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2019-03-29: Formula Friday with F1 and F2 cars from the likes of Lotus and Brabham ...
Lotus 77 Cosworth Today, we have taken a closer look at four single seater racers that competed in Formula 1 and Formula 2. The most successful Grand Prix car of the quartet is the Lotus 77 Cosworth. Built for the 1976 season, it was a much belated replacement for the World Championship winning Type 72, which had been first raced during the 1970 season. With the Type 77 Mario Andretti won the first Grand Prix for Team Lotus since 1974. All three chassis have competed in historic racing during the last couple of years and are featured in detail.
Of a slightly later vintage is the Theodore TR1 that was designed by Ron Tauranac for Teddy Yip. A wholly conventional machine, it scored a single victory when Keke Rosberg won the International Trophy at Silverstone in the featured example.
During the 1992 season, the BMS Scuderia team fielded this Ferrari-engined Dallara F192. It was driven by JJ Lehto and Pierluigi Martini. Two six place finishes for the latter were the best results for the final Dallara F1 car raced under the company's own name.
Another Tauranac designed car is the Brabham BT36 that was raced in the 1971 European Formula 2 Championship. It was an evolution of the BT30 and was raced to second in the championship by Carlos Reutemann. The featured example was the third built and it was campaigned in period by a German gentleman racer.
  2019-03-27: Rare Fiat and Lamborghini headed for auction and new Mercedes-AMG A 35 ...
Fiat 8V Zagato Coupe The first consignments for RM Sotheby's upcoming Villa Erba sale have been announced. We are particularly taken by this Fiat 8V Zagato Coupe that has been recently restored to its original emerald green colour. It was not raced in period and has spent its entire life in Italian ownership. Between the mid-1980s and 2013, the 8V was in single ownership and competed in the Mille Miglia Storico eight times. It is now estimated to sell for in excess of €1.6 million.
Another Italian masterpiece that will cross the block during the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este weekend is this lovingly preserved Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2. It has been consigned by its second owner, who acquired the car from the original custodian only last year. The first owner used the car regularly early in its life and then maintained it to full running order but drove far less frequently. As a result, chassis 1285 has survived in remarkably original condition.
This morning, Mercedes-AMG launched the range-topping version of the new A-Class. Dubbed the A 35 4MATIC Sedan, it features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is good for 302 bhp. This power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed, automatic gearbox.
2019-03-25: One-off Ferrari P80/C and three Aston Martins ...
Ferrari P80/C Ferrari have revealed the latest bespoke one-off built to custom order. Dubbed the P80/C, this truly spectacular machine is based on the 488 GT3 racing car. The project was kicked off back in 2015 and drew inspiration from 1960s sports cars like the 330 P4 and the 206 S Dino. The unique body was penned by the Flavio Manzoni headed Ferrari Styling Centre with considerable input from the client. As a result, the P80/C is actually 5% more aerodynamically efficient.
Although not due to be delivered until late in 2020, Aston Martin released further sketches of the DBS GT Zagato. It has been created to celebrate Zagato's 100th anniversary and will only be available as a package with a DB4 GT Zagato replica. Limited to 19 examples, this DBZ Centenary Collection is priced at £6 million. Compared to the value of the original that is still a great value. We recently spotted a superb example of the original 19 cars. Shown at Retromobile by Fiskens, the featured car was originally owned and raced by none other than Dr Elio Zagato.
Another Aston Martin making headlines this month is the Vantage DTM, which will be raced in the German touring car championship by R-Motorsport. Built to the latest 'Class One' regulations, it has been developed for the British company by HWA Motorsport, who were previously responsible for the Mercedes-Benz DTM cars.
  2019-03-22: Ferrari Friday with two 308 GTB racers, and new Porsche Cayenne Coupe ...
