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Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017

Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017

A Celebration of Exotic Motorsports

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C & 2017 Ford GT - Front - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift
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In October of 2017, Fabspeed held an open house and exotic car meet event in eastern PA. The Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 was quite the success. Starting in the morning, vehicles of all types rolled into the event, ranging from BMWs to even a 2017 Ford GT. Fabspeed is an exotic car performance specialist company in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Here, Fabspeed offers aftermarket parts for high-end exotic cars, including Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, and more. While the car meet took place outside, Fabspeed held an open house at the same time, allowing enthusiasts to venture through the 26,000 square foot facility. In this building, Fabspeed contains a manufacturing facility as well as a showroom. Portions of the yearly event include food, live dyno runs, and tech talks.

Breakdown of Exotic Vehicles in Attendance

Porsche 911 Classics - Front Corners - Row of 3 - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 Classics – Front Corners – Row of 3 – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

At the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017, Porsche enthusiasts were in full force. With a large amount of the parking lot full of Porsche sports cars, many other manufacturers still made a presence. The car with the most attention was a 2017 Ford GT. Although this car is not a European vehicle, it is quite the spectacle. Inside out, the Ford GT shines “bright like a diamond”. Furthermore, a McLaren 650S Liberty Walk welcomed guests at the front, being the only one in existence. At first, the car threw us off as it reminded us of the P1. So, we initially thought we were looking at one… that was until we were informed it was a modded 650S. Regardless, this car provides quite the welcome. Finally, EuroPrestige Motors was kind enough to bring out an Alfa Romeo 4C. This car is rarely seen stateside, mostly due to Alfa’s lack of marketing the 4C in the United States.

McLaren 650S - Liberty Walk - Front Corner - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

McLaren 650S – Liberty Walk – Front Corner – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

On the Porsche side, the vehicles ranged from a custom Cayman S to 911 classics to GT3 models. Many Porsche 911 GT3s graced the parking lot, including the additional one on the dyno. Furthermore, in support of McLaren, a MP4-12C Spider made an appearance as well. Guests were event fortunate enough to witness a Lotus Seven, not a typical vehicle at most car meets. There are a few other vehicles to mention, but that will be in the next section.

McLaren MP4-12C Spider - Front with Doors Open - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

McLaren MP4-12C Spider – Front with Doors Open – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Dealership Appearances at Event

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

To no surprise, two dealers brought a few beautiful vehicles to the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017. First, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington was kind enough to bring over a SLS AMG. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a beautiful car that was quite stunning at the meet. Second, West German BMW was kind enough to provide a M4 GTS and E30 M3. The BMW M4 GTS can be seen in the video by EuroDrift below. This car has quite a few exhaust options, ranging from quiet to roaring loud.

2016 BMW M4 GTS: Revving Exhaust Sound – Different Sound Modes – EuroDrift – YouTube

A Porsche 911 GT3 Roars on the Dyno

Porsche 911 GT3 - Front Corner on Dyno - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 GT3 – Front Corner on Dyno – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

During the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017, Fabspeed was kind enough to put a Porsche 911 GT3 on the dyno. This car had a Fabspeed long tube competition race header package… and phew, it was loud! Roaring on the dyno, the epic sound echoed through the facility, bothering ear drums throughout. The best way to see this was with ear plugs, as without, it actually kind of hurt. Driving a car this loud down the road would attract a lot of attention, and possibly the bad kind. Whether this car’s sound is road legal, doesn’t mean it was bad. The car sounds fantastic, like the GT3 beast it is.

Porsche 911 GT3: Dyno Testing at Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift – YouTube

Farewell to a Fantastic Day at Fabspeed

2017 Ford GT - Side in Motion - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

2017 Ford GT – Side in Motion – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Although the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 is almost a year past, that means there may be an upcoming event in one month (October 2018). So, there’s no reason to be upset. Considering the outcome of the previous event, the next one can only be better. With a large amount of auto enthusiasts in southeastern PA, the cars don’t disappoint. And, absolutely, EuroDrift would love to attend another Fabspeed event. Fabspeed offers high quality engineering for high-end exotic vehicles, making the meets quite unique. Witnessing these cars in person is well worth the venture here from areas around the mid-state area.

2017 Ford GT - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

2017 Ford GT – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

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All-Electric Audi PB18 e-tron at Pebble Beach 2018

All-Electric Audi PB18 e-tron at Pebble Beach 2018

Presentation at Pebble Beach 2018

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.

