Unveiled during Monterey Car Week, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider has all the performance upgrades of the 488 Coupe, plus open-air driving. This makes it competitive with the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. However, the engines are quite different and the result is that the Pista is faster off the line.
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
3.9-Liter V8 Bi-Turbo Gasoline Engine
7-Speed Dual Clutch Auto Transmission
711 HP, 8000 RPM
568 LB.-FT. at 3,000 RPM
0-124 MPH in 7.6 Seconds
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
5.2-Liter V10 Naturally Aspirated
7-Speed Dual Clutch Auto Transmission
630 HP, 8,000 RPM
443 LB.-FT. at 6,500 RPM
0-124 MPH in 8.9 Seconds
The Pista has a wheelbase of 2650 mm, making it a bit wider and easier to handle in the corners. Apart from that and the slight speed edge, the two cars are virtually neck and neck. The Lamborghini comes with a high price tag so we are curious where the Spider’s price point will fall.
The Spider Cuts Weight
The Pista was built for the track. In fact, “Pista” is the Italian word for “track.” Whether you are looking at the new Spider or the Coupe, 0-62 mph in 2.85 seconds is pretty fast. The fact that the convertible matches the speed of the coupe is even more impressive given that it weighs more.
A lot of effort went into reducing the weight of the Spider. First, they replaced the alloy rims with carbon fiber wheels. Ferrari also took out the carpets and even replaced the metal door handles with straps. Yet, after modifications, the Spider still weighed 220 lbs more than the Pista Coupe.
Ferrari’s Not Divulging the Price
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider – Official Video – Ferrari – YouTube
Despite inquiries, Ferrari has been pretty hush-hush regarding the price of the new 488 Pista Spider. The automaker also hasn’t set a release date. However, the unveiling in Monterey may have set the stage for the launch.
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1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Rear Corner – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift
During the Monterey Auction at Pebble Beach in 2018, a wrecked Porsche 959 sold for $467,500. The car, a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, is one of only 249 units produced by the manufacturer. Not surprisingly, many people are in shock as a smashed car racked up 6-digits in value. But, due to its exclusivity, this car is worth it. The Porsche 959 is a Porsche fans dream and wasn’t even legal to drive in the U.S. until 1999. Unfortunately, this car’s damage is from a series of unfortunate events.
The Story Behind the Damage
1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Trailer Accident – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift
The wrecked Porsche 959 that sold for $467,500 at the Monterey auction was in an unlucky accident. The story begins with the car taking a journey in a trailer. From there, things so south quickly. While being hauled, the trailer disconnected from the vehicle. At this point, the car was simply in the grace of life itself. But, with a bang, the car hit a tree sustaining the damage seen in the pictures. Regardless, some people see hope in this car as a possible rebuild. And to that, EuroDrift approves!
Overall, the Porsche 959 is a “thing of beauty”. Worldwide, many Porsche fans hold high regards to this car, even favoring it so. At $467,500, wrecked, this car must hold a lot of value to collectors. Hopefully, one day, the car will be fixed up and ready to hit the road. This would be sure to be backed by applause by Porsche enthusiasts around the world. In conclusion, the wrecked Porsche 959 has a light of hope to become what it once was, or better. Regardless, at least the rear end seems to be running ok!
1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Engine Bay – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift
At Pebble Beach Automotive Week 2018 in Monterey, California, Audi revealed the PB18 e-tron. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is a mid-engine high-performance sports car with electric drive. Broad and flat, this car’s inspiration is the track and wind tunnel. Furthermore, this car has absolutely no comfort features or automation. So, unfortunately, it won’t get you from point A to point B automatically. Regardless, this car is no surprise as the auto market aims towards a mostly electric future. With the PB18, Audi didn’t hesitate to show off at Pebble Beach.
“We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18. That’s why we developed the interior around the ideal driver’s position in the center. Nevertheless, our aim was to also give the PB18 e-tron a high degree of everyday usability, not just for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.” – Gael Buzyn, Head of the Audi Design Loft in Malibu
Showing up to Pebble Beach Automotive Week, the PB18 came prepared to impress. Starting with the interior, this car features a monocoque shell. This allows for lateral movement of the driver seat and steering system. So, for the track, the seat can sit in a center position just like the McLaren F1. On top of that, if the driver seat is positioned in a typical spot, such as left or right, a passenger seat becomes available. This is possible due to the by-wire design for the steering and pedal layout. Beyond the interior, the car is made of aluminum, carbon, and multi-material composites. Just these two features, the interior and frame, make this car a true race car.
Three Electric Motors & Quattro
Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Driving on Track – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports 3 electric motors as well as Audi’s signature Quattro. There is one motor in the front with 201 horsepower and two in the rear with a combined 469 horsepower. This means the PB18 has 671 horsepower total on top of it’s 612 lb.-ft. of torque. With boosting, the car can temporarily jump to 764 horsepower to really put the power down. This power setup allows the PB18 to reach 62 mph in slightly over 2 seconds. Fortunately, for traffic situations, max speed can be limited to increase range. Finally, the rear motors are located between steering knuckles driving one wheel each via half-shaft.
To no surprise, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron has a top-notch battery system. Starting with the battery itself, it is a liquid-cooled solid-state setup with 95kWh. This allows the PB18 to cover 310.7 miles with WLTP. With an 800-volt charging requirement, this car reaches full capacity in around 15 minutes. That is quick, closing on the gap between gasoline and battery refueling. Furthermore, the battery recovers energy while braking as it is primarily used to slow down the car. The hydraulic brake only functions under heavy braking.
