eGarage http://egarage.com Stories in Motion™ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:14:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 40 Years of the Turbo http://egarage.com/videos/40-years-of-the-turbo/ http://egarage.com/videos/40-years-of-the-turbo/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:15:44 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=15479 Released in 1975, the Porsche 930 Turbo would spark the imagination and dreams of many including our friend Magnus Walker. After collecting several early Turbos and still in need of the holy grail – a first year 1975 model, he turned to the folks at Autohaus Hamilton in Australia to help him acquire 1 of […]

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Released in 1975, the Porsche 930 Turbo would spark the imagination and dreams of many including our friend Magnus Walker. After collecting several early Turbos and still in need of the holy grail – a first year 1975 model, he turned to the folks at Autohaus Hamilton in Australia to help him acquire 1 of 15 right hand drive examples. We met up with Magnus in the canyons, along with the current 2015 Porsche 911 Turbo, to see just how much has changed in the last 40 years for this iconic car.

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Michael Schumacher's Ferrari F1-2000 Car http://egarage.com/car-profiles/michael-schumachers-ferrari-f1-2000-car/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/michael-schumachers-ferrari-f1-2000-car/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:37:52 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15418 Our friend and photographer Jordan Cole down has a knack for uncovering all sorts of amazing cars from rare imports to hot rod madness, so when he emailed and asked if we would like to see some pictures of a former Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 car he just shot, we were eager to take a look.

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Our friend and photographer Jordan Cole has a knack for uncovering all kinds of amazing cars from rare imports to hot rod madness, so when he emailed and asked if we would like to see some pictures of a former Michael Schumacher Formula 1 car he recently shot we were eager to take a look.

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This Ferrari F1-2000 was an integral part of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari’s 2000 Formula 1 World Championship winning season.

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This particular example is chassis 198 was used as a spare car for most of the season until rising to the occasion in Brazil where Schumacher piloted it to victory after damaging his other car in qualifying.

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It would be used once again in the Spanish Grand Prix where it finished fifth after a refueling nozzle problem.

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The 2000 Formula 1 season was a pivotal moment for Michael Schumacher and Ferrari as he clinched their first World Driver’s Championship for Ferrari since 1979.

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It would also mark the start of a five year winning streak for Michael Schumacher who won a total of seven World Championships during his career, solidifying himself as one of the best Formula 1 drivers of all time.

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A new design for the 2000 Formula 1 season, this Ferrari F1-2000 has a 770 horsepower, ninety-degree V10 engine mated to a seven speed semi-automatic sequential gearbox.

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The new ninety degree engine being used instead of the previous eighty degree engine allowed for a lower center of gravity.

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Paired with an improved aerodynamics package, the Ferrari F1-2000 was hard to beat as Schumacher won 9 out of 17 races that year.

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If this all sounds like fun, you’ll be glad to know that this Ferrari F1-2000 is fully prepped to be used in Ferrari’s F1 Clienti program, which is designed for the owners of these former Formula 1 cars to enjoy them at track days around the world with full factory support.

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Still Motion http://egarage.com/videos/laguna-seca-still-motion-4k/ http://egarage.com/videos/laguna-seca-still-motion-4k/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:47:17 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=15378 eGarage attended the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014 and stitched together a 4K resolution still motion story using 3 cameras and 22,387 photographs.

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eGarage attended the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014 and stitched together a 4K resolution still motion story using 3 cameras and 22,387 photographs.

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BMW I8 On A Winter Day http://egarage.com/car-profiles/bmw-i8-winter-day/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/bmw-i8-winter-day/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:45:30 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15172 On 10th February I left Zürich around 4:30 am, with a plan to reach BMW in Munich by 8 am. Because of traffic I was a little late but when I saw my reward for getting up early, all smiles. Sara Näse spends a winter day with the BMW I8.

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Words | Photos: Sara Näse

BMW I8 eGarageOn 10th February I left Zürich around 4:30 am, with a plan to reach BMW in Munich by 8 am. Because of traffic I was a little late but when I saw my reward for getting up early, all smiles. Last time I had a car from BMW was 2013 when I took their BMW Z4 sDrive35i for a 10 day trip to Romania. Something I will forever be thankful for that they even allowed me to do that route with a press car. This time it was time to pick up something completely different for a day – the hybrid sports car BMW i8.

