The Next Generation of Aston Martin is More Aggressive

Aston Martin is increasing power and improving the appearance of its next generation of exotic sports cars. Will this make the current models less seductive to buyers, tempting them to hold out for what is coming next? Who cares, they look amazing!

Aston MartinWhat will the next generation of Aston Martin flagships look like? Word is they could be much meaner.

Judging by reports and photos of the next generation of Aston Martin cars, they will certainly please current fans of the brand and attract new ones. Both the Aston Martin Vanquish and the Rapide S will be packing more power and be tweaked to look a bit meaner on the streets.

Aston MartinThese photos make a statement with a Lamborghini Aventador-esque coat and carbon fiber accents. The cockpit is simply a sports car driver’s dream. These will not be your typical Aston Martin cars. But enough about looks, let us get down to specs:

  • Both models will be given a new transmission. While it is not a manual, the all-new ZF-derived 8-speed automatics promise to provide an improved driver experience.
  • What the new transmission means for the cars in terms of improved performance: The Vanquish will nail the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in 3.8 seconds. The Rapide S sedan currently achieves that in 4.4 seconds.
  • Horsepower for the Vanquish will be 568 with the Rapide S trailing behind at 552. Both have the same amount of torque at 465 pound-feet.
  • Fuel economy is improved for each model. The Vanquish will average 18.3 miles per gallon and the Rapide S will get 18.2.

Aston MartinOverall, Aston Martin is on the right road with these improvements. These are models that are rarely dramatically altered–so even these slight tweaks seem to offer a new vibe to the appearance.

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Man Crashes Land Speed Racer at 370 MPH, Walks Away!

There has to be a stronger word for ‘shock’. George Poteet crashed his land speed racer, Speed Demon, at 370 miles per hour and simply climbed out of the wreckage unscathed! Check out the video below:

This video shows the high-speed land speed racer shooting through the Bonneville Salt Flats. The camera shows the crash from the cockpit. Poteet hit speeds of 370+, and then you can see the vehicle just seem to shred apart. He is a lucky son of a gun!

The accident occurred at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the Drag Week events. Poteet was there racing his prized Speed Demon land speed vehicle. It is difficult to tell exactly what caused the loss of control. The salt flats are a popular destination for high-speed races because of the vast space available, which is necessary to achieve insane speeds. To get a better idea of the sheer power possessed by the machine, check out the specifications below.

Speed Demon land speed racer at a glance:

  • Best performance: 457 miles per hour flying a one-way mile.
  • 462 mile per hour trap speed.
  • 1980 horsepower at 9300 RPM. Gulp.
  • Twin 83mm Precision turbochargers.
  • Custom Hogan sheet metal manifold paired with Wilson’s.
  • VP M1 methanol fuel.
  • Tubular frame custom created by Aerosmith Engineering and a Nemesis Air Racing composite body.
  • Clutchless 5-speed Liberty Performance transmission.

land speed racer

That is not going to buff out.

The Speed Demon land racer has a few different engines created specifically for her. It is incredible that Poteet walked away from this crash alive, let alone lacking injury. The vehicle is completely destroyed, so the body will have to be completely rebuilt. At least there are a couple of more engines waiting for the next version, should he decide to build it.

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Vencer Sarthe Supercar Is Looking Less Awkward: Photos and Details

Not long ago, Dutch supercar startup Vencer began its quest to build a supercar. I made fun of the initial images of the Vencer Sarthe, because she deserved it and also deserved some tweaking. It seems that I was not the only one to feel that way, as the Sarthe is back and a lot less awkward following a bit of a re-imagining session.

Vencer SartheThese photos are showing the Vencer Sarthe in potential production trim. As you can see from the before and after photos, much improvement has been made to the Dutch darling.

Vencer SartheThe first round of styling cues were simply odd, forming an automotive alien that maybe zero people would want. 

