Whenever you’re stumped looking for the perfect Christmas gift to buy somebody you love, it’s always a good idea to surf the Internet to find out what kind of items are out there that make for the perfect holiday present.
Well, if you happen to be reading this, may we suggest this pretty fancy but affordable mechanical timepiece from Subaru?
It will only be limited to 300 units and priced at around $700 a piece, a figure that’s not that steep relative to what you’re going to get in the market for a timepiece with an automotive collaboration on it.
As for the watch itself, there are some touches done to it that pay homage to the automotive world, including a power-reserve counter that’s shaped like a fuel gauge at the six o’clock position and a window on both sides of the gears that show hints of a figure that appears to have been inspired by a boxer engine piston. And, and did we mention that the watch itself uses gears to measure the time while also showing local times of a number of international cities and even the Nurburgring race track.
The only caveat is that if you’re thinking of scooping this timepiece up as a Christmas present, you might have to wait past the holidays to get it. Subaru will actually bring the watch to the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon where they will have 30 units on hand ready to be sold.
Although you probably won’t get these products in time for the holidays - or maybe you can with expedited shipping - McLaren’s recently launched eStore has come out with a range of new products that make for some pretty sweet Christmas gifts.
There are a multitude of accessories, including carbon fiber luggages, a leather wallet and card holder that have been finished in carbon fibre weave-effect leather with McLaren orange stitching, and yes, even key chains, gloves, clothing, caps, and jackets.
But the unquestioned highlight of the new line is the Tag Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph, a collaborative effort between long-standing partners McLaren and Tag Heuer. The special edition timepiece will be limited to only 1,000 pieces and takes direct inspiration from the high performance 12C sports car after which it is named.
The new Chronograph reflects the new sports car in colour, materials and design. The watch’s dials are made in carbon fiber and were inspired by the MP4-12C’s carbon fiber chassis, while the sapphire crystal inserts reveal the movement behind the watch face.
Of course this exclusive watch comes with a huge price: £8950 - or about $14,500 at the current exchange rates.
If scale models and expensive shampoos aren’t good enough to for your motorhead friends or family this holiday season, then we have another idea for you.
Drifting is an art that almost everybody would enjoy. Who doesn’t like cornering at a safe speed while leaving a trail of smoke behind?
But, drifting is not without its compromises. It involves burning your tires and reducing the traction, an integral part of your car that doesn’t come cheap, which makes learning to drift an expensive affair. It also involves using a dedicated skid pad.
With the EasyDrift, all those compromises are now squashed.
Developed by a former racing driver and currently being used for police training, the EasyDrift comes in a package that includes a set of rings made of slippery plastic that is made to cover the entire tread surface of the rear wheels. It involves deflating the tires, placing the ring over the tire and reflating the tires to a snug fit. In three minutes, depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you can say good-bye to your rear-end grip and enjoy drifting like never before.
As drifting enthusiasts, we’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’d like to grab some fun or training without spending too much money. However, we cannot list out an exact price, as EasyDrift has yet to release a price on this system, but we’re sure it’s cheaper than burning up multiple sets of tires in a single training session.
Click past the jump to check out a video of its installation.
We’re sure you have gotten all of your friends and family great Christmas presents, right? However, we are pretty sure there is someone you have forgotten about and that’s your car, of course! Luckily, your car is not a very picky person. It only asks that you fill it with premium, open up the throttle once in a while and wash it when you get a chance. The latter is exactly what the gift we are talking about here accomplishes in a rather luxurious way.
This luxury car soap comes from the Scottish specialists in exotic and bespoke car care, Mitchell and King. With this high-end bubbly for your car, Mitchell and King has officially launched the world’s most expensive car shampoo, which it has dubbed “SPA.” When it comes to car soap, you are usually breaking the bank when you splurge and buy a $20 bottle. Well, SPA will do that and then some, as it will set you back £150, which is about $242 at the current exchange rates. However, we are pretty sure that this price is nothing when compared to the love you have for your cars.
The new SPA shampoo includes the finest cosmetic ingredients and is offered in a custom-engraved crystal decanter. Of course this means the bottle costs more than the shampoo, but you know, when it comes about a present is the exterior pack that makes all the difference. Additionally, you can create your own bespoke fragrance for said shampoo.
Unfortunately, it takes about four weeks to develop this personalized shampoo, so if you order it now, you will end up getting it a little bit after Christmas. Buy hey, all you have to do is reset the date on your car and it’ll never know the difference, right?
To snag up this Cristal Champagne of car shampoos, check out Mitchell and King’s website.
If somebody told you that they wanted a Lamborghini Aventador for Christmas, there’s a good chance that you probably wouldn’t be able to afford it. Fret not, as AUTOart has a reasonable alternative in the form of a 1:18 scale model of the mighty Aventador.
The downside to giving this scale model as a Christmas gift is the obvious fact that nobody’s going to be able to drive it. Apart from that, this scale model has all the tools to be a hot seller for the holidays.
