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This stunning Liquid Blue 2019 Ford GT will be selling with No Reserve at the inaugural Houston Auction.

 

It started in a basement. One of Ford’s most anticipated, dominant and historic vehicles began in little more than a repurposed storage room. Beginning in the fall of 2013, a secret project was beginning to take form. Tucked away at the back of Ford’s Product Development Center was an inconspicuous door protected under lock and key with a mysterious sign that read “Past Model Parts Depot.” It was a project above top secret, a project with enough subterfuge to fill a John le Carré novel. Only a few executives were in the know; the skunkworks team of engineers and designers worked long hours into the night living off energy drinks and protein bars, crafting what would become a fearsome carbon-fiber competitor.

When Ford Motor Company first unveiled the second-generation Ford GT in Detroit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the contingent of press gathered in Motown collectively had their jaws drop. Ford had done it; speed was back in the picture and contemporary supercar manufacturers had been put on notice. With the debut of the second-generation GT things were different. It was far more than a wade into nostalgia, it was the start of something new.

From the onset, the GT was engineered concurrently as an endurance racer and road car. Engineers worked to shape every crease, angle, vent and channel to maximize downforce, minimize drag and optimize efficiency. The deliberate engineering choices led to a gorgeous yet functional design, the sculpted front-end cuts through the air expelling it via the large hood vents – an allusion to the legacy of the GT’s racing pedigree.

While the distinctive flying buttresses channel air around the dramatically tapered teardrop-shaped fuselage and over the rear spoiler, there are other bouts of aerodynamic sorcery, too. The hollow flying buttresses house ducting to feed air into the engine and the emblematic circular taillights help expel hot air from the intercooler – a perfect example of function and form, with a primary goal to make better use of the air. The GT was a car truly shaped by the wind.

The entire design was dictated by the requirements of victory in endurance racing. The tapered teardrop was narrow, similar to that of an LMP1 race car, therefore rendering the selection of the powertrain as secondary to the aerodynamic signature of the car. The engineering team considered using a V8 and even a V12 engine, but ultimately decided that the new GT would use Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 due to its compact size, efficiency and power density.

“Le Mans is very much a full economy race,” said Jamal Hameedi, former chief engineer of Ford Performance. “The aerodynamics were developed first, and then we picked the most efficient engine that we could find for that package.” The heavily reworked 3.5-liter EcoBoost generates 647hp and is paired with a specially designed 7-speed Getrag dual-clutch gearbox. Combined the GT can sprint to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and scream to a top speed of over 217 mph. The GT, then, had more in common with its race-bred GT40 ancestor than just the name or resemblance.

As comedian and car aficionado Jay Leno put it, “(It was) as far from the first-generation (2005) Ford GT as you could get, because the first Ford was a road car built to resemble a race car. This one is an out and out race car, modified to be a road car.”

Barrett-Jackson is once again excited to bring cutting-edge performance and legacy to the forefront of the inaugural 2021 Houston Auction. Offered with No Reserve is a stunning 2019 Ford GT equipped with $78,500 in factory options. Finished in Liquid Blue paint and accented by the optional Frozen White overtop painted stripes, this impressive 2019 Ford GT is further enhanced by the Exterior Exposed Carbon Fiber Package complete with matte finish.

Inside, the GT is a masterpiece of minimalism; the cockpit is dressed in the optional Ebony and white Ford GT Re-Entry interior theme and, aside from the Sync 3 infotainment system, the cockpit contains nothing that is not either functional or necessary.

This exceptionally well-optioned GT features carbon-fiber seats and a stunning array of leather, Alcantara, Matte Beryllium, exposed matte carbon fiber and black-anodized appointments. Rounding out the GT are Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes with optional blue calipers and super-light 20-inch gloss exposed carbon-fiber wheels and 6-point harness anchors for serious track work. Offered in immaculate, as-new condition with just 18.1 miles at time of writing, this 2019 Ford GT

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: WIND-SHAPED RACER: Liquid Blue 2019 Ford GT Headed to Houston with No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/liquid-blue-2019-ford-gt-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2021 14:20:16 +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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