Monocoque Shell for Optimal Driver Placement

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

“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

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.

Top-Notch Battery System

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Headlights - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Headlights – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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.

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Rear Overview - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Rear Overview – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Wrecked Porsche 959 Sells for $467,500 at Monterey Auction

Wrecked Porsche 959 Sells for $467,500 at Monterey Auction

Wrecked? Still Worth $467,500!

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort - Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction - Rear Corner - Mecum Auctions - EuroDrift

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

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!

The Porsche 959 is a “Thing of Beauty”

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort // Lot F109.1 // Mecum Monterey 2018 – Mecum Auctions – YouTube

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

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Engine Bay – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Sells for $48.4 Million at RM Sotheby’s Auction

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Sells for $48.4 Million at RM Sotheby’s Auction

A Record $48.4 Million Auction Sale

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

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

Cash – Necessary for Purchase of 250 GTO – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo: A Handling Beast for $5.8 Million USD

Bugatti Divo: A Handling Beast for $5.8 Million USD

Better Handling Chiron for $5.8 Million

Bugatti Divo - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Recently, Bugatti introduced the newest car to their fleet, the Divo. The Bugatti Divo is an exclusive, handling-focused spin-off of the Chiron. Instead of focusing on additional power, the Divo is much nimbler and readier for the track. At a price of $5.8 million USD, the Divo has already sold out of all 40 units. That’s a whopping $232 million in sales for Bugatti, without hesitation. Below, you’ll find out why the Divo differs from the Chiron.

1,500 Horsepower Quad-Turbo W16

Bugatti Divo - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Not surprisingly, the Bugatti Divo sports the powerful 1,500 horsepower quad-turbo W16 motor. The expectation is that this car will hit 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds. Although, the top speed will be 25 mph less than the Chiron at 236 mph due to the handling focus. But, the Divo will be quicker around the track making it a contender for the Nürburgring record. Digging a bit deeper, the Chiron and Divo will have the same brakes and tires, but there are other significant changes.

Differences Between Divo & Chiron

Bugatti Divo - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Divo and Bugatti Chiron can be seen as twin brothers in the Bugatti family. One tends to be a bit more powerful, while the other is a bit nimbler. This is mostly due to changes in their “genetic” make-up, which leads to separate performances. Firstly, the Divo has additional wheel camber and retuned steering. Secondly, the Divo has received revised driving modes including Autobahn, EB, and Handling settings.

Bugatti Divo - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Thirdly, the Divo sheds weight by dropping a few pounds via lightening parts. This weight loss begins with lighter wheels. Furthermore, there is a carbon-fiber intercooler cover and a lighter audio system. To drop it even further, some sound-deadening material is removed, and storage compartment size is decreased. As per the interior, the Divo has matte carbon-fiber trim, faux suede, specifically designed aggressive bolster seats, and larger paddle-shifters. Overall, these changes make this car quite a unique version of the vehicle.

Unique to the Divo

Bugatti Divo - Front Fender - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo – Front Fender – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Divo is a unique vehicle from “head to toe”. This uniqueness begins with the rear grille. The rear grille is made of 3D printed fins, 44 of which light up as taillights. Next, the headlights are different with tiny horizontal LED strips and daylight running lights. These lights give the Divo a very personal look. Finally, the Divo has a French flag design on the front vents behind the fender.

Bugatti Divo - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Divo is Basically the New Diva

Bugatti Divo: World Premiere – Bugatti – YouTube

The Bugatti Divo is quite a spectacular vehicle, it might as well be the new diva. The exterior attracts attention while the interior is fine-tuned and ready to perform. Hitting markets most likely as a 2020 model, the Divo will rarely be seen by the masses. And, at $5.8 million, plus being sold out entirely, this car is going to be quite a collectible vehicle. In conclusion, the Divo is another masterpiece for Bugatti as it works to build its footprint in the auto industry.

Bugatti Divo - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Divo – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Golf R: 40 Custom Color Options

2019 Volkswagen Golf R: 40 Custom Color Options

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

For the 2019 model year, Volkswagen is offering the Golf R in 40 custom color options. This range of color options can only lead to tougher decisions. But, first off, the VW Spektrum Program will increase the bill by around $2,500. So, after that decision is made, a tougher one sits in fate. Currently, Volkswagen is working to release a builder tool on their website to view all colors in 360 degrees colorization. Until then, the best option is to visit a dealership to view the available color options.

