Introducing The Supercar For Superyachts

Introducing The Supercar For Superyachts

It’s a given that a number of the gleaming vessels on show at this month’s Monaco Yacht Show (taking place from September 23 to 26) will feature helicopters on deck – in superyacht circles having a helipad and complementary aircraft has become almost de rigueur. More likely then, to impress a roving billionaire eager to pick up a new boating accessory is a novel supercar created specifically for superyachts.

Launched by yachting company Camper & Nicholsons in collaboration with Briggs Automotive Company, the Marine Edition Mono is capable of reaching 170mph and can go from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds yet weights only 580kg. That relatively light weight means it can be hoisted fairly easily onto land and deployed to discover the surrounding streets when the yacht docks, but for superyacht owners who prefer to spend their time at sea its main purpose could simply be to serve as the ultimate showboating frivolity.

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To make sure it looks the part wherever it ends up, owners can customise the interior and exterior to match their yachts’ colour schemes. The seat will be made to measure, for example, and the name and port of the superyacht with which the car is associated will be etched on the car’s rear wing.

In response to the unconventional perch the Marine Edition Mono will occupy, other technical features have been subtly adapted too. Protective coatings on the car’s body and all exposed metallic components will protect against salty air and water and corrosion. Handily, the car is also supplied with a carbon-fibre crane arm that is compatible with all yacht crane systems and which can be used to transport the automobile onto solid ground.

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Though none of the newly launched made-to-order cars has been commissioned as yet, Camper & Nicholsons says that the response has been enthusiastic: “We have had a great response and are in discussions with several interested parties.” Those who do wish to purchase one of the cars can expect to pay about £500,000 (plus delivery and VAT where applicable). The cars will be designed and built in Liverpool and manufacturers expect they will be able to produce one car per month if built to their standardised specification.

Introducing The Supercar For Superyachts

Source: The Telegraph

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The Private Lounge Supercar Drive in Lebanon

The Private Lounge Supercar Drive in Lebanon

The Private Lounge in Lebanon recently held a drive from downtown Beirut to some mountain regions of the country with a plethora of high-performance cars. Slayclops Photography was present at the event and provided some stunning shots of the vehicles on show.

Some of the cars included a modified Lamborghini Aventador Roadster with Capristo test pipes, a red Lamborghini Huracan and a Porsche Cayman GT4. Although the club members also have an Azzurro Dino Ferrari 458 Speciale and a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, the two couldn’t make it to the trip. That said, there were several cars from the likes of BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati as well.

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The Private Lounge is a “very active” and growing supercar club in Lebanon. They regularly hold events and drives for their members and are part of the larger car culture in the Middle East country.

GTspirit recently covered the Hydra Performance automotive tuning shop, which is run by Xavier Mossad and its portfolio includes a range of customised American and Japanese cars. Moreover, W Motors, the company behind the Lykan Hypersport supercar which featured in the last installment of the Fast and Furious movie series, started out in Lebanon.

The Private Lounge Supercar Drive in Lebanon The Private Lounge Supercar Drive in Lebanon

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Armored cars: a growing trend among the super rich

Armored cars: a growing trend among the super rich

What is the latest accessory for the budding princeling, oligarch or cartel boss to be conspicuously driving in London using an inconspicuous exterior?

The latest status symbol of the wealthy traversing London’s prestigious West End roads are armored vehicles disguised as your average, every day luxury vehicle. Transforming a common Range Rover, Bentley or Maserati into a vehicle designed to withstand a terrorist attack is becoming popular as well as profitable.

While protecting a precious cargo is nothing new – everyone from presidents to dictators has done it throughout history – the trend is gaining acceptance among those who might not actually need protection, an Economist article noted.

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The rising tide of a popular trend among the rich and famous can be seen in worldwide market growth. While such armored cars with bullet proof glass and bomb-proof exteriors amounted to “a handful” of vehicles on the road a few years ago, Mark Burton of International Armoring estimates that in 2015 there will be 7,500 such vehicles sold.

Demand is growing not because the world is more dangerous, the report noted, but because the super-rich – mainly from Russia, Africa and the Middle East – can so easily afford to minimize threats “whether they be real or imaginary.”

Burton competes from his Centerville, Utah headquarters with Streit, a Canadian armored-car company that is teaming with Ares, an Italian firm that adds luxury features to luxury cars, to open a London showroom. The Streit / Ares collaboration, situating the armored luxury vehicle showroom in London’s prestigious West End, has the goal of popularizing the concept of luxury vehicles but doing so in an understated fashion.

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While it might be popular to whisper to party goers and friends the benefits of owing a protected vehicle, in public the goal is for the car to blend among the more common luxury vehicles in so as not to become a target.

The cost of outfitting a car that can endure through bomb blasts and bullets alike can run anywhere from $470,000 to $1.6 million additional. And such a car isn’t like your grandfather’s armored car.

With the use of high-tech lighter weight materials means that what previously was a heavy, clunky and hard to maneuver vehicle is not a relative performance machine, not much different handling from how the non-armored version of the same vehicle operates.

