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Rolls-Royce illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Making A Legend

ROLLS-ROYCE MARKS WORLD BOOK DAY WITH ‘MAKING A LEGEND’

  • Rolls-Royce celebrates UNESCO World Book Day on 23 April 2021 with Making A Legend
  • The new book explores the unique blend of hand-craftmanship, and world-class technology embodied in the present generation of Rolls-Royce motor cars
  • Authors Simon Van Booy and Harvey Briggs granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access with photographer Mariano Vilarós at Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence at Goodwood
  • Foreword provided by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös
  • Hardcover, 296 pages, full-colour photographs throughout; now available from all good retailers

“When the authors approached us with their proposal for this book, we welcomed them with open arms. Simon and Harvey are both distinguished writers with great perceptiveness, integrity and enthusiasm. They joined us at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, where we gave them our full support, granting access to whatever and whoever they wanted to see and talk about. Their words, combined with the images captured by Mariano Vilarós, make this a definitive history of the marque, right up to and including, the present day. Its publication represents a worthy addition to the literature of Rolls-Royce, a fine celebration of our unique products and people, and a perfect book with which to acknowledge World Book Day.”Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce marks the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day with Making A Legend – a new book exploring how today’s generation of Rolls-Royce motor cars is designed and handcrafted at Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence in Goodwood, England.

An important and worthy addition to the extensive Rolls-Royce literary canon, Making A Legend takes in a broad sweep of the company’s history, featuring cars from the marque’s very earliest days in the 1900s, right up to new Ghost launched in 2020.

The book provides an intimate, highly contemporary account of life at the house of luxury, with the aim of connecting readers with the people who make the best car in the world. The narrative follows the process of transforming a customer’s idea into a finished product, through interviews with individuals from all departments including Bespoke designers, skilled craftspeople and assembly specialists.

Over almost 300 lavishly illustrated pages, every detail of how a Rolls-Royce motor car is designed, engineered and meticulously hand-built, is examined. Chapters include Design and Customization, Paint and Finish, Chassis Assembly, Woodwork, Leather and Testing; there is also an entire section devoted to the Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine that has graced the bonnet of Rolls-Royce motor cars for over 100 years.

Emmy-winning automotive journalist Harvey Briggs, novelist Simon Van Booy and photographer Mariano Vilarós were granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Rolls-Royce’s facilities and people over several months before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Briggs, who grew up in America’s Motor City, Detroit, and has reviewed every new Rolls-Royce model since Wraith in 2013, recalls being surprised at how much work is still performed by hand, even in the assembly process. He was also struck by the level of innovation in today’s Rolls-Royce motor cars, and the marque’s commitment to delivering impeccable quality.

Harvey Briggs commented, “The first time I visited Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, I was in awe of the exceptional creativity and skill of the people who design and build these remarkable cars. I knew I had to tell those stories.”

Simon Van Booy added, “The friendly perfectionism for craft, displayed by everyone we interviewed and Mariona photographed, was inspiring to the point where we knew the book had to be something rare and marvelous and functional – rather like a Rolls-Royce itself.”

Organized by UNESCO, World Book and Copyright Day celebrates the role of books and reading as a link between the past and the future, the bridge across generations and cultures. The date, 23rd April, is symbolic in world literature, marking the deaths of playwright and poet William Shakespeare, the creator of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, and the early Peruvian writer, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Making A Legend is published in hardback by ACC Art Books, and is now available from all good retailers including Amazon.

Rimac Automobili illustration by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Classic Car Care Tips

Classic cars can be both a fun hobby and a smart investment. Classic cars appreciate in value over time making the time and money you invest worth it. The key to getting the most out of your classic car investment will be the quality of care you put into your car. Keep reading for a few tips on how to keep your classic car in the best shape possible.

Oil Changes

One of the most significant maintenance chores you will do for any vehicle is the oil change. People really underestimate the effect that regular oil changes can have on the life and quality of your automobiles. The oil change ensures that your engine is always lubricated so that high-tolerance parts can operate more easily. Staying up to date on oil changes will also help to remove micro-debris out of the working parts of your engine. This is crucial to the longevity of the engine and the car itself. Regular oil changes also give you the opportunity to make sure that the filtration system is working properly.  Be sure you are using an oil that is specially formulated for your older model car.

