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« Respuesta #1980 en: 15 Junio 2020, 15:36:40 »
PEUGEOT CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF MOTORSPORT SUCCESS

PEUGEOT is celebrating 125 years of motorsport heritage as it marks the anniversary of its victory at the first ever recorded motor race – the epic Paris-Bordeaux-Paris event, which ran between 11-14 June 1895. The landmark anniversary also coincides with the original dates of this year’s postponed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race  – a competition PEUGEOT has won on three occasions. In 2022, PEUGEOT will return to endurance racing and look to write the next chapter of its motorsport story.

Since the 3.7bhp Type 7 triumphed in 1895, PEUGEOT has tasted success across the globe, competing with distinction everywhere from frozen world rally stages in Scandinavia, the towering dunes of the Dakar and even the high altitude challenge of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

PEUGEOT motorsport timeline:

1895: A Type 7 PEUGEOT wins the 1895 Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race on 13 June, which is considered to be the first-ever car race in history. Arriving initially in third place, the 1.3-litre, 3.7bhp Type 7, driven by Paul Koechlin (FRA), was declared winner after the first two vehicles were found to be in breach of the competition rules. Koechlin completed the 1,178km (731-mile) race in 59 hours and 48 minutes.

1912-19: PEUGEOT became a three-time Indy 500 winner between 1913 and 1919. French racing driver Jules Goux won the Indy 500 in 1913, becoming the first person outside the United States to win the race – clocking an average speed of 75.933mph at the 200-lap race. PEUGEOT also won the race in 1916 and 1919. In 1912 and 1913, PEUGEOT won the Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de France.

The 1960s: The PEUGEOT 404 became a quadruple winner of the East African Safari Rally, taking the wins in 1963, 1966, 1967 and 1968. Due to the difficult conditions in both 1963 and 1968, only seven vehicles made it to the finish – representing just eight per cent of the field – earning them all the nickname of the “Unsinkable Seven”.

The 1970s: PEUGEOT secured its status as a rally icon in the 1970s. In 1975, the PEUGEOT 504 won the Safari Rally, Rallye du Maroc and the Bandama Rally. The following year, the 504 won the Rallye du Maroc and Bandama Rally once more. In 1978, piloting a 504 Coupé V6, Jean-Pierre Nicolas (FRA) won the Safari Rally for a third time in the decade for PEUGEOT, with the brand also clinching the Ivory Coast Rally.

The 1980s: The 1980s were the heydays of rallying thanks to the iconic Group B era. During this period, PEUGEOT tasted success thanks to a number of Finnish rally aces and one brilliant car. The PEUGEOT 205 T16 became a legend in the hands of Timo Salonen and Juha Kankkunen, winning the drivers and manufacturers championship in 1985 and 1986. The turbo-charged 205 T16 was one of the most successful cars of the Group B era.

PEUGEOT also conquered the punishing Paris-Dakar Rally four times between 1987 and 1990 with the 205 T16 and the 405 T16 in the hands of Finnish drivers Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen.

The 1980s also saw PEUGEOT win the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA, in 1988 and 1989. The 405 T16 piloted by Ari Vatanen in 1988 was captured in the  film Climb Dance which has achieved cult status among motorsport enthusiasts.

The 1990s: The 1990s brought success across a number of sports car categories. In 1992, PEUGEOT won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the first time, with the 3.5-litre V10 905, piloted by Derek Warwick (GBR), Yannick Dalmas (FRA) and Mark Blundell. (GBR) The following year, the Peugeot Talbot Sport team achieved a podium lockout with the 905.

PEUGEOT also starred in a number of domestic championships, winning two drivers’ titles in the French Rally Championship with the 306 Maxi, while the 406 won the German Super Touring Championship in 1996.

The 2000s: In the early noughties, PEUGEOT returned to the top steps of the World Rally Championship. Piloting the 206 WRC, Finnish rally legend Marcus Grönholm won two drivers’ championships in 2000 and 2002, with PEUGEOT taking three constructors titles between 2000 and 2002. In 2005, Nicolas Bernardi won the French Rally Championship in a PEUGEOT 206 WRC.

PEUGEOT also continued to celebrate at Le Mans – the ground-breaking 908 HDi FAP used a 5.5-litre V12 twin-turbo diesel engine to win the 2007 Le Mans Series.  The use of HDi diesel technology for improved fuel economy and performance has since made its way into PEUGEOT’s road car range. In 2009, the 908 HDi FAP took a one-two win at Le Mans 24 Hours.

Having left the World Rally Championship at the end of 2005, PEUGEOT switched its focus on the newly created Intercontinental Rally Challenge the following year. PEUGEOT dominated the championship between 2007 and 2009, with Kris Meeke (GBR) winning the title in 2009 piloting a PEUGEOT 207 S2000.

The 2010s: PEUGEOT started the new decade by winning the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in both 2010 and 2011, with the 908 HDi FAP continuing its domination on international race tracks. In 2011, PEUGEOT won five of the seven races that made up the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. PEUGEOT also notched up the 2010 Le Mans Series with the 908 HDi FAP.

2011 was the last year the 908 HDi FAP raced due to regulation changes, with the World Endurance Championship succeeding the International Le Mans Cup from 2012 onwards.

In 2013, PEUGEOT returned to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. In association with Red Bull, PEUGEOT built a bespoke vehicle for the Unlimited Class – the 875bhp and 875kg 208 T16. Piloted by French rally legend Sebastien Loeb, PEUGEOT broke the previous class record of 9m46.164s by more than a minute, with a time of 8m13.878s.

In 2015, the World Rally Cross Championship was added to the PEUGEOT trophy cabinet after Team Peugeot-Hansen won the constructor’s championship with the PEUGEOT 208 WRX.

A year later, PEUGEOT returned to the legendary Dakar with the PEUGEOT 2008DKR, driven by Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) and his co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), winning the 2016 event.

PEUGEOT continued its Dakar Rally success the following year with an all-new 3008DKR, powered by a 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 HDi diesel engine, producing 360bhp and 800Nm of torque. Stephane Peterhansel took his 13th career win at Dakar behind the wheel of the 3008DKR, with the 3008DKR also winning the Silk Way Rally, which ran from Moscow, Russia, through Kazakhstan, and ended in China.

The Dakar Rally was once more conquered by the PEUGEOT 3008DKR 2018, but this time with rallying legend Carlos Sainz (SPA) behind the wheel. The Spaniard took his third career Dakar Rally win in 2018.

Now, this new decade will see the launch of the PEUGEOT SPORT neo-performance range, starting with the 508 PEUGEOT SPORT Engineered. The new high-performance, low-emission hybrid delivers outstanding performance, together with sharp and athletic styling.

 

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« Respuesta #1981 en: 16 Junio 2020, 14:16:48 »
125 YEARS OF INNOVATION: HOW ŠKODA PIONEERED THE ELECTRIC HYBRID MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO

Factory archives reveal first petrol/electric car co-developed with Czech tram pioneer in 1908
First ŠKODA EV was the ‘beer float’ - a battery-powered delivery truck built in 1938
ŠKODA developed numerous wood-gas models in response to fuel shortages
Innovation continues today with E-Mobility at the heart of ŠKODA’s design philosophy
Milton Keynes, 16 June 2020: Innovation has been a cornerstone of the ŠKODA design philosophy for 125 years. From the very first L&K bicycles and motorbikes right up to the Enyaq all-electric SUV, ŠKODA has always sought to push the boundaries of technology while keeping its products affordable and value for money.

That’s no easy task, but over the last 12 decades, ŠKODA has learned that innovation is as much about brain power, lateral thinking and ingenuity than it is cost. 2020 marks the debut of two key cars for ŠKODA - the Superb iV plug-in hybrid and the Citigoe iV, the brand’s first fully-electric production model.

And while both models represent significant firsts for modern-era ŠKODA, a close look at once secret archive material from the brand’s past reveals that pioneering engineers and designers at the brand’s Mladá Boleslav base successfully developed both hybrid and fully electric vehicles more than 100 years ago.

