Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens
This stunning Liquid Red 2019 Ford GT will be crossing the auction block with No Reserve in Las Vegas.
Appropriately introduced in Detroit at the January 2015 North American Auto Show, the latest Ford GT was a shock to the senses of most onlookers in many respects. Developed by Ford Motor Company engineers in parallel with Multimatic, the road-going Ford GT is essentially a thinly disguised FIA LM GTE-class racing car, albeit one with startling luxury, comfort and provision for a license plate. In fact, in terms of development priorities, the GT was designed first for competition and civilized – barely – for the street. The road-legal GT made its European debut in late 2017 at Frankfurt, with competition cars having already won class at Le Mans in 2016, the site of Ford’s stunning triumph there 50 years before.
A stunning tour de force of design and engineering prowess, the GT bristles with modern high-tech materials, cutting-edge construction techniques and built-in aerodynamic features throughout. Manufacture of the road models is carried out by Multimatic at its new, purpose-built low-volume production facility in Markham, Ontario, near Toronto in Canada. There, the first Ford GT road car was completed on December 16, 2016, an occasion rightly celebrated with top Ford Motor Company brass in attendance.
Based on a track-worthy carbon-fiber monocoque and lightweight aluminum structures at its core, the GT is surprisingly compact with bodywork designed for minimal frontal area, low aerodynamic drag, and maximum downforce at speed. Standing just 43.7 inches tall, it becomes two inches lower when Track Mode is selected. Suspension is via competition-style pushrod-actuated dampers, and sections of an FIA-legal roll cage are neatly integrated into the GT’s roof structure. Exuding a teardrop shape when viewed from above, the GT’s main bodywork tapers sharply to the rear and built-in features deliver astounding downforce at speed. Flying buttresses aft of the passenger compartment direct cool air into the engine intakes and pontoon-style rear fenders are in the mold of current track-only Le Mans prototypes.
Drawing from actual Ford production-car technology, the GT is powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine developing 647 horsepower – 183 horses per liter and 550 ft/lbs of torque. Harnessed by a Getrag 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission/rear transaxle, the GT explodes from rest to 60 mph under 3.0 seconds, up to a stunning 216-mph terminal velocity. Hydraulic steering gear provides precise directional control, extremely lightweight
Title: TOUR DE FORCE: This Liquid Red 2019 Ford GT is a masterpiece of speed and style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2019-ford-gt-and-trailer-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 12 May 2021 21:58:15 +0000
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Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler
If we had to use one word to describe the bikes that roll out of Holger Breuer’s workshop, it would be ‘crisp.’ Whether he’s building a bobber or a scrambler, the man behind HB-Custom has an eye for perfect proportions and liveries that pop. Even when he’s working with a tired old Suzuki dual-sport as a donor, Holger manages to make magic.
This 1994 Suzuki DR650 came to the HB-Custom workshop in Husum, Germany, all the way from Berlin. Holger’s client actually booked two bikes in at once; an old BMW boxer to turn into a bobber for solo rides, and the Suzuki, which was destined for around-town duties and the occasional two-up jaunt.
The bike arrived as a rolling chassis with a very loose brief, so Holger envisioned a svelte scrambler for whipping through Berlin’s city streets. He’s built a number of handsome custom Honda Dominators, and figured that he could apply the same formula to the Suzuki DR650. And he was right.
But first, the Suzuki’s well-worn motor needed attention. Holger tore it down and rebuilt it, complete with new seals and gaskets and a fresh coat of paint. This engine might be almost three decades old, but it’s clean enough to eat off of.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/suzuki-dr650-scrambler
Published Date: Wed, 24 May 2023 17:01:22 +0000
Custom à la carte: A BMW R nineT streetfighter from France
Lionel Duke builds a little bit of everything. His Nice, France-based custom shop, Duke Motorcycles, has transformed Honda Goldwings, Kawasaki ER6s, and Ducati Scramblers into unique one-off creations in recent years. But the most interesting thing to come from his garage actually isn’t a bike at all—it’s a box full of parts.
More specifically, a box full of parts to convert any stock BMW R NineT into a radical-looking plug-and-play custom streetfighter. It was this very kit that caught the eye of Duke’s latest client, who saw a picture of Lionel’s prototype build online and decided he wanted one for himself.
The client loved the original kit’s supercar-inspired design, but wanted a few unique touches of their own to truly make it theirs. And Lionel was more than happy to oblige.
“He had been asking around Parisian workshops that offered their own R nineT kits,” he says, “but none of them were willing to modify their standard parts to suit his tastes. I told him that it wasn’t a problem for me, as I actually prefer to do different things on each project.”
By: Kurt Spurlock
Title: Custom à la carte: A BMW R nineT streetfighter from France
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-r-ninet-streetfighter
Published Date: Mon, 22 May 2023 17:01:16 +0000
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Verge Mika Häkkinen Signature Edition With an impressive 51 Formula One podiums and two championships to his credit with Lotus and McLaren, the Flying Finn knows mechanical excellence. So when Mika Häkkinen partnered with electric superbike manufacturer Verge Motorcycles, you knew it was something worth paying attention to.
Häkkinen joined forces with Verge early in 2023, and instead of just a plain endorsement, Verge announced that Häkkinen is now part of the company’s advisory board and has personally designed his own limited-edition bike. Capped at 100 units, each Häkkinen Signature Edition Verge comes with a numbered plaque with Mika’s signature, unique cosmetics and will sell for around $87,000.
By: Alfonso Paca
Title: Speed Read, May 21, 2023
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/motorcycle-news-may-21-2023
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