Porsche, Porsche, Porsche. That’s all we have been hearing lately and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Some might consider Porsche’s trip down the hybrid lane as a bit of a betrayal against its sporting roots, but we see it as a natural progression that every automaker, no matter how sporting, will need to make eventually. And Porsche is very proud of their achievements as they will showcase their three rockin’ hybrids during the Monterey Peninsula Automotive Week from August 9-15th, 2010.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Hybrid, the Porsche Spyder concept, and the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid will all be on display sometime during the maniacal stream of events taking place during this automotive week. The Porsche 911 GT3 Hybrid will be on display at the Porsche Zentrum on August 12-15th, 2010. The Porsche Zentrum is a specially-built facility open to visitors and is located on the compounds of the Pebble Beach Lodge. The 911 GT3 Hybrid will also be on display at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, August 14th with another appearance on Sunday, August 15th at the Pebble Beach Concours. The 911 will be joined at the Pebble Beach Concours by the Porsche Spyder Concept which will be the highlight of the weekend as it makes its first North American debut. However, the three hybrids will not be the only ones on display.
As part of Porsche’s 60 years in the automotive business, Porsche will be bringing a collection of its classic and contemporary models to be displayed throughout the week. The Quail Lodge will be the temporary home of a few rare Porsche models such as a 1955 and 1958 356 Speedster, a 1960 356 B Carrera, 2000 GS Carrera GT, and a 1962 356 Carrera 2 Cabrio. Newer Porsche models will also be on hand for consumer test drives during this beauty packed weekend.
This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be an exciting time for Lotus. Not only will they be making their U.S. debuts of the Lotus Evora Cup GT4 and 2011 Lotus Elise SC RGB Edition, but they will also be making the world debut of the Lotus 125 "Ultimate Consumer Track and Race Car."
The Lotus 125 is basically a stripped out roadster that will provide racing fans with a lightweight race car for private circuit racing. No details have been released for the race car as of yet and more than likely will not be released until the actual debut. The only thing Lotus has to say on the matter is that the Lotus 125 "is being engineered and developed to provide its select few owners the absolute ultimate in a track driving and racing experience."
The first car to make its North American debut is the Lotus Evora Cup GT4. The Evora Cup is powered by a race spec 4.0 Liter V8 that produces 400hp. The suspension and brakes have been upgraded to a set of adjustable racing dampers and a pair of six piston front brake calipers to handle the added power. The race car also weighs in at about 400lbs less than the standard road car to make its time on the track that much more invigorating.
The second North American debut lies with the 2011 Lotus Elise SC RGB Edition. This Elise is powered by a supercharged 1.8 liter engine that develops a total of 217 hp and rocks the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds.
Stay tuned on August 11-15th, 2010 for further details on these sensational debuts. We’ll keep you posted!
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be getting an impressive lineup of vehicles as part of the Pebble Beach Auctions on August 15, 2010. Gooding & Company, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’s official auction house, will have a 1947 Italian Championship-winning 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza and a California-registered 1995 McLaren F1 on hand to auction off at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center at 6pm that evening. Additional vehicles set to be auctioned include a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, 1927 Mercedes-Benz S Boattail Speedster, 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod, and a 1956 Maserati 200SI. If those aren’t enough then there is also a Gil Nickel’s 1951 Ferrari 340 America Spider, the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, and the barn discovery 1933 Duesenberg SJ LWB Convertible.
The 1995 McLaren F1 being auctioned was originally sold to Larry Ellison who is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle. The McLaren is finished in Magnesium Silver, features a black interior, and is in the original factory-delivered form. It is one of the few McLaren supercars that is registered, titled, and certified for use in California. Gooding & Company thinks it can get between $2.5 - $3.5 Million for this supercar, so if you’re interested, be sure to come packing some serious cash.
McLaren’s 2012 MP4-12C is also set to make its North American launch at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Friday, August 13, 2010 at a private Gooding & Company event with the public viewing taking place on Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th.
The classic Shelby GT350 should definitely be every car lover’s dream. The bad news is not every Shelby lover will get the chance to own such a marvel of a car. The good news is that one very lucky person will have the honor of owning a unique 1965 Shelby GT350 Prototype (the basis for the famed "Eleanor" movie car) as the car will be on auction at Mecum’s Monterey auction during the Pebble Beach Concours.
This particular Shelby was originally shipped to Shelby American on May 22, 1965. It was then completed as a GT350 on May 25 and started its life as a prototype driver for Shelby American. The first threee models years were spent as a prototype driver and the vehicle was then sold off to Shelby’s Hi-Performance Motors in El Segundo, California on May 11, 1967.
