roadster

roadster

  Roadster cars are convertible compact sport cars, more or less luxurious but with a bold look and providing lots of feedback to the driver. they are the fun fast cars by excellence

PGO Automobiles is noted for being a French automaker that specializes on small production cars that are designed to accommodate our longing for the cars of the past while also boasting of modern-day performance specs.

Continuing in their trend of old-school meets new age, PGO decided to release a special edition model of one of it’s most popular models, the Cévennes .

Called the Ultimate Black, the neo-retro two-seater sports car offers plenty of endearing traits to itself that makes it a very attractive car for young and old people alike. PGO decided to make the car look as fashionably sport as it can be by offering plenty of options and accessories so that customers can pretty much build the look of their car depending on their tastes and preferences.

PGO was likewise able to do this by still keeping the Cévennes unique, 50’s look, ensuring all would-be customers that even as a special edition, the Cévennes Ultimate Black retains the same alluring qualities about it that has made it one of PGO’s most popular models.

Details after the jump

Posted on by Matt McDonald 11

Ford was becoming frustrated with the continuing success of Enzo Ferrari’s racing machines. It came to a point that Henry Ford II was given an offer by Enzo to buy the company for an unheard of $18 million dollars. The buyout ended up falling through and Ford was left on its own to develop a racing team that could compete on the European circuits. Due to the non compete pact between American automakers, Ford knew it would have to look outside of its Dearborn, Michigan team for talent.

To make a long story short, Ford took over a GT racing project from Lola, hired a prominent racing manager in John Wyer, and then designed the original GT40s to be raced in 1964. The story is much more complex than that, but the legend that would come from this humble beginning is much more important. The initial GT/101 chassis was essentially a loser and Ferrari continued to laugh while running away with victories. By 1965, Carroll Shelby was taken away from his Cobra projects and started developing the next generation of GT40 for Ford. This car gave Ford a win at Daytona in the first race of the very next year.

Ford did develop several very special prototype cars including four roadster versions. Until recently, the GT/111 chassis was thought to have been destroyed long ago, but a chance find in London led to its discovery. Extensive restoration and consequential historic racing had finally brought it to the auction block at RM’s Villa d’Este with a value estimated between $3,900,000-4,700,000.

Updated 05/28/2014: A very rare 1965 Ford GT Roadster Prototype is going to be auctioned this August at RM Auction’s in Monterey. This is one of only 12 GT40 Roadster Prototypes that exist in this world. Not much is known about it at this point, but according to RM Auctions, this model, the eight of the 12 GT40 Roadster Prototypes, was also used by Shelby American for a handful of testing and development sessions back in the day.

Hit the jump for more details on the 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster.

When the Porsche Boxster E prototypes were announced back in February, we didn’t think we would hear too much about them for awhile. Prototypes Prototypes can undergo testing for a long time before the vehicles actually make their first appearance, but Porsche proved that it is yet again ahead in the game by introducing the electric sports car at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin. Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to ride around in the vehicle and it seems that the electric Boxster illustrated that Porsche is fully capable of creating an electric sports car that can still drive like a Porsche. We’re certainly intrigued.

The Boxster E is powered by two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one on the rear - that develop a total power output of 241 HP and a maximum total torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124 mph, all while producing zero tailpipe emissions.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Boxster E.

Stop the press! On May 21st 2011 RM Auction has featured one of the most impressive cars of all the time: a Ferrari 500 TRC Spider. The car was estimated to an impressive €2.600.000-€3.300.000 (or about $3,600,000 to $4,700,000 at the current exchange rates) and sold for a total of €2.800.000 - or about $3,990,000. This was one of the finest examples in existence with known ownership and successful racing history. The car is rarer than 250 TR and 250 GTO.

The 500 TRC was one of the most aesthetically beautiful, brilliantly engineered and efficient sports racing cars offered by Ferrari. It was revealed in 1957 and in the same year it claimed an impressive victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Another 500 TRC claimed a class win at the 1958 Targa Florio.

The 500 TRC was a modified version of the 500 TR (Testa Rossa) revealed in 1956 as a successor to the 500 Mondial. The car was created in order to obey the new FIA regulations that were introduced for the 1957 season.

Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari 500 TRC Spider.

Source: RM Auctions

The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss is limited to only 75 units, so to see one actually outside of an air conditioned and secured garage is a spectacular treat for the eye. Then the fact that it is being driven by American rapper, singer, and record producer, Kanye West gets thrown in and we’re not sure to sit and ogle or pay for the experience.

Kanye was living the high life at the Cannes Film Festival when he got a chance to stroll around in the $1.06 million vehicle. Whether the car is his or he just borrowed it for the day - rich people get to do that - the star sure seemed to fit right into the leather-trimmed interior.

The Mercedes SLS Stirling Moss is powered by a 5.5-liter supercharged V8 from the 722 SLR, which makes 650 hp. Without a windshield, this roadster can still hit a rip-your-face-off top speed of 217 mph. The 0-60 mph sprint can be made in less than 3.5 seconds. With this type of speed and no windscreen or roof, Kanye may need a little more than those dark sunglasses to shield him from the whiplash he’s sure to get when he gets the SLR out on the open road.