1908 - the first ŠKODA petrol/electric hybrid
In 1908, ŠKODA AUTO founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement joined forces with renowned Czech engineer František Křižík to investigate whether electric power was suitable for private vehicles. Křižík had successfully designed and engineered Prague’s electric tram system (which still runs today) and believed that electric power represented the future. Working with a L&K Type E prototype, he built a vehicle with a unique system that featured a petrol engine that produced electric power, which subsequently drove the car via an electric motor.

While the car worked, battery technology at the time wasn’t sufficiently advanced enough to allow any generated power to be stored. Although the prototype gave engineers a new insight into drive technology, it would take another leap forward in technology for it to become a viable option.

1938 - the first ŠKODA EV
During another of the many periods in Czech history when oil imports were under threat, ŠKODA worked hard to guarantee that essential supplies could be kept moving. The ŠKODA ‘beer float’ was a purpose-built truck designed and engineered in the late 1930s to deliver beer from the factory in Pilsen to the town’s bars and restaurants.

Powered by a bank of rechargeable lead acid batteries mounted within the ladder chassis, it could carry up to three tonnes of beer and was perfectly suited to low-speed, multi-drop journeys. With no air intakes or cooling required, the front of the cab was created with a smooth, aero-friendly shape and a distinctive arrow-head split windscreen. According to factory records, the ŠKODA EV beer truck kept Pilsen residents adequately supplied with beer for many years.

1942 - the wood-powered ŠKODA
With no native oil reserves, Czech engineers were always looking to develop alternative and home-grown power sources for its vehicles. Factory archives show that a charcoal-powered truck was developed in 1919. Featuring a large wood burner at the back, the technology worked but was cumbersome and was considered too complex for mass production.

ŠKODA revisited wood gas combustion again in the late 1930s and early 40s when war caused severe shortages of oil. Mladá Boleslav engineers successfully incorporated a wood gas generator that was capable of converting timber or charcoal into a usable gas to power the truck’s internal combustion engine. As the need for alternative power sources increased, engineers were able to make the system (which essentially consisted of a stove, a cooler, a filter, and a network of pipes) more compact. A number of Rapid prototypes were developed with an integrated wood gas converter mounted on the front bumper. In an effort to make it look part of the original design, fins and decorations were added to match the rest of the car.

1992 – Eltra 151: the all-electric Favorit
In the early 1990s, the automotive industry was already looking towards a greener future. Although battery technology was still crude by today’s standard, ŠKODA successfully developed an all-electric version of the Favorit - the Eltra 151. The project was based at Ejpovice, a Škoda Pilsen outpost designated for special builds, and was largely funded by a commission from a Swiss importer, who planned to sell the vehicles throughout Europe.

Initial production centred around the Favorit hatchback, which was fitted with a bank of 14 6v 190Ah lead-acid batteries that provided power to a 21PS electric motor. The drivetrain retained the petrol car’s gearbox (with fifth gear removed) and differential and could reach a top speed of 50mph. Despite is fairly basic engineering, the Eltra could cover between 40-60 miles on a charge and could be recharged via a standard domestic plug.

A pick-up version - with an optional hard-top body for extra storage – was subsequently developed and bought by the same Swiss importer, who marketed the car around the world. Curiously, nine cars were bought back to the Czech Republic by the Czech postal service and were used in city centre locations for a number of years. A number of examples were exported to the USA where Californian authorities were already offering significant tax subsidies for electric vehicles.

2020 and beyond
Electrification provides ŠKODA with another opportunity to showcase its innovation and engineering ingenuity. The adoption and integration of a new power source brings with it a huge opportunity to create new designs that meet the demands of modern living.

In addition to a wave of new models set to arrive this year – including the brand’s first plug-in hybrid Octavia vRS iV – 2021 will see the introduction of Enyaq iV, a fully-electric SUV capable of covering more than 300 miles* on a single charge. As part of the brand’s strategy, more than ten electrified iV models are scheduled to be launched before the end of 2022. 125 years after the company was founded, ŠKODA’s passion for innovation is as strong as ever.

For more information, images and technical database, visit www.skodamedia.com.

 

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« Respuesta #1982 en: 16 Junio 2020, 14:17:11 »
THE BRITISH MOTOR SHOW ANNOUNCES FESTIVE THEMED SHOW TO PLUG 2020 EVENTS GAP FOR FAMILIES AND CAR LOVERS

British Motor Show bring forward launch of Cars & Christmas event to 2020
“South” event takes place at Farnborough International on 28th & 29th November 2020
“North” event in the planning for the 5th & 6th December
Show will deliver over 12,000sqm of indoor space, including 3,000sqm Live Arena
Imperial Cars are headline partner for event
Show aimed at families and car lovers with a uniquely festive feel
Consumers can reserve their tickets now and pay in July
20 lucky winners to win free VIP entry
Automotion Events, in partnership with Imperial Cars and Farnborough International are pleased to announce the first Cars & Christmas show will take place at Farnborough International Conference Centre in November 2020.

Following the disappointing, but necessary, rescheduling of The British Motor Show to August 2021, Automotion Events are bringing forward the launch of the regional winter spinoff event “The British Motor Show Cars & Christmas” from 2021 to the weekend of 28/29 November 2020.

Cars & Christmas will be a motor show with a difference. A magical show for families and car enthusiasts alike, packed full of live entertainment, great automotive experiences and a huge festive themed automotive marketplace and Christmas market.

Cars & Christmas will be a version of The British Motor Show with a distinctly Christmas feel.

The event will be the perfect place for visitors to find the ideal gift for the car lover in their life, see some of the latest cars on sale and enjoy a day of fantastic live entertainment in the 3000sqm arena, where Paul Swift will be bringing a festive feel to his stunt show. 

There will be an 8,000sqm indoor marketplace and display hall including a zone dedicated to EV’s and our very own Retro-Electric area.

Automotion Events CEO Andy Entwistle explained, “With the decimation of the global automotive events calendar this year and the rescheduling of the main British Motor Show, we are bringing forward the launch of our winter spinoff event “The British Motor Show Cars & Christmas” from 2021 to November and December 2020. We know that car fans and families alike will be desperate to get out and enjoy some automotive based fun, we also wanted to support the UK’s suppliers and exhibitors who rely on events for their income.” He added, “We will be working closely with the venue and local government to make sure this is delivered in a safe environment and at present we are limiting the tickets to just 5,000 a day to enable us to offer social distancing at the venue.”

Andy also added, “We’re over the moon that Imperial Cars are supporting the show. We already have a great relationship with imperial cars, who sponsor the live arena at The British Motor Show and it’s great to have them as headline partner for Cars & Christmas”.

Neil Smith, Operations director at imperial cars said “It is a shame that The British Motor Show has been rescheduled  to 2021 but it was done for the right reasons. Cars & Christmas ensures that car fans can still get a fix of automotive fun. We are pleased to be part of the first Cars & Christmas show as this will be a great day out for all the family and will help suppliers show their products”.

The event will be full of live action and celebrity fun including a round of Britain’s Biggest Car Quiz on the stage plus a special visit from Santa, who will decorating a Christmas tree in the live arena like it’s never been done before. Santa (AKA Paul Swift) will be joined by his troop of merry elves who will be having some fun in their sleigh too!

Other live content includes car parades in the arena, a display of robots, the chance for visitors to participate in Paul Swifts precision driving experience and under 17’s driving event, plus of course a huge Christmas market!

The organisers are encouraging visitors to secure their tickets now to avoid disappointment as only 5,000 tickets will initially be available per day, with more released when social distancing rules allow.

Even better news, the organisers are offering customers the chance to reserve their tickets for the show now, without paying a penny. Once social distancing rules are relaxed, The British Motor Show will notify those that have reserved tickets, who will have 2 days to pay for their tickets before they are released.

The organisers will also be picking 20 lucky winners from the registrations who will each get a complimentary family ticket to the event, including an exclusive Paul Swift driving experience!

Visitors can reserve their tickets now by visiting The British Motor Show website, tickets will be just £14.50 each or £29 for a family of 4, with free parking available.

