Legendary automaker Ferrari is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year and the red carpet was rolled out in New York City’s Rockefeller Center to showcase some of the beautiful vehicles created through the years. It’s rare to see so many cars displayed in one place in Manhattan – space comes at a premium, so car shows and even this past summer’s Formula e races are generally relegated to the humbler outer boroughs. Million dollar babies such as these keep their appearances to the refinement of an exclusive concours d’elegance, so this was quite the treat for tourists and the few stalwart New Yorker Ferrari fans who braved the throngs to stare at the cars and dream. Front and center was the new LaFerrari Aperta, the new limited-edition special series hybrid with a v12 engine. The exhibit was capped on both ends by race cars; on the south end, the 2017 488 Challenge, and the north end, F2001 Chassis #211 raced by the legendary driver Michael Schumacher, and winner of the Monaco and Hungarian Grand Prixes (in 2001). Enough typing – you really just want to see the Ferrari porn.
Editor’s note: We’d like to welcome Scott Huntington to The Garage Blog! This is his first story, so we’ll ignore the fact that he did not mention that the Ford GT is built from the ground up, here in Canada, not in America as most people think!
We know it’s been getting to you. The lack of sleep, constant nail-biting and pacing can end now because there’s an answer to the question, “Will my Ford GT be fast enough?”
Really, how fast does it need to be? The answer, of course, is “faster than everything my friends drive,” and therein lies the problem. If you’re someone special enough to make it on Ford’s double-secret Ford GT future owners list that’s written in a basement somewhere and can only be viewed under blacklight, chances are your friends can hang.
Ford Adds Lightness
So now, for those who’ve got to outshine the guy who just picked up a new McLaren or Porsche RS, there’s the Ford GT Competition Series. We know because it showed up the other day on Ford’s car configurator.
Ford even claim the car is the nearest thing you can buy to the 2016 Le Mans-winning GT race car that channeled the Dearborn company’s racing heritage direct from the late 1960s. It uses the Colin Chapman approach: Anything not critical to driving must go.
Cutting Carbs and Adding Carbon
That means your stereo, cup holders and air conditioning don’t stand a chance, but the crash diet doesn’t stop there. The bulkhead behind the driver has in fact been narrowed, and all glass in the car has been replaced by lightweight alternatives — Gorilla Glass in the front and Perspex for the engine cover, which no longer opens automatically because lightness.
One of the greatest things about lightweight cars is they typically rock an absurd amount of everyone’s favorite lightweight woven Wonderbread, carbon fiber. For the GT, which already uses a carbon body, that means even the wheels are made of the stuff, and they get special titanium lug nuts. Even the exhaust is made of carbon.
Slim and Stylish
We’re guessing road noise from inside this new GT flavor is increased, but you will certainly look cool in it. The car’s trademark stripe is done in exposed carbon, and the tasteful lightweight goodies don’t end outside.
The dash and doors are made of exposed carbon, and the Comp. Series cars get unique instrument bezels. Shift paddles are done in anodized red, which is the color of choice for all the interior bits that aren’t carbon or black.
Ford will build only 250 Competition Series cars per year, as if the GT wasn’t already exclusive enough. Keep a close eye on that configurator — when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Last year, I got to experience Castrol® EDGE® Virtual Drift with Matt Powers using the Oculus Rift headset. in 2016, the Titanium Trials are back with two new videos to launch Castrol® EDGE® Supercar Oil, pushing the limits of cars, virtual reality tech, and, of course, Castrol EDGE.
If you’re lucky enough to have ever seen the Koenisgsegg One:1 or the Aston Martin Vulcan in person, you know that they are breathtaking vehicles. On the track they are phenomenal supercars; this time, they teamed up with REWIND for a different sort of virtual reality – to have drivers Christoffer Nygaard and Darren Turner race against themselves in the supercars on a virtual version of the Ascari race track in Spain. Nygaard, a test driver for Koenigsegg and Turner, a two-time Le Mans winner, were recorded in virtual sessions on the simulator. The data was then combined to create their top virtual lap, ultimately racing their Clone Rivals on the real 5.435km track.
Aston Martin Vulcan:
Celebrating its 20th year, the 2015 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance once again set up circles of gorgeous cars and motorcycles in the Connecticut town’s Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Held over two days – American cars on Saturday and International cars on Sunday – the family-friendly drew crowds keen on looking over the now-classic BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and so many other marques. The Grand Marshal for 2015 was none other than James Glickenhaus, familiar to car people and Concours attendees as a frequent exhibitor of cars from his collection and as the owner of the singular Pininfarina-designed P4/5.
This year, severe thunderstorms threatened the Sunday show, and the parade of cars was moved up an hour in a bid to beat the rain. The rain won the race however and a downpour caused delays, but the majority of the stalwart New Englanders stuck it out and stayed for the eventual passing of the storm.
With a little bit of everything, over the two days the featured automobiles range from the year 1896 to present-day super cars. One wonderful aspect of the Greenwich Concours is the collection of curious and quirky cars that participate annually. There is always at least one Eastern Bloc automobile entered; previous years have included a Russian Volga, Lada, and even an East German Trabant. This year’s Cold War entry was just as fascinating – a 1985 Zil 41045. Part of the Kremlin fleet this plush, armored, and oh-so-80’s stretch limo was decked out with fancy carpeting, leather seats, sirens, and a car phone. Behold the Car of The Party. (h/t to Serge A. for that phrase.)
