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he trouble with motor shows, especially the Geneva Salon, is that manufacturers use them to proudly show off their latest heavy metal… and then force us to wait months before we can get behind the wheel. Patience, though, is a virtue and this issue is packed with drives of some

awesome machinery first revealed in Switzerland back in March. Aston-owning Andrew English samples the ‘terrific’ DB11 while Jason Barlow discovers that a raft of changes has transformed the Rolls-Royce Wraith into the edgy Black Badge, the world’s most unlikely trackday special. Bugatti also used Geneva to launch the new Chiron and while we have yet to drive it, we’ve found a man who has – Le Mans winner Andy Wallace. He reports from Goodwood while we’ve had a look around the new H. R. Owen Bugatti showroom in Mayfair. We’ve grabbed precious time with recently retired Italian design guru Lorenzo Ramaciotti who looks back at more than 40 years of designing iconic Maseratis and Ferraris. We’ve also travelled to Maranello to join a couple of customers creating their own Tailor-Made Ferraris. And then there’s the Lamborghini Miura, the original mid-engined supercar. Unbelievably it was launched 50 years ago and Jeremy Taylor was lucky enough to be invited to its birthday party in Italy. Dynamically it might be showing its age – we’ve come a long way in those five decades – but those stunning Gandini lines still have the ability to turn heads like no other. Imagine the reception given to 25 examples travelling in convoy. We’ve a new regular feature, too. I Was There is just that, an eye-witness account of a major motoring happening: this time Simon Arron remembers when Brazil nearly had a fourth World Champion to follow in the wheeltracks of Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna. Sadly, no amount of waiting has brought Felipe Massa F1’s ultimate accolade. If you have any comments on this issue, don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail at the address below.

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COVER STORY ROLLS-ROYCE BLACK BADGE Too young for a Rolls-Royce? Black Badge will make you think again, says Jason Barlow. He got to drive the beast in Las Vegas while we introduced a Black Badge Wraith to London after dark

18 FRONT SEAT NEWS, REVIEWS, CULTURE Upfront this issue we look at Bentley’s latest offerings; talk to Freddie Hunt, son of the late, great James; offer three of the best high-end holdalls; discover how the Ferrari F1 team goes racing and investigate the Aston Martin Owners Club

MID ENGINE Regulars 40

Grab the last few rays of the summer

ROAD TRIP: COASTAL DRIVES

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 IRST DRIVE: ASTON MARTIN F DB11

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with a drive along Dorset’s Jurassic

‘Gorgeous to look at, stable, fast and

Now fully reopened after a $90 million

coast or, now that the kids are back at

terrific fun…’ That’s the verdict on the

refurb, the Petersen collection is one

school, discover hidden peaceful gems

new DB11 from Andrew English

of the must-see places in Los Angeles with an eclectic mix of cars and bikes

in Norfolk

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 NDER LOCK & KEY: PETERSEN U AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

I NTERVIEW: LORENZO RAMACIOTTI

 T YOUR SERVICE: A H. R. OWEN ECURIE

The design guru behind cars such

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ART + CRAFT: URBAN JÜRGENSEN The company is owned by the Danes,

Meet the team behind H. R. Owen’s

as the Ferrari 456 GT and Maserati

guided by a Finn, inspired by an

latest venture, Ecurie, which offers

GranTurismo talks to Matthew

Englishman and built in Switzerland:

the very best pre-owned luxury and

Carter about his long and

Alex Doak finds out what makes Urban

performance cars from all marques

illustrious career

Jürgensen watches tick


c o n t e n ts

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feature TAILOR MADE: FERRARI Off the peg or bespoke? We’re talking Ferraris here not suits, as we join two customers who have opted to personalise their new cars at Ferrari Tailor-Made

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Features 63

 HOME OF OUR OWN: A BUGATTI H.R. Owen is Europe’s leading

REAR VIEW

Bugatti sales operation, even though it used not to have a dedicated Carter reports from Mayfair’s

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 ODERN CLASSIC: M BUGATTI EB110

Bruton Street

Father of the modern Bugatti, the

have joined us at Hurlingham and

EB110 arrived in 1991 and was named

Goodwood, watched top class polo

to honour the 110th anniversary of

and welcomed back the Bentley Boys on a Le Mans raid

showroom. It does now. Matthew

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 AKING THE BEST EVEN M BETTER: CHIRON

On the cover:

Ettore Bugatti’s birth. Technically

If the Veyron re-wrote the hypercar

Rolls Royce Wraith

advanced and purchased by the likes

rulebook, the new Chiron rips it up

Black Badge.

of Michael Schumacher, examples are

and starts again. We get under the

Photography: Lee Brimble

eagerly sought by collectors today

98 AUTUMN 2016 VOLUME #15

MIGHTY MIURA: LAMBORGHINI

 UTURE CLASSICS: F ASTON BY RED BULL

Incredibly, the Lamborghini Miura

According to Aston boss Andy Palmer,

was born half a century ago but

the track version of the AM RB 001 will

instantly defined the term

lap Silverstone as quickly as a Grand

‘supercar’. Jeremy Taylor joined the birthday celebrations

This quarter, H. R. Owen customers

101 I WAS THERE… Simon Arron recalls the moment Felipe Massa claimed the F1 world

skin of the latest Bugatti

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crown in a Ferrari… ‘moment’ being the operative word

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FRO NT SEAT

This is a different kind of personalisation; a new approach to acquiring a car. And you are only limited by your own imagination

Chapter 01

FRONT SEAT 17

15:17


F R O NT SEAT

2017 MODEL YEAR

MULSANNE STRAIGHT, NO CHASER named after Le Mans’ famous 6km stretch, the mulsanne is dominant in all three of its new guises – and the possibilities for personalisation, courtesy of Mulliner Coachworks, appear endless The first thing you notice is that front end.

palette of 24 exquisite hide colours. A new

The wings, bonnet, radiator shell, grilles,

touchscreen infotainment system has even

lights – and bumpers fore and aft – have

been developed, with haptic controls, classic

all been updated, giving the car what

analogue gauges and a 60GB hard drive for

Bentley refers to as “a more modern and

every Disney film your children will ever want

airline-style extending legrests and a rear-

integrated appearance”. But what we’re all

to watch in the back.

compartment sunroof all combine to create

thinking is that the Mulsanne, whose raised

There’s a lot more going on under your

what must rank as one of the most relaxing

CLUB CLASS

headlamps once looked a bit cross-eyed,

seats too. All-new chassis hardware includes

now looks devilishly handsome, plain and

active engine mounts and suspension

simple. With that slightly squashed front

bushes. To further enhance the trademark

the driving seat than the passenger seat,

Wheelbase has aircraft-

grille planting Bentley’s flagship firmly

hushed ride, Bentley has integrated the latest

however, Mulsanne now boasts a formidable

style extending leg rests

on the road, it all adds up to a brawny yet

noise absorption technology directly into

“Speed” varietal. Featuring a more powerful

to maximise the extra

distinguished stance.

the Mulsanne’s tyres. This advanced foam

version of Bentley’s mighty 6¾-litre twin-

250mm of rear legroom

architecture reduces interior cabin noise by

turbo V8 engine, this is a limo tailored to the

of course. Being Bentley, the car has been

up to 4 dBA and provides an unmatched level

“enthusiastic” driver who values sportiness

comprehensively re-thought, inside and

of ride refinement.

as much as the luxuriousness in which he

It’s certainly not style over substance,

out. On the inside, occupants will of course find the world’s finest handcrafted wood, leather and metal fittings, and the new Mulsanne also boasts redesigned

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automotive environments on the market. For Bentley owners who’d rather be in

The Mulsanne Extended

But the biggest news for potential

sports, with 530bhp developing 1,100Nm

1500RPM

Mulsanne owners has to be the family’s

of torque, and a 0–60 mph time of just 4.8

Is all that the Mulsanne

two new members. For a start, there’s the

seconds. Oh, and a top speed of 190mph.

Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, designed

That’s genuine supercar performance in

engine is pulling at the 70mph UK speed limit,

seats, unique glass switchgear

with the rear-seat passenger in mind.

a car that’s over 5 metres long and weighs

making noise almost

and an industry-leading

An additional 250mm of rear legroom,

over 3 tonnes.

imperceptible


f ro n t s e at

CUSTOM BUILT

MULL IT OVER If you can dream it up, chances are that

by 1,000mm, as well as adding 79mm

Bentley’s bespoke coachworks, Mulliner can

in headroom in the rear. Perhaps most

make it a reality

remarkable of all is the elegant profile of the

The talk of the Bentley stand at March’s Geneva Motor Show was undoubtedly the

car itself. Unlike traditional “stretched” limousines,

phenomenal new Bentayga SUV. But there

it has been carefully designed to preserve

was another, even bigger car that dominated

the Mulsanne’s effortless lines and aesthetic

conversation, not to mention podium space:

purity – something that could only be

the Mulsanne Grand Limousine.

realised by the Mulliner craftsmen’s peerless

Designed and built entirely by hand

skillset, including traditional panel-beating

for a private customer, this extraordinary

techniques, for example – a rare craft that

vehicles as a badge of rare prestige – yet

one-off is a rare example of a modern

takes years of apprenticeship.

none are as personal as those with bespoke

coachbuilt car, made by Bentley’s very own,

What this car represents is the limitless

bodywork and design. This is a different

in-house bespoke coachbuilder, Mulliner.

opportunities you and your Mulsanne are

kind of personalisation; a new approach to

The car’s creation involved extending the

afforded by Bentley’s coachworks. The

acquiring a car. And you are only limited by

wheelbase and body of the original Mulsanne

Mulliner name appears on many Bentley

your own imagination.

ULTIMATE OPTION

FISHING, WITH COMPLIMENTS Continued from page 17

The Bentayga SUV was launched earlier this

Four rods are stored in special tubes

year with what seemed to be the ultimate

under the parcel shelf. A pair of landing nets

accessory for the discerning outdoorsman – a

in matching leather bags are stored in a

three-piece picnic hamper installed across

bespoke, carpet-trimmed hard pocket built

the boot, complete with diamond-quilted

into the side of the boot. But at the heart of

leather and champagne chiller, all hand-

Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner are three

crafted by Viscount Linley’s cabinetmakers.

individual, Saddle-leather-trimmed units: a

This now seems positively tame compared

slide-out master tackle station with fly-tying

to the latest option for considerably more

vice, a refreshment case, and – particularly

adventurous Bentley owners. Dubbed

practical, this – a waterproof wader-

“Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner” is an

stowage boot.

unapologetically lavish installation housing

Of course, all three units can be removed

all the equipment required for a successful

from the Bentayga’s boot whenever maximum

day by the river. (And believe us, the Bentayga

luggage space is required, but who would

is more than capable of reaching the banks

want to with such a wonderful conversation

of most rivers in the UK, regardless of

piece to show off? It’s enough to distract

surrounding terrain.)

anyone from your disappointing catch…

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F R O NT SEAT

KNOWLEDGE = POWER

FORMULA 1 PIT GARAGE

Usually situated directly beneath the hospitality paddock, the garages lining the pitlane of a Grand Prix circuit look sleek and fully integrated to the naïve television spectator. But every race weekend, each F1 team arrives to a bare concrete shell – literally an empty garage. It is a vast logistical challenge setting up two operating-theatre-worthy car ports, adjacent engine, drivetrain and telemetry rooms, safe tyre and fuel storage, not to mention the three articulated trucks out back, which expand into a veritable village of hospitality areas, meeting rooms, working garages and car storage.

ENGINEERING THE RACE The Friday of race weekend is the busiest day of the week. Two practice sessions give the Scuderia Ferrari engineers a chance to assess the correct acceleration point between gears in relation to the track and establish the ratios required. Telemetry screens show data beamed from the engine and chassis, to monitor the behaviour of the car, as well as the driver.

CYBER SECURITY Hugely important in this digital age are the secure data links that enable telemetry and other data to be sent directly back to base in Maranello and analysed during race weekend.

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FUELLING FERRARI Shell’s “Carlotta” travels with the rest of Scuderia Ferrari to every race, delivering up to 40,000 litres of fuel over a season. Strict FIA regulations put heavy pressure on Shell’s fuel testing precision to reassure Scuderia Ferrari that the fuel is contaminant free and legally compliant – which is why Shell set up a minilaboratory in the garage to analyse V-Power

on the road

Tyres, fuel and certain other

fuel and oil samples.

TRAVELLING CIRCUS

equipment are brought separately by technical partners and local contractors.

The logistics behind a season

For the non-European

The FIA allocate garages and an area in

of Formula 1 racing has been

‘flyaway’ races the logistical

LIE OF THE LAND the pit lane to the teams on a strictly equal

described, only half-jokingly, as

effort is considerably more

basis. Within these designated garage

being not dissimilar to that of a

complicated (all Formula 1 teams

areas is one position – or pit box – where

medium-sized military campaign…

being resident in Europe at the

There’s a reason why Formula

moment) as equipment has to

pit stops may be carried out during practice sessions, qualifying and the race.

1, unlike so many global sports,

be flown out on transport planes

has DHL as its very own “Official

– all chartered by Formula One

Logistics Partner” – each team

Management (FOM) from London

competing in the Championship

or Munich. Rather than use

must now travel something like

conventional aircraft containers,

Ferrari’s 2016 model, the SF16-H, was

100,000 miles a year between

teams have created their own

described by Chief Designer Simone

races and test sessions.

specially designed cargo crates,

PRANCING AMBITION

Resta as ‘something quite different’.

For the European rounds,

designed to fill all available

More compact with a shorter nose and

most of a team’s equipment will

space in the planes’ holds. In the

tightly packaged rear end, the chassis is

travel by road, in the liveried

case of successive “flyaways”,

articulated lorries so familiar

there is insufficient time to allow

from race paddocks. All of the

equipment to be brought “home”,

the power unit has been completely re-

race equipment required for the

meaning considerably more

designed to continue pushing Ferrari to

weekend will be loaded in these:

components have to be packed.

the front of the grid.

cars, spare parts and tools.

straighter and higher, altering air flow and aerodynamics. The gearbox has been narrowed, suspension altered and

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INSIDE TH E OWNER S CLUB

RUN AMOK WITH AMOc The Aston Martin Owners Club is one of the most inclusive out there, welcoming thousands of owners and non-owners alike to join their award-winning programme of driving events and concours throughout the year and across the globe

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stablished as far back as 1935, not only

on 25 May also agreed with Sammy and Mort,

is the Aston Martin Owners Club

elected a committee, and the rest is history.

(AMOC) one of the oldest one-make

The Club and sister organisation the

car enthusiast clubs, but it is one of the

Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT) now

largest with national outposts spanning the

share joint headquarters in a beautifully

world, comprising over 5,000 members in

restored 15th-century, Grade II-listed barn

40 countries.

in Oxfordshire, its ancient oak beams

It was the late Mortimer Morris-Goodall,

towering over a small but highly important

or “Mort” to his friends, who started it all.

museum of cars and automobilia. Up in

Having been fired with enthusiasm by

the rafters on a purpose-built mezzanine

winning an automobile race aged 20 and

you’ll find AMHT’s equally important and

by his first meeting with Aston boss “Bert”

comprehensively curated archive, available

In 1935...

Bertelli shortly afterwards, his success led to

as a valuable resource to all.

