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Tesla Hits $460Bn in Market Cap

Tesla Hit Over $460Bn in Market Cap, Seven Times More than Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin Combined

The coronavirus outbreak has affected many industries, but the automotive industry is among the hardest hit. After carmakers stopped production and dealerships closed showrooms amid COVID-19 lockdown, global car sales slumped worse than ever before. However, the luxury car market was generally less affected by the financial downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data presented by StockApps.com, the market capitalization of the world’s most valuable car company, Tesla, hit over $460bn this week, almost seven times more than Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin combined.

Tesla Market Cap Soared 513% Since January

The 2020 has been a fantastic year for Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), despite the COVID-19 effects on the global automotive industry. The company’s stock price surged by nearly 200% in the last three months and they’re up about 500% on the year, despite a 4.9% revenue drop in the second quarter of 2020.

One of the reasons for such a premium valuation is Tesla’s ability to convince investors that it’s much more than just an automaker, and plans to make its vehicles capable of deploying into an autonomous “robotaxi” ride-sharing service prove that.

In December 2019, the market cap of the world’s most valuable car company stood at $75.7bn, revealed the YCharts data. By the end of the first quarter of 2020, this figure rose to $96.9bn, despite the COVID-19 crisis. Statistics show Tesla market cap surged by 107% in the next three months reaching $200.8bn value at the end of June. At the beginning of this week, it jumped over $460bn, which is four times the IBM market cap. Since the beginning of the year, the Tesla market cap has soared by 513%.

Ferrari Market Capitalization Rose by $7.1bn in 2020

The disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a substantial hit to the Italian supercar maker Ferrari (NYSE: RACE), who was forced to close its factories for seven weeks. The Q2 2020 financial report revealed a 42% plunge in revenue year-on-year and halved shipment of vehicles due to both production and delivery suspensions.

The company also narrowed the range of its full-year profit guidance with the estimated revenue of more than €3.4bn, compared to previous guidance of €3.4bn to €3.6bn, and the adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of between €1.07bn and €1.12bn.

Nevertheless, the Italian luxury carmaker has performed better than most other car manufacturers and remains confident of a bounce-back in the second half of 2020 thanks to its strong order book.

In December 2019, the market capitalization of the Italian luxury carmaker touched nearly $41.2bn. After the Black Monday crash in March, this figure dropped to $38.7bn. However, the second quarter of 2020 witnessed an increasing trend, with the Ferrari market cap rising to $42.3bn in June. Statistics show the company’s market capitalization stood at $48.3bn at the beginning of this week, a 17% increase since January.

Porsche and Aston Martin Market Cap Plunged in 2020

While Tesla and Ferrari’s stocks performed well amid the coronavirus crisis, other leading luxury sports car manufacturers witnessed a plunge in their market capitalization since the beginning of the year.

Statistics show the combined value of shares of Porsche dropped by 19% in the last eight months, with the figure falling from $23.1bn in January to $18.7bn this week.

The financial results for the first half of the year revealed the German automaker’s sales decreased by 7.3% year-on-year to €12.42bn. The company recorded an operating profit of €1.2bn, while deliveries in the first six months of 2020 dropped by 12.4% globally to under 117,000 vehicles.

Statistics show Aston Martin (LON: AML) more than quadrupled its operating loss for the first six months of 2020 after a sharp fall in sales and revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The British sports car manufacturer sold just 1,770 vehicles in the first half of the year, while total retail sales stumbled to £1.77bn, a 41% plunge year-on-year.

Moreover, the company’s market capitalization halved in 2020, with the combined value of stocks falling from $1.6bn in January to $760.2 million in August.

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Aston Martin DB5 Junior: A New Generation

Aston Martin and The Little Car Company today announce the DB5 Junior, a two-thirds scale electric junior car. Developed over the last 15 months as a collaboration between the two companies, the junior car is based on Aston Martin’s reference 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity.

DB5 Junior Specifications 

At around 3m long, and 1.1m wide, the DB5 Junior is designed to easily accommodate an adult and a child side by side, to allow different generations to share the love of driving. The aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body provide a very rigid platform whilst keeping the total weight down to around 270kg. Powered by a torque-laden electric powertrain delivering 5kW / 6.7 bhp to the rear wheels, the drivers will be grateful for the integrated bucket seat as they accelerate to the 30mph top speed.

