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Singer Vehicle Design give a vintage Porsche 964 the F1 treatment under the hood and on the surface

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By Sam Bathe on 10 Nov 2017



Approached by owner Scott Blattner to rejuvenate his stunning 1990 Porsche 964, Singer Vehicle Design worked with Williams Advanced Engineering to fine-tune the vintage car. Part of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group, Williams Advanced Engineering ran a Dynamics and Lightweighting Study “DLS” before Singer’s remarkable restoration and performance modification expertise did the rest. Show the rest of this post…

Fitting a new four-valve, four-camshaft, 500-horsepower flat-six engine, the underbody and surface aero performance was optimised by Williams Advanced Engineering, with improve suspension and weight reduction through the use of magnesium, titanium and carbon fibre to bring a vehicle weight of 990kg. In addition Michelin provide bespoke Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, there are lightweight 18” forged magnesium, monobloc, centre-lock wheels from BBS Motorsport and a Hewland magnesium 6-speed transmission. This custom Porsche 964 is undoubtedly one of Singer’s finest performance projects.





Jaguar Heritage are remaking six new Lightweight E-Type Jaguars

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By Sam Bathe on 13 Aug 2014



Jaguar Heritage, part of the car manufacturer’s new Special Operations division, will be producing six new Lightweight E-Type vehicles. Built to the exact specification of the last Lightweight E-Type finished in 1964, the six cars are missing vehicles from the ‘Special GT E-Type’ project, started in February 1963. Of a planned 18 cars, only 12 were eventually build, meaning the remaining six designated chassis numbers have laid dormant ever since. The six new cars will carry these unused identifiers and feature an aluminium body, six-cylinder XK enging and wide angle aluminium cylinder. Head over to the Jaguar site to find out more:

MINI show off their futuristic Superleggera Vision Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

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By Sam Bathe on 26 May 2014



Debuting at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, with a fin on the back, MINI’s Superleggera Vision concept roadster looks almost like a car-boat. Designed by Touring Superleggera, the all-electric car features Union Jack-inspired taillights, prototypical MINI headlamps and a twist on the MINI Cooper’s classic front grille. MINI’s centre-mounted speedometre gets a 21st century touchscreen upgrade too, hopefully this is a sign of things to come when the manufacturer announce their new lines later this year.

Lotus channel TRON with their first ever motorcycle, the C-01

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By Sam Bathe on 21 Mar 2014

Designed by Daniel Simon of Bugatti and work on TRON: Legacy and Oblivion, Lotus’s first ever motorcycle is absolutely stunning. The futuristic C-01 features a 200 horsepower V-style 2-cylinder engine, six-gear transmission and a carbon fiber body that helps the C-01 weight in at under 400 pounds. Registering early interest is recommended as only 100 C-01s are to be made, and they’re likely to sell very fast indeed:

Bugatti pay homage to the late Rembrandt Bugatti with the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse special edition Veyron

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By Sam Bathe on 13 Mar 2014

Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, the Bugatti Legends Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Rembrandt Bugatti” Edition pays homage to the late French artist Rembrandt Bugatti, the fourth model in the six-part Les Légendes de Bugatti series. The horizontal split design brings together a gorgeous golden bronze with a sleek brown clear-coated carbon while an 8-litre W16 engine packs 1,200 horsepower under the hood, hitting a top speed of 254 mph. The supercar will go on sale for $3m and just three will be made. Show the rest of this post…

Aston Martin accent their iconic V8 Vantage for the special edition N430

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By Sam Bathe on 20 Feb 2014

Premiering at the Geneva Motor Show next month the special edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 pairs the same 430 horsepower 4.7 liter V8 as the Vantage S with weight-saving carbon-Kevlar seats and 10-spoke forged alloy wheels, meaning the car will do 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. Show the rest of this post…

The aero package is inspired by Aston’s competition models and the suspension is re-tuned to new steering ratios. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 goes on sale this summer in a six-speed manual or seven-speed sequential gearbox models for £89,995.

Hot Wheels take a leaf out of Red Bull’s book with the Double Loop Dare driving stunt

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By Sam Bathe on 2 Aug 2013

After success Red Bull have found since dropping the silly ‘gives you wings’ animated adverts and switching focus to daredevil stunts and extreme sport to build their brand, it’s not surprising toy car makers Hot Wheels are following suit. Recreating their double loop track piece with a real size stunt structure, Hot Wheels invited two of the best stunt drivers to give it a whirl, topped off with a jump off the back. Their mantra is “Dream big and go for it”, hopefully they’ve got more stunts in the making after such success with this one.

Jaguar unveil the sporty and stunning Project 7 concept car

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By Sam Bathe on 12 Jul 2013

Set to debut at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar’s new Project 7 concept roadster is a model of pace, power and sumptuous design. Show the rest of this post…

Boasting a 5-litre V8, good for 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque, the Project 7 will reach an (electronically limited) top speed of 186mph and do 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds. The body is all aluminum, and if it makes it into a limited production run, hopefully the number decal on the side comes as standard, but what’s remarkable is that just four months ago the roadster was just some scribbles on a sketchpad.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Jaguar site for more:

Porsche Cayman 2013

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By Sam Bathe on 5 Jan 2013

New year, new Porches. The German car manufacturers welcome 2013 with a fresh Cayman, borrowing a few tricks from the Boxster, the Cayman S boasts 325bhp under the hood, clocking just 4.4 seconds on the 0-60 thanks to a super fast, and greener, seven-speed PDK sequential shifter. I think it’s fair to say they’ve got their mojo back.

The Lamborghini Countach

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By Sam Bathe on 12 Oct 2012

Petrolicious talk to Jim Chan, owner of Axis Wheels about his newly acquired Lamborghini Countach, waxing lyrical about the design and impressionability even if it might not be the most practical car in the world. Launching back in 1971, the body is so angular and aggressive it instantly became a classic, and with so few of them around today, they pick up a decent price on the open market too. And I don’t think Chan is going to be selling up soon.

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