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New Ferrari Roma – Bringing Back “The Good Life” of the 1950’s and 60’s

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Ferrari Roma is designed to be a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterised Rome in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Ferrari Roma - la Nuova Dolce Vita
Ferrari Roma – “la Nuova Dolce Vita.” Credit: Ferrari
  • Influenced by the Ferrari’s of the 50’s & 60’s
  • Based on the same chassis and engine as the Portofino
  • There’s a new design to the key
  • Roma has hidden active aero

The Ferrari Roma, the new mid-front engined 2+ coupé (because the rear seat space is very small it’s not classed as a 2 + 2), features refined proportions and timeless design combined with unparalleled performance and handling. With its distinctive flair and style, Roma is a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterised Italy’s capital Rome in the 1950s and ‘60s. This is also why Ferrari chose to adopt the tagline “La Nuova Dolce Vita”, the new good/sweet life.

The Ferrari Roma uses the same chassis as the coupé-convertible Portofino and also shares its 3.9-litre twin turbo V8. But its power output has been increased to 611bhp and it benefits from the new eight speed dual shift gearbox that the SF90 hybrid uses. All of this makes the Roma marginally faster than the Portofino.

The cars that inspired Roma

There is definitely a strong essence of Ferrari design language on display. The headlights and nose are very similar to the topless Ferrari Monza, which hearkens to Ferrari’s of the ’60s, and the big back end with quad tail lights and exhaust resemble other GT models like the 612 and 456.

But what were the cars of the dolce vita? Which Gran Turismo and “custom-built” cars have inspired the style and technique of Ferrari Rome?

Ferrari Roma - la Nuova Dolce Vita heritage
Ferrari Roma – la Nuova Dolce Vita style heritage. Credit: Ferrari
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta luxury

The true ancestor of the Ferrari Roma is a coupe from 1962, but with two seats. It is the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta luxury that in the period 1962-1964 embodies the spirit of sleek lines combined with true sportiness and fine finishes. There are 351 “luxury” products in four years with Pininfarina style and Scaglietti bodywork characterized by a very long 250 GTO style bonnet and tail end.

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Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2

An inspirer of the Ferrari Roma is the Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2 (also known as 250 GTE, 250 GT / E) the first car of Maranello able to accommodate four people, a prestigious protagonist of the sweet Roman life. It was produced between 1960 and 1963 in 957 examples. The Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2 is a coupe with a 3-liter V12 engine and 240 hp that touches the 212 km/h and has also become famous for being the first Ferrari of the Italian Police.

Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2
The 2 + 2 grows and becomes 330 GT

The Ferrari 330 GT 2 + 2, produced from 1964 to 1967 in 1,099 units, when by now the good life had vanished, but remains famous for the front with four round headlights of the first series. The V12 engine went up to four liters and the power reached 300 HP for a maximum speed of 245 km/h.

Ferrari 330 GT

Roma’s New Key

Jack Rix, Deputy Editor of Top Gear shared photos of the Roma’s key on Twitter. They show a leather-backed metallic fob adorned only with the prancing horse logo on the front and “Roma” on the back. The locking and trunk controls are marked by embossing on the leather.

You can delete the front quater panel badges

Ferrari Roma
Trademark Ferrari front quater panel badges can be deleted as a choice on the Ferrari Roma.

Hidden Active Spoiler

The pleasure of the Ferrari Roma’s design is like a sculpture, is there to please your eye. It doesn’t rely on scoops and vents and slashes to create the drama. However, aero hasn’t been ignored entirely. The lower section of the rear screen, is actually a moveable spoiler that sits flush with the surrounding bodywork. The spoiler raises up and deploys to three different heights depending on your speed and driving mode. It will also act as an air brake when you really hit the brakes.