 

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« Respuesta #1983 en: 17 Junio 2020, 15:26:12 »
RANGE ROVER MARKS 50 YEARS OF ALL-TERRAIN INNOVATION AND LUXURY WITH EXCLUSIVE NEW LIMITED EDITION

ange Rover is the most desirable SUV in the world, combining peerless design and
supreme all-terrain capability with sophisticated refinement and luxury

The Original: Range Rover was the original luxury 4x4; half a century after it made its global debut, it remains the benchmark for design, refinement and engineering innovation
Family of SUVs: Now 50 years on, the original luxury 4x4 has evolved into the world’s most desirable family of SUVs – Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Sport
Special Edition: Range Rover celebrates half a century of design and engineering excellence with a special edition Range Rover Fifty model
Celebratory model: Limited to 1,970 units globally to mark the 1970 birth year of this iconic model, options include three heritage colours from Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations
Evolution of the Range Rover: Watch the evolution of the Range Rover here
Range Rover Fifty: View the Look Book for the Special Edition here
Whitley, UK, 17 June 2020 – Range Rover today celebrates 50 years of pioneering innovation, peerless refinement and unparalleled all-terrain capability with the introduction of the new Range Rover Fifty.

The original luxury SUV has defined the market since 17 June 1970 and, five decades on, the Range Rover has evolved to become a family of desirable and capable luxury vehicles. Its compelling blend of design, refinement and engineering innovation has ensured its place as the benchmark for all luxury SUVs.

Over its 50 year lifespan, the Range Rover has achieved many world firsts and completed numerous impressive feats. It was the first SUV to feature a permanent 4WD system when it was launched, and in 1989 was the world's first 4x4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes. Later in 1992 it became the world's first 4x4 to be fitted with electronic traction control (ETC) and automatic electronic air suspension – ensuring the refined driving feel Range Rover is so famous for, both on and off-road. In 2012, the latest generation Range Rover became the world’s first SUV to feature an all-aluminium lightweight construction, making it lighter, stronger and more efficient.

It has crossed the notoriously impassable ‘Darien Gap,’ was the first vehicle to ever be displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and has even won the Paris-Dakar rally – twice. No other vehicle combines the levels of luxury, comfort and sophistication with off-road capability and on-road performance like Range Rover.

With its clamshell bonnet, distinctive floating roof, split tailgate and trademark front fender vents, the Range Rover of today can still trace its roots back to the 1970 original. In its golden anniversary year it is now the most efficient, connected, luxurious and capable yet.

To celebrate 50 years of a motoring icon, the limited-run Range Rover Fifty will be restricted to just 1,970 vehicles globally, in recognition of the year the original Range Rover was launched.

Building on the luxuriously appointed Autobiography, the Range Rover Fifty features a number of bespoke exterior accents in Auric Atlas as well as two unique 22-inch wheel designs. The badging features a ‘Fifty’ script created personally by Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, Land Rover’s Chief Creative Officer, which will appear on the exterior of the vehicle and throughout the interior on the unique “1 of 1970” centre console commissioning plaque, headrests, dashboard and illuminated treadplates.

Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, Land Rover Chief Creative Officer, said: “In the world of luxury vehicles, the Range Rover has always stood apart as peerless and enduring. Its unique and pioneering sensibilities together with an unrivalled engineering approach have been the intrinsic values which our customers have admired since the first of the breed was revealed in 1970.”

The Range Rover Fifty will be available in both standard and long wheelbase body designs with customers able to choose from four carefully curated exterior colours; Carpathian Grey, Rosello Red, Aruba, and Santorini Black. In extremely limited numbers, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations is also offering the Range Rover Fifty in one of three Heritage exterior solid paints reproduced from the original Range Rover paint palette; Tuscan Blue, Bahama Gold and Davos White. A range of powertrain options will be available; petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid P400e version.*

Now in its fourth generation with over a million sold in its lifetime, the Range Rover is the ultimate expression of luxury. It’s unmistakable, sophisticated design and class-leading all-terrain capability has ensured the Range Rover is as peerless and relevant today as it was in 1970.

THE RANGE ROVER FAMILY
After three decades at the top of the luxury SUV sector, the Range Rover became a family in 2005 with the launch of the Range Rover Sport, a vehicle which combines the luxury and capability of the larger Range Rover with a sporty and engaging driving character. In 2010, the compact Range Rover Evoque made its debut, aimed at a younger and more urban customer base. In 2017, the family grew once again with the introduction of the Range Rover Velar, filling the space between the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Taking its name from the first Range Rover prototypes, the Range Rover Velar broadened the Range Rover portfolio with a statement reductionist design and a technology-rich interior.

RANGE ROVER HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
Today marks 50 years since the first Range Rover was revealed, but the story goes back even further. During the mid 1960s, in a bid to revolutionise the growing 4x4 leisure market, the Rover car company's engineering chief for new vehicle projects, Charles Spencer 'Spen' King (nephew of the founders of Land Rover), hatched a plan to combine the comfort and on-road ability of a Rover saloon with the off-road ability of a Land Rover.

Development of the first 100-inch station wagon prototype began during the late 1960s, with the first model being released to the world’s media to critical acclaim in 1970. Its blend of ability – motorway cruising, off-roading, and even towing in style and comfort – ensured its instant popularity. The original Classic model was cited as an 'exemplary work of industrial design' when it became the first vehicle to be displayed at the world famous Louvre Museum in Paris in 1971.

The first generation Range Rover (1970-1996) was originally only available as a two door when it went on sale in 1970. During its 26 year lifespan the Classic continued to evolve with the introduction of the four-door model in 1981 and an automatic gearbox in 1982. The first diesel Range Rover arrived in 1986.

The second generation Range Rover known as the P38A arrived in 1994 and was instantly recognisable thanks to its familiar silhouette, floating roof, clamshell bonnet, practical split tailgate and continuous waistline; all of which continue to this day. The vehicle also displayed an even more luxurious interior without compromising on its on-road ability and off-road capability. It also featured enhanced height-adjustable suspension as well as a 2.5-litre diesel and 3.9 and 4.6-litre versions of the V8 petrol, providing greater performance than ever before.

The third generation Range Rover (2001-2012) delivered a wealth of improvements on all predecessors during its 11 year period. Engineering innovations included a stiffer monocoque body (replacing the traditional 4x4 ladder frame) and fully independent suspension with interconnected air springs (at the time nearly all 4x4s had rigid axles). The interiors of these vehicles were inspired by high-end yachts, fine furniture and first class airline seats, providing more space and luxury.

In 2012, the fourth generation and most recent Range Rover debuted. It was the first SUV to feature lightweight all-aluminium construction, saving 420kg in weight compared to its predecessor. Featuring a wealth of new off-road innovations such as automatic Terrain Response™ 2 and All-Terrain Progress Control, it has evolved to include efficient new electrified Ingenium engines, a plug-in hybrid electric version and innovative infotainment and safety technologies.

For the last five years the Range Rover SVAutobiography has been at the pinnacle of the model line-up, with the most powerful and refined vehicles in Range Rover’s history. Produced by Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division, customers can also choose from the Range Rover SVAutobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic – which feature powerful V8 engines and finely crafted cabins.

 

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« Respuesta #1984 en: 17 Junio 2020, 15:26:31 »
GOODWOOD MOVES 2020 FESTIVAL OF SPEED AND REVIVAL EVENTS TO 2021

The 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and Goodwood Revival will not take place this year in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
Tickets for this year’s events will be valid for the 2021 events and refunds are available
Relaunched Goodwood Supporters’ Association gives fans the opportunity to play a role in the future of both events. To find out more click here: www.goodwood.com/gsa
Goodwood is sorry to announce that its key summer motorsport events, The Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard in July and the Goodwood Revival in September will not be taking place this year due to the ongoing social distancing rules in place to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

All General Admission, Grandstand and Hospitality tickets remain valid for 2021 for those wishing to attend next year’s events. Customers will also be eligible for a refund.

A third option will allow ticket holders and fans to play a key role in the future of both events as Goodwood relaunches the Goodwood Supporters’ Association (GSA).

A quarter of a century ago, the GSA was instrumental in bringing motorsport back to Goodwood and its new incarnation will allow supporters to once again connect with the organisation in the absence of live events this year.

