2017-03-24: The GT1 cars that starred at the Goodwood Members' Meeting ...
Taking centre stage at last weekend's Goodwood Members' Meeting were the great GT1 cars of the 1990s and today we take a closer look at four of these.
The earliest was the penultimate Ferrari F40 LM built. This particular example was not actually raced in period, it instead served as the centre piece in the then newly opened Ferrari of San Francisco showroom. After spending most of its life in California, chassis 97893 was more recently sold to the United Kingdom.
There were no fewer than four McLaren F1s at Goodwood, including this early F1 GTR. Raced for two seasons by Thomas Bscher and John Nielsen, it scored three outright victories. Chassis 03R only left Bscher's collection in 2012 to join the stable of the current custodian.
Porsche was also strongly represented including with this ex-Kremer and ex-Labre 911 GT1. Raced extensively in period, its most notable result was a third overall in 1998 Daytona 24 Hours. The GT1 was restored to its Daytona livery and more recently also registered for road use.
Brought along by Porsche themselves was an ex-works 911 GT1 Evolution. The first of three examples built with the 996 type headlights, chassis 004 was raced with some success during for most of the 1997 season.
2017-03-21: 75th Members' Meeting report and 240-shot gallery ...
This weekend we were at the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 75th Members' Meeting. This is the third major annual event organised on the Goodwood grounds. Officially, it is a low key affair but being a Goodwood event, it nevertheless attracted a stellar field of cars and star drivers. The two-day meeting featured 12 races and three high-speed demonstrations. The races including grids for popular machines like Edwardian behemoths, 1960s GT cars and 1970s Group 1 touring cars. Among the drivers in action during the weekend were the likes of Gerhard Berger, Roberto Ravaglia and Tom Kristensen, who all competed in the one-hour Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 Touring Cars. The equally impressive demonstrations were for Group 6 sports prototypes, Group A touring cars and 1990s GT1 racers. These were not parades but the precious machines were actually driven at proper speeds.
We were on hand throughout the weekend and have captured all the actions in a 240-shot gallery that serves to illustrate a concise report.
2017-03-17: Ferrari Friday with unique 166 MM Uovo and exquisite 1512 F1 ...
Arguably one of the most unusual Ferraris ever created is this 166 MM Fontanta Uovo Coupe. It was originally conceived as a more familiar Touring Barchetta but following a heavy accident early in its life, it was re-bodied by Fontana with a coupe body. Thanks to its unusual design, it received the nickname 'Uovo' or egg. It was extensively raced in this guise and following a spell in the United States, it returned to Italy in 1986. Rarely seen in public during the last few decades, the Uovo has now been consigned to the upcoming RM Sotheby's Monterey auction.
Of a completely different order is this very rare Ferrari 1512 F1. Powered by a diminutive, 1.5-litre flat 12, this car is the third of three built in 1964 and 1965. It was raced alongside the V8 engined 158 F1 during the final two years of the 1.5-litre era. The featured example has not been raced since and has survived in a lovely patinated condition. Last month, it was the centrepiece of a fabulous Ferrari F1 display at Retromobile.
2017-03-15: 75th Goodwood Members' Meeting preview with Group 6 and GT1 cars ...
At this weekend's Goodwood Members' Meeting, the races will be complemented by demonstration runs for the great Group 6, three-litre sports cars of the 1970s and the 1990s era GT1 machinery. Among the Group 6 cars will be this Gulf liveried Mirage GR7. Raced at major events for several seasons, it was in contention for outright wins on several occasions but ultimately did no better than 2nd in World Championship events. Meticulously restored the GR7 is today part of the ROFGO Collection and has been regularly raced during the last few seasons. Other Group 6 cars due to take to the track are the Cosworth-engined McLaren M8C, which will be reunited by its original driver Alain de Cadennet, his later De Cadenet T380 and the unique Lola T282.
Due to take the track in the high-speed GT1 demonstrations are rare machines like several Porsche 911 GT1s, Ferrari F40 LMs and McLaren F1 GTRs.
We will be on hand during the weekend and will return with a full report and gallery early next week.
2017-03-13: John Surtees remembered, the oldest Alfa Romeo and the latest auction news ...
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of John Surtees late last week at the age of 83. A hugely talented racer, Surtees remains the only person to win World Championships on both two and four wheels. His greatest success on four wheels came in 1964 when he won the Formula 1 World Championship in this Ferrari 158 F1. In recent years, he was reunited with the car during demonstrations at Goodwood. In addition to his success in single seaters, Surtees also became the inaugural Can-Am champion with the Lola T70 Mk2 Spyder.
Surtees will surely also be remembered at the upcoming Goodwood Members' Meeting where the race for mid-1960s sports cars is named after him. Another fan favourite is the race for Edwardian behemoths, which this year will include this Alfa Romeo G1. It is one of fifty built and the sole survivor, making it the earliest Alfa Romeo in existence. Bonhams will stage an auction at the Members' Meeting on Sunday. Among the 88 lots consigned is this Lola T70 Spyder. The second T70 built, this car was raced in period by David Hobbs and has also been very successful in historic events.
Of the many cars that crossed the block at Amelia Island over the weekend, this Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion was among the top sellers. It was part of Gooding's $30.5 million sale and eventually changed hands for a staggering $5.6 million.
2017-03-09: Geneva stars from the past and present ...
