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I-PACE WINS BIG IN EUROPE

Jaguar I-PACE Wins European Car of the Year Award

The fully electric SUV has won 55 awards globally since its launch a year ago

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has been voted ‘Car of the Year’ at the European Car of the Year Awards 2019. This is the first time a Jaguar has won the coveted prize.

The European Car of the Year jury comprises 60 motoring journalists from 23 countries, and the award recognises technical innovation, design, performance, efficiency and value for money.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said:

For our first electric vehicle to also be the first Jaguar to win European Car of the Year gives us a huge sense of pride.

I-PACE was designed and engineered in the UK from a clean sheet of paper. It is the most technologically advanced battery electric vehicle. It’s a true game-changer. Winning European Car of the Year is an honour and real recognition of what our world-class team has delivered.

Designed and developed in the UK, the Jaguar I-PACE has had profound sales success globally, with more than 8,000 customer deliveries to date – 75 per cent of them in Europe*.

The Jaguar I-PACE is engineered to take full advantage of its electric powertrain and bespoke aluminium architecture, offering sports car performance and SUV practicality.

Charging is made easy for customers using the Jaguar public charging service, accessed via a dedicated app or using an RFID key. With tailor-made charging packages and tariffs compiled into a simple monthly bill, it gives I-PACE customers access to more than 85,000 charging points throughout Europe. 

The I-PACE has received 55 awards worldwide since it was revealed a year ago, including German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year, BBC TopGear magazine EV of the Year, China Green Car of the Year, and Autobest’s ECOBEST Award

ZENVO TSR-S

ZENVO AUTOMOTIVE RETURNS WITH TSR-S

STUNNING NEW TSR-S CAR FOLLOWS UP ON SUCCESSFUL 2018 LAUNCH

Danish hypercar specialist Zenvo has presented its Zenvo TSR-S hypercar at the Geneva International Motor Show in a new ‘Grotta Azzurra’ blue livery. The track-focused model made its debut in 2018 and features the Zentripetal active rear wing system which further contributes to the car’s extraordinary performance.

• Zenvo marks sixth consecutive appearance at Geneva Motor Show with new TSR-S: the third model in the TS (Twin Supercharged) model line-up

• Zenvo’s innovative Zentripetal Wing revolutionises stability and high-speed cornering

• The TSR-S uses a more powerful version of Zenvo’s in-house developed twin supercharged 5.8-litre V8 high rev racing engine, producing 1177 bhp at 8,500 rpm and a torque of more than 1100 N.

• Motorsports-derived 7-sp paddle shift dog box: one of the fastest-shifting transmissions in existence

• Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in just 6.8 seconds

Danish high-performance automotive company Zenvo has today presented a stunning new example of its much acclaimed TSR-S model at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Zenvo TSR-S is positioned between the company’s TS1 GT car and its racetrack-bred sibling, the TSR, combining phenomenal on-road and track capabilities with ultimate exclusivity.

The TSR-S is a street legal version of the TSR – hence the ’S’ in the model name. Highlights include the innovative active multi-axis Zentripetal Wing and an in-house developed twin supercharged V8 engine. The very first TSR-S was sold and handed over to its proud owner immediately after the successful world premiere in Geneva last year. Production of the TSR-S is now underway within Zenvo’s limited build schedule of just five cars a year.

Various other features set the car apart from its rivals. The TSR-S incorporates manually-adjustable performance settings including a variable power output. In addition, the unique dual gearbox set-up can switch between a standard road gearbox configuration and a brutal mechanical direct power-shift race set-up that delivers a genuine race car experience on the track.

The TSR-S has been completely redesigned and reengineered for optimum aerodynamic performance. Combined with a further improved active rear differential and an advanced traction control system, this enables the TSR-S to deliver an unrivalled performance on the road and provide a genuinely unique hypercar experience.

“In developing the TSR-S, the dedication and ambition of our team drove us to achieve unprecedented levels of aerodynamic engineering capability for a road-going car,” comments Troels Vollertsen, Chief Technical Officer and founder of Zenvo. “Converging the individual performance characteristics of the exceptional TS1 GT hypercar with the savage TSR track car has created the ultimate Zenvo. The TSR-S is a once-in-a-generation car with cutting-edge technologies that define new boundaries in automotive engineering and rightfully place it in the very highest echelons of the hypercar world.”

