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Sixty years after Aston Martin won their only World Sports Car Championship and their sole outright win at Le Mans, the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed chose to honour them as their featured marque. The Gerry Judah sculpture erected in front of Goodwood House featured a 30-metre-high swoop of white painted steel converging to a...
Sixty years after Aston Martin won their only World Sports Car Championship and their sole outright win at Le Mans, the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed chose to honour them as their featured marque. The Gerry Judah sculpture erected in front of Goodwood House featured a 30-metre-high swoop of white painted steel converging to a point on which sat the famed Aston Martin DBR1 which won them laurels six decades previously.
Aston Martin also chose this event to debut their ‘Vantage Heritage Racing Edition’. From the drawing office of ‘Q by Aston Martin’ – the brand’s bespoke personalisation service – they showcased six unique liveries, each honouring a famous race car from their long history in motorsport.
The Vantage, Aston Martin’s current race chassis, was the obvious starting point for the project and they’ve given it lightweight wheels and trim as well as a carbon fibre rear wing, dive planes and extended front splitter to increase downforce by 194 kg at 190 mph.
‘The Record Breaker’, Razor Blade is the oldest race car to inspire the series which, in 1923, set two class records at Brooklands. The silver colour scheme evokes the unpainted aluminium body made for the original car by De Havilland and the green highlights match the brightly painted chassis.
Next up ‘The Italian Progettista’ (‘designer’ in Italian) pays homage to the Ulster. Designed by Italian-born Augustus Cesare Bertelli, an Ulster finished a class-winning third overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1935 and came fourth in the RAC Tourist Trophy Race. The red matches the team colours and is finished off on the side gills by ‘Aston Martin’ written in a distinctive hand painted script as used in period.
The DB3S inspires the livery remembering ’The David Brown Era’ when Aston Martin used different colours on each car to make identification easier. The racing green DB3S with yellow “lipstick” and wheel arches driven by both Stirling Moss and Roy Salvadori was a perfect muse for this project.
In the late 1980s, Aston teamed up with Ecurie Ecosse to develop the AMR1, ‘The Group C Monster’. Whilst not a competitive success, the AMR1 bristled with radical innovations such as a kevlar/carbon-fibre monocoque. Although seemingly patriotic, the white, blue and red colour scheme actually represents the Mobil 1 brand that sponsored the team.
‘The Le Mans Winner’ DBR9 was Aston Martin’s challenger in endurance racing’s GT class, gaining back-to-back class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007 and 2008. Its pale blue and orange ‘Gulf’ livery is one of motorsport’s best-loved designs having adorned many different marques of race car.
Finally, the collection is completed by ‘The Next Generation’ which honours the modern racing Vantage GTE. The striking Lime Essence and Stirling Green colours of the current works team really stand out on the World Endurance Championship grid.
Simon Lane, Director Q & Special Project Sales at Aston Martin Lagonda, says of the project:
“I cannot take credit for them, the project was already underway when I arrived three months ago, but I think it’s fabulous and love the story around each livery. Credit to the Q teams in sales, design, delivery, engineering, manufacturing and marketing for getting them ready for launch.”
Aston Martin are making only 60 ‘Vantage Heritage Racing Editions’ with customers able to choose which of the six colour schemes should adorn their car. Prices vary by livery due to royalties being payable on some designs but range between £174k and £189k.
At the time of writing, Simon says that just over half of the limited series have been sold with the most expensive ‘Gulf’ DBR9 homage being the popular choice.
To add a little consumer advice and help for you, we thought we’d review some car cleaning products. If you love your car/s then you love them being clean. This week we focused on a range of products by Simoniz. We wanted to focus our attention on five products which are key aspects of any car...
To add a little consumer advice and help for you, we thought we’d review some car cleaning products. If you love your car/s then you love them being clean.