The car on auction is equipped with rear quarter windows, side scoops, 1966 Shelby stripes, Shelby/Crager 15" Black accent wheels, 1966 underride traction bars, 1965 override brackets, prototype carpeted rear shelf (’66), 1967 Shelby GT350 wood steering wheel, very rare ’66 Mustang AM 8-track stereo and door speakers, very rare Cobra badge on the glove compartment. Also it is the only known pre 1967 Shelby GT350 with a factory rear spoiler, authenticated by SAAC.
So anyone want a piece of Shelby history? Better start saving up to bid on this magnificent piece of machinery. The Pebble Beach Concours is August 13-14, 2010, but the Shelby GT350 will be sold on Saturday, August 14th at 2:30pm.
Rumors of a Spider version for the Ferrari 599 date back to a couple of years ago, but no real data had been conjured up and the story just seemed to lack the necessary substance to keep it going. That is, until recently, when the 599 roadster was spotted testing in Maranello. Now, it seems that Ferrari will be debuting the Ferrari 599 Spider at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August and MotorAuthority has deemed it necessary to provide a computer generated rendering of the wind blowing convertible. Can you blame them? They are probably as excited as we are.
The Ferrari 599 Spider will be offered in limited numbers as was the 575 Superamerica launched in 2005. It will feature a folding-metal roof and will most likely carry a V12 engine developing an extra 25 HP in order to counteract its extra weight. The result of this engine will be a total of 670 HP at 8250 rpm with a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm as performed in the 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO.
Morgan Motor Company announced today the debut of the EvaGT at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Carmel, California, USA on the August 15, 2010. The four-seater coupe that has been inspired from the UK’s early 1950s sport saloons.
The EvaGT is built on a modified version of the aluminum chassis featured on the Aero Supersports and is powered by a BMW 3-liter straight six engine that uses mono twin turbo and direct injection technologies and develops a total of 306 hp and a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft. It’s mated to a six speed automatic gearbox or to a six speed manual transmission. The engine sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 170 mph.
The new model will be built in limited numbers, with the first 100 units being delivered in 2012. The is the first vehicle that Morgan has launched after they stated plans to debut a new car every two years. A £5000 ($7300) deposit is required when placing your order for the new EvaGT. The full pricing has yet to be released, but Morgan says it will be priced “competitive for a car of this class.”
A few days ago we reported that Infiniti was working on a coupe and convertible version based on the new generation M luxury sedan. Today, Autoblog confirms that Infiniti will bring two M-based models to Pebble Beach.
According to Autoblog, the two models "will extend Infiniti into an area we haven’t been before and that one of those models will be more performance oriented."
The two models will be inspired by the new Essence Concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last year in both design and powertrain It will be offered in a twin-turbo, direct injected V6 engine delivering more than 450 HP.
Alfa Romeo will celebrate its celebrate its centenary this year at the Pebble Beach with the unveiling of the 4C concept, a compact, lightweight sports car. A production version will be limited to 5000 units. The price will be in the $70k area.
The 4C concept will be powered by a highly tuned, 250-hp four-cylinder engine mated to a rear transaxle as in the 8C.
Monterey has always been one of the biggest car auction weekends in the world. This year’s event, which recently concluded last August 13-15, saw a total of 836 cars of all varieties being held up for auction.
Of the 836 cars, 558 were sold for a total of $118,296,823. While the numbers are impressive in all aspects, this year’s figure was actually 17 percent less than what the event took last year ($138,996,425)
It has been a week since the Champagne poured and the confetti flew over the 18th green at the world’s greatest car show, Pebble Beach, and the event’s official auction house, Gooding & Company, has just finished tallying their sales receipts to find out that they moved over $50 Million worth of classic cars selling 129 lots, two of which sold over $4 Million each and setting three world records over the Monterey weekend.
The star of the show happened to be Lot 135, a silver 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider that sold for a record $5,115,000 on Sunday followed by a beautiful 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Drop Head Coupe which went home with a new owner for $4,180,000. Guests at the auction on Sunday night were also privy to the sale of the very first Bentley Mulsanne which sold for half a million dollars.
Bentley’s newest luxury sedan, which is proclaimed to be the “pinnacle” of high end automobiles, made its debut at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours. The car is named after the infamous 200+ MPH straight at the Circuit de la Serthe at Le Mans. The Mulsanne is set to replace the dearly departed Arnage and is being billed as the up-and-coming challenger to the Rolls-Royce Phantom for luxury car supremacy. It looks like we will have to wait until the world’s greatest car show rolls around again next year to see if any more of these records can be broken.