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24th February 2015

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ASTON MARTIN TAKES A LEADING ROLE IN THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW

30th January 2015

Aston Martin is set to do more than simply star in the forthcoming new motoring television programme The Classic Car Show, as the luxury British brand is providing the show with a once in a lifetime prize; the opportunity to own one of its sports cars.


Today confirming its role as commercial associate of the new TV series, distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television and airing in the UK for the first time on Thursday 5 February (Channel 5, 7pm), Aston Martin will provide a  V8 Vantage for  the winner of The Classic Car Show’s season-long competition*.


The British sports car brand – which marked its centenary in 2013 and which boasts a rich heritage of luxury sports cars – is featured numerous times during the 13-episode series, presented by Jodie Kidd and Quentin Wilson.


Connecting the company’s rich heritage through to contemporary Aston Martin models, each week viewers will be able to follow the build of the V8 Vantage through a series of short films shot at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.


At the end of the series, one lucky viewer will have the opportunity to own the keys to this future classic. Marek Reichman Chief Creative Officer said: “Aston Martin’s rich heritage of world-class sports cars is clearly a great subject for this exciting new series, and I’m sure the lucky recipient of the V8 Vantage – whoever he or she may be – will be thrilled to join our select band of sports car owners worldwide.”


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NISSAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GT-R LM NISMO RACER SET TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AT 2015 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

2nd February 2015

Nissan today announced that after its brief cameo appearance in Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX "With Dad" commercial, the radical new Nissan GT-R LM NISMO race car will make a two-week pit stop at the Chicago Auto Show from February 14 to 22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


The GT-R LM NISMO, which will take on the best in the world in the race to glory at the Le Mans 24 Hours, will be the centerpiece of a performance-oriented NISMO display at the auto show – which will also include the 600-horsepower Nissan GT-R NISMO, the 370Z NISMO, JUKE NISMO and JUKE NISMO RS and two concept vehicles, the Sentra NISMO Concept and a new NISMO street concept that will debut February 12.


A truly global effort, the GT-R LM NISMO has been created by a team of carefully selected experts in Japan, the United States and Europe. Unlike other LM P1 cars, the GT-R's V6 3.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine sits in the front of the front-wheel-drive car, while the hybrid power is harvested from the front driveline to augment acceleration.


"LM P1 cars are the most extreme sports cars in racing today so, for Nissan and NISMO, the opportunity to innovate at the highest level could not be missed," said Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO. "Taking on the best in the world and competing to win is a daunting task for Nissan. The competition is well-established and the racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship is ultra-close, but this is a challenge that Nissan has accepted and the Nissan NISMO team will fight like it has never fought before."


Full details and photography of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO are available at www.NissanNews.com. To view the 90-second "With Dad" commercial, go to www.withdad.com or www.NissanUSA.com.


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NEW DATE FOR BEN’S 46TH VINTAGE & CLASSIC CAR RALLY AND SUMMER FETE

6th February 2015

BEN, the automotive industry charity has moved its ever popular summer event from the last Saturday in June to the first Saturday in July.  The new date is 4th July 2015 and there will be an extraordinary array of vintage, classic cars and motorcycles departing from Ascot Racecourse in convoy through scenic Windsor Great Park en route to Broomhall Recreation Ground, Sunningdale.  All rally entrants then become the showpiece for the BEN Summer Fete which opens to the public at 12.30 pm.


This will be the 46th running of the Rally & Summer Fete which grows in popularity every year. The event always has huge family appeal thanks to the children’s activities, miniature railway, live music, food and refreshments and many other attractions. This year there will also be an unmissable special display of one historic manufacturer’s range of vehicles.


Commenting on the event, BEN’s Events Manager Kelly Neal said: “We are very excited about our summer event this year, and want to ensure that everyone is aware of the new date so that nobody misses out. It’s a really enjoyable afternoon, packed full of music and attractions, for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you all there.”

McLAREN P1™ GTR TO SHOW ITS LIMITED PRODUCTION FORM IN GENEVA

18th February 2015

Makes the transition from concept to production with track tested modifications.


Tuning in development results in 10 percent more downforce than the McLaren P1™ road car.


Lightweight components and motorsport technologies trim a further 50kg.


McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme confirms first locations.


Geneva Show car livery inspired by iconic McLaren F1 GTR, chassis #06R.


McLaren P1™ GTR will premiere alongside the recently announced McLaren 675LT on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.15 CET (11.15 GMT) on Tuesday, 3 March


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THE ALL NEW LOTUS EVORA 400

18th February 2015

All new supercar from Lotus.


Fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever.


Lighter and more efficient than before.


The new Lotus Evora 400 is the latest pure and focused supercar from Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling. It is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.


