Bodyguard crashes boss’ £1 MILLION Pagani Zonda supercar into a fence

Bodyguard crashes boss' £1 MILLION Pagani Zonda supercar into a fence

A bodyguard crashed his boss’s uninsured £1 MILLION supercar as he drove it back from an MOT.

Andy Danso, 43, lost control of the ultra-rare Pagani Zonda and ploughed it into a fence causing “thousands” of pounds of damage.

An “embarassed” Danso initially said he had been swerving to avoid a ‘silver car’ but CCTV evidence blew a hole in his cover-up tale.

After being rumbled, Danso said he was altering his seat position as the car revved through an industrial estate near Wembley, north west London, but was too “embarrassed” to tell officers.

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He was charged with driving without due care and attention, driving without the correct insurance and using forged insurance details following the incident.

Danso, appearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court yesterday, said: “I just lifted the lever up and went to push it back.

“It was stiff to start off with so I pushed a bit harder and my foot slipped forward on the right hand side of the accelerator and pushed it down.

“At that point the car accelerated and the back of the car pulled to the left.”

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CCTV footage from the crash in February showed the back end of the car slither out, with Danso ploughing the Zonda into a fence on the opposite side of the road.

The prosecutor accused him of driving at “some speed” but Danso denied it and no evidence was presented to argue he exceeded the 30mph limit.

District judge Denis Brennan said: “You were driving a high-performance vehicle with a top speed of 214mph that you had taken for an MOT.

“Finding the seat was uncomfortable, because you were too close to the steering wheel, you continued on the journey.

“Whereas a reasonable and prudent driver would have pulled over you didn’t and as far as that there was an accident.

“Therefore I find you guilty.”

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Source: Mirror

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Are Car Tattoos The Next Big Thing?

Are Car Tattoos The Next Big Thing?

For some people, there’s nothing more beautiful than a man or woman covered in tattoos. Some see the body is a blank canvas, made exquisite only by the work of a needle-wielding artisan in exchange for a fistful of cash and a few hours of pain. But how about a tattooed car?

Tattoo artist Aleksy Marcinow made the jump from skin to steel at the London launch of this year’s Gumball 3000 Rally. Or rather, carbon fibre – as Aleksy’s canvas was a Gumpert Apollo supercar. German the Gumpert may be, but Marcinow took inspiration from Japanese art and traditional irezumi tattooing on his two-week project.

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The car was commissioned by Elo, London Motor Museum owner and founder. Elo explains that Aleksy used the same technique to tattoo the car as he would a body, though it’s still not quite clear what this means.

As Aleksy’s video shows, there’s more than a little traditional car decoration in there, in the form of masking and painting…

Source: Motor Authority

New Cars To Look Out For In 2014

There are some great cars to look forward to in 2014, so if you’re in the market for a new one it might be worth holding out!

It’s official. 2014 is going to be a great year for motoring. Never-before-seen models and new names will combine with the familiar to bring us a generous range of choice.

Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of the ones you should know about…

BMW Active Tourer (Due Summer):

BMW Active Tourer

The 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first-ever front-wheel-drive BMW when it arrives late in 2014. Despite sharing a name with the 2 Series Coupe, the Active Tourer will use a platform from the new MINI, called UKL1.

Ford Mondeo (Due Autumn):

Ford Mondeo

There will be a range of new engines, including a 1.5-litre turbo petrol and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost. Diesel options will be 1.5 and 2.0-litre TDCis, with at least one emitting less than 100g/km of CO2.

Fiat 500X (Due Summer):

Fiat 500X

The latest member of the Fiat 500 family is set to be a small crossover, built to rival cars like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur.

Nissan Qashqai (Due February):

Nissan Qashqai 2014The first-generation, British-built Qashqai was not only a money-spinner for Nissan, but also set a trend in the industry. Yet with so many new rivals, the Qashqai MkII faces a harder time. Refinement is said to be much improved, giving the Qashqai a more grown-up feel, while the raft of new technology includes an electronic differential that brakes the inside wheel in corners to maximise grip.

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Audi Q7 (Due October):

Audi Q7

The new Audi Q7 is significant for several reasons – for starters, it will debut a new three-dimensional grille that will be applied to all future Audi SUVs. The new Q7 will feature full LED headlights and 4G connectivity as options. Like the Range Rover Sport, a third row of seats will also be offered, while four, six and eight-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines will be fitted, along with a Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid.

