The volcanic ash that put a stranglehold on the airline industry in Europe caught a lot of vacationers and travellers off-guard. However, while some chose to just sit and wait out the whole situation, others decided that sitting and waiting for the ash cloud to clear wasn’t something worth waiting for.
A family of vacationers in Barcelona, Spain were one of thousands that were stranded because of this perilous situation. Determined to make it back to the UK as soon as possible, they decided to hail a cab from the UK to come pick them up in Barcelona. True story!
The cab’s owner, Garry Smith, took his son and hopped in their Hyundai i800 van and made the 2,500-mile trip that lasted the better part of two days. "We got the call at 9:30am on Tuesday and were on the road within an hour to collect four people," Smith recalls. "I took my son Ben so we could share the driving and booked the Eurotunnel crossing on route. When the passengers heard what car we were in they asked if we could take six people which, because of the car, we were happy to do."
The whole voyage ended up costing the vacationing family a staggering £4,600.50 - $7,050! - in cab charges, but Smith, in an act befitting of sainthood - ok, not really - decided to only charge the stranded folks £1,850 - US$2,830 - for the whole trip. According to Smith, he decided to reduce the price because, in his own words, "it wouldn’t really be fair to charge them the meter rate."
While we usually associated the kings of yesteryear with riding in some of the most tricked-out carriages you’ll ever see, the kings of today have traded in their horse-drawn rides for something a little more appropriate with the times.
King Juan Carlos of Spain, ever the car enthusiast that he is, is no stranger to riding – and owning – some of the most beautiful machines in the world. Known to have around 70 cars in his garage, King Juan Carlos is living proof that power begets style. Though not as addicted to cars as, say Sultan Bolkiah of Bruinei, the king of Spain still boasts of a pretty impressive fleet of cars including this fully-customized Audi RS6 sedan . If you’ll notice, the whole car has been customized in black with the exception of the car’s lights out in the front and back as well as the signal lights on both side mirrors. We’ll venture a guess that this particular RS6 has also been decked in some pretty sturdy bullet-proof armor.
After all, you probably wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the most influential royalty figures – especially a car enthusiast at that - in the world, would you?
In our history, ’Cupid’ has always been depicted as a young, innocent boy with an even more innocent smile. Turns out, the folks over at Seat have a different interpretation of what cupid looks like.
In their print advertisement highlighting their new fleet of the budget-minded five-seater, Seat Ibiza, Seat has decided to use Cupid as its endorser, only this time, Cupid is a gun-toting, gruff, long-haired, shirt-less biker.
We get the whole connection between Cupid and the tag ’Love at First Sight’, but we’re not exactly sure as to why Seat didn’t just opt for the cuter version of Cupid.
This year’s Ferrari World Finals in Valencia, Spain was supposed to be the culmination of a year-long Ferrari racing series that takes place all over the world. What was supposed to be the final round of the Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy and the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge ended up being overshadowed by a rather amusing and dim-witted incident involving three of the brand’s biggest names, Ferrari chief Luca Di Montezemolo and Ferrari’s 2010 F1 drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
In respect to both Massa and Alonso, they weren’t really to blame for the incident because they just happened to be sitting in the same car as the real culprit, Di Montezemolo himself.
The trio were parading around the track in a Ferrari California when Di Montezemolo – he was the one driving, by the way – decided to make an unplanned pit stop and drove into the gravel pits. Predictably, the California ended up getting stuck into the gravel after the rear tires got beached.
When you’re running down the list of the most expensive cars in the world, chances are you’d have a Rolls Royce in there and maybe a couple of Bugatti Veyrons too. But would you, under any circumstances, write down a Tramontana as one of your top 5?
If you said no, then you’re not alone. And if you didn’t put a Tramontana in there, then you’d be wrong, too.
€2 million. That’s what this custom-made, one-off Spanish Tramontana supercar costs, making it the fourth most expensive car in the world, sharing its spot with an equally rare McLaren F1. The only three cars that are most expensive than this one is the ‘Star of India’ Rolls Royce and a couple of Bugatti Veyrons.
