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Luxury motor built for the Queen sells for £47,700

A luxury car that was originally built for the Queen has been sold for £47,700.

The 2001 Daimler Majestic 4.0 LWB, which was used by the Queen from 2001 to 2007, failed to reach its predicted estimate of £45,000 to £55,000 at auction at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

At the auction, bidding stopped at £38,000 and eventually the car was flogged for £47,700 in a post-auction deal at the H&H Classics sale.

The car was designed and built to the very bespoke specifications for the Queen. She and the Duke of Edinburgh were regularly photographed in the vehicle, either commuting from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, or to formal engagements. They also attended polo matches and social engagements in the car.

It was the motor which delivered luxury whilst still being understated.

The car features a handbag-holding tray, which is built in to the armrest between the two front seats.

Additionally, the standard CD changer in the boot was replaced by equipment for keeping the Queen in touch with her Home Office and Government.

The car had a V8 engine which was capable of 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. There was also a hidden blue flashing light in the case of it needing to be turned into an unmarked police car.

So far, it has driven approximately 15,400 miles, with 1,400 of these done since it was retired from the royal household.

Every British monarch had the right to be chauffeured around or drive this vehicle.

A letter on file from Jaguar Heritage says: “She drove the car herself and it was also used as a royal relief vehicle.”

Damian Jones, head of sales at H&H Classics, said: “Royal cars do come to the market from time to time but fairly infrequently, so when they do come to auction they usually command a premium price.”



Mercedes confirms Formula E entry for 2019/20 season

Mercedes-Benz has officially confirmed that it will be joining Audi and BMW on the Formula E grid. Reports have confirmed this entry in accordance to promote the upcoming ‘EQ’ electric cars.

This means that the car manufacturing company will ditch its activities in the DTM championships next year in Germany ahead of its assault on the all-electric single seater racing series.

However, this news doesn’t come as a surprise due to the firm being a potential entry last year. This was due to it signing an ‘option agreement’ in order to potentially enter the sport from next year onwards.

This means that the Formula E development of new electric powertrain technology will come alongside the championship-winning Formula One outfit. The EQ all-electric cars are the first that is set to appear when Mercedes begins racing in 2019.

Following the release of the first Mercedes EQ car two years from now, we do ultimately expect them to launch ten new EVs by 2025.

Explaining the move from a motorsport perspective, Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes Motorsport, added: “I am pleased that we were able to extend our entry option for one year to the 2019/20 season. This gives us time to properly understand the series and to prepare for our entry in the right way.”

Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “Today is a great day as we welcome Mercedes to the Formula E family – adding to the increasing number of manufacturers joining the electric revolution.”

This is the third Formula E announcement from a German Manufacturer in weeks. Earlier this month Audi and BMW said they have plans of their own for Formula E entries, which means that all three German premium car makers are set to be in the sport by 2019.

Of course, they are set to go head to head with the likes of Renault, Jaguar and DS.





Lamborghini recruits young drivers for training programmes

Squadra Corse, Lamborghini’s professional motorsport division, is looking for young and talented drivers to partake in its prestigious GT3 Youth and Young Drivers Programmes. The batch of recruits will be trained in order to participate in the GT Series races, as well as act as Lamborghini’s brand new ambassadors.

The car manufacturer has currently handpicked over 40 racing enthusiasts to serve as the trainees for this organised program. The very first training session took place last month, and the second is set to start in October. Each of the sessions include the recruits heading to the Imola Autodrome and putting in countless hours in the Huracan Super Trofeo and Huracan GT3.

In Squadra Corse’s opinion, being a professional driver for this company is not only about being the very best on the track. Therefore, the program includes four “pillars” of training.

The very first section that trainees get involved with is further developing the Huracan and its racing-bred brothers. The recruiters are planned to work with Pirelli and Lamborghini technicians in order to test cars and provide driver feedback for improvements data for the vehicles.