SEAT Leon Cupra (Due March):

SEAT Leon Cupra

The Cupra should outmuscle the 265bhp Renaultsport Mégane and 247bhp Ford Focus ST, although it can’t match the 276bhp Astra VXR. It should get all that power on to the road, too, as it’s available with the same optional front differential as the flagship Golf.

Audi A3 Cabriolet (Due April):

Audi A3 Cabriolet

The Audi A3 Cabriolet will go up against the likes of the VW Golf Cabriolet when it arrives in showrooms next April. But unlike the Golf – which loses its roof yet keeps its gawky hatchback shape – the drop-top A3 now comes with a sleek new saloon-based body.

VW e-Golf (Due Spring):

VW e-Golf

The new e-Golf follows hot on the heels of the e-up! city car, and although it’s not the first or even the most innovative electric family hatch, it could be the car that launches the technology into the mainstream. Powered by a newly developed electric motor that produces the equivalent of 114bhp and 270Nm of torque, the car can match most petrol and diesel Golfs for acceleration.

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Jag F-Type Coupe (Due Spring):

Jag F-Type Coupe 2014

It’s probably the best-looking Jaguar in a generation, and the F-Type Coupe promises to deliver even more driving thrills than the brilliant soft-top. It carries over two engines from the Roadster – two supercharged V6s – while topping the Coupe line-up is a new F-Type R. This will use the same fettled V8 as the XFR-S supersaloon, sending 542bhp to the rear wheels and taking the two-door from 0-60mph in four seconds flat.

Lamborghini Huracan (Due June):

Lambo Huracan

After 10 years on sale and endless special editions, Lamborghini is finally poised to release a successor to its 10-year-old Gallardo supercar. As in the car it replaces, the Huracan’s driving experience will be dominated by a mid-mounted V10, although here it will be tuned to delivered more than 600bhp.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (Due Summer):

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The expansion of the new 4 Series range will continue next year, with BMW set to introduce a new four-door version of the sleek 3 Series-based coupe. The 4 Series Gran Coupe will follow its 6 Series big brother, with a more rakish appearance and sportier approach than a regular 3 Series, but greater practicality than the standard two-door 4 Series.

Lexus RC (Due Winter):

Lexus RC

Lexus is taking the fight to the BMW 4 Series with its attempt at a svelte two-door coupe in the shape of the RC. The name stands for Racing Coupe, and it leaves you in no doubt about what this car is designed to do.

Mercedes S-Class Coupe (Due Summer):

Mercedes S-Class Coupe

The S-Class Coupe was previewed as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, and it’s set to be revealed in full production form at the Geneva show in March.

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster Debuts in Abu Dhabi

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster lands in Abu Dhabi

The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has made its public debut on board an Italian Naval aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi . Only nine of the limited edition super sports car, which was formally unveiled on the flight deck, will ever be produced!

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The Veneno Roadster is a fully road legal, open top car, ‘bringing the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road’ says Lamborghini. The nine units will be built during 2014, priced at 3.3 million euro excluding taxes.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster lands in Abu Dhabi

There is no roof on the Veneno Roadster, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners – with handling akin to that of a racing prototype.

With a maximum power output of 552 kW and 750 hp, the V12 Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 221 mph.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster lands in Abu Dhabi

The unveiling was made at an exclusive ‘Italian Evening’ on the 240 metre ship ‘Cavour’ while it was docked in Abu Dhabi’s Minda Zayed port.

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Shown in Abu Dhabi in the specially developed colour ‘Rosso Veneno’, each client will be able to personalise the colour of the Roadster to suit their preference.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster lands in Abu Dhabi

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The World’s Most Expensive Car

World's Most Expensive Car

This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, pictured here at Mount Ventoux in France, is reported to have been sold for $52 million, making it the world’s most expensive car!

It is one of just 39 such cars built by Ferrari, conceived to compete in GT racing (GTO stands for Grand Turismo Omologato, or Grand Touring Homologated).

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It is not known who bought the 1963 250 GTO race car as it was a private transaction, but it was purchased last month from its previous owner, Paul Pappalardo.

Pappalardo bought the car, chassis number 51111, in 1974. The sale price of $52 million is a 49% increase on the previous record holder, another 250 GTO which was sold last year for $35 million. That’s pretty good when you consider that when new in 1962, a Ferrari 250 GTO only cost about £6,000!

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This particular race car took victory in the 1963 Tour de France road race and has more recently competed in historic racing events at Silverstone and Le Mans Classic. Racing aside, it has long been regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive cars.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO