Geneva Show Preview 5

Today James Glickenhaus of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) released images of the 003 which be sold as either a race and road-going version and will be unveiled as a pair at upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

This ambitious project is inspired by the classic cars of the past that could be driven to track, raced and then driven back home.

The SCG uses many bespoke pieces including a new carbon-fiber chassis and V6 twin turbo engine.

The race version is scheduled to make an appearance in Class SP X of VLN German race series, but more series are being considered leading up to the car's debut in Geneva.


Geneva Show Preview 4

Audi is the focus of today's Geneva preview because today they are releasing the first official pictures of the second-generation Audi R8.

The new R8 is a stepwise evolution of the original car and uses a 449 kw / 602.1 bhp V10 engine.

Audi also mention V8, etron and GT3 versions of the car which will also likely surface at the Geneva Motor Show.

Alongside the new R8 they will have the Audi prologue Avant a concept car similar to the prologue coup? released at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Both are based on Q7 underpinnings and signal the way forward for future production models.


Geneva Show Preview 3

Today we have two major announcements for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show from both Aston Martin and McLaren.

Aston will be showing their most radical car to date called the Vulcan. It's a track-day toy that unhinges Aston Martin's racing department from technical regulations.

McLaren will use Geneva to who their 675PS McLaren 675LT. LT stands for Long Tail which refers to the car's substantially updated rear bodywork.


Geneva Show Preview 2

Inching closer to the Geneva Motor Show with each day, the exhibitors are keen to offer a glimpse of what's in store including Audi who will reveal their next generation R8.

Aston Martin will use Genenva to launch their most aggressive V8 Vantage to date known as the GT3 Special Edition. It mimics the GT3 racecar and offers 600 bhp.

Starting at half a million euros, Mercedes-Maybach will be showing off the new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman which is a flagship for the entire Daimler range.

Lotus are keen to call their updated Evora 400 a supercar with its supercharged Toyota V6 that produces 400 bhp.

Other cars to look for at Geneva include the Lexus LF-SA, Honda Civic Type-R, QUANTiNO and QUANT F.


Paris Auction Report

This year Bonhams, RM Auctions, at Artcurial Motorcars offered 100s of classic cars to a enthusiastic market that yielded high numbers for the R?tromobile weekend.

Bonhams offered an incredible number of cars in the classic setting of The Grand Palais des Champs-?lys?es appropriately titled 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais. While they didn't secure sales of several key lots, it became their top-grossing automotive sale in Europe. This was helped along by the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible which sold for a record ?1,897,500 and a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport James Young that sold for ?1,184,500.

RM Auctions we close by at Place Vauban for their annual Paris Sale. A beautiful Ferrari 250 GT/L or Lusso scrored the top sale at ?1.624.000 which underlines their increasing prices as a blue-chip collector car.

Finally we have the French powerhouse Artcurial who stole the weekend with The Roger Baillion Collection. Every lot sold well above the estimate including the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider chassis 2935GT which sold for a record ?16,300,000.

Artcurial's regular R?tromobile auction was no slouch either at 115 lots. They achieved the world record price for a Bizzarrini 5300 at ?1,244,400 and a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO which set a precedent at ?441,040.


Epic Baillon Collection results from R?tromobile

Artcurial's sale of The Roger Baillon Collection was a resounding success and it was headlined by the world record sale of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider chassis 2935GT that sold for sold for ?16,300,000.

It was joined by 58 other interesting cars of varying prominence including the 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua that sold for ?2,000,000 and many pre-war cars that sold well above their reserve prices.

This is somewhat at odds with the lot's decrepid condition as only the Ferrari and Maserati received proper storage while the rest of the collection languished in corrugated steel huts that kept off the rain, but did little for the cancerous corrosion which spread to every car throughout the 40 years of storage.

Furthermore the extended sitting has left many cars in questionable states including the coveted 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coup? Saoutchik which was missing an entire side of bodywork due to rust but still managed to fetch ?1,667,500 which must be a world record for the type T26 Grand Sport.

We have all the Ballion Collection car from Artcurial at R?tromobile who used a dramatic low light setting for their pre-sale exhibition. All cars are listed with their descriptions and prices realized are included with our spectacular images from Thomas at


Geneva Show Preview 1

Just one month away from the Geneva Motor Show and several key anouncements have been made including the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Ferrari's new car is the direct sucessor the 458 Italia and despite having a smaller 3.9-litre engine, it produces a remarkable 660 bhp. This is possible from twin exhaust-driven turbochargers which seems to the high-performance norm these days.

