre technology and the typical Audi qualities, but which is nevertheless easy to handle.'
The Audi R8 conforms to the production-based GT3 regulations allowing the car to be fielded in numerous national and international race series.
2009 Chevrolet CorvetteAfter a milestone year in 2008 that saw the introduction of the LS3 6.2L V-8 as the new standard engine, a custom, leather-wrapped interior and more upgrades, the Corvette powers into 2009 with a raft of enhancements that further distinguish it and give customers more choices – including a lower-priced convertible model.
Of course, that range of choices also includes the ZR1, with its 6.2L supercharged engine that produces 638 horsepower (476 kW). (Please see the separate Corvette ZR1 release for complete information on Chevy's world-class supercar.)
'The Corvette is an American icon with world-class credentials,' said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. 'It's the car we all aspire to own and the 2009 edition, with more choices and features, only amplifies that craving.'
The '09 Corvette lineup includes the Corvette coupe and Corvette convertible, each powered by the 430-horsepower (321 kW) LS3 V-8, and the incomparable Corvette Z06. Equipped with the 505-horsepower (377 kW) LS7 engine and built on a lightweight chassis, the Z06 is a street-going descendent of the championship-winning Corvette racing program.
Buick Century Series 601937 was another big year for the Series 60 Century. Sales surpassed 20,000 for the four-door Sedan. The wheelbase on all Series 60 body styles grew to 126-inches and the 320 cubic-inch engine produced 130 horsepower. This engine was used on the Series 60, Series 80, and Series 90. A two- and four-door slopeback sedan were added to the list of body styles, now totaling seven to select. The Century's had an all-steel Fisher Unisteel 'turret-top' body that allowed a wider instrument board, and more interior room for the passengers.
Horsepower increased in 1938, now rated at over 140. Torque was up to nearly 270, which was more than adequate to satisfy the 100 mph speed that the Century name demanded. The slopeback two-door sedan lasted only one year, as it was no longer available in 1938. Sales dipped a bit, now with the high-selling four-door sedan only fetching 12,364 willing buyers. The decline was by more than 6,000 in comparison to the prior year. All other body styles hovered around the 1,000 to 2,000 production units for 1938.
Styling changes continued to occur and for 1939 that meant larger windows. In the rear the window was now a one-piece fixture that was over 20 percent larger than in prior years. Similar increases in size could be found in all windows, with the front receiving the largest increase at over 25-percent.
Fiat Fiorino Portofino ConceptThe Caravan Salon due to be held in Dusseldorf from 29 August to 7 September has been a leading date in the recreational vehicle show calendar for many years. Fiat Professional plans to mark the event by introducing the original ‘Portofino' show van based on the innovative Fiorino, the smallest model in the range.
The new ‘Portofino' show van, an original and explicit hymn to freedom of movement, came about in a manner very typical of the Camper sector: i.e. partly through the initiative of Vernagallo-Holiday, a conversion company that specialises in small recreational vehicles – and partly through a joint venture with SALT, a body builder that specialises in the tuning and preparation of special and exclusive vehicles. These are the ingredients of the ‘Portofino', an authentic show van that is not simply an exercise in styling but a specific interpretation of a model that was originally designed for ease of conversion by body builders.
The ‘Portofino' is a contemporary twist on the legendary beach buggy, the open-topped cars that were built onto some small Fiat models by a few imaginative Italian bodybuilders in the 1960s. At this particular point in the past, cars were not seen as badges of wealth - and luxury was a lifestyle. The roots of the ‘Portofino' show van lie in this particular tradition of Italian styling and exclusivity.
Mazda Kazamai ConceptMazda Kazamai means 'swirling crosswinds' in Japanese, and was chosen to express the powerful yet nimble character of this stylish and compact crossover. Mazda Kazamai Concept is dynamic and athletic looking on the outside and displays an evolved Mazda Nagare 'flow' design. Unlike previous concept cars, Mazda Kazamai's styling represents powerful natural movements that are emotionally expressed through three-dimensional motifs stretching over the whole body, representing a fusion of design and functionality.
Mazda Kazamai is an impressive combination of packaging requirements and design aesthetics. With a width of 1,930mm and a length of 4,520mm, it is slightly larger than the current Mazda3, with room for SUV comfort and functionality on the inside. Yet, because it is only 1,500mm high, has a flat roofline and very short rear overhangs, it also has a sporty coupe look with the promise of driving fun.
The innovative body design features flared fenders that emphasise SUV-like strength and a cabin befitting a sports car. The wedge-shaped profile was designed to evoke the image of a sleek arrow cutting through a mighty wind. In particular, the body design between the front wheel arches and the roof pillars is intended to express the agility and dynamism of wind gusting along the side of the vehicle. The panel lines on the sides represent swift and elegant crosswinds, further accentuating the dynamic and stylish body design. The bonnet itself is lower in the centre than at the sides, which emphasises the car's powerful front fenders that accommodate large, 22-inch diameter wheels with 265/45 R22 tyres.
Bentley 8-LiterOnly one hundred 8-Liter Bentleys were ever produced. It was created as a halo car for Bentley to vault the brand into a position of a supreme maker of luxury-cars. Fewer than 25% were fitted with open bodies. This Vanden Plas-bodied 8-Liter is completely original and the only 8-Liter Bentley ever produced for racing. Although specifically built for racing, it was never raced. Captain Hewitt's wife died at the time of the cars delivery and he never raced the car.
The car was capable of 100 miles per hours powered by the 487 cubic-inch (8.0 Liter), overhead-cam, inline 6-cylinder engine with a power rating of 200-320 horsepower. It was coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. The chassis alone sold for $9,250.
The 8-Liter came at the end of Bentley's glory years as an independent automaker. Rolls-Royce, Bentley's competition, bought the company in 1931 and immediately disposed of all 8-Liter spare parts.
The 30th Annual Meadow Brook Concours d'EleganceThe 30th Annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance showcased over 230 brilliant classic cars and motorcycles, plus 50 brand new vehicles including the newly introduced Saleen S5S Raptor Concept, Ferrari's, Maserati's, a Bugatti Veyron, and a freshly built Lamborghini Reventón. On the concours lawn the lists included significant Ferraris, 16-cylinder cars, 8-Liter Bentleys, a salute to General Motors' 100th Anniversary, and a dizzying array of histories finest.
This year saw attendance figures reach levels not seen in more than a decade, with over 12,000 visitors strolling the concours lawn. Equally impressive were the number of top collectors who brought their prized possessions to one of America's greatest castles, Meadow Brook Hall.
From vintage to modern, from utilitarian to purpose-built, and from concept to production, the Annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance was a very memorable event, proving once again that it is one of the premier concours events in the world.
Aston Martin DB2Aston Martin, founded in 1913, fell upon hard times after World War II. In 1947 David Brown (DB) purchased Aston Martin. He produced his first car, the DB1, a prototype in 1948. Fifteen examples of this four cylinder, 4 seat model were created. They were powered by a four-cylinder pushrod engine of 2 liters.
