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2018-03-28: 2018 Techno Classic report and 220-shot gallery and New York show stars ...
2018 Techno Classic report and 220-shot gallery Last week we were in Essen for the 30th annual Techno Classica. With around 1,250 exhibitors and more than 200 club displays, it is definitely the largest in-door classic car show in the world. While it seemed that every other car in the 14 halls of the Messe Essen were either a Porsche 911 or a Gullwing Mercedes-Benz, there were some other interesting cars on display as well. These ranged from the new continuation Aston Martin DB4 GT to the Rondeau that holds the record for the single most Le Mans starts and the turbine engined Howmet TX. We explored the vast exhibition centre to capture the highlights that are featured in our 220-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.
Today, the doors opened of the New York International Auto Show. This opportunity was used to introduce several high performance versions of existing models. These included the 550hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR, which is the new range topping model of Jaguar's SUV range.
Mercedes-AMG showcased the V8 version of the recently revised C-Class in the form of this C 63 S Coupe. It is powered by the familiar twin-turbo V8 that produces 510 hp in the most powerful 'S' trim.
Built specifically for the North American market, Audi have created this RS 5 Sportback. Like the coupe version, the Sportback's twin turbo V6 is good for 450 hp.
  2018-03-26: Unique Hagemann-Sutton Special and the latest electric racers ...
Hagemann-Sutton Special One of the more unusual cars in action during the 76th Goodwood Members' Meeting was the unique Hagemann-Sutton Special. Wheeled out for the firs time by its German owner on this side of the Atlantic, the car had originally been commissioned from Jack Hagemann in 1959 as a sports racer to rival the better known Scarabs. Sadly, before it was completed the funds had dried up and it would take until 2005 for it to be finished. As can be seen in our 39-shot gallery, the fascinating machine has regularly been raced in California before crossing the Atlantic.
Having withdrawn from WRC, Volkswagen have now set their sights on the legendary Pikes Peak hill-climb with an all-electric racer fittingly dubbed the I.D. R Pikes Peak. For now there are only two renderings available of the car that looks set to challenge the electric record this Summer. Another new electric racer to break cover is the DS E-TENSE FE 19. This is the DS team's version of the new-for-2019 Formula E car. Compared to its predecessor, the second generation car boasts more power and a completely new bodykit that includes the HALO head protection devise also introduced in Formula 1 this year.
Over the last few weeks the recently revived Brabham Automotive have revealed snippets of their all new car due to be named the BT62. It is set to break cover on May 1st and for now, all we can show is a brief video of the car thundering past. We will definitely keep you posted on this exciting new project.
2018-03-23: Group 5 BMW and Ferrari, and Porsche 904 that starred at Goodwood ...
BMW 320 Group 5 Taking centre stage at last weekend's rather cold Goodwood Members' Meeting were the 1970s and early 1980s Group 5 silhouette racers. Driven with great verve by Dutch WRC ace Kevin Abbring was a striking Fruit of the Loom liveried BMW 320. Powered by a Formula 2 engine, the compact and very light BMW was one of the few cars to take the fight to the dominant Porsche 935s. The featured example was raced in the 1978 DRM by the hugely talented Markus Hottinger. He scored three victories, including one at the Nordschleiffe.
Developed by Ferrari and Pininfarina, the slippery 512 BB LM is a great example of the silhouette racer. Ultimately, the package did not turn out to be particularly suited to racing due the engine being mounted on top of the gearbox but the cars are nevertheless highly sought after today. Four of the 25 examples were on hand, including this car, which is the very last one built. Delivered new in Belgium, it has recently been repatriated after spending most of its life in American ownership.
Another highlight of the weekend were the half a dozen 904 Carrera GTS Porsches entered in the opening race of the Members' Meeting. Among them was chassis 904-045, which was delivered new to noted British privateer raced 'Dickie' Stoop. It has recently been completely restored by Maxted-Page and turned a wheel anger for the first time in many years at Goodwood.
  2018-03-20: 76th Goodwood Members' Meeting report and 200-shot gallery ...
