Rolls-Royce Wraith was honoured this evening at the BBC TopGear Magazine 2013 Car of the Year Awards, winning the category ‘Rather Splendid Motor Car of the Year’.
Following a comprehensive road-test by Associate Editor Tom Ford, Motoring Editor Ollie Marriage took on the role of delivery driver, traversing 951 miles from his home to the car’s International Media Launch in Vienna in one day, arriving in time for dinner.
In delivering the award, TopGear Magazine had this to say about the fastest, most powerful Rolls-Royce in history: “It’s massive and magnificent: a staggering, bewitching, gorgeous object to spend time with. In short, an experience.”
“Since launch, I have been delighted to see Wraith win plaudits from some of the most respected writers in our industry. In taking the car from the UK to Vienna in just one day, TopGear embraced the car’s intended use; crossing continents effortlessly at pace. This award today is an endorsement of Wraith’s status as the ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo,” said Richard Carter, Director of Communications, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
This is not the first time Rolls-Royce has been honoured this year. Walpole awarded the marque its 2013 Award for Excellence in the British Luxury Brand category whilst the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial won ‘Best Rally of the Year’ at the International Historic Motoring Awards.
Signed by Vettel himself, the helmet by Arai was designed around Germany’s national colours and worn during the Nurburgring Grand Prix race weekend this year – where Vettel celebrated his first home victory.
As well as being a popular item with attendees at the Bonhams Oxford auction room today (9 December), the internet and six phone lines were jammed with bidders from all over the world who were eager to take home the prized helmet, for which proceeds went to spinal cord research charity, Wings for Life.
Auctioneer, Toby Wilson, eventually put down the hammer with a final price of £72,100 to an overseas buyer.
This is in addition to the James Hunt Bell helmet worn by the Formula 1 Champion during his championship of 1976, which sold for £37,500.
Also in aid of Wings for Life, a signed Mark Webber helmet by Arai went for a massive £17,500.
Toby Wilson, Head of Automobilia at Bonhams, said: “These helmets represent the very best of Formula 1 and to be able to offer these items at auction today was exciting for everyone involved.
“Not only did we achieve a world record auction price for a helmet but it is made all the more meaningful by the fact the money is going to a very worthy cause.”
David Appleby Engineering is pleased to announce that it will become the first Bentley Continental GT3 customer team when it takes delivery of the new racecar in January. The team, which will race under the Generation Bentley Racing banner, has been formed to develop young talent in motorsport for drivers, engineers and mechanics and will compete in the British GT Championship in 2014.
Drivers James Appleby (GB) and Steve Tandy (GB) will take the wheel next year in British GT and the car is available to compete in the FIA Blancpain endurance series for interested parties. The team is keen to take full advantage of the Continental GT3′s eligibility for a wide spectrum of worldwide endurance racing.
James Appleby from Banbury, initially began his racing career in the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2008. James has since competed regularly in the Aston Martin GT4 at a European level as a Junior Aston Martin Racing team driver and was presented the star of the future award by Aston Martin Racing in 2010.
Steve Tandy from Gloucestershire started his career racing classic sportscars in 2006 and is very familiar with the British GT Championship having competed for the last two seasons in the GT3 class achieving two overall wins and a multitude of podium finishes.
Launched at Goodwood in July this year, the new 1300 kg Bentley Continental GT3 race car features a 4.0 litre V8 twin turbo V8 developing an unrestricted 600 bhp. The new race car is based on the road-going Continental and has received an aerodynamic package of enhancements while retaining its iconic and recognisable form.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “I am delighted that David and his team will be competing with the Continental GT3 in our home country in 2014. The team has a wealth of experience and I’m confident that their energy and professionalism will see some very encouraging results next year. We’ll be supporting them every step of the way and I wish them every success in the British GT Championship.”
David Appleby, Managing Director, David Appleby Engineering said: “Having had enormous success in GT4, we are very excited to be taking it to the next level. The Continental GT3 is a fantastic package of British design and engineering, and it’s eligibility for both British GT and Blancpain makes it a perfect racecar for us.”
Generation Bentley Racing will make its debut at the opening round of the British GT Championship taking place at Oulton Park on 19 April 2014.