Not only has Vencer revamped the exterior of the Sarthe, they have fitted her with a brand spanking new engine. Let’s take a look at the specs below:

  • The engine is a 6.3-liter supercharged V8 that was developed specifically for the Sarthe. The previous engine was also a V8, sourced from GM.
  • Total horsepower is 622 with 618 pound-feet of torque.
  • The 0-60 mile per hour jump is achieved in 3.6 seconds with an estimated top speed exceeding 210 MPH.
  • The Sarthe features a traditional six-speed manual transmission powering the rear.
  • The chassis is made from an interesting blend of chrome-molybdenum. Not only is it light, its honeycomb structure provides extreme durability. The body is total carbon fiber.
  • Total curb weight is around 3,000 pounds.

Vencer SartheFun fact: The Sarthe was named after the French track that hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Perhaps as an effort to communicate that she is a track-worthy option.

The attention to quality engineering is clearly on the right track with the Vencer Sarthe. The show continues into the cabin, where lush leather, carbon fiber trim and Alcantara greet the driver. In the technology arena, the Dutch have opted to use their own ‘Central Information System’, which is located on a screen rather than a standard instrument cluster.

The Vencer Sarthe is being produced at the rate of about one unit per month currently in Vriezenveen. Want one? The MSRP for the new lady is just $350k.

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Rembrandt Bugatti Sculptures Recaptured in Crystal by Lalique

The Bugatti family history is brimming with the creative gene. Founder Ettore Bugatti’s brother, fittingly named Rembrandt, was a renowned sculptor. Rembrandt Bugatti sculptures depicted the animals he admired. The artist was known as a bit of a recluse who preferred the company of animals to that of people. Now some of his best pieces have been formed into striking crystal pieces by Lalique and will be available to the avid Bugatti history collectors out there.

Rembrandt Bugatti sculptures

Lalique has focused on four Rembrandt Bugatti sculptures for this limited edition collection:

  • The Reclining Egyptian wolf c 1904
  • The Mare c 1907
  • The Yawning lioness c 1903
  • The Dancing elephant created for brother Ettore will be limited to 431 units. This piece was the hood ornament for the Bugatti Royale limo. It will be offered in clear, black or amber crystal.

Rembrandt Bugatti sculpturesRembrant Bugatti’s sculpting technique has been described as rough and fascinating, capturing the animals in their natural states. He was born in 1884 in Milan, and took his life at the age of 31 after creating over 300 pieces of art. It is often guessed that he was simply disturbed by people and craved the solitude and peace of nature. He poured his soul into his animal sculptures and the world certainly took notice, as they continue to demand top dollar to this day at fine art events and auctions.

Rembrandt Bugatti sculptures

Some of his best-loved pieces have nabbed top dollar at luxury auctions, including the following examples:

  • The Tiger Royal from 1913 fetched a handsome $2,617,000 at Christies in New York back in May of 2008.
  • The Rhinoceros de Java from 1908 went for $109k at Tajan in Paris.

Will the new Lalique crystal sculptures become collectibles of the brand’s history?

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Up-Close and Personal with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is sweeping the globe with exciting appearances. The video below shows the AMG GT hitting the track at the Bonneville Salt Flats, take a peek at her in action!

The video above shows the AMG GT hitting the salt flats. The green striped wrap that “falls” off to reveal the yellow coat is cool, but the colors should have at least complimented each other. The throaty growl at the end makes up for that oversight. 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT There will be two versions of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT will be created. There will be a GT and also a GT S. Let’s take a look at both options:

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

  • Power stems from a beefy 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
  • It is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission mounted on the rear axle powering the rear wheels.
  • The end result is a healthy pack of 456 horses ready to take on road or track.
  • The 0-60 mile per hour sprint is achieved in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of approximately 189 MPH.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S

  • This version is powered by the exact same engine, but tweaked somewhat.
  • She produces 503 horses and nails the 0-60 MPH marker in 3.7 seconds.
  • Top speed is around 193 MPH.
  • The engine used in the AMG GT offerings is known internally as the M178. It is a ‘hot inside V’ configuration. The two turbochargers are located inside of the V setup, creating a more compact engine.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT The interior of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT cars

The cabins carry the aviation theme over from the Mercedes-Benz SLS models. From the wing-inspired dashboard to the detailed controls, it is a cool design inside and out. As one would expect, this Mercedes-Benz is equipped with the best technology and controlled with an 8.4-inch touch screen. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT will arrive first, followed by the GT S version. There could be a more aggressive Black Series emerging down the road! Stay tuned.

