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Limited Edition: New Aston Martin 25 by Callum

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Original Vanquish designer redesigns the V12 GT with today’s tech and only 25 will be made.

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM front left hand view
Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM front left hand view. Photo: Callum Designs

Who is CALLUM?

Ex Jaguar and Aston Martin design boss Ian Callum now has his very own company, CALLUM. Technology and materials have made a lot of progress since his days designing the original Vanquish V12 GT and so one of his first projects under his new company was to take the car he already had a passion for and apply these new world attributes to a limited number of 25 reborn examples only. This explains the 25 by CALLUM.

“It’s rare that a designer has the chance to retell the story of one of their own cars. I’ve wanted to do that for some time and with R-Reforged we could do something special,” says Ian Callum CBE, Design Director. “Materials and technologies have advanced, allowing us to introduce these along with new ideas that weren’t feasible when the car was launched.”

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin, says: “I like that the CALLUM team’s first project is based on the original V12 Vanquish designed by Ian. Aston Martin Lagonda is very proud of the cars created during Ian’s time and they are an important part in both our heritage and evolution.”

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM front view with headlights
Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM front view with headlights. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Who Is R-Reforged

R-Reforged, is a UK based team which collaborates with Aston Martin Lagonda’s projects and is specialised in building automobiles, which are based on iconic brands, crafted by outstanding designers, created and reforged by a passionate and experienced team. R-Reforged, with its UK based team, has been the driving force of the CALLUM program from the outset and will play a key part in the client experience and liaison process.

The Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM it is the latest in a series of exclusive R-Reforged editions fully endorsed by Aston Martin Lagonda. Customers can choose to upgrade their own existing car or have one sourced, and will be encouraged to play an active role in creating their unique Vanquish.

“R-Reforged is intent on creating mesmerising and bespoke automotive masterpieces,” says Dr Andreas Baenziger, Co-Founder of R-Reforged. “With Ian, we can not only offer such a car but also the prospect of a special customer experience by specifying it with the original designer. With the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM we are very proud to establish another exciting project following the market introduction of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged.”

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM twin exhaust detail
Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM twin exhaust detail. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Who is AF Racing AG?

R-Reforged is besides R-Motorsport, R-Experience and R-Services one of four brands of AF Racing AG. The Swiss company is also active in motor racing. With its sister brand R-Motorsport it holds the exclusive licence of Aston Martin Lagonda to run and compete in the Class One regulated DTM racing series. AF Racing AG is also involved in Aston Martin’s mid-engine program. Along with Aston Martin Lagonda and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, it is a strategic partner of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM front left side view
Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM front left side view. Photo: CALLUM Designs

OK…..So the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM

After 18 months of development, the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM retains the iconic silhouette whilst benefiting from over one hundred design changes, each offering form and function benefits. Sitting 10mm lower on custom forged 20” rims, the stance and visuals are honed and more assertive with increased stability. Re-profiled front and rear carbon fibre bumpers lift the visuals and increase aerodynamic efficiency whilst new high-intensity LED head and taillights provide a purer light and freshen the aesthetics.

Highlighting the no compromise approach, it features new carbon fibre side strakes, all-new wing mirrors, one-piece carbon window surrounds, re-formed sills, aluminium/carbon fuel filler and bespoke rear diffuser with integrated exhaust box. “We’ve addressed many of the individual areas we feel deserved a second look,” adds Callum. “The overall effect, including the stance, gives the car a new lease of life. Applying our design philosophy of balancing form and function has resulted in what we feel is the ultimate Vanquish.”

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM tail lights and rear detail
Bespoke rear diffuser with integrated exhaust box. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Chassis

Chassis tuning was a significant area of development for the engineering team, led by Adam Donfrancesco. “We love the original Vanquish but expectations of the performance of a GT car have changed since its launch,” says Donfrancesco. “Today’s GT should blend sports car performance with usability, yet be comfortable enough to eat up a thousand-mile mission without a thought. Our focus was to create a supple and comfortable ride that’s responsive and a chassis that is supportive but not harsh. With stiffer anti-roll bars, tuned dampers, custom springs and lower ride height, we’ve increased steering response and reduced roll but crucially allowed the damping to ‘breathe’ a little more. The car now actually feels lighter than the original and more alive.”

