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MyCarHeaven is dedicated to showcasing, talking about and reviewing the most beautiful, cool, iconic and desirable cars, classic cars, supercars and hypercars. If you are reading this, then no doubt you’ll should either own or desire a beautiful cool, iconic or desirable car, due to it's beautiful looks, superb engineering, prestige of ownership or another personal reason. MyCarHeaven is where you can find information about the cars and associated cool stuff that really matters.

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The Alpine A110 was named Coupe of the Year 2018 by evo Magazine

The Alpine A110 has been named Coupe of the Year 2018 in evo magazine’s annual awards issue. Discussing the Alpine A110, Stuart Gallagher, Editor of evo magazine, said: “There’s such finesse about the Alpine’s approach to everything it does that you swear blind you’ve upped your game as a driver with every trip. Thrills and...

The Alpine A110 has been named Coupe of the Year 2018 in evo magazine’s annual awards issue.

Discussing the Alpine A110, Stuart Gallagher, Editor of evo magazine, said: “There’s such finesse about the Alpine’s approach to everything it does that you swear blind you’ve upped your game as a driver with every trip. Thrills and rewards are rarely this accessible.”

John Barker, evo Contributing Editor, added: “Within 20 yards you’re smiling because the A110 feels light and small and refreshingly different… It covers the ground in a way that we haven’t seen since the original Elise, with a deftness, a lightness of touch which at times feels like alchemy.”

Sébastien Erphelin, Alpine Managing Director, said: “Thank you to evo for their recognition of the A110. It’s clear that the Alpine A110 has been extremely well received by the specialist motoring press and we’re delighted to have won another significant award. It’s been an incredible year for us and it’s exciting to see the reaction to the A110 and, most importantly, that customers are enjoying driving their new cars.”

Alpine’s success throughout the year
This latest accolade caps a successful 2018 for the Alpine A110. The car has been awarded multiple coveted titles in the UK and across the world:

evo Magazine: Coupe of the Year
BBC TopGear Magazine Performance Car of the Year: Performance Car of the Year
BBC TopGear Magazine Awards: Sports Car of the Year.
MotorSport Magazine Hall of Fame Awards: Road Car of the Year
Autocar Awards: Five-star Car
Autocar Awards: Number One of Fifty Best New Cars Under £50,000
Octane Historic Motoring Awards: Performance Car of the Year
Nominated for European Car of the Year 2019

The A110 is available in two trims; A110 Pure encapsulates the driver-focused spirit of the original Berlinette, whilst the A110 Légende has more of a touring character with sophisticated interior materials and 6-way adjustable comfort seats. Pricing starts from £46,905 and is available to order now.

Further information is available at www.alpinecars.com.


True Prestige in Automobile Manufacturing

There are many makes of car that are commonly classed as prestige, but what really sets them apart? A prestigious brand earns this title through dedication and commitment to excellence at every step of the manufacturing process, not an easy, or achievable, a daunting task for many automobile companies. Here we will look at how...

There are many makes of car that are commonly classed as prestige, but what really sets them apart? A prestigious brand earns this title through dedication and commitment to excellence at every step of the manufacturing process, not an easy, or achievable, a daunting task for many automobile companies.

Here we will look at how some of the most prestigious automotive companies operating today achieved the title, and answer the question, “what does prestige mean?”

 

Lamborghini

Despite the company’s humble beginnings manufacturing tractors, Lamborghini today is best known for their range of exclusive – sometimes slightly bonkers – supercars. The cars themselves are assembled by hand, meaning the standard to which they are built is much greater than cars assembled by robots. In fact, there are only two robots on the Lamborghini production line and these are only there to do heavy lifting work impossible for people.

The materials Lamborghinis are built from are all specialised and designed to be of the highest quality while maintaining performance. Thanks to its carbon fibre, titanium and Carbitanium – a specialist mix of the two former materials – these super-powered supercars can reach speeds other road cars could never hope to match.

Once each car is assembled, it enters a special booth which replicates an array of different lighting conditions to ensure the colour of the leather and upholstery is uniform no matter what the lighting.

In addition to the specialised materials used to build Lamborghinis, there are only a limited number of each model produced. In the case of the 2013 Veneno, only three customer cars were ever produced.

Lamborghini maintains its prestige through its excellence craftsmanship, obsessive attention to detail, futuristic materials and exclusivity.

 

Ferrari

Synonymous with prestige, Ferrari has spent decades building a reputation as winners. With over 200 Formula One victories under their seatbelts, the brand has come to represent quality and craftsmanship, and have proven time and time again they deserve their prestigious reputation.

