eGarage http://egarage.com Automotive enthusiasts and storytellers; a car, a collection, a builder, or a race. Exclusive content with highest production value. Automotive Porn? Automotive passion. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:53:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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 458 Speciale A

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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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Aston Martin DB5 Gold For Charity http://egarage.com/current-interests/aston-martin-db5-gold-charity/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/aston-martin-db5-gold-charity/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:57:41 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14175 An 24-carat gold Aston Martin DB5 will be offered for auction for charity by Chrisities. 24-carat gold plated detailing, complete with radio controlled machine guns, bullet-proof shield and revolving number plate. 3d - Scans were used to build a one-off gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5. Gold Aston Martin DB5

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A unique Aston Martin DB5 is going under the hammer for charity later this month in an event created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger – the first James Bond film to feature the now iconic luxury British sports car.

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Bond film creators EON Productions have commissioned a one-off gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 which global auctioneers Christie’s will offer in a special online auction to benefit the NSPCC.

The replica DB5 has been signed by legendary Bond production designer Sir Ken Adam, who designed the Q branch modifications to the car for Sean Connery as agent 007 in 1964’s Goldfinger.

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Prop-makers Propshop, who created the scale model DB5 sports cars required for special effect scenes in the most recent Bond film, Skyfall, using 3D scans of the full size DB5, have created, under licence, a one-off gold model with 24-carat gold plated detailing, complete with radio controlled machine guns, bullet-proof shield and revolving number plate.

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The unique Goldfinger model is expected to sell for between £40,000-60,000 ($66,000-100,000) and will be available for bidding online from 8 September atwww.christies.com/goldfinger with bidding closing on 17 September, the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of Goldfinger.

Also included in the sale will be a unique Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch created by Omega to celebrate the anniversary of the film. Omega’s Seamaster wristwatches have featured in every Bond movie since 1995. The one-of-a-kind wristwatch is made in 18k yellow gold, the hands coated with Super-LumiNova so that they can be read in all conditions. A counterweight to the mechanism has been crafted in the form of the iconic 007 logo. It is estimated to fetch between £8,000-12,000 ($13,000-20,000) and the full specifications are available online.

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Other lots included in the charity sale are a first edition book Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (estimate: £1,000-2,000 / $1,600-3,300); an original British cinema poster for Goldfingerdesigned by Robert Brownjohn with the famous golden girl in the background (estimate: £2,000-3,000 / $3,300-5,000); and a special golden edition of Taschen’s The James Bond Archives, one of 40 artists proofs signed by Daniel Craig (estimate: £2,000-3,000 / $3,300-5,000).

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The auction coincides with the release of the Goldfinger Limited Edition gold SteelBook™ Blu-ray on 22 September from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Nicolette Tomkinson, Head of Popular Culture at Christie’s, said: “The Aston Martin DB5 is clearly an iconic sports car. However this Goldfinger model version, with 24-carat gold detailing, is truly unique and as such we anticipate worldwide interest and competitive bidding. We are confident that this online-only sale will raise a significant sum for the NSPCC.” The Aston Martin DB5 gold for charity.

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Aston Martin One-77 http://egarage.com/car-profiles/aston-martin-one-77/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/aston-martin-one-77/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:42:02 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14137 The Aston Martin One-77 (One for its specialness, and 77 for the units produced) is the hypercar of the British brand. Unveiled during the 2009 Paris Motorshow, the One-77 is powered with a 7.3l V12 producing 750hp, the most powerful Aston Martin ever produced.

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“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.” said Forrest Gump in the same name movie. This has never been truer than for supercar spotting in Monaco.

I’m currently working in Fontvieille (a district of Monaco) and, after work, go walking around with hopes that I’ll see some great cars.

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After 30 minutes of walking and finding nothing, I was ready to head to the train station when I decided to check one last place near Monaco Heliport. What a surprise when I fell on an Aston Martin One-77 that was being cleaned by a man near the helicopters !

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I started taking pictures around the car while the man kindly moved away. I thanked him for stopping his work for me and he started to speak to me. The dialogue was quick but very enriching : “I manage the car fleet of an important man whom I can’t reveal the name. My job is to clean all the cars, making them available as soon as my boss wants it, put gas, do the service, manage the repairs, etc. We are lucky because our boss is a car lover and very kind, it’s a pleasure to work with and for him.”

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“Employing people like me is not just a rich boy’s whim, this kind of cars are made to be driven and even to race. And when you’re not always in Monaco to drive them that’s why you need people to drive them, to maintain them in a good health. That’s why we don’t encounter much mechanic problems because my teammates and I take care of our boss’s cars.”

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The Aston Martin One-77 (One for its specialness, and 77 for the units produced) is the hypercar of the British brand. Unveiled during the 2009 Paris Motorshow, the One-77 is powered with a 7.3l V12 producing 750hp, the most powerful Aston Martin ever produced. Crossing the 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.5s, the car is said to have reached 354.86 km/h during secret tests in South Europe.

