Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Ferrari Maranello 575M

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When Ferrari first released the 575M Maranello it hailed a new level of engineering achievement and their extremely successful V12 front-engined Berlinetta Sports concept.

This car was considered to be one of the most popular supercars ever produced. Like all Ferrari cars, and this is no exception it is based round its engine, a '575' this is an abbreviation of the cars displacement, increased to 5,750 cc. The 'M' Maranello is not only a direct predecessor of the 550 , the 'M' also stands for 'modificata', thus symbolising the car has been tweaked throughout, this truly demonstrated with the addition of the Ferrari F1 gearchange in a road-going V12 as a first.
 
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Ferrari history, Italy - Modena

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Enzo Ferrari was born near Modena Italy in 1898 on February 18th. Since being 10 years old he'd been inspired by cars and racing, and seeing his 1st car race in Bologna, Italy, watching avidly, this race gave the young Italian car enthusiast an idea. After viewing more car races, Enzo declared he wanted to drive racing cars.

While being employed by a car maker converting surplus war vehicles, It was decided it was the right time to start racing.
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Bugatti history

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Bugatti History

The history of the famous Italian Supercars

One of Italy's most famed car manufacturers, around since the dawn of Ferrari & Lamborghini.
 
 
Ettore Bugatti, the Italian Supercar manufacturer, was born in Italy in 1881. The car legacy that bears his name 'Bugatti' was founded in the Alsace region in a place called Molsheim, which was then a part of Germany (but was restored to France in 1919). The company, now owned by Volkswagen,was best known for it's advanced engineering knowlegde and the production of premium road cars. A successful Grand Prix racing history came through winning the first ever Monaco Grand Prix. Successful drivers included Jean-Pierre Wimille, who won the Le Mans twice (in 1937 Robert Benoist and 1939 Pierre Veyron).
 
Bugatti cars are seen as works of art as well as mechanical creations, with all models featuring hand turned finishing on the engine blocks. Also, in an aid to make the cars better for racing, lightening holes were added in every location possible.
 
Ettore regarded his arch competitor as Bentley, he referred to these as "the world's fastest trucks" as they focussed on durability. He always believed and spoke that ' weight was the enemy'. Bugatti really didn't care too much for his customers though, and complaints regarding his Supercars were ignored. He is remembered as saying his devotion was to his creations, not to his customers...
 
For example, in one meeting with an unhappy customer returning to the factory he responded with:-
 
"What, you again?", after the customer had spoke he would complete the conversation with
"Well, see that it does not happen again!".
 
Ettore was renowned throughout automotive history as The Cubist. Many of Bugatti's engine designs were small in size but extremely powerful, adopting three valves per cylinder, sometimes utilising superchargers to gain additional power. The Double overhead cam shaft design from US race cars from Miller, was used as a fundemental design attribute and applied to all future cars.
In 1991 one of the most well known cars was born - The Bugatti EB110 Supercar.
 
Then 1998 brought possibly one the most technologically advanced cars ever - The Bugatti Veyron, under the design of VW. The car cost a record £50,000,000 to make, and in true artistic fashion, was made purely to see if it could be done. The car is completely astounding, as it dons a 16 Cyclinder engine with quad turbos capable of pulling 0-60 in around 2.5 seconds and a Top Speed of 254 MPH! Wow! It is available now as the Pur Sang, a Carbon Fibre and aluminium constructed model, available as a limited edition of only 25 models.
 
According to Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear who drove the Veyron from Italy to London, "We may never see a car as technologically advanced in our lifetime, than this car".
First recorded crash of the Bugatti Veyron in the UK
 
The most expensive car crash in the world involved the infamous Bugatti Veyron, an £830,000 Supercar. This was one of the twelve dozen living in the UK — the collison happened in driving rain.
 
The insurance assessors are painstakingly working out if the VW owned car was repairable - one dreads to think of the worlds most costly & exclusive write-off in history.
 
A local police source explained that the Veyron supercar (capable of a staggering 253mph) driven by a young driver was travelling at approx 100mph in a 40mph area of B375 close to Chertsey in the county of Surrey.
 
The Supercar careered out of control and spun 3 times, collided with an Astra which had aboard a seven-month pregnant female, then continued its slide and finished up in trees on top of a 3ft high bank. The pregant lady is fine.
 
However the driver has been charged with driving without due care and attention.
 
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Barabus TKR

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Barabus TKR

 
Fastest car in the world, maybe in 2006
 
Where it all began
 
The TKR is fully engineered, developed, certified and even marketed by Barabus Sportscars Limited, they successfully created a 1005 BHP SuperCar which runs 0-60 in unheard of times. The idea was merge lightning acceleration like a Formula 1 car with raw power with the added extra of the everyday drivability, luxury & in a road car.
 
The TKR has been researched and engineered by the world’s most talented engineers, combine that with the use of cutting edge technologies and race tuned parts, and you have a serious piece of kit. It looks a cross between a Koenigsegg CCX and a Saleen S7. The supercar itself is driven by an all aluminum V8 engine, rebuilt with racing components and re-tuned, basically re-engineered by Barabus, and then modded with twin turbo's and twin intercoolers to keep her cool.
 