It’s not only their penchant for excellence on the racetrack that’s helped secure their place amongst the automobile elite. The time and artistry that goes into creating each and every one of their road cars is not easily matched.

Ferrari builds fewer than 7,000 cars each year in their state-of-the-art factory in Maranello, Italy. Each component is subjected to strict quality checks at every stage, and 10% of parts receive an x-ray inspection. The main aim of the Ferrari factory is not quantity, but quality and quality takes time. With a limited number of cars created each year and the dedication that goes into building them, Ferrari is known as one of the most prestigious automotive brands in the world.

 

Aston Martin

The car of choice for the world’s best-known spy, Aston Martin’s tagline is “Power, Beauty, and Soul.” This association with 007 may have increased the cars prestigious aura, but these cars have always been classed as more than a few steps above the norm.

The Aston Martin is a British icon. As befitting a cultural icon, the level of craftsmanship that goes into creating each and every one is stunning. The build process for each car is 200 hours, and at the end of production each vehicle is inspected meticulously – the CEO has been known to undertake inspections himself.

The leather of the seats is stitched together by tailors who are sometimes third-generation workers who learnt their craft from their fathers. Each component faces scrutiny before it is allowed to take its place in the car. Such is the level of skill and dedication put into each car, customers are welcome to visit the factory and view their seven-figure purchase being lovingly put together by hand.

These cars aren’t called supercars for nothing. Each one is built to the highest standards using the best materials available and assembled by craftspeople who take pride in their work. This, mixed with exclusivity and the reputation of the brand is what makes these cars truly prestigious.

 


Electric vehicle market grew 19% in 2018 with almost 60,000 new plug-in electric cars registered in the UK

UK electric car registrations continue to set records, as latest figures place the total number of new 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered last year at 59,911, making it the most successful year for electric cars to date. That equates to one new electric car registration every nine minutes in the UK. The total...

UK electric car registrations continue to set records, as latest figures place the total number of new 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered last year at 59,911, making it the most successful year for electric cars to date. That equates to one new electric car registration every nine minutes in the UK. The total also means the market grew by 19% compared to 2017.

The end-of-year figure marks a continued trend of consumers and businesses switching to ultra-low emission vehicles. The fourth quarter of the year saw a further 15,057 plug-in cars registered between October and December in 2018.

Once again, plug-in hybrids accounted for the bulk of the market, with 74% of registrations. Pure electric cars also saw a significant boost in 2018, up 14% on the previous year. This takes the number of 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered in the UK to date to 196,343.

From a regional perspective, the South East saw the highest demand across the nation, with 21,383 pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered– a 24% increase on 2017. Other leading regions include the West Midlands (8,601), South West (8,354), East Anglia (5,672), and Yorkshire and the Humber (5,344), making up the top five British regions for electric car uptake this year.

2018 has been the seventh consecutive year of growth for the electric car market, thanks to the increasing number of models available for consumers and businesses alike, as well as a trend for consumers making more sustainable choices. In fact, recent research by Go Ultra Low found that nearly a fifth (18%) of Brits would like to make the switch to an electric vehicle in 20191.

However, the year ahead has the potential to be another strong year for registrations. A range of new models are set to hit the market in 2019, including the new all-electric Kia e-Niro, Audi e-tron and recently announced Nissan LEAF which will feature an increased battery size, to name just a few.

 

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “In the context of the wider new car market, it is fantastic to see plug-in car registrations continue to go from strength-to-strength. Looking at the year ahead, 2019 is set to be a pivotal one for the electric car market. With even more new models being released, coupled with the introduction of initiatives such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, we’re confident that the next 12 months will be a landmark year for the nation’s switch to electric.”

Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “Record levels of electric vehicle registrations clearly show how fast the UK is moving towards greener transport. The government has invested almost £1.5bn into our comprehensive Road to Zero Strategy, continuing to pave the way to a zero emission future.”

Go Ultra Low is a collaborative campaign and is the first of its kind, bringing together the motor industry, government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Find out more about plug-in and hydrogen-powered cars and vans at www.GoUltraLow.com.


Unique McLaren P1 GTR bespoke commission in celebration of 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna securing his maiden Formula 1 World Championship

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has completed a unique new McLaren P1 GTR bespoke project to mark the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s maiden Formula 1 World Championship. The striking McLaren P1 GTR is liveried in the iconic colours of then-sponsor Marlboro – synonymous with McLaren for more than 20 years – as they appeared on...