Source: Value Walk

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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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Which supercar matches your Premier League 2015/16 club?

Which supercar matches your Premier League 2015/16 club?

Fast cars and footballers. From gold-plated Cadillac Escalade (El Hadji Diouf) to camouflage-wrapped Bentley Continental GTC (Mario Balotelli), it’s a match that is in a stratospheric league of its own.

The boys of the Premier League just love their classy wheels, and playing in the wealthiest competition in the world, they can afford to indulge their every motoring whim.

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As powerful cars play such a pivotal role for the players of the elite teams, we decided to award each club a power-packed motor of its own.

Here is the Prem’s 2015-2016 line-up in alphabetical order.

Arsenal – Koenigsegg One:1

Arsenal - Koenigsegg One:1

 

Aston Villa – Jaguar F-Type

Aston Villa - Jaguar F-Type

 

Bournemouth – Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Bournemouth - Subaru Impreza WRX STi

 

Chelsea – McLaren P1

Chelsea - McLaren P1

 

Crystal Palace – BMW i8

Crystal Palace - BMW i8

 

Everton – BAC Mono

Everton - BAC Mono

 

Leicester – Noble M600

Leicester - Noble M600

 

Liverpool – Lamborghini Huracan

Liverpool - Lamborghini Huracan

 

Manchester City – Bugatti Veyron

Manchester City - Bugatti Veyron

 

Manchester United – LaFerrari

Manchester United - LaFerrari

 

Newcastle – Honda NSX

Newcastle - Honda NSX

 

Norwich – Lotus Evora GT4

Norwich - Lotus Evora GT4

 

Southampton – Porsche 918 Spyder

Southampton - Porsche 918 Spyder

 

Stoke – Audi R8

Stoke - Audi R8

 

Sunderland – Nissan Skyline GT-R

Sunderland - Nissan Skyline GT-R

 

Swansea – Mercedes-AMG GT

Swansea - Mercedes-AMG GT

 

Tottenham – Pagani Huayra

Tottenham - Pagani Huayra

 

Watford – Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Watford - Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

 

West Bromwich Albion – Range Rover Sport

West Bromwich Albion - Range Rover Sport

 

West Ham – Aston Martin One-77

West Ham - Aston Martin One-77

Source: Rossendale Free Press

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Treasury raises £1.2m by flogging supercar collection seized from crime lord dubbed ‘Don Car-leone’

Treasury raises £1.2m by flogging supercar collection seized from crime lord dubbed 'Don Car-leone' The British Government has reaped almost £1.2million by selling the seized supercar collection of a crime lord dubbed ‘Don Car-leone’. Alexander Surin, a fugitive currently living in Dubai, had a number of cars and houses seized in 2009 as part of a major operation. Among these was a Rolls-Royce Phantom which had £800,000 of cash in the boot, and a Ferrari Enzo thought to be the most expensive car ever seized and sold at a UK auction. The National Crime Agency (NCA) struck an agreement to sell the cars under the Proceeds of Crime Act earlier this year. A Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari 599 GTB, Ferrari California and the Rolls-Royce Phantom were auctioned off.

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His old Enzo, which sold for a whopping £897,500, is one of just 400 ever built, was named after the company’s founder and is capable of 217mph. The ill-gotten gains ended up selling for for a total of £1,189,840 with the Phantom fetching £69,820, the 599 going for £124,700 and the California selling for £97,820. All four cars were sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Source: Mirror

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There’s never been a better time to buy a personalised number plate

There's never been a better time to buy a personalised number plate

With new legislation coming into place in March – which scrapped the annual certificate retention fee for owning a personalised plate – there has never been a better time to add some bespoke digits to your car’s bumpers.

Over the years, auctions have sold an array of creative name plates at top dollar prices, including many supercar-inspired examples, such as a ‘650 S’ plate last year that sold for £40,250 to a very wealthy McLaren owner.

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There is a lot of buzz around the 488 FER plate coming up for sale at a DVLA auction, referring of course to the Ferrari 488, which has a reserve price of £1,200. Other available car-related plates include a ‘570 S’ plate, referring to the McLaren 570S and carrying a £2,500 reserve, and ‘911 FAN’, a dream plate for anyone who loves the Porsche 911 – reserve stands at £1,200.

Unrelated to the automotive world, other available plates include ‘COS 57A’, referring to the Costa Coffee chain, ‘RE64 TTA’, promising to be popular with sailors and rowers, and ‘CH 3353’, for any of those with an appetite for a certain dairy cuisine. There are of course the usual flurry of name plates, including ‘CHL 30E’, ‘JO14 NNE’ and ‘KR15 TEN’.

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Matthew Dainton, of DVLA Personalised Registrations, said: “Personalised registrations with direct links to supercars always prove hotly contested sales and, well, there aren’t many names bigger than Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz. Here we have lots reflecting cars in the same auction.”

Source: CarKeys.co.uk

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