 

Bespoke in every detail

A total of five Zenvo cars are allocated annually, which makes it unlikely that owners will ever encounter another Zenvo in the wild. Unique to the exclusive world of hypercar ownership, Zenvo offers clients a bespoke personalised watermark graphic set beneath the high-gloss finish on the carbon fibre panels, using a meticulous process carried out by master craftsmen.

“Like all our cars, the Zenvo TSR-S is 100% Danish-designed and hand-built in an extremely limited number,” says Marketing Director Peter van Rooy. “Each car is fully customisable and built to order, tailored to the precise specifications of the discerning client. For example, the TSR-S show car presented in Geneva includes an airbag steering wheel and passenger airbag, something we didn’t feature on last year’s show car when we were looking to maximise weight reduction.

“In addition, we have added just a few of the extensive range of bespoke creature comforts that are available as non-cost options to owners, including climate control, an in-car multi-media installation and a hydraulic ride-height elevation system. There is also a highly intelligent track layout app that registers your performance & cornering, then offers instant advice for subsequent laps.”

All Zenvo cars celebrate the wider wonders of nature. In 2018, the show car was in a lustrous ‘Laguna Roja’ paint finish, representing the rich hues of the freshwater ‘Red Lagoon’ in Chile. The display model for Geneva this year is a stunning new blue colour ‘Grotta Azzurra’, named after the famous sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri, Italy. The blue paint is highlighted by white racing accents.

 

Ultimate hypercar experience

Zenvo’s brand partners include Univar, Michelin, MASCOT, Rebellion Timepieces, ECCO, Nimbus Nordic, Supercar Owners Circle and Ascari Circuit. Zenvo is also marking the Geneva Motor Show with the official start of a new tri-party partnership. “This is the first time that a hypercar manufacturer (Zenvo) has joined forces with a supercar drivers’ network (Supercar Owners Circle) and a race track (Ascari Circuit),” explains van Rooy. “This exciting new partnership encapsulates the essence of what a true hypercar experience is all about: bringing together the perfect people to test Denmark’s hypercar in an ideal environment.”

Having given the TSR-S its world premiere last year, Zenvo took the time to present the car on iconic racing circuits such as Assen, Goodwood and Ascari. Now, in the fourth quarter of 2019 and in partnership with Supercar Owners Circle, Zenvo will put the TSR-S through its paces on the Ascari circuit in Ronda, Málaga.

“We will bring together a select group of clients and enthusiasts to enjoy some action-packed track days in the mild Andalusian climate,” continues van Rooy. “To commemorate this association with Ascari, we have launched the exclusive Ascari Circuit pack at the Geneva show. This is available to new TSR-S owners as a cost option and gives them free admission to our track days at the Ascari circuit, a helicopter transfer from Malaga airport to the circuit, free Ascari Club Membership and car storage for one year.

“They will also be offered a full weekend of circuit training with an official Ascari driving instructor, where they can wear their custom-made carbon fibre race helmet and race suit. The goal here is obviously not to teach Zenvo owners how to drive – they’re already very adept at that – but to maximise the driving experience on this particular track while enjoying everything the car has to offer.”

 

Zenvo Zentripetal Wing: patented active rear wing system

Since its formation in 2007, Zenvo has established a reputation for engineering excellence and innovation. Building on this foundation, advanced aerodynamic analysis and implementation of advanced airflow management on the TSR-S helps the car generate more than three times as much downforce as the TS1 GT. Central to this is the dramatic Zentripetal Wing.

The ground-breaking rear wing has two rotational axes enabling it to function both as an air brake and a cornering stabilizer. When the TSR-S corners, the wing rotates relative to the car’s longitudinal axis. This generates an inward force together with the conventional downforce, boosting inner tyre grip and cornering stability.