Rounding up this year's Geneva Motor Show coverage, we today take a look at some past and current stars. From the past come this Pinin Farina styled Lancia Aurelia PF200 and Fiat 8V Coupe Ghia Supersonic Coupe by Ghia. They were shown at the 1953 and 1954 editions of the Geneva show respectively and are due to cross the block at the RM Sotheby's Amelia Island sale tomorrow.
While Ghia is long gone, Pininfarina is still in business and they revealed this Fittipaldi EF7. Slated for limited production, it was engineered by German company HWA of AMG fame with the help of Brazilian racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi. The EF7 features a carbon fibre chassis and a bespoke V8 engine.
Fellow Italian design house Italdesign have stepped up to become a niche manufacturer with limited production models based on products of mother company Audi. At Geneva, they revealed the R8-based Zerouno of which just five will be built.
One of the biggest surprises and certainly one of the most interesting cars on show was the RUF CTR. Although it looks like a 1980s Porsche 911, it features an all-new carbon-fibre chassis with push-rod suspension and a twin-turbo engine. Thanks to the lightweight chassis, the 700 bhp CTR tips the scales at just 1,200 kg.
Dutch supercar builder Spyker was on hand to reveal the C8 Preliator Spyder and more importantly an engine deal with Koenigsegg for a naturally aspirated V8 that will power both the Coupe and Spyder versions of the Preliator. Production of the former is due to start later this year.
Francophiles and lovers of compact sports cars will rejoice to find the new Alpine A110 to their liking. Using a lightweight aluminium chassis, it is powered by a mid-mounted, 252 bhp engine. For optimal handling a vast majority of the A110's weight is concentrated inside the already very short wheelbase.
2017-03-07: 2017 Geneva Motor Show day one round-up ...
On the shores of the Lac Leman, the annual Geneva Motor Show kicked off with the first of a pair of press preview days. Among the most highly anticipated cars to break cover this morning was the McLaren 720S. Replacing the 650S, this striking machine features an all-new monocoque and a four-litre version of the familiar twin-turbo V8 engine. It features a hugely sophisticated, aerodynamics dictated design. Among the 720S' most unusual features are the headlight air-intakes that feed fresh air to the engine bay through the double skinned doors.
Another new high performance that captured our attention was the new Porsche 911 GT3. It features the 500 hp engine of the previous GT3 RS and more importantly, the manual gearbox returns as an option.
Aston Martin used the Geneva Motor Show to take the wraps of the new AMR sub-brand for high performance versions of the 'regular' production models. The two cars revealed today were the Rapide AMR and the Vantage AMR Pro.
Audi debuted the all-new RS 5 Coupe of which a DTM version was also revealed.
Sister company Bentley used the Swiss show to introduce the EXP 12 Speed 6e; the electric, drop-top version of the highly acclaimed EXP 10 Speed 6 launched in 2015.
2017-03-06: Final look ahead to the Geneva Motor Show ...
This week, all eyes are on the Geneva for the annual Motor Show that starts tomorrow. As a final preview to the event, we today take a closer look at the latest pre-releases.
One car that will definitely be a talking point is the mighty Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Powered by a 630 bhp V10 engine and 40kg lighter, this hardcore Huracan clocked a lap on the Nurburgring in just 6:52 minutes according to Lamborghini.
Another high performance machine to take centre stage will be the Infiniti Project Black S. Based on the top of the range Q60 model, it features the familiar twin-turbo V6 engine but mated to a hybrid system developed together with Renault F1. Unfortunately, no performance figures have been released yet but it should be very quick.
Ford will use the Geneva Motor Show to release a slightly more modest but still very exciting Fiesta ST. It is powered by a diminutive three-cylinder Ecoboost engine, which nevertheless pumps out an impressive 200 hp.
Although not present at Geneva yet, Aston Martin did reveal Valkyrie as the official name for the new supercar developed together with Red Bull Racing. It will feature a carbon-fibre composite monocoque, a naturally aspirated V12 created by Cosworth and a seven-speed gearbox provided by Ricardo.
2017-03-02: Rare Ferrari and Aston headed for auction and the latest news due in Geneva ...
In less than two weeks hundreds of collector cars will cross the block at three auctions in the Amelia Island area and today we take a closer look a two absolute highlights. One of the headliners in the Bonhams sale is this Ferrari 250 Europa GT. It is one of the earliest Ferrari road cars with the famous three-litre 'short-block' V12 and unlike most other Europa GTs, chassis 0389GT boasts an aluminium body. The pre-sale estimate is $2.3 - 2.6 million.
At the Gooding sale, one of the star cars is a very rare Aston Martin DB5 Vantage. Around 65 DB5s were built to Vantage specification, which included triple Webers and a claimed 314 bhp output of the straight six engine. Estimated to sell for over $1 million, the example consigned was delivered new to Paris.
Before the gavel is raised in Florida, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show will open its doors. Among the cars announced this week are the all-new and highly anticipated Alpine A110 and the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo shooting brake. We will keep you up to date as the new cars break cover in the coming days.
2017-02-27: Formula 1's class of 2017 and the latest Geneva previews ...
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 version.
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.
2017-02-23: Porsche 911 Turbo Ss headed for auction and more new F1 cars ...
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 W08is 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.
2017-02-20: Unique Porsche 917, all-new Sauber F1 racer and latest Techart GTstreet R Cabriolet ...
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.