Those who wish to help keep the spirit of Goodwood motorsport alive are invited to make a one-off contribution in order to become lifetime GSA Members. In return they will receive exclusive benefits, including an engraved nameplate at the Motor Circuit or within the Festival of Speed parkland as a lasting association with the events, a tree planted in the new woodland area planned to the north-west of the circuit and a unique GSA lapel pin. Ticket holders for the 2020 events can opt to transfer part or all of their refund towards GSA membership. Further details can be found at: www.goodwood.com/gsa.

The Duke of Richmond said: “For a business like ours, which is all about bringing people together to enjoy the things they love, social distancing has had an unavoidable impact on our ability to operate. The Festival of Speed and Revival events will return in 2021 and, in the meantime, we are delighted to give our incredibly loyal members and dedicated followers a unique opportunity to increase their connection to Goodwood by becoming part of our new Goodwood Supporters Association initiative.”

“In addition, we are still hoping that we may be able to keep the flame alive with a ‘behind closed doors’ motorsport occasion later this year for motorsport fans and enthusiasts worldwide to enjoy at home and look forward to making an announcement in the coming weeks.”
 

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« Respuesta #1985 en: 19 Junio 2020, 14:30:27 »
CALLING YOUNG-AT-HEART HISTORIC VEHICLE ENTHUSIASTS: FIVA LAUNCHES CREATIVE COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is inviting youngsters to submit photographs, paintings and drawings on the theme of 'Historic Vehicles and Industrial Heritage'.

The competition is being held to celebrate the United Nations International Youth Day, 12 August 2020, promoting the benefits that young people bring into the world.

“Our competition invites the young and young-at-heart to submit bold and innovative artistic representations of historic vehicles in the context of industrial heritage, expressing the importance of maintaining classics on tomorrow’s roads,” says Nataša G. Jerina, vice-president of FIVA. “While the UN defines the world’s youth as the 15-24 years age group, we think it fair to extend this to include the young-at-heart. Youth is a state of mind, not a number, so we don’t have a cut-off age but we nevertheless hope to see many entries from people in their teens – or younger.”

There are three separate categories to enter:

Category 1: Photography of industrial buildings, fuel stations, garages, etc., in some way connected to historic vehicles
Category 2: Paintings/drawings of industrial buildings, fuel stations, garages, etc., in some way connected to historic vehicles
Category 3: Photography showing an owner with his/her historic vehicle
Entries will be published on FIVA social media sites using the hashtags #fiva_classic #historic_vehicles #culture #youth #internationalyouthday #2020youth

The winners of each category will be announced by 30 September 2020 and will receive recognition through publication on FIVA’s website and social media, presentation of the project to the FIVA General Assembly, provisionally held in November, plus they will receive a FIVA book, FIVA vehicle plaque and a recognition diploma.

Entries should be sent to secretary@fiva.org and culture@fiva.org to arrive no later than 30 August 2020. Please take note that all entries are on condition that FIVA may use the material for promotion and information purposes, in whatever way FIVA sees fit, and without any obligation to the sender(s) or creator(s) of the photographic work. In case entries violate a third party’s copyright, privacy or other rights, the sender / applicant will indemnify FIVA against all compensation that FIVA owes to those third parties.

See https://fiva.org/en/calling-young-at-heart-historic-vehicle-enthusiasts/
 

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« Respuesta #1986 en: 22 Junio 2020, 09:59:11 »
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED TO 2021

It is with great regret that Historic Promotions and MotorSport Vision announce that the Donington Historic Festival will not now be taking place in 2020.

The next Donington Historic Festival will be held in 2021 - the Festival’s 10th anniversary.

When DHF 2020 was originally postponed from its May 1,2,3 dates due to COVID 19 restrictions, we hoped to be able to reschedule for later this year and have been working very hard ever since to try to make this happen. However, these remain extraordinary times and, as with modern motorsport, the international historic calendar has been thrown into disarray by the current circumstances. Consequently, it has simply not been possible to come up with a suitable date this year which would allow the fantastic line-up of historic race grids - which, with their cars and drivers from across the world form the backbone of the Festival - to take part.

We know the cancellation of the 2020 event will be a great disappointment to so many people, as it is for us, and we thank you all for your understanding. The DHF team will now start planning for the Festival’s 10th anniversary event in 2021, where we will look to celebrate our love of historic motorsport with both spectators and competitors. We can’t wait to see and hear those fabulous classic racing machines in action round the sweeping Donington Park circuit once again.

2020 ticket holders will be entitled to use their tickets for the 2021 Festival or to request a full refund and MSV will be contacting ticket holders over the coming weeks when their offices reopen.

 

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« Respuesta #1987 en: 23 Junio 2020, 08:10:17 »
BEAULIEU’S 2020 EVENT PROGRAMME UPDATE

Beaulieu has been hosting motoring events in the parkland surrounding the National Motor Museum since 1952 when it held the first veteran car rally. Each year it now welcomes over 100,000 visitors to its events that take place from April through to November.

The Covid-19 pandemic halted the 2020 programme when the attraction had to close its doors to visitors in late March. The Spring Autojumble was cancelled in May, and subsequent events have been postponed whilst awaiting Government guidance on mass gatherings.

Over the last few weeks, it has become increasingly apparent with social distancing requirements and the quarantine on international travel that holding some of the larger events at Beaulieu will not be possible this year.

It has therefore confirmed today the decision to cancel three of its major events, the Hot Rod & Custom Show, the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend and the International Autojumble. Exhibitors, participants and ticket holders are being notified and given the option to roll their bookings into 2021 or obtain a refund.

Whilst the popular International Autojumble cannot take place in its current format, Beaulieu is hoping it may be able to host an alternative simpler version of the event if there is demand, to allow motoring enthusiasts to trade. This will however be dependent on Government advice and being able to do so safely. It will communicate any decision via its website, e-newsletter and social media channels.

Russell Bowman, Managing Director of Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd stated, “We know how popular these three events are and their importance to both car enthusiasts and the local economy, so we are sorry to have to make this difficult decision. We would like to thank everyone, including the event sponsors, for their support and patience over the last few months and look forward to welcoming them back when these events return in 2021.”

On a positive note, Beaulieu has confirmed that the popular Simply car rallies will be continuing over the remainder of the year. It has reviewed the arrangements for these smaller events to ensure they can take place safely for both participants, visitors and staff. As a result, all participants will need to pre-book their tickets, and there will be a limit on the number of cars that can take part. A revised schedule and new booking details will be announced before the end of June. Existing ticket holders will not need to rebook.

Beaulieu reopened its grounds and gardens to visitors in early June and is hopeful of reopening the National Motor Museum, Palace House and other indoor areas of the attraction in early July. For further information on Beaulieu’s event programme, please visit https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events

 

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« Respuesta #1988 en: 24 Junio 2020, 14:34:08 »
JAGUAR CLASSIC REINTRODUCES 3.8-LITRE XK ENGINE BLOCK

Jaguar Classic has reintroduced the 3.8-litre XK engine block, as fitted to many coveted Jaguar saloons and sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s, including the legendary E-type. Unavailable new for more than 50 years, these are the only brand-new XK engine blocks available.

Recreated to exact original specifications the brand-new cast iron engine block is a direct replacement for the 3.8-litre six-cylinder units originally fitted to the XK150, XK150 S, MkIX, Mk2, MkX, E-type Series 1 and S-type.

Subject to providing documentation which confirms proof of vehicle ownership, customers can choose to retain the serial number from their original engine block, which will be stamped on the new casting with an additional asterisk denoting the new block is a replacement item. Alternatively, the new block is stamped with a new unique serial number.

New 3.8-litre Jaguar XK engine blocks are priced £14,340 each, including VAT, and come with a minimum 12 months Jaguar parts and accessories warranty1 and certificate of authenticity, exclusively from Jaguar Classic.

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Notes to Editors

Applicability

Replaces cylinder block casting numbers C16020, C17567, C17200/1, C19292, C19983, C22290, C20012, C22250

1 This product is available globally and is covered by Jaguar’s standard parts and accessories warranty. The warranty period is market-specific. The Jaguar parts and accessories warranty period is 24 months for UK and Germany. The warranty will not cover modified engines or vehicles used for racing purposes.

