the Lamborghini LM002

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The Lamborghini been the first real SUV ever build. From 1986 to 1993 Lamborghini build 301 of these great cars, years before the word SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle ) was invented.

In the beginning the LM002 was powered by the 12 cylinder engine with 5167cc that was designed to power the Contact 5000QV and a manual 5-speed gearshift. Later you could order the Lamborghini LM002 with a V12 engine with 7200cc and around 600HP, an engine that was usually used in class 1 offshore racing boats. Now the six dual-throat Weber carburettors where changed to Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection . In this case the car was called LM004. This version was only available in the USA.
Even though it’s weight of 2700kg the car’s acceleration was breathtaking for it’s time, 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds. It was fitted with a 290 liter fuel tank as consumption of the V12 was somewhere between 25 and 48 litres for 100 kilometres.
The 325mm tires where specially designed and produced for the LM002 by Pirelli. Quite a challenge at that time, as the enormous weight of the car with it’s top speed of 210km/h. They came in two versions. Either sand or mixed use. No other tires where available.
Interior all leather with matching wool carpets and an Alpine Power stereo system mounted in a roof console, power windows and air condition. Pretty much everything that was available in the late eighties.
The first car was delivered to H.R.H King Hassan of Morocco. Sylvester Stallone owned one, also Tina Turner, Van Halen, Malcom Forbes, Mike Tysson and Pablo Escobar, to name only a view.
Today, the LM002 is a very rare sight and lots of those cars are lost or hidden away in private collections. If you want to buy one they start at somewhere around 150.000€, not really a bargain, but at least you won’t be unnoticed when you drop off your kids at school.
The LM002 is one of our favourite cars, very crazy, lots of power and probably very complicated to repair…..we still love the LM002!
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Superfluous Item of the week : personalized floor mats

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Personalized floor mats

We found this for our fans of absolutely superfluous things. The personalized floor mat for your car. It is absolutely  worth taking a look. The examples are very ugly, lacking any style whatsoever ant to us the superfluous item of the week.
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the Cliff House Project

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We love this idea! Imagined by the agency MODSCAPE  this house is just breathtaking. A metallic structure with windows all around hanging off the cliff viewing over the Australian ocean in the state of Victoria. Imagine yourself in a hot bathtub with view over the ocean or watching a romantic moonrise or maybe a thunderstorm approaching! It must be amazing.

Very interesting about this concept its MODSCAPE’s idea of building with modular structures, that gives you the possibility of prefabrication and finishing the structure on location. This whole structure is hanging of engineered steel pins that are anchored in the rock of the cliff……we really would love to spend a night in this unique place ! The only thing we wonder about though, is erosion….. but then, if the house starts to fall off the cliff, you only have to open the window and jump and swim to the next beach before the sharks will get you.

 

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Pelican Elite Luggage Collection

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Pelican Elite Luggage

We have been using Pelican cases for years now. Always the same 2 cases, all over the world. Never a problem. They fell off a motorcycle at 60 km/h, we sat on them, used them as a table, they got checked in on a number of flights and the kept my cameras sand free in a sandstorm in Libya. They are just perfect and indestructible.
Now Pelican comes out with a more classy edition. The Elite Luggage Collection! WE think they look great (much better than the equipment cases !! ) and they seem to be pretty solid. So no worries that you get a ruined and broken suitcase when pick up your luggage at some wild airport . They are fitted with solid wheels so you can roll them pretty much anywhere, they are watertight ( for 1 hour at the depth of one meter ) and they have a perfect interior design to keep your stuff organized. They lock up and the won’t sink when you throw them in the ocean ( if it’s not loaded with gold).
We think this new luggage collection is pretty cool and with it’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence it’s just the piece of luggage you want when you are a frequent traveler.

the world’s fastest limousine, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed

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The new Bentley Mulsanne Speed has a little more power than before. They managed to find some extra horsepower in the massive 6.75 litter V8 Biturbo engine. It now has 537 bhp and 1100 newtonmeter at 1750revs and a new top speed of 305km/h. This is pretty fast !
It will probably be it bit more thirsty now, but when you spend some 300.000€ to 350.000€ (depending on details and extras) on a car you probably won’t be short of cash for petrol. They talk about something like 14l/100km but we find this hard to believe…..but who cares!
This new Bentley is stunning, beautiful, breathtaking, full of luxury and crazy fast. At Superflu we think this absolutely superfluous, but very very desirable! We love it and if we had the cash we ‘d buy the Bentley in white with champagne leather.

the Marcos GT, an underestimated classic

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Except if you lived on another planet for 20 years, you are aware that classic cars are fashion and the demand is pretty high these days.