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has completed a unique new McLaren P1 GTR bespoke project to mark the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s maiden Formula 1 World Championship. The striking McLaren P1 GTR is liveried in the iconic colours of then-sponsor Marlboro – synonymous with McLaren for more than 20 years – as they appeared on the MP4/4 that propelled him to the first of three F1 titles.

The car was commissioned by a McLaren collector who was inspired by Ayrton Senna from a young age and wanted to create a tribute that echoed the Brazilian’s trademark perfectionism. Working in close collaboration with the MSO team over the past three years the owner oversaw every detail of the project, resulting in a car worthy of Senna himself.

The core colours are the famous McLaren Rocket Red and Anniversary White that echo those of the Marlboro brand. Detailing includes the Senna Brand Trademark on the front splitter as well as in front of the air intake and each door, with the ‘Senna’ script and ‘Driven to Perfection’ slogan on the doors and intake. The doors also show the Brazilian flag and the bar code used in lieu of Marlboro script when required by advertising restrictions. More than 800 hours was spent on painting and other external points include Senna’s 1988 race number ‘12’ on the nose, bespoke 30th anniversary laurels behind the side windows and discreet branding acknowledging a range of McLaren technical partners past and present.

Christened ‘Beco’ by the owner – with the full blessing of the Senna family, in honour of the nickname given to Ayrton by his parents – this very special car has a unique engine specification complemented by a 24ct gold heatshield, Lexan rear cover and modified engine bay shrouds. Working in combination with the electric motor in the McLaren P1 GTR’s hybrid powertrain, the result is – according to the owner – a ‘suitably pleasing’ increase in power.

‘Beco’ has also undergone several external modifications to make the most of the increased performance of the internal combustion engine. Requiring a full aerodynamic programme, new aero features increase downforce to an extraordinary level, in the region of the 800kg. These additions include new front dive planes, a wider front splitter and at the rear a Gurney flap and new barge boards which better channel airflow along the sides of the car. The rear wing also features much bigger endplates than those on a standard McLaren P1 GTR wing – echoing the look of the MP4/4 wing. Additional downforce is generated by inboard secondary wing elements.

Beco’s owner will be in no doubt that they are sitting in something unique. Upon entry a reproduction of Senna’s signature can be seen on the carbon fibre chassis sill accompanying one of his quotes, which is sure to get any enthusiastic driver in the appropriate mood. The multi-function McLaren P1 GTR steering wheel has been trimmed in Alcantara with stitching colour-matched to the ‘wheel of the MP4/4. Alcantara has also been used for the facia cover panel. Senna branding on the steering wheel and passenger dash panel is accompanied with a thin red stripe running along the door panels and dash, whilst both driver and passenger sit on Super Lightweight Racing Seats developed for the McLaren Senna, contributing to a weight-reduction regime. MSO has also created a bespoke crash helmet to the customer’s commission, to complement the livery of the car.

“With a near-limitless range of bespoke additions available from McLaren Special Operations our clients are only restricted by their imagination and we can, of course, help with this too. It is, however, also great to have the opportunity to pay tribute to our brand’s wonderful history, especially with this year marking the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first Formula 1 World Championship title with McLaren. This project has been a labour of love for MSO; with extensive engine and aerodynamic enhancements in addition to the distinctive cosmetic treatment this car has received, this is certainly a landmark achievement.”

Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations


Sorn, not Sorry. 2018 Most Popular Year for Statutory Off Road Notifications

The number of cars declared SORN (Statutory off Road Notifications) has risen by nearly 4,000,000 cars since 2008 Data provided via the DVLA (Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency) shows that the number of vehicles declared SORN has risen from 1,201,340 in Q3 2008 to 5,134,244 in Q3 2018, while the number of vehicles declared off...

The number of cars declared SORN (Statutory off Road Notifications) has risen by nearly 4,000,000 cars since 2008

Data provided via the DVLA (Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency) shows that the number of vehicles declared SORN has risen from 1,201,340 in Q3 2008 to 5,134,244 in Q3 2018, while the number of vehicles declared off the road peaked in Q1 2018. The highest number of off-road applications for UK cars since data began in 2008. While many of these cars declared SORN will be modern vehicles, a large percentage will almost certainly be classic cars.

Specialist insurance company Footman James warns of the risks of not insuring classic vehicles if they are declared off the road.