The McLaren name was born on the racetrack and, 50 years on, is the most successful name in global motorsport. That desire and determination to push for every extra tenth of a second, and obsessive focus on perfection, has seen the final development objective for the now sold out McLaren P1™ achieved: a sub-seven minute lap time of the Nürburgring circuit.
From the outset, the McLaren P1™ has been developed with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on both road and track. To achieve this, the development programme has focussed on ensuring the McLaren P1™ pushes the boundaries in terms of sheer performance, with testing carried out in some of the harshest conditions around the world. But one challenge remained, and that was arguably the toughest of them all.
20.8 kilometres driven at an average speed in excess of 178 km/h. Sounds easy, until you add in more than 150 corners, 300 metres of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g. All in less than seven minutes…
Commenting on the sub-seven achievement by the McLaren P1™, McLaren Formula 1™ driver and 2009 world champion Jenson Button said: ‘The fact that the McLaren P1™ has posted a sub-seven-minute lap at the Nürburgring is unbelievably impressive.
‘I’ve been an F1 driver for 14 years, and I’ve driven more than 240 Grands Prix and, although I’ve never raced an F1 car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, because the last time the German Grand Prix was held there was before I was born, I know exactly how challenging, and daunting, a racetrack it is.
‘Over the past dozen-or-so years I’ve owned a lot of ultra-high-performance road cars. I’ve driven the McLaren P1™ on a number of occasions – including up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was sensational – and I think it’s a truly superb machine: unbelievably refined yet unbelievably quick.
‘But, as I say, for it to have recorded a sub-seven minute lap time around the Nürburgring is the icing on the cake: proof positive, backed by hard data, on the greatest racetrack of them all, that McLaren has created a genuine game-changer.’
The challenge: an average in excess of 178 km/h over 20.8 km
The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is the toughest test track to measure the all-round performance of any car. And among the McLaren P1™’s performance targets, which included accelerating to 300kph (186mph) in less than 17 seconds onto a limited top speed of 350kph (217mph), was to achieve a sub-seven minute time around the German circuit.
No mean feat for a stripped out, track-focussed racing car, let alone a production car on standard road tyres, that offers superior levels of ride comfort and all round ability on road.
Sub-seven minutes – that calculates as an average speed of at least 178 km/h (111 mph) around the 20.8 kilometre (13 miles) circuit. And not just any circuit. One that includes some of the longest straights, tightest bends, steepest inclines, and more changes in road surface than any other circuit.
Location: the fearsome Nürburgring-Nordschleife
The Nürburgring, or the Nürburgring-Nordschleife to give it its full name, is one of the most fearsome circuits in the world. The 20.8 kilometre ribbon of tarmac through Germany’s Eifel Forest was a date on the Formula 1™ calendar up until 1976, when it was dropped from the championship on safety grounds after the crash that nearly cost Niki Lauda his life. That race, as depicted in the recent Hollywood blockbuster Rush, saw James Hunt claim pole position and overall race victory for McLaren, on his way to becoming world champion. The stage was set 37 years ago – McLaren: P1 at the Nürburgring.
A challenging mixture of off-camber corners and tight, technical sections finished with the 3.5 kilometre long Döttinger Höhe straight means a compromise between high downforce for optimised cornering and low drag for improved top speed for the ultimate lap.
Every lap, with its 154 corners and dramatic elevation and direction changes, is the ultimate challenge to both car and driver, and demands an optimised set up and full commitment and concentration. This is the place dubbed the ‘Green Hell’ by three-time Formula 1™ world champion Jackie Stewart, and the list of accidents and casualties is almost as long as the track itself – when it bites, it bites hard.
The lap: a driver’s eye view of sub seven minutes
The Supernova Silver example of the McLaren P1™, codenamed XP2R, was driven the 390 miles from Woking, England across to the Nürburgring ahead of this final development test phase, underlining the car’s unique road-to-race ability. On arrival at the track, ‘Race’ mode extended the active rear wing by 300mm, dropped the ride height by 50mm and saw the RaceActive Chassis Control suspension system stiffen by 300 percent – a fully-focussed track car at the push of a button.
