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The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a limited production hybrid sports car built collaboratively by British manufacturer Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and several other manufacturers. Aston Martin has never had a hypercar with its name on it, this changes with the launch of the Valkyrie, an aerodynamic, performance-themed speedster. Aston’s vehicles are typically marked by...
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a limited production hybrid sports car built collaboratively by British manufacturer Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and several other manufacturers. Aston Martin has never had a hypercar with its name on it, this changes with the launch of the Valkyrie, an aerodynamic, performance-themed speedster. Aston’s vehicles are typically marked by their extremely elegant, simple and understated design, but the Valkyrie is anything but understated with its over-the-top styling. The Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain produces a staggering 1160 horsepower. Pricing starts at $3 million, and production is extremely limited. Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing put their heads together to develop a track-oriented car entirely usable and enjoyable as a road car.
The Valkyrie joins the Aston Martin lineup for the 2020 model year. It takes its name from ancient Norse mythology, the valkyries being the spirits who decided the fates of men in battle.
The Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain consists of a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 and an electric motor. A seven-speed automatic transmission directs power to the rear wheels. Alone, the V-12 delivers 1000 horsepower, while the battery-electric system—designed by Rimac and Integral Powertrain—contributes an additional 160 horsepower. Combined, the power sources produce a total output of 1160 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque.
Aston Martin’s Valkyrie AMR Pro features the same powertrain, but the V-12’s calibration has been tweaked to boost output. The AMR Pro has a lighter curb weight than the road car, and Aston claims that it’s capable of generating more than its own weight in downforce.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie excitement continues. Testing of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has moved from the track to public roads in the United Kingdom. Following the success at Silverstone Racetrack, Aston Martin took their Valkyrie to the roads surrounding the famous track.
Aston Martin intends to build just 150 units of the Valkyrie, including 25 examples of the track-only AMR Pro version. The cars cost £2.5 million each. Company boss Andy Palmer believes there was enough interest in the vehicle, that he could have taken 900 reservations for them. Deliveries start in the second half of 2020.
What do you think of the Valkyrie?
When we heard of a car without windows, without a roof and without a front windshield we thought we’d heard it all. Automotive Giant, McLaren is behind this bold design. Introducing the Elva, a new limited-run two-seat open-cockpit roadster as its next Ultimate Series model, the car is the fifth addition in the Series, joining...
When we heard of a car without windows, without a roof and without a front windshield we thought we’d heard it all. Automotive Giant, McLaren is behind this bold design. Introducing the Elva, a new limited-run two-seat open-cockpit roadster as its next Ultimate Series model, the car is the fifth addition in the Series, joining the F1, the P1, Speedtail and the Senna.
The new roadster will be aimed at providing “road-focused driving pleasure”, with a bold open-cockpit design. As well as the open front, McLaren has made the cabin as open to the elements as possible with low sides. Not very practical for drivers in the UK where it rains for a total of 156 days a year! Although the Elva has no windshield or windows, a front windshield will be added for the cars intended for the US market.
The car has several features designed to maximise aerodynamic efficiency, including air intakes on the rear buttresses and an active rear spoiler. The latter works in conjunction with an extreme rear diffuser, which features vertical fences designed to accelerate air out from under the Elva’s flat floor.
The Elva is claimed to be the lightest sports car ever produced by McLaren though the actual curb weight is yet to be announced. The car’s entire body work is made of carbon fibre including the chassis, doors and seats in order to keep the weight low. Powered by the firm’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, it can reach 62mph in “under three seconds” and has a claimed 0-124mph time of 6.7sec – faster than the track-focused Senna.
McLaren’s traditional V8 engine has been tweaked for improved power output with a revamped exhaust system, while the car’s chassis has been optimised to “maximise agility and driver engagement and feedback”, with electrohydraulic steering and unique software settings and springs.
McLaren boss Mike Flewitt says the Elva is “a uniquely modern car that delivers the ultimate connection between driver, car and the elements”. Flewitt also revealed the production quota for the new Elva speedster will drop from 399 units to 249.
Overall an incredibly daring designed car from the McLaren team. With an expected price of £1.4 Million, significantly higher than its predecessors.
What do you think of the Elva? Form before function?
Mazda started out in life precisely on January 30, 1920 marking this year their 100th anniversary. But did you know that Mazda only made their first car in 1960? Mazda originally started operating as a business back in 1920 making cork, specifically industrial uses for cork. In fact, back in 1920 it wasn’t even called...
Mazda started out in life precisely on January 30, 1920 marking this year their 100th anniversary. But did you know that Mazda only made their first car in 1960? Mazda originally started operating as a business back in 1920 making cork, specifically industrial uses for cork. In fact, back in 1920 it wasn’t even called Mazda, the company was called Toyo Kogyo. Its first attempt at manufacturing cars was in 1931, when it created a tuk-tuk-style trike pick-up thing called the Mazda-Go. As the company was based in Hiroshima, it was flattened in the Second World War, though not before producing guns for the Japanese Imperial Army.
