Autos

Richard Hammond of ‘Top Gear’ Is Auctioning Off Eight of His Cherished Vehicles

Top Gear‘s former host Richard Hammond is selling some of his prized vehicles in a private auction hosted by Silverstone. Putting up eight of his cherished collectibles, in order to fund his new vehicle restoration business venture “The Smallest Cog,” Hammond’s vehicles include a much-loved family heirloom 1959 Bentley S2, a stunning 1969 Porsche 911, a 1927 Sunbeam Model 2 motorcycle, a 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 (5 of 48), a 1932 Velocette KSS Mk1, a 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1, and a Norton and Kawasaki motorcycle that he bought for his 40th and 50th birthday. “The irony of me supporting my new classic car restoration business by selling some of my own classic car collection is not wasted on me” stated Hammond. He went on to add “It is with a v...

Tesla’s Quarterly Profit Surpasses $1 Billion USD

Tesla’s stock is seeing green after a positive quarterly financial profit report. Against all odds, the electric car manufacturer was able to earn $1.1 billion USD for the first time, even amidst a semiconductor supply shortage. This amazing number that was recorded from the April to June period is a staggering ten times the number recorded for last year’s reported earnings. This same quarter also reported 206,000 vehicles delivered which is another record for the company, but due to uncertainty from suppliers, there’s no telling if Telsa will hit its mark of 800,000 vehicles for 2021. Tesla’s stock is bouncing back to its share price witnessed back in mid-march of $655 USD a share but is still far from the $880 USD price experienced in January. In other automotive news, ...

Bentley Mulliner’s 22-Inch Carbon Fiber Wheel for the Bentayga Took Five Years to Develop

Bentley‘s Mulliner division has just unveiled an RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) carbon fiber wheel for the Bentayga. After years of development with the help of Bucci Composites, this 22-inch wheel was born — now the largest carbon wheel in production in the world. Meeting all TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverei – Technical Inspection Association) standards, this wheel not only shaves off over 13 pounds per wheel but during impact tests, it was able to withstand hits that would normally crack or shatter an aluminum wheel. Another added benefit is improved agility and stability on the road due to the decrease in unsprung mass, and high stiffness afforded by the properties of carbon fiber. Made specifically for the Bentayga, these will be made available in late 2021. In other...

Steve McQueen’s 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360 Expected To Fetch $100,000 USD at Auction

RM Sotheby’s is now offering up for auction a motocross bike owned by the legendary Steve McQueen himself. Coming in the form of a vintage 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360, the motorcycle was first piloted by Swedish two-time FIA motocross champion  Bengt Åberg. Witnessing racer’s prowess during a race in Santa Cruz, McQueen was so impressed that his production company Solar Productions of Los Angeles immediately made an offer for the bike. Åberg went on to finish the remainder of his season on another motorcycle before taking two world titles with another Husqvarna in 1969 and 1970, while McQueen took ownership of the 1968 model on February 18, 1969. While kept in great condition, McQueen’s Viking 360 nonetheless underwent a restoration that took 14 months to carry out, making ...

This 1-of-10 Ferrari F60 America Could Fetch $4.5M USD at Auction

In 1954, Ferrari was welcomed to the American automotive market, and back in 2014 while celebrating its 60th anniversary of U.S. supercar sales, the Italian marque made something very special — the Ferrari F60 America. Now, this 1-of-10 example has landed at RM Sotheby’s latest auction, causing quite a stir given its incredible predicted sale price. The F60 is based on the F12 Berlinetta, but its roots run much deeper than just a one-off rebody. In 1954, the Italian racing driver Luigi Chinetti (known for his success at Le Mans) was asked to represent Ferrari in the States, and as Ferrari U.S.A. grew, he found time to develop a racing team. The North American Racing Team, or NART as it’s commonly known, combined Ferrari and the U.S.A. together in racing, and following the...

Audi’s 2022 Dakar Rally RSQ E-Tron off-Roader Might Be Its Most Monstrous EV Racer

Audi is looking to do more than just turn heads at one of the most extreme race car competitions in the world at this year’s 2022 Dakar Rally. The German carmaker is set to enter the rally with its newly developed hardcore monster EV machine, the RSQ E-Tron. Audi’s RSQ E-Tron is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and runs on a 50-kWh battery. The behemoth has two electric motors, yet it also employs the same gas engine that is used in the Audi RS5 Turbo DTM. The electric components are borrowed from Audi’s E-Tron FE07 Formula E-Car, which the carmaker only developed this season. As a hybrid, the engine works as a generator that charges the battery while the car is in motion, as it spins a third electric motor. The motor reaches the highest efficiency betwe...

