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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia set for First Class season as lid lifted on 2014 field

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia revs up ahead of its 12th season as the leading light in regional sportscar competition, the First Class international field from 10 countries and territories was unveiled today, just prior to the official test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Twenty-eight of the stunning, all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will contest the prestigious 11-race, seven-meeting calendar. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 460 horsepower, 10 more than previously, and the six-speed sequential gearbox is operated by pneumatic paddle shift system, yet another first for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

2014 PCCA Drivers

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the most progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

The innovative collection of luggage comprises two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. To ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailor-made to fit perfectly into the interior of the revolutionary BMW i8.

“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The use of CFRP in the revolutionary BMW i8 sports car is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating an exclusive luggage collection tailored perfectly to the new BMW i8.”

The understated carbon-black of this luggage range matches the colours of the BMW i8. Its sophisticated look comes courtesy of the unmistakable chequered Damier pattern – a Louis Vuitton hallmark – and a laser-etched Louis Vuitton signature. Black and electric blue used in the microfibre-lining take their cue from the trademark brand colours of the BMW i8 and bag handles are made from dyed natural leather, a sign of Louis Vuitton quality. All items in the collection come with leather name tags and the iconic Louis Vuitton padlock with the exception of the garment bag.

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

Patrick-Louis-Vuitton, Head of Special Orders at Louis Vuitton and great grandson of the House’s founder, says, “This collaboration with BMW i epitomises our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style. Our craftsmen at Louis Vuitton have enjoyed the challenge of this very special project, using their ingenuity and attention to detail to create a truly made to measure set of luxury luggage. This is a pure expression of the art of travel.”

Inspired by the visionary design of the BMW i8, the bags and cases – like the sports car’s innovative passenger cell – are made entirely from carbon fibre. This particularly lightweight yet extremely sturdy high-tech material has been used by Louis Vuitton to create a special textile. It provides great robustness and strength, and as such is made for the rigours of travel – no matter how long and arduous the drive.

The exclusive luggage pieces created by Louis Vuitton fit snugly into the BMW i8. The Weekender GM i8, with both hand and shoulder carry straps, is custom-designed to go into the boot, while the Garment Bag i8 is a perfect fit for the rear shelf of the BMW i8. The sturdy hardshell Business Case i8 which is also ideal for carrying laptops, matches the shape of the rear seats; while the small Weekender PM i8 is designed to rest on its surface.

The Louis Vuitton luggage series will be available upon request in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) starting April 1st 2014.

Photo Gallery: Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

Ferrari 458 Speciale Launched at Ferrari Racing Days 2014

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Last weekend, Sepang International Circuit – Kuala Lumpur hosted its first ever Ferrari Racing Days 2014 in South East Asia region. The race event for Ferrari owners and fans took place over three (3) days from February 21-23rd.

This is the biggest owner events organized by Ferrari Far East, Ferrari Racing Days provides various track activities and entertainment that allows hundreds of Ferrari owners and fans to gather and experience 1 weekend the world of Ferrari. The event will also feature the first round of the Ferrari APAC Challenge 2014.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days in Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit.  This is a unique event that will see the biggest collection of Ferrari’s that Malaysia has ever seen. We are so excited to not only host our valued Ferrari owners at this event but we also look forward to welcoming thousands of Ferrari fans and lovers of motorsport and share with us the passion, excitement and glamour that only the world of Ferrari can offer.” Says Managing Director of Ferrari Far East, Giuseppe Cattaneo.

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Among the many programmes during the weekend, Ferrari owners will get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their own splendid cars to see how they measure up in a few on-track sessions.  In addition to the view of the Pits, there will also be a display of the latest complete Ferrari line-up and some impressive models of Ferrari’s that have helped create the history of the Prancing Horse, like the Enzo, 550 Barchetta and the 430 Scuderia16M. 

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Alongside the Ferrari Racing Days event, Naza Italia had also introduced the Ferrari 458 Speciale. This powerful beauty will be priced at RM1,238,000 before import and excise duty. Full pricing will be announced by Naza Italia at a later date.

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The Ferrari 458 Speciale is an all new hardcore version of Ferrari’s 458 series joining the 458 Italia and 458 Spider in the line up. The 458 Speciale made its first debut in Frankfurt in 2013 and it is now introduced to us Malaysians in Sepang. The 458 Speciale takes 0-100km/h in 3 seconds while 0-200km/h in just 9.1 seconds. Powering the 458 Speciale is the 605PS, 4.5 litre V8 engine with direct injection.

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View below gallery for pictures on the event and the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari Racing Days 2014 Event

Lexus will unveil RC Coupe F Sport at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will unveil the F Sport variant of its RC Coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
 

First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the RC is a standalone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan. Based on the GS platform, it differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS model lines.  The F Sport variant of the RC 350 offers visual and dynamic upgrades over the standard model.

Visual upgrades include unique interior and exterior styling package, including body kit, wheels, interior instruments, seating and other touches. The F Sport’s dynamic upgrades take the form of exclusively tuned front and rear suspension hardware, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system (incorporating dynamic rear steering), providing drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.

2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Readily identified by a model-specific ‘F’ mesh grille design, the front of F Sport models features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.  The F Sport model range combines model-specific badging with a unique 19″ F Sport alloy wheel design featuring a machine-finished outer 10-spoke layer offset over an inner 10-spoke layer finished in a dark metallic paint.

Three exterior colours – White Nova, orange and Flame Blue. The RC F Sport also adopts an LFA-style instrument cluster with moveable centre ring, and an F Sport steering wheel and premium shift knob. The F Sport-exclusive interior design is completed by Wedge Metal ornamentation and an F Sport-exclusive Dark Rose interior colour.

2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Lexus Engineers have carefully tuned the RC F Sport to offer greater dynamic performance. Kicking off the dynamic upgrades for the F Sport model is the adoption of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

Teamed to drive mode select, AVS responds to driver inputs, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions to automatically and independently adjust the performance of the suspension at all four corners to maximise dynamic performance.

When the vehicle’s Sport+ drive mode is selected, AVS is set to SPORT and allows the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input via a firmer suspension setting and revised power steering assistance.

The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F Sport are complemented by the four-wheel steering benefits of the LDH system. This leading-edge technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), Electric Power Steering and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). 

The system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels by monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.

The Lexus unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system coordinates LDH, the Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension. The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. 

The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds to assist manoeuvrability and in the same direction at higher speeds to provide stability. The Lexus Dynamic Handling system coordinates all of the above and optimises dynamic and safety systems to suit vehicle speed and driving style.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

RC 350

Length / mm

4,695

Height / mm

1, 395

Width / mm

1,840

Wheelbase / mm

2, 730

Seating capacity persons

4

Driven wheels

Rear-wheel drive

Engine type

2 GR-FSE

Cylinders

V6

Engine output / kW/rpm

234/6,400

Torque / Nm/rpm

380/4,800

Transmission

8AT

Suspension

Front: Double Wishbone

Rear: Multilink

 

Photo Gallery: 2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Lexus RC F GT3 concept unveiled for 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will debut a racing version of its RC F performance coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

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The RC F GT3 concept has been developed to meet GT3 international racing standards. Weighing just 1,250 kg, the RC F GT3 features a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine, producing a maximum power output approaching 400 kilowatts. 

Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015, with vehicle testing commencing this year. GT3-compliant vehicles are an attractive option for race events globally and are eligible for numerous events, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept major specifications

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Height (mm)

Weight (kg)

Wheelbase (mm)

Engine

Power

4,705

2,000

1,270

1,250

2,730

V8 gasoline engine

Approx 397kW

 

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F GT3 concept