In 1950 Aston Martin introduced its first rear production sports car, the DB2. It was a two-seater with an all aluminum body, a multi-tube chassis, independent front suspension and most importantly, a 2.6-liter, 6 cylinder, twin cam, twin carburetor, 105 horsepower Lagonda engine with a four-speed transmission. A total of 409 DB2's were produced, of which 360 were fixed head coupes and only 49 were the rare dropheads.
A saloon tested by the British magazine 'The Motor' in 1950 had a top speed of 116.4 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 11.2 seconds. A fuel consumption of 20 miles per imperial gallon (17 mpg) was recorded.
Austin Mini CooperThe British Motor Corporation came into existence in 1952 by the merging of two manufacturers, Nuffield Motors and Austin. Nuffield was known for its Morris line of vehicles, while Austin had its 'Seven' model line. The transition for the two manufacturers was difficult and had been forced out of necessity. After World War II, many vehicle manufacturers could not stay in business due to destroyed factories, recovering economies, strained resources, and lack of funds. Combining the two companies was a means to stay in business.
A fuel shortage was occurring. German engineers quickly adapted and began producing fuel-efficient vehicles. Examples include the Volkswagen Beetle. Leonard Lord, Chairman of BMC and former head of Austin, commissioned Sir Alec Issigonis to design a vehicle to compete with the German-made vehicles.
Chevrolet Corvair Monza Series 105The Corvair came on the scene in 1959 and featured a flat-six engine mounted in mid-ship. Even with putting the engine in the middle of the vehicle, the weight distribution was not evenly distributed. The engine sat behind the rear axle and this actually caused handling problems. The vehicles main competition was the VW Bug and the Porsche 911. It was originally built to compete with the Bug, but with the flat-six engine, it was more in the Porsche 911 league. But with the poor handling, it was in an undesirable class of its own. The handling issues were addressed in 1965 when new suspensions with upper and lower control arms were added. But when comedian Eddie Kovacs was killed due to over-steer, public confidence and sales plummeted. Chevrolet tried to save the Corvairs by introducing media campaigns that focused on the new suspension. Race drivers were used to demonstrate the cars ability. However, it was not enough and Chevrolet finally ended production of the Corvair in 1969. The front of the vehicle did not have a grill. This was because the engine was air-cooled, so a grill was not needed.
The car came with fifteen different color options on the outside and eight on the inside. The retractable room was foldable, and an automatic option available for an additional charge. In 1962, a turbocharged version was added to the line-up in attempt to boost sales and improve the image of the vehicle as a sports car. A top speed of 115 mph could be ascertained with the turbocharger with a zero-to-sixty time of about 10.8. In 1966, the vehicle received styling updates and was named the Corvair Corsa. Drum brakes were always used. The vehicle came in a variety of gearboxes such as a three-speed manual, four-speed manual or an optional two-speed automatic. The body was integral chassis with two-door steel body.
The name Corvair came about by breeding the Corvette and Bel Air together, two trademark names of Chevrolet.
AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport M3The sun shines, the wind's in your hair and the engine note in your ears: almost no other vehicle on the road evokes such untrammelled emotions as the BMW M3 Cabriolet. Especially when the road leads via AC Schnitzer in Aachen. The 309 kW / 420 HP V8 engine is (as yet) untouched, but in the end, extra sporting performance can be achieved in a different way, as suspension guru Manfred Wollgarten knows: 'With our racing suspension set up on the North Loop, we've thoroughly mastered the physics of driving'.
The car is an out-and-out eyecatcher from the outside: with its new front skirt and strictly rectangular segments of the chromed grille insert, the vehicle has a strong, muscular look. The sporting presence is further underlined by the carbon spoiler lip with optional aluminium braces. The power dome on the bonnet hints at the powerful 4.0 litre V8. It is flanked by two AC Schnitzer Bonnet Vents, which emit a greedy intake howl during driving. At the sides, the open-air sports car shows its muscles in the form of flexibly moulded side skirts which emphasise the wheelarches.
The latter are perfectly filled by the 20' Type V lightweight forged rims. Their slender spokes give a clear view of the 8-pot high performance braking system by AC Schnitzer which mercilessly reins in the thrust when required. A deceleration performance which the ACS3 rarely needs for cornering, where it behaves totally neutrally.
Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5Chrysler kicked off the annual Woodward Dream Cruise today at Duggan's Irish Pub with the introduction of a special-edition PT Cruiser. Announced in conjunction with Detroit's famed Woodward Dream Cruise, the new 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 will be available this fall as a limited-production version of the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
'Chrysler PT Dream Cruisers are about individuality and uniqueness, and for 2009 we modernized our next factory-customized edition,' said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Car and Minivan Product Team, Chrysler LLC. 'The new 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 embodies a contemporary theme with a distinctive two-tone exterior and the use of unique exterior and interior materials.'
As the 14th factory-customized Chrysler PT Cruiser, the new 2009 PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 features new detailed design elements. A contrasting two-tone theme with a Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl painted roof and hoop spoiler distinguish this PT Cruiser. All-new cross-hatched, upper and lower solid billet aluminum grilles are individually milled and machined for a true sense of customization. New 17-inch SRT Design wheels provide an athletic stance while filling up Chrysler PT Cruiser's uniquely styled large fenders. Chromed body-side trim moldings provide subtle highlights, and the new boldly designed 'PT' front-passenger and driver's-side door badges hammer home PT's individuality, reliability and street cruising credibility.
Jetstream SC250The mid-engined, rear wheel drive road-legal two seater SC250 is now in production after completing an extensive testing program, following the unveiling of the prototype at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham's NEC back in January.
Lurking under the engine cover of the SC250 is the same 2.0 liter Ecotec Turbo Twin-Cam 16-valve powerplant and smooth six-speed transmission that appears in the Vauxhall Astra VXR, producing 250bhp as standard. The engine can be run on either unleaded or bio-ethanol – the latter fuel increasing performance by around 10%. With the SC250 weighing in at a mere 700kg (1,550lb), an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of 357bhp-per-tonne (2.8kg/bhp) is achieved, propelling the car from 0-60mph (0-96km/h) in under 4 seconds and to a maximum speed of 165mph (265km/h). A quarter of a mile run from a standing start takes just 11.8 seconds. The car's torque is also impressive, with 236lb.ft (320Nm) generated @ 2,400rpm. For a car of this performance, a combined unleaded fuel economy of 38mpg (13.4kpl) ensures running costs are not excessive.
The performance figures aren't the only impressive features that make the SC250 a real driver's car - the whole package has been designed and engineered to deliver the optimum high performance experience behind the wheel, whether on the road or driving to the limit on a track.
