David Brown Automotive, the brand-new British automotive company who are selling themselves as a heritage marque, have just announced the initial round of details regarding their first car.
Going by the codename “Project Judi” and based on a Jaguar XKR, the as-yet unnamed car features the exact same chassis, drivetrain and performance specifications as the XKR. Although it is said to use an entirely original body and interior design.
This means the car will boast a 510 horsepower, 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine, driving the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 0-62 mph time is 4.8 seconds, and the top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited).
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Nicholas Mee & Co, an Aston Martin Heritage Dealer in West London, have just finished putting the final touches to a fully functional kid-sized car inspired by the legendary Aston Martin DB models of the 1960s. But this is no rickety pedal car. It has a steel chassis, composite bodywork, leather seats, a wood rimmed steering wheel and Brembo disc brakes.
Power for the DB Convertible Junior comes from a 110cc four-stroke engine with key-operated electric start. The transmission is a semi-automatic three speed unit. Top speed for this “kids” car is a remarkable 46 mph! Although this can be restricted downwards.
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the FIA approved small block Shelby Cobra – which competed in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series against marques like Aston Martin, Jaguar and Corvette – Shelby American is introducing a special limited edition model.
50 examples of the continuation (CSX7000) Shelby 289 FIA Cobras will be produced. Each will be painted “Viking Blue” with FIA stripes and roundels, feature a black FIA interior, special billet anniversary badges, original style wheels and a variety of additional options.
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The 1968 Dodge Charger III was a low-slung, uber-sleek, two-seat sports car concept which Dodge built with absolutely no intention of putting into production. It was a piece of advertising, designed to show off all the company’s latest technologies and engineering advances – specifically in the area of aerodynamics. When it was unveiled, Dodge stated that it was the most aerodynamic car they had ever produced. One look at the dart-like profile and you can see they were probably weren’t exaggerating.
But a slippery shape isn’t always practical. Inside, the Charger III concept was cramped and claustrophobic, and you can forget about rolling down a window to let in some fresh air. Instead of a normal windscreen and separate side windows, the Dodge Charger III had a single-piece wrap around windscreen which was permanently fitted within a fiberglass canopy. To gain entry to the car, the entire canopy lifted up on gas struts at the touch of a button. At the same time as the canopy was lifting, the seats automatically raised up 8 inches, and the steering wheel and instrument panel swung upwards to allow easier access. It was all very fancy, but hardly practical!
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Castle Three Motor Company, a British company based in Alnwick, Northumberland, have just released a series of sketches showing their retro-inspired rival to the Morgan 3 Wheeler. Funding for the car has been provided via crowd-funding on CrowdCube. However the goal of £200, 000 wasn’t met in the time required. Instead Castle Three Motor Company ended up with £30,000 from almost 70 investors. Despite the obvious shortfall, the company have bravely chosen to power on with the car’s development.
The Castle Three Motor Company’s return to business marks a revival for a company who built 350 three-wheeled cars between 1919 and 1922. The new car has some of the retro style of the original, however it also has a contemporary feel highlighted by its clean lines and LED lighting.
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At this year’s SEMA show, Fuller Hot Rods showed up with a ’32 Ford Roadster built for JET-HOT, a company specialising in high-performance coatings for hot things – like headers and exhaust systems.
The Double Down hot rod project began several years earlier when Bryan Fuller happened to meet Emmett Burton at a Cars and Coffee event, they got talking and Fuller ended up in Burton’s house looking at his collection of 30 vehicles, all at different stages of construction.
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Classic Motor Cars Limited of Bridgnorth (CMC) have just put the finishing touches to a bespoke Jaguar E-Type modification/restoration project commissioned by the car’s owner, American Paul Branstad. Prior to the complete overhaul by CMC, the car had been involved in what was described as “a heavy front impact”.
The car is a 1968 Series 1 4.2 litre, left hand drive, open 2 seater which rolled off the Coventry production line on April 17th. After production the car was shipped immediately to Jaguar Cars in New York, USA, but the receiving dealer is not known. However nowadays it shares only an outward resemblance to the original vehicle, having been stretched by four and a half inches during its restomod.
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In the series 10 things you probably didn’t know about… We’ll reveal some amazing and unusual facts about various cars, bikes, boats and aircraft. In this edition we’ll take a peek at the legend which is the Volkswagen Beetle. Whether you Love it or hate it, everyone’s heard of it. There are probably tribesmen in the Amazon rainforest who could draw a pretty good facimile using a stick and some monkey poop.
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Up Close is a feature on diseno-art where the latest, greatest and most interesting vehicles from history are showcased an easy to digest way. That means lots of annotated pictures, and just the most interesting facts and cold hard numbers. Today its the turn of the Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 to get the short, sharp Up Close treatment.
The Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 was the replacement model for the 275 GTB/4. The Daytona name was given to the car after a 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona by a Ferrari 330P4 race car. The Daytona was a front-engined supercar powered by a 4.4 litre DOHC V12. The five-speed manual transmission was mounted over the rear axle for optimal weight distribution, and a four-wheel independent suspension featured wishbones and coil springs.
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The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique is a head-turning, jaw dropping, concept created by the Italian designer Alan Guerzoni. It is the antithesis to the restrained styling of the Bugatti Veyron. It’s like a steampunk supercar for the 21st century.
The concept takes most of its inspiration from the 1935 Type 57SC Atlantic coupe. That’s to say both cars are very swoopy and elegant. The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique concept has a streamlined body, suicide doors, a long, low hood, and an aerodynamic tail. Like the Veyron it features a prominent two-tone color scheme with chrome highlights. Highlights include some delicious LED lights, rear-view cameras mounted on stalks coming out of the front wheel arches, and side-exit exhausts.
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