Tire Rotation

You may think that because your classic car isn’t being driven very often that tire rotation is not important. Tire rotation is still important for classic cars. Classic cars are actually in more need of tire rotation than modern vehicles. Older cars that are two-wheel-drive models often have more wear and tear on the drive wheels. Newer technology for newer vehicles has helped to stabilize the vehicle better between all four wheels. If your vehicle is being driven a lot then this is even more important.

Changing Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are an important consideration for older model cars. In order to keep classic cars in top condition, it is recommended to change spark plugs for every 10,000 miles. Be sure to always the manufacturer recommended brand.

Air Filters

The filter system on your vehicle is crucial to your vehicle’s overall performance. The air filters will collect any debris floating around and make sure it doesn’t enter your engine. If the filter is doing its job properly, then it will get filled up and dirty. This will result in a replacement. Once the filter is saturated it will no longer be able to filter things for your system. Air filters should be changed at about every 20,000 miles.

Bulbs

Ensuring that your bulbs are in good working order is especially important during the winter months. With the sun rising late and nightfall coming early, you want to be sure that you are visible on the road to other drivers. Don’t procrastinate on replacing blown-out bulbs. This could increase your risk for an accident.

Protect The Body of Your Car

You’ve invested a lot of money into your classic vehicle. You want to protect that investment by keeping the body of your car in the best condition possible. This can be done by keeping your car covered when not in use. Professional grade car covers from https://www.carcoverusa.com are one of the easiest ways to ensure that the body of your classic car stays in tip-top shape.

You will also want to make sure that your vehicle is housed in a garage which will prevent moisture. Applying a regular coat of wax will also extend the life of the paint job also.

Regular cleaning is a simple way to make sure debris is not causing damage. You may also want to be mindful of where you drive, avoiding gravel roads or areas known for debris.

Polestar 2 illustration by Heather Skovlund (original photo credit: Polestar Press) for 360 Magazine

Polestar Raises $550 Million

Polestar Raises $550 Million from New Investors; Further Fundraising Considered

Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car company, has raised $550 million (USD) from a group of long-term financial investors.

The private placement of newly issued shares marks the first-time external investors have backed Polestar’s products, brand, industrial capability, financial ambitions and high growth potential.

The new investments come as the global market for electric cars is growing strongly, with consumers increasingly prepared to combine e-mobility with their environmental aspirations. Simultaneously, the technology behind electric cars is advancing and becoming more economical, making mass consumer adoption of electric vehicles an imminent reality.

These factors led to Polestar attracting considerable interest from a range of external investors as part of its fundraising activities. Polestar also confirms it is in ongoing discussions with global investors about possible additional fundraising. Full financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed at this stage.

The group of investors is led by Chongqing Chengxing Equity Investment Fund Partnership, Zibo Financial Holding and Zibo Hightech Industrial Investment. They have been joined by I Cube Capital, an arm of SK Inc., the South Korean global conglomerate, and a range of other investors.

The new investment sets the stage for future growth by diversifying Polestar’s funding structure. It deepens the pool of resources available to accelerate product development and technological capabilities ahead of launching several ground-breaking cars in the coming years.

Since the brand’s launch in October 2017, Polestar has developed its own high-quality manufacturing facility in China, built a global sales and distribution operation, and successfully launched two vehicles – Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 to extremely positive customer feedback and media reviews.

“Our new investors have recognized that Polestar offers an alluring combination of established industrial and technological capability alongside superlative growth potential as the global auto industry goes electric,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.

Polestar 2
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Polestar 2
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Polestar 2
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Polestar 2
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Lotus Type 49 illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

New Vs. Used Car: Which One to Choose?

The development of new technologies is really fast, and every car owner would like to buy a brand-new machine that is packed with all the newest accessories and functions. They take loans or borrow money from relatives. But is it worth the fuss? Let us consider the main pros and cons of buying used and new cars in 2021.

Used Vehicle: What Are the Pitfalls?

Taking into account that the selection of a particular car manufacturer and model is mostly based on the financial possibilities of a potential driver, the market for used cars is quite active. It allows people to buy a 2-3-year-old car that is 30%-40% cheaper than sold in a dealership.