The 20 or 30 people

on the 25th September at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

September and AMOC’s biggest annual event, the Autumn Concours, held this year

the purchase of the team car, “LM7” and an

Unlike so many clubs out there AMOC is

who turned up on 25

invitation to drive “under works control’’ at

one of the most welcoming and inclusive,

May also agreed with

Le Mans in 1933. His ensuing reverence for

catering for the owners of the earliest pre-

Sammy and Mort, elected

world-class events and leading technical

“Bert and his Astons” prompted the thought

war models through to the David Brown

a committee, and the

advice on tap wasn’t enough (including

that almost everyone else who had had the

era and the Gaydon-era models of today.

rest is history. Unlike so

member-only access to a spares register

good fortune to own an Aston must surely

However, you do not have to be an Aston

many clubs out there,

and vehicle history database) a monthly AM

feel the same. He then wondered, “how nice

Martin car owner to be a member of the

AMOC is one of the most

News newsletter and lavishly published AM

it would be to meet some of these people.”

Club – everyone is welcome. Members have

welcoming and inclusive.

Quarterly magazine will both grace your

And if membership to AMHT, access to

doormat throughout the year.

S.C.H. “Sammy” Davis, sports editor of

the opportunity to participate in events

The Autocar agreed with Mort and placed a

ranging from local gatherings to full-scale

If you’re an Aston fan, the benefits of

race meetings at Silverstone and well-

AMOC make it a no-brainer. Especially when

note in the magazine calling a meeting of like-minded Aston enthusiasts. The 20 or 30 people who turned up

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HIGH CONCEPT LUGGAGE AFT Compartment opens automatically on arrival and departure presenting two Grand Tourer cases

28 INCH Tall but narrow wheels are comprised of 65 individual, hand crafted aluminium pieces

ROLLS ON TOMORROW The Spirit of Ecstasy could be adorning something closer to a spacecraft than a car in the not-so-distant future

RED CARPET

Do not adjust your sets: this really is a

Goodwood, led by Director of Design Giles

options before they leave their residence,

Rolls-Royce – albeit a daringly conceptual

Taylor, asked themselves the questions

reminding

vision of luxury mobility in the near future.

“How can we recast luxury for the next 100

tasks and making suggestions to ease any

Codenamed 103EX, it has been brought

years?”, “what will a Rolls-Royce owner

anticipated impediments. All the while, her

light is projected from

to life after many months of study and

expect of his or her Rolls-Royce in the

passengers are cocooned in a futuristic but

the undercarriage to

consultation with current patrons of

coming decades?” and “how do we at Rolls-

handcrafted lounge atmosphere, encircled

ensure guests arrive

the brand. The car is one of four “Vision

Royce today envision how we meet those

by the most modern handcrafted fine-line

in style

Vehicles” announced by the BMW Group

expectations?”.

Macassar wood paneling – in turn, inspired

about

appointments

and

in March and is designed to provide an

Digitally connected to every aspect of

by the early regal Rolls-Royces, but also by

assurance to its valued customers, both

her owners’ lives and her surrounding

the groundbreaking work executed on the

present and future; a bold and definitive

environment,

2015 Phantom Serenity.

statement of confidence in a future

“Eleanor” will free them of all effort and

It’s bold, but beautiful in a rather surreal

where Rolls-Royce “rejects the notion of

encumbrance. Imbued with her own

way. And it’s only this sort of ambitious

anonymous, utilitarian and bland future

artificial

modes of mobility.”

intuitively to advise her owners

In creating 103EX, the design team at

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virtual

intelligence,

she

on itineraries, schedules and

chauffeur

works

thought exercise that will keep the car industry

constantly

questioning

itself and constantly innovating.

A single beam of red

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WATERWINGS

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Licensing agreements with luxury car

technologies such as interactive voice

Perfect for a week abroad, or even two if you’re a

marques usually extend no further than

control and activation, a fully HD-

scientific packer, you may think that cabin-baggage

leather jackets, watches or teddy bears,

integrated touch screen with navigation

wheels are superfluous when it comes to holidaying in

but a recent announcement from Dutch

and multimedia system, and remote

your actual wheels, but sling these in your boot rather

boatbuilder Quintessence takes things to a

controlled functions create true one-of-a-

than an overhead compartment, and you’ll soon be

whole new level.

kind powerboats.

grateful for the improved mobility once you reach your

April’s unveiling of the “AM37” speedboat

“Beauty is a universal language,” notes

destination, be it a hotel with miles of corridors, or a remote cottage at the end of long winding path.

via computer-generated renderings provides

Aston’s design director Marek Reichman,

a tantalising glimpse of the first model,

who has played an integral role in the

and precedes a series of exclusive pre-

AM37’s realization, “and we all like to look

launch events that will start with a media

at beautiful objects. This principle is at the

TUMI

and customer prospect activity at Aston

core of Aston Martin and all of the products

International Carry-On V3 (£475)

Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon,

in which we are involved. And it’s the core of

Thirty-six litres of tough-as-old-boots

Warwickshire, prior to the boat’s official

the AM37, which offers the perfect balance

polycarbonate weighing in at just 2.9kg,

debut later this year.

of design with engineering, performance

while also scoring serious fashion

with comfort, luxury with functionality.”

points? It can only be America’s

include a hi-tech composite structure

Contact H.R. Owen at Aston Martin

seasoned traveller Tumi, whose

allied to luxury sports car-like handling,

Cheltenham or Aston Martin Reading for

hardside travel collection is lighter

performance and comfort. Advanced

more details

than ever with this four-wheeler – silky

Key features of the 37-foot “7 series”

smooth to manoeuvre and no sharp edges to chip the paintwork as you squeeze it into the boot. tumi.com

RIMOWA Electronic Tag (£460) Germany’s ever-innovative lightweight-aluminium luggage brand is pushing the envelope again with a new integrated “e-ink” display. Once you check into your flight online, the Rimowa app sends your info to the case via Bluetooth and your luggage tag is displayed instantly, ready for dropoff. No more sticky paper tags. rimowa.com

HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. Parcel Luggage (£202) Every hipster’s favourite bag brand is, like its clientele, growing up. The retro leatherstrapped knapsacks are being supplanted by proper luggage with room for infinitely more than a MacBook Air and some cans of craft beer. Which isn’t to say things can’t continue to be playful. All you need say to any detractor of this natty two-wheeler is that Lapo Elkann drives a camouflaged Ferrari, so why not a camo’ed case? herschelsupply.com

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F R O NT SEAT

5 MINUTES WITH…

FREDDIE HUNT

DRIVE caught up with the ex-polo player,

he only had 90% throttle, but he was still a

current European NASCAR driver and son

second quicker than everyone else. So he

of F1 legend James Hunt at the Goodwood

never made it – just too much personality.

Festival of Speed A bit like your father then? You’re doing a steady job in a V8. Where are

He’d drink and party, like Dad, but just

you aiming for eventually?

too much. Dad did that but he was very

My goal is Le Mans. To start in a GT3 car,

controlled – he wouldn’t touch a drop a

progressing up LMP2. It’s obviously more of

week before the race. As much as he came

a challenge, but I don’t want to be driving a

across as a hedonist, he wasn’t at all. Very

lawnmower about the place.

professional, very meticulous. Tommy could have been one of the greatest, but he was

You’re late to the motor racing world.

all over the place.

Before becoming a driver, were you a fan? I was never that excited about watching

How would you describe your style and

racing until I’d actually driven a race car. It

demeanour as a driver?

looks from an outsider’s point of view like

Unrefined at the moment. I know I’m fast,

they’re just going round and round in circles,

and people have even likened my style to

but you don’t realise that they’re making it

Dad’s. I can’t compare, because there’s no

look easy, a bit like Ronnie O’Sullivan can

data or telemetry from his day. However,

make a 147 break look like a piece of piss…

Dad had phenomenal self discipline, when

And they’re doing it with zero room for error.

I struggle with that. I’m a very emotional person, and so was he, but he learned

Which drivers other than your father do you

to control his emotions better. If I get

look up to?

pissed off in a race I let that get to me. Or

Gilles Villeneuve. He’s phenomenally fast – a

conversely, I’ll start from 12th and go to

flat-out nutcase; a born racer. Another one

sixth after the first lap, then get over-

is Tommy Byrne. No one knew about him. By

excited and crash it.

winning the F3 championship, he got a test with McLaren for F1, and he was a second

Surely that discipline comes from racing

TIME, HONOUR, FASHION

faster than all the other drivers. He didn’t

experience though?

get the drive because Ron Dennis hated

Well it’s a chicken and egg situation. I can’t

It doesn’t stop at their remarkable likeness – James

him – his personality just wasn’t compatible.

learn without the money, but the money

Hunt’s son Freddie is also a talented racing driver

Fifteen years later, he bumped into one of

won’t come without experience. To progress

blessed with irresistible charisma; and 23 years on

the mechanics, who said: ‘Do you know

I need that egg – I can’t hatch into a chicken

from his untimely death, TAG Heuer is helping Freddie

they turned down your throttle by 10%?’ So

without the egg!

WATCH WATCH

celebrate his father’s remarkable legacy in some style. The legacy of James Hunt – a maverick of his era whose rivalry with Niki Lauda was immortalised by Ron Howard’s recent film Rush – continues with the launch of a special edition of TAG Heuer’s Formula 1 sports watch (appropriate, given that Hunt won the F1 championship 40 years ago, in 1976). It’s the result of a newly forged partnership with the Estate of James Hunt and a creative collaboration with Hunt’s son Freddie. The two polished-steel chronographs are available with the option of a fabric NATO strap (£1,150), or full steel bracelet (£1,300) and both feature Hunt Senior’s (and now Hunt Junior’s) signature helmet tricolour of red, blue and yellow; derived from the colours of James’s beloved alma mater, Wellington College and featured on his victorious 1976 racing kit.

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FRO NT SEAT

How to... button it down

While not quite up there with modern F1’s Mission Control of a steering wheel, the cockpit of a production Ferrari is still bristling with switches, paddles and buttons. So what exactly is going on at the wheel of the 488 gtb?

DUAL Infotainment pods either side of the wheel are controlled by six functionalities

“Manettino” control:

underneath the wheel at

WET - maximum safety driving mode. Recommended

your finger tips for easy

in lowgrip conditions. SPORT - ideal setting for vehicle

navigation of bluetooth,

performance recommended for everyday driving.RACE

sat nav and audio control

- maximum performance and stability in high-grip track conditions. CT OFF - F1-Trac traction control system is disabled whereas stability control remains active. Used on the racing track. ESC OFF - complete freedom and control of the vehicle for track use. No electronic system other than the E-Diff controls vehicle stability.

Suspension damping delink button:

661BHP

Allows the driver to separate the suspension damping

WINDSCREEN WASHER LEVER

Horse power, 3.9 litre

control from the logic of the “Manettino” driving-mode

AUTO - rain sensor adjusts the windscreen wiper

twin turbo V8 engine is

control switch.

timing to the intensity of the rain.

only a touch away with

1 - slow continuous operation.

the wheel mounted

2 - fast continuous operation.

ignition button

BEST of bugatti

TRY ON THE CHIRON

As if things weren’t luxe enough, Ettore Bugatti’s exquisite clothing line is moving up a gear this year, with a special capsule collection dedicated to the new Chiron super sports car. Just 12 carefully crafted pieces, including a gilet, gloves and sunglasses, were unveiled alongside the Veyron’s 1,500hp successor during the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in March. Through its printed motifs, workmanship and finishing touches, the dozen garments evoke the unmistakable, swooping, crimped lines of the Chiron, and are crowned by the leather jacket pictured (€3,600). It’s made from sturdy calf leather in Bugatti’s iconic blue duotone, with stitching on the back depicting the Chiron’s upholstery, and is extremely soft to the touch. Look out for it at Ettore Bugatti’s beautiful new boutique on Brompton Road – but be careful trying it on; you may well find a purchase irresistible.

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PRE-DRIVEN The approved-used side of H.R. Owen’s business is growing fast, with as broad a cross-section of luxury cars as you could imagine – all in “as-new” condition. What’s more, it isn’t just a one-way street: H.R. Owen are always looking for high specification cars to buy, and as a reader of DRIVE magazine it’s likely your car may be just what we are looking for. So get in touch if you’re selling, and we may well be buying from you instead. www.hrowen.co.uk/approved-used

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www.hrowen.co.uk/sell-my-car

2015 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE S COUPE SPORTSHIFT III Flugplatz Blue with Obsidian Black interior 10,750 miles

2014 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT 6.0 W12 SPEED 2DR AUTO Onyx with Beluga Hide interior 12,050 miles

2015 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN LAMBORGHINI HURACAN LP610-4 Green with Nero Ade Black interior 8,300 Miles

2013 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS 63 AMG AUTO White with Leather interior 9,500 miles

£109,950

£99,950

£181,950

£192,950

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM EXTENDED WHEELBASE Obsidian with Seashell & Dark Spice interior 7,166 miles

FERRARI 458 SPECIALE 2014/14 Giallo Triplo Strato with Nero Alcantara interior 14,251 miles

2016 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT12 Gulf Blue with Argento Grey interior 850 miles

2016 MASERATI GHIBLI DIESEL 16/16 Bianco with Nero interior 4,400 miles

£285,950

£329,950

£439,950

£48,950

2016 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC 4.0 V8 S MULLINER DRIVING SPEc Monaco Yellow with Beluga interior 3,150 miles

2015 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER 3.0 TDV6 VOGUE 4DR AUTO Beige with Ivory interior 10,116 miles

2015 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS 15/65 GT Silver with Black interior 350 miles

FERRARI CALIFORNIA T 2016/16 Rosso Corsa/Nero with Nero interior 2000 miles

£139,950

£66,950

£234,950

£195,950

2012 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR LP 700-4 2012/12 Arancio Argos with Nero interior 9,447 miles

2015 ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH Gunmetal with Hotspur Red with Black interior 6,091 miles

2012 MASERATI GRANCABRIO SPORT AUTO 12/61 Bianco Eldorado with Rosso Corallo interior 3,750 miles

2016 BENTLEY MULSANNE 6.8 V8 MULLINER DRIVING SPEC AUTO Fountain Blue with Linen interior 65 miles

£227,950

£219,950

£74,950

£174,950

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FUTURE STARTS HERE 32


F i r s t Dr i v e

Aston Martin reckons its new DB11 is the most important car in the company’s 103-year existence. In that case, there’s a great deal riding on its shoulders‌

T

here's a tradition at Aston Martin going back to the 1980s, when Victor Gauntlett ran the company. Each allnew Aston Martin prototype would

be tape recorded while bellowing fire and brimstone in the hands of the test and development department, usually at

WORDS: ANDREW ENGLISH

high speed on what Gauntlett would have

Images: Dom Fr azer and Max Earey

termed 'The Continent'. A venerable tape recorder would be painstakingly set up in the company's boardroom

ready

for

the

weekly

management meeting and when all were sat down and furnished with strong tea and a digestive biscuit, the engine's song would be replayed, filling the room with its bombast. We never did find out whether the new DB11 received its boardroom debut in such manner, but in virtually all other respects, this car is back to the future at 'The Aston'. And that includes the claim from Andy Palmer, Aston's chief executive, that it is "not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence." Palmer, the tough former Nissan

40mm

executive, has a point. DB11 is the basis of not just a recovery plan for Aston Martin,

The length of the

but also a shot at genuine sustainability

aeroblade flap that

with the self funding of no fewer than

emerges at speeds

seven

over 100mph to increase downforce with minimal drag

new

models

including

the

forthcoming Vantage, the Vanquish replacement and the exciting DBX sport utility.

