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2024-02-22: Alpine A220 inspired twin-tail Zagato and the latest F1 news ...
AGTZ Twin Tail Italian coach-builder Zagato have released the first details of the AGTZ Twin Tail. It is inspired by this particular Alpine A220 from 1968, which had its Le Mans specific long-tail removed to compete in road rallies. Accordingly the limited production Twin Tail has the option to be used with a long- and short-tail. Although clearly inspired by a car from the French manufacturer, the word Alpine does not appear in the press release once but the AGTZ is based on a current A110. The first of the 19 Twin Tails will debut during the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in May.
At the Bahrain International Circuit, the official three-day Formula 1 pre-season test kicked off on Wednesday. Followed with particular interest were defending champions Red Bull Racing. Instead of developing another evolution of the all-conquering RB18 and RB19, the Austrian-owned team have produced the more radical RB20. The latest Adrian Newey design features the 'zero side-pod' philosophy that failed so miserably for the Mercedes-Benz F1 team. It seems to work better for Red Bull Racing as Max Verstappen easily beat the opposition on the opening day with the RB20. The first and only official test also offered an opportunity to get a first look at cars of which only the new liveries were previously released. Among them was the Williams FW46, which was the last of the 2024 cars to be shaken down. The Mercedes-engined car represents the next step in the slow but steady resurgence of the legendary Williams F1 team. The Sauber C44 on the other hand is a product of a team in transition from the Alfa Romeo backing of the last few years to the imminent full Audi ownership. The C44 has the most striking livery on the grid with a black and bright-green colourscheme.

2024-02-20: Iconic 1930s racers and latest news from Alpine and Hispano-Suiza ...
Maserati 6CM We are counting down the days until the historic racing season kicks off again. Among the highlights coming up is the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and to get you in the mood early, we have taken a look at two early Grand Prix cars that starred during the 2022 edition. The first is this unique 6CM, which was sold new to a German gentleman racer. He raced the car several times and it then moved to France where it was rebooted in the style of a 4CL. Still in highly original condition, chassis 1548 was raced at Monaco by a Dutch owner.
Competing in the same group was this MG Magnette K3. Originally earmarked for an Italian customer, it was the last K3 built. It was sold instead to the White Mouse racing team for Prince Bira to race. After he was done with the MG, it was sold to Australia where it has remained ever since. Having had just two owners since 1958, its most recent custodian brought K3030 over from Australia to Monaco in 2022.
Alpine released images of a camouflaged version of the A290 seen testing in Sweden. The all-electric hot hatchback is and addition to the line-up and based on the upcoming Renault 5 and will be revealed in earnest in June. Due to break cover during the same period will be the Hispano Suiza Sagrera. For now, the Spanish manufacturer only showed details of the supercar currently under development and some technical details.

2024-02-16: Formula 1 class of 2024 and Chrysler concept car ...
Red Bull Racing RB20 RBPT Honda It has been busy week of Formula 1 launches with all four cars expected to star at the sharp end of the field in 2024 breaking cover. Last night Red Bull Racing debuted the RB20, which has the difficult task of succeeding the all-conquering RB19. It is an another evolution of the successful machine with further refined aerodynamics. What exactly has changed remains to be seen as the only clear pictures revealed are very basic renders of the RB20.
Looking set to take on world champions Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen are the Ferrari SF24, Mercedes-AMG F1 W15 and the McLaren MCL38 Mercedes.
Another major launch this week was of the Chrysler Halcyon Concept. It is built on the new all-electric Stellantis platform and breaking form for Chrysler, it is not a minivan. The striking show car has spectacular doors that open in three directions. The Halcyon Concept also support wireless charging, which allows the car to be charged on the move over specially equipped road lanes, providing a theoretical unlimited mileage.

2024-02-12: Latest news from Aston Martin, Alpine, Audi and Pagani ...
Aston Martin Vantage It has been a busy day at Aston Martin and Aston Martin Racing today. The British sports car company revealed a substantially updated Vantage. Among the numerous changes are a revised exterior and an enhanced twin-turbo V8 engine. In its latest guise, the four-litre unit that powers the Vantage evolution is now good for 655 bhp. At the same time, a GT3 version of the Vantage was also introduced. Now eligible for all major international endurance races, the Vantage GT3 will race all around the world. Aston Martin Racing expect no fewer than 30 examples to be competing before the end of the year. The third Aston Martin launched today is the AMR24 Grand Prix car. It is an evolution of the surprisingly competitive 2023 car. Among the most noticeable changes is a switch to push-rod rear suspension. The AMR24 already hit the track today for a brief shakedown at Silverstone ahead of the official test sessions later this month.
Another new Formula 1 car revealed is the Alpine A524. Slated as a major step forward, the A524 will be driven by Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.
As a tribute to the iconic 90 Quattro IMSA GTO, Audi have created a limited production RS 6 Avant GT. Powered by a 620 bhp version of Audi's twin-turbo V8, the Avant GT boasts a series of striking exterior features that are unique to this model. Only 660 examples will be built with deliveries starting in the second quarter of 2024.
Also announced this week is the Pagani Huayra R Evo. Compared to the original Huayra R introduced in 2021, the Evo version has a more aerodynamically efficient coda lunga or long-tail body. The naturally aspirated V12 powering the Huayra R Evo has also been improved and now produces 887 bhp.

2024-02-06: 2024 Retromobile report and 190-shot gallery ...
2024 Retromobile report and 190-shot gallery ... Last week Paris was the classic car capital of the world courtesy of the annual Retromobile show. It proved to be another record year with the 48th edition of the annual classic car show attracting over 130,000 visitors. They were treated to a spectacular show with, in particular, Ferraris taking centre stage. Among the many highlights were a pair of Ferrari 250 GTOs, a Porsche 911 GT1, the ever fascinating Dome S101, two McLaren F1 GTRs, the road-legal Porsche 917 K and a fully stacked Ecurie Ecosse transporter. In good Retromobile tradition there were also more obscure cars that grabbed or attention like a 1.1-litre twin-supercharged eight-cylinder Salmson Grand Prix car and a six-wheel Dakar racer. We explored the vast Portes de Versailles exhibition centre to capture all the highlights for our 190-shot gallery that serves to illustrate our concise report.
Also included in our coverage are the results and galleries from the RM Sotheby's, Bonhams and Artcurial auctions that were also staged during the Retromobile week.

2024-02-01: Four fabulous Ferraris consigned to Gooding Amelia Island Auctions ...
Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Spyder For the upcoming Amelia Island Auctions, Gooding & Co. have consigned a fabulous selection of Ferraris. Leading the way is this 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Spyder, which is one of very few retaining its original chassis, engine, transaxle and body. It was originally raced in the Low Countries and has since been owned by several prominent collectors. Chassis 0434MD has a pre-sale estimate of $4 - $5 million.
Also consigned is this fabulously preserved 275 GTB/4, which was first owned by Jo Siffert and is now offered from a single ownership of 50 years. Afters spending its early life in Switzerland, it moved across the Atlantic and was acquired by the current custodian in 1974. Apart from a re-paint, 09689 is still very original and accordingly has a $3 - $3.5 million estimate.
Boasting very long single ownership and in highly original condition as well is this 250 GT Ellena Coupe. It was acquired in the mid-1960s by an enthusiast who ran into engine troubles. He had taken on the job of rebuilding the engine himself but never completed the task. Still needing an engine rebuild, 0837GT sat in storage for decades and is now looking for a new owner for $600,000 - $800,000.
Another beautifully preserved Ferrari due to cross the block later this month is this 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, which was finished in a unique shade of metallic green for its original owner, racing driver Buck Fulp.