2017-02-27: Formula 1's class of 2017 and the latest Geneva previews ...
2017-02-23: Porsche 911 Turbo Ss headed for auction and more new F1 cars ...
Official Formula 1 testing kicked off this morning at Barcelona with the first day of a pair of four-day test sessions scheduled before the Australian Grand Prix in March. All new Formula 1
cars were in action today, which has allowed us to complete this year's list of 2017 F1 cars
. Second fastest in testing today was Sebastian Vettel in the new Ferrari SF70H
. The German was the only driver at the sharp end of the field running on the medium instead of the soft compound. A sensor issue delayed the new Red Bull Racing RB13
, while sister team Torro Rosso's STR12
received universal praise for its striking new livery. Subject of a lot more debate were the all new colours of the McLaren MCL32
, which include a nod to the past by incorporating orange. The first day of testing also proved quite troublesome as oil line issues saw Fernando Alonso on the sideline for most of today's running. Fastest of all was Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes-Benz W08
we already featured last week.
At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will complete the Panamera line-up with this Turbo S E-Hybrid
. It combines a twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor. This drivetrain is good for a combined 680 hp. The new range-topping model is also available in the long-wheelbase Executive
Sure to grab a lot of attention in Geneva is this spectacular Peugeot Insticnt Concept
. Not only does it boast an interesting exterior design, this petrol-electric hybrid also is driverless technology showcase.
2017-02-20: Unique Porsche 917, all-new Sauber F1 racer and latest Techart GTstreet R Cabriolet ...
At the upcoming Amelia Island auctions, there is one car, even though it is very rare, of which one example will be offered at all three sales: the Porsche 911 Turbo S
of the fabled 993 generation. This model was available only in 1997 and 1998 to special order and featured many detail changes compared to the 'regular' Turbo, most importantly a hike in power. During those two years less than 350 examples were built and today they are rapidly increasing in value. All fine examples, the 911 Turbo Ss
due to cross the block range in estimate from $300,000 - $450,000.
Launched this afternoon, the Mercedes-Benz W08
is among the most highly anticipated of all new Formula 1 cars. Its immediate predecessors absolutely dominated and despite a substantial regulation change, the Mercedes-Benz team is again the top favourite for the titles. The official name of the car is the W08 EQ Power+
in reference to the new EQ Power badging due to be applied to all hybrid models from the German manufacturer.
Also revealed this week were the Force India VJM10 Mercedes
and the Renault R.S.17
, which is the first all-new F1 car developed by the team since Renault took back control late in 2015.
Volkswagen, meanwhile, released the first details of the Arteon
, which will break cover in Geneva early next month. This all-new Grand Tourer will sit above the Passat in the VW range.
2017-02-17: Gooding Amelia Island preview and all-new Ferrari 812 Superfast ...
A startling ten years after the Porsche 917 had last competed at Le Mans, the legendary racer made its comeback in 1981. The car used was the unique 917 K/81
built by Kremer using the original drawings. Compared to the original machine, Kremer's car featured a stronger chassis and revised suspension to cope with the higher loads generated by the more modern tyres. The one-off machine was raced at Le Mans and Brands Hatch and even led briefly at the latter. Recently restored, the 917 K/81
was one of the stars of this month's Retromobile
show where it was shown by French dealer Ascott Collection.
One week before the official test sessions will start at Barcelona, Sauber revealed their C36
Formula 1 car. This year's cars are highly anticipated as they are wider courtesy of fatter rubber to improve the performance, and also boast more aggressive aerodynamics. Finished with striking gold striping, the C36
marks Sauber's 25th anniversary in Formula 1.
Due at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show is this Techart GTstreet R Cabriolet
. Based on the 911 Turbo S, it features comprehensive modifications, including an engine kit that brings the power up to as much as 710 bhp. With this, the ultimate specification, the GTstreet R
can accelerate to 100 km/h in less than three seconds.
2017-02-15: All-new Pagani Huayra Roadster and more news headed for Geneva ...
The seemingly never ending barrage of auctions will continue early next month with three major sales in the build-up to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Today we take a first look at what Gooding & Co.
have to offer. Headlining the March 10th auction is this Jaguar XKSS
, which has a pre-sale estimate of USD 16 - 18 million. It is one of the 16 genuine cars that escaped the fire and has a rich period and historic racing history. In 2010, it was restored to its XKSS configuration and was since demonstrated and shown at various events as can be seen in this 19-shot gallery
Definitely one of the brightest and certainly the loudest car in the sale will be this Mazda 767B
. It is one of just two four-rotor Mazda prototypes in private hands and is estimated to sell for $1.8 - 2.4 million. Another striking competition car due to cross the block is one of just ten Porsche 934/5
s. The example on offer is unique in that it did not receive the wider bodykit fitted to the other nine interim cars built for the 1977 season. Recently repatriated to Europe after a lengthy spell in Australia, the Porsche
racer has a $1.4 - 1.8 million estimate.
This week, Ferrari have revealed the first details of the upcoming 812 Superfast
. Replacing the F12, it is powered by a naturally aspirated, 6.5-litre V12, which produces a staggering 800 hp. Combined with a further developed dual clutch gearbox, the 812 Superfast
can accelerate to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and on to a top speed of over 340 km/h.
2017-02-13: 2017 Retromobile report and galleries ...
The annual Geneva Motor Show is less than a month away and one of the absolute stars of the show will undoubtedly be this Pagani Huayra Roadster
. Developed over several years, it is both lighter and more powerful than the original Huayra introduced in Geneva six years ago. The revised Mercedes-AMG sourced V12 produces in excess of 750 bhp, while the car tips the scales at just 1,280kg. Production is limited to 100 examples and even though the Huayra Roadster
has a 2.2 million Euro (ex VAT) price tag, the entire run has already been sold.
An altogether different vehicle using a Mercedes-Benz V12 and limited to just 99 examples that is also due in Geneva, is this monstrous Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet
. Compared to the 'regular' G-Class this 630 bhp engined machine sits higher on its wheels, has an open top and features a luxurious interior.
Pininfarina is a regular at the Geneva Motor Show and this year plans to reveal the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo
. Like the name suggests, this is a tribute to two-time World Champion and Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi. For now, the Italian design house have released only two teaser images
Last week, Prodrive announced its intention to enter the ever more popular World Rallycross championship with this Renault Megane
based machine. Due to enter the WRX from the start of the next season, it should already make an appearance at the French round later this year.
There is no event quite like the annual Retromobile
show in Paris. This year's edition was held last week and, like always, did not disappoint with spectacular displays featuring a host of Formula 1 machines, Group B cars, Bugatti meets Bentley and Ferrari's 70 anniversary. Among the slightly harder to spot gems and very much typical of Retromobile was the absolutely unique Aston Martin-engined and built Volvo P1800. During the event, Paris also hosted three major auctions, including the official Retromobile sale on Friday and the RM Sotheby's and Bonhams sales the days before.
We have not missed a Retromobile
in fifteen years and we were on hand again this year. The result is this concise report
illustrated by a total of four galleries with a combined 580!! shots. Also listed are all the results from the auctions.