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer DebutTeam Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart has a busy time ahead. As well as competing in selected rounds of the inaugural Dakar Series; the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup and the FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas with the tried and tested Pajero/Montero Evolution - it is also developing the new ‘'Racing Lancer'' with the clear objective of winning the 2009 Dakar.
The Racing Lancer, Mitsubishi's latest cross-country rally car, is powered by a new turbocharged diesel engine which has already been put through its paces in a specific version of the Pajero/Montero Evolution on the following races: the Central Europe Rally (the first event of the recently-established Dakar Series), the Rali Transiberico (second round of FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup), and the Baja Espana (third round of the FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas).
Competing at rally speeds against leading teams has enabled Team Repsol to gather invaluable data which is not obtainable through testing alone.
Trident IceniTrident Performance Vehicles have designed and produced a two-seater sports car that can reach over 200mph, get from 0-60mph in under 4 seconds and deliver up to 100mpg*.
Whilst city cars (MEGA City, Ze-O, G-Wiz) work brilliantly for people who live and work in a city, Trident represent those that travel on the M1, the M4, the M6 to get to work, people who live in rural locations and those situations where electric cars are not (for the time being) viable due to their comparatively short range. In the meantime, the Trident Iceni offers current technology that is available now which reduces fuel consumption and therefore reduces emissions.
It's a diesel sports car and if you're able to obtain any kind of biodiesel, this can be used without any invalidation of warranty, adjustment to the engine or affect on performance.
Their fantastic fuel economy is achieved through technology called torque multiplication and it can be applied to all diesel cars (the popularity of which is growing year on year versus petrol cars), buses, lorries and trains. It's available now, requires no further research and development and can make an immediate difference to the amount of emissions diesel vehicles produce. In short, Trident have the solution to what we're told is a huge problem.
Chevrolet CruzeThe first photographs of the all-new Chevrolet Cruze sedan - making its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 - reveal a dynamic four-door coupe that proves exciting design and value are not mutually exclusive.
On sale beginning in Europe from March 2009, Chevrolet Cruze features a dramatic re-interpretation of the traditional sedan featuring Chevrolet's new global design language that is becoming a signature on all new products carrying the gold bowtie.
Chevrolet Cruze's arching roof-line, extending from the steeply raked windshield to its sloping rear pillars and short rear deck, brings coupe-like proportions to a compact sedan.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF LWBEnzo Ferrari was a man of powerful intellect and unwavering determination who inscribed his name on automobiles of rare creativity. Ferrari was always devoted to racing and pursued parallel tracks in Formula 1, sports racers & gran turismo. None of Ferrari's gran turismo racers has enjoyed more success, nor is more sought after and dependable, than the 250 GT Berlinetta.
Constructed by Scaglietti with coachwork designed by Pinin Farina, the 250 GT was built between 1955 and 1959. The Long Wheelbase Berlinetta earned its name, Tour de France (TdF), when Alfonso de Portago and Edmund Nelson won the week-long Tour de France in 1956.
The car was built on a 2,800mm wheelbase chassis, using Ferrari's twin oval tube frame with coil spring independent front suspension and a live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf spring and parallel trailing arms for positive location. But the soul of the TdF was its three-liter V-12 engine, producing 240-280 horsepower at 7,000 RPM.
The 1958 250 GT Tour de France benefited from design and mechanical improvements. The most important enhancement was a new gearbox with a centrally located shift lever. Internal features of the engine were strengthened, and there were new valves, new crankshaft, strong connecting rods, and revised cylinder heads and intake manifold.
Ferrari 410 SuperamericaThe Ferrari America is one of a series of top-end Ferrari models built in the 1950's and 1960's. They were large touring cars with the largest V-12 engines and often had custom bodywork. All America models used a live axle in the rear and were front-engined. The America series was based on a series of concept cars which bore the Superfast name.
As if the custom, low-volume America was not fast enough, Ferrari produced another line of America cars, beginning with the 1955 410 Super America. The engine was now up to 5.0-liters with 340 horsepower (254 kW) available. A 1957 Super America III had triple Weber carburetors for even more power.
Each 410 Super America had custom bodywork, with a few by Ghia but most by Ferrari stalwart, Pinin Farina. The price was extremely high : US $16,800. The 410 Super America offered at the New York Auto Show by importer Luigi Chinetti was more than twice as expensive as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' exhibited by Max Hoffman. Just a few (14 to 35) were built when the series ended in 1959.
Most of the Pinin Farina cars shared similar lines, however a small group were extremely unique and celebrated their own style. The most notorious of these was the individually-titled 410 Superfast which sported prominent tail fins like the American cars of the era.
Historic Aston Martin DB2/4 Prototype to join Worldwide Auctioneers exceptional Auburn line up.A unique 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 3 Litre Coupe will be one of the exceptional hand -picked lots offered for sale at Worldwide Auctioneers inaugural Indiana event, The Auburn Auction. Once owned by King Hussein of Jordan,' this irreplaceable automobile combines unique coachwork, pedigree, performance and design in a wonderful package that is both beautifully restored and carefully preserved', said Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer.
Introduced at the London Motor Show in 1953, the DB2/4 was the second generation DB2, with occasional four seat interior. Built for Aston Martin's inspired Managing Director David Brown and registered in his name, this example was also a true prototype, used by the Aston Martin Experimental Department from 1953 through 1955 in development of the next generation DB2/4. In 1955 it was turned over to Aston Martin factory team racing driver, Peter Collins and its history with the driver is recounted in Chris Nixon's famous book, 'Mon Ami Mate'. Subsequently owned by King Hussein of Jordan and later forming part of the breathtaking Aston Martin collection of J.S. Draper, the car has been restored twice, most recently by Aston Martin in 1994/95. An impressive package of documentation from the Aston Martin factory and copies of the British registration document in King Hussein's name accompany it.
Pierce Arrow Model 48BThe 48 Series was produced from1 916 to 1918, cost between $4,900 and $5,500, and, like all Pierce-Arrows, the body was cast aluminum. The original owner of this car was none other than George M. Cohan. He was the first of five owners. It has been faithfully restored exactly as Mr. Cohan ordered with several unusual options, including 'summer covers' of canvas to protect the leather seats from the hot sun. It has previously been shown only one time, when it won 1st place in its class at Pebble Beach. Owned by discriminating collectors, it has participated in many touring events.
Acura ARX-01BWhen the Acura Automobile Division was launched in 1986, the marque was created to bring stimulating performance, state-of-the-art technology and engineering and an unprecedented level of customer service to the luxury import market.
Now in its 21st year, Acura's venture continues to show extraordinary results. As one of the topselling luxury import nameplates in the U.S., Acura offers premium performance vehicles, through a network of more than 266 dealers.
In 2005, Acura established a milestone year when the division exceeded the 200,000 unit sales mark for the first time in its history, with year-end sales totaling 209,610 units. Acura sedans helped push the division over the 200,000 unit mark, lead by record setting sales of the RL, TL and TSX sedans.
