Discover the paranoid world of London’s super-rich

Discover the paranoid world of London's super-rich

Heyrick Bond Gunning – yes, that really is his name – visits Mayfair most days, but he does not come to buy. He comes to sell. The imposing 44-year-old, a former Grenadier Guards officer, is one of a new breed of salesmen.

He’s selling building and contents protection, but not the kind you’re used to. As the managing director of security firm Salamanca Risk Management, he sells a guarantee that you and your family will never again be bothered by anyone or anything you don’t want to be bothered by.

Business is booming because billionaires are a paranoid bunch. Take one who recently moved to Mayfair. ‘He wanted everything, from protection from cyber hacking through to physical intrusion and kidnapping,’ says Bond Gunning.

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‘We ended up installing fingerprint-activated locks for family members and programmable keys for staff that limit the time they are allowed into the property and the rooms they are able to enter and exit.

‘Inside and outside we installed 24-hour monitored CCTV cameras that are so hi-tech they can tell the difference between a dog, cat and a person. In the garden there are thermal-imaging cameras that can detect heat sources in the undergrowth. One thing intruders can’t hide is the heat of their bodies.

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‘Should an intruder evade the cameras or ignore the warnings they automatically broadcast, the property itself is protected by bulletproof glass and alarm sensors in all rooms.

‘There is a bullet, gas and bombproof panic or safe room, with its own food and water, medical supplies and communications, and an impregnable supply of fresh air. Just in case the family cannot make it there in time, key rooms are sealed by reinforced shutters.’

The bill for such peace of mind? A cool £1m.

Source: Evening Standard

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Ouch! Lamborghini left destroyed on the verge after M6 crash

Ouch! Lamborghini left destroyed on the verge after M6 crash

This Lamborghini Aventador worth around £260,000 was written off in a motorway smash on Saturday afternoon.

The accident happened on the southbound carriageway of the M6 south of Preston at around 4:30pm.

Huge tailbacks soon formed after emergency services closed lanes to deal with the smash.

Witnesses said the whole right side of the supercar had been badly damaged.

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Nearly half of the bonnet had been ripped off, with debris from the silver car littering the road behind it.

Another driver said there had been a large downpour of rain before the accident, though the circumstances of what happened are unclear.

Ambulances attended the scene but it so far unclear whether the driver was injured.

Drivers went on Twitter after traffic built up in both directions. Emily Greenall tweeted: ‘Complete stand still on the m6 north at lancaster services and no updates anywhere?!’

And Lee Black added: ‘@Traffic_M6 traffic at standstill south Lancaster Northbound.’

Ouch! Lamborghini left destroyed on the verge after M6 crash

Source: Daily Mail

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McLaren’s momentum: building the Great British supercar

McLaren's momentum: building the Great British supercar

Going head-to-head with Ferrari was seen as suicide until McLaren threw down the gauntlet in 2010. In five years, the Woking company has become firmly established as a genuine rival to the Italian sports car maker.

Yet it’s the acceptance of the British brand by discerning supercar customers around the world, who bought a record 1,649 models in 2014, that has underlined that McLaren has not only arrived, but is here to stay.

The firm has built a state-of-the-art factory, developed a range of successful supercars and taken on 1,200 workers in the UK. Even given McLaren’s 50-year expertise in Formula One racing, the achievement of setting up and delivering a world-class car business is unprecedented.

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McLaren’s move into road cars was the sixties dream of founder Bruce McLaren, and became the vision of Ron Dennis, the mastermind behind the company’s grand prix success, who has applied the same meticulous standards of excellence and relentless pursuit of perfection.

The man responsible for turning Dennis’ vision into reality is Mike Flewitt, the chief executive of McLaren Automotive since 2012, who is pushing even harder as the firm looks to almost triple sales to 4,000 cars by 2017.

Flewitt’s own story is as spectacular as the rise of McLaren Automotive, from starting on the production lines of Ford’s Halewood plant in the eighties, as a 20-year-old fitting Escort heater hoses, to becoming the firm’s European quality director and vice president of manufacturing over 20 years later.

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Along the way, he gained an invaluable insight into the luxury car sector by working for Rolls-Royce/Bentley, where he set up the brand’s first ever bodyshop and became production director, before returning to Ford.

But when the chance to run McLaren came in 2012, he jumped at it. “McLaren was a rare opportunity,” he says. “It was the right brand at the right time, with cutting-edge technology, great engineers and good shareholders. I felt it could work.”

Flewitt was also impressed by the McLaren factory and facilities at Woking: “I have worked in the car industry all over the world, but these are the most mind-blowing facilities I have seen, absolutely cutting edge.”

McLaren's momentum: building the Great British supercar

Source: AutoExpress

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Back to the Future-themed V8 Supercar for Gold Coast 600

Back to the Future-themed V8 Supercar for Gold Coast 600

The No. 6 V8 Supercar is going to look a little different when it hits the streets of Surfers Paradise in Australia for this weekend’s Gold Coast 600, Prodrive Racing turning it into a ‘time machine’ in honour of the iconic film franchise Back to the Future.

Wednesday 21 October, 2015 is the date that Doc and Marty McFly arrive in the future in the second film of the trilogy, and to mark the date Prodrive have taken the wraps off a Ford V8 Supercar that has been suitably modified to mimic the DeLorean that is the star of the movie.

