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2019-09-12: Final Goodwood Revival preview with competition Bizzarrini and Cooper F1 car ...
Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa This weekend, all eyes are on the Goodwood Motor Circuit where the annual Revival Meeting will be staged. We are on hand as always and will produce a full report early next week. To get you in the mood already, we have today taken a detailed look at two cars that will feature during the weekend.
Due to race in the blue ribband RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration is this Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa. A very rare competition version, this car was entered for Le Mans in 1966 and again in 1967. Fitted with independent rear suspension, it is also the only 5300 GT completed with right-hand drive. Restored during the late 2000s, it has since been raced extensively in historic events as can be seen in our 35-shot gallery.
Celebrating 60 years of the Mini, the Revival Meeting will highlight Cooper Cars during the weekend with a special parade. One example that will not take part in the parade is this Cooper T55 Climax, which was raced during the 1961 Formula 1 World Championship by Jack Brabham. Instead, it has been consigned to the Bonhams auction with all proceeds set to benefit Sir Jackie Stewart's very worthy 'Race Against Dementia' charity. The first of two built, it is offered at no reserve and has an estimate of just GBP 100,000 - 150,000.

2019-09-10: 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show round-up ...
Audi RS 7 Sportback The biennial Frankfurt Motor Show or IAA kicked off today with the first of a pair of press days. We have kept a close eye on things and have rounded up eight of the most interesting releases from the German show.
Hot on the heals of the RS 6 Avant, Audi now unveiled the similarly specced RS 7 Sportback. Like the estate version, it comes equipped with a twin-turbo V8 that boasts a mild hybrid system and sends 591 bhp to all four wheels. Arch-rival BMW used this opportunity to provide a glimpse at the future 4-Series with the Concept 4.
The big news from Bugatti last week was that a modified Chiron broke the 300 mph barrier and the French hypercar manufacturer now announced the production version of that record breaker, aptly dubbed the Chiron Super Sport 300+. It features a bespoke long-tail body and an even more powerful version of the quad-turbo W16 engine. Production is limited to 30 examples and they will retail for a startling €3.5 million.
Hyundai's future will be increasingly electric, which is underlined by the all-electric Veloster N ETCR racer and 45 EV Concept that both debuted at Frankfurt.
Moving along the same path, Mercedes-Benz debuted the Vision EQS with a wild LED lighting layout.
Among the new cars released by Porsche this week are the new 911 in Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet versions. This completes the 'standard' line-up, so now we await the high-performance GT3 and Turbo versions.

2019-09-09: Ferrari drops the top on the F8 and 812, and McLaren F1 restored ...
Ferrari F8 Spider In a virtually simultaneous reveal, Ferrari announced the drop-top version of both the mid-engined F8 and the front-engined 812. The first is suitably dubbed the F8 Spider and shares its 710bhp underpinnings with the F8 Tributo coupe launched earlier this year. That means that new machine is nearly 50bhp more powerful than the 488 Spider it replaces. Unique to the F8 Spider is the retractable roof that allows the V8-engined machine to provide the best of both worlds.
Picking up from the 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider launched exactly 50 years ago, Ferrari have finally added a regular production V12 drop-top to the range again in the form of the 812 GTS. It is based on the 812 Superfast, yet like the F8 Spider features a retractable hard-top to provide the sensation of open-top driving not available in Ferrari's V12-engined GT range for so long. The roof can be retracted in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45km/h. Like the coupe, the 812 GTS boasts a naturally aspirated V12 that produces a howling 788bhp.
McLaren Special Operations have recently completed a 3,000-hour, 18-month restoration of this McLaren F1. Particular care and time was given to the exterior finish, which took a staggering 900 hours to do. Chassis 063 made its post-restoration debut this weekend and the Hampton Court Concours d'Elegance.