The detailing of this Giala Orion Aventador is mighty impressive, particularly the interior, which was done so intricately that a lot of details contained in it can actually be found on the actual supercar. The kind of attention to detail needed to make that possible is incredible and goes to show just how finely built this scale model is.
Here’s the other caveat: this scale model doesn’t come cheap at all. We assume that in large part because of the intricate design of the model – on top of the royalties paid to Lambo – but AUTOart has priced it at a whopping €168, which is about $220 based on current exchange rates.
But if someone’s insistent enough to want an Aventador for the holidays, you can make that person happy without having to burn holes in your wallet.
Christmas is just around the corner and finding the right gift can be pretty difficult, especially if we are talking about a car enthusiast. For those of you interested, RM Auction is offering a very cool catalog collection featuring the company’s main auction events for 2013: Arizona, Amelia Island, St. John’s, Monterey, Hershey, London, Villa d’Este and more.
Each catalog offers features hundreds of the most significant cars in the world, stunning photography and, of course, fully documented information on each car. Even if you cannot be present at each auction event, you will be able to get a pretty good idea on each car featured on the auction list. Also, each catalog offers a bidder registration discount.
This catalog collection can be yours for $400. Those of you interested can order the set by heading over to RM Auctions official web page.
From the low and decrepit to the high and mighty, no car escapes the eyes — and opinions — of Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May. These two, together with Richard Hammond, have seen their fair share of vehicles of varying kinds so it’s safe to say that they’ve established a certain level of clout over the rest of us on picking which car they think is the best and which is the worst.
The latter, in particular, presents a good opportunity to garner some attention from gear heads everywhere. After all, picking the best car in the history of the world is a daunting enough task on its own, but picking the absolute worst of ’em all? That should be fun.
So Clarkson and May have taken to the world of DVD to present their latest offering to all of us: "The Worst Car in the History of the World".
To be fair, picking the worst of them all is a tough challenge in it of itself so the two set out a pair of parameters to lessen the pool of vehicles to choose from. First, the car has to be "not cheap,” and second, it needs to have been made by an automaker that "should know better.”
In the promo video for the DVD, we get to see the cars Clarkson and May get behind the wheel of and to their credit, a lot of them are modern-day exotics, including the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder and the Ford GT. There are old models thrown in there, like the Lexus SC430, so at least there’s some variety in there.
Check out the video and tell us if this new Top Gear DVD is worthy of being a holiday present.
In this economy, $90,000 is a treasure chest for a lot of people. It’s enough money to sustain a decent-sized household for an extended period of time. But for Neiman Marcus, $90,000 is only enough money to score you this rad-tastic racing simulator just in time for the holidays.
Pretty sweet, right?
If you’re the lucky few that can afford to throw 90 grand on the Pinel & Pinel Arcade Trunk, then we applaud you for it. It’s not like you’re splurging on a designer handbag, or even a diamond-encrusted timepiece. Nope, it’s a racing simulator that comes with controllers for four people, a 55-inch Sony 3D TV, racing seats, a PlayStation 3, a Thrustmaster T500RS wheel, a Bluetooth system, a multitude of microphones, a choice of 24 games, and, for the aesthetically inclined, 51 different colors for the calfskin cabinet.
And they said we love to splurge on unnecessary items. Trust us, if you’ve got the money and a sizable chunk of free space in your living room, there’s nothing unnecessary about this racing simulator.
When Traxxas first unveiled the X-01 R/C car just after the holidays last year, it billed the car as an out-of-this-world R/C vehicle capable of massive speeds and a matching sticker price.
Well, it looks like all that hype may be justified.
The X-01 was in attendance at the recently concluded SEMA Auto Show, and not only did it justify the $1,000-plus price tag it carried, it did so by unleashing its full fury on an unsuspecting miniature dyno machine.
By “full fury,” we mean maxing out well above 100 mph.
That number certainly doesn’t sound like a big deal for a regular car, but for an R/C car? Yeah, that’s a different story.
Traxxas brought the X-01 to SEMA and placed it on a rolling dyno to show its sick capabilities. And boy, did it impress, as it hit a top speed of 104 mph. Do you know what the wildest part is about this whole thing? It hit 104 mph in just four seconds, something that no other car - real or otherwise - is capable of doing.
Check out the video of the Traxxas X-01 hitting 104 mph at SEMA courtesy of the fellas over at HighTechCorvette.
Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin are celebrating eight years of partnership with the unveiling of the AMVOX7 - the first vertical-trigger chronograph equipped with a power reserve display. As usual, exclusivity comes with a quite a big price: $26,000.
The watch features design elements seen on the latest Aston Martin models. For example, its dial was inspired by the radiator grille of the Vanquish. As a first for Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, the AMVOX introduces an intuitive display method that is in perfect accord with the sensation of immediacy conferred by a sporting outlook and the power reserve display. You will have to release the lever to unlock the glass, and then press at 12 o’clock to start or stop the timing function. Pressing at 6 o’clock will reset the time.
The watch is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre 756 automatic mechanical caliber with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 65-hour power reserve. The comparison between the AMVOX’s "motor" to that of the new Aston Martin Vanquish is inevitable.