Nov 10th 2010 11:12PM Looks awesome - can't wait to see it finished!
Sep 28th 2010 12:15AM No - this was not the same Veyron as the one Andy House drove into a lake in Texas. They look somewhat similar but are definitely different cars.
Sep 6th 2010 1:36AM That was the Bertone Mantide arriving with its owner who is pictured a couple of times in the video. The Mantide was on display that weekend at The Quail Motorsports Gathering and won the award for best supercar.
Aug 21st 2010 2:45AM Those are the standard seats in the car. Full leather and alcantara finishes or a mixture of both are available as well. Just depends on how you want to configure the car.
Aug 18th 2010 6:17PM According to sources in the FerrariChat thread the restoration was undertaken with a 'no compromises' approach.
Aug 18th 2010 6:12PM Pretty sure that 'donated' is not the proper term. It is my understanding the parts were for sale and purchased by Mr Losee in order to rebuild the MM Enzo.
Aug 2nd 2010 7:10AM Larry Ellison sold this car in 2006. It's been with a new owner in the same region of the country since then.
Jul 2nd 2010 3:14AM The road cars do have slightly more power. GTRs were rated at an even 600hp and the road cars have 627hp. BMW made some tweaks to the GTR engines and tuning to compensate for the restrictors and preserve some of the power that would have otherwise been lost. An uncorked GTR engine can push 680-700hp.
Jun 18th 2010 1:56PM BMW had no direct input in this car being painted this way. The car was privately owned by Jean Luc Maury-Laribière's BBA Competition racing team when it was painted by César for the 1995 Le Mans race. The only thing BMW about it is the engine.
If you wish to have someone to lay blame to, choose Hervé Poulain as the original art car (a 3.0L CSL painted by Alexander Calder) was his idea back in 1975. Hervé has had a hand in several of the ones created since then including this car which he co-drove in the 1995 Le Mans race.
Jun 18th 2010 12:18PM Details in the article are a bit of a mess.
McLaren F1 GTRs generally trade for lower prices than their road car counterparts. There are a few factors that play into this - limited use potential, high running costs, few spares available. Even the F1 GTRs which have been converted for road use typically sell for a lower figure than a standard F1 road car. Perhaps this will change as the GTRs get older and more opportunity to participate in historic racing with them becomes the norm.
Also, this F1 GTR competed in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans wearing this livery placing 13th overall. It did not race at Le Mans in 1994 - in fact none of the F1 GTRs had even been built in 1994.
The César livery was applied to this car following the 7th round of the 1995 BPR GT series at Montlhéry held May 14th, 1995. The Le Mans race that year took place on June 18th, 1995 and the car was unveiled when removed from the transporter for the first time at the start of the week. There was also a similar livery applied to the team's Venturi 600 LM.