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To honor the 1966 Ford GT lightweight experimental prototypes from Alan Mann Racing, Ford recently debuted the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition. The limited-edition vehicles pays tribute to the role that the prototypes have played and its impact on the history and development of the Ford GT.

Ford GT program manager Mike Severson shared, “Whether it’s going like hell at the racetrack or out-innovating the competition, the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition honours the vehicles that helped lead Ford to its wins. With its red and gold livery, this Ford GT is inspired by Alan Mann Racing’s contribution to our Le Mans-winning story.”

It was in 1965-66 that Alan Mann Racing used lighter materials to make the AM GT-1. They also used the same materials on a second car that was based on the GT Mk I. Both prototypes didn’t win any major races, but the use of the lightweight materials was what prompted Ford to do the same, which helped them win Le Mans in 1966 using the GT Mk II.

The same spirit lives on in today’s Ford GT supercar. It has a lightweight carbon fiber body and was given the GT Heritage Edition design for 2022, in AM GT-1 inspired colors and stripes.

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2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition

Limited-edition series in honor of the original

Aside from the Alan Mann red exterior finish with gold graphics, the limited-edition GT was also given a dual over-the-roof racing stripe and Frozen White signature accent stripes. On the doors, hood, and underside of the rear wing are white roundels with the number 16.

There are also a number of gloss carbon fiber components like the 20-inch wheels, front splitter, mirrors, side sills, rear diffuser, and engine louvers. The Brembo® calipers are finished in black with red graphics matched with black lug nuts to complete the modern look.

Even the interior was given the carbon fiber theme and it can be seen on the door sills, console, and registers. The seats are also carbon fiber wrapped in Ebony Alcantara® with gold and red accent stitching. Embossed on the seating surfaces and the head restraints is the GT logo. The instrument panel was designed with Ebony leather and Alcantara, with the pillars and headliner also wrapped in Ebony Alcantara.

Matte carbon fiber registers, lower A-pillars, console, and door sills are matched with Gold appliques on the door register bezels, instrument panel, and seat X-brace. Even the steering wheel was given the Ebony Alcantara treatment with black stitching accents. The dual-clutch paddle shifters were designed in Alan Mann red which perfectly matches the exterior.

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2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition with 1966 Ford “AM GT-1” prototype shown.

Tribute to the early Ford GT racing efforts

In its final year of production, the 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition is their tribute to the support that Alan Mann Racing has given the company in 1965. The research and experience of the Alan Mann Racing team helped in improving the Ford GT40 which in turn allowed it to accomplish its third- and fourth-fastest times during the 1966 Le Mans race.

The Le Mans committee decided to go with the heavier but more powerful 7.0-liter V8 race cars for the remaining races during the 1966 season. After a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Ford at Le Mans, the season of the lightweight version ended.

Alan Mann Racing Ltd. Henry Mann shared, “It’s a great honour for Alan Mann Racing and the Mann family to celebrate the epic motorsports heritage of Ford GT with this fantastic limited-edition car. To see the red and gold colours of our team’s livery come back to life, and to debut this new GT alongside one of our original GT40s in Chicago, will be a magical occasion.”

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By: Reggie
Title: The Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-ford-gt-alan-mann-heritage-edition/
Published Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 16:37:45 +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

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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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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.

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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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