The McLaren P1™ generates up to 600kgs of downforce through the use of advanced active aerodynamics which, in conjunction with the bespoke tyres, provides unprecedented levels of grip and superior balance and handling. This allows the McLaren P1™ to carry greater levels of speed through the corners, and achieve higher apex speeds, and the optimised traction enables the driver to get on the power earlier.
‘The track is like the rollercoaster from hell. However, the car feels balanced and poised throughout, and inspires you to push on with the levels of grip and all-round ability,’explains Goodwin.
‘The acceleration from the Aremberg right hander down the Fuchsröhre is absolutely amazing. I have only experienced acceleration like this before in a Formula 1 car. This downhill snaking section of the track is taken flat, using DRS, shifting gear all the way down to the base of the valley, and the compression that follows applies the maximum vertical g-forces to the car. The forces really load the tyres, chassis and wing, but it is taken with only a slight lift of the throttle.’
‘The numerous jumps that make the Nordschleife famous are an even bigger challenge than normal with the massive speeds we approach them. Flugplatz and Pflanzgarten are both taken at very high speed, but the levels of downforce generated combats these approach speeds, and keep the car really stable on ‘landing’. They are both quite scary corners in any car, but I’ve never felt as confident. It’s just sensational.
‘Through Bergwerk [the corner at which Niki Lauda had his infamous accident in the 1976 German GP], you have to turn in late in order to carry as much speed as you can onto the following straight without running wide. Here, the awesome braking and pin-sharp steering of the McLaren P1™ were crucial, enabling me to get back on the throttle smoothly and quickly. That is a quick section, and one that feels fantastic when you get it just right.’
Immediately back on the pace on the exit of Bergwerk, the groundbreaking RaceActive Chassis Control (RCC) ensures the McLaren P1™ remains planted and balanced through a particularly bumpy section of track. Goodwin continues: ‘With a car this fast, stability is just as important as ultimate grip, and some of the bumpiest sections of the track are also the fastest. The relentless climb towards the Karussell is dealt with in a few spectacular moments as the full combined power of the powertrain punches the car up this long incline. At the top of the hill is one of the fastest corners on the lap, with a approach speed around 300 km/h, The track is really bumpy here, but the corner is dispatched with a light dab of the brakes in fifth gear.’
Cornering forces peak as the McLaren P1™ drops onto the banked concrete surface at the Karussell, and swings round more than 180 degrees. In terms of pure lateral g-forces, the driver is subjected to 3.9g.
From here, the McLaren P1™ enters the final stages of the lap, and the sprint to the finish. Running on road-legal Pirelli tyres specially developed for the McLaren P1™, the production-specification model set a relentless pace, peaking at the electronically limited 330 km/h (205 mph) available in ‘Race’ mode on the Döttinger Höhe straight.
Throughout the course of a single lap, a gear change was made, on average, every six seconds and, unlike in Formula 1™ when DRS is limited to one or maybe two designated zones to aid overtaking, the system was used for nine percent of the entire lap on seven separate occasions as Goodwin made his way towards the finish line. The system is operated through the steering wheel-mounted button, and trims the twin element rear wing from 29° to 0°. When engaged, the use of DRS reduces downforce on the car by 60 percent.
‘The Döttinger Höhe straight disappears in no time,’ explains Goodwin. ‘From Galgenkopf the acceleration is brutal, but when you press the DRS button, it ramps up even further as the car slips through the air, and you arrive at the limited top speed of 330 kph in no time. And then, the car just sits there – ‘cruising’ – at this surreal speed, with the rough tarmac and Eifel mountain scenery flying by as if it’s a movie on fast forward.’
Having driven the full range of McLaren road and race cars, Goodwin is in a unique position to comment on the performance characteristics and abilities, and how the McLaren P1™ compares. Following his sub-420 second sprint around the fearsome Nürburgring circuit, he concludes: ‘Driving the McLaren P1™ at this pace, on this circuit, is the most impressive driving experience I’ve ever had in any road or race McLaren, on any road or track in the world.’
The result: worthy of the McLaren badge
For the team at McLaren, good is simply not good enough. This mentality has seen the McLaren name on the top step of the podiums in Formula 1™, Indianapolis 500, Can Am and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – an achievement no other team can lay claim to. In Formula 1 alone, the team has won a quarter of all Grands Prix ever held, claiming 155 pole positions and 182 victories.
