“Everyone Who Drives Should Know How to Change Tires”
As my dad used to say, “everyone who drives should know how to change car tires.” Even though many people have some form of Roadside Assistance (such as BMW Subscription Service in Nashville), what happens if you don’t have a cell phone signal? Or, they can’t get there in a reasonable amount of time? What if you forgot to pay the renewal fee?
Head knowledge is good. Practice is even better. So, grab your tools and head out to your car. Someday you may be glad you did.
How to Change Car Tires in 10 Easy Steps
We already hinted at Step #1. Gather your tools.
Lug Wrench (we recommend a four-way)
Flashlight (for nighttime flats)
Safety Note: Move away from traffic as far as possible. Turn on your hazard lights and try to park on a flat paved surface. If you cannot change the tire safely, wait for help.
Steps 2-10: Changing the Flat
2. Place the wedges behind the tires on the side of the car that is opposite of the flat.
3. Loosen your lug nuts with the lug wrench but don’t remove them. You may need to pry off the hubcap.
4. Put the jack under the frame of the car (look for solid metal near the flat) and raise the car approximately 6 inches off the ground.
5. Remove all the lug nuts (don’t lose them!) in a criss-cross pattern, rather than clockwise or counter-clockwise.
6. Swap your spare for the flat tire.
7. Replace the lug nuts in a criss-cross pattern and snug them up using your hand only. Do not tighten them with the lug wrench!
8. Lower the jack until the spare is on the ground and remove the jack.
9. Tighten half of the lug nuts with the wrench. Tighten one, skip one, tighten the next, and so on until all of them are secure.
10. Drive to the nearest repair shop or home if it’s close. This is especially important if you have one of those small temporary spares. They are designed to get you to help, not for driving long distances.
A Word About Your Spare Tire
How to Change a Car Tire – HowtoBasic – YouTube
You need a spare in good condition and one that’s properly inflated. Each time you have your oil changed, make a point of checking your spare tire. You may also want to print out a copy of How to Change Car Tires 101 and put it with your car manual or jack.
Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Front Corner – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift
LEGO, known for typical store products as well as large-scale designs, has done it once again. This time, the LEGO Technic design team built a fully functional Bugatti Chiron. Yes, a LEGO automobile that is fully operational! Even furthermore, one that looks exactly like the Chiron sports car. This 1:1 model includes drive functionality via Power Function motor tech from standard LEGO products. Yes, those little electric motors work together to move a full-size vehicle! Although this car would most likely be highly unsafe at any speed, it is quite an amazing feat.
The Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition was a project given to the LEGO Technic team in Kladno, Czech Republic. Here, the LEGO Technic team works on complex models for LEGO stores and LEGOLAND parks. But, making a functional Chiron out of LEGOs was even a test for them. Beforehand, Aurelien Rouffiange and the rest of the design team recently completed a 1:8 scale Chiron for $349.99. So, it was time to step it up to the next level. With 16 specialists ranging from design to mechanical to electrical fields, this project was tackled with 13,438-man hours. Phew! That is quite an investment of labor and time!
The Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition includes over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements. This includes 339 different types of elements for the build. Surprisingly, absolutely no glue was used in the assembly process. With a total weight of 3,307 pounds (1500 kg), this weighs as much as an actual car! So, moving a car like this requires a lot of power, even for low speed.
“Under the hood”, the Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition has 2,304 Power Functions motors. Yes, it really does! Next, there are 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels. Furthermore, the car fits 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles. Theoretically, the motors work together to produce around 5.3 horsepower. But, on the other hand, the torque equates to 68 lb.-ft. (92 Nm). That torque is how this vehicle gets going. To make it even more insane, the car has a functional rear spoiler and speedometer, both entirely of LEGOs.
An Engineering Feat for LEGO
The Amazing Life-size LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron that DRIVES! – LEGO – YouTube
Overall, the Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition is quite an engineering feat. At the actual 1:1 scale, this car is quite the spectacle. With LEGO pieces in and out, no one expects to see it roll down the track. Although it may not be fast, it is functional. But, for everyone’s interest, these will not be sold due to liability. Life only knows how many people would try “stupid” stunts while driving one of these. For now, it is best to keep cars like this to the company itself. In conclusion, the LEGO Chiron is beautiful and deserves the utmost respect.
In 2018, a British tourist visiting Dubai was able to rack up over $47,000 (170,000 dirhams) in only 3 hours. On July 30th, the tourist went to a dealership to rent a Lamborghini Huracán. Then, on the next day, July 31st, the dealership began receiving notifications. These notices were for speed violations occurring between 2:30 AM and 6 AM in the morning. As expected, the entire situation has hurt the dealership.