The first ‘Car’ Mazda built (aside from the tiny Tuk-Tuk) was the Mazda R360, an adorable two-door, four-seater (just) coupe with a 360cc two-cylinder 16bhp engine in the boot. Available with a four-speed manual or, get this, a two-speed auto gearbox, the R360 had a top speed of 52mph and it was a smash-hit success. Without it, the Mazda we know and love today would never have existed.
The 100th Anniversary lineup consists of the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, MX-5, MX-5 RF, CX-3, CX-30, MX-30, and the CX-5. All the cars share the Snow Flake White Pearl Mica paint and have an assortment of “100th Anniversary” logos along with burgundy floor carpets. These models also have a fancy key fob embossed with the logo and are delivered inside a limited-run special box.
Mazda is already taking orders at home in Japan for the Centenary models and will sell them in Europe from this Autumn.
The joy of driving, lightweight design and the rotary engine: three elements that define Mazda’s DNA – and continue to fascinate the team at the Hiroshima-based carmaker.
Astonishing to think it is over half a century since the Miura first appeared at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. Its mesmerising looks, the eyelash headlights, the sculpted curves beautifully drawn by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, gained accolades from public and press alike, and still do. Its revolutionary Chassis, presented a year earlier at Turin...
Astonishing to think it is over half a century since the Miura first appeared at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. Its mesmerising looks, the eyelash headlights, the sculpted curves beautifully drawn by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, gained accolades from public and press alike, and still do. Its revolutionary Chassis, presented a year earlier at Turin attracted orders even without bodywork, such was the clear potential of a mind-mounted 3.9 litre V12 with five-speed transmission that brazenly challenged the rather traditional thinking of other Italian sports builders. Yet the miura’s design had come about not from Lamborghini’s direction but because, in their own free time, three of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s top engineers, Dallara, Stanzani and Wallace, had imagined it, discussed it and worked out the details in the evenings and at weekends: a design that could be equally racing and road car. The engine, gearbox and transmission could be combined to reduce space, as in the humble Mini, sharing oil and saving space. When they presented their plans to the boss, Ferruccio gave it the go-ahead thinking that it could at least be a good marketing project…
The 1966 Geneva Motor Show car had only been finished days beforehand, without time even to see if the engine fitted, so the bay was filled with ballast and the cover kept closed, despite many requests to open it. The P400 was simply the start of the show and affirmed Gandini’s position as one of the greatest automotive designers of all time. Production had to start as soon as possible. Named after the famous fighting Spanish bull the first production of the P400 Miuras appeared in 1966, publicised as the world’s fastest production car, the top speed a dizzying 175mph; 275 were built before the P400S appeared in 1968, with numerous trim changes and an extra 20bhp under the bonnet. Some 338 of these were built and buyers included Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra. The last model, the P400SV appeared in 1971, its power raised to 385nhp.
The beautiful example presented here, chassis 4707, is a late model S with ventilated discs and a strengthened chassis, a car that has spent much pf its life in a select collection in the USA. It has recently undergone complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration, and in its original champagne and black is a true Swinging Sixties supercar.
As we all know Coronavirus has had a huge impact across the world, it has impacted every aspect of our lives. With many of us locked up in doors, staying safe it comes as no surprise that the UK Automotive events planned for the next few months have either been cancelled or postponed until later...
As we all know Coronavirus has had a huge impact across the world, it has impacted every aspect of our lives. With many of us locked up in doors, staying safe it comes as no surprise that the UK Automotive events planned for the next few months have either been cancelled or postponed until later this year. Many of the events are still going ahead, there is an event for every type of car enthusiast, from old classics, to supercars. They even have events for individual car fanatics, like Beaulieu’s Aston Martin and Porsche events.
This is the current up-to-date list of all the events that have been cancelled or postponed so far:
The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show (27-29th March) = Rescheduled 7-9th August 2020
Simply Aston Martin, Beaulieu (5th April) = Postponed
Simply Audi, Beaulieu (18th April) = Postponed
Bicester Heritage Scramble (26th April) = Rescheduled 21st June
Donington Historic Festival (1-3rd May) = Postponed
Spring Autojumble (16-17th May) = Cancelled
Masters Historic Racing (23-24th May) = On Hold
Motorsport at the Palace (24-25th May) = Cancelled
Porsche at Beaulieu (7th June) = Postponed
London Concours (10-11th June) = Rescheduled 19-20th August
Le Mans 24 Hours (13-14th June) = 19-20th September
Bromley Pagent (21st June) = Rescheduled 13th June 2021
Goodwood Festival of Speed (9th -12th July) = Postponed
British Grand Prix (17th – 19th July)
Carfest North (24-26th July) = Combined with CarFest South to create CarFest United.
Silverstone Classic (31st July – 2nd August)
Beaulieu Supercar Weekend (8-9th August)
Carfest South (28-30th August) = Combined with CarFest North to create CarFest United.
