Drivers and Sports Cars: A Love Affair

It wasn’t long after the automobile was mass produced in the early 20th century that enthusiasts began thinking of ways to maximize their performance. Though it took a few decades to perfect the design of sports cars to the point where they weren’t rolling death traps, sports cars have always been the objects of desire and fascination for people who are into cars. Even people who claim not to care about car models will take an extra look when a gorgeous little red sports car rolls past. Aesthetics are a close second to engine power where sports cars are concerned. Continue reading Drivers and Sports Cars: A Love Affair

4 Affordable Super Cars

Luxury sports cars appeal to a very particular American demographic. Buyers of luxury sports cars average 41 years old, are overwhelmingly male (81% male to 19% female), and have household incomes of nearly $190,000. Here are some of the characteristics they look for in luxury sports cars: Continue reading 4 Affordable Super Cars

Beware of Flood Damaged Cars

Cars that have been flooded should to be crushed or otherwise destroyed because of the danger of lasting water damage even after the car is dry and appears good as new. The subject of flood damaged cars became prominent in late 2005 and early 2006 after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma flooded hundreds of thousands of cars. Continue reading Beware of Flood Damaged Cars

How to Use Your Car as a Tax Write Off

Most people don´t know that they can use their cars as a means to save valuable tax money on their income. Even if you are using your car for personal purposes, if you can prove and show that it has been used by your company for business purposes, and all the expenses on the car, like fuel expenses, maintenance expenses, etc., as expenses of the company, then you will surely get deductions on the taxes which you earlier would have to pay completely. Continue reading How to Use Your Car as a Tax Write Off

Bugatti sold for €3.4 million

The 1937 type 57S Atalante Bugatti car was gathering dust in a garage for 50 years before it was sold for amazing €3,417,500 in an auction in Paris.

This is a very special car. Only 17 of them were built and sold. One of the owners was Harold Carr, Newcastle doctor, who died recently and left this amazing car to his relatives. They listed the car in an auction in Paris with the following description:

“The new owner will have the pleasure of firing up [engine] 26S and hearing that turbine-like sound that so excited Earl Howe when he collected this car from Sorel in 1937. Once again [chassis] 57502, a true supercar with impeccable credentials, emerges to take its place on the world stage.”

What do you think? Is´t to much money for this car?

GT By Citroen

Meet the super Citroen that’s a real play station! This striking concept demonstrates what can happen when the worlds of computer gaming and car design come together. Rivalling any Ferrari or Lamborghini for visual drama, the GTbyCitroen – to give it its full name – was first seen at October’s Paris Motor Show. Now, it has hit the road, and Auto Express got behind the wheel for an exclusive drive.

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The GT is here thanks to the passion of two enthusiasts: Citroen designer Takumi Yamamoto and the boss of Polyphony Digital – the firm behind the award-winning Sony PlayStation racing game, Gran Turismo – Kazunori Yamauchi.

Essentially, the pair collaborated to create a supercar not for the road, but for the computer screen. Several sketches later, the GT was born. Yet they weren’t content with having an exclusive machine for the best-selling game – so Citroen decided to build the working concept you see here. The car in the game uses a fuel cell, but this roadgoing model features a race-derived 560bhp V8 engine. No official figures have been provided, and Citroen is keeping tight-lipped about its performance. Judging by the pace on offer, though, we’d guess at a 0-60mph time of around four seconds. With no sound deadening, the noise is awesome. The big V8 roars through the rev range and pops and bangs angrily when you lift off the throttle.

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But it’s not really the engine or how big the brakes are that’s important – it’s the way it looks. The GT is more than five metres long, and its menacing exterior is made up of 21-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels, scissor doors, blue LED headlights and enormous air intakes. The smooth-flowing lines along the side of the car are met with sharp edges at the front, which accentuate the angry look. Gran Turismo’s designers said the GT needed to be aesthetically pleasing from the rear, too, as that is the view most gamers will see while playing. Citroen has delivered. The carbon diffuser hangs beneath a massive air vent, horizontal LED lights and wing.

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Inside, the space-age interior would make NASA proud. The only similarity between the GT’s cabin and any other road car is its pedal layout. The dashboard is covered in a copper material and features flared lines and edges, while the switchgear is in a race-style aluminium pod to the right of the driver. You change gear using two steering wheel-mounted push-buttons, with a digital display in the roof showing the chosen ratio.

It is without any shadow of a doubt one of the most striking cars ever created. The GT has been brought to life to prove that the French company can take a fantasy machine from the computer screen to the road and that it is able to build supercars if it so wishes. Unfortunately, the only way anybody will ever own one is by buying a PlayStation 3 and a copy of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, then earning one million credits. But while you won’t be seeing it in a showroom near you any time soon, maybe its dramatic design cues will shape the Citroens of tomorrow.