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Bugatti London car dealer opens in Mayfair

New Bugatti dealer opens in London’s Mayfair

Bugatti London car dealer opens in MayfairWith the arrival of the new Bugatti Chiron hypercar, the French luxury brand has reopened its London showroom – once again becoming Britain’s one and only new Bugatti dealer.

Developed in partnership with premium car dealer H.R. Owen Bugatti, the new Bruton Street showroom sits adjacent to the retailer’s famous Jack Barclay Bentley dealership, which is a neat fit: Bugatti and Bentley sit in the same exalted division of the Volkswagen Group.

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. board member Dr Stefan Brungs helped cut the ribbon to the new dealer, which is packed with past and present cars, plus art installations and sculptures.

Bugatti London car dealer opens in Mayfair

“London is one of the most important locations for Bugatti worldwide,” he said. “Many of our current customers love this city and have a residence here.

“The launch of H.R. Owen Bugatti means that we are now able to serve our exclusive clientele in a perfect setting.”

And despite the new 1,500hp Chiron’s £1.9 million price tag, the dealership may still do strong business: Bugatti today revealed 65 Veyrons are owned by customers in the UK… and 15 Brits have already placed orders for the new Chiron.

Bugatti London car dealer opens in Mayfair

Bugatti London car dealer opens in Mayfair

New Bugatti dealer opens in London's Mayfair

Bugatti London car dealer opens in MayfairWith the arrival of the new Bugatti Chiron hypercar, the French luxury brand has reopened its London showroom – once again becoming Britain’s one and only new Bugatti dealer.

Developed in partnership with premium car dealer H.R. Owen Bugatti, the new Bruton Street showroom sits adjacent to the retailer’s famous Jack Barclay Bentley dealership, which is a neat fit: Bugatti and Bentley sit in the same exalted division of the Volkswagen Group.

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. board member Dr Stefan Brungs helped cut the ribbon to the new dealer, which is packed with past and present cars, plus art installations and sculptures.

Bugatti London car dealer opens in Mayfair

“London is one of the most important locations for Bugatti worldwide,” he said. “Many of our current customers love this city and have a residence here.

“The launch of H.R. Owen Bugatti means that we are now able to serve our exclusive clientele in a perfect setting.”

And despite the new 1,500hp Chiron’s £1.9 million price tag, the dealership may still do strong business: Bugatti today revealed 65 Veyrons are owned by customers in the UK… and 15 Brits have already placed orders for the new Chiron.

Bugatti London car dealer opens in Mayfair

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche to recall 918 Spyder once again

Porsche 918 SpyderPorsche has revealed it is recalling the 918 Spyder again so it can check a series of seatbelt screws and replace them if they appear to be faulty.

The firm is calling it a safety-related recall and is now making contact with all 918 Spyder owners.

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Porsche has already recalled the 918 Spyder several times – once in December 2014 over chassis parts concerns and again in May 2015 to fix a dodgy electric wiring harness.

The latest issue relates to a mistake in the original parts catalogue for the 918 Spyder hypercar. This mixed up the screws for the seatbelt mount and seatbelt reel mount; technicians who may have been working on the car could have mixed up the two screws and installed them incorrectly.

As the screws are one-time-use, this could have affected the functionality of the seatbelt system in the event of an accident. Porsche is thus taking no risks and is recalling all 918 Spyder to check the screws in question.

If they’re faulty, they’ll be replaced. The firm has already corrected the parts catalogue mistake.

Porsche built a total of 918 918 Spyders in a 21-month period, with production finishing in summer 2015. The hybrid hypercar can do 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and, at launch, went head-to-head with the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari hypercars.

Project AM RB 001 Sketch

Aston Martin and Red Bull to create ultimate hypercar

Project AM RB 001 SketchAston Martin and Red Bull Racing have announced a technical partnership that will create “the ultimate hypercar” – and Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman has admitted work is already underway on the groundbreaking new super sportscar.

Codenamed Project AM-RB 001, it will be co-developed by Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey and Reichman, fulfilling a decades-long dream of Newey to create a supercar.

As part of the new technical partnership, Aston Martin has become Red Bull Racing’s Innovation Partner – and its logos will return to grand prix racing for the first time since 1960 this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix.

Red Bull Racing RB12 Ricciardo

“Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will be harnessing our Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars,” said Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.

“It’s an incredible project which also realises a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car.”

What is the Project AM-RB 001 hypercar?

Project AM-RB 001 will be a hypercar to challenge the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder – plus Aston Martin’s own recent hypercars, the One-77 and track-only Vulcan. The Aston Martin and Red Bull partnership will, says the firm, “unite the world’s best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters”.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer added: “Between Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing AG, we are going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of the car designers of the future and a global audience of sports car enthusiasts.”


Analysis

Adrian Newey Red Bull

We now know Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer was hinting at Project AM-RB 001 when he told us in Geneva that the firm was only interested in joining the F1 grid if the partnership was a genuine technical collaboration. “We’re not interested in just sticking our badge on the side of an F1 car.”

Well, now the Aston Martin badge IS stuck to the side of an F1 car – but that’s just the start of what it and Red Bull are going to do.

Adrian Newey admits that, since he was six years old, he’s been dreaming about building the ultimate sports car. The man whose cars have won 10 F1 World Championships has never fulfilled that dream – until now.

We all know Newey is an undisputed genius, whose vision has continually transformed F1. Transfer that into the world of supercars, with the to-market abilities of Aston Martin and the vision of its creative chief Marek Reichman and, well, the ingredients are all there for something truly extraordinary.

Could this be the fastest, most boundary-pushing, most aerodynamically brilliant hypercar the world has ever seen? With Red Bull and Aston Martin all working together under the vision of Newey, I certainly wouldn’t bet against it…

By Richard Aucock


The new car will combine “the latest in aerodynamics from F1 and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin,” said Reichman.

“Unconstrained by F1 regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.”

Newey added that “it allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1 into a new arena.”

For several years, the Red Bull F1 cars have generally been acknowledge as the most aerodynamically efficient and sophisticated on the Formula 1 grid; Reichman admits it’s going to be “a fascinating experience for everyone involved”.

Oh, and it will be fast, confirmed Palmer. Very fast. How fast? This fast: