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Recently, Ferrari revealed the latest addition to the most exclusive group in Maranello’s One-Off series: The Ferrari BR20. This highly exclusive range are made up of unique, completely bespoke cars created to the specifications of a client. The unique requirements of each client are expressed and designed into each car.

The BR20 is a two-seater V12 coupé that was made under the GTC4Lusso platform. The styling and philosophy of the BR20 was clearly influenced by the glorious Ferrari coupés from the 1950s and 1960s without the nostalgia. What the BR20 did was it effortlessly brought together the timeless elegance of a bygone era with muscular sportiness of today. It was able to add styling themes of the most iconic Ferrari 12-cylinders like the 410 SA and the 500 Superfast.

The two rear seats of the GTC4Lusso were removed to make the ultra-sleek fastback line of the BR20 more dynamic. The example is three inches longer than the original due to the specific rear overhang treatment that was created to give it a silhouette that will beautifully emphasize its proportions.

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One of the pivotal events in the design process was the radical modification that was done to the cabin volume. It then gave Flavio Manzoni’s design team more freedom to innovate, which enabled them to create a powerful yet coherent exterior design theme.

The new cabin design has the illusion of a couple of arches running lengthwise from the A-pillar towards the rear spoiler. The rear volume of the arch was hollowed out to produce an aerodynamic channel with the air outlet hidden by the black rear fascia below the spoiler. It is their modern version of Ferrari’s “flying buttress” theme, a nod to the signature styling cues of the Prancing Horse from sports cars like the 599 GTB Fiorano and from Ferrari’s GT tradition. To make the cabin visually lighter, the roof’s black paint is connected to the rear screen windscreen, which is above the surface of the rear tailgate as if channeling the air flow.

The aggressive look of the car matches perfectly with the muscular rear bumper. It has twin taillights aligned visually with the tailpipes which are set lower in a prominent aerodynamic diffuser with active flaps on the underbody. The twin round exhaust tips of the BR20 were especially designed for this bespoke model.

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The BR20 was equipped with numerous carbon-fiber details that emphasizes the edgy, dynamic, and powerful characteristics of this truly exceptional car. High, sinuous sills highlight the lower section of the flanks as well as the front air vents on the wheel arches. The wide front has an upper carbon-fiber element similar to the recent one-offs that Ferrari recently released. The unique chrome side inserts emphasize the dynamic front stance of the car.

BR20’s uniqueness is can really be seen on the new, eye-catching horizontal slats of the front grille giving the car a powerful sense of three-dimensionality.

There are numerous elements that were specifically made for the BR20. One of these elements is the modified headlights. Compared to the GTC4Lusso that had slimmer DRLs, these are lower in height making the bonnet appear even longer and sleeker. Another unique element is the 20-inch tone-on-tone diamond-finish wheels.

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By: Reggie
Title: The Latest One-Off Revealed: The Ferrari BR20
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-latest-one-off-revealed-the-ferrari-br20/
Published Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 04:37:39 +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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