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First Look: The New Aston Martin Vantage

Vantage. An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models, the Vantage nameplate has been worn by some true icons. First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Towns-designed V8 Vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans and the much-loved V8 Vantage. Today this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage.

A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.

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The History Of Ferrari.

Possibly the most known car brand, arguably one of the best known brands in the world, Ferrari has entered into legend. Its racing heritage, the beautiful cars it produces and the famous high pitch exhaust note ignite a passion in every petrol heads heart. Everyone is a Ferrari fan, whether openly or covertly, all petrol heads have a love for the Scuderia shield. Its founder, Enzo Ferrari, is possibly the most infamous figure in automotive industry, with his routine rampant outbursts; it’s reported that on one occasion he fired all his managerial staff. This, however, was contrasted by his immense generosity, with it often being reported that he gave his most fond friends one of his cars. 

Ferrari was founded in 1939 by Enzo, however, they made their first Ferrari-badged car in 1947. This is usually considered the birth of Ferrari. Enzo initially worked for Alfa Romeo, where he founded Sucderia Ferrari after winning a series of races for Alfa Romeo. Alfa’s support for Enzo’s racing brand, Scuderia, was cut in the mid 1930′s due to financial constraints on the company. After fully leaving Alfa Romeo, Enzo set out to build his racing team up again. Initially reluctant to build road cars, he needed to in order to fund his Scuderia team and their cars. The first Ferrari to be built was the 125s in 1947. The car had a V12, an engine that would later become Ferrari’s signature. 

Throughout the early decades of Ferrari’s existence, its cars featured heavily in both road and track races, funded by both private and the official Scuderia Ferrari team. Throughout the 1950′s and 60′s, the company arguably built their finest cars. These two decades produced the 250 GTO (the most expensive car in the world) the 250 Testorossa, the 275 GTB, the 250GT SWB, the 250 California, the 275 GTS and many many more. The sheer beauty of the cars produced in this period is unmatched; no manufacturer has come close to create a car more beautiful than a 250 platform Ferrari. My personal favourite is the 250 TR race car. Towards the end of the sixties onward, Ferrari gave us the 246 Dino. A car special to Enzo himself as it was named after his much loved but deceased son. The Dino has only recently started to rise in value, it was previously considered not to be a true Ferrari. The Dino was also special as it was the first mid-engined Ferrari to be produced, leading the way for the present day models. Throughout the 70′s, the wedge shape took hold of Ferrari’s lead designs, giving us such cars as the Daytona and the 308. The V8 was used more freely in the mid 70′s onward. The 1980′s was a time of legendary cars for the brand; the 288 GTO, the Testarossa and the incredible F40. Of those, the F40 is arguably the most special. Introduced in 1988, it’s the last car to ever be introduced while Enzo was alive, with him dying later that year. The F40 was a light, twin turbo V8 race car effectively. It was the direct rival to the technologically brilliant Porsche 959, the two cars were a complete contrast of each other. The F40 is so widely loved as it’s seen as Ferrari going back to its routes, striping the luxury for pure driving experience. 

The 90′s was a dodgy time for the brand, with some questionable models being produced. All but the F50 faded, the F40′s replacement. It featured an F1 V12, a magnificent engine, so raw and sounded so beautiful. That alone is enough to warrant the $1million plus price tag. After came the equally amazing Ferrari Enzo in 2002 , so special to the brand, they named it after their founder. What followed was a series of wonderful cars, like 458, filling the gap almost for Ferrari’s latest godsend, the Ferrari La Ferrari. The company’s first car to be produced Hybrid assistance. Producing around 800hp, the La Ferrari is Ferrari’s modern day golden child. Any slight argument that modern Ferrari’s were “soft” was blown out of the water with this car. 

The company started off raw and strong, its cars were designed to be raced. Arguably, they got a little too soft in the 70′s and early 80′s, but the F40 helped bring them back on form. The 90′s was another dark period for the company, however their flame was ignited once more in the 2000′s, allowing their supercar status to grow back to its original standing. As long as we don’t get anymore cheaply made cars, Ferrari shall definitely continue growing.