eGarage http://egarage.com Stories in Motion Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:26:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Cruising My Religion http://egarage.com/videos/cruising-religion/ http://egarage.com/videos/cruising-religion/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:18:07 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=14342 eGarage recently caught up with our friend Magnus Walker to check out his new ride.  Built in six weeks from a former track car, this outlawed 1978 SCHR is his example of a Porsche 911 that can be easily attained and personalized without breaking the bank.

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eGarage recently caught up with our friend Magnus Walker to check out his new ride.  Built in six weeks from a former track car, this outlawed 1978 SCHR is his example of a Porsche 911 that can be easily attained and personalized without breaking the bank.

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Porsche Unexpected http://egarage.com/videos/ingram-collection-porsche-unexpected/ http://egarage.com/videos/ingram-collection-porsche-unexpected/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:01:55 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=14338 eGarage was lucky enough to spend time in Napa Valley with incredible Porsches from the Ingram Collection in advance of the release of their new book. Watch the video for brief highlights from the Ingram Collection’s ‘Porsche Unexpected’. Buy the book here: www.RoadScholars.com

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eGarage was lucky enough to spend time in Napa Valley with incredible Porsches from the Ingram Collection in advance of the release of their new book. Watch the video for brief highlights from the Ingram Collection’s ‘Porsche Unexpected’.
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Porsche Enlightenment http://egarage.com/car-profiles/porsche-enlightenment/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/porsche-enlightenment/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:42:27 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14213 Even though I had been very much into cars from a very young age thanks to movies like ‘Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit” I was not ever sure what my photography niche was. In my early 20's, I started to photograph cars more, paying careful attention to different shapes, lines and details, while learning more about each brand, and their respective following.

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Words and Photos: Bill Haleen 

When I first became interested in photography, I would photograph anything and everything, I really enjoyed the artistic outlet and loved time in the dark room developing my images. Even though I had been very much into cars from a very young age thanks to movies like ‘Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit” I was not ever sure what my photography niche was. In my early 20’s, I started to photograph cars more, paying careful attention to different shapes, lines and details, while learning more about each brand, and their respective following.

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Producing a sports car for 50 years and retaining an almost identical shape and engine layout is unheard of. No car manufacturer has done such a thing except Porsche with its beloved 911. The car has not really changed much over the years, what it has actually done, is evolved.

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I was fortunate enough to purchase my very own Porsche 911 in 2012, a lightly used 2004 Carrera 4S and I have been hooked on 911’s ever since. It was then that I found my photography niche, turns out I was always a automotive photographer. I just needed the right car to give me the perspective and the inspiration I had been searching for. I find photographing Porsche 911’s of any year almost effortless, nothing else I have ever photographed comes more naturally.

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This 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S was no exception, the minute I saw the car at the local Porsche dealership a few weeks back I knew I had to wrap my lens around it. It’s rare birch green paint (first introduced on a 911 in 1974) pops like almost no other color. This presented a challenge as the color is difficult to photograph
correctly to show it’s true vibrance, but what photographer doesn’t
appreciate a challenge?

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This 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is one of the most powerful production cars Porsche has ever offered. It boasts a 560 horsepower flat six with a PDK dual clutch transmission that is capable of 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. This is supercar performance from a car you can easily drive every single day. In comparison, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse accomplishes 0 to 60 mph in the same 2.6 seconds but costs 1.9 million dollars and has over double the horsepower of the Porsche. When you think of it in those terms the Porsche 911 Turbo S seems like a steal of a deal at $205,000.

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The car has grown as has its cabin. It is easy to get in and out of and it is extremely comfortable. If you drive the car in a docile fashion you may be fooled into believing you are driving a luxury car or a grand tourer. When you lean on that accelerator or get a little spirited in a turn everything changes, as if a switch flips and this car goes from extreme comfort to pure excitement. I can tell you from personal experience, having driven dozens of 911’s of almost every generation, the Porsche 991 is without a doubt the most true to life daily driver 911 to date.

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2015 Porsche Carrera GTS http://egarage.com/current-interests/2015-porsche-carrera-gts/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/2015-porsche-carrera-gts/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:31:21 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14301 Porsche has announced the second generation of the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, ahead of its arrival in showrooms this November. Each of the four new 911 Carrera GTS models – a Coupé and a Cabriolet, available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive

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2015 Porsche Carrera GTS

Embargo 00 01 8 October 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS front three quarter action 2015 Porsche Carrera GTS Porsche has announced the second generation of the 911 Carrera GTS, ahead of its arrival in showrooms this November.

