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Maserati Boomerang

The Maserati Boomerang is a concept car of great unintended consequences. The car was unveiled at the Turin auto show in 1971, but it was not until 1972 at the Geniva auto show that the concept car was finished and was functioning. It took the world by storm. The design was so unique and fresh that it set the tone for auto makers across the globe.

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The Maserati Boomerang ‘s body design of the car that made it so iconic and set the a trend that would last through the 70’s.  Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the car using nothing but a ruler. He said after its completion and during and interview that the car was “perhaps the most irrational car Italdesign has ever built,” which is highly interesting considering its impact. The result was a design made up sharp futuristic lines with equally as futuristic rims, glass paneled doors and roof, and a windshield that almost completely covered the drivers head.

The Maserati Boomerang ‘s design inspired the original VW Golf, the BMW M1, Delorean DMC 12, Lotus Esprit, just about every Japanese sports car of the time, and so many others it would be impossible to find and list them all. Before this, not such design was conceptualized. The inside was as equally as amazing. It was simple, yet effective, and very minimalistic. The steering wheel is probably the most interesting part, as it is built to encircle the gauges.

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The name of the car held true as the Boomerang swung back into play as it appeared multiple times in 1974 car shows, 1980’s in Germany, 1990 at the Bagtelle Concours, at many auctions covered by the media, and recently during a 2014 Louis Vuitton print add feachering model Freja Beha Erichsen.

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There really is not a car, let alone a concept car, that had this kind of effect on the design of other cars in the industry. The concept of the design is so recognizable that anyone with limited knowledge could place any of its designs that it inspired in the appropriate decade; that’s how much of an effect this car had.

McLaren P1

The McLaren P1 is one of the most impressive, technologically advanced supercars on the road right now. The concept car version was displayed at the Paris motor show in 2012. And in October of 2013 they began to deliver the final product. 375 units of the car have been made and only 35 of the track only P1 GTR has been produced. The car has two engines, one mechanical, and the other electrical. The electrical engine is employed when the mechanical on needs slack picked up bc its transferring gears or spooling up its turbos. With both engines the car produces around 900 bhp. The car is so fast the in 2015 Lego picked the McLaren P1 as part of the Speed Champions Series of the world’s fastest cars. the car goes 0-62moh in 2.8 seconds and 0-128 in 6.8, and it blasts through a quarter mile in 9.8 seconds. It almost has a 1/1 ratio of power to weight, the car weighs 1,395 kg and with 900 bhp that gives us 647 bhp/tonne power to weight.

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The car offers options and special design so much to the point where 75 percent of orders have had special requests, bringing up the average price for the car from 1.3 million to about 1.6. By the time the car was offered in The Americas, Asia, and The Middle-east, the car was sold out to the point where there were actual production delays.

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The P1 GTR was created to celebrate 20 years after McLaren won the 1995 24 Hour of Le Mans. It goes for about 2.8 Million dollars, and is the most powerful McLaren ever put into production.

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This car truly is one of the most impressive machines in production today.

FERRARI 488

The Test drives for the new Ferrari 488 have started and the reviews are pouring in. Just about every review on this car has been extremely positive minus one thing. They stack it up to the 458, which has been considered to be everything that is Ferrari. And as would expected everyone is saying that its not the same car, or that it does not surpass the 458, but I would go so as to speculate that this is to be expected and by the numbers this car seems to have merits of its own worth that separate it from the 458 herd of models. One would suspect that once the spider and other such models start getting released we will without a doubt see more of a deviation from the 458 and thus have less reasons to compare the 488 to the 458 and more reasons to appreciate it for its own value.

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The Ferrari 488 is a mid-engine Ferrari 154 family v8, which takes its visual inspiration and chassis from the 458. It produces 660hp, it goes 0-60 in 3.0 sec, and its top speed is over 205 m/h. The car has 50 percent more downforce that the 458. And although the inside is very similar to the 458, the transmission system, and slip differential are cutting edge as Ferrari has claimed are designed from what they’ve learned from making F1 cars and the FXX.

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This car is nothing short of impressive, and expectations will be satisfied once the separation between the 458 and 488 occurs.
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SENNA THE RACING GOD

The name Ayrton Senna da Silva is inseparable with F1 racing. His marvelous magic was painted across F1 courses all over the world, he holds the most impressive racing record the world has ever seen, and behind his clam slight smile he knew, just as everyone else would, that he was the best. He was born in 1960, and stated racing at age 13 in karting competitions, and managed to lead most of the races he was competing in, even though his rivals where much older and with more probable experience.