Ferrari 308 GTB Carma FF Carlo Facetti was one of the most remarkable figures in Italian motor racing for many years. As a trained engineer, he worked for the likes of Lancia and was then also equally skilled behind the wheels of the cars he had created. During the second half of the 1970s, he had set his sights on the Ferrari 308 GTB. Using the early fibreglass bodied version, Facetti's first creations were built to Group 4 specifications. One example was driven by Facetti himself to the Italian Group 4 championship during the 1978 season. A pair were also raced at the Daytona 24 Hours. The featured example was raced at Daytona and then used by Facetti for his successful Italian Championship effort. It was recently recommissioned by Belgian specialist Gipimotor and was demonstrated at the Imola Classic.
Facetti continued to work on the 308 GTB and with the backing of Martino Finotto created a Group 5 version that was dubbed Carma FF after its two creators. It was fitted with a turbocharged version of the V8 engine that featured bespoke four-valve heads designed by Facetti himself. It also featured a completely new body and massive brakes that were identical to those fitted on the Porsche 935 and 936. Showcasing the car's potential, Facetti set the fastest lap of all in the Carma FF at the Daytona 24 Hours. Sadly, the radiator was holed prompting a retirement. It was raced through to the end of the year and has survived in remarkably original condition and was shown recently at Retromobile.
Porsche today revealed an all-new Coupé version of the Cayenne. Two versions are available to order right now, headlined by the 541bhp Turbo.
2019-03-20: RM Sotheby's Essen sale preview and new drop-top Lister ...
Lancia Stratos HF Stradale Auctioneer RM Sotheby's will host the company's first ever sale in Essen as part of the Techno Classica show early in April. A startling 217 cars have been consigned and today we take a look at four of our favourites. Particularly appealing is this Lancia Stratos HF Stradale that has had just three owners from new. It is still in as-new condition and has just 11,800 km on the odometer. To become the fourth owner of the azure blue Stratos RM estimate a bid of around €500,000 is needed.
There are two other Italian sports cars offered in 'as new' condition. The first is this 403 kmLamborghini Diablo SE30 and the second is the fifth of five Italdesign Zerounos built in 2018, which has yet to be registered for the road.
From a completely different era is this Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A consigned by a Swiss collector. It was originally delivered to the United Kingdom and was recently established by Mercedes-Benz Classic to still contain all of its major original components. With an estimate of €2-2.4 million, the rare 540 K looks set to become the top seller of the auction.
Today, Lister announced the LFT-C, which is a drop-top version of the LFT-666 Coupe. Ready in time for the coming summer, production of the 666bhp, 205mph machine is strictly limited to 10 examples.
  2019-03-18: New V8-engined Continental GT and two Cosworth-engined Group C cars ...
Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible Following the W12-engined versions of the third incarnation of the Continental GT, Bentley have now introduced the V8 in both Coupe and Convertible form. Especially for the third generation Continental GT, the twin-turbo V8 has been reworked and now produces 542bhp, which is a 42bhp increase over the previous model. Deliveries of the new Continental GT V8 in the United States will start in the third quarter of 2019, while the rest of the world will have to wait until 2020.
In the first years of Group C racing, the newly developed four-litre DFL version of the Ford Cosworth DFV engine powered a choice of cars. First and foremost, Ford's own C100, which was raced in 1981 and 1982 by a factory team. The initial design was by Len Bailey but this was first refined by John Thompson, who created a honeycomb aluminium monocoque and subsequently by Tony Southgate but his Mk3 version never raced. Ultimately, the car was no success in the World Championship but did do remarkably well in the DRM and Interserie championships. The featured example has the best track record of all and even briefly led at Le Mans in 1982 ahead of the Porsche 956s.
Another Group C car of the era using the DFL was the Rondeau M482. Built by the 1980 Le Mans winning team, this was the first Rondeau built with ground effects in mind and used the input from ground-breaking aerodynamicist Max Sardou. Like Ford's own C100, the M482 was rarely competitive and even though one was raced at Le Mans through to 1987, no results of note were scored.