A car that is declared SORN must be kept off the public highway. There are several reasons why an owner may take their classic car off the road, from undertaking a complete nut and bolt restoration to even displaying a car in a museum. But while not paying tax or insurance may save classic owners money, a growing number of drivers are opting for off-road insurance (also known as laid up insurance). This type of policy protects their cars from fire, theft and damage because they can’t afford to replace the car should the worst happen.

David Bond, Managing Director at Footman James said, “It’s clear that many owners cancel their insurance policies when they declare their classic car as SORN. But while it’s not a legal requirement to insure a vehicle while it’s SORN, there are risks to not having cover. For Footman James customers, our laid-up policy provides peace of mind should the worst happen while they’re restoring, garaging or exhibiting their vehicle long term. Laid-up insurance is also often cheaper than a standard policy.”

Dave Richards, a classic car enthusiast who owns a fleet of eight vehicles, explained: “For me, taking out laid up, or off-road insurance, is a no-brainer. It’s so cheap and although it won’t make up for the loss of what are usually treasured vehicles, at least it covers the financial loss if there has been theft or damage.”

The top three most popular cars registered off the road via the DVLA in Q3 2018 are:

  1. Land Rover Discovery Tdi – 15,048 applications
  2. Ford Focus Zetec – 12,723 applications
  3. Mazda MX-5 – 12,640 applications

Footman James priced the cost of a year’s laid-up insurance with two of the popular modern classic cars listed as SORN*.

Vehicle Footman James one year off-road insurance
Land Rover Discovery Tdi £67.04*
Mazda MX-5 £82.33*

Footman James’ Laid Up Insurance policy is aimed for those who tuck their cars up away from the public road in locked garages, for restorations or transporting to exhibitions or competitions and not used on the public highway. This policy protects the vehicle against: accidental or malicious damage (including vandalism), fire, lightning and explosions, theft or attempted theft. The vehicle is also covered while it is temporarily out of the garage – during transit by road or sea to and from competitions, exhibitions, race preparation facilities, repair/body shops and other similar facilities within the UK.

2018 has been the most popular year for SORN

Q1 2018 – 9,777,578

Q2 2018 – 4,875,568

Q3 2018 – 5,134,244

*All cover is subject to insurers terms and conditions, which is available upon request. The premiums quoted are based on a Restoration, Storage & Transit policy only and does not include any FJ+ cover options. All premiums include Insurance Premium Tax. Based on a value of £3,995 for a 1994 Land Rover Discovery Tdi and a value of £7,990 for a 1995 Mazda MX-5. Vehicle garaged with no modifications. Includes a £20 arrangement fee.

** Figures quoted are from the DVLA and from the UK only. Cars with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) at the end of the quarter by make and model, Great Britain from 2007 Q4; also United Kingdom from 2014 Q4.


‘Michael 50’ at the Ferrari Museum

Fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe were flocking to the Ferrari Museum in early January 2019 for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition on the occasion of the champion’s 50th birthday. Maranello has put together a special exhibition telling the story of Michael Schumacher’s extraordinary record-breaking F1 career: the...

Fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe were flocking to the Ferrari Museum in early January 2019 for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition on the occasion of the champion’s 50th birthday.

Maranello has put together a special exhibition telling the story of Michael Schumacher’s extraordinary record-breaking F1 career: the German champion won an as yet unequalled seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums.

The Hall of Victories displays some of the most important Ferrari single-seaters driven in his eleven years with the Scuderia. They range from the F310 of 1996, with which Schumacher won three GPs in his first season with the Prancing Horse, to the F399, the car that won the Constructors’ title in 1999 to set Formula 1’s oldest team off on an exceptional run of victories. There is also the F1-2000 of the legendary ‘Alba Rossa’ (‘Red Dawn’), when at Suzuka Michael secured Ferrari its first the world title since Jody Scheckter 21 years before. Then of course there are the record-breaking F2002 and F2004, and the 248 F1 of 2006, in which he triumphed at the Chinese GP for his 72nd and final victory with Ferrari.

Fans will also be introduced to a lesser-known side of Schumacher, that of developer. Indeed, after leaving Formula 1, the German driver remained at Ferrari not only to help the Scuderia, but also to contribute to the development of various road cars, such as the 430 Scuderia in 2007 and the Ferrari California in 2008.

The exhibition will run alongside ‘Driven by Enzo’ and ‘Passion and Legend’, which are already open at the Maranello Museum.

‘Michael 50’ has been organised in partnership with the Keep Fighting Foundation.


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