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This year Ferrari returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed with five models making their UK debut at the event. Despite some of the complete product range having already made an appearance in the Goodwood Speedweek event last year, it will be the first time that the marque will be showcasing all the cars in one place for general public viewing and to have them take on the fabled Goodwood Hillclimb. 

Ferrari Roma 

The Ferrari Roma is the embodiment of the Nuova Dolce Vita concept. Following the Ferrari front-engined grand touring tradition, the car has elegantly balanced volumes and harmonious proportions.

Timeless and refined from a technical angle, the Ferrari Roma has a collection of new features that makes it the leader in its segment in terms of performance and driving enjoyment.

These features include a new powertrain and 8-speed gearbox, the five-position manettino, which is a first in a Ferrari grand tourer, and a power-to-weight ratio that is the best in its class. The Ferrari Roma is the most powerful mid-front-engined V8 2+ in the marque history that delivers an exceptional driving experience. 

Ferrari Portofino M 

The Ferraro Portofino M is fitted with several technological innovations that greatly improved the performance of the model earning its ‘M’ nomenclature meaning ‘Modificata’.

These innovations include the redesigned powertrain that supplies an additional 20 horsepower, boosting its maximum power output to 620 horsepower, similar to its close relative, the Ferrari Roma.  

The Portofino M is equipped with the brand new eight-speed gearbox and the five-position Manettino, which also features a Race mode, being a first in a Maranello GT spider.

The upgrades and other features give the Portofino M an unparalleled mix of authentic GT performance, agility, exceptional versatility, and pure driving pleasure. 

Ferrari 812 GTS 

After 50 years since Ferrari introduced the last Ferrari spider to have a front mounted V12, the Ferrari 812 GTS marks the return of the model type that has been critical to the success of the brand’s history.

Ferrari 812 GTS

The Ferrari 812 GTS is the 812 Superfast’s spider version, featuring both its performance and specification. Of note is the power unit that enables it to be the most powerful engine in its class with the ability to produce 800 cv at 8500 rpm. It also has 718 Nm of torque, allowing it to accelerate with a speed that can rival the 812 Superfast.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale 

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale that will be introduced at Goodwood will display the “Assetto Fiorano” pack which is designed especially to be employed on the track instead of the road.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The vehicle is equipped with GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers and lightweight features. These extra lightweight features are sourced from high-performance materials like carbon fiber (door panels and underbody) and titanium for the springs and entire exhaust line, enabling it to reduce the weight by 30kg. 

The high downforce carbon fiber rear spoiler is capable of creating 390kg of downforce at 250kph. The Assetto Fiorano pack also includes the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which consist of a specific compound and tread pattern that was designed to ensure maximum performance on any circuit. 

Ferrari SF90 Spider 

Sitting alongside the SF90 Stradale is the Ferrari SF90 Spider which is also making its debut at the Festival of Speed for the Prancing Horse. 

Ferrari SF90 Spider

The convertible is similar to the SF90 Stradale in terms of the extreme supercar specifications and performance, but thanks to the latest version of Ferrari’s signature retractable hard top architecture, it provides a unique driving pleasure and versatility.

The SF90 is the perfect car for those who want to have the best Ferrari technology and love the thrill of open-top

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: 5 Ferrari Models to Make their UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/5-ferrari-models-uk-debut/
Published Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2021 07:42:51 +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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