It was in September 2021 when Mercedes-AMG started their collaboration with multi-platinum American musician, philanthropist, tech entrepreneur, and TIME 100 IMPACT Award winner will.i.am. And during the Formula One
Grand Prix USA Weekend in Miami, they revealed the culmination of their extraordinary project, “The Flip”.
Designed and produced under strict secrecy, “The Flip” is an automotive masterpiece with an expressive design and a far-reaching message. Named WILL.I.AMG, the one-off vehicle is the embodiment of will.i.am and Mercedes-AMG’s desire to boldly drive forward new ideas, push boundaries, and dare to do the impossible.
For the sixth time, will.i.am and West Coast Customs have teamed up again to bring to life his fearless vision for “The Flip”. The joint project’s mission is to set an example for the future. Themed “The Flip – Innovation for Purpose” it aims to give students from disadvantaged communities access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education to give them the tools and the skills that they would need to help them in inventing new technologies and get future-focused jobs.
During the Formula One
Grand Prix USA in Miami, Florida, the world premiere of “The Flip” has been scheduled. “The Flip” will be presented to prominent Formula One guests like the record world champion Lewis Hamilton. Based on the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, it has been extensively modified and expressly designed to show his vision.
“The Flip” is an automotive masterpiece with an expressive design and a far-reaching message. The one-off vehicle, named WILL.I.AMG, is a visible symbol of the goals of Mercedes-AMG and will.i.am to boldly drive forward new ideas, push boundaries and dare to do the impossible.
“I grew up in a ghetto. I grew up with hip-hop. I watched legendary hip-hop artists rap about Mercedes, so it was always a dream to own a Mercedes. For a lot of inner-city kids, owning a Mercedes is a symbol of progress and advancing out of struggle. Now I’ve reached my goal and pushed even higherby reimagining and creating my own vision of an AMG model. But I didn’t touch the engine, because AMG really does make the best engines. The story of the founders of AMG truly inspires me and it is energizing to collaborate with like-minded people who also seek continuous improvement,” will.i.am shared.
Mercedes-AMG GmbH Chairman of the Board of Management Philipp Schiemer stated, “Our cooperation with will.i.am has reached a new peak with ‘The Flip’. We have inspired and motivated eachother in the realization of this holistic concept, which is far more than an exceptional automotive one-off. We take our responsibility to society seriously. The success of Mercedes-AMG as a Performance Luxury brand also depends to a large extent on inspiring the next generation and giving them easy access to the latest technologies and digital progress. It is part of our tradition to always be pioneers and to dare to do something new. We are continuing this legacy into the future together with will.i.am and ‘The Flip’.”
All the activities of the one-off ‘The Flip’ based on the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe that was heavily influenced by the legendary SLS Gullwing and the G-Class will be for the benefit of the i.am/Angel Foundation, a foundation launched by will.i.am which aims to build a STEAM-ready talent pool that can help lift families and communities out of poverty. Wholeheartedly supporting this project is Mercedes-AMG as it is also a fulfillment of a lifelong dream of one of their most fervent Mercedes-AMG enthusiast, will.i.am. As a car buff, he has always dreamt of making a bespoke and personalized Mercedes-AMG vehicle.
Combining the Mercedes star logo and the acoustics that the vehicle makes, will.i.am came up with the bear-like face icon which was given the moniker “BEAR WITNESS”. The icon has also become the main focus limited-edition apparel and accessories from the Mercedes-AMG Experience Center in Miami and online called the BEAR WITNESS collection. Starting May 6, 2022, the BEAR WITNESS collection will be available on the will.i.am website. Part of the proceeds
Title: “The Flip”: A One-Off Vehicle For The Benefit Of STEAM Education
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-flip-a-one-off-vehicle-for-the-benefit-of-steam-education/
Published Date: Mon, 09 May 2022 18:08:48 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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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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.
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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