PICTURE 061 Aston Martin One 77When you deal with hypercars, the price is often stratospheric. The Aston Martin One-77 is no exception as the price when new was 1,500,000€. But with this price you’ll be certain to drive in a very particular car. The design is very aggressive, with marked edges. And you’re almost certain to never see another one on the road.

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Mercedes-AMG GT http://egarage.com/current-interests/mercedes-amg-gt/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/mercedes-amg-gt/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:24:35 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14106 The first Mercedes was a racing car, its most recent successor carries this heritage forward: with the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new, top-class sports car segment for the company. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG.
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The first Mercedes was a racing car, its most recent successor carries this heritage forward: with the new Mercedes-AMG GT, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new, top-class sports car segment for the company. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine concept with transaxle and the intelligent aluminium lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its likewise newly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine with internally mounted turbochargers (‘hot inside V’) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 462 hp and as a GT S with 510 hp. The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality, and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment.

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It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution. The drive system tailored consistently to driving dynamics perfectly complements this set-up. The centrepiece of the Mercedes-AMG GT, the new 4.0-litre V8 biturbo, responds instantly with extreme power right from low revs and delivers outstanding performance.

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Top figures such as 3.8 seconds from zero to 62 mph and a top speed of 193 mph, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

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At the same time, the two-seater is a straightforward, comfortable and reliable companion for everyday motoring thanks to its practical tailgate, easily accessible luggage compartment, high level of comfort on long journeys and the extensive Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems.

“With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, we are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field. This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of,” says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

“With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfils our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. The car is manufactured according to the motto ‘Handcrafted by Racers’ – which perfectly encapsulates our heritage
and our spirit.”

The combination of aluminium spaceframe, V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle, locking differential, sports suspension with aluminium double-wishbone suspension and the low kerb weight of 1540 kilogrammes delivers racetrack performance. The concept with front mid-engine and transmission in transaxle configuration makes for a beneficial weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent between the front and rear axle. In conjunction with the vehicle’s low centre of gravity this translates into extremely agile handling and permits high cornering speeds. With a favourable power-to-weight ratio of 3.3 kilogrammes per hp, the Mercedes-AMG GT self-confidently lines up alongside the very best in its segment. The sports car also sets a new benchmark figure for fuel economy: fuel consumption of 30.4 mpg (NEDC combined) constitutes a considerable increase in efficiency.

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Exterior design: sporty emotion and sensual purity

“The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports car in its purist form,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence.”

The new Mercedes-AMG GT embodies the sensual purity of sportiness and emotion. The two-seater is characterised by hallmark rear-wheel-drive proportions. The V8 biturbo front mid-engine ensures optimum weight distribution, which forms the basis for superb driving dynamics. The long bonnet with its pronounced powerdomes, the greenhouse which has been moved far back, the large wheels and broad tail end make up the distinctive looks. The large tailgate conceals a practical luggage compartment.

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Muscular and dramatic dynamism

Positively arched surfaces give the Mercedes-AMG GT its sensuous character and the appearance of a sculpture. Viewed from the side, the dome-shaped, arched roof line and the frameless doors are eye-catching features. A muscular element sculpted out of the side wall creates a sense of lightness and dynamism, even when the vehicle is at a standstill. The surfaces and lines of the side wall flow into the rear-end with a dramatic tapered effect. The GT deliberately avoids lines in the shoulder region. The only line is one lower down, picked up again in the rear bumper, which stretches the body and makes it appear lighter. The side air outlets, each with two fins, represent a typical, styling feature of Mercedes-Benz sports cars. The GT has no visible aerials which could disrupt the overall appearance.

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The creative interaction of diverse design elements lends the coupé a superior, self-confident front: the three-dimensional diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star, a broad louvre and AMG lettering stands in the centre of the front end. LED High Performance headlamps with stylised “eyebrows” as daytime running lamps, side lights and indicators, as well as three separate high-beam reflectors lend the GT its characteristic look.

Large air intakes optimise the flow of air to the cooling modules. The A-wing with front splitter in the lower third of the front apron, a characteristic feature of AMG vehicles, makes the sports car appear low-slung and wide. While the front splitter is painted in the body colour on the GT, it comes with a high-gloss black finish on the GT S. Overall, customers can accentuate the exterior design according to their personal preferences: options available include the Exterior Silver Chrome package, the Night package and the Exterior Carbon-Fibre package.

