Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 3 days ago
Yahoo editors selected this article as one of the best of year. It was first published on October 28, 2014.
Peter Max was not a car guy. So when he purchased a collection of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes, one from every year of manufacture up until 1989, he had a very specific plan: He would use this slice of American history as a tool to self-promote his work as an artist, painting the machines in lurid colors while staging them in various oddball scenarios only the most expressive of minds could envision.
Only that never happened. Instead, Max left his collection in a New York City storage lot, which is where they've lived for a quarter of a century, sat gathering inches of dust, moved only when switching from one storage location to another. However, that is all about to change, as the cars are now under new ownership – one that will lovingly restore the 'Vettes and get them back on the road.
When complete, the collection will return to the market, hoping to deliver a tidy return on Heller's investment and keep the wheels turning on the once forgotten Corvettes of Peter Max.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 7 days ago
Jim Glickenhaus, director of movies such as "The Protector" staring Jackie Chan, loves cars. He's been an avid collector for years, owning beauties like a 1949 Ferrari 159 Syder Corsa. His main project now, however, is the development of his modular race car, the $2.59 million Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 -- a machine said to be capable of driving on public roads to the track as a twin-turbo V-12, then racing as a twin-turbo V-6.
This idea is groundbreaking for a GT race car, something Glickenhaus believes should make him eligible for a spot in Garage 56 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Before any of that, the car will compete in the Nurburgring 24, and prior to that, it will be released in the flesh at the Geneva motor show in March.
Over the past couple of days the SCG 003 has taken it's first ever laps on track, with ex-F1 driver Nicola Larini behind the wheel. You can see in the video that, even under heavy camo, it looks seriously mean, and while the engine note seems quiet, it's pretty fantastic.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 8 days ago
What started out as the 12C has morphed into the 650S. We have the $1.15 million P1, and soon, we'll have what McLaren are calling the "Sport Series" -- a car designed to rival the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. McLaren is as serious about road cars as it is delivering Fernando Alonso his third F1 world championship, and over the next few years we can expect its list of models to expand further.
Seen here in its most undressed form to date, the Sport Series clearly boasts many similarities to its bigger brothers. The front design has that familiar look made famous by the P1, but here it seems a bit more subdued. The wing mirrors appear to be mounted more outwardly too.
In terms of specs, at this point we're guessing, but you can be sure the 3.6 V-8 will play a part, likely producing over 500 hp. The carbon fiber chassis will be used too, as will the 650S' seven speed dual clutch transmission. Pricing is expected to arrive at around $180,000 or so, which if true, will place it in direct competition with Audi's R8 V-10 Plus, a heavily-optioned 911 GT3 and Mercedes' AMG GT S.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 10 days ago
If there was one story that amassed more attention than just about any story this year, it was Peter Maxselling his dusty collection of 36 abandoned Corvettes, one from each year of production between 1953 to 1989. Originating from a VH1 contest, Max, famed for producing eccentric artwork and caring little for cars outside of their ability to provide a canvas for future psychedelic projects, left his collection of 'Vettes unloved for 25 years in random New York storage garages.
That is, until recently, when he decided enough was enough, and put the entire collection on the market.
The suit goes on to allege that, despite selling artwork under his name, Max hasn't touched a paintbrush in years, using a group of "ghost-painters" to produce the paintings with Max merely signing his name on them -- something Max's attorney has denied.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 11 days ago
Egidio Brandoli, 74, spent twenty years working at legendary coachbuilder Scaglietti. He had one simple dream: to help craft the perfect Ferrari.
In 1980, Brandoli set up his own restoration business. With his vast experience banked, including work on the iconic 250 GTO, the new company offered Ferrari owners a way to have their cars loving brought back to life in their original birthplace: Modena, Italy.
While that may all sound a little romanticized, those with a passion for cars will understand that classic vehicles are often seen as a living, breathing organism, and having them restored in the place in which they were made is an appealing proposition.
Brandoli, his son and the rest of his family, who all share in the business, have become one of the most authentic Ferrari restoration companies in the world. Much of that derives from Brandoli's knowledge of the cars having worked on them for much of his life, and also the many patterns they posses to help cut steel into the intricate Ferrari shapes we all love, some of which have been lost with the passing of time. Brandoli likens his work to the precision of a fine tailor.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 11 days ago
Earlier this year, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled its plans to reinvent the windshield. At the time, it was a lot of nifty conceptual ideas without much link to modern life, like ghost cars on racetracks and virtual braking points -- basically turning your windshield into Gran Turismo 6. It was all very cool, but now JLR has revealed how we may actually see this technology in its upcoming production vehicles — and that's cooler still.
