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Thursday
May252017

Brady to Inflate Aston’s Market Presence

It could have been worse. We could have used the overhead photo of Brady lying across the windshield and hood.Aston Martin has signed a long-term marketing agreement with New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady. No, really. They wanted him, not his supermodel wife Giselle Bundchen. It almost makes you wonder who has the concussion, Brady or the folks at Aston Martin.

According to the press release from Aston Martin, “In collaboration with Aston Martin’s VP & Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the designer currently responsible for creative direction of the Aston Martin brand and model range, Brady and Reichman will explore their affinity for The Love of Beautiful via a new content series entitled Category of One, premiering later this year.”

If that’s not enough, there’s this: “Brady will seek to share visualizations of where he sees beauty in his sporting moments, what he sees as beautiful in life, and what continues to compel him to pursue greatness after five Super Bowl wins and four MVP Awards.” Plus, the PR hacks would have you believe that Brady actually said this: “Aston Martin exemplifies dedication to the craft of car making through a meticulous attention to detail. While 104 years of heritage are reflected in each hand-built car, with product from the DB11 to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, this brand is primed to excel for the next 100 years as well.”

Oh, and if that doesn’t make you wince, there’s this: “The new partnership will also see Brady curate his own take on a modern day Aston Martin, based on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S. The process will be documented, with portions being revealed over time, and the Tom Brady-curated Vanquish S will be unveiled this summer.” (Brady drives a 2017 DB11.) Perhaps he can explain how the car’s tire pressure management system warns of a tire that’s not fully inflated, something that would be useful on NFL game balls. — CAS

Friday
May122017

A Lister Knobbly for the Road

The folks at the Lister Motor Company are at it again. This time, a customer wanted a Knobbly race car to be made street legal; not an easy thing to do to an original specification continuation sports racer.
A number of changes had to be integrated into the design of the Knobbly without changing its look or feel significantly. These include:

  • A collapsible steering column
  • Roll over protection
  • Turn indicators, side repeater flashers and rear fog lamp
  • License plate surrounds front and rear
  • Padded leather dashboard
  • Push button switches
  • Removal of the wheel spinners for pedestrian safety
  • Replacement of the windscreen with a wind deflector
  • A ratchet-style handbrake
  • Rear view mirrors
  • A sunken fuel filler cap
  • Brake fluid and low fuel level warning lights

Because LMC makes few continuation cars to original specifications, they are eligible for Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA). The vehicles must be made in very small numbers, and individually inspected before they can be approved for registration and road use. Just 10 Knobbly road cars will be built between September 2017 and June 2018.

As with the race version, the road Knobbly features a hand-beaten aluminum body over a welded spaceframe built on the original jigs. All welds are pressure tested, and it takes 550 hours to create the finished body. The engine is a Jaguar 3.8-liter inline six (a 4/2-liter also is available) built around original Jaguar blocks by Crosthwaite & Gardiner. Good for 330 horsepower, the engine — which is mated to a four-speed manual gearbox — has enough power to push the 1,735-lb. Knobbly from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 181 mph.

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of the Lister Motor Company, says: “I am really proud and excited that the Lister Motor Company has succeeded by being the first, and to date the only, specialist sports car maker to engineer and launch a fully road legal version of a racing continuation model. This is a hugely important step for us, making Lister the first to be able to offer our enthusiastic clients the excitement and thrills of driving a historically significant race car on the road. Our new road legal Knobbly also paves the way for more future road-going Lister models too.”

4.2-liter Knobbly road cars start at £225,000 ($219,111) on-the-road, while a 3.8-liter with Dry Sump will be priced at £295,000 ($381,679). — CAS

Friday
Apr282017

Perfect for Playing Gran Turismo

This is “Cockpit”, the first office chair ever designed by the Ferrari Design Center. Produced by the company that has provided the leather for Ferrari interiors since the 1980s (Poltrona Frau), it was created to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. Two versions are available: the President and the Executive. Each has a swiveling base and adjustable seat angle that can accommodate the two different styles of backrest.

The President features a high back modeled on contemporary racing seats, while the Executive has a lower, narrower backrest designed to give more freedom of movement. The exposed shell is made from woven carbon fiber and Alutex, an aluminum glass fiber composite.

A team from the Ferrari Design Center chose the shades and finishes. These were inspired by the shades and finishes of Ferrari’s Tailor-Made personalization program. Thus, like the car — which can be customized via choices from the Scuderia, Classica and Inedita menus, the colors and materials offered on the Cockpit chairs also may be personalized. — CAS

Thursday
Apr272017

Two “Petrolicious” Films

The following two films form the folks at Petrolicious take a look at the Ferrari 330 P4 — one of the most achingly beautiful endurance racers ever created — and the Sunoco Ferrari 512 M race in period by David Hobbs and Mark Donohue. The P4 went head-to-head with the Ford GT Mk IV and came up short, while the Penske-run 512 M — dogged by misfortune and bad luck — brought “spit and polish” preparation to Europe. Both are important cars, but their most seductive feature is the sound of their V12 engines. Sit back, relax and enjoy the noise real racing cars used to make.

Friday
Apr072017

Pirelli's Downhill Racers

Pirelli has teamed with Blossom, a maker of handmade high performance skis, to produce a set of limited edition skis for enthusiast skiers. Blossom worked with Pirelli engineers to insert a layer of vibration-dampening rubber in the ski’s construction. They are built in Blossom’s workshops in Val Chiavenna, and feature deep sidecuts that allow them to adapt to varying snow conditions.

The Pirelli-Blossom skis have a wooden core and graphite sole at their base. To this is added a double layer of Titanal for stability, and triaxial fiberglass to increase the ski’s torsional response. To this is added a special rubber compound developed by Pirelli engineers that is vulcanized at high temperatures to obtain a thin sheet that is inserted in the mix, as well as applied to the top of the skis. The rubber, says Blossom, dampens up to 60% of the vibrations transferred to the ski during a descent.
 
Pirelli skis are available in various sizes: 151/ 158 / 164/ 170/ 176/ 181. Each corresponds to a different carving ratio: 10 / 11 / 13 / 14 / 16 / 17. The sidecut is: 121 - 71 - 106. They are available in seven colors inspired by the color coding system used by Pirelli to identify its race tire compounds. Production will be limited to 110 pair of each color to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pirelli Motorsport.

The limited edition Pirelli skis are available for pre-order at: http://www.pirellidesign.com/pirelli-blossom-skis.php.