These Eagle GT Jaguar E-Type Restomods Take 8,000 Hours to Build

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 01:01

If you missed out on Jaguar’s limited-edition run of six E-type Lightweight continuation cars at $1.6 million a pop, you might be interested in this. Eagle, a U.K. company best known for its exemplary Jaguar E-type restomods, has announced it will start taking orders for its new Eagle Lightweight GT, a car Eagle says “ … is the ultimate road-going evolution of the world’s rarest and most beautiful race cars, Jaguar’s Lightweight E-type … thoughtfully and comprehensively re-engineered.” Eagle doesn’t mention a cost, but we’re sure its less than the $7.37 million an original E-type Lightweight sold for in 2017.

The 8,000-hour process to build an Eagle Lightweight GT starts with stripping down an original Series 1 Jaguar E-type and replacing its original steel bodywork with aluminum in a more durable grade than the original Lightweight E-types. This alone takes nearly 2,500 hours, Eagle says. Other changes are made for improved drivability, including deeper side sills which increase torsional rigidity, larger wheel wells to house wider 16-inch wheels, and a 4.7-liter straight-six engine that Eagle touts is an “evolution” of the original “XK” mill and produces 380 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. A new alloy block, big valves, and special crankshaft, pistons, and connecting rods make the power gain possible.

Other details include making various castings out of lighter magnesium, including the gearbox and differential cases, the rear-hub carriers, and the oil sump. The gearbox is a five-speed full-synchro unit, and the suspension includes bespoke spring rates, Ohlins adjustable dampers, and various lightweight parts. The brakes use modern four-piston calipers.

Eagle says that unlike the original Jaguar Lightweight E-types, the Eagle Lightweight GT is designed first and foremost as a car to use on the road, making it far more livable than the race-spec, Jaguar-built cars, while still likely being a quicker car. To that end, the interior is trimmed luxuriously in leather, and Eagle says its customizing of the rear bulkhead and floor pans provides more head room and leg room for taller drivers. Again, Eagle doesn’t specify a price, but rest assured the 8,000-hours of specialist restoration work doesn’t come cheaply. Add to that the cost of a solid Series 1 E-type to begin with, which would run well into the five-digit range alone, even as just a shell.

Meanwhile, Jaguar Classic just announced it will now offer brand new 3.8-liter XK engine blocks as fitted originally to the E-type. The XK engine blocks are made from cast iron, as they were in-period, and customers who wish to purchase one for an existing E-type can have their XK engine block serialized correctly if they provide ownership documentation on the car it is going in. The XK engine blocks will cost approximately $17,914 each, and will receive a one-year warranty from Jaguar.

Original Jaguar E-type Lightweights were intended primarily for use as race cars in the mid-1960s and were stripped down, alloy-bodied cars with little regard for comfort or provisions for regular road use. Jaguar planned to build 18 of the cars, but as the E-type became less competitive in international sports car racing, the manufacturer only built 12 examples. Several years ago, Jaguar Classic decided to build six continuation E-type Lightweights in the same vein as the original cars in an attempt to finish the series. The cars sold out quickly at a reported cost of $1.6 million, and are today fully eligible for many vintage racing events.

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Do It for Dale (Jr.) and Bid on His Old NASCAR Chevy SS Race Car

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 23:01

Dale Earnhardt Jr. may no longer spend his weekends competing in NASCAR, but the North Carolina native’s mark on the sport remains as deep as ever. So why not let the world know you’re a Dale Jr. fan by bidding on one of his old racing machines?

This NASCAR Chevy was driven by the son of the Intimidator himself on five occasions between 2012 and 2014, according to documents provided to RM Sotheby’s. Set up specifically for road course duty, this bow-tie-badged race car took Jr. to a third-place finish at Sonoma in 2014. Its four other outings, however, were less successful, with the car reportedly placing 28th at its inaugural race at Watkins Glen in 2012, 12th at Sonoma in 2013, and 30th and 11th at Watkins Glen in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

While the car originally wore Chevy Impala bodywork, it later adopted the SS-like looks it sports today. A thorough rebuild after its retirement brought this old stock car back to its prime. It also saw a replacement Chevrolet R07 V-8, certified by Hendrick Racing, make its way into the race car’s engine bay. A passenger seat was installed at the request of the car’s owner, too, although based on the images provided, it appears the second seat has since been removed. 

Jr.’s old road-racing Chevy saw continuous use even after leaving NASCAR, with the current owner regularly taking it out for rides around local road courses—with a passenger in tow, no less! In short, this Chevy is no piece of garage art, but an actual ready-to-roll racing machine.

How much this sliver of NASCAR history to actually goes for remains a mystery. What is known, though, is that RM Sotheby’s will auction the car off with no reserve at its Elkhart Collection auction in late October. 

