Steve McQueen’s Porsche – $1.95m!

We reported a few weeks ago that Steve McQueen’s amazing 930-series Porsche 911 Turbo was up for auction.  Well it has sold at the Pebble Beach Auction for 10 times the value it would have achieved if the great man had not owned it.  $1.95m!!!

The car has great provenance, possibly the best imaginable.  It was specifically modified by Mr McQueen to enable him to give law enforcement a run for their money in the dark.

Other notable sales at the auction included:

  • 2015 McLaren P1
  • 1982 Porsche 956
  • 1959 Ferrari 250GT Competizione
  • 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
  • 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica
  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C
  • 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S
  • 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France by Scaglietti
  • 1960 Porsche RS60

What a great sale.

New: Lotus 3-Eleven – Fastest Lotus EVER!!!

Lotus 3-Eleven

Lotus 3-Eleven

At last the rumours have been confirmed.  The Lotus 3-Eleven is going to be built – and it is going to be the fastest production Lotus ever!!!

It’s being revealed today in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 26th June 2015.

The new Lotus 3-Eleven will enter production in February 2016 and deliveries will commence in April 2016. Production will be limited to just 311 vehicles in total.

Prices start at £82,000 ($130,000) for the Road version and £115,000 ($180,000) for the Race version.  That puts it in to a price competition with the likes of the Porsche 911 but it is really aimed at a totally different market.

The Lotus philosophy is to make a car faster by making it lighter.  If you have ever driven both an Elise and 911 round a race track you will understand the difference in the philosophies of the two manufacturers.

To quote: “With a dry weight of below 900 kg (Race version), the 3-Eleven offers an enviable power to weight ratio, in excess of 500 hp per tonne, and is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) for the Race version and 180 mph (290 km/h) for the Road version”.

That is as fast as a 911 Turbo and nearly as fast as a 911 Turbo S.

No information currently on availability in the US.  However if you are in the market for a very fast track car with exclusivity to die for we would suggest you consider importing one yourself now…

For Sale: Steve McQueen’s old Porsche Turbo

Is this possibly the coolest car in the world?  Steve McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Cerrera in Slate Grey and Black livery.  Its up for auction in August…

1976 PORSCHE 930 TURBO CARRERA

1976 PORSCHE 930 TURBO CARRERA

The color chosen so not to attract the attention of California Highway Cops when driving fast.  Originally purchased for $17,000.  The value now?  Lots.  His old sunglasses were sold for $70,000!!!

There is a video describing the history of the car here.

 

2015 Auto Show Calendar and Barcelona F1

Edmunds.com has a very useful calendar for the major US and International auto shows in 2015 here.

The next big show is the Barcelona International Motor Show, which is cunningly timed to coincide with the F1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona this weekend.  The show runs from 9th to 17th May, with the Grand Prix weekend starting Friday 8th.

Can you think of a better way to spend the weekend than watching what may well be the watershed race of the season, and then peruse the latest European automotive machinery?

Why is his such an important race?  Three reasons: Ferrari have been nipping at the heals of Mercedes at every race this year after making great gains following the disappointing (for Ferrari) 2014 season.  Traditionally manufacturers release enhancement packages to their cars at the Spanish Grand Prix.  We hear that both Mercedes and Ferrari have new components in their cars this weekend.

It all points to a distinct possibility that Ferrari could win their first race of 2015.

And what could you look forward to the following week at the show?  Seat are  set to reveal their new Neuvo Ibiza ahead of the market launch early 2016. If you are not familiar with the Seat brand, its the Spanish arm of the VW Audi Group.  They specialise in making small, chic and well engineered cars for a reasonable price.

Ole!

F1 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix Results – Ferrari continue to grow!

A very interesting weekend at Bahrain.  Mercedes were kept honest by an increasingly competitive Ferrari.

At the start of the race day the two Mercedes cars were split by Ferrari on the grid. Mid race was dominated by tactical tyre choices and pit stops. And on the final lap  simultaneous brake failures on both Mercedes meant that Hamilton just managed to cliing on to his first place, with Raikkonen overtaking Rosberg to finish second.  Vettel made lots of mistakes (uncharacteristically) to claim 4th.

Other items of note:

  • Williams continue to grow following a great fifth place for the excellent Valtteri Bottas.
  • Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo took sixth even though his engine EXPLODED as he approached the finish line!!!
  • A dramatic improvement for McLaren-Honda with Alonso finishing the race and looking to be in contention for points until the last third of the race.

So Hamilton has won three of the first four races.  However with growing competition from Ferrari, and possibly Williams, it could be the start to the best season in years.

The next F1 race weekend is Friday 8th May in Spain.

What Car? Auto Reliability Survey Results

What Car? have issued the results of their 2015 UK warranty survey on the reliability of cars of between 3 to 8 years old.  It showed that autos made by Japanese manufacturers were the most reliable, and (surprisingly) those made by the Germans amongst the worst.

The top three were Top of the poll was Honda, Suzuki and Toyota.  Whilst the worst was the (German owned) Bentley, with Porsche, Mercedes Benz and Audi just above.

It should be noted that repair costs were a factor in the scoring mechanism, and spare parts for a Bentley or a Porsche are going to be a lot more than for a Honda or a Suzuki.

1 Honda
2 Suzuki
3 Toyota
4 Chevrolet / Mazda
6 Ford
7 Lexus
8 Skoda
9 Hyundai / Nissan / Subaru
12 Daewoo / Peugeot
14 Fiat
15 Citroen
16 Smart
17 Mitsubishi
18 Kia
19 Vauxhall
20 Seat
21 Renault
22 Mini
23 Volkswagen
24 Rover
25 Volvo
26 Saab
27 Land Rover
28 BMW / MG
30 Jaguar
31 SsangYong
32 Mercedes-Benz
33 Chrysler
34 Audi
35 Jeep
36 Porsche
37 Bentley

 

F1 Malaysia 2015 Results – Vettel AND Ferrari are BACK!

We have patiently waited through several years of F1 predictability.  Red Bull and Vettel dominated for 4 years.  Then in 2014 it was the turn of Mercedes, albeit with the thrills of watching Hamilton and Rosberg go at each other like rabid dogs. And we thought 2015 would probably be much of the same again…

But maybe not.  Last weekend during practice and qualifying the Ferrari looked fast and Mercedes were struggling with reliability.  No excuses however on race day.  It was a fair fight.

Hamilton got a great start and the Mercedes duo stormed off in front.  However Raikkonen ended up at the back after limping back to the pits on a punctured tyre sustained at the start.  Another easy win for Mercedes and Hamilton?  Surely…?

Not! Vettel and Ferrari pulled off a master piece of tyre management to get the edge, and the pace of the Ferrari meant that the final position was a site for sore Ferrari-red eyes: 1st, Vettel/Ferrari, 2nd Hamilton/Mercedes, 3rd Rosberg/Mercedes, 4th Raikkonen/Ferrari.

Its early days in the tournament but we could be in for a vintage year.  We have the bitter intra-team rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg.  We have the vitally important inter-team tussle between Mercedes and Ferrari.  Vettel is hungry to prove his previous success was not just due to being in the right place at the right time.  And Raikkonen should never be discounted as his record of wins shows.

Its just over a week until the battle starts again in China.

Game on…

F1 Maylasia 2015

Its no secret we are big Formula 1 fans here in the office, and 2014 was a very exciting year. However the start of the 2015 season in Australia was marred by the heavily reduced field due to drivers and cars not being ready for the start of the season.  In addition with a crash from Lotus and retirements from Red Bull, Lotus and Toro Rosso all but one driver, Button, who finished the race scored points.

This weekend is the Malaysian Grand Prix and the good news is:

  • McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is fit to race
  • Williams’ Valtteri Bottas is fit to race
  • Marussia will be racing

So with more cars and drivers, and hopefully a few lessons learned, this weekend could be even better.