This mechanism, well known to traders and art collector, had a crazy impact on prices. Some shitty cars, for example a not-well-repainted Citroën Ami 6, were sold 33700€ last year in Monaco (expected not more than 6000€ by experts).

The problem is complicated for the real car enthusiast, and the same question appears for each of them: which classic car affordable can I buy???

So today, let’s talk about a forgotten and unrecognized classic car, less than 30000 € and with many qualities, a real GT: the MARCOS GT.

The Marcos GT was produced by Marcos Industry, a company co-founded by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin (designer of the famous Jaguar Lister Costin).

As many stories, this one starts in a Pub in England 1959. At this time, many races were club races and they decided to build an ultralight car to win this kind of races.

The prototype is made with a wood chassis (such as Morgan, crazy roast-beef) and Bill Moss won 9 of 10 races with the prototype. At this time, a young race driver called Jackie Stewart is impressed by the car and order one in 1960.

Starts a long story with financial problems for Marcos Industry, the company cannot find enough found and sells are too low to earn money.  But in 1964, Marcos comes back with a new car, still with wooden parts with the Marcos 1800, powered by a Volvo B18 engine 1783cc, 118 HP with 2 Weber carburetors and 772 kg!images-3

According to the press and race driver who tried it, this car is very good on track and also on open roads. A GT-Race car, with a aggressive driving position, very good handling, precise direction and fast, with enough power for the weight.

To reduce cost of the car, the engine change in 1967 for the Ford Kent 1599 cc (100 HP or 120 HP prepared by Lawrence Tune). Then in 1969, the V6 Ford 3 liters replace the 4 cylinders, and for US approval (reduction of engine pollution in the US in the 70’s), the V6 Ford is replaced by a V6 Volvo 3 liter 140 HP one year later. To reassure customers, the wood structure where replaced by steel on the V6 versions, increasing weight to 1065kg.

Nowadays, you can find a Marcos GT for less than 30 000 €, so less than the Ami 6 from Monte Carlo but it could be hard to find it in good conditions. Most of the cars are right hand drive, so you need to consider a conversion in addition of buying.  There is still some very good GT available ready to use.

images-5For the design, the shape is interesting, very close to 60’s Italian design (CF Bizzarrini) but with an English touch. It’s not discrete for sure and everybody has an opinion on the car, some like the look and some don’t.

The fact is that you can have a very good and reliable classic GT, that allows you to run on a racetrack on Saturday, enjoy little roads with Madame the Sunday and even go to work during the week if you have a parking with style.

With every engine, the car is interesting, but seems better in a lightweight configuration with the 1800 or 1600. Unfortunately, the car price will probably not increase in the future, due to lack of recognition, but maybe a crazy new rich guy from a small principality would buy it for 100 000€.

 

this article has been submitted by G.O.

The Alfa 4C

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The New Alfa 4C

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 4.44.11First of all WE LOVE THIS CAR!!! Yes, we really do !
It ain’t perfect, but that’s normal, it’s Italian. If you want something perfect you buy german. But we often feel like perfect things are a little boring. And this Alfa 4C is everything else but boring! It’s noisy, it’s nervous, it has it’s little issues, it’s a beauty! Maybe it’s what some people call character…. well…. it’s Italian and it’s wild.
It’s small and not easy to get in. It’s not as bad as a Lotus Elise, but once you are seated it is not easy to get out. But we don’t want to get out anyway. Once seated on the carbon/ leather seats it feels really comfortable and right on the street. A little bit like in a go cart! And the 4 cylinder turbo charged engine right behind you….241HP for 895kg and a top speed of 258 km/h…..once you started this engine it rattles, it whistles, it screams and the only thing you want to do is close the door and give it a little spanking. And that’s what we did.
Honestly, the Alfa 4C is not a highway cruiser and it doesn’t like bad tarmac but what it is made for a little mountain and countryside roads. It just sticks to the road like it was glued to it. The engine has all the power you want, always ready to put it on the road for more acceleration and speed ( 0-100k,/h in 4.5 seconds ! ). It’s been a while an Alfa did feel like this!!!
The interior is a mixture of leather, carbon and plastic. It looks OK, but nothing more . We still like it.
What we like best about this car is it’s price! They start selling the 4C at 54.400€ and that really is not too much money for this much fun and beauty and a piece of Italian lifestyle!!!

 

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