Last week we brought you a teaser featuring Sir Ben Kingsley looking every bit the sinister British villain as he mugged for the new Jaguar F-Type Jaguar coupe. This week we can reveal two more “British villains” wrapped up in the “sinister” carmaker’s commercial campaign.
First try this dark little teaser featuring film star Tom Hiddleston (best known for his work in “The Avengers” and “War Horse”) who hints at the Jaguar’s ability to quickly move four business associates…
Does he mean riding in the car with him, or in the new coupe’s spacious trunk, though? (Yeah, we know that’s the obvious joke! Let us play along!)
The other “villain” making an appearance alongside Hiddleston and Kingsley is actor Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “Kick-Ass,” to name a few of his films). Together, these three Brits do indeed make up a perfect trio of British villains.
Now all we have to do is wait for is the actual Jaguar Super Bowl commercial and see if it is worth all the hype – even veteran Super Bowl ad hawks like us have to admit that this has been a nearly unprecedented level of pre-commercial marketing effort… and expense!
She just turned 40 last week, but supermodel Kate Moss shows no signs of slowing down.
After a slew of events to help her celebrate the big 4-0, Kate and husband Jamie Hince took her new vintage Porsche out for a spin on the weekend. Kate was dressed in black, accordingly, with a black biker jacket, sunglasses and skinny black jeans.
The car, a black 911, was presented to the supermodel on her birthday and clearly Kate and Jamie have just been itching to get behind the wheel and take the sportscar out.
Kate and husband Jamie were clearly excited about taking the car, reportedly costing some £20,000 as they smiled excitedly during their journey.
The Croydon-born mum-of-one was seen pulling up at her Oxfordshire home in her new Porsche 911, alongside a whole host of celebrity pals on Saturday evening.
Kate had been enjoying a spot of dinner at the The Five Alls pub, at Filkins Cotswold Inn with her husband just beforehand.
And despite partying non-stop for days, Kate looked fresh-faced as she pulled up with Jamie.
She was dressed in a simple, yet ever stylish, all-black ensemble, with skinny jeans, a sheer top exposing a camisole underneath, a pair of suede knee-high boots and a leather biker jacket with arm fringing.
Her long, blonde locks appeared smooth and silky and her skin was radiant, appearing to be wearing only a touch of cheek blush and nude lipstick.
Kate celebrated her actual birthday last Thursday with a long, boozy lunch, followed by a late meal at The Dorchester later that evening.
Driving Miss Moss! Kate and husband Jamie take their new car out for a spin
For lunch, Kate partied with Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney, Sadie Frost, Jo Wood, Mario Testino and Sir Phillip Green at the 34 restaurant in Mayfair.
As she quaffed champagne, vodka and cocktails with friends, Kate was heard to insist: ‘I might be 40 but I still know how to party.’
Onlookers said they ordered very little food, only starters and a few nibbles, in two and a quarter hours at the restaurant. After leaving 34 at 6.30pm, she then headed straight to the Dorchester Hotel, where she partied until 1.30am.
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A truly unique Stain Baby Blue Maserati MC12 was recently spotted and filmed cruising through Monaco. Without a doubt the most unique MC12 to ever leave the factory, this video shows just how incredibly stunning the paint work looks.
Matching the baby blue exterior with a stunning pearl finish is a custom interior featuring light blue components. We can only begin to imagine how incredible this Maserati MC12 would have been to spot in the flesh!
Unsurprisingly, it is from Dubai!
If you want to rent a Maserati MC12 please contact us directly at Hemingway Luxury Car Hire.
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The film is poised to hit cinemas in 2015, but fans were given a sneak peek of its central character’s sleek car the Audi R8 Spyder this week as shooting continued in Vancouver, Canada.
Indeed, principal photography on 50 Shades of Grey is is well under-way, with Rita Ora – cast as Christian Grey’s sister, Mia – currently in the Canadian city after catching a flight out of Los Angeles on Tuesday (Jan’ 14).
While the singer was nowhere in sight on Friday, the distinctive Audi R8 Spyder driven by Christian – played by Jamie Dornan in the film adaptation – was on show as filming continued in earnest.