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Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Roadster Gets Green Light: There Shall be Six

This special Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio roadster made its grand debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year. It is quite typical for very special one-offs to be created and touted to various auto shows worldwide, serving as works of inspirational art. It is not common for any of these types of vehicles to ever be produced, making the Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio roadster special, indeed! Word is that a limited production run of just six units has been approved, and they will be expensive ladies.

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio RoadsterThe photo above shows the Sergio tribute at the Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Roadster

An exclusive fleet of just six special edition Ferrari cars is coming! The Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio roadster has been given the green light for a mini-run. 

The special fleet of Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio roadsters will be entirely handcrafted at Pininfarina using a Ferrari 458 donor car. The Sergio roadsters pay homage to legendary Italian designer Sergio Pininfarina himself, so every detail will be extraordinary. They will boast the mechanical, electrical and some other components of the Ferrari 458, but the design cues are certain to startle. Pininfarina is known for its exquisite craftsmanship in coachwork and the end result will be a street legal slice of decadent history between Ferrari and Pininfarina. It has been reported that the brand hinted at the small production run on an “ask and you shall be told” basis. This is a severely effective way to generate intrigue and ensure an exclusive collector’s car.

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Roadster

Will the six beauties ever line up at a show together like the Bugatti Legends Cars fleet? Hopefully they will at least during their presentations prior to being located to their new homes. It seems like at least one, likely the concept version, will be moved to a museum display to share with the masses. The other $2 million dollar ladies will likely not get out much.

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Roadster Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Roadster

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio

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What Direction Will Ferrari Take Without CEO of 23 Years?

The Ferrari brand will be taking on new roads now, and it will be moving forward without CEO Luca di Montezemolo. Montezemolo has been at the wheel of the Ferrari brand for an impressive 23 years. So which direction is the Prancing Horse headed and under what leadership?
The short clip above shows Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo speaking of his retirement from the brand. It is just a little over a minute long, and appears to be at an event. Expect a full announcement from Ferrari when the act becomes official.

Montezemolo has served as the head of both Ferrari and it’s race team. He is now 67 years old and has confirmed his departure during a time when Ferrari is growing and changing. He seemed to be in good spirits about the changes and of the mentality that the future of Ferrari should be passed on to a new leader. This is all likely a part of the changes going on with parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Will FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne become the next leader of Ferrari? He certainly seems to be the best guess to serve as successor. Montezemolo stated: “Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street. This will open up a new and different phase which I feel should be spearheaded by the CEO of the group.”

ferrari ceo

Montezemolo joined Ferrari as Enzo Ferrari’s assistant back in the 1970s. He used to race Fiats and Lancias prior to taking on his coveted position at Ferrari. During his reign, he did remain dedicated to the Ferrari F1 program as well as many other areas of the company. He may be aging, but expect more great things from Montezemolo in the future. He has a specialty drink company, an interest in superyachts and I have a feeling he is not quite finished making things awesome!

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The Bugatti Chiron: Is This the Bugatti Veyron Replacement?

There is now a name to go along with all the rumors for the Bugatti Veyron replacement. Reports indicate that the next supercar from the brand could be the Bugatti Chiron and that she will be packing in the power department!

Bugatti Chiron

It gets better

Amid previous reports that the company will not increase the Bugatti Veyron’s 1,200 horses, the Chiron could house as many as 1,479. That would be thanks to a revision of the Veyron’s current quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter thirsty W16 engine. The extra power could even come from the addition of at least one, perhaps more, electric motors. Is Bugatti jumping on the alternative energy train? So long as the power keeps coming, I am fine with it.