2019-03-15: Formula 1 Friday with Williams FW07C, Lotus 21 and Connaught C ...
Williams FW07C Cosworth This weekend, the 2019 Formula 1 season will kick off with the Australian Grand Prix. To mark the occasion, we today feature three interesting cars from the sport's rich past. The most modern is this Williams FW07C that serves as a reminder that the team that is struggling now once was a dominant force. The third evolution of the mighty FW07, the 'C' was raced to several victories during the 1981 season. The highlighted example is the very first built and was driven to a debut victory by Alan Jones at the USA Grand Prix West.
An interim car, the four-cylinder engined Lotus 21 of 1961 was used awaiting the development of the Coventry Climax V8. It nevertheless won a Grand Prix in the hands of Innes Ireland and this car was used by a young Jim Clark to score his very first Formula 1 victory.
In addition to the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Melbourne, this weekend will also see a pair of sports car races at Sebring; the 1000-mile FIA WEC race today and the Sebring 12 Hours tomorrow. So it is very fitting that we today also take a look at the Connaught C-Type that made its belated F1 debut in the 1959 American Grand Prix, which was run at Sebring that year. The unique 'toothpaste tube' bodied machine was later also entered in the Indy 500 where it failed to qualify. The C-Type did not really come into its own until it entered historic racing. Since the early 1990s, it has been successful all over Europe including at prestigious events like the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and the Goodwood Revival.
  2019-03-13: Group A Lancia Delta Integrale, Venturi LM600 and wild Cyan Racing concept ...
Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione Group A The demise of Lancia is one of the saddest developments in recent years. To remind why, we have today taken a look at the Group A Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione. This is the ultimate evolution of the hugely successful Martini liveried Lancia rally car that dominated the World Rally Championship between 1987 and 1992. Nicknamed 'Deltona' courtesy of its wide body-kit, the 365 bhp racer was successful in 1992 with eight wins. The featured example was raced to second in the 1992 Safari Rally by Juha Kankkunen.
Of the same era is the Venturi 600 LM that was raced in the BPR Championship and at Le Mans during the mid-1990s. Powered by a 600bhp, twin-turbocharged version of the PRV V6 engine, the 600 LM was one of the first GT1 cars built. Chassis LM005 boasted an art-car livery and won the GT1 class at the 1995 Paris 1000 km.
Defying physics, Cyan Racing have created a concept car based on the Lynk & Co 03 WTCR car that sends all of its 528bhp to the front wheels. A production road car will be developed from the show car but we do not know if it will feature the same highly tuned turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
2019-03-11: McLaren Monday with new Senna GTR, P1 GT and Yardley M23 ...
McLaren Senna GTR It is McLaren Monday today with the introduction of the production version of the Senna GTR. Originally announced a year ago, this is the track-day version of the already very extreme Senna road car. It is more powerful than the road car, and it also features a revised aerodynamics package, which includes a mighty rear wing with very deep end plates. Production of the GBP 1.1 million Senna GTR will be limited to just 75 examples and all build slots were allocated within weeks after the launch.
To mark the introduction of the Senna GTR, we have taken a closer look at two further McLarens. The first of the pair is the P1 GT that was created to custom order by specialists Lanzante. It is based on the P1 GTR, which is the Senna GTR's predecessor as McLaren's range-topping track-day car. It is inspired by the F1 GT and accordingly features a bespoke long-tail bodywork. The P1 GT was first seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year and Lanzante will build no more than 13 examples.
McLaren's first World Championship winning car was the M23, which was raced for several seasons. The Gordon Cuppock designed machine has become famous in Texaco-Marlboro livery but in 1973, they were painted in Yardley colours. One of these early cars is the featured example, which was driven to victory in the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix by Peter Revson. After spending many years in the familiar red and white, it was more recently restored to its Yardley configuration. Chassis M23-4 was most recently raced at the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
  2019-03-07: 2019 Geneva Motor Show round-up ...