While selling a large number of automobiles, Acura has consistently performed extremely well in one of the key measures of success - making the ownership experience the most satisfying as possible. Acura has ranked number one in the annual J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Study(TM) (CSI) survey four times and continues to score above the industry average.
The success of Acura can be attributed largely to the research and development that goes into every vehicle. Acura automobiles are designed and built using leading-edge technology. They are also well known for unparalleled ergonomic design, quality and durability.
In addition to providing engine support, Acura also supplies the Acura ARX-01a chassis used by Andretti Green Racing and Highcroft Racing in the ALMS LMP2 class. Andretti Green Racing drivers Bryan Herta, Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti drove the Acura ARX-01a to a victory in the 2007 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring LMP2 class, the debut race for the Acura chassis.
Pontiac BonnevilleIn a year of many flamboyant designs, one of 1959's biggest hits was the dramatically restyled Pontiac. The iconic Pontiac split grille design, 'Wide-Track stance and legendary 389 V-8 were all introduced in 1959. Motor Trend Magazine awarded this trendsetting Pontiac its 'Car of the Year' trophy.
The 1959 Pontiac line include three series: the value-priced Catalina, the mid-level Star Chief, and the top-drawer Bonneville. This example is the fabulous Bonneville Convertible, resplendent in its Sunset Glow exterior and tri-tone leather interior. Options include front bucket seats, power steering, power brakes, 'Wonderbar' signal-seeking radio and four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. Of the 382,940 Pontiacs built for 1959, exactly 11,426 were Bonneville drop-tops.
Years of research, several parts cars, and a detailed part-by-part restoration resulted in this restored example.
Red Bull Racing RBR4by Jeremy McMullen There is an old saying, 'Why reinvent the wheel' and it appropriately applies when it comes to Red Bull's new RBR4. It is not surprising that at the time of the RBR4's launch it bore much similarity with its predecessor with only a few disparities in design. At the time of the launch, the RBR4 was fitted with a front wing with a more minimal scoop than that of the RBR3, and yet, the leading edge on the 2008 chassis is much more contoured. The front wing still boasts the same tri-deck design as that on the RBR3. However, the new chassis has incorporated a full upper profile wing that spans over the nose from endplate-to-endplate. This was absent on the RBR3 at the time of its launch but was incorporated later on in the season. Speaking of the endplates, they are dramatically contoured to help the airflow going alongside the endplates to enter the scoop that collects the cooler flowing air and directs it to help cool the brakes.
The nose design remains rather unchanged from the RBR3 to the RBR4. The same platypus-style nose remains, though perhaps more pronounced. The same goes for the twin-keel design. This concept allows for the clear flow of air under the nose as the suspension wishbone arms attach, not under the nose, but to bargeboard-style attachments that also help with controlling airflow flowing between the front wheels and the nose. One of other changes on the 2008 chassis is the addition of wheel shields to the front tires. This is meant to help extract heat from the brakes. This feature was missing last season and was the focus of some controversy when Ferrari introduced them. The argument was that they perhaps helped with aerodynamics, but they have become widely accepted, and thus adopted by many of the teams.
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, captured total sales of $64.2 million including several of the world's rarest and most spectacular aut
2009 Infiniti G37 ConvertibleInfiniti has released the first picture of the new Infiniti G37 Convertible which will receive its global debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Sales have initially been confirmed only for the US market where it will be launched early in 2009.
Based on the Infiniti G37 Coupé, the Infiniti G37 Convertible promises beautiful styling and the dynamic performance worthy of an Infiniti G. The Infiniti G37 Convertible will feature a three-piece automatic retracting hardtop, to keep a coupé-like roofline, and the option of a unique interior treatment. Audio and air conditioning systems have been tuned to operate perfectly with the top up or down.
The Infiniti G37 Convertible is under study for launch in Europe where it would join its sister G models, the Infiniti G37 Sedan and Coupé, in Infiniti Centres which begin opening across the Continent from October.
2009 Lexus LS 600h L Pebble Beach EditionLexus introduced the first-ever LS 600h L Pebble Beach Edition and the sixth SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition to commemorate its continuing partnership with Pebble Beach Company. The vehicles were unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Lexus Fashion Preview on August 15, 2008. Production of these 2009 Pebble Beach Edition vehicles are limited to 50 LS 600h L flagship hybrid luxury sedans and 300 SC 430 hardtop convertibles. Pebble Beach Edition owners have the opportunity to customize their ownership experience by selecting from one of three distinctive merchandise packages: Callaway Golf Experience, Travel Package or Epicurean Encounter.
The LS 600h L's distinctive L-finesse styling is complemented by a unique exterior/interior color combination exclusive to the Pebble Beach Edition with a Truffle Mica exterior paint combined with an exclusive two-tone Alabaster and Black leather trim interior with Dark Grey Bird's-eye maple wood trim. Additional styling cues include 19-inch, five-spoke wheels with a unique finish, Pebble Beach interior badging, premium black floor mats with stainless steel badging, and blue illuminated scuff plates. The Pebble Beach LS hybrid comes standard with the Advanced Pre-Collision System (APCS) which incorporates the world's first system designed to help detect pedestrians in the vehicle's path, as well as world's first Driver Monitor System that helps warn drivers if it senses an obstacle ahead of the car and that the driver's head is not facing forward. The APCS system helps prepare the car for evasive action or collision by triggering appropriate sensors in the car and retracting the front seatbelts. Furthermore, the Pebble Beach Edition LS 600h L is equipped with the Advanced Parking Guidance System, Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES), power rear-door sunshades and rear-seat side airbags.
2009 Lexus SC 430 Pebble Beach EditionLexus introduced the first-ever LS 600h L Pebble Beach Edition and the sixth SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition to commemorate its continuing partnership with Pebble Beach Company. The vehicles were unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Lexus Fashion Preview on August 15, 2008. Production of these 2009 Pebble Beach Edition vehicles are limited to 50 LS 600h L flagship hybrid luxury sedans and 300 SC 430 hardtop convertibles. Pebble Beach Edition owners have the opportunity to customize their ownership experience by selecting from one of three distinctive merchandise packages: Callaway Golf Experience, Travel Package or Epicurean Encounter.
Celebrating its sixth year, the new Pebble Beach Edition SC 430 receives an exterior/interior color combination with a Mercury Metallic exterior paint and an exclusive two-tone Ecru and Black leather trim interior with Black Bird's-eye maple wood trim. The retractable hardtop convertible includes special-edition brushed chrome badging on the front fenders and center console, and an Ecru The Lone Cypress™ logo embroidered on black carpeted floor mats. It also features a color-keyed rear spoiler, 18-inch Machined Tourmaline alloy wheels, and white illuminated scuff plates. All-season run-flat or summer run-flat tires are available.