Absolute authenticity was key throughout the development of the vehicle. For example, the DB5 Junior sports the same iconic Aston Martin ‘wings’, ‘shield’ and DB5 badges as the original 1963 model. Like its big brother, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the modern era. The fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, while the oil temperature now monitors the motor temperature. Finally, the same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.

A perfect two-thirds scale steering wheel sits in front of the dash, but now sports a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver. Power is regulated by billet aluminium accelerator and brake pedals, and as you would expect there are working headlights, brake lights, indicators and a horn.

In true DB5 style, the car comes in the famous Silver Birch colour as standard, with a full black leather interior and carpet set. There is even a boot / trunk at the rear for storage should you wish.

The car sits on double wishbone suspension at the front as per the original, with the roll centre and camber gain matching the original geometry. At the rear there is the period-correct live axle, with authentic upper and lower trailing arm suspension and Panhard rod.

Power is transmitted to the ground through 10” wire wheels with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, complemented by regenerative braking. A removable battery pack is stored under the opening bonnet, giving 10-20 miles (16-32km) driving range, depending on driving style. A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.

The junior car also has three integrated selectable driving modes:

  • A Novice mode with just 1kW / 1.3 bhp of power for less experienced drivers with a 12mph (19kmh) top speed. In this mode a remote kill switch is included allowing the car to be remotely disabled at up to 30m. And if an enthusiastic novice disappears outside that 30m range, the car will automatically shut down and come to a gentle halt.
  • An Expert mode is provided for more experienced drivers with 5kW / 6.7bhp of power and a 30mph (48kmh) top speed.
  • Finally Race mode is a “Balance of Performance” (BOP) setting which allows the acceleration and top speed of the vehicle to be aligned with other Little Car Company models for competition on an even playing field.

And finally, for the ultimate driving experience, a rally-style hydraulic handbrake is included. While strictly not necessary, it does add to the fun for the bigger kids amongst us.

Even more performance from the Vantage model

The Vantage version of the original DB5 was known for its performance upgrade. Now, the DB5 Vantage Junior takes the pace up a level, too. Whilst this elite model has the three driving modes of the standard car, there is also a fourth; Vantage mode, operated by a hidden ‘missile’ switch which doubles the power output to 10kW / 13.4bhp and increases the top speed to a still unconfirmed level. This output is now delivered to the wheels through a Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) to improve traction at high speed. Performance is further enhanced by the lightweight carbon fibre body and a second battery pack, doubling the range to 20-40 miles (32-64km) depending on driving style.

Revisiting an icon 

Owners will be invited to customise their DB5 Juniors either with a range of representative period exterior and interior colours or perhaps delve into Aston Martin’s contemporary palette, to match their full-size car. The cars will also come with a range of optional accessories including flight cases, additional batteries, covers, toolkits and custom number plates.

Every DB5 Junior owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, three complete registers of the individual specification of all 1059 vehicles will be created for future provenance and authenticity. One copy will be held at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters, one at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell (where the original DB5s were built) and one at The Little Car Company’s headquarters.

In addition, all clients will receive complimentary membership of The Little Car Club which allows them to take part in exclusive events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their DB5 Juniors on the most prestigious racetracks.

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, said: “I’m thrilled to see this new, exquisite interpretation of what is, perhaps, our most iconic model join the Aston Martin family. Our partners, The Little Car Company have gone into meticulous detail to truly replicate the stunning form of the original DB5. I very much look forward to seeing these fun tributes to the timeless DB5 go into ‘service’ with owners of all ages around the world.”

Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said: “It is an honour to partner with Aston Martin on this project, getting the opportunity to create a piece of history which will be passed down from one generation to the next. We are enormously proud of what we and the Aston Martin team have developed, and it is fantastic that we have made this iconic car accessible in a new way to a new generation of Aston Martin fans. As a child I would not have imagined any better way to learn to drive than in ‘The Most Famous Car in the World’.

Prospective buyers who wish to secure one of the limited-edition DB5 Juniors can visit www.thelittlecar.co/db5junior from 27th August 2020 to place a fully refundable deposit on a first come, first served basis. When these build slots are full, a waiting list will be put in place.

Pricing for the DB5 Junior begins at £35,000 plus local taxes, while the more powerful DB5 Vantage Junior starts from £45,000 plus local taxes. Existing Aston Martin DB5 owners will be given first refusal on their DB5 Junior chassis number to match their full-size car.

Production commences in the UK in 2021, with deliveries taking place worldwide over the next two years. All final specifications to be confirmed before production commences.

