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Limited to 50 examples – Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith collection

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To honour the most successful Rolls-Royce of all time and its season of production coming to a close, today at Pebble Beach, Rolls-Royce revealed the new Ghost Zenith. This unique series will be limited to just 50 examples worldwide.

“Ghost is the most successful Rolls-Royce ever created and the Zenith Collection marks an important milestone in our modern history.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Seen In TheThree Colourways
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Three Colourways. Credit Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Zenith Collection

Rolls Royce states “In true keeping with its name, the Ghost Zenith Collection will feature the highest levels of Bespoke ever seen on a Ghost Collection car. The only previous occasion on which discerning collectors around the world have been afforded this privilege was when an equally limited number of Phantom VII Zeniths were created in 2016 to celebrate the end of its extraordinarily long and successful reign. These motor cars immediately became highly collectable and sought after, re-setting the bar of luxury and, in doing so, created a modern legend.

Homage to the original Ghost

The world got its first look at the Rolls-Royce Ghost with the introduction of the 200EX concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The 200EX introduced a concept that was both driver and passenger focused. The Ghost Zenith Collection draws many references from 200EX, with perhaps the most significant being the inclusion of a commemorative ingot, made from the original 200EX Spirit of Ecstasy, melted down and set in to the centre console of each of the 50 Zeniths. Engraved with the three key design lines of Ghost, the plaque details its significant origins. The Collection’s own Spirit of Ecstasy and clock are engraved with the name of this highly anticipated collection.

Ghost Zenith Collection 200EX Commemorative Ingot. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection 200EX Blueprint Engraving
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection 200EX Blueprint Engraving. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Furthermore, 200EX is immortalized in a complex engraving on the centre console of Ghost Zenith. A blueprint inspired artwork enlarged to a point of abstraction has been divided into 50 distinct parts, allowing each Ghost Zenith customer their own personal and individual work of art, while at the same time uniting the collection as a group homage to Ghost.

Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Transition Woodset
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Handmade Transition Woodset Closeup. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Handmade Transition Woodset Closeup
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Transition Woodset Is Handmade. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

One’s eye is naturally drawn to the interior of the Collection’s doors, owing to the illuminated door pockets. Ambient light emits through perforated leather enhancing the architectural elegance of Ghost’s interior. One will also encounter a complex piece of marquetry, created by the master craftsmen and women in the marque’s legendary woodshop. Available in either wood, Technical fibre or piano finished veneer, the door marquetry transitions from the driver’s suite to passenger suite, emphasizing the dual nature to Ghost.

Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Illuminated Door Pockets
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Illuminated Door Pockets. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Members of the Bespoke Collective from the Home of Rolls-Royce’s Leathershop too have been perfecting their art. The rear seats feature embroidery that takes its inspiration from the seat details of the original 1907 Silver Ghost. This embroidery elegantly transitions from the rear to the front of the cabin, and in the case of the Extended Wheelbase Zenith, the headliner thrusts purposefully forward into the poised silhouette of the Spirit of Ecstasy. The seats themselves are accentuated in a contrasting leather, accenting Ghost as the ultimate four seat limousine.

Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Enhanced Embroidery
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Enhanced Embroidery. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Occupants of the Ghost Zenith Standard Wheelbase will experience an extraordinary phenomenon. The famed starlight headliner is presented in a unique Shooting Star configuration. Shooting stars fire at random across the cabin roof, adding an extraordinary sense of theatre. This surprise and delight feature consists of over 1,340 individually mapped and hand-woven fibre optic lights.

Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Shooting Star Headliner
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Shooting Star Headliner. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Shooting Star Headliner Closeup
Ghost Zenith Collection Shooting Star Headliner Closeup. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Reminiscent of its Phantom counterpart, The Ghost Zenith Collection’s exterior styling takes on a new interpretation of its own ­­– a special two-tone application with a gloss-contrast paint finish. Patrons may select three different colour-ways, Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White, Premiere Silver with Arctic White or a daring Bohemian Red with Black Diamond, with multiple variants available highlighting the flexibility of the model. The Silver Satin bonnet was first seen on 200EX.

Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Three Colours
Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith Collection Three different colour-ways. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

As Rolls Royce states “These extraordinary motor cars, which represent the final opportunity to acquire this landmark, transformative luxury product, are currently being hand-crafted at The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, an establishment recognised as the world’s premiere Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence. The order books for this seminal Collection will close imminently.”

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Rare 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC for sale

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1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

This gorgeous 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe that underwent a 10 year reconstruction🛠 is up for sale at € 2.4M and currently owned by @zore.smd (Instagram).

The Type 57S/SC is one of the best-known Bugatti cars. The “S” stood for “surbaissé” (“lowered”). It included a v-shaped dip at the bottom of the radiator and mesh grilles on either side of the engine compartment.

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
€2.4M 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale.

Lowering the car was a major undertaking. The rear axle now passed through the rear frame rather than riding under it, and a dry-sump lubrication system was required to fit the engine under the new low hood.

Just two supercharged cars were originally built but many were returned to the factory in Molsheim for the installation of a supercharger.

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
Engine detail of a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

A rediscovered Type 57 sold for €3.4 million euros at auction on 7 February 2009 at a motor show in Paris.

This stunning example is in fact a reconstruction of the original Gangloff Coupe built according to the original sketches on a Type 101 chassis and powered by an engine from a Type 57 Atlante, all Bugatti and worth a pretty penny. 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️

Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff Coupé Fast Facts
Year 1938
Engine 3257cc
Registration Number: JAS 784
Chassis Number: 57524
Kilometers: 30,000
Color: Night Blue

DM @zore.smd on Instagram or email him at Mourad68.daoudi{at}gmail.com for interest in owning this incredible Bugatti!

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

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First ever V12 Ferrari with a retractable hardtop.

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2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Rear top view

The new 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS is the spider version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance.

Firsts

Not only is the new 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Spider the first ever V12 Ferrari with a retractable hardtop, Ferrai claims it is also the first ‘production series’ front mount V12 convertible since the classic Ferrari 365 GTS4 Daytona’s of 1969. This all assumes you do not count the 448 examples of the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina produced in 2000, the 559 examples of the Superamerica in 2005 or the 80 examples of the SA Aperta in 2010 as production series.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Front 3-4
Ferrari’s first V12 with a retractable hardtop. Credit: Ferrari

Ferrari’s V12 spider history

The Ferrari V12 spider history features some iconic models which began in 1948 with the 166 MM, a competition GT that won the two most prestigious endurance races in the world in 1949: the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The last in that long lineage was the 1969 365 GTS4, also known as the Daytona Spider because of Ferrari’s legendary victory in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona when two works 330 P4s and the NART-entered 412 P took the chequered flag side by side to occupy the top three places.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior Dashboard Steering Wheel
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior showing the dashboard and steering wheel. Credit: Ferrari

Retractable hardtop features

The retractable hard top opens in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h and does not impede upon the interior dimensions, maintaining the same cabin space as the 812 Superfast. The rear electric screen acts as a wind breaker making the car comfortable with the top down. With the roof closed, the rear electric screen can be left open so occupants can still enjoy the naturally aspirated V12’s sound.

There was huge focus on minimising both turbulence inside the cabin and aerodynamic noise to ensure occupants could converse undisturbed even at high speeds. As with the LaFerrari Aperta, two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen generate a coherent concentrated vortex that creates outwash in the velocity field immediately above the rear screen, thereby avoiding excess pressure behind the occupants’ heads.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Front top view
The 812 GTS features a retractable rear screen behind the seats. Credit: Ferrari

Exterior and aerodynamics

Aerodynamically, the 812 GTS posed two main challenges for the Ferrari designers. How to guarantee the same performance as the 812 coupé version with the top up and, at the same time, ensure maximum passenger comfort with the roof down.

In terms of aerodynamic performance, the retractable hard top and its stowage compartment, required that the rear of the car be modified. Thanks to meticulous re-sculpting of the tonneau cover surfaces and, most importantly, the integration of a triplane wing into rear diffuser to create efficient suction (and thus downforce) from the underbody, the aerodynamic engineers were able to compensate for the downforce lost by the removal of the 812 Superfast’s rear wheelarch bypass duct, (the air intake of which was behind the quarterlight on the 812 Superfast).