Fans of the E.L James best-seller will be familiar with the car favoured by its lead, who purchases one for Anastasia Steele, in white, for her birthday.
But anyone hoping to get their hands on their own will have to dig deep – prices start at £101,360 for a brand new version of the car favoured by Grey.
Elsewhere Rita Ora is poised to make her acting debut in the much anticipated film after confirming her appointment on Twitter in December, tweeting: “It’s official! I’ve been cast in @FiftyShades of Grey as Christian’s sister Mia.”
The film is expected to hit cinemas on February 13, 2015.
So if you want to indulge in some exciting role play whether you are a Christian Grey or an Anastasia Steele you will need the Audi R8 Spyder to set the scene, so rent one through Hemingway Luxury Car Hire anywhere in Europe.
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One of the favourite cars we rent at Hemingway Luxury Car Hire is the Ferrari 458 Italia and we know that there are few people who can resist any of these sports cars. We have taken a moment to share a few details of the man without whom this dream car would not be as sought after as it is today.
Ferrari is a name which has now become synonymous with speed and glamour around the world. But for all this, credit goes to one man who had an ambition to build the fastest and most advanced cars in the world, Enzo Ferrari
Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy on February 18, 1898. When only 10 years old, he went to witness the race, which completely mesmerized him. Throughout his life, he remained quite attached to his birthplace and spent a majority of his days there. He totally inhabited in his life the culture and the values with which he was brought up and never strayed away from it. His life was affected by the First World War, in which he along with his brother had to join the Italian army. This period had a grievous impact upon his life as he lost both his brother and father in a flu outbreak in Italy and also just nearly survived from the flu himself. After returning from the war, left with no employment opportunities, he sought after to fulfil his childhood ambition. Fascinated by cars and racing since his childhood, he landed a small job with CMN Car Company. Later on, he also raced for them, but did not garner much success.
By 1920, he left CMN and joined Alfa Romeo as a racer. He had driven in several races for Alfa Romeo, who had become impressed with his driving ability and were willing to give him a chance to drive at a higher level, but he declined the offer. This practically ended his racing career, and he then directed his attention towards managing racing teams.
After this, he continued to work with Alfa Romeo and managed their racing team. In 1929, he convinced Alfa Romeo to race under his name and formed his own racing team “Scuderia Ferrari”. During this time the trademark prancing horse logo was also adopted by him, he once described the reason for it –
“The horse was painted on the fuselage of the fighter plane of Francesco Baracca – a heroic airman of the First World War. In ’23 I met count Enrico Baracca, the hero’s father, and then his mother, Countess Paulina, who said to me one day, ‘Ferrari put my son’s prancing horse on your cars. It will bring you good luck’. The horse was, and still is, black, and I added the canary yellow background which is the colour of Modena.”
He also got hold of several young drivers like Tazio Nouvlari and Giuseppe Campari. After humble beginnings, his team started winning races and dominating the racing arena for several years. But by the mid 1930s, several nations had understood the possibilities of utilizing motor racing as a means to showcase their supremacy. This marked the arrival of well funded and technically advanced German teams like Mercedes and Auto Union in the racing arena, which had assistance from the German Government. The German teams with their superior machinery, completely outshone everyone on the grid including Ferrari. During this time, one man who still kept the team competitive was his lead driver, Tazio Nouvlari. Even with inferior machinery when compared to the Germans, he still outpaced the capability of the car and came up with several fine performances. The most famous of which was the German Grand Prix in 1935, in which against all odds, he outclassed the Germans at their home.
Nouvlari is perhaps one of the greatest drivers in racing history. Enzo Ferrari first noticed his talent while racing alongside him on the grid in the 1920s. He admired his talent a lot and considered him to be an ideal racing driver. Nouvlari served as a benchmark to Ferrari and he always looked for qualities like him in other drivers. His heroics at the 1935 German Grand Prix served to Ferrari as a benchmark as to how a driver should drive in a race.