Salon Privé (3-6th September)
Concours of Elegance (4-6th September)
Goodwood Revival (11-13th September)
Classic Motor Show (13-15th November)
We hope all of our readers are safe and well and look forward to seeing some of you at the events later in the year!
1.1981 DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future This is my fathers dream car, growing up in Belfast where the cars were assembled, he would often see them driving down the road. The DeLorean isn’t as beautiful as a Ferrari, but its hard, rigid shell is a representation of his sleek fantasy vision of the future....
This is my fathers dream car, growing up in Belfast where the cars were assembled, he would often see them driving down the road. The DeLorean isn’t as beautiful as a Ferrari, but its hard, rigid shell is a representation of his sleek fantasy vision of the future. The car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and stood out for its gull-wing doors and brushed stainless-steel outer body panels, as well as an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis. Apparently the engine was replaced with a V-8 from the Porsche 928. Regardless of the cool futuristic design, and becoming one of the most famous 80s movie cars, the DeLorean itself didn’t do too hot on the market. The DMC DeLorean (often referred to simply as the “DeLorean”, as it was the only model ever produced by the company) is a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) for the American market from 1981 to 1983.
This one could potentially be the most famous movie car of all time, mainly for its special features. Machine guns, oil-slick sprayer, ejector seats, and an incredible foreshadow to the modern navigation system, Bond’s car boasted a map screen feature back in the ’60s. This is a legacy car in Hollywood and one of the Astons used recently sold for about 4.6 million. James Bond’s cars become famous the moment they appear on screen, but none has garnered more attention than the machine-gun-equipped Aston Martin DB5 that first debuted in Goldfinger. The original movie car sold at auction in 2010 for a staggering $4.6 million.
We love a classic VW Beetle, even people who couldn’t care less about cars love the bug. And part of that is because of the original Love Bug. The Volkswagen Beetle—officially the Volkswagen Type 1. The bug is a two-door, rear-engine economy car, intended for five occupants (later, Beetles were restricted to four people in some countries), that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.
I love this movie! If you’re going to skip school and wonder around Chicago, there’s no better car than a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. Funnily enough, the original script called for a Mercedes AMG. If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up. The “Ferrari” wasn’t a Ferrari at all. It was instead a 1985 Modena GT Spyder California, Modena founders Mark Goyette and Neil Glassmoyer had created a replica of the Ferrari 250 GT . There was actually three cars used in the movie — one for the majority of the movie, a second when the car rolls out of the garage, and a third for other scenes.
The Chevrolet Camaro has been an integral part of the Transformers series from the very beginning. It’s also responsible for the fact that people now refer to any yellow and black Camaro as Bumblebee. Other than the car being Bumblebee, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is an icon in its own right in the petrolhead world.
The original 1969 film is arguably better than the 2003 remake. The original Mini could squeeze into gaps where the new one wouldn’t stand a chance, making for a truly zany chase scene. Approximately sixteen Cooper S’s were used during filming. The Cooper’s that were thrown out of the coach were in fact regular Mini’s dressed up like Coopers. The cars featured in The Italian Job were three Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S’s, in red, white and blue of course.
Baby Driver may be a recent movie, but there’s no doubt people will recognize the car, petrolheads have been awaiting the release of this film for many months. A Subaru WRX painted in red with black wheels was the star of the awesome opening scene, and featured heavily in advertising leading up to the movie’s release. The Subaru WRX has been around since the early 1990’s but the version used in the film is a stock 2006 STI. It is a car that found popularity thanks to a rivalry with Mitsubishi on the World Rally Championship tracks.
Today the 2014 WRX STI has a 6,000rpm engine capable of reaching 62mph in just 5.2 seconds. It has a top speed of 159mph and costs £31,995.
Back in 2001, we had no idea The Fast and the Furious would spawn nine sequels. Aside from Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger, few cars in the “F&F” series have the magnetic personality of Brian O’Conner’s Mk IV Toyota Supra. The Supra belonged to technical director for “The Fast and the Furious,” Craig Lieberman. We’ll always remember that one race between Brian O’Conner’s Supra and Dom Toretto’s Charger.
Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger is one of the most iconic cars in the Fast and Furious franchise. Because 1968-’70 Chargers have, for the last 40 years, been Hollywood’s favourite cars to wreck, they’ve become both rare and expensive. While it does some fantastical things on screen (like a wheelstand and burnout at the same time), people still loved it. The ’69 version of this car was first popularized by the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.
The Thunderbird appeared in the renowned movie Thelma and Louise, the Thunderbird was chosen for practicality. Convertibles are a popular choice for movies as it’s easy to shoot the actors, and while the Thunderbird is the classic cruising car – perfect for a road trip, it also provides a back seat, allowing Thelma and Louise to travel with other characters like J.D, the thief. A total of 5 cars were used in the movie: one “hero” car used for exterior shots, one camera car, two stunt cars and a back-up car. The original cut of the final scene shows the car’s entire plummet, crashing into the Colorado River.
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