Vollertsen: “The Zentripetal Wing is an exceptional development that allows for increased grip and higher cornering speed. Whereas most supercars only achieve optimum downforce in cornering at a certain speed, the multi-rotational function of the wing distributes downforce in an innovative way to deliver the optimum amount of cornering grip at any speed. Whilst lifting to boost downforce, the wing also tilts while cornering – for example, lifting the left side of the wing when cornering left and vice versa to propel the car to the inside of the corner, ensuring exceptional stability and grip.”

The name ‘Zentripetal’ directly refers to the centripetal force also known as ‘centre-seeking’ force. When in an absolutely horizontal position, a conventional rear wing generates a downforce perpendicular to the horizontal position of the wing: absolute vertical. When the Zentripetal Wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing, thereby generating a centripetal force.

This centripetal force reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away – a trait that is inherent for a mid-engine car. Furthermore, the high pivot point of the wing allows it to act as an additional rear anti-roll bar. This provides additional grip to the inner wheel, reducing the chance of a loss of traction at the rear, and also ensuring increased downforce on the inner wheel. The wing also functions as an air brake when fully rotated in an upright position.

 

Advanced aerodynamic design

The aerodynamic development of the Zenvo TSR-S was focused on providing unprecedented driving dynamics. The Zentripetal Wing is only one contributor to the comprehensive new aerodynamic package – other innovative new features also play a role in enhancing stability, cornering and braking.

The front splitter is designed to improve front to rear downforce distribution by generating front downforce and directing air to the underbody. The front bumper has been updated together with the front wheel housing outlets. Together they stabilise the air around the front wheels and direct air to the intercoolers. At the same time the front wheel housing outlets extracts air from the front underbody, improving downforce and decreasing drag.

The rear body of the car features major updates with an LMP1-inspired air scoop, new diffuser and the proprietary active rear wing. The diffuser is optimised to extract air from the underbody and decrease the rear tyre wake for increased stability.

Kasper Berthu Damkjær, Senior Fluid Mechanics Specialist and founder of Aerotak ApS, participated in the development of the TSR-S aerodynamics. “The wing concept is focused on delivering high downforce while increasing the tyre load on the inboard tyres when cornering,” says Damkjær. “Conventional movable wing and flap designs, focused on inboard tyre load, function by a penalty concept where downforce is increased on the inboard section of the cornering car but not on the outboard section.  The TSR-S wing concept is able to maintain the high downforce and generate a large inwards-directed force. When the wing is tilted, downforce is only decreased by 3%, while an inward-directed force of 30% of the wing downforce is generated.”

Advanced engineering provides personalised driving characteristics for TSR-S

Zenvo has developed a reputation among hypercar enthusiasts around the world for offering clients a truly unique blend of power, performance and prestige. Using extensive lightweight carbon-fibre and other hybrid composite materials as well as a distinctive drivetrain, the quality of Zenvo engineering and the precision quality of the production are worthy successors to Denmark’s innovative ancestors.

The TSR-S comes very close to being a genuine track car even though it is still drivable on public roads, combining phenomenal handling capabilities with ultimate exclusivity. An easy-to-drive hypercar for the road, owners also have the potential to alter the car’s characteristics with a number of adjustable performance settings that transform it into a performance-focused racer.

There are three settings – Minimum (700bhp), IQ and Maximum (1177bhp). IQ is an autonomous setting that cleverly provides ‘race-car for the road’ driving characteristics. The advanced traction control system continuously assesses the grip of the tyres on the road and limits the power accordingly. Where traction allows, the IQ setting will ensure maximum power is delivered to the rear wheels whenever possible.

The experience provided by the two distinct gearbox settings makes the TSR-S feel like a genuine race car to drivers. The gearbox comprises a 7-speed paddle shift gearbox with helical-cut dog gears. The set-up can switch between a standard road gearbox directly to a race gearbox operation – a development that is unique to Zenvo.

In Race setting, the brutal direct mechanical power-shift gear change is one of the fastest-shifting powertrains in existence. In Road setting, the gear change is electronic, with sensors adjusting the gear change to remove the harshness so often experienced by a dog box. This ensures a more relaxing drive in everyday use.

Performance-focused exterior styling – inspired by nature

The TSR-S takes the powerful Danish design philosophy of previous Zenvo success stories and complements them in new ways. For instance, the piercing headlights, inspired by a sharp-eyed eagle stalking its prey before diving down to take the prize, are enhanced by a redesigned carbon fibre splitter that adds to the purposeful stance. The aggressively muscular haunches on the side profile also reflect the power of nature, reminiscent of a lion crouched on its haunches, ready to launch into action.

The redesigned headlights feature Bi-LED headlamps and daytime running lights, indicators, and a drag-reducing air duct. This configuration is developed to minimise weight and adds considerable visual impact, making the front of the TSR-S look even more aggressive and purposeful than the original TS1 GT.

As with the headlight housing, the redesigned rear light frame features a duct venting the rear wheel housing. Rear lights are reduced to only one cluster unit per side in order to save weight – there is even just a single licence plate lamp at the rear, highlighting the attention to detail provided by Zenvo’s engineers in their efforts to reduce weight.

 

The inside story – inspired by racing heritage

Every detail of the minimalistic driver-focused interior of the TSR-S reflects the overall performance-focused philosophy of a track day car. Unnecessary weight has been eliminated from the cockpit: in its ultimate configuration, the car has no sound system or speakers, no satellite navigation, no air conditioning, no airbags and mechanically operated seats, although clients can specify any level of equipment they desire.

Continuing the high-performance theme, the materials and trim finish are race-inspired. The steering wheel features a switch that has been adopted directly from racing, while the bespoke TSR-S carbon seat shells are clad in lightweight 3D-cushioned blue fabric designed to reduce heat from the driver and race-suit-gripping Alcantara, and fitted with six-point racing harnesses.

All surfaces have been stripped back to expose the structural carbon fibre, with parts upholstered in Alcantara only where necessary to eliminate reflections in the windscreen. In contrast to the TS1 GT – where Zenvo offers a wide range of precious metals for all CNC-machined trim parts – the TSR-S features a black anodised aluminium trim underlining the racing ambience of the cabin. Customers can choose their own colours here too should they wish.

The instrument cluster display graphics have been completely redesigned for the TSR-S, featuring a horizontal rev-counter inspired by retro racers from the 1980s, and central gear selection indicator. The simplicity of the display reflects the stripped-back nature of the car and emphasises to drivers the most important information they need when driving fast, such as the current gear selection and engine revs.

 

Technical highlights

Configuration:

2-door, 2-seat, mid-engine, rear wheel drive sports car

Body: 

All carbon fibre

Chassis:

 Lightweight steel/aluminium semi-monocoque, front and rear racing steel sub-frames

Engine:

 Zenvo 5.8-litre V8 flatplane high revving racing engine with Twin Centrifugal Superchargers and sequential fuel injection.

Max power:

1177 bhp

Transmission:

Paddle shift 7-speed gearbox with helical-cut dog gears

Top speed:

325 km/h (202 mph) electronically limited

Acceleration:

 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 6.8 seconds

Length:

4815 mm

Width:

2038 mm (excluding door mirrors)

Height:

1198 mm

Wheelbase:

2906 mm

Ground clearance:

95 mm (can be raised to 145 mm using hydraulic ride-height elevation system when required for kerbs and speed humps)

Dry weight:

1495 kg (in ultimate specification)

Weight distribution (F/R):

44%/56%

 

Wheels / tyres:

Forged aluminium wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres

Front:

8.5×20 wheels with 245/35-20 tyres

Rear:

12.5×21 wheels with 325/30-21 tyres

Brakes:

Carbon ceramic discs with six-piston callipers

Front:

395 mm

Rear:

380 mm

                                 

ABOUT ZENVO AUTOMOTIVE A/S

Zenvo has been creating 100% Danish-designed hand-built sports cars since 2007. The company was formed as a channel for the aspirations of a group of highly talented Danish engineers and designers with extensive experience gained from working with Italian and German automotive companies. Led by powertrain specialist Troels Vollertsen, with the design and styling vision of ex-RCA graduate Christian Brandt, the team aimed to build a car which combined the traditional skills of Danish styling with motorsports-derived high performance technology. 