The Lexus partnership with Pebble Beach Resorts initiated in August of 2003 with the debut of the first Pebble Beach Edition SC 430. This established Lexus as the Preferred Vehicle of Pebble Beach Resorts and has offered Pebble Beach Edition Lexus owners a variety of amenities designed to evoke the exclusivity that comes with an excursion to the Pebble Beach Resorts. Presently, guests of Pebble Beach Resorts can experience the on-going partnership with complimentary time in a Lexus test-drive vehicle or transportation service to and from several locations in a Lexus Guest Transportation vehicle.
58th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 'Best of Show'A 1938 Alfa Romeo owned by Jon and Mary Shirley of Medina, Wash., was named 'Best of Show' at the 58thth fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®. Proceeds from raffles, auctions, sponsorships and gate receipts helped contribute more than $1.3 million to charity for the third consecutive year.
Jon Shirley, the former president and chief operating officer of Microsoft who resides in Medina, Wash., purchased his 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta four years ago. The 8C 2900B was Alfa Romeo's most prestigious grand touring car of the 1930s. Only 33 examples were ever completed for road use, and most were bodied by Carrozzeria Touring. The body on this car is unique; one of six privately commissioned Berlinettas, it was used in several advertisements by Alfa.
'This car has an intriguing history,' says Shirley. 'It won the first race at Watkins Glen in 1948, and though the car's been driven quite a bit, it's never been wrecked. I've always been an Alfa fan, so winning at Pebble Beach just doesn't get much better. I can't wait to take it back on the road real soon.'
Buick Silver Arrow I ConceptBuick's iconic 1963 Riviera luxury sport coupe actually began as a Bill Mitchell concept attempting to marry the high-end sporting character and passion of an Italian Ferrari to the shear-edged luxury look of a British Rolls-Royce.
He though of it as a Cadillac, maybe a rebirth of the division's former junior-series LaSalle. But when Cadillac turned it down, he offered it to GM's other divisions. Buick eventually won the competition, and it evolved almost intact into the first production Riviera.
Mitchell loved the leading-edge 1963 Riviera so much that as soon as its production began, he grabbed one fresh off the assembly line and had it converted into a tarted-up show vehicle, which he enjoyed driving regularly. Among other modifications, its roof was lowered more than two inches and its special interior was trimmed in silver leather.
Buick Silver Arrow III ConceptBuick's iconic 1963 Riviera luxury sport coupe actually began as a Bill Mitchell concept attempting to marry the high-end sporting character and passion of an Italian Ferrari to the shear-edged luxury look of a British Rolls-Royce.
He thought of it as a Cadillac, maybe a rebirth of the division's former junior-series LaSalle. But when Cadillac turned it down, he offered it to GM's other divisions. Buick eventually won the competition, and it evolved almost intact into the first production Riviera.
Mitchell loved the leading-edge 1963 Riviera so much that as soon as its production began, he grabbed one fresh off the assembly line and had it converted into a tarted-up show vehicle, which he enjoyed driving regularly. Among other modifications, its roof was lowered more than two inches and its special interior was trimmed in silver leather.
Day two of the 35th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races presented by Toyota continued with exciting on-track action as official racing got under way. The event, scheduled to continue through Sunda
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, elevated car collecting to an art form
$4.5 Million Ferrari 250 GT sold at RM AuctionsPreeminent international auction house, RM Auctions, continued their highly successful sales run in Monterey, California overnight with eleven cars breaking the magic million dollar mark at the legendary ‘Sports & Classics of Monterey' auction event.
Held at the Portola Hotel & Spa in historic downtown Monterey, it was standing room only at the two day sale as over 170 investment quality collector cars crossed the block before an international audience. As the gavel fell for the final time, total sales surpassed $42 million.
'RM's Monterey auction continues to bring together private sellers, longtime clients and end users, with cars changing hands and entering new collections where they will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come,' said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions.
'The strength of our European sales had a positive affect on the weekend's auction with many of our international clients in attendance. The sales were inline with our expectations with several new records, and with seven of the eleven million dollar sales being vintage Ferraris, results indicate the continuing strength of the market for the world's most famous sports and racing marque,' he added.
Cadillac CTS Sport WagonAmidst the beauty and history of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Cadillac treats car enthusiasts to a world premiere of its latest production-car design. The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon makes its debut this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula, showcasing a dramatic design that elevates and updates the classic wagon body style.
Not unlike many historic Cadillac designs, the new CTS Sport Wagon is an unmistakable and dynamic presence. The car's intricately cut rear profile injects fashion-forward design into the formerly utilitarian world of wagons. Cadillac's upcoming wagon offers ample interior space and includes a range of six-cylinder engine choices, making it a compelling alternative to larger utility vehicles.
Based on the hot-selling CTS sport sedan, and a sister vehicle to the CTS Coupe Concept, the Sport Wagon extends the design-driven renaissance of Cadillac. Following this special premiere at Pebble Beach, the CTS Sport Wagon moves to the worldwide auto show circuit this fall – and into Cadillac dealerships in spring 2009.
Highlighting Saturday's festivities was the Toyota Race of Legends that pitted current Panasonic Toyota F1 driver Timo Glock against a field of legendary F1 drivers including Danny Sullivan, Derek Bell, John Watson, Eddie Cheever, Johnny Herbert, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Alain de Cadenet, Alan Jones and Patrick Tambay. Amateur driver Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, Calif., who won the opportunity through a charity auction, was on the pole. Glock was in top form in his race-prepared Toyota Scion tC using all of the track to hold off the legends and to take home the checkered flag, waved by event guest of honor Mario Andretti. Glock also recorded the race's fastest lap of 1 minute, 53 seconds and a speed of 71 MPH. The race consisted of eight-laps in race-prepared Toyota Scion tC sport coupes featuring a 2.4-liter, 215-horsepower TRD-supercharged engine. Glock received $25,000 that will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Frankfurt, Germany, the charity of his choosing.
'The Race of Legends is a highly thrilling event, so adding a current F1 driver like Timo Glock to the mix allows fans to witness a variety of skills of some of the top drivers in the world, both past and present,' said Steve Earle, the founder of the event and president of General Racing, the official race organizer. 'It's a great pleasure for fans and enthusiasts to see their heroes still racing at the highest levels. As we saw out here today, they remain as competitive as ever.'
Gooding & Company $64.2 Million Auction at Pebble BeachGooding & Company, the official auction house of the 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, captured total sales of $64.2 million including several of the world's rarest and most spectacular automobiles during its two-night auction on August 16 and 17. An international crowd of collectors and spectators were captivated as 140 lots crossed the auction block including top private collections, vintage racing cars and individual automotive objets d'art such the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, which sold for a stunning $7.92 million -- setting a record for the highest price ever paid for an automobile at a North American auction.
'Our auctions at Pebble Beach this year represent the finest grouping of cars we have ever had the honor to offer, and the strong sales results reflect that exceptional quality,' said David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. 'We're proud to have set the North American auction record with the $7.92 million sale of the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, and to have reached noteworthy milestones in a host of other categories as well.'
