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2017-10-30: Updated Ferrari FXX-K, new A110 Cup and Tokyo round-up ...
Ferrari FXX-K Evo At this weekend's Ferrari Finali Mondiali, the Italian manufacturer revealed the revised FXX-K Evo. The LaFerrari based one-make series racer is further refined with most of the work focusing on the aerodynamics. Not surprisingly, the FXX-K's mighty hybrid drivetrain has not been touched.
As part of the roll-out of the all new A110, Alpine have announced the Cup version of the highly anticipated machine. Available for sale today, it is due to compete during the 2018 in the Alpine Europa Cup. Accordingly, it is the spiritual successor of the GTA V6 Turbo that competed in the Europa Cup during the 1980s.
Last week, the Tokyo Motor Show kicked off and the biennial show featured an eclectic selection of brand new show cars. Mazda offered a glimpse of the future with the compact Kai and Vision concepts. Compact coupe show cars also starred in the Japanese capital with the lovely retro Honda Sports EV Concept and the Toyota GR HV Sports Concept. The latter features an interesting automatic gearbox that can also be used as a regular stick shifter.
  2017-10-26: 2017 Dix Mille Tours report and 290-shot gallery ...
2017 Dix Mille Tours report and 290-shot gallery For the finale of the Peter Auto season, the Dix Mille Tours, we ventured to the unique Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. Due to host the French Grand Prix for the first time in several decades next year, there were signs of changes to the track but the event retained all its familiar traits. Particularly impressive this year were the well stocked grids, which boasted not just quantity but also quality with rare and precious machines taking to the track throughout the weekend. Three of the most legendary people in endurance racing, Reinhold Joest, Derek Bell and Emanuele Pirro were also on hand to enjoy the sights and sounds first hand with the latter two out on track and Joest helping out with one of his former Team Joest Porsche 962C. On Sunday we were reminded why the long straight is named after the strong Mistral winds. They did keep the skies clean, so we enjoyed the final rays of summer sunlight.
We were at the track throughout the event with a detailed report and an action-packed 290-shot gallery as the result.
2017-10-23: New Porsche performance models and intriguing Polestar 1 ...
Porsche 911 Carrera T During the last week, Porsche have introduced a trio of new performance versions of existing models. For the 911 Carrera, the T or Touring badge has been revived. As in 1968, the Touring name is used for a stripped down, lightweight version of the 911 Carrera. Among the changes compared to the 'base' 911 are a minimalistic interior with less sound-deadening, bucket seats and loops to open the doors. The 911 Carrera T also features shorter gearing for brisker acceleration. While the original 911 T was intended as an entry-level model, the new Touring is actually more expensive than the base model.
Also new in the line-up is the GTS version of the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman. The two range-topping models are powered by a further refined version of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In GTS trim, it is good for a hefty 365 hp.
Volvo's high performance department, Polestar will branch out to producing bespoke models, which will all feature hybrid or fully electric drivetrains. The first of these will be the spectacular Polestar 1. The striking coupe is constructed from lightweight carbon-fibre composite materials, and combines a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors on the rear axle. Customers can acquire the car outright but Volvo also offers a lease options where customers have the option to temporary use larger Volvo models when needed. The Polestar 1 will be produced in a brand new factory in China due for completion sometime in 2018.
  2017-10-16: Mazda Monday with three rotary racers that competed at the Motorsports Reunion ...
Mazda RX-7 GTU At the annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda North America always has a strong presence and this year, the 'works' cars were joined by several very successful rotary racers brought by privateers, one from as far away as Switzerland.
The most successful car to take to the track at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was this RX-7 built by Team Highball to the new IMSA GTU specifications of 1985. It was the first spaceframe chassis GTU car and would become the winningest car ever at Daytona with a total of five class wins. Being a silhouette racer, the privately built machine has used both first and second generation RX-7 body designs.
Of a slightly later vintage is this rotary engined Argo JM19. Built for Jim Downing, it was successfully campaigned in the IMSA Lights category. It proved instrumental in dominating the class for Mazda for several years. The featured example scored class wins from 1986 through to 1989.
Also of the same era but predominantly raced in Europe and Japan was this Mazda 757. Like the other two cars featured today, the 757 was mostly in contention for class wins and clinched those at Le Mans in 1986 and 1987. Brought all the way to California from Switzerland, the pictured example was the class winner at Le Mans in 1987 and still boasts those colours.