‘Gran Turismo Sport’– The combination of letters originates from the 904 Carrera GTS, a racecar dating back to 1963 that could also be registered for use on public roads. In the 1980s and 1990s, the 924 GTS and 928 GTS cultivated this principle. It was reborn in 2007 in the form of the Cayenne GTS, and was subsequently applied to the ‘Type 997’ 911 Carrera and the Panamera.

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With the new model, Porsche is extending the GTS principle once more to the 911 Carrera. Like the Cayenne GTS, Panamera GTS, Boxster and Cayman GTS models, this is a car that stands for superior driving dynamics in its segment.

Each of the four new 911 Carrera GTS models – a Coupé and a Cabriolet, available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive – build on the established core values of the iconic rear-engined 911 by adding further technical features to generate even higher levels of dynamic performance and driving enjoyment.

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Under the rear engine lid sits an evocative flat-six power unit, tuned to develop 430 hp, an increase of 30 hp over the Carrera S. This is combined with the Sport Chrono package offering dynamic engine mounts, as well as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damper system, which lowers the car’s ride height by ten millimeters.

Improved efficiency has also led to quicker acceleration and higher top speeds, and Combined fuel consumption figures remain unchanged from the favorable level of the S models. For example, when combined with the Porsche PDK (Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) double-clutch gearbox, the 911 Carrera GTS can return 32.5 mpg and also sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.2 seconds). With the standard seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, a top speed of 198 mph is possible.

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The exteriors of the new 911 Carrera GTS – like other GTS models – differ significantly from the other Carrera models. All versions feature the 911 Carrera 4 body with wide-flared rear wheel arches and a wider track. Also standard are 20-inch diameter alloy wheels with center-lock mechanism, painted in an exclusive matt black finish. Accentuating the nose styling are special trim elements and smoked bi-Xenon headlights with the addition of the Porsche Dynamic Lighting

System (PDLS). The air intake grilles on the rear engine lid feature bespoke GTS black trim strips. Black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes add to the strong visual identity.

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Further aural distinction is delivered via the standard sports exhaust system, which delivers an unmistakable GTS sound.

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The driver and front passenger sit in an exclusive Alcantara interior with leather-trimmed sport seats. The center seat panels are finished in Alcantara, as on the other Porsche GTS models.Embargo 00 01 8 October 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS interior 2015 Porsche Carrera GTS

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Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Legendes http://egarage.com/current-interests/saint-jean-cap-ferrat-legendes/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/saint-jean-cap-ferrat-legendes/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:56:11 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14281 A great surprise in this summer end came from the birth of a new event in the Côte d'Azur, a Concours of Élégance baptised Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Legendes. From amateur enthusiasts to the most passionate specialists, all will find themselves in a dreamlike universe.

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Words and Photos | Raphael Belly

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A great surprise at this summer’s end came from the birth of a new event in the Côte d’Azur, a Concours d’Élégance baptized Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Legendes.

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Cap Ferrat is one of those typical French Riviera cape towns such as Cap Martin (near Monaco) or Cap d’Antibes (next to Antibes). Located between Monaco and Nice, the Cap Ferrat is a little heaven on earth where the biggest yachts of the world and ten milion euros houses are part of the common landscape.

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Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Legendes is not just another Concours d’Elegance, as said by Marc Gallon (CEO of Team Publicité Monaco, the organizer), “This event consists in two parts : the first one is dedicated to a concours d’elegance which gathers around thirty old and exceptional vehicles. A jury made up of specialists highly renowned in the automotive world awards the “Grand Prix of Excellence” to the most beautiful of these vehicles. The competition ends by a parade in the streets of the peninsula. The second part of the program is dedicated to the first exhibition of classic cars. More than 100 outstanding vehicles are gathered. From amateur enthusiasts to the most passionate specialists, both will find themselves in a dreamlike universe.

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Légendes joins in the will of the Mayor and his team to promote the peninsula and its activities. Our new Mayor manages to create a real international event bringing honor to our locality and allowing the guests, the public, and the storekeepers to share an exceptional moment.”

