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David Brown Speedback GT : Videos

David Brown Speedback GT : Videos

Successful British businessman and car enthusiast, David Brown, has created a brand in his own name -- David Brown Automotive -- to deliver his vision for a new take on the British sports car.

David has sought out key industry talent to create the new car. An experienced design team is led by Alan Mobberley, who was Chief Designer at Land Rover for 19 years, until 2005, while automotive engineering experts, Envisage Group, have developed the car, for production.

David has not settled for an update of any existing model. He has commissioned a completely original exterior and interior design, sourced bespoke British suppliers for interior trim and materials and the car has been thoroughly engineered for low-volume production, combining the latest manufacturing techniques with traditional craftsmanship.

David explained: "I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it's not something anyone really offers. So, I've created it myself."

Underneath its bespoke exterior design, is the acclaimed chassis and powertrain of the Jaguar XKR, optimised specifically for the car by Envisage group engineers.

This means the car will boast a thoroughly modern 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine, driving the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Performance will be suitably brisk, yet refined, delivering 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed exceeding 155mph (248 km/h).

"As reliability is vital, we chose to adopt a thoroughly proven and acclaimed chassis that not only delivers dynamic performance but also lends itself to our lightweight aluminium design. Renown for its performance and handling, the XKR has been extensively developed and refined by one of the world's greatest car manufacturers, making it an obvious choice on which to base our car" said David.

These state-of-the-art underpinnings are matched to a completely original exterior and interior design, realised through the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.

David explained: "I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it's not something anyone really offers. So, I've created it myself."

"It has been developed using a combination of both traditional and contemporary technology, including the latest in automotive expertise. It has undergone a thorough analysis and development programme, including highly advanced wind tunnel and dynamic simulations."

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Sources : Speedback GT Photo | Speedback GT Video
Lotus Exgige V6 S: Photos
Lotus Exgige V6 S: Photos

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Vulh 05 : Concept Cars
Vulh 05 : Concept Cars

The VUHL 05 is a road-legal lightweight supercar that has been precision engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance.

It has innovations lacking on even the most expensive of supercars. They include an in-built HD camera with console-mounted control that allows trackday enthusiasts to record their drives at the push of a button, thereby fine-tuning their technique and improving lap times.

The VUHL’s unique X-Vario platform is constructed from 6061-T6 aluminium extrusions and aluminium honeycomb. Its extreme torsional stiffness allows the suspension to be finely tuned for road and track, as required.

A titanium bolt pack is available from VUHL to further reduce the car’s overall weight by 4.5kg, while enhancing the looks of the interior and exterior alike.

The car's provenance is truly international - its handling was optimised in the UK and the carbon fibre bodies are fabricated in Canada, while the chassis production and final assembly are conducted in Mexico City by Adman Leku.

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Sources : Vulh 05 Photo | Vulh 05 Article
Maserati Quattroporte Zenga : Current Models
Maserati Quattroporte Zenga : Current Models

This is the debut of a unique collaboration: Maserati showcases its partnership with Ermenegildo Zegna in a special Quattroporte at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Yes, it’s true. Maserati decided to actually suit up. Hence this magnificent collaboration with the house of Ermenegildo Zegna and the birth of the Maserati 2014 Quattroporte.

The car is finished with a special paint that emits the fluidity and purity of aluminum metal, giving the sensation of sleek, modern, and speed. This special paint will also be applied to the car’s 20-inch Mercurio rims, along with a mirror-polished finish. An important role for the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car has the interior though. It’s damn classic, with spectacularly warm mocha and grey beige tones that obviously smell like Zegna. Components of the rich interior such as the seats, door panels and roof lining are made out of soft leather, next to a very soft and light wool material used often by the house of Zegna, very suitable for cars, as well as for suits.

And under the bonnet the Quattroporte will be powered by a standard V8 twin turbo engine with 540PS and 710Nm or torque. Top speed will remain at 190mph, with the 0-62mph sprint taking just 4.7 seconds.

Maserati, who presents the car as a limited edition concept, has the intention to come up with a production version of the car in 2014.

And yes, this is probably the ultimate definition of timeless class and luxury.

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Sources : Maserati Quattroporte Zenga Photo | Maserati Quattroporte Zenga Article
1951 Ferrari 340 America : Classic Cars
1951 Ferrari 340 America : Classic Cars

The ultimate evolution of the 166 chassis was the 'America' series. Aurelio Lampredi designed a long block version of the V12 engine which was used in Ferrari's Fl effort but also in the America sports cars.

The 340 and 342 shared the same 4.1-liter V12 engine, the 342 with reduced horsepower and all-synchro four-speed gearbox to suit its role more as a touring car. The 342 also had a longer wheelbase. The 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico was an all-out racer. Ultra-desirable and extremely rare, hence stratospheric prices.

You can get started in a 340 America for about $600,000 - but the top prices are much higher, especially for open cars.

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Sources : 1951 Ferrari 340 America Photo | 1951 Ferrari 340 America Article
Lambo's Super Trofeo To Race In 2015 : News
Lambo's Super Trofeo To Race In 2015 : News

During an interview with Giorgio Sanna at the Monza stint of the 2014 Blancpain Super Trofeo championship it quickly became obvious the new Squadra Corse department under the supervision of Max Welti intends to get seriously involved in racing Lamborghini in the very near future.

While we all were expecting renowned Reiter Engineering GmbH to continue their amazing work of converting street Lamborghinis into full bred GT3 race cars it has now become obvious Automobili Lamborghini SpA intends to take matters in their own hand and create a Huracan GT3 race car themselves.

But first things first ... Giorgio Sanna confirmed the in-house development of the Huracan Super Trofeo will be the main priority, in fact we might even be seeing the brand new V10 model on the track as soon as 2015 already ... while the Gallardo based Super Trofeo race car can still compete in the 2015 season too.

Not all teams that will compete in the 2015 Blancpain Super Trofeo championship will be forced to buy the brand new Huracan race car, they will be allowed to continue driving the Gallardo based car as a cost saving measure.

Keep in mind the Huracan is in fact more powerful than the Gallardo she succeeded, a full two seconds quicker on the Nardo circuit actually ... this could mean we'll be seeing a rather special 2015 season of the Blancpain Super Trofeo ... will the teams operating the Huracan model be penalized with additional weight to balance out the performance against the Gallardo ... or will there be two 'series' ... one that will give points to Huracan driving teams only and a second that will have Gallardos compete?

Obviously the details haven't been published ... or even set yet, but if we do see the new V10 Huracan Super Trofeo race car next year already I think it will be a very interesting Blancpain Super Trofeo championship indeed.

So when will a Huracan GT3 come around ... it will be created after the Super Trofeo model, so that would be 2016 at the earliest before we'll be seeing a V10 compete in the Blancpain Endurance Series ... when Squadra Corse unleashes a Huracan GT3 onto the scene what will Reiter Engineering offer as competition? Why not an Aventador GT3 ... now that would be interesting to say the least, or a privately owned Huracan GT3 specs?

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Sources : Super Trofeo Photo | Super Trofeo Article