Functionalistic and immediately aesthetically iconic, the Zenvo ST1 was developed over six years to demonstrate the use of lightweight composite materials in a car capable of performing alongside the finest supercars. A uniquely designed and engineered engine of 6.9 litres was produced for the ST1 incorporating both a supercharger and turbocharger in a car made primarily from carbon fibre while featuring an aluminium and steel safety cell which tests proved to offer the ideal passenger environment for safety and comfort. 

In 2016 Zenvo presented an evolution of the ST1, the TS1 GT, and the more racetrack-oriented TSR. These cars featured a completely new in-house developed 5.8-litre lightweight twin-supercharged flat-plane V8 engine producing 1102 bhp. The engine boasts a dry sump and flat-plane crankshaft configuration allowing it to rev much higher, produce power more efficiently and be mounted lower in the body for improved handling. Uniquely developed software for the Zenvo-designed motorsports-derived paddle shift 7-speed dog box provides one of the fastest-shifting powertrains in existence.

With a maximum production of just five cars a year, spread over three models – the TS1 GT, TSR and TSR-S – Zenvo cars are ultra-rare and collectible. They offer the ultimate combination of design, high performance, engaging and pure driving characteristics, bespoke materials, craftsmanship and exclusivity.

WOLF D90

WOLF D90: Leader of the Pack

Introducing WOLF, a Java Black D90 restored by Arkonik and paired with colour-coordinated options throughout; from the TMD billet aluminium grille to the supple leather trimmed interior. This stealth-like Defender is poised to weave through the darkness, rolling on its KAHN® Defend alloys shod with BFGoodrich® tyres.

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1) Exterior: Java Black body Original style hood with Land Rover badge TMD Genesis alloy grille KAHN® Defend 198318″ alloys BFGoodrich® T/A KO2 tyres Bumper with end caps & DRLs Rear Land Rover Solihull Heritage badge Ebony Fire & Ice side steps NAS rear step

 

2) Interior: Black leather with diamond stitch trim Modular front seats with central lock box 4 Tip-up seats in load area Matching leather gear gaiter Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel Ice white LED lighting package Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay Air conditioning

TRIBUTE DEFENDER 110

New TRIBUTE Defender 110: Making a Splash

This newly restored station wagon is a pure and sincere TRIBUTE to the Land Rover marque. The clean silhouette and Willow Green bodywork make this D110 instantly recognisable as an iconic Defender. The renowned, practical interior has been redefined with luxurious accents, including sumptuous chocolate brown leather upholstery, brushed alloy door furniture and a wood-rimmed steering wheel.

 

1) Exterior: Willow Green body Twin-Cat LED headlights with metal light guards Java Black KBX® Signature grille Java Black KAHN® Defend 194816″ alloys BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyres WARN® Zeon 12-S winch Ebony Fire & Ice side steps Raptor-coated steering & front differential guardRear LED work lamp | NAS rear step 

 

2) Interior: Ruskin Inside™ Chocolate Brown and Vintage Thatch leather trim Modular heated front seats 2 Premium high back centre row seats Lock boxes in front & centre rows Matching leather door cards 4 Tip-up seats in load area Black suede headlining Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel Brushed alloy gear knobs & door furniture Ice white LED lighting package Alpine® sound system with Bluetooth & 4 speakers Sunroof Air conditioning

BEST CAR × WORLD NOMINEES

REVEALED: EIGHT NOMINEES COMPETING TO BE CROWNED THE BEST CAR
IN THE WORLD 

The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award winner will be announced at The Peninsula Paris this February, as chosen by a panel of judges including newcomers Laurence Graff and Peter Marino 


Eight stunning ‘Best of Show’ winners from top concours around the world have been revealed as nominees for the coveted
 The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.The cars in contention for the 2018 award will now be carefully reviewed by 26 respected judges, all of whom are leaders in their fields of expertise.

A celebration of automotive excellence

The award, now in its fourth year, brings together the finest classic cars in the world to compete for the title of most exceptional car. “My fellow co-founders and I created this award because of our shared passion for motorcars; a passion which I believe lives in many of us from a young age,” said The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. “This shared interest is what makes the award so special – it has the ability not only to unite friends through common interests, but also remind us of that first spark of excitement at the wonder of motorcars.”

