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Ferrari is an impeccable brand with sometimes impossible standards, and that is why they have pretty much run the exotic sports car game for decades. With such a larger-than-life brand comes strict protocols–including the little-known code on pink Ferrari cars: They are not allowed.
So why has Ferrari taken such a stringent stance on such a delicate hue?
In the wake of Justin Bieber being permitted to purchase the coveted multi-million dollar LaFerrari, it could seem comical to some that Ferrari would forbid a simple color choice. The issue is with branding, and the Prancing Horse prefers to be synonymous with its signature red rather than be left blushing for the world to behold. Once an owner has taken possession of their vehicle, they are free to color it in any shade they choose—there is no contract forbidding future color changes. But when ordering a Ferrari, even using the most bespoke program, any request for a pink exterior will be denied, no matter how prominent the purchaser or how deep the pocket. Ferrari simply holds to their ethos and standards, and for those reasons is only willing to sell products that match them. Ferrari of Australia CEO Herbert Appleroth explained: “We do reject the exterior color pink. You can of course paint your car pink after you’ve bought it, but you’ll never see a pink car from us because it’s not in line with our brand ethos and our standards.”
In the end, there will always be an entertaining arsenal of custom Ferrari cars both on the streets and online to enjoy, so there is no need to panic. With ample aftermarket automotive tuners and specialty companies out there, there will certainly be a few flashy pink Ferrari models created, and they will certainly be frowned upon by their mothership!
This Ferrari California is either legit or shopped. Opinions?
It seems that the rumors of sexy models being banned from the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show have proven to be true, though it does not seem to make much sense because children are also banned, so what could it hurt if PG13 is no longer necessary? The officials are on a new path to “Clean up” the show, and that means no scantily clad babes draping themselves around the vehicles. If you listen closely, you hear the collective sighs of disappointment.
Reports indicate that the Chinese government has put enough pressure on the event to prevent the sexy car models from doing their usual thing—which is adding spice to the show and assisting with drawing attention to certain vehicles while raising pulses. While the Chinese government is certainly known for their censorship style, banning children from the automotive show seems a bit drastic. They are citing security issues as the primary reason, but perhaps some are growing tired of tantrums and smudges on the vehicles showcased. Overall, they are attempting to engineer a more family-friendly environment, but only for families over the teen stages and only those dressed appropriately. It will be interesting to see how the new regulations go over with the thousands of Shanghai and Beijing auto shows, and if it will stick for the following years.
What do you think of the new Shanghai and Beijing auto show regulations? Should it be permitted to ban specific attire and children under a certain age? Chime in below with your opinions, as we are curious to find out what people are thinking on this matter!
Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise were treated to quite a few seemingly unbelievable stunts in ‘Furious 7’, including the Lykan Hypersport jumping from skyscrapers and landing in…other skyscrapers! But could the $3.4 million dollar hypercar actually pull that stunt off in real life? Science says perhaps! The clip above details the Lykan Hypersport and offers a glimpse of the action:
Physics professor Lee Loveridge of Pierce College has mentioned that the death-defying skyscraper stunt in the film could possibly be the most plausible in terms of what is actually possible. By analyzing the actual measurements of the Etihad Towers, the space between them and then factoring in the power and momentum calculations for the car, it turns out that Dom and Brian could have actually managed the unbelievable stunt in reality.
The Lykan Hypersport from W Motors is the first supercar from the UAE. It is an absolute beast, capable of demolishing in both the power and bank account arenas. You know that if the crew of ‘Fast & Furious’ is impressed by this car, it is truly something special–a cut above competitors.
In reality, the crew used replica Lykan Hypersport cars for the CGI film stunts, so as not to utterly destroy the real deal. Would the scene with Brian running from the bus while hanging over a cliff and leaping onto the back of Leddy’s car actually be possible? Probably a negative. Did the crew drop real cars from the aircraft and parachute them to the ground? Yes, yes they did. Will someone now attempt to jump a supercar between buildings? We certainly hope not.
The photo above shows the Lykan Hypersport looking all transformer like, a look it seems to pull off well.
Attention racing fans: There is a new film coming out titled simply ‘Ferrari’, and Robert De Niro shall portray Enzo Ferrari! The Ferrari movie is to shed more light on the life of Enzo Ferrari, offering up additional details on his fascinating existence and, of course, those dream machines.
For those ‘Furious 7’ fans wondering what automotive movie will emerge next, it seems that ‘Ferrari’ is already in the works and will offer a glimpse of the brand’s rich history.
News of the upcoming movie emerged in an Italian publication, II Messaggero, which sort of rhymes with De Niro–a cute coincidence I did not miss. To make matters a bit more Hollywood, it seems that Clint Eastwood may have expressed an interest in manning the director’s chair for the film. Robert De Niro has confirmed his role in the feature, stating that it will absorb his full focus when production begins.
