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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.
2018-02-05: Fabulous Porsche collection headed for auction ...
Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GT 2000 The three-day auction marathon in Paris this week will be concluded by Artcurial Motorcars' official Retromobile Sale. Among the headliners is a fabulous selection of Porsches from the Jean-Claude Miloé collection.
The earliest pair are two Carrera engined 356s; a very rare 356 Carrera 2 GT and this slightly earlier 356 A Carrera 1600 GS Cabriolet. The Carrera 2 represents the ultimate development of the 356 Carrera and in GT guise saw a limited production run of just 16 examples. Like the earlier Cabriolet, it is estimated to sell for Euro 800,000 to 1.2 million.
Using the same two-litre engine as the Carrera 2 is this 904 Carrera GTS consigned to the auction. It was extensively raced in period and Miloé was just the third owner after acquiring it in 1994. As can be seen in our detailed feature, it has also been used in historic events like the Tour Auto. To become the fifth owner, Artcurial estimate a minimum bid of Euro 1.4 million is required.
The most recent machine of the quartet is this 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring. Sold new in France, it was more recently comprehensively restored and is offered from the Miloé collection with a Euro 550,000 - 650,000 estimate.
We will be in Paris this week and will run features on the auctions and the of course the highly anticipated Retromobile show shortly thereafter.
  2018-02-02: Colourful machines head for auction in Paris and the Fittipaldi F5A ...
Bugatti Type 57 Torpedo Tourist Trophy Next week, we will be in Paris for the annual Retromobile show and the associated auctions. Arguably the best venue of the week is the Grand Palais used for the Bonhams sale on Thursday. One of the headliners of the sale is this unique Bugatti Type 57 Torpedo Tourist Trophy. A works competition car, this striking machine was raced in period by the likes of Lord Howe and Pierre Levegh. Following a very lengthy racing career, it was sold to the current, Australian owner in 1958. Chassis 57264 has since been restored to its original configuration. Available for the first time in six decades, it is estimated to sell for over Euro 800,000.
Also consigned to the same auction are a pair of colourful competition cars. The most striking of the two is undoubtedly this Lancia Delta S4 Group B car. A works car, it served as a recce machine at several rallies. More recently in French ownership, '051' has been raced in several historic rallies. The second is this hugely successful Ferrari F355 Challenge, which was driven to ten wins by Beppe Schenetti.
On Wednesday, RM Sotheby's will stage their Paris sale. Among our favourites consigned is this DeTomaso Mangusta, which has been equipped with a tweaked, 350 bhp V8 engine.
Two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi joined his brother's Fittipaldi team during the late 1970s. The most successful of these cars was the Fittipaldi F5A of 1978. The best result came exactly 40 years ago this week when Fittipaldi himself drove his F5A to a second place finish in the Argentinean Grand Prix.
2018-01-31: All new Lister Thunder and Storm GT racer ...
Lister Thunder The recently revived Lister Motor Company have just revealed the first details of the all-new Thunder sports car. Strictly limited to 99 examples, the fastest road-going Lister is based on the highly acclaimed Jaguar F-Type. Lister engineers have enhanced the exterior and tuned the supercharged V8 to produce a staggering 666 bhp. The tuned engine allows the Thunder to accelerate to 60 mph in just over three seconds and on to a 208 mph top speed. The new Lister will be unveiled at the Historic Motorsport International in London next month and is priced at GBP 139,950.
In its previous guise, Lister also made road going sports cars like the Jaguar V12-engined Storm. Of the Storm, Lister also produced a GT1 racing car. From the late 1990s, this striking machine was raced with considerable success in the FIA GT Championship and the British GT Championship. The chassis featured today was used by David Warnock and Mike Jordan to win the 2001 British GT Championship.
Hopefully, Lister will honour the company's rich racing history and also produce a competition version of the new Thunder.
  2018-01-29: Great Italian-American joint ventures ...
