Just last week we highlighted the supercars in london that arrive in the Summer mainly from the Middle East. Well now we know where most of these cars are living while their owners are enjoying their London holiday.
According to the report below a lot of them are staying at the Dorchester Hotel. Just looking at the photo in this article you can see over a millions of pounds worth of supercars and that is just a small section of the cars that can be seen outside the hotel.
Check out this quick video to see just some of the supercars in london 2014
With rooms costing up to £5,300 a night, they are not the sort of hotels where you’d expect to find many Ford Fiestas in the guests’ car park.
And these images show some of the astonishing vehicles parked outside the five-star Dorchester and Wellesley hotels in Mayfair, central London.
Among the manufacturers of the impressive cars on display were Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley.
And many numberplates were foreign – with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait represented on a Lamborghini, Ferrari and Rolls Royce respectively.
The specific cars models on display included a green 217mph Lamborghini Aventador worth £295,000 and a blue 202mph Ferrari 458 worth £200,000.
Gary Tolson, sales manager at luxury car dealer Tom Hartley, based in Overseal, Derbyshire, identified all the cars pictured for MailOnline.
He said: ‘There are loads of UK supercars all over the place, but around the hotels you tend to get the rich Arabs who fly them in for holidays.
‘The market for us is always ongoing, there’s always people who want to buy luxury cars – it’s always manic for us, both buying and selling.’
The Dorchester’s most expensive room per night is the £5,315 Harlequin suite, while the top one at The Wellesley is the £895 Hyde Park View Suite.
Now you don’t have to a multi milliionaire oil sheik to enjoy this super car london experience. Just hire a supercar from us for the weekend and book yourself in a hotel we can recommend and you too can join in the fun flashing round the streets of London in fantastic Supecar. Find out more by contacting out reservation team here.
Last month we reported here about the upcoming auction of the classic Ferrari 250 GTO which was expected to be sold for a record fee and become the most expensive car ever.
Well the expectations were correct with the Ferrari 250 GTO sale taking place over the last weekend and the car being sold for a whopping $38m dollars to a undisclosed buyer.
Thre red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which was once involved in a fatal accident, went up for auction in California, according to Bonhams, the auction house.
The price surpassed the $30m paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula One racing car, also sold by Bonhams.
“We’ve always maintained that we would exceed the current world record and that the car would bring between $30m and $40m and today the GTO did just that,” said Robert Brooks, Bonhams’ chairman, said.
Some reports before Thursday’s auction predicted the car might fetch as much as $70m, but Bonhams said these were based purely on speculation.
The Ferrari was the highlight of Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge event on the Monterey peninsula in California.
Bonhams said the car had in effect been held by one family for 49 years from 1965 to 2014. It was one of just 39 models made and is regarded as one of the greatest Ferraris ever.
The car, sold from the Maranello Rosso collection and stamped with chassis number 3851 GT, was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta made by Ferrari and completed on 11 September 1962.
It was delivered to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser to be co-driven with the French ski champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile. Oreiller later crashed the car during a race at Montlhéry autodrome, south of Paris, and died of his injuries in hospital. A newspaper report at the time said the Ferrari careered off the track and flipped twice after a tyre burst.
The car was repaired by Ferrari in Italy and sold to Paolo Colombo in time for the start of the 1963 competition season.
In 1965, Fabrizio Violati, the scion of a wealthy Italian family, bought the car. “I saved the car from scrap and hid it from my parents. I only drove it at night so nobody would see me,” Bonhams quoted him as saying.
For almost 40 more years, Violati drove the Ferrari in classic car and racing events, and it became one of the last 250 GTOs to compete regularly into the 2000s, until Violati’s death in 2010, Bonhams said.
As a big fan of Aston’s I was excited the read about the new Aston Martin Vanquish 2015. In my opinion the Vanquish has the best looks of all the models and the new vanquish does not disappoint.
On my to do list of things I must do before I get too old is too hire an Aston and drive it through the UK and Europe taking in all the beauty spots each country has to offer.
With this in mind I was intrigued to read a review of the aston martin vanquish 2015 where the writer had the opportunity to take the the car and drive it in the Scottish Highlands.