This list of achievements highlights the team’s desire to succeed, and the constant push for improvement. This mentality resonates through the entire McLaren Group, and achieving the sub-seven minute target time was just another objective on the list that the team within Automotive were determined to beat.
Goodwin concludes: ‘The sub-seven minute lap time of the Nürburgring was set as part of a list of targets the McLaren P1™ had to meet and, as with other objectives within the programme, the team has more than achieved what we set out to do. It is a fitting tribute to the company in its 50th year, and to Bruce, the founder, whose ideals we live every day.’
The groundbreaking McLaren P1™ is equipped with a dual powerplant drivetrain generating 916PS (903 bhp). A highly efficient 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine produces 737PS (727 bhp) which is coupled to a 179PS (176 bhp) lightweight electric motor to offer optimised performance. The efficient drivetrain offers instant torque and throttle response, with performance figures to match – 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds and 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds.
The combination of optimised aerodynamics, cutting-edge bespoke systems developed with technical partners and never-before-used technologies, have ensured the McLaren P1™ has achieved, and in many cases exceeded, all objectives during development. It is the culmination of five decades of race-winning knowledge and expertise which has been transferred to the track with the motivating factors that have driven the McLaren name to be one of the most successful in motorsport – belief and a desire to achieve.
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive explained: ‘This final challenge for the McLaren P1™ was very publicly set out earlier this year, and the result is true testament to the team in Woking. Not only in terms of what has been achieved in Germany, but in what has been achieved with this project. The McLaren P1™ is a technical tour de force, and is truly a car that we at McLaren are very proud of. The desire to push the envelope of performance, and achieve the sub-seven minute lap time, shows the spirit of Bruce McLaren lives in the company 50 years on.’
‘The Nürburgring is one of the most daunting and challenging stretches of road anywhere in the world, and is the perfect final test for the McLaren P1™, as it brings together all of the elements of the development programme we have worked through, and subjects the systems and technologies to the ultimate seven minute punishment.
‘We set a series of challenging targets throughout the development of the McLaren P1™, with the most significant one being the fact that the car would be the best driver’s car on both road and track. I am extremely proud of the fact that we have achieved everything we originally set out to do, and in such a convincing manner.’
A sub-seven minute lap time of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife was the final objective in the development programme for the most technologically advanced car ever produced in the UK. This latest achievement for the team at McLaren was made possible through close collaboration with world-leading Partners, providing specialist expertise and technical support throughout the duration of the project.
A unique and highly efficient braking system from Akebono, providing stopping ability akin to a fully-focused racing car; a specially-formulated lightweight paint system by AkzoNobel offering optimised performance and aerodynamics; advanced performance and cooling characteristics of Mobil 1 lubricants in the engine and gearbox; bespoke high performance tyres created by Pirelli designed and developed specifically to manage the unprecedented downforce and cornering forces generated; and the use of highly accurate TAG Heuer timing technology and equipment for the continual verification of performance characteristics during the development programme.
Anticipation builds ahead of RM’s €25 million debut Paris sale on 5 February 2014
More Le Mans greats join stunning competition car line-up at saleLatest highlights include a 1982 Rondeau M482 Le Mans GTP, a veteran of five Le Mans 24 hours races, and a mighty 2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans Prototype, which finished 2nd at Le Mans, was driven by Jacques Villeneuve, and has been entrusted to be sold by RM by the Peugeot factory
Other recently secured entries include a Bugatti Type 40 Roadster, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400S ‘SV Specification’, and a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupé
LONDON (6 December, 2013) – RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce a spectacular series of new premier offerings for its upcoming debut sale in Paris, from 4–5 February 2014, during the world famous Retromobile week. The auction is destined to become another stunning success for RM, as the sale rapidly builds towards a €25 million offering of incredible hand-picked cars.