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2021 Bentley Bentayga: These Are the 8 Biggest Interior Improvements

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 20:01

Bentley created the ultra-luxury SUV segment when it debuted the Bentayga five years ago, paving the way for rivals like Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce. While we admire the stately SUV for its strong performance on and off the road, we’re somewhat disappointed with its lean list of standard features, especially given its six-figure price tag. Now, Bentley is updating the Bentayga with a more modern cabin. These are the eight biggest improvements Bentley has made to the interior.

Larger Touchscreen

One thing that revealed the Bentayga’s old age is its 8-inch touchscreen. Considering rivals like Mercedes and Cadillac are offering much larger units, it was time for Bentley to upgrade. Now, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga gets a respectably sized 10.9-inch touchscreen with new Android Auto capability. Wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard, and so are USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger.


Fully Digital Instrument Cluster

Just like the new Continental GT and Flying Spur, the Bentayga receives a digital instrument cluster. It features special animations and is reconfigurable to the driver’s needs.

Advanced Navigation

An improved navigation system features three-dimensional building displays as well as satellite maps. The head-up display now projects traffic information, street names, and distances onto the windshield.

Plush Seats

Bentley redesigned its seats with more sculpting around the shoulder area. A new seat frame on the five-passenger model allowed Bentley to double the travel of the rear-seat recline angle. On this variant, you can get ventilation in the rear seats, a feature that was previously reserved for the four-seater. If you want to get really fancy, you can now select micro-piping on the seats, or a plush new Mulliner Driving Specification quilting design.

New Materials

Continuing the updates, Bentley revised the cabin with bold new materials on the doors and dashboard. A new dark tint diamond brushed aluminum trim is available, along with two new wood veneer choices.

More Accommodating Rear Seat

We’ll have to test it out for ourselves, but Bentley says the Bentayga offers more room for rear passengers to stretch out. Back here, there’s also a larger touchscreen to adjust settings such as media, mood lighting, window blinds, and heating and massage for the seats.

Better Audio

We’re not impressed with the current Bentayga’s standard 10-speaker audio system, which sounds like you’re listening to it from the next room. Fortunately, the Bentayga is ditching this setup, making the 12-speaker Signature Audio system standard. A 20-speaker Naim sound system is optional.

Added Connectivity

New Bentaygas have an embedded SIM, so you don’t need your phone to set up a data connection. Bentley says it has improved its remote services through the MyBentley app, including features like “find my car” and “lock my car.” Depending on the market, customers will have access to real-time traffic information and over-the-air map updates as well as green light traffic light prediction, online music, and local hazard info.

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Stock market summary: 3 July

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 17:41
Urban Exposure gains traction while St Modwen sees 6.26% drop off.
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This Midsize Truck Camper Is Surprisingly Spacious

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 17:01

Sure, there are plenty of relatively affordable camper vans out there. But if you’re looking to take your midsize pickup truck on an extended adventure, Scout is offering a cool solution that sleeps up to four people. Not bad for something that weighs under 1,000 pounds.

The new Scout Yoho is a lightweight camper with a reconfigurable interior. The floor is just under 70 inches long, providing just enough room for the essentials. In the day, it’s a seating and dining area, and at night, you can convert the space into two separate beds. Since midsize trucks don’t always have the best payload capacities, it’s important that the camper is light. The Yoho comes in with a dry weight of 913 pounds, making it considerably lighter than the company’s bigger Olympic camper at 1,133 pounds.

Utilizing an aluminum exo-skeleton framing, the Scout Yoho is designed to be durable and fit for any season. There’s no wood, so nothing to rot. The camper gets a gel coat fiberglass exterior and roof.

Other standard features include a stainless sink, solar panel, portable Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium Power Station with dual 110V outlets and USB outlet port, LED ceiling lights, moonroof, decorative interior composite panel, and a 21-inch entry door. There’s also a 10-pound propane tank. If you want to get a little fancy, you can opt for goodies like a fridge and freezer with WiFi, a portable toilet, an awning, a gas cooktop, and a tiny gas fireplace.

So how much does it all cost? The Scout Yoho starts at $19,240, which isn’t that much less than the company’s Olympic camper for big trucks. The Yoho fits a wide range of midsize trucks including but not limited to the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier.

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Intu boss Matthew Roberts steps down

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 16:32
Intu’s chief executive Matthew Roberts has stepped down a week after the company collapsed into administration.
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NAEA Propertymark chief executive to retire

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 15:08
NAEA Propertymark chief executive Mark Hayward will retire at the end of this year after seven years in the role.
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Dolphin Living gets go ahead for New Era scheme

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 15:00
Dolphin Living has been granted planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment of the New Era estate in Hackney.
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More than half of downsizers struggle to find right property, survey reveals

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 14:11
The government must shift its focus from first time buyers to tackle a “chronic shortage” of downsizer homes, according to Audley Group, after research by the retirement living operator found more than half of downsizers found it difficult to find the right property.
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5 American cars that are better than fireworks

