Bentley launches the First Edition of its Flying Spur Special Edition at the Elton John AIDS foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala Bentley revealed the arrival of the Flying Spur First Edition, where it was auctioned in support of raising funds at the inaugural Midsummer Party, on July 24th.

With an astounding attention to detail, fine sculpted surfaces combined with intelligent technology the Flying Spur First Edition, will be limited to only 1 year of production which makes it a rare collectable and incredibly luxurious. This collector’s car takes the driver on a journey of constant discovery inspiring the imagination with its elegant form and intuitive interaction.

This world-leading sedan delivers extreme power and agility with an acceleration rate of 0-110 mph in just 3.7 seconds, with its active All-Wheel Drive System and All Wheel steering it ensures an engaging driving experience through maximum sure-footedness on demand.

To celebrate the Bentley’s Centenary year, and to support the charity gala, Bentley invited the new owner of the Flying Spur First Edition to customize their own bespoke and completely unique vehicle through Bentley’s co-creation luxury service, a service offered to a small selection of clients. This provides a chance to define personal luxury in a car of unrivalled performance.

The owner will closely work with a member of Bentley’s Design Team either at the headquarters of Bentley in Crewe, England, or in the comfort of their home, to create a truly personalized Flying Spur.

The choices to customize the Flying Spur are virtually limitless, starting from exterior paint colors to interior leather and trim combinations to personalised seat stitching. This auction was a once in a lifetime chance to experience a fantastic journey to create the car of your dreams.


Aston Martin all set to debut the Vantage GT4 at the Nürburgring 24h race

Aston Martin will take on its second 24-hour race at the ADAC TOTAL 24 hours which will be held from 22-23 June of 2019 at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, with four Vantage GT4 machines. This will be the machine’s debut in the international 24-hour race in the N24 – perhaps the world’s toughest long-distance race.

Two 24-hour races in two weekends that include significant four-car Aston Martin entries, this underlines the strength in depth of our current contingent. With more than 60 Vantage GT3 and GT4 cars now in active service and competition around the world, there is no place on earth more appropriate than the Nürburgring for the GT4 to make its international 24-hour race debut. The car performed exceptionally well in both its VLN debut and the recent six-hour qualifier race on the Nordschleife, so our sights are trained firmly on earning a podium finish for both cars in the SP8T class.” David Kind, President, Aston Martin Racing, added.

There will also be a parade lap held that would feature a group of roadgoing examples from the British luxury sportscar maker on 22 June.


The Huracan Sterrato concept by Automobili Lamborghini conquers new territory

The Huracan Sterrato is Automobili Lamborghini’s way of exploring new horizons with its unconventional concept, based on the V10 Huracan, the Sterrato draws on Lamborghini’s off-road expertise that is illustrated in the Urus Super SUV, creating a sense of ‘fun to drive off-road’ and, a change of technology to create a super sports car for challenging environments.

The model concept is based on the Huracan EVO including the same 5.2 liter naturally- aspirated engine producing 640hp. The Huracan EVO’s LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Vericolo Integrata) has predictive logic, and this system integration manages the four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, modified suspension and torque vectoring, and system has more calculated guess of the driver to ensure perfect driving dynamics. Adjusted for off-road driving which includes low-adherence surfaces, and tuned to provide optimum traction and acceleration, the LDVI system in the Sterrato provides advanced rear-wheel-drive behavior, producing more torque together with additional stabilization during oversteer.

The brand has already explored the potential of combining Lamborghini’s high performance and off-road capabilities with the Lamborghini Jarama and Urraco during the 1970s.Bob Wallace Lamborghini’s test driver had tuned the two models in order to create a desert-going high-performance sports car, The Jarama Rally from 1973 and the Urraco Rally from 1974.