This week we focused on a range of products by Simoniz. We wanted to focus our attention on five products which are key aspects of any car clean, namely:
Wash – Simoniz Shampoo & Carnauba Wax (retails at £4-6)
Wax & Polish – Simoniz Quickshine Detailer (retails at circa £4-7)
Wheel – Simoniz Ultracare Alloy Cleaner (retails at circa £5)
Tyre – Simoniz Back to Black Tyre Shine (retails at circa £5-7)
Dashboard – Simoniz Gloss Dash Shine (retails at circa £4-6)
We wanted to test these products on a car that we are looking to sell, an Mazda MX5. Top tip: If you are looking to sell a car, make sure you clean it as good as you can. It makes all the difference when trying to sell it.
To give you a perspective on the products tested we are featuring a before and after video, so you have a good idea, and our thoughts. The car we are cleaning today is the legendary Mazda MX5. Perfect for cleaning as it’s nice and small.
Using Simoniz Shampoo & Carnauba Wax
It did an okay job. It’s hard to tell with a shampoo I think. They are all a much of a muchness. We give this product a 5/10.
The Wax & Polish
Simoniz Quick shine Detailer
Easy to apply, removes minor scuffs and tar, leaves the car with a nice gloss/ shine and is very easy to use/ apply. We give this product a 10/10
Simoniz Ultracare Alloy Cleaner
Easy to apply. Seemed to get more dirt off the alloys. It does what I says. We give this product a 7/10.
Simoniz Back to Black Tyre Shine
This product does what it says on the tin. Only thing I’d like to see moving forwards is a non-aerosol option. Does it really need to be in an aerosol can Simoniz? We give this product a 9/10, but if in recyclable packaging 10/10.
Simoniz Gloss Dash Shine
Again this product does what it says on the tin. Only thing I’d like to see moving forwards is a non-aerosol option. Does it really need to be in an aerosol can Simoniz? We give this product a 9/10, but if in recyclable packaging 10/10.
All in all, I liked the Simoniz products, they did a good job, so they get a big thumbs up from me.
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Do you know how many casualties and fatalities have happened on British roads involving motorcyclists and cyclists? With decreased visibility, minimal protection and reduced control, motorcyclists and cyclists are more at danger than other road users. Both in terms of the chances of an accident occurring and the seriousness of the injuries sustained. The specialist...
Do you know how many casualties and fatalities have happened on British roads involving motorcyclists and cyclists? With decreased visibility, minimal protection and reduced control, motorcyclists and cyclists are more at danger than other road users. Both in terms of the chances of an accident occurring and the seriousness of the injuries sustained.
The specialist motorbike accident claims solicitors firm have provided a summary of the statistics relating to road accidents in the UK between 2016 and 2017.
In the statistics released by the UK government for the period 2016-2017, there’s one point in particular that stands out more than the rest. Motorcyclists are a staggering 62 times more likely to die from an accident when compared to car drivers. For every billion passenger miles in 2017, 1.9 fatalities involved car drivers. In comparison motorcyclists had the far higher figure at a shocking 116.9 deaths per billion passenger miles.
This not only shows that accidents are common for riders of motorbikes, but that there’s also high chance of an accident leading to death. There are several factors that may explain the high fatality rate. For starters, motorcyclists don’t have the luxury of interior protection. There are no doors, bodywork or airbags surrounding them. The only protection afforded to them to limit the damage from impact is their items of clothing such as padded jackets and approved safety helmets. But if a collision causes a motorcyclist to fly off their motorbike, this protection will only do so much.
Motorbikes are also far more difficult to identify by other road users due to their decreased presence. They are more likely to appear in blind spots and this scenario is especially a serious situation for larger vehicles such as lorries and buses. Other road users, however, are not the only threat to a motorbike rider. With only two wheels, there’s a greater chance of losing control. Weather conditions and uneven road surfaces are far more of a greater danger to motorcyclists than car drivers. Not to mention that the UK has an increasing problem with potholes appearing throughout the country.
