Experiencing the Dubai World Cup VIP Style

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

We though we would give you a taste of what it would have been like to experience the Dubai World Cup VIP style. The event took place yesterday with tickets ranging from Dh350 to Dh5,150 per person. 

The Dubai World Cup (Arabic:كأس دبي العالمي) is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 operated through the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA).

Annually held on the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup is part of the Dubai World Cup Night of races, and has carried a purse of USD ten million since 2010, making it the world’s richest horse race.

Accomodation: Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab Royal SuiteWhen it comes to places to stay, few can top the opulence of a duplex royal suite at the Burj Al Arab. Not only does it have a dedicated butler on call 24/7, but boasts two bedrooms, a majlis, alibrary, two bars, an office and a dining room that seats 12. There’s plenty of time to relax in the 8,396 sqare-foot-suite and while away the hours on the 24-carat-gold iPads provided.

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Food: Inside a top box

Escabeche

First-class tickets on race day translate to lobster, caviar and free-flowing premium beverages. Seated on the sweeping terrace of the grandstand with panoramic views of the track and parade ring, guests at Meydan enjoyed a lavish afternoon tea at 4pm, canapés at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. One of the menu items was  Escabeche (pictured), an opulent and refreshing starter with seafood in a classic Mediterranean marinade.

Transportation: Helicopter

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Hop in a heli from Dubai’s Festival City and reach Nad Al Sheba in 40 minutes. The private charter chopper, which can carry five people, costs Dh17,000. Alternatively, you can roar up to the races in a Lamborghini LP 570 Super Trofeo Stradale 1, of which there are reportedly only 150 in the world, or be chauffeured in a Mercedes CLS limousine and fit eight of your nearest and dearest in the back.

Information taken from The National

 

Need For Speed Hits UK Cinemas

Need for Speed

Need for Speed, based on the world’s top-selling racing video game, recently hit UK cinemas. We’re hearing mixed reviews – it seems to be quite unpopular with UK critics but a big hit with car enthusiasts and fans of the video game.

In the first act, three guys – brooding speedster Tobey Marshall, his cute greasemonkey Pete and the rich bad guy Dino Brewster – race identical cars down the highways of Mount Kisco, N.Y.

When Dino realizes he’s about to lose the race, he back-ends Pete’s car, which takes flight, hits a light pole on a bridge, bursts into flames and crashes in the river below.

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Need for Speed is the first lead role in a wide release for Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, who originally auditioned for the Dino role but ended up with the lead role of Tobey Marshall.

Need for Speed is also going up against its own video game, which has sold something like 150 million units over its 20-year span.

But video races, even with the viewer at the digital wheel, can’t compete with a movie version of the real thing, executed by insane geniuses who put their lives on the line so you can pretend to risk yours.

Here’s the official trailer:

Is The McLaren P1 The Most Awesome Supercar Ever?

McLaren P1

Reasons the McLaren P1 is awesome number 1: it has a centrally mounted exhaust which is spitting flames more often than not. That’s pretty cool!

The P1’s so-called IPAS hybrid powertrain (i.e. Instant Power Assist System which is McLaren-talk for the hybrid setup used on Formula One cars), can boom out 903 hp and slings you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds.

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On the track, the P1 is astonishing. The specially formulated Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires — 19 inches in front and 20 inches in back — work overtime with the P1’s intricate adaptive suspension to keep the action grippy and comfy at all times.

It’s so brilliant, in fact, that the whole limited run of 375 McLaren P1 hypercars has already been sold with last deliveries due by July 2015.

McLaren P1

According to Gavin Green from Car Magazine, “There’s never been a car so fast, so thrilling, so deliciously rewarding to power and manipulate around a track. There’s never been a car that offers such an astonishing breadth of capabilities.

“Just as they did with the wonderful F1 road car, the men from McLaren have once again redefined the supercar.”

