If it’s a classic from Maranello that is rare and has won races in the past, you can’t expect it to come cheap. That fact that was proved once again at a car auction in New York, where a gorgeous 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, along with other more collectible items from the history of the automobile, were on sale.
Noted auction houses, Sotheby’s and RM Auctions , brought 32 trophy vehicles that fetched a total of $62.8 million in sales. Of that $62.8 million, the Ferrari 250 LM was contributed a whopping $14.3 million, more than double that of the previous 250 LM sold and a new record for the model.
The sale of the 1964 250 LM also got its name in the costliest Ferrari’s ever sold list. Ferrari never produced more than 32 examples of the 250LM.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM
The only problem with this electric racer is that the batteries only last 10 to 15 minutes, but according to Harris, "when it’s running, this thing scrambles your brain." We’ll take his word for it on that one, especially when we consider the enjoyment and fear he displayed while whipping this monster around an airport runway.
This race-ready EV is powered by four axial-flux motors (two per rear wheel) with an integrated transmission. This system delivers a total of 850 horsepower and helped the car to hit a record speeds of 204.185 mph.
Check out the video to see what Harris thinks about the electric future of the racing world.
The team just won the 2013 Formula One World Constructors’ Championship, and Sebastian Vettel, won the World Drivers’ Championship for the fourth year in a row. To celebrate this outstanding result, Red Bull released a video showing former F1 driver David Coulthard doing doughnuts on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel, in Dubai.
What’s very cool is that the Burj Al Arab hotel has a total height of 1,053 feet, so you could likely imagine what may have happened if Coulthard lost control of the car even for a second. On the other hand, that height is well out of the jurisdiction of any police, so Coulthard could have all the fun in the world without worrying about the red and blues.
Enjoy the video, you can ensure you it is breathtaking!
In Formula 1 competitions, the success of a team depends a good bit on the speed of its pit crew and how fast the driver can exit the pit. The entire entry and exit of the pit requires excellent strategy and absolute precision by the entire team.
You can imagine that a pit stop would require a few minutes, given all of the work that the crew needs to get done (tires, fuel, etc.). Actually, anything in excess of just a few seconds would actually ruin the race for the entire team.
At the Japanese Grand Prix 2013, Ferrari managed to pull off the pit stop ever, as the team needed just 1.95 seconds to put Fernando Alonso back on the racetrack. Yes, you read that right: 1.95 seconds. Now this is what we call efficiency, don’t you think?
Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.
In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.
The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC .
The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.
Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.
The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.
The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.
The Ferrari F12berlinetta and its predecessor, the 599 , are some of the baddest front-engine, V-12 supercars in the world. Poke each with a sharp stick, and they will easily hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and deliver lap times ahead of anything else with the engine out front.
But the Ferrari pricing and positioning strategy seems backwards to some outsiders. The 458 is the entry-level car, then the FF wagon , then the F12 and ultimately, the million-dollar LaFerrari .
As the flagship production car line, the F12 is absolutely one of the best cars ever made. Period. Its high-dollar clients like it so much that the previous 599XX program of special, owners-only racing events has become a major profit center for the Prancing Horse.
A bit like renting a car for about $50,000 a day for a few days a year, the Corsa Clienti and XX evolution programs have some rich history with Ferrari. Worth recalling that the 288 GTO Evoluzione both directly spawned the F40 and a whole generation of turbocharged sports cars from Japan.
So to really get buyers to open the checkbook wider than ever, the F12XX program must whet their appetite for the front-engine exotic, but also leave them wanting even more. A buyer of one car suddenly owns two red stallions. It does not take an accountant to know how lucrative this double-down selling strategy is.
Of course, spending time on Yas Marina circuit or Imola with hundreds of racing-overalls-wearing Ferrari engineers does bring a bit more street cred when wearing a red baseball hat back home in the standard F12 .
So what do these double-rich buyers want from the XX program of the latest F12 supercar? Will it be a lightness and stripped-out racing program, a test-bed for new tires and manettino settings?
Or just a fun way to set the brakes on fire while keeping the wide-eyed racing stare of F1 heroes?
This exclusive TopSpeed rendering shows a speculative preview of the next Ferrari F12, which we have dubbed the F12berlinetta XX - or just F12XX for short.
Before Wednesday, the record has stood since 1987 when Bill Elliot hit 210.364 mph in a NASCAR cup car during one of the qualifying sessions leading up to the Daytona 500.
When the click hit Thursday, Elliot’s record went by the wayside, unseated by Ford Racing and its incredible Daytona Prototype Race Car .
Built and developed with the help of Riley Technologies and Roush Yates Engines, the Daytona Prototype Racecar and driver, Colin Braun, managed to accomplish what nobody in the past 26 years was able to do. It not only broke Elliot’s top speed record; it downright demolished it with a 222.971 mph top speed.
It’s an incredible achievement that was aided in large part by the racecar’s 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine. The output for the prototype has yet to be disclosed, but if it’s capable of hitting 222 mph without breaking a sweat, there’s no denying that there are a whole lot of horses churning under its hood.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype
Mercedes-Benz models are not necessarily our favorite luxury vehicles, though we do have a special place in our hearts for the 2014 CLA-Class . However, this SL GTR Concept car designed by Mark Hostler is a Mercedes is definitely up there on our all-time favorite Mercedes concepts list, though it is simply a design study.
Designed as a supercar inspired by Le Mans racers, this SL GTR supercar concept features a specially designed grille, a large rear spoiler that improves downforce at high speeds and a classic teardrop shape racecar canopy. The concept sits on five-spoke, magnesium wheels wrapped in racing tires to go along with a race suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes.
As this was a concept car inspired by Le Mans prototype, it offers racecar-inspired chassis technology. Under the hood, you can find a Nismo-designed, 5.5-liter, V-8 engine used that is best known for its use in the Nissan GT-R GT1 racer.
Of course, this is simply a design study that doesn’t actually exist in real life, so there are no performance numbers to rattle off. Regardless of it being real only in the digital sense, this is still a very impressive concept.
Click past the jump for a video of the Mercedes SL GTR Concept by Mark Hostler.
Infiniti and Red Bull continue its series about how to make an F1 car with the third part of the series that explains the manufacturing process. This new video reveals the process the team uses to construct actual pieces of the car and how each F1 car is hand-build by a team of workers.
The RB9 has more than 6,500 unique parts and over 100,000 different components, so you can imagine that the development process is quite complicated, and that each member of the team needs to know exactly what he has to do. Seventy percent of these parts are developed in-house and there are 20 milling machines that develop nearly much every component.
Check out the video (above) if you want to learn the development process behind this great F1 car.
If you are interested, you can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the series after the jump.
The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series will be an important part of Ford ’s racing history, as the company plans to introduce a 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost racing engine in a new-look Daytona Prototype racecar . Both the car and engine will make their racing debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25th and 26th or 2014 and will continue on to run the entire 12-race season.
The new racecar was developed in cooperation with Riley Technologies and designed by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian, and Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus took the reins on tweaking the car’s aerodynamics.
This new engine will get some track time on October 9th when Ford Racing, Continental Tire and Michael Shank Racing try to break the 210.364 mph track record at World Center of Speed established by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott back in 1987.
Click past the jump to learn more about the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.