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I have never had a big interest in hybrid cars. Maybe because I belong to a generation that does not feel like we have had enough of petrol cars yet? I can understand that someone who has enjoyed petrol engines for the past 20-40 years might welcome new technology with big curiosity. I worry more about the era of petrol engines coming to an end before I have had time to fully enjoy all of those cars with CO2 emission numbers closer to 400-500g/km (…i8 is 49g/km). Which of course most likely will not happen during my lifetime, but the transfer has begun. So my slightly negative attitude towards hybrids (and all-electric cars also) is in reality a fear to lose petrol engines for good. Because no matter how I thought about it, it felt like a hybrid or electric car can never be as good, as nice sounding, as exciting – you name it – as a sports car with petrol engine only.

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Now when I had the chance to enjoy a BMW i8 for a day and 500 km I can admit I was wrong. I have briefly tried a Tesla P85 as well, which is an interesting car, but if I today had to make a choice between those two based on short first impressions it is an easy one – BMW i8. It looks better, and of course, it has some sounds which the Tesla totally lacks. I think Tesla as a brand is fantastic but personally I am not ready for an all-electric life yet. A hybrid is a decent compromise, to get a little bit of both worlds. Earlier I thought especially hybrids do not make much sense, it should be either all-petrol or if something else then all-electric (Tesla), but to be honest combined 2.1L per 100 km in a handsome hybrid… That is not an expensive to run daily driver. Makes sense.

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To start with the design of the BMW i8, which is futuristic and pleasant to look at. When it comes to rears of cars I am very hard to please and that is the case with the BMW i8 as well, I do not think it looks great from behind. It just looks alright. But from every other angle it looks fantastic, doors open, doors closed.

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The all-electric range is 37 km and in total BMW says the BMW i8 should be capable of around 600 km. Roughly 500 km later I still had almost 100 km left to go, and at least half of the time I was driving in a way that is nowhere near economical driving. Flipping to sport mode each time it was time to accelerate out on the autobahn, because you do not only want to feel the speed, you also want to hear it. If you stick to highway speeds of 120-130 km/h you would burn less fuel, but because the BMW i8 is very comfortable to drive at 160-200 km/h (no 250 km/h top speed testing in those daylight conditions, too much traffic on the autobahn), why slow down?

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With my driving style I rarely get to the fuel consumption numbers manufacturers promise for their cars, but with the BMW i8 I at least got very close. And I did not sacrifice even a minute of joyful driving – I drove it just the way I wanted to, and would drive any other fun sports car. The logical explanation might be that in Sport mode the car feeds the battery with more energy, and obviously there were a lot of occasions in towns for example where I tapped that eDrive button to use as much electric power as possible. So I learned how to drive a hybrid in a way that makes most sense. Feed the batteries, accelerate harder (…), calm down, roll electric.

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Then to the complaints, just a few. I personally do not love the interior, perhaps because I was so impressed by the exterior that when I got in the car the reaction was “oh, it is just a normal BWM”. Which it really is, and probably there are votes both for and against that design philosophy. Personally I thought that maybe a car that looks this futuristic would have deserved a new approach to car interior design, something new thinking, but now it is what it is. Safe BMW, you know exactly where to find the button you need.

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The scissor doors are beautiful, but it makes getting into the car a little harder. It felt like there was no quick way to get in, you want to do an elegant “swing in” the driver’s seat but it was not that easy. I sacrificed elegance in the end.

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However first impression of the car is that it is admirable BMW managed to create one like this. It is not perfect by any means, I still do not like the idea of having artificial sounds but I realize with hybrids it often has to be done like this if you want an exciting audio experience in the cabin. My complaint is however that the noise that reaches the cabin, which surely is loud and enjoyable as well, sometimes has a slightly monotone sound in Sport mode. A bit soulless.

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In electric mode,  the car almost sounds like an airplane (not as loud of course, but that sound is similar). On a small single lane road I was driving up behind a couple walking in the middle of the road, waiting for them to move over to the side or at least turn around. Few hundred meters later I was still rolling behind them. Stopped. They never noticed I was there, did not turn around once. Poor hearing, perhaps, but anyway the BMW i8 is nearly silent in all-electric mode.