With the VW Spektrum Program, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R will cost over $40,000. Just think of the available colors as a bag of skittles. You could blindly pick one from the bag and hope its great. Or, you could take the time to sift thru all options analyzing what best fits your needs. Either way, this many colors is quite the addition to the new model’s option list.

Spec Expectations for Golf R

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R will most likely sport a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. This is the same setup as the current 292 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. motor. But, word has gotten around that VW will aim to provide a 400-horsepower version for 2019 or 2020. Depending on the source, the date varies, so there is no guarantee of the power ratio or model year. This means, the car should reach 60 mph in less than the current 4.8 seconds, probably closer to the low 4 range. As per top speed, it should increase from 150 MPH, unless strictly governed by manufacturer. But, that is nothing a tune can’t fix, while releasing an additional 50-100 horsepower from the turbo in comparison to other VW vehicles including Audi.

Wide Range of Possible Color Choices

2019 Volkswagen Golf R - VW Spektrum Program - View of 40 Color Choices - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Golf R – VW Spektrum Program – View of 40 Color Choices – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R has a huge range of possible color choices, 40 in total. On the list, are quite a few options representing VWs from current and past generations. Firstly, the Viper Green Metallic is from the European Mk3 Scirocco. Secondly, the Nagaro Blue Pearl is brought back from the Mk4 and Mk5 R32. Thirdly, Ginster Yellow arrives from the 1997 Driver’s Edition GTI. Finally, there is Mars Red rom the Mk1 GTI. On top of this, from the bag of skittle color options, there are also Caribbean Green, Copper Orange Metallic, and Violet Touch Metallic. Do note, this doesn’t even touch base to comprehend the total amount of available options.

A VW Built for Zipping Around

Volkswagen Golf R 2018 review – the best all-round performance car? – carwow – YouTube

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is a car built for zipping around town. Beyond the engine and color options, there is a sport suspension and 18” wheels. On the transmission side, there is a 6-speed manual factory. Furthermore, a 6-speed automatic with launch control is another option. But, this squanders in comparison to the color list. In conclusion, a Viper Green Metallic Golf R sounds like quite a vehicle to drive and make a scene.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R - Ginster Yellow - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Golf R – Ginster Yellow – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Aston Martin to Build 25 James Bond DB5 Models

Aston Martin to Build 25 James Bond DB5 Models

“The name is Bond, James Bond”

Recently, Aston Martin announced a decision to build 25 James Bond DB5 models. Previously, a few years ago, Aston built a limited amount of DB4 GT models. Now, after its success, Aston aims to redo the legendary DB5. In the James Bond film Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 makes it debut to fame. On a further note, EON Productions will be involved in the new builds of the car, which is the company that produces the Bond films. This is an exciting time for auto enthusiasts and collectors. Owning one of these models may not withhold the treasure of one from the past, but a new one will still be stunning, and well worth it.

Basis for the Goldfinger DB5

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Ferrari Pursuit Action Scene - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Ferrari Pursuit Action Scene – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 25 James Bond DB5 models by Aston Martin will have a basis on the original car. This car was built by Aston Martin Works years ago. But, there will be alterations to improve quality and reliability. These cars are meant to be authentic reproductions of the Goldfinger version of the car. So, this means the exterior will be Silver Birch paint. Furthermore, the car will have additional functioning gadgets such as revolving license plates. These are gadgets seen in the James Bond film, making this car even more unique.

Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Sean Connery Posing - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery Posing – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

”The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud, and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years… To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.” – Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

Obviously, there is a major connection between 007 and Aston Martin. This venture started years back and continues even today in newer films. Recently, another 007 film was announced to be in the works, bringing back the current actor Daniel Craig. Previously, when the Silver Birch DB5 made its debut, Sean Connery was 007. At the time, he did a fantastic job and fulfilling the role. This movie made a major link between James Bond and Aston Martin. A DB5 with 007 gadgets built in the same factory is absolutely a collector’s dream. With a limited run of 25 units, this car will be a tough purchase to find, for almost everyone.

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Sean Connery with View - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery with View – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The MSRP is $3.5 Million USD

GOLDFINGER – Bond Car Chase Through Furka Pass in Switzerland – virtualee2000 – YouTube

In conclusion, the Aston Martin James Bond DB5 models will be quite a spectacle. With a MSRP of $3.5 million USD, this car targets only the wealthy. Only 25 customers will be lucky enough to get their hands on this specific build. But, even furthermore, this car will not be street legal. So, basically, it becomes a display piece for the living room. But, who wouldn’t want a James Bond DB5 as the centerpiece inside their house? Aston expects to deliver these vehicles to customers starting in 2020.