The second section is athletic preparation. Recruiters will be given personal trainers in order to get them fit and in shape for racing. These workouts will be comprised of intense cardio exercise, upper-body sessions, and reflex-building exercises in order to improve mental and physical strength for vehicle races.

In order to develop as credible brand ambassadors, participants are set to head to Sant’Agata Bolognese where they will be taught the company’s values and history within the manufacturers museum. To succeed, they will have to memorize every specification of the entire vehicle model line.

Lastly, the recruiters will have to prove themselves in order to win a place instructing at Lamborghini’s driving school. Of course, only the most prestigious and successful will be chosen for these roles.

This program is of course that of a motor sport’s lover. What’s better than having the opportunity to be trained by one of the leading car manufacturing teams in the world?

Rare collection of Ferrari cars to sell for 14 million

A gorgeous private collection of Ferrari’s dating back 50 years is set to sell for a minimum of £14 million.

The fleet of 13 goes back to a Ferrari 250 GT SWB from 1961, which has been named the manufacturers prettiest and most iconic model.

The 250 SWB is the most valuable motor in the collection and is set to bring in roughly £7.5 million when it goes on sale next month. This estimate has been compared to a California version which has recently sold for £14.4 million.

Joining the 25O SWB is another 60s Ferrari- the 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta. The sports car is capable of more than 150mph and is set to sell for £2.5 million.

These Italian car models are some of the most expensive to have ever graced the market, and the fleet account for seven of the top 10 priciest models to have ever been sold at auction.

A 1991 Ferrari F40 is also going to auction, which is known for being the first car to have cracked 200mph. This model is set to go to auction for more than £1 million.

The model which is on sale has been driven approximately 2,800 miles in the past 26 years.

There are numerous modern models in the collection as well, with the five post-2000 models expecting to be sold for £1.7 million.

The Ferrari Performance Collection includes:

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta – Est. £7.5 million

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta by Scaglietti – Est. £2.5 million

1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT – Est. £575,000

1976 Ferrari 308 GTB ‘Vetroresina’ – Est. £175,000

1984 Ferrari 512 BBi – Est. £345,000

1984 Ferrari 512 BBi – Est. £250,000

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS – £90,000

1991 Ferrari F40 – Est. £1 million

2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale – Est. £250,000

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Est. £345,000

2009 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider – Est. £300,000

2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia – Est. £230,000

2011 Ferrari 599 GTO – Est. £600,000

The collection is set to be sold in individual lots in California over the weekend of August 18th-19th.

Aston Martin V8-powered ready for order

Recently the brand new Aston Martin V8 made its awaited arrival at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it can now be ordered.

UK drivers are now able to order the V8 power unit which delivers 503bhp and 675Nm, which of course reveals plenty more of the DB11’s sporting character. This is due to its combination of improved efficiency and exceptional performance. The DB11 is set to move from 0-62mph in just 4.0sec due to its superbly designed engine. It can also do a top speed of 187mph. Although, it keeps within the newest asks of fuel efficiency and pollution control, with its CO2 emissions being 230g/km1. It also has a EU Combined fuel economy figure of approximately 28.5mpg1.

“As an engineer, I find the DB11 a fascinating car,” said Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj. “One with great depth of character and ability. The V8 is very much its own car. One with a distinct and carefully crafted character that’s truly seductive.”

The qualities of this light, makes an ideal choice to sit next to the V12 engine. The engineering team of this manufacturing company have specifically tailored the V8 engine for its application into the air intake that is the DB11’s exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems.

However, there are small differences in-between the two which includes a dark headlamp, unique alloy wheels and a pair of bonnet vents. Both of these vents come in either black of titanium-finish mesh, also differentiating form which was fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant.

Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said of the V8-engined DB11: “The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made. Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that will bring the DB11 to more customers around the world.”

According to Aston Martin, the model is currently on sale at £114.900. Deliveries are set to start before the end of 2017.