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Broad shoulders for an emotional overall appearance

With its base areas, broad shoulders and narrow tail light graphics, the rear area creates an emotional overall appearance. The licence plate bracket is located in the lower part of the bumper, allowing the Mercedes star to be placed prominently on the smooth-surfaced boot lid. Added to which is an extendable rear aerofoil, which is concealed from view while the car is at a standstill. The black diffuser insert with tailpipes integrated into the bumper and the trim strip in matt iridium silver inspired by the A-wing in the front create a visual sense of lightness across the entire tail end.

Flat, wide tail lights with new sequential turn signals reflect state-of-the-art technology. 18 individual LEDs on each side indicate where the driver intends to turn by sequentially illuminating them from the inside to the outside.

The tail lights underline both the sporty styling of the rear, as well as the attention to detail and sophistication – form and function combine in a unique way to create a perfect unit.

Interior: sensuality, emotion and perfection

The interior design also embodies maximum emotion and sensual purity. Radically low, sporty proportions create a unique sense of spaciousness. Clearly drawn components and their authentic materials underscore the dynamic character and create instant excitement: Anyone opening the door discovers an exciting interplay between the deep, sloping dashboard and a dominant, arched high centre console, a design which evokes emotions and impresses with its perfection.

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The central “aviation design” theme, which is the hallmark of Mercedes-Benz sports cars, has been restyled. The extreme emphasis on the width of the dashboard, which creates an impression of a powerful wing, dominates the cockpit of the GT. Four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at the right and left ends of the dashboard reinforce this impression. In conjunction with the high beltlines, the concave-shaped door panelling and the dynamic centre console, the GT comes across as a genuine driving machine and consummately integrates the driver into the cockpit thanks to the low seat position.

The dominant centre console appears to be a feature lifted straight from motor racing by virtue of its styling that is reminiscent of a NACA air intake, as well as the surfaces and authentic materials that have been used – there is a choice of silver chrome, matt carbon fibre, high-gloss carbon fibre, black diamond and matt silver fibreglass. Positioned centrally, the free-standing central display is an eye-catching feature. Attention to detail is also echoed in the AMG DRIVE UNIT controls: they are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, emphasising the powerful and high-tech impression made by the centre console.

Outstanding precision and a superior quality feel thanks to the finest materials with superb workmanship are also apparent on the sports seats, the performance steering wheel and the instrument cluster. The most important control for sports car fans is located in the AMG DRIVE: the button for starting the engine, which is labelled “Engine Start Stop” and illuminated in red.

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The newly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine

The new high-performance engine springs to life at the push of a button: even the sound as the engine starts up brings you out in goose pimples. The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine was developed specifically for the GT. The innovative eight-cylinder engine as the newest member of the BlueDIRECT engine family boasts outstanding power delivery, performance figures on a par with motor racing, lightweight construction as well as high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It boasts the brand’s hallmark emotive V8 engine sound, along with an immediate response and high pulling power.

The new V8 also stands out with its precise power output, which is easily a match for a naturally aspirated engine. The driver truly appreciates the AMG engine, with its internal designation M178, particularly in M, or Race mode in the selectable drive modes, thanks to its linear power delivery, which makes it much easier to handle the vehicle at the limits. As part of this process, the sophisticated ECU even factors in the current driving condition and adjusts the accelerator response depending on the lateral forces generated.

With a displacement of 3982 cc, the V8 uses a range of technologies which are already being used in the 2.0-litre turbo engine in the A 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG and GLA 45 AMG – presently the most powerful, series-production four-cylinder engine in the world. Both engines have the same bore/stroke ratio, providing the basis for high revving ability. The piezo direct petrol injection used at Mercedes-Benz is responsible for the mixture formation. The spray-guided combustion process was further developed in the third generation to meet all future legal requirements. The highly efficient and economical AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine meets the Euro 6 emissions standard, including the maximum particulate emissions level that takes effect in 2016.

First sports car engine with ‘hot inside V’ and dry sump lubrication

The new AMG V8 engine has two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a “hot inside V”. The benefits are a compact engine design, an optimum response from the turbochargers and low exhaust gas emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters. The dry sump lubrication also ensures the oil supply even with high lateral forces and allows the engine to be installed lower, thus moving the centre of gravity closer to the road and forming the basis for high lateral acceleration.

The new Mercedes-AMG V8 biturbo engine is the world’s first sports car engine with ‘hot inside V’ and dry sump lubrication.

Performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust flaps

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is equipped as standard with an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust flaps. This allows the driver to vary the engine sound: depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode the driver may experience the V8 with a focus on comfort and relaxed, long-distance journeys or with a more powerful, emotive, motorsport-inspired touch. The AMG DRIVE UNIT includes a separate button to control the exhaust flaps directly. The new Mercedes-AMG sports car has its own tonal characteristics which denote the car’s membership of the AMG family but that also distinguish it clearly from other high-performance cars. The selectable exhaust system is also available as an option for the Mercedes-AMG GT.

