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Brabham Automotive Delivers First BT62 Competition to UK Client

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Australian based Brabham Automotive delivers its first hand-built BT62 Competition version of the supercar to UK client.
The Brabham BT62 Competition track focused supercar. Credit: Brabham Automotive
The Brabham BT62 Competition track-focused supercar. Credit: Brabham Automotive

It’s been two years since the first reveal of Brabham Automotive’s BT62 at Australia House in London and customers on the waitlist are starting to get excited as deliveries begin rolling out.

While many of the largest automakers around the world have been shut down since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, located in Adelaide Australia, Brabham Automotive’s small but agile team has been able to continue working on client’s hand-built supercars under governmental health & safety guidelines.

One such client is Horsepower Racing in the UK who is the lucky recipient of the first BT62 Competition model that has just been delivered (with the hopes of racing later this year in the Britcar Endurance Championship).

Visible carbon elements of BT62's lightweight carbon fiber body.
Visible carbon elements of BT62’s lightweight carbon fiber body. Credit: Brabham Automotive

Priced upwards of $1.3 million each and limited to seventy vehicles in total, the hand-built Brabham BT62 is available in a range of configurations from the “standard” road-car version to Horsepower Racing’s green and gold hand-built BT62 Competition version (essentially a stripped-out version of the road car).

Stripped out race version of the Brabham BT62
Stripped out race version of the Brabham BT62. Credit: Brabham Automotive

Sitting on a set of lightweight Goodyear slick racing tires, Horsepower Racing’s BT62 Competition is instantly eye-catching with its green and gold cloaked carbon fiber body and is powered by a 700hp, naturally-aspirated V8 engine with a 6-speed sequential drivetrain driving an extreme lightweight chromoly safety cell. Onboard the data and telemetry systems ensure drivers and the race team can monitor performance.

Horsepower Racing's ready to take their BT62 Competition to the track.
Horsepower Racing’s ready to take their BT62 Competition to the track. Credit: Brabham Automotive

While the team at Brabham has no doubt celebrated the handover of the first BT62 Competition, they still have plenty more orders to complete for other eager clients of the already sold out model.

Brabham Automotive CEO Dan Marks shared, “The growth of Brabham Automotive over the last couple of years is a testament to the up-front planning that we put in place operationally and the depth of infrastructure that we can call upon from the broader Fusion Capital group. This ensures that we can scale Brabham to meet demand as future vehicle variants come on line. The Brabham Automotive team is highly skilled and has shown great resilience in what has been a trying time for everybody around the world. We are extremely proud of what has been achieved.”

What's next from the Australian based supercar manufacturer?
What’s next from the Australian based supercar manufacturer? Credit: Brabham Automotive

Over the past two years, Brabham Automotive has also been quietly but steadily growing a powerhouse team that includes a range of experienced team members from McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari, General Motors , Koenigsegg, and Tesla, to name a few so it will be interesting to watch what comes next.

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Bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith “Inspired By Earth” Commissioned For Abu Dhabi

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Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi commissions a special “Inspired by Earth” Wraith, depicting the Middle East as seen from space.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired By Earth". Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
The Rolls-Royce Wraith “Inspired By Earth”. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The new Rolls-Royce Wraith “Inspired By Earth” proves once again that inspiration can come from anywhere and by anywhere, including a unique viewpoint from out of this world.

No stranger to bespoke commission requests by clients, Rolls-Royce is often tasked with creating designs that take inspiration from a favorite hobby or perhaps the desire to incorporate a unique family crest, but more often than not, the inspirations are closely related to the things we see every day so to speak.

An Earth inspired interior with elements of sand, rivers and nature. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
An Earth inspired interior with elements of sand, rivers and nature. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

In the latest bespoke commission, however, the design team was tasked with taking a much bigger view, that of our own planet, as seen from space.

Satellite view of the Middle East Region. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Satellite view of the Middle East Region. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“We’re used to clients bringing us grand visions for their Bespoke Commissions, but this provided a new perspective altogether”says Michael Bryden, Lead Bespoke Designer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars .

“In our response to the brief, we’ve worked at both the ‘macro’ level, referencing the Sun and planets of the whole Solar System, and the much more personal ‘micro’ level, centering our view of the world on the place the customer calls home.”

Solar system elements on the dash board. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Solar system elements on the dash board. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Commissioned by Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi, the Wraith “Inspired by Earth” edition takes design cues from the entire Solar System and features air-brushed artwork on the bonnet, of the Middle East region as it would be seen by an astronaut passing on overhead.

Hand-painted bonnet taking over 100 hours to complete. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Hand-painted bonnet taking over 100 hours to complete. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Focusing on the United Arab Emirates, the panorama extends across the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Gulf of Oman, all precisely air-brushed by hand in a process that took over 100 hours to complete.