Ferrari Roma Active Aero Spoiler
Ferrari Roma Active Aero Spoiler. Credit: Ferrari

Dual Cockpit Concept

The new formal approach to the interior led to the creation of two driver and passenger safety cells, an evolution of the Dual Cockpit concept. Unlike Ferrari sports cars, typically built around the figure of the driver, the cockpit of the Ferrari Roma has an almost symmetrical structure. This makes for a more organic distribution of space and functions, so that the passenger feels extremely involved in the driving.

Ferrari Roma Dual Cockpit Interior
Ferrari Roma Dual Cockpit Interior. Credit: Ferrari
Ferrari Roma Dual Cockpit Interior
The passenger gets an information screen. Credit: Ferrari

Roma’s Power

The Ferrari Roma represents the pinnacle of performance in this category, thanks to its turbo-charged V8 from the family of engines that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award four years running. In this version, the engine reaches 620 cv at 7500 rpm and is coupled with the new 8-speed DCT gearbox that was introduced on the SF90 Stradale.

Ferrari Roma V8 Engine
Ferrari Roma V8 Engine. Credit: Ferrari

Chassis

The Ferrari Roma chassis benefits from the modular technology developed by Ferrari for its new generation models. Both bodyshell and chassis have been redesigned to incorporate the latest weight reduction and advanced production technologies. In fact, 70% of its components are entirely new. The mid-front-engined 2+ Ferrari Roma has the best weight/power ratio in its segment (2.37 kg/cv) which enhances handling dynamics and responsiveness.

Front view of the Ferrari Roma
A very good looking Ferrari.

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Lamborghini To Recall 26 Aventador SVJ’s Due To Faulty Door Locks

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Lamborghini set to recall 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadsters produced between December 2019 and January 2020 to replace a possible faulty door locking mechanism.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself the owner of a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe or Roadster, then you may also be unlucky enough to have to hand it back to your local Lamborghini Dealer….but only for a short time to check if they need to replace a possible faulty door lock.

You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini
You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini

In a Safety Recall Report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lamborghini have identified the possibility that 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadster produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may be at risk of having a faulty door locking mechanism.

 According to the report, in January 2020 during end of line quality checks Lamborghini verified a few cases of non-operative internal door handles. An internal investigation was launched to determine the root cause and results revealed there’s a 40% chance additional vehicles produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may also present with the same issue over time.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini

The defect was caused by a “non-properly trained new operator” who may not have “correctly engaged the Bowden cable pin inside the internal door handles during the manual assembly step of the components.”

The possible risk caused from this human error is that “over time the internal door handle mechanism may fail and the door cannot be unlocked from the inside, posing an entrapment risk. This failure could lead to the inability to operate the handles from inside the vehicle with a safety risk in case of emergency.”

Lamborghini did note that the outside handles operation are guaranteed by a different component and its functionality is not affected, ensuring it is still possible to open the doors normally from the outside.

Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini
Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe and Roadsters of concern for recall have a VIN range of ZHWUM6ZD4LLA09411 – ZHWUN6ZD1LLA09511 (not sequential) so if you’ve taken delivery of a Lamborghini between December 2019 and now it might be worth checking your VIN.

Lamborghini plans to notify all owners of affected vehicles between May 1 2020 – June 1 2020 and will instruct them to arrange an appointment with their authorized Lamborghini dealer so that the whole internal door handle can be replaced free of charge.

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Stephan Winklemann Explains the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport in Detail

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Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and colleagues explain the finer details of the new €3 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport revealed earlier this month.

Leading a presentation from Bugatti’s stately headquarters at the Château St. Jean and Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim earlier this month, President Stephen Winklemann was joined by Managing Director of Production and Logistics Christophe Piochon, Head of Development Stefan Ellrot and Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl as they elaborated on the aspects that make the Chiron Pur Sport what it is.

All the Bug’s lined up at Château St. Jean. Credit: Bugatti

Standing alongside the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport and Bugatti’s most recent offerings, the “Golden Era inspired” La Voiture Noir, the EB110 inspired Centodieci and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+, Stephan Winklemann introduced the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti

Speaking on the overall design, Stephan referenced the immediate visual points of difference from the original Chiron, beginning with the large rear wing and massive rear diffuser before moving onto the larger air intakes at the front of the car that help to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce.