Hot on the heels of the previously announced and highly anticipated Harburg Competition Car Collection, the latest wave of consignments includes two further greats of endurance motor sport, a 2008 ex-Works Peugeot 908 HDi FAP and a 1982 Rondeau M482 Le Mans GTP. The Peugeot 908 represents one of the most successful sports prototype racing cars of recent years, as it has been developed by the Peugeot factory for an all-out assault on the Le Mans Endurance Series. The 908 was first seen in the 2007 season and was the result of two years of development work by the French manufacturer that was aimed at showcasing its diesel engine technology in the toughest possible motorsport environment. The car on offer, chassis number 05, has been entrusted to RM by the Peugeot factory, it is offered for sale in full Works race trim, and it remains to be powered by its fearsome, factory-built V-12, 5.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It was campaigned successfully during the 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons in the LMP1 category of the Le Mans Endurance Series, and the highlight of which was a 2nd place overall finish in the 2008 Le Mans 24 hours, where it was driven by Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, alongside co-drivers Gene and Minassian (Estimate: €1,400,000–€ 1,800,000).
The 1982 Rondeau M482 Le Mans GTP, chassis number M482-001, is the final iteration of the race car that was designed and developed by well-known Le Mans privateer constructor and driver Jean Rondeau. It was the first M482 of just three built in 1982, and it first saw action at the 6 Hours of Silverstone that year, where it was driven by Jean Rondeau himself before going on to contest at a remarkable five 24 Hours of Le Mansr races between 1983 and 1987, finishing as high as 12th overall in its final appearance at the legendary race and being piloted by Terrian, Rahier, and Grand. With such a prolific Le Mans track record behind it, M482-001 holds a special place in the history of the race, and after retirement, it was displayed at the Musée des 24 Heures – Circuit de La Sarthe, amongst other notable competitors. Today, the car is offered in the same Ford France livery that it appeared in for its first 24 Hour of Le Mans race in 1983, and it is currently fitted with a John Nicholson 3.3-litre Cosworth V-8 engine, offering great potential as a contender in the Le Mans Classic. (Estimate: € 200,000–€ 250,000)
RM’s inaugural Paris sale is not just a showcase for incredible competition cars, as it will also offer a broad spectrum of very fine automobiles, which brings the total to approximately 60 lots. With RM’s usual focus on sourcing only the highest quality, hand-picked examples, the sale will feature a wonderful mix of both pre- and post-war sports and touring cars. Additional highlights secured for RM’s Paris debut include:
RM’s inaugural Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the International Automobile Festival, which is taking place from 29 Januaryto 2 February 2014. This exciting event will gather a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pay tribute to car designers from around the world. (www.festivalautomobile.com)
Innovative Technologies and World-Class Performance
All-new sophisticated design clearly inspired by 50 years of Mustang heritage evolved to attract wider array of customers and expand global market availability
Mustang now available with three engines offering a broader power of choice – a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine
Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort
The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car begins today as the all-new Ford Mustang – loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – is simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents.
“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”
Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the 9 million-plus cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. For the first time ever, Ford will bring Mustang to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia.
“We crafted this car with the goal of creating a contemporary interpretation of Mustang – an American automotive icon that symbolizes optimism and freedom for millions of people around the world,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln.
All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang
The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – with contemporary execution.
“You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you see this car you immediately see a Mustang strong and true,” said Moray Callum, Ford executive director, design, The Americas.
Several key design features define the all-new Mustang, including:
A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track
The return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass
Three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals
Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille
Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. The new top lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when folded for open-air motoring.
The information and controls an active driver needs are all readily accessible in the aviation-inspired cockpit, which is executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. The added width and a new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
The Mustang experience…………
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to get in and hit the road. With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V6 and V8 are joined by an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.
Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions.
“This EcoBoost engine delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to, with a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when you stand on it for easy passing or hustling down a twisty road,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer.
The Mustang EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance and projected segment-leading fuel efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with output projected at more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
With at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from the standard 3.7-liter V6, even the most accessible Mustang delivers the performance customers expect.
Drivers will appreciate smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox, while a reworked automatic transmission features new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.
Most nimble pony ever
When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.
“We already set a very high standard for Mustang’s dynamics with Boss 302, and our goal was to go above and beyond that with this new car,” said Pericak.
Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.
The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes. This is expected to be the best stopping Mustang yet, with three available brake packages.