The tourist violating the laws was simply acting unreasonably, so they should absolutely be responsible for these fines. Overall, the total sum of fines arrives at a hefty price of $47,643. In the end, hopefully this situation works out for the dealership, as the driver was solely responsible for his abuse of law.
Lamborghini Huracán Specifications
Lamborghini Huracan Coupe – Front Corner – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift
While in Dubai, the British tourist figures renting a Lamborghini Huracán is a great option. While this may be a fantastic idea for many, some people can’t handle it. For instance, how about this guy? Maybe next time stick to the Kia or Toyota rental.
Overall, a Lamborghini Huracán isn’t a bad choice for a Dubai tourist. If driven reasonable, this car is built to impress. At a price of $353,919, this car is quite expensive. Costing as much as a small home, this car boasts a 5.2-liter V10 engine. This motor works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. On the power side, this car has 631 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows it to reach 60 mph in only 2.4 seconds. With a top speed of 201 mph, it is easy to see how this car can easily violate worldwide laws.
Breakdown of Violations
Dubai Police Vehicles – Front – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – EuroDrift
”He was driving at 230 and 240 kilometers per hour…” – Mohammed Ibrahim, Car Rental Business Owner
Overall, the Dubai tourist from the UK broke quite a few laws in the UAE. Firstly, the driver received 12 speeding violations. This amounts to $19,057 (70,000 dirham) simply for speeding. Next, the cost of obtaining the car from impoundment was $28,585 (105,000 dirhams). In a combination, this amounts to $47,643 in expenses.
According to reports, this car was spotted speeding at 149 mph (240 km/h) by 33 radars on Sheikh Zayed Road. This road is one of the busiest in Dubai, so speed detectors are an expectation, especially in the sports car “capitol”. This driver was over the limit by 62 mph (100 km/h) at the max allowed speed. The base rule for the road is 75 mph (120 km/h), but the road allows up to 87 mph (140 km/h). In many countries, this will lead to imprisonment on top of losing a license. Although, the Dubai police fleet is quite amazing itself, including Lamborghinis. So, getting away from Dubai police would be quite difficult.
This Entire Fiasco is Preposterous
British tourist racks up $47,000 worth of speeding fines in Dubai – Global1 News Network – YouTube
Currently, the UAE law has a fine for exceeding 50 mph (80 km/h) set to $816.70 (3,000 dirhams). On top of this, the driver obtains 23 black points and a 60-day car confiscation. So, unfortunately, the business has taken the biggest hit from this person’s pursuit of speed. This Dubai tourist is simply in the wrong and should be treated in that manner. Although views around the world are different, a business owner shouldn’t be held responsible for another person’s sole actions. This simply doesn’t make sense, so put the blame on the tourist. Lastly, just to note, reports seem to indicate the tourist settled the fines after being stuck in the UAE due to it. In conclusion, this Dubai tourist doesn’t represent how anyone should act abroad.
Note: To properly handle a traffic stop, refer to this article by EuroDrift!
Recently, in the auto news industry, rumors are spreading about the successor of the Agera. The name is believed to be from a “reliable source close to Koenigsegg”, according to The Supercar Blog. This name is the Koenigsegg Ragnarok. Unrelating, this may strike a reminder to the Thor: Ragnarok film that hit theatres in 2017 with slightly over $850 million in worldwide revenue. Just a quick reminder, this is the film where Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in protecting against the destruction of the gods and world. Furthermore, the word “Ragnarok” translates to “the Doom of the Gods” in old Norse. During this event, the mythical cycle ends, and the cosmos is destroyed, then recreation takes place. So, with a name like this, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok should rattle the hypercar realm.
An Expectation of Performance Figures
“We’re talking 0 to 250 mph in 14 seconds or something like this. It’s like, black marks all the way up to 250 mph.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
Under the hood, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will most likely sport the twin-turbo V8 seen in the Agera RS, but even better. The horsepower range will be around 1,400, at least 40 over the Agera RS that could reach almost 278 mph at top speed. Now, prepare yourself to be taken back by the expected performance. Koenigsegg wants the Ragnarok to reach 250 mph in only 14 seconds, leaving rubber the entire way behind. With the combination of a V8, 23 psi boost from the turbo, and a ratio of 8.8:1 instead of 9.5:1, this car could feed 32 psi for an instant 600 horsepower boost. Phew! That’s one hell of a performance. Honestly, hopefully it will happen as it is true insanity for a production vehicle of any type. With this car, Koenigsegg hopes to hold back the Tesla Roadster’s advantages.