The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti
The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti

Focusing on the wheel design, Stephan noted the wheels have “negative camber of 2.5 degrees” (meaning the bottom of the specially designed tyres sit further out than at the top), with springs 60% stiffer compared to the Chiron and gear ratio shortened by 18%, which improves the elasticity of the car by 40%. This combined with an overall weight reduction and a weight to power ratio of 1:1.8 means the Chiron Pur Sport is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds.

Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti

Commenting on the technical aspects of the Chiron Pur Sport, Bugatti’s Head of Development Stefan Ellrot drew attention to the fact that “the W16 engine has been increased maximum revs 200rpm leading to 6900rpm (in total), which fits together with the gearbox with the shortened gear ratios and all 7 gears, optimizing acceleration but more importantly, increasing the elasticity up to 40-45% which you can feel immediately when driving the car.”

Frank Heyl - Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti
Frank Heyl – Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti

Reflecting on the finer aesthetic details of the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl was quick to again emphasize “form follows performance”, noting that the front air takes of the Pur Sport have been increased and the horseshoe design enlarged significantly to make it look more aggressive while assisting aerodynamics and being careful not to detract from the overall performance.

At the rear of the car, the unmissable 1.9 meter rear wing has been designed to help counterbalance the increased downforce created by the front of the car and visually speaking, a new horizontal split has been introduced that acts to reduce the visual height of the car, making it appear lower to the ground and more streamlined.

Production of the 60 limited edition Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s is expected to begin second half of 2020 with prices starting at €3 million excluding VAT.

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New Rolls-Royce Roadster: The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection

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Rolls-Royce embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties by introducing its first Collection Car of the new decade, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.
Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection side profile sketch
A profile sketch of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • New Rolls-Royce open-top roadster
  • Limited to 50 examples
  • An ode to the 1920’s

The 1920’s are frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” while in Europe they’re sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age” because of the economic boom following World War I. In France you may hear the period referred to as the “Crazy Years”.

The Roaring Twenties were a period in history of dramatic social and political change. For the first time ever, more Americans lived in cities than on farms.Some countries saw the rise of radical political movements while others had a social, artistic, and cultural explosion.

America, for one, tried to assert some control over the unruly immigrant masses who crowded the nation’s cities with the Prohibition. This was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection top view sketch
Only 50 examples of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

America’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent “consumer society.” Americans had extra money to spend and they spent it on consumer goods, with the most important consumer product of the 1920s being the automobile, as cars gave young people the freedom to go where they pleased and do what they wanted.

With the 1920’s ending, many were left with a prosperity hangover. In September and October 1929 the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street Crash occurred, marking the beginnings of the Great Depression.

100 years on from the beginning of the crazy years, 2020 finds Rolls-Royce attempting to capture the carefree attitude of those far-off days in a bold, contemporary car designed for today’s non-conformists and pleasure-seekers. The car is the first Collection Car from Rolls-Royce for the new decade and is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection aero cowling windbreak badge
The vapor blasted titanium aero cowling windbreak badge. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

This open-top roadster iteration of Rolls-Royce Dawn is designed to be like a silver bullet and features a dash in a newly commissioned ultra-metallic silver bespoke paint finish. Also greeting the driver and companion as they step in is a contemporary and unique open-pore carbon fibre fascia. Continuing to draw inspiration from the famed fashion of rebellious youth from the 1920’s, the Dawn Silver Bullet’s transmission tunnel has been quilted in a way that draws inspiration from trendy A-1 style brown leather jackets of the era while the aero cowling windbreak displays the Silver Bullet name via machined text on a vapor-blasted titanium surface.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection quilted leather transmission tunnel
The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features a quilted leather transmission tunnel. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Contrasting the car’s silver hue, The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features some dark exterior detailing with dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher which is then complimented with part-polished wheels that offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be limited to just 50 cars worldwide.

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