But the main flaw is that buyers do not know previous owners and how they maintained and serviced their cars. It is especially crucial when it comes to the acquisition of older vehicles. In this case, the FAXVIN service will come in handy, making it possible for future owners to get a vehicle report that will contain all the essential information about a car under consideration. What are the other cons?

  • It is more expensive to service a used vehicle because some parts wear out and require replacement. However, this depends on the age and brand of a vehicle.
  • In the market for used cars, some dishonest vendors are looking for a way to cheat people who are not well-informed in machinery. Thus, for the purchase, it is worth consulting with a specialist.

What About the Benefits?

First of all, it is cost-effective. By paying for a car less in a few years after its manufacture, drivers usually get a vehicle of the same quality for less money. Besides, there are no problems with getting a loan on the acquisition. But one should consult a bank or a lending institution to make sure that interests are not higher than the difference between a new and used car.

Besides, if you dislike anything in a car after owning it for several months, it is always possible to sell it for the same amount of money, or almost the same, and acquire another model or brand.

New Cars: Pros and Cons

The first and undeniable advantage of acquiring a brand-new vehicle is the fact that you will be driving one of the innovative products manufactured by a particular car producer. All the newest technologies will be accessible and will improve the comfort of a driver. On the other hand, no one is 100% protected against bugs of the new software or other malfunctions. History knows the situations when car brands had to call off thousands of cars because of defects in their systems.

All in all, both of these possibilities have their benefits and flaws. And in the majority of cases, it is the financial possibilities that influence the decision to acquire a new or a used vehicle.

Everything You Need To Know About Selling a Car in Florida

Florida is known around the country as being one of our more lawless states, or at least that’s how the reputation goes. If you happen to live in the state you may be well aware that this isn’t really the case.

There are a lot of rules, laws, and practices to be aware of doing just about anything in Florida. Selling a car in Florida is no different: there are many steps and regulations you need to be aware of before passing ownership over to a new driver.

What do you need to know about how to sell a car in Florida? Read on and we’ll walk you through all of the basics.

Applying For a Temporary License

Are you thinking: “What do I need to do to sell my car fast in Florida?”

You might find there’s actually a lot of business to take care of if you’re preparing to sell your vehicle.

People sell their vehicles at different points in time — some prior to getting a new vehicle, some after. If you’ve already purchased the new vehicle that you’ll be taking around town, you’ll want to have your new license plate transferred to that vehicle. 

However, you’ll still need a tag on the old vehicle if you want to use it for test driving and transportation. This tag is a demonstration-only tag. It’s a kind of temporary tag that is for car sellers.

In order to obtain this tag from the state, you’ll need to show proof of insurance coverage on the vehicle. Once you have that, it shouldn’t be too much trouble to have the temporary tag issued.

With the tag in hand, your potential buyers can test drive the vehicle all they wish. 

Pay Off Existing Lien

Do you still owe money on your vehicle? There might be some obstacles ahead of you then. The state of Florida does not allow an owner to sell their vehicle if there is an existing lien on the vehicle.

Once the car is fully paid off, the lienholder will make an official report to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department. It is this department that will oversee the transfer of your title to a new owner. 

They will be aware of the title is transferred prior to this lien being paid off and can stop the legal aspect of the sale. It is possible to have your new owner go to the bank with you and pay off the lien, though this may be a harder situation to get a proper sale during. 

This situation does not apply if you’re attempting to trade in a car that you own with a licensed automobile dealer. Car dealerships are allowed to take in cars with existing liens on them. The automobile dealer would just need to pay off the lien prior to selling the vehicle to another buyer.

If You Don’t Have a Title…

What should you do if your title has been misplaced? If you no longer have it in your possession? You’ll need to do a little extra work before you’ll be able to sell the vehicle. 

In order to receive a duplicate title from your local motor vehicle service center, you’ll need to submit a good amount of paperwork. There will also be fees for this submission and the production of your duplicate title.

In the state of Florida, the form you’ll need to fill out is the HSMV 82101 form.

If you’re in a hurry, many counties within Florida offer expedited services at a higher cost. This way if you have a seller waiting to purchase the car, you can get your duplicate title fast. 

There are more forms that will need to be completed to transfer the ownership of the title from yourself to your buyer. The buyer and seller typically must head to a local motor vehicle service center with photo identification for the trade to occur.

The paperwork isn’t all too complicated. It simply requires the name and address of the buyer, the current odometer reading on the vehicle, and the price and date of the sale.

