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Ben Chen Crashes Rare Gemballa Mirage GT in New York City

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Ben Chen Gemballa Mirage GT Crashes In New York City
Ben Chen aka @bc crashes his rare Gemballa Mirage GT in a drug-fuelled joy ride through the streets of New York City, also taking out a Toyota Sienna and three other cars in the process.

Earlier this week a rare Gemballa Mirage GT driven by owner Ben Chen caused automotive carnage after a drug-fuelled joy-ride down the center of Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

In a city currently battling to contain over 81,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 4,500 deaths, a Gemballa Mirage GT crashing into a Toyota Sierra van parked on the side of the road and then taking out a further three cars in the process was the last thing most people expected to see happening on the streets of NYC under a “Stay At Home” directive.

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The official NYPD account reads:

“On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at approximately 0730 hours, officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of West 44 Street and 11 Avenue, within the confines of the Midtown North Precinct.

Upon arrival officers observed a 33-year-old male operator and sole occupant of a 2014 Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT conscious and alert. Further investigation revealed that the operator of vehicle #1 struck the rear of a parked unoccupied vehicle #2 and fled southbound on 11 Avenue in his Porsche The motorist proceeded to strike vehicles #3,4 and 5 that were also parked and unoccupied in the vicinity of West 44 Street where his vehicle came to a rest. The suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

The following individual was arrested and charged with the above incident:

Chen, Benjamin

33-year-male

[Address redacted]

Charges: Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired by Drugs and Reckless Driving

In footage shared to social media, the Gemballa Mirage GT can be seen hurtling out of control through the near-empty streets of Midtown Manhattan and crashing into a parked Toyota Sienna before continuing out of the CCTV line of sight.

In another clip shared online, pieces of the damaged Mirage GT are seen flying off the car as he drives away from the first collision (running a red light in the process) and further reports note that he proceeded onto 11th Ave, leaving a “trail of damaged vehicles” in his wake before coming to a stop and being apprehended by police.

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Ben Chen (also known as @bc online) is a somewhat well-known figure in the supercar community thanks in part to his incredible collection of supercars and his previous involvement in the Gold Rush Rally events that saw supercar owners participate in multi-day rallies across the continent while enjoying some of the best parties, hotels, and events along the way.

According to one Reddit user, his extensive collection has included some of following models: Koenigsegg Agera R, Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe, Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe Series II, Mercedes McLaren SLR GTR, Mercedes SLS Black Series, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Bugatti Veyron (Pur Blanc 1 of 1), Porsche Carrera GT Gembella GT, Porsche Carrera GT, Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, Porsche 997 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murcielago SV, Lamborghini Aventador SV, and a Range Rover Sport SVR

It’s not only his extensive supercars though have brought him notoriety in the past, but his propensity for crashing them.

To date Ben’s totaled a rental McLaren 12C Spider on a Gold Rush Rally in 2013, trying to swerve at high speed to miss a truck and crashing into a storage unit complex.

That did not end well for the McLaren 12C…. Credit: Discount Storage

Then in 2016 he wrote off his 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago SV in Westlake Village Californa after speeding off from a car meet and there are reports online of several other crashes.

Another one bites the dust. Credit: Unknown

The Cobalt Blue Gemballa Mirage GT which is now his latest victim was a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that was converted by German-based auto tuners’ Gemballa somewhere around 2013-2014. According to an interview with Dupont Registry not long after he had taken delivery of the newly converted Gemballa, the choice of the Cobalt Blue color was in honor of his late father who he had purchased his first exotic car with in the same color – a 2007 Porsche Turbo – and was planning on having all future Porsches finished in the same color. The Gemballa Mirage GT was also one of a few special cars that his father had thought about purchasing back in the early 2000’s when they first came out but had never done so.

At the best of times, the un-modified Porsche Carrera GT has been known to be a beast with Porsche test driver Walter Rohrl quoted in Drive Magazine as saying it’s “the first car in my life that I drive and I feel scared”, leading one to believe it should be handled with all the respect one would have approaching a raging tiger.

Based on the Porsche 980 Carrera GT, a project that was first developed for a Le Mans prototype in the late 90’s, the Mirage GT is an even more powerful vehicle upgrade starting at €300,000 that features 2 extra exhaust pipes, a roof-mounted air intake, a special Gemballa Sports Clutch, Gemballa wheels, and a completely new Gemballa body kit.

Before this spectacular misdemeanor only 25 of these Gemballa Mirage GT’s existed in the world, of which Ben Chen’s was the only one in USA.

After having been identified as the driver, Ben Chen was taken into custody, arrested and charged for reckless driving of his Gemballa Mirage GT under the influence of drugs.

Whether there are long term consequences or a change in the owners driving behavior (if he even still has a license now) remains to be seen given his previous driving offenses but one can only hope he will seriously reflect on these recent events.

The only upside of this story is that despite the extensive vehicle damage thankfully no one was hurt or killed.

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Rolls-Royce Reports Highest First-Quarter Sales in 116-Year History

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Rolls-Royce has revealed their first-quarter sales between 1 January and 31 March 2021 are the highest in the brand’s 116-year history.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös is optimistic for 2021. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered the highest-ever first-quarter sales results in the luxury auto-maker’s 116-year history, in the first three months of 2021.

Delivering 1,380 vehicles to customers between 1 January and 31 March 2021, Rolls-Royce confirmed these numbers are 62% up on the same period in 2020 thanks to sales growth in China, the USA, and Asia Pacific (although 2020 was undoubtedly affected by COVID-19 closures). The 2021 sales figures also surpassed their previous first-quarter sales record, which Rolls-Royce set in 2019.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars made a strong start to 2021, reflected today in our first-quarter sales figures, which are the highest in our 116-year history. With robust order books across our product range, particularly for the new Ghost and Cullinan, sales growing in key markets and Bespoke commissions running at record levels, our business is in excellent shape. We have every reason to be optimistic for the remainder of 2021,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO.

