Ferrari and international menswear brand Berluti, are collaborating for their latest “Ferrari Limited Edition”, which showcases exceptionally made pieces including a pair of slip-ons, a pair of Chelsea boots, and a pair of Oxford shoes. Reports say that they will arrive at Berluti’s Landmark Prince store next month.

Inspired by the Italian automaker’s recently unveiled Monza SP1 and SP2 sports cars, the special pieces co-designed by the two houses combine the brands’ shared vision for craftsmanship, performance, and aesthetics.

The three new shoe designs come with a Plain Twill 2×2 carbon-inserted sole which maximizes driving comfort and is inspired by Ferrari’s car models. They also feature the automaker’s signature red piping detail and the iconic prancing horse in the heels.

The shoes, which are in Venezia leather, are offered in brun, graphite black or Rosso Berlinetta red. Included in the lace-up Oxford, which is exclusively made for Monza SP1 and SP2 owners, are hidden laces and a black lining.

 

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Motorists are warned by the UAE police that if found carpooling can lead to Dh3000 fine, 24 black points and 30 days of vehicle confiscation. Brigadier Ibrahim Sultan Al Zaabi, director of the transport security department claimed the most significant reason to ban carpooling is to protect public from being a victim. He also added “There are a number of threats associated with using an unlicensed taxi, which include sexual harassment, theft, fraud, quarrels, and the driver may also be in violation of residency laws”.

As per the police records, there are more than 2,000 motorists were fined for illegally transporting passengers in their private vehicles in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Another report published in Gulf News stated that the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai suspended carpooling permits to encourage commuters to use public transport and other smart alternatives.

Mohammad Abu Bakr Al Hashemi, Director, Planning and Business Development at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, added “The RTA introduced various services which include ‘Smart Car Rental’, taxis, limousine and E-Hail services to help commuters reach their destinations and connect with different public transport modes. We encourage commuters to use public transport and other smart alternatives.”

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As per the increasing demand, Jaguar announced the confirmation of the production of the electric E- Type Zero, whose concept was revealed a year ago. As per the reports, the cars won’t be built from the scratch instead would be the conversion of existing E- Types with the work to be carried out by the prestigious Jaguar Land Rover Classic.

The announcement of the production confirmation came ahead of the reveal of a second electric E-Type concept. Instead of the original concept in blue, the one displayed at the Quail: a motorsport gathering in Monterey, California is bronze.

Currently, the Jaguar Land Rover Classic is accepting orders and expecting deliveries to start in mid-2020. Pricing and the final specifications are yet to be confirmed and the concept displayed is an indication of what to expect.

The displayed model packs a 40 KW hour lithium-ion battery and 295 horsepower electric motor in the tight. As per the company, a high range of 170 miles is made possible as of the low weight of the car along with its slippery shape. Most of the hardware comes from the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV.

The battery is mounted under the hood and is placed in front of the electric motor where the transmission is usually found. The single speed reduction gear and the new prop shaft sends power to a carryover differential and final drive.

With the help of an electric powertrain with the similar weight and dimensions to the gas engine and transmission means the car’s structure including the suspension and brakes along with the driving characteristics remain unchanged. In addition to these, the whole conversion process is reversible and dashboards have also been updated with the digital instrumentation. LEDs have been also swapped into the headlight housing of the iconic series 1 E Type i.e those built between 1961 and 1968.

Along with the electric conversion, the Jaguar Land Rover Classic is also offering reborn E Types. As per the reports, only 10 examples of the restored and refurbished cars coming under Series 1 E-Types starting at $355,000.

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A new world record for a car at auction was set at an RM-Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California when a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO got sold for $48, 405, 000. The 56-year-old Ferrari breaks the prevailing car auction record of another Ferrari 250 GTO for $38.115 million set in 2014.

The car is one of the four that Scaglietti upgraded in period with Series II GTO/64 and one among the seven to receive more aggressive bodywork. The car has numbers matching with the V12 powertrain. As per RM’s catalogue, GTO experts rate this particular classic car as “one of the most authentic and original of all GTO examples”.

This particular car also scored race wins from during the period 1962-1965. Notably includes Phill Hill who drove it in practice before the 1962 Targa Florio and Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi drove it to win the 1962 championship. Other notables include Gianni Bulgari and Maurizio Grana drove it to a class win in the 1963 Targa Florio while Corrado Ferlaino and Luigi Taramazzo did the same in 1964.

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According to sources, the recently unveiled Audi PB 18 e-tron concept car, could be a preview for the automaker’s next-generation of electric supercar.

In a report, Automotive News gives a hint that the concept could indicate plans to re-launch an e-tron version of the R8 supercar or fully replace it. Meanwhile, Audi claims that the PB 18 e-tron will feature styling inspired by the R18 Le Mans hybrid race car.

The German brand has previously offered the all-electric R8 e-tron, though expensive costs, slow sales, and technical constraints have forced them to cull the model after short production in both generations.

The second-generation of the R8 e-tron was discontinued two years ago despite fewer than 100 samples being built. It was only offered in Europe and starting price was said to be at $1.56 million.

In a statement at the Formula E event in Berlin, Perter Mertens, Audi’s development boss, has hinted that the carmaker’s next-generation of performance vehicles could include an all-electric model. He also noted that they will make it happen sooner as part of their plan.

 

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In the motoring history, Bentley is famous for its posh cabins with fine wood trims. Taking its reputation for luxury to the next level, Mulliner, the automaker’s personal commissioning division, is now offering a new open-pore Walnut trim for a few selected models.

The British brand claims that the high-quality wood trim “honors the natural, genuine beauty of walnut” and is sourced from an extremely special tree combining European Walnut and American Walnut. With an ultra-thin lacquer, it still reveals its natural grain.

The handcrafted finish, which was completed at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, England, improves the large pore structure to unveil the wood’s intense dark coloring. The trees are mostly planted in California, and to guarantee that only the highest quality of walnut veneer is selected, the automaker even sends wood specialists.

The veneer is thoroughly cut from the textured section of the tree burl, which is only found between the inner core and the outer layer of sap. Then, it is painted with only three ultra-thin layers of lacquer which totals only 0.1 mm in thickness. Bentley claims that its High Gloss lacquer coating is 0.5 mm thick and comes with a glossy, smooth finish. Every layer is applied by hand and sanded between applications to ensure that the lacquer sticks to the wood’s natural grooves. According to Bentley, the resulting finish is wax-life and superbly highlights the walnut’s genuine, natural color and texture.

The difference in grain and color of various cuts of open-pore Walnut also suggests that each veneer is slightly different, so every interior using the luxurious wood trim will be certified bespoke.

Bentley’s new open-pore Walnut trim can be specified in the Bentayga, Mulsanne, and Flying Spur models.

 

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The automotive world has something new to watch out for from Bentley. Just recently, the British automaker has tied up with Bang & Olufsen through the integration of the Danish brand’s innovative BeoSonic interface into the new Continental GT.

This revolutionary interface is specially designed to shape the sound in the car with an intuitive one-touch user interface which enables the driver to create a tailored, bespoke in-car audio experience.

Customers can expect four unique audio spaces from the Bang & Olufsen One-Touch Experience such as: Relaxed, Warm, Energectic and Bright. The soundtuning of the spaces is fine-tuned to the driver’s preferences via a simple-to-use, haptic touchscreen interface that is integrated into the multimedia system.

BeoSonic comes in an eclipse design, and by moving a digital white marker the driver can take a pick between the four spaces. This allows them to fine-tune the music as per their current mood, with color palette behind the eclipse reflecting the selected sound mode. With a pinching gesture, the driver can also fine-tune surround intensity in the BeoSonic display. There are also additional settings designed to optimize the entire system for front or rear seat passengers.

The new sound system has been developed in close partnership between the automaker’s and HARMAN International’s design and audio engineering teams.

The innovative system comes with 16 active loudspeakers and a powerful 1,500-watt BeoCore DSP amplifier which ensures high-quality sound. Another remarkable feature is the iconic design of the aluminum finished speaker grilles with holes drilled in varied sizes and angles and shaped to a stunningly designed Fibonacci hole pattern. In order to attain the best acoustic transparency and to create a contrast to the glass-pearl blasted surface, the angled holes are positioned as tightly as possible.

Moreover, the LED illumination of the holes welcome the driver when the system is activated. The Bang & Olufsen logo, which is debossed into the leather next to the grilles, adds a touch of luxury to the speaker’s design.

Apart from BeoSonic, the new Bentley Continental GT also boasts laminated acoustic glass windscreen and side windows which reduce exterior noise ingress to provide optimal audio experience in the cabin environment.

 

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Over the years, the automotive world has witnessed its fair share of expensive luxury supercars, from the Bugatti Chiron Sport ($3.26 million) to the Lamborghini Veneno ($4.5 million). However, in accordance with automotive news site, The Drive, no new car is said to match the staggering price of the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, a one-off coupe that reportedly costs $13 million.

The Telegraph reports that this handcrafted masterpiece was created by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke department and was launched last year after four years of development.

With a posh panoramic glass roof and a design inspired by the 1920s and 1930s Rolls-Royce motor cars, the Sweptail is truly distinctive making it one of the rarest automobiles in the world.

Describing the Sweptail as a truly magnificent car, Torsten Müller-Otvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, revealed in a statement that they were listening carefully to their most special customers and evaluating their interest in investing in similar, entirely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces.

 

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According to reports, Porsche’s first all-electric car model will be called the Taycan. It means a lively, young horse and reflects the iconic rearing black horse on the brand’s coat of arms. CEO Oliver Blume announced the name at the company’s 70th anniversary celebration.

A four-seater electric sports car, the Taycan has been so far known as the Mission E and is set for production next year.

In a statement, Porsche confirmed that it plans to double its investment in hybrid and fully electric vehicles to over 6 billion euros ($7.06 billion) by 2022 as its parent company, Volkswagen strives to get through an emissions-cheating scandal and tap into the escalating demand for more environment-friendly transportation.

The automaker noted that battery-only vehicles could account for a quarter of its sales by 2025.

The Taycan will be used by Porsche to tap consumer demand with powerful batteries and engines. The automaker claims that the electric car will be able to reach 0 to 100 kph in just 3.5 seconds and will come with a range of 500 km and rapid 800-volt charging.

 

 

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Unlike most automakers in the 21st century, Rolls-Royce is taking the road less travelled by keeping itself at bay from the semi-autonomous race.

According to the luxury automotive manufacturer, the reason for this move is that they already have autonomous tech for several years. And this means to say, chauffeurs. In an interview, company CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös admitted that driver assistance technology is not worth putting in their cars given that they are driven by employed drivers anyway.

He noted that all of their customers have chauffeurs. “If not permanently employed then somebody they can call and say, ‘Bring me to the opera tonight,’ or ‘Drive me and my friends to the restaurant.’ That is not a problem. And we will only bring autonomy into our cars if it is truly effortless.”

Ötvös added that there would be no point in paying a chauffeur to sit while the car does all of the driving, noting that it doesn’t make sense as some in-between solution. He concluded that their customers would not have any patience for that.

The decision of Rolls-Royce does not fully hold it back from adopting the technology in the coming years. BMW, its parent company, has been working on autonomous technology for a while now. Hence, it’s not as if the renowned brand would have to put a lot of work in adding the technology to its cars.

This is not the first time that Rolls-Royce has not immediately taken the plunge in the latest automotive trend. Its rivals have launched SUVs in the past years, but it only followed suit recently with the debut of the Cullinan.

 

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