If you have an idea of taking a great sports car and taking it on a grand tour you will enjoy this.
The worst aspect of cutting edge CGI and audio technology in today’s world is that it’s taught us to question our primary senses. We’ve seen and heard so many (apparently) realistic portrayals of colossal robots, epic space travel and earth-shattering destruction we’ve instinctively developed an inner voice that pipes up whenever we witness the fantastical. The message? “Sure, that looks and sounds amazing, but of course it’s not real.” While this voice is usually an asset, helping us separate fantasy from reality, its skeptical nature can be a burden when you’re piloting a spectacular supercar through the equally spectacular Scottish Highlands. Under these circumstance, ideally, one turns off all brain filters and simply drinks in the natural and mechanical eye candy.
Such was the case during a recent road test between Loch Ness and the North Atlantic Coast in a 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish. In this circumstance, immersed in the visceral ambience of Aston Martin’s premier performance coupe while traversing the visual tapestry that is northern Scotland, one might reasonably question one’s surroundings. Peering through the Vanquish’s sloped windshield reveals deep blue lakes and lochs nestled between jagged mountains bathed in lush greens and deep grays. Throw in an uncharacteristic partly-to-mostly-sunny sky and you’re convinced it’s all some grand illusion the folks at Aston Martin orchestrated to emphasize the Vanquish’s latest improvements.
Of course driving an Aston Martin, in any atmosphere, can inspire disbelief. “Is the 6.0-liter, V12 engine really capable of such operatic sound quality?” was a question I quickly processed and dismissed. I’ve driven enough Aston Martins to know the unrivaled quality of their exhaust notes. “Is a car as luxurious and substantial as the 2015 Vanquish really capable of zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds? Can the V12′s 568 peak horsepower actually push the sinuous coupe to over 200 mph?” That question took a bit longer to unravel than the exhaust query, because among the Vanquish’s improvements for 2015 is an all-new 8-speed transmission that maximizes every one of the V12′s 568 horses and 465 pound-feet of peak torque.
If you’re lucky enough to have first-hand experience with last year’s Vanquish (count me among that fortunate group) you’ll notice the performance upgrades immediately. The previous car certainly wasn’t slow, with a zero-to-60 time of around 4.1 seconds, but that half-second improvement to the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish’s acceleration can be felt even without mashing the gas pedal because of newfound immediacy to throttle response.
The Vanquish always maintains its stately nature, but switching from the 6- to 8-speed transmission for 2015 means tighter gear ratios, and that means things happen much quicker when your right foot seeks forward movement. Like every modern automaker, Aston Martin isn’t simply chasing more horsepower these days (though the Vanquish’s V12 did gain 3 horsepower and 7 lb-ft of toque through engine tweaks for 2015).
More horsepower brings with it more heat and, quite often, reduced fuel efficiency. Better to leverage the existing power in the most effective way possible, which is exactly what the new, rear-mounted ZF 8-speed transaxle does. While the transmission utilizes a traditional torque converter rather than a dual-clutch design, shifts happen in as little as 130 milliseconds when the Vanquish is set to “Sport” mode, a setting that also quickens throttle response and puts the transmission in a more aggressive shift mode.
Connecting the engine and transaxle is an aluminum torque tube meant to reduce parasitic loss through its lightweight design and fixed link (no u-joints involved). These drivetrain upgrades have accomplished the trifecta in automotive evolution — higher performance, improved refinement and superior fuel efficiency. Along with more power, quicker acceleration and a greater top speed, the Vanquish’s EPA ratings move from last year’s 13 city/19 highway mpg to 13 city/21 highway mpg.
The 2015 Vanquish’s ride and handling behavior has been similarly upgraded through a series of chassis revisions. The front and rear springs are stiffer by 15 and 35 percent, respectively. The rear bushings are also 20 percent stiffer and a stronger rear anti-roll bar, as well as updated camber and toe settings, reduce body roll while improving turn-in. New, lighter 10-spoke forged wheels now ride on upgraded Pirelli PZero tires (255/35-20 front, 305/30-20 rear), and a larger dynamic spread between the Normal, Sport and Track settings for the adaptive suspension give the Vanquish a shaper, more nimble demeanor than one expects from a plush grand-touring coupe. Additional changes for 2015 include new leather trim color options (Dark Knight and Fandango Pink) and a new Diavalo Red exterior paint.