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It’s very interesting to hear that both the organizer Marc Gallon, and the Mayor, Jean-François Dieterich, share the same position as eGarage, that is to say that cars can link people together.

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“Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, it is the most beautiful place for the most beautiful of the events. Mesmerizing, exceptional, grand, the morphology of our Peninsula, its history, its beauty, its magic, allow the biggest collectors of Europe to gather with a flattering enthusiasm. The cars and the people are inseparable and Saint Jean offers an open-air window of the most perfect mechanical jewels presented to you there. Faboulous cars, of a rare beauty and steeped in history, participate with their owners in a traditional concours of elegance under the eye of a prestigious jury. This event is the first one of a series with the goal that Saint Jean again becomes an international cultural Mecca. You are all welcomed”.

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The event was starting at 10:30am but the first cars (the ones which were on the car list) arrived at 8:30 in order to be put in position and welcomed by the staff. Unlike the cars of the Concours that are known in advance, the biggest unknown thing was the cars from the exhibition : What kind, what colors, from where are they coming? The car enthusiast inside me is always wondering.

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The spot where I settled waiting for the car was quite nice even if the light wasn’t perfect (the sun had not come up yet). What was both exciting and problematic was that my location was on a road in the middle of houses so I couldn’t see the cars coming. I had to shoot the car immediately. But I was awarded for waking up early when I saw a Verde Ithaca Lamborghini Miura P400 appearing suddenly, as well as a red Ferrari F50, and later a Ferrari 288 GTO. The day started well.

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At the end of the morning it was time to move to the Port, located in the center of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, to reach the exhibition and to immerse myself in the atmosphere : the owners are finding each other again, speaking about their cars while their wives are slipping away to take a coffee. The staff of the event are swarming under a hard sun. As the entrance is free, we find a variety of visitors from children with their compact camera to the retired photo fan with his big camera and lenses, crossed by the teenagers with their phones. It’s 12:00, my stomach is hungry, let’s eat a pizza to get some energy for the parade starting at 2 PM.

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The Concours d’Elegance is open to cars from 1900 to 1980 and are split in 4 chronological categories : 1900-1920, 1921-1940, 1945-1970, and Sport. The registration to the Concours d’Elegance is submitted to the organizer for staff acceptance before the event. Each entrant must fill a form with the make, model, year of manufacture, registration number, chassis number, history and special features. Then, on decision day, a technical commission and the jury check the cars : from the driving license control to the condition of the tires, the brake fluid level etc. The technical commission is made of three technical commissioners : Pierre Asso (car collector), Alexandre Faucher (car concierge service manager), Régis Deweer (F.F.V.E property manager, Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque).

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Another key team is the jury, composed of eight people from the automotive world : Jacques Braneyre (F.F.V.E technical commissioners, Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque, international FIVA judge, Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, car rally organizer), Claude Delagneau (F.F.V.E property manager, Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque, Hotchkiss club chairman from 1983 to 2002, FIVA vice chairman from 1996 to 2008, Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), Henri Chemin (french driver, Ford motorsport chairman in the 1960s), Gery Mestre (car collector, 2013 Automobile Club de Monaco historical commission chairman), Yvan Remond (car collector, Paris-Dakar driver), Michel Adreani (Automobile Club de Monaco technical commission chairman, many status inside the FIA, Minardi F1 team manager), Giovanna Maragliano-Caranza (Saint Cap Ferrat city councillor), Marc Raquil (french athlete).

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Their role is to judge and award the cars according to the rarity of the car, the historical interest of the car, its condition and the overall elegance. Each criteria will lead to a rating on 20 and the car that will get the best rating will be awarded of the Best Of Show prize.

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The jury, directed by Jacques Braneyre, awarded five cars in total, one in each category : the Sunbeam GP in category 1900-1920, the Bugatti Type 46 Roadster Ettore in category 1921-1940, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS SWB Pininfarina Cabriolet in category 1945-1970, and the Osca 1600 GT Touring in category Sport. Last but not least the Best Of Show award was given to the Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet Guilloré.

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Congratulations to Team Pubicité and to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Mayor for this event that was a great success. The rendezvous is already planned for the second edition in September 2015.

