As you hopefully relax on your Sunday, the Last Lap presents to you some motorsport fun that you can enjoy. In this edition find out how you can own a classic Martini Lancia race car, examine the new Lotus electric SUV, lust after the new Bugatti Centodieci, visit the home of Lotus and more. Enjoy!
Your Chance to Own a Gorgeous Martini Lancia
A world-renowned group of Martini Lancias brought together by one man as a labour of love is up for sale. The cars will then likely disappear from public view, but not before James Mills at Motorsport Magazine had an exclusive final look at the Campion Collection.
A New Hyper EV SUV From Lotus
The Drive looks at the brand new Lotus Eletre. “The Eletre is billed as not only Lotus’ first SUV, but its first Hyper SUV. It boasts a “minimum of 600 hp” routed to all four wheels, a zero to 60 time of under three seconds, and a targeted range of up to 373 miles on a single charge thanks to its 100+ kWh battery pack. “Hyper” is debatable, but the specs do put it in the range of some fairly potent SUVs and the company maintains that it will embody the spirit of the other Lotus EV currently on the market, the Evija, and reinterpret it for the electric crossover.”
A New Bugatti To Lust After
In the summer of 2019, Bugatti unveiled the breathtaking Centodieci, a limited-edition homage to a ’90s supercar that sold out in a few hours. Now, two years on, The Robb Report has reported that the luxury marque has dropped the curtain on the very first prototype for series development, setting the wheels in motion for production. Limited to 10 just examples, the multimillion-dollar hypercar pays homage to Bugatti’s 110-year history (Centodieci means 110 in Italian) as well as Romano Artioli’s iconic EB110.
Your Chance to Visit the Legendary Home of Lotus
If you have always wanted to visit Hethel, the home of Lotus now is your chance with the announcement that new bookings of the Lotus Factory Tour in Hethel are starting up again. You can go on a Factory or Heritage Tour and as their website says “experience, first-hand, the production process. Witness the track, where our class-leading sports cars are put through their paces. Walk in the footsteps of the F1 greats, who so admirably filled the Lotus trophy cabinet.” For more information, or to discuss your booking, please contact them on +44 (0) 3300 948 047, or firstname.lastname@example.org, 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. You can also visit their website for more information.
The Classic Grand Prix de Pau Is Back!
The Classic Grand Prix de Pau is back from May 20-22, 2022. On the track you will be able to see the Legends of Pau (F1, F2 and F 5000 pre 79), the HGPCA F1 pre 61 and pre 66, the Historic Formula Junior, the Ferdinand Cup, the F3 Classic Trophy pre 85, the Formula Ford and Historic Endurance pre-76 GT. On the exhibition side will be featured former Formula 1 cars including the McLaren of James Hunt, as well as a Lotus jubilee and exhibit on Jim Clark who remains the record holder of victories in Pau. Full details can be found here.
To C Is To Believe
Goodwood has a fantastic article on the legendary Porsche Group C racing cars called To C is to Believe. As they say, “to know Group C sportscar racing in its heyday is to love it, and no other manufacturer made them quite like Porsche – but it was arguably the drivers who made these magnificent machines the stuff of legends.” Check out the video above to understand why these cars were so awesome.
Did Somebody Say Road Trip?
While gas prices are high and may dissuade you from traveling this summer, Autoweek has something that might just change your mind. In Take This Essential Car Museum Road Trip, they lay out a mid-western road trip to some awesome motor vehicle museums that may get you packing and filling up in no time!.
A Lap of COTA
With all the talk of the new Las Vegas F1 race, some may have forgotten what an amazing track the Circuit of The Americas actually is. Ferrari Challenge driver Jeremy Clarke (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) takes us for a lap of this spectacular facility in his Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo in the video above.
These Are Not Your Ordinary Models
Finally, check out how these model makers painstakingly replicate Formula 1 cars for your home courtesy of the Robb Report. “While the models Amalgam makes don’t have working engines, they’re indistinguishable from the real car in outward appearance. “Aesthetics are important to us. That’s why we get along with the Italians so well,” he says with a laugh. The painstaking process of developing and machining a new model can take between 2,500 and 5,000 hours. The final product will have thousands of pieces. Every single one of those is engineered from scratch. And Copeman’s version will look as sharp in your great room as the real thing looks in your driveway or on the track.”
The docket for Barrett-Jackson’s April 7-9 Palm Beach auction is now live. Highlighted cars include a 2020 Ford GT Carbon Series, offered at no reserve. See the full auction inventory here.