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2020-12-01: Maserati MC12, Audi to Dakar, new Hyundai rally car and latest American supercar ...
Maserati MC12 Corse Over the last few years, the cut-off date for historic racing has moved up considerably and we now see cars appear in historic events that we have seen compete in contemporary events just a few years ago. Seeing this Maserati MC12 in action at the recent Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort shows that that is certainly not a bad thing. Raced extensively in period by Team Vitaphone, it scored five FIA GT wins. Now in Dutch hands, chassis 007 was a winner at Zandvoort as well.
Yesterday, Audi released a teaser image of a planned Dakar challenger. The car should start in the gruelling race in 2022. Also included in the press release was the mention that the German manufacturer will return to sports car racing from the 2023 season onwards with an LMDh car. This will mean the new Audi will be able to compete in both ACO and IMSA sanctioned events.
The latest addition to the Hyundai rally car line-up is this i20 N Rally2. It is currently undergoing testing and the first cars should arrive at customers at the start of the 2021 season.
The latest all electric supercar is this Elation Freedom. The brainchild of two Argentineans, it is being built in California. Power for the all-carbon fibre machine comes from three electric motors, good for a combined 1,340 bhp or 1 mW. There is also the option of a fourth motor, which raises the output to 1,903 bhp! The Freedom should accelerate to 100 km/h in less than two seconds and has a limited top speed of 421 km/h.

2020-11-25: One-owner 275 GTB, Ferrari racer, early 911 RSR 2.8 and 1,047 bhp sports car ...
Ferrari 275 GTB Auctioneer Gooding have announced the first details of the company's Scottsdale Auctions. Due to the current global health situation, the auction will once again follow Gooding's online-only Geared Online principle with the cars available for viewing on appointment in California. One of the early consignments is this one-owner, time-warp Ferrari 275 GTB. It has been consigned by the original owner's family with just over 40,000 miles on the odometer.
If a new Ferrari is more to your taste, here is the latest track-only 488 GT Modificata. It includes all of the attributes of the GTE and GT3 racing versions but without the Balance of Performance mandated restrictions. As a result, the one-make racer will have a twin-turbo V8 that is good for nearly 700 bhp. The 488 GT Modificata will be available for customers to run in the Club Competizione GT series from the 2021 season onwards.
RM Sotheby's have just added this fabulous Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 to their private sales line-up. It was extensively raced in period with considerable success and has recently benefited from a full restoration at the hands of Swiss specialist Marc de Siebenthal.
Naran Automotive is one of the latest supercar start-ups. The company's first model is this 1,047 bhp Naran. Designed by Wyn Design, it is a front-engined, all-wheel drive four-seater. Its power comes from a twin-turbo V8 that has been developed in Germany by Racing Dynamics. Production of the Naran will be limited to 49 examples.
Audi have added some additional performance to the TTS line up with the new Comptition Plus. The four-cylinder turbo engine is now good for 315 bhp and that power is transferred to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The Comptition Plus is available as both a Coupe and a Roadster.

2020-11-23: Ferrari GT racer, Viper art car, rare Argo and ex-Konrad Porsche GT2 ...
Ferraro 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Comp/61 With continuation cars or clones or original becoming more frequent, it was great to see this genuine Ferrari 250 GT SWB Comp/61 returning to the track during this year's Dix Mille Tours. The 'SEFAC Hot Rod' was originally run by Scuderia Serenissima for the likes of Graham Hill, Maurice Trintignant and Jo Bonnier. It has had an eventful life but during the mid-2000s, 2845GT was beautifully restored by Ferrari Classiche using its original body.
This Viper GTS-R was painted by Hervé di Rosa with a most suitable art-car livery. It was raced with considerable success by François Lafon and Jean-Pierre Jarier. Still in French hands, C26 was also out at the Dix Mille Tours.
Freshly restored, this ex-Konrad Porsche 911 GT2 was pressed back into action at the Monza Historic in September. It was raced extensively in the ALMS and the FIA GT Championship in period.
Another machine out at Monza that we had not seen before was this Argo JM19B Cosworth. One of four JM19s built in 1987, it was raced mainly in local Swiss championship events but with considerable success. Now in Italian hands, the JM19B has been painted like the JM19 that raced at Le Mans in 1988.