While there are many suitable comparisons between cyclists and motorcyclists, cyclists are considered to be the safer road user. In 2017 there 35.6 deaths per billion passenger miles for pedal bike riders which is significantly less than the motorbike fatality rate. This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that cyclists travel at a much slower speed, often change from riding on roads to pavement, and car drivers are generally more careful when overtaking.
The fact that motorcyclists are 62 times more likely to suffer a fatal road accident only covers a fraction of the danger’s riders can face on British roads. To learn more about the casualty and fatality figures, head over to the Motorbike Accident Claims website to see the UK motorbike accident statistics.
Here’s a proper burn out, or should I say white out, that took place at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Wow. Love this.
Here’s a proper burn out, or should I say white out, that took place at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Wow.
Here we take a 360 degree look around the De Tomaso P72 that was unveiled at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. What do you think? To echo its 1960s ancestor (the Pantera), the new P72 will feature a manual transmission. The company explains the production-ready model will remain faithful to what you see here, with more details to be disclosed...
To echo its 1960s ancestor (the Pantera), the new P72 will feature a manual transmission. The company explains the production-ready model will remain faithful to what you see here, with more details to be disclosed in the coming months.
The Ford Motor Company famously swept the board at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places with the GT40 Mk II; thus ending Ferrari’s sports car racing dominance from the late 1950s. An achievement that gets the Hollywood treatment later this year in “Le Mans ‘66” or “Ford...
The Ford Motor Company famously swept the board at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places with the GT40 Mk II; thus ending Ferrari’s sports car racing dominance from the late 1950s. An achievement that gets the Hollywood treatment later this year in “Le Mans ‘66” or “Ford vs Ferrari” depending on which side of the Atlantic you see the movie.
Fifty years later in 2016, Ford returned to Le Mans with their newly developed GT race cars to recreate the victory, albeit in the GTE Pro class. Sadly an all-Ford podium was denied by the Ferrari 488 GTE of Giancarlo Fisichella and friends but they placed 1st, 3rd and 4th in class.
Just days after retiring the GT from competitive WEC racing, Ford have launched the GT Mk II – a non-homologated, track-only version of the GT taking elements of both the race car and the road-legal GT supercar. Brimming with patriotic pride on the 4th of July, the car was unveiled at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS).
Freed from any rules or regulations imposed by the FIA or IMSA, Ford have been able to develop the car to be the ultimate version of the GT.
Speaking to Jay Ward, Ford Europe’s Director of Product Communications, in the FOS supercar paddock, he told me:
“We’ve done everything to it that we couldn’t do under WEC regulations to see what it is capable of.”
The most noticeable of the changes are in the aerodynamics and chiefly the rather large dual-element rear wing. This combined with a redesigned front splitter and diffuser generate over 400% more downforce than on the GT.
Whilst the Mk II has the same 3.5 litre EcoBoost engine as the race and road car, all homologation restrictions have been lifted so it now produces in excess of 700 horsepower, that’s 200 more than the race car.
New cooling technologies such as a high-capacity water spray air cooler help the engine deliver power consistently at higher temperatures. Further cooling comes courtesy of the roof-mounted air scoop.
Ford, through their development partners Multimatic Motorsports, will be producing a run of just 45 of the GT Mk II and are signing up buyers for around £1m each. Apparently 30 of the limited edition cars have already been reserved and not all to current GT supercar customers.
So is this track-only weapon to be like those of Ferrari’s XX programme, with the cars looked after by the team and brought out at specially arranged circuit events? No, not at all say Ford. Owners will take delivery of the car to keep and take to a track of their choice whenever it suits them.
It’s hard to see how often such cars would be able to get onto a circuit as they’re a bit more than just a Caterham 7 or MX-5 with a roll cage to be taken to a track day at a local disused airfield.
However, I imagine in a world of £1m playthings, track days are a somewhat classier affair.
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