At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
Smarter than your average pony
The all-new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity when they want it. From Intelligent Access with push-button start to SYNC® and MyKey® in every Mustang built, plus available Track Apps, MyColor gauges and new Shaker Pro audio system, drivers will be able to customize their time behind the wheel.
The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they can take control of how the car behaves. On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver can tap the toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the available Selectable Drive Modes to create the perfect Mustang at any time.
The advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximize Mustang’s dynamic capabilities. When the time comes to turn up the wick at the track, Mustang GT includes standard launch control that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
When it’s time to back off and relax for the drive home, available advanced driver-assist features including Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control can help ease the load, while SYNC AppLink™ lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.
50 years of Mustang
April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model celebrates the milestone with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words “Mustang – Since 1964.” Mustang will continue to be built in the United States at Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
“From day one, we knew if we were going to build a new Mustang, we had to do it right,” said Pericak. “We built a new Mustang from the ground up that is quicker, better-looking, more refined and more efficient, without losing any of the raw appeal that people have associated with Mustang for half a century.”
The Stuttgart Cup Winter Series Wraps 2013 Part of The Championship at This Weekend’s Sebring Historic Races
Full Weekend of Cayman and Boxster Competition at Sebring International Raceway Features Sunday’s Four-Hour Enduro
SEBRING, Florida (December 3, 2013) – The 2013 part of The Stuttgart Cup™ Winter Series will conclude with the longest race of the championship at this weekend’s Historic SportsCar Racing (HSR) Sebring Historic Races, December 6 – 8, that features Sunday’s Four Hours of Sebring.
The year-end Sebring event is always a favorite on the HSR schedule and a strong field of Porsche Caymans and Boxsters in the Stuttgart Cup™ is entered for the 2013 Florida finale. The Winter Series picks up again in 2014 with the Palm Beach Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Raceway, February 14 – 16, and The Mitty, Road Atlanta, April 25 – 27, 2014.
Among the expected challengers this weekend is Bob Schneider who finished second in last month’s Bob Snodgrass Memorial Enduro at Daytona in his white No. 40 Cayman S that sports the red and blue Martini stripes of the famous “Baby” Porsche 935. Mark Sandridge, and coach and championship-winning co-driver Joe Varde, are also headed to Sebring where they will co-drive Sandridge’s red and white striped Grandma’s Potato Salad No. 49 Cayman S.
Varde is expected to battle all weekend with fellow pro Jack Baldwin who is back in the green and white striped No. 80 Cayman S modeled after a David Piper Racing Porsche 917K. Matt Dicken and John Lewis co-drove Dicken’s black and silver No. 207 Cayman S to third place in the Daytona enduro and are set for another full weekend of competition at Sebring. Bill Riddell picked up Sportsman class honors in the Snodgrass Memorial as well as a pair of sprint-race victories in his No. 05 Cayman S that features a flat-black Porsche 918 Spyder paint scheme. He was joined on the Daytona podium by Racelink teammate and third-place finisher Darrell Fancher who returns for Sebring in his No. 139 Cayman S modeled after the yellow and red “Psychedelic” Porsche 917K.
Debuting Stuttgart Cup competitors include Lori Cassling and Henry Davis who drive Caymans prepared by CARS (Classic Auto Restoration Services), a top race shop out of Omaha, Nebraska.
Cassling made history at Sebring in 2011 as the first woman to podium in a Cayman in competition with a second-place sprint race showing. She drives the popular No. 23 Cayman modeled after the famous “Pink Pig” Porsche 917/20 that she will share with coach and co-driver Chris Hall.
Davis is always a contender in his silver No. 21 Cayman S that carries the colors of the Martini Porsche 917K and LH race cars.
Several Boxster competitors are also entered at Sebring including the black No. 101 of Brian Burry, the red No. 11 of Justin Ehrlich, the black No. 157 of Ari Strauss and the dark blue No. 70 of father-and-son duo Paul and John Reisman.
A sprint and endurance series, The Stuttgart Cup™ is open to all Porsche Caymans and Boxsters, with rules centered on power to weight ratio. All competing cars must compete with stock make and model engine and transmissions with approved allowances for exhaust and intake modifications. Stuttgart Cup organizers also welcome all competitors with existing race-prepared Caymans or Boxsters to compete with body and engine modifications balanced within series power to weight ratio parameters. All such competitors will not be eligible for championship points or class-designated race wins, but the door is always open to all Cayman and Boxster competitors to get in on the action.
