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This carbon themed 2019 Ford GT “Lightweight” will be selling with No Reserve at the 2021 Houston Action

 

Innovation. That’s what the Ford GT is all about. In bringing the GT back to life, Ford began a new chapter in its performance car lineage. From the start, the GT was engineered as a proper race car for the road. Engineers worked tirelessly to shape every crease, angle, vent and channel to aerodynamically optimize its shape. The deliberate engineering choices led to a gorgeous yet functional design, a perfect example of form following function, one more than ready to tame any circuit and conquer the competition. And conquer it did.

In racing guise the GT dominated its class. Under the banner of Chip Ganassi Racing, the supercar would claim 19 victories in just four years at many of the most prolific motorsport events around the world: the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, 24 Hours of Daytona and of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But it’s not Le Mans that’s the focal point of this story. While that may have been the catalyst for the GT’s 2015 return, we’re instead talking about the GT’s back-to-back (2017-18) wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Unveiled in 2017, Ford debuted the limited-edition Competition Series following their success at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. “The Competition Series was developed with the most hardcore track enthusiasts in mind,” Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer said at the time. Engineered to build on the GT’s race car DNA, the Competition Series shifts the center of gravity lower by adding a racing-grade polycarbonate rear engine cover and thinner bulkhead Gorilla Glass, as well as carbon-fiber wheels, titanium lug nuts and titanium exhaust. Any item deemed “not essential to performance” – such as air conditioning, sound system, infotainment and cupholders – was removed. This is where the Ford GT’s 600A Lightweight Package comes in.

Think of the “Lightweight” as a bridge between the bare bones, hardest of hardcore Competition Series and the standard GT. The Lightweight offers the same weight-saving measures as the Competition Series while retaining things like air conditioning, cupholders and an infotainment system.

Barrett-Jackson is excited to bring cutting-edge performance to the forefront of the inaugural 2021 Houston Auction. Offered with No Reserve is a stunning 2019 Ford GT “Lightweight.” Finished in Shadow Black accented by carbon-fiber stripes and exposed carbon-fiber trim, this GT – chassis #42 – boasts $74,750 in factory options. The GT’s interior is trimmed in the carbon theme, accented nicely by carbon-fiber trim, including the door sills. Tucked in the middle of this GT is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that generates 647 horsepower, paired to a specially designed 7-speed Getrag dual-clutch gearbox. The GT can sprint to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and scream to a top speed of over 217 mph. As of this writing, this one-owner supercar is offered with 8 actual miles, and a purpose-built trailer is included in the sale.

The GT was designed to deliver the ultimate supercar driving experience, and the Lightweight improves on that while still offering day-to-day civility. When this stunner crosses the block at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction, its race-winning pedigree could be yours to celebrate.

For up-to-date information about this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the inaugural Houston Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 2019 FORD GT: This Lightweight is A Track-Day Warrior!
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2019-ford-gt-houston-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 17:14:12 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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