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The 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1, the world’s first all-electric “supertruck,” made history, becoming the first electric charity car sold by Barrett-Jackson and bringing in an incredible $2.5 million for charity at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction.

 

There’s no denying that electrified Resto-Mods are gaining in popularity. Restorations where the oily mechanical bits give way to transistors and lithium ions are becoming more common in the collector car hobby. The rise of the electric powertrain has leant itself to more than just the savvy commuter car. The instantaneous torque and uproarious straight-line speed have been noted by performance fiends everywhere.

This 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS converted to electric power sold for $84,700 at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction.

But many of us aren’t ready to part with our reciprocating combustion engines just yet. For some, no matter how ludicrous the speed, the sci-fi sounds and whirs of an electric motor still can’t replicate the old-guard appeal of a shouty, rumbling, well-tuned fuel burner. As the electric tipping point nears, the collector car hobby has entered a period of change. Classic sheet metal stuffed with capacitors, batteries and coils furthers advancement in hot-rod engineering and helps to preserve the styling, a piece of art and design history people wish to celebrate.

The desire to meld timeless aesthetics and charm of the original car with the technology we just can’t do without is the founding principle of the current Resto-Mod momentum. Even with electrified vehicles, there is still a proper sense of occasion rendered here – just using the medium of electricity and powertrain of the future.

The all-electric drivetrain in the Ferrari 308 that sold at the 2018 Scottsdale event consists of three HPEVS AC-51 motors in a V8 configuration.

Electrification trickling its way across the stage is nothing new. Several electrified Resto-Mods have crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block – an electric-powered Ferrari 308 that sold at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction springs to mind, as does a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle convertible from the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction and a 1971 Chevrolet C10 that crossed the block at the 2021 Las Vegas event. Fully charged and fueled by premium electrons, these iconic machines now get a second wind, a chance to take to the open road with newly infused electric vigor.

Beyond Resto-Mods, the world of the hypercar is abuzz with dozens of electric concepts promising well over 1,000 horsepower and enough torque to make your soul smile. Shall we deploy some interesting numbers? If you want to know how far the electric car has come in the in last decade, consider the original 2010-12 Tesla Roadster.

It may look like a classic VW, but this Beetle that sold at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction is electric-powered.

The Lotus Elise-based sportscar boasted a peak output of 288 horsepower, 295 ft/lbs of torque, a 0-60 sprint of 3.6 seconds and a range of 244 miles. No slouch by any means, but compared with Lotus’ new 2,000-horsepower Evija hypercar, those numbers seem laughable. It is in essence Moore’s Law in automotive form, the rate of innovation and technology in electric powertrains is booming at such a rate that Tesla’s entry-level Model Y crossover boasts superior performance to their once flagship sports car.

That same electric performance has entered America’s most beloved segment of the automobile, the pickup truck. From well-funded startups to established manufacturers, there is a plethora of electric pickup trucks slated to hit the market in the coming years.

2021 Scottsdale Auction-goers were surprised to find a LegacyEV Hyper9 electric motor capable of 120hp and 173 ft/lbs of torque under the hood of the 1965 VW Beetle.

Tesla’s Sci-Fi inspired Cybertruck made waves when it was revealed, Ford recently confirmed the return of the beloved F-150 Lightning and GMC resurrected the Hummer with a new 1,000-horsepower electric version, the very first of which sold at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. The world’s first all-electric “supertruck” made history, becoming the first electric charity car sold by Barrett-Jackson and bringing in an incredible $2.5 million for charity. The Hummer boasts the most literal form of 4-wheel drive, with each wheel being driven by its own motor, and can rocket to 60 mph in approximately 3 seconds.

The race is on between the established automakers and startups for who will be first to market. No matter who wins the electric truck race, we as consumers take home the top prize.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ELECTRIC AVENUE: Fueling the trends of the new collector car
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/electric-avenue-fueling-the-trends-of-the-new-collector-car/
Published Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 18:02:05 +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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