 

 

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2014 Paris Motor Show http://egarage.com/events/2014-paris-motor-show/ http://egarage.com/events/2014-paris-motor-show/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:53:15 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14244 For the last couple of years we have all been watching Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari as they bring to life the new era of hybrid powered supercars. And now, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini has stepped into the ring. Lamborghini Asterion 2014 Paris Motor Show

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Words: Henry Wurtz | Photos: Alex Smolik

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For the last couple of years we have been watching Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari as they bring the new era of hybrid powered supercars to life. Now, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini has stepped into the ring with their hybrid powered 910 hp Asterion Concept. Suffice to say, whenever Lamborghini debuts a new concept, the show is stolen. Whether the Asterion will make it into production is a different question.

What definitely will be going to production is the Ferrari 458 Speciale A (A for Aperta). It is no doubt that the Speciale A will be one of the fastest and loudest convertibles out there. A private debut happened during Monterey Car Week and now the Speciale A finally made its first public appearance in Paris.

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Other enticing convertibles at the Paris Motor Show include the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, as well as the 2016 Mazda MX-5.

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Many of the cars at the Paris Motor Show are performance oriented and Bentley was not to be left out debuting the new Mulsanne Speed. With a 530 horsepower twin-turbo V8, Bentley claims the Mulsanne is focused more for the driver. With a 0-60mph time of less than 5 seconds, that’s pretty impressive for a car of its girth.

DSC04827 2014 Paris Motor ShowContinuing on with luxury and style, Aston Martin, in addition to the V12 Vantage S Roadster, debuted their Carbon Black and Carbon White versions of the elegant V12 Vanquish. Ford made the European debut of the 2015 Mustang, with engines ranging from a 2.0 liter Eco boost to a hefty V8, there is now a Mustang for the most environmentally minded muscle car owner out there (as well as the least).

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While not stealing the show quite as Lamborghini did, Volkswagen brought perhaps the most important car to the automotive industry. Remember the XL1? It was a super aerodynamic, carbon fiber constructed, 1.0 liter eco car that reported massive MPG. Volkswagen only made several, more for the fun of the engineering than actually with production in mind. However, Volkswagen has brought one to the Paris Motor Show and it’s called the XL Sport. The car retains the super aerodynamic carbon fiber body (weighing under a ton) but this variant has a 200 horsepower V-twin engine from a Ducati 1199 Superleggera.

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This car is so important to the automotive industry because it shows a shift that could be coming. Super-light, low displacement, green sports cars could be the new thing. Alfa Romeo seems to agree, and Volkswagen is one of the biggest names in the car business, so perhaps we are seeing a shift in the sports car industry coming soon.

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Ducati Scrambler http://egarage.com/current-interests/ducati-scrambler/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/ducati-scrambler/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:20:52 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14227 Ducati finally unveiled one of the most eagerly awaited
new bikes to go on show there; the Ducati Scrambler brand immediately became the
focus of media and public attention, and the undisputed star of this key German fair.
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Ducati Scrambler

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Cologne (Germany), 30 September 2014 – At the end of the first day of Intermot 2014 –the International Motorcycle Fair being held in Cologne (Germany) from 30 September to 6 October – Ducati finally unveiled one of the most eagerly awaited new bikes to go on show there; the Ducati Scrambler brand immediately became the focus of media and public attention, and the undisputed star of this key German fair.

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“Presenting the new Ducati Scrambler brand means for us opening the doors to an entirely new, fascinating, and absolutely contemporary world”, said Cristiano Silei, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ducati Motor Holding, during the unveiling of the new bikes. “We have reinterpreted an iconic motorcycle, part of our history for more than 50 years, in a fully modern way, designing and building the Ducati Scrambler as if we’d never stopped making it. The four bikes of the Ducati Scrambler family represent starting points on a path to personalization that will make every single Ducati Scrambler a unique, free-spirited bike as individual as the person riding it.

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The Ducati Scrambler is a contemporary bike that expresses the pure essence of motorcycling. Tried and tested materials such as the aluminum of the rear swingarm and engine covers and the steel of the teardrop tank and frame are combined with new-generation components such as front and rear LED lighting and LCD “Post-heritage” design gives a contemporary take on the iconic bike built by Ducati back in the 60s and 70s. This Ducati Scrambler, though, is no retro bike: it is, rather, intended to be just how the legendary Bologna-built motorcycle would be today if it.” Ducati had never stopped building it.

