2015-01-23: Unique Delage Bequet, ex-Senna Lotus and news from Lamborghini, Porsche and Toyota ...
2015-01-21: New Williams FW37 and McLaren 650S, and the Life L190 W12 ...
During the 1920s, many surplus fighter-plane engines were strapped to racing car chassis with mixed results. One of the very best of these often unique 'hybrids' was the Delage Bequet Special
. Named after its creator Maurice Bequet, it combined a Delage Grand Prix chassis with a massive Hispano Suiza V8 sourced from a Spad fighter-plane. The result was a very quick machine, which was sadly hampered by the fact that it was not built to any specific regulations and relegated to run in minor events. Fortunately, it did survive and the Bequet Special
is regularly raced in historic events, which allowed us to capture every detail of this spectacular machine.
With the Lotus 98T Renault
, the late Ayrton Senna really made a name for himself during the 1986 season. Very much an evolutionary design, the JPS-liveried machine propelled him to two victories and a startling eight pole positions. Today, we have taken a closer look at the two 98Ts
used by Senna that season. Among these is the very chassis
used to score two wins and five pole positions.
The big news in contemporary racing this week was the introduction of the Lamborghini Huracan GT3
. The aggressive looking machine was developed with help from Dallara and will be raced in international events starting this season.
Another competition car due to make its debut later in 2015 is the Toyota GT 86 CS-R3
. Created by TMG in Cologne, this rally racer is available to customers now and comes with a EUR 5,000 discount if ordered before April 24th.
Porsche will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America by offering the limited edition 911 GTS Club Coupe
exclusively to club members. Finished in 'Club Blau' just 59 examples will be available of the car, which combines the GTS engine and two-wheel drive with the wider body normally found on the Carrera 4. The Club Coupe
is available now for just over $136,000.
2015-01-19: New Porsche, McLaren and VW racers and Scottsdale results ...
The first 2015 Formula 1 car to break cover is the Williams FW37 Mercedes
of which the first images and details were released this morning. Very much a development of the successful FW36 used in 2014, the new Williams, as expected, boasts a much more subtle nose. The long and rather ugly point is now replaced by a shorter 'thumb' nose as a result of the changes to the regulations. Like last year's Williams, the FW37
will be powered by the very potent Mercedes-Benz engine. The car's first public appearance will be at the Jerez official test, which starts on February 1st.
To celebrate the legendary debut victory of the McLaren F1 GTR
at Le Mans, 20 years ago this year, the McLaren Special Operations has launched the limited edition McLaren 650S Le Mans
. Created together with the F1's original stylist Peter Stevens, the exclusive model features many subtle cues that remind of the Le Mans winner. These range from the special wheels to a faux air-intake scoop on the roof. Available later this year, the 650S Le Mans
will be limited to just 50 examples. As part of the package, buyers will be able to join McLaren at Le Mans this year for a special celebration.
With the class of 2015 due to be revealed in the coming two weeks, we today take a look at a most memorable Formula 1 car of old; the Life L190
. It is memorable for all the wrong reasons and is generally considered as one of the worst F1 cars of all time. Built on a discarded, year-old chassis, the Life served as a vehicle to promote the W12 engine originally designed by former Ferrari man Franco Rocchi and marketed at the time by Ernesto Vita. We have chronicled
the colourful story of the car and engine in article illustrated by a 15-shot gallery
of the unique car in action at Goodwood a few years ago.
2015-01-15: Two Lamborghinis headed for auction in Scottsdale ...
Over the weekend, Porsche released the first details of the thoroughly revised 919 Hybrid
, which is due to race in this year's FIA World Endurance Championship. While the hybrid drivetrain of last year's car is carried over, the new-for-2015 Porsche 919
boasts a completely new aerodynamics package.
Ahead of the car's Monte Carlo Rally debut next week, Volkswagen revealed the second generation Polo R WRC
. This is the second generation of the two-time World Rally Championship winning machine, which builds on the existing machine but features an updated drivetrain and a revised exterior. Retained to drive the Polo R WRC
are Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.
McLaren, meanwhile, have published additional images of the upcoming P1 GTR
. Based on the sophisticated road-going supercar, this is a trackday only machine and will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain capable of more than 1000 bhp at full pelt. The P1 GTR
will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show early in March.
Rounding up our coverage from the Scottsdale auctions, we have added the results for the sales from RM Auctions
. The weekend was topped by RM Auctions, who sold this Ferrari 250 LM
for just over $9.6 million.
2015-01-13: 2015 NAIAS round-up with all new NSX and Shelby GT350R ...
This weekend, Scottsdale is the epicentre of the classic car world as the Phoenix suburb will host at least half a dozen major auctions. Among the many cars due to cross the block are two Lamborghinis offered by RM Auctions
. The rarest and most valuable is a Miura P400 SV/J
. This is one of just five to seven Miuras converted by the factory to SV/J specification. This included a dramatic bodykit and open exhausts, inspired by the one-off, hardcore Jota, which was sadly destroyed by its first owner. Accordingly, the SV/J
is the closest one can get to owning a Jota. The example on offer has very recently been subjected to a no-expense spared restoration and was officially sanctioned by legendary Lamborghini development engineer and father of the original Jota, the late Bob Wallace, as one of the factory converted cars. It is estimated to sell for over $2 million. Our SV/J article
also includes a second example, which was shown by Lamborghini test-driver Valentino Balboni at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in 2012.
An altogether different beast is the Lamborghini LM002
, also due to cross the block at RM Auctions. The massive off-roader is one of the just over 300 examples built by Lamborghini between 1986 and 1992. Powered by the 48-valve engine from the Countach, the LM002 is still one of the most outrageous cars ever built. Among the owners were the likes of F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg, singer Tina Turner and actor Silvester Stallone, which earned the massive off-roader the nickname 'Rambo Lambo.' The example
on offer has on only covered 18,000 miles and still sits on the first set of the very hard to source Pirelli Scorpion tyres. The pre-sale estimate is $175,000 - $225,000.
Today we round up our coverage of the 2015 North American International Auto Show
with a closer look at the remaining highlights. One of the absolute stars of the show is the highly anticipated all-new Acura NSX
. Constructed from lightweight aluminium and composite components, the sophisticated machine is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that consists of a pair of electric motors driving the front wheels and a twin-turbo V6 combined with a third electric motor driving the rear wheels. The new NSX
will be built in the United States and will be rebadged as a Honda for the European market.
In addition to the GT, Ford also introduced the Shelby GT350R Mustang
. It is based on the recently introduced GT350 and like its illustrious namesake
, the track ready GT350R is considerably lighter than the 'standard' model. Contributing to the considerable weight loss are bespoke carbon-fibre composite wheels. The GT350R
also boasts a more aggressive aerodynamics package.
Among the world debuts on the Porsche stand was the 911 Targa 4 GTS
, which marks the first time the GTS package is available for the Targa bodystyle. Among the changes is an engine that has 30 hp more available yet is just as efficient.
Infiniti, meanwhile, took the wraps off the Q60 Concept
. This striking 2+2 Coupe features the all-new twin-turbo V6 that will power the next generation Nissans and Infinitis. A production version of the Q60
is due later this year.