The Gooding & Company auction on Saturday and Sunday included 20 cars that sold for more than $1 million - 5 of which sold over the $2 million mark.
Gooding & Company Announces $31 Million in Sales from First Evening's ConsignmentsGooding & Company, the official auction house of the 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, elevated car collecting to an art form once again as 74 of the world's rarest and most spectacular automobiles crossed the auction block during this first night of its two-night auction. Led by accomplished auctioneer Charlie Ross along with highly respected Gooding & Company founder and president David Gooding, an international crowd watched as the hammer hit the gavel for the Monterey Auction Week's marquee event. The evening featured numerous top private collections and individual legendary automotive objets d'art including the highly anticipated Williamson Bugatti Collection, the Carl J. Schmitt Collection and the Oprah Winfrey Charity Car Collection. Total sales for the evening exceeded $31.5 million.
The centerpiece of the Williamson Bugatti Collection set an all-time Pebble Beach auction record with a $7.92 million sale of the stunning 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe. In addition, a 1901 Packard Model C Dos-à-Dos Runabout also achieved record-setting levels at $214,500 along with the 1914 Stutz Series E Bearcat, which crossed the million-dollar mark at $1.375 million. A total of eight cars sold for more than $1 million each.
Photo Update: Bugatti 16.4 Veyron Grand SportThe world's most significant celebration of the automobile takes place annually in Monterey, California. This year, it will see some of the most elegant, exclusive, and valuable vehicles ever produced in over 100 years of motoring, with Bugatti set to play a prominent role. On the evening prior to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the highlight of the event, the marque renowned for impeccable automotive solutions, aesthetics and driving dynamics will unveil a second model to the world – the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport with a unique removable roof.
In response to customer demand, significant modifications have been made to the vehicle's complex structure to make possible open-top driving, thereby adding a new dimension to this high-performance sports car. Incorporating a host of new and innovative safety and equipment features, it is the world's fastest and most exciting roadster. It is immediately recognizable as a result of its slightly higher windscreen, stylized daytime running lights, and lightweight, transparent polycarbonate roof.
Unveiling of the Rolls-Royce Hyperion ConceptPininfarina presents the Hyperion, a one-off custom-built car derived from the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe which made its world debut at the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, America's most important competition for historical classic and one-off cars and a prestigious annual event.
The car is named after Hyperion, one of the Titans of Greek mythology, to underline its architectural and figurative power.
Lamborghini Countach LP400The Lamborghini Countach can be credited with having popularized, if not pioneered, the wedge-shaped, sharply angled look popular in many high performance super cars to this day. The 'cabin-forward' design concept, which pushes the passenger compartment forward in order to accommodate a larger engine, was also popularized by the Countach. The magnificent V-12 engine sits just ahead of the rear wheels, with the gearbox further forward; one actually sits alongside it. The drive is then taken back through the engine's sump to a differential mounted at the rear. Suspension is by double wishbones with coil-overs (twin at the rear). The ride is firm without undue discomfort and improves with speed.
On this main chassis, a lightweight steel superstructure supports the handmade aluminum body panels. With the door open and looking into the car you notice that the two seats are very narrow and low between the immense doorsills and broad beamed transmission tunnel. From the driver's seat you can see forward with the usual limitations of a 3ft 6inch high car. Rear vision is by interior mirror only.
Maserati A6G/54 2000 ZagatoThe Maserati brothers, Alferi Maserati, Bindo Maserati, Carlo Maserati, Ettore Maserati, Enesto Maserati and Mario Maserati, loved automobiles. Alfieri, Bindo and Ernesto built 2-liter Grand Prix cars for Diatto. In 1926, Diatto suspended the prodution of race cars, leading to the creation of Maserati. One of the first Maseratis, driven by Alfieri, own the 1926 Targa Florio. Maserati began making race cars with 4, 6, 8 and 16 cylinders (actually two straight eights mounted parallel to one another). Mario, an artist, is believed to have devised the company's trident emblem, from the Fontana del Nettuna, Bologna.
In 1937 the Maserati brothers sold their company to the Adolfo Orsi family. In 1968, it was purchased by Citroen. In 1975 Alessandro de Tomaso, a former racing driver from Argentina, had arranged for the Benelli motorcycle company, which he controlled, to buy Maserati from Citroen and install him as its head. 1993 saw the company acquired by Fiat. In 1997, Fiat sold 50% share in the company to Maserati's long-time arch-rival Ferrari. In 1999 Ferrari took full control, making Maserati its luxury division.
Zagato was invited by Maserati to design coachwork for the A6G/2000 model, and they produced 20 beautiful coupes, one of which is this example. All aluminum bodied cars, teh A6G/2000 Zagato-bodied Maserati sold for $8,900 and was produced from 1955-1957.
Cadillac Series 62With the 1941 Cadillac, Harley Earl unquestionably established Cadillac as the American style leader. The bold and fresh styling made the 1941 a standout from its first showing. The smoothly sculpted body sparkled with chrome accents that enhanced its flowing lines. At the front, a domed hood capped a new 'egg-crate' grille - a design attribute that continues to signify Cadillac style and quality on even the newest models from GM's premier luxury division.
A total of 66,130 Cadillacs were sold for 1941, more than in any previous year.
The Cadillac Series 62 line consisted of just four models: Coupe, Sedan, Convertible Coupe and Convertible Sedan. Other 1941 Cadillacs included the new Series 61 fastback coupe and sedan styles, the 1941 version of the much coveted and often copied Sixty Special and the large Series 75 limousines. All were powered by a 150-horsepower L-head V8 displacing 346 cubic-inches. A General Motors 4-speed Hydra-Matic transmission was optional for the first time.
Pontiac Grand PrixIt seemed as if Pontiac could do no wrong in the high-flying Sixties. Introduced in 1962, the full-size Grand Prix coupe was a great-looking example of Wide-Track swagger, power and elegance. The clean-lined 1963 set an industry design trend and the 1964 revisions only enhanced the clean, custom look that was uniquely Pontiac.
This 1964 Grand Prix, in signature Nocturne Blue, features Pontiac's wonderfully styled eight-lug aluminum wheel-and-drum assemblies, a matching all-vinyl interior with bucket seats and a center console housing a manifold vacuum gauge. Unique GP touches include a split grille with designed-in parking lamps, vertical backup lamps and 'hidden' horizontal tail-lamps.
Options on this car include air conditioning, power steering, power brakes and power windows. Performance is provided by the exclusive-to-Pontiac 389 cubic-inch V-8 with four-barrel carburetor and a three-speed Roto Hydra-Matic transmission.
PVGP Historic Races at BeaveRunThe Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a multi-weekend event that has been in operation for over two-and-a-half decades. It is a ten day celebration packed with car shows, dinners, parades, races, and numerous other activities. It is the largest volunteer-based event in vintage racing and the longest running vintage race event in the nation, now celebrating its 26th consecutive year.