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the shape manages the difficult trick of appearing like a thuggish GT from some angles and the quintessence of elegance from others.

14,000

DBX will be built in the company's

The number of cars

new, second production site in Wales,

There's some neat aero tricks, too, with

The heart is a brand new 5.2-litre

Aston Martin will build

alongside what is hoped to be the

'Curlique' wing vents, jetting air out of

V12, boosted by a pair of twin-scroll

annually when DBX and

successful relaunch of the Lagonda

the front wheelarches to reduce drag, and

turbochargers with water-to-air inlet-

the new Lagonda come

marque. Palmer talks of a total capacity

a boot spoiler which takes high pressure

charge coolers. It punches out 600bhp at

on stream

of 14,000 Aston Martin and Lagonda cars

air from the back of the rear window,

6,500rpm and 516 pounds feet of torque

a year and annual sales easily surpassing

pushing it through the rear of the trunk

from 1,500rpm. It is the most powerful

Aston's best-ever 7,000 cars in 2007. In

to reduce rear lift… although there's

production

over a century Aston has produced a total

also a 1.8-inch-high Gurney flap which

expect, the engine is built in-house. It

of about 70,000 cars and Palmer reckons

deploys at 96mph.

incorporates the latest emission lowering

quintessence of elegance from others.

stabilize the car through the turns.

DB

ever

and,

as

you'd

The all-new body is 30mm longer on

and fuel saving techniques, such as

Ambitious, yes, but it's what Palmer

a wheelbase extended by 65mm, achieved

intelligent bank activation and stop/start.

told The City when he sought and

by moving the front wheels forward. Like

Maximum speed is claimed at 200mph

received an extra £200 million of funding

the old VH chassis, the DB11 is made of

with 0-62mph acceleration in 3.9sec

to add to the £500 million from the

pressed and extruded, glued and riveted

and we managed 17mpg on test. The

company's Italian and Kuwaiti investors.

aluminium and is 20kg lighter and

new engine drives the rear wheels via a

much stiffer.

rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic

he can double that figure by 2020.

So make no mistake, there's a fair bit riding on the £154,900 DB11, the tenth DB model since the 1948 DB1.

New suspension has unequal length front wishbones and a new multi-link

transmission and a mechanical limitedslip differential.

A first glance confirms this is a

rear with adjustable Bilstein dampers

Inside there's been a complete and much

seriously good-looking car, although it's a

along with steel brake rotors and Brembo

needed update/redesign on the old DB9,

busy design compared with the simplicity

aluminium calipers. Steering is a Bosch

with a new facia, revised seats, better trim and

of previous DB models. The proportions

electronic system (a first for Aston), the

a new dashboard binnacle, incorporating

are sound, though and the shape manages

tyres are specially developed 20-inch

the difficult trick of appearing like a

diameter Bridgestones and torque

thuggish GT from some angles and the

steer by braking is used to

a much needed new sat nav system. Another benefit comes courtesy the

longer

doors

which

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Gorgeous to look at, stable, fast and terrific fun, it felt as though we could be on the Cote D'Azur for supper

Three

impressively

control is first rate except in extremes

The variety of engine

controllable even if tail-out oversteer was

over crests and through dips where the

speedometer/rev counter (depending on

modes the DB11 provides

available with just a squeeze of the right foot.

soft springing/damping allows too much

which of three separate chassis modes and

(GT, Sport and Sport-

The engine is magnificent, pulling like

movement, thumping down hard or

engine/transmission modes are selected)

Plus) but there's also

an oat-fuelled shire horse at all points of

modelled on James Bond's last Aston, the

a 'Quiet Start' option

the rev counter and leaving your tummy

The new electronic steering boasts the

DB10. Gear changing is done via tactile

so you don't wake the

behind after 2,000rpm. Low-speed throttle

fastest-ratio rack ever fitted to a road-

aluminium paddles at the back of the

neighbours

response is slightly slower than the outgoing

going Aston Martin. It is direct rather than

V12, but it's more than quick enough in the

darty and is well-weighted. That’s thanks,

Overall the redesign is successful and

mid range and then the charge all the way to

in part to the efforts of ex-Lotus set-up

though there might be a few raised eyebrows

the red line feels as exhilarating as a

genius, Matt Becker, who is now chief

at the though of an electronic handbrake,

fairground ride.

engineer of vehicle attributes at Aston.

provide easier access to the front seats. The

dashboard

uses

the

central

wheel rim.

Yet

the

DB11

was

corkscrewing.

That glorious engine is mated to a ZF

Indeed, so confident is Aston of the car’s

eight-speed; such a good transmission,

chassis dynamics that Andy Palmer – no

Another positive touch is the 360 deg

with fast but refined changes, that you

mean peddler himself – has promised to

birds-eye view camera to help slow speed

seriously wonder what is the point of a

personally sign-off the first 1,000 cars. That

manoeuvres – the last thing an owner

manual. Thanks to electronic control of

promise reveals the most salient measure

would want to do is damage that glorious

the exhaust valves, the engine sounds

of how far Aston has come, for in the Sixties

coachwork while parking.

docile and powerful at low revs and,

it produced just 1,059 examples of its iconic

So much for the nuts and bolts. The real

with both quiet and loud starts available,

DB5 model. In total.

question is 'what's it like to drive?' For our

your neighbours will thank you on early

And when the roads opened onto dry,

First Drive, Aston took us to Italy and found

morning getaways. Get it on, however and

smooth Tarmac that afternoon, the GT

a driving route that was, well... the word that

the DB11 sounds like an enraged bear.

nature of this big Aston shone. Gorgeous to

there can be no denying that the interior is roomy and less cluttered as a result.

Refinement on bumpy Chiantishire

look at, stable, fast and terrific fun, it felt as

The route traversed tiny Tuscan roads

roads was exemplary and while feedback

though we could be on the Cote D'Azur for

with uneven surfaces which were further

through the steering isn't quite that of

supper and after that take on the midnight

compromised by rain. Bumpy, wet roads and

some British and Italian rivals, it's

a 600bhp, 4.74-metre-long rear drive sports

entirely appropriate for a gran

car are not easy bedfellows.

turismo of this nature. Body

springs to mind is brave.

haul up through France to the Channel Ports, barely breaking a sweat. It really is that kind of car...

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ften and affectionately known as ‘Big

the snickers cake.

Sky Country’, Norfolk’s county bounds

Norfolk’s temperate climes not only

stretch more than 2000 square miles

lend themselves to an enjoyable drive, but

making it the fifth largest in England.

also to conditions for some outstanding

This, combined with it being one of the

vine growing and if you find yourself with

country’s lowest counties, not to mention

time to spare we’d suggest a quick stop-

extraordinarily flat, makes it an idyllic,

off to pick up some of Blighty’s finest and

quaint and bounding weekend excursion

increasingly world renowned wines at the

that's steeped in character and less than two

Winbirri Vineyard, only two miles out of

hours from the capital.

the city on the Kirby Road. Otherwise, it’s

Although you’d struggle to find a car better suited to inner city travel, the Rolls-

RESTAURANT Morston Hall

HOTEL

time to press on to the coast, both boot and belly filled.

Two miles along the road

Originally built in 1452, the site

Angel Hotel

Royce Ghost sits comfortably alongside

Head onto the A47 and up to Horsey,

from Blakeney (or a pleasant

of the Angel Hotel sits upon one

most GTs these days and should be treated

taking in the sights of Norfolk’s famed

evening’s walk along the many

of the UK’s prettiest squares and

as so. Thunder out of London up the M11 to

broads at the Hickling National Park,

coastal walkways), lies Morston

opposite Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

Suffolk and Bury St Edmunds and settle in

dropping slightly inland along the A149

Hall, the only restaurant within

The hotel’s Georgian façade is

for the night at the centrally located Angel

to Cromer before hugging the coastline

a 50-mile radius that’s won both

a contrast to the eclectic and

Hotel, a unique and contemporary boutique

to Blakeney for your evening stopover.

3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin

slick interior, the walls decked

establishment with a decadent cocktail bar

Characterful and picturesque, Blakeney’s

Star award. This Jacobean

with modern art and the rooms

located in the 12th century cellar vault and

raised promenades and coastal paths lead

country house is highly rated

filled with refined and designer

suites equipped with period copper baths

on to Morston Hall, home of Michelin

by locals and guests who come

furniture. The refurbished hotel

in each bedroom.

garnered chef Galton Blackiston and

from far and wide to sample

Eaterie has been awarded two

Very much still a market town, Bury St

some of the finest fare in East Anglia.

Blackiston’s locally sourced and

AA Rosettes while the decadent

Edmunds' half-kilometre long stall fronts

The longshore cod and pork crackling

daily refreshed menu, served at

Wingspan Bar has furniture

appear on Wednesdays and Saturdays and

is bettered only by the mix of period and

8pm. Expect a formal but cosy

crafted from aeroplane doors and

date back to pre-Norman times. Stock up

contemporary decor and remote setting of

atmosphere and gamey, refined

aircraft engines for yet another

on local fare early before heading north

this intriguing manor house.

British fare of the highest order.

twist to this intriguing retreat.

morstonhall.com

theangel.co.uk

onto the A143, onto the B111 and through

With time left for one final cavort along

the wonderfully named Garboldisham,

Norfolk’s coast, fully working your steed’s

before hitting the B113 one of Norfolk’s

ample power and surprisingly nimble

countless challenging B roads flanked by

handling, stop off at Holkham Hall and

rolling arable farmland. Your mid-morning

take in the sights of its four mile long,

jaunt is likely to have worked up an appetite

white, sandy beaches. There’s no better

and we’d suggest a stop-off in Norwich,

sight to part with before the uphill drive

Norfolk’s county town. Find your way into

back down to London.

the lanes and discover Pandora’s Kitchen –

morstonhall.com; winbirri.com;

a charming sustenance bolthole, don’t miss

pandoraskitchens.com; theangel.co.uk

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MORSTON HALL

CROMER

A149

N 50.7252° N

HORSEY

2.9366° W

BEST STRETCH?

the county trend. A number of sharp turns into and out

A149 Weybourne to Salthouse

of steep, dune-founded

Although known on the

particular stretch one of

whole for its low lying

the most entertaining on

topography, Norfolk’s A149

the bracing and stunning

seems determined to buck

eastern coast.

PANDORA’S KITCHEN

inclines make this

BANHAM

A47

A11

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A143

Its potent 563bhp befits its 1920’s Silver Ghost namesake, providing linear but seemingly endless power and the sound of the 6.5 litre V12 can be heard with a pleasantly muffled growl

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exchange the bustling city with a weekend drive, seafood like no other and well-needed fresh air by the dazzling jurassic coast

D

orset is one of only five counties in

until you hit Shore Road and then travel on to

England without a motorway. Long

Sandbanks Terminal. Ferry across to Shell Bay

GOLDEN CAP

straight roads where the roads and fields

Terminal and head up Ferry Road until you

The Golden Cap cliffs

the A352, followed by the A37 and make your

all mesh into one are non-existent, and

reach B3351. The green winding roads will lead

are the highest point

way to Relais et Chateaux’s Summer Lodge

in their place are good old efficient A-roads,

you to your first stop, Corfe Castle. Built by

on the south coast of

country house hotel, restaurant and spa.

slower, winding B-roads and long stretches by

William the Conqueror, the castle dates back

Great Britain, standing

Book yourself in for a massage at the hotel

the coast where you can put the hood down

to the 11th Century.

at 627 ft high. Offering

spa or turn in for the night.

miss the world’s first ever tank – Little Willie. Once you’ve had your fill, get yourself onto

of your new Continental GT V8 S Convertible

On your way to the next stop, take a little

and feel the wind in the hair you may or

detour down Blue Pool Lane. Blue Pool, a

cliffs are visible for

the hotel, hit the road for day two, following

may not have. Recognised as one of the

clay pit where the water reflects shades of

tens of miles along the

the A37, A35 and the B3157 until you reach the

wonders of the world and the first natural

grey, green and turquoise, is almost always

Jurassic coastline

Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden. Enjoy a great

site in England to make it onto UNESCO’s

deserted; you can walk around and not meet

escape in, what seems like, a different world

World Heritage List, the Jurassic Coast drive

another soul. Once you’re back on the road,

before getting back on the road and back on

offers unparalleled coastal views, a little

venture down B3070 and follow it all the way

the B3157. Stop at Golden Cap and prepare

bit of history, and scenes that were created

to Lulworth Cove. But before you go exploring

to be blown away by the prospect, especially

back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, 185

like a modern day Christopher Columbus,

from the designated viewing point. Carry on

million years ago.

settle your stomach with an appetizing fresh

to the A35, and then the B3157 towards Lyme

Start your day the right way, with the Surf 's

lobster lunch at Bishop’s. Slowly stroll along

Regis, grab a spot of lunch at The Millside

Up grilled full English breakfast from Urban

the cove, or hit the SW Coast Path to check out

Restaurant and see the coast by blasting along

Reef Restaurant on Boscombe promenade.

Durdle Door, a naturally made limestone arch

the water on a high speed RIB Charter boat

The outstanding offering of international

that is quite a sight to behold.

for your second Bond moment.

sensational views, the

After a sound night's sleep and breakfast at

cuisine at Urban Reef is only rivalled by the sea

Before making your way to the hotel for

Before you start the last leg of your journey

views that will have you contemplating early

the night, stop by the Tank Museum, and

home, grab some dinner at HIX Oyster and

retirement to the coast. When you’re ready to

come face-to-face with vehicles from all the

Fish House, and let the food do the talking

jump behind the wheel, follow Sea Road and

20th Century major wars. Listen to first-

while you enjoy the panoramic views as the

the directions to Overcliff Drive. As you cruise

hand accounts from those who fought, and

sun sets over the English Channel.

along the coastal road, enjoy a Bond moment,

peruse the more than 300 vehicles that make

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50.7252° N

N

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RESTAURANT

HOTEL

BEST STRETCH?

The HIX Oyster and Fish House

The Summer Lodge Country

The B3157 along the

boasts the most incredible

House Hotel is a Georgian,

Jurassic Coast Road is

panoramic views across the

listed building and sits in the

extraordinarily scenic and

Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis.

picturesque village of Evershot,

the best as far as coastal

The spacious outdoor terrace

West Dorset.

roads go.The stretch between

grants the perfect setting for

Quintessentially British, the

Abbotsbury and Lyme Regis

enjoying your food al fresco ,

Summer Lodge is the crème

is particularly charming and

and although likely to book up

de la crème when it comes to

as you reach the B-road,

early, is complimented superbly

luxury and was voted No. 1 hotel

the splendour of this route

by the indoor dining space. . The

in the UK, and No. 2 Best hotel

becomes apparent. With

WHICH CAR?

daily changing menu serves up

in Europe in the 2015 Condé

unforgettable views of the

BENTLEY Continental GT V8 S

fresh seafood and locally foraged

Nast Traveler Readers' Choice

blue Dorset coast as far as

Convertible

produce, salmon that is cured or

Awards. With a 3-rosette fine

the eye can see on your left,

Perfect for a drive along the stunning Jurassic

smoked on site and home-grown

dining restaurant, heated indoor

and the endless greenery

Coast, this supercar has an outstanding

herbs as well as tempting meat

pool, tennis courts, croquet lawn

of the countryside's rolling

performance and a roar of an engine (4.0

dishes and tasty vegetarian

and a spa facility, it makes for the

hills on your right, the 40mph

litre twin-turbocharged) like no other. The

options too.

perfect escape from the big city.

speed limit is just perfect to

GT V8 S Convertible doesn’t compromise

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whizz past and take it all in.

on comfort, easily seating up to four people

HIX Oyster and fish house

summer lodge

B3157

and offering 260 litres/9.1 cu ft for luggage, to ensure the good few hours of driving are easy and relaxed. The car is sleek and sexy, complete with a re-designed front spoiler and rear diffuser as well as a new dynamicallystyled fender badge. The Bentley’s retractable roof comes down with the flick of a switch, completing the perfect little package. hrowen.co.uk/bentley

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Matt Howell

Lorenzo Ramaciotti

THE MAN WHO SHAPED MASERATI His name might not be as familiar as those of some of Italy’s great car designers, but Lorenzo Ramaciotti’s portfolio includes iconic Maseratis, Ferraris, AlfaS… and even the occasional Peugeot

W

e can all name a few Italian car designers

Giugiaro,

Bertone,

Zagato, Pininfarina, Gandini, for example. Some of us with longer

memories might also mention Michelotti, Frua and Scaglietti. How many, though, would immediately think of Lorenzo Ramaciotti? Yet for the best part of 43 years, Ramaciotti has been a central figure in Italy’s car design industry and is as worthy of ‘legend’ status as any of them. Newly retired, we meet on the Maserati stand at the Earls Court Motor Show sometime in the mid-1960s, courtesy of Lord March’s Goodwood time machine. The softly-spoken Ramaciotti, now 68, is a huge fan of the Revival Meeting and tries to make >

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sure he attends every year. “Only you British

is credited with a number of notable cars,

But then, in 2007, came an offer he couldn’t

could do this,” he says in admiration. “You

including many close to the heart of DRIVE

refuse. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne head-

have had a long affinity with classic cars, it’s

readers – how about the Ferrari 456GT, 550

hunted Ramaciotti to be Chief of Design for

a tradition…”

Maranello, 360 Modena, F430 and the 612

the Fiat Group.

An avid motoring enthusiast as a child,

Scaglietti. But he is equally proud of the

“Maybe I realised I’d retired too early,

Ramaciotti initially thought his career might

Peugeot 406 Coupé, a car that showed that

but the task to reset the design of the whole

involve racing cars: “My hero was Colin

good design need not be exclusive to the top

Fiat Group was very interesting. It didn’t

Chapman who was an engineering genius.”

marques.

include Ferrari, of course, but then I’d

But although he graduated from Turin

In 1998 he was appointed Head of Design,

with a first-class degree in mechanical

and in 2002 became Managing Director and

“It was a chance for me to sit at the other

engineering, Ramaciotti’s chose to become a

CEO of Pininfarina, a post he held until 2005.

side of the table. At Pininfarina we were

designer and started his career at Carrozzeria

Then, aged just 57, he decided to retire.

consultants, given a theme to create a project

Pininfarina in 1973.

already done that!

“I wasn’t motivated anymore and, in any

one at a time.

He started working in the studio at a

case, everything was changing,” he says, “so

“By working for Fiat, I would become

time when everything was done by hand.

I decided it was time to enjoy a new pace of

involved in the decision processes and be

“We had to produce full-scale drawings

life. There were personal reasons too. My

able to take a long-term view on projects. I

and prototypes, and concept cars were built

father retired at 59 but died just one year

decided it would be good to work on more

using wood and plaster clothed in metal. We

later. I wanted to make sure I could enjoy

employed many highly skilled panel beaters

more time after work than he had.

in those days. “What takes a couple of hours to produce on a tablet today would take weeks back then.” During his time at Pininfarina, Ramaciotti

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“So I closed one door and opened another.

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stable programmes and projects.” But despite Italy’s long tradition of

If forced to pick, the

automotive design excellence, Ramaciotti

Ferrari is the one car

was surprised to find that design wasn’t

Ramaciotti would

held with quite the high esteem you might

to writing, producing books on motoring

drive home from the

have expected.

topics, including a history of the Fiat 500.

Goodwood Revival in

I’m not someone who looks back.” For two years, Ramaciotti turned his hand

“Italy has been the leader in car design


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My first car at Pininfarina was a concept, the Ferrari Mythos, so it was great to be able to complete the circle with my last car there, another concept, the Maserati Birdcage 75th

since the war because, well, we were better

“I always thought that I would like

of other Maseratis to his portfolio with

than everyone else. Italian designers were

to work for Maserati, but then Maserati

both the Ghibli and Levante created

the best at interpreting the change from,

was bought by Citroën and, in any case, I

under his watch. But they are all behind

for example, separate wings and bodies

started to work at Pininfarina where we

him now. This time he has retired

to unibody designs. And they were the

created Ferraris.

for good and is more than happy with

first to appreciate new techniques like steel stamping.

his decision: “I am very much at ease

“It was very far into my career, around

with myself.”

the year 2000, when I got my wish. By

“But when I arrived at Fiat I found it ironic

this time Maserati was owned by Ferrari

Retirement also gives him more time

that despite this heritage, design was taken

and Pininfarina was asked to design the

to enjoy his small car collection. He uses

for granted and held within the engineering

new Quattroporte. This was the car that

a Fiat 500X as his everyday driver, while

department with no link to the CEO. That

appeared in 2003 and, in my opinion,

his wife uses a Panda 4x4 – both designs

was the first thing I changed. I wanted to

is the car that defined the modern

he oversaw.

give design at Fiat the level of dignity it

Maserati. Every Maserati since has taken

was lacking.”

inspiration from that Quattroporte.

When he left Pininfarina he gave himself a present, one of his own

While there were a few high points in the

“We were also involved with the

designs – a Ferrari F430. The Ferrari

1990s-2000s, there’s little doubt that cars

GranTurismo. Another design house was

has gone, but it has been replaced

from the Fiat group – which now includes

initially contracted to style that car but

by another car with a personal link.

Chrysler and Jeep – has rediscovered its

it wasn’t working, so Maserati came to

“I

design mojo thanks to Ramaciotti.

us. This was around Christmas 2003 and

the Alfa 4C, so I have a 4C Spider for fun.”

The same can be said of Maserati.

we produced some very quick sketches,

Ramaciotti’s links to Il Tridente go back

and amongst those was one very strong

to when he was a small boy. “I was born

proposal. This was chosen.”

oversaw

the

development

of

He also has a 1976 Mercedes 280SL and a rare 1956 750 Abarth Zagato, a car that

in Modena, the home of both Ferrari and

There’s one final Maserati that holds a

Omer Orsi

Maserati, two fierce rivals living on the

special place in Ramaciotti’s heart. “My

Father of Italian

Zagato also inspired a one-off small sports

same road.

first car at Pininfarina was a concept, the

industrialist and Maserati

car that Ramaciotti and a Japanese friend

“I was drawn to Maserati, though, because

Ferrari Mythos, so it was great to be able

company owner, Adolfo,

built around Mazda mechanicals. The

my father was great friends with Omer

to complete the circle with my last car

was a close family friend

mid-engined coupé has gullwing doors

Orsi who owned the company. They would

there, another concept, the Maserati

of Ramaciotti's father and

and an Abarth-style streamliner

go skiing together, or to a football match on

Birdcage 75th.”

influenced his passion

body, but no name. Ramaciotti

for Il Tridente

has a certain ring…

a Saturday.

Today, of course, he can add a number

has been in the family for 30 years. The

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WHERE THE CAR’S THE STAR

Heading to Hollywood and got a few hours free? Forget the trip to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and don’t even consider shopping – instead make a bee-line for the newly revamped Petersen Automotive Museum… you won’t regret it

Under lock & key

Right: 2004 Pontiac Aztec, 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSI, 1989 Batmobile, 2016 Aston Martin DB10, 2015 Jaguar C-X75, 1951 Below: 1953 Hirohata Mercury Coupe

Words: Matthew Carter Images: Kahn Media

W

e’ve got hot rods to thank for the Petersen

Automotive

Museum.

Just after the Second World War, its founder Robert E Petersen (always

known as Pete) was working as a publicist in Hollywood and was tasked with promoting an exhibition about the new craze of hot-rodding. He instantly realised there was no specialist media serving the hot-rodding world so he started one: Hot Rod magazine. And from this grew a publishing empire. By the time he sold the business in 1996, Petersen was publishing many other automotive titles including Car Craft, Rod & Custom, Motor Trend and Sports Car Graphic as well as other magazines such as Guns and Ammo, Hunting, Teen and, er, Tiger Beat. But cars were where his heart lay and two years earlier, in 1994, he and his wife Margie opened the Petersen Automotive Museum. One of the world’s largest car museums, it is a non-profit organisation specialising in the history of the

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U n d e r lo c k a n d k e y LEFT: Want to see where Bugatti’s designers got their inspiration for the new Chiron? Look no further than the stunning Type 57C Atlantic, Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece

RIGHT: In 1935, the French Voisin C25 Aerodyne was seen as the car of the future… faired wings, wheel spats and an aerodynamic silhouette were all considered highly avant garde

car

(and

motorbike)

and

related

educational programmes.

the available display space, so there’s plenty of opportunity to ring the changes.

But the real glory of the place is that the

ABOVE: Well, you

fabulous and the forgotten, the mighty

won’t miss it. The

Situated on Wilshire Boulevard along

If you must see everything in one visit

and the mundane can sit there rubbing

newly revamped

‘Museum Row’, the museum is housed in

though, a trip to The Vault is a must. It’s the

shoulders. Where else could you see Steve

Petersen Museum is

a former department store and has just

world’s most exciting underground car park

McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS and a VW Camper

covered in a dramatic

undergone a $90 million renovation. The

with all sorts of machinery waiting patiently

van under the same roof ? Or a 1961

stainless steel ribbon.

exterior is now enveloped by a startling

for a chance to make it to the main museum.

Honda 50 sharing space with a 1948 Vincent

stainless steel ribbon assembly… it’s made of

Current

special

exhibitions

include

Black Shadow?

100 tons of 14-gauge type 304 steel seeing as

Precious Metal, with silver Ferraris, Mercedes

Nor does the collection forget its roots.

you asked.

and Corvettes to the fore; Alternative Power,

Nestling amongst the Delahayes, Bugattis

The interior reconfiguration makes it easy

with technical displays of EV and hybrids;

and Horchs are plenty of examples of the

to accommodate changing exhibits and the

BMW and the Art of the Automobile

hot-rodder’s art.

chances are that every time you visit you’ll see

with some of the famous BMW Art Cars;

Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060

different machinery on show: the museum’s

and (fittingly given this is Hollywood)

Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

collection of cars and bikes easily outnumbers

Automobiles in the Movies.

90036. petersen.org

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Petersen Museum

ABOVE: Grandfather and grandson. On the left, a road going Ford GT40 Mk III from 1967 meets, on the right, the road version of the latest Ford GT. Their respective racing cousins have both won at Le Mans RIGHT: Rare metal – this is the only Ferrari 375MM Spyder bodied by Vignale. It finished second in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana road race driven by Phil Hill and Ritchie Ginther LEFT: It’s not all cars as this display of motorcycles, showing the progress from the earliest days of the motorised bicycle to the latest superbikes, proves FAR LEFT: Tesla unclothed. The current Alternative Fuels exhibition shows what a typical modern electric vehicle looks like under the skin LEFT: This was once a 1948 Cadillac Sedanette. But then ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons got his hands on it to create the 500 cu inch V8-powered CadZZilla lowrider

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U n d e r lo c k a n d k e y LEFT: A car that needs little introduction: it’s an Aston DB5 as driven by James Bond in Goldfinger and comes complete with wheel-destroying spikes and revolving number plates

Where else could you see Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS and a VW Camper van under the same roof?

BELOW LEFT: You want hot rods? Petersen has got them by the score, though these currently reside in The Vault RIGHT: It’s a long way from Only Fools and Horses. This is the 1947 Davis Divan, an aerodynamic threewheeler with four abreast seating and concealed headlights. Just 16 examples were ever made

ABOVE: In 1932 Horch, DKW, Wanderer and Audi merged to form the Auto Union, hence the emblem which is now used exclusively by Audi. This is a Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet from 1937 LEFT: It’s not all exotics. The yellow VW Transporter is one of five identical vehicles used in the filming of Little Miss Sunshine, the 2006 comedy that took the dysfunctional Hoover family to California

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BLACK BADGE

When the ROLLSROYCE Black Badge was introduced to the Press, the venue was the louder-thanlife city of Las Vegas… this, then, is clearly a new generation of Rolls-Royce, equally at home on the vegas strip as it is after midnight in London > Words: Jason Barlow Images: Lee Brimble

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N

ight has fallen in the desert south

Now we’re hermetically sealed from the

of Las Vegas. The neon of Sin City’s

real world (if you can call Las Vegas real),

main drag is muted to a distant,

and its uncommonly high temperature.

pulsing glow. But there’s a still a

We’re actually in the pit-lane of a

ferocious light show playing out behind

recently completed track called Speed

us, as an electrical storm rages across the

Vegas. The city’s 24/7 party rep now

sky. It’s a natural special effect of awesome

extends to booking a flood-lit track day,

magnitude, and suits the purpose of our

and the organisers have a fleet of Ferraris

visit perfectly.

and Lamborghinis on hand. It’s fair to

In the foreground, half a dozen Rolls-

say that a Rolls-Royce is an interloper in

Royce Black Badge models sit, engines idling

52lb ft

in its original form, so the power output

Of additional torque

of its 6.6-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine

this context, but then the Black Badge is

on the Black Badge,

remains the same; with 624bhp, it’s

suitably

a different sort of Rolls-Royce. It speaks

giving a significant

already the most powerful production

saturnine. The temperature in Vegas

volumes for the company’s confidence

642lb ft in total

car the company has ever made. There’s

was an energy-sapping 46°C when we

in the BB’s reworked set-up that they’re

an additional 52lb ft of torque, though,

arrived earlier today; even under cover of

happy to let us loose on a track we’ve only

which

darkness, it’s still 33°C. Repelling this wall

just clapped eyes on, at night, while it’s

than-adequate 642lb ft. The eight-speed

of heat is a test even for the mighty air

hot enough to boil the bugs in the desert.

gearbox is new, and receives a bespoke

conditioning in the Rolls, but the chilled

Now back in the cool of a late summer

software map in Black Badge form. The

atmosphere inside – always an experience

London evening - let’s go over what’s

transmission now shifts higher up in the

in these cars – is more welcome than ever.

changed... Well, the Wraith is no slouch

rev range, depending which gear you’re

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inaudibly,

looking

delivers

a

significantly-more-


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The eight-speed gearbox is new, and receives a bespoke software map in Black Badge form. The transmission now shifts higher up in the rev range, depending which gear you’re in

in. If you’re giving it full beans, it’ll rev out

and the minutiae of chassis tuning all

to the 6000rpm limiter, and does so in a

conspire to make the experience a lot less

slightly more strident manner (this being

fun than it should be. Now factor in the

a Rolls, the extra volume is more of a

Wraith’s size and weight. So imagine my

cultured, operatic roar than a full-blooded

surprise as the Black Badge smothers the

heavy metal war cry). There are new drive

city’s best attempts at catching best attempts

shafts, and a reworked suspension and

at catching me out as we take the Limehouse

steering set-up promises greater body

Link tunnel from Canary Wharf, heading

control and more agile responses.

out towards Rotherhithe.

