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JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Completes Final Pre-Season Test 

Up to 20 I-PACE eTROPHY racecars will take to the grid at the first race on 15 December in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

Pre-season testing for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY championship took place this week at Rockingham, Europe’s fastest racing circuit. Previously announced entrants Katherine Legge, Bryan Sellers, Cacá Bueno, Sérgio Jimenez and Simon Evans were joined by confirmed multi-car entrants from Saudi Arabia, China and Germany, who are due to announce their team and driver details in November.

British model and racing enthusiast David Gandy also attended the test and drove the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar. Each round will feature a VIP car driven by famous faces from the world of motorsport and beyond.

David Gandy said:

“This is a hugely impressive car. I was initially sceptical about electric cars, but now after driving the I-PACE and the I-PACE eTROPHY I’m a convert. The racecar is so powerful but it’s a friendly car to drive – it’s a lot of fun and holding your speed around the corners is a test of nerve. I’m already a Formula E fan but adding the element of production car racing will add something special. I’ll definitely be watching.”

Gandy, who first attended a Formula E Race in Hong Kong in 2016 has also previously raced for Jaguar in the Mille Miglia in an XK120.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will be the official support race to ABB FIA Formula E from December onwards. The new championship will take place over 10 rounds in nine global cities, with up to 20 entrants competing for a prize fund in excess of £500,000.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY begins on 15 December in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Final entrants and details of where to watch the championship around the world will be announced shortly.

Pirelli Showcases The Evolution Of Ferrari GT Tires

Six era-defining sports cars, six of their racing variants, and six competition tires that were built especially for them: the story of the Ferrari Challenge covers 26 years and some of the most important models ever to come from Maranello, whose competition variants have made up Ferrari’s celebrated one-make series. This is territory that Pirelli knows well, having been the exclusive tire supplier to the Ferrari Challenge ever since the championship made its debut. This presented an important opportunity for Pirelli to study new concepts in extreme conditions – as is always the case in motorsport, among eager gentlemen drivers – but based on road-going cars, with the same characteristics and dynamics. The Ferrari Challenge was born in 1993 and since then more than 1000 drivers have taken part. The number of tires used has been simply incalculable. This is also because the Ferrari Challenge has expanded from the European series to Asia and the United States: a whole world of gentlemen drivers, each at the wheel of a Ferrari equipped with Pirelli tires.

CARS AND TIRES: THE HISTORY OF THE FERRARI CHALLENGE

The very first car that got the one-make series underway was the Ferrari 348 Challenge. It was derived from the 1989 348 TB and TS, carrying over the road car’s 3.5-liter V8 engine that put out 320 horsepower. Compared to the road-going version, the 348 Challenge car wasn’t extensively modified, but it did wear slick tires that were especially developed by Pirelli. The very first Ferrari Challenge tire was a 17-inch slick with different sizes at front and rear (245/620-17 and 265/640-17 respectively). Just like the car, the tires also had a strong link with their road-going equivalents: to make them, Pirelli used the normal P Zero moulds, but with a specific construction and compounds.

The 348 drove its last races in 1996, alongside the new 355 Challenge car. This was also a direct descendant of its road-going equivalent, including the 380-horsepower engine that was identical to the road car. The safety devices needed for competition and bespoke Pirelli tires made it different though. The Italian firm made its first 18-inch tires for Ferrari’s one-make series: a size that would remain for more than 10 years.

In 2000, the third car to be used on the Ferrari Challenge made its debut: the 360 Challenge, which was based on the 360 Modena. It had the same power as the road car (400 horsepower) but less weight.  The 360 Challenge car underwent some important modifications the following year, with increased 415 horsepower. The tires were required to perform better as well, but the generation of Pirelli tires that was born with the 355 was still more than capable of responding to the demands of cars and drivers, which meant that only new tire sizes and compounds were introduced.

The 430 Challenge marked an important new step for the one-make series: while it put out the same 490 horsepower of the road car, it was adapted thanks also to the lessons that Ferrari had learned in Formula 1. For example, it boasted the first carbon ceramic braking system of any Ferrari competition car, so the tires also needed some important modifications. The first 19-inch tires were made, both as slicks and wets, but these became ‘full wet’ tires for the first time, with a specific full wet tread pattern.

