Monday, August 21, 2017

Tesla Model X smokes a Lamborghini

Video posted to YouTube by DragTimes proves it. A 5,4000 pound Tesla Model X P100D crossover SUV is pitted against a $530,000 Lamborghini Aventador. The Aventador is a good 1,200 pounds lighter, but the Tesla not only beats the Lambo like a drum, it sets a world record for the quickest SUV with a quarter mile time clocking of 11.418 seconds at nearly 118 miles-per-hour.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Supercars burning spontaneously - Common Risk

Supercars spontaneously catch on fire. It's simply what they do. The engine of any supercar gets hot, and the consequences of that can be a challenge to control. Several years ago there was a global epidemic of Ferrari 458 Italias suddenly catching fire. A major league PR issue for Ferrari, the problem was eventually traced to a faulty adhesive used in the rear wheel arch assembly that overheated.

Most recently there has been a long string of Lamborghini fires. Lamborghini said it first discovered a fuel-system defect in 2015. Finally in late February Lamborghini announced a recall due to a defective evaporative-emission system that can let gasoline soak through its charcoal filter. Excess fuel vapors came into contact with hot exhaust gas and ignited.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Super Barn Finds

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible. Dry stored from 1979 and with only 60,000 miles, it was sold at auction in 2011 for £310,000.

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atlante. Dr Harold Carr parked the car in his garage in 1960 - where it remained until his death in 2007. The contents of the garage were left to his family, who had no idea the car even existed. One of 17 built it made £3m

1955 300SL Alloy Gullwing. One of only 29 built. The transmission gave up in 1971 and the car was parked. More than 40 years later it sold for $2.5m.

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. For 14 years the car sat in an Ohio field. Children used it as a slide. The GTO was eventually sold in 1986. It was restored by a Swiss collector, with whom it remains to this day, now worth tens of milions.

1949 Ferrari 166MM. A US serviceman found this 166MM - one of 25 built - at a used car dealership in Switzerland. He parked it in his Arizona garden, and that’s where it stayed until his death. A collector bought it in 2007 for a cheap “over $1m". The car once raced at Le Mans, Silverstone and in the Targa Florio.

1964 Shelby Daytona. For decades it was thought that only five of the six built Daytonas had survived - the sixth, the original prototype, lost. In a storage unit for 30 years, its now fully restored and worth well over $4m.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bad day for Lambos in London

One car owner, reportedly from Saudi Arabia, was left red-faced outside Harrods when his elaborately painted Lamborghini broke down – forcing the AA to come and pick it up.
Another Lamborghini was towed after parking on a single yellow line in a busy London street. Apparently that didn't stop the owner from parking on double red lines the next day. They ban stopping at any time, unless you're a licensed taxi or permit holder.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Supercar Blondie: Poor Girl drives Supercars for a living

For those of us who drag ourselves to work every day, the work of Alex Hirschi (Supercar Blondie) seems like something from a too pleasant dream.
“I’ve driven Ferrari 488 GTB, the 488 Spider, the Mclaren 570s and 540c, the Bentley GT3R, GT Speed and V8s, Mercedes AMG GTs, Lamborghini Huracan, and many others.” Grrrrrr says one who gets excited about the latest 'Lego' built ferrari, it being the closest thing to the real deal we can get our hands on.

Hats off to Ms. Hirschi she worked for it. “I have used the opportunity of living in Dubai to create an account like this [Supercar Blondie]. It is amazing to live in a city where supercars are seen on a daily basis."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 Ferrari F12TDF

Another rare Ferrari Gem being auctioned by Mecum at Monterey is a 2017 Ferrari F12TDF with 84 miles on the odometer.
The Ferrari F12 TDF – short for Tour de France, sports a naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 that throbs 769bhp with maximum power arriving at 8,500rpm before an 8,900rpm redline. The monster will do 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, reaching 124mph in five seconds on the way to a top speed, for the truly brave, of 211mph.

The car debuts what Ferrari calls its Virtual Short Wheelbase, a four-wheel steering system the company says compensates for oversteer while allowing faster cornering. Ferrari says rear-axle steering automatically adjusts the rear wheels for the best steering angle based on steering-wheel angle, steering inputs and speed.
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers faster shifts and with ratios six percent shorter. The track is wider, the wheels larger, and the one-piece brakes are lifted out of the LaFerrari.
799 examples were built. Price, if you're needing to ask, has gone up slightly from the roughly $490,000 when sold. Mecum has an estimate of $1,350,000 - $1,500,000

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ferrari LaFerrari

When the Ferrari LaFerrari debuted in 2014, they were impossible to get, even if you had the $1.4 million burning a hole in your pocket. Within days of its announcement over 1,000 people applied to buy one of the 499 cars slated for production.

In order to even be considered for the waiting list, you had to own five other Ferraris already, and be considered a too valuable customer by the iconic marque to piss off.
The 950hp hybrid rocket is the most powerful street-legal Ferrari has ever built and can do 0–62 mph in less than 3 seconds onto a blistering top speed of 217 mph.

