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Mclaren P1

“It’s the new F1” said an excited Jay Leno after his first test drive of the latest creation out of Mclaren. A rather bold but also credible statement considering Jay now owns both of them. McLaren planned for a production of 375 specimens making it even rarer than the LaFerrari. One vehicle a day, assembled in 10 individual steps by a workforce of 61 people.


The numbers are impressive, 916 bhp shoving a total weight 1.400 kg, placing the P1 ahead of the 918 Spyder but slightly behind it the prancing horse.
In 0 to 300 km/h the P1 is a stunning 5 seconds quicker than the McLaren F1.

 

As the F1, the P1 is a rear-wheel drive mid-engine vehicle built around McLarens famous carbon fibre monocoque. It features a hybrid-system derived from Formula 1 technology; a heavy modified version of the twin-turbocharged V8 found in the MP4-12c delivering 727 bhp combined with an electric motor adding an extra 176 bph. It is  no problem driving the P1 like a Toyota Prius, silent all the way up to 110 km/h. The Battery can either be charged by the petrol engine or by plug in-equipment. Nifty F1 features can be found on the P1, for instance Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which gives instant boost from the electric motor and a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which controls the rear wing. Both of these systems are controlled via the steering wheel.

 

It looks absolutely sensational and I really appreciate the ferociousness in design the P1 has over its predecessors. Trimmed long wheelhouses, wide aggressive racing lines combined with two-tone paintjobs makes for a cold-blooded appearance.

P1’s destined for America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East has already been sold; only a few ones destined for Europe remain. Starting out at 1 million euros the average sale price so far is almost 1.2 million euros since 90% of the owners order customization. I eagerly await the comparison to the LaFerrari we are bound to see.

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Gunter Sachs: The Last Playboy

“The golden age when an elite breed of professional pleasure seekers fascinated the world is over. We were charming and spoke languages and behaved well with women” – Sachs.

To be able to fully explain or interpret the phenomenon that was Sachs, one has to dwell a bit deeper into extraordinary playboys of the 50’s and the 60’s. Including Race car drivers, royalties and presidents, they were the self-proclaimed elite breed of pleasure seekers with unmatched wealth. It was around this time that jets started to fly international and this in combination with the absence of paparazzi and internet paved the way for the Playboys to have a far greater impact on the world than any actor could hope to have today.

Gunter himself was the scion of the Opel Motor Dynasty, boasting that he had “never worked a day in his life” and during his active year he was a constant feature in international gossip magazines. The vivid art collector won the national championship in 1958 and also dabbled in amateur photography, something that he proved to have a talent in.

“Sexy Sachs” acquired his international celebrity status through relationships with different distinct women around the world, such as the earlier Queen of Iran, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, and then later of course Brigitte Bardot. Sachs first met Bardot in St. Tropez in May of 1966. Brigitte was sipping champagne in a lounge, accompanied by a few lady friends, when she first laid her eyes upon the German Playboy. Later she said of the meeting: “I thought he was magnificent, I was hypnotized… he had the same Rolls as me! The same model, the same color, in fact, the same everything”.

The very next day Gunter arranged for a helicopter to drop a ton of roses over the actress’s Cote D’Azur home. As expected it worked out exceptionally well and the couple got married in Vegas only two months later. The honeymoon was spent in Tahiti and Gunter later said: “To go with a girl to Tahiti was incredible and something unheard of. Now everybody goes to Tahiti.” The marriage would prove to be short-lived with both spouses being unfaithful several times. Gunter, however, never ever seized to madly love Brigitte.

His art collection was nothing short of incredible, even featuring portraits of himself painted by Warhol. Warhol and Sachs met in St. Tropez and became lifelong friends, with Sachs presenting one of Warhol’s first large exhibitions in Europe. Curiously enough, the exhibition was a disaster and Sachs ended up secretly buying half of the presented work. The art collection fetched over 35 million pounds when sold at Sotheby’s.

Gunter committed suicide in his chalet in Gstaad and he stated in his suicide letter that loosing mental control wasn’t fitting for a man of his importance. This was the end to an era of which the like we will never see again.

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Porsche 911 50 jahre

The 911 was presented at the 1963 years International Motor Show in Frankfurt. 50 years later, the 911 still remains the flagship whitin Porsche. More than 800,000 cars have been sold and over 20,000 victories have been won in motorsports.

