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More information about Bugatti’s exclusive collaboration with Asprey and its Digital Studio has been released. Recently, they revealed the one-of-one La Voiture Noire Sculpture. 261 smaller sculptures were also announced with respective NFTs.

Even if they are lost to history, the magic and allure of the finest artworks never goes away. This is also true about the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic which was created by Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of the founder of the French luxury automobile brand. It was the embodiment of elegance and sophistication in the pre-war era. Only four examples were built, and the fourth Type 57 Atlantic, the all-black “La Voiture Noire”.

It has been seven decades since it was lost to history and has since acquired near-mythical status. As a tribute to the lost masterpiece, Bugatti designers and engineers created one of the most unique vehicles in the modern era, the one-off La Voiture Noire hyper sports car.

Much like its inspiration, the La Voiture Noire has also inspired another exclusive creation: the Asprey Bugatti Collection.

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Like the La Voiture Noire, the first Asprey handcrafted masterpiece will be a one-of sculpture, guaranteeing an unmatched level of exclusivity by NFT technology. The sculpture is made of only the finest and most precious materials. It is handmade in 24k rose gold and mounted on a bespoke, handcrafted base which is finished in the signature colors of both Bugatti and Asprey.

In the entire collection, the NFT that will go along with the La Voiture Noire-inspired sculpture is the most exclusive and will have the highest value. It will by visually connected to the physical masterpiece through a QR code and it will also have a unique serial identifier.

Another common denominator between Bugatti and Asprey is in the way they bring together technological innovation with time-honored craftsmanship when creating works of art. To create these masterpieces, the in-house silversmiths at Asprey will work on the sculptural masterpieces for roughly four months in the London workshop.

The creative collaboration will also produce a series of 261 smaller – though still very exclusive – sterling silver sculptures each with their own NFTs. The number 261 is significant as it is the top speed of the La Voiture Noire in mph. the NFTs will be visually connected to each sculpture through a QR code in the same way as the one-of-one sculpture. Owners of these works of art will be able to login to a dedicated microsite and see the production process of their sculptures done by Asprey’s master artisans. Based on the NFT minted, the physical sculptures will have different colors. Each color base is connected to the iconic brand colors of Asprey and Bugatti, a representation of their partnership and history.

On March, the exclusive collection from Bugatti and Asprey will be released through their website.

“All Bugatti creations, from the Type 57 SC Atlantic that was infamously lost, to the contemporary La Voiture Noire, are designed to spark emotion, even when not being driven, as a static piece of automotive art. Timeless design is a fundamental philosophy at the core of both Bugatti’s and Asprey’s vision. Now, this exclusive partnership will enable Bugatti customers and enthusiasts to enjoy our design values from a new perspective through this stunning collection of objets d’art,” Bugatti International Managing Director Wiebke Stahl shared.

Asprey’s Digital Studio Chief Creative Officer Ali Walker added, “ This year, at Asprey, we celebrate our 241st anniversary. The Asprey Digital Studio and the newly expanded London workshop heralds a new era. The partnership with Bugatti, such an iconic and artistic brand, is the ultimate collaboration to explore new production and artistic techniques. The bold colors mixed with the gold and silver precious metals create a vivid pop art theme. As for the “Noire”, only the buyer of the 1 of 1 will know that.”

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By: Reggie
Title: One-of-One La Voiture Noire Sculpture From Bugatti Asprey Collaboration
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/one-of-one-la-voiture-noire-sculpture-from-bugatti-asprey-collaboration/
Published Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 12:50:41 +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 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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