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In 1981 Senna moved to England and started to race in single-sealer winning the RAC as well as the Townsend Thoreson Formula Ford 1600 Championships. In 1983, Senna tested for Formula One teams, and although he did better than all other drivers during the trials he seemed to not be able to find a seat. As a result he joined team Toleman, and hired on  Nuno Cobra to access his physical conditions. He did so well as a rookie that lotus got him to sign with them before his contract was up, thus breaching his contract and being benched for the rest of the races with Toleman. Senna went on to construct one of the most impressive racing records of his time; if it weren’t for a tragic accident then he would have had arguably the best F1 record of all time. Yet many still consider him the best ever to race. Keep in mind that he was racing during the time when F1 was more dangerous, the cars were more powerful and volatile and a driving had to be more daring to win.

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Senna passed away during the 1994 San Marino Gran Prix on a Sunday do to a faulty steering wheel. We will never know the full ability of this amazing human being, but our imagination can stipulate the fullness of his awesomeness. He left us with great memories and a great sample of stellar racing.

Ferrari California

The Ferrari California is one of those very odd cars in that its literally almost not even a Ferrari. It was released in 2008 and shown in the Paris Motor Show, but before this the car was rumored to originally be for Maserati, but the design was too expensive, so Ferrari picked it up because they could justify the cost, the company denies this of course, but the consist is that its true, in that it looks very much like what a Maserati is.
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The car was produced until 2013. There was really no variations made except one, the Ferrari California T. But the difference was not great. It was updated with new sheetmetal, a new interior, and revised chassis and a new turbocharger powertrain. Itwas also one of the First cars with Apple play.
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The base design of the car was a front end V8 with a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission, a folding metal roof, a mulit-link rear suspension, and direct petrol injection. This yields a 338 kw engine with 7,750 rpms, with a max torque of 485 N.M at 5,000 rpm. The top speed is 193MPH, 0-60 in 62 mph. In 2012 there was an update were Ferrari made the car lighter and more powerful. After the changed the car was rereleased at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Ferrari 250

The Ferrari 250 is a sports car built from 1953 to 1964. And of course as is custom with Ferrari, it has an abundant amount of variations. This was Ferrari’s earliest successful model.  There were Eight different racing models. Fourteen different GT models and some various others.  This car have a v12 and was fairly light for its time.
The car is of a classically beautiful design.  It had such a effective power to weight ratio that it won numerous races.

The Ferrari 250 is something that just screams Italian classic, from its stialistic short cab, to its long sleek front, one could guess that this car is for sure Italian made. There’s something both passionate and elegant about it.  Yet the many variations and models of this car are so abundant that it gives a tremendous range of what this car is; varying in degrees of passion and elegance from variation to variation,  there is regardless no question what this car is suppose to be, and what its job is.

The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta “Tour de France,”  is one of the favorite variation, by the name it was obvious what it was used for, but the styling was stellar and another one would be 250 GT Cabriole which Michael Shumacher rode is during a parade at the Hockenheimring in 2004.
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My personal favorite is the 250 GT Coupé Pininfarina  its a simple yet classic car where Enzo himself asked Pininfarina to design the car.  Buyers include Prince Bertil of Sweden.

This is one of the first Ferraris people think of when they think of Classic Ferrari.

The Quattroporte

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The Maserati Quattroporte is probably one of the hardest cars to write in brief due to the fact that the model has span generations. The name means “four-doors” in Italian and is one of the most exciting Maseratis ever built. This luxury sport saloon was first punt into production in 1963 and after many years of revamping and technicallical influxes this car has evolved into something of an all around standard of both luxury and performance. The model was relatively placid from 1963 to about 2001. The performance was on par, and the interior was excellent but the outward design of the car seemed to be lacking. In 2003 the car took a dramatic turn for the best, with a whole new design and a whole new idea of what the car was suppose to be. By 2008 the car really seemed to come into its own with a welled defined style. And the results of the design from 2012 on have been stellar.

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The present versions of this car are very recognizable, and it was released at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2013. The production of the Quattroporte had begun in November 2012. This Sixth-Generational design is a beautiful Front engine rear wheel drive/ all wheel drive 3.0L or 3.8 l v6 or v8 beast with an 8-speed ZF 8HP70. There are three main variations of the model: The Quattroporte S, The Quattroporte S Q4, and the Quattroporte GTS. There is even a Quattroporte Diesel V6 Turbo.
There has been one limited edition so far; the Quattroporte Zegna, which only 100 have been made and was designed in collaboration with Ermenegildo Zegna, as the limited editions name might suggest.
With its style, power, yet practical nature the Quattroporte is a perfect everyday driver that is rich in Italian car history.