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Posing in London - Rear - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Posing in London – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

One Supercar Brand Says “No” to SUVs

In recent years, supercar brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini have decided to venture into the SUV market. This has been a surprise for many, unlike when Bentley or Rolls-Royce jumped ship. Regardless, even Aston Martin and Lotus are planning SUV models for the market. But, one major supercar company is saying no. McLaren intends to avoid the SUV market, unlike the competition. So, there will be no McLaren SUV arriving in the future. Honestly, avoiding the SUV market is a reasonable option, especially with the pure competition going on between the other companies now.

CEO Mike Flewitt’s Interview with Automotive News

Representation of Interview In Progress - Broadcasting Room - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Representation of Interview In Progress – Broadcasting Room – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Recently, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt spoke with Automotive News about this exact topic. From the conversation, a McLaren SUV seems completely off the table.

”I’m not against SUVs… They are just not what McLaren does.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

This statement makes it clear that McLaren does not vision itself as a SUV company. Within reasonable observance, this statement is true. McLaren succeeds largely at creating vehicles in the supercar realm. Hence, staying within that will allow McLaren to spend more resources on what matters, the newest models to its fleet.

”When we decide to do a product there are three simple tests: It has to be right for the brand and right for the customer base, we’ve got to have the technology to do the best car in class, and we’ve got to make money… An SUV starts to reduce the purity of the brand as a supercar driver’s brand. Secondly, we don’t have the technology. Can you imagine from a standing start if we wanted to go out and do a better car than a Range Rover, or a Cayenne – the billions we’d have to invest? Third, therefore, is we wouldn’t make any money. So, it doesn’t tick any box.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

Obviously, from these remarks, CEO Mike Flewitt doesn’t see a McLaren SUV as a reasonable investment. Firstly, the car is not right for their brand or clientele. Secondly, McLaren feels it will degrade their supercar basis. Thirdly, McLaren doesn’t have or want the technology needed to build a SUV from scratch. Avoiding billions in investment isn’t a bad thing, as this will allow McLaren to invest otherwise. Regardless, there will be plenty of other supercar or ultra-luxury SUVs to choose from.

But… What About Electric Vehicles?

McLaren 720S - MSO Pacific Theme - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

McLaren 720S – MSO Pacific Theme – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Unlike never owning a McLaren SUV, it will be possible to own a McLaren EV in the future. Not surprisingly, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt is for EVs. But, McLaren will need a lot of preparation work in the battery creation realm.

”A McLaren EV has got to be usable… It shouldn’t be that we offer a powertrain solution that compromises. It won’t just be lower emissions, it’ll be a better sports car. We’ve set ourselves half an hour full-on track use. You need to be able to do that without recharge, and when you come in and recharge it needs to recharge in 30 minutes.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

McLaren aims to bring an EV to market, but first, it must be reliable on the track. Not only will they offer lower emissions but aim to build a better car. The goal is to allow a driver 30 minutes of track intensive driving before having to charge for 30 minutes. So, downtime may be a bit longer than simply filling a tank, but electrical wise, this is a very high expectation. Building a battery like this will take high investment, research and development, and more. It most likely will not happen, but companies such as Tesla seem to have a hold on this, so maybe reaching out for some co-operative work isn’t a bad idea… or maybe it is?

No to McLaren SUV, Yes to McLaren EV

We Build Sports Cars, Not SUVs: McLaren CEO – Bloomberg – YouTube

Overall, the decision to avoid a McLaren SUV is reasonable, without a doubt. On the other hand, entering the EV market is a must. An EV will allow McLaren to retain full supercar status while offering a modern take on technology. By avoiding an SUV, McLaren saves billions in investment funding as well as headaches. First generation SUVs tend to arrive with problems, such as the Cayenne 10 years ago. Regardless of this decision, plenty of SUV options will be readily available by Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Lotus. In conclusion, McLaren’s decision to avoid SUVs wasn’t really a surprise anyway.

Below, a picture of the Lamborghini Urus is shown as a representation of the supercar SUVs currently on market.

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Is the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Worth the Price?

Is the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Worth the Price?

To Upgrade? Or, Not to Upgrade? That is the Question.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Front - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Front – Porsche – EuroDrift

To upgrade? Or, not to upgrade? With the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, that is the question. Many enthusiasts are left wondering, is the GTS worth the price in comparison to the S model? The real answer lies ahead with a short analysis of the Cayman GTS model. First off, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S is already an amazing sports car. But, for a bit more buck, do you get the bang? Well, that answer is truthfully up to you… but we say yes!

