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RUF × THE QUAIL

THE ALOIS RUF REUNION

For 80 years RUF has worked in pursuit of the perfect driving experience. That pursuit began with repairs, moved to modifications and finally to the engineering and manufacture of its own cars. From the small town of Pfaffenhausen, Germany, RUF turned the automotive world upside down when its turbocharged CTR was crowned the fastest car in the world by Road & Track magazine in 1987. At the Ehra-Lessien test track legendary racing driver Phil Hill hit 211 mph in the “Yellowbird,” a nickname given to the car by the magazine because of the shining yellow paint.

At The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering this year, a selection of custom RUF creations will be on display. The all new RUF CTR will make its U.S. debut alongside the very first “Yellowbird” CTR #001. With a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque and 710 horsepower flat-six engine, the all-new CTR carries on the legacy of its record setting predecessor.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Weekly Preview

70 Years Of The Iconic Porsche 365:

The name Porsche has become synonymous over the decades with high performance sports cars and iconic design. Seven decades ago in the small village of Gmünd, Austria, the first car to bear the Porsche name was born. The Porsche 356/1 Roadster was powered by a 1.1-liter air-cooled flat-four engine from Volkswagen. The engine’s power was increased to 35 horsepower for the 356 which enabled a top speed of 83 mph.

In the years that followed, numerous iterations of the 356 would evolve into icons. From the Speedster to the Continental, the rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 356 gained a reputation for lively handling, dynamic capability, and revolutionary style. This year at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering more than 20 Porsche 356s will grace the lawn to celebrate 70 years of Ferry Porsche’s dream.

“I looked around and could not find quite the car I dreamed of. So I decided to build it myself.” – Ferry Porsche

Sir Jackie Stewart:

Sir Jackie Stewart will be attending The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering this year as a guest of Rolex. He won the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco three times between 1966 and 1973. Nicknamed the “Flying Scot,” he is considered one of the greatest drivers ever to set foot in a Formula 1 car. Off the track, he became a passionate advocate of driver safety in motorsport.

“The Quail is very special. It’s intimate, it has style and the collection of cars is more diverse than even Pebble Beach,” said Stewart. “Every year I see cars that I have never seen before and in such a relaxed and spacious setting, you really are able to admire them up close alongside true motoring enthusiasts and specialists. Rolex’s involvement just adds to the event’s unique charm. Everybody wants to be here.”

Culinary Spotlight- Local Wine at The Quail:

In addition to the delicious culinary offerings at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering several local wineries will be offering their vintages to attendees. Talbott Vineyards was established in 1982 when Robb Talbott planted his original Diamond T Estate vineyard in the Carmel Valley. Talbott Logan Pinot Noir and Talbott Logan Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay will both be available at The Quail. Cambiata Pinot Noir and Albarino, J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay and Seven Oaks Cabernet, as well as offerings from Bernardus will be featured at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Fireside Chat Series at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Recognized as one of the most highly influential international events during the historic Monterey Car Week, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, today announced its lineup of speakers for its annual Fireside Chat Series taking place throughout the day on August 24, 2018. Each year, the Fireside Chat Series welcomes special guests—ranging from racecar drivers to fashion designers to automotive restoration experts—to the main stage at Quail Lodge & Golf Club to discuss their passions for vintage and racing motorcars, as well as their personal journeys.

This year will be highlighted by road racing legend and Rolex Testimonee, Scott Pruett, who will share his fervent advocacy for the motorsports hobby. Pruett began his racing career at eight years old and recently retired after 50 years on the track. With 60 sportscar race wins, five Rolex 24 victories and a class win at Le Mans under his belt, Pruett now focuses on making award-winning wines.

In addition to the above icon, The Quail will welcome two dignitaries of the fashion world, Laura Brown and Tamara Mellon, to lead the panel “Fashion in the Fast Lane,” which will explore the parallels between fashion and the automotive industry. Over her career, Brown has served as the executive director of Harper’s Bazaar and is currently the editor in chief of InStyle Magazine, while Mellon is an esteemed luxury women’s shoe designer, and most recently acts as co-founder and CCO of her namesake direct-to-consumer label.

“Since its inception, our Fireside Chat Series has become a significant fixture and much-anticipated tradition at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering,” said Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events Gordon McCall. “This year, each special guest will bring a valuable and unique story to the table. There will truly be something for everyone to listen to and enjoy.”