 

A tradition of hand-built excellence: “one man, one engine”

The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine is being made in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” principle. In the AMG engine shop, highly qualified fitters assemble the engines by hand according to the strictest quality standards – visible on the AMG engine plate with the engine technician’s signature. “One man, one engine” ties in with Mercedes-AMG’s unique motorsport genes, which exude innovative strength by virtue of the technology transfer from the racing series – from Formula 1, the DTM to the involvement in customer racing with the SLS AMG GT3.

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Seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration

When it comes to the power transmission of the new GT the Mercedes-AMG engineers rely on a combination of front mid-engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle – this layout has already successfully established itself in the SLS AMG. The weight distribution with its ratio of 47 per cent (front) to 53 per cent (rear) benefits from this configuration. The efficiency, shift speed and precision of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission were further optimised for usage in the new sports car. Thanks to the larger gear ratio spread, the pronounced torque plateau of the V8 turbo engine can be used optimally.

The drivetrain’s overall design is ideal for an uncompromising sports car. At the same time, the exacting requirements in terms of everyday practicality, noise level, ride comfort and fuel consumption have been met.

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To transfer the driver’s shift commands even more directly, communication between the engine and transmission has been fundamentally revised. This means that the previous limits of shift performance and the response time have been substantially increased. The driver can individually tailor the GT to their wishes with the aid of AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. Various modes are available: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and – entirely new – “I” (Individual). The manual “RACE” drive program reserved exclusively for the GT S optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage – including faster shift speeds and a highly emotive engine. By pressing the “M” button, the driver can activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode.

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Electronic rear-axle locking differential as standard in the GT S

The GT comes as standard with a mechanical rear-axle locking differential which ensures outstanding traction and superb driving safety in all driving conditions. The GT S is fitted as standard with an electronically controlled rear-axle locking differential, which is integrated into the compact transmission housing. The electronic function provides even more sensitive, faster control than the mechanical solution, thus pushing the limits of handling dynamics even further. Not only does it further improve the traction of the driven wheels, but also increases the cornering speeds at the limits. The system operates with a variable locking effect in acceleration and overrun mode, and is perfectly tuned to the various driving conditions and road surface friction coefficients.

Double-wishbone suspension from motorsport

Driving dynamics and comfort on long journeys; racetrack performance and everyday practicality: the new Mercedes-AMG GT delivers on all counts. A great deal of attention was paid to the seamless integration of all mechanical and electronic systems during the design, development and testing. Whether it is the suspension, 3-stage ESP®, locking differential, steering, aerodynamics, tyres or brakes – only the successful precision engineering and concerted networking of individual specialist disciplines manage to produce the required results and thus the exhilarating sports car driving experience, characterised by superb precision and clear feedback.

The AMG GT offers the perfect conditions: it uses the technological DNA of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, one of the most successful sports cars in recent years. Thanks to the optimum weight distribution of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear), the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and the selected suspension layout, the driver benefits from precise steering response, formidable agility, low inertia when changing direction, and outstanding traction. Double-wishbone suspension is used at the front and rear – a technology adopted straight from motorsport.

Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminium in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The double-wishbone concept locates the wheel clearly with minimal elastic movements. The high camber and track rigidity not only results in high cornering speeds, but also provides the driver with an optimum road feel when cornering at the limit. An extremely direct connection of the shock absorber on the rear hub carrier reduces vibrations and undesirable wheel load fluctuations. Highly neutral behaviour and defined, predictable responses at the tyre grip limit were important development objectives for the dynamic handling experts at Mercedes-AMG.

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Mercedes-AMG GT S with electronically controlled damping

The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping comes as standard on the Mercedes-AMG GT S, or as an option for the GT. The driver can adjust the damping characteristics at the push of a button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT or by using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes. Three stages are available: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”.

The speed-sensitive sports steering features a variable steering ratio: it enhances vehicle handling and agility at low speeds while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. The power assistance is a particular highlight: it not only responds depending on road speed, but also on the current lateral acceleration and the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode. As a result, the driver has a perfect feel for the vehicle thanks to the direct feedback from the road. The standard-fit 3-stage ESP® with the “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” functions works in perfect unison with the locking differential and is tuned optimally to the outstanding driving dynamics and safety.

AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package available as an option for the GT S

The Mercedes-AMG GT comes as standard with drivetrain damping. A specially tuned damper reduces undesirable rolling motion of the entire drivetrain including the transaxle transmission, thus substantially improving comfort and agility.

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The AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package augments dynamism and agility even more. It is available exclusively for the GT S and includes dynamic engine and transmission mounts. The engine and transmission mounts assume an important function in the case of a transaxle design: soft mounts improve comfort since they provide more effective decoupling of noise and vibration. Handling and agility benefit, however, from an overall stiffer mount set-up.