 

The nominated vehicles are as follows:

·         1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible by Murphy, Updated by Bohman: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

·         1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé by Zagato: Cavallino Classic

·         1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder by Scaglietti: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

·         1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S ‘Boat Tail’ Roadster by Barker: Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace

·         1972 Monteverdi 375L High Speed by Fissore: Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance

·         1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

·         1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C Spider by Pinin Farina: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

·         1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster by Jean Bugatti: Salon Privé

 

An esteemed judging panel

This year sees two new additions to the existing panel of 24 judges: Laurence Graff and Peter Marino.

Laurence Graff is said to have handled more rare and historic stones than any other diamantaire. One of his most recent acquisitions is the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona, the largest rough diamond discovered in more than a century, and a true miracle of nature. Since he founded the business in 1960, Graff has grown to become one of the pre-eminent jewellery houses in the world, and in June 2013 was awarded an OBE for his services to jewellery.

Peter Marino, FAIA, is the principal of Peter Marino Architect PLLC, the New York–based architecture firm founded in 1978. Marino’s work includes award-winning residential, cultural, hospitality and luxury retail projects worldwide, and is currently supporting with two of The Peninsula Hotels’ projects under development: The Peninsula London and The Peninsula Yangon. Regarded for his cultural contributions, Marino was recently named an Officer de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. A keen motorcyclist, Marino owns a KTM Superduke 1290R and a Triumph Speed Triple.

A ‘Palace’-certified venue

The big reveal will once again take place at The Peninsula Paris, on 7 February 2019. Last year’s winning Bugatti emerged from behind the doors of a 10 x 6-foot purpose-built box, illuminated by flashing halogen lights. Those lucky enough to attend this year’s announcement will once again be treated to a climatic reveal and in-person viewing – the content of dreams for automotive aficionados.

WORLD PREMIERE × Range Rover Evoque

World Premiere of the New Range Rover Evoque
The new Range Rover Evoque will be revealed to the world at 19:45 GMT on 22 November in London.
Land Rover pioneered the luxury compact SUV sector with the original Range Rover Evoque in 2010, and the next generation of the award-winning model promises to make a similar impact, introducing new standards of design, capability and sustainability.
Join us on 22nd November for the world premiere, available to watch via live stream here:

ARKONIK DEFENDER

NEW ARKONIK DEFENDER: A Timeless Classic Enhanced for Adventure

Every inch of this D110 is enhanced for adventure. At first glance, this station wagon emanates a classic look with Fungus green bodywork, satin black chequer plate and traditional steels. However, the off-roading aficionados amongst you will notice that everything about this Defender is there for a reason. The OEM steering wheel, powerful V8 engine and BFGoodrich® AT tyres are perfectly suited to provide superior leverage and handling.

The designer of this truck knows Defenders inside and out and plans to use it for what it was built for. Aided by a NAS exterior roll cage and WARN® winch, this station wagon will hold its own on the Florida trails, just like its Native American namesake.

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1) Exterior:  Fungus Green body with Satin Black chequer plate Raptor Black Safety Devices® NAS roll cage Original Land Rover grille & wing-top vents Front and rear light guards A-bar with twin LED spotlights Front bumper DRLs |WARN Zeon 12-S winch Gloss Black Heritage steel wheels BFGoodrich AT KO2 tyres | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps Rear LED work lamp Raptor Black steering & front differential guard NAS rear step

 

2) Interior:  Nutmeg Brown leather trim Modular heated front seats 2 Premium heated high-back centre row seats Matching leather door cards Lock boxes in front & centre rows Bench seats in load area Grey suede headlining & side panels Black anodized gear knobs & door furniture Land Rover leather steering wheel Ice White LED lighting package Deluxe sound system Air conditioning

AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA

AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA ANNOUNCE MAJOR DEAL IN BID TO BECOME WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE LUXURY EV CAR BRAND

The world’s newest car brand confirms new HQin Munich and senior management line up, as well as a €50M partnership deal with Rimac

Automobili Pininfarina has today made a series of major announcements from its new headquarters that will see it strengthen its management team, secure cutting-edge, world-beating electric powertrain technology, and put Formula 1 and Formula E experience in the PF0 hypercar driving seat.