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The sacrifices or compromises, in my opinion more related to comfort and practicality rather than driving pleasure, are in the end small when you think of what you get as a complete package. Keep in mind it has a 1.5L turbocharged inline-3 engine with 228 hp, and a hybrid synchronous motor, 129hp, giving a combined 357hp @ 570 Nm. And this 1485 kg car is fast: 0-100 km/h in 4,4 seconds and 80-120 km/h in 4th gear 3,4 seconds. It is a hybrid sports car that is fun to drive and gives you a driving range as promised, even if you step on the accelerator a little harder than necessary. Take it on snow and the 4wd + traction control will keep you on the road even if you corner it a bit faster than recommended in certain road conditions. It did slide a little even with traction control on, obviously had to test how it behaves on snow, but the important thing was that not once did I feel I was about to lose control of the car. Which makes it a very practical – and fun! – daily driver also for winter use.

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I am not in love, at least not yet, but lets be honest, I am very impressed and also very curious about the future. They have a great technology to develop further and hope to see something a bit more brutal from BMW next time, one step closer to BMW hybrid supercar. BMW i8M? Hope they put a wing on it!

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When I returned the car to BMW after 6 pm I left it there with a wish to one day meet an i8 again for a road trip. If I want to see someone a second time it is an excellent sign!

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The Gleeson Collection http://egarage.com/current-interests/gleeson-collection/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/gleeson-collection/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:02:39 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15284 The Gleeson Collection was kind enough to invite the BMW Club of America Puget Sound Region to have a look around his garage. The collection houses some of the finest cars ever to leave BMW.
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The idea that a car can be considered art is often considered and debated over by automotive enthusiasts. However, what about a car collection, could that be considered art? I am one who believes that a car can be art, in addition, so can a car collection. Nestled away in cloudy Washington State is a small warehouse containing the collection of Peter Gleeson. It is a work of art.

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Gleeson Collection BMW

Mr. Gleeson was kind enough to invite the Puget Sound Region of the BMW Club of America to have a look around his garage. While many people may be aware of the Gleeson collection for its Bavarian focus, and while his collection houses some of the finest cars ever to leave BMW, it is by no means solely a BMW collection.

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Gleeson Collection BMW

Peter Gleeson went around sharing the story of every single car, how he acquired it, and why he wanted to have it.  It became apparent that this was not just a collection of someone who likes cars and can afford them, but of someone who lives cars. The Gleeson collection is a case in point of quality over quantity; every single car in the building was there for a reason.

To me, a collection with a purpose is much more special than just acquiring as many expensive cars as possible. The Gleeson collection was not only artistic in its construction, but it felt like a museum. While the majority of Mr. Gleeson’s cars are BMW 3.0 liter CLSs or Alpina variants, he also own several Mercedes, Aston Martins, and Fords to name a few. This is perhaps the most significant factor of the collection: it is not restrained. It is exactly what Mr. Gleeson wants, and as a visitor you feel that connection. It becomes personable, and to me a personable collection feels like art.

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Now, to the cars: The first car I noticed when approaching the building was a BMW Z1. Then a Lamborghini Jarama and a strawberry red Mercedes 190 SL. The rest of the cars filling up the space in front of the building were all different denominations of 3.0 CSL done by Alpina. Each example signified something special about the 3.0 CSL and Alpina. Inside rested several more BMWs: Two M1s (one of which is a BMW Art Car), An e24 M6 and CSL rally car, and a Z4 racecar. Continuing the racecar theme was an Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 racecar, and under a cover what appeared to be a Ford GT GT1 racecar. Continuing this impressive list was a Jaguar E-type (3.8 liter engine), an Aston Martin DB6 Convertible, as well as a DB7 convertible redone by Zagato. A Plymouth Roadrunner in a stunning red rounded out this dashing array.

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Gleeson Collection BMW

Gleeson Collection BMW

On every wall and table was some bit of automotive memorabilia, from a BMW M1 engine, to dozens of 1/18th scale models; mannequins wearing a variety of different racing gear, to Jägermeister CSL body panels hung up on the walls.

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Gleeson Collection BMW

There was not one nut or bolt of every car or piece of art hanging on the walls that I didn’t want to photograph. It is probably the most diverse and historically expansive car collection I have seen outside of car week. So if you ever get an invite to check out the Gleeson collection, your expectations cannot be set high enough.