2020-11-19: Hardcore Huracan, new BRZ, V8-engined Jeep and new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class ...
Lamborghini Huracan STO With the Huracán STO, Lamborghini have released the most hardcore road-legal version of the company's 'entry-level' sports car. The STO is short for Super Trofeo Omologato and the car is very much a road legal version of the Super Trofeo competition car. It combines a 630 bhp version of the familiar V10, rear-wheel drive and active rear wheel steering. The Huracán STO is also 43 kg lighter than the already very fast Performante.
Subaru have further refined the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car. It now features a 2.4-litre version of the naturally aspirated engine, which is good for 228 bhp. The revised interior includes some neat cues like the boxer inspired instrument panel with a big rev counter in the centre.
Jeep already hinted at a V8-engined Wrangler with a concept car a few months ago. The wraps have now been taken off the Wrangler Rubicon 392 production car. It is powered by a 6.4 litre or 392 cubic-inch V8 engine that is good for a startling 470 bhp. The Rubicon 392 will enter production early in 2021.
Following the introduction of the 'regular' S-Class earlier this year, the Mercedes-Maybach version of the '221' series has been introduced this afternoon. Intended for the lucky few that are chauffeur driven, it boasts an even longer wheelbase than the extended Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The ultra-luxurious machine is available with the same range of engines as the normal S-Class.
MINI have offered a glimpse at the future with this Vision Urbanaut. Compared to the current range of MINI models, it promises to offer more interior space and versatility.

2020-11-16: Bonhams London sale preview, new hot Hyundai and Audi ...
Bentley R-Type Continental Mulliner Fastback Scheduled for December 16, Bonhams' annual London sale will be the last major auction of the year. Among the early consignments is this Bentley R-Type Continental Mulliner Fastback. An early example, it was originally delivered to Switzerland and spent most of its life in North America. Chassis BC22A has been consigned by its long-time British owner to the sale.
Another early highlight is this Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante. It is one of just 29 Volantes built with the Vantage engine and has been owned by the same family for 44 years.
With this 330 GTC, the auction also features an interesting Ferrari. Fitted with a freshly rebuilt engine, 09613 should sell for around GBP 500,000.
South Korean company Hyundai offered a glimpse of the future by releasing pictures of a camouflaged Elantra N. The high performance model will be offered for sale in 2021.
Already available is this Audi SQ2. The compact SUV is powered by a 296 bhp version of the familiar direct injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Thanks to the potent engine and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system, the SQ2 can accelerate to 100 km/h in less than five seconds.

2020-11-12: New Ferrari SF90 Spider, Iso reborn and new BMW iX ...
Ferrari SF90 Spider The latest addition to the Ferrari line-up is this SF90 Spider. It is exactly what the name suggest; the drop-top version of the hybrid supercar introduced in 2019. Carried over is the same sophisticated 769 bhp drivetrain. What is new is the foldable, aluminium hard-top, which takes up just 100 litres of storage space. The SF90 Spider can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds and can lap Fiorano faster than a LaFerrari Aperta.
Milanese carrozzeria Zagato have revived the Iso Rivolta name with this Iso Rivolta GTZ. Limited to just 19 examples, this retro-styled machine is based on Corvette Z06 underpinnings. This ensures that it should go as well as its looks. One of the inspirations for the Rivolta GTZ is the original Iso Grifo A3/C, which also used a small-block Chevrolet engine to great effect. To mark the launch of the new GTZ, we have taken a closer look at an one of the rare original examples. The featured car was raced in period with appearances at Le Mans, the Nürburging and Monza. Quite remarkably, chassis B 0207 has been in the same hands since 1974.
BMW have further expanded their all-electric range with this iX SUV. Although ready to enter production, there are few concrete figures available yet. The drivetrain should be good for around 500 bhp and the range will be around 500 km.