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1953 FERRARI × LV CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Adds Concours-Winning 

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale to Field

Best of Show winner in 2019 Concours d’Elegance Suisse cruises into Las Vegas 

This October, the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance (LVCE) is bringing world-class vehicles to Las Vegas, including previous Concours winners from around the world. 

For its first appearance in the city of Las Vegas, the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale will be judged in the inaugural car show. Originally unveiled at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale was the first pure road Ferrari to receive a 250 GT motor and was the first car to feature the three-liter V-12 engine that would power the rest of the sports and grand touring cars for the next 12 years of Ferrari production.  

In creation, Ferrari provided the engine and chassis, while Italian coach builders, Pininfarina and Vignale were tasked with creating the body of the vehicle. Only 22 of the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa cars were built, but more specifically only four of the 22 manufactured were created by Vignale. 

In June of 2019, this car took home the President’s Choice Award and was voted Best of Show by the international multidisciplinary jury in the fourth Concours d’Elegance Suisse. Held at the Château de Coppet on the shores of Lake Geneva, this car stood out among more than 90 other vehicles.

“We are thrilled to have the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale in our inaugural show,” said Stuart Sobek, Founder and Chairman of LVCE. “This year’s Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance will feature vehicles of high authenticity and history and the 1953 Ferrari Vignale is the perfect fit.”

LVCE will be held Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 and will feature a curated collection of approximately 120 vehicles at DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands. In addition to the car show on Saturday, Oct. 26, the four-day event will include an opening night gala at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center on Friday, Oct. 25, a Tour d’Elegance down the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 27 and a celebrity golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 28.

For additional event information, or to buy tickets, please visit lasvegasconcours.com. To stay up-to-date with LVCE, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @lasvegasconcours. To get a feel for what is to come, please watch here. For press inquiries or for credentials during the event, please reach out to the media contact below.

 

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ABOUT LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE (LVCE)

In the inaugural year, the 2019 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance brings the historic automobile show to the entertainment capital of the world. LVCE exhibits nearly 30 classes of rare and unique automobiles invited from around the world, most never before shown in Las Vegas. The four-day event will be hosted at some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious locations including, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands and the iconic Las Vegas Blvd. Proceeds from the celebrity golf tournament will benefit the LVCE/ArtCenter Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit lasvegasconcours.com or follow LVCE on Facebook and Instagram.

TECHRULES × TREV TECHNOLOGY

REVOLUTIONARY ELECTRIC VEHICLE TURBINE RECHARGING TECHNOLOGY NEARS PRODUCTION READINESS 

  • Chinese automotive R&D company, Techrules, will soon be ready to begin production of its innovative Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) technology
  • New strategy set to launch technology in fixed and mobile charging stations as well as to commercial vehicle and passenger car OEMs
  • Smaller 15 kW turbine expands potential applications to include passenger cars, allowing for faster commercialisation
  • Discussions are at an advanced stage regarding location for the world’s largest micro-turbine production plant 

The Chinese automotive R&D company, Techrules, is approaching production readiness for its ground-breaking Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system which was showcased in the Ren supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. 

The TREV system is an all-new patent-protected series hybrid powertrain technology comprising a turbine-generator. TREV combines extensive experience of aviation and electric vehicle technologies with several patented technical innovations, delivering unprecedented levels of efficiency and performance, and ultra-low environmental impact especially with the use of renewable fuels.

Over the past year Techrules has made significant investments to grow its technical capabilities. World renowned electric vehicle expert Prof. Dr. Ching Chuen Chan is overseeing a newly-established Techrules R&D centre in Beijing. Prof. Dr. Chan is, amongst others, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Founding Chairman of the World Electric Vehicle Association. Under his guidance a smaller 15 kW turbine is now nearing its production readiness, making it suitable for commercial and industrial applications. 

William Jin, CEO of Techrules, said: “Since we showcased the Ren supercar with a twin 80 kW turbine set-up at the 2017 and 2018 Geneva Motor Shows, we received a tremendous amount of interest from OEMs around the world looking to benefit from its exceptional range-extending capabilities for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. So, we decided to adjust our strategy and develop a smaller and cheaper 15 kW version which is more suitable for commercial and passenger vehicles. This is allowing us to commercialise the TREV system much faster: we will be ready for mass production by the end of 2019.”

Techrules will use the TREV system in fixed and mobile charging stations as well as providing it to OEMs for use in commercial vehicles and passenger cars. 

In addition, Techrules is currently looking for a suitable international partner to help finalise the development and production of its Ren supercar, with a longer term aim to use its TREV system for its own passenger cars.

The inventor of the new micro-turbine technology, Chief Technology Officer of Techrules, Matthew Jin, explains: “The development of the Ren supercar is giving us extensive real-world experience that only cements our belief that large scale adoption of micro-turbines in electric vehicles will herald a new age for electric mobility. 

