Gangster’s seized supercar collection to go under the hammer

Gangster's seized supercar collection to go under the hammer

When it comes to used high-end sports and classic cars, provenance is everything. If the car up for sale has been owned by a Beatle, Ayrton Senna or David Beckham, then the chances are that the price will be inflated to match.

Not all vehicles have such an illustrious history, however. Three bona-fide supercars and a leather-lined Rolls-Royce to be offered at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed sale – to be held at the British motorsport event on June 26 – were owned by a London gangster branded ‘Don Car-leone’.

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Recovered from fugitive Alexander Surin by the National Crime Agency – after he admitted that they had been purchased with the proceeds of crime – and now up for sale under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the money raised by these high-end machines – which is expected to top £1 million – will go back into the public purse.

Most exotic of the cars seized, is a gleaming red Ferrari Enzo, which has covered just 1,285 miles and is predicted to sell for up to £800,000 – nearly twice its original price. Least expensive of the motors up for grabs is a black Rolls-Royce Phantom, with black alloy wheels.

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Found with £800,000 of cash in the boot according to the Daily Mail, this machine “displays 9,630 miles on the odometer, which you should be aware is not the total mileage from new” according to auction house Bonhams, which is managing the sale. Unusually for a Roller, the Phantom is also for sale with no documents, which explains the relatively low £30,000 to £50,000 estimate.

Surin’s 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, meanwhile, is set to raise between £60,000 and £90,000 having covered a mere 132km. A similarly low mileage 2009 Ferrari California is poised to sell for around £50,000 to £80,000.

Interestingly, all of these four cars are being sold without reserve, so buyers not put off by their colourful past could bag themselves a bargain at the sale next week.

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China jails two ‘Fast & Furious’ supercar drivers

China jails two 'Fast & Furious' supercar drivers

A court has sentenced two young men to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night car chase through Beijing.

Pictures of the high-performance cars’ mangled wreckage in a tunnel in the Chinese capital provoked intense public interest, especially when police announced the men were unemployed.

The Chaoyang District Court in Beijing found Tang Wentian, 21, and Yu Muchun, 20, guilty of dangerously operating motor vehicles, a court statement said.

Tang was sentenced to five months in prison and fined 10,000 yuan ($1,600), while Yu was jailed for four months and given an 8,000 yuan fine.

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The court statement said both men indicated they would not appeal.

The official news agency Xinhua described the accident last month as the result of a “real-life ‘Fast and Furious’ drag race in downtown Beijing”.

The court said Tang’s green Lamborghini reached speeds of over 179 kilometres (111 miles) per hour and that Yu’s red Ferrari went over 165kph (102mph) in their race on the rainy night of April 11.

Reckless driving is not uncommon within the district, with more than 110 cases filed so far this year, most of which involve use of alcohol and men in their 20s and 30s, the court said.

Source: The Telegraph

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The most beautiful UFO ever? Ferrari designs a supercar-inspired spacecraft

The most beautiful UFO ever? Ferrari designs a supercar-inspired spacecraft

Ferrari’s design director has imagined what a spacecraft would look like if it was designed by the famous Italian company. Flavio Manzoni, who is a lifelong sci-fi fan, said the project was a bit of fun, but the results are breathtakingly beautiful.

The design for the spaceship includes signature shapes from some of Ferrari’s most impressive supercars and of course, a flash of red. The spacecraft, which was inspired by classic sci-fi books and films, started as a series of sketches and was then turned into a realistic-looking rendering, Formtrends.com reported.

Flavio Manzoni came up with the concept and then Guillaume Vasseur built the 3D model, with Guglielmo Galliano taking care of the rendering and post production.

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The finished result looks sleek and streamlined but aggressive, and is recognisable as a Ferrari design despite the craft’s lack of wheels and prancing horse badge.

The front ‘spoiler’ of the craft bears some resemblance to one from a Formula One car, while the flicked wing and tail shapes look like they are borrowed from the LaFerrari and FXX K models. The body of the craft is subdivided into two, with a red ‘line’ running through the middle of its polished metal body.

Its wings seem to wrap round the lower part of the body and to give it a look that’s slightly similar in shape to a mantaray. The craft may also seem slightly familiar to children of the 1980s, who have seen Disney’s Flight of the Navigator, because of its streamlined shape and metal body.

Flavio Manzoni came up with the concept and then Guillaume Vasseur built the 3D model, with Guglielmo Galliano taking care of the rendering and post production

Flavio Manzoni came up with the concept and then Guillaume Vasseur built the 3D model, with Guglielmo Galliano taking care of the rendering and post production

The front ‘spoiler’ of the craft bears some resemblance to one from a Formula One car, while the flicked wing and tail shapes look like they are borrowed from the LaFerrari and FXX K (pictured) models

The front ‘spoiler’ of the craft bears some resemblance to one from a Formula One car, while the flicked wing and tail shapes look like they are borrowed from the LaFerrari and FXX K (pictured) models

The body of the craft is subdivided into two, with a red line running through the middle of its polished metal body. The front ‘spoiler’ of the craft bears some resemblance to one from a Formula One car

The body of the craft is subdivided into two, with a red line running through the middle of its polished metal body. The front ‘spoiler’ of the craft bears some resemblance to one from a Formula One car

Source: Daily Mail

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Gangs of wealthy super-car drivers transform Beijing streets into illegal race track

Gangs of wealthy super-car drivers transform Beijing streets into illegal race track

Pensioners in north Beijing are pleading with the authorities for help after the streets around their homes were transformed into an illegal race track by gangs of wealthy young drivers in super-cars.

A spectacular weekend crash involving a sludge green Lamborghini and a “go fast” red Ferrari has thrown a spotlight on the extreme street racing taking place at the heart of China’s capital.