Creating a Bill of Sale

The last major step you’ll need to complete the sale of your vehicle is to create a Bill of Sale. There is another form you can use to do this — HSMV 82050, which you can also get from your local motor vehicle department.

This form remove’s the seller’s registration from the vehicle and transfers it to a new owner. This is important because it will remove your liability from the vehicle once it is no longer in your possession.

You don’t want to get in trouble for any accident the vehicle is involved in once it drives away from you with a new person behind the wheel. This form will help ensure that is the case.

Once this form is filled out, all elements of vehicle ownership fall on the new buyer’s shoulders. They will be responsible in providing insurance and registering the vehicle.

The Bill of Sale serves as the official legal receipt of the transaction. If you haven’t already, this would also be the time to remove the license plate and transfer it to your new vehicle.

It is not required in Florida to return your license to the state. The only instance where a license would need to be returned is if you were planning on moving with your new vehicle out of state. 

What to Know About Selling a Car in Florida

If you have a vehicle you’re looking to get off your hands, there’s a good bit o business you’ll need to make yourself aware of. Selling a car in Florida is more complicated than many people anticipate, but the above information can help you figure out how to get through the process.

Need more auto insurance and advice? Keep scrolling our blog for more.

Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Classic Car Look Brand New

Are you driving a classic car that’s starting to look its age? Fear not, because we’ve got some great ideas for getting it looking fresh again.

These five easy tips will give your vintage vehicle the love it deserves and make it look like new again.

1. Clean Your Car on the Regular

We all know that the first place we need to start is by giving our car a once-over with soap and water. However, it’s not just the technique that matters. It’s how often you do it as well.

Waiting too long after your last car wash can cause the wax on your car to glaze over. It can also create tar damage, which is challenging to remove. Make sure it gets a thorough clean every couple of months.

2. Use a Detailing Brush to Remove Bugs and Dirt

Dust and dirt can build up in crevices over time, especially if you leave your car uncleaned.

It’s a good idea to get your car detailed, whether that’s yourself or a professional doing the detailing.

Use a car detailing brush to remove these spots. This isn’t going to be a heavy-duty brush that will get everything out (best consult the experts on that one), but it will leave you with a much cleaner surface.

3. Use Polish

Another way you can get rid of dirty spots on your car is by using polish. There are all kinds of different polishes on the market, so make sure you find one that suits your needs.

4. Take Care of the Interior

While we’re talking about cleaning your car’s exterior, it’s important to remember that the interior needs some TLC as well.

You want to make sure you haven’t left any old food or trash lying around in the back because they could attract pests such as rodents or bugs, along with smells that are hard to remove.

Take the time to clean out your car and get rid of any crumbs or trash getting in the way. Finding replacement classic car parts is no mean easy feat, so take care of them while they’re still in good condition!

5. Work on the Wheels

One of the most noticeable things about a dirty car is the tires get covered in dirt and grime.

So take your time and work on cleaning them up with a dedicated wheel brush to remove any debris and dirt that may have become trapped between the treads. Finish off with an excellent wheel polish to get that gleaming new look.

Your Classic Car Will Look Like New!

If you want your classic car looking like new again, make sure to try out these five tips. They’re straightforward and won’t cost you too much to get the finish that you want.

Let’s not forget, even if you hate cleaning, it’s important to enjoy yourself when you’re looking after your classic car. Giving your pride and joy the care it deserves is very rewarding, and you’ll feel great once it’s cleaned.

For more top tips on cleaning your car, keep reading and see what you can find today!

Lexus IS Wax Edition: Madlib × KAYTRANADA

Madlib and KAYTRANADA Take Lexus IS Wax Edition for the Ultimate Spin

Artists’ first joint record debuts in custom Lexus with fully functional turntable

“Driven by Sound” video series documents ambitious collaboration and engineering feat

The Lexus IS Wax Edition hits all the right notes. The custom concept vehicle, a modified 2021 Lexus IS sports sedan, has a fully functional turntable built into the dashboard that is capable of playing vinyl records while the car is in motion without missing a beat – even on a bumpy road. To celebrate this innovation, Lexus and Pitchfork brought together legendary DJ and producer MC Madlib and chart-topping artist and producer KAYTRANADA for the first time to create a brand-new double-single on vinyl and debut it in the Lexus IS Wax Edition, giving a whole new meaning to “taking it for a spin.”

