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2019-12-06: Bonhams Bond Street preview with three great cars from Jay Kay and ex-Prince Charles Aston ...
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight Tomorrow, British auctioneer will host their blue ribband sale at the company's Bond Street headquarters. The headlining lot is definitely the Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight we looked at a few weeks ago. Further interesting consignments include three examples from the collection of Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay. The most valuable of the trio is this beautifully restored Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight. It is one of 200 built that was originally owned by a friend of the Porsche family. Chassiss 911 360 1097 joined Jay Kay's collection in 2008. Another Porsche offered from the singer's stable is this low mileage Carrera GT. This Ferrari F12tdf was acquired new by Jay Kay, so is offered from the first owner. During his three and a half years of ownership, he only covered 1,600 miles in this mighty Ferrari.
Another interesting car that will cross the block on Sunday is a royal example of the Aston Martin Virage 6.3 Volante. Built using the mighty 330 bhp version of the quad-cam V8, this particular example was commissioned by none other than the Prince of Wales. He would own the bespoke Aston Martin for close to 15 years and it was later also displayed at the Aston Martin factory for several years. The ex-Prince Charles Virage can be yours for an estimated GBP 225,000 - 275,000.

2019-12-04: Peugeot return to Le Mans and Hennessey's C8 Corvette ..
Peugeot Hypercar Hot on the heels of the announcement of Peugeot's return to sports car racing a decade after the hasty withdrawal early in 2012, the French company now revealed a first glimpse of the machine due to race in the new hypercar class. While only a head on rendering was released, the plan is to field a car complete with hybrid technology and in partnership with Swiss watch brand and current LMP1 squad Rebellion.
The recent announcement made us reminisce of the 908 raced by the French manufacturer during the 2011 season. It was set to be back out in 2012 but a last minute decision saw the programme scrapped when the pit enclosure for the Sebring 12 Hours had already been built. We were recently reminded of just how fast these cars when this 908, now in private hands, dominated at the Dix Mille Tours. Now run by Equipe Europe, chassis 908-04 is a two-time race winner.
Fast is never fast enough for the good men at Hennessey Performance Engineering, so it was only a matter of time before they would work their magic on the all-new mid-engined C8 Corvette. The result is this HPE1200 Twin Turbo Corvette. The type name leaves little room to speculate as it will indeed by powered by a 1,200 bhp, twin-turbo version of the new LT2 V8 engine. Hennessey will also offer a supercharger kit that raises the power of the standard engine to 700 bhp for those who feel a bit faster is indeed fast enough.

2019-12-03: One-off Zonda topping RM Abu Dhabi sale, new Jaguar F-Type and Audi RS Q8 ...
Pagani Zonda Aether Leading auctioneer RM Sotheby's staged the first ever Abu Dhabi sale on the start-finish straight of this weekend's Grand Prix on Saturday evening. Topping the $31.3 million sale was this one-off Pagani Zonda Aether. Built late in 2017 on a brand new chassis, this Roadster is one of around a dozen custom Zondas built with the 760hp version of the naturally aspirated Mercedes-Benz AMG V12. Crucially, this engine was mated to the desirable six-speed manual gearbox. The unique machine sold for $6.8 million, which is a new world record for a Zonda.
Jaguar have launched a comprehensively revised F-Type last night. It features an all-new front facia and more subtle revisions throughout. The range-topping model is the F-Type R, which is powered by the 575hp version of the familiar supercharged V8.
Topping the Audi Q8 range will be this RS Q8. This is powered by a 600hp twin-turbo V8, which is complemented by a mild hybrid system connected to the alternator and can generate up to 12 kW of power.

2019-11-29: All conquering Schumacher Ferrari F1 car headed for auction ...
Ferrari F2002 Tomorrow, RM Sotheby's will host a sale as part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is the finale of this year's Formula 1 World Championship. Considering the venue, it is no surprise that one of the headliners of the auction is a Grand Prix car, and not just any Grand Prix car but a great example of the all-conquering Ferrari F2002. Designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Brawn, it was far more than an evolution of its already very successful predecessors. The F2002 did look similar to the car used in 2001 but it was considerably lighter and also boasted a lower centre of gravity. It was introduced in the third round of the 2002 Formula 1 World Championship and would go on to win 14 of the 15 remaining races that year, making it one of the most successful Grand Prix cars ever. The example consigned to the sale was driven to three victories in 2002 by Michael Schumacher. Its most crucial came at the French Grand Prix where Schumacher clinched the World Championship with six races to spare. It has recently been tested by Michael's son Mick and a part of the proceeds will go to the Keep Fighting Foundation.
Other Grand Prix cars that will cross the block in Abu Dhabi tomorrow are the ex-Michael Schumacher Benetton B192 and the sole surviving Ferrari 126 C2.

2019-11-27: Four track-ready supercars headed for auction ...
Ferrari FXX K A relatively recent trend is that of race-ready supercars that are not built for any particular series but for special track day events. Four of these have been consigned to this weekend's RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi sale.
The earliest and most valuable is this Ferrari FXX K. Based on the LaFerrari, this track-day machine has a hybrid drivetrain that is good for well over 1,000 bhp. The consigned example has never been used in the dedicated Ferrari Corse Clienti XX Programme, and is estimated to sell for over $4 million.
McLaren have jumped on the same band wagon with 'GTR' versions of their supercars. Entered in the auction are virtually brand-new examples of both the P1 GTR ($2.2 - 2.4 million) and Senna GTR ($1.5 - 1.75 million).
The most recent machine of the four is the mighty Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. Also with zero miles on the odometer, this particular example is liveried in the legendary Rothmans colours used by the Porsche Group C cars during the 1980s.

2019-11-25: The end of an era with the best Toro Rosso and Minardi Grand Prix cars ...
Toro Rosso STR3 Ferrari This weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the final Formula 1 race of the 2019 season, which also means the end of an era for the team that has been known as Toro Rosso since 2006. While under the same ownership, the team will race under the Alpha Tauri name, which refers to a Red Bull owned clothing label. To mark this occasion, we have taken a closer look at the Toro Rosso STR3 Ferrari, which is by far the most successful car fielded by the team. Introduced partway into the 2008 season, it was a derivative of the Grand Prix racer fielded by Red Bull racing the previous season. The STR3's biggest claim to fame was the victory from pole position in the Italian Grand Prix by Sebastian Vettel, making him the youngest ever Grand Prix winner. The team finished sixth overall that year, which, embarrassingly, was even better than Red Bull Racing.
Before the team morphed into Toro Rosso, it raced as Minardi for just over two decades. The Giancarlo Minardi run squad was not overly successful but did have a fine reputation for introducing young talents to Formula 1. In the the 21 years the team was active, a Minardi only lead a race once. The car used that day was the M189 Ford campaigned during the 1989 season. It was designed by Nigel Couperwaithe, was assisted by Aldo Costa, who would later go on to pen the world championship winning Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix cars. Beautifully restored, we captured this M189 at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it was reunited with original driver Pierluigi Martini.