Wednesday, December 2

Awaken the Drive within You


6×6 Land Rover Defenders are real, and we’ve even seen a cab-over Defender van concept — but designer M. Doruk Erdem combined them both in what would theoretically be the greatest Defender ever.

Erdem’s concept makes some radical changes to the Defender platform, starting with moving the engine from the front to a mid-mounted location, in this case an unspecified motor making 800 horsepower.

The familiar Defender front is intact, making it immediately recognizable, despite the windshield pillar being moved forward for an appropriately boxy van-type passenger compartment.

A roof rack, massive tires, and fender flares finish off the radical concept.


The latest in Ferrari’s line of one-off creations is the Omologata, an 812 Superfast-based GT that harks back to the marque’s long GT racing history. The result of two years of work, the Omologata has a very clear connection to Ferrari’s front-engine GT racers, including the famous 250 GTO, in its design.

Arched fenders and a fastback that ends in a subtle spoiler recall those famous cars, while the surfaces are left as unbroken as possible except where aerodynamic elements are needed.

With the 6.4-liter, 789 horsepower V12 and superb chassis from the 812 underpinning the coachwork, the Omologata performs as well as its inspiration.


On rare occasions, too much is not enough. For that clientele, Rolls-Royce makes the Ghost Extended, adding nearly seven inches to the wheelbase for the most rear-passenger legroom in any sedan — with the notable exception of stablemate Phantom Extended.

The new room allows Rolls-Royce to offer its reclining Serenity Seating for the first time in the Ghost, adding a dimension of comfort similar to what one would expect in a private jet.

In order to help passengers unwind from the stresses of the outside world, a Champagne fridge is onhand between the seats that has two modes — one for six degrees centigrade for non-vintage Champagnes, and one for 11 degrees centigrade, the optimum temperature for vintage.

Of course, all the world-class suspension and tech found in the Ghost is present in the Ghost Extended, with refinements made to ensure ride and handling are uncompromised from the normal platform.


In 1980, Aston Martin constructed a mid-engine prototype called the Bulldog with the intention of making the fastest production car in the world.

After building just one prototype and hitting 192 MPH on a test track, the project was deemed to be too expensive and killed. UK-based Classic Motor Cars now has the only Bulldog in existence residing in its shop and getting a complete restoration — with the hope of breaking the 200 MPH barrier once it’s finished.

Powered by a 5.8 liter V8, the Bulldog was thought to be capable of 237 MPH during development, and CMC plans on finding out exactly how fast once the 18-month restoration is finished.


Mercedes-AMG’s GT is getting a big upgrade in power and a new Stealth Edition trim package for the 2021 model year.

A 54 horsepower jump to a total of 523 is standard across the range, along with a longer list of standard equipment like AMG Ride Control with dynamic dampers, an electronically-controlled limit-slip differential, and composite brakes with red AMG calipers.

The Stealth Edition removes anything that might be slightly reflective and paints it black, making for a menacing look that suits the GT’s classic long hood-short deck styling perfectly.

Staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels come on the coupe and roadster, while the coupe gets a carbon fiber roof with darker black areas.

The interior gets AMG sport seats and the AMG Interior Night Package, quilted leather seating, and black piano lacquer trim. The new GT and Stealth Edition will arrive in early 2021.


The McLaren F1 was already on its way to becoming a legend when a specially-prepared F1 GTR LM won the overall victory in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.

25 years later, five customers have commissioned McLaren’s MSO for a run of Senna GTR LMs with liveries that replicate or were inspired by the original F1s that ran at Le Mans.

Every livery detail on the five cars is painted by hand, with the LM specification bringing new features that make it the top car in the McLaren lineup.

The twin-turbo V8 adds 20 horsepower for a total of 845, thanks in part to a redline moved to almost 9,000 RPM. A new Inconel exhaust system exits below the rear wing, while OZ Racing created new five-spoke wheels for the Senna GTR LM.

Inside is a racing wheel with gold control knobs, buttons, and paddle shifters, along with carbon fiber racing seats and six-point harnesses.


One of the world’s best literbikes is getting even better as BMW brings its M performance package to the 1000 RR.

The inline-four gets a substantial makeover with the latest race-bred tech, with titanium connecting rods from Pankl, forged pistons from Mahle, and redesigned combustion chambers with a revised variable valve timing profile.

All this adds up to a power output of 212 horsepower at 14,500 RPM and a redline of 15,100 RPM — figures that would make the legendary F1 V10 era blink.

Aerodynamics was another area of focus, with the carbon fiber bodywork getting a taller windscreen and winglets that have become ubiquitous in MotoGP.

The aluminum chassis now has a more track-focused geometry, with M brakes and carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment. Five different traction control settings are available, along with wheelie control and ABS.


At the 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans, an Apple-liveried Porsche 935 K3 raced for the checkered flag but fell notably short.

The colorway, however, became an instant classic and a harbinger of ’80s design. Using the Apple Porsche as inspiration, visual artist and Porsche fan Daniel Arsham spent two years creating his dream car, a 930A Porsche Turbo.

Starting with a 1986 930A donor, nearly every part of the car has Ashram’s signature touch. The livery was hand-painted, while the interior features a retro ’80s color scheme with custom gauges, embroidery, and molded trim pieces including the steering wheel center and door handles.

The engine, transmission, and suspension were rebuilt to stock specs, and custom Fuchs-style wheels were milled from aluminum alloy billets. As visually stunning as Ashram’s art, this is a custom Porsche unlike any other.


Finding a medium-duty truck like this late ’60s Chevrolet C40 is rare, as most of them were strictly workers — not like trucks today. A quad-cab body makes it even rarer, and a complete restomod build makes this C40 a classic bruiser with up-to-date mechanicals.

Finished in black, a six-liter LS V8 sits in the engine bay backed by a 4L80 automatic transmission, Dana 44 front differential, and a G80 locking rear differential.

Power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, and a redone interior that seats six and dual power sunroofs give it a level of comfort that could only be dreamed of when it was new.

Massive 40-inch tires on new wheels back up the offroad-ready looks. The truck is up for sale at Barrett-Jackson’s showroom in Arizona.


No matter the car, making it a shooting brake is never a bad option — especially if it’s British.

From Ferraris to Teslas, Niels van Roij has transformed some of the world’s best cars into shooting brakes in the best of the coachbuilding tradition.

The latest masterpiece from van Roij is based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe. Starting from that excellent foundation, van Roij’s team of craftsmen add new all-metal bodywork, interior panels, and upholstery that melds seamlessly into Rolls-Royce design.

Niels van Roij will only produce seven Silver Spectres, each one customized to the buyer’s specifications.