The BeaveRun Historics had five race groups sanctioned by the VRG which permitted any Vintage or Historic Race car through 1972. A sixth group was reserved for the BMW/Porsche Challenge, which welcomed all licensed BMW and Porsche Club Racers from the United States and Canada to participate. The BeaveRun Historics is a welcomed compliment to the PVGP, as it provides a second racing venue which attracts an even wider audience of drivers and vehicles. Unlike the PVGP course, the BeaveRun circuit is very forgiving with sand traps and plenty of run-off areas. The PVGP is run through Schenley Park - and although every precaution has been taken to make the course as safe for drivers, spectators, and the cars - it is a public park and there are trees, barriers, and obstacles which could potentially do harm. With the BeaveRun circuit, risks are lower which occasionally fosters greater speeds and another variety of vehicles.
Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina SpyderThe Ferrari 375 was introduced at the Paris Salon in 1953. During its production run which lasted until May of 1954, less than 45 examples of the 375 America were produced. The car was constructed for Ferrari's clientele who had the means to afford one of these beautiful creations. Since they were produced in limited numbers, the production took far longer than volume models.
Gioacchino Colombo started out being the primary builder of Ferrari's engines in the late in 1940's and a major contributor to the success of Ferrari. Aurelio Lambredi became his assistant in 1947. Lambredi soon became convinced that a large engine that was naturally aspirated would have better fuel economy and provide more power. Colombo was of the belief that smaller engine compiled with a supercharger would produce the better results. Ferrari tested Lambredi's idea and proved it to be successful. Lambredi was promoted to chief design engineer and Colombo returned to Alfa Romeo. The Lambredi engines were used in the ladder part of the 1950's.
Power was provided by a 4.5-liter Lampredi designed V-12 engine with either three twin choke Weber 40 DCZ or DCF downdraughts, resulting in 300 horsepower. On all four corners were drum brakes, Borrani wire wheels accented the exterior of the vehicle, and a leaf spring suspension was used in the front and the rear. With the four-speed manual gearbox, the car could achieve a top speed of 150 mph and could race from zero to sixty in less than seven seconds.
Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2The example shown with chassis number 0454 was offered for auction at the 2006 RM Auctions in Monterey California where it was expected to sell between $250,000-$300,000. It has won numerous awards at shows such as a first in class at the 1997 Lamborghini Concours d'Elegance as well as a Best in Show and Peoples Choice award at the event. It won first in class at the Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance and Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance.
This car has large oval headlights similar to a 350GT. Most of the 400GT's were given four round headlights. Its drive train retains the 350 GT's English made Salisbury rear axle - an unusual configuration for the 400 GT series.
Lotus 18The Lotus 18 was the first rear-engined formula racer produced by Lotus.
In 1965, this car was owned by Fred Stevenson of Mt. Kisco, New York. Fred campaigned the car throughout the 1965 season in the FC class of the SCCA in the Northeastern portion of the US. Photos in the possession of the current owner obtained from an SCCA National Race held at Thompson Raceway in Thompson, Connecticut, show Fred finishing the feature race with maple saplings intertwined in the rear suspension. Apparently Fred went agricultural in his effort to stay close tot the leaders. And, because it happened toward the end of the race, he was not black flagged. He finished the race 3rd overall. For the 1965 season, Fred finished FC 7th Nationally, and 1st in the NY region with the Lotus 18.
Aston Martin One-77Aston Martin has released a snapshot of the stunning new One-77; the ultimate creative interpretation of the renowned British marque.
One-77 fuses advanced technology with stunning Aston Martin design to create possibly the world's most desirable automotive art form. Based on a sophisticated carbon fibre chassis with a handcrafted aluminium body, this 7.0 litre V12 super car will deliver exhilarating performance for a strictly limited number of discerning customers.
Ford Mustang AV8RThe numbers tied to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh are impressive, if not overwhelming - but there's one statistic especially worth eyeing.
Some 2,500 show aircraft and 650,000 visitors are expected at this year's meet, which runs from Monday - Aug. 3. An estimated 10,000 airplanes are expected to fly in to the airport in east-central Wisconsin. And here's the kicker: The event will feature one cool Ford Mustang.
A special one-of-a-kind AirVenture Mustang, the Mustang AV8R, will be unveiled on Sunday. The classic American car was named after the famous P-51 Mustang fighter, which played a key role in World War II as a bomber escort. Several P-51s are slated to be at Oshkosh.
The team at Ford Racing helped develop the aviation-inspired Mustang AV8R. Special features on the 2009 Mustang GT include a glass roof, which is a new option on Mustangs this year; special front and rear fascias; integrated spoiler; and Shelby GT500 wheels. Ford Racing's contributions include a handling pack (dampers, lowering springs, anti-roll bar kit and strut tower brace), supercharger and tuned exhaust that will generate 400 horsepower from the aluminum block 4.6-liter, 24-valve V-8 engine.
Last Years Best of Show at the Pebble Beach ConcoursWith the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance just around the corner, it seems fitting to highlight last year's winner. It was recently shown at the Meadow Brook Concours where the visitors to the event hailed it as their favorite; it was awarded the 'People's Choice Award'.
The winning car, also known as 'The Mormon Meteor,' is a supercharged speedster that was raced by Utah's Ab Jenkins (the former mayor of Salt Lake City) and then driven on the city streets. The car, which set a 24-hour speed record (135.58 miles per hour) in 1935, sold for a record $4.45 million at the 2004 Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company.
The 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is 8.17.2008.
In 2006, the newly formed team of BMW and Sauber was able to achieve an impressive fifth place in the constructor's championship title. Then, in 2007, the team looked good early on with either Nick Heidfeld or Robert Kubica coming in fourth place each of the first four races. These performances caused McLaren-Mercedes boss Ron Dennis to publicly announce he thought the team's performance was more the result of racing on lighter fuel loads than merely the team's improvements. Yet, out of those fourth place finishes there was one that made the Formula One world sit-up and take notice, and that took place at the Bahrain grand prix. In the late stages of the race Heidfeld pulled off an impressive pass on two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in his McLaren-Mercedes. And with that, BMW Sauber officially entered the title picture. The question stands, however, how high can BMW Sauber get and how fast?
Coming into 2008 there are many changes with which teams have to contend. Could these changes help BMW or could they prove to be a hindrance to the team's plan of being F1's best? The challenges that faced the team appeared daunting. Traction control is banned for 2008, as well as, many other electronic aids that have helped the cars stay glued to the track. With wheel slippage back in play for this season it was paramount BMW gave their drivers a well balanced and fast car to give the team any chance of fighting for any title. However, given last year's on-track performance it was obvious BMW would have a good platform to improve upon. Therefore, it is not inconceivable that this year's car would have minor only changes over last year's chassis.