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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #1989 en: 24 Junio 2020, 14:34:34 »
RARE BMW E30 M3 EVO II TO STAR IN NO-RESERVE ONLINE AUCTION

1988 BMW M3 EVO II E30 for auction with TheMarket.co.uk
Number 114 of just 500 examples made and finished in Macau Blue
No reserve auction with a guide price of £50,000 to £70,000
Online auction to start on Monday 29th June and close on Monday 6th July
One of only 500 BMW M3 EVO II cars made will sell to the highest bidder when it goes on sale with leading classic car auctioneer TheMarket.co.uk in a ‘no reserve’ online auction.

Considered today as one of BMW’s most rare and collectible sports cars, the BMW E30 M3 EVO II is the second limited production run of the road going version of the E30 M3, regarded as one of the most successful touring car of all time.

While almost 18,000 BMW M3 cars were built, only 500 EVO II cars left the factory, making this example one of the most desirable 1980s homologation specials today.

Presented in excellent condition and maintained in fully working order as part of a private collection, it is expected to sell for between £50,000 and £70,000 when it is auctioned online from 29th June to 6th July.

“The E30 M3 is a bona fide legend thanks to its stunning looks, relative ease of maintenance, and the fact that it drives every bit as well as its reputation would have you believe,” explains Tristan Judge, director, The Market.

Celebrated as one of the best drivers’ cars ever made, the M3 E30 EVO II owes its reputable performance to its 220bhp, four-cylinder ‘S14’ engine, five speed manual Getrag gearbox and stunning power-to-weight ratio, all developed by the BMW Motorsport Division with an eye on competition.

This 1988 left-hand-drive car, number 114 of the 500 made, started its life in Germany where it was enjoyed by three owners before it was imported into the UK in the mid-1990s. Purchased by the current owner 20 years ago, it was treated to an engine rebuild by Moseley Motorsport in 2010 as well as a front-end respray and full wheel refurbishment.

Finished in Macau Blue, the iconic 1980s saloon car’s features include a rear spoiler, split-rim BBS alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, brake air-intakes, front splitter and M3 Motorsport Division badges.

The remarkably well preserved interior includes the original Buffalo Silver half-leather seats with grey check trim and tricolour ‘M’ badge, ‘M’ steering wheel and gear knob, sliding steel sunroof, sunblind for the rear window, upgraded speakers and the roof-mounted computer that is still labelled in German. The plaque on the centre console shows that this is number 114 of 500 cars made.

Carefully stored for the past eight years, the odometer reads 125,620 miles, with just 3,000 miles covered since the engine rebuild in 2010.

“This is a hugely collectible modern classic thanks to its racing pedigree. These cars rarely come up for sale, and as a ‘no reserve’ auction, this car will definitely sell to the highest bidder, which makes for an especially exciting auction to take part in or follow online,” concludes Tristan.

The car is accompanied by its original owner’s handbook and book pack, stamped service history booklet, two keys, a number of expired MOT certificates plus some old invoices and bills to confirm the work that has been completed on the car over the years.

To find out more about the 1988 BMW M3 EVO II E30 for auction visit https://themarket.co.uk/listings/bmw/m3-evo-ii/1a569a28-df84-41ce-8773-3864f140ee7f?status=preview.

 

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« Respuesta #1990 en: 24 Junio 2020, 14:35:00 »
MAZDA AT 100 | THE MAZDAS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

In 1930 Mazda produced 30 250cc 4-stroke motorbikes, the prototype won the first race it entered.
The 1965 Mazda light bus was a futuristic 26 seat ‘glasshouse’ public bus that was unlike its rivals.
Created for an internal staff competition, the Mazda suitcase car highlighted engineering ingenuity.
In the year that Mazda marks its 100th anniversary and celebrates the people, products and achievements of the last century, we take a look at some of the most unexpected, unusual and little-known vehicles produced by Mazda. Whether it’s a curious concept, a long-forgotten prototype or a rare production car; Mazda’s history features a broad spread of vehicles that tell a story of the engineering ingenuity and convention defying spirit that runs through the business.

This courage to question common practices and forge new paths in engineering and design that others considered unfeasible has driven the team at Mazda since 1920. Along the way Mazda was the first Japanese brand to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race, commercially launched the rotary engine in the iconic Cosmo Sport 110S, created the world’s best-selling two seat roadster: the Mazda MX-5 and with Skyactiv-X introduced the world’s first production compression ignition petrol engine.

Yet away from these famous significant moments and the countless coupes, saloons, sports cars, family cars, commercial vehicles and roadsters Mazda has become famous for, there’s a hidden story of the projects forgotten by time, so we dig even deeper into the history file to unearth the Mazdas you’ve never heard of. The first of which is the Mazda motorbike, which for a company that today is famed for creating a range of attractively styled and great to drive SUVs and cars, is a real surprise.

Having started life as a cork products manufacturing company in 1920 before progressing to engineering when industrialist Jujiro Matsuda took charge of Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd in 1921 and transformed the business first into a machine tool producer. The progression from here to cars via three-wheeled trikes like the 1931 Mazda Go is relatively well known, but the fact that before this Mazda produced a prototype motorcycle is a little-known paragraph in the Mazda history book.

Motorcycle racing was popular in Japan in the late 20s with most of the bikes imported or assembled in Japan from imported parts. Toyo Kogyo, as Mazda was then known, wanted to build a domestic Japanese bike and began development of a prototype in 1929. A 250cc 2-stroke prototype motorbike was revealed in October 1930 and to everyone’s surprise it won its first race beating a British-made Ariel, which were one of the most-popular bike brands in the 30s and well-respected in Japan.

Toyo Kogyo went on to produce 30 more motorcycles in 1930, but commercially Matsuda took the decision to instead focus attention on developing the practical Mazda Go three-wheeler, setting the company on the road to success in automobiles rather than motorbikes, and leaving Mazda’s flirtation with motorbikes as a small snippet in the 100-year story of Mazda. 

Mazda’s first car also never made it beyond the gestation period either, in 1940 Mazda built a small two-door prototype car called the PKW prototype, but the unset of World War Two meant it never reached production and Mazda’s post-war reconstruction focused on the production of the Type GA and Type GB three-wheeled Mazda Go inspired three wheeled trucks and their ever bigger and more sophisticated successors.

However, amongst these successful and popular three-wheeled trike trucks Mazda also produced another one of its little-known four-wheeled pioneers – the Type-CA one-ton four-wheeled truck, which was a small open sided canvas roofed, split-screen open-decked truck that bore some resemblance to a Willys Jeep. It predated Mazda’s first production car the R360 Coupe by ten years and wasn’t as famous as Mazda’s three-wheeled trucks.

While the 1960 Mazda R360 was Mazda’s first car and started a lineage that leads all the way to today’s range, Mazda’s history includes commercial vans, pick-ups and light trucks. But while the smaller mini-bus vehicles based on the different generations of Mazda Bongo are relatively well-known, other bus models fall into the ‘Mazdas you’ve never heard of category’. Mazda sold its first bus in 1960, it was a 13-seater based on the D1500 cab-over compact truck and was sold to the Japanese Defence Agency. The interior was flexible enough that with the seats folded it was designed to transport injured soldiers on stretchers, and the D1500 bus was exported to the Middle East with centre-opening freestlyle doors at the back that enhanced its usability as an ambulance.

Mazda’s first bus for general public use was the 1965 25-seater Mazda Light Bus Type-A. Based on a concept shown at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, with its huge curved laminated safety glass windscreen and futuristic styling it was a world away from the traditional buses found in Europe in the 60s. Into the 1970s Mazda continued to produce upscale mini-buses using the Parkway model name and in 1974 even introduced the world’s first rotary engine powered bus: the Parkway 26.

Incredibly, as futuristic as the 1965 Light Bus looked and as unique as the 1974 rotary Parkway bus was, both looked positively conventional compared to the 1974 Mazda CVS Personal Car Concept. Mazda’s look into transportation possibilities outside the realm of driver-controlled vehicles, CVS stood for computer-controlled vehicle system, and the CVS was a wheel at each corner box with sliding doors and a spacious interior designed for passenger comfort, including big leather chairs and a telephone. Tested on a Mazda designed rail track, this 70s self-driving pod looked like futuristic fantasy in 1973, but today strangely familiar to anyone who’s ridden on the business parking pods at Heathrow airport terminal five.