By 1937, Nouvlari left his team and joined Auto Union. Later, Ferrari was sacked from the team when Alfa Romeo retook control the same year. He spent the next few years selling parts to other racing teams and also built two cars of his own in 1940. But all his racing activities were abruptly stopped after the beginning of the Second World War, when he had to direct his factory to produce ammunition for the Italian army. There was no major racing activity until the war ended in 1945.
After the war, in 1947, he laid foundations for Ferrari S.p.A, which still exists today. In 1950, there were foundations of a championship, called Formula One, which was to crown World Champions each year. Ferrari enrolled his team for the inaugural season and since then it has competed in every season of Formula One. In 1951, Jose Froilan Gonzalez provided the first win for the team at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
Then Ferrari signed an experienced driver and a close friend, Alberto Ascari, who succeeded in winning the first championship title for the team in 1952 and also defended it the next year. Another championship was also won with the help of Juan Manuel Fangio in 1956. Ferrari continued to dominate in Formula 1 throughout the 1950s and its popularity further increased due to successful outings in Le Mans and Mille Miglia. During this time, aside from racing, he also entered the business of producing and selling sportscars, a business which has flourished since then and continues to be so till this day.
The 1950s and early 1960s brought a lot of success to Ferrari, but this was also the period when motor racing was extremely dangerous and it had almost become common for drivers to lose their lives. Ferrari’s team also did not remain untouched by this as during this period seven of Ferrari’s drivers lost their lives which also included his close friends, Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe Campari. Perhaps this was why he chose not to get too involved with his drivers. But the most painful moment for him during this time was the untimely death of his son Dino, the heir to the throne of Ferrari, who died due to muscular dystrophy at a mere 24 years of age in 1956.
The year 1958 brought further success to Ferrari in Formula One as Mike Hawthorn triumphed in winning the world title. This was followed by further championship successes in 1961 and 1964 with Phil Hill and John Surtees respectively.
Ferrari always believed that the car had a greater role to play in winning than the driver. It is also supposed that during accidents, he was more concerned with the condition of the car than that of the driver. As a boss and team principal, he was known to be ruthless to his team and drivers. In order to win, he did not hesitate in creating a conflicting environment between his drivers, so that they would push each other in the race and help bring victories to the team.
By the late 1950s, other teams and especially British teams like Cooper, BRM and Lotus started challenging Ferrari and dominating Formula One. Enzo Ferrari always believed in horsepower in a car, he hated the concept of aerodyanmics which was being utilized by the new teams. He believed “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines”.
After 1964, for several years his team did not garner much success. In 1969, due to increasing expenses, he had to sell a 50 percent share of his team to the FIAT Motor Group, who allowed him to remain in operational command of the team. Since then, the FIAT Group has retained its control over Ferrari and now owns 85 percent shares of it (as of 2008).
In the early 1970s, he spotted a young Austrian driver Niki Lauda, who had signed with BRM in 1973. By 1974, he signed Lauda alongside the more experienced driver Clay Regazzoni. Lauda immediately showed his prowess and by the end of the season, provided another world championship to the team.
The 1976 season is remembered mostly for the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, in which Lauda returned to racing within a few weeks after a near fatal accident to challenge Hunt for the title. But this season also signaled a strain in the relationship between Lauda and Enzo Ferrari due to events at the Japanese Grand Prix, the last round of the season. It was raining heavily during the race, and Lauda was in contention for the championship, but he retired from the race due to safety concerns and thus eliminated all chances for Ferrari to win the title. This made Ferrari furious and this damage in their relationship was never undone. Despite this, Lauda stayed on with the team in 1977 and won another world championship, before departing in 1978.
After Lauda left, Jody Sheckter helped Ferrari in winning another world title in 1979. This would be the last time during Ferrari’s lifetime that he would witness a driver win a world championship with his team. By this time, the highly regarded Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve had also joined the team alongside Sheckter. Ferrari had spotted immense talent in him and found his driving to be similar to that of Nouvlari. He proved right in his potential, as Villeneuve had the talent to push and be competitive even in those cars which were no match against the others on the grid. In 1981, he was joined by another young driver, Didier Pironi. Both of them had the ability to lead the team towards another world championship, but their careers were abruptly ended the following year. In 1982, Villeneuve had a fatal accident during a practice session at Zolder, Belgium and Pironi’s legs were badly injured due to an accident at Hockenheim, Germany. After this, Enzo Ferrari’s team had moderate success during the 1980s.