For information on The Stuttgart Cup™, a copy of the rules, or additional questions, please contact StuttgartCup@Racerlk.com or visit www.StuttgartCup.com. The Stuttgart Cup™ is sanctioned by Historic SportsCar Racing (HSR), with more information available at www.HSRrace.com.
Chassis Engineering after 30 years has a new owner. Long time General Manager Clayton Murphy purchased Chassis Engineering in March of 2013. Clayton started with Chassis Engineering in 1985 and worked his way up the ladder to GM in 1999. Now after 28 years he has become the owner of one of the original suppliers to the drag racing industry and the crew has lots of ideas.First on the agenda is the PRI Show. Chassis Engineering will be returning to the PRI Show in Indy this year for the first time in 3 years and invites you to stop by and get reacquainted with one of the premier chassis suppliers in the country. The PRI show’s move back to Indy will offer Chassis Engineering a chance to get back with their core customer, you the jobber and end user. Jobbers and racers are what made Chassis Engineering what it is and what will take us into the future.
Next on the agenda is our Website. A new website is in the works so keep an eye open for it. In the meantime chassisengineering.com is up and running fine and offers more now than ever before. More new Chassis Engineering products and lots of new suppliers. If you don’t see it, just ask. Chassis Engineering’s in house manufacturing capabilities allows us to build just about anything including special orders and custom applications.
Lenexa, KS, November 2013 – Aeromotive successfully debuted a handful of new products at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, including the popular Phantom Fuel System, a brand new drag race style fuel pump and a new entry into the diesel performance market. Not only were these new products received extremely well by enthusiasts and consumers alike, they also received top accolades from industry professionals. The Phantom Fuel System was awarded Best New Product – Street Rod / Custom Car. The A3000 Fuel Pump received recognition as well with a Runner-Up finish in the coveted category of Best New Engineered Product.
“We are extremely proud of these awards,” said Steve Matusek, Aeromotive Founder and President. “These were really collective efforts by our entire team. We knew we had something special with the Phantom Fuel System… Its cool to see it get some well deserved attention.”
Aeromotive was singled out with two awards amongst more than 2,000 eligible new product entries, the most ever in SEMA history. Aeromotive will continue to push with these new products as they gear up to debut them again at the 2013 Performance Racing Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Look for more information to follow that show. For more on the Phantom Fuel System, take a look HERE.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is proud to announce that the company’s new 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric-powered production vehicle not only receives an expanded standard equipment package but also sees a considerable price reduction of $6,130 over the previous 2012 model year vehicle.
The 2014 model year Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES model including CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, battery warming system and heated side view mirrors now starts at only $22,995 – an astonishing $6,130 price reduction from the previous generation. After factoring in the Federal tax credit of $7,500, the net MSRP of the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV drops down to only $15,495*.
With a net MSRP of only $15,495 after factoring in the available EV federal tax credit of $7,500 and, for example, with the California state EV financial incentive of up to $2,500** (other generous financial incentives are available through numerous states and municipalities), residents in California can obtain the technologically-advanced 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV for as low as $12,995.
Furthermore, the new 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV boasts a much more comprehensive standard equipment package. Newly added items that are now standard equipment at no charge to the consumer include:
Driver and front passenger heated seats
CHAdeMO DC quick charge port
Battery warming system
Heated side view mirrors
Rear door speakers
8A/12A switchable Level 1 charging cable*** (approximate charge time from near empty to fully charged – 22 hours for 8 amp/14 hours for 12 amp)
Charge port lamp
Leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob
Passenger-side vanity mirror with lid
Numerous decorative color/trim upgrades
Front fog lights
New daytime running lights (DRL)
Black-out door sash trim
To date, more than 30,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEV and i-MiEV-based production vehicles have been sold around the globe. In such diverse markets as the U.S., Europe and Asia, the i-MiEV has proven to be a safe, convenient and utterly reliable eco-friendly form of personal transportation in any market in which it is sold.