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25 May

Formula 1 Grand Prix Monaco

Monaco’s streets host the best known Formula 1 Grand Prix and as well as a sporting spectacle it is one of Europe’s premier social highlights of the year, with the best yachts in the world visiting the Principality and celebrities staying in the Monaco hotels such as the Hotel de Paris, the Columbus and the Grand, with many others staying in Nice.

The Monaco Grand Prix (French: Grand Prix de Monaco) held each year on the Circuit de Monaco, is considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (with which it forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport). The history, spectacle and glamour result in the race being considered “the jewel of the Formula One crown”.

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Recent Winners

2009 Jenson Button – Brawn Mercedes
2008 Lewis Hamilton – McLaren Mercedes
2007 Fernando Alonso – McLaren Mercedes
2006 Fernando Alonso – Renault
2005 Kimi Raikkonen – McLaren Mercedes

The final positions were:

  1. Jenson Button (Gbr) Brawn GP 1hr 40mins 44.282secs
  2. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Brawn GP 1:40:51.948
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:40:57.724
  4. Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:40:59.392
  5. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:41:00.012
  6. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:41:17.868
  7. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:41:22.121
  8. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41:47.424

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24 Dec

The world’s carmakers design Santa Claus’ sleigh

Bentley-designed Santa’s sleigh 
We reckon Father Christmas is probably a bit of a Bentley guy: he has a large number of miles to cover in speed and in great comfort – and he needs something big and plush to look after all those presents. What better solution than something mixing the design class of a Bentley with the snow-covering ability of a downhill toboggan?

Bentley designers John Paul Gregory imagined a futuristic Santa Azure Sleigh (complete with rifled tailpipes and exposed Bentley Blitzen powerplant), while Yunwoo Jeong turned the Continental GTC cabrio into a sleigh with quad-outrigged headlamps and begoggled Santa. ‘This includes a classic piece of Bentley form and function with Rudolph’s nose providing extra illumination!’

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 bentley designed Santa sleigh

Ford-designed Santa’s sleigh
Blue Oval designers at Dunton in Essex, UK, penned this trio of Ford-inspired sleighs to help fashion Santa’s just-in-time delivery system. It’s a job they’re familiar with, working on successive series of Transit vans in the past – and they’ve put their practical skills to good use on their Ford sleighs.

These sledges are seen through the prism of Ford’s latest ‘kinetic design’ mantra. Just check out the sweptback, Fiesta-style headlamps and the latest Ford grille at ease on Paul Wraith’s red Kuga-style sleigh with pop-out silver snowboards. Simon Collins’ cool white Rudolph model is captured here in our latest spy photos beamed straight from Lapland where it’s terrorising polar bears with its Star Wars-inspired design. And Tony Fox’s Santapod red bullet bears the RS badge denoting that this is the fastest sleigh to be in when airspace gets busy around 24 December.

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 ford designed santa sleigh

 ford sleigh

Nissan-designed Santa’s sleigh
Canadian designer Martin Uhlarik penned Nissan’s sleigh, which dispenses with reindeer altogether and can be used instead in conjunction with a rather faster steed, a Nissan GT-R. It’s quickly apparent that Nissan’s SC01 sledge will have a much greater load capacity than rival designs – and we’d certainly pull over fast if we saw this in our rear-view mirrors.

Uhlarik is project design leader at Nissan’s Paddington design centre in London and was senior exterior designer on the Qashqai+2 and NV200 concept. Before joining Nissan, he worked in the design departments at Skoda and Lotus. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if he was posted to Lapland next.

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 nissan designed santa sleigh

Rolls-Royce-designed Santa’s sleigh
Today CAR has an unusual scoop on our hands – as we publish the Rolls-Royce sleigh. This amazing artwork was produced exclusively for CAR by Rolls designer Andreas Thurner, who perfectly captures the regal magic of a Rolls-Royce driven by a stately Santa. Just check out the Greek temple-style, architectural front end of the sleigh – and the hints of top-end speedboats in the profile. It’s the indulgent Phantom meets upmarket Sledges R Us.

We think you’ll agree that Santa would be extremely comfortable in this Rolls-Royce of sleighs. So how about it Goodwood? The man has a difficult task, and he needs pampering at this busy time of year. We can think of no more comfortable transport for Father Christmas!

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 rolls designed santa sleigh

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 santa sleigh by Rolls-Royce

02 Dec

Ferrari Bike

You can plan for one like this….. Bike with a F-16 fighter Jet Engines… It’s just $ 750,000.

Ferrari Bike

Interesting Ferrari motorcycle concept by Israeli industrial designer Amir Glinik based on the engine of a Ferrari Enzo car.

Using drive-by-wire technology, the V4 superbike features hand controls adapted from an F-16 fighter jet and buttons based on those found on the steering wheel of Ferrari’s Formula 1 race cars. Other controls for the sound system and trip computer are located on an all weather touch screen.

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