Performance Enhancements

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Side View of Interior - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Side View of Interior – Porsche – EuroDrift

The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sports a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four motor. This engine produces 365 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison to the S, this is 15 more horsepower and 8 more lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this engine works in combo with a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch auto transmission. Expectedly, this car should hit 60 mph roughly 0.1 seconds faster than the S model. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. But, Car & Driver was able to reach 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds in the S. This means, the GTS should be in the range of 3.5 seconds.

Packages, Packages, & More Packages!

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Rear - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Rear – Porsche – EuroDrift

The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS includes a handful of packages over the S model. Firstly, there is the Sport Chrono Package. This provides the driver with a steering wheel-mounted driving model dial. Secondly, there is a sports exhaust system. Thirdly, and even furthermore, the car has the PASM adaptive suspension. Fourthly, no one can go wrong with the Porsche Torque Vectoring system. Finally, there are Alcantara-Upholstered Sport Seats Plus Buckets. Phew… that is quite the expansion of mods!

Well… The Upgrade is Definitely Worth It!

Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS review – are they worth it? – Auto Express – YouTube

In conclusion, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is worth the price. For a bit more money, a buyer gets more bang for the buck. Starting with a slightly faster 0-60 time and more power, this car takes the Cayman a bit more forward. Furthermore, the multitude of additional packages easily makes up for the price difference. Who doesn’t want all of the features discussed above? Well…maybe somebody… but not most! Overall, the GTS models are well worth the money if financials allow for the upgrade.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - Rear in Motion - Porsche - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Rear in Motion – Porsche – EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport: Built for the Track

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport: Built for the Track

A Track Performance Car by Porsche

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a car truly built for the track. First, and foremost, this car is not street legal. This is due to the heavy emphasis on race track specs. Sticking to tradition, this car runs a RWD system with a flat six engine. From there, the list only extends down to the floor with amazing race tech. To not surprise, this car wears components of the Cayman GT4 as well as the 911 GT3 Cup. Lastly, and recently, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport was used by Porsche for a one-make challenge at Pikes Peak. Basically, it was a competition with one car between 8 drivers, amateur and pro.

3.8-Liter Mid-Mounted Flat 6 Engine

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - Front in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport sports a 3.8-liter aluminum DOHC mid-mounted flat six engine. This motor produces 385 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 6-speed PDK transmission that has an optimized shift application. And, even furthermore, the motor and PDK have a water-cooling system with thermal management. These components work together to hit 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds! Lastly, the GT4 Clubsport can reach a top speed of 183 mph!

Racing Technology Highlights

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Inside out, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a basically a thoroughbred. With this emphasis on racing, this car wears the crème of the crop. Firstly, the GT4 Clubsport has a race series retaining frame with no differential lock and no sound insulation. This leads to a mean engine with a roar. Secondly, this car sports fade resistant brakes in front and rear. On the front, there are 6-piston aluminum fixed brake calipers. At the rear, there are 4-piston aluminum fixed brake calipers.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - Brake & Wheel - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Brake & Wheel – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Thirdly, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport has a 911 GT3 Cup front axle. Fourthly, the suspension contains a Pure Motor Racing lightweight spring strut. Furthermore, there is a modified wishbone from the 911 GT3 Cup. Fifthly, this car has an amazing safety level meeting FIA certification. Between the welded roll-over bar, fire extinguisher, racing bucket seats, and 6-point harnesses, this car is ready for a track experience. Sixthly, there is an electromechanical power steering system. And, seventhly, and finally, there is a 90 I series tank with 70 and 100 FT3 safety tanks optional.

MSRP of Only $165,000 USD

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – (Track) One Take – TheSmokingTire – YouTube

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport starts with a MSRP of only $165,000. Not being street legal, this price is reasonable for a track car. Just remember, it is not wise to attract the police in a car like this. Not only will the GT4 visit the impound, but the fines will surmount to an unsatisfying level. Either way, this car is an amazing track toy ready to hit the Nürburgring Nordschleife. First, getting there is the tough part… driving about the track is equivalent to taking joy in We Happy Few. In conclusion, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a phenomenal track-only race car.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Below, feel free to check out the two PDFs offered by the Porsche website on the GT4 Clubsport!

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Vehicle Description PDF  (Porsche Website)

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Catalogue

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - Rear in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Rear in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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