Bizzarrini BZ-2001 Over the years, American and Italian engineers have collaborated to create some truly great machines. Today we have highlighted three distinct and interesting examples. Rarest of the bunch is the unique Bizzarrini BZ-2001 built in 1993. It was the brainchild of American collector Barry Watkins, who collaborated with the great Italian engineer Giotto Bizzarrini. They had aimed to develop a production version but ultimately poor economic conditions and a lack of funding ended the project after just this Ferrari Testarossa-based prototype was constructed.
Among Bizzarrini's much better known creations is the Iso Grifo A3/C, which combines an Italian body and underpinnings with a small-block Chevrolet V8. The featured example is one of the very early examples and was acquired new by the 'Elvis Presley of France' Johnny Hallyday. Later part of the Loheac museum collection for two decades, chassis B 0209 has now been consigned to the RM Sotheby's Paris Sale with an estimate of Euro 2.5-3 million.
Also favoured by the stars was the Ghia L6.4. The luxurious two-door coupe combined American underpinnings with a Ghia-designed and built bodywork. Just over two dozen were built and they were particularly popular with members of the 'Rat Pack' like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Both of the L6.4s featured were at one point owned by Rat Pack members and feature custom touches made by the legendary George Barris.
Over the weekend another American / Italian collaboration won the Daytona 24 Hours, covering a record distance. The Cadillac DPi-V.R used by the Action Express Racing team to win the race features an Italian Dallara chassis with custom bodywork and and 5.5-litre American V8.
2018-01-26: Superb silhouette racers from Ferrari and Porsche and Senna's McLaren headed for auction ...
Porsche 935 J International sports car racing starts in earnest this weekend with the Daytona 24 Hours. This prompted us to take a look back at a time when very wild silhouette racers dominated in the banked corners of the famous Speedway. An outright winner from this period was the mighty Porsche 935 J. Like the better known Kremer 935 K3, this 935 was built by a customer team; Joest Racing in this case. They used modified Porsche supplied shells and a proprietary air-to-air intercooler setup. Successful on both sides of the Atlantic, the 935 J also won the Sebring 12 Hours. Our detailed feature includes three different examples we have shot over the last few years.
One of the 935's early rivals was the Ferrari 512 BB LM. The chassis highlighted today was raced at Daytona three times but with limited success. Still in highly original condition, '34445' is today part of a formidable German collection.
Earlier this week, British auctioneer announced that they have consigned the very McLaren MP4/8 Ford that was driven to victory in the 1993 Monaco Grand Prix for their upcoming Monaco sale. This win was the late Senna's record breaking sixth and fifth consecutive victory in the principality. Now part of a formidable collection, MP4-8A-6 should fetch a pretty penny.
McLaren's bespoke department MSO have produced a limited run of the MSO X for the Newport Beach dealership. Finished in iconic liveries, the full road legal machines are inspired by the GT4 racing version of the 570S. Just ten examples of the MSO X have been built.
  2018-01-24: Maserati and Bugatti supercars up for auction and new Range Rover SV Coupe ...
Maserati MC12 Stradale Next month's RM Sotheby's Paris sale will be of particular interest for supercar enthusiasts. Among the high performance machines due to cross the block is this early Maserati MC12. Delivered on January 3rd, 2005, the consigned example was one of the first built. Now in German ownership and with 12,000 km on the odometer, the MC12 is estimated to sell for Euro 2 - 2.5 million.
Of an earlier generation is this Bugatti EB 110 SS, which was one of the pre-production prototypes. Initially fitted with rear-wheel drive only for testing purposes, it was later fitted with all-wheel drive and the very SS engine used for a top speed record effort in an earlier prototype. Owned for many years by a Dutch enthusiast, chassis 39006 has now been consigned by its British owner.
Virtually brand new is another Bugatti consigned; this Chiron. Delivered in April of 2017, this car was among the first 20 Chirons delivered. With barely 1,000 km on the odometer, this Chiron has a pre-sale estimate of Euro 3.2 - 3.5 million.
Ahead of the official launch at the Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover revealed the first glimpse of the Range Rover SV Coupe. This highly exclusive, range-topping machine will be limited to just 999 example.