So where is the new test track for our friends, Jeremy, James and the Hamster? It’s RAF Wroughton, just outside of Swindon, which hasn’t been used by the Royal Air Force for decades now. It still has two fully-maintained runways, along with a few hangars, as well as an old lady’s house. These days, it also houses a science museum, a karting track (!), and now, The Grand Tour.
Whereas the old Top Gear test track was simply known as the Top Gear test track, The Grand Tour is calling this iteration “the Eboladrome,” because it’s shaped like Ebola. Clarkson referred to its location as “top secret,” but the trivia feed on Amazon said that “if you’re quite interested, it’s near Swindon.”
The show apparently filmed there back in October, according to local news outlet Swindon24. Our first look at it came last night, with new non-Stig and former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner thrashing a BMW M2 around the track.
The once-and-current Top Gear test track was at Dunsfold Aerodrome, also a former RAF base, just outside Surrey.
After a disappointing revamped 23rd Season of BBC’s Top Gear and an agonizingly long wait, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May finally returned in their brand-new and obscenely well-funded Amazon Prime motoring show, The Grand Tour. And it just picked up right where the trio’s Top Gear narrative ended.
To many of us, all we ever wanted out of The Grand Tour was a proper return to form from what the Trio’s Top Gear show used to be. For others, we were hoping it would give the hosts and producer Andy Wilman a chance to try something new. Some freedom to explore new concepts, the ability to do things they never could do on a BBC hour-long show.
They didn’t. The first episode of The Grand Tour was a fun return to form, but for the most part, it was nothing we hadn’t seen before.
The main narrative of Episode One was the trio finally getting their hands on the “Holy Trinity” of hypercars: The La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. That’s exactly what they had been trying to do on Top Gearbefore Jeremy Clarkson ruined everything over a cold-cut.
After the first show, you won’t wonder how in the heck Amazon could be reportedly spending $5 million per episode.
Here’s why: its unappealing name Grand Tour refers to the fact that the studio segment anchoring the BBC version has been replaced by a huge tent which will be placed in a different country each week. Episode 1 has the tent and the audience in Dry Rabbit Lake in the Mojave Desert in California. (That’s in the middle of nowhere, I assure you). Next week, Johannesburg, South Africa. That much relocation gotta cost. Also, the show has its own racetrack (which we’re told passes next to an undetonated World War II bomb).
Wait, there’s more! The show is filmed Ultra HD, which means hypercars exploding around tracks positively breathtaking. Great start guys!
Mercedes-AMG is coming to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017.
Mercedes-Benz USA and Mercedes-AMG unveiled their plans on Wednesday morning to join the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Riley Motorsports will race two Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars in the GT Daytona class.
One of the team’s cars will run as AMG-Team Riley Motorsports, and the other as WeatherTech Racing.
Additional teams are expected to race the Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars as customer teams.
“We are thrilled to see the three-pointed star compete in North America’s premier endurance racing series in 2017,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “Our Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car has already proven itself in worldwide competition and should quickly become a fan favorite. We are very excited about our prospects for the 2017 racing season.”
Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/imsa/mercedes-amg-race-2017-imsa-weathertech-sportscar-series#ixzz4QKnw7mzE
Visited the shop a couple of month’s back and was so impressed. Looks like they have even more going on than before, with the Donohue Porsche 917 in the house.
Check this out:
Chrysler Turbine – powered by gas turbine engines that Chrysler made from 1962-1964. Bodies for the Chrysler Turbine were made by Ghia in Turin, Italy, with final assembly taking place in a small plant in Detroit, Michigan, USA. After a period of testing, the vehicles were reclaimed by Chrysler; all but nine were destroyed
Stylized from original photos take by myself
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Very cool link Ford has set up to configure your new GT…
New NSX makes appear….
The first appearance at the public show today for the only white NSX in California and it looks fabulous!
I got to sit inside (few of us did), and found everything in the right place and easy to fit my 6’2″ frame. Large step in, but well crafted foot well and nice stick and paddle shifters.
The big news was that they are looking to create a GT3 racing version; factory version to start with customer versions available later. Very exciting news.
The start rolling out shortly. Contrary to local lore, Jay Leno did not get the first one, but Rick Hendrick paid a cool $1.2 million for serial number 1.
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Confirming earlier reports sourced from Reddit and adding new details in the process,the Detroit News reports that Ford GT ordering will begin with an online application that’s set to go live at some point this month. Ford will give the right to buy the first 250 GTs to customers who meet some very specific criteria.
Priority will be given to those who have a history of owning Fords, especially previous-generation GTs. This is very much out of the Ferrari playbook, though slightly more hilarious because Ford ownership history could mean anything. Could a buyer get on the Ford GT waiting list thanks to having once owned a Pinto?
Ford will also seek out customers who will drive the car, rather than keep it locked in a garage to protect future value. To that end, buyers will be required to sign a legal document preventing the sale of their GT until a certain time period has passed.
“There’s a loyal following to the car,” said Raj Nair, vice president of product development at Ford, in an interview with the Detroit News. “We want to prioritize people who are going to care about the car, keep the car and drive the car.”
Considering the new GT is expected to cost around $400,000, its eventual customers are fortunate in more ways than one.
Work continues on the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles with the opening Gala Scheduled for December 5th.
On a recent visit, I toured the new lobby, which will have a Wilshire Blvd entrance (which was lacking before) as well as access for vehicle on the fourth floor, which wasn’t available before. Bruce Meyer, who lead my walk through, mentioned that there will be much more space than before and will start at the top of the building and wind down.
The main lobby will include a new restaurant on the corner as well as a Mullin’s space as well as a Bruce Meyer space on one of the upper floors. The museum will also benefit from a new Metro station next door due in a few years. Bruce said, “the outside will have LED light that will make the whole building glow at night”.
Can’t wait for new opening in December.
It was just a little over 4-years ago that Porsche invited us to Detroit for something they assured us would be spectacular. When they unveiled the 918 RSR at the 2011 Detroit auto show it was fairly apparent that “spectacular” was the automotive understatement of the decade. Now, after just 21 short months of production, the last Porsche 918 Spyder has rolled off the assemble line.
While the 918 wasn’t officially launched until late into 2013, it received the green light for production development, from the supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, in the summer of 2010. Since then, the 918 has shined as a technology platform for what’s to come and what will make it into everyday production (hybrid drive 911 anyone). The 918 Spyder was systematically developed to be a performance hybrid with plug-in technology and future generations of Porsche sports cars will benefit directly from innovations found within.
Advances In Manufacturing, Too
Alongside the production of the 918, Porsche applied for patents related to many of its innovations in assembly and quality assurance. With these patents, Porsche is setting the standard for innovative capabilities far beyond the automobile itself. For instance, the entire assembly process takes place with wireless tools. The best example: battery-powered screwdrivers controlled via Bluetooth. They perform their work nearly silently, increase flexibility for workers at the workplace and ensure – via a database link – that specified torques are reliably performed and documented. In addition, a new type of scissors lift platform simplified installation of the approximately 300 pound high-voltage battery (something we should see used again in the near future).
End of an Era?
Not likely. Instead, it’s just the beginning. More so than any of its predecessors, the 918 Spyder provides a strong push for the advanced development of technologies for the Porsche of the future. The key technology is a drive concept which combines a high-performance combustion engine with two electric motors; its unique and ingenious operating strategy is one of the unique aspects of the 918 Spyder. It considers the various requirements ranging from an efficiency-oriented driving profile through to absolute maximum performance. In doing so, the 918 provides important know-how for future production developments. To maximize the efficiency and performance of the hybrid drivetrain, depending on the individual driving situation, Porsche engineered a total of five different operating modes. Like what you would find in a Porsche race car, each operating mode is activated by a “map switch” on the steering wheel. This know-how will also be applied to future hybrid drives.
In addition to the advanced and unique hybrid drive,the 918 technology platform blazed new trails in other areas like the all-carbon body, fully variable aerodynamics and a rear axle steering system. As most of you know, adaptive aerodynamics and rear axle steering have already made their way into production Porsches (911 Turbo models, the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS).
Text from Flatsixes.com