This type of development and race engineering is capable of creaing 1005BHP at 6800 rpm.
Barabus claim the TKR will travel 270 miles per hour and reach 0-60 mph time of 1.67s and hit the redline @ 7500 rpm.
 
When you look at this car one thing screams out at you, that of Italian Supercar, however there is one difference such as Ascari and thats, that the V8 engine is British engineered and TKR supercar itself is to be built in Colonella, Italy, therefore demonstrating a "best-in-practice" philosophy, using worldwide parts and expertise. 
 
The auto needs some pretty impressive stopping power, this is solved by the addition ceramic brakes.
 
As for getting your hands on this motor, well the car is available globally through a pre selected range of Barabus certified dealers specialists in exotics & supercars. It is thought that 300-400 models will be made and sold over a 3 year period, at a price of around 660,000 USD or £360,000. Can this challenge the Bugatti Veyron.
 
The official Barabus website quotes 'The TKR is designed to compete with the world's fastest, quickest, best handling, most luxurious grand touring cars in the world'.
 
Lets see how it fairs.
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Ascari history

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Ascari history

 
The name Ascari links back to its racing routes, inspired by Alberto Ascari (1918 - 1955) its founder, one of the Three Musketeers and the first to win a Formula 1 World championship, twice.
A supercar in the making
 
Alberto was born on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Like Enzo Ferrari he had racing in his veins, Antonio his father was a talented and well known Grand Prix racing driver famed through his races in the 1920's driving various Alfa Romeo cars.
 
The Ascari supercar heritage heads to Dorset in England. In1995, a racing team started to develop a limited edition super car, the Ecosse this was then launched in 1998.
 
two years later in the year 2000 Ascari built their first facility in Banbury, the reason behind this was to create a place where development could start on the 2nd Ascari car, the KZ1, and also to give their racing Team, aptly name The Ascari team a base to work from. This brought road-and-race side of the Ascari group together for the first time in one place. The Banbury development centre, demonstrates the Italian car founders history and accomplishments and outlines their racing philosophy,. the factory itsself demonstrates modern production techniques. The new centre still seemed to lack the energy needed to push it further, later in 2000 the first Ascari world Race Resort was founded.
Ascari Race Resort
 
A new concept in racing and seeing where it all began, the resort is located in a beautiful area in Southern Spain a relaxed, yet exhilerating experience redefining the term 'race and relax'. The chance to live an Italian racing car drivers life, the Ascari race resort combines luxury and adrenalin with a modern race circuit.
A10
 
Watch out for our review on the Ascari A10 as test driven by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear. The car that now holds the record by the stig on the BBc programs test track.
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VW Camper Gallery

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VW Camper

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VW Bus, van, splitty 

The Volkswagen Camper idea
 
This german vehicle is as common today as it was when it was launched at the end of World War II, with today many versions of the VW camper being restored back to original spec.
 
During WW2 the Wolfsberg factory was taken over by the British, to ensure the German engineers could no longer manufacture weapons and vehicles for their armed forces. The Volkswagen factory ran extremely well before and after the conflict, however it had a glitch which meant production suffered in the early years. The German car plant needed to transport parts from one side of the factory to the other anightmare for engineers and mechanics,however this was solved by stripping down a couple of Beetle cars and loading them and ferrying the parts from one side to the other, essentially turning them into transporters.
 
In 1947 an importer from the Netherlands Ben Pon an importer sketched a picture bearing a striking resemblance to the Beetle based van from Wolfsberg. Two years later a similar vehicle to the sketch was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, people were amazed and in essence were seeing an early version of the camper, they immediately drew the conclusion it was a horse and cart with mechanics.
 
The first VW camper van was born from this concept. This idea started life as a box on wheels, a170 cubic ft box built over a four wheeled chassis. Over the coming five years 90 versions were released everything from delivery to ice cream vans, around 50 were purely for delivery purposes ranging from mobile milking machines to milk floats & mobile veterinaries.
 
The emergency services even jumped on the band wagon Police, fire, ambulances all camper based.
 
When these unique vehicles were released in the USA around the mid 1950's, they flew. The camper was a real home from home it came with a sink & large living space. By 1963 US citizens had bought well over 150,000 campers.
Spilt window (Splitty), Samba and Bay
 
The splitty shortened from Split window was the first camper released. This van is one of the most desired vehicles today in the vintage volkswagen market and sells from anything upto £25,000 restored. The Split ceased production in 1967 and was replaced by the Bay, this van was quite different to its predecessor, many refinements were added however the characteristic split windows disappeared to make room for winders, on the plus side the top speed was increased to 80 mph.
 
VW Bay camper ad
 
The Bay bus made the simple camper van a 1975 icon, The Hanover factory in Germany manufactured over 4,000,000 models, this spurred a range of engine sizes from the 1600 and 2000 cc all air cooled like the supercar manufacturer Porsche.
 
VW believed in the Bus Camper with such conviction that they offered a Gold watch to any driver who managed to get their bay campers over 100,000 miles, this turned out to be a bad idea, as over 160,000 watches were given to drivers due to it' s proven continual reliability. In 1979 production ceased and the T25 replaced it, even now it is still manufactured in South America along with the Citi Golf.
 
Over 5 000 000 VW were campers made and still are seen cruising all over the world, owners vary from surfers to enthusiasts even tradesmen.pa friends -

 

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