Mercedes-AMG resolves these conflicting objectives using dynamic mounts, which adjust their stiffness continuously, and instantly to the respective driving conditions and handling. The special control electronics in the AMG CHASSIS CONTROLLER, ACC, provide this function. The ACC detects driving situations on the basis of CAN data, is connected to the electronic rear-axle locking differential and thus ensures optimum, balanced driving dynamics. AMG has gone a step further when implementing this technology: the engine and transmission mounts are even actuated independently of each other. The advantage: this innovative solution provides an additional substantial improvement in driving precision and lateral dynamics.

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Jochen Hermann, Head of Overall Vehicle Engineering AMG: “The combination of selectively variable mounts and a transaxle drivetrain is unique. Mercedes-AMG is once again promoting leading-edge technology, thus affirming our aspirations in terms of driving performance.”

A specific engine application in the DYNAMIC SELECT “RACE” drive mode and in the manual “M” transmission mode makes the GT S even more dynamic. The package also includes tauter suspension tuning thanks to raised spring and damping characteristics, more negative camber at the front axle as well as an adapted sports speed-sensitive steering. Thus the driver benefits from better performance with optimised handling. The performance steering wheel as well as yellow highlights in the instrument cluster round off the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package.

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Optional ceramic high-performance composite brake system

Excellent deceleration characteristics and high fade resistance come courtesy of the high-performance composite brake system – on the GT with internally ventilated, perforated 360-millimetre brake discs all-round; on the GT S with discs measuring 390 millimetres in diameter at the front, to cope with the higher performance, as well as red brake callipers. A ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available for both models as an option. Its advantages: lower weight, longer service life and even better fade resistance thanks to the ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 402 millimetres at the front and 360 millimetres at the rear.

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Forged wheels and sports tyres as an option

As standard, the GT is shod in 10-spoke light-alloy wheels, 9 x 19 inch (front) and 11 x 19 inch (rear), with 255/35 R 19 and 295/35 R 19 tyres. On the GT S the dimensions are 9 x 19 inch (front) with 265/35 R 19 tyres and 11 x 20 inch (rear) with 295/30 R 20 tyres. A host of different design and colour variants are available as options for both models, such as the ultralight forged wheels in cross-spoke design, painted black matt, with high-sheen rim flange and fully integrated wheel bolt covers.

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In combination with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package, specially developed sports tyres (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) are available for the GT S as an option – ideal for aspiring racing drivers on closed-off circuits.

Aluminium spaceframe with intelligent material mix

Mercedes-AMG has gone for an intelligent material mix on the body of the GT. Chassis including greenhouse and body are made out of light alloy, the boot lid out of steel and the front deck out of magnesium. This extremely light element at the front reduces the inertia ahead of the front axle, thus improving the vehicle’s agility. Over 90 percent of the weight-optimised spaceframe is made out of aluminium components.

The bodyshell weighs 231 kilogrammes – a benchmark figure in the sports car segment. There were three key objectives during the design and development of the bodyshell structure: optimum strength, low centre of gravity and low weight. The high bending and torsional strength of the entire design enables extreme linear and transverse forces from the drivetrain and suspension to be absorbed and transferred. Unwanted flexibility is thus reduced, with the vehicle responding rigidly and directly. As a result, the driver experiences a sports car with maximum dynamism that responds with excellent precision. The aluminium spaceframe also provides the basis for outstanding passive safety.

Aerodynamics for high balance and effective cooling

Vehicle proportions, weight distribution and drive configuration, handling stability, drag, cooling and wind noise: the aerodynamics of the GT fulfil complex requirements. The high-performance vehicle has been developed aerodynamically with one clear objective in mind: high forces must be transferred onto the road without limiting driving dynamics and performance. Thanks to the aerodynamic configuration, critical driving situations can be avoided – such as with a sudden evasive manoeuvre at high speed.

The design of the front apron with A-wing and front splitter not only reduces lift to the desired level, but also helps route air directly to and from the cooling modules. The flow of cooling air from the aerodynamically shaped brake cooling ducts also specifically improves brake performance.

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The design of the extensively clad underfloor guarantees optimum exhaust airflow from the oil cooler in the underfloor area and effective airflow for the rear diffuser. As an active component of the aerodynamics, the Mercedes-AMG GT comes with an extendable rear aerofoil that is integrated into the design silhouette. Depending on the drive mode, the aerofoil extends and retracts at various speeds. In combination with the rear diffuser with no leading edges, the lift at the rear axle is reduced to a minimum in the aerodynamically relevant speed range.

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Active and passive safety of the very highest calibre

The brand with the star boasts the hallmark active and passive safety of the very highest calibre. The Mercedes-AMG GT adopts numerous assistance systems that are familiar from the new S-Class. Standard equipment includes

The standard-fit restraint systems not only include three-point seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, but also front airbags, combined thorax/pelvis side bags, window bags and knee bags, for the driver and front passenger respectively.