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 14:00
Organized fireworks during this year's July 4th festivities will be as hard to find as a manual transmission. But the domestic auto industry has plenty of fireworks of its own. America suffers no shortage of pomp and whomp, and American muscle has reached steroidal strength with these chest-thumpers. While the lunatics at Dodge keep squeezing out...
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Poundstretcher creditors approve CVA

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 13:17
Creditors of Poundstretcher have approved the CVA put forward by the discount retailer earlier this month.
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Fiera Real Estate appoints new sustainability lead

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:58
Fiera Real Estate (FRE) has appointed Jessica Pilz as its new sustainability lead in the UK.
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Property Week named Business Magazine Brand of the Year at the PPA Awards

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:39
Property Week has been named Business Magazine Brand of the Year at the prestigious PPA Awards.
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New drive-in cinema to open in the Midlands

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:37
Drive-in cinema operator Nightflix is poised to open a new site today at Newark Showground in the Midlands. The company’s inaugural site in Colchester, Essex, commenced screenings on 19 June and topped the UK and Ireland cinema ticket sales chart last month.
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Altus Group bolsters rating team with new hire

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:17
Real estate adviser Altus Group has appointed James FitzGibbon to bolster its rating team.
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The Office Group opens first flex office in Notting Hill

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:15
The Office Group (TOG) has opened its first office in Notting Hill, west London – its 40th building now operational in the UK.
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Grosvenor lodges plans for sustainable garden village in West Oxfordshire

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:57
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has submitted plans for Oxfordshire Garden Village - a 2,200-home residential scheme in West Oxfordshire.
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Lamborghini Legend Valentino Balboni Reflects on EVs and the Future of Cars

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:00

Valentino Balboni was Lamborghini’s chief test driver for 33 years, testing everything from the Lamborghini Countach to the Gallardo. For fans of the brand, his name is synonymous with driving 12-cylinder cars nearly 200 mph on public roads (legally). Lamborghini even built a special Balboni edition Gallardo after he retired from the company. When we caught up with him, though, he was test driving and consulting on a very different kind of performance car: an electric vehicle called the Drako GTE.

MotorTrend: I think this will surprise a lot of people because you are so well known for your time with Lamborghini, and this is very, very different than what Lamborghini does. The question people will ask is: Why are you interested in EVs?

Valentino Balboni: Good question. I am here because I like to experience every day. I want a little something. I’m still keen to learn something. I never said, “OK, now I don’t care [about] anything.” I read. I am updated. I drive. I enjoy. Everything which is car is part of my life. I have to update myself to that. I have to follow the line. Of course, I understand that it is strange for me being a Lamborghini nut and being a lifelong Lamborghini [employee]. Being here today, it may sound strange. It may, but it’s part of my nature. It’s part of my character. Learn, and be updated with my world, which was this way and now is that way. Just be there.

I said, “Why not? I am still in love with cars and still in love with my job. I still work on the cars,” so I still keep on with my passion and my love. Why not experience new things? Why not? I am respectful of this future, and I left [Lamborghini] on the best [terms].

It’s a very positive experience. Meeting people. Learning, because this is, for me, it’s new. When I listen to the technician explaining, it makes kind of sense. It’s connected with the car. Electric or not, but it’s a car that we are talking. I find this good. It’s a new world; we have to understand that there’s a new world. Lamborghini today is developing a limited number of cars which will be I think 10- or 12-car [run] with a 12-cylinder engine but with additional electric motors. It brings the power to 780 to 800 hp. This is the direction. We have to learn.

There are still points where they have to be improved. Weight, batteries. This is weakness. It’s a point where there’s a lot to do, but let’s say, even a car of 100 years ago was not a car compared to the modern car. It’s this kind of progress, we have to pay for it and take it.

Pleasure of driving an electric car: it’s a pleasure. Driving another car with a carburetor or with fuel injection, same power, less power, is a car. Is a beautiful feeling. Different feeling, different situation, but it’s always a pleasure. I don’t know if I’m explaining myself in the right way, but a car is a car. This is electric and I am an old-fashioned guy, but I respect and agree with the future. I respect that.

MT: This feels like the future to you?

VB:  This has to be the future. See, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, they are always keeping as long as possible the petrol engine, whatever, but on the side, they’re developing [electrics]. They are now increasing the other one. Lamborghini with the Sian: 800 horsepower, 700 from the petrol engine, and 100 horsepower more with an electric additional engine. With EVs, we are completely opposite. We have no compromise. It’s a way of seeing, going with a certain progression or going from zero to boom, EV.

MT: Do you think it will be difficult for companies like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini to make this change when they have so much history and so much passion for the petrol engine?

VB: You’re right. This is another good question. Well, it will be difficult. Probably it will be more difficult to change the mentality of the users, but I am sure the new generation, fortunately, they’re not so aware of the past. They will take it easier. The transition is more difficult for us. Even if you are very young, you experienced what it was, and you are experiencing what it will be. It’s always a matter of finding the right balance, the right way of approaching this kind of modern situation.

MT: Do you think that young people in the future will be able to have the same passion, the same sort of emotions for their