Drag, on the other hand, was cut by using the air vents on top of the rear flank to efficiently channel excess pressure build up out of the wheel well.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Rear 3-4
The 812 GTS’s retractable hard top required that the rear of the car be modified. Credit: Ferrari

Engine and performance

The 812 GTS is the spider version of the 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance, most notably the V12 engine which, thanks to its ability to unleash a massive 800 cv at 8500 rpm, is the most powerful engine in its class! 718 Nm of torque guarantees impressive acceleration virtually on a par with that of the 812 Superfast while the 8900 rpm rev limit means that sporty driving is undiminished.

As on the 812 Superfast, these performance levels were achieved in part by optimising the engine design and in part by innovations, such as the use of a 350 bar direct injection system, and the control system for the variable geometry inlet tracts, developed on naturally-aspirated F1 engines. These systems allowed the increase in displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres to be exploited to maximise power output whilst retaining excellent pick up even at low revs.

Overall, performance levels are very close to those of the 812 Superfast, with 0-100 km/h acceleration still under 3 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8,3 seconds. The Ferrari 812 GTS’s maximum speed is the same as the berlinetta’s at 340 km/h.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Left Side
0-100kph in under 3 seconds, Ferrari 812 GTS. Credit: Ferrari

Exhaust changes for the convertable

Due to the open air nature of the 812 GTS drivers are more able to hear the V12’s characteristics and so the geometry of the exhaust system was evolved to increase and balance the sound from the engine and tailpipes. Exhaust-wise prevalence was given to combustion order harmonics by modifying the geometry of the centre extension pipes. All the pipes in the 6-in-1 exhaust manifold to the monolithic catalytic converter are of equal-length and this optimises the sound by giving predominance to the first order combustion harmonics.

Ferrari 812 GTS Price

Sale date and price are yet to be announced however the price is expected to start northwards of US$335,275.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior Seats
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior Seats. Credit: Ferrari
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Rear top view
The 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS. Credit: Ferrari

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Porsche increases ownership stake in Rimac Automobili

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Porsche AG strengthens it’s relationship with Rimac Automobili.

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The Rimac C TWO all electric supercar. Photo: Rimac Automobili

Porsche has increased its stake in technology and sports car company Rimac Automobili from it’s June 2018 investment of 10 percent to 15.5 percent. This is a clear signal that Porsche is now strengthening a well established partnership. Rimac develops and produces electromobility components and also produces electrically powered super sports cars in-house. Porsche initiated the development partnership with Rimac against the backdrop of its electric mobility campaign.

Rimac Founder, Mate Rimac (31), started developing his vision of a fast, electrically powered sports car in a garage in 2009. Rimac unveiled his most recent electric car, the C Two, at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2018. The two seater vehicle generates almost 2,000 PS and reaches a top speed of 412 kilometres per hour. It boasts a range of 650 kilometres (NEDC) and can recharge 80 percent of its full battery capacity within half an hour thanks to a 250 kW fast charging system.

Rimac is a rapidly growing company based in Zagreb, Croatia, and employs a workforce of around 550 people. Rimac focuses on battery technology within the high-voltage segment, high performance electric powertrains and developing digital interfaces between humans and machines (HMI). The company also develops and produces electric bikes. This strand of the business was established in 2013 in the form of the sister company Greyp Bikes.

Rimac C TWO
The Rimac C TWO all electric supercar. Photo: Rimac Automobili

What Porsche says:

“Porsche has been supporting Rimac and its positive development for a year now,” explains Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG and Member of the Executive Board responsible for Finance and IT. “We quickly realised that Porsche and Rimac can learn a lot from each other. We believe in what Mate Rimac and his company have to offer, which is why we have now increased our stake and intend to intensify our collaboration in the field of battery technology.”

What Rimac says:

“Gaining Porsche as a stakeholder was one of the most important milestones in our history. The fact that Porsche is now increasing its stake is the best form of confirmation for our collaboration and represents the foundation for an even closer relationship,” Managing Director Mate Rimac explains. “We are only at the start of our partnership – yet we have already met our high expectations. We have many collaborative ideas that we aim to bring to life in the future. The fundamental focus is creating a win-win situation for both partners and offering our end customers added value by developing exciting, electrified models.”

Potrait of Mate Rimac
Rimac Founder, Mate Rimac. Photo: Rimac Automobili

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