Several other cars of note include the 1964 Nissan Cedric, and – yes, this splendid Datsun 280Z is certainly Concours-worthy.
Ever hear of a Puma? It’s a Brazilian car, this one a 90 hp GTS Spider from 1980.
Every car on the lawn in Greenwich has a story, and Steve McQueen’s custom 450 hp 4×4 Dune Buggy “Baja Boot” led the parade of cars.
The People’s Choice Award was won by the 1954 MG TF Roadster owned by Keith & Brenda Murphy, and Best In Show was won by Andrew Benenson’s 1951 Cisitalia 202C Cabriolet.
Wrapping up what seems like Ferrari week here in The Garage, let’s start Friday with a quick clip from the blokes at Top Gear, featuring the most unfortunately named Ferrari of all time.
The lads got their hands on the much awaited La Ferrari earlier this week and proceeded to tick off the Ferrari media corps by dropping a tiny teaser video online ahead of the embargo time. That clip was yanked off the web in a hurry and now, a couple of days later they have shared another short video. The visual quality seems to be somewhat less than expected, but the sound is spectacular. I’m still not sure the exhaust note makes up for the name though.
The 2012 New York Auto Show was Mercedes-Benz’s stage for the world premier of the ultimate iteration of the SL roadster-the SL65 AMG. Available this November, the SL65 packs a 6.0L twin-turbo V-12 packing 621hp, with an asphalt ripping 738 lb ft. of torque paired to a new 7-speed automatic. Mercedes-Benz claims 0-60mph times of 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 186mph. Despite offering more power than its predecessor, the SL65 is lighter in weight and offers greater fuel efficiency.
AMG decided to celebrate 45 years of business with the SL65 AMG 45th Anniversary Edition, and I suggest you take a good look at the SL65 AMG pictured here, since you’ll never see one again. Only 45 SL65 AMG anniversary cars will be built, and are distinguished by a unique silk matte Designo magno graphite paint finish. Although no pricing was announced at the show, buyers can expect to dig deep for this V-12 brute dressed in a Saville Row suit.
To all the Dad’s out there who read The Garage, we hope you had a very happy Father’s Day, and hope you were able to set aside some time to indulge your automotive passion, whether it be at the track, a car show, or driving your own pride and joy. For me, I drove up to the Farmington Polo Club for the annual Concorso Ferrari & Friends Event, hosted by the New England Region of the Ferrari Club of America. We arrived around the middle of the show, but by then it was clear many cars had already left. With an hour to go, cars were being loaded on trailers or being driven out (MAJOR kudos to the guy that roared out in his Ferrari 250 GTO!). So while it was a limited field of cars, it was a good time to get up close to some beautiful, rare, exotic Italian machinery. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
And if you were wondering, the body shell you see in the picture gallery is a freshly painted 1958 Ferrari 250 Series I Cabriolet. Because there is no better way to spend Father’s Day than showing your five year old son the suspension mounting points on a vintage Ferrari!
For those who aren’t aware, Superformance has been churning out top quality Cobra replicas out of a facility in South Africa for years now. While they are sold sans drivetrain, you would be wrong to call these kit cars. The Superformance factory is considered one of the finest fiberglass manufacturing facilities in the world and close inspect of one of their cars proves shows that the quality and attention to detail are second to none. So much so that litigation happy Carroll Shelby actually endorses these cars. It makes sense then that when it came time to recreate the rarest, most sought after
fiberglass bathtub Corvette race car, that the folks at Superformance would be the team for the job.
There were only 5 Corvette Grand Sport race cars ever built. For almost all of us, the chance of ever owning an original is non existent. Thanks to GM and Superformance though, you can own the closest thing to it. Built from original blue prints, the Superformance Grand Sport’s body is formed from molds of the #2 car. These race or street cars are the real deal. The chassis will accept any GM crate engine setup, which means you can even get a warranty with this machine.
We’ve got a huge photo gallery, video and the Superformance press release after the break.
It has come to be over the past few days after publishing an article in UMM (Urban Male Magazine) considering the possibility of what the fastest street car in the world is. That there is not really any clear line as to what the actual ‘fastest’ is…
In the article I casually named off the Ultima GTR720 as one of the most capable, even perhaps beyond the Bugatti Veyron, which was a big mistake.
I was given a quick and proper tongue lashing by fans of the Veyron who quickly reminded me that it is important to point out that technically it is not faster than the Bugatti Veyron if you consider top speed as your main factor.
Regular readers of The Garage know that I have somewhat of an obsession with old Volvos, especially of the 122 variety. Set in amongst the 3 C30’s is the VOX Amazon. Call it a 125 with a huge attitude. Like 600 hp worth of attitude! Mattias Volk’s killer 125 won the title of Sweden’s Hottest Volvo at a show in Landskrona Sweden last summer. Why not go one step further and crown it the World’s Hottest Volvo Wagon.
More pics and Volvo press release after the break