However, forward-looking computer-controlled transport pods weren’t the only 70s oddities that fall into the Mazdas you’ve never heard of category. Created to meet Mazda’s desire to have a large executive car to be used by Japanese government officials, the little-known Mazda Road Pacer AP was launched in 1975. It used Holden HJ bodies, which were shipped to Japan without engines, whereupon Mazda fitted the 135ps 13B rotary engine. Designed to take on the grandly named Toyota Century, Nissan President and Isuzu Statesman De Ville, the Road Pacer AP featured luxuries such as speed related central locking and even an inbuilt dictation machine. Only sold in Japan, just 800 were produced between 1975 and 1977.

Another global anomaly in Mazda’s history is the Mazda Pathfinder – a traditional 4X4 exclusively assembled and sold in Burma it was a rugged off-roader popular with the military and police. Powered by a 90ps engine it was offered with either a canvas roof or as enclosed nine-seat version, largely unknown in the rest of the world, a few can still be seen on the roads of Myanmar today.       

Even stranger than the Burmese built off-roader, futuristic bus or the Australian based limousine is the 1991 Mazda Suitcase Car. The development of a functioning car built into a piece of luggage came about thanks to the 1991 ‘Fantasy yard’ event - an inter-departmental contest to see which group of Mazda employees could come up with the most innovative and creative solution to produce a moving machine.

A select group of seven engineers from Mazda’s manual transmission testing and research group purchased the largest Samsonite suitcase they could find and a quarter size pocket motorbike and set to work on their idea. The 33.6cc two-stroke engine, handlebars from the minibike were fitted into the suitcase, with the rear wheels slotted onto the outside of the case, while the front wheel would pop through a removable hatch in the front. The suitcase car took just minutes to assemble and had a top speed of 19mph, while the original prototype was accidentally destroyed just a few months after the ‘Fantasy Yard’ event, one Mazda suitcase car still remains in existence.

The same sense of freedom of thinking for engineers and designers that led to a collaboration with the London Royal College of Art in 1993 to sponsor their design project to design to come up with a taxi concept for a future where space would restrict vehicle size. While not an official Mazda concept, Mazda assisted by building the prototype, which was a futuristic looking narrow-track pod shaped mini-car, that was 20 years ahead of its time. 

Today, many of these oddities are a distant memory, but alongside the more famous models, competition success and records they form part of the history of Mazda - an independent car brand that has always pushed the boundaries of design and engineering to create award-winning vehicles and unique products. Today, Mazda continues to defy convention to make things better, and as the firm enters its second century, the ingenuity and passion for automotive excellence that has flowed through the Mazda company for its first 100years is still at the heart of everything the company does. 

 

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« Respuesta #1991 en: 25 Junio 2020, 14:35:02 »
FROM XK120 TO CHIRON: LONDON CONCOURS REVEALS THE PURSUIT OF SPEED DISPLAY

The London Concours has announced its The Pursuit of Speed display – a celebration of cars that were built to be the fastest
Stunning examples from Mercedes, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar and Bugatti will be on the lawn
Each decade from the 1940s to the present day is represented by the car that did the most to move on the production car top speeds
Hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ from 19-20 August, the London Concours is the capital’s finest automotive garden party
Tickets are available now from https://www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets 
The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, has announced its The Pursuit of Speed display; gathering the cars designed not just to be fast on the road, but to be the fastest. From the all-conquering Jaguar XK120 to the beautifully iconic Mercedes 300SL 'Gullwing' and on to the latest Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, ‘The Pursuit of Speed’ is a visual journey through humanity’s quest for ever higher speeds, and the evolving technology that accompanies it.

Taking place from 19-20 August, the London Concours will gather these speed machines and nearly 100 others into the Honourable Artillery Company HQ –  a five-acre oasis of green nestled among the tall buildings of the City of London. Classes are dedicated to elegance, or to innovation, design and – in this case – speed.

From naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines to quad-turbocharged W16 engines, the fastest cars on the road have quickly shifted gears from 100mph to just over 300mph in less than 100 years, and The Pursuit of Speed will chart each quantum leap. Below are a few of the highlights that will be on the lawn:

1950s Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
Arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever created, the Mercedes 300SL kickstarted a model line –  the SL – that continues in the Mercedes range to this day. At the time, it wasn’t just a stunning and innovative piece of design (including those iconic gullwing doors), it was actually the fastest car in the world, capable of hitting over 160mph with the right gearing.

1970s Lamborghini Countach LP400 (Periscopio)
The unmistakable, aggressive wedge-shaped Lamborghini Countach was built on a tubular space-frame chassis with dramatic alloy bodywork draped over it. But never one to skimp on drama, Lamborghini also equipped the Countach with a pair of magnificent scissor doors. Fitted with a longitudinal 4.0-litre V12, the early LP400 ‘Periscopio’ was capable of reaching around 180mph, but the pièce de résistance of these 150 early models is the periscope rear-view mirror which was replaced shortly afterwards.

1980s Ferrari F40
The final car that got Enzo Ferrari’s personal sign off was to be an absolute powerhouse. Celebrating 40 years of Ferrari, the powerful twin-turbo V8 was fitted to a lightweight Kevlar, carbon fibre and aluminium body meaning it was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car for sale at the time. The amount of weight saving was made apparent in the spartan interior – no door handles, no glove box, carpets or trim. Even today, the Ferrari F40 will keep modern supercars honest with a top speed over 200mph.

2000s Bugatti Veyron
As the first car to officially break the 250mph barrier, the Bugatti Veyron was a seminal moment in automotive history. It’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine generated 1001PS, with Super Sport versions boasting 1,200PS. In 2005, it set an average top speed record of 253.81mph, before the later ‘World Record Edition’ model hit a blistering 268mph.

The London Concours 2020 takes place from 19-20 August. Tickets are available to buy now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets

The full list of cars in ‘The Pursuit of Speed’ is:

1940s: Jaguar XK120
1950s: Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’
1960s: Lamborghini Miura
1970s: Lamborghini Countach
1980s: Ferrari F40
1990s: McLaren F1
2000s: Bugatti Veyron
2010s: Bugatti Chiron

 

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« Respuesta #1992 en: 25 Junio 2020, 14:35:29 »
EAGLE LAUNCHES ULTIMATE E-TYPE: THE LEGENDARY LIGHTWEIGHT COMPREHENSIVELY RE-ENGINEERED FOR THE ROAD

he most comprehensively upgraded E-Type ever built
8,000 hours of craftsmanship
Intoxicating blend of E-Type character with modern reliability, comfort and performance
East Sussex (UK) June 24th 2020 – The question ‘what’s the best an E-Type can be’ has been answered by Eagle, the world’s leading specialist in the legendary Jaguars. More than 35 years of E-Type experience has been focussed on the analysis of every component, identifying no compromise design improvements, followed by an 8,000 hour build to create the missing model in Jaguar’s E-Type evolution: a Lightweight, thoroughly reengineered to be enjoyed on the road.

Only 12 Lightweights were manufactured by Jaguar, introducing their most exotic E-Type for the 1963 season. Noisy, brutal, exhilarating and exhausting, these brilliant race cars were intoxicating on the track and visceral on the road. Six years earlier, Jaguar had re-equipped and retuned 16 of their legendary D-Type racers to create the XKSS: race car fast, yet with a level of comfort and refinement that allowed owners such as Steve McQueen to drive them every day. Until now, there has been no Lightweight E-Type equivalent.

“An Eagle E-Type is always an ultimate development of the model, with each variation created for a different type of driver,” explains Eagle founder Henry Pearman. “Three years ago, a customer asked us to create Eagle’s vision of Jaguar’s ultimate E-Type, the Lightweight. The result of that project is the Eagle Lightweight GT, rigorously developed and proven and now ready for further builds.”

The challenge for Pearman’s team was even greater than that of creating its three other E-Type Special Editions, the Speedster, Low Drag GT and Spyder GT. “The factory Lightweight was a stripped-out racer. We wanted to retain that special feel of a 60s competition car from an incredible era in British motorsport, but with the comfort, refinement and reliability that would make it an exhilarating daily driver or long-distance GT.”

