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Jaguar PROJECT 7

Jaguar Project 7Jaguar’s Project 7 concept will make a dynamic debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed on 12th July. Project 7 is based on Jaguar’s acclaimed F-TYPE, its all-new, two-seater, convertible sports car and winner of the World Car Design of the Year 2013 award.

Key exterior design changes include a fairing behind the driver’s head; bespoke carbon-fibre components – a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser; lowered windshield and restyled front bumper. Project 7’s unique interior features a composite single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim. Project 7’s name acknowledges Jaguar’s winning of Le Mans seven times between 1951-1990 – a record for a British manufacturer – and its blue paintwork is reminiscent of the victorious Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957.

Project 7 is not a static concept, but a fully-functional, high-performance sports car. The F-TYPE’s rigid all-aluminum architecture provides the perfect starting point, power coming from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm form – an increase of 55PS and 55Nm over the F-TYPE V8 S.  Continue reading Jaguar PROJECT 7

Ex-Juan Manuel Fangio 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sells at Goodwood FOS for a World Record £19,601,500

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The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Single-Seater breaks the following auction world records:


• Most valuable motor car ever sold at auction
• Most valuable Formula 1 racing car ever sold
• Most valuable Mercedes-Benz

Automotive history was made at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale today, when the car that took five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio to the second of his Formula 1 world titles achieved a record-breaking figure of £19,601,500 (US$29,650,095, €22,701,864).

The car becomes the most valuable motor vehicle ever sold at auction, beating the previous record of £10,086,400 set by a Ferrari in 2011.

Robert Brooks, Bonhams Chairman, said: “I have handled some of the world’s most desirable and important motor cars during a motoring auction career spanning five decades, but I have reached a peak today with this legendary Grand Prix car. It was a personal privilege to preside over the sale of this vehicle, which is not only one of the most significant motor cars of the 20th century, but also the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale.”

Doug Nye, racing historian, said: “If he were here today Fangio would shake his head and smile his slow smile. He was a humble man, originally a mechanic from a potato town in Argentina – and he never forgot his roots. As a driver, he was simply a genius. As a man he had no enemies. He was universally loved, even by those he regularly beat on track. No standard-setting sportsman could have a better epitaph.
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2013 Renault Clio RS – Spied in White Fully Uncamouflaged

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Well it looks like Renault are about to go official with the Clio RS MK4 and after some teaser videos and its camouflaged hill climb at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of speed.

We have managed to get the first glimpse of a white fully uncamouflaged version of RenaultSports Clio RS before its official unvailing at the 2012 Paris Motorshow.

From the outside, the Clio RenaultSport seems to have grown up from its aggressive styling, which includes a revised front bumper with cavernous air vents feeding the intercooler with enough cool air to keep air intake temperatures low, also the addition of chrome side skirts which will differentiate the RS model from the other Clio’s, finishing the extensive detailing will be twin exhausts on each side of the car.
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Ferrari 458 Italia at Goodword Festival Of Speed

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The award-winning Ferrari 458 Italia took centre stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, alongside the new flagship V12 four-seater, the FF, and the front-engined V8 California.

In a superb display of performance and power, the 458 Italia demonstrated its racing-derived pedigree in today’s “Windows 7 Supercar Run”. The V8 mid-rear engined supercar took to the famous hillclimb this morning in an exciting and passionate drive up the 1.16 mile course.

The 458 Italia continues the Ferrari tradition of putting the thrill into driving thanks to years of track-derived technological innovations. Finished in a “bi-colore” scheme of Dark Red with a Nero Daytona (black) roof, the 458 Italia captures the racing heritage with carbon-fibre F1-inspired front winglets and carbon-fibre intake manifold and engine bay.

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver, Marc Gené was also on hand today to put the 2010 Ferrari F60 single-seater, which was driven by Fernando Alonso during his fight for the F1 title last year, through its paces up the famous hillclimb course.

There are also several fine examples of classic Ferraris from the 1950s, 60s and 70s on display at the Festival of Speed, including a unique 375 MM from 1953, a beautiful 246 Tasman from 1968 and a superb 312 B3 from 1973. They can all be seen over the weekend in both the F1 Paddock and the Cathedral Paddock.

