Archive for October, 2007

BMW Hydrogen 7 visited Fiesta Internazionale di Roma

October 30, 2007

In some previous posts, I featured Jay Leno and Will Ferrell being some of the lucky few to get a Hydrogen-powered BMW. Just recently, Cate Blanchett was seen arrived in the Film Festival in Rome with the BMW Hydrogen 7. Other stars that used the environment-friendly car to the international Film Festival in the Italian city were Monica Bellucci and Jane Fonda.

Cate Blanchett leaving Hydrogen 7

BMW graced the Festival along with 6 of its world’s first production car with bivalentem hydrogen propulsion. Notable personalities in the movie industry did not missed the event, like the French actor Gerard Depardieu, director Francis Ford Coppola, the Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, the Italian actresses Asia Argento and Greta Scacchi, the Indian actor and director Shekhar Kapur and Gilles Jacob, President the Cannes Film Festival, from mobility to convince future.

Photo and some details were taken from affluentluxury.com

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Timeless vehicle of Ralph Lauren

October 26, 2007

Another great vehicle of Ralph Lauren is the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia. With an engine of dry sump twin Scintilla magneto supercharged inline 8 cylinder 2.9 liters, this car was made to perform. Its other features include hydraulic 17 inch brakes, fully independent suspension and a four speed rear transaxle.

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia

Back in 138, this Alfa Romeo was the world’s fastest production road car. A limited number of this vehicle was produced and until now, it remains to be sought after. It was in August 1999, that the roadster was last auctioned by Christies at Pebble Beach. It was bought at a price of four million and seventy two thousand US dollars.

Three of a kind

October 25, 2007

In continuation of discussing Fashion mogul, Ralph Lauren’s impressive car collection, another timeless vehicle comes into discussion. This is his 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. It is said that this is the best-known Bugatti cars. The “S” actually stands for “surbaissé” (“lowered”), but many feels that it stood for “sport”.

1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic

Based on the “Aérolithe” concept car of 1935, The Atlantic body Type 57S had “flowing coupe lines with a pronounced dorsal seam running front to back.” Only three of this model was ever made and Ralph Lauren has one of it in his garage. The other lucky owner is Dr. Peter Williamson, who won the 2003 Pebble Beach Car show with a SC57 Atlantic. The other vehicle can no longer be found.

Lauren’s other collection (continued)

October 12, 2007

Today on the trail of Ralph Lauren’s impressive car collection is the 1930 Mercedes-Benz “Count Trossi” SSK. Rare and classic, this Mercedes has distinctive aerodynamic pontoon fenders, long and low bonnet and tapered tail.

Mercedes Benz Count Trossi

The cabin is not equipped with doors, but inside one would see the luxury in the custom dash board complemented by a huge Mercedes-Benz steering wheel.

Its 18 inch wheels sit huge copper brake drums that were originally designed to aid brake cooling. Under the hood, the engine occupies most of the bay. It can provide a full 300bhp due to the ‘elephant’ supercharger that came straight from the special SSKL.

When Ralph Lauren got this car he had Paul Russel and company restore it. They then dedicated 5000 work hours and two years, before introducing it at the 1993 Pebble Beach Concours where it won Best In Show. It also conquered the 2007 Villa d’Este Concours where it also won Best in Show.

The Ralph Lauren collection does not end here, more to come next week.

Details are based on supercars.net, while the photo was from worldcarfans.com.

Lauren’s other collection

October 11, 2007

Ralph Lauren has become synonymous to power and style. But not many people know Ralph Lauren is not just a fashion mogul, he also has an exceptional car collection. There is no comparison to his cars which he describes as having, “Timeless Beauty.”

It is in the Speed, Style and Beauty: The Ralph Lauren Car Collection in Discovery Channel where Ralph Lauren opened his garage and let the public take a peek at some of his jaw-dropping cars.

“I’ve always admired timelessness, and some of the cars that I have started to collect have that message of timeless beauty,” Lauren says in the show.

Timeless, indeed, his cars are impressively beautiful and great performing. Among his collection is the 1929 Blower Bentley. This classic Bentley is made to win races. Its classic design and performance made it land as one of James Bond’s car in Ian Fleming’s early novels.

Blower Bentley

It is said that the car was designed by W.O. Bentley, but it was Sir Henry Birkin, who insisted on Bentley to include a supercharger, or the “blower” element.

More of Ralph Lauren’s cars on the next posts.

Some details of this story were based on the press release posted in worldcarfans.com, as well as the photo.

Prius for Ms. Alba

October 2, 2007

Toyota Prius is probably the most popular hybrid car today with its gaining patrons and impressive sales with monthly sales of 12,227 units. The said figure moved the Prius to the ninth place for the top ten bestselling cars in the U.S. for the month of February.

Jessica Alba and her Prius

The Prius is also very popular among celebrities including Jessica Alba. But the hybrid car’s popularity is matched by its great performance, which not everyone expected from an environment-friendly vehicle. It is able to produce 110 horsepower and can easily reach 60 miles in 10.2 seconds. In fact, Alba said in her recent interview with Jay Leno that she also gets speeding ticket. This just shows that the Prius has enough power. Boasting on being a green vehicle, the Prius can emit 89 percent less smog-forming emissions, compared to an average new car.

Jessica Alba will also be driving her real life car, the Prius, in her new movie, “Good Luck Chuck.”