Enzo Ferrari died in 1988 in his sleep. He did not live to see the glory which was to be attained by Michael Schumacher with his team in the future. But he has left behind a legacy which has been responsible for making Ferrari more than just a company but a phenomenon. Such has been the impact of Ferrari that even people who don’t know anything about automobiles, have heard the name of Ferrari. He is the one responsible for making Ferrari one of the most famous and beloved racing teams and car manufacturers in the whole world. The legacy which he has left behind is still growing and will continue to grow for numerous generations to come.
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“Timewatch” The Secrets of Enzo Ferrari – BBC
Bentley has announced it is to create an exclusive limited-edition version of its flagship Mulsanne limousine for the European market.
Called the ‘Birkin’, the Crewe-based marque state that the new model is inspired by gentleman racer Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin, who piloted the brand’s racing cars in the ‘Bentley Boy’ era of the 1920s and 30s.
The Mulsanne is a far cry from the racing cars that “Tiger Tim” Birkin competed in, however, with the already opulent standard specification taken to new heights.
Limited to just 22 examples, the Birkin Mulsannes will be available in three colours: Ghost White, Damson and a contrasting two-tone Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire finish.
Birkin models are further denoted by their unique 21-inch wheel design, inspired by those on the original Mulsanne concept car, and 3D ‘Flying B’ emblems stitched into the headrests and inlaid into the dashboard’s polished wood trim.
The door trims and seats are finished in diamond-quilted leather, with the headlining is also slathered in soft leather. A unique knurling to the interior metalwork completes the design enhancements.
Customers will also receive a handcrafted three-piece luggage set, coloured to match the interior of the car.
Obviously aimed at those who travel great distances, the Birkin Bentleys are equipped with twin 8-inch LCD screens in the headrests, a DVD player and a Wi-Fi hotspot, and integrated iPads, allowing rear seat passengers to work or play as the mood takes them.
Power is unchanged from the regular Mulsanne, though this is no bad thing, given the car is equipped with an enormous 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 engine. Developing 505bhp, it is enough to get this near three-tonne leviathan from 0-60mph in a Porsche Boxster S baiting 5.1 seconds.
The price hike over the standard car’s £225,000 asking price has yet to be announced. But if you have to ask….
Thanks to Daljinder at www.motors.co.uk
At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Porsche is introducing two new models to the 911 range: the 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S.
These models are the first to combine the classic Targa concept with cutting edge, innovative roof technology. Just like the legendary original 911 Targa of 1965, the new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window. But unlike the classic 911 Targa, the roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system stows the Targa top behind the rear seats.
Both 911 Targa models exclusively come in AWD version, featuring the wider rear track and body, and the same Porsche Traction Management (PTM), found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models.
It is an active all-wheel-drive system that helps to ensure the optimal distribution of drive power for optimum traction in most road scenarios, whether on long straights, through tight corners, or on surfaces with different friction coefficients.
The combination of the wide body, the Targa bar, and the wraparound rear window results in an extremely sporty and low-slung profile. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a horizontally opposed 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine with 350 hp. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Targa 4 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and is capable of a top track speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the manual transmission).
The 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from its 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package. The 911 Targa 4S is capable of reaching a top track speed of 183 mph when equipped with a manual transmission and 182 mph with PDK. The 911 Targa 4 will have an MSRP of $101,600 while the 911 Targa 4S model will have an MSRP of $116,200. Both cars also have a destination charge of $995.
Source: Porsche Press Release
McLaren, the iconic British sports car brand, has introduced three retro-styled fashion collections inspired by cars, drivers and the most exhilarating moments from its 50 years of race-winning history. McLaren 50, McLaren 50 by Hunziker and James Hunt Racing Collection comprise a range of clothing and accessories celebrating the best of this remarkable journey. Originally released in August 2013 there are still great items available and all items can be purchased directly from the McLaren Store – www.mclarenstore.com.