In 2010, the acclaimed Ferrari 458 Italia formed the base of the latest Challenge car, taking to the track with the same 570 horsepower as the road car but weighing 100 kilograms lighter and with specific engine mapping and a competition exhaust. There was also an electronic rear differential that required the tires to work in parallel with it.  Pirelli adapted the tire dimensions and compound, while maintaining the same wheel size.

Turbocharging came to the Ferrari Challenge in 2016 with the arrival of the 488 Challenge: the first time that a turbo engine had ever been seen on the championship in 25 years. There was a 100-horsepower increase compared to the 458, while the lap time round Fiorano was improved by a second. Pirelli developed new tire sizes for the 488 Challenge to cope with the car’s extra performance.

Theo Mayer, who manages Pirelli’s Ferrari Challenge program, said: “It’s an excellent opportunity for Pirelli to work alongside Ferrari on the Challenge. Alongside the professional drivers there are also gentlemen drivers: amateurs who have other real world commitments on top of racing. The tires are always developed in parallel with the car, one year before the Challenge is officially launched, enhancing drivability and performance for drivers at every level. The objective of these developments has been to maximize performance, using the latest technical innovations from Pirelli’s renowned motorsport department. This helps to make the tires more driveable in all dry conditions. For rainy conditions, a specific full wet tire has been developed. Now that we are entering the 26th year of our partnership, our next objective will be to celebrate half a century together.”

Petersen Auto Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum will debut its latest exhibit, “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders,” to the media and ticket holders on November 8, 2018. Located in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery, the display will feature 12 race cars, racing artifacts and 180-degree panoramic video, providing an immersive way to experience a variety of the fastest and most famous cars built in and around Los Angeles. The reception will pay homage to racing icon Parnelli Jones, a motorsports legend known for his exploits in Indy Car, sports car and off-road racing.

Southern California’s passion for racing became apparent in the early 1900s. The temperate climate and diverse landscapes provided limitless opportunities for racing. Metropolitan cities became home to large racing venues, dry lake beds became the site of land speed trials, airport runways became drag strips and mountains became off-road courses and hill climbs.

Reflecting this diversity, the exhibit will present race cars by the region’s renowned designers and engineers including Fred Offenhauser, Harry Miller, Frank Kurtis and Max Balchowsky. In addition to two racing engines on display, key vehicles will include the 1924 Miller 122, the 1929 Ford 22 Jr. Model A Roadster, the 1963 Ol’Yaller Mark IX, the 1966 AAR Eagle #31 and the 1975 Edmunds Tamale Wagon.

“Although people tend to associate different cities with car racing, Los Angeles has played one of the most consequential roles in the sport,” said Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our new exhibit pays tribute to this rich history and honors racing greats such as Parnelli Jones, who has been a hero to fans around the nation for decades. We are thrilled to host and recognize Parnelli at the opening night reception as one of the most successful racers to come out of Los Angeles with accomplishments in a wide range of motorsports.”

Most remembered for his accomplishments at the Indianapolis 500, Jones is often regarded as one of the most versatile racers of all time. He has won nearly every major auto racing event in the United States including six Indy Car wins, four NASCAR wins, 25 sprint car wins and 25 midget car wins. Apart from racing, Jones has operated several successful automotive-related businesses. The preview evening will conclude with an auction featuring signed Jones memorabilia.

“Legends of Los Angeles” will officially open to the public on November 10, 2018 and will run through December 1, 2019. To purchase tickets to the opening or learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

CULLINAN

CHANGE IS GOOD.

by Vaughn Lowery

As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.

As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.

On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.

Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.

Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.

This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.

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Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Finding The Cheapest Car Insurance

With many car insurance companies nowadays, it can be confusing and overwhelming to find the best one among them. Now, you can compare quotes from different insurers and save your precious time and cash from looking for the best offer around. Speaking of savings, you can find cheap car insurance from Money Expert!

