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Ferrari Unveils two new cars at the Geneva Motor Show

Ferrari is debuting two important new cars at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show: the F12berlinetta, which ushers in the new generation of Prancing Horse V12s, and the Ferrari California which, thanks to constant development, is seen here as a lighter, more powerful version, also available with the Handling Speciale package. The world première of the F12berlinetta adds the finishing flourish to an all-new range of 12- and 8-cylinder models that, in the space of just four years, has achieved the objective of offering different Ferraris for different Ferraristi. New models that match ever-increasing power outputs with greater efficiency with the result that fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by an impressive 30 per cent. A result achieved through in-depth, 360-degree research into all vehicle systems – engine, aerodynamics, tyres, brakes and ancillaries.

Displayed on the stand in two new colours, Rosso Berlinetta and Aluminium, the F12berlinetta is the most powerful and high performance road-going Ferrari ever. Sporting a new V12 engine, it is built around highly evolved transaxle architecture and features state-of-the-art components and control systems. The F12berlinetta’s aerodynamics have also been honed to the extreme in an innovative design that redefines classic Ferrari themes.

The F12berlinetta’s wheelbase is shorter and its engine, dashboard and seats are lower in the chassis. A new suspension and gearbox layout helped reduce the car’s rear volume. The result is a shorter, lower and narrower car than the previous V12 coupé. The F12berlinetta boasts ideal weight distribution (54% over the rear axle) as well as a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the chassis.

The F12berlinetta’s spaceframe chassis and bodyshell are completely new, and now incorporate no less than 12 different aluminum alloys, some of which have been used for the first time in the automotive sector. New assembly and joining technologies were also adopted in its construction. This has allowed the car’s overall weight to be kept to just 1525 kg and has maximized its performance efficiency with torsional rigidity boosted by 20 per cent.

The new, 200-bar direct-injection 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. It punches out a maximum of 740 CV at 8250 rpm, with a specific power output of 118 CV/l and maximum revs of 8700 rpm, record figures for this type of engine. Responsiveness and strong pick-up is guaranteed by maximum torque of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is readily available at 2500 rpm.

Exceptional progress has also been made in terms of fuel consumption and emissions which have been cut by 30 per cent – putting the F12berlinetta at the top of the segment with 15/l 100 km and 350 g/km of CO2 respectively.

Aerodynamics play a major role, and a host of innovative solutions have been discreetly integrated in the F12berlinetta’s styling. These include the Aero Bridge which, in a first, uses the bonnet to generate downforce, and Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures. The result of these interventions is that the F12berlinetta has the highest overall aerodynamic efficiency of any Ferrari ever built (a value of 1.2, double that of the 599 GTB Fiorano) with downforce of 123 kg at 200 km/h and a Cd of just 0.299. The fruit of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, the F12berlinetta features harmonious and balanced proportions. It is a truly original, innovative coupé with all of the signature features of an authentic Ferrari 12-cylinder. Clothed in sleek, aggressive lines, it offers superb occupant space and comfort despite its relatively compact dimensions.

The rear is characterised by a modern, functional reinterpretation of the Kamm tail which seamlessly integrates the two vertical fences of the rear diffuser. The resulting, original T-shape also incorporates two full-LED circular taillights and the clearly F1-inspired rear fog light.

The F12berlinetta’s technical specifications are completed by the very latest version of the carbon-ceramic braking system (CCM3), a further evolution of the magnetorheological suspension (SCM-E) and the latest development in electronic vehicle control systems (E-diff, ESC, F1-Trac, and highperformance ABS). All controls are integrated in a single, fast-responding CPU featuring new model-specific software.

With a Fiorano lap time of just 1’23’’, 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.1 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 8.5 s, the F12berlinetta is the most high-performance road car in Ferrari history. Over and above sheer performance, however, it stands out for its nimble and responsive handling and unparalleled driving involvement even at lower speeds, a feature normally the reserve of midrear-engined cars, whether on the track or on the road.

The car’s Frau leather interior is completely new. It highlights the balance of advanced technology – in the form of the Human-Machine Interface which places all controls within easy reach of the driver – and sophisticated, handcrafted detailing, both of which are intrinsic to Ferrari’s DNA. The cabin has been optimised to ensure maximum usability of the interior space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the large aperture offered by the tail-gate. On the dashboard are new, carbon-fibre and light alloy air-vents inspired by the aeronautical sector. There is also an optional passenger display for the passenger-side dash.

The other new arrival at Geneva is the Ferrari California which is not only 30 kg lighter but is also more powerful by 30 CV. The version on display at the Show has a Blu Swaters livery with a Grigio Argento Nürburgring roof and a Sabbia interior. Its engine delivers 490 CV while the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence has applied the most advanced aluminium fabrication techniques to improving the chassis, significantly cutting its overall weight. Performance has been enhanced with the 0-100km/h sprint now down to 3.8 seconds. Owners wanting a more dynamic driving experience can also opt for the Handling Speciale package which reduces body roll and speeds up the car’s responsiveness to driver inputs. The package includes magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (-50 per cent response time) running patented Ferrari software.Also included are stiffer springs and a new steering box with a 10 per cent quicker steering ratio.

The two other recent additions to the Prancing Horse stable will also be present on the stand: the FF in Bianco Italia livery and the 458 Spider in Giallo Tristrato. The display is completed by a 458 Italia in a sporty two-tone Rosso Corsa and Nero Daytona livery. The stand also features a special area for clients wishing to make their Ferrari truly unique by availing of the exclusive Tailor-Made programme which offers a selection of materials, colours and finishes that span both the marque’s tradition and history and the very latest trends. The Tailor-Made area will be showcasing an FF with several unusual personalization features, including a new three-layer Grigio Ingrid livery, pinstripe cloth and Testa di Moro semi-aniline leather seats, cashmere headliner and teak-trimmed boot.


New Premium Carnauba Paste Wax

Start the New Year right by treating your car with the New Premium Carnauba Paste Wax! After years of exhaustive development and testing, Griot’s Garage is pleased to bring you their New Premium Carnauba Paste Wax! Made from the highest-quality carnauba, blended with only the finest ingredients, this is your new go-to for superior shine, protection, and water-beading. Hydrophobic technology creates a surface so smooth, water just glides right off. It is effortless to apply and remove. With this Brand New Premium Carnauba Paste Wax, it’s easy to achieve superior shine and protection! Check out their blog for some waxing tips!


JL Audio Plans Big for 2012

JL Audio will kick off 2012 in a big way starting at CES 2012 with the company’s largest booth ever—over 2,400 square feet of space will showcase three custom-modified show vehicles, exciting active displays of new car speakers, amplifiers, Stealthbox® systems, marine audio systems, and home audio subwoofers. Overall, 42 new products will be introduced and made available during the first and second quarters of 2012. Feel free to come by and and check out their booth, located in the North Hall!

Manville Smith, Vice President of Marketing for JL Audio had this to say about the company’s aggressive plans for 2012. “JL Audio’s business was very strong in 2011 as we expanded our market share in Car Audio, while also growing our Marine, Home and Powersports Audio categories. The new products we are launching in 2012 will refresh some of our anchor product lines and also create new business opportunities for our retailer partners in 2012. We are very excited about our future direction.”


2012 duPont Registry calendar now available

The 2012 duPont REGISTRY Calendar is now available and just in time for the holidays. The 13-month calendar is in full color and features some of the best automotive photography chosen from well-known artists. Each month features an exotic and rare automobile artistically captured in a scenic location from around the world. There were only 1,000 of these calendars made, with about half remaining, so hurry up and get your calendar today!

The 2012 duPont REGISTRY calendar is available for purchase by itself, or, for $39.95, you can get the calendar and a one-year subscription (12 issues). Enter promo code “DRLOVESL4P” when ordering a yearly subscription in order to receive your calendar!




            Mecum ended the 2011 auction season on a high note, with record sales, consignments and attendance for their Kansas City Auction, Dec. 1-3, 2011, at the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo. 

            More than 800 vehicles crossed the auction block with a 70% sell-through rate.  Total sales topped $12.3 million, which encompasses total hammer sales of more than $11.6 million plus Mecum’s low 6% buyer’s premium on vehicles. 

            “This year’s grand finale was the largest auction Mecum has ever had in Kansas City, smashing every company record for this event,” said President Dana Mecum.  “The total sales, cars offered and sold, registered bidders and overall attendance all far exceeded the response in years’ past.”

Mecum’s top seller was a rare 4-Speed 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible finished in Gulfstream Aqua with White interior that hammered for $165,000.  Additional highlights included a 1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 Six Pack for $122,500 and a well-documented 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 selling at $72,500.

The Kansas City December 2011 Top 10 Vehicle Sales (all sales reflect hammer prices) were:

  1. 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible (Lot S99) at $165,000
  2. 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot S69) at $122,500
  3. 1967 Ford Mustang Resto Mod (Lot S111) at $121,000
  4. 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible (Lot S90) at $120,000
  5. 1956 Ford Thunderbird (Lot S69.1) at $90,000
  6. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot S86) at $78,500
  7. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S97) at $78,000
  8. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Resto Mod (Lot F139) at $77,500
  9. 1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible (Lot S146) at $75,000
  10. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (Lot S63) at $72,500

Complete auction results are available to Mecum InfoNet members, which is free to join at  Mecum InfoNet members can log in to see car-by-car results by visiting the Results Page. 

Up next for Mecum is their massive Kissimmee Auction, Jan. 24-29, 2012 in Kissimmee, Fla.  The auction, which will broadcast on Discovery’s Velocity network during the “Mecum Auto Auctions: Muscle Cars & More” show, is open to the general public with tickets available in advance or at the door for just $15 per day.  For information about bidder registration or to consign a vehicle, visit or call 262.275.5050.


Toys of the Ultra Rich: What They Cost

Just parking an exotic automobile at a garage in midtown Manhattan will cost north of $8,000 a year — more than most Americans spend on actual car payments.

Then there’s insurance, which on this $380,000 Rolls Royce Phantom will run around $8,400 a year, according to Hagerty Insurance.

Don’t forget maintenance and repairs. “If you go over a curb, you can bust a $1,500 rim in a heartbeat,” said Thomas duPont, chairman and publisher of the luxury products magazine the duPont REGISTRY.

A driver will run another $55,000 to $60,000 a year, plus benefits and overtime, said Robin Kellner, who runs her own luxury staffing agency.

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Lingenfelter presents the John Lingenfelter memorial race

The John Lingenfelter Memorial Race has been scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the Muncie Dragway in Albany, Ind.

Presented by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering in memory of their founder John Lingenfelter, the “Racer’s Special” event will award winners in the Super Pro and Pro classes double prize money – $2,400 and $1,500 respectively. The race’s Sportsman winner will be paid $1,000.

John Lingenfelter“John started the legend of designing and building performance engine packages and chassis tuning components over 30 years ago with Lingenfelter Performance Engineering,” said owner Ken Lingenfelter, John’s distant cousin who purchased the company in September 2008. “This memorial race is to honor the great legacy John left for ambitious engineers, racers and motor enthusiasts throughout the world. I share his same vision to continue investing in technology, research, design and testing to build the Lingenfelter tradition of reinventing great cars with precision and refined power, speed and control.”

In addition to founding Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, John led an amazing 34-year race career, racing everything from Super Stock and Comp door cars to Econo dragsters, Pro Stock Trucks and Sport Compact. John was the first Comp driver to break the six-second quarter-mile barrier. He won 13 NHRA national event titles – nine in Comp, three in Super Stock and one in Pro Stock Truck. In early 2002, John took on a new challenge: sport compact racing. In just a few months, he won one national event and had two runner-up finishes.

In October 2002, at the Mazda NHRA Sport Compact World Finals in Pomona, Calif., John lost control of his vehicle and sustained serious injuries in the accident. He passed away as a result of complications from subsequent surgeries on December 25, 2003, at the age of 58.

The John Lingenfelter Memorial Race is open to all racers with no increase in entry fees. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, July 18.

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