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Complete with gull-wing doors, flux capacitor, ‘Mr Fusion’ device and DeLorean-esque stainless steel paintwork, the machine will also ditch its Pepsi Max backing for the weekend to run in the colours of ‘Pepsi Perfect’, the cola brand that appears in the film.

The team revealed the machine in a short film starring drivers Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert, paying tribute to the trilogy.

“This is without doubt one of the best activations I’ve seen in nearly 30 years in the motorsport industry,” Tim Edwards, Prodrive team principal, said.

“The lengths the entire team have gone to in order to prepare the car are just fantastic. Every department has played some role and the finished product looks amazing on the big screen and in the flesh.”

The project kept Prodrive’s fabrication shop busy, the modifying the car’s standard doors into gas-powered gull-wing doors.

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“We were surprised when we were asked to turn our Ford V8 Supercar into a DeLorean time machine but once we worked out what we needed to achieve, it became a real passion project for everyone involved in preparing the car,” Ben Cockerell, leader of the team’s fabrication shop, said.

“Modifying and making the gull-wing doors without changing the car was a big challenge. Making them look like they were actually part of the car was the hardest part so I hope our fans and fans of the movie appreciate how much effort has gone into this car.”

While all the time-machine hardware is strictly for the show car, the real No. 6 Pepsi Perfect Ford Falcon will hit the track in the hands of Cameron Waters and supersub Russell Ingall for practice on Friday.

Source: FoxSports

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“Excuse me, your Lamborghini is on fire!”

"Excuse me, your Lamborghini is on fire!"

A Lamborghini driver had stopped at traffic lights and was posing for photos with the motorist in front when the flames started shooting out near his rear bumper.

In the video below, he puts on his hazard lights and blue flashes can be seen from under the vehicle and the blaze takes hold.

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He drives off without realising the car is ablaze but within moments he has stopped and is watching it get devastated by the flames.

The footage, filmed in Dubai, was posted on Imgur and quickly got more than1.5million views.

Source: Mirror

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Built For Bond: The Aston Martin DB10

Built For Bond: The Aston Martin DB10

Bond’s new car in “Spectre” was recently unveiled: the Aston Martin DB10. The DB10 has been identified as Bond’s company car as early as 2014. But since then, the world has only seen glimpses of it in two previously released “Spectre” trailers.

Last Sunday, however, it was paraded in Paris along with other Bond cars including the iconic Aston Martin DB5 used in “Goldfinger” and “Skyfall.” Excited French fans came in droves to witness the cars drove up to the Arc de Triomphe, the Telegraph reported.

The new car has been tailor-made for James Bond. Sam Mendes, “Spectre”‘s director, collaborated with Aston Martin’s design honcho Marek Reichman to build a car that exemplify 007.

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They worked according to the philosophy that above all, the car must be predatory. They came up with 10 state-of-art concepts, each outfitted with different technologies such as flamethrowers and roll cages, according to Popular Science.

You may be assured that the new Bond car will never be available for sale. It is exclusive to 007 – thank you very much. However, there are rumors that the concept could be the basis for the next generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage, slated to be released in 2017, reported Auto Express.

Watch the menacing super car in action in the video below.

Source: HNGN

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Lamborghini’s Newest Supercar Is Insane – And So Is Its Name

Lamborghini's Newest Supercar Is Insane - And So Is Its Name

Perhaps the only thing Lamborghini likes more than building bedroom poster supercars is building special editions of those bedroom poster supercars.

They come out from time to time, and Lambo unveiled the latest at the Quail motor show, one of the many swanky events that surround the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance.

It’s got a name only Lamborghini could come up with: the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster. That’s more than a mouthful, but it tells you everything you need to know, so let’s break it down.

The Aventador is the company’s flagship, starting just south of $400,000. LP stands for longitudinal posteriore, referring to the longitudinally mounted engine, which means it is mounted so the crankshaft is oriented front-to-back. It’s standard for Lambo’s supercars.

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It’s in the back half of the name that things get interesting.

The number 750-4 signifies how much power the car creates and how it hits the pavement. Those 750 ponies gallop out of an enormous 6.5-liter V12, propelling the 3,472-pound beast (down 110 pounds from the standard Aventador Roadster) to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Top speed is 217 mph. The “4” indicates the car has all wheel drive, a setup roughly similar to that of the Audi Quattro system.

Lamborghini reserves the Superveloce moniker for its fastest, purest sports cars. This limited run of 500 vehicles marks the first time a series-produced convertible has been so designated.

It’s the brand’s way of telling everyone this is a very, very special car. Superveloce, which roughly translates to “super fast” or “high speed”, Lamborghini has applied it to a number of its supercars, including special versions of the Murciélago, Diablo, and the Miura.

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Then we come to roadster, perhaps the best word on that list. The car has a custom two-piece carbon fiber hardtop that can be stowed in the cargo compartment, giving the driver and a passenger access to 93 million miles of blue sky.Perfezione.

Lambo boss Stephan Winkelmann says the car “represents our commitment to satisfying our passionate clients with immensely emotional driving dynamics combined with an extraordinary open air experience.”

In other words, his team has built a stupefyingly fast convertible that it hopes will beat the pants off anything that other Italian supercar company might build.

All we know is that, even with a starting price of $530,075, the Italians shouldn’t have trouble selling all 500 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadsters. And a few more bedroom posters, too.

Source: Wired

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