The 13th Annual Festivals of Speed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, is set for Sunday, December 3, 2017. The luxury lifestyle display will showcase over 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft and luxury brands. The Festivals of Speed show field has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models placed for display amongst the splendor and hospitality of the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Guests will experience automotive designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren, and more and while enjoying fine wines, exciting culinary offerings, cigar lounge, on site cafes, smooth jazz in the gardens, and luxury brands.
The latest James Bond film ‘Spectre’ can add another bragging right to its already extensive repertoire: It has the record for dollar damage from smashing up and otherwise annihilating perfectly good Aston Martin machines.
The Aston Martin DB10 car was created for use in the James Bond film only.
It is certainly an amusing tidbit to add to any conversation, as Spectre’s stunt coordinator Gary Powell recently did when he told Event magazine: “We set the record for smashing up cars on Spectre. In Rome, we wrecked millions of pounds worth. They were going into the Vatican at top speeds of 110 miles per hour. We shot one entire night for four seconds of film.”
There is a new automaker emerging in Germany called Halcón and it is eager to show off the very first model. The Halcón Falcarto begins with a Nissan 370Z chassis and then takes on its very own carbon fiber infused persona. Check out the racy video clip of her in action below.
The Halcón Falcarto is a newcomer on the automotive scene hailing from Germany, which is no slouch in the luxury car arena and has always had plenty to bring to the table.
The Halcón Falcarto means Falcon, which the new company chose to communicate that the vehicle means to soar both in terms of speed and sales we presume. Let us take a look at what the newbie has to offer in terms of specification, power and performance.
This rich red dish is the Rolls-Royce Wraith. The color red is not exactly the first shade one envisions coating a sophisticated and generally understated luxury vehicle like a Rolls-Royce–but that little visual expectation only seems to add to the intoxicating effect. The color is a special edition named “St. James”, for the patron saint of Portugal and Spain.
Does the Rolls-Royce Wraith do red right? Look out, Ferrari! All images ©Rolls-Royce
The St. James red Wraith pays homage to the patron saint via the rich color, shapely fastback body and name. There are ample chrome accents to glitter in the sun and the iconic suicide doors that have been capturing hearts and raising pulses for decades. The overall curb appeal is polished off with two-tone silver and gloss black wheels. Imagine arriving to any event in this vehicle—the exuberance would be unparalleled. It is highly unlikely to ever join an exotic rental car fleet, but there will always be other Rolls-Royce rentals to enjoy as the new models emerge.
The clear leader of the $60M RM Sotheby’s sale at Amelia Island was the Ferrari 400 Superamerica, which demanded a modest $6.38 million to change hands. The recent partnership between leaders RM Auctions and Sotheby’s has led to a higher standard in luxury auctions, and the total sales are certainly communicating the trend.
The clip above describes the car in full detail with some welcomed action footage.
The 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB cabriolet at a glance:
- Chassis number 1945 SA: The 3rd of 7
- This car was the successor to the 410 Superamerica, taking the engine displacement down from 5.0 to 4.0. The healthy V12 long block produced 340 Prancing Horses.
- 4-speed manual transmission
- Pininfarina coachwork
- Fully restored, matching numbers and once owned by Oscar Davis
The 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB cabriolet dressed in a sinister dark green with red leather interior, two colors that typically signify a certain holiday when used together. There were quite a few more collector Ferrari cars at the sale, along with the following sale items:
The Coventry Speedback GT by David Brown Automotive is a breath of new air hitting the automotive circuit. The asking price of $925,000+ has failed to terrify potential buyers, as orders have already been placed for the trendy ride.
At first glance, the Coventry Speedback GT looks rather like the product of an Aston Martin/Jaguar one-night stand. The unique features that mold her final personality also lend a sense of classic cars from the past with a touch of elegance. The nice lady has had a full year of touring automotive shows across Europe and is potentially poised to invite flirtations from a larger market base.
Mansory’s take-no-prisoners approach to machinery rages on with the S-Class AMG. The Mansory Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG looks fierce murdered out in all black and has just the right shape to attract attention.
Bursting with power and murdered-out, the Mansory Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is what many will wish for this holiday season.
Mansory has been improving upon their already impressive aftermarket tweaking techniques. The Mansory Lamborghini Aventador Carbonado was certainly one of the best versions of the Aventador crafted by an aftermarket tuner—and there were many attempts at that model. The standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class is not as extreme of an exotic sports car as the Lamborghini Aventador, but Mansory’s version left that vision in the rearview via 1,000 HP!
Dubai clients have access to a very special bespoke luxury vehicle: The Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom. The exclusive model is rich in color and captivating, making it ideal for its target location. It was crafted to inspire visions of the Golden age of the Raja–a lifestyle of opulence and indulgence, and does it ever deliver!
The peacock is the national bird of India, and the perfect symbol for the Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom because it uses its beauty to demand attention.
The beautiful machine features a creamy exterior and interior. The visual highlight lies in the cabin–which is accented with emerald green details. As with every Rolls-Royce automobile, it was handcrafted with the input of a team of specialists. The Maharaja collection aims to reimagine a time of glamour and rule. The Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom at a glance:
Fans of the Fiat 500 Abarth can revel in the heady effects of more aftermarket tweaking with the Scorpion hatchback. The Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion package hit the 2014 SEMA show in style and aggression. Is it better than the standard version or the 500 Abarth Venom from 2012? You be the judge!
When it comes to prestige, few can match the talent associated with the name Mopar. The Mopar hand remains in the Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion concept, offering perfectly tuned aggression to match the Scorpion countenance. Yes, all of that bundled into the tight diminutive Fiat Abarth bod. The outward appearance of the Fiat 500 does not do the performance capabilities any justice—few would argue with that opinion.
There has to be a stronger word for ‘shock’. George Poteet crashed his land speed racer, Speed Demon, at 370 miles per hour and simply climbed out of the wreckage unscathed! Check out the video below:
This video shows the high-speed land speed racer shooting through the Bonneville Salt Flats. The camera shows the crash from the cockpit. Poteet hit speeds of 370+, and then you can see the vehicle just seem to shred apart. He is a lucky son of a gun!
The accident occurred at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the Drag Week events. Poteet was there racing his prized Speed Demon land speed vehicle. It is difficult to tell exactly what caused the loss of control. The salt flats are a popular destination for high-speed races because of the vast space available, which is necessary to achieve insane speeds. To get a better idea of the sheer power possessed by the machine, check out the specifications below.