But residents of Fenglin Luzhou, a neighbourhood next to the boulevard where the crash took place, say they have been living with nightly races for years.

“I feel angry and helpless. Somebody must do something,” said Zhao Lihua, a 64-year-old pensioner whose 11th floor flat gives her a front-row seat to the terrifying high-speed races involving supercars and super-bikes piloted by super-rich Chinese.

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Beijing’s boy racers began their contests at around 10 p.m. most nights, locals said. “These racers have no character at all,” said Mrs Zhao. “They are abominable. They cannot be the children of ordinary people.”

Until just a few decades ago the streets of Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai were clogged with bicycles.

But the country’s economic boom means the roads are now peppered with a multicoloured troop of “super luxury” cars, status symbols for a new generation of Chinese capitalists.

Of the 7,318 Ferraris shipped around the world in 2012, 784 went to China. Two hundred and five Lamborghinis came to China in 2013, out of a total of 2,121.

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Some of these vehicles have made high-speed trips to the scrapyard. Last February one person was killed when a Ferrari crashed and burst into flames on a motorway near Beijing’s international airport.

Two years earlier, the 23-year-old son of Ling Jihua, a former senior aide to the then president Hu Jintao, died in a 4am crash involving his black Ferrari 458 Spider. Two female passengers were seriously injured.

In the absence of government action, the residents of Fenglin Luzhou were taking measures of their own, according to Mrs Mi. One set of neighbours recently called in the builders. “They installed triple glazing.”

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Source: National Post

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Businessman buys £3m ‘Holy Trinity’ of supercars

Businessman buys £3m 'Holy Trinity' of supercars

A wealthy car enthusiast drove his £866,000 McLaren supercar to the garage to pick up his new £1.2m Ferrari – which he then drove to collect his new £780,000 Porsche.

Businessman Paul Bailey has beaten the world’s wealthiest car collectors to become the first person to own the £3million “Holy Trinity” of hypercars.

His Saturday started when he got behind the wheel of his McLaren P1and drove 35 miles from his home to a Ferrari dealership in Nottingham.

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He then handed the keys to his P1 to wife Selena and jumped inside his brand new £1.2 million Ferrari LaFerrari, which he ordered two years ago.

They then drove 100 miles in convoy to a Porsche dealership in Cambridge, where he collected his new 918 Spyder.

It is thought Mr Bailey, from Rutland, is the first person to get their hands on all three of the world’s most sought-after hypercars.

The three machines, which have only been seen together previously in car magazines, boast a combined 2,740bhp – the equivalent of 45 entry-level Ford Fiestas.

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All three are capable of 0-62mph in less than three seconds and a top speed of more than 200mph.

They they are part of a new breed of ultra-performance motors which use hybrid technology to achieve fuel economy of up to 94mpg.

Multi-millionaire Mr Bailey, who sold his telephone conferencing business for £28million in 2012, described his fleet of performance motors as “totally amazing”.

Source: The Telegraph

Fast and Furious Qatar style: Millionaire businessman, 26, is addicted to supercars

Fast and Furious Qatar style: Millionaire businessman, 26, is addicted to supercars

Meet the young millionaire from Qatar who, at 26, has already owned a Bentley, a Ferrari and now drives a $270,000 Rolls Royce Ghost.

Mohammed Al Kubaisi quickly built up a large fortune when his father handed over the reins to the family business – and like any young man with wealth, he indulged in his passion.

But he has also opened up the world of supercars to the masses by congregating dozens of the coveted luxury vehicles at events in capital Doha.

Usually locked away in the garages of the extremely wealthy or glimpsed roaring the streets of Doha – or Knightsbridge – Mr Al Kubaisi decided to feed his addiction to supercars by gathering together various models, including McLarens, Lamborghinis and Ferraris, in one place, for fans to admire.

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He describes himself as ‘a fan of supercars’ and has owned an enviable fleet, including $235,000 Bentley Continental GT, a $221,000 (£140,000) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and a Ferrari 458 Italia worth $240,000 (£160,000).

And his current ride is a powerful Rolls Royce Ghost – which comes with an eye-watering price tag of $270,000 (£175,000)/

Mr Al Kubaisi, who owns a small but successful real estate business which specialises in rentals for expats as well as a garage, said his events have been well received by Qatar’s wealthy car enthusiasts.

From a wealthy Qatari family, he moved to Denver, Colorado, to study at the age of 18. Now, back in Qatar, he is single, and spends his time with friends, playing soccer or with his supercars.

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He says the first event, in 2012, featured around 30 models which were scouted from friends and contacts – and some were even featured after being spotted on the streets of Qatar.

He said: ‘Our first event in 2012 was during Ramadan and it went well. We gathered around 30 vehicles including supercars and European models,’ said Mohammed.

‘We got all the cars from friends and contacts, and also from spotting them on the streets.

‘Our next event was held at Qatar Sports Club and was even bigger, we almost had too many cars, including McLarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Mercedes.’

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Source: Daily Mail

Supercar Suicide: Ferrari F430 Spider Crashes into Austrian Lake

Supercar Suicide: Ferrari F430 Spider Crashes into Austrian Lake

There’s no coming back for this red beauty. After veering off the road, the 36-year-old driver of this bright red Ferrari F430 Spider crashed into a lake somewhere in Austria.

Reports on the ground suggest the Prancing Horse careered down a 70 meter hill before plunging head first into the two-meter-deep pond.

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Thankfully, the driver escaped unhurt, and was able to call the emergency services from a nearby house. Firefighters arrived shortly thereafter, removing the Italian exotic.

While it appears to have minimal cosmetic damage, a drowned engine means the supercar will likely never run again.

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Source: Carbuzz.com