In truth, it’s rare for any road car – even

The physics involved in hurling 2.5

a well-sorted, high performance one – to

tonnes around means that the car still

deliver on a circuit. Tyres, tyre pressures,

moves on its suspension, but its body >

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miraculous

Perhaps it shouldn’t be too much

nonetheless. The Wraith BB’s front brake

of a surprise. After all, it was a Wraith

discs are an inch larger than before,

control is little short of

PAINT IT BLACK

After the excesses of Vegas, we introduced

Exterior chrome and

the Wraith to the dark side of our capital

Black Badge that managed to be sixth

even the Spirit of

city and it was instantly at home. You

and they do an amazingly fussless job

fastest in the supercar run during the

Ecstasy mascot are

won’t take it to its limits when negotiating

of shedding speed on the approach to

Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this

now coated in black.

Canary Wharf or the back street of SE1, of

corners. You might expect a car like this

year (eclipsing the Jaguar F-type SVR,

The dashboard and

course, but you will be reassured knowing

to heave like a medieval galleon during a

McLaren 675 LT, P1 GTR and Aston

door-tops feature an

what’s in reserve.

Force 10 storm, but get it right, and the

Martin Vantage GT8 in the process – all

intricate aluminium-

big black beast scythes through the turns

credit to RR’S FOS expert, racing driver

threaded carbon fibre

the Black Badge is just as much a symbol

with barely a chirp from its enormous

Justin Law, who’s presumably equally

composite

of where the company sees itself going.

tyres. Accomplished circuit drivers know

good when it comes to threading the eye

Like many other famous prestige names,

to keep a car ‘within itself ’, and the BB is

of a needle).

Rolls-Royce is adapting to change. The

a positive enabler in this respect. Provoke it, and it’s still amazingly poised.

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Of course, the BB’s dynamic capability is destined to remain mainly theoretical.

For, although very much a real thing,

entire car industry is concerned about the

so-called

‘Millennials’

rejection


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of the automobile as a desirable or even necessary commodity. This is a generation of urbanites for whom a bicycle is the only affordable bet, or a subscription to a car-sharing scheme at

Sports stars, music moguls and digital entrepreneurs: the Rolls-Royce client ethos is expanding

a push. Like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce may be a dream, but the gentlemen and ladies in the company’s stunning Chichester HQ are working very hard indeed to ensure that it remains a relevant dream. Fascinatingly,

the average age of

a Rolls-Royce customer is now just 43, down from 55 a decade ago. The youthfulness of Chinese luxury car >

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lieutenants also couldn’t help but notice

demographic, but the Vegas drive also

the number of customised Rolls cars

nods to the party-loving, EDM scene,

in hotspots like LA, London and the

where superstar DJs like Skrillex and

UAE, many of which fell short of the

Scottish expat Calvin Harris play to

company’s standards.

massive crowds, and hedonism happens

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be done. The name is a slight misnomer:

digital entrepreneurs: the Rolls-Royce

you can actually have any colour you like.

client ethos is expanding and the

The exterior chrome is now a gloss black

English countryside or Mayfair demi-

(apart from the window surround to keep

monde is no longer its only milieu.

some definition in the shape), and even

‘The Black Badge is for young men

the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is now coated

in a hurry,’ Rolls clarifies, tongue only

in black. The car’s wheels are made of a

slightly wedged in cheek. The company’s

22-layer carbon fibre composite, with

design director is the urbane, brilliant

an intriguing square cut design. Inside,

Englishman Giles Taylor whose grasp

the dashboard and door-tops use an

of the big picture is matched only by

absurdly intricate aluminium-threaded

his forensic attention to detail. Turns

carbon fibre composite, while the air

out that the Black Badge programme

vents are darkened using a technique

was fuelled by a whole different set

called

of influences. Taylor cites Yves Saint

(PVD), which prevents discoloration

Laurent, Keith Moon and Sir Malcolm

over time. It’s up to you how much to

Campbell as Rolls-owning figureheads,

play with the interior configuration, and

confirming that this is a car for the

the Goodwood HQ has become expert

road, if not less travelled, then certainly

at satisfying customer whim. Whatever

more eccentrically.

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on four wheels moves with the powerful

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nonchalance of a contemporary Rolls-

and Rolls-Royce is changing with it. The

Royce; the Black Badge incarnation

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sees Rolls become its own modifier

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BUGATTI

OPENING TIME H. R. Owen Bugatti Brand Director Anita Krizsan and Bugatti board member Dr Stefan Brungs (also pictured left) cut the ribbon to open the showroom (right)

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Granted that was a pretty special

area complete with a dedicated entrance

the

showroom – the famous Jack Barclay

and a new Bruton Street address. It has been

turbo

building in London’s Berkeley Square –

created by reconfiguring two areas of the

16-cylinder that, in Super Sports guise,

but, all the same, for Brand Director Anita

Jack Barclay operation – the boardroom and

Krizsan to become Bugatti’s top sales person

Bentley configurator – into one light and

globally without a dedicated stage was some

modern Bugatti zone: the boardroom and

achievement.

configurator have been moved elsewhere

he incredible Bugatti Veyron is a statistician’s

dream.

There’s

engine,

8.0-litre

quad

an

produced 1,200hp. That helped push the car top a top speed of more than 267mph, making Veyron the world’s fastest production car.

It’s not a problem (if, indeed, it ever was

within the building.

It was also one of the most expensive

one) that she will have to deal with in the

Like Chiron, the Bruton Street showroom

production cars on sale, too, with a price tag

future. For as Chiron, Veyron’s successor,

combines modernity with the tradition

of more than €1.9 million (plus local taxes)

arrives Bugatti has its own dedicated

and heritage of the Bugatti brand. The

for the Super Sports.

showroom in the UK.

predominant colours are Bugatti blue and white and the Bugatti theme of Art, Form

But there’s one statistic that is often

At the end of July, a lavish launch party

overlooked. Of the 450 examples built, 65

was staged with VIP guests, Veyron owners

were sold here in the UK, making our little

and future prospects invited to walk

The look and feel is high tech – seats are

island the biggest Veyron market in Europe

along the blue (rather than red) carpet to

made from leather and carbon fibre and

and number two in the world behind Dubai.

see the showroom and the new Chiron

there’s plenty of glass and dramatic lighting

for themselves.

in the showroom. And of course there’s a car

What’s all the more remarkable is that every one of the 65 cars was sold from a corner of someone else’s showroom.

The showroom remains linked to the Jack Barclay site, but now has its own separate

and Technique is to the fore.

on display. At the time of writing it’s a new Chiron

TOP PERFORMER Despite not having had a dedicated showroom in the past, H.R. Owen Bugatti was Europe’s top sales outlet for Veyron. Left: Dr. Brungs provides the press briefing from the seclusion of the Bruton Street showroom

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BR UTON STR EET

“(CUSTOMERS) ARE NOT JUST BUYING A CAR, BUT BECOMING MEMBERS OF A SMALL FAMILY”

looking menacing in an all-black finish, but

STAR CAR

the car on show in the future could be any

significant part of her relationship with

safe bet. The very early owners of Veyron

customers old and new, she will now be

bought into something that was new, at

able to introduce them to every significant

a time when it was not clear that it would

aspect of the brand, including its heritage,

work, either from an engineering point of

in London.

view or from a commercial one.

“It’s like a little piece of the factory here.

“We quickly showed Veyron’s engineering

We have created a private environment for

was world leading and now we see that

our customers so that we can make the

values

right impression from the outset. They

bought a Veyron, especially a Vitesse or a

are not just buying a car but becoming

Super Sport, made a very good commercial

members of a small family. So it’s not just

decision, too."

are

appreciating. Anyone

who

about the car… though a Bugatti, old or

“Customers interested in Chiron – so far

new, will always form the centrepiece of the

half are existing owners and half are new to

showroom,” says Anita.

the brand – know they are buying not just

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show

the best car in the world but one which will

The showroom car won’t

in March, the new Chiron is already well

also be an appreciating asset. In fact, anyone

type of Bugatti from a Veyron to a pre-war

always be a Chiron. Plans

on the way to being a sell-out. Just 500

trying to buy a Veyron now – if they can find

racer… how cool would a patinated Type 51

are in place to rotate the

examples will be built over the next seven or

one – will have to pay much more than they

look in these surroundings?

display with Bugattis

eight years and future variants will embrace

would have spent had they bought it new.”

from the pre-war days to

a T-top and something with a little more

the recent past

power in case 1,500hp isn’t enough.

“Yes, it’s a huge change for us,” says Anita Krizsan, revelling in her new ‘office’. “This

So why restrict Chiron production to just 500 examples? Surely Bugatti could

Of those 500, deposits have already

sell twice that number with little difficulty.

been taken for 200 cars, with 15 of those

“Exclusivity” says Dr Brungs, as quick

“We started talking about this project

initial sales earmarked for the UK. The first

as a flash. “Part of the car’s appeal is its

about 18 months ago and work started in

deliveries are due towards the end of the

exclusivity and if we were to make more we

January. We worked very closely with the

year, with the first UK customer getting his

would lose that key asset.”

factory about the design to ensure it met

or her machine early in 2017.

is the first – and only – Bugatti showroom in the UK.

Despite the stratospheric price, Chiron

all the Bugatti requirements. So this really

Clearly, despite a higher price – a pre-tax

will never be an only car. “Most of our

is a joint effort and reflects the quality

€2.4 million – there’s even more interest in

customers are car collectors with as many as

and sophistication of both HR Owen and

Chiron from customers than there was in

40 cars in their collection,” says Anita.

Bugatti. We are very happy with it.”

Veyron at the same stage of its life.

“They drive their Bugattis, too,” adds Dr

Although there was always a car on

“It could be the design, which is more

Brungs. “On average our customers cover

display within the Bentley showroom, Anita

futuristic and aggressive,” says Dr Stefan

1,600kms a year in their car… which is quite

was restricted in exactly how much she was

Brungs,

with

a lot when you have 39 other cars in the

able to do for a new customer there. In fact,

responsibilities for sales, marketing and

collection to drive, not to mention private

most of her work was undertaken at the

customer service.

jets and so on."

factory at Molsheim. While factory visits will still form a

Bugatti

board

member

“But in fact I think sales are already so strong because customers see Chiron as a

“But they all say that their Bugatti is the cherry on the top,” says Anita.

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MAKING THE BEST A EVEN BETTER

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s far as Bugatti is concerned it was the best car in the world. So how do you follow Veyron? The answer is simple. According to

Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobile: “We have made the best even better.” So welcome, please, the Bugatti Chiron – ‘The world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production

Thought Veyron was as good as it could ever get? Be prepared for a surprise… Bugatti Chiron moves the game on even further

super sports car.’ Claims don’t get any

Words: Matthew Carter

Chiron is the world’s first production

bolder than that. But the claims are backed up by facts.


CHIRON

car with 1,500hp; top speed is limited to

two-tone finishes (though the car on display in

reinforced plastic engine cradle at the rear.

420km/h (that’s 261mph to you and me),

the new Bugatti showroom in Bruton Street is

This adds stiffness and reduces weight – at

but there’s the potential for much more: the

stunning in an all-black finish).

1995kg it is just 150kgs heavier than the original

But it is at the rear where the biggest

Veyron 16.4 and the car is said to have the

Although clearly blood relatives (Le pur

changes can be found. The tail has a bold

rigidity of a modern Le Mans LMP1 prototype.

sang, of course) Chiron apparently borrows

central strake over the back window inspired

Chiron is more aerodynamically efficient

little from Veyron. The new car is longer, taller

by the styling of the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

than Veyron, too, having spent more than

and wider and although the looks are similar,

from 1935, while all the tail-lights are housed

300 hours in the wind tunnel. The design

Chiron’s nose has four piercing square LEDs

in a single full width LED light band. The rear

and engineering teams worked in close

each side of the horseshoe grille in place of the

also has a huge diffuser and large centrally

collaboration during the car’s development

single rectangular units of Veyron.

mounted exhaust pipes.

programme to ensure maximum efficiency

speedo goes up to 310mph.

In profile, Chiron is dominated by a flowing

The chassis tub is all new, the monocoque

with no loss of visual impact.

‘C’ shape, linking the roof line with the sills

now

sandwich

Although sharing the same displacement

and also acting as a neat demarcation zone for

construction for the floor and a carbon fibre

and layout as the Veyron unit, the 8.0-litre >

having

a

carbon

fibre

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BUGATTI

tech specs 1500 HP

420 kmh

at 6700rpm

Maximum speed

500 units

0-100kmh

limited production

in less than 2.5 seconds

30 football pitches of air per minute are pushed through the engine

2.4m euros basic price

W12 quad turbo petrol engine has been

that same minute, 800 litres of water are

extensively revised for Chiron. It has larger

circulated through the W16 and no fewer

and more powerful turbochargers with two-

than ten radiators keep it cool.

The central strake over

basic price

60,000 litres of air per minute are pushed through the engine

standard trim colours. More statistics. Bugatti builds around

the rear of the Chiron

one a week and total production will be

stage operation for a more linear power

As well as that headline V-Max figure,

was inspired by one of

500. Of that 200 have already been sold (or

delivery: just two turbos are in operation

Bugatti claims Chiron will hit 62mph in

the most iconic Bugattis

at least deposits taken) including six to one

when the car moves off the line, with the

less than 2.5 seconds and will go from

of the past: the Type

customer. It will be in production for six or

second pair chiming in once the engine has

0-186mph in less than 13.6 seconds. The

57SC Atlantic

seven years.

reached 3,800rpm.

‘normal’ top speed is 236mph, but 261mph

The message? If you are in the market for

There have also been extensive changes

can be reached by selecting Top Speed on

the ultimate super sports car you’d better get

to the titanium exhaust system which has

the driving mode control, using a Speed

down to Bruton Street quickly before they all

no fewer than six catalytic converters. The

Key, which alters the engine management

go. As Ettore Bugatti once said: ”Nothing is

two main cats are six times larger than the

system. A new production car World Speed

too beautiful, nothing is too expensive.”The

unit fitted to a conventional family car,

Record will be attempted in due course.

Chiron name is a nod to Bugatti heritage:

while the active surface area of all six is said

Other driving modes are Lift, Auto,

Monégasque racing driver Louis Chiron

the

raced for Bugatti at Le Mans and in Grands

As well as that remarkable power output,

chassis is a development of Veyron’s and

Prix, winning the 1931 French GP, held at

the new engine produces an incredible

now features adaptive suspension which

Montlhéry near Paris.

1,600Nm of torque which is why the seven-

automatically varies the damper settings

He continued competing after the war,

speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

and ride height depending on how the car

winning the 1954 Monte Carlo Rally and

has the largest, highest performance clutch

is being driven.

finishing sixth in the 1955 Monaco GP. He

to be larger than 30 football pitches.

Autobahn

and

Handling,

while

fitted to any production car. Such is the

Four-wheel drive is standard, naturally,

power developed by the engine that a

but Chiron has an electronically controlled

bespoke test bed had to be built – existing

differential

facilities simply couldn’t cope with the

function that can vary the amount of torque

W16’s 1,500 horses.

sent to each rear wheel making the car ‘easy

The brakes are drilled carbon ceramic

with

a

torque

vectoring

to drift’. Yes, you read that right.

discs that are larger than your average

The interior is brand new and slightly

dinner plate while the braking system

roomier than Veyron: leather, carbon

has been developed using Formula 1

fibre and brushed aluminium are the key

technology. The tyres, meanwhile, have

materials used. Matching the exterior

been specially developed at an aerospace

styling, an illuminated 1.6m long C-bar

facility and more than 200 sets were used

inside the cabin is said to be the longest

during the 500,000km testing programme.