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM carbon fibre side strakes
Carbon fibre side strakes on the Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Tyres

Engineers worked closely with partner Michelin at its Ladoux test facility to select the optimum Pilot Sport tyres and settings for the custom 20” forged wheels, which, thanks to diameter and offset changes, now fill the Vanquish arches. “Michelin’s cutting-edge tyre technology gives us a step-change in all round performance,” continues Donfrancesco. “Overall grip, steering accuracy and noise have all improved.”

Peter Shaw, Key Account Manager at Michelin, added: “Developments over the past two decades in tyre compound and construction technology have allowed us to deliver the performance, comfort and driving feel to perfectly match the updated Vanquish and suit today’s GT driver.”

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM vent and paint detail
Michelin Tyres wrapped around 20″ forged wheels. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Brakes

Brakes have also been upgraded with the latest Aston Martin carbon ceramic discs, cooled via 3D printed air ducts. New race-spec hub bearings improve brake pedal feel, an Achilles’ heel of the original car.

Engine

Placing equal emphasis on extracting more performance from the 5.9 litre V12, it now delivers an extra 60bhp over the original 520bhp with new carbon induction and exhaust systems. Illustrating the detailed approach taken, carbon and leather engine dressing, often overlooked by car makers, provides functionality in a beautiful package. Conscious some owners may prefer the effortless nature of a true automatic, a six-speed torque convertor transmission is available as an option.

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM tail lights and rear detail
Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM delivers an extra 60bhp over the previous 520bhp. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Interior

Advances in materials and technology have made the most dramatic updates to the all-new interior. A carbon fibre dash and centre console houses an integrated eight-inch display featuring Car Play and Android Auto.

In a world-first, Bremont produced an instrument cluster designed by the luxury British watch manufacturer alongside a removable mechanical pocket watch that can be used in and out of the car. Bremont Co-Founder Giles English comments, “Having been fortunate enough to work with Ian Callum for several years now, it’s really exciting for Bremont to be part of this next chapter in his illustrious design career. British manufacturing is something we’re utterly passionate about and so contributing on this level really speaks to the core of what Bremont stands for, the best of British engineering and design.”

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM dashboard and interior detail
The cars dashboard features a removable pocket watch. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Continuing inside, new sport seats allow for a lower and more cosseting seating position. Combined with a thinner steering wheel and revised paddle shifters, these transform the levels of comfort and usability. Leading leather producer Bridge of Weir Leather Company played a crucial role in creating the sumptuous leather trim that features Callum’s fresh take on tartan. “In all my designs I like to have a key design feature,” adds Callum. “Creating a tartan was something I’ve considered for some time and will be one of CALLUM’s design identities for future creations.”

David Archibald, Managing Director, Bridge of Weir Leather Company, adds: “We are very proud to be working on this project. There is a strong connection between us and the Vanquish: Bridge of Weir Leather Company supplied leather to the original vehicle so we are delighted to contribute our Fine Scottish Leather to this new project. Not only does the interior feature CALLUM’s tartan but the leather’s colour is completely bespoke, matched to a unique palette specified by the design team.”

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM seats detail
CALLUM signature Tartan leather design. Photo: CALLUM Designs

Harking back to the original V12 Vanquish sketches, “The original concept for the Vanquish was to feature two seats and not a 2+2 layout. It’s allowed us to create a unique rear environment, providing more space as a practical Grand Tourer,” says Callum. A bespoke set of luggage, exclusively made by Mulberry, is a beautiful and desirable feature of the car.

“We were delighted to create bespoke luggage for this project in our Somerset Artisan Studio. The relaunch of a beloved British design icon is a point of alignment between Mulberry and CALLUM, and this project is a tribute to the endurance of British craftsmanship and design,” says Thierry Andretta, CEO, Mulberry.

With the client’s experience just as important as the product, CALLUM and R-Reforged has ensured owners can be part of the story from the start, spending time with Ian and the team. “Customers will regularly join us at the facility, specifying each aspect and ultimately watch the car come together. It will be a journey like no other,” confirms Callum.

The Price

The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM is available to order from £550,000, plus local taxes, including an original vehicle sourced by R-Reforged.

Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM top view
Aston Martin 25 by CALLUM top view. Photo: CALLUM Designs

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First Bugatti Divo Hypercars Ready For Delivery

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After two years of development at the Molsheim factory, the first Bugatti Divo hypercars are ready for delivery to their new owners.
Bugatti Divo Left Side Profile
First of the Bugatti Divo’s to be delivered to owners. Credit: Bugatti

It’s been two years since the Bugatti Divo was first revealed, and now the first Divo’s have been revealed ahead of delivery to their new owners.

Named after French pilot and Bugatti works racing driver Albert Divo who won six Grand Prix races and two Targa Florio’s, the limited edition Bugatti Divo takes a page out of the early era custom-bodied Bugatti’s and reimagines coachbuilding.

Bugatti Divo Revealed Molsheim France
Only 40 Bugatti Divo’s will be produced. Credit: Bugatti

“The Divo starts a new era at Bugatti – the era of modern coachbuilding,” shared Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “With the Divo we have created a highly customised masterpiece of automotive craftsmanship that is a must-have for any Bugatti collection.”

Bugatti Divo Revealed Molsheim Factory
An even sportier Bugatti than the Chiron. Credit: Bugatti

The difference in terms of today’s coachbuilding vehicles like the Divo is that in the past, master body-makers tailored different body shapes to a chassis – they hardly ever modified the technology. In contrast, with the new Divo development, designers and engineers have modified the technology and boosted the performance.

Bugatti Divo Revealed Molsheim Front View
Bugatti have completed a challenging two years of development to finally reveal the first customer builds. Credit: Bugatti

“We had a host of liberties when we developed the Divo because we limited the top speed to 380 km/h” shared Frank Heyl, Bugatti’s Deputy Design Director. “As a result, we were able to generate more downforce and turn the Divo into a visually and technically independent model.”

An even sportier-looking model compared to the Chiron, the Divo has a host of additional air intakes including a NACA air duct on the roof to help cool the 8.0-liter W16 engine, ducts to cool the brakes and intakes on the bonnet to reduce the front surface of the vehicle and improve airflow. Likewise, a new front spoiler design creates greater downforce.

Divo’s rear is also distinguished by a unique 3D taillight design featuring 44 light-up finds that complement the narrow LED front headlights.

Bugatti Divo Silver Grey Rear View
Unique 3D taillight design of the Divo. Credit: Bugatti

Only 40 Bugatti Divo’s will be produced, with each of the already sold-out models priced at approx €5 million.

Bugatti Divo Revealed Molsheim 2020
Bugatti Divo Revealed Molsheim 2020
Bugatti Divo Silver Grey Front View
Bugatti Divo French Grey Aerial View
Bugatti Divo Rear Left View French Grey
Bugatti Divo Rear Left View Black
Bugatti Divo Light Grey French Side View
Bugatti Divo Light Grey Front Side View
Bugatti Divo Light Grey French Rear View
Bugatti Divo Front View Trio
Bugatti Divo Front Side Profile
Bugatti Divo Front Left Light Grey View

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McLaren F1 Designer Reveals the Gordon Murray T.50 Supercar

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McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray has officially revealed a new limited edition three-seater T.50 supercar said to have the world’s lightest and highest-revving 3.9-liter V12 engine in the world.
Gordon Murray T50 Hypercar Front Left View
The limited edition Gordon Murray Automotive T.50. Credit: GMA

Legendary car designer Gordon Murray is no stranger to extreme car design, with 20 years’ experience in Formula 1 and cars like the iconic McLaren F1 in his portfolio. Now he’s finally had the opportunity to apply all his industry knowledge to his own supercar, namely the T.50, of which only 100 vehicles will made.

Described by Gordon Murray as his “ultimate car design,” the T.50 is the 50th car design penned by himself over his 50-year career and is said to improve on his acclaimed McLaren F1 “in every conceivable way.”

Gordon Murray with T50 supercar
Gordon Murray with his “ultimate car design”. Credit: GMA

Scheduled to be built at Gordon Murray’s Automotive Production Center in Surrey, UK, the new T.50 has been created as “engineering art,” and like the McLaren F1, features dihedral doors and a three-seat design with the driver’s seat positioned centrally.