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The Icon version, in yellow and red, is joined by three others – Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic – each offering its own style and performance-related interpretation of the Scrambler spirit.

The Urban Enduro, with its “Wild Green” paintjob, is for enduro style enthusiasts and ready to switch from city streets to country back roads in an instant.

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The Full Throttle is for riders enthralled by the flat-track racing world who have a penchant for pushing things to the limit. And the Classic is for devotees to details and a 1970s look who want the uncompromising riding pleasure and comfort of a modern-day bike.

Seat and tank have been carefully designed to give the Ducati Scrambler appealing proportions. A compact bike, the Ducati Scrambler instills confidence from the very moment you set eyes on it. It’s been sized to make it accessible to all motorcyclists while the long seat maximizes comfort and can also accommodate a passenger comfortably.

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An oil and air-cooled L-twin two-valve 803 cc engine powers the Ducati Scrambler; it has an 88 mm bore, a 66 mm stroke and has been redesigned to give smooth acceleration throughout the rev range. Moreover, thanks to a vast range of apparel and bike accessories, to be presented in November, the Ducati Scrambler offers a virtually unlimited range of exclusive personalization and lifestyle options. While the majority of the automotive industry seems to be heading towards ever more futuristic designs and ideas, it is a breath of fresh air to see the motorcycle industry may just be heading in the opposite directing. Companies like Royal Enfield and Triumph have been producing modern motorcycles with the aesthetic appeal of classic, even vintage designs for years, and with Ducati joining the mix perhaps this is sign of a new development in the motorcycle market? Let’s hope so.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale A http://egarage.com/current-interests/ferrari-458-speciale-2/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/ferrari-458-speciale-2/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:53:42 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14216 Ferrari is pleased to announce the Paris Motor Show world debut of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta).

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Ferrari is pleased to announce the Paris Motor Show world debut of the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta). The new limited edition special series is a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458, a model that has collected an array of international motoring media awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history, effortlessly marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.

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The 458 Speciale A sports the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out a massive 605 cv (135 cv/l specific power output) and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm yet only generates 275 g/km of CO2 emissions. The three international Best Performance Engine awards the V8 has won are acknowledged on a special plaque in the cockpit.

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The new car sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5. These superb results are thanks in great part to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) which guarantees unparalleled sporty driving in all conditions, underscored by the seductively exhilarating signature Ferrari soundtrack.

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As is the case with all Prancing Horse cars, the 458 Speciale A’s sculpted forms are absolutely performance-oriented. In fact, a series of innovative and original bodywork solutions has made the 458 Speciale A the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever.

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The 458 Speciale A is being premiered in a unique triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa. The cockpit has a distinctive racing-inspired look: lightweight yet exclusive materials have been adopted throughout and, of course, crafted with Ferrari’s signature artisanal sophistication. This is particularly true of the finish of the dash, the moulded door panels and central tunnel in an exclusive blue carbon-fibre (also used for the treadplates) as well as the newly-designed seats in Alcantara© with contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.

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European LeMans Series http://egarage.com/events/european-lemans-series/ http://egarage.com/events/european-lemans-series/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:31:11 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14197 After having fought all weekend on the warm Paul Ricard HTTT track it's time for the cars of the European LeMans to go back into the trucks, for the motorhomes to pack up, and for the racetrack employees to collect the last piece of tire's gum left on the track, and maybe for you to look at your pictures from this racing weekend quietly at home.

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Words and Photos: Raphael Belly

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On September, 13-14th, the Paul Ricard HTTT racetrack welcomed  the 4th round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, also called the Paul Ricard 4 Hours.

The basis of the European LeMans Series is the team spirit and the performance through the same format as for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The goal is to give the opportunity to the drivers a full racing experience on the most beautiful racetrack of Europe.

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The cars are gathered in 4 different categories : LMPC (Le Mans Prototype Challenge) which was launched in 2009 in order to give young drivers their first opportunity to drive a prototype. LMPC is reserved for Formula Le Mans chassis and constitutes the first rung on the endurance ladder before moving up to LMP2. LMP2 (Le Mans prototypes 2) where the chassis and engine are free choice and the drivers are professionals or amateurs.  The Alpine A450 above is an example of what you can find in LMP2 category.