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How to find the cheapest car insurance

Car insurance is important mainly because we will never know what may happen in the future. However, shopping for the cheapest car insurance can be quite tricky. That is why it is important to know the basics of getting vehicle insurance in the first place.

Aside from having a clean driving record, older age, and more protection coverage, there are other factors that can affect car insurance costs. Furthermore, here are other tips on finding the most affordable insurance around.

1. Review your current policy every 6 months

With the current insurance market competition going on, there can be a possibility of an increase in rates due to the ongoing demand. On the other hand, some companies may sneakily increase their rates without you noticing it. That is why it is advisable to review your policy every six months to avoid these surprise rate hikes.

2. Pay on time

Paying on times means no penalties and thus no extra charges for you. More so, you can also consider paying your premiums yearly instead of monthly to save up to a hundred dollars.

3. Be on the lookout for discounts and coupons

Some insurance companies offer discounts and coupons, given that you comply with their conditions. More often than not, these can help you save extra dollars and unlock those “secret” deals you may not know all along.

4. Know that the bigger and more expensive your vehicle is, the higher your premium is

If you are looking for more affordable vehicle insurance, you may want to consider choosing or downsizing into a smaller car. On the contrary, it’s less likely you’ll find a cheap car insurance if you have a truck or SUV.

5. Consider using comparison websites

These include reliable websites such as Money Expert that will help you choose the cheapest car insurance around. By comparing cheap car insurance from Money Expert, you can see different quotes from more than 90 policy providers in the country. From there, it can help you make a decision by choosing the most affordable vehicle insurance from the lot and save you some extra cash.

The above tips are some of the best ways to get an affordable car insurance. Visit Moneyexpert.com to get a free quote today.

2019 Chevy Silverado

By Anthony Sovinsky x Reid Urban x Vaughn Lowery

Chevy unveiled their most advanced Silverado lineup ever at the historic Forum in Los Angeles for the 2018 Tailgate Fest. 360 Magazine had the pleasure to accompany Chevy in their VIP lounge, where a delicious home style BBQ plate was served in the comfort of the Silverado’s tailgate. The festival included live performances from some of the biggest country artists –  including rap star Nelly and country music icon Toby Keith. As the feast came to a close, we were chauffeured back to headquarters in our test model to enjoy for the rest of our Labor Day weekend.

The Z71 has a massively updated design that embodies all of its characteristics – powerful, luxurious, and extremely capable. Starting at the front you are encountered by a very prominent front-end with chrome finishes. The contour lines of the truck blend flawlessly from front to rear, ensuring a luxurious façade to an otherwise bonafide work truck. In addition, unlike your typical pickup truck, several aerodynamic additions have been appended to enhance functionality. It includes air curtains in the front grille, similar to the sixth-generation Camaro, that reduce drag by routing air around the front wheel wells and an integrated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab that help reduce wind drag from the truck bed. Proceeding to the rear end, the tailgate is stamped with the iconic “CHEVROLET” in reference to its late, great predecessors of the 1950s and 60s. However, several other modern upgrades have been made that really set this model apart. Enlarged steps have been crafted into the bumper to better accommodate someone with steel toed boots to have easy access to the truck bed. Dual exhausts have also been stylishly integrated with up to 33 inch wheels for modern customer preferences.

The ultimate test of any pickup truck is the capacity and durability of the truck bed or as Chevy coins it: The “Durabed”. The 2019 Durabeds have all been improved in every manner possible. First off, it is equipped to hold the most cargo space in every bed length offered. This translates to 63 cubic feet of volume, making it 20% larger than the competition. More importantly, it is insanely durable and built for the job. It has a higher strength steel floor that can yield up to 340 to 500 megapascal of pressure. Other features include 12 double strength fixed-tie downs that will withstand up to 500 lbs of force before bending, task lighting, and a 120-volt power outlet.