Targets Set on the Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster – Front Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
“We kind of had our future mapped out, and then we heard about the new Tesla Roadster and its insane acceleration numbers, and we thought ‘damn, that’s put the gauntlet down. We thought, ‘this is not okay’”. – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
Recently, Christian von Koenigsegg, the CEO and founder of Koenigsegg, spoke to Top Gear about the Tesla Roadster. Initially, Koenigsegg didn’t truly believe the performance expectations for the Tesla. But, unfortunately, Elon Musk wasn’t lying when we spoke of the insane acceleration in the Roadster. Now, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will most likely be Koenigsegg’s attempt to strike back.
“We wondered whether it was possible, and yeah, it’s possible. Then we thought, ‘okay how do we deal with it? This is embarrassing.’ In two days we’d thought of a few things. The simplest way of putting it is like this: it’s combining direct drive with the hybridization we have in a different format with Freevalve engine technology, in a peculiar layout.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
After refocusing energy from the already planned future, to a new future, Koenigsegg believes to have found a way to do it. Koenigsegg plans to use a combustion engine, versus an electric setup, to compete with the Roadster. This doesn’t make it direct competition, but it is close enough being in the same hypercar class. Their goal is to use direct drive with hybridization. Next, it’ll include Freevalve engine tech in a specific layout. Not being extremely detailed, Koenigsegg teased at this during the interview as seen above. Now, it is somewhat an expectation that the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will be the new frontier.
Koenigsegg is “Just Scratching the Surface”
IN DEPTH: Koenigsegg Factory Tour with Christian von Koenigsegg – Shmee150 – YouTube
“What we see with our engines, we’ve noticed that we’re just scratching the surface of what we can achieve.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
According to Christian von Koenigsegg, the company is “just scratching the surface”. With the Koenigsegg Ragnarok, the auto industry will rattle from the wrath of power. Although nothing is truly known, the car will display at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March of 2019. At this show, the world will see the future of the hypercar realm. If the power figures are true, this is an Earth car fit for Thor, maybe somewhat of what he’d expect in Asgard. In conclusion, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok’s name may, or may not, be correct, but the car will be a beast.
Note: There are no pictures of the “Ragnarok” currently available. The main picture for the post is of the Koenigsegg Regera. Thanks for understanding!
As life moves into the future, brands such as Mercedes-Benz are attempting to shape the way for humanity. Recently, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic was shown to the public. The Urbanetic is an autonomous van concept that runs on battery-electric. The purpose of this vehicle is to help reduce congestion via a 24/7 runtime for passenger hauling services. With the Urbanetic, Mercedes aims to contribute to a whole new segment of mobility. This includes a capacious, comfortable, efficient, and sustainable design. But, this car, truly begins its prowess from its battery-electric platform.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic begins with its battery-electric platform. This system is the way of the future and provides green commuting accessibility. With a battery system, the car can run on a regular schedule, simply charging every time it is necessary. As battery-operated vehicles become more popular, the battery charging time has dissipated. Recently, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron made its debut as a sports car to charge in 15 minutes flat via 800-volts. Obviously, quick charging will be necessary to make this van concept worthy of transportation purposes. But, even furthermore, is the fact this car can alternate between cargo and people-moving within minutes.
With the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic, the functionality can be altered for multiple purposes. This begins with a cargo-van functionality option. The rear of the van can provide 353 cubic feet of space. This allows for 10 pallets at once, obviously wit the help of 12-feet of load space. So, this van can handle traditional cargo transport as well as last-minute deliveries. But, this isn’t the only way the space can be allocated for usage. Not surprisingly, this car also features a people-moving function as well.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic not only allows for cargo usage, but also people transport. With the large allotment of space in the rear, this vehicle can handle up to 12 people. Furthermore, this car keeps in mind the pedestrians outside of the vehicle. On the front and sides, this car lets civilians know that the vehicle is aware of their presence. This allows bystanders to feel comfortable crossing in front of the vehicle at an intersection. So, while keeping passengers comfy, it is also keeping pedestrians safe. It won’t be surprising in the future when services such as “Uber Pool” end up providing a Urbanetic-style van to transport people at cheap rates.
Autonomy & Electric are the Future
Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility for Urban Areas – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube
As the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic shows, autonomy and electric motors are the future. From the Audi PB18 e-tron to the Vision Urbanetic, manufacturers are moving forward to the next stage of auto engineering. Initially, Tesla led the way for worldwide companies, but now everyone is joining in on the action. What was once a quiet, unsure market, is now the way for all. The sound of the motor may be missed, but will still be available, as gasoline cars will most likely never be fully outlawed. Regardless, transportation will become efficient and reasonable moving forward. One day, these type of vehicles will rotate major cities, running passengers to destinations far and wide.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Different Setup Options – Front Corners – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
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
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
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
Dealership Appearances at Event
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
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
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
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.