”Because the core technology of our turbine includes a brand new hybrid air bearing system, we have a previously unavailable route to mass-production of micro-turbines at a reasonable cost. And it can run on renewable fuels such as ethanol and biogas, which would smoothen the transition from the age of fossil fuels to the age of electricity. Because of its superior efficiency, fewer batteries are needed for electric vehicles, saving significant weight and cost, while also reducing emissions and, ultimately, urban pollution.”

Whether applied as a standalone charging system, or as a range extender in an electric vehicle, the micro-turbine can recharge batteries anywhere and at any time. It completely eliminates the problems of range anxiety and the inconvenience of lengthy charging times or poor charge point availability. Since it can use the existing infrastructure it avoids the challenges posed by the construction, cost and capacity of charging networks.

William Jin concludes: “We are in advanced discussions with a number of potential new partners to form strategic alliances. These will allow us to bring our technology, including the Ren supercar, to markets around the world, and to develop new products and commercial applications for our advanced TREV system. But our key priority now is to conclude the negotiations with local municipalities with the help of Professor Dr. Chan, in order to start building the largest micro-turbine facility in the world.”

Got Global Gifts?

THE GLOBAL GIFT THAT GIVES BACK – EMPOWERING AFRICA’S FEMALE ARTISANS

Did you know the artisan sector is the second largest employer in the developing world?  It’s true, and the majority of artisans are women who create handcrafted goods using traditional techniques passed down through generations.

Marketplace Africa, the ecommerce site created by Mall for Africa and powered by DHL, aims to put a global spotlight on these unique African-made products and their creators.  85% of the site’s goods are crafted by underrepresented female artisans from Nigeria, and soon Kenya and Rwanda, who can sell their handmade fashion, jewelry, home goods, and beauty products directly to the U.S. and consumers worldwide.

With Nigeria’s unemployment rate hovering at 14.2% and a staggering 89.5% of the country living in extreme poverty, it’s the female artisans who are making a positive impact on their country’s economy and future.

So this holiday season, why not gift different and buy global?  Choose a Blingshiki, a modern twist on the classic Dashiki, adorned with sparkling embellishments, or grab a pair of colorful Zig sandals.

When you purchase authentic African clothing and handicrafts directly from Marketplace Africa, you’re not just buying something beautiful, you’re investing in artisans who weave their rich cultural traditions into soulful creations. Empowering female artisans and boosting their communities is the real beauty of shopping at Marketplace Africa. And that’s a holiday gift that’s priceless.

2019 HONDA CIVIC TYPE-R

2019 Honda Civic Type R and Civic Hatchback Accelerate into Dealerships

Honda’s most powerful production car, Civic Type R, showcases its performance and sporty appearance with new Sonic Gray Pearl color

– Fun-to-drive 2019 Civic Hatchback brings comfort, versatility and premium features, including standard Honda Sensing®

– Civic Type R and Hatchback benefit from numerous interior upgrades, including an updated Display Audio system with physical volume knob

– Civic on track to be the #1 retail-selling car in America for the third straight year

The 2019 Civic Type R and Civic Hatchback return with upgraded interior features, standard Honda Sensing®on Civic Hatchback, and Sonic Gray Pearl available on Civic Type R for the first time in the U.S. The changes build on the edgy styling, fun-to-drive nature, versatility and premium features that made Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R instant hits last year after joining the award-winning 10-generation Civic lineup. The 2019 Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R go on-sale at Honda dealerships beginning Saturday, November 3 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) starting at $21,450 for Hatchback, and $35,700 for Type R (excluding $895 destination and handling).

Both models benefit from multiple interior updates designed to provide drivers with a more comfortable and efficient in-vehicle experience. Enhancements to technology and connectivity include an updated Display Audio system that now features physical buttons and a volume knob for more intuitive control, improved voice recognition and Bluetooth® connectivity, a USB sub-cord and, similar to previous models, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration standard on EX trims and above. In addition, steering wheel controls have been upgraded for simplified operation, the electronic parking brake has an indicator light for when it’s engaged, the center console sports larger cupholders, and there are physical buttons for fan speed on models with dual-zone climate control.