McLaren GT – A supercar designed for comfort and speed

McLaren, the British supercar company makes great supercars. Fast, loud, responsive and they look futuristic. The company unlike Ferrari or Aston Martin has never really made a grand touring car that focused on comfort as well as speed. The new GT from McLaren will almost certainly be fun to drive with a quieter cabin, longer and lots of luggage accompanying space in comparison to other McLaren sports cars. The ultimate cornering ability has been a little less emphasized upon.

The previous McLaren 570GT offered was a true sports car with some of the luggage space carved out of its slightly bulging back. The model was not engineered to be a touring car, hence it lacked comfort and refinement. In the new GT, the brand promises a more relaxing experience.

The price on the new McLaren GT will be $210,000 that roughly matches its direct competitors. Unlike the competitor models, the GT has its engine resting behind the seats rather than up front under the hood. The engine placement will give the GT a bit more of a supercar feel when taking on corners. The bulbous rear fenders hold the large air intakes for the radiators to cool the engine, a classic GT car design feature.

The new McLaren GT will house the 612-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine that can carry the GT from zero to 100 an hour in just over three seconds, with a top speed of 203 miles an hour.


Aston Martin Unveils Its First Electric Car

Aston Martin, the leading British luxury car brand has unveiled its first electric car ‘Rapid E’ at the Shanghai Motor Show. As per reports, only 155 of the four-door Rapide E will ever be produced. Aside from this, Aston Martin will make the electric vehicles to Lagonda, a separate brand that will sell only electric luxury vehicles. Under the Lagonda brand, all electric sedan and SUV concept have already been revealed.

The model comes with an 800 volt, 65kWh battery and will be able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge. Twin motors mounted on the rear axle will generate 450kW and can get to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Moreover, the car’s battery can be recharged at a rate of 310 miles per hour when plugged into a high-speed charger.

For most parts, Aston Martin will continue producing internal combustion powered vehicles for customers who prefer the sound and feel of a V8 or V12 engine. The executive said that there will be Lagonda for customers who like to enjoy the power of electronic cars. 


BMW and Daimler form a joint venture to establish urban mobility

The new joint venture by BMW and Daimler aims to deliver five aspects for urban mobility. The companies who have been competitors for a long time have invested a combined of 1 billion Euros to establish Reach Now, Charge Now, Free Now, Park Now and Share Now that will focus on multimodal travel, ride hailing, ticket-free parking and car sharing respectively.

This joint venture supersedes the short- term rental schemes, Car2Go and Drive Now from the car makers. Them combined had been providing 20,000 vehicles for use across 31 major cities globally.

With a span of 100,000 charging points across 25 countries, Charge now becomes single provider of electric vehicle chargers in the world.

On the other hand, Park Now serves around 30 million customers in 1100 cities across Europe and North America, while Free Now caters to 250,000 drivers and more than 21 million customers in Europe and Latin America.

A combined reach of 60 million customers is the claim from the five companies.

The move “will create solutions for tomorrow’s urban mobility: intelligent, seamlessly connected and available at the tap of a finer” said the BMW chairman Harald Krüger. “We believe this will improve quality of life in major cities” he added.

The BMW chairman explained why it made sense to partner with a traditional rival in a new field: “Everyone was looking at the other side and seeing strengths.”. He emphasized that the partnership” was not always easy. There were conflicts we both needed to solve”.

Krüger explained why partnering with a traditional rival in a new field made sense: “Everyone was looking at the other side and seeing strengths.” However, he emphasized that the partnership “was not always easy”, saying: “There were conflicts we both needed to solve.”

All five ‘Now’ companies will have their headquarters in Berlin, a home to many technology startups of Germany and they are expected to create around 1000 jobs worldwide.

Source: e

Next Mercedes-Benz Concept Car Said to be Uncrashable

Later this year, Mercedes-Benz will reportedly have the latest version of the safety-focused ESF concept, and the automaker claims that the groundbreaking technology could make it an uncrashable car. In a statement, Mercedes’ R&D boss Ola Kalennius disclosed some details about the next driving machine to watch out for.

