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Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham

 

One of just 37 built, this 2015 Ford Shelby GT350R (Lot #715) first owned by Jon Gruden – now coach of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders – will be selling at the Las Vegas Auction with No Reserve.

 

Ford Motor Company has spent much of the 21st century taking inspiration from the company’s racing heritage. Retro-styled classics like the Ford GT, Shelby GT500 and Mach 1 Mustang recall the best of the past, while the addition of today’s technology and quality control give these cars far more performance and drivability than the originals. As a result, the new-generation Ford muscle cars have become immediate collectibles.

And when it comes to famous Ford race cars from the glory days, they don’t get much more iconic than the Shelby Mustang GT350R.

Ford revived the Shelby GT350 for 2015, building the car around a 5.2-liter V8 with flat-plane crankshaft. At 526 horsepower, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford had released in its history up to that point, and the highest-revving, with a redline of 8,250 rpm. It was backed by a TREMEC TR-3160 6-speed manual transmission, with dual disc clutch and 3.73 gears out back. Stopping power came from grippy 6-piston Brembo front brake calipers, with 4-piston brakes in the rear.

But Ford didn’t stop with the Shelby GT350. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Shelby GT350’s debut, Ford built a very limited run of GT350R models. The R Model, you may recall, stood for “Race.” Only 37 2015 R-models were built, in homage to the 37 GT350R competition models built by Shelby American in 1965.

One of those 37 2015 Shelby GT350R Mustangs (Lot #715), chassis #F0010, will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in June with No Reserve. With only 157 miles put on the car since new, it is in even more exclusive company than its 36 siblings. Besides the extremely low mileage, this Avalanche Gray Metallic GT350R has celebrity provenance, as the first owner was Jon Gruden, now coach of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, who previously led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl win in 2003. In an interesting twist, Gruden later sold the car to his neighbor, the current consignor, laughingly admitting that he couldn’t drive a manual transmission.

The “R for Racing” designation was not just hype on the 2015 Shelby GT350R. Among the exclusive race-oriented pieces were track-capable carbon-fiber wheels, making Ford the first major automaker to include carbon-fiber wheels as standard equipment. They were teamed with Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires developed specially for the GT350R. The carbon-fiber wheels reduced weight by 60 pounds compared with aluminum wheels, Ford announced at the time. In addition, ceramic plasma arc spray on the front wheels provided thermal protection from brake heat.

For additional weight savings, the standard GT350R came without rear seat, trunk carpet, stereo system, backup camera and air conditioning. These cuts made the GT350R approximately 130 pounds lighter than a GT350 with Track Pack. The car offered at Las Vegas has the optional Electronics Package, which includes Ford’s Sync 3 with navigation, dual-zone air conditioning and 7-speaker premium sound system.

The GT350R was not difficult to identify. It came with a large carbon-fiber rear wing, revised front splitter, vented wheel wells and a vented hood. The red accents outlining the black racing stripes are another unique R-model feature.

On the inside, the R-model came with a flat-bottom steering wheel with red mark at the top, red stitching on the RECARO seats with an R logo, red interior accents and a numbered GT350R dash plaque, among other details.

“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Ford’s group vice president of Global Product Development at the time. “It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced.”

Few people indeed will ever experience the wild capabilities of a Shelby GT350R, but there will be at least one more member of this exclusive club once the bidding reaches a conclusion at the Las Vegas Auction.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TRACK TUFF: Jon Gruden’s low-production, low-mileage GT350R Mustang is ready to speed across the auction block
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/jon-gruden-2015-ford-shelby-gt350r-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 16:50:24 +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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