The movie ‘Ferrari’ will give viewers a more intimate view of the brand’s founder, who was born in 1898. Enzo Ferrari worked at Alfa Romeo during his blossoming early career, and began the bold Ferrari badge following WWII in 1947. It will cover the exciting early races of Formula 1, where Ferrari held the privilege of being the only racing team to compete in every season since the beginning of the world championship in 1950.
Overall, Enzo Ferrari has been gone since 1988—but his endless legacy continues with each Ferrari car made and now pushes forward with another movie that will live on forever. It will be interesting to see which stars also end up on the cast list of ‘Ferrari’, and if any of them have previously been associated with automotive films or history. Who knows, perhaps every Ferrari purchased following will come with a copy!
Have you ever wondered why a carmaker would venture to create a million-dollar car? Volkswagen loses an estimated $3-$6 million on the sale of every Bugatti Veyron, so it cannot be an easy task and does not seem to exactly lead to a profit. So why has almost every exotic carmaker out there created at least one 7-figure machine?
The Koenigsegg One boasts the perfect power-to-weight ratio of 1.
The answer is not completely cut and dry, but it is because people will by the million-dollar-plus vehicles. While it does not seem like anyone in their right mind would willingly ‘lose’ money to cater to the buyers–it is important to understand why. There are over 3-dozen billionaires (yes, millionaires with a ‘B’) in the world. Manufactures must cater to their unique desires in terms of their automobile collections. While it is quite common for them all to have numerous Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini cars and more– they require that bespoke centerpiece vehicle that no one else can have. That is where the million-dollar car offering comes into play. Creating these exquisite dream machines for billionaires leads to a solid and long-term relationship between the carmaker and the buyers, wherein they will buy more vehicles, evening out the loss impact over time. It also maintains quite a brand following, which is never a bad thing.
The one-off Bugatti L’or Blanc is but one of the many special edition Veyrons.
Maintaining relationships with buyers is not the sole benefit of creating 7-figure cars, however. The machines also serve a much greater purpose: Proving to the masses that they have the fastest, most powerful and best looking creations in creation, a competition that will certainly never end. Company impressions are literally priceless, making all of the special edition cars, one-offs and custom ordered machines from Ferrari’s exclusive club very important endeavors, indeed! Overall, what better way to please a billionaire than to offer them a vehicle that absolutely no one else on earth will have passing them on the street?
BMW pulled a fast one on April Fool’s Day when it dared fans to dream big. The brand released an unbelievable ad in the New Zealand Herald, inviting people to swap their old car for a brand-spanking-new BMW 1 Series. According to the ad, the first person to arrive and meet the terms and conditions, would receive the car. While many disregarded it as too-good-to-be-true, Tianna Marsh learned it was no joke when she arrived at the dealership with her old Nissan Avenir and pulled away in a gleaming new $50,000 BMW!
The April Fool’s reverse prank by BMW was a hit. Over 145,000 copies of the ad circulated, generating much excitement and amusement in New Zealand, where BMW reins king of cars in terms of popularity. BMW Group of New Zealand’s managing director, Nina Englert, shared the following statement on the clever ad: “BMW is world-renowned as being the maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine, but also as the creator of many memorable April Fool’s Day pranks.”
BMW pulled off a notable prank last April as well when it released details of the adorable BMW ZZZ Series, which it said was a child’s sleeping capsule designed to simulate a car ride to lull the littles to dreamland. The capsule was fictional, of course, but likely left some to dream of actually owning a ZZZ Series sleeper.
Englert continued: “BMW has been New Zealand’s most popular premium automotive brand for the past three years in a row, and today’s reverse joke is evidence that people are willing to throw caution to the wind in the quest for a new BMW – even on April 1. The ad was intentionally vague and definitely appeared too good to be true, but in this case we wanted to turn the tables and reward the first person who dared to dream big.” The BMW 1 Series given to Tianna boasts the specialty plate: ‘NOF00L’ and came with a generous 5-year warranty and 3 years of scheduled service. She will also be treated to a free BMW Driving Experience. Want to indulge in an experience of your own? Contact Imagine Lifestyles to reserve your spot at an Ultimate Driving Experience near you!
The McLaren Sports Series is set to emerge in April, 2015 and the company has been doing a fantastic job of teasing the masses. The new collection of exotic sports cars will be drenched in carbon, aerodynamic and capable both on the track and on the roadways.
The 2015 McLaren Sports Series will include the McLaren 570S coupe and others. Several video clips of the car have drizzled out, and while it looks a great deal like its predecessors, the alterations in materials used and powertrain revisions promise to deliver what the next generation requires to compete.
