The Goodwood Festival of Speed for 2012 will be running from the 28th June to 1st July at Goodwood House in the UK.
The festival is a display of some classic and contemporary racing cars, luxurious supercars and of course world-class drivers who will demonstrate the speed and power of these vehicles. In addition there will also be some helicopters and motorbikes showcased at the event.
The theme of this year’s festival is Young Guns – Born to Win. The Goodwood FOS official website explains it as the celebration of “drivers and riders and designers and engineers whose supreme talent and insatiable thirst for speed shocked the establishment, affording them immediate superstar status.”
SRT announced earlier this year that it would be auctioning off the first production model of the 2013 Viper GTS and so the vehicle was recently auctioned at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County auction.
Aside from the Viper GTS itself, adding to the appeal of the auction for wealthy and philanthropic bidders was that proceeds from it would be donated to the Austin Hatcher Foundation that helps families deal with the trauma and tragedy associated with children suffering from pediatric cancer.
During the auction, bidding for the Viper passed the six figure mark quickly to $250, 0000. Once reached, an SRT Track Experience and a trip to this year’s Petit Le Mans were included for the winning bidder. However, the Viper’s 640 horsepower V10 and carbon fibre bodywork was sold for the final price of $300, 000.
Source: Auto Blog
Less than one year since the release of the latest generation Porshe 911 range, the company has announced that it will be offering powerkit upgrades for its Carrera S models.
The new upgrade, made available by the Porsche Exclusive department offers a remapped ECU, new cylinder heads and camshafts, a variable intake system, an additional radiator, a low-backpressure exhaust, and Sport Chrono dynamic engine mounts. As a result, the sports car can reach 100km/h in just 4 seconds equipped with Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK transmission.
The offer seems to be the same package that was fitted to the exclusive 911 Club Coupe last month.
The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed has been confirmed to make its debut at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed taking place from the 28 June to 1 July in the UK.
While the Continental GT Speed may not look any different from a standard Continental GT, it is the changes made under the hood that set it a part from any other.
The new production model is the fastest Bentley has ever produced, taking 4.2 seconds to meet 0 – 100km/h, reaching a top speed of 329km/h. Bentley has also modified the chassis, steering setups and suspension as well as lowered the vehicles overall ride height.
Audi has unveiled the first of its sporty production SUVs in the shape of the diesel-powered SQ5.
The new SUV is the first TDI-powered “S” model in the history of the Audi brand. The 3.0-litre BiTDI engine powering the SQ5 TDI produces a 230kW and 650Nm of torque between 1450 and 2800rpm. The SUV can reach 0 -100km/h in 5.1 seconds.
The body is lowered by 30mm due to sport suspension. The standard 20-inch wheels (or 21-inch optional), feature a five parallel-spoke design and are fitted with 255/45 tyres.
According to reports, Mercedes Benz will be launching a brand new A45 AMG with the intention of competing with Audi’s RS3 and BMW’s recent M135i offering.
The A45 AMG features a transverse 2.0-litre turbo four producing as much as 330 horsepower and over 300 pound-feet of torque which just about levels it with the competition.
However, it is produced from less displacement due to input from Mercedes’s High Performance Engine offshoot based in Brixworth, England that provides the power for the company’s Formula One racing team. This makes the new engine the most powerful four-cylinder ever fitted into a Mercedes production model.
Famous Hollywood actor Steve McQueen, nicknamed “The King of Cool” known for his roles in The Towering Inferno and The Thomas Crown Affair was also known for driving around in his Ferrari 275 GTB4. McQueen took delivery of the sports car while filming Bullitt in 1968.
In the 1980s, after his death, McQueen’s Ferrari then ended up in the hands of someone new who decided to convert it into a Roadster after which it moved on to yet another owner. The latest owner, who brought the vehicle into Ferrari Classiche was told of the true identity of the car – as once belonging to Mr. McQueen himself. Upon finding out the truth, the owner decided to restore it to its original condition.