While the car’s performance – it has a twin-turbo V12 engine that can produce as much as 760 horsepower with a 0-100 kmh mark of only 3.6 seconds – more than justifies the enormous price tag, the main reason why it costs so much is because of the precious paint, which was mixed with a number of gems and gold, that was used by Fernando Leal-Audirac – in designing the car.
The effect of mixing paint with gold and gems results in the paint producing an iridescent effect, which makes it change colors when it’s hit by sunlight. Audirac designed the Tramontana in such a way that it takes on the look and feel of a silk fabric.
You rarely come across a car that’s been painted with traces of gold on it so this Tramontana supercar is definitely one for the books. The best part is, if you have €2 million to spare, you can actually buy it and be the envy of all your peers.
The Spanish super car builders at GTA Motor have been keeping busy ever since debuting the 780 HP Spano speed machine at the Hemisferic in Valencia, the Spanish City of Arts and Sciencies. Last time we heard from our amigos they had just wrapped on the Spano’s photo shoot and from the looks of things they had a few cameras rolling as well that day. This new video not only shows off the Spano with quote a few beauty shots, but it also gives us a glimpse of what the future super car looks like on the track.
The GTA Spano is powered by a mid mounted V10, the 780 HP Spano will rocket from 0-60 MPH in under 3 seconds, and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 217 MPH. Built from a combination of Kevlar, Carbon fiber and titanium. The space age chassis not only looks amazing, but also will dominate any road put before it. Riding on a set of staggered 19 and 20 inch rims the rear tires are Pirelli P Zeros sized 335/30, which is over a foot wide. As you can see from the video, the Spano is a shapely sports car that complete with a ridiculously powerful ten cylinder engine is capable of tremendous speeds and qualify the Spano as an official super car.
The last time saw something about GTA Motors’ limited edition Spano super car; the car builder was introducing the world to their latest creation at the Hemisferic in Valencia, the Spanish City of Arts and Sciencies. After getting all the bugs ironed out of the radical rear wheel drive sports car, GTA Motors has found some time to let the Spano super car pose for a few beauty shots.
The GTA Spano is powered by a mid mounted V10, the 780 HP Spano will rocket from 0-60 MPH in under 3 seconds, and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 217 MPH. Built from a combination of Kevlar, Carbon fiber and titanium. The space age chassis not only looks amazing, but also will dominate any road put before it. Riding on a set of staggered 19 and 20 inch rims the rear tires are Pirelli P Zeros sized 335/30 which is over a foot. As you can see from the new photos, the Spano is a shapely sports car complete with enough air intakes and vents along with a ridiculously powerful ten cylinder engine that is capable of tremendous speeds that contribute to the Spano’s status as a super car that ought not be taken lightly.
The beauty of being on television is that you get to do things that other people can only dream of. Well the British guys from Fifth Gear had the amazing opportunity to test drive the new Spanish super car, the Tramontana R Edition . Tom Ford had the ride of his life in the carbon fiber single file seater despite being babysat by the Barcelona based automaker’s test driver. The guy wasn’t so bad, after all he did look the other way when Ford pushed the 720 HP button. That is after all the vehicle’s maximum output and considering that it weighs only 1200 Kilos, it is no surprise that the Tramontana can go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.6 seconds and make a more impressive 0 to 124 MPH time of only 10.15 seconds on its way to reaching a top speed of 201 MPH.
GTA Motor, a Spanish auto manufacturer revealed this week in Valencia a super-sports car with a power of more than 700 hp and a price tag of around 600,000 euros.
The sportscar will be powered by a longitudinal mounted V10 engine combined with a six-speed sequential gear box. It can hit a top speed of more than 340 km/h.
The production will be limited to 99 units, and GTA already has received 8 orders. In August the company will start the first tests on the track of "Circuit Ricardo Tormo". Production version will follow shortly after.