The process begins with a 100 per cent strip-down of an original Series 1 E-Type. Every panel is replaced with lightweight aluminium of a modern grade more suited to road use than the thin, fragile material of the original Lightweights. Specialist craftsmen invest more than 2,500 hours forming the sensual curves, then fitting them to a tolerance many times more demanding than those specified by Jaguar’s Competition Department.

The famous Lightweight profile is faithfully recreated, with subtle enhancements to aerodynamics including a deeper rear ramp angle, deeper sills (which also increase chassis stiffness and allow the driver to sit lower, improving headroom and lowering the centre of gravity) and increased screen rake front and rear with bespoke glass. Wheel arch size has also been enlarged to accommodate 16” peg-drive magnesium alloy wheels, modelled on the original Dunlop racing wheels but wider, with a little more offset and one inch taller to allow more modern tyres.

The heart of the car is Eagle’s 4.7 litre evolution of the famous Jaguar XK straight six that was fitted not just to E-Types, but also to the C and D-Types that, in the 1950s, won an astonishing five outright victories at Le Mans. Factory Lightweights were specified with an aluminium block replacing the iron block of road cars, an upgrade replicated by Eagle. A bespoke crankshaft, pistons and con rods improve responsiveness and durability, while a wide-angle head, as specified for factory Lightweights, accommodates larger valves and a higher lift camshaft for improved breathing.

Peak power of 380 bhp arrives at 5,750 rpm, but the pleasure of this unit is the vast wave of torque: 375 lb ft at 4,000 rpm and a wonderfully flat curve that makes the Eagle Lightweight GT feel effortlessly fast, before an urgent, howling dash for the redline.

From hand-forming to 3D Printing
Ultra-lightweight magnesium alloys are specified for the gearbox case, bell housing, differential case, sump and rear hub carriers. The gearbox has been uprated to a carefully re-engineered, all synchromesh five speed unit, taking care to provide a perfect period feel to the change with no compromise in the position of the lever. There is no compromise allowed in the gearbox ratios either, as each one has been designed to ensure a seamless flow of torque that is ideally matched to the weight of the car and the characteristics of the engine.

Through extensive use of specialist lightweight materials including magnesium, Inconel and titanium, the Eagle Lightweight GT weighs just 1017 kg; not in stripped-out race configuration, but luxuriously specified and fully air conditioned for comfortable road use.

Comfortable road use also means resisting the temptation to give the Eagle Lightweight GT an exhaust note that shouts ‘race car’ or a track-focussed suspension calibration that too often makes such vehicles too harsh. “Far more challenging is to combine taught, sportscar dynamics with the ride quality and refinement of a world-class Grand Tourer,” explains technical director Paul Brace. Working together with the seats and tyres, Eagle’s lightweight suspension, carefully specified geometry, spring rates, bushings and bespoke Ohlins adjustable dampers, ensures long distances can be completed in refreshing comfort.

That attention to detail is continued throughout the Eagle Lightweight GT in the most comprehensive review and enhancement of an E-Type ever undertaken, accomplished with great sensitivity to the original feel and aesthetic. Take the driving position as an example. The design of the floorpan, pedal mountings and the rear bulkhead have been tweaked to dramatically increase legroom in the E-Type’s notoriously cramped cabin while the seats are redesigned to improve safety, retention and long-term comfort. The remarkable attention to detail has even increased finger room around the seat adjusters, using the latest 3D printing techniques to create bespoke control levers.

Most of the revisions, like the gorgeous peg-drive magnesium alloy wheels and aluminium three eared wheel spinner nuts, could be described as ultimate evolutions of the correct period technologies, but there are also carefully selected modern systems that have been discreetly integrated. Braking is by four piston, servo assisted vented discs, a subtly integrated electrical distribution panel increases safety and reliability and the extreme cabin heat of the original is solved by modern thermal barrier materials and the careful integration of a discreet airconditioning system; designed in-house to eliminate the compromises that would be inevitable with a bought-in design.

Pearman says the Lightweight GT is a classic supercar that fuses the character and charm of the original Jaguar E-Type with the intoxicating thrills of a 1963 factory Lightweight, thoughtfully and comprehensively re-engineered to ensure the new owner enjoys every mile, every day. For enthusiasts wanting to wrap the intense flavours of ‘60s motorsport in the sumptuous, hand crafted comforts of a luxury GT, “this,” he states with confidence, “is as good as an E-Type can be.”

The Eagle E-Type range
The Lightweight GT joins Eagle’s three established E-Type ‘special editions’; the Speedster, Low Drag GT and Spyder GT. Just two ‘special edition’ E-Types will slip discreetly from their UK workshops each year, each one the product of more than 8,000 hours of skilled workmanship and 35 years of focussed, passionate, E-Type experience.

This brings the Eagle range to six, including the original steel-bodied Roadster and Coupe Eagle E-Types of which 48 have been completed since their introduction in 1994. In addition to the rigorous re-engineering of the original vehicle, customers can choose from more than 100 options, developed to ensure that every Eagle E-Type delivers a combination of character, performance, comfort and technology that is precisely tailored to the demands of its new owner.

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« Respuesta #1993 en: 26 Junio 2020, 15:07:45 »
MAZDA AT 100 | MAZDA IN THE UK

The first Mazda cars were imported to the UK in 1969, starting with the Mazda R100 Coupe.
Over the last fifty years more than 30 different Mazda models have been imported to the UK.
Mazda Motors UK Ltd was founded in 2001 and gave Mazda a wholly owned national sales company.
Mazda Motor Corporation started life 100 years ago on the 30th January 1920, as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Company producing cork for gaskets, insulation and cushioning material.  It was not until 1931 that the first vehicle rolled off the production line, the Mazda-Go three-wheel truck and it was another 29 years until Mazda produced its first passenger car, the R360 coupe in 1960.  A company with global ambitions, exports to Europe started just seven years later.

Sales in the UK started on a small scale in 1967 with just nine cars being imported in two years through Normand Garages, part of the Lyons food chain, with Industria (London) Ltd taking over the import of Mazda and officially launching the Mazda marque on the 30th September, 1969 at the British motorshow.  However, it was not until 1972 when three Volkswagon GB executives departed the German manufacturer and took over Industria (London) Ltd, changed the name to Mazda Car Imports (GB) Ltd, that the sales started to rise.

Mazda was a relatively unknown brand in the UK in 1969 and early sales reflected the relative anonymous nature of the marque with a few hundred cars sold in 1970.  By the end of 1973 sales were at 8,000 a year but were limited in the mid-1970s by the Voluntary Export Restriction agreement with JAMA (Japanese Automotive Manufacturer’s Association) that sales of all imported Japanese cars in the UK would not exceed 11% of the total automotive sales.

Over the last fifty years more than 30 different Mazda nameplates have been imported into the UK, here we look at the most significant of those. In the year that man walked on the moon and the Boeing 747 entered service, the Mazda R100 coupe was launched into the UK market, powered by a 100hp twin rotor engine it was ‘as modern as men on the moon’ and priced at £1,649.  The Mazda R100 was joined by the Mazda 1200 saloon at £879, the Mazda 1800 saloon, retail price £1,189, known as the Mazda Luce elsewhere, and the Mazda 1200 estate for £949.

Through the 1970s cars included the Mazda 616, available as either a two-door coupe or a four-door saloon,  powered by a choice of a 1.5 or 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engines.  It was also sold as the RX-2 powered by the 12A 130bhp twin rotor engine. Production started in 1969 and finished in 1978, although no RX-2s were imported into the UK after 1973 and the 616 was dropped from UK sales in 1974.

Alongside the RX-2 was the smaller Mazda RX-3, sold as a two-door coupe and five door estate it was powered by the twin rotor 982cc 10A rotary engine.  Production started in 1971 and ran through to 1978, the car was sold in the UK until 1975.  The RX-3 was also sold as the Mazda 818, the differentiator was the power unit which was a conventional four-cylinder engine with three capacities of 1272cc, 1490cc and 1586cc and externally the RX-3 was differentiated from its piston engined sibling by a nose panel with dual round headlights and a more prominent and pointed honeycomb grille.

