Qatari supercar owner admits: ‘We make too much noise’

Qatari supercar owner admits: 'We make too much noise'

A wealthy “boy-racer” from the Middle East welcomed the proposed crackdown on anti-social driving in Knightsbridge and admitted “we make too much noise.”

Kensington and Chelsea council chiefs plan to introduce “car-Asbos”, making it a criminal offence for drivers to rev their engines, rapidly accelerate or play loud music in the neighbourhood.

The move follows years of roaring engines and squealing tyres on summer nights on the streets around Harrods that have blighted the lives of local residents. Now drivers of the imported “pimped up” supercars – often covered in gold or crystals – face prosecution and fines.

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One supercar owner told the Standard he accepted the noise from their cars had been causing problems.

Mohammed Al Kubaisi, 26, a millionaire businessman from Qatar, has driven his Bentley, Ferrari, Rolls Royce Ghost, and now his Aston Martin Vanquish around the streets of Knightsbridge.

But he said: “We need to respect the UK law and the people that live here. We do make too much noise with our cars and we are visitors here so if the law is made we will abide by it.”

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The planned Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) would be imposed on the Brompton and Hans Town wards of Knightsbridge, which includes Harrods and the streets around it.

Breaches of the PSPO will lead to fines and potential prosecution. Repeated breaking of the rules will lead to cars being seized by police and impounded.

The order would make it illegal for motorists to perform any of 11 different activities: revving engines; speeding; sudden or rapid acceleration; driving in convoy; racing; leaving the engine of a stationary vehicle to run idle; performing stunts; sounding horns; playing music; using threatening, intimidating behaviour; causing an obstruction on the road, whether moving or stationary.

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Source: Evening Standard

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Supercar Season: Middle Eastern millionaires and their gas guzzlers hit London

Supercar Season: Middle Eastern millionaires and their gas guzzlers hit London

Middle-Eastern millionaires have descended on London with their shiny supercars, annoying the locals with their noisy anti-social antics and picking up a wad of parking tickets along the way.

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Dozens of rich petrolheads visit the capital each year for their summer holidays in what is known as ‘The Season’. Here are some of the most outrageous vehicles seen this ‘season’.

A Lamborghini Aventador (from £256,000)

A Lamborghini Aventador (from £256,000)

A Bugatti Veyron (approx £1,400,000) with a parking ticket (up to £130) outside Harrods

A Bugatti Veyron (approx £1,400,000) with a parking ticket (up to £130) outside Harrods

A Lamborghini Aventador (about £260,000) and an Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H double decker bus (about £300,000)

A Lamborghini Aventador (about £260,000) and an Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H double decker bus (about £300,000)

A gold Ferrari 458 (from £153,000) and a red Ferrari F12 (also from £153,000) outside Harrods

A gold Ferrari 458 (from £153,000) and a red Ferrari F12 (also from £153,000) outside Harrods

Source: Telegraph

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Qatari businessman holds extravagant multi-million supercar races

Qatari businessman holds extravagant multi-million supercar races

A wealthy Qatari businessman has found the perfect way to indulge his passion for luxury vehicles – by hosting his very own supercar events.

Petrol-head Mohammed Al Kubaisi said the races have been extremely well-received by Qatar’s rich car enthusiasts.

The motor-minded businessman currently drives a powerful Rolls Royce Ghost – a vehicle with an eye-watering $270,000 (£177,000) pricetag.

Kubaisi’s latest event attracted 50 expensive supercars as well as numerous promoters and sponsors. The next race is set to be held in March.

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The young tycoon earned his fortune going into business with his father at a young age. But for the wealthy 26-year-old the biggest trouble with his costly contest is deciding which of his luxury cars he wants to drive.

Kubaisi’s previous cars include a £150,000 Bentley Continental GT, a £191,000 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and a Ferrari 458 Italia worth £200,000.

“I had a Maserati Granturismo S – it was a nice car but I eventually sold it and bought an Aston Martin Rapide which I didn’t think was very good.

“I sold that and bought my very first supercar, the Ferrari 599 GTB which was great but it wasn’t quite powerful enough so I sold it and bought a [Mercedes-Benz] SLS 63 – but again I needed more power.

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“So I waited around six months and bought the Ferrari 458 Italia – which is a great car.”

“Our first event in 2012 was during Ramadan and it went well. We gathered around 30 vehicles including supercars and European models,” he explained.

“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: Express

Middle East buyer snaps up 450th and final Bugatti Veyron supercar

Middle East buyer snaps up 450th and final Bugatti Veyron supercar

Volkswagen has sold the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, marking the end of one of the most exclusive supercars ever built.

The last Veyron is an open-top Grand Sport Vitesse variant, which boasts 1,200 horsepower. The car, called La Finale, will be on display next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The 450 Veyrons were sold for an average price of about €2.3 million each, Bugatti said Monday in a statement.

“An unprecedented chapter in automotive history has reached its climax,” Bugatti president Wolfgang Duerheimer said in a statement. “Even 10 years after its market launch, the Veyron remains unique in many respects.”

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The final Veyron was purchased by an unidentified customer from the Middle East. About half the cars were sold in Europe, and about a quarter were delivered in the US, according to Bugatti.

VW, the world’s second-largest automaker, is working on a new Bugatti supercar and is testing at least three different concepts for a successor to the Veyron, including one with an engine as much as 25 per cent stronger than the 1,200-horsepower motor of the Grand Sport Vitesse, people familiar with the plans said in October. VW design chief Walter de Silva has said the new Bugatti could be unveiled at the end of this year or early-2016 and will be “art.”

Like the Veyron, its successor will vie for the world’s most affluent car-buyers with the likes of Italy’s Pagani Automobili, McLaren’s street cars or Koenigsegg Automotive’s Agera model. The Swedish supercar specialist will present the Agera and a new “megacar” dubbed Regera in Geneva next week.

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The Veyron set industry records not just for speed, but also for losing money, according to estimates from Max Warburton, a Singapore-based analyst for Sanford Bernstein. Including development costs, VW may lose €4.6m per vehicle on the Veyron, Mr Warburton said.

“The spending they have done on every little part of the car is totally crazy, but it’s also of course setting the agenda of the supercar, the hyper-car league,” Christian Brandt, chief designer at Danish supercar maker Zenvo Automotive, said in an interview.

“You need prestige projects like this to showcase technological excellence,” said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. “Yes, it costs money, but it won’t cause VW any turbulence.”

Source: The National

Aston Martin Revives Lagonda Badge on Supercar for Middle East

Aston Martin Revives Lagonda Badge on Supercar for Middle East

Aston Martin Lagonda, the British maker of cars featured in James Bond movies, will introduce a limited-edition, high-end sedan in 2015 designed solely for customers in the Middle East.

The bespoke car will revive the Lagonda nameplate, taking design cues from a classic 1976 car while featuring modern lightweight carbon-fiber body panels, Gaydon, England-based Aston Martin said in a statement.

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The sedan’s debut “will be an exciting moment not only for Aston Martin, but for discerning customers who are seeking the ultimate in luxury and personalization,” design director Marek Reichman said in the statement. The model “has been created as a piece of exceptional automotive art.”

The Lagonda supercar, which follows two special edition models exclusively offered in North America, will be available by invitation only, the company said. Prices will reflect “the car’s exclusivity, quality and luxurious nature.”

Source: Driving