Interior with outstanding quality and superb everyday practicality

On opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen: an animated GT appears on the TFT display in the instrument cluster. The sportily designed cockpit in carbon fibre look provides information with two classic circular instruments in a 2-tube look and a 198 mph speedometer scale. The performance steering wheel with its three-spoke design sits perfectly in the hand: it comes with aluminium shift paddles, 12 o’clock marking and a steering wheel rim in black nape leather with flattened bottom section. The sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/black fabric with integral head restraints and AMG lettering provide optimised lateral support when driving dynamically.

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The DYNAMIC SELECT Controller, the buttons for the engine start, the 3-stage ESP®and, depending on the equipment, the electronic damper control are located on the left in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The volume control as well as the buttons for the manual transmission drive mode, the ECO start/stop function and, likewise depending on the equipment, the selectable exhaust system are fitted on the right-hand side. The innovative touchpad in the handrest above the COMAND Controller is integrated in front of the E-SELECT selector lever to operate the dual clutch transmission. A free-standing central display is located centrally above the four ventilation outlets. The display boasts a screen diagonal of 17.78 centimetres (7 inches), increasing to 21.33 centimetres (8.4 inches) if COMAND Online is specified. The driver operates the seat heating, PARKTRONIC, the hazard warning lights and, depending on the equipment, the extendable rear aerofoil using the buttons in the top control panel in the roof frame.

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The GT S comes with even more sophisticated equipment and appointments, including:

Instrument cluster with 224 mph speedometer scale and red colour highlights
Performance steering wheel, black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre
AMG emblem embossed in the centre armrest (not in conjunction with upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/black DINAMICA microfibre)
Upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/black DINAMICA microfibre

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As an alternative to the standard-fit Interior Silver Chrome package, the customer can choose from various other packages. Carbon-fibre trim elements are available in a choice of matt and high-gloss finish. Highlights include the trim in matt silver fibreglass and the Interior Black Diamond package, all offered for the first time: here the ventilation outlets, the frame of the centre console and the trim strips in the door armrests come in a sophisticated high-gloss black finish, with its surprising 3D look. The “black diamond” method uses the chemical CVD (chemical vapour deposition) gas phase process to deposit a precious metal on a high-sheen chrome surface at temperatures of 1000°C. The metal reacts with the surface to form a layer that is highly scratch-resistant and has a high adhesive strength.

The superb everyday practicality of the Mercedes-AMG GT is also expressed in the airy feeling of spaciousness. In addition, the good all-round visibility and the high headroom demonstrate that sporty dynamism and comfort on long journeys are not mutually exclusive – not necessarily a given in this segment. A large stowage compartment in the centre armrest, a centrally positioned twin cup holder and a large, easily accessible glove compartment are further evidence of the outstanding everyday suitability of the GT. The luggage compartment capacity of 350 litres will hold two golf bags either lengthways or crossways. The large boot lid makes loading easy; an integral retractable luggage cover comes as standard. The cross strut made out of aluminium behind the seats prevents luggage from sliding forward as the vehicle brakes.

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LaFerrari in the Wild http://egarage.com/car-profiles/laferrari-2/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/laferrari-2/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:04:49 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14067 It isn't very often that you are grouchy, in desperate need of coffee, only to find a sinister-looking grey LaFerrari hypercar sitting alone, parked behind a juniper bush.

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It isn’t very often that you find yourself grouchy, in desperate need of coffee, only to find a sinister looking grey La Ferrari hypercar sitting alone parked behind a juniper bush.

This is however a common occurrence during Car Week every August along the Monterey Peninsula in California. It is highly likely that you will encounter at least one, if not all of your dream cars in one place.

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Most car enthusiasts have yet to see one of these Ferrari hypercars in person. The first time you set your eyes upon one it’s pretty surreal. LaFerrari is low, wide, and compact with carbon fiber everything. It reminds me of a quote from one of the most famous B-movies starring the late and great Patrick Swayze. In the film “Roadhouse” Swayze plays a bar fighting night club karate kicking legend of a bouncer named Dalton. Each time someone new meets Dalton they always conclude their dialogue by saying “I thought you’d be…BIGGER.”  This is how most anyone might feel the first time they set their eyes on the LaFerrari in the flesh.

LaFerrari 6 LaFerrari in the Wild LaFerrari 7 LaFerrari in the WildThroughout the vast Automotive world of the internet, the LaFerrari seems larger than life. It has a unique presence not just among other hypercars but among all cars. Seeing it here in a robust metallic grey highlights the senses.  This is what a supercar/hypercar is all about. This is a dramatic, sculpted piece of rolling art.  Someone within an earshot says “It looks fast just parked.”