Jaguar 50th Anniversary of the E-type at Goodwood Festival Of Speed

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Jaguar has celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the E-type in style on the first day of the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

In glorious sunshine, examples of Jaguars from the past and present took to the notorious Goodwood Hill, with the new XKR-S, XKR and XFR all in action. The XKR-S, driven by Mike Cross, Head of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Cars, proved a hit with the estimated 48,000 strong crowds, making a dramatic run up the hill as Mike demonstrated the capabilities of the vehicle with some sideways antics.

Appropriately, a very special E-type took to the Hill in the form of the Group 44 race car – adding drama to the occasion through a mix of its rapid pace and unsilenced exhausts. It was joined by examples of the D-type, XJ13 and XK140 from the Jaguar Heritage Collection.

Towering over the event was the sculpture of the E-type produced by artist Gerry Judah. Measuring 28-metres in height and weighing a substantial 150-tonnes, the sculpture provided a striking centrepiece to Jaguar’s sponsorship of the event.

Elsewhere the dramatic C-X75 concept was on static display on the Jaguar stand alongside examples of every new Jaguar on sale, including the new XF 2.2 which recently drove from the Jaguar production line in Castle Bromwich to Munich, a distance of 816-miles, on a single tank of fuel.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, now in its 19th year, has proved a sustained success – the 2011 running of the event expected to draw the biggest crowds yet with an estimated 180,000 people attending between Thursday June 30 and Sunday July 3.

World debut of MP4-12C sees McLaren take pole position in Goodwood Festival of Speed Supercar Run


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The innovative new McLaren MP4-12C was given its public world debut at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from 01-04 July. Current Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton delighted the crowds by driving a McLaren Orange Validation Prototype (VP) 12C up the famous Goodwood Hill on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

With McLaren Automotive Managing Director, Antony Sheriff at the wheel, the MP4-12C was the first car to be driven up Goodwood Hill on Friday 02 July, effectively opening the show.  The 12C was subsequently granted pole position in every Supercar Run over the course of the weekend, a fitting gesture to two Formula 1 World Champions that are accustomed to leading from the front!

In addition to another 12C VP car, finished in Volcano Orange and fitted with stunning Lightweight Forged alloy wheels, many of the 176,000 visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed over the course of the event were drawn to a 12C rolling chassis displayed on the McLaren stand. Presenting a car in this way underlines the skill and pride the team place in the 12C’s engineering integrity. By viewing firsthand the car’s hydraulic suspension arrangement, its carbon Monocell chassis, compact 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine and unique transmission unit, visitors with an appreciation for innovation and technology had a rare glimpse of what lies under the skin of the 12C.

McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff said: “The visitors to our stand were the perfect blend of car enthusiasts and potential customers; I’m delighted that we chose Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil the 12C to the public.  Two British Formula 1 World Champions were behind the wheel of the car as we led the field up the hill. A major landmark, delivered to McLaren’s high standards.

 “Visitors to the McLaren stand either displayed an in-depth understanding of the bespoke technologies developed for the 12C, or spent time discussing our plans. It was a great opportunity for tens of thousands of car fans to see the car in the metal…and carbon.

“This is just the start for McLaren Automotive. In five year’s time, I expect us to be presenting a full range of innovative and performance-focused sports cars. Sports car enthusiasts all over the world will be able to enjoy McLaren cars up close and personal at events like Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

We have been following the development of this model see the early production test cars below from early 2009 at the Nurburgring:- 

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Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 at the Nurburgring for a polish?

Today we spotted a shiny Lamborghini LP640 being loaded on to the trailer with the same crew as the recently spotted LP-560-4 facelift.

Could this be the same car which is meant to be at the Goodward Festival Of Speed in July, If so the facelifted car was probably getting some shakedown test’s prior to next months event.

I can see no other reason why a LP640 would be sat Idle waiting for its travel companion without being seen, then again it might be on the track tommorow only time will tell.

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2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4 spyder spied on Nurburgring

Today we spotted the much rumoured Gallardo Superleggera Spyder under test at the Nurburgring.

Personally I doubt that this is a Superleggara or a Balboni, this car is just a facelift of the LP-560-4 spyder.

If a car is going to endure the nordschleife it wouldnt be missing its downforce from the “Superleggera’s” rear diffuser and smaller front splitters as any tests would be pointless.

But saying that, this also could be a early development cycle entailing the base product chassis to get the engine and other upgrades later on. (also not likely)

In this guise my bet is on a facelifted LP-560-4 probably unvailed at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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