Finished in Royal Blue, the Wraith’s exterior color is also representative of the Earth’s surface covered in 75% water and is includes a delicate hand-painted coachline in Emerald Green that incorporates the Sun and the eight planets of the Solar System – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

The planetary coach line of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Earth. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
The planetary coach line of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Earth. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The Earth theme continues on through to the interior, with the waterfall embroidery between the rear seats appearing as atmospheric clouds. Meanwhile, the seats made from Moccasin leather reflect the Emirate’s deserts while the Cobalt Blue, Navy, and Emerald Green accents symbolize the rivers, lakes, and nature in all forms.

Embroidery featuring the atmospheric clouds of Earth as seen from above. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Embroidery featuring the atmospheric clouds of Earth as seen from above. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Throughout the remainder of the interior, the Solar System is also found, including the treadplates and the clock with inlays of the planets in silver and Earth highlighted in gold.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Earth door sills with planetary details. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Earth door sills with planetary details. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Last but not least is the Wraith’s iconic Starlight Headliner, with the “Inspired By Earth” edition including an embroidered Solar System found hidden amongst the twinkling lights, capping off a truly interstellar design.

Bespoke Starlight Headliner with the solar system embroidery. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Bespoke Starlight Headliner with the solar system embroidery. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

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Bugatti Bolide Revealed: Brand’s Most Extreme Track-Focused Hyper Sports Car

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Bugatti has revealed their most extreme hypercar concept to date – the Bugatti Bolide, boasting a weight-to-power ratio of 0.67 kg per PS and a top speed in excess of 310 mph.
The Bugatti Bolide concept hyper sports car. Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Bolide concept hyper sports car. Credit: Bugatti

A week ago, Bugatti started teasing an incoming new reveal, which we now know to be the extreme lightweight Bugatti Bolide.

Throwing around the question, “What if we developed an extreme, track-focused only hyper sports car?” Bugatti’s design team fast set about answering their own question in the form of an experimental study.

Bugatti Bolide Hypercar Garage Side View
The Bolide is a track-focused only experimental study. Credit: Bugatti

“We are perpetually aiming for new and exciting goals, and the question that we always keep in mind is: what if?” shared Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “We asked ourselves how we could realise the mighty W16 engine as a technical symbol of the brand in its purest form – with solely four wheels, engine, gearbox, steering wheel and, as the only luxury, two seats. Important aspects of our considerations were fine-tuning our iconic powertrain without any limitations as regards the weight-to-power ratio. These considerations resulted in the Bugatti Bolide. An uncompromising experiment, a thoroughbred, a Pur Sang that, in its brute exclusivity, impresses above all with high performance, low weight, and a driving experience in a whole new dimension. Driving the Bolide is like riding on a cannonball.”

The Bolide is powered by a modified 8-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti
The Bolide is powered by a modified 8-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti

Taking inspiration from historic X-Planes like the Bell X-1 jet flown by Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager in 1974 (the first person to break the sound barrier at Mach 1.06), the Bugatti Bolide is an ultra-sporty vehicle with distinct “X” references throughout the design.

Inspired by the Bell X-1 jet with "X" references throughout. Credit: Bugatti
Inspired by the Bell X-1 jet with “X” references throughout. Credit: Bugatti

Like previous Bugatti models, the design team have once again applied its iconic color split to the Bolide with the lower half in exposed carbon (increased to 60% of the vehicle) and the remaining 40% painted in historic French Racing blue.

Featuring a modified version of Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine, the Bolide is a track-focused hyper sports car with a stripped-down body for maximum downforce and an optimized gearbox for higher engine speeds.

Bugatti's most extreme, lightweight vehicle concept in modern times. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti’s most extreme, lightweight vehicle concept in modern times. Credit: Bugatti

Considered Bugatti’s most extreme, fasted, and lightest vehicle concept to date, the Bugatti Bolide boasts a weight-to-power ratio of 0.67kg per PS, made possible by the combination of the W16 engine with 1,850 PS and Bolide’s vehicle weight of 1,240 kilograms (as a comparison Koenigsegg’s One:1 power-to-weight ratio is 1,360 PS to 1360 kg for a 1:1 ratio).

Bugatti Bolide Hypercar Track Side View
Weight-to-power ratio 0.67kg per PS. Credit: Bugatti

“In my 16 years at Bugatti, I have never worked on a more extreme concept,” says Achim Anscheidt, Director of Design at Bugatti. “The design of the Bolide is radically tailored to the idea of lightweight construction, and the design principle therefore follows on from the overriding goal of achieving a fascinating weight-to-power ratio of 0.67 kilograms per PS.

“It is the very first time that my team had the freedom of creating an absolutely minimalistic design around the W16 engine. The result is the most provocative proportion of a modern Bugatti ever and the distilled quintessence of our Bugatti design ethos that form follows performance,”

Continuing Bugatti's track racing legacy. Credit: Bugatti
Continuing Bugatti’s track racing legacy. Credit: Bugatti

To achieve a lighter bodyweight for the Bolide, Bugatti has completely overhauled the materials and production processes used, beginning with the screws and fastening elements made entirely out of titanium and 3D printed aerospace titanium alloy components.

