Force India's Art Car by Dexter Brown
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by Kit Boothby
1w ago
In 2007, Dr. Vijay Mallya acquired the former Spyker team, setting the stage for the birth of Force India. With limited time to design and develop a new car for the 2008 season, the Force India-Ferrari VJM 01 emerged as a modified version of the Spyker F8-V11, which itself was derived from the Midland M16 of 2006. Thus, 2008 became a foundational year for Force India, with drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil competing in essentially three-year-old cars. Throughout the inaugural season, VJM01-05, driven primarily by Giancarlo Fisichella, participated in 16 out ..read more
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Aston's Alonso inspired track weapon
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by Kit Boothby
1w ago
Aston Martin has unveiled the Valiant, a limited special edition crafted by their bespoke division, Q by Aston Martin. With a mere 38 units produced, this 745hp Twin Turbo 5.2-litre V12 beast with a six-speed manual gearbox epitomises pure driving pleasure. The Valiant was born out of a commission by Aston Martin Formula One driver, Fernando Alonso. Inspired by his illustrious career and passion for high-speed driving, this car reimagines the Valour, pushing performance boundaries both on track and road. Q by Aston Martin specialises in creating bespoke vehicles, from cura ..read more
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Return of the Silhouette
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by Kit Boothby
2w ago
Following the EVO37, Kimera Automobili introduced the EVO38 at the 2023 Geneva Motor Show. This model honoured the legacy of Lancia’s Group B rally cars from the early 1980s, boasting four-wheel drive and updated aesthetics. The EVO38’s 38 units were also swiftly allocated to enthusiasts worldwide. Kimera's latest creation, the K39, continues this legacy. Set to compete in the iconic Pikes Peak race in 2025, the K39 is a modern reinterpretation of the legendary Lancia Martini Racing ‘Silhouette’ from the late 1970s and early 1980s. This racing car features a carbon fibre monocoqu ..read more
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The Cannonball Countach
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by Kit Boothby
3w ago
One of the greatest automotive cult films of all time is undoubtedly The Cannonball Run. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Countach LP 400 S that starred in the film, Lamborghini reunited the car with its co-stars, actresses Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman, for the first time since the film's release in June 1981. The Countach was produced forty-five years ago in November 1979. Boasting a Nero exterior and Senape interior, the car was delivered to the SEA dealership in Rome. From there, it was likely sold directly to the US, eventually making its way to Florida. Its ow ..read more
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The Commendatore's best
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by Kit Boothby
1M ago
To fully appreciate the significance of this particular Ferrari, one must understand its unique position within the hierarchy of the 275 GTB. From the introduction of the 275 GTB in 1964 to the final 275 GTB/4 leaving Maranello in 1968, the first and last models might seem similar to a casual observer, but they were markedly different. Ferrari continually refined their cars throughout production to enhance their performance. Each 275 GTB was custom-built for individual clients, whether for the road or the racetrack, leading to significant variations among them. Considering th ..read more
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McLaren honours Senna
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by Kit Boothby
1M ago
McLaren is celebrating 30 years of Ayrton Senna’s legacy with a vibrant tribute that captures his personality and his achievements, including his three Formula 1 World Championships and five Monaco Grand Prix victories with the Woking-based team. This includes a special livery for the MCL38 Formula 1 cars, driven by Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, and the Senna Sempre livery on a pre-production McLaren Senna from McLaren’s heritage collection. The Senna Sempre livery, part of McLaren’s association with the Ayrton Senna Institute, showcases McL ..read more
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Julie Mehretu's BMW Art Car
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by Kit Boothby
1M ago
The 20th BMW Art Car, designed by renowned New York-based artist Julie Mehretu, has been unveiled at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This project transforms the BMW M Hybrid V8 race car into a dynamic work of art, continuing BMW's tradition of blending art with competitive racing. Following its Paris debut, the car will compete in the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mehretu’s work often explores themes of space, movement, and energy. For the 20th BMW Art Car, she translated a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional form, using the visual language of her monumental p ..read more
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The first 911 Turbo
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by Kit Boothby
2M ago
The Turbo concept was created by Porsche to give an indication of what a ‘super’ 911 would look like, combining supreme performance with grand touring luxury. Finished in a striking one-off silver, with hand-painted ‘Turbo’ script, this show car sold the dream of a 911 with unprecedented levels of turbocharged performance, previewing the production ‘930’ Turbo that would appear two years later. When introduced in 1975, the 930 would be the fastest production car available in Germany. Taking a standard 911S as its base, the concept was built up in Porsche’s design studio Style Porsche ..read more
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Niki Lauda's German Grand Prix helmet
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by Kit Boothby
2M ago
Finished in a vibrant red, the helmet proudly displays the name 'Niki Lauda' in white lettering on each side, accompanied by logos representing AGV, Goodyear, and Romerquelle. A subtle trace remains on the front of the chin guard where a Raiffeisen Bank sticker once adorned it. Equipped with a tinted visor and an external air tube mounted on the left side, its interior boasts a comfortable lining of red cloth padding secured with a Velcro strap and buckle. Its storied past is evident with signs of crash and fire damage from that fateful day at the Nurburgring. The German Grand Prix ..read more
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Tyrrell's iconic 'Six-Wheeler'
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by Kit Boothby
2M ago
The six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 was a pet project of designer Derek Gardner, who had come up with the idea while he was working on four-wheel-drive systems for Indianapolis cars during the late-1960s. A few years later, and with the majority of the Formula 1 grid using the same Ford-Cosworth DFV engine, he revisited the idea. His calculations showed that four small front wheels would offer a significant reduction in the aerodynamic drag generated by two standard wheels – equivalent, in fact, to having an extra 40 brake horsepower. Goodyear agreed to make bespoke tyres for the 10-i ..read more
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