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Chris Porritt × Rimac Automobili 

Rimac Automobili has appointed former Aston Martin Chief Engineer, VP of Engineering at Tesla and lead at Apple’s Special Projects Group, Chris Porritt, to the role of Chief Technology Officer. Chris will report directly to founder and CEO, Mate Rimac, with focus on future Rimac projects.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Chris has overseen the development of a number of bespoke performance and electric vehicles. During his 16 years at Aston Martin, he was Chief Engineer for the hand-built, limited production One-77 hypercar and V12 Vantage Zagato.

In 2013, Chris moved to California to become VP of Engineering at Tesla and then Apple, where he held a senior role within the Special Projects Group. His combined experience of high-end supercar development at Aston Martin, engineering electric vehicles at Tesla and his race-car enthusiasm, make him the perfect addition to the Rimac team. Chris joins Rimac Automobili from Apple. In addition to his professional journey, Chris spends his spare weekends and any free time building and racing his vintage race cars.

Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO, Rimac Automobili said: “We have started out in a country which is not  known for developing cars. We learnt so much through trial and error as it was difficult to attract people from other countries, making the process challenging but exciting. I can not imagine what our journey would have been like and how far along we would be now if we had Chris with us from the early days. I had concerns that people with great industry experience would not be a fit for our culture and company spirit. However, as a car enthusiast through and through, who gets the “hands dirty” himself, Chris fit right in from the first moment. We share the same mindset: we want to develop cars that raise the bar, are fun and great quality. I can’t wait to see what we will be able to create together.”

Chris Porritt, Chief Technology Officer, Rimac Automobili, said: “The opportunity to join Rimac Automobili is an engineer’s dream. Since nearly every key component is designed and built in-house by Rimac, this gives us freedom to create something that’s unlike anything else that has been done before in the Hypercar world. Rimac is the perfect place to use my combined experience in the engineering of supercars at Aston Martin and the EV engineering experience I gained in California. What the team has already achieved with the development of C_Two thus far is phenomenal, and I look forward to guiding the engineering development of future Rimac products that will push the envelope of performance.”

This year is a crucial period for the launch of Rimac’s latest all-electric hypercar, codenamed C_Two, as the prototypes are built, tested and crashed for global homologation. The 150 production examples of the new car will be hand-built on a new production line in Croatia, beginning in 2021. All major systems and components for the C_Two have been developed and built in-house by Rimac Automobili.

The Rimac C_Two will deliver a 0-100km/h time of <2 seconds and a top speed of 258mph in final production form. These performance figures have been achieved through development of the original C_Two concept and subsequent prototypes. In parallel with the development of the C_Two, the Rimac Automobili business has continued to scale up, with Porsche increasing its ownership stake in the business to 15.5% and Hyundai Motor Group investing 80M EUR into the business. These latest announcements join a long list of already established partners of Rimac, including Koenigsegg, Automobili Pininfarina and Aston Martin.

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ASTON MARTIN × PIRELLI

PIRELLI SELECTED AS EXCLUSIVE TIRE SUPPLIER FOR THE BRAND-NEW ASTON MARTIN DBX

P ZERO FOR THE TRACK, SCORPION ZERO FOR OFF-ROAD, SCORPION WINTER FOR ICE AND SNOW  

Nearly three years of hard work in close collaboration with Aston Martin’s engineers have resulted in three different tires to showcase the capabilities of the new DBX. This latest Aston Martin is equipped exclusively with Pirelli tires, following a painstaking development process designed to meet the exact requirements of the famous British manufacturer. The P Zero for the DBX has been developed to offer the best possible performance and handling while the Scorpion Zero AS will go off-road, and the Scorpion Winter delivers safety and performance even in in winter conditions, with the same dynamic drive as experienced in summer.

This joint development work, which is a hallmark of Pirelli’s ‘perfect fit’ strategy, began with laboratory testing before moving on to outdoor testing in varied conditions. The wet weather capabilities of the tires for the new Aston Martin DBX were refined at Pirelli’s test track in Vizzola near Milan, while tire performance on ice and snow was honed at Pirelli’s winter test facility at Fleurheden in Sweden. Outright performance was developed at the famous high speed Nardo circuit in southern Italy. The final validation came at the epic Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany: the ultimate test for any car and tire package.