Civic Hatchback
At 20 percent of all Civic sales, Civic Hatchback is a key player in the Civic lineup, which continues as the top-selling retail car in America this year2 — a position it has held in each of the past two years. Civic Hatchback Sport, with its combination of eye-catching good looks and a dynamic driving feel, was named a 2017 AUTOMOBILE All-Star, a list dominated by sports cars and luxury marques. Civic Hatchback Sport, along with Civic Type R and Civic Si, also earned a coveted spot on the Car and Driver 10 Best list for 2018. Perhaps best of all, Civic Hatchback’s lively demeanor doesn’t detract from excellent EPA fuel economy ratings of 31/40/34 mpg3(city/highway/combined) for the LX, EX & EX-L Navi trims with continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

For 2019, Civic Hatchback again will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L with Navigation, and Sport Touring trims. It’s powered by a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo in-line 4-cylinder with peak output of 174 horsepower4 in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims. Civic Hatchback Sport and Sport Touring trims bump peak power to 180 horsepower4 

For the 2019 model year, Civic Hatchback includes Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment on all trims. Honda Sensing®includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. 

Civic Type R
Civic Type R stormed onto the U.S. market last year, with an exclusive 2.0-liter 306-horsepower direct-injected VTEC® Turbo 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission with automatic rev matching. With an adjustable suspension that includes Comfort, Sport and +R modes, Civic Type R is suitable as a civil and practical daily driver, with 22/28/25 city/highway/combined EPA fuel economy ratings, or an aggressive track star that has shattered records at some of Europe’s most celebrated racing circuits, including the famed Nürburgring.

Civic Type R has won numerous accolades since its introduction, including being named a 2018 AUTOMOBILE All-Star, and a 2018 Editor’s Choice by Car and Driver. On the racing front, Civic Type R TCR dominated the Pirelli World Challenge series by way of 11 podium finishes over the 12-race season en route to the championship.

In addition to the interior updates, the 2019 Civic Type R adds Sonic Gray Pearl to its palette of exterior color choices that also includes Championship White, a color exclusive to Civic Type R.

The 2019 Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R for the U.S. market are both manufactured exclusively by Honda’s Swindon, UK plant. The 2.0T engine for Civic Type R is produced in Honda’s largest automobile engine plant, in Anna, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

AUDI E-TRON

• World premiere of the first all-electric series production model from the brand

• Ample space and a long range provide a high level of everyday usability 

• Virtual exterior mirrors as high-end option–premiere in a series production automobile

The Audi e-tron is the first fully electrically powered series production model from the brand with the four rings. The company will present its sporty full-size SUV – which is suitable for everyday use – to the world for the first time in San Francisco.

ARKONIK × SPRITE D90

SPRITE D90 Making a Splash

This Alpine White D90 Edition is an entity perfectly in sync with its surroundings. The Elite Sports seats and classic Boost alloys shod with BFGoodrich tyres give this Defender an essence of agility and finesse. The look is completed with a wood rimmed steering wheel and lithe Fawn leather interior. A soft-top style Defender creates fluidity between driver and terrain; take the top down and become completely immersed in the landscape.

1) Interior: Gloss Black Boost 16″ alloys | BFGoodrich KO2 tyres | KBX® Signature Satin Black grille with Alpine White mesh | A-bar with twin LED spotlights | Puma bonnet | Gloss Black KBX wing-top vents, side air intake and chequer plate | Alpine White Fire & Ice side steps | Black XS Soft-top kit with heavy duty cage | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Alpine white NAS rear step

2) Exterior: Fawn leather trim | Heated Elite Sports front seats | Lockbox with USB powerpoint | Matching leather door cards | 4 tip seats in load area | Black alloy gear knobs and door furniture | Evander 15″ wood rimmed steering wheel |Pioneer® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Ice White LED lighting package | Air conditioning

If you fancy winning your own D90 soft-top this month is the time to make that dream a reality. Place your deposit with Arkonik this month and you will also receive a massive $10,000 deposit contribution!

Competition details:

Arkonik are back with another Summer Promotion, and this time it’s big.

For the first time ever, Arkonik is giving away a Defender 90 soft-top (worth over $130k) to one client to accompany their custom order upon delivery. So if you’ve been thinking about creating your perfect custom Defender, now is the time to make that dream a reality.

The first 30 people to make a 25% deposit between 1st July – 30th September 2018 will be entered into a competition to win a unique D90 curated by the team at Arkonik HQ. As an added incentive, place your deposit this month (July 2018 only) and you will also receive a $10,000 deposit contribution.

Visit the website for full details here.

Arkonik are Land Rover Defender specialists based in the heart of England, exporting to the USA and Canada since 2007. They are collaborating with carefully selected partners to create a one of a kind Defender in a dazzling shade of Firesand Orange offset with an Exmoor Trim black canvas soft-top. Externally the edition will feature KBX wing-top vents and Sawtooth alloy wheels supplied by BEARMACH shod with BFGoodrich AT tyres. Internally this stunning truck will feature black leather with orange stitch seating, matching door cards and Arkon X steering wheel by Exmoor Trim. This premium interior will also include black aluminium gear knobs and door furniture as well as one of Exmoor Trim’s new Lock Boxes.*

ARKONIK × LR DEFENDER

ARTEMIS D110: Always on the Hunt for Adventure

This crimson station wagon will aid any explorer in their hunt for adventure. Complete with uprated suspension, snorkel, and a WARN winch, our ARTEMIS Edition will roam unhindered through forest wilderness or the concrete jungle. This D110 has been fully restored in Arkonik’s consistent pursuit of precision and durability.