Today Porsche also anounced their very cool 3.8-litre Cayman known as the GT4 which might spark a series of the Cayman/Boxer with the 911 engine.

Lastly, we have Ford's new Focus RS which will first make an international debut in North America and eventually become a world-market offering.


Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2015

This year's Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo was dominated by Volkswagen Motorsport. VW Polos finished 1-2-3 with the leading car of S?bastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia 58.0s ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala.

The Monte is one of the biggest challenges in motorsport, and the eight-time winner S?bastien Loeb crashed out in the lead on the first day.

Through three days dry asphalt mixed with black ice, snow and slush have made for some very impressive images from the Monte. We have assembled only the best for our feature gallery.


2015 NAIAS

Optimism is high at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) being held in Detroit where Ford's new GT supercar being shown. It's quite unlike its Le Mans-winning predecessors.

The new Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 which produces a remarkable 600 bhp. Wrapped in a carbon-fiber monocoque and equiped with active aerodynamics, Ford will achieve new heights with this model.

The other big story from Detroit is Acura's second-generation, production NSX. After years of teasing, the 12-headlight Toyota supercar is finally here also with a twin turbo V6 mated to a nine-speed DCT transmission.

Other great releases from the NAIAS include the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, Buick Avenir Concept, Infiniti Q60 Concept, 2015 Shelby GT350R, Lexus GS F, Cadillac CTS-V and 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS.

All the great cars can be found in our feature gallery from Detroit with real pictures from the floor.


Top 10 Supercars of 2014

Here it is, we name the Koenigsegg One:1 our Supercar of the Year.

We first met Christian von Koenigsegg at the 2001 Paris Motor Show where he was displaying his first car, the CC. Since then he has gradually improved it into the radical One:1.

Not much came close to the Koenigsegg this year unlike the La Ferrari, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 trifecta from last year.

All the top cars can be found on our gallery page.


2014 Ferrari Finali Mondiali

Last weekend Ferrari held their first Finali Mondiali outside of Italy and instead at the Yas Marina Circuit in the Middle East.

They used to occasion to debut the stunning 2015 Ferrari FXX K track day special and the very limited Ferrari Sergio.

The final rounds of the Ferrari Challenge were also held including a huge contingent of cars from the Asia-Pacific series. As a result, Massimiliano Bianchi, Max Blancardi and Ricardo Perez were named Coppa Shell, Pirelli Pro and Pirelli Am champions.

Our gallery has all the highlights from Finali Mondiali.


Ferrari Sergio Production Begins

Today, Ferrari revealed the limited production plans of the Ferrari Sergio, a bespoke 458 Spider made to commemorate the relationship between Ferrari and master coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti.

This car will be produced in just six examples and the shape is largely taken from the Ferrari Sergio concept car released at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari have had a great relationship with Sergio Scaglietti who produced Ferrari bodies to design from whomever Ferrari chose. In rare cases Scaglietti & C. designed their own bodies including legendary cars such as the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Coup? Scaglietti, 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport and 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza.


The Baillon Collection

Today Artcurial announced they have unearthed The Baillon Collection and will offer it at their upcoming Retromobile Auction.

Mr Baillon was an avid collector of French and Italian cars including the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider and 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua which were the only car blessed with dry storage.

Outside and under corrugated metal sat the rest of the collection ranging from prewar cars up to three extravagant Talbot-Lagos.

All together it's one of the greatest whole collections to emerge into to public light among Michel Dovaz's Sleeping Beauties and the Schlumpf in Mulhouse which absorbed in John Shakespeare's Bugatti collection.

We have a multitude of great high resolution images from The Baillon Collection on our feature page.


Ferrari's New Track Day Toy

This morning Ferrari revealed their upcoming track-day supercar that will be that star of future Ferrari Corse Clienti track events.

The new FXX K uses much of the LaFerrari's original aritechture and mates it to a ?KERS? kinetic energy recovery system.

FXX follows a lineage of tracks day supercars that began with the 2005 Ferrari FXX which became the Ferrari FXX Evoluzione. In 2009 the program switched gears with the Ferrari 599XX and its subsequent Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione.

Some other cool track day cars which have graced include the , Pagani Zonda Revolucion and Maserati MC12 Corse.


LA Auto Show in Pictures

Today we have completed our gallery of the 2014 LA Auto Show.

Included are the releases of the Audi prologue and Shelby GT350 which were presented off-site.