Exterior carbon components have increased to 60%. Credit: Bugatti
Exterior carbon components have increased to 60%. Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Bolide focuses on performance and does away with some of the familiar "luxuries". Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Bolide focuses on performance and does away with some of the familiar “luxuries”. Credit: Bugatti

“The Bolide is the ultimate answer to the question of what if Bugatti built a track-focused hyper sports car that met the FIA’s safety requirements,” explained Stefan Ellrott, member of the Board of Management of Bugatti and Head of Technical Development. “Designed around the W16 powertrain with the minimum body structure and unbelievable performance data. The result: the smallest possible shell for a breathtaking performance vehicle that allows the W16 to truly come into its own.”

Currently revealed as a vehicle concept, no price has been announced yet, and it remains to be seen whether the Bugatti Bolide with go into series production in the future.

Bugatti Bolide Hypercar Track Aerial Diagonal View
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Multi-Million Dollar Elkhart Car Collection To Be Auctioned

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Over 240 cars from the single-owner Elkhart Collection will be auctioned this weekend almost entirely without reserve by RM Sotheby’s.
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The Elkhart Collection will take place 23-24 October 2020. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

There’s not a whole lot of car collections that break the 200 count and even less that come up for auction, so you can imagine the Elkhart Collection will pique the interest of avid car collectors and enthusiasts in general.

Named “The Elkhart Collection” by RM Sotheby’s who are the auction house behind the sale, the event was originally announced in January 2020 and scheduled to take place 1-2 May in Elkhart, Indiana. In light of global events, it was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to 23-24 October 2020.

Elkhart Collection 2006 Ford GT Heritage
2006 Ford GT Heritage up for auction. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

Offered almost entirely without reserve, the single-owner collection of over 240 vehicles is the result of decades of careful collecting and showcases a tremendous range of marques, led in by Jaguar, Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Ford, Ferrari, and more.

Top-value highlights include an exceptionally rare, Jet Age designed 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia, delivered initially to famed General Motors designer Henry S. Lauve; a striking 1969 Lamborghini Miura upgraded to SV specification; a beautifully restored 1964 Aston Martin DB5 upgraded to Vantage specification; and a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation, “car zero” built to 1963 specification for 2016 after which six more were constructed by Jaguar Classic, this one being the global press car prior to delivery.

A restored 1968 Iso Grifo GL Series I is yet another highlight, tastefully upgraded to the ultimate ‘7-Litri’ specification, alongside a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster.

Elkhart Collection 1993 Jaguar XJ220
1993 Jaguar XJ220 will attract the attention of a few. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

“The quality of the cars and the way that the Elkhart Collection has been maintained and looked after is incredible,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “The building that they’ve been housed in is much more than a storage facility and has been designed specifically for the care of collector cars. More than ever, it’s true to say that there is quite literally something for anyone in the collector car hobby within this group of cars, from microcars, to classics, 50s and 60s sports cars, the modern era, and beyond. If there’s something you like, you’ll likely find it in the Elkhart Collection. These cars are all great examples of their kind, meticulously chosen for the collection, and we’re excited to bring them to market almost entirely without reserve for an auction the entire hobby can enjoy.”

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A few of the Elkhart Colleciton up for offer. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

Cars in the collection range in value from $10,000 through to the multi-million-dollar mark and represent nearly every category within the collector car market. Additional cars on offer range from a London-to-Brighton veteran and still-eligible 1903 Clement 12/16 HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau, to the Classic Era beauty of a genuine factory-supercharged 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged ‘Sportsman’ Cabriolet, and the unmistakable tailfins of a Hampton Green 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. The spirited microcar era is led by a rare 1960 FMR Tg 500 ‘Tiger’ and modern supercars are represented by a low-mileage 1993 Jaguar XJ220 and a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition owned from new by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Elkhart Collection 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone. Credit: RM Sothebys

Aside from the four-wheeled vehicles, the collection includes more than 30 motorcycles, a wooden triple-cockpit boat, an assortment of trucks, trailers, and equipment, alongside memorabilia such as children’s pedal cars, neon signs, and a variety of collectibles appealing to automotive collectors.

The auction follows in the footsteps of nearly 40 successful single owner private collection sales held by RM Sotheby’s over the years (an industry record), including the offering of The Guyton Collection, The Sáragga Collection, and The Taj Ma Garaj Collection in 2019 alone.

Elkhart Collection 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale
The eye-catching 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale up for auction. Credit: RM Sotheby’s

While live attendance to the 23 – 24 October auction has now been sold out, remote bidding is still available for those looking to add something new to their garage.

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