2019-09-06: Ferrari Friday with a pair of V12 racers due to star this month ...
Ferrari 512 S With values rapidly rising over the last couple of years, it is increasingly rare to see Ferraris compete in historic racing. Today we take a closer look at two exceptions that will star at this month's Monza Historic and Goodwood Revival. At the former, this ex-works 512 S will compete in the Classic Endurance Racing 1 race. The five-litre engined machine actually competed in the 1970 Monza 1000 km, where Peter Schetty and John Surtees finished third overall. As can be seen in our extensive gallery, it has been regularly raced in recent years.
One of the absolute highlights of last year's Goodwood Revival was the Glover Trophy race with a nail-biting fight between multiple winner Andy Middlehurst in his Lotus 25 and American Joe Colasacco with this 1512 F1. Powered by a howling 1.5-litre, flat-12 engine, the Ferrari ultimately came out on top. This was a fitting reward for many years of trying to get the very rare F1 racer to the same level of the more common British cars, many of which have been raced in historic events for much longer. We are happy to confirm that the 1512 F1 will be back next weekend to allow Colasacco to defend his title in the Glover Trophy.
This weekend, Alpine will debut the Rally version of the highly acclaimed A110. It is most fitting that the modern A110 will go rallying considering the success of the original car during the 1970s. The A110 Rally was developed together with long-term partner Signatech and will make its public debut at the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine where it is on display in the paddock.

2019-09-04: All-electric Porsche Taycan revealed and new hybrid Lamborghini Sian ...
Porsche Taycan Turbo S Many years of teasing with an accelerated campaign of sneak peaks has led to today's reveal of the all-electric Porsche Taycan. Showcasing the company's new direction, it is the German manufacturer's first ever all-electric car. Not to alienate the current clientele, the range-topping model will be dubbed Turbo S even though there is no induction, let alone forced induction of any kind on the car. It does offer the performance that matches the badge with a combined 751bhp available for its two electric motors on 'overboost' with the launch control engaged. At the market launch, the Taycan will also be available in the 670bhp Turbo version.
At the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt, Lamborghini will unveil this limited-production Sian. It is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine but benefits from a mild hybrid system that is powered by a supercapacitor, which is unique for this application. The electric motor is connected directly to the gearbox and adds 34bhp to the total out of 807bhp. Considering the addition of an electric motor, the Sian name is appropriate as it means 'flash' or 'lightning' in a local Bolognese dialect.

2019-09-02: Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale preview with DB4 GT and pink Spice ...
Aston Martin DB4 GT At set fixture at the Goodwood Revival is the annual Bonhams auction. Next week will be no exception and today we take a look at a pair of the most interesting cars consigned to the sale. The absolute headliner is this Aston Martin DB4 GT. It comes from a single ownership of 28 years and was a factory demonstrator in period. Its first private owner was Donald Campbell, who remains the only man to hold both the world speed record on land and water at the same time. Restored by Swiss specialists during the 2000s, chassis 0161/R is estimated to sell for in excess of GBP 2.2 million.
Somewhat more modestly priced is this striking, pink Spice SE90C, which was entered at Le Mans in 1991 for an all-female driver line-up. Sadly accidents in qualifying and early in the race meant the effort was not a success. It did do very well in historic racing, particularly during the 2000s when it was owned by David Mercer. Meticulously restored and ready to go, the SE90C Group C car can be yours for around GBP200,000 - 260,000.
Ahead of the official launch in Frankfurt next week, Seat's performance subsidiary revealed the Tavascan Concept. The two electric motors fitted produce a combined 302bhp, while the all-electric show-car has a range of 450km.

2019-08-29: New Porsche Formula E racer and Macan Turbo, and first Carrera RSR ...
Porsche 99X Electric Last night, Porsche pulled the wraps off the 99X Electric, which will be raced in the upcoming Formula E championship. Not a Porsche per se, the single seater racer combines a spec Dallara-built chassis and aero package with a Porsche developed electric motor. Tasked to drive the 99X Electric are seasoned Porsche hands Neel Jani and André Lotterer.
The German manufacturer also debuted the range-topping Turbo version of the revised Macan. It is powered by the latest generation twin-turbo V6 engine that features the turbochargers mounted inside the V to increase efficiency. In the Macan Turbo, the 2.9-litre unit is good for 434 bhp.
From an era long before Porsche dabbled in SUVs or all-electric spec racers, the German company built this 911 Carrera RSR. The first works car, the featured example formed the basis for a long line of hugely successful GT racers. Known internally as 'R1', it was raced at the Tour de Corse in 1972. It was finally restored to its original configuration recently and has been regularly seen at events this year.