LED strip currently used in the automobile

Time for a few more ‘Top Trumps’

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INSPIRATION

2.4m euros

industry.

figures: more than 60,000 litres of air is

Naturally there’s a top level sound

gulped by the engine every minute. In

system, Wi-Fi on the go and a choice of 31

died in 1979, aged 79.


FI R ST D RIVE - ANDY WALLACE

PRESSURE? WHAT PRESSURE? A narrow, muddy track; 1,500 horse power; an audience of thousands… what was going through Andy Wallace’s mind as he gunned the new Bugatti Chiron up the Goodwood Hill Words: Matthew Carter

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700-8OOHP

he Goodwood Hill is daunting enough

“When I won Le Mans in 1988 with

at the best of times but when you’re

Jaguar, we had between 700-800hp in the

charged with giving a brand new car its

XJR-9 in race trim and perhaps 1,100hp

1988 Le Mans XJR-9,

off the line is staggering – no wheelspin,

dynamic debut in front of thousands

for qualifying.

although this was closer

no tyre smoke – and the power is breath-

to 1,100hp for qualifying

taking. Its delivery is totally linear with no

The power of Wallace’s

in almost every respect. “But it really is a big jump. The grip

– and that car is worth a cool €2.4 million

“To set a grid time, we would bolt on

plus – it’s enough to give even the most

super sticky tyres, which lasted about

steps, and the new transmission is also

accomplished driver a few butterflies.

nine corners, while the special qualifying

exceptionally smooth.

Unless you are Le Mans and multiple

engine would manage two laps after which

“But there’s much more to the Chiron.

Daytona 24 Hours winner Andy Wallace.

the head bolts would have stretched and it

There’s a massive improvement in ride

Since he stopped racing in 2012, Wallace

would have lost most of its coolant. It was

quality, in noise suppression and in

has been a Bugatti Pilote Officiel, giving

scary, too.

general refinement.”

demonstration rides for customers, media

“OK, that was more than 25 years ago,

“Of course, I was unable to use full

and VIPs, driver coaching and exhibition

but I still find it incredible that we have

throttle or get anywhere near the car’s top

drives such as this one at the 2016

progressed to the point where 1,500hp can

speed along Lord March’s garden path, but

Goodwood Festival of Speed.

be so calm. The first time I drove the Veyron

the car really did feel fantastic. It’s quite

“Yes, it was a bit muddy up the Hill this

Vitesse, I was blown away by its capabilities

easy to make a real porridge of the

year but even with 1,500hp on tap, I was

so I must admit I was a little sceptical when I

Hill, but not in the Chiron. It really

never worried.

learned that the Chiron had been improved

is quite extraordinary.”

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LEADING THE LIGHTS

- JAMES HALL

PASSION, PROFICIENCY AND PERSONAL TOUCH ARE THREE THINGS THAT CHANDELIER EXPERT JAMES HALL INSISTS ON WHEN IT COMES TO HIS WORK

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James

designs

and

manufactures

ith more than 50 years in the

privilege of growing up surrounded by it

industry – he first visited his

and have been able to work on the some of

chandeliers and fine lighting pieces,

father’s chandelier factory when he

the world’s most amazing buildings; from

restores heritages fixtures as well as

was just three days old – James has

St Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle and

crafting exceptional pieces of bespoke

had a life dedicated to lighting. “I’m second

Buckingham Palace, right through to super

metal furniture. “I take the client’s ideas or

generation. My father was in the industry

high-end mega

properties, high calibre

inspirations and draw up designs, whether

for 60 years and my mother worked in the

hotels such as the Dorchester and the Ritz

it’s based on something the clients want, or

industry too,” James says. “I’ve had the

as well as luxury super yachts.”

from scratch. I then present our ideas >

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s p o n s or e d c o n t e n t

in either CAD form with 3D rendering or

As well as working with the Foreign

to work in places such as New York, Tokyo

freehand, manufacture it, install it and then

and Commonwealth office on British

and Moscow, Monaco and Dubai, and

care for it for years to come,” James explains.

Ambassadorial

the

is currently consulting at King Salman

“We can also do all sorts of architectural

world, James advises and works with many

of Saudi Arabia’s Palace in Jeddah. “My

metal work. If it’s metal, bespoke and high

livery companies and the Bank of England

clients know they can call me, anytime,

quality, we can make it and guarantee it won’t

on their historic chandeliers. His reputation

anywhere and I’ll fly to wherever I need to

be something you can get anywhere else. We

has developed throughout the years and

be. I like to conduct a very personal service,

encourage clients to come to our workshops

he is considered an historical expert,

face-to-face. So if you do business with

all the time during the process, to see it all

often called upon to give opinions and

happening and be a part of it.”

valuations on chandeliers, writing official

residencies

around

If clients are in need of re-finishing their

historical reports on lighting and regularly

current chandeliers James can arrange it,

advising clients on what they can and can’t

with almost any specification accommodated, including 24 carat gold leaf. Weather proofing and IP rating work can also be carried out for external lighting and lanterns.

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my company, you’re doing business with me,” James says. Using the latest technology for designing

Casting techniques

and manufacturing lighting and metal

do with a heritage chandelier, without

enable James Hall to

furniture, James and his team are able

compromising the value.

produce flawless results

to create custom-made 3D moulds and

replicating skills of

patterns, on top of the vast archive of

ages past

decorative mouldings and archive designs

With the ability and flexibility to work worldwide, James has had the opportunity


ja m e s h a l l Ch a n d e l i e r s

I like to conduct a very personal service, face-to-face. So if you do business with my company, you’re doing business with me

3D RENDERED IMAGES CAD designs and hand

that were passed down to his father and

producing and achieving perfection, and

drawings are all used to

now down to him. With aims to keep almost

sustaining a certain level of excellence

develop a client’s initial

everything in house, the team also specialise

in everything he or his team do. “I have

concept

in doing all the finishing and wiring in

enormous passion for what I do and I love

the factory. “I have a small, tight-knit team

everything about working in this industry.

with a lot of talent. It’s a good mixture of

It’s in my blood,” James proudly states. “If

ultra-skilled, long-term craftsman who

you drive a Bentley, an Aston Martin or any

have been in the business for decades, and

car of that stature, then you clearly have an

younger, adept designers with fresh ideas, ”

appreciation of beautiful things and expect

James says.

the very best; that’s exactly what I give with

One thing that is never lacking with

my chandeliers.”

James Hall is passion and anyone who

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F R O NT SEAT

Ferrari Tailor Made

SOME PEOPLE SPEND THEIR MONEY ON PROPERTY, SOME ON ART. FOR CHRIS FROGGATT IT’S CARS AND HIS GARAGE ELOQUENTLY REFLECTS HIS PASSION

Words: Matthew Carter Images: G.F. Williams

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n fact, he’s already got an example of

of patience too. For we are not at HR

almost every desirable sports car currently

Owen Ferrari in Brompton Road but at the

available – Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren,

Ferrari factory in Maranello, where Chris

Aston… you name it, Chris has one or two

is not merely buying his new cars but

examples of each marque (and more when it comes to the Prancing Horse).

creating them. Instead of simply ticking a few boxes on

But no collection stays static and today

the options list and choosing a standard

he is in the process of upgrading the Ferrari

colour, Chris is taking part in the Tailor Made

element, ordering not one, not two, but three

programme and developing a trio of unique

new cars. There’s a 488GTB to replace his

machines, built to his exact specification.

existing example, a California T (ditto) and a

Tailor Made was started in 2012 when just

GTC4 Lusso, which isn’t replacing anything.

30 cars were produced. Today, more than 100

This is a man not just with pockets deep

Tailor Made cars are produced each year and

enough to indulge is his passion, but, as we will see later, one with a certain amount

the number is rising. The main reason Chris has chosen to

>

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TAILO R MADE – MA R ANELLO

WE ARE ALL IN A SPECIAL PART OF THE FACTORY COMPLEX WHICH IS DEVOTED TO TAILOR MADE. THERE’S AN ENTRANCE AREA FLANKED BY A LARGE ROOM HOLDING A VAST RANGE OF COLOUR SAMPLES, MANY REPLICATING FERRARI COLOURS FROM THE PAST

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specify his cars at Maranello is down to

detract from Ferrari’s image,” she said.

choice. With a ‘standard’ Ferrari there’s

Not that Chris has any intention of

already a wide variety of fabrics, colours and

creating a mobile monster. Chris and an

finishes available… but with Tailor Made the

old school friend Olisa Okwuosa – who is

sky is the limit.

also at Maranello to develop his own Tailor

An expanded range of fabrics, including

Made GTC4 Lusso – plus chaperone Owen

cashmere, denim and corduroy, is just the

Rothwell, HR Owen Ferrari’s Marketing

start. The colour palette is virtually limitless

Manager, have already been here for a day.

and it is possible to change not just hues and

Day two is to be spent fine tuning the

finishes but the materials themselves, with

creations made yesterday, finishing the

carbon fibre being a popular alternative to

GTC4 Lusso and developing a unique

the standard offerings.

California T for Chris.

Special luggage can be created while

We are all in a special part of the factory

exterior mods embrace pinstripes, bold

complex which is devoted to Tailor Made.

stripes, different coloured calipers, inserts

There’s an entrance area flanked by a

and highlights. In fact, just about the only

large room holding a vast range of colour

things that can’t be changed are areas of the

samples, many replicating Ferrari colours

car, such as the airbags, which are subject to

from the past, plus leather samples and seat

Type Approval.

and trim finishes.

“Although there is a wide choice of colours

But the main area is where the significant

and fabrics via Atelier meaning that virtually

work is done. This room houses three

every Ferrari we build is different, the Tailor

specific themed areas designed to give

Made programme allows each customer

customers inspiration as they embark on

to create the exact car they want. A Tailor

the serious business of creating their Tailor

Made car is a genuine creative collaboration

Made car.

between the new owner and Ferrari.” The speaker is Elena Fontana, the

The most obvious, perhaps, is called Scuderia

and

underscores

Ferrari’s

A HELPING HAND

The other two themed areas are called Classica and Inedita. The first, as the name suggests, refers to the elegance and luxury of the great Ferrari Gran Turismo

Experts offer advice

cars from the past while Inedita, which

about what works

means new or novel, looks to the future.

and what doesn’t,

Classica is full of rich tan leathers,

Commercial and Marketing Director for

passion for motor racing. Here there’s

but also protect the

examples of intricate cross stitching

Ferrari’s

programmes.

lots of red and yellow leather and fabric

Ferrari brand from any

and plenty of different fabrics including

And it is Elena who guides, advises and

Personalisation

samples and acres of carbon fibre parts

creation that might

sample books from luxury fashion houses

sometimes forbids, the choices made by

designed to enhance a Ferrari’s sporting

detract from its image

and textile designers such as Loro Piano

customers: if you want, say, a pink California

image.

and Kvadrat. There’s even a sample seat

T with green furry seats and yellow

Over these elements is the body of a

wheels, Elena will refuse your request,

Ferrari F1 racer which is hung on the

politely but firmly.

wall as a piece of art. And beneath are a

Inedita, meanwhile, looks ahead with

“As well as helping customers to create

series of drawers, each of which contain

more technical fabrics, denim and bold

their perfect car, it is my job to protect the

more parts and samples to be looked at,

leathers. Aluminium and carbon fibre –

Ferrari brand. We can do nothing that will

touched and even sniffed.

the latter available in different shades

back which evokes the quilted duo tone finish of a Daytona.

>

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TAILO R MADE – MA R ANELLO

– also feature here along with dramatic

been upgraded with a series of subtle and

colours and finishes.

stealthy fabric and colour changes.

And it’s the Inedita theme that holds the

The California T, meanwhile, will

most influence when Chris starts to create

have a white exterior with a dark blue

his cars.

interior. But the outside colour will also be

Chris and Elena stare at a giant TV

reflected within, with white stitching and

screen while members of Elena’s team

inlays on the seats while twin dark blue

show an impressive ability with Photoshop software as a large image of a standard car is changed in line with Chris’s requirements.

TAKE THREE THEMES

Elena’s unerring eye for what looks right – she’s been with Ferrari for most of her working life and with Atelier and Special Projects for the last 12 years. She knows what works and what doesn’t. At no time are any costs mentioned

Classic quilted leathers,

(if you’re worried about the difference

stripes running over the body will bring

futuristic coloured carbon

the choice of a cashmere interior will

the inside colour out.

fibre or racing reds and

make to the overall bill, you probably

blacks help provide

shouldn’t be here) but HRO’s Rothwell

It’s at this point that Chris’s patience is

colours,

tested to the max. There are eight people

inspiration for Tailor

confirms that depending on the choices

wheels and fabrics are tried, each iteration

in that room and most find themselves

Made customers

made, the additional cost of a Tailor Made

being quickly created on screen… and

tempted to make suggestions – one or

equally quickly trashed as a new variation

two even have the temerity to call them

At the end of Day Two, Chris, who

is developed.

‘improvements’. The width, number and

works in property development, is more

Different combinations of

programme can be as much as £100,000.

After a couple of hours of work on the

position of those stripes suddenly become

than happy with his creations. “The

desktop, a final choice has been made.

public property and suggestions are flying

choice and opportunity here is so wide

His GTC4 Lusso is to have a matt grigio

thick and fast.

that it can be quite daunting, to be honest,

scuro (dark grey) finish with carbon fibre

Chris politely listens to them all, nods

but with expert help from Elena and her

elements and subtle red pinstripes – or

sagely… and then ignores them. He turns

team I’m confident that I’ve achieved what

dream lines as they are called here – on

back to Elena and simply continues to

I set out to do.”

the body and wheels. The interior has also

discuss his various options, relying on

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What if he has second thoughts about


TAILO R MADE – MA R ANELLO

A TAILOR MADE PROGRAMME ADDS AROUND THREE MONTHS TO THE EXISTING BUILD TIME OF A NEW CAR, SO NEITHER CHRIS NOR OLISA WILL BE SEEING THEIR CREATIONS UNTIL SOMETIME IN 2017

custom built

Ferrari three ways Essentially there are three ways of buying a new Ferrari. The first is the easiest – Atelier Ferrari. In the calm and sophisticated surroundings of the Brompton Road showroom or at the

some of his choices? That’s been thought

special HR Owen Atelier Ferrari boutique

of too. At the end of the session both men

within the Berkeley Hotel in London’s

are given USB sticks containing images and

Knightsbridge you can see colours, touch

every last detail of their new creation. These

fabrics and gaze at the different wheel

can be looked at again at home to make sure

options available for your chosen car.

everything is perfect. If not, it’s a trip back

You can also tick as many (or as few) option

to Maranello to implement further changes

boxes as you want and then get to see

before the car is put into build.

your chosen combination on screen as the

And then there’s the wait: a Tailor Made

digital configurator does its work.

programme adds around three months

At the other end of the scale there’s Ferrari

to the existing build time of a new car, so

One-Off. As the name implies, One-Off

neither Chris nor Olisa will be seeing their

creates a unique Ferrari, a standard car

creations until sometime in 2017.

that’s been visually re-imagined to make

Not that either man will be suffering

it look more dramatic or make it even

from Ferrari withdrawal symptoms in

more aerodynamically efficient. Created by

that time. Both are due back at Maranello

Ferrari’s Special Projects division, a One-

in a matter of days to take part in a Pilota

Off car is a genuinely unique machine. And

Course at the nearby Fiorano track, with a

one that’s exceedingly rare: Ferrari makes

view to sharing a 458 Challenge car in the

just three every couple of years.

famous European One-Make racing series.