LaFerrari 3 LaFerrari in the WildIt’s truly hard not to get excited when you see LaFerrari in the wild. Rest assure it is “WILD” looking in person. The pilot of this kick ass Ferrari appears, the driver side door glides open like one of those Roadhouse karate kicks.

Like the mythical legend, it fires up and quickly disappears.

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AccuAir | Zero Compromise http://egarage.com/videos/accuair-zero-compromise/ http://egarage.com/videos/accuair-zero-compromise/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:36:47 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=14051 Nestled quietly in the hills of Central Coast California, AccuAir Suspension has emerged as a leader in air suspension technology. This didn’t happen overnight and the successes have come with risk, loss, and lots of reward. Here is the AccuAir story, in motion.    

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Nestled quietly in the hills of Central Coast California, AccuAir Suspension has emerged as a leader in air suspension technology. This didn’t happen overnight and the successes have come with risk, loss, and lots of reward. Here is the AccuAir story, in motion.

 

 

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The Quail 2014 http://egarage.com/events/the-quail-2014/ http://egarage.com/events/the-quail-2014/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:27:02 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13925 If you truly want to experience The Quail, wake up at 6:00am, arrive no later than 7:00am, and leave as soon as the sun and the crowds arrive. The reason for this is because although The Quail at any time is incredible, in the early hours of the morning it is magical.

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Story: Henry Wurtz | Photos: Henry Wurtz and Ernesto Che

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If you truly want to experience The Quail, wake up at 6:00am, arrive no later than 7:00am, and leave as soon as the sun and the crowds arrive. The reason for this is because although The Quail at any time is incredible, in the early hours of the morning it is magical.

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21 The Quail 201413 The Quail 2014First off, you actually get to see many of the priceless iconic cars arrive. Once the show officially opens at 10:00am the cars remain stationary, only on occasion do the cars start up and rev to the joy of the massive throng.

MG 9743 copy The Quail 2014 If you arrive early, you can actually just stand and watch up close as a multi-million dollar procession of cars pass by; old classics and modern hypercars, they all need to line up and check in to be guided to their displays. 

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Walking up the road that leads to the Quail Lodge, I passed trailer after trailer full of priceless beauties. I even watched as a solitary truck driver unloaded a dark blue Maserati MC12 Corsa; no one else was there. Just me, the truck driver, and the MC12 Corsa. As I arrived to the main lawn, I saw a small line of classic Porsches waiting to be checked in. Then the line started to slowly grow: in growled a V12 jaguar E-Type, followed not long after by an Aston Martin DB5, which was shortly backed up by a twin turbo-charged Lamborghini Murcielago “LP2000-4 SV”. As I stood in awe, a Pagani Huayra and Ferrari F50 smoothly joined the pack.

40 The Quail 2014MG 9586 copy The Quail 2014MG 9564 copy The Quail 2014Making my way onto the lawn, I watched as a crew of elderly gentlemen arranged a Mclaren P1 and a Porsche 918 next to another Ferrari F50 and a Ferrari 599 GTO.

MG 9675 copy The Quail 2014I walked around the perimeter of the lawn, enjoying the empty displays (empty of people, not cars) as the center of the paddock started to fill with the cream of the classic car crop. Several Mercedes 300SL Gullwings, vintage Alfa Romeos, Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS, and a group of Porsche 1973 2.7 Carrera RS cars, just to name a few. Masarati brought along a handful of their most iconic and beautiful creations to celebrate the company’s centennial anniversary.
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All the displays were fascinating: Bugatti brought six completely unique special-edition Vitesse, Jaguar had severa; F-type coupes and a Project 7 roadster. Singer brought their all-new 4.0 liter reimagined 911, and Mclaren propered up one of their old racing cars (the M6GT) next to the brand new 650s, both of which were orange. Ferrari nonchalantly lined up a dozen older beauties, including several Dinos, and a 250 SWB. As well as a 288 GTO, F40, F50, and F60 (Enzo).

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MG 9547 copy The Quail 2014However, all of these displays were eclipsed by Pagani; with four Huayras and a Zonda F at the show, one could spend hours soaking in all the details. Even if you aren’t a fan of Pagani, it’s undeniable there is something that makes them special. They look like they were built with passion, heart, and 100% dedication to the most intricate craftsmanship. Every detail on every Huayra is worth scrutinizing. There is also something special about looking over a car, and realizing that you don’t wonder anymore why it costs $1.5 million.  

MG 9710 copy The Quail 2014MG 9560 copy The Quail 2014No matter what type of car you are into, it was present at The Quail. While not the largest event during Car Week, it is definitely the most complete show I attended. But remember, be there as early as you can; there is nothing quite like walking around a scarcely populated lawn in the early morning while surrounded by some of the greatest cars ever created.  