P ZERO, A TIRE FOR GRAN TURISMO

The new Aston Martin DBX delivers maximum performance thanks to P Zero tires that have been developed especially for the vehicle. In particular, the compound is derived from tires used for GT cars, to maximise the V8 turbo power of the new Aston Martin. The P Zero compound for the DBX also produces maximum grip on the track. The zero-degree belt in the structure of this P Zero marked A8A on the sidewall (to identify specific tires for the Aston Martin DBX) uses a new hybrid material that offers better steering feel to enhance pleasure behind the wheel. Furthermore, it brings the overall weight of the tire down, reducing rolling resistance and fuel consumption.

SCORPION ZERO AS, FOR SPORTS PERFORMANCE OFF ROAD

The Pirelli Scorpion Zero AS is instead designed for those who also intend to use their DBX off-road. Aston Martin’s goal is to create possibilities for their customers, by offering a vehicle that is as versatile as possible while maintaining the performance and emotion that is synonymous with their cars. To achieve this objective, the Scorpion Zero tread pattern has been redesigned to optimize its off-road capabilities, with more rigid blocks towards the outside of the contact patch that provide enhanced grip in tricky conditions.

SCORPION WINTER: MAXIMUM SAFETY ON ICE AND SNOW

The Scorpion Winter, Pirelli’s specialized winter tire for SUVs, has been optimized for winter weather – right down to temperatures of -22oF– to guarantee maximum efficiency even in the most extreme conditions. Pirelli has modified the materials that make up the carcass of this tire to provide the best possible steering feel, even in winter. As a result, performance driving is not just a summer activity in the DBX.

PIRELLI AND ASTON MARTIN

Pirelli and Aston Martin have always enjoyed a long and close relationship. The arrival of the new DBX, which is only available to run on Pirelli tires, means that the Italian firm now equips 50% of all new Aston Martins, including iconic models such as the DBS Superleggera and new Vantage.

O'Gara Coach, LA, Formula 1, Hollywood, 360 MAGAZINE, Robert Grubbs

O’Gara Coach × Formula 1

This week marked the first-time Los Angeles has played host to a Formula 1 event. The Formula 1 Hollywood Ride of Fame took place on a closed down Hollywood Blvd over the course of two days, beginning Tuesday, October 29th, and ending on Wednesday 30th. Leading luxury car dealership group, O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills, sponsored the event as well as provided three of the participating vehicles, a McLaren GT4, McLaren 600LT, and an Aston Martin DBS.

“We’re very excited to welcome the Formula 1 family to Los Angeles and introduce the city to the pinnacle series of racing! We are particularly happy to have the Aston Martin Red Bull team here to tear up the streets on Hollywood Blvd and O’Gara is thrilled to also be a part of the show and excite the fans alongside F1.”
– Rhys Edwards, Executive Director of Marketing at O’Gara Coach

Formula 1 kicked off the event by featuring a static display of past and present F1 cars, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to take an up-close and personal look at the vehicles. The O’Gara Coach vehicles were also on display at this time, garnering attention from the crowds hoping to snap a photo and peek at the models. By 4 pm on Wednesday, the live festivities officially began and thousands of spectators were lined up on Hollywood Blvd to watch the live show. O’Gara kicked off the show by driving their cars through the track driven by world-class professionals including Parris Mullins, Mark Proto, and Geoff Reeves. The crowd was mesmerized as these dazzling vehicles exhibited a true pinnacle of supercars in the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Blvd. Following O’Gara’s presentation, Red Bull provided an extravagant display of dare devil’s parachuting from the sky to arrive right on the track, stunt bikers, and acrobats. As a special delight, a live orchestra led by composer Brian Tyler performed the F1 theme song.

Wednesday also featured demonstrations from three Formula 1 world champions Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. The trio was accompanied by their respective teams; Mercedes AMG Petronas Racing, Renault F1, and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, before heading to Austin Texas to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. All three riders also took part in an inaugural “F1 Donut Competition”, and with the help of the crowd, guest judge Brian Tyler chose Valterri as the champion. To close out the festivities all three world champion riders took to the track and all completed donuts with their race cars at the same time. Safe to say, the crowd went wild!

The McLaren 570S GT4 is a full competition specification GT4 car that is ready to race straight from the factory. The new McLaren 600LT builds on the agility and the purity of the 570S, its detailed connection to the road, and imbues it with the raw thrills and exhilarating performance that only a McLaren “Longtail” can deliver. The Aston Martin DBS has long signified the utmost in elegance and speed, comfort and performance. The shape is unmistakably Aston Martin, but stronger, broader, and more muscular than ever, not as a stylish whim but to cool and control the most powerful machine Aston Martin has ever produced.