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Divco Milk Truck Struck By Lightning http://egarage.com/car-profiles/divco_milk_truck/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/divco_milk_truck/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:17:24 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15216 Sometimes the best creations come from things that were never meant to work together. Meet Justin, the owner of a 1955 Divco milk truck that gets the job done just a little bit faster these days. Read on to see how this simple work vehicle got a new lease on life.

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Sometimes the best creations come from things that were never meant to work together. Meet Justin, the owner of a 1955 Divco milk truck that gets the job done just a little bit faster these days. Read on to see how this simple work vehicle got a new lease on life.

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Tell us a little about your truck, what is it and what inspired you to get it?

It’s a 1955 DIVCO (Detroit Industrial Vehicle Co) milk delivery truck that we built on top of a 1994 Ford F150 Lightning. This was a milk truck designed to go 40MPH, tops, and we put it on to of the frame and drive-train of a factory hot rod pickup, one of about 4000 that Ford built.

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We were inspired to get it at the NSRA show in Springfield Mo. We had done some car shows and all we had to haul our stuff around was my old 1990’s Jeep Cherokee. Our Dad came to visit us and out of nowhere told us that we needed a DIVCO to haul our stuff in. We (my brother and I) had never heard of one. We nodded politely and didn’t think any more of it until the next day – when the hot rod shop next to us told us out of the blue that they knew where a DIVCO was, and that it’d make a great vehicle for us.

Divco hood badgeWe decided then and there that someone was trying to tell us something. We didn’t end up buying the DIVCO they knew about, but we did end up using those guys to put ours together for us – Hotshoe Hotrods, out of Mount Vernon, Missouri.

Divco sideWhat modifications have you done to the truck and how did you go about choosing that setup?

The truck was originally a stand and drive, as all DIVCOs were – we had to channel the body to fit the Lightning frame underneath, so we lost that part of it. We looked around for a while until we found a Divco milk truck that wasn’t rusted all to hell, and then tried to find something cool to put underneath it – we originally wanted a Syclone, but there were none to be had.

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We finally found our lightning down the street from HHR, and had them put the two together. We tried to keep the build simple and very work-truck-ish, as DIVCOs were always work trucks;  uncomfortable seats, very simple and industrial vehicles.

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We used the very rare original seats we had in our truck, and kept ours very simple, not a lot of flash. We had to shorten the frame by about 5 inches in order to make everything fit.

Divco under bridgeWhat is it like to drive?

It’s a fun drive – it’s gotten better over the time we have owned it as we have tweaked it. When we got it, it rode so rough – and we hopped in it to drive to California. That trip was incredible – the rear gas tank lost a strap, and we ended up driving all the way to California with one 16 gallon tank.We laugh that a lot of people wouldn’t even think of hopping in a 1994 truck to drive from Texas to California – but we did it in a hot rod Frankenstein. That was quite a drive. We have driven it through sandstorms, through wildfires in Colorado, through monsoon rains, all over the place.

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I’ll tell you, there is nothing like rocketing down the interstate with the doors open sitting on what is essentially a barstool with a back. The ride got immensely better once we hooked up with Hellwig and they sponsored us and gave us some helper bags and a beefed us sway bar.

Divco passenger sideWhat kind of reactions does it get?

Whenever we stop there is a car show – anywhere. To get gas, to get lunch. People hang out of their cars on the highway to take pictures of it. At shows, the reaction is incredible from everyone. I have met several old men that drove DIVCO milk trucks for a living, and they love it, but my favorite are the old ladies. I cannot tell you how many older women I have had come and sit in the passenger seat and cry because their dad used to drive a milk truck, and used to take them along. I have some pretty cool cars, but this one is universally loved.

Divco interior seatsWhat did you build it for and what do you normally use it for?

I built it to haul our stuff to car shows. We sell custom, classic and exotic car insurance, so we go to several GoodGuys shows a year – Texas, California, and Colorado are generally on the list. We have a complete booth that we setup so we can talk about insurance and hang out among thousands of cars.

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It can be found at a ton of local car shows as well, just about every weekend. We have also drag raced it against another hot rod DIVCO at the Leadsled Spectacular in Selina, Kansas, used it to move a chair, and just driven around Dallas to promote The Phoenix.

Divco interiorWhat got you into cars in general? Do you have any other cars? How does this compare to other cars you’ve owned?