75th Members' Meeting report and 240-shot gallery Having covered events around the world for over 15 years, we are more than seasoned but leave it to Goodwood to provide a new experience at this weekend's 76th Members' Meeting. The two-day event was run under truly winter conditions with a blizzard on Saturday and a snow-lined track on Sunday. Thanks to a brisk eastern wind, it was absolutely freezing throughout the event. Despite the treacherous conditions, the show, with the exception of the motorcycle race, went on and there was rarely s quiet moment around the track. In addition to the eleven races, which included the ever popular Group 1 touring cars, 1960s big banger sports cars and the very early, rudimentary specials, there were also special demonstration runs for F5000 and Group 5 cars.
At what was certainly the coldest event we have ever attended, we braved the conditions to capture enough material for this action-packed 200-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate this concise report.
2018-03-15: Goodwood Members' Meeting Preview and more Amelia auction results ...
Rover SD1 Group 1 This weekend we will be at the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 76th Members' Meeting. Although only held for the fourth time in its revived form, the event is already a set fixture on the historic motorsport calendar. One of the blue ribband races of the weekend is the two-driver Gerry Marshall Trophy for late 1970s and early 1980s Group 1 touring cars. It provides for a particularly colourful grid that features a wide variety of machinery. Among the top runners is the Rover SD1 3500 we have highlighted today. No fewer than four examples are featured in our 48-shot gallery, each of which raced at the Members' Meeting last year and should be out on track again this weekend.
Another fabulous machine due on track over the weekend is this ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza. The car has had a well documented period and historic racing career. It won the Swedish Grand Prix and was also in the lead of the Monaco Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari until a last lap failure prompted a retirement. In more recent years, it was famously driven to Goodwood on the road from its home in Germany, claimed victory in its race at the Revival and was then driven all the way back. This weekend the lovely Monza will be pitched against its contemporaries in the Carraciola Sportwagen Rennen.
One of the great seen action last year during the GT1 demonstration was this McLaren F1 GTR. At this year's edition, dedicated demonstrations will be run for Group 5 and Formula 5000 cars both of which promise a stellar field of cars.
As always, you can expect a detailed report and gallery from the event a few days after the event.
Today, we also continue our Amelia Island coverage with a detailed and well illustrated look at the remaining auction results. Gooding topped the results with a combined total of $35.7 million sold and a sell-through rate of 94%. Rival RM Sotheby's saw 'only' 87% of the lots find a new owner for a total of $27.7 million.
  2018-03-12: Bonhams Amelia Island results and Members' Meeting sale preview ...
Bonhams Amelia Island Auction The action at Amelia Island kicked off last week with the Bonhams Auction on Thursday. Of the 104 cars consigned 84% sold for a combined total of just over $13.5 million. We have now published the full results, illustrated by a 120-shot gallery.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Bonhams's motoring department will host another sale on Saturday as part of the Goodwood Members' Meeting. Among the cars consigned to the official Members' Meeting sale is the Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 ordered new by none other than Paul McCartney of Beatles fame. Never restored, it has survived in remarkably original condition. Also boasting famous provenance is this altogether more affordable Aston Martin DB7 Volante, which was owned and used during the first year of its life by HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. One of the more unusual cars consigned and one we have seen in action at Goodwood several times is this Attila Mk3. It is one of a handful of small-block V8 engined sports racer designed and built by the talented Val Dare-Bryan during the mid-1960s. With a pre-sale estimate of GBP 125,000, it offers an affordable way into, for example, one of the Goodwood Revival's most prestigious classes.
2018-03-08: Fabulous Porsches headed for auction and Geneva round-up ...
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 Porsche enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice at the three auctions held at Amelia Island this week. Moved from Saturday to Friday, the RM Sotheby's sale includes a formidable line-up of 964 generation 911s from a single collection. We saw this 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 last year at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel. Sold new to Japan, it had less than 800 km on the odometer. Among the other naturally aspirated examples consigned are a 911 America RS and the rarer still 911 Carrera RS 3.8. Turbocharged cars are also available with the 911 Turbo 3.3 S Leichtbau as the absolute highlight. Also included are two examples of the Flachbau or 'slant nose'.
One of the stars of tonight's Bonhams sale is this Type 993 911 GT2. It was also sold new to Japan and is offered by an American collector.
Rounding up our coverage from this year's Geneva Motor Show, we have also added further star cars. These included the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, Bugatti Chiron Sport and Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder.