Bugatti ChironThe potential Bugatti Chiron supercar at a glance:

  • It would be a letdown if the Bugatti Veyron successor failed to deliver as much excitement, so things seem to be on the right track.
  • The engine could be the tweaked version of the Veyron’s with electric motors factored in, as stated above.
  • To comply with newer emission standards, she could get a direct-injection combustion deal to replace the multi-point system in the Veyron.
  • Even more interesting is that there could be electric turbochargers replacing the traditional set.
  • Like her sibling, only 450 examples of the Chiron will be produced.
  • The Chiron is in the concepting phase, enduring extensive engineering tests for a hopeful 2016 reveal. If anyone happens to spy one of the 5 test mules out there, please share with us on our Facebook page!

Bugatti Chiron

Rumors are circulating that the Bugatti’s Veyron successor will receive the name “Chiron”. The name stems from the 1999 Bugatti 18/3 Chiron concept created by Fabrizio Giugiaro. It is thought to be a nod to Bugatti racing driver Louis Alexandre Chiron (1899-1979). 

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The Only Private Ferrari Enzo Prototype On Earth is For Sale

The unimaginable is happening: The only Ferrari Enzo prototype belonging to private collector is for sale. That is right, only one Enzo prototype has ever been sold to an individual, and they are now willing to come off of it for a likely staggering sum…or your soul or something. The nice lady is drenched in classic Ferrari red and looking hot.

Ferrari Enzo prototypeThe Ferrari Enzo prototype above is special because it is the only one ever sold to a private collector. How much will the lucky owner gain when he finally lets her go? 

Ferrari Enzo prototypeThis is the one and only privately owned Ferrari Enzo prototype. She is a compact little number sporting 1980’s style intakes. Any takers? 

The 2000 Ferrari Enzo prototype at a glance:

  • The price is, of course, not listed. This just means that if you must inquire, you cannot afford her.
  • It is a 2000 model and a one-off. It is the only mobile test car of the Enzo production line to ever leave Maranello.
  • This prototype possesses a V12 engine paired to a 6-gear transmission producing 670 Prancing Horses.
  • She is based on the fabulous Ferrari 348

Ferrari Enzo prototype

Rare and one-off Ferrari collector cars are in high demand and buyers are shelling out millions to own them. With the current record for a rare Ferrari selling at auction surpassing the $30 million mark, it would be little surprise if this Enzo prototype came close to that. In the end, it all depends on who wants it for their collection bad enough to battle the bank cards. One thing seems certain–this Ferrari is not likely to end up in Jay Leno’s Garage!

Ferrari Enzo prototypeThe only privately owned Ferrari Enzo prototype is going to change hands. 

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1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost With an Interesting Criminal History

A 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with an interesting criminal history changed hands for $83k at auction recently. The previous owner was a bit on the shady side, a criminal dubbed “Mr. Moneybags.

1922 Rolls-Royce Silver GhostThe 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is pictured above. The car along with most of the other ill-gotten gains possessed by Mr. Moneybags will be sold in efforts to reimburse those he wronged. Flashy criminals typically get busted by drawing so much attention to themselves.

Mr. Moneybags is Michael Swann, who purchased the classic Rolls Royce after relieving the Otago District Health Board of $16.8 million dollars. Rather than flying under the radar with his stolen funds, Moneybags opted to show out with flashy cars, properties and a lavish lifestyle. Needless to say, it eventually raised red flags and Swann was arrested, leaving his goods and toys to be auctioned off in efforts for those he wronged to recover some of their losses. Swann was sentenced back in March of 2009, and his hidden assets leaked out in a stream.

1922 Rolls-Royce Silver GhostThe 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost went through Turners auction house where it fetched that handsome sum. Bidding began at $50k and rose in increments of $3k until a phone bidder eventually won the day and the car. The car was found in a container in Port Otago and police linked it to Swann. The magneto ignition system was missing and it was never registered in New Zealand. The car was labeled a project car, and clearly there were some takers.

Fun fact: The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost model first rolled out way back in 1907. It was made between 1907 and 1925, with various upgrades and tweaks. The brand fondly refers to the Silver Ghost as a car of “Legendary smoothness”…unlike the Michael Jackson ditty–Swann was no “Smooth Criminal.”

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