Automobili Pininfarina was announced in Rome in April 2018 as the world’s newest car brand, with an ambition to sustainably develop and produce fully-electric, ultra-luxury cars at the pinnacle of design and desirability. 

The company will offer a range of cars designed and hand-crafted by legendary Italian automotive styling house Pininfarina SpA. The first, an ultra-exclusive, luxury electric hypercar codenamed PF0, will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, with production beginning in 2020. 

Munich has been confirmed as the company’s corporate and operational headquarters, providing access to expertise and engineering networks in arguably the world’s most successful and technologically advanced car market. Munich’sproximity to northern Italy, the home of Pininfarina SpA – who will design and build the PF0 under contract – was also key to CEO Michael Perschke’sselection of it for the global headquarters. 

At a press conference today, CEO Michael Perschkeand special guest Dr. Pawan Goenka, Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director, also introduced an impressive line up of partners and collaborators –including a unique technical partnership with RimacAutomobili to provide battery and drivetrain expertise, software, and hardware, in a contract worth up to €50m.

As well as the partnership with Rimac, AutomobiliPininfarina also announced Nick Heidfeld as their new Development Driver. With nearly 20 years of top-level motor racing experience to call upon, Nick will be responsible for honing the PF0 vehicle dynamics programme from the beginning of 2019, with a clear personal ambition: to help develop the most enjoyable electric performance car in the world.

Perschke said: “Today marks a significant step for the launch of a range of Pininfarina-branded cars and for PF0, which will be the most powerful Italian-built sports car in history – and the first luxury hypercar to be conceived in Germany. We have developed a sophisticated brief to deliver a ground-breaking all-electric hyper GT car to clients from 2020, and now we are curating the partners and suppliers to deliver this dream. The results will be electrifying for owners of Automobili Pininfarina cars in the future!”

LAND ROVER × ARKONIK

A Slice of British Heritage: New Land Rover Defender Edition by Arkonik

This imposing 1991 Land Rover Defender has been revitalised with the craftsmanship and expertise that comes as standard from an Arkonik restoration. Stacked with overland accessories, and powered by an expertly refurbished V8 engine, the LOCH Edition is untroubled by anything the terrain throws at it. The formidable Epsom Green exterior honours the original Defender spirit, while signature detailing and a premium off-road pack ensures that you needn’t be landlocked if your adventurous spirit takes a hold.

1) Interior: Exmoor Trim® Brown leather trim | Modular heated front seats | Leather door cards | Front row loc-box (with 12V & USB) | 2 premium high-back heated centre row seats with loc-box (with 12V & USB) | 4 tip-up seats in load area | Black anodized alloy gear knobs & door furniture | Arkon X leather-rimmed steering wheel | Ice White LED lighting package | Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Air conditioning

2) Exterior: KAHN® Defend 1983 alloy wheels | BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyres | Puma bonnet | LED headlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch with Plasma cord | Front bumper daytime running lights (DRLs) | Baja Designs® front spotlights | KBX® Signature grille & wing top vents | Raptor-coated A-bar and winch bumper | Satin Black chequer plate | Front Runner® roof rack with rear ladder and LED spotlights | Fire & Ice Ebony side steps | Premium off-road package inc. Terrafirma® suspension | NAS rear step (2″ receiver)

GRAND BASEL

Global debut of the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces

 

Grand Basel is the ultimate global show for automotive masterpieces, with the vision of ‘Celebrating Excellence in Motion’. The show is not just an exhibition, but a platform for automotive culture: a forum, a market place and a space for discussion. Its debut show in Basel marks the beginning of a global tour.

 

The show focuses on collectors’ pieces from the past and present, as well as on new cars of exceptional value and impeccable quality. The exhibition brings together a limited number of carefully-selected, top-of-the-range automobiles – not just the most dignified and luxurious classic cars, but also one-off contemporary editions and technically-advanced concept cars.