McLaren P1

Audi Resurrects Electric R8 Supercar

Audi resurrects electric R8 supercarGreat news R8 fans! Audi has gone back on its decision not to sell an all-electric version of the R8 and now says it will include it in the line-up for the next generation of its acclaimed supercar.

Audi’s technical head Ulrich Hackenberg announced the news earlier this week adding: “this is a decisive step toward everyday practicality.”

The brand succeeding in boosting the E-tron’s range from 134 miles to 280 miles, which is why it reversed its decision to abandon the car and instead offer it as a halo model for the next-generation.

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No time-frame has been given for when the second-generation R8 will be launched, but Audi has said it will be built on the same modular platform as the LamborghiniHuracan. The two are likely to share engines, but the E-tron battery drivetrain is not likely to be included in the Italian’s range.

Audi had been left behind in the race among the German premium makers to produce a halo, new-energy sports model after canning the production R8 E-tron last year.

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No prices have been released, but expect a significant hike from the £93,710 the R8 currently starts at.

BMW will deliver the first of its range-extended i8 electric car in June costing from £99,895, while Mercedes is already selling the Electric Drive version of the SLS AMG supercar for around £350,000.

Via The Telegraph.

Lambo’s Design Chief Discusses Huracán Supercar DNA

Lamborghini Huracán design concept: interview with Filippo PeriniDespite the fact that the supercar has been out there for three months now, the Huracan appears to still be under the magnifying glass with some Lamborghini ‘purists’ say it is too simple.

However Lamborghini’s head of design, Filippo Perini, has released a video explaining that the Huracan was designed to be pure, simplistic, and functional.

Lambo’s Design Chief Discusses Huracán Supercar DNA

For example, the subtly hidden intakes and scoops not only enhance aerodynamics but also lend to sleeker look. It appears that the Italian automaker does, in fact, know what is’ doing.

A car that will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 mph is fairly impressive. Yes it is sleeker than other models but it makes up for being less aggressive by being physically smaller.

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It’s this diminutive stature that makes it an easier car to drive. It also manages to be faster than its predecessor, the Gallardo, while using the same V10 engine.

All gripes aside, the Huracán has certainly proven itself. There have already been 1,000 orders received so far and it looks like Lamborghini wants to blow the previous Gallardo sales out of the water. At least 14,022 Huracáns will need to be sold in order to beat the Gallardo’s all-time record.

Here’s that video:

Via Digital Trends.

Maserati Alfieri Concept Car Revealed

Maserati Alfieri Concept Car Reveal

This new concept from Maserati was revealed at The Geneva Motor Show. The Alfieri is described by Maserati as “an homage to Maserati’s sports heritage” and “the future of Maserati design”.

Alfieri is the essence of Maserati style. A classic 2+2 coupe’ all’ Italiana that conveys the marque’s design language of the future.

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Like all concept cars from Modena, it has a desire to be real. It has very strong, yet subtle features. Alfieri confirms Maserati’s sporting vocation. It proves that Maserati is always Maserati.

Visit www.maseratialfieri.com if you want to see more. Here’s the video:

David Beckham Is The New Face Of Jaguar In China

David Beckham To Serve As The Face Of Jaguar In China

Jaguar has recruited international football star David Beckham as the new face of the brand in China. He will be part of a new marketing campaign that will initially feature the new F-Type Coupe.

Jaguar is keen to promote its British-ness while also coming across as the brand of choice for buyers that are not only athletically-minded by also style-focused and cool. Beckham easily meets all these criteria, and he also happens to be a huge car fan.

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Just some of the cars he’s owned include a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a Cadillac Escalade, and even a Chevy Camaro that he had painted matte gray. Nowadays, though, he’s likely to be seen rolling around in various Jaguars.

“I’ve always been an admirer of Jaguar–from the styling and design to the feel and roar of the engine, every element feels uniquely British,” Beckham said in a statement. “It’s an honor to support a brand with such an amazing heritage and I look forward to being part of Jaguar’s exciting future in China.”

Via Motor Authority.