Aside from using the tailgate for Labor Day festivities, most of our time was expended in the cabin. The redesigned interior with added safety features made commuting in the large truck much more comfy. The cabin space has been increased, allowing up to 44.5 inches of front leg room and 43.8 inches of rear legroom. We also found that there was plenty of storage room in the cabin for medium-sized carry-ons. Equipped with a 24-liter storage tray under the second row seat we were able to stow our champion backpacks and spare gym shoes. Moreover, the fabrics of the seats are super durable while also being stain and smell resistant. This made eating on the go less stressful.

The safety features and infotainment system greatly increased our confidence of navigating such a large truck in a busy city like Los Angeles. Maneuverability was made effortless thanks to several great safety features. The heads-up display enables you to keep your eyes on the road, while important information is projected onto the windshield, a rear camera mirror that allows for a wide angled view of areas behind the truck, and surround vision that gives you a birds-eye view to navigate tight spaces. In addition, several anti-collision mechanisms that include lane departure warnings, low speed forward auto braking, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, and blind zone alert all help keep occupants of The Silverado safe and sound.

The infotainment comes travel ready with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple car play, Android auto, wireless phone charging, and Onstar safety and security features. All amazing additions to have on hand for wherever the road takes you.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the the heart of the vehicle. Chevrolet produces arguably one of the best American engines on the market, and so several engines have been introduced to chariot the extensive line up of work horses. The most astounding options include the 5.3L V8 that allows up to 11,600 lbs of towing capacity, an all-new 2.7L turbo charged powerplant that offers up to 22% more torque and greater fuel efficiency than previous models, and new for the 2019 model is the Duramax 3.0L in-line six turbo diesel.

By nature, the Silverado is an all-encompassing vehicle of utility, design, and comfort. Our model, the 2019 Silverado 4WD LTZ crew with the Z71 off-road package, LTZ convenience package, and safety package additions is priced at $55,080 while the base model sticker is $48,700.

For more information, visit the Chevrolet Instagram page.

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A NEW CHAPTER FOR PIRELLI AND FERRARI

The traditional collaboration between Pirelli and Ferrari starts another chapter inspired by the open-topped racing cars of the 1950s, brought right up to date with the latest technology from Maranello: the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2. These limited edition cars – highlighting a new “Icon” range – reinterpret the open cars that used to dominate the Mille Miglia and World Sports Car Championship.

 

Pirelli has created a bespoke P Zero for the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2, starting with a precise requirement for the car’s development: 21-inch diameter tires. This choice has been made for the first time in Ferrari’s history, presenting Pirelli’s engineers with the challenge of offering the usual levels of stiffness, comfort and performance that is synonymous with Ferrari, despite the record size. The front P Zero tires also have the crucial task of faithfully conveying to the driver what the road is doing via the steering wheel, in order to maximize driving pleasure. Furthermore, the tires had to play their part in keeping weight to a minimum on the new car. To achieve this, instead of the traditional reinforced textiles, the bead area was redesigned to maintain lateral rigidity while minimizing weight: this solution has saved 1.2 kilograms. The Pirelli P Zero tire sizes for the Ferrari Monza are 275/30 R21 at the front and 315/30 R21 at the back.

 

PIRELLI AND FERRARI

The relationship between Pirelli and Ferrari has endured for decades, going back to when the Prancing Horse made its debut. The Ferrari 500 with which Alberto Ascari won two consecutive Formula 1 titles in the 1950s, as well as the Ferrari 375 Plus that triumphed at the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours, used Pirelli tires. One of the most important collaborations between the two Italian firms was for the legendary F40 in 1987. For the first time, Pirelli created a P Zero that was specifically designed for the V8 biturbo from Maranello, paving the way for a whole family of tailor-made tires for road cars. The majority of the fastest Ferraris have used Pirelli as original equipment, including the F12TDF, LaFerrari and FXX-K among many others.

 

And this collaboration isn’t just limited to the road. The prestigious one-make Ferrari Challenge race series has been exclusively supplied by Pirelli since its creation in 1993. The Pirelli Collezione additionally offers tires for classic Ferraris, combining modern technology with original looks. One example is the Pirelli Stelvio that was designed exclusively for the most valuable car in the world: the Ferrari 250 GTO. And now the story continues.