What makes Grand Basel unique is that these automotive masterpieces have been carefully selected with special consideration for each car’s cultural meaning, conceptual innovation, condition, provenance, rarity and value.

Grand Basel is also the world’s first and only show to present the automobile in contexts of art, design, architecture and lifestyle; bringing together significant automobiles in an unrivalled, pioneering setting. The show is a completely new approach to exhibiting, discussing and honoring the car.

A global show for a diverse audience

“Grand Basel presents international connoisseurs, experts and collectors with the epitome of automotive culture,” explained Global Director, Mark Backé. “It will appeal to a broad enthusiast audience interested in automobile aesthetics, technological sophistication, art and culture.”

As well as showcasing exclusive and rare cars of the highest calibre, Grand Basel presents cultural highlights and – at the inaugural show – even a world premiere.

While visiting the show, guests will also be able to appreciate the tension between architecture, design, art and the automobile in a range of special exhibitions. Several of these areas have been specially curated by members of the advisory board – a unique set of cultural connoisseurs who have helped to shape the direction of the inaugural Grand Basel.

With their input and support, Grand Basel is a truly open and connected show, relevant to the contemporary and the classic, the analogue and the digital.

Grand Basel in Basel

One of the special features at the first show in Basel will be six curated frames that display individual cars and associated objects, each chosen by a member of the advisory board. While the rest of the exhibits will represent a ‘hive mind’ of consideration, these six frames will showcase very personal interpretations of automotive culture.

The advisory board includes: contemporary artist, Sylvie Fleury; renowned creative entrepreneur and founder of Garage Italia, Lapo Elkann; founder of the Goodbrands Institute for Automotive Culture and chairman of Grand Basel’s advisory board, Prof. Paolo Tumminelli; cultural commentator and author, Stephen Bayley; design theoretician, Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff; and world-renowned ‘car designer of the century’ Giorgetto Giugiaro.

“It is no coincidence that for Grand Basel’s debut show in Basel, we have an advisory board made up of leading European voices on the automobile, art and architecture,” explained Mark Backé. “Each Grand Basel will be uniquely relevant to the region where it is taking place, and so for our future shows in the North America and Asia, you may see different perspectives and personalities shaping the presentation.”

The show’s exhibits are carefully selected to just 113 cars, spread over a total show space of 32,000 square metres. A separate ‘Collectors Lounge’ displays a selection of 8 vehicles, set over 7,000 square metres. Exceptional cars have travelled to the show from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the UK, Italy and the USA, and are being exhibited not just by dealers, but by private collectors, museums, manufacturers and coachbuilders.

Exhibition inspired by architecture

Grand Basel’s show style is a bold deviation from the often-nostalgic ambience of established car events. It has a striking, homogenous design, inspired by contemporary architecture. This chosen structure allows exhibits to be presented and admired in a surrounding reminiscent of modern museums, with exceptional automobiles shown in ‘frames’, honouring these cars as the masterpieces they are.

Grand Basel’s world tour

The format of Grand Basel was conceived so that presentation of the show in various locations around the world is part of the agenda. The automobile influences – and is influenced by – society and culture in every part of the globe, and so the discussions at Grand Basel will always have relevance.

The inaugural Grand Basel show in Basel takes place from 6 to 9 September 2018. It is the prelude to a global tour, with a future show in Miami Beach already in development. Every show will have a distinct identity, with the Grand Basel team setting regional and national priorities, and continually reviewing and refining their intercultural aspirations.

 

About Grand Basel

Grand Basel is the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces. Showcasing a top-of-the-range selection of cars from the past, present and future, Grand Basel is the first and only show to present the automobile in the cultural context of art, design, architecture and lifestyle.

Grand Basel addresses a discerning audience of collectors, restoration and conservation experts, dealers, manufacturers and connoisseurs, offering a global platform for exchange. The show is being organised by the MCH Group, a leading international live-marketing company headquartered in Basel, which is also responsible for Art Basel. Following its premiere in Basel in September 2018, further shows in other parts of the world are being planned.

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