  2018-03-06: 2018 Geneva Motor Show Day 1 round-up ...
McLaren Senna GTR Today, the doors of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show for the first of two press days. We have kept close tabs on the best cars released today. Impossible to miss was the McLaren Senna GTR. Although shown in concept car form, this track only machine will be built in a limited run of 75 examples only in 2019. While there are currently no plans to race the car, the Senna GTR does look like it was built with the LM-GTE class in mind.
Toyota have finally revived the Supra name for this GR Supra Racing Concept. Built by Gazoo Racing, it just screams for a road-going production version.
The recently revived Alpine brand revealed the latest, GT4 version of the A110, which is due to hit the tracks in the near future.
To mark the end of Aero production, Morgan have revealed the Aero GT of which just eight will be built.
With 1,177bhp on tap, one of the most powerful cars on display is this Zenvo TSR-S. The latest evolution of the Danish hypercar is powered by a twin-supercharged V8 engine.
Offering various options for the future were the concept cars like the Lagonda VIsion Concept, the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo and BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe.
2018-03-05: Final Geneva Motor Show preview with first releases ...
Techrules Ren RS Tomorrow, the doors will open for the ever highly anticipated annual Geneva Motor Show and to get you in the mood, we have taken a first look at the latest announcements. One of the most exotic is unquestionably the Techrules Ren RS. The high performance Chinese machine features no fewer than six electric motors, good for a combined 1,287bhp. The range of the sophisticated machine is further extended by a turbine generator. Responsible for the styling of the Ren RS are father Giorgietto and son Fabrizio Giugiaro.
This evening, at the Volkswagen Group press conference, Bentley presented the company's first hybrid car in the form of the Bentayga Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid SUV features a new turbo-charged V6 that works together with an electric motor. Also revealed there was the Cupra e-Racer, which is an all-electric racing car introduced to highlight the launch of Seat's high performance sub-brand Cupra.
Mercedes-AMG will use the Geneva Motor Show to showcase an improved version of the C 43 Saloon. In its latest iteration, the twin-turbo V6 engine has modified to produce a further 17bhp for a total of 385bhp. This power is fed to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic.
Well known Mercedes-Benz 'enhancer' Brabus will reveal the latest 800 model, both in Saloon and Coupe form. Whole the former is based on the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, the latter uses the Mercedes-AMG S 63 S Coupe as basis, which do both feature the same twin-turbo engine. With Brabus' modifications, this sophisticated unit pumps out very close to 200bhp per litre.
As soon as the show opens we will add the cars as they are released, which can then be found on our main page or twitter feed.
  2018-03-02: Highly anticipated Jaguar I-Pace and more 2018 F1 cars ...
Jaguar I-Pace Yesterday, Jaguar revealed the highly anticipated, all-electric I-Pace, which will see the British manufacturer go head to head with market leader Tesla's Model X. Developed from scratch, the I-Pace is built on an aluminium frame that houses the batteries in the floor and boasts an electric motor mounted on either end. Good for 200hp and 348Nm each, the combined output is a staggering 400hp and 696Nm. This allows the five-seat I-Pace to accelerate to 100km/h in under five seconds. Jaguar also promises a range of 480km for the all-electric, which is priced at just under GBP 64,000 and will be available for customers later this year.
Ahead of this year's Formula 1 season, teams are permitted just eight days of testing at Barcelona, split over two sessions. The first of these was this week and fell victim to unusually cold and wet conditions, which saw drivers complete just a handful of laps on Wednesday. While the changeable conditions prevent us to say much about the outright performance but we are certainly impressed by the Toro Rosso STR13 Honda. In the team's very first outing with the previously troublesome Honda power unit, Toro Rosso actually completed the most laps of all and also posted relatively representative times. If the STR13 continues to perform, we could see the senior Red Bull Racing team switch to Honda from the 2019 season. For now, the new and now fully liveried RB14 is still powered by the Tag Heuer badged Renault power unit.
Revealed on Monday morning ahead of the first test was the brightly liveried Force India VJM11. Whether the car will still be dubbed Force India at the first race later this month remains to be seen as the team's owners are engulfed in legal action in India, which might see the country's name removed from the team name.