1) Exterior Spec – KAHN® 1983 18″ alloy wheels | General Tire® Grabber AT3 tyres | Front bumper DRLs | LR Defender A-Frame nudge bar with twin LED spotlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch | Puma bonnet | KBX® Gloss Black grille and wing-top vents | Gloss Black chequer plate | Fire & Ice side steps | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Safari® snorkel | Rear LED work lamp | NAS rear step | Front Runner® roof rack with LED spotlights, expedition rails and rear ladder | Uprated Terrafirma® suspension with 2″ lift kit

2) Interior Spec – Ruskin Inside™ Black & Grey leather trim | Recaro® Cross Sportster CS heated front seats | Matching Elite Loc-box & door cards | 2 Premium high back centre row seats | Bench seats in the load area | Evander wooden rim steering wheel | Alloy gear knobs and door furniture | Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay | Black suede headlining & side panels | Ice White LED lighting package | Sunroof | Air conditioning

JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY

Jaguar Racing Gives Global Debut to I-PACE eTROPHY Racecar in Berlin

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be the official support series to ABB FIA Formula E Championship

Today, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY charged ahead as it made its global debut in Berlin. Founder and CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag had the honour of marking this historical moment alongside Jaguar Racing as he drove the racecar around the iconic Tempelhof Circuit.

CAMELOT D110 × LR DEFENDER

CAMELOT D110: An English Classic Land Rover Defender

This legendary D110 has been respectfully restored in classic Eastnor Green and Chawton White. It was photographed at North Cadbury Court in deepest Somerset – a unique stately home dating back to the 16th-century with ties to Arthurian legend.

Just like this eclectically stylish country retreat, CAMELOT was built for pure enjoyment and enhanced for adventure with a host of extras.

Designed to escape the humdrum of the daily routine, it will transport you to any realm you wish to venture into.

1) Exterior Spec – Chawton white roof and matching 16″ steel wheels | BFGoodrich® AT tyres | Front bumper DRLs | LR Defender A-Frame nudge bar with LED spotlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch | Puma bonnet | KBX® Satin Black grille and wing-top vents | Satin Black chequer plate | Fire & Ice side steps | Aluminium steering & front differential guard | Rear LED work lamp | NAS rear step | Front Runner® roof rack and rear ladder

2) Interior Spec – Beechwood leather trim | Elite heated front seats | Matching Elite Loc-box | 3 Premium high back centre row seats | 4 tip-up seats in the load area | Leather steering wheel | Black anodized alloy gear knobs and door furniture | Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Bespoke suede headlining & side panels | Ice White LED lighting package | Sunroof | Air conditioning

Photographed at North Cadbury Court . A country mansion set within 1500 acres and  available exclusively for weddings, corporate events, holidays and special celebrations.

PIRELLI × BMW M5

PIRELLI TAILORS ITS P ZERO FOR THE NEW BMW M5

The powerful all-new BMW M5 model fuses an elegant business sedan with a high-performance sports car. The innovative all-wheel drive system named M xDrive, and 600 hp engine equips the driver with incredible power, precision and agility. The BMW M5 comes equipped with specially engineered P Zero tires from Pirelli to transfer these features to the road seamlessly.

The P Zero tire is approved in the following dimensions:

Front axle: 275/35 ZR 20 (102Y) XL P Zero

Rear axle: 285/35 ZR 20 (105Y) XL P Zero

This P Zero variant was developed in close cooperation with the development and testing departments of Pirelli and BMW. The starting point of their collaboration was the new P Zero ultra-high performance tire unveiled last spring.

In line with Pirelli’s perfect-fit philosophy, a P Zero tire version was specifically tailored for the BMW M5 to perfectly harmonize with this model’s chassis and features.

Pirelli engineers have modified the tire’s tread pattern to optimize the noise level and adapt the P Zero’s performance to the BMW M5’s driving characteristics. The tire compound contains special polymers developed by Pirelli for Formula 1, which have proven themselves in the premier class of motorsport. Therefore this P Zero provides the BMW M5 with high level grip and good performance in wet conditions. To ensure that the vehicle’s front and rear axles are balanced as well as possible, the engineers have used different layered constructions in the front and rear tire carcasses. In addition, the P Zero tire contours have been matched to the wheel rim and ultimately are designed to give the best tire performance possible for the M5.

Featured photo credit: BMW