Bugatti La Voiture Noire Today, we round up our coverage of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a closer look at eight further releases. The show featured the first impression of the most expensive new car ever; the €11 million (+taxes) Bugatti La Voiture Noire. Strictly a one-off, the Chiron based machine was built for a yet unnamed customer. Strong rumours suggest that this customer is actually former Porsche and Volkswagen CEO Ferdinand Piech. The unique design of La Voiture Noire is inspired by the legendary Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupe.
Another high-performance car that debuted at Geneva is the Koenigsegg Jesko that is due to replace the Agera range. It is powered by a further developed twin-turbo V8 that produces 1,280bhp on regular gasoline and a startling 1,600bhp on E85 biofuel, which allows for a higher boost level. The mighty engine is mated to a proprietary nine-speed gearbox. Named after company founder Christian von Koenigsegg's father, the Jesko also boasts an aggressive body with a massive rear wing.
Among the most interesting concept cars launched are the all-electric Italdesign DaVinci and the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept. Alfa Romeo offered a first glimpse of the company's upcoming all-electric SUV with the Tonale show car.
2019-03-05: The first highlights from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show ...
Automobili Pininfarina Battista Today, the 2019 Geneva Motor Show kicked off with the first of a pair of media days. We have kept our eye out for the first highlights to which we have taken a closer look here.
The most powerful production car launched is the spectacular 1,877bhp Automobili Pininfarina Battista. All this power comes from the Rimac developed, all-electric drivetrain that features four electric motors. This is combined with an strikingly beautiful body that is naturally designed by Pininfarina themselves. The Battista is achingly expensive and production is limited to just 150 examples.
Further high performance machines launched were the Roadster versions of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
Aston Martin, meanwhile, previewed a pair of mid-engined supercars in the form of the upcoming AM-RB 003 and the subsequent Vanquish Vision Concept. Both will be powered by a new V6 engine that has been developed in-house by Aston Martin.
Another major launch is Morgan's Plus Six Roadster that will replace the legendary Plus 8. As before, the engine is supplied by BMW but this time, it is a turbocharged straight six that produces 335bhp. A version of that same engine, is fitted in the Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept that was also released in Geneva as well.
Not shown at Geneva but mentioned in the company's press conference was the upcoming McLaren Grand Tourer. The model name and further details will follow in the coming months.
  2019-03-01: All new Ferrari F8 Tributo and four mighty Porsches headed for auctions ...
Ferrari F8 Tributo A few days before the official launch in Geneva, Ferrari have revealed the F8 Tributo. It replaces and is an evolution of the 488 GTB. The F8 Tributo, boasts revised styling and an upgraded twin-turbo V8 engine that produces a startling 720bhp. What really sets the F8 Tributo apart from its predecessor is the return of the twin round taillights famously used by many Ferrari road cars.
At next week's Gooding Amelia Island Auction a spectacular selection of Porsche cars will cross the block. Today, we have taken a closer look at four of these. The most interesting is this 935/79, which was acquired new by legendary LA Times publisher Otis Chandler. One of just a handful of customer cars, it was raced by Chandler himself in the inaugural LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside. This was the 935's only contemporary outing and as such, it has survived in unusually unmolested condition. Offered for the first time in over two decades, it is estimated to sell for over $2.5 million.
Another interesting Porsche consigned is the 962 CK6. This is one of around a dozen built by Kremer around a stronger, honeycomb aluminium monocoque chassis and was raced in the striking Leyton House colours, it still wears today.
There is a great selection of 911s in the auction and the most desirable of all is this 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight. One of just 200 built to the ultimate 'M471' specification, has a pre-sale estimate of over $1 million.
For those seeking a Porsche at a slightly more reasonable budget, the auction also includes one of just 15 924 Carrera GTS Clubsports. Compared to the already very rare Carrera GTS, this 924 is lighter still and has a more powerful engine. Gooding & Co. think it should find a new owner for around $250,000.