Well that’s a bit of a mouthful. So what happens when Pininfarina decides to design an F1 car for Ferrari in 1969? This happens!
and in its most recent state:
foto src: carStyling
Bentley is coming back to Le Mans! And would you just look at this beauty. The Bentley Continental GT3. Most excellent, sir.
I’m still trying to get over how i’ve posted 2 entries about the Bentley Continental in 1 week. Don’t get the wrong idea….i’m not that into the Continental….or Bentleys for that matter…but both photos are quite interesting I must say.
Is this an Audi R8 in disguise? i’m almost certain it is. Does this mean that Audi will be bringing the R8 to Le Mans after 2013? I would certainly assume so. Domination in different classes is sure to ensue….
a video of the big beast in action:
src: Audi Sport
There are a lot of these dedicated performance mini-track cars around; Ariel Atom, Caterham Seven, the recently featured fantastic Donkervoort, and plenty of others.
But I have yet to see one as beautiful, detailed, and as full lovely design as the Bac Mono. From the minimalist name to the beautiful sculpted bodywork—-i think this is the holy grail of these types of cars as far as i’m concerned. Oh and the interior and pedals can be fitted to suit the size of the buyer.
The Bac Mono starts for around $80k GBP in the UK—however it’s been announced the car will be on sale in the US next year. Prices for the US market have not been announced as of yet. It’s a fairly new company, started in 2009 out of the UK. Obviously I haven’t driven one…..but take a look at the numbers:
more details at: http://bac-mono.com/
|Ground clearance||100 mm (f) 110 mm (r)|
|Power to weight||520 bhp per tonne|
|Weight distribution f/r||48% / 52%|
|Maximum speed||170 mph|
|0-60 mph||2.8 secs|
|Maximum power||280 bhp at 7700 rpm|
|Maximum torque||280 Nm at 6000rpm|
The Maserati Bora is a classy 70s supercar in my mind—and i’ve always thought of it as the ‘kind, gentle, relaxed’ 70s italian supercar—-with its soft lines, non-aggressive stance, and its non-angry look. Compared to other 70s italian supercars, the Bora (as well as its sister car Merak) have generally come across as the gentleman in a fine wool blazer compared to its riotous peers in gold chains and silk shirts.
What I never knew is that in 1973, Maserati was set to enter the Bora into Le Mans as part of the gran touring class. Its competition would have surely been the likes of the Ferrari Daytona which had won in 1972. As i’ve understood the story from QV500.com, Maserati needed to sell 500 Boras to get it homologated for these 1973 races—-which they obviously didn’t do. Additionally the car didn’t meet the ‘other’ standards for other classes—-meaning that the Bora Competizione (or Bora GR4 or Bora Group 4) never made it onto the the starting grid, and this car was lost into the archives of 70s mystery cars. I wasn’t even aware of this car, until I stumbled across a photo of a strange looking Bora, which upon investigation resulted in a search which yielded minimal photos, information, or data. The QV500.com site had the best bit of info on the car I could find, and you can head over there to read their concise writeup about the car in question:
here are some photos was able to scavenge online, with many of them credited to a gentleman named Andreas Birner
more photos by Birner can be found here:
more info and pics:
Rob Ijbema is the brilliant artist who has been painting a high volume of paintings devoted to race cars. These paintings are also for sale, if you develop an unhealthy obsession with one of the works! A few months ago, i posted a link to his page. Here are some of the latest favourites of mine (especially the pair of Alpine A310s!) on his car-a-day blog:
(click these photos a couple times to get HI-RES versions for wallpaper!)
This was commissioned by BMW, and the artist’s name is Frank Stella; a minimalist painter/artist from the USA. The other “art car” designs i’ve seen BMW commission have really been quite disgusting and disgraceful to the faithful classics….this one, however, looks fantastic in IEDEI opinions!
(click through a couple times to retrieve HI-RES versions of these photos!)