Aston Martin knows what it takes to build a new race car alongside a new road car and now fans can follow this process is a specially-commissioned film. The nine-minute film documents the birth of the Vantage GTE, Aston Martin Racing's brand-new challenger, from initial concept to launch. Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: "We decided to replace the current Vantage road car and - since it's really necessary to take race technology from the track to the road and from the road to the track - it's really important that we design both simultaneously. It's always important that you have a champion and Vantage is our champion." The film covers the 18 months it took to turn a concept into a thoroughbred race car, a car that will take on the might of Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Corvette and BMW at Le Mans next summer. After completing a successful shakedown in August, the Vantage GTE has so far completed over 14,000kms of testing, in the UK, Spain and at Sebring in the U.S. For the Vantage GTE, the race to be champion has just begun.
Two great manufacturers, McLaren and Pirelli have paired up to provide a new winter wheel and tyre package for McLaren Sports Series models, the McLaren Winter Wheels and Tyres set. It consists of four, 14-spoke Lightweight Forged wheels in Stealth finish, fitted with Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres and incorporating the McLaren tyre pressure monitoring system, that were developed especially by McLaren and Pirelli engineers for the McLaren Sports Series family - the 540C, 570S, 570GT and new 570S Spider. The McLaren-approved Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres provide better grip and braking in adverse conditions when temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius. The set comes fully assembled and ready to fit, so owners can combat the worst of the salt and other winter road debris as well as protecting their 'summer wheels'.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic enjoyed a double victory at the 2017 Octane Awards, held in London this week. The 'Legends Continued' Jaguar XKSS continuation was crowned 2017 Car of the Year and Jaguar Land Rover Classic also received the Manufacturer Heritage Collection of the Year accolade. "It is a huge honour to receive such a prestigious award for the XKSS," said Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, John Edwards. "It's 12 months to the day since the continuation Car Zero made its global debut in Los Angeles, and since then we have launched Range Rover and Jaguar Reborn restoration programmes and shown the inventive fully-electric Jaguar E-type Zero too." The Jaguar Classic team's meticulous attention to detail, for a fiendishly complicated project, saw the XKSS secure the most votes from Octane's magazine readers and website visitors.
The Aston Martin DB11 has won the Golden Steering Wheel award having been voted the "Most Beautiful Car 2017". Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, received the award from Marion Horn, Editor in Chief BILD am Sonntag and Tom Drechsler, Editor in Chief AUTO BILD at the awards ceremony held at the Axel Springer SE headquarters in Berlin. An esteemed jury of designers, engineers, racers, celebrities and journalists from across Europe selected the DB11 from a choice of 20 cars that came to market in 2017. After the ceremony, Palmer, said: "We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world and are incredibly proud of the Aston Martin DB11, a car that spearheads our Second Century plan." He added that the award is a "testament to the skill and dedication of the designers and employees of Aston Martin who work tirelessly to combine exceptional design with the latest technology."
The shear pulling power of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery has been demonstrated in the Australian Outback, with the sight of a 110-tonne road train being towed by the renowned SUV. Land Rover took on the ultimate towing test by pulling the massive road train across a closed section of the Lasseter Highway in the remote Northern Territory, Australia. With 600Nm of torque, the Discovery Td6 is well suited to pulling heavy loads. The 258PS 3.0-litre single-turbo engine features low-pressure exhaust recirculation and a two-stage oil pump for improved responses, refinement and efficiency. As a result, the diesel model delivers CO2 emissions of 189g/km and fuel economy of 39.2mpg (7.2l/100 km).
A 1954 Jaguar XK120 that features unique bodywork by famed Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina was seen at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, USA over the weekend. It could be the rarest Jaguar ever. The full nut and bolt restoration took 6,725 hours by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars. In 2015, CMC purchased the car from a German gentleman who had owned it since 1978 but without ever restoring it. CMC took on the challenge and have restored every nut and bolt of the vehicle. David Barzilay, Chairman of CMC's operating board, said: "Some of the original parts were impossible to find so we had to remake items such as the bumpers and chrome work by hand from photographs." The full body restoration included a complete new front end, new rear quarter panels, inner arch panels, boot floor, sills and door skins as well as a full chassis repair and repaint. Part that were remade included the front and rear bumpers, 80% of the original chrome work, rear screen and screen surround, along with a full interior re-trim. There's a video featuring this rare Jaguar at: https://youtu.be/mGR6J9we3yQ
Aston Martin has announced the appointment of Joerg Ross as Chief Engineer, Powertrain. He joins Aston Martin from Maserati where he served as Head of Advanced Powertrain. On his appointment, Joerg Ross said: "I'm delighted to be joining Aston Martin at what is an exciting time for the brand. The company is at a significant point in its history, with the recent announcement of its first all-electric car the RapidE. I'm excited to play a part in developing Aston Martin's future vehicle strategy." Ross has spent more than 25 years in the automotive industry and held senior management positions at IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford as well as his most recent position at Maserati. He will now be responsible for the development of Aston Martin's engines, transmissions and electrification, and will be based at the company's headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.
For the fourth year running, Land Rover has teamed up with The Prince's Countryside Fund to award five entrepreneurial young people with a year's loan of a Land Rover Discovery. The winners are selected for their stand-out business plans, passion and dedication to making a difference in their local community. They are: Falmouth-based, Jenny Dunstan, founder of Jenny's Beef Ltd; Lucy and Chris Williams, who are setting up a Scottish tea company, Tulloch Tea; organic dairy farmer, Claire Howlett, from Bromyard; suckler cow farmer James Speers, who is president of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster; and finally, Lindale-based David Corrie-Close who, with his wife Bekka, has recently established the Horned Beef Company. Scott Dicken, Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: "We are pleased to be able to once again support five more young farmers through our bursary with The Prince's Countryside Fund. These young people are great advocates of the farming industry and their passion and dedication is a pleasure to see."
As many as 400 Land Rovers and 900 visitors gathered in the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu last Sunday, for an impressive line-up at Simply Land Rover. An unmissable treat for fans of Britain's legendary off-roader, the display featured the iconic Defender and Series I, II and III models, as well as the hugely successful Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander ranges. Beaulieu's Forest Drive was one of the highlights of the show for participants eager to try out their off-road driving skills. Simply Land Rover is one of eight Simply rallies in the 2017 Beaulieu season. Simply Jaguar is next on July 9th and Simply Smart is on November 12th. Each event celebrates a particular marque or motoring theme, giving enthusiasts and attraction visitors the chance to see some of their favourite machines close up. There's more information on the Beaulieu website - www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the Vantage AMR has been confirmed as being the first series production derivative of Aston Martin's new race-inspired performance range. The AMR brand has two distinct tiers: series production limited-edition models such as the new Vantage AMR sit at its entry point, while an extensively modified AMR Pro model will sit at the pinnacle of the range. The Vantage AMRs are offered both with 430bhp V8 or 595bhp1 - up from 565bhp - V12 powertrain options. Vantage AMR is available in four striking AMR exterior schemes: Stratus White with an Orange graphic; Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic; Zaffre Blue with Red graphic; and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. And there are different interior schemes with a combination of leather and Alcantara for the Vantage AMR Coupes and all-leather for the Vantage AMR Roadsters. The Global Vantage AMR production is limited to just 300 cars: 100 V12 and 200 V8.
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