A final note about the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is that is can wirelessly charge. Yes, you read that correctly, the PB18 doesn’t need a charger cable. While a charging cable is an option, the car can also charge via induction. To charge cordlessly, this requires the Audi Wireless Charging (AWC) system. For this to work, a charging pad with integral coil is placed on the floor where the car will be parked. This connects it to the power supply. For a deeper understanding, this allows an alternating magnetic field to induce an alternating voltage in the secondary coil fitted in the floor of the car, across an air gap. And no, it will most likely not shock you, as that would be an insane liability for Audi.
A Race Car Suspension System
The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports a race quality suspension. Obviously, the system begins with front and rear independent systems. On the front, there is a push-rod setup. As per the rear, there is the typical pull-rod format. Furthermore, in both cases, this works in conjunction with adaptive magnetic ride shock absorbers. Basically, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans racing car serves as the basic architecture for the PB18.
The Future is Here with All-Electric Race Cars
Audi PB18 e-tron – Next-Gen Audi Supercar – YOUCAR – YouTube
With the release on the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron, the future is here. For years, companies and people were unsure of the electric auto market and any potential it held. Now, most companies realize the truth, that electric power is the way of the future. Not only will this allow for cleaner energy usage, but it will also provide better performance. Each year, more and more beautiful EVs are introduced to market. In conclusion, the Audi PB18 is a vision of what to expect on the market in the near future.
In Monterey, California, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million USD at the RM Sotheby’s auction in 2018. This price sets the record for the most expensive car sold publicly. Although it is not proven, tips have led some to believe another GTO was sold for $70 million in private. Regardless, $48.4 million is quite a ton of cash. This specific 250 GTO is one out of 36 total built by Ferrari. Even better, this car was never wrecked or repaired, making it even more unique. Furthermore, this car’s great racing history most likely helped drive the price well above the previous record.
Background & Racing History
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – Sold for $48.4 Million USD at Auction – Rear Corner – RM Sotheby’s – EuroDrift
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is a very limited production model that has made headlines repeatedly, due to its collective value. The most recent 250 GT, that sold for $48.4 million USD, has quite a spectacular racing history. With one national championship and several major wins in the 1960s, this car holds historic value. In 2014, another GTO sold for $38 million USD, setting the record back then until now. This specific 250 GTO was owned since 2000 by former Microsoft executive Greg Whitten. The sale price at auction was $44 million USD, which translates to $48.4 million after fees.
Buckets of Cash & Gold
Meet the Man Who Sold His Ferrari 250 GTO for a Record $48.4 Million | Forbes – YouTube
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is an amazing collector’s car. A rare spectacle to many, this car fetches quite the price on the market. With a racing history, no wreck record, and a unique ownership history, this car is quite the rare combo. A good prediction is that this car will most likely fetch more in the future, if its taken are of properly. In conclusion, the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT set the world record for auction price at $48.4 million.
Cash – Necessary for Purchase of 250 GTO – Pixabay – EuroDrift
2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front – BMW – EuroDrift
“Suffice it to say that this new model will certainly be an emotional addition to the BMW range.” – BMW Statement During Press Release
In 2018, BMW promises to debut an “emotional” vehicle at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Thus, many people are pointing towards the official Z4 model release. In August 2017, BMW brought the Z4 Roadster Concept to the Pebble Beach Concours show. On top of the possible Z4 debut, BMW will also display the new 8-Series. Both cars are part of the new line-up that will hit markets for the 2019 model year. But, there is also no guarantee which car BMW will debut at the show.
The ‘2019’ BMW Z4
2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Side – BMW – EuroDrift
For the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018, there is speculation of a Z4 debut. If this is the case, it will most likely be a 2019 BMW Z4 due to the August timing. The BMW Z4 Roadster Concept officially debuted at Monterey Car Week last year. The expectations are that the Z4 will be offered in an inline-4 and inline-6 engine. The inline-4 starts around 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. As per the inline-6, it should sport around 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. At a price of $50,000 to $60,000, this car will be an impressive, affordable car. Although, in the end, the Z4 does relate closely to the new Toyota Supra. That car won’t hit market until next year.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018
2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Interior Perspective – BMW – EuroDrift
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a high-end luxury show at the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. The event is held at the lodge with its prestigious location and rating. Each year, manufacturers bring new cars to display while spectators bring their finest collectible vehicles. General Admission Tickets start at a whopping $325 prior to August 1, and $375 beginning August 1. From there, prices only increase with the next level equating to $825 per ticket. Obviously, this event caters to the wealthy as the base tickets cost more than a Beyoncé concert.
BMW Expects to Impress the Spectators
2019 BMW Z4 Concept – Interior Exterior and Drive – CAR TV – YouTube
Overall, BMW expects to ‘wow’ the Pebble Beach spectators this year. While the 8-Series will be on display at the show, many still wonder what BMW will also bring to the table. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is no joke, so BMW will hopefully make an impressive debut. The ‘2019’ BMW Z4 is a great option for a victory at the show. Many people have been waiting for the revival of the Z4, and no one will be disappointed with this design. In conclusion, time will only tell as the debut will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018.
2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear Angle – BMW – EuroDrift