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GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED CENTRAL FEATURE TO HONOUR MAZDA

18th February 2015

The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed will pay tribute to the innovation and achievements in motoring and motor sport by Mazda with a spectacular Central Feature in honour of the Japanese manufacturer.


Mazda, renowned for defying convention in its approach to automotive engineering, has also chosen Goodwood as the setting to showcase its range of SKYACTIV vehicles.


The Central Feature, created by renowned sculptor Gerry Judah and Mazda, will provide a spectacular backdrop to the Festival of Speed, which is preceded by the Moving Motor Show presented by the AA in association with The Telegraph, and runs from June 25-28.


Set spectacularly against the iconic sight of Goodwood House, the Central Feature will celebrate Mazda’s 95-year history, and its numerous international motor sport achievements.


Mazda is the only Japanese manufacturer to have won the world’s most prestigious motor race – the Le Mans 24 Hours – and the victorious rotary-engined 787B, with its distinctive sound, is certain to be a crowd favourite as it winds its way up Goodwood’s iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb, along with many other examples of its sporting success and road-going innovation.


Further motor sport success has been achieved in touring cars, the World Rally Championship, Andros Trophy ice racing and sportscar competition in the USA - in which Mazda’s pioneering SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel technology is breaking new ground currently.


Every era of Mazda’s motor sport achievement will be marked by some incredible competition cars both on the Hillclimb and the Forest Rally Stage as the Festival of Speed celebrates the theme ‘Flat-out and fearless; racing on the edge’, while the Moving Motor Show on June 25, will showcase  many of the key models from Mazda’s current range.

MERCEDES-AMG GT S INSPIRES LATEST COLLABORATION WITH CIGARETTE RACING

12th February 2015

Today at the Miami International Boat Show, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing joined forces for the fifth consecutive year to present the all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S and Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder GT S Concept.  As the most powerful production twin engine performance boat, the Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder GT S Concept marries the characteristic styling and thoroughbred motorsport technology of the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Incorporating a stunning AMG Solarbeam Yellow painted exterior with custom matte black accents, the new concept boat was designed to mimic the dynamic character of the Mercedes-AMG GT S that will be on display alongside it.


With the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT S in April, Mercedes-AMG is introducing a highly compelling new pure-bred sports car that combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with a stunning design.  Its front mid-engine design and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. The newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance and develops 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, propelling the car from 0 – 60 mph in a breathtaking 3.7 seconds.


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Is your car a vision in pink? Beaulieu is calling upon owners of pink cars to take part in its inaugural Simply Pink rally which will take place on 31st May 2015. No matter if it is classic or modern, fast or slow, big or small, any vehicle is welcome – so long as it is pink!


The event, which is supporting Breast Cancer Campaign, is open to vehicles in every shade of this much-loved colour. So, if your car, van or truck is finished in rose, lilac, lavender or any other shade, then Beaulieu would love to see you. Participants will have the opportunity to park their pink vehicles together in the Beaulieu parkland and meet other like-minded owners with the same sense of motoring fun.


Pink has long had a cult following amongst motorists wishing to stand out from the crowd. In the 1950s, American car manufacturers celebrated the optimism of the new post-war era with brightly-coloured Cadillacs, Fords, Chevrolets and more; pink was the most daring colour on the options list. As transatlantic style came to Europe, glitzy British models such as the Vauxhall Cresta PA embraced two-tone pink colour schemes.


In 1961, as the Morris Minor became the first ever British car to sell one million units, 350 examples of the special edition ‘Minor Million’ were built, all finished in a cheerful shade of lilac with white leather interior trim. In 1989, the special-edition Mini Rose added a dash of colour to its white bodywork with a contrasting pink roof, a colour scheme shared by the latest DS3 from Citroen.


Pink is very much in vogue today in the motoring world, with fans spoilt for choice by the Techno Pink Chevrolet Spark, the Fuchsia Renault Twingo, the Hot Magenta Ford Fiesta and the Idol Pink Fiat 500, amongst others. The thriving aftermarket trend for re-spraying cars in this vivid hue also shows no signs of fading away. Simply Pink will capture the sense of fun that owners of these vehicles share.


For drivers and passengers arriving in their pink car on the 31st May and joining the event, entry prices are £10 for an adult, in addition to a £2.50 donation to Breast Cancer Campaign, and £5 for a child. To purchase your tickets in advance, visit www.beaulieushop.co.uk or telephone 01590 612888. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on the day when you arrive. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu via the main Reception at normal Beaulieu attraction admission prices.


Entry into the Beaulieu parkland is from 9.30am, when the Brabazon restaurant will be open for breakfast and refreshments. Admission to Simply Pink includes entry to all of the Beaulieu attractions, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.


Simply Pink is part of a busy calendar of Simply rallies, each with its own motoring theme. A full list of Simply dates can be seen on the Beaulieu website, www.beaulieu.co.uk/beaulieu-events.


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