A lot happens through five decades but the ground construction, the boxer engine in the tail and the soul is still there.

Porsche notes 50th anniversary in several ways. It produces a 50th Anniversary Edition of 1963 numbered copies. It basically looks like the new 991 with Fuchs look-alike wheels.

In addition, the company sends out a 911 model year 1967 on a world tour. It will be displayed at places like Pebble Beach in California, Shanghai, Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this classic 911 appear on several international auto shows and in the context of historic rallies.

Porsche Museum in the hometown Stuttgart celebrates “50 years of Porsche 911 ‘from June 4 to September 29 with a special exhibition of the model’s history and development. This spring, Porsche’s own publishing house Edition Porsche Museum to issue commemorative edition “911 × 911″. Don´t miss out!

Follow the journey of the classic 911 on Facebook here!

New kids in town

The aftermath of the  83rd Geneva Motor Show has subsided. Ferrari takes up the fight against Porsche and its 918 Spyder with LaFerrari. McLaren joins by throwing in their P1 in the battle of seconds around the “ring”. Meanwhile Lamborghini presented the craziest release by far with a 3-off hypercar we could never ever have imagined…

Lamborghini Veneno
Despite the huge spoiler the 6.5-liter V12 engine of 750 horsepowers will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 2.8 seconds. The car shown at the Geneva Motor Show is one out of just 3. This is by far, the most crazy that has come out from the factory in SantAgata Bolognese. If it can fly? Unofficial sources says it may…

McLaren P1
McLaren is making a strong comeback. By presenting performance figures like these we know that they are serious with the McLaren P1. 0-200 km/h in under 7 seconds and 0-300 km/h in no more than 17 seconds. Compared to the old legend McLaren F1 it´s five(!) seconds faster in the range of 0-300 km/h. And, the legendary F1 is not a slow car despite its age. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h. The weight is relatively low, considering the hybrid system and battery, and is set to 1400 kg (300 kg less than the Porsche 918 Spyder).

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The elevator pitch for LaFerrari? The first hybrid with 963 hp dedicated to just 499 clients. This is the successor of the iconic Ferrari Enzo. Well, that is for sure not an easy mission. Almost 1000 horsepowers and top notch, first class, you name it, aerodynamics should do it though. All this makes this car look like a bargain with a price tag somewhere around €1 million. Ferrari seems to have found the perfect ratio between engineering and soul.

Have a look at the Official launch video of the LaFerrari here

According to McLaren, there are 700 serious speculators on the 375 P1 cars to be manufactured, they notified their interest as early as last fall, when the concept car was shown in Paris. On the Tuesday McLaren sold six P1 at the fair. The order book should be closed within a few weeks. Ferrari is right now processing a thousand of their most loyal customers, a job that will take a few weeks. Ferrari is keen that the new supersportcar will be put into right hands. The forecast is that the 499 copies of LaFerrari almost is fully subscribed.

The Lamborghini Veneno? The only 3 cars to be made was sold long time before the fair started. At the price of three million. Euro. Plus taxes.

Check out the spring news in the shop here!

Question is, what to do with your already outdated Porsche 918 Spyder?

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Lamborghini Diablo

The Diablo is a very special automobile produced between 1990 and 2001 by Lamborghini. In 2001 the Chrysler-owned Lamborghini handed over much of the decisional power to Audi and as a result we saw the release of the German bastard, The Murcielago.

Diablo so came to be the last American-italian bull to roll out of the Sant’Agata factory. Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear speculated that the Diablo was designed “Solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world”.The name is derived from a fierce bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in 1869.

The Diablo project, codenamed Project 1232, was launched in June 1985, with the intentions of replacing the Countach. The brief stated that its top speed had to be at least 196 mph (315 km/h).

The project is estimated to have cost a total of 6 billion lire. Upon it´s release it was the fastest car on the planet. Unlike the Countach, the Diablo were fitted with air-condition, adjustable seats and even with a pair of coat hooks.

Lamborghini, again, mounted a 48-valve V12 longitudinally and “backward” only this time it was computer managed. Originally the Diablo was intended to utilize 4-wheel drive. This was partly implemented with the release of the 1993 VT model. Visco Traction sent 15% of the power to the front wheels whenever the rears slipped.

A total of 2884 Diablos were built. They range from around €90k to €200k. Check out the awesome video by Brian Zuk:

Author: O.E.Wistén

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

“Breathtakingly beautiful, confident enough that it doesn’t need to be theatrical or bellicose. Sympathetically useable – but crazed and noisy when that’s what you want.”
-Paul Horrell.

The Ferrari F12 gained “2012 Supercar of the Year” immediately upon its release. Replacing the old 599 (which was already epic) the F12 is also a large mid-engined car.

The F12 uses a naturally aspirated V12 cranking out 730 hp making it the most powerful road-legal Ferrari to date; tt does 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and tops out over 340 km/h. The F12 is fitted with Ferraris start-stop system, which stops the engine during idle and gives the F12 a 30% improvement over the 599 in fuel consumption.

It´s built around an aluminium space frame chassis co-developed with Scaglietti. You can clearly distinguish visual features from the FF and the 458. The Interior is based on that of the FF with a pretty big increase in luggage space compared to the 599.
To many road trippers delight, Ferrari installed a small screen in front of the passenger seat, which displays speed, gear and rpm.

With technology derived from the 599XX programme and Formula One, the aerodynamics of the F12 is second to none. At 200 km/h produces 123 kg of downforce, an increase of 76% over the 599 GTB. Active Brake Cooling Ducts in front of the wheels enables direct extra cooling when needed and maximum aerodynamics when closed.

The F12 is capable of lapping the Fiorano test circuit 1 second faster than the 599 GTO and 2 seconds faster than the legendary Enzo. The F12 price tag €250.000 seems pretty fair considering the price of the two other Ferraris.

Author: O.E.W

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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time

A. Lange & Söhne:s first watch order was placed by the German OperaHouse in 1841. They needed a clock that showed their guest when the breaks were over. The result is the very famous “5 minute clock”.Ever since, A.Lange & Söhne has been German engineering impersonated.

If you’re not familiar with their model the “Zeiweirk” you’re in for a treat. This is the first watch that offered a truly mechanical alternative to the indication of time with rotating hands. The design is intriguing and the movement is nothing but awesome.

The next level Zeitwerk, the Zeitwerk “Striking Time” was sure to impress as well. L & S changed the movement in Zeitwerk to better accommodate the components required for a minute repeater.To those of you who are not familiar with a minute repeater, it basically is a watch that notifies by sounds when the time changes.

The Zeitwerk Striking Time allows for its wearer (and probably the people around him) to hear the quarter-hours with a high-pitched tone and then the full hour with lower-pitched tones. Via the 4 o-clock button one is able to deactivate the quarter-hours tones.

The movement is a new manually wound L043.1 that features a constant-force escapement complication. The 42mm wide case is available in 18k rose, yellow or white gold, and in platinum, with a handful of dial-color options.The backplate on this Watch is the best I´ve seen!

One of the formidable challenges faced by the watchmakers is crafting the gongs for each striking time. The difficulty lies in imparting precisely the right pitch for each gong. To achieve the required results, the weight of the two hammers, their impact angles and their impact speeds must be accurately matched. Only very few watchmakers master this art; the process is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of horology.
There’s so much need factor on this watch it hurts!

Check out the video to hear the quality of the chime-
Did I mention that the Zeitwerk Striking time is able to play its tones fast forward, chiming out Beethoven’s famous Symphony No.5?
Author: Olle Elander Wistén

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Aston Martin One-77

Presented by Aston Martin in 2009, the One-77 is a super car in it right means. Between October 2009 and 2012 a total of 77 units were produced by Aston Martin, and it’s almost six times rarer than a Bugatti Veyron.

The naturally aspirated V12 was upon the One’s release the most powerful ever featured in a production car, cranking out 750hp. The Wizards at Cosworth apparently were involved in the production of the engine.

Bypass valves are installed and the One doesn´t really start to sing until you pass the 4000 rpm line. To those who have heard in real life says that the sound alone justifies the price of $1.4 million.

It uses a strengthened gearbox from the Aston Martin DB9 and height-adjustable pushrod suspension coupled with dynamic stability control. What´s crazy is that the horizontally-mounted suspensions, visible through the tailgate, are so bulky there´s hardly any boot at all. Aston Martin used technology from DTM to build these and each one of the 77 One’s were configured according to the buyers preferences.