Mazda is celebrating their entrance into the Guinness Book of World Records with the launch of the special edition Record Series MX-5 . This special edition will be offered in two versions: black (limited to only 120 units) and white (produced exclusively by the Italian branch of the house of Hiroshima).

The Black Record Series model will be powered by a 1.8-liter engine that delivers 126 HP and is paired with five-speed manual gearbox. It will be painted in Sparkling Black combined with a glossy finish for the wheels, chrome handles for the doors and frames, and silver and chrome-ringed fog lamps for the front grille. The interior will get light gray leather and will offer a radio with a CD player and MP3 player, Aux jack, six speakers, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The White Record Series model will get a 2.0 liter engine with 160 HP, paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Its exterior will be painted in a Chrystal White Pearl color which contrasts with the black Recaro leather interior. This version will be focused on sport, so it will add a sport suspension and limited slip rear differential, while the inside offers a premium Bose audio system with 6 CD charger, seven speakers, and Bluetooth connectivity.

KTM has unleashed the most powerful X-Bow ever. The new R version will feature an Audi sourced engine from the S3 , but while the engine delivers 265 HP in the S3, it has been tuned to provide 300 HP for the X-Bow R.

The X-Bow R features a considerably lower positioning and a modified mounting of the engine that will lead to even higher cornering speeds and increased driving precision. If KTM receives enough interest, they will offer two road legal and homologated packages: a “Sport” version and a “Race” package, which is optimized for track use.

The packages each include a vast number of completely new developed parts, which increase the performance of the car dramatically. Many of these parts will be also available separately in the PowerParts program, so all current KTM X-BOW owners will enjoy the benefit of the new developments.

More details on the KTM X-Bow R after the jump.

Back in 2010, German tuner, Wheelsandmore, dressed up an Audi R8 V10 Coupe after providing a smooth package for the V8 version the previous year, so it’s not shocking that the tuning firm is taking a stab at the R8 V10 Spyder for their latest project. The Audi R-Stream V10 Spyder was given a similar package as the previous two with optimized performance and an exceptional look.

Wheelsandmore began their work on the engine with an ECU update and a new stainless steel, handcrafted high flow exhaust system with remotable valve flaps. These additions allow the sports car’s 5.2 Liter FSI V10 to produce an impressive 600 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 525 HP.

After the power upgrades were under control, the tuner moved on to the exterior. With a name like Wheelsandmore, an upgrade to the wheels was more than necessary. New lightweight, 3-piece forged 6Sporz² wheels wrapped in 45/30/20 tires from Continental were added and are available in a variety of colors. The front grille has also been painted in matte black and the tail pipes in black enamel.

The final touch for the R-Stream V10 Spyder is the addition of an LCS (level-control-system) hydraulic lift up system that can provide an additional road clearance of up to 40mm. This will come in handy when having to go over those nasty speed bumps that seem to be popping up everywhere we look.

German tuning specialists, Wheelsandmore, have taken an Aston Martin Vantage V8 as their next project, giving the British supercar a well-rounded set of upgrades that include a new set of wheels, a new suspension, and a slight increase in power.

As the name of their company suggests, Wheelsandmore is no stranger to having some of the best rims on the market. For the Vantage V8, they decided to dress it up with a new set of handcrafted 21" three-piece 6Sporz² forged rims wrapped in 55/30/21 tires at the front, and 295/25/21 tires at the back. To go with the new set of gorgeous rims, Wheelsandmore also gave the Vantage V8 a new suspension kit courtesy of KW that comes with a rebound and compression adjustable stainless steel coilover suspension variant 3. Lastly, Wheelsandmore gave the supercar a new 200 sport catalysts and flip-controlled exhaust system, giving the Vantage’s 4.7 Liter V8 engine an increased output of 460 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque, up from the standard model’s 420-horsepower output.

All told, it’s not the most extravagant tuning program done on the Aston Martin Vantage. But in terms of subtle improvements all the way around, this is about as beautiful as it gets without going overboard.

The new generation of the BMW 6-Series Cabrio may be reveling in the glow of its unveiling, but not everyone follows the out with the old and in with the new way of life. Lumma Design, for example, isn’t bothering with developing a new package for the next generation Cabrio, but is instead revitalizing an older version for all of us that would like to feel that our old cars can still feel like new. The E64 6-Series is all polished and ready to go, sporting a new ’do in the form of added features for the exterior and interior.

The updated BMW can now be seen wearing a new front bumper, a matching rear apron, a new rear wing, and a new set of 21" polished chrome three-part sport rims. Other add-ons, like the front grille and exterior mirror casings, are sharpened up with the use of carbon fiber. At the back, the convertible makes good use of the 4-pipe sports exhaust system filtering out the power from the eight-cylinder power unit developing 360 HP.

Lumma Design didn’t leave the interior untouched as they added an ergonomically shaped and flattened steering wheel trimmed with carbon and leather, white instrument dials and seat belts, an aluminum pedal set, door sills, a dash panel, a handbrake handle, and seat back shells trimmed in real carbon.

It may not be the brand spanking new 6-Series Cabrio, but this finished product is worth a glance or two.


Back to top