Most are locked up in collectors' vaults climbing in value whilst sitting still. Only a handful have been offered for sale and forget all about that ridiculously unrealistic $ 1.4m.
Bonhams sold a classic red version with only 230 miles on the clock for $3,685,000 last year, while Mecum sold a rare Nero DS Opaco (matte black) paint with 211 miles for $4,700,000.

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£75,000 gas-powered toy Ferrari

If you’re a grossly loaded oligarch trying to work out what to buy your horribly spoiled sprout for their next birthday, there's a bright idea for the taking.
Worry not, this Ferrari only goes 5mph, courtesy of a built-in lawnmower engine. It is exactly half the size of a real Testarossa Spider. Described as one of the most expensive toy cars ever produced, the detailed Italian-built model was manufactured exclusively for Harrods of Knightsbridge thirty years ago.

Owner Howard Watts said, ‘It’s a real mini-classic, a unique little car with a terrific history – the makers had to get permission from Ferrari before they could build it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

2018 Mustang

The 2018 Mustang was officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in Michigan. The 2018 Mustang will bring power boosts for both the four-cylinder EcoBoost and eight-cylinder GTs. There's a new 10-speed automatic, and MagneRide adaptive dampers are available on Performance Packages allowing the driver to tighten up the suspension for sportier performance.

The active valve exhaust can be controlled by the driver, ensuring an almost-silent pull-away or a raucous growl on the highway, whichever you chose.
The inside is highlighted a 12-inch all-digital instrument display cluster, capable of being customized by the driver.
There's a new front end with LED headlights and a revised rear end with a different bumper and tweaked taillights.
The car can be equipped with a host of active and passive safety systems for the first time. This group includes forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist, among others.

The 2018 Mustang will go on sale this coming fall with the base four-cylinder model starting around $ 28,000 and the GT with V-8 around $35,000

2018 Shelby GT500
It appears as if the 2018 Shelby GT350/GT350R will only see exterior color changes. Pricing will be something north of $65,000

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Picks from Mecum 2017 Monterey Sale

Ford Pintos: the buttcrack of many a joke. But everybody has a Pinto story. And today, a great Pinto is far more exclusive and a guaranteed crowd favorite virtually anywhere you happen to be. Original and unrestored with 39,437 miles, original paint, interior and trim. Original simulated woodgrain paneling. 4-speed manual transmission, factory air conditioning and mag wheels. Orange on orange and they just don't make em like this anymore. $15,000 - $20,000
1947 Harley-Davidson FL Knucklehead comes with a matching sidecar and shows 1,000 miles since mechanical and cosmetic restoration that included an engine and transmission rebuild. One of the most-iconic engines ever built was the Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. The nickname “knucklehead” was chosen because portions of the heads resembled the human knuckle. $50,000 - $60,000
1931 Ford Model A Mobilgas Tanker is a throwback to a simpler time. It is built on an all-steel Model A roadster pickup, the rarest and most desirable of all Ford pickups. The pickup is powered by the 40 HP L-head, inline 4-cylinder engine backed by a 3-speed manual transmission. Period-correct in every way. $50,000 - $65,000

Mecum’s 2017 Monterey Sale

Ferrari shows great distaste toward owners reselling their special edition models. Nevertheless the LaFerrari is an auction darling. Ferrari’s top hypercar is a big draw for bidders, and this year Mecum’s got two in very different specifications. The red example is an early 2014 model, wearing a red-over-black scheme. It has 566 miles on the odometer.
A white-on-red 2015 example has a scant 209 miles on the clock. $4,500,000 - $4,700,000
The mighty CCXR. Toward the end of the CCXR’s life, just two were produced in white carbon fiber, each labeled as “Trevita”. Underneath the white bodywork beats a 4.8-liter supercharged V-8, pushing 1,018 hp and 796 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. 0-62 mph arrives in 2.9 seconds, 0-124 mph in 8.75 seconds, and a top speed to a tire destroying 254 mph. $2,700,000 - $3,000,000
The bygone Bugatti Veyron. Initially, regular Veyrons actually saw depreciation, especially for the earlier coupes. This is the targa-topped variant of the Veyron Super Sport. Under the matte black-on-orange bodywork is the same 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16, now spitting out 1,200 hp. $2,700,000 - $3,000,000
Mecum’s color-shifted 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan. This is one of just 24 cars built, and wears less than 100 miles on the clock. The Vulcan has 820 hp on tap from its 7.0-liter V-12. $2,300,000 - $2,700,000
2007 Maserati MC12 Corse. One of 12 Corse variants produced exclusively for work on the track. Compared to the pussycat 620 hp street-going MC12, the Corse packs 745 hp from the 6.0-liter V-12, along with a full kit of race goodies. $2,300,000 - $2,500,000