2017-10-13: New DB11 Volante and Artcurial Mercedes-Benz sale ...
Aston Martin DB11 Volante Today, Aston Martin revealed the first details of the new DB11 Volante. The drop-top version of the highly acclaimed DB11 Coupe will be available at the launch with the recently introduced twin-turbo V8 engine built by AMG for Aston Martin. It produces 503 bhp and drives the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox. The achingly beautiful DB11 Volante is also quite a bit lighter than its predecessor.
At the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz France, French specialists Artcurial will stage the aptly named Mercedes-Benz by Artcurial auction this Sunday. As the name suggests, Mercedes-Benz products only will cross the block and quite a few of these come from the reserve collection of Mercedes-Benz France. That includes the headlining 300 SL Gullwing, which is believed to be only the sixth ever 300 SL imported into France. It is still in highly original condition and is estimated to sell for over 900,000 Euro.
Of a slightly earlier vintage is this 540 K Cabriolet B. The example on offer was shown at the 1937 London Motor Show but then disappeared from the limelight until very recently. Having benefited from a recent restoration, it is estimated to change hands for 750,000 - 850,000 Euro.
Somewhat more affordable is this 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. The beautifully preserved and well maintained machine has covered less than 40,000 km from new and can be yours for around 170,000 Euro.
  2017-10-10: Unique 1950s coach-built masterpieces ...
Jaguar XK120 SE Pinin Farina Coupe As Standard Swallow, Jaguar's roots were in coach-building, so a vast majority of the British company's cars were clothed in-house. One of these very rare exceptions is this XK120 SE, entrusted to Pinin Farina. The only XK120 ever bodied by Pinin Farina, it was commissioned by American luxury car importer Max Hoffman. After it was shown at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show, it was rarely seen in public. Having lingered for many years in the hands of a German collector, it has finally been restored by specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in England. Quite possibly making its first public appearance in over sixty years, the XK120 SE Pinin Farina Coupe was then shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it placed second in class.
The unique Jaguar was beaten only by this equally unique Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano Coupe. It had been shown at Pebble just two years earlier in time-warp condition but was now fully restored.
Boano designs are exceedingly rare but there were three other cars displayed on the lawn at Pebble Beach produced by Italian coach-builder. Among them were two unique Ferraris; the 410 Superamerica Boano Coupe and the 410 Superamerica Boano Cabriolet. Both were brought by the Robert M. Lee collection, which also includes the third Ferrari using the same design; this 250 GT Cabriolet.
2017-10-06: Striking Porsche 962C and rare Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow headed for auction ...
Porsche 962C While the Group C cars were not out in large numbers at the Hungaroring Classic, we were treated to a freshly restored Porsche 962C. It was one of the very last examples produced and sold new to Japan to compete in the local championship in 1990. The car was retired from contemporary racing at the end of the year and was recently restored by Freisinger Motorsport. While not liveried, it made its first appearance during last year's Le Mans Classic with Porsche works racer Romain Dumas behind the wheel. Chassis 962-147 has now been fully stickered up and was raced in its original colours at the Hungaroring by its new owner.
Canadian auction company RM Sotheby's is at Hershey this weekend for a two-day sale. The headliner for today's sale is a very rare Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow. The example due to cross the block, without reserve, is the very first built and one of just three remaining. Offered for the first time in over three decades, this iconic Silver Arrow is estimated to sell for $2 - $3 million.
  2017-10-03: 2017 Hungaroring Classic report and 230-shot gallery ...
2017 Hungaroring Classic report and 230-shot gallery Just over 31 years after hosting the very first Formula 1 race behind the iron curtain, the Hungaroring was the scene this weekend of the very first international historic race in Eastern Europe. Staged by Peter Auto, the inaugural Hungaroring Classic saw the familiar but nonetheless spectacular mix of machinery take to the track just east of the lovely city of Budapest. These included the likes of a Sauber-Mercedes Group C car, the one-off Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan, numerous Shelby Cobras and fire-belching BMWs and Porsches. Making the most of the unique opportunity, over 20,000 spectators attended the event that was also broadcast live on Hungarian television and on several screens in the city. The entrants and drivers that made the journey across Europe were all full of praise of both the event and the inquisitive Hungarian crowd.
Our photographers were also on hand to witness history in the making. From our very first visit to the undulating Hungaroring circuit, we have filed this report, illustrated by an action-packed 230-shot gallery.