Crawford Alex Job Racing PrototypeThe US based Alex Job Racing team has a long association with the Porsche (Alex Job, the team owner, spent twenty-years in the retail automobile business, primarily with Porsche). The team was formed in 1988 with the primarily operation being housed in a two-car garage at Alex's house. Alex built the first two cars they raced, since at the time, Porsche was not building customer cars. By 1990, the team was racing full time and a year later moved into their first commercial warehouse shop.
The team has won championships in the American LeMans Series and are currently campaigning int he Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series. Their entry is a Porsche-Powered Daytona Prototype riding on a Crawford monoque chassis and backed by sponsorship by Ruby Tuesday. The car is driven by Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand.
Lamborghini Jarama 400 GTIn the early 1970's, manufacturers that were producing vehicles for the United States had to comply with new government regulations and emission standards that not only made the vehicles safer but more fuel efficient. The Islero was forced to comply in order to continue to be sold in the United States. Marcello Gandini of Bertone was tasked with creating designs that would fit atop of a shortened Espada platform.
In 1970 the Lamborghini Jarama was introduced and stayed in production until 1976. The GT version lasted from 1970 through 1973 while the GTS was produced from 1973 through 1976.
The GT and GTS were very similar in design; most of the changes were to the mechanics. The GT was powered by a V12 engine producing 350 horsepower while the GTS produced 365 horsepower. The GTS was given power assisted steering, an optional Chrysler TorqueFlite automatic transmission, and removable roof panels. The engine had been tuned to produce more horsepower by introducing a new exhaust system, revised heads, carburetion and camshafts. The interior was slightly modified, given new seats that were slimmer, resulting in more rear legroom. Brushed aluminum replaced the wood trim. On the exterior, the GTS had revised taillights, courtesy of the DeTomaso Deauville. Five-bolt wheels replaced the previous wheel rims. Air intake could now be found on the hood and behind each front wheel were air-extraction openings.
Lamborghini LM002The Lamborghini LM002 was built from 1986 through 1993 with 301 units being produced. Lamborghini is known and respected for their exotic vehicles that are as stylish as they are fast. The SUV codenamed 'Cheetah' was a project that began in 1977 and designed to be sold to the United States Military. A Chrysler V8 engine was used in the prototype 'Cheetah' but the production versions were outfitted with a V-12, courtesy of the Lamborghini Countach. The original Cheetah prototype was destroyed by the US military during testing. The Cheetah project was short lived. Production on the LM001 began in 1981. This was the second attempt at creating a four-wheel drive, rear-mounted engine, all-terrain vehicle. The LM001 was powered by a twelve-cylinder powerplant and first displayed to the public at the 1981 Geneva Auto Show. The LM002, also known as the LMA, was introduced a year later featuring the engine in the front. Production finally began in 1986, albeit with many changes.
The final sixty units of the LM002 were dubbed the LM/American and introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in 1992. This special series had stripes, badging, upgraded interior, chrome bumpers, ground effects, and MSW / OZ Racing wheels.
Lotus 7The Lotus Seven was the successor to the Lotus Mark 6 and was in production from 1957 through 1972. It was introduced to the public at the Earls Court Motor Show in London in October of 1957. Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus, had designed six other Lotus's; this vehicle being his seventh. Part of the vehicles success was its light-weight construction and powerful engines resulting in great performance, handling, and response times. It went from zero to sixty in around 5 seconds and had a top speed of about 100 miles per hour. Chapman used to refer to the vehicle as a 'four wheeled motorbike'. There were few amenities, the seats were not adjustable and there were no doors. The car sits very low to the ground. While sitting in traffic, the driver measures about as high as most vehicles wheel-wells. The front suspension was an independent A-arm while the rear was a live axle located by twin parallel trailing arms and a diagonal link. The body was constructed of a steel tube frame with aluminum bodywork and fiberglass fenders. Cast-iron drum brakes were used to stop the vehicle. Initially a worm-and-nut steering was used but was quickly replaced with rack-and-pinion.
The cost of owning the first sevens was £587 (around $1640). They featured a Ford engine producing 40 horsepower and a Ford gearbox. The first few years of its development saw improvements to the suspension, transmission, and engine capacity.
Lotus ElanIn 1957, the Lotus Company owned by Colin Chapman was on the verge of bankruptcy. The success of the Elan is one of the main reasons Lotus is now a successful corporation. The lightweight fiberglass body fitted to a steel backbone chassis provided excellent performance and amazing handling. Mr. Ron Hickman was the designer of Elan and a former employee of the Ford Corporation.
The Elan was available in coupe and hardtop form. The S2 version was introduced in 1964 and came equipped with larger brakes and an updated interior. The S3 version followed a year later and in 1968 came the S4. In 1967 the car was stretched to accommodate a back seat.
The Elan is credited as being the world's first production car to feature body-molded bumpers.
Clearly a Lamborghini, but nothing quite like it. A super car without equals: the Lamborghini Reventón is a road vehicle with an extreme specification and, at the same time, a limited edition masterpiece – a coherent style, angular with sharp lines, inspired by the very latest aeronautics.
With just 20 produced, Lamborghini Reventón is a symbol of extreme exclusivity, yet still offering the extraordinary performance that makes the Reventón so unrivalled: under the completely autonomous design, the Reventón possesses the entire technical and dynamic competence of the twelve cylinder Lamborghini.
'I am thrilled to be introducing the world to B.A.T. 11 in my home state,' says Dr. Gary Kaberle, the B.A.T. 11 creator. 'Michigan is where I first caught B.A.T. fever as a teenager and sharing my latest dream with everyone here seems not only fitting, but right.' I have been working with Stile Bertone since 2006 on this project and am delighted that it will be part of Meadow Brook's exciting event.'
B.A.T. 11 is the newest member in the family of Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica concept cars, which many aficionados say are among the most famous cars in the world. B.A.T. 5, 7 and 9 were designed by the legendary Nuccio Bertone and Franco Scaglione in the mid-1950s, built on the Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint chassis and are highly regarded for their futuristic but functional curves.
It will be a roadster with a unique, removable roof. The open-top Grand Sport allows driver and passenger to feel even closer to the cars breathtaking power. Those who consider the wind in their hair and the roar of a thoroughbred racing engine in their ears to be essential to true driving enjoyment will find their perfect motor car in this new Bugatti. Even with the top on the Grand Sport does not loose any of its fascination and conveys to the passenger a new exciting panoramic view.
As well as a large number of new equipment features, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport also incorporates innovative structural solutions, designed to ensure the roadster offers the same extremely high levels of performance and passive safety as the coupe version.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will be presented to the public in the afternoon of August 16, 2008, at the lawn in front of the Pebble Beach Lodge. The very first build slot for this new car, to be built in Spring 2009, will be auctioned the next day at the renown Gooding auction at the Equestrian Center at Pebble Beach.