The McLaren 50 collection includes a commemorative range of classically styled clothing and collectables available for men and women. The renowned automotive artist, Nicolas Hunziker, designed the McLaren 50 by Hunziker line comprising five retro-styled t-shirts and inspired by the most accomplished McLaren cars in Formula 1™ history. Concluding this vintage offering is the collection designed by James Hunt Racing in collaboration with the Hunt family and Hunziker to celebrate the achievements and style of this British racing legend.
A classic white polo shirt with vintage McLaren 50 logo, twin striped detail in McLaren Orange and deep blue on the chest is available for men only and has been inspired by a shirt worn by Bruce McLaren in 1966 at his 24 Hours of Le Mans victory. The polo shirt is complemented with a unisex, hooded sweatshirt in classic black, with vibrant, contrasting McLaren Orange lining and drawstring. This comfy essential for any race fan also features an embroidered ‘speedy kiwi’ logo on the chest, in honor of Bruce McLaren’s New Zealand roots, and McLaren 50 logo detail on the cuff.
Available for women is a stylish black t-Shirt with Bruce McLaren’s famous quote: “Life is measured in achievement not in years alone” in contrasting McLaren Orange and his signature in silver. The sleek, slim-fit top features a flattering scoop neckline and gives female fans a great opportunity to own a fashionable souvenir marking 50 years of McLaren. Concluding the collection is a beautifully-detailed, unisex bracelet made with orange and black fabric and inspired by design cues evident throughout McLaren heritage cars.
McLaren 50 by Hunziker
The McLaren Orange t-shirt with a silk-screened retro print of the McLaren M7A and classic logo design of the time pays tribute to Bruce McLaren’s racing car, which won the first ever Grand Prix for McLaren at Spa in 1968. Also, celebrating classic moments in the history of the brand is a steel grey t-shirt featuring arguably the most successful Formula 1™ car McLaren has ever built – the all-conquering MP4/4 – driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost to win 15 out of 16 races during the 1988 season. Making a great present for avid McLaren fans the t-shirt features some striking details including a contrasting red neckband and a distinctive McLaren 50 logo on the sleeve.
James Hunt Racing Collection
This cool range of vintage clothing includes a unisex embroidered black cap featuring James Hunt’s signature, his recognizable blue, yellow and red stitching and bold helmet graphics with number 11 in tribute to his racing career and the iconic McLaren Ford M23. Female fans can celebrate their favorite racing hero with a smart, deep black polo shirt featuring a contrasting neckband, James Hunt logo and Union Jack print on the left sleeve. Available for men is a classic grey t-shirt featuring a vintage wash print of Hunt’s racing helmet and making a fantastic addition to the wardrobe of any racing enthusiast.
McLaren 50, McLaren 50 by Hunziker and James Hunt Racing Collection are available for limited time only and can be purchased directly from the McLaren eStore – www.mclarenstore.com – with prices ranging between £29.95 and £49.95.
Source: McLaren Press Release
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Optional features include armor plating for the fuel tank and battery, a fire extinguisher, fresh air system for the cabin, and an emergency exit system that uses explosives to open the doors in the event of a power failure.
The A8 L Security is available with one of two engines: a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 435 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque or a 6.3-liter W12 with 500 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system is standard.
Despite all that power, the A8 L Security’s armor adds a few pounds (Audi won’t say how many) to the curb weight. That explains the relatively leisurely 0 to 62 mph times of 7.5 seconds for the V8 and 7.1 seconds for the W12. Audi also had to fit special tires with a higher load index to deal with the bulk.
Speed may be a better bet than endurance when escaping the bad buys. Audi estimates fuel economy for the V8 model to be in the neighborhood of 21.5 mpg, or 17.4 mpg for the W12.
Audi is taking orders for the 2015 A8 L Security, with deliveries set to begin in the third quarter of 2014. The price is classified, for n0w.
Sourced through www.digitaltrends.com