Aston Martin has announced a technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG GmbH, for the development of bespoke V8 powertrains and the use of certain electronic/electrical components…
Last month Porsche announced that a 918 Spyder prototype turned in a single-lap time of just 7 minutes 14 seconds around the 12.9 mile Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit. The 784bhp hybrid prototype was fitted with production Michelin road tyres as well as the optional “Weissach” package.
With 12 months to go before Porsche’s 918 Spyder hits the road, the development car has already exceeded Porsche’s goal of lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds.
In fact, earlier this week a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype turned in a single-lap best time of just 7min 14 seconds for the 12.9 mile circuit.
If you missed Audi’s live premiere of the new RS 5 Cabriolet online, then fear not, there was nothing unexpected in the broadcast which was presented by motorsports commentator Martin Haven, together with Audi DTM drivers Rahel Frey and Edoardo Mortara.
The 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb gets underway in Colorado this weekend, postponed from its original July 8th date by the devastating Waldo Canyon fires which brought havoc and destruction to the region. And Audi USA has cooked up something special to mark 25 years since its most dominant victory.
Picture the race livery of a factory Porsche from the ’70s or 80’s and chances are you’ll either think of the blue and orange colours of Gulf Oil, or the red and blue stripes of Martini Racing. So it makes an evocative statement to see those Martini colours on Porsche’s 918 Spyder prototype, a road car which might just make an appearance in competition during the next few years.
May 2007 and the Audi R8 was a month away from its UK launch. I sneaked a peak of the first right-hand drive UK car and signed an order within the hour. Then the doubts started to set in.
Raise your hand if you thought Land Rover and Bowler were already inseparably hitched. Now raise your hand if you could imagine Bowler existing without Land Rover. If your hand was ‘up’ for the first question and ‘down’ for the second, then you may be puzzled to hear that it’s taken until 2012 for both brands to announce a formal partnership.
It’s one of the most prestigious motor race events in the world, whilst the ‘Grande Parade des Pilotes’ is one of the most visible automotive catwalks with thousands of fans and enthusiasts lining up to catch a glimpse of their favourite drivers.
Well this is an unexpected bonus, and one which will brighten up the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for any of you non-royalists. The Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle on May 10th to 13th will feature both historic and contemporary Ferraris, together with a display by the 4th Mounted Carabinieri Regiment.
The inaugural Cayenne GTS from 2008 was far more than the sum of its parts. Although just 20 bhp more powerful than the regular Cayenne S, it was arguably the most fun-to-drive SUV on sale at the time.
Fernando Alonso delivered a winning performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend, and despite both Alonso and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali saying “there’s still plenty of work to do”, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo was keen to mark the occasion with a gift.