The 1970s had brought change to the UK, it had been an era of economic struggle and technological innovation, Concorde had entered service, the micro-processor had been invented and email was emerging on the ARPANET. By the end of the decade imports started of the car that took the rotary to the masses, the Mazda RX-7.

The Mazda RX-7 was a striking 2+2 with pop-up headlights, and a height of only 125.9 cm and was powered by a new generation of more economical Wankel motors with low emissions, and greater reliability. The twin-rotor unit was front-mounted and drove the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox. With a low, sporting wedge-like design and a top speed of 115 mph, the Mazda RX-7 found fans in the UK wanting a car that would challenge the performance from the ubiquitous German and Italian manufacturers.

As the 1980s dawned the naming of Mazda models had changed to create more recognisable family nameplates with UK customers driving the Mazda 323, Mazda 626, Mazda 929. This decade saw extraordinary cultural and technological change, the space shuttle took flight, the Berlin Wall fell, and Live Aid raised millions for the world’s starving.  The decade saw a continuation of Mazda’s naming strategy, with the Mazda 323, 626 and, in 1988, the Mazda 121 joined the model line up in the UK, a car that shared many of its components with the Ford Festiva. Mazda was gaining fans, not just for the reliability, affordability and the outstanding drive experience, but also for the success on the track as Win Percy won the British Touring Car Championship in 1980 and 1981 in the Mazda RX-7.

However, it was the end of the decade that Mazda introduced its most famous car at the Chicago motor show, although the British public would have to wait until the next decade to experience the delight of an affordable, lightweight two seat sportscar. The 1990s continued with great technological and cultural change, the internet became widely available, Nelson Mandela was elected the President of South Africa, the American space shuttle docked for the first time with the Russian Mir space station and JK Rowling published the first Harry Potter book.

In 1990 the MX-5 arrived, instantly finding favour with the British motorist, a lightweight, affordable sportscar, very much in the vein of British sport cars of the 60s and 70s.  It redefined the segment and, thirty years on, the MX-5 is still going strong, winning awards and plaudits for its driver focused set up, despite its modest power, and has become a firm favourite in the UK with over 12% of all global sales finding a home here.

The new Mazda 121 was launched in 1991.  A more rounded shape with a full-length canvas roof made this a popular car with those who wanted wind in the hair motoring with the practicality of four seats. Then came the Mazda MX-3, a small 2+2 coupe powered by either a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine or a super smooth 1.8 V6, one of the smallest V6s commercially available, this car was designed to offer an outstanding driving experience with great handling.

In early 1992 the MX-3 was joined by the MX-6 coupe, powered by a 2.5-litre V6 engine driving the front wheels, it could easily match any of the hot hatches or performance cars of the time.  A silky-smooth engine, flowing design and a driving experience that was very Mazda, made this a popular choice for those who wanted something different.

Later in 1992 the Mazda Xedos 6 joined the UK model line-up, available as either a 1.6-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre V6, it was aimed very much at the premium end of the market and the design was described by many commentators of the time as the best-looking car on the road, some comparing it to Jaguar design.  Mazda UK went on to campaign an Xedos6 in the British Touring Car Championship, affectionately known as the ‘Mr Blobby’ car due to its yellow and purple colour scheme, it was driven by Patrick Watts, David Lesley and Matt Neal.

Completing a bumper crop that year for new Mazda cars as the third generation RX-7 was next to arrive.  Powered by the 13B twin rotor, sequential turbo, the RX-7 offered supercar looks and performance to match, this car was the ultimate Mazda driving machine.  The sequential turbos provided 10psi of boost from 1,800rpm, with the second turbo kicking in at 4,500rpm providing semi-linear acceleration throughout the rev range.  To aid driver engine management a buzzer sounded at peak revs to encourage a gear change, pop up headlights gave the car a streamlined low CD when the lights were retracted and an interior that cocooned and supported the driver offered the ideal seating position in this exciting car.  The RX-7 went on to feature in many films, most memorably The Fast and The Furious, and became a firm favourite of rotary fans the world over.

Then in 1993 the Mazda Xedos 9 arrived, the bigger brother of the Xedos 6, it was powered by a 2.25-litre V6 Miller Cycle engine and was focused on attracting premium buyers to the marque.  The cabin boasted luxurious leather seats as standard, keyless entry, heated front seats and traction control all as standard. These cars were joined at the end of the decade by the Mazda Demio, Premacy and MPV, with the Mazda 323, 626, B-Series pick-up and E-series panel van completing the line-up.  Creating a diverse and interesting product offering from the small Japanese manufacturer which was fast becoming renowned for building cars that deviated from the conventional and were great to drive.

As we headed into a new century Mazda UK launched the Mazda Tribute, which was Mazda’s first original SUV having spotted the growing market trend for SUVs. As the new century developed, so did the Mazda offering in the UK, no longer restricted by the JAMA agreement, and now a national sales company, there was opportunity to grow market share.  The Mazda 626 was replaced by the Mazda6, the Mazda3 replaced the 323 and the Mazda2 replaced the 121 and Demio.

A new rotary contender was launched in 2003, the Mazda RX-8, with its butterfly doors and lively twin rotor RENESIS engine, this was joined by a new MX-5 in 2005 along with the Mazda5 which replaced the Mazda Premacy.  The Mazda MPS badge (Mazda Performance Series) adorned the back of the Mazda6 and Mazda3 in 2006, offering subtle performance versions of these popular cars.  In 2007 the Tribute was replaced by the Mazda CX-7 which was in turn replaced by the CX-5 in 2012 as engines and design saw a significant change in direction.

Skyactiv technology reiterated Mazda’s ability to think differently with more efficient and economical engines, and Kodo design led to some of the best-looking cars on the road.  A new Mazda6 followed the CX-5, the Mazda3 was replaced and a CX-3 joined the SUV line-up in 2015 followed by an updated Mazda2.

In 2015 the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 was launched, returning to its roots as a fun to drive, affordable, lightweight sports car, this was followed by the MX-5 RF in 2017 with its retractable metal roof.  The Mazda6 was significantly upgraded in 2018  and in 2019 the long awaited Mazda3 with the Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression ignition petrol engine made its debut with the evolution of Kodo design.  The CX-30 joined the SUV range at the end of 2019, fitting in between the CX-3 and CX-5, powered by the revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine.

As we move into the next decade, Mazda will introduce its first EV, the Mazda MX-30, in 2021 to be followed by models with greater electrification, cleaner and more efficient internal combustion engines, a great driving experience and a design philosophy that produces cars with outstanding kerb appeal.

 

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DAVID BECKHAM SCORES WITH VINTAGE ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE

DAVID BECKHAM is rumoured to own a vintage luxury car collection valued at $3,000,000, but this may have reduced slightly as one of them is now up for grabs on Auto Trader.

Golden Balls’ own Aston Martin AMV8 Volante is currently being advertised on Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital marketplace for new and used cars, for a cool £445,000, via Aston Martin Works.

This beautiful vintage car comes in deep red, with cream leather interiors, deep pile carpets and burr walnut, as well as the sought-after X Pack engine. With a five-speed manual gearbox and 432hp, the V8 can do 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds, and a top speed of 168mph.

Previously registered under Beckham’s personal plate ‘DB1001’, the V8 Volante was often spotted by paparazzi in the UK. Immediately recognisable by its gleaming metallic paint, the V8 would be seen regularly cruising along West London’s streets.

The Beckhams held on to the Volante for 15 years before selling it in 2018. David even shipped it over to Madrid during his time with Real Madrid football club, showing a clear fondness for this particular model.

The Aston Martin AMV8 Volante is in pristine condition and was even showcased at the London Classic Car Show in February before lockdown. One of just 78 similar cars, it has been meticulously maintained by its previous owners and is ready for immediate sale.

Auto Trader’s Rory Reid says, “We know David Beckham is a bit of a petrolhead, owning cars ranging from Bentleys and Rolls-Royces to, of course, Aston Martins. This AMV8 Volante is a gorgeous classic so I’m not surprised he held on to it for so long. It’s cool to know someone in the public can now buy this car – well as long as you’ve got half a million spare of course – just by heading onto Auto Trader.”

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