This impressive fusion of music and cars was captured in a two-episode documentary series, “Driven by Sound,” created in partnership with Pitchfork. Episode One offers a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of Madlib and KAYTRANADA. Episode Two documents the creation of the in-dash turntable and reveals the Lexus IS Wax Edition. It features music from the highly anticipated release of the artists’ joint double-single. Vinyl Me, Please (VMP), a monthly record subscription club that curates and creates vinyl packages, will distribute the exclusive 7″ vinyl to select members as part of their subscription.

“When I make music, I usually do it in headphones, so I hear everything clear,” said Madlib. “And I take it to the car, test it out. Every time. That’s the big test. To have the turntable in a Lexus? That’s beyond.”

“When Lexus said they wanted to build this car, I didn’t think it was possible,” added KAYTRANADA. “It was amazing to see and hear vinyl playing while cruising in a car.”

With vinyl listening once again on the rise and the Lexus IS attracting drivers with a passion for authenticity and amazing experiences, creating an in-car turntable that works flawlessly with the vehicle in motion was a challenge worth pursuing. To bring the concept car to life, Lexus commissioned SCPS, a world-renowned creative technology and custom fabrication studio based in Los Angeles. For over a decade, SCPS has been behind the marketing innovations of consumer brands and Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

The record player, created with a 3D printer and modified with carbon fiber and machined aluminum, fits snuggly into the vehicle’s glovebox and is large enough to play a full-size 12-inch record. Once the needle hits the grooves, a rotating motor helps stabilize the turntable to avoid skipping while the vehicle is in motion. The enhanced suspension system of the Lexus IS and fine-tuned handling provide a smooth and stable ride, which are critical for the needle of a record player. The Lexus IS Wax Edition offers an ideal environment for appreciating the warmth and depth that vinyl records give to recorded music. The modified vehicle, designed to celebrate the launch of the 2021 Lexus IS sports sedan, will not be for sale, but will be on display at future Lexus events.

“Like audiophiles who go ‘all in’ to create the purest listening experiences, we went ‘all in’ to design the new 2021 Lexus IS as the purest expression of a sports sedan,” said Vinay Shahani, vice president of Lexus marketing. “The Lexus IS Wax Edition exemplifies the ultimate union of our respective passions, bringing together vinyl and cars in a fresh new way.”

Featuring the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, the new 2021 Lexus IS boasts one of the best sound-listening spaces for music lovers. Its 17 speakers and new amplifier offer 1,800 watts of power for a 7.1 surround sound listening experience.

For more information on the new IS, visit Lexus’ website.

About Lexus

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 243 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Lotus Type 49 illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Buying a new car is going to cost you a pretty penny. The average cost of a new car currently sits at over $40,000.

It’s why you should consider buying a used car instead. You can get one for just a fraction of the cost of a new car, and in a lot of cases, it won’t be that much older than a new one.

Before you jump into buying a used vehicle, though, you need to know what to check when buying a used car. The last thing you want to do is come home with a used car that isn’t going to last you very long.

Here are some of the top things to look for when buying a used car.

How Many Miles Are On the Car?

One of the first questions to ask when buying a used car is about how many miles are on it. You can tell a lot about a car based solely on the number of miles that have been put onto its odometer.

The more miles that a car has on it, the more wear and tear it has endured. You might want to shy away from investing in a used car that has more than 100,000 miles on it unless you want to plan on having to do a lot of repairs and maintenance to it.

It’s worth noting that you can get 200,000 miles out of most cars these days. But even still, you should be careful about buying a car with too many miles on it.

How Many People Have Previously Owned the Car?

In addition to checking out how many miles are on a car, you should also take the time to see how many people have owned it in the past. It might help to shed some light on how well a car has (or hasn’t!) been maintained.

The fewer previous owners that a used car has, the better it has likely been maintained over time. You may want to shy away from buying a used car if it has had several owners in the past.

Has the Car Been Involved in Any Accidents?

When you’re considering what to look for when buying a used car, you should, of course, check to see whether or not a car has been in an accident or, worse, multiple accidents. You don’t want to buy a car that has been in a handful of crashes over the years.

It’s not the worst idea in the world to buy a used car that was involved in a minor fender-bender in the past. It might be a good way to get a great deal on a used car that is still in great shape.