Similar to the Setup of many of the supercars I´ve covered before, the One-77 is built around a carbon tub, same technology used in Formula 1. It’s low, wide and gloriously GT-ish. Even though the huge V12 is in front of the driver, it is completely behind the front axle.
The beautifully body was conceived and designed at Aston Martin’s Gaydon HQ and the monocoque has been built in partnership with Multimatic. As world leaders in carbon composite technology, advanced vehicle analysis and dynamic simulation, MTC brings unrivalled specialist capabilities to the One-77.

The hand-crafted Interior is nothing but breath-taking – notice the solid rose-gold up the dash of the One-77 in the video below. The interior design reflects of the beauty of the carbon fiber monocoque, leaving large areas of carbon exposed.

Epic Video with some emphasis on exhaust notes. Pure pleasure!

Author: Olle Elander Wistén

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Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

In 2007, Road & Track Magazine held a shootout between some of the world´s fastest cars. McLaren SLR, Murciellago, Ruf Porsche 911 TT and the Bugatti Veyron were just some of the contenders. Hennessy was invited to bring their Venom 1000 Twin Turbo Viper which after the day had beaten everyone, in 0 – 200 mph it was 4 seconds faster than the Veyron.

Despite doing so well John Hennessy aimed to improve his creation. He wanted to increase the power but feared that the front–engined Viper wouldn’t have enough grip. A mid-engine setup would better serve the cause and the idea about mounting the Viper engine into the back of a Lotus Exige was born.

Until very recently Koenigsegg’s Agera R held the world record for fastest production car 0-300 km/h. The Venom GT which in January 2013 bested the Agera was built in Hennessy Performance Headquarters in Sealy, Texas. So far they have only produced seven cars which compared to Koenigegg’s one-hundred-something obviously isn´t a lot.

The tubs are donated by Lotus and sent to a Factory in England which finishes most of the bodywork before shipping it back to Hennessy. They install their outrageous 7 liter Twin Turbo V8, which is cockpit adjustable in three increments; 800 bhp, 1000 bhp and 1244 bhp.

From Hennessy’s Website:
0 – 60 mph 2.7 sec.
0 – 100 mph 5.6 sec.
0 – 300 km/h 13.63 sec. – Guinness World Record
0 – 200 mph 14.51 sec. – Production Car World Record
1/4 mile 9.92 sec. @ 163 mph
Standing Half Mile 206 mph
Standing One Mile 253 mph
Top Speed 278 mph

Pretty impressive numbers to say the least. They’re currently about $1.2 million, a bargain if you ask Steve Tyler from Aerosmith.
Check out the Video of the Guinness World Record run:

Author: Olle Elander Wistén

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Sea Force One

If you’ve ever spent a summer somewhere around the beautiful Mediterranean, there’s a small chance that you have seen the Sea Force One. Quite easy to notice, this extraordinary ship measures 177 feet or 54 meters.

It´s really a floating palace, a state-of-the-art fantasy extravaganza, product of the wild imagination of its eccentric genius owner Captain Magic, who gives Johnny Depp a run for his money as self-styled ‘Last King of the Pirates’.

With its attention to detail and astonishing level of luxury, Sea Force One has reduced more than one hard-bitten yachting journalist to a drooling mess of amazed disbelief, grasping for superlatives to relay the sheer awesomeness of this boat; with its 12-foot home cinema, three-tiered waterfall plunge pool, gym with padded leather floor, extensive DVD library, Jacuzzis, DJ setups, sundeck sushi-bar and metallic parrots.

Desgined and built by Luca Dini Design in Italy, SF1 won the 2009 Judged Commendation in the World Superyachts Awards in the 500GT TO 1,299GT (APPROX 50M – 59M) section. SF1 Is able to accommodate 10 guests and 13 in the crew.

Two of the Master Suite’s ‘windows’ double up as hydraulically lowered, glass-bottomed balconies on either side of the vessel, allowing you to sprawl languorously across the gigantic bed with its white seabed sculpture backdrop beneath the quadruple skylights, and gaze out across the open ocean….. Lol.

The onboard art absolutely stunning, the ship is more an art gallery than anything else.
”There are several remarkable pieces, including ones from American sculptress Kiki Smith and Latin American painter José Garcia Cordero, who both takes skulls as their theme. Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi was commissioned to create a sound and vision installation to divide the main deck, a wall of circular watery videos splashing as their light undulates.”
Suellen Grealy, Luxure Magazine

It´s available for charter, starting at €280.000 a week and you can choose to go anywhere around the Mediterranean.