2016-09-23: 2016 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort report and gallery, and new Ferrari ...
2016-09-21: Goodwood winning Ferrari and the latest news ...
A September packed with events kicked off at the much loved Circuit Park Zandvoort with the Historic Grand Prix
. Headlined by the FIA Masters Historic Formula 1 championship, the event also featured races for a variety of other single seaters, touring cars, GT racers and sports cars. In addition to the races, the Historic Grand Prix also featured demonstration runs provided by the Porsche Museum and the FORCE. This made for an action packed three days. We ventured to our 'home' track for the third year and have returned with a concise report
, illustrated by a class-by-class 210-shot gallery
The latest Paris Motor Show release announced is this Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
. An expansion of the Ferrari line-up, it features the twin-turbo V8 of the California T in place of the V12 fitted in the original model. This 3.9-litre unit is still good for an impressive 600 bhp. The GTC4Lusso T
is rear-wheel drive only but does retain the range-topping model's four-wheel steering.
2016-09-19: 2016 Chantilly Arts & Elegance report and 160-shot gallery and more ...
Last week's Goodwood Revival
was kicked off with the new two-driver Kinrara Trophy that ran into the evening on Friday. It was won by nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and Joe Macari in the latter's Ferrari 250 GT SWB Comp/61
. A winner in period, this car made its historic racing debut after it was in longterm ownership with the two collectors for the last 45 years. Chassis 2973GT's
most notable victory in period came at the 1962 Tour de France where original owner Andre Simon claimed victory.
This morning, Bentley announced the company's very first diesel engined car in the form of the Bentayga Diesel
, which is due to debut in Paris next week. Being a Bentley, it is not powered by any ordinary engine but a V8 enhanced by twin exhaust driven turbos and an additional electric supercharger. The maximum output of the Bentayga Diesel
engine is an impressive 429 bhp.
Also scheduled to make its first public appearance in the French capital is the Citroen C3 WRC Concept
. Although officially a show car, it offers more than a glimpse of the French manufacturer's all-new World Rally Car, which is due to make its competitive debut in January at the Rallye Monte Carlo.
MINI, meanwhile, will take the wraps off the 228 bhp John Cooper Works Clubman
at the Paris Motor Show. It comes as standard with a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive, while an eight-speed automatic is available as an option.
2016-09-16: All-new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster, Peugeot 3008 DKR and hybrid Panamera 4 E-Hybrid ...
Earlier this month, the fabulous Chantilly castle hosted the third annual Chantilly Arts & Elegance
. The only major concours d'elegance in France, the event offers a unique mix of classic, modern and competition cars, complemented by a great number of enthusiast clubs. On the eve of the show, Bonhams staged an auction, which was headlined by a Mercedes-Benz 500 K Spezial Roadster, which sold for over EUR 5 million. We were on hand for the third year in succession and have created a concise report
, illustrated by a class-by-class 160-shot gallery
At Chantilly, our eye was particularly caught by this unique Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Figoni Roadster
. The only short chassis 8C 2300 bodied new by Joseph Figoni, this car was hidden from sight in single ownership for so long that a replica claiming this number had already emerged. The previous owner was presented with the car as a gift for his 21st birthday and cherished it for the rest of his life. In lovely time-warp condition this striking 8C 2300
only returned to the limelight this year.
One of the special classes was dedicated to the great, French Ferrari privateer Charles Pozzi. Among the cars fielded by the Ferrari distributor from Paris was this 308 GTB Group 4
. One of the most successful examples of its type, chassis 21071
was driven to the outright victory in the 1982 Tour de France.
2016-09-13: 2016 Goodwood Revival report with 380-shot gallery ...
Ahead of the official launch later this month at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed the first details of the GT Roadster
and the more potent GT C Roadster
. Both versions are powered by the M178, twin-turbo V8, which produces 476 hp and 557 hp respectively. The top of the range GT C Roadster
can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 316 km/h.
Peugeot, meanwhile, have revealed the new 3008 DKR
, which is due to debut at the upcoming Dakar Rally. It is development of the 2008 DKR previously used, so it features a twin-turbo diesel V6 mounted amidships in a purpose-built spaceframe chassis. The engine is actually slightly less powerful than the V6 used this year as it received a bigger restrictor. Among the drivers tasked to drive the 3008 DKR
is defending Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel.
With the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
, Porsche have added a fourth model to the all-new Panamera line-up. As the name suggests, it features a hybrid drivetrain, which consists of a twin-turbo petrol V6 and an electric motor. The combined system output of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
is 462 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
2016-09-08: Time-warp Porsche 550 headed for auction and the latest news ...
This weekend, the Goodwood Motor Circuit hosted the 19th annual Goodwood Revival
. Amazingly, as of this year, the circuit has served longer as a historic than a contemporary venue, which lasted only from 1948 through to 1966. Event host Lord March has created a tantalising and hugely successful walk down memory lane but tweaks are made every year to further improve the show. This year, a brand new, opening race was added for early 1960s GT cars that ran into the sunset on Friday evening, which provided a true spectacle. The weather was not quite on its behaviour but a rainy Saturday certainly did not dampen the spirits. Set fixtures like the Bonhams auction and the RAC TT Celebration race also did not disappoint.
We were at the sell-out Goodwood Revival
for its entirety and have prepared a concise report
, which is illustrated with a mouth-watering 340-shot gallery
of the event itself and all the races and an additional 40-shot gallery
from the Bonhams sale.
We are at Goodwood this weekend for the annual Revival Meeting and a set fixture is the Bonhams auction
. The British company's sale is this year headlined by a beautifully preserved Porsche 550 Spyder
. Among the very last produced, this car was owned new by a Hollywood executive. The next custodian loved driving the car so much that he decided to open a Porsche dealership. Unfortunately for him, he had to sell the car to raise the required funds to finance his new business venture. Rarely used and seen since the 1970s, it received the coveted FIVA award at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the best preserved car. Chassis 550-0090
is offered in time warp condition and accordingly is estimated to sell for around GBP 5 million.
This week, Audi revealed the first details and images of the second generation S5 Sportback
. It is powered by the latest turbocharged V6 engine, which produces around 350 bhp and 500 Nm of torque. This is transferred to all four wheels through an eight-speed gearbox.
Also due at the Paris Motor Show later this month will be the mighty Bentley Continental Flying Spur W12 S
. Thanks to its 626 bhp W12 engine, this is the very first four-door Bentley to break the 200 mph top speed barrier.