I’ve always enjoyed cars, and have owned some interesting ones – several VW bugs in high school (when they could still be bought for a couple hundred a piece), an International Scout, a couple of first generation RX-7’s, and so on. I have a couple of neat cars now; my daily driver is a 1979 GMC Caballero (like an El Camino), my “fun” car is a 1986 Porsche 944, and I am working on restoring a 1950’s replica of a 1901 Oldsmobile.

Divco front grillThe DIVCO is in a whole other class – I always have people stop me and talk about whatever I’m driving when I am out and about, but when I drive the DIVCO, it’s a car show wherever I stop.  When we drove to San Diego we stopped in Pine Valley, Ca and had three or four cars follow us off of the highway to see “What that thing is”  – and while we were stopped for gas, about 10 more cars pulled over in this tiny little town to check it out.

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Do you have any future plans for the truck?

For now, pretty much a repaint – and a new logo on the side. This one is a wrap, but I’d like to have it hand painted, and maybe switch it up a little bit. Other than that, I’m busy working on our latest promo vehicle – a 1969 Glastron motorhome. Glastron boats made less than 100 of them from 1969-1971. Ours is completely updated inside, and I am currently working on the drive-train to beef it up a little bit. But that’s questions for the next article…

Divco owner Justin Husman

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Aston Martin Vulcan http://egarage.com/car-profiles/aston-martin-vulcan/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/aston-martin-vulcan/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:05:56 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15273 Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan – limited to just 24 examples worldwide.

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Aston Martin Vulacan – a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.

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Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance. Uniquely for Aston Martin the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – will allow owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments. CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar. Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track. “A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan – and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it – sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.”

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Styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, and with a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars, this supercar is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine. With its 800-plus bhp powerplant developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing, this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience.

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Vulcan AstonMartin VulcanUtilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship. Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand’s successful GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear. Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox. Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control. The new track car will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.Aston Martin’s Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King, said: “Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task for the team here at Gaydon. “Our deep and broad motorsport experience, allied to our renowned road car expertise, has allowed us to make the Aston Martin Vulcan the absolutely compelling proposition it is today.”AMVAM Vulcan

Fast-track training Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be offered the opportunity to take part in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training. Experienced racers including Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans-winning Darren Turner will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully-constructed series of practical and theoretical driver training events. Using a number of exciting high performance Aston Martins including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique, before beginning their thrilling personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan. David King said: “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car’s performance potential, on some of the world’s most famous and glamorous race circuits.” Aston MArtin Vulcan interiorAston Martin

There will also be the option of time in the virtual race car world of Darren Turner’s Base Performance Simulators, where buyers will have ample opportunity to further refine their driving style in the safety of the digital race track. No longer the exclusive preserve of Formula 1, it is widely acknowledged that using a simulator can help prepare a driver for any race; improving technique and consistency as well as, ultimately, lap times. Almost infinitely flexible in terms of colour and trim options, the exclusive new sports car will be offered to buyers through Aston Martin’s VIP sales programme, using the expertise and luxury customer service that is now a hallmark of the brand’s ‘Q by Aston Martin’ bespoke personalisation service. Dr Palmer added: “We have already received strong interest from the customers we have spoken to about Aston Martin Vulcan. “The cars will blend our traditional Aston Martin values of Power, Beauty and Soul with an unrivalled ownership experience; a unique combination that will guarantee their place in the brand’s rich and charismatic history.”  Performance data, together with further technical details about the ultra-exclusive track-only supercar, will be released closer to its track debut later this year.

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Living a Dream, Driving a Legend http://egarage.com/videos/living-dream-driving-legend/ http://egarage.com/videos/living-dream-driving-legend/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:51:21 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=15214 Barking fire from a monstrous 21.5-liter engine powering the rear wheels via an exposed dual-chain drive, the Blitzen Benz looked like the fastest car in the world when it arrived at Daytona Beach in 1911. A few moments later, it officially was.

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Barking fire from a monstrous 21.5-liter engine powering the rear wheels via an exposed dual-chain drive, the Blitzen Benz looked like the fastest car in the world when it arrived at Daytona Beach in 1911. A few moments later, it officially was.

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The One Show 2015 http://egarage.com/events/the-one-show-2015/ http://egarage.com/events/the-one-show-2015/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:30:57 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15334 The show was thick. Oozing with culture. Flannel, coffee, beards, beers, art, music, and motorcycles. Outside a retrofitted warehouse just outside of Portland, the lines formed fast and were often full of people waiting to get inside.