Top Tec 6300 for Mercedes

OIL FOR THE NEWEST MERCEDES ENGINES

The be LIQUI MOLY Top Tec 6300 0W-20 is one of the first with the Mercedes approval 229.71.

September 2018 – The newest car engines by Mercedes require a very special oil. The new Top Tec 6300 0W-20 by LIQUI MOLY is one of the first oils to be officially approved by Mercedes for them. “This is a double leap in development – both for the engine technology of Mercedes and for our oil technology,” says Oliver Kuhn, deputy manager of the LIQUI MOLY oil laboratory.

The current E-Class models by Mercedes require such an oil, as do several models in the C and S-Class. These include diesel vehicles as well as gasoline and hybrid vehicles. Top Tec 6300 is officially approved by Mercedes (MB 229.71). “Such an official manufacturer approval is the highest quality award that an oil can receive,” says Oliver Kuhn. “It says that the car manufacturer has tested the oil themselves and consider it to be good.” Top Tec 6300 is not just suitable for new Mercedes models, but also for Jaguar and Land Rover models (STJLR.51.5122).

What characterizes such a state-of-the-art oil? Most obviously, with a viscosity of 0W-20 it is a very low viscosity oil. “The thinner the oil, the less inner friction it has and the more efficiently the engine works,” says Oliver Kuhn. This is one of the many adjust screws in engine development in order to reduce consumption and emissions. “The challenge is, despite this low viscosity, to ensure lubrication even under extreme conditions.” It is also low ash. This means that combustion residues of the oil do not burden the exhaust gas treatment systems. With a different oil, for example, the diesel or gasoline particulates filters would quickly become blocked and have to be expensively replaced.

As with other engine oils, Top Tec 6300 is so special that it cannot be used for other vehicles. If it is filled into an engine that is not designed for it, there could be heavy friction and even engine damage. Oliver Kuhn: “This is the price for ever more efficient engines: Oil becomes a liquid replacement part that only fits very specific engines.”

“Quail Motorsports”

By Claire Pelote x Vaughn Lowery

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering brought together automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. The event began in 2003 in Carmel, California and is located at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club. The gathering had a limit of 5,000 people and a ticket lottery system, which is probably why it is now one of the most popular events in Monterey Car Week. Los Angeles natives drove over five hours for this event. However it was closer to San Francisco at just a little over two hours.

The exhibit area stretched the length of 1-2 football fields and at the entrance, you were handed a glass of champagne. Tickets included parking, a collectible event poster and magazine, a gourmet lunch, fine wine and speciality cocktails. Alongside the handcrafted cocktails were culinary stations throughout the exhibition.

One of the most intriguing exhibits included Infiniti and Lexus as well as the Ferrari presentation of parked cars. The Robert Graham lifestyle and apparel brand made an appearance as well. There was also a show titled The Spirit of the Mille Miglia. This highly influential event celebrated its sixteenth year on August 24, 2018 and has many more to come.

Sponsors provided luxury cars that guests were allowed to test drive on select courses. The 2018 sponsors included Rolex, Acura, BMW, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Audi, Pirelli, Bonhams, Lamborghini, Infiniti, Pagani, Lexus, Bugatti, McLaren, Leonardo Helicopters, Louis Roederer Champagne, Maserati, Singer, Byton, Karma, Gunther, Generation, Delta, Koenigsegg, Genesis, Volkswagen, Hennessey, Jaguar, FlexJet, 1000 Miglia, Chubb, Weather Tech Raceway, The Club, Dell Helicopter, Sentient Jet, Burgess, Union Bank, SCG, Weather Tech, ACJ, Walter Leather Company, Meuse, Qian Kiln, Polestar, Rimac, W Motors, Thermal, SickToiz, Jet Aviation, and Tamara Mellon.

Special shows this year included 70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 365 (which was shown at the beginning of the exhibit with a Bugatti on display right before the entrance) and the Alois Ruf Reunion. Featured alongside were Pre-War Sports and Racing, Custom Coachwork, Supercars, the Great Ferraris, Porsche and Ruff classes.