The middle route, Ferrari Tailor Made as

You could say it’s a series that’s tailor made for the two young Ferraristi.

chosen by Chris Froggatt, goes beyond Atelier but not as far as One-Off.

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U R BAN J ü RGENSEN

THE GREAT DANE There’s a smorgasbord of Scandinavian watchmaking running through the horological history books, says Alex Doak, and Urban Jürgensen is one of the greatest – NOW BACK IN DANISH HANDS AND GUIDED BY A FINNISH GENIUS, ITS WATCHES ARE HAND-CRAFTED IN SWITZERLAND AND OWE THEIR MODERN PROWESS TO A BRITON WITH AN OBSESSION FOR ROTARY-ENGINED MAZDaS >

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A RT & CR AFT

Y

ou’ll have had to be living under

Linde Werdelin. What’s more, unlike

& Sønner sprang up in 1773, providing salty

THE FUTURE

a

foraged

the venerable brand names that have

seadogs with their marine chronometers

The Reference 2340

horseradish and rye bread to have

been revived in Switzerland, these new

– massive clocks mounted horizontally on

WG from Urban

missed the recent Nordic invasion. We

faces aren’t hung up on their respective

gimbals to protect the delicate mechanism

Jürgensen & Sønner’s

all want to dine at René Redzepi’s Noma,

country’s horological repute – that ship has

from uneasy ocean going.

more “accessible” Jules

we’ve rediscovered rollmop herrings, worn

long sailed.

considerable

pile

of

UJS went from strength to strength

collection is a particularly

twee Christmas knits without an ounce of

Quite literally. Like Britain, the coastal

as a chronometer maker, passing from

handsome signpost to

irony and enjoyed bleak cop show after

nations of Holland, Denmark, Sweden and

generation to generation, becoming royal

the future, powered by

bleak cop…

Finland were all ocean going economies

clockmaker to the court of King Frederick

the brand’s new in-house

with strong navies. And to run a global

VI of Denmark in the process. All along,

“P4” movement. With

navy – military, merchant or otherwise –

honing its handsome style of perfectly

typical grace, the dial is

Proving it isn’t just the Swiss wielding

you need a decent ship’s chronometer to

proportioned

hand-lacquered.

tweezers and an eyeglass, there are

ascertain your longitude at sea. Which is

engraved “guilloché” dials, all painstakingly

Finnish indie stars Stepan Sarpaneva

why Yorkshire’s John Harrison invented

hand-finished to perfection.

and Kari Voutilainen, now supplemented

one first in the 18th century, winning the

by the Grönefeld brothers down in

famed Longitude Prize and why, across the

watchmakers at the time, things took a turn

The

North Sea, Copenhagen’s Urban Jürgensen

for the worse come the Seventies, when

And all along, it transpires, the world of watchmaking was way ahead of us.

Netherlands,

and

Denmark’s

In 1797...

Son of Jürgen Jürgensen, Urban travelled to the

Jura Mountains to learn from Swiss chronometer maker, Houriet.

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As

with

hands

so

and

many

intricately

traditional


U R BAN J ü RGENSEN

It took Swiss antiques dealer Peter Baumberger to dig the company out of the doldrums in 1981

cheap quartz technology from the Far East

DEREK PRATT

for a rotary-engined Mazda. He owned two

of a notoriously tricksy but highly accurate

started to edge out expensive, traditional

The ex-pat Briton (1938-

RX-7’s. One of his first bits of innovation

regulating mechanism called the “detent”

mechanics. It took Swiss antiques dealer

2009) is considered a

for Urban Jürgensen was a mechanism that

from its traditional marine-chronometer

Peter Baumberger to dig the company out

modern-day genius

guaranteed a consistent pulse of energy

setting, where it is protected from shocks,

of the doldrums in 1981 – which he did

of traditionally

to the ticking escapement from a spring

to the wristwatch with all its daily knocks

by purchasing the name and recruiting a

hand-crafted, yet

charged every second by a cam shaped as

and bumps. The resulting watch not only

relatively unknown watchmaker to finish

highly innovative

a rounded triangle, or “Reuleaux” triangle.

earned a prestigious “chronometer” rating,

a job lot of 90 historic movement kits to

Swiss watchmaking.

As Pratt notes in his paper for the

but it won “Best Men’s Watch” at Geneva’s

sell to a tight-knit, underground clientele

His greatest legacy

Horological Journal in 1990: “A similar

Grand Prix of Horology in 2014, effectively

of wealthy collectors.

to Urban Jürgensen

shape is used for the rotor of the Wankel

securing the future of Urban Jürgensen.

was the successful

rotary engine… Perhaps the fact I have

Briton living in Switzerland, by the name

translation of the

been driving a Wankel-engined car for the

couldn’t look or feel healthier, which

of Derek Pratt. Much is spoken of his

marine chronometer’s

last 12 years has had some effect!”

undoubtedly has something to do with the

contemporary, George Daniels (1926–2011),

(below) delicate

who was one of the few watchmakers to ever master the 30-or-so individual crafts

That watchmaker was a genial, bearded

The

brand’s

current

incarnation

The similarities between cars and

fact that, with the death of Baumberger in

“Detent” mechanism to

watches is forced by all too many brands

2010, UJS remains, mercifully, in Danish

a wristwatch.

keen

hook.

hands: a consortium of investors, all with

required to make a watch from the bare

However, Pratt’s stroke of genius is

a keen passion for watches. Judging by the

metal. But Pratt, who died in 2009, is

likely to be no coincidence. Just as it’s no

recent proliferation of classically styled

always overlooked as a genius who could do

coincidence that, away from his Isle of

collections – including a new, entry-level

the same, using lathes, mills and turning

Man workbench, George Daniels liked to

“Jules” range – it was a blessed investment.

engines all dating from the 19th and early

restore old Bentleys.

The

to

justify

a

marketing

legacy of

Denmark’s

finest-ever

Pratt pioneered one more slice of

watchmaker is safe, not to mention the

Like so many watchmakers, Pratt was

brilliance for the Danish brand shortly

lasting memory of Britain’s quietest genius

also a petrolhead, with a particular passion

before his untimely death: the migration

of watchmaking.

20th centuries.

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ALT1-C CLASSIC

TH E BR EMONT ALT 1- C WILL L AST YOU A LIFETIME. POSSIBLY LONGER . The Bremont ALT1-C is a mechanical aviation chronometer that’s 99.998% accurate. It’s painstakingly built by hand at our workshops in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. But if the inside of the ALT1-C is delicate, the outside is anything but. The case is made from steel that’s seven times harder than you’ll find in ordinary watches. (We bombard it with electrons to toughen it up.) The crystal is sapphire and scratch-resistant. (We know, we’ve tried.) And the whole thing is water resistant to 100 metres. We hope you enjoy the ALT1-C. After all, you’ll be together a long time.


MIG H TY MIU R A

Mighty Miura The most beautiful car in the world? Jeremy Taylor fulfils a dream and drives the iconic Lamborghini Miura‌ >

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LAMB O R G H INI MIU R A

I

CRAZY

n 1963, three young Italian designers

The Miura was unveiled at Brussels

designer on the project. “There were a lot

began a secret project to build a sports

Motor Show in 1966 to rapturous acclaim.

of wealthy people in Bologna who drove

car. They worked late into the night at a

Lamborghini’s in-house designers may

around the city in a Ferrari. Once our

every psychedelic colour

workshop near Bologna, determined to

have created the mechanics but it was left

car appeared, everybody sold the 275 to

imaginable – orange,

create a machine that would rival their all-

to Bertone designer, Marcello Gandini, to

buy a Miura!”

lime green, yellow – to

conquering neighbours at Ferrari.

add the stunning bodywork.

Not

even

their

boss,

The Miura proved so successful that

Miuras were painted in

make it stand out from

Ferruccio

Miura was a two-seat, high performance

Lamborghini could barely keep up with

the established supercar

Lamborghini, knew exactly what his team

sports car that placed the engine behind the

demand. Frank Sinatra owned a bright

set. Well, it was the 1960s

was up to in their spare time. At one point,

cabin. It afforded better weight distribution

orange example, fitted with carpets to

the engine from a Mini was bolted to the

and crucially improved the handling. Rivals

match those in his bathroom at home.

middle of the P400 prototype to calculate

like the front-engined Ferrari 275 and

the weight distribution.

Jaguar E-Type just couldn’t compete.

Elton

John,

Nicholas

Cage

and

Jamiroquai all own Miuras too, but the car’s

company

Not only that, Lamborghini fitted a

most famous moment came in 1969, when

already manufactured one car – the 350

3.9-litre V12 engine that gave its flagship car

it was filmed for the opening credits of The

GT. It was a relaxed grand tourer that sold

a startling turn of speed. Back in 1966, the

Italian Job. The three-minute scene was

well enough to keep the business afloat.

Miura was the fastest production car in the

backed up by a Matt Monro soundtrack.

But what Ferruccio’s team was building

world. It was also the blueprint for pretty

From that moment on, the car’s iconic

out of hours was going to change supercar

much every supercar that followed.

status had been rubber stamped.

Lamborghini’s

design forever.

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fledgling

Gian Dallara was Lamborghini’s chief

Dallara, now 79, went on to design racing


MIG H TY MIU R A

FIFTY YEARS ON, THE MIURA IS A HANDFUL TO DRIVE. BOTH THE BRAKES AND STEERING ARE WOEFULLY INADEQUATE, WHILE THE CABIN IS A GREENHOUSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING

cars for Frank Williams and several other

the final and most powerful production

DALLARA

F1 teams. In June, he was guest of honour

model that dates back to 1971. Miuras were

Gian Dallara,

on the first ever Miura Tour – a gathering

painted in a range of psychedelic colours

Lamborghini chief

of 25 cars on a four-day extravaganza across

because owners wanted to personalise their

designer, is the father

northern Italy.

cars to make them stand out.

Driving a Miura should be on every

Dallara

explained:

“Ferraris

of the Miura. His

were

creation established

car enthusiast’s bucket list. Sadly, with a

traditionally red, Maseratis were blue.

the blueprint for every

restoration project costing from £800,000

Lamborghini

supercar that followed

upwards,

people

painting his cars every colour under

will have the opportunity. So when an

the sun. It made the Miura look even

invitation arrived to travel to Italy and

more different.”

it’s

unlikely

many

drive Lamborghini’s own example, I was already packing my bag.

had

no

problem

with

Fifty years on and the Miura is quite

Dream Machine

Lamborghini Miura SV Current guide price: £800,000-1.2

a handful to drive. Both the brakes

million

Twenty-five Miuras may not sound like

and steering are woefully inadequate,

Engine: V12

many but then Lamborghini built less than

while the cabin is a greenhouse without

Horsepower: 385bhp

800 of these legendary coupés between

air conditioning.

Torque: 295 @ 5750rpm Displacement: 3929cc

1966 and 1973. Just 400 are still believed to

Then there’s the overheating issue.

be in existence – if you own one then you

Lamborghini fitted the Miura with two

0-60: 5.7 secs

are probably a millionaire.

cooling fans – one had to be manually

Top speed: 170mph

I’m at the wheel of a yellow Miura SV,

operated via a switch on the roof >

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LAMB O R G H INI MIU R A

ORANGE CRUSH The original Miura was produced in a variety of hityou-between-the-eyes colours… so it’s only fitting that the Aventador Miura Homage, celebrating the icon’s 50th birthday, is finished in equally dramatic shades. Just 50 Homage models will be built, with colours including Rosso Arancio Miura plus contrasting gold sills and wheels.

FILM STAR

Chris Wood, from London. “An aunt left

Miura is probably most

me some money to invest and I bought a

famous for its role in the

Lamborghini – I was almost disowned by

opening credits of The

the family.

Italian Job. Don’t worry,

“The Miura is a very special car because

it wasn’t really crashed

it’s so beautiful and was the blueprint

down the mountain

for all mid-engined supercars. I own an uprated E-Type too. The Lamborghini is my wife and the Jaguar is my mistress.” Iain Tyrrell, from Chester, buys and sells classics. One of his “several” Miuras was filmed in the opening scenes of The Italian Job and is currently for sale at £3 million. “I’ve been passionate about cars since I was ten years old. “I heard the sound of a V12 Espada driving past and I was hooked on Lamborghinis. I still get as much of a buzz

when that V12 engine got all hot and

grumbling and there’s enough air passing

from the Miura today as the first time I

bothered in traffic.

around the engine bay to keep it cool.

drove it. It left everything for dead – it was

I’m

consequently

driving

the

SV

Gandini’s

low-slung

bodywork

was

so far ahead of its time.”

temperature

an aerodynamic masterclass too. The

Miura prices lulled in the doldrums for

gauge, rather than the speedo. I’ve been

car stands just over 41 inches tall and

decades but have soared in recent years,

told to pull over quick if we hit heavy

wind noise is minimal. Open a window

mirroring a rise in Lamborghini’s renewed

traffic, which may explain why our

and there’s hardly any buffeting. They’re

popularity. Sir Rod Stewart’s Miura has

police escort is so keen to clear a path at

electric windows too!

recently been on the market at £1.2 million.

monitoring

the

water

Don’t expect much seat adjustment, the

Tyrrell explains: “Miuras have to be

Fortunately, the Miura has a sweet spot

clutch action is high and all Miuras are

driven or they start to fester. It’s not a car

at around 75mph when everything comes

incredibly noisy. So what is the appeal?

that appreciates being left in a garage as

together. The five-speed gearbox isn’t

“I’ve owned mine for 38 years,” explains

an asset.”

every junction.

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H.R. OWEN ECURIE

AHEAD OF THE GAME

TOM HAGUES INVESTIGATES H.R. OWEN ECURIE, THE GROUP’S NEW BUSINESS SUPPLYING PRE-OWNED LUXURY PERFORMANCE CARS OF ALL MARQUES

E

curie is the French word for stable and

veins. This is matched with boundless

behind the service, there’s a sense of

is often associated with motor racing

enthusiasm for what H.R. Owen Ecurie can

confidence that anything can be achieved.

teams. Now, thanks to a new business

offer its clients.

There’s also the fact that Stephan won last

based in Cheltenham that’s dedicated

Stephan began his career with Audi and

year’s Sales Manager of the Year award –

to the very best exotica from the world’s

BMW in 1996 and now sits at the head

the months-old venture is clearly in safe

most desirable automotive brands, clients

of both H.R. Owen Ecurie and the Aston

and capable hands.

might soon find themselves in possession

Martin dealership next door.