Of course, with the just-introduced Q by Aston Martin bespoke service Aston Martin buyers now have an almost unlimited number of personalized options available to them. The range of vehicle customization goes far beyond simply color-matching the leather seats to your wife’s favorite nail polish hue. If you’re looking to create a Vanquish like no other, Aston Martin has a team of designers ready to assist you. The cost for this service adds to the 2015 Vanquish coupe’s starting price of $287,820 ($305,820 for the Vanquish Volante convertible).
Better performance and fuel efficiency? Nimble handling from a palatial luxury coupe? A personalized program to build a supercar reflecting your specific tastes? Like today’s CGI, these concepts might have your little voice piping in, suggesting it all looks and sounds great — and unreal. But just like the mind-altering vistas I drove through in the Scottish Highlands, the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish represents unfiltered reality.
The final model in the Bugatti Veyron Legend series will be named after the founder of the company Ettore Bugatti. This will the sixth model in this series and will be revealed this week durig the Monterey Car Show.
Honouring Ettore Bugatti, the founder and patron of the brand, it is based on the historical model Type 41 Royale. As with the five previous Legends, only three of the final Legends model will be produced, each costing a cool €2.35 million net. Bugatti is presenting all six Bugatti Legends together for the first and only time.
“Ettore Bugatti is our ‘patron’. His demand that an automobile be a perfect harmony of technology and aesthetics still applies to us today,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles. “Ettore Bugatti always strived for the creation of a total work of art. His ideas and vehicles set the foundation stone for an automobile brand that was lauded then and now as the most valuable in the world. Ettore Bugatti himself is a legend. It was clear from the start that we should dedicate the final Legends model to him personally.”
The “Ettore Bugatti” Legend is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, as are all the other Legends. The super sports car is powered by a 1,200 PS, 8-litre W16 engine that transmits 1,500 Nm at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm to the tarmac and rockets it from zero to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h (254 MPH) with the roof down, the Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster ever built.
The design of the carbon body is based on a 1932 Type 41 Royale with the chassis number 41111 and sports a “yin-yang” colour split. The front part is made of hand-polished aluminium and finished with a clear coating – a feature unique to Bugatti cars. For the first time, this material is used for the entire front and side panels, while the rear, sill panels and A-pillar trims are finished with dark-blue exposed carbon.
The polished, diamond-cut wheel rims were specially developed for this vehicle and colour-coordinated with a dark-blue finish. They are inspired by the eight-spoke wheel created by the company founder for his racing cars, like the famous Type 35 and thus bear the name “Ettore Bugatti.”
Other exterior details include the Bugatti horseshoe and the EB logo at the rear finished in platinum and the signature of the company’s founder engraved into the tank and oil cap and painted in silver.
Two types of leather have been used for the first time in the interior. Traditional calf’s leather features throughout the cabin, but parts that are typically touched by hand – including the steering wheel rim, gear lever, door handles, centre console armrest and door handle recesses – are covered in an exclusive, natural cordovan leather.
The tanning process alone for cordovan leather takes around six months. It is typically used for high-quality shoes and is particularly durable and sure to the touch.
The focal point of the interior is the platinum-coated dancing elephant, that is inset in the cover of the rear centre box and reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale. The figure was originally sculpted by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt.
The “Brun Cavalier” leather-clad insert in the centre console extension bears the “Les Légendes de Bugatti” nameplate and the relief of the dancing elephant while the door sills too, bear the portrait and signature of Ettore Bugatti.
Alongside the world premiere of the Ettore Bugatti Legend, for the first and only time, Bugatti will be presenting all six models of the Legends Edition on Friday, August 15 at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” and also on Sunday, August 17 at the “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance”.
One of the most iconic cars of all time has to be the E type Jaguar and as a classic car investment they are extremely popular. Now if you have a million dollars spare you can get hold of the new lightweight E type Jaguar that has just been released after years in production.
