The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi Edition is not your typical EV hypercar. It actually features recycled aluminum from the Fittipaldi’s Type 72 race car! This is just one of the awesome cars featured in this edition of The Last Lap, my curated collection of motorsport-related fun that I have caught my eye over the last few weeks.
Want more? How about Graham Hill muscling a 1937 Mercedes W125 through the Nürburgring, the CEO of Crowdstrike preparing to drive a modern Mercedes F1 car, a Ducati Panigale V4 R at racing speed and a history of Momo.
In Elegant Diversions, Auctions and Sales, I bring to you the opportunity to own Carroll Shelby’s very own Shelby GT500 and a tribute to 100 years of Ferrari at Le Mans.
All this and much more in Motorsport Prospects’ Last Lap, the best way to start a Sunday!
The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi Edition
If you are a fan of F1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, then this one is for you. Lotus has just unveiled the Evija Fittipaldi, a special edition of its boundary-pushing EV meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1972 F1 driver’s championship. The ultra-exclusive model features a throwback livery as well as recycled aluminum from the driver’s Type 72 race car. Now how cool is that? “The most impressive detail is almost certainly the car’s rotary dial on the floating central instrument panel. It’s an element most people don’t pay much attention to, but the dial is made from recycled aluminum taken from one of the driver’s Type 72 race cars. That’s right, part of the original vehicle made it into the EV.” If you want one you better hurry up as only eight are being produced.
The KTM X-Bow GT-XR at the Nürburgring
In the video above which I found out about from Car Scoops.com, watch as the KTM X-Bow GT-XR devour corners as it tests on the Nürburgring.
A guided tour of the Nürburgring with Graham Hill
Now contrast the video of the X-Bow GT-XR at the Nürburgring I posted above with this video from 1962 where F1 icon Graham Hill gives you a guided tour of the same track aboard the legendary 1937 Mercedes W125, courtesy of the fine folks at Goodwood Road & Racing and Formula 60.
A Detailed Look At The Deus Vayanne
Hot Cars.com has prepared a very detailed look at the electric Deus Vayanne hypercar for those curious. “Established in 2020 in Vienna, Austria, Deus Automobiles distinguishes itself in the crowded hypercar market with its own take on elegance, speed, and luxury. At the 2022 New York Auto Show, Deus introduced the world to the electric Vayanne hypercar. Vayanne’s development began courtesy of a collaboration between Deus and Italdesign, the Giorgetto Giugiaro-founded design studio, and Williams Advanced Engineering, a spinoff of the namesake Formula 1 team.”
Flat Out With The Hulk in a Valkyrie AMR Pro
A First Look at the Pagani Utopia
Auto Discoveries takes a look at the new Pagani Utopia, a manual V12 hypercar. “The newly-unveiled Pagani Utopia hypercar continues an interesting trend of ultra-exclusive vehicles going old-school. With a gated manual transmission, no big screens in the interior, and even analog gauges, the Utopia is a reminder of simpler – and more engaging – times, where all that really mattered in a sports car was the connection to the driver. The design, largely a combination of elements from Pagain’s prior Zonda and Huayra, may take some getting used to from certain angles, but we can’t complain about the 852 horsepower AMG-sourced V12 underneath the massive clamshell hood.”
Driving Ambition – the journey to drive a Formula One car
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to drive a modern Formula 1 car, live vicariously through the experience of CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz as he trains to drive a world championship winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One car.
The 2022 Grand Motoring Film Festival
The Grand Motoring Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening November 3rd at Hilton Head Island’s world-class Arts Center of Coastal Carolina with their “signature mix of red-carpet elegance and high-octane excitement.” A VIP reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, special automotive art exhibit, and static displays of classic and collector cars starts off the evening at 5:00pm. When the curtain goes up attendees will enjoy a curated selection of fascinating motoring films including a world premiere of ‘Punters’, their awards program, and the headliner feature film ‘Blink of an Eye’. Opening Night: Grand Motoring Film Festival Showcase 5:00pm-9:15pm Thursday, November 3, 2022 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. Individual tickets are $60. Purchase Tickets Now! 843-842-2787
Are These The Best Supercars Of The ’90s?
Sharp Magazine has put together a 2022 retrospective of what they consider to be the best supercars of the ’90s. It includes the Lamborghini Diablo GT, Cizeta V16T and the McLaren F1 LM. Agree? Disagree? Agree to disagree? Check it out and let them know!
The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R – This is Racing
Presenting the brand new Panigale V4 R: over 240 hp in track setup, limiter at 16,500 rpm.
How MOMO Revolutionized the Steering Wheel
Collector Part Exchange has some of the best motorsport history tidbits out there and this one is no different. In How MOMO Revolutionized the Steering Wheel, they go into the details behind the history of this storied Italian brand and explain why they were so revolutionary. “When you use a MOMO steering wheel, you remember it. The tight diameter, the beefy, ergonomic grip, and supple leather wrap make any car feel like a Grand Prix car. Before MOMO arrived in the mid-60s, steering wheels were mostly an afterthought, but MOMO ushered in a new era with its advanced design that gave the driver a performance advantage.”
Elegant Diversions, Auctions and Sales
- Carroll Shelby’s very own Shelby GT500 is heading to auction in January and you can own it. “You’ll get that chance in early January when a 1969 Shelby GT500 fastback that once belonged to automotive icon hits the block as part of Mecum Auctions’s Kissimmee 2023 sales event. It’s hard to imagine there will be another muscle car available next year than can match its pedigree.”
- This year’s 32nd Palm Beach Cavallino Classic taking place January 26-29 at The Breakers in Palm Beach will be honoring Ferrari’s legacy at Le Mans. The event will include 150 Ferraris spanning decades of Prancing Horse production. Several Ferrari anniversaries will be celebrated for this special event, including 70 years of the 250 MM, 340 MM, 625 TF, and the 735 Sport, all of which arrived in 1953. The 1963 Ferrari 330 MM, 330 LMB, and 250 P celebrate their 60th anniversary.