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GTC (Grand Touring Challenge) is a true launch pad for entrants wishing to move into GT endurance racing, the Grand Touring Challenge class include FIA GT3 homologated cars. GTC is principally aimed at amateur drivers, with cars close to production models. The onus is on each manufacturer to develop its car and to definitely homologate the vehicle with the FIA. The car cannot be developed during the season by its tuner and teams are limited are limited in what they are allowed to modify. At each round, the scrutineers must verify that the car conforms to the homologated version or to any adjustments made by the FIA.

PICTURE 043 European LeMans Series The category GTE LM (Grand Touring Endurance Le Mans) is seeing racing car which come from a road car of which at least 100 examples (25 for a “small manufacturer”, 300 for a carbon chassis) have been produced. The race version must retain the basic shape of the production model from which it is derived (as for example the location of the engine, its orientation and position must remain as per the base model).

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This kind of event creates a great mix of people. I shared some quick words with one of a spectator who said, “the opportunity to come to see race cars fighting on the track for free was appealing”. For others it’s the opportunity to follow and see the performance of their favorite team.

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And in the background, it’s the same swarm as in the grandstands : all the teams are working hard to stack the odds in their favour, whether it be mechanics, drivers, team staff, race commissioners, track safety staff, etc.

After having fought all weekend on the warm Paul Ricard HTTT track, it’s time for the cars to go back into the trucks, for the motorhomes to pack up, and for the racetrack employees to collect the last piece of tire’s gum left on the track, and maybe for you to look at these pictures from this racing weekend quietly at home.

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Bugatti Veyron Vitesse http://egarage.com/car-profiles/bugatti-veyron-vitesse/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/bugatti-veyron-vitesse/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:20:19 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14161 Displayed at 2013 Geneva Motorshow, our Bugatti Veyron Vitesse is number #026. The body color is Bronze Carbon and Finch Fire. It is a striking color that must be seen in full sunlight because the car looks black when it's dark whereas the brown carbon pops out dramatically in the sun.

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Unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow, the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse (‘Vitesse’ meaning “Speed” in french) is the fastest convertible in the world. As the Grand Sport was the convertible version of the Veyron Coupe, the Vitesse is a convertible based on the Veyron Super Sport so it’s fitted with the W16 1200hp, 0 to 100kmh in only 2.6 seconds. The price? Around 2,000,000€. What better to illustrate marvelously the famous quotation from Ettore Bugatti, founder of Bugatti. “Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive.”

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Displayed at 2013 Geneva Motorshow, our Vitesse is number #026. The body color is Bronze Carbon and Finch Fire. It is a striking color that must be seen in full sunlight because the car looks black when it’s dark whereas the brown carbon pops out dramatically in the sun.

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I’ve decided to put the car on the main dike of the Monaco Port Hercule because this gives a spectacular view on Monaco’s buildings, yachts, and the sea. The yacht – Sarafsa -(82m – 61st world’s largest yacht) was leaving the Port when we came here with the car. It was a nice opportunity to get the car and the yacht together, especially because Sarafsa has a brown hull, matching nicely with our Vitesse.

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With the Bugatti Veyron, it feels as though you have unlimited power (well, 1200hp exactly but with that power I think that reasonable limits are already overpassed). However, everything still remains under intense control. Even when you accelerate hard the car is only moving in one direction (thank you 4WD!). In the owner’s words, “it’s like driving a Porsche 911, but it has 1200hp.”

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It pushes so hard that your brain can’t follow what’s going on. The acceleration is crazy, and seems without limits : it doesn’t stop pushing from 0 to 434kmh ! And as the acceleration glues you to your very comfortable seat, the braking also smashes your teeth into the dashboard.

It’s hard to describe but it’s a mix of a plane’s take off, a roller-coaster ride, and a parachute jump.

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All of this with the best finishing touches you can have in the automotive world. As for the W16 behind you, even if doesn’t have the singing voice of a Ferrari or Lamborghini V12, it gives you plenty of “PSSSSHHHHHTTT” courtesy of the four turbochargers.

For its unlimited power, its technological masterpiece of an engine, its unrivaled fit and finish, and its ease to drive, the Bugatti Veyron worth its tittle of Queen of the Supercars.

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