However you had better be quick because there are only 6 available.
The new examples complete the ‘Special GT E-type’ project that was started in 1963. Just 12 of the planned 18-car original run were built. The remaining six chassis numbers are set to appear on the newly created examples.
Designed for racing, the Lightweight E-types will be built to the exact specification of the original cars, allowing them to be used in historic racing events.
Power comes from an aluminium-block 3.8-litre straight six engine, which turns out 335bhp and 280lb ft of torque. It drives through a four-speed manual gearbox and is based on the engine that powered the D-type to Le Mans victory in 1957.
Crucial to the E-type’s design is its lightweight aluminium bodyshell, which saves 114kg over the standard E-type. Jaguar engineers have decided to eschew modern construction methods, as used on the aluminium-bodiedF-type and XJ, in favour of the original techniques.
Inner and outer surfaces of the car were digitally scanned, with most body panels then being reproduced at Jaguar’s Whitley engineering centre. With the bodywork complete, the cars will be mated to the engine’s subframe before being transferred to the company’s Browns Lane site to be completed.
The Lightweight E-type features twin-wishbone suspension at the front and an independent wide-based wishbone set-up at the rear, tuned to perform best under racing conditions. The E-type’s rack and pinion steering is fitted and the car sits on 15-inch wheels. An aluminium hard-top is also included.
Inside, aluminium bucket seats feature in a functional-looking cabin, which has a wood-trimmed steering wheel and push-button starter.
The project is being overseen by Jaguar Heritage, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations division. The first of the new Lightweight E-types, dubbed Car Zero, will be shown at Pebble Beach before six other examples are built.
Jaguar design boss Ian Callum said: “With the Lightweight E-type, our focus as a design team has been to ensure justice was done to the original work of Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer.
“I believe the result is a new Lightweight E-type that is as stunning now as the originals would have been when they were new.”
There is an invasion of Supercars in London this August. The cars have been brought over by wealthy guys and girls from the Middle East who make the trip to London every year to hang out and do some shopping.
They bring with them a variety of supercar models to parade up and down the high class streets of West London.
The most outrageous car to make the trip over this time around is the Mercedes G63 AMG, an enormous £370,000 off-roaderwith not four but SIX wheels.
A 220mph Pagani Huayra, worth more than £1million, has also attracted attention from tourists and passersby.
There is a gold Range Rover, various Rolls-Royces, Lamborghinis and Ferraris, numerous Bugatti Veyrons and a 1970s Datsun.
The rich Arabs stay in the best hotels and empty their wallets in London’s most expensive shops, but they also cause problems with their unique supercars.
Residents in affluent Knightsbridge have complained they are behaving anti-socially, revving the cars and treating the exclusive area as their personal racetrack.
Panda Morgan-Thomas, a management consultant, said: ‘I am not angry. I am just exhausted.
‘After a relatively calm three years, the last few days have seen the return of supercars to Knightsbridge.
‘They are again racing down Sloane Street from late afternoons until 3 or 4 in the morning. (sounds like fun :))
‘We honestly thought we had made progress but it seems as though local residents are in for another sleepless August.’
The flash holidaymakers, predominantly from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, arrived in London around a week ago, and a number of the supercars have already been spotted with parking tickets, while others have been driving around with incorrect registration plates.
But despite residents dreading ‘The Season’, there is one group of people salivating at the supercars and leaping to the defence of the drivers – the Carparazzi.
When the wealthy Arabs arrive in London, car enthusiasts show up with their cameras to film and photographer the million-pound motors.
Paul Wallace, who runs the YouTube channel Supercars of London, played down their bad behaviour.
He said: ‘August always proves to be the best time of year for petrolheads to see their dream machines on the road. Supercars swamp Knightsbridge
‘Having seen the change in driving styles and cars, I still can’t believe the police presence and residents kicking up a fuss.
‘For four weeks out of 52, these super-wealthy individuals come and pump millions of pounds into the UK economy.
‘Not only that, they fulfil many car fans’ dream by bringing super rare Bugatti Veyrons, or special edition Paganis.