The McLaren 570S coupe at a glance:
The engine is a V8 (no further details on that until the official unveil at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April).
Output is just as the name implies: 570PS, or 562 horses.
The Sports Series will share the DNA of the McLaren Super Series and Ultimate Series, with adjustments here and there, of course. The Sports Series will sit at the bottom of that tier in terms of power and performance.
The 570S follows the naming design of sibling 650S with a bit less output.
The McLaren 570 S revealed: Photo by McLaren
It is not clear exactly how many offerings McLaren will tout at the New York Auto Show this month, but it is safe to assume that it will provide a generous preview of what is coming out next. Expect the brand to offer up enough of a show to grab the attention of all major competitors and make everyone wish they had the extra cash sitting around to get behind the wheel. For those who do not, rent an exotic sports car from us anytime the urge strikes and save your bank account!
Never a brand to take the backseat approach–Mercedes-Benz is challenging others in the SUV arena with the rather robust AMG coupe. This luxury beast is pulsating with power and holds true to that distinctive brand curb appeal we all love so much. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63 is being called a coupe, but has an interesting blend of an SUV and a coupe.
(Photo by Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63
It is simply not sufficient to offer a premium vehicle on the market these days—it must also offer plenty in the performance arena. The idea of a performance SUV was not all that huge in the past, with brands like Land Rover pretty much dominating and handling that area. Now, more contenders are entering the arena with their fuel efficient, luxurious and performance-driven SUV offerings and things are fueled up for pure exhilaration for the foreseeable future.
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 at a glance:
Power is produced via a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine pushing forth 577 horses
The vehicle is being billed as the perfect combination of a sports coupe and SUV—a perhaps unprecedented maneuver that certainly serves to add some distinction and garner attention
It can reach 60 miles per hour from not in just 4.3 seconds
This vessel is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour, perhaps to stave off the temptation and prevent dangerous driving
Overall, from the slightly larger signature Mercedes-Benz grill down to the impressive engine, the AMG GLE63 is a remarkable creature. It will be impossible to confuse her with any of her siblings, and that gorgeous AMG badging goes a long way toward communicating her powerful pedigree. The brand has been busy touting the new line at automotive shows and events around the globe, with the AMG GLE63 and AMG GLE63 S taking center stage in regards to interest levels.
There is an antique Bugatti Type 57C cabriolet featuring coachwork by Gangloff hitting the auction block at Bonham’s on May 31st. It is a 1938 Type 57C, which is quite a desirable era for collectors of the badge. While the award-winning Bugatti Veyron line and all of the special editions are arguably faster–the value of certain older models remains a bit higher than the new siblings and will only continue to hold their worth.
The sale is scheduled for May 31st, 2015 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.
The Type 57 Bugatti began to distinctively evolve in 1934, with input from Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. New items included an 8-cylinder engine with the gearbox fixed directly to it via synchromesh and a single plate clutch. The dual-overhead camshaft was also introduced around that time to the model, along with more factory body options for buyers to choose from. The names were fittingly derived from famous mountain passes like Stelvio and Ventoux. Because Jean was an artist, the vehicle design began to take on a new flair with his collaboration.
The model for sale at Bonham’s in Greenwich hails from collector Miles Coverdale of Long Island. Coverdale purchased the Bugatti back in the early 1960s and maintained it until his passing in 2000. Since that time, the car has been meticulously preserved and is anticipated to change hands for approximately $900,000-$1,100,000. The sale will commence at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, which is just north of New York City. This would be a great addition to any exotic car collection, and certainly one featuring exotics of the past and perhaps a few Veyrons for comparison purposes. See Bonhams for more details on the exotic car auction.
Mercedes-Benz is known predominantly for its exotic sports car and sedan offerings. The brand is also no stranger to SUVs, vans and superior off-roading beasts like the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG and the G500. So is it an April Fool’s Day jest, or will there be a Mercedes-Benz pick-up truck offering?
The renderings of a potential Mercedes-Benz pick-up truck have ignited rumors that the luxury automaker could be changing course and entering the pick-up truck market. According to Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche: “The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets. We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains and value.” The fairly cut-and-dry statement of intent was released along with the teaser rendering featured above.
Where the Mercedes-Benz truck would fit in:
The pick-up truck Benz would compete with the likes of the Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and some Toyotas. The Mercedes-Benz truck would have the added advantage of its quality reputation and luxury curb appeal to bring to the table. But will that be enough to attract pickup buyers who generally focus on performance abilities over appearances? It is more than likely that the mega brand has already factored that into the equation and is prepared to catapult from the gate with an enviable first specimen.
Overall, some say the truck project actually took root a few years ago and that it could possibly share some of the underpinnings of the Renault Nissan types thanks to parent company Daimler. Until the truth emerges, we are left to be taunted with photos and rumors!