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Words and Photos | Ben Abrams

eGarage is enthusiastic about anything that puts our bodies in motion. So, when I heard rumblings of the “coolest bike show on the west coast” I was intrigued and put it in my calendar. I had heard that The One Show was a show for builders and customs. That’s putting it mildly. Some of the best customizers from all around bring their latest creations here.

The One Show 2015

The One Show 2015

The One Show 2015

Ronin 47 Motorcycle

I had asked if the organizers would allow a bike of mine in the show but they were full and not accepting any more entries. Good problem for them to have. I was still anxious to get the show and since they had some overflow spots they were offering to vendors (and this badass Unimog), I decided to bring a couple bikes down to the show.

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I feel a responsibility, as someone who has some nice machinery, to both exercise it and let it be seen. More often I’d rather exercise the machine and not necessarily field questions about it. But this seemed like a good opportunity to let two beauties who many haven’t ever seen before in person be seen, ogled, examined. Plus, with the help of a good buddy, we rode these two monsters the day after the show before loading them back up. Oooh boy, that Exile Trike through some twisties is something I need more of in my life.

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Flat track motorcycles

The One Show 2015

The One Show 2015

And although I ride, I love it and live to do it, I decided that the trip to Portland for one night on these two specific beasts would be easier traveled via truck and trailer. So, yeah…I trailered 2 bikes to a bike show. Sue me.

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the one show 2015

The One Show 2015

The One Show 2015

The One Show 2015

The show was thick. Oozing with culture. Flannel, coffee, beards, beers, art, music, and motorcycles. Outside of a retrofitted warehouse in Portland, the lines formed fast and were often full of people waiting to get inside. Sweet concept – family friendly, badass bikes, art, live music, beers, no cover for entry – I can understand why this show is growing. Everyone’s gonna want in.

The One Show 2015

The One Show 2015

The One Show 2015

I’m hooked. Thanks for having me out See See. You definitely have something special with The One Show.

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BAC Mono - A Journey For One http://egarage.com/car-profiles/bac-mono-journey-one/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/bac-mono-journey-one/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:36:08 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15117 Really just seeing it and getting a tour around the factory would have been enough for me because I find that car so fascinating. I never even imagined I would be able to drive a BAC Mono this soon.

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Words and Photos:  Sara Nase

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In November I got a message from one of the Briggs brothers, the founders of Briggs Automotive Company and the men behind the single-seater street-legal sports car (supercar) BAC Mono. What first was an invitation to their yearly Christmas Party at their headquarters in Speke close to Liverpool, was then followed by a message mentioning the possibility to do a test drive of the BAC Mono.

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Our conversation on Twitter happened on 4th of December. A few hours later I had booked my flights to UK – it did not take much to convince me it was a great idea.

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I have been following the Briggs company almost since the beginning – they founded the company in 2009, but the car was launched in 2011. In early 2013, I wrote a feature of the car for Centurion Magazine. Since then, I have been hoping to see it live. Really just seeing it and getting a tour around the factory would have been enough for me because I find that car so fascinating. I never even imagined I would be able to drive one this soon.

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That was a real privilege and I am so thankful for the experience.

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Going to the UK you always know that if you get bad weather, you got what you expected, and if you get good weather, you are damn lucky. When I walked out from Manchester Airport to pick up my rental car it was snowing. When I arrived in my hotel in Speke it was raining with a little sun peeking out threw the clouds. Snow would have been more of a problem, but a little rain was not an issue for this car – or me. Not long after my arrival to the Briggs facilities I found myself seated in the BAC Mono. With the pedals adjusted to my length – nothing you can do about the seat as it is always custom made for the driver, so I received a little extra support from Neill Briggs personal seat. I was in a driving position I have never experienced before, wondering how I will be able to maneuver this car around corners when I could not even see the curbs. You sit so close to the road – like in a real race car cockpit. Hundreds of thoughts running through my head. The last thing I wanted to do was to destroy their precious demo car with a price tag of about £110K.

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After a short car briefing from Oliver James Webb, the official test driver for BAC Mono and also a talented Le Mans and Formula race driver, it was time to get out on the roads.