Guests of The Quail will have the opportunity to witness the Fireside Chat Series throughout the day at the event. Although the event is sold out, individuals who have missed the opportunity to purchase tickets may submit a waitlist request online. Other premium options for admission includeThe Quail Helicopter Ticket and The Quail Charitable Patron Ticket, which are still available for purchase. For more information about these ticket options, please click here.

The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering

The Great Lancias

Founded in 1906 by racing driver Vincenzo Lancia, the Turin based automaker has cultivated a history of dynamic rally cars, invigorating racing machines, and performance-oriented street vehicles that embody true Italian flair. The first production Lancia automobile was the 28 horsepower Tipo 51 (also known as the 12 HP). After World War I, Lancia began work on the Lambda. The Lambda was a technological marvel at the time, featuring the first production monocoque construction on a road car, as well as the first use of independent suspension on a production car.

Building upon the success of the Lambda, Lancia debuted the Aurelia in 1950 in Turin. The Aurelia continued Lancia’s tradition of innovation by utilizing an industry first production V6 engine paired to another groundbreaking innovation, the rear transaxle. The Aurelia would go on to achieve class victories at Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. In conjunction with the street car division, Scuderia Lancia was launched to campaign the all new D24 race car. With legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, and Piero Taruffi behind the wheel, the D24 would claim victory at the Carrera Panamericana, Mille Miglia, and Targa Florio.

As Lancia continued to evolve and develop their automobiles, they became legends on world wide rally circuit. Icons like the Fulvia HF, Stratos HF, 037 and Delta would dominate rally racing in the 1970’s and 80’s. Fine examples of Lancia’s street and racing machines will be showcased on the lawn of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering this year.

Fireside Chat Profile: Laura Brown and Tamara Mellon

Laura Brown, editor-in-chief of Instyle Magazine, will participate in the “Fashion in the Fast Lane” Fireside Chat Panel. After graduating from Charles Sturt University, Brown began traveling around the world to cover the world of fashion. As the editor-in-chief of Instyle Magazine, Brown educates an audience of 30 million people on the latest trends and styles. As one of the leading voices in fashion today, Brown will be joined on stage by Tamara Mellon as they discuss the parallels between fashion and the automotive industry.

Tamara Mellon, OBE, founder of Tamara Mellon Brand, will also join the “Fashion in the Fast Lane” Fireside Chat. After being born in London, Mellon would split her time between California and the UK. A passion for style developed into careers at several fashion magazines before becoming an esteemed luxury women’s shoe designer. Mellon acts as co-founder and CCO of her namesake direct-to-consumer label.

Culinary Spotlight: New Carmel Valley Culinary Tent

Guests will enjoy a main dish of spice rubbed salmon with caramelized Meyer lemons grilled on wood slabs over the cast iron cowboy cauldron. This will be accented by marinated fregola sarda, sweet pepper and almond pesto, baby spinach, roasted cauliflower and more. Robb Talbott and the Moto Talbott Motorcycle Museum have become iconic partners of The Quail events and his Talbott Logan Pinot Noir and Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay will be paired with the offerings at the Carmel Valley tent. In addition to the diverse culinary offerings stationed throughout this year’s event, the Carmel Valley culinary tent will play host to a decadent afterparty following. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

ROLEX × CAR WEEK

CALIFORNIA EMBRACES THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE

Rolex provides a preview of top upcoming events and activities taking place during the world-renowned Monterey Classic Car Week

Monterey Classic Car Week will be highlighted by four major events including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex Fast Facts: 

• Sunday, August 26, 2018 at The Lodge at Pebble Beach™

• Recognized as one of the world’s most respected concours, the event acknowledges outstanding original and restored historic automobiles

• Nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen will make his debut as an Honorary Judge at the Concours

◦ Tom Kristensen says: “I am looking forward to learning more about the incredible cars and understanding the stories that shape their history, as well as meeting the devoted collectors and the passionate spectators.” Tom Kristensen continues: “Rolex supports the most iconic races and the finest events around the world, always adding an element of prestige to the partnerships. It’s an honor to represent the brand.”

• In addition to several special displays, the 2018 event will present eight featured classes on the famed 18th fairway:

◦ Motor Cars of the Raj

◦ Rollston Coachwork

◦ OCSA

◦ Tucker

◦ Post-war Custom Citroën

◦ Vintage-Era Sporting Cars

◦ Eisenhower Dream Convertibles

◦ Indianapolis 500 Celebration

• Rolex partnered the Concours as the Official Timepiece in 1997

• As the celebrations draw to a close on Sunday afternoon, the Best of Show Award, widely considered as the most coveted prize among car collectors, is presented to the most exemplary automobile

• Preceding the Concours, the Pebble Beach Tour d’EleganceÒ Presented by Rolex is an 80-mile journey along picturesque roads through the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur Coast

• The Tour will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 and will trace portions of the iconic 17-Mile Drive

• Rolex became the presenting partner of Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance in 2007

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Fast Facts:

• August 23-26, 2018 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

• The largest racing event of Monterey Classic Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion relives motorsports history at the iconic 2.238-mile circuit, which has been a focal point of American sports car racing since its inception in 1957

• This year will present approximately 550 race cars, in 15 categories, driving at speed around the track – including the infamous “Corkscrew” – as they were originally intended

• The featured marque for 2018 is Nissan, and the event will highlight the brand’s illustrious racing history that dates to its Datsun heritage

• Historic Datsun and Nissan race cars, including those campaigned by Paul Newman, Peter Brock and Steve Millen will compete on track

• Other featured classes include 1967-84 Formula 1®, 1968-74 Formula 5000, 1966-74 Can-Am, Trans Am, FIA Manufacturer’s Championship contenders and more

• Rolex became the title sponsor of Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2010

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Fast Facts:

• Friday, August 24, 2018 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club

• Presented as the ultimate garden party, this event is highlighted by a host of epicurean delights including international culinary pavilions, award-winning wines and spirits, and the most magnificent pre- and post-war sports and racing vehicles

• In addition to the above, the event will feature three Fireside chats, two of which will be led by Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen and five times winner of the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA and friend of the brand, Scott Pruett

• This year marks three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart’s 50th anniversary as a Rolex Testimonee

◦ Sir Jackie Stewart says: “It is always a pleasure to return to Monterey, where the atmosphere and the genuine enthusiasm for motor cars is unparalleled, and this year it will be particularly poignant for me as I mark my 50th anniversary as a Rolex Testimonee. The event will give me the opportunity to reflect on my career in motorsport and the fantastic evolution of the car during this time. I can’t wait to see the style and elegance that will be on show.”

• Featured classes for 2018 include:

◦ 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero

◦ 70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356

◦ The Alois Ruf Reunion

◦ The Great Lancias

• The 2018 event will also mark the official unveiling of the new RUF CTR, the limited-edition Bugatti Divo and more

• Rolex has been the Official Timepiece of The QuailA Motorsports Gatheringsince 2005

• The winner of the “Rolex Best of Show” will be admitted into the Rolex Circle of Champions, guaranteeing the car’s continued legacy

ROLEX 

AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand  pioneered  the development  of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism  invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents  in the course  of its history. A truly integrated  and  independent  manufacturing  company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the  gold  alloys  to  the  machining,  crafting, assembly  and  finishing  of  the  movement,  case, dial  and bracelet. Through philanthropic programs and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

The Quail × A Motorsports Gathering

The premier automotive event will welcome four featured classes — “The Great Lancias,” “50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero,” “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” and “The Alois Ruf Reunion” — during its Monterey Car Week Event held at Quail Lodge & Golf Club on August 24, 2018

Today, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has officially announced four featured classes for its 16th-anniversary celebration on Friday, August 24, 2018. Recognizing Italian heritage and German innovation, the special selection will include “The Great Lancias,” “50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero,” “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” and “The Alois Ruf Reunion.”

“The Great Lancias” class will be highlighted by notable models that exemplify the Italian manufacturer’s strong rally heritage. Key vehicles will include a 1974 Stratos HF Group IV, a 1955 Aurelia B24S and a 1988 Delta Intergrale 8V.

Meanwhile, the “50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero” class will pay tribute to two of Lamborghini’s most timeless V12-powered touring cars: the low-production Islero GT and the 2+2 Espada that became one of Sant’Agata’s best-selling models. Half a century after both models debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, 21 of these iconic vehicles will be on display.

The Quail will also celebrate German automotive history and legacy through the special “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” class. The display will include noteworthy examples of the marque’s first production sports cars such as a 1951 356 Pre-A Split Window, a 1958 356 A Speedster, a 1965 356 C Coupe and other seminal vehicles from the legendary marque.

“The Alois Ruf Reunion” will focus on German innovation through a selection of sports cars from the legendary Pfaffenhausen manufacturer and tuner. Included in the class will be the 1988 CTR “Yellowbird” #001, freshly restored by RUF themselves. The car will be presented alongside the new 710 horsepower CTR, making its North American debut. Along with the old and new CTR, several other prominent RUF vehicles will grace the event — from the CTR2 to the RCT and many more.

“To amp up the anticipation surrounding The Quail, we are featuring four new classes for car enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Guests of the show will be delighted to see a remarkable selection of cars that represent the Italian and German perspectives of automotive excellence.”

Keeping with tradition, these featured classes will complement the familiar roster of pre- and post-war classes as they line the prestigious greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

In addition to the world-class selection of vehicles, The Quail will offer an array of culinary pavilions, award-winning wines and spirits and a Fireside Chat Series in the elegant yet family- and pet-friendly environment. Guests will also be invited to attend the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction taking place concurrently on the Quail Lodge Farm Field.

The event is sold out; however, if an individual has missed the opportunity to purchase tickets, they may submit a waitlist request online. Other options for admission include The QuailHelicopter Ticket and The QuailCharitable Patron Ticket, which are still available for purchase. For more information about these ticket options, please click here. To learn more about the event, please visit the event website and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About The Peninsula Signature Events

The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila and Paris – future openings, Yangon and London. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. http://signatureevents.peninsula.com.

RUF Makes US Debut

The German sports car manufacturer will have a special class at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday, August 24, 2018 and debut its latest CTR alongside the freshly restored legendary 1989 “Yellowbird” CTR #001.

Ruf Automobile GmbH, manufacturer and engineer of bespoke sports cars, will be honored in a special class at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering entitled “The Alois Ruf Reunion”. The event will make the first North American appearance of the new RUF CTR alongside the completely restored RUF 1989 “Yellowbird” CTR #001 owned by an automobile enthusiast, connoisseur and car collector Bruce Meyer.

“The Alois Ruf Reunion” will bring together a handful of notable cars from throughout the marque’s history, reuniting them with Alois and Estonia Ruf on the manicured lawns of The Quail Lodge in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Other RUF cars that will be on display include the CTR Clubsport, CTR2 and RCT.

“When we began building our own automobiles in 1974 it was all for the thrill of the drive,” said Alois Ruf, owner of RUF Automobile GmbH. “We are honored to have been given a special class at The Quail, but we recognize that this is a celebration of RUF owners and their passion for driving as much as it is the RUF brand. RUF is not a car or a company, it’s an all-encompassing experience of which we are just a part. We share this honor with all of the members of the RUF community.”

The 1987 RUF CTR “Yellowbird” took the automotive world by storm when it out-paced every other production car in the world, topping out at an unprecedented 211 mph at the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany. Along with its top-speed record, the CTR also became the first production car to break the 200-mph barrier. RUF commemorated the 30th anniversary of the “Yellowbird” with the release of the new CTR, an entirely bespoke high performance sports car developed and built in RUF’s Pfaffenhausen, Germany facilities. Among other engineering achievements, the new CTR is the first carbon fiber monocoque production car with a rear-engine layout. The turbo charged RUF is only equipped with minimalistic electronic driving aids, such as ABS and slip-control, resulting in one of the purest driving experiences available in a modern car. Production of the new CTR is expected to begin in late 2018.

The celebration will also include a private event for RUF owners at a separate location during the week. For more information on RUF automobiles, visit the RUF website at ruf-automobile.de/en.

ABOUT RUF AUTOMOBILE GMBH
In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. first formed his company, AUTORUF, as a general service garage. The company grew and in 1949 Ruf Sr. added a gas station to the company complex. By 1955, Ruf Sr. recognized a need in Germany for a full-size tourist bus and challenged himself to build his own to run this as a separate business. In 1963, the company began specializing in Porsche vehicles, a direction that Alois Ruf Jr. vowed to continue when he assumed ownership of the company in 1974. In the following year, the first RUF-enhanced Porsche model made its debut.

In 1982 RUF has been approved by the German authorities as a car manufacturer in its own right, which meant that RUF cars were identified by their own VIN. In 1987 RUF achieved the approval from NHTSA and EPA in the United States. Now it is still family run by Alois and Estonia Ruf.

INFINITI’S PROTOTYPE 9 PEBBLE BEACH DEBUT

Nissan Motor Corporation and premium automotive brand INFINITI have unveiled a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car, called Prototype 9, is a celebration of Nissan Motor and INFINITI’s ingenuity, artistry and craftsmanship. It represents a reimagining of a 1940s race car with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design.

Prototype 9 celebrates the tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship and passion of our forebears at Nissan Motor Corporation, on whose shoulders we stand today. It started as a discussion: What if INFINITI had created a race car in the 1940s? If one were to imagine an open-wheeled INFINITI racer on the famous circuits of the era, such as Japan’s Tamagawa Speedway, what would that look like? The sketches were stunning and the idea so compelling that we had to produce a prototype. As other departments became aware of this, they volunteered their time to create a working vehicle.” 
Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

Prototype 9 is emblematic of INFINITI’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for stunning design. From humble beginnings as a sketch, to the dynamic example presented at Pebble Beach, Prototype 9 has been brought to life as an after-hours endeavor by a passionate and enterprising team of employees from across the Nissan Motor Corporation.

The car is powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation’s Advanced Powertrain Department. This nod to the future contrasts with the traditional materials and techniques applied for the Prototype 9’s manufacture, including panels hand-beaten by a team of Takumi – Nissan Motor’s master artisans.

“What started as an after-hours idea grew into a fully fledged prototype; our designers and engineers were excited by the notion of creating a past vision, a nod to our origins. They volunteered their own time; more and more staff became involved. Our teams have proven skills in manufacturing, engineering, design and advanced powertrains, yet they wanted to bring their own traditional craftsmanship to the project. They made Prototype 9 a reality, a result of their ingenuity – they recognized and realized the past, powered by a future-centric electric powertrain at its heart. Prototype 9 blends modern technology and hand-crafted details paying tribute to the forebears of INFINITI.”
Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President

Prototype 9 was inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport. The custom-built Prince R380, which also will be shown during Monterey Car Week at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, broke several land speed records in 1965 before taking overall victory at the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway. Prince Motor Company is considered to be Japan’s original builder of premium automobiles, and its legacy can be traced to INFINITI Motor Company and its current model line. The R380 shown at The Quail is the actual Japanese Grand Prix-winning car, believed to be the only surviving R380.

“We like to think that INFINITI, with its stunning design, high performance capability and forward-looking technology, shares some DNA with the Prince Motor Company, which became part of Nissan Motors. Prototype 9 is a celebration of the artistry and ingenuity inherent in our company.”
Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

INFINITI RETURNS TO PEBBLE BEACH

INFINITI Returns to the 2017 Pebble Beach Automotive Week With Innovative and Immersive Experiences

INFINITI and TEN: The Enthusiast Network Bring the Latest in Technology and Automotive Design to Life at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

– Discover first-hand what it’s like behind the wheel of the INFINITI QX50 Concept through our SOUL OF THE MACHINE virtual reality experience

– INFINITI Pavilion features the future of INFINITI luxury vehicles, including the QX80 Monograph and QX50 Concept

INFINITI is partnering with TEN: The Enthusiast Network during the 2017 Pebble Beach Automotive Week to showcase the best in automotive and technology, and to honor its bold spirit of innovation and commitment to delivering an unparalleled driving experience through “Soul of the Machine,” an interactive activation that places guests at the center of the action.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

INFINITI is offering an immersive, narrated virtual reality (VR) experience featuring the QX50 Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. As guests enter the VR experience space, they are invited to take a seat in an INFINITI driver’s seat and are fitted with VR goggles and headphones. Guests trigger the experience with their actions and immediately begin seeing car parts drift toward them from the horizon to form a QX50 Concept around them. As participants visually explore the car, guided by narration, new experiences are activated to highlight its interior and exterior, Drive Assist Technologies designed to enhance drivers’ senses and the world’s first, production-ready variable compression turbocharged (VCT) engine, an innovation 20 years in the making.

In addition to the VR experience, there will also be an interactive wall featuring the VCT engine’s power and efficiency modes. Using directional body and/or hand movements, participants will be able to activate the modes, allowing them to see firsthand the compressions and various features of each mode.

Now in our fourth year, INFINITI and TEN’s partnership at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance continues to deliver one-of-a-kind opportunities to engage directly with INFINITI in fresh and innovative ways,” said Phil O’Connor, director of marketing communications and media for INFINITI. “We are pleased to showcase INFINITI’s industry leadership in technological and design innovation, and our ongoing commitment to placing the driver at the heart of all we do.”

INFINITI will host a Ride & Drive at the INFINITI Pavilion, featuring its full line of luxury vehicles including the Q50, Q60 and QX80 Limited. Test-drives will take place Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (both days), starting at the INFINITI Pavilion and throughout the Del Monte Forest and iconic 17-Mile Drive®.

Also at the INFINITI Pavilion is a Wine and Cheese Reception featuring a selection of local artisan cheeses and wines for guests to enjoy. The reception takes place Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Back this year, INFINITI will be hosting Pastries at the Pavilion on Concours Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The INFINITI Pavilion is located at the Pebble Beach Concours Plaza on the corner of Forest Lake Road and Portola Drive in Pebble Beachand will be open to guests during the following times:

  • Friday, Aug. 189 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 199 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. for a private event)
  • Sunday, Aug. 208 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

As a Platinum Sponsor of this exclusive event, INFINITI will once again, for a 4th year in a row, participate in one of the most intimate and celebrated events, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. INFINITI is the Official and Exclusive Courtesy Vehicle of The Quail, providing eight QX80 vehicles and shuttle service solely for Quail Lodge and Golf Club guests and VIPs. INFINITI will also be sponsoring its private Quail Rally event earlier in the week, where guests can test-drive the Q60 Red Sport 400. The Quail attendees will have the opportunity to explore the INFINITI Project Black S at the infield display. New this year, guests will be able to enjoy hand-rolled 10Below Ice Cream compliments of INFINITI.

INFINITI will also be showing the Prince R380, one of Japan’s first purpose-built race cars, in The Quail’s postwar race class. The R380 broke several landspeed records before winning the second Japanese Grand Prix in 1966. The Prince Motor Company is considered one of Japan’s first premium automotive brands, and some of its product line can be considered predecessors of INFINITI’s Q50 sports sedan, Q60 sports coupe and Q70 luxury sedan.

About INFINITI:

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japanthe United StatesUnited Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi, near YokohamaLondonSan Diego and Beijing. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive.  The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry-leading technologies can be found at www.INFINITI.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterLinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network 

TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier transmedia network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 60 websites, 50 publications, 50 annual events, the Motor Trend OnDemandsubscription video-on-demand service, as well as the world’s largest automotive and action/adventure sports media platforms, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.

JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8

Fresh from its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) will introduce its latest high performance creation, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, to North American automotive enthusiasts during this year’s Monterey Car Week.

 

Following its first public showing just 6 weeks ago in the U.K., the weekend’s activities for Jaguar Land Rover kick off on Thursday with Project 8 making its dynamic debut during the welcome reception for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

 

”Project 8 is the most extreme performance Jaguar ever and the second Collector’s Edition vehicle from SVO,” said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “Our team of engineers and designers are excited to showcase this special vehicle to prospective clients and enthusiasts in North America, where we so many of our valued clients are based.”

 

“No more than 300 of these special performance cars will be produced for sale worldwide. What better way to debut Project 8 – our most track-focused production car ever, than on America’s most iconic road course?”

 

Jaguar Land Rover SVO will bring two versions of the Project 8 to show in Monterey; a four-seat car finished in Velocity Blue representative of what U.S. enthusiasts will be able to buy and the other finished in Valencia Orange, featuring an optional two-seat Track Pack – available to customers outside the U.S. – which includes lightweight front carbon fiber racing seats with four-point harnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seats4.

 

“Bringing the XE SV Project 8 to North America and debuting it at the events during Monterey Car Week was a natural fit,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America. “The week’s festivities on the Monterey Peninsula bring together the most passionate automotive enthusiasts from around the world each year and we’re excited to share our latest passion project with them.”

 

JAGUAR LAND ROVER AT THE MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION

Located along the start/finish straight in the race paddock, the four Jaguar Land Rover pit lane garages play host to a celebration of the brand’s latest vehicles.

 

The Jaguar Land Rover pit garages will present race fans a special exhibit, “the House of SVO,” showcasing the engineering and design capabilities of SVO in creating high-performance versions of the brand’s most popular cars. Visitors to the space can see the all-terrain Range Rover Sport SVR performance SUV and Jaguar’s all-weather supercar, the 200mph F-TYPE SVR Coupe2. The centerpiece of the display will be the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, where prospective clients can be among first to register their interest for the limited edition model.

 

Guests to the garages also have the opportunity to try their hand behind the wheel of a Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E race car; piloting the vehicle as part of an immersive virtual reality experience housed within the Jaguar display space.

 

Nestled between turns three and four of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, fans can explore the off-road limits of their favorite British SUV brand behind the wheel of several different Land Rover vehicles, including the all-new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery. Visitors will climb and descend steep hills, drive off-camber turns and over obstacles, sampling the latest driver’s assistance aids which help make easy work of even the toughest trails3.

 

Fresh from its debut at the New York International Auto Show, Land Rover will also have the fourth member of the Range Rover family – the all-new Range Rover Velar – on display, sharing space with the brand’s halo vehicle from SVO, the $200,000 ultra-luxury Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase1.

 

The Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca runs from Thursday, August 17, through Sunday, August 20; please visitwww.MazdaRaceway.com for full event scheduling.

 

THE QUAIL, A MOTORSPORTS GATHERING

In addition to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the XE SV Project 8 will also be shown on Friday, August 18, at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Flanked by SVO’s first-ever series production Jaguar, the 575hp F-TYPE SVR, the limited-production XE SV Project 8 will join more than 200 other rare automobiles and motorcycles in an exclusive garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club from 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

 

EXOTICS ON CANNERY ROW

Later in the day, Special Vehicle Operations will show the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at Exotics on Cannery Row. As one of the few non-ticketed public events during Monterey Car Week, Exotics on Cannery Row showcases some of the rarest and most exciting supercars of our time against the backdrop of Monterey’s historic downtown. The event is free and open to the public, running from 3:00 – 8:00PM.

 

XE SV PROJECT 8

Born from SVO’s desire to engineer the ultimate super sports sedan, the XE SV Project 8 builds on the success of the 2016 F-TYPE Project 7 as the brand’s second Collector’s Series vehicle; redefining the capabilities of how a four-door Jaguar can perform on track.

 

With the project currently under development, engineers are targeting a power output of 592hp; enough to make this the quickest road going Jaguar ever and capable of speeds up to 200 mph2. Along with the dramatic increase in power, a number of functional aerodynamic, suspension and interior enhancements to the XE help make this car the brand’s most powerful, agile and extreme performance vehicle ever4.

 

Global production for the XE SV Project 8 will be limited to just 300 units, each hand assembled at the SVO technical center in Coventry, England. Senior representatives from SVO will be on hand at events throughout the weekend to answer questions and help potential buyers register their interest. Those not attending can visitwww.JaguarUSA.com to keep up to date and register their interest.

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1 All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination/handling charge, tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.

Always follow local speed limits.

These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner’s manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details.

All illustrations, photographs and specifications shown here are based on the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 prototype vehicle. Final U.S. specifications, design, equipment, and accessories have not been determined. Therefore, U.S. production vehicles will differ from the one shown.

 

About Jaguar

Jaguar is a premier manufacturer of luxury sedans, sports cars and SUVs offering unparalleled design with tremendous performance. The company’s vision throughout its storied 80 year history has been simple: To produce beautiful, fast cars that are desired the world over. Jaguar strives to provide a world class ownership experience to every owner. Today’s Jaguar lineup consists of the Jaguar XE and XF sports sedans, the XJ full-size luxury sedan, the two-seat F-TYPE sports car and a line of performance SUVs, the E-PACE and F-PACE. Jaguar designs, engineers and manufactures exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull manufacturing plants in the British Midlands. Jaguar is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Jaguar website at www.jaguarusa.com.

 

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports sedan and sports car marques.

 

The company employs over 40,000 people globally, with 330 in the U.S. and supports around 275,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centered in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia.

 

At Jaguar Land Rover we are driven by a desire to create class-leading products that deliver great customer experiences. The largest investor in R&D in the UK manufacturing sector, we have invested £12 billion (USD$15.7 billion) in the last five years and in the current year alone will spend over £3.5 billion (USD$4.5 billion) on new product creation and capital expenditure. Last year Jaguar Land Rover sold over 583,000 vehicles in 136 countries, with nearly 80 percent of our vehicles produced in the UK being sold abroad.