Watching the above video of the system in action, the see-through pillars could be brilliant, especially when combined with the red halos that warn of moving hazards, like a pedestrian stepping out into the street. The ghost car, however, would need to be tried in practice; despite your eyes being up, staring at a computer-generated image of a car rather than on the actual road its on could be problematic, leading to a dangerous level of target fixation.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 14 days ago
Audi makes glorious hatchbacks that we in the States don't get. This here is an even better one, the 362 hp RS 3 Sportback, the most powerful five-cylinder the company has ever made.
Does this make you sad? Fear not, Americans, because Ford has announced that its new Focus RS will be crossing the border, and according to Audi, this hot hatch isn't out of the question either. At least not yet.
Linked to Audi's iconic Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine will help the RS 3 hit 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. Eventual top speed is 173 mph. Things like carbon ceramic brakes are optional, as are adaptive dampers. What this means is you'll have a hatchback with the performance to out gun many high-end sports cars.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 16 days ago
“You won’t need the DRS today,” says a German mechanic fastening my six-point harness belts. “Nor the brake cooling system,” he continues, tugging on my crotch straps rather uncomfortably. “We’ll fire her up, then you go when we give you the word." I look at the spaceship-like steering wheel trying to remember the sequence: Clutch in, hold down the yellow neutral button, then select first gear by clicking the carbon fiber paddle. Got it. “BRAAAAPPPPP,” goes the V-8. The BMW M4 DTM race car bursts into life with the ferocity of a startled bear, and as I was imminently about to discover, it behaves unlike anything I’ve ever driven. Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters , also known as the German Touring Car championship, has long been considered one of the most enthralling sports car series in the world, although it’s fair to say that in recent years the racing hasn’t been as good as it once was. That may have something to do with the heavy technology involved, ensuring overtaking is more difficult; while BMW’s racer may be an M4 by name, it’s as close to stock as a peregrine falcon is to a pigeon. For German manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, DTM is big business. Budgets are huge; their teams run with the diligence of a military operation. The carbon-fiber safety cells are identical for every DTM car, as mandated by the series. From that base, each manufacturer builds a bespoke race car designed for one thing: Beating the other Germans. You could compare it to NASCAR — if NASCAR actually let General Motors and Ford engineers build modern race cars instead of hobbling them with ancient technology for competition's sake.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 23 days ago
The Ferrari LaFerrari is one of Maranello's greatest creations, the ultimate expression of today's Prancing Horse. At 950 hybrid horsepower, it's about as monstrous a machine as one could possibly build for the public roads. So the track-only version, well, that should be something else: Meet the 1,035 hp LaFerrari FXX K.
Arriving with Pirelli slick tires, the FXX K clearly isn't street legal. What's more, it isn't even legal to compete in any sanctioned races series around the world. It remains, what Ferrari calls, an experimental car, and will be part of its Corse Clienti customer racing program, available only to Ferrari's most loyal customers. Basically that means it's not bogged down by regulations, allowing Ferrari to create what it deems to be the ultimate driving experience.
Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 24 days ago
From now on, if ever anyone describes their car to me as a beast I'll answer with utter certainty: "No it isn't."
This is the "Beast of Turin," or what's officially known as the Fiat S76. Two examples were built from 1910 to 1911, with horsepower reaching a staggering 300. It was designed to claim the title as "world's fastest car" from the Blitzen-Benz, and it did so by completing a certified out-and-back run of 116 mph.
What's more beastly, however, is that it boasted a highly-advanced 28.5-liter engine — and now, for the first time in roughly 100 years, it's been massaged back to life.
Duncan Pittway of England bought what was remaining of the two S76s and combined them to make one; the first had been bought by Russian Prince Boris Soukhanov in 1911and later sold to a man in Australia. There is was tragically fitted with a Stutz motor and then promptly crashed. The second car was owned by Fiat itself, but even more tragically, it was scrapped in 1920 with the only remaining component being the monster engine.