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2014 McCall Motorworks Revival http://egarage.com/current-interests/mccall-motorworks-revival-2014/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/mccall-motorworks-revival-2014/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:58:40 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13886 McCall FordGT
McCall’s Motorworks Revival was many things to many people.For the people in the business, it was a chance to connect, to network, and to sell. And for people like me, the people who get short of breath at the sight of their favorite cars, it was simply magical. I was a kid in a candy store.

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story: Henry Wurtz | photos: Henry Wurtz and Ernesto Che

Being the first Monterey Car Week I have ever attended, I was not quite sure what I was in for. For weeks I had been psyching myself up mentally for an automotive overload, and as I arrived into the Carmel Valley early on Wednesday morning my mind was quickly blown: an Aston Martin DB4 whizzed passed, followed minutes later by a DB9 Spyder Zagato. Little did I know my mind being blown was to be a reoccurring effect in the evening to come. 

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When event tickets cost close to $400 a pop, it isn’t likely that attendees will be showing up in diesel VW Golfs. As I turned onto Highway 1 on my way to the Monterey Jet Center, I was passed in quick succession by a Ferrari 458 Speciale, two Rolls Royce Phantoms, an Alfa Romeo 4C, oh, and a dark purple-ish-blue McLaren P1. Parking my diesel VW Golf about a quarter-miles walk away I hurried over to the entrance. Then I waited nervously around several other photographers and journalists who were probably too young to buy tickets even if they had the cash. However, thanks to the large heart of a very nice friend, I was shortly inside the McCall Motorworks Revival. Then I lost my mind, again.

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The event was basically a museum; dozens of million-dollar cars lay strewn amongst interesting airplanes. Except unlike any museum, these pieces of art were being closely inspected, touched, nudged, and even sat in.

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This was one of the most astonishing points about the evening: people would just walk up to a half-million dollar Singer 911 and hop in, feeling all the upholstery and fiddling with the switches. I guess  that from a manufacturer’s point of view, letting a couple millionaires manhandle your cars is alright if they end up buying one from the experience. At one point in the evening, I was nervously standing next to the Pagani Huayra when a young lady came up to me and insisted that she take a picture of me in the car because my tweed coat perfectly matched the raw carbon weave of the Huayra. Graciously, I accepted.

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McCall’s took place in two airplane hangers and one large patch of tarmac. Inside each hanger was were all the venders had their booths. Mercedes was there with the AMG Vision Gran Tourismo Concept, which looked like a life-sized HotWheels toy. Toyota had a dark grey FT-1 concept, Ferrari had an FF, the new California T, and a 1 of 5 288 GTO Evoluzione.

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Lamborghini brought a New bright green Huracan, which, if you aren’t a fan of it in pictures (like I was) it needs to be seen in the flesh. It is beautiful. This was accompanied by an Aventador colored in red, black, and gold.

McCall Lamborghini Huracan 2014 McCall Motorworks RevivalPorsche had brought a 991 Carrera Cup, and fittingly the next booth over was the Singer Booth! I had never seen a Singer before and was shocked at how magnificent in person they actually are. To a Porsche fan, every inch and proportion is perfect. It is truly the perfect Porsche. Aside from all the manufacturers, the classic cars, one-offs, and tuner cars were jaw-dropping.

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McCall Singer  2014 McCall Motorworks RevivalTucked away under the wing of an airplane was an Aston Martin DB5, nearby was a Toyota 2000GT, an immaculate 4.2 liter Jaguar E-type, and multiple Mercedes 300SL Gullwings. On a slightly more modern note, the Porsche 917 that was built for the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans was also present, and across from that was another 917.

McCall 05 2014 McCall Motorworks Revival The theme of twos continued with a brace of Hennessey Venom GTs, one grey, one white. The grey one was the very car that went 265mph in under two miles. As the evening ended, John Hennessey jumped in it and powered away. A Gemballa Mirage GT was placed on the tarmac as well. All I can say is that it seems to have taken away everything that made the Carrera GT so beautiful; apart from the noise, which was incredible.

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The whole evening and every emotion I felt could be captured in one moment: meeting Horacio Pagani. I had been drooling over the Huayra and the Zonda F for what felt like hours when I spotted him eyeing a deadly 1927 Ford Roaster. I walked up and asked if I could shake his hand. I then proceeded to babble and stutter, proclaiming finally that I had no words. He laughed and we took a picture. My mind was blown, yet again. 

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McCall’s Motorworks Revival was many things to many people. For the wealthy but not extremely car inclined, it was an evening filled with fun, food, drink, and pretty cars. For the people in the business, it was a chance to connect, to network, and to sell. And for people like me, the people who get short of breath at the sight of their favorite cars, it was simply magical. I was a kid in a candy store. For any car enthusiast, it was the place to be on Wednesday, August 13th 2014.   

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