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Ferrari f430

The Ferrari F430 was revealed at the Paris motor show in 2004. Shortly after its reception at the show, it went into full production, and later on in 2004 Ferrari started to ship its F430 world wide.

Probably the most interesting thing about this car is that the design points were somewhat of a walk through Ferrari’s history. For on the Mirrors were very reminiscent of the Testarossa, and Rear had the Enzo designed Tail lights. It even has the 156’s sharknose. Its clean angels and sturdy appearance makes this Ferrari something to behold. It truly feels like a Ferrari should.
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There, like all Ferraris, are several different versions of this car to choose from. There’s the F430 Spider, the F430 Challenge, The 430 Scuderia, The Scuderia Spider 16M, the F430 Spider Bio Fuel, and the SP1. There are also a hand full of racing variants.

The spider is exactly what one would think the F430 Spider is. A convertible version of the car with not too much more alteration.
The F430 Challenge on the other had has quite a bit of things altered to it. Its a track version and is designed for speed. They left the engine untouched by they did lighten up the car.

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The 430 Scuderia is is the successor the for the Challenger, and in this case thy made enough changes to the engine to increase performance significantly. They made a special Scuderia – The Scuderia Spider 16 M. They made it to Celebrate their Championship win in 2008 in Formula 1.

The F430 Spider Bio Fuel is exactly what you would expect. A F430 that runs off Bio Fuel… it was a 4.3 v8 and has 500 horse power.

The SP1 is probably the most interesting F430 project. The Special Project Number 1 was the car commissioned by Junichiro Hiramatsu, a Japanese Businessman, to be designed by Leonardo Fioravant.

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The F430 began the way for the Ferrari 458 – one of the most popular Ferraris to date.

Ferrari f430

The Ferrari F430 was revealed at the Paris motor show in 2004. Shortly after its reception at the show, it went into full production, and later on in 2004 Ferrari started to ship its F430 world wide.

Probably the most interesting thing about this car is that the design points were somewhat of a walk through Ferrari’s history. For on the Mirrors were very reminiscent of the Testarossa, and Rear had the Enzo designed Tail lights. It even has the 156’s sharknose. Its clean angels and sturdy appearance makes this Ferrari something to behold. It truly feels like a Ferrari should.
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There, like all Ferraris, are several different versions of this car to choose from. There’s the F430 Spider, the F430 Challenge, The 430 Scuderia, The Scuderia Spider 16M, the F430 Spider Bio Fuel, and the SP1. There are also a hand full of racing variants.

The spider is exactly what one would think the F430 Spider is. A convertible version of the car with not too much more alteration.
The F430 Challenge on the other had has quite a bit of things altered to it. Its a track version and is designed for speed. They left the engine untouched by they did lighten up the car.

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The 430 Scuderia is is the successor the for the Challenger, and in this case thy made enough changes to the engine to increase performance significantly. They made a special Scuderia – The Scuderia Spider 16 M. They made it to Celebrate their Championship win in 2008 in Formula 1.

The F430 Spider Bio Fuel is exactly what you would expect. A F430 that runs off Bio Fuel… it was a 4.3 v8 and has 500 horse power.

The SP1 is probably the most interesting F430 project. The Special Project Number 1 was the car commissioned by Junichiro Hiramatsu, a Japanese Businessman, to be designed by Leonardo Fioravant.

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The F430 began the way for the Ferrari 458 – one of the most popular Ferraris to date.

Jarama

The Jarama was made from 1970 to 1976.  The car was named after the Jarama Bullfighting region in Spain, but ended up with a double meaning because it’s also the name of a racing circuit near Madrid.  In 1970 Lamborghini had to alter the Islero to meet US regulations, but instead of just redesigning the car, they designed a completely new one. The new car was also created due to the lack of the successes with the Islero. It was made with shorter chassis to meet US standards. Two different models were made, the GT ( 350 bhp) and the GTS (365 bhp).

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Some Tech info:

The engine was a V12, Front Mounted, DOHC per bank  with 2 valves per cylinder.  The carburators were 6x Twin-throat Webers 40 Dcoe 20-21.  It had a 5 speed all-syncro gear box with a single dry plate, hydraulically operated clutch.  The suspension was front and rear fully independent with double transversal wishbones, coil springs and telescopic Koni shock absorbers.
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This car never really made it big, and was the last front motor for a GT that Lamborghini has made.  It is, although now, a trip down memory lane, and still a fairly fun drive.
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