According to him, things such as sophisticated driver assistance and autonomous driving are enablers to lessen the risk of traffic accidents given that all traffic mishaps are human error. He also noted that some of the technology in the new ESF is almost ready for production and could be available in upcoming vehicles.

The R&D boss also stressed that connected artificial intelligence would be a highlight of the machine’s safety recipe wherein the car would collate driving data and share it with a central server in order to determine the way on how the driver assistance systems can be controlled. In the event that something goes wrong, the concept would also feature innovative occupant protection technology. Hence, if a mishap indeed happens, car occupants would not sustain grave injuries.

Kalennius also disclosed that they would do something in the middle of 2019 to showcase what the future of safety is going to look like. Hence, it is anticipated to be launched at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. 


McLaren’s First F1 Win Honored by McLaren 720S Spa 68 Edition

The 720S Spa 68 collection fittingly commissioned by the McLaren Brussels was made to honour first Formula 1 win of McLaren which took place 50 years ago at the’ Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps’.

This was Bruce McLaren’s fourth and final F1 victory before his death in 1970. As per McLaren notes, victory in June 1968 has been later followed in the years by eight constructor championships and 12 drivers’ championships where the first of both occurring in 1974 with Emerson Fittipaldi driving.

Mclaren Special Operations’ Anniversary Orange paint has been used in all the three 720S and the hue of the cars has been done in the style of the original 1968 M7A F1 car. Moreover, there are outlines of the track on the bodywork and on the headrests along with numerous inscriptions noting the occasion. You can also find a numbered plaque to mark the series number and there is an orange script on the carbon fiber sill cover inside the door.


Virtual Registration Cards to be Implemented in Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday announced the implementation of virtual registration cards valid for a lifetime starting from August 1. The permanent virtual registration cards will be issued without an expiry date and will eventually replace the existing plastic cards which are issued annually after the renewal of the vehicle registration. This new technological advancement is considered as the third and final phase of adoption of the life registration system with taxis, commercial vehicle and rental cars covered in the two phases of the project which commenced earlier this year.

Sultan Al Marzouqi, Director of RTA’s Licensing said, “The new system will ensure that no plastic cards are issued every year, while the virtual cards will also come without an expiry date. This means a person will register his vehicle once when he buys it and later it is renewed annually after the purchase of insurance and passing of the technical test,” on the recent implementation.

The renewal of the registration can be done either through RTA’s Dubai Drive mobile application, through the website and also through the call centre (8009090) after the vehicle inspection or the technical test is conducted which is mandatory for all the vehicles aged more than three years. The Director also added, “As soon as the renewal is done, the motorist will get an email copy of the e-registration card and it will also reflect on the personal dashboard of the RTA’s app”. Even though the e-registration card will be accepted at all the borders and foreign countries, the Director advised the motorists who are travelling outside the country to print the registration card if in case of an emergency.




BMW to Hike Prices of Two US-made SUV Models in China

BMW announced that they will raise the price of two US-made crossover utility vehicle in China in order to cope up with the added cost of tariffs on the US car imports into the world’s biggest auto market. BMW issued the statement in association with this over that they will increase maker suggested retail prices of the popular and high margin X5 and X6 SUV models by 4% to 7%.

As per the reports, BMW decided this after China’s decision on the new tariff introduced earlier this month on about $34 billion (Dh 124 billion) of US imports. Along with these, Beijing cut the tariffs on all automobiles which are imported to China and slapped an addition 25% levy on the US made cars as of July 6 and thereby China now introduced a 40 percent import duty on all the cars imported from the United States. This also indicates the tariffs will cut the BMW’s profit margin on the vehicle and warned that it wouldn’t be able to absorb the cost of the higher tariffs.

BMW imports crossover SUV models including X4, X5 and X6 from the United States for sale in China where the demand for SUVs is increasing. As per the last year statistics, the German automaker shipped more than 100, 000 vehicles from the United States to China.