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So I rolled out on streets around Speke and Liverpool, following Oliver’s car in front of me. We drove on busy roads, we drove on quiet country roads, we drove in city traffic, and I loved every minute of the experience. After my first test drive in the afternoon we again went out to shoot some evening photos of the BAC Mono around Liverpool. You feel like you are illegally on public roads because this car does not look like it belongs there, but it feels like you could go anywhere you want with it, and that is beautiful. To stop at the traffic lights in the city and have to crawl in first gear in queues, which the car does so nicely that it does not even feel like an unnatural place to be in seated in a car like this. And to accelerate out on big main roads and feel like you could drive down to London in this on a rainy day and still probably arrive thinking “what an awesome journey that was”.

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I love the Hewland F3-specification six-speed sequential gearbox this car has. During the briefing, Oliver instructed me that in first gear you still need the clutch pedal for a smooth take off, but after that you do not need to touch it, every gear change is done with the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. If you’re in lower gears and still use the clutch pedal it will indeed shift gears more smoothly, but I, of course, want that force that pushes you back in the seat when you shift gears without the clutch. I do not want a smooth ride in the BAC Mono, I love the way you can feel the vibrations in the whole body and the car feels alive. That is the best explanation I can think of. This is like driving an animal, something with a lot of power in your hands, not just a machine.

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When Oliver kindly asked me if I want to drive the car back to the factory, I grabbed the helmet before he changed his mind and jumped in again. There was a craving to feel the car more, and that craving is still present today, more than one month later. I would just to love to drive it again, and again. I want to know what it feels like at 5am on a summer morning on Stelvio Pass – how a car like this would handle all those tight hairpin bends. I want to take it on a track, to an environment where I’d have the courage to push the car to the limits (with the help of a longitudinally mounted 2.3L 4-cylinder Ford Duratec engine by Cosworth, 285bhp and 279Nm of torque, 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 274 km/h, and a power to weight ratio of 520bhp per tonne which is better than a Bugatti Veyron – read: I am not finished with this car yet).

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Twitter followers had to deal with a woman in love.

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To my friends I told I need to own this car one day. That, if a car can be one’s soulmate, this would be mine. The BAC Mono is made for people who share my view of driving. With this I mean the following: I told one of my friends, a real car nut as well, what an incredible car this is. He said he could not personally buy a BAC Mono, because for him driving is sharing an experience with someone – basically he meant a car should have two seats. That is one way of looking at it but I am the exact opposite to him. I travel all the time on road trips in cars with two seats, even four or five sometimes. On these trips the only time I place someone in my passenger seat is when I take my dog with me. For me driving a special car is sharing an experience – with the car. That is all I ask for, and when you can have that journey in something as incredible as a BAC Mono – that is all you really need. Not a passenger next to you. Just you and your Mono.

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It is so surprising to realize how well this car seems to work in daily life. That if you would be crazy enough, and I probably could be but my dog would need a private chauffeur in that case, you could commute to the office in the BAC Mono Monday to Friday and in the weekends take it to a track, or a mountain pass. You could basically drive everywhere you want with it and end your days with a big smile on your face. Maybe I am crazy but for me joy is worth so much more than comfort or practicality.

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However, it comes with a higher price tag than many of the other cars people like to compare it to – Ariel Atom, Caterham, Radical, and similar. I like those companies also, but I do not think it is fair to compare these cars to each other. There really is no other car exactly like the BAC Mono out there.

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On the wall in the factory it says “Mono One of a kind.”. That is what it is. Visit the factory and have a look at the components they use – it is a hand-built car from high quality parts that is custom made for each individual customer. Take a closer look at that body and see all the carbon fibre – an expensive material but also the reason why this car weighs only 540kg. And always remember this is a car that, in 2009, two brothers who had a background working for manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, decided they wanted to design and build from scratch because they thought the world – and the real driving enthusiasts out there – needed a car as special as this. Their previous factory was big enough to build one car at a time. This year, they moved to a new place and can increase production, which means the waiting list for a BAC Mono gets shorter. But it is still a very small factory, and a very exclusive car.

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How inspiring it is when someone achieves their dream, builds their own dream car, and what a privilege it would be to one day be part of that special family of car owners.

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It starts with a coffee mug, and a jacket, then a custom helmet, and a racing suit, and of course the car. There will be a day when I will place an order. There might be smarter ways to invest your money as well. But personally I want to capture that feeling of driving something really incredible. To know that you can drive it whenever you want to, to any place you want to. If money can buy that wonderful feeling, you are spending wisely on yourself.

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