As

Stephan

chats,

his

excitement

for both the company’s new endeavour

of an ecurie exceptionnel. The person

H.R. Owen Ecurie fits into the luxury

tasked with leading this impressive facility

car market in a very special way. Finding

and extraordinary cars is apparent.

is General Manager Stephan Plant – a

luxury performance vehicles for exacting

“It’s exciting,” he says. “It’s not

man who has a knowledge of, and passion

clients is a huge task, but with the

prescriptive in that there’s no

for, luxury motors coursing through his

outreach and experience of H.R. Owen

manufacturer dictating what >

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at yo u r s e rv i c e

ECURIE IS BASED IN THE FOOTPRINT LEFT BEHIND BY BROUGHTON’S BENTLEY DEALERSHIP WHICH OPERATED IN CHELTENHAM FROM 1947 UNTIL H.R.OWEN TOOK IT OVER IN 2011

we can and can’t do. To put it simply, I am

operated in Cheltenham from 1947 until

VARIETY

tasked with bringing together the finest

H.R. Owen took it over in 2011. This has

There are plenty of

collection of pre-owned performance

given the business a large number of regular

previously owned

and luxury cars to satisfy our UK and

clients who return time and again thanks to

Bentleys at Ecurie, but

international customers – while some are

Stephan’s ambition to ensure it remained a

also the unexpected with

bought to order, most will be bought to

perfect place to purchase a Bentley.

BMWs, Lamborghinis

be displayed here in Cheltenham.”

and Mercs rubbing

While there are many Bentleys in the

brand, in terms of new car sales at least, a

shoulders under the

showroom, there’s an enticing mix of

whole new avenue for H.R. Owen opened

showroom lights

new acquisitions too. “The variety in the

up, allowing Stephan to take the site, its

collection of cars is exciting, and I think

fantastic facilities and enviable heritage

that’s what it’s all about. Having a vehicle

in a different direction. “We wanted to

that’s slightly different and extremely

achieve a one-stop shop for customers in

desirable certainly gives you a buzz.” The

and around this area,” he says.

showroom is evidence of this, with a

“Our clients come here because they

Mercedes SLS and Lamborghini Gallardo

expect professionalism, honesty and a

Performante rubbing shoulders under the

friendly atmosphere. We want people to be relaxed – if someone wants to pop in

showroom lights. Ecurie is based in the footprint left

behind

by

Broughton’s

Bentley dealership, which

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But with the departure of the Bentley

for a cup of coffee and a chat for an hour, then we welcome that,” Stephan says. With music playing throughout the


H.R. OWEN ECURIE

showroom, accompanied by the general

but having the H.R. Owen name attached

SERVICE

buzz of chatter and laughter, it certainly

to it helps greatly.

The Ecurie operation in

feels incredibly welcoming. Stephan

How much does Stephan and his team

Cheltenham is not just

explains further: “It can be extremely

need to know about a client in order to

a showroom crammed

daunting walking into a Lamborghini or

find their exact car?

with exotica, but is

Ferrari showroom, but if customers want

“Some clients can be very descriptive

to come here and show friends and family

about what they are looking for and what

service centre with all the

around, then we will welcome them.

they want to achieve. Others will only

latest Crewe-approved

For example, we recently had a BMW

take a specific colour combination, so it’s

diagnostic equipment

Z3 coupe, a McLaren and Ferrari in one

about educating the sales team.”

line up – the variety makes it an exciting place to be.”

Not that everything is cast in stone. Customers who might appear to have

Walking through some of the vehicles

very particular requirements can still

on display, Stephan explains the process

change their minds. “That happened to

of having a car sourced through H.R.

me recently – I had a very clear colour

Owen Ecurie. You might expect that most

requirement for a car but when I went

of the cars come through auctions, but

to see it, I saw something completely

Stephan says otherwise. “Because I’ve

different and decided to go for that

been in the motor trade for more than

instead. You

20 years, I’ve got a significant number of

when you can actually see and touch

personal contacts to get in touch with.

something, regardless of what you have

There’s also the pull of the H.R. Owen

in your mind’s eye.”

brand, and we’ll always find cars through our website.”

also an official Bentley

It’s

that

take

a

different view

personalised

detail

that

makes Stephan and Ecurie stand out

Referrals are a helpful resource for

in terms of service – the knowledge

Ecurie to tap into, with people passing on

and understanding of how customers

potential sellers to Stephan and there’s

think is invaluable.

also the part-exchange pool. There are

H.R. Owen Ecurie, Rutherford Way,

many ways that Ecurie can source cars,

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 9SQ

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W

hen it comes to storing and managing

remarkable

cars, V

Management know exactly what they’re talking about. With some of

the industry’s most respected consultants in tow Chris Bucknall, managing director, set up a unique business concept that addresses a significant gap at the top of the car collector and owner market. Boasting 36,000sq ft of storage with capacity for 150 cars, each with its own dedicated bay, V Management operates from a truly five-star facility. Split into three fundamental divisions; storage, management and events, “V Management was set up to provide the very best storage, a concierge-style management service and top end, tours

Classiche consultant, five-time Le Mans

of the facility. “As values have risen”

and track days for owners to enjoy their

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Chapter 03

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modern classic

BUGATTI EB110 The fastest of its time, stunning looks, impeccable pedigree, rare as hen’s teeth… and yet still without the recognition it deserves Words by Chris Hall

W

hat a conundrum this car is. It’s

Except… the world has slipped into

and technicians, many nabbed from

an oddity; a misfit even, destined

recession and the market for a £281,000

Formula 1. The car was spectacularly

now to always be the bridesmaid

Italian V12 is shrinking by the day. The

audacious - the first to feature a carbon

ONE OF A KIND

to the Veyron’s bride. It is the

company ploughs on for four years

tub

sole product of an abrupt chapter in

before caving under financial pressure;

drive with a quad-turbo engine (oh

The EB110 was the only

the history of one of the great marques,

three years later VW picks up the

hi, Veyron) and a luxurious interior.

production model

a curio for collectors and concours that

pieces, relocates the whole shebang to

Tested at the Nürburgring before that

made by Romano

could have been a contender.

Molsheim and once again the world’s

was de rigeuer for a Ford Fiesta, it had

Artioli’s Italian

most ambitious car has a Bugatti badge

custom

incarnation of Bugatti

on the nose – only this one is a success.

Benetton’s F1 engine lubricant and had

And yet without it, there very likely would never have been a Veyron. The

chassis,

tyres

it

matched

from

four-wheel

Michelin,

used

short version of the story goes as follows:

Why doesn’t the EB110 get the place

highly successful Ferrari dealer and

in history it deserves? It was the world’s

None of this came cheap; plus, the

vintage Bugatti collector, buoyed up by

fastest car for a time, clocking at least

factory was as high-end as its output. Big

the heady prosperity of the late eighties,

213mph. By all accounts (driving one is

names – Marcello “Countach” Gandini

67%

buys the Bugatti name from the French

a very rare experience indeed) it handled

among them – came and went during

Although technically four-

government and sets about building a

smartly and had just the right level of

its production (the looks suffering as a

wheel drive, the EB110’s

state-of-the-art supercar. Four years later

eccentricity to make it desirable.

result). Amazingly the car was also sold

power is unevenly

with a three year blank cheque for all

distributed with just

servicing, including tyres and brakes.

over two thirds going to

it launches, on the auspicious date of

To some extent, the EB110 was a victim

what would have been Ettore Bugatti’s

of its own success. It had impeccable

110th birthday (hence the name) with expectations of being crowned the world’s best car.

parentage – founder Romano Artioli staffed

Bugatti

an electric rear wing.

If you believe Artioli, he was the

Automobili

victim of a Mafia-esque operation by

SpA with the best designers

Italy’s established carmakers to run him out of business (he names no names, but alleges as much in a documentary aired earlier this year). Others may look at the economic background, the lavish upbringing given to the EB110, the arrival of the McLaren F1 in 1994 as the undisputed “Best Car in the World”, the ill-fated acquisition by Artioli of Lotus in 1993 and the not-quite-there looks as factors in the EB110’s underachievement. Certainly it deserves more. Michael Schumacher

bought

one,

in

canary

yellow, and one was raced at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Its performance Running Gear: The EB110 has a 60-valve, quad-turbo V12 fed through 12 individual

figures would shame cars 20 years its

throttle bodies, powering all four wheels through a six-speed gearbox. As a result,

junior, and its mere existence paved the

acceleration to 62mph is just 3.2 seconds.

way for one of the greatest stories in modern motoring.

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the rear


b u g at t i e b 110

EB110

Bugatti

1991-1995

PRODUCED

3.5-litre quad turbo V12

ENGINE

560hp (610 for the SS)

MAX POWER

213mph

TOP SPEED TRIGGER FINGER: The chassis was built by aircraft company Aérospatiale from carbon fibre – still a highly exotic material at the time. Equipped with Gandini’s famous scissor doors (first seen on the

RAREST VERSION

The SuperSport, or SS for short. Only 34 were produced

Lamborghini Countach) the EB110 also boasted a speed-sensitive electronic rear wing that could be raised at the flick of a switch.

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NUMBER PRODUCED

10/10

EXOTICA FACTOR

LIGHTWEIGHT: Aluminium alloy was used to save weight on the body, the majority of which were painted in the

X4: Turbo’s are complemented

traditional Bugatti blue

by four catalytic converters and oil vapor collectors to

HERITAGE: Bugatti’s iconic

combat emissions

horseshoe radiator opening was retained, harking back to the marque’s racing glory days

DOUBLE: Wishbone suspension is flanked either side by twin shocks

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FUTU R E F O R EC O U RT

Aston gets its wings Aston Martin’s tie up with Red Bull Racing has gone a little further than a sticker on an F1 car So here’s the proof – the AM-RB 001 hypercar, a collaboration between the two

harvest kinetic energy from braking. Although

Aston

boss

Andy

Palmer

companies led by Aston’s Marek Reichman

claims the track version of the car will lap

and David King and Red Bull’s design legend

Silverstone as quickly as an F1 racer, most

Adrian Newey.

of the production run (99 out of 123) will be

The AM-RB 001 will be powered by a mid-mounted,

naturally

aspirated

pure road cars.

V12

The first examples are expected to reach

that’s been created specifically for the car.

owners in 2018 and Aston says that more

F1 techniques, especially when it comes

than 300 ‘expressions of interest’ have been

to aerodynamics, have been used in its

received, some wanting both road and

conception and it will also have an F1-

track versions. Price? Somewhere between

inspired energy recovery system (ERS) to

£2-3 million.

GTC4Lusso

Lusso lands in London

Arguably the most versatile Ferrari yet created has arrived – the GTC4Lusso is here. With four seats, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, the GTC4Lusso is equally at home on the city street as it is on a windy country road, on the autobahn or on a snowy mountain pass. Power comes from a 6.3-litre V12 developing 690hp for a top speed of 208mph, but perhaps the most interesting technical aspect is the car’s patented 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and steering) system. This is linked to the latest evolution of Ferrari’s Slip Slide Control system which uses an electronic differential to provide unbelievably high levels of grip, stability and control no matter how slippery the conditions. The name references classic Ferraris like the 330 GTC and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, while the ‘4’ is a nod to those four seats.

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H . R . O W E N G R O U P

N E W S

C h e q uered F lag It’s been an unbelievably busy summer for us and our customers. H.R. Owen had a major presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Group Drive Day at the nearby circuit, while we’ve been involved in other sporting events such as tennis at the Hurlingham Club and polo at Watership Down. We opened the new Bugatti showroom in Bruton Street and welcomed back the Bentley Boys from Le Mans at Berkeley Square while Maserati went to Media City. Get in touch with your local H.R. Owen business to join us on an event this autumn.

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L e M ans C lassic party // 12 t h J u ly

H . R . Ow e n

G oodwood F estival of S peed // 23-26 J u n e

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R o l l s - R oyc e

T ennis C lassic at H urlingham // 21-24 J u n e

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B ugatti showroom opening // J u ly 2 6

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G roup D rive day G oodwood circuit // 12 t h J u ly

M a s e r at i

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Aston Martin

The Tiffany & Co. Charity Polo Cup // 16 July

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I WA S T HE R E . . .

I was there... WHEN FELIPE MASSA BECAME WORLD CHAMPION Words: Simon Arron

Veteran Grand Prix reporter Simon Arron witnessed the ultimate triumph and tragedy for the Ferrari driver as he held the title for just eight seconds, at the end of a dramatic F1 season. It was as close as the Brazilian, who’s retiring at the end of this season, would ever get to the crown

Hamilton’s McLaren, and controlled the race

were given a good kicking, after which there

from the start, which was delayed following

was mostly stunned silence.

a cloudburst. That – and the likelihood of

There were all sorts of conspiracy theories

further meteorological mischief – simply

about Glock doing Hamilton a favour, but

added to the tension.

they were nonsense. On that final lap, Glock

With fewer than 10 laps remaining, the

and team-mate Jarno Trulli circulated in 1m

rain returned and drivers began to pit for wet-

44.731s and 1m 44.800s respectively – that’s

weather rubber. Massa continued to lead, with

how quickly you could go in a Toyota on dry

Hamilton fifth… but then BMW driver Robert

tyres in a deluge. And besides, Toyota had

Kubica – a lap down – passed Hamilton, who

made the correct call: by not changing tyres,

lost sufficient momentum to become easy

Glock had gained one position and scored

prey for the following Sebastian Vettel.

an extra point.

Now he was sixth. Advantage Massa.

34% The percentage

T

he arithmetic was simple. If Felipe Massa won the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, he would be world champion so long as lone

Massa greeted the chequered flag with

Hamilton commenced the final lap

a cautious wave – and then awaited radio

trailing Vettel’s Toro Rosso and Timo Glock’s

messages from engineer Rob Smedley. Long

Toyota by 0.754s and 13.144s respectively. He

before he returned to the pits, he knew he’d

needed to pass one of them – and Glock was

lost the title by a solitary point and the

still on dry tyres, with the circuit becoming

podium ceremony featured a cocktail of

ever wetter. When Massa crossed the line to

champagne bubbles and tears.

There are always explanations for what happens in life. If things worked out like this today, it’s just the way it was meant to be

rival Lewis Hamilton finished lower than

fifth. This son of São Paulo knew the odds

take his sixth win of the season, more than

“I’ve been through completely mixed

were probably stacked against him: he could

any other driver, Interlagos erupted. I was in

emotions,” Massa said. “When I crossed the

but do his best. And he did.

the media room and local journalists were too

line the positions meant I was going to be

busy dancing to pay heed to those still racing,

champion, but Rob was on the radio keeping

but my eyes remained glued to the screen.

me informed. By Turn Three he told me

One year earlier, Hamilton – a mixed-

of polesitters that

race kid visiting a predominantly mixed-race

have won the GP at

city – had been the darling of the Interlagos

Down at Junçao – Turn 12, the final corner

Lewis had passed Glock, but then I had to wait

Interlagos - the lowest

circuit crowd, but now he was head-to-head

of the season – Hamilton arrived on Glock’s

for confirmation… That’s racing, though, and

of any circuit on the

against one of their own. During the pre-race

tail and had vastly superior traction as the pair

I’m still happy about the way I drove. There

current calendar.

build-up he had been jeered almost every time

accelerated up the long hill that morphs into

are always explanations for what happens in

he left the pits, but the mood was closer to

the finishing straight. A number of us spotted

life. If things worked out like this today, it’s

pantomime than menace. It created the kind

the pass straight away, but the Brazilians were

just the way it was meant to be.”

of atmosphere that should accompany all

too busy celebrating… until Hamilton’s

major motor races, but rarely does.

name popped up to fifth place on the

Massa took pole position for Ferrari, almost half a second clear of fourth-fastest

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timing screen as he crossed the line. At that point a few waste bins

In more than 35 years of writing about

motor

sport,

I’ve

never

witnessed such grace and dignity in defeat.


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