But you should be wary about buying a used car that has sustained damage during a number of accidents. It might not be safe enough for you and your family.

Ask Yourself These Questions When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a little bit of a stressful process. But it’ll all be worth it in the end if you’re able to secure a great car for a great price.

Keep all the tips for buying a used car that we’ve talked about here in mind as you try to do it. It’ll make the process go so much smoother than it would otherwise.

Read through the other articles on our blog for more tips on buying a car.

Bugatti illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Receives High Marks in North America: The Pur Sport continues to impress in the U.S.

Following its virtual debut last year, the Chiron Pur Sport has arrived in the United States. Limited to only 60 units, the newest production model from Bugatti is a pure driving machine designed for increased agility and handling – an uncompromising hyper sports car created for corners.

“The Pur Sport offers U.S. customers a new dimension of the Chiron that doesn’t require the Autobahn to fully experience,” said Cedric Davy, Chief Operating Officer of Bugatti of the Americas. “We now have the car for those customers who have been waiting for a Chiron geared more towards agility and dynamic cornering.”

In the short time, the Pur Sport has been in the United States, it has earned top marks from some of the country’s most prominent automotive publications:

  • “The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is the best car I’ve ever driven. Period. Full stop. End of story. It just is.” – Motor Trend
  • “Less weight, more grip, and shorter gearing make the Pur Sport an even wilder Bugatti Chiron.” – Car and Driver
  • “The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Is Worth Every Penny. Your $4 million car better be good, and this Bugatti delivers.” – Autoweek

In addition to rave reviews by journalists, the Chiron Pur Sport left a lasting impression on 24 Hour of Le Mans class winner and longtime Bugatti test driver Butch Leitzinger while testing in Southern California. “The seamless marriage of agility and brute force gives the Pur Sport abilities that are unmatched, not only by any other car but also by any other Bugatti.”

The Pur Sport has a starting price of $4 million and features a W16 engine that generates 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque.

For more information, please visit Bugatti’s website.

3 Must-Have Tools for Modding Your Vehicle

Modding your car can be a great way to optimise a vehicle for your needs without paying for costly mechanic fees. It can extend the life of old vehicles by restoring them to factory condition. Customising your car can be a laborious process, though. The best way to make the process as smooth as possible is to ensure you have all the right equipment. Here are 3 of the most important tools you’ll need to create a world-class custom auto.

Welder

Whether you’re installing a new body kit or patching up your car’s original frame, you’re going to need a welder to do it. Welders use extremely high temperatures to join metal together. Given the heat required, safety should therefore be your number one concern while welding. There are 3 main types of welding – MIG, TIG and stick welding. MIG welding creates heat through a wire electrode, and is easy to learn and usable on most metal thicknesses. TIG uses tungsten to produce the weld. It is the most reliable choice for particularly thin sheets of metal, but is also the slowest method. Finally, stick welding generates heat through an electric current between the metal and the electrode attached to the welder. This is the most versatile method of welding, as it can be used on most alloys, and also works on dented or rusted metals. However, it is also probably the most difficult one to learn. Given the different strengths and weaknesses of these methods, you should consider investing in a multi-process welder for the best results. MIG TIG stick welders can perform all the main welding processes so you can always use the best one for your modding, depending on the material and the thickness of your car’s frame.

Torque Wrench

When removing extremely tight and often rusty nuts and bolts on your car, you will soon realise that in many cases manual wrenches are not sufficient. Powered torque wrenches are therefore an absolute necessity for installing or getting rid of equipment in your car. Not only can they tighten and remove bolts in a flash, you can also set them to the exact power and accuracy you need for a job. Their widespread use among professional mechanics and hobbyists also mean that they are easily available, and less expensive than you might think.

Work Light

Lighting may not be an aspect you consider straightaway when working on your car. However, given the amount of small, precise parts you’ll need to access under your hood, you’ll soon realise its importance. Lighting is especially important for making modifications to your engine and battery, which both involve a lot of hard to reach, small parts. While mechanic-grade lighting installations can be prohibitively expensive for many modders, LED work lights are a great and economical alternative. LED lighting produces a bright white light that is ideal for engine visibility, and the portability of these work lights means they should be able to brighten even the most inaccessible parts of your vehicle.