About O’Gara Coach

O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 42 years, with locations in Beverly Hills, La Jolla, and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Automobil Pininfarina, Bentley, Bugatti, Genesis, Karma, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Rimac and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. http://www.ogaracoach.com

Photo credit: Robert Grubbs.

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Audrain Auto Museum

The Inaugural Audrain’s Newport, a four-day car extravaganza hosted by Newport, Rhode Island’s Audrain Automobile Museum is set to be the East Coast’s first true motor week. The event, set for October 3 -6, 2019, will be a celebration of all-things automotive, luxury, sport and history. The chairman of this year’s Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week 2019 is entertainment super star and automotive enthusiast Jay Leno, while Concours d’Elegance Chairman for 2019 is one of the premier automotive experts in the world and TV personality, Donald Osborne.

Featuring a world-class collection of over a billion dollars-worth of vintage and modern cars, the event offers ticket holders unparalleled access to some of the rarest automobiles in existence, including 12 vehicles on loan from General Motors’ Heritage Division, from a ’38 Buick Y-Job to a ’54 Corsair Concept to a 2003 Cadillac Sixteen. VIP ticket holders will get a closer look at Koenigsegg’s newest hypercar, the Jesko, a Bugatti Chiron Sport Glass Roof and a Porsche 356 Outlaw, customized by Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports. On Sunday, the Concours d’Elegance on will also feature a first-ever 30 Under 30 category to give enthusiasts age 30 years and younger the opportunity to showcase cars that have been built with $30,000 or less. Jay Leno and other car experts will serve as the judges.

Event sponsors are Aston Martin, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Richard Mille and Porsche, among others, will also be on site throughout the 4-day celebration.

Vehicles participating in the Oct. 6 Concours d’Elegance will also have the opportunity to participate in the Tour d’Elegance. The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 will be an integral part of the celebration. The Tour will start on the west end of the Pell Bridge and feature a staged participant photo on the bridge with a vintage aircraft fly-over. The Tour d’Elegance will then make its way along the scenic and historic Ocean Drive, making a stop for coffee and photos at Ft. Adams and conclude with a display of the participating cars on Bellevue Avenue.

Fine automobiles may be the focus, but Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week will have it all. From fine dining pop-ups and exhibitions to shopping, tennis, golf and sailing to exclusive parties hosted in the Gatsby-esque mansions that populate America’s original luxury capital. Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week will be held October 3rd – 6th 2019 and tickets are on sale now HERE.

Custom Land Rover Defender 130 in Midnight Blue

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed another stunning custom Defender 130. Design inspiration for this beautiful custom Defender 130 came from a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

E.C.D. is one of the top automotive companies in the world for custom bespoke luxury Defenders. Through their Luxury Design Experience, clients are given full control of the design of their custom Defenders. With design control of that capacity, it’s no wonder one client chose to design and color elements from a favorite supercar – a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

Project Deep Blue is finished in Midnight Blue, an original Aston Martin paint color available for the DB11. The exterior design elements of this custom Defender 130 are more reminiscent of a luxury vehicle, a contrasting look from previous Defender 130s built by E.C.D., whose designs were centered around being off-road warriors. Project Deep Blue is subtle, yet absolutely stunning.

Under the hood, you won’t find any inspiration from Aston Martin or Land Rover. Rather, the brute power of a naturally-aspirated, 565-horsepower LS3 V8 Corvette engine. The LS3 was chosen by the client for its known reliability, loads of power, plenty of available upgrades, and a GM powertrain warranty.

The interior features duotone upholstery with premium leathers from Spinneybeck — a classic Light Beige and a darker Botany Bay Beige throughout. The duotone colors were also chosen with inspiration from the Aston Martin DB11. Luxury Corbeau Trailcat seats in the front and rear are heated and ventilated for riding comfort. With plenty of modern features on the interior such as wireless charging pads for mobile devices, you quickly forget that you’re riding in a classic British off-road icon.

Aston Martin is licenced to thrill at British Grand Prix

th F1TM Grand Prix

One of the most enduring movie partnerships will be in the spotlight this weekend when Aston Martin Lagonda and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films, celebrate the 1,007th Formula 1 Grand Prix, which takes place at Silverstone.

The British Grand Prix is the home race for the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team, so it is fitting that the race falls on a number forever associated with James Bond.

The two Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1TM cars will feature the iconic 007 logo and Bond number plates on the back of their rear wings. Max Verstappen’s RB15 Formula 1 car will run the number plate from the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964) while Pierre Gasly’s car will feature the Aston Martin V8 plate from The Living Daylights (1987).

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing pit garage will feature wall graphics inspired by Q’s MI6 Lab.

Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: “Aston Martin is proud of its association with James Bond. This weekend, we look forward to celebrating this longstanding partnership at Formula One’s 1,007th Grand Prix.”

When James Bond first appeared in the iconic Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964) a lasting relationship was created. The following movie, Thunderball (1965), featured the Aston Martin DB5 at Silverstone in a chase sequence. Through the decades, Bond has driven many Aston Martins including the DBS, the V8 Vantage Volante and the DB10 to name but a few. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Aston Martin DBS, which featured in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 50 special-edition 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggeras will be sold. The first of these special cars will be on track at Silverstone during the Pirelli Hot Laps sessions. Ticketholders can see a number of the Aston Martins from the James Bond films on display in the Bond In Motion exhibition including the V8 that will appear in Bond 25, located in the Fanzone, to register for tickets go to http://www.eventworld.com/en/events/11.

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O’Gara Coach and Bentley Beverly Hills Sponsor Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance

On its 26th annual edition, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance show in partnership with O’Gara Coach and Bentley Beverly Hills, gathered the local community and supercar fans to celebrate Father’s Day with quintessential style.

In a dedicated area at the conjunction between Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd, O’Gara displayed vehicles by Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, McLaren, Lamborghini, Rimac and Rolls-Royce with crowds gathering around excited to get a closer look at the iconic cars.

Further, in celebration of Bentley’s 100 year anniversary, O’Gara and Bentley brought on display the British brand’s signature models including the Bentayga V8, Bentayga Hybrid, Muslanne W.O. Edition, Flying Spur V8S and special classics such as the Heritage 1991 Turbo R and 1952 S2.

During the event, attendees slow-walked their way through a maze made of Bentley Heritage, Aston Martin DB11, Lamborghini Huracan EVO, Rolls-Royce Phantom Cullinan, to then discover an eye-catching installation featuring McLaren GT, Rimac Concept 2, Koenigsegg and Bugatti Chiron in an array of colors.

To further enhance the voyeuristic car watching experience, O’Gara and Bentley Beverly Hills took over the Le Grand Trianon Ballroom at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel to host a VIP Hospitality Suite, where guests could enjoy rosé and scotch tastings and were given access to the Secret Rosé Garden on the rooftop terrace to observe the Concours’ spectacle from up above and take photos in front of the hotel’s exquisite garden flower wall.

Keeping in the spirit of Bentley’s anniversary, VIPs had the privilege of test driving the Bentley V8, Bentayga Speed and GTC W12 throughout the day, taking off from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE × LE MANS

Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Brings British Fighting Spirit Back to the Front at Le Mans

Automaker to enter at least two works Valkyrie race cars in the 2020/21 FIA World Endurance Championship

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of its glorious win in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans,

Following the announcement of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s decision to introduce hypercars to the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin will field a minimum of two works Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercars, specially-developed for the 2020/21 FIA WEC season, including the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Britain has enjoyed a long romance with the Circuit de la Sarthe, indeed in 2021 it will be 100 years since an Aston Martin first raced there. But it’s nearly a quarter of a century since a British-built derivative of a road car claimed top honours at Le Mans, and invoking the pioneering spirit of the company’s founder Lionel Martin and the ingenuity of some of Britain’s best engineering minds, Aston Martin is now set to carry that mantle into the next decade with a bold attempt to win Le Mans and the world championship.

Aston Martin Valkyrie, the world’s most extreme road car and platform for this future challenger, is the combined vision of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Aston Martin VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King.

In line with WEC’s newly confirmed ‘hypercar’ regulations designed to allow race-prepared derivatives of the world’s fastest road cars to fight at the forefront of world sportscar racing, the Aston Martin Valkyrie race car will draw on all the radical pillars of the road car and its track-only AMR Pro variant.

The new car will feature a race-prepared version of its bespoke high-revving normally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine. Placed within a lightweight carbon fibre structure, and featuring F1 inspired aerodynamic technology, it forms a fully competitive platform capable of challenging for outright race wins.