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High demand for the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost edition. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce revealed demand for all models was extremely buoyant, with exceptionally high demand for the new Ghost launched in 2020 and the sporty SUV Cullinan, along with bespoke commissions filling the order books well into the second half of 2021.

Bespoke commissions have also remained at the record levels seen in 2020, with several outstanding individual examples already delivered this year, including the Koa Phantom and Iridescent Opulence Phantom.

All 20 of the Phantom Tempus Collection cars have been allocated to customers worldwide.

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Bugatti Delivers 300th Chiron of 500 Limited Edition Vehicles

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Bugatti has delivered the 300th Chiron hypercar built at their atelier in Molsheim, leaving only 200 of the 500 limited production to be built.
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and the Management Board with hte 300th Chiron. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and the Management Board with the 300th Chiron. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has announced the completion of the 300th Chiron model since production first started production in 2016 at the atelier in Molsheim, France. With total production limited to 500 hand-built vehicles in total, only 200 customers remain who will have the option to customize their own exactly how they like.

A Chiron Pur Sport in "Nocturne" exterior paint. Credit: Bugatti
A Chiron Pur Sport in “Nocturne” exterior paint. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti stands for the most extraordinary, most powerful and most elegant hyper sports cars in the world. With the now 300th vehicle produced, we are again showing our competence in quality and customization,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “The Chiron Pur Sport is guaranteed to give customers pleasure. In addition to its unbelievable driving performance, it combines highest engineering and design skill as well as superb craftsmanship.”

Only 60 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport's will be produced at €3 million each. Credit: Bugatti
Only 60 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s will be produced at €3 million each. Credit: Bugatti

Of all the Bugatti Chiron’s produced to date, the 300 have been a mixture of the original Chiron models along with variants including the 110 Ans Bugatti Chiron Sport developed to celebrate 110 years of Bugatti, the Les Légendes du Ciel Chiron Sport that celebrates the aviation history of Bugatti’s historic racing drivers, the Chiron Super Sport 300+, Chiron Pur Sport and the special Chiron Noire edition.

Powered by Bugatti's iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti
Powered by Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti

The 300th Chiron to leave Molsheim was a highly customized Pur Sport edition in black “Nocturne” exterior paint color for the main bodywork and “Grey Carbon” and “Gun Powder” for additional external elements, including the mirror arms, outer mirror housings, windshield wipers and Bugatti’s signature C-line.

Featuring the Pur Sport Interior Package in "Beluga Black". Credit: Bugatti
Featuring the Pur Sport Interior Package in “Beluga Black”. Credit: Bugatti

The customer also selected the Pur Sport Interior Package in “Beluga Black” for the leather and Alcantara with the seams in “Gris Rafale,” and paid special tribute to Ettore Bugatti’s brother Rembrandt, an artist with a talent for sketching animals, with a drawing of his dancing elephant featuring on the headrests.

The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds. Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has revealed only 60 Chiron Pur Sport editions will be built in total, with the majority expected to be delivered to their owners this year.

In addition, Bugatti is also planning to build the world’s most expensive and exclusive later this year – the one-off $18.7 million La Voiture Noire that was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019.

Bugatti Chiron 300 Produced Rear Details
Bugatti Chiron 300 Production Front Grille

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The Customized Rolls Royce Cullinan of Google Exec Ben and Christine Sloss

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Automotive and racing enthusiasts Ben and Christine Sloss have added a new bespoke Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan to their already impressive garage.
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The new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan created for Ben and Christine Sloss. Credit: Rolls-Royce

No strangers to the Rolls-Royce brand, Ben and Christine Sloss were first acquainted with the brand back in 2014 at Pebble Beach when looking for a suitable two-door coupe with four useable seats for adults and more recently with the delivery of a bespoke Dawn Black Badge 2018.

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Eye-catching exterior in Pikes Peak Blue with Forge Yellow detailing. Credit: Rolls-Royce

This time Ben, who is the VP of engineering at Google, along with his racing enthusiast wife Christine, who competes in the Ferrari FXX program and challenges, settled on a new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan inspired by the couple’s well-known racing livery – a blue and yellow combination that borrows from the colors of the flag of Modena in Northern Italy and is applied across all of their race cars.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Rear View
The reverse color scheme of Ben’s 2018 Black Badge Dawn. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Finished in the reverse color scheme of Ben’s 2018 Black Badge Dawn, the new Cullinan features a unique bespoke Pikes Peak Blue paint, named in homage to one of their favorite hill-climb races along with Forge Yellow detailing on the famous Rolls-Royce hand-painted coachline, wheel-center pinstripes and brake calipers.

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Pantheon grille

The Cullinan’s brushed metal technical clock has also been created with the same color scheme utilizing Navy Blue Anodised brushed stainless steel and Forge Yellow accents.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Details Interior
The Sloss’s Black Badge Cullinan interior carries over the race livery colors. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Other bespoke additions to the Sloss’s new Cullinan include engraved names on the front door treadplates – Benjamin on the Driver’s side and Christine on the Passenger’s side – monogrammed navy-blue leather seats in Forge Yellow and door panels featuring Christine’s personal racing logo – a stylized stiletto in embroided leather.

The new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan will now be at home amongst other vehicle’s in the Sloss’s garage like a Ford GT MKII, Christine’s Ferrari FXXK EVO, Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, Ferrari GTC4 Lusso and a Ferrari F12TDF to name a few.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Spirit of Ecstasy
Spirit of Ecstasy milled from a single billet of carbon fiber. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Wheels
Brake calipers and wheel pinstripe in Forge Yellow. Credit: Rolls-Royce

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