‘I feel sorry for these guys coming here with their expensive toys as they get harassed by police.
‘I have been filming all summer and rarely see them drive more than 25 per cent throttle, or make any noise at all.
‘I don’t see why the residents of Knightsbridge don’t use this influx in foreign cars as an excuse to go on holiday and escape one of the busiest, loudest cities in the world for a couple of weeks of the year.’
One of our most requested cars to hire is the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. Last month saw the delivery of one of these amazing supercars to a client who was visiting the Malaga area.
Here is a picture of the happy customer (and who wouldn’t be ) collecting his car
Apart from it’s stunning good looks the Aventador Roadster is an amazing piece of machinery and for those of you that enjoy the stats here are the numbers that make the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster such an exciting car to drive.
The Aventador Roadster’s comes with a powerful V12, 6,5 liters engine that boasts a lofty 8500 redline, this beast of a motor makes 691 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm.
When you couple that much power with the car’s Haldex all-wheel-drive system, what you get is a zero-to-62 mph time of just 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph. These figures put the Aventador Roadster proudly atop the Lamborghini’s convertible range and easily in the company of the most impressive drop-topsupercars in the world.
Fuel economy is likely the last thing on the mind of anyone considering a Lamborghini, but the automaker added two new technologies to the coupe – which also debut on the roadster – for the latest model year in the interests of efficiency and the environment.
The first, a start-stop system that shuts down the engine to save fuel at traffic lights or in stop-and-go traffic, is a supercapacitor-based system that’s both lighter and faster to restart the motor than a traditional battery-based system. The second is a cylinder deactivation system that shuts down half of the V12’s cylinders during light-throttle situations, temporarily turning the motor into a straight-six. When the driver lays into the throttle, the other six cylinders fire back up for full power.
Despite those technologies, there’s only so much they can do to enhance the mileage of the inherently thirsty V12 – fuel economy is rated at 10 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.
Shifting duties are handled by a seven-speed single-clutch automated manual gearbox that Lamborghini refers to as a robotized Independent Shifting Rods (ISR) transmission. Capable of blasting from gear to gear in just 50 milliseconds, it can be a bit herky-jerky at low speeds and isn’t as refined overall as the dual-clutch boxes used by some competitors. Lamborghini said it opted to use the ISR to save weight over a dual-clutch unit.
Helping transfer all 691 horsepower to the ground at all four corners are two different tires and wheel sizes – 255/35/R20 for front wheels and tires, with massive 335/30R21 wheels and tires for the rear. Stopping the big Lambo are 400x38m six-piston carbon ceramic brakes in the front, and 380x38mm carbon ceramic brakes in the rear.
Get the Aventador Roadster out to an empty, winding road, and the supercar will impress with its superb engine, accurate steering and excellent overall balance, though its girth prevents it from feeling truly nimble. Technically, the roadster’s torsional stiffness with its roof removed is 37-percent lower than that of the coupe, but most drivers will be hard-pressed to notice the difference on the road.
This year sees the 100 year anniversary of Maserati and they are celebrating with a special exhibition that they have claimed will be “the greatest exhibition of Maserati cars ever staged anywhere in the world”. This is to be held in Modena Italy.
Along with that the GranTurismo and GranCabrio have had Centennial editions launched this July
Headlining the package of anniversary modifications is a pair of special colours – namely Rosso Magma and Inchiostro Blue – intended to pay tribute to the colours in the Maserati logo, which in turn reference those associated with the company’s 1914 birthplace, Bologna. The vibrant hues will be joined by a choice of four new finishes to the various alloy wheel designs, each featuring the marque’s new medal-shaped centenary logo on the centre caps.
Although the 460HP output of the familiar 4.7-litre V8 from the standard MC models remains unchanged, further cosmetic tweaks have been made inside. Contrasting decorative inserts corresponding to the chosen exterior colour are applied to the seats, which also have the Trident motif embroided into the headrests. Additionally, there are carbonfibre inserts for the dashboard and seat surrounds, and the Centennial logo is repeated on the kickplates to evoke memories ofMaserati’s glorious racing history each time the driver enters the car.