McLaren’s 765LT Spider Premieres As the Manufacturer’s Most Powerful Convertible Supercar

Following last year’s release of the hardcore 765LT supercar, McLaren on Tuesday unveiled a drop-top edition of the Spider, mimicking the formula of its lightning-fast coupe counterpart with a 755-horsepower drivetrain. Powering the vehicle is the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V-8 fitted inside the 720S; however, the 765LT engine expels 755 horsepower, a 45 point increase to the 720S edition. Additionally, torque peaks at 590 lb-ft and the car’s seven-speed dial-clutch transmission offers a 15 percent faster acceleration. With its speed-inducing modifications, the 765LT Spider can reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, while also clocking in a quarter-mile time of 10 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Those figures are fractionally lower than the coupe̵...

Only Nine “Heritage Edition” BMW 8-Series Will be Sold in Australia

BMW has just announced that it will be releasing a very limited number of 8-Series Heritage Editions in Australia. In celebration of the legendary E31 that was released three decades ago, this new limited production will see just nine examples spread across three body styles — the G16 Gran Coupe, G15 Coupe, and G14 Convertible. Clad in three choices of paint — Frozen Marina Bay Blue, Frozen Black, and Frozen Dark Silver — each Heritage Edition BMW 840i will see a trim that contains standard M Sport specs like an M Sport rear differential, M Sport brakes, M-tuned suspension, and a custom interior. Interior enhancements arrive in the form of Walknappa leather door trimming, a Piano Black dashboard, an M Alcantara headliner, and a gear lever, iDrive knob, engine start button...

Rick Ross Shows Off Massive Car Collection, Despite Not Having a Driver’s License

Rick Ross has recently unveiled his 100-plus collection of different luxury car models, however, the catch for the rapper is that he does not have a license to drive any of his autos. The hip-hop artist took to Instagram Stories and asked himself, “Who own a hundred cars and don’t have a driver’s license?” In the video, Ross is seen shaking his head seemingly in disapproval of himself before sharing, “More importantly, I’m filling out every day for my driver’s license and they ask me, ‘Are you an organ donor? I said, ‘Damn, if something was to happen to me and saw how good my heart was.’ Don’t let me die just to take my good heart.” For the longest time, Ross was a known luxury car collector. Earlier this summer, the rap mogul took to social media to fle...

Tesla Delays Semi Truck Release to 2022

Tesla has officially announced that it is once again pushing back the arrival of its Tesla Semi truck to 2022. The new date is now three years after its initial launch target of 2019. Last year, Tesla had already announced that it would have to delay the release to 2021 but was not clear on the reason. Many assumed that it was because of the pandemic. TechCrunch recently reported that Elon Musk‘s company told shareholders that the Semi truck is now delayed due to an issue with battery availability in global supply chain challenges. The statement reads, “We believe we remain on track to build our first Model Y vehicles in Berlin and Austin in 2021. The pace of the respective production ramps will be influenced by the successful introduction of many new product and manufacturing ...

DRIVERS: Wilson Tang and His 1996 Porsche 911 Targa 993

DRIVERS is a series highlighting influential individuals in the HYPEBEAST sphere and their passion towards all things automotive. The approach is simple: what is car culture to you, and why do you have a passion for it? Each contributor is given a chance to shine light on their personal vehicle or vehicles, and asked to remark on how they are driving culture forward, both metaphorically and literally. For our latest edition of DRIVERS, we’re crossing into a new cultural divide, sinking our teeth into the world of food. If there was ever a time-honored restauranteur to feature with a car that equally speaks volumes, it’s NYC’s very own Wilson Tang and his Porsche 911. Wilson is the owner and purveyor of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown’s oldest restaurant that’s s...

An Early Look at the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

During an exclusive preview in California, HYPEBEAST was able to get its hands on an early Euro market Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, which was only just announced back in the beginning of July. To call it Porsche’s fastest SUV is an understatement, as the Turbo GT is another level of performance never before seen for the Cayenne platform. For Porsches, the “GT” naming is not to be taken lightly. Previously, the abbreviation was given to its highest performing 911s, in the form of the GT3, GT2, and their respective RS variations. Afterwards, the GT name was also bestowed upon the Cayman model in the form of the GT4, and eventually also became a trim option for multiple cars as a GTS. While customers may argue this is diluting the name a bit, for drivers and owners, the GT name...