Gordon Murray T50 Left Profile View Doors Up
Dihedral doors and clean lines. Credit: GMA
Gordon Murray T50 Supercar Interior
Central positioned drivers seat for the best driving experience. Credit: GMA

“With the design of our T.50 supercar, we are taking the same focused approach that was applied to the design of the McLaren F1”, shared Gordon Murray. “Thanks to modern materials and 30 years of development, we have been able to deliver a far better all-round car in the T50, while setting its weight at just 986kg, a full 150kg lighter than the F1.”

Gordon Murray T50 Left Side Aerial View
The T.50 is almost 1/3 lighter than the average supercar. Credit: GMA

Created with a carbon-fiber monocoque body, the T.50 weighs just 2,174 pounds / 986kgs (which is around 1/3 less than the average supercar) and is powered by a 100% bespoke 3.9-liter V12 engine that is the worlds lightest and highest-revving V12 engine to date.
Producing 663PS @ 11,500rpm and 467Nm of torque @ 9,000rpm, the Cosworth developed engine also features dry-sump oiling to prevent oil starvation in hard cornering, a feature that will be appreciated given the T.50’s power and grip.

Gordon Murray T50 Supercar Work
Gordon Murray explaining the details of the T.50. Credit: GMA

With a central focus on light-weight design, Gordon Murray’s Formula 1 experience shows in the streamlined design of the T.50 supercar with every gram accounted for and all unneeded vents, wings and flaps removed to create what Gordon Murray describes as the most advanced aerodynamics ever seen on a car.

“Next-level aerodynamics allow us to avoid the current supercar trend for exaggerated wings, vents, and ducts. I was determined to create a clean and pure shape that would remain timeless, ensuring the T50 will still look fresh in 30 years.”

The proportions, size, and styling are also something Gordon Murray is 100% happy with, noting that the vehicle can carry three passengers, luggage, and the V12 engine comfortably while keeping under 1000kgs.

A stand-out feature of the T.50 is undoubtedly the giant 15.7-inch central fan at the rear of the vehicle, designed to achieve unmatched aerodynamic performance combined with the underbody aerodynamics and two dynamic rear spoilers.

Gordon Murray T50 Rear Tail
Not so secret aerodynamic weapon – the rear central fan. Credit: GMA
Gordon Murray T50 Left Rear View
Only 100 Gordon Murray T.50’s will be built. Credit: GMA

First used on Murray’s F1 design, the fan-assisted aerodynamic system improves on conventional ground-effect systems by actively managing both underbody and overbody airflow.

This boundary layer control ensures the most effective interaction of airflow on top of, and below the car, balancing drag and downforce at all speeds.

Gordon Murray T50 Rear Aerial View Doors Up

Through the application of two automatic and four driver-selected aero modes, the T.50 is capable of increasing downforce by 50%, reducing drag by 12.5%, and cutting the braking distance by 10m from 150mph.

T50 Drive Modes

Auto Mode: is the car’s default setting. In this mode, the T.50 operates like an ordinary supercar with passive ground-effect downforce.

Braking Mode: automatically deploys the rear spoilers to their maximum (+45 degree) angle when high levels of deceleration are required. The fan also operates simultaneously at high speed while the diffuser valves open. This function can double downforce, enhancing stability and grip, and shortening the 150mph-to-0mph braking distance by a full 10 meters.
If sudden deceleration is required, and when aerodynamics could influence stopping distance, Braking Mode overrides all other modes.

High Downforce Mode: is driver selectable and delivers enhanced traction – in this mode, the rear spoilers deploy at +10 degrees, diffuser valves open, and the fan spools up to increase downforce by 50%.

Streamline mode: cuts drag by 12.5% and boosts straight-line speed while also reducing fuel consumption and downforce. In this mode, the rear spoilers deploy to -10 degrees reducing base suction and drag. The diffuser valves close partially, stalling the diffuser and reducing downforce, which saves wheel travel to make the car more comfortable and efficient. It also sets the fan to operate at high speed, drawing air from the top deck to minimize drag while extending the trailing wake of the car, creating a ‘virtual longtail’ and producing 15kg of thrust.

V-Max Boost: is the most extreme T.50 mode. It uses the characteristics of Streamline Mode, then uses the car’s 48-volt integrated starter-generator to drive the fan – freeing up power to the driveshaft. Combined with the ram-air induction, this boosts power to 700PS for short bursts of acceleration.

