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2018-02-23: New Papaya Orange McLaren, its inspiration and the new Mercedes and Ferrari F1 cars ...
McLaren MCL33 Renault Following up on Fernando Alonso's popular Indy 500 outing last year and to popular demand, McLaren have picked the classic 'Papaya Orange' livery for their new MCL33 Formula 1 car. While visually very appealing, the more significant change for the new season is the swap of the troublesome Honda engine for a Renault power unit. After some disappointing years, McLaren have a lot riding on the MCL33 Renault and will no longer be able to hide behind the engine issues that plagued the team during the last three seasons. To put the 'new' McLaren livery in perspective, we have also taken a renewed look at the McLaren M20 from the ROFGO Collection. It is the last of the works McLaren Can-Am cars and combines current orange with blue accents livery.
Current World Champions Mercedes-Benz revealed their new challenger, the W09 EQ-Power+ at a filming day yesterday. According to the German team, the car represents an improvement of last years car, which, despite its success, Mercedes-Benz described as a 'diva' for its unpredictable behaviour at times.
Undoubtedly, the biggest rival for the defending champions will be the Ferrari SF71H, which was also revealed yesterday afternoon. Like its main rival, it represents an evolution of last year's design and boasts even more extreme versions of the much copied compact side-pods.
All new Formula 1 cars will hit the track on Monday at Barcelona during the first official test of the season.

2018-02-21: New Ferrari 488 Pista, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Lotus 3-Eleven and new Sauber and Renault F1 cars ...
Ferrari 488 Pista With the Ferrari 488 Pista, the rich tradition of the hard-core road cars in the same vain as the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale that came before. Compared to the 488 GTB it is based on, the new 488 Pista is lighter, more powerful and features a more aggressive aerodynamics package.
One of its rivals is the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS. This 520hp hardcore version of the Type 991 II should be one of the final versions of the current generation 911.
Lotus, meanwhile, have revealed a more powerful version of the their track-day special in the form of the 3-Eleven 430. As the name suggests, it is powered by the 430 bhp version of the Toyota-based, supercharged V6 engine. Production of the achingly fast 3-Eleven 430 is strictly limited to 20 examples.
At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Morgan will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular Plus 8 model with this 50th Anniversary model. Fittingly, only 50 examples will be built.
With the Renault R.S. 18 and Sauber C37 Ferrari revealed yesterday, the launch of 2018 Formula 1 continues. They will hit the track on Monday during the first of the two official tests at Barcelona.

2018-02-19: Lola T70 Mk3B restored, new Red Bull Grand Prix car and Geneva-bound show cars ...
Lola T70 Mk3B Coupe Chevrolet Racing cars often have a checkered history. A great example is this Lola T70 Mk3B Coupe, which was the very first of 16 built and acquired new by noted entrant Sidney Taylor. It was raced with considerable success by the likes of Brian Redman, Trevor Taylor and Denny Hulme. The car was then used in historic racing and during the second half of the 1980s was restored using a replacement chassis for safety reasons. It is here that the story gets complicated as the original chassis was used to create a second car. This fork in identity has now been closed again as the current owner acquired both cars and restored the original chassis using the correct identity of SL76/138. The restored car was shown at the recent Retromobile show by British dealer William I'Anson.
The first 2018 Formula 1 car to be run on track is the Red Bull Racing RB14. Powered by the Tag Heuer badged Renault power unit, the RB14 was driven in a special testing livery by Daniel Ricciardo.
With the Geneva Motor Show drawing closer, more debuts are being previewed. One of the most interesting will definitely be the track prepared Techrules Ren RS. Styled by father and son Giorgietto and Fabrizio Giugiaro, it features no fewer than six electric motors and a diesel gas turbine that car be used to charge the batteries. The combined output of the motors is a staggering 1,287 bhp.
Another electric car set to debut is the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept, which offers another glimpse at VW's line-up of electric vehicles.

2018-02-16: Two new F1 cars, Rolls-Royce SUV and the latest Mercedes-AMG models ...
Williams FW41 Mercedes In less than two weeks, the Formula 1 season kicks off with the first of two official tests at the Barcelona circuit. While most teams will not launch their cars until the very last moment, two have already offered a first glimpse of what is to come. Last night, Williams revealed the first renders of the upcoming FW41 Mercedes. Its most obvious new feature is the HALO cockpit protection system that is mandatory from this season but chief designer Paddy Lowe also promises many more subtle changes that should help the team to be more competitive in 2018. The first new F1 car to break cover was the Haas VF-18. Once again designed by Dallara and fitted with a Ferrari engine, the American Formula 1 car will once again be raced by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
Rolls-Royce will be entering a new and very lucrative market with the all-new Cullinan, which is euphemistically described as a 'high-sided car'. For us regular folks this type of car is better known as an SUV. The Cullinan name is derived from the largest flawless diamond ever found. Technical details are still sparse but the new Rolls-Royce will feature an aluminium spaceframe chassis.
Mercedes-AMG have worked their magic on the recently revised G-Class to create the G 63. The 'high sided car' combines the unmistakable, angular lines and classic ladder frame with a sophisticated twin-turbo V8 engine to create most potent G-Class ever. The same engine is also expected to be used in the upcoming four-door Mercedes-AMG GT of which the first camouflaged images have been released.

2018-02-12: 2018 Retromobile report and 520-shot gallery ...
2018 Retromobile report and 520-shot gallery Last week the Parc des Expositions Porte des Versailles hosted the 43rd annual Retromobile show. The event is the traditional kick-off for the new season and attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. Among the exhibitors are specialist dealers, major manufacturers, clubs and vendors, who all make an effort to bring the very best they have to offer. This year was certainly no exception with Renault celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Le Mans victory, Jaguar Heritage launching a continuation version of the D-Type and dealers bringing out rare machinery ranging from an Alfa Romeo Sportiva, the only road legal Porsche 935 K3 to one of just two Brabham BT49s in private hands. An absolute highlight was the line up of no fewer than ten Ferrari 250 GT SWBs on the stand of Lukas Huni. In addition of the show, auctions were also hosted by the RM Sotheby's, Bonhams and Artcurial.
We braved the unusual wintery weather to capture all the highlights of Retromobile in this 260-shot gallery that serves to illustrate our concise report. We also have separate galleries for the RM Sotheby's, Bonhams and Artcurial auctions.

2018-02-09: RM Sotheby's Paris results, McLaren Senna and Pininfarina show car ...
RM Sotheby's Paris The Retromobile week in Paris kicked off on Wednesday with the RM Sotheby's Paris Sale. While the headlining lots struggled to attract sufficient bids, the sale was topped by the brand new Chiron we featured a few weeks ago. Despite having a Euro 2.4 million sticker price, it eventually changed hands for an impressive Euro 3.3 mllion. The sale total was just under Euro 23.5 million with a 83% sell through rate. The full results can be found here and are illustrated by a 100-shot gallery from the viewing.
Ahead of the public launch at next month's Geneva Motor Show, McLaren have revealed further details and images of the high performance Senna sports car. With 800 hp, the twin-turbo V8 fitted is the most powerful internal combustion engine ever offered by the British manufacturer. The dry weight is a startling 1,195 kg. Unfortunately, all of the 500 examples available of the road-legal track-day machine have already been spoken for.
Also due to be released in Geneva is this HK GT. It is the latest show car developed by the Hybrid Kinetic Group and features a design penned by legendary Italian coach-builder Pininfarina. For now, only teaser sketches have been released but we will update our feature once more details emerge.