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In March 1922, behind the wheel of the Bugatti Type 13, Jean Mabille claimed victory at France’s historic hill climb course, the La Turbie. 100 years later, Bugatti retraced their grueling yet rewarding journey with the most agile Bugatti yet – the Chiron Pur Sport.

The La Turbie hill climb at the north of the Principality of Monaco overlooking the Mediterranean sea, is filled with sharp corners and steep inclines that it demands the complete concentration of the driver. A small mistake can mean the difference between victory or failure.

A century ago, Jean Mabille had his sights set on victory and his eyes on the road as he maneuvered the Type 13 perfectly through all the twists and turns of the La Turbie. It was definitely a challenge as the road course was filled with potholes, sand, and stones.

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In the 6.3 kilometer long course, Jean Mabille performed perfectly in the Type 13 Bugatti, which was also flawless in its performance allowing it to claim victory after at the eighth edition of La Turbie.

Ettore Bugatti was thrilled, and those who watched the event were impressed. To celebrate Jean Mabille’s victory in the Type 13, Bugatti went back to the French route in a unique Chiron Pur Sport, considered to be the modern equivalent of the agile, reliable, and inspiring creation of Ettore Bugatti.

La Turbie hill climb evokes a feeling of exhilaration in motorists. The village of La Turbie is roughly 450 meters above Monaco on the Tête de Chien cape. In 1897, when the first Speed Week was held in Nice, cars were lined up for different competitions which included the hill climb. It started from Nice and ending in La Turbie. It was the first recorded hill climb for automobiles. Eventually, it became the first race during the European hill climbing season. In the succeeding years, racing drivers and marques get together at la Turbie to show the agility and reliability of their vehicles. A century ago, the hill climb concentrated more on simply crossing the finishing line and not about being the fastest.

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Since 2020, in their Atelier in Molsheim, Bugatti has been producing hyper sports cars that correctly represents their predecessors like the Type 13. The Chiron Pur Sport has high-downforce aerodynamics, shorter transmission ratio, newly developed chassis and it was specifically calibrated by Bugatti to deliver exceptional handling, agility, and quite simply pure driving pleasure. All the mentioned traits has made the Pur Sport the most agile model of the Chiron line, building on the philosophy of the legendary Type 13.

Wrapped in beautiful silver and green livery, the Chiron Pur Sport also drove on the hill climb route through La Turbie to retrace the century-old tracks of the Type 13.

Bugatti Automobiles President Christophe Piochon shared, “With its victory in the famous La Turbie hill climb 100 years ago, Bugatti demonstrated that its vehicles offered incomparable performance with their high quality, high-grade materials, and workmanship. We have maintained this tradition to this day and are also taking it into the future. It is therefore entirely fitting for the Chiron Pur Sport to celebrate the centenary of this achievement a modern day expression of the experience and engineering knowledge Bugatti gained all that time ago.

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By: Reggie
Title: Bugatti Honors Type 13’s Racing Success At La Turbie
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bugatti-looks-back-at-100-years-of-racing-success/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2022 17:58:48 +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

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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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