Test Mode: operates when the car is stationary and is driver-selected. The fan spools up to its maximum 7,000rpm, the twin rear spoilers cycle through their full range of movement and the diffuser ducts / valves progressively open and close before returning to their rest position.

Gordon Murray T50 Gear Interior

As a limited edition model, each customer will be given first viewing of the vehicle design and will be invited for a seat, steering wheel, and pedals fitting session to set their car up to fit them perfectly. Throughout the build, clients will be kept informed and will have the option of visiting their vehicle. Once completed, owners will be offered tailored experiences and have access to a service network and “flying technician.”

Gordon Murray T50 Hypercar Front Left Doors Up

Only 100 Gordon Murray T.50’s will be built at a starting price of £2.36m (before taxes) with production scheduled for January 2022.

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Limited Edition Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Revealed

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Limited to only 40 vehicles, the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is a track-only car with the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine produced by Lamborghini.
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Side View

First announced earlier this year, the new track-only limited edition Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 has been revealed and has been developed in collaboration with Lamborghini Squadra Corse (development) and Lamborghini Centro Stile (styling).

Limited to only 40 units, the Essenza SCV12 has been fitted with the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine ever developed by Lamborghini and borrows technological solutions from the racing track for the ultimate driver’s experience.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Side Front View

“Essenza SCV12 represents the purest track driving experience that our brand can offer, an engineering feat that highlights the inextricable link between our cars and the asphalt of the track,” says Automobili Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Lamborghini is a brand constantly looking to the future and searching for new challenges, but we never forget our roots and who we are: Essenza SCV12 is the perfect combination of our unconventional spirit as a super sports car manufacturer and our true passion for motorsport.”

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Front View

Created exclusively for the track, the Essenza SCV12 delivers over 830hp, has higher downforce levels than a GT3 car, and an extreme power-to-weight ratio of 1.66kg/hp thanks to a newly developed carbon fiber monocoque chassis that does not require an internal roll cage. It is also the first GT car developed that adheres to all FIA prototype safety rules.

Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, remarked: “Essenza SCV12 is the ultimate expression of the V12 naturally aspirated engine, the symbol of our brand since 1963. It is a project in which we combined the pursuit of engineering perfection with refined aerodynamics, futuristic design, and innovative solutions such as the carbon monocoque without internal roll-cage. The result is an engaging and uncompromising car, born to race and to showcase on the track the characteristics that have made Lamborghini famous worldwide, guaranteeing unique and special emotions for both the driver and onlookers.”

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Side Rear View

Aerodynamically, the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12’s front hood features a double air intake like the Huracán track cars that works to separate the hot airflow from the radiator and the cold air going to the roof scoop. At the rear, a large adjustable double-profile rear wing works to increase efficiency and downforce.

The design has also been a collaborative effort with the Lamborghini Centro Stile team with Mitja Borkert, Head of Lamborghini Centro Stile noting, “I was excited about this project from the very start, because it would allow us to create a car that was different but at the same time unmistakably Lamborghini, extreme but stylistically very clean, as a real racing car should be. With the Essenza SCV12 we pay tribute to both our racing past and the present: the large rear wing, side fins and front splitter are elements taken from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO. This car is the perfect combination of our tradition and what we imagine for the future.”

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Y Interior Console

Continuing Lamborghini’s hexagonal geometry throughout the design, the Essenza SCV12 also has the “Y” stylistic feature repeated throughout the livery in the cockpit and an asymmetrical carbon “Y” racing instrument panel and dashboard. The multifunction steering wheel has also been inspired by F1 single-seater steering wheels allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel at all times.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Y Interior Cockpit

Only 40 track-only Lamborghini Essenza SCV12’s will be produced. Owners will be part of a unique program that includes an athletic training program and technical support similar to the official Squadra Corse drivers. As part of the program, owners will be given access to some of the most iconic racetracks around the world. Each car will also have a personalized garage plus dedicated services, including webcams, to allow customers to monitor their vehicles 24 hours a day using an app.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Side Left View

The official track calendar will start in 2021 with “arrive and drive” events held at numerous FIA Grade 1 homologated circuits and assistance will be provided by the Squadra Corse technical staff with the support of Emanuele Pirro, five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and an excellent tutor for the customer-drivers; and Marco Mapelli, Lamborghini Squadra Corse Factory Driver.

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