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In less than a week, the much-awaited event, the London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet will start. And just recently, they revealed a most stunning line-up of exotic supercars that will be on display during the three-day event.

Starting with the ‘Pursuit of Speed’ class, it consists of 15 of the most outlandish super and hypercars in existence today. On June 30, another 45 exotics will be displayed on the Honourable Artillery Company grounds for the dedicated Supercar Thursday, sponsored by Amari Lifestyle and in association with Drivers Union. The variety of truly spectacular cars (from the 1970s to the present day) will be seen in the central London location adding to the already impressive automobiles in the event which is showcasing cars from more than 100 years of motoring.

The huge variety of automotive exotica will include what many considers to be the ultimate supercar: the unparalleled Ferrari F40. In 1987, the F40 was launched in a relatively low-profile Civic Center in Maranello. It wasn’t long however, before it captured the attention of car fans all over the world. Designed by Pininfarina, the stripped-out, two-seater Ferrari was powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that was officially rated at 470 bhp. During practice, and on the road, a lot of people believe it was producing more, roughly over 500 bhp. It had a dry weight of 1100 kg with 426 lb/ft of torque. The F40 was simply speaking, very powerful. With the right driver, it could go from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds, and 100 mph in only 8 seconds, and a top speed of 201 mph. Handling of the F40 was also superb, completing the package of an almost perfect supercar. It has been 35 years since it was launched, and throughout the decades the iconic and legendary F40 has kept its unique magnetism. The London Concours will give guests a chance to marvel at this legendary supercar as it is displayed in the heart of London.

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Ferrari F40

Joining the F40 at the London Concours is its direct successor, the Ferrari F50. It entered production in 1995 as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration. After releasing the turbocharged F40 and 288 GTO, Ferrari gave the F50 a naturally aspirated, carbon tubbed 4.7-liter V12 engine matched with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It was officially rated at 512 bhp, but in terms of outright performance, the F50 seemed to be a little lacking, especially when compared to its turbocharged predecessor. The difference in performance was so evident that journalists were not allowed to figure the F50 at launch. With a obvious decrease in power, it was not surprising that the F50 was given mixed reviews at the time. In recent years though, the high-tech, highly-strung supercar is seen in a better light. What it lacked in power was made up by the highly responsive engine and overall purity of driving experience that the F50 provides. During its three-year production run, only 349 examples of the F50 were produced, which is one of the factors that make it one of the classic supercar legends.

Ferrari fans will be delighted to know that the Maranello ‘halo car’ will also be present at the London Concours. Officially, Ferrari has given it the code name F60, though it is more commonly known as the Enzo. Twenty years ago, the Enzo was launched at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, and it immediately made its mark as a technical masterpiece. Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine, it has a gigantic 650 bhp and 485 lb/ft of torque matched with an F1 inspired 6-speed Graziano automated manual gearbox.

The capability of the twenty-year-old Enzo is so powerful that it can even match the supercars of today. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 217 mph. Only 400 examples of the Pininfarina designed two-seater coupes were produced. It was certainly a powerful rival, going up against the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-McLaren SLR. Back in 2002, one had to be invited to be able to acquire the Enzo, and those who took up the offer got so much more than what they bargained for; for £450,000, they go a legendary car that actually appreciated in value over the years. These days, Enzos are worth millions.

A very special version of the previously mentioned Mercedes-McLaren SLR will also be displayed on the hallowed grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company. The Mercedes-McLaren SLR ‘MSO Edition’ is a special SLR variant which was redesigned and improved by

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By: Reggie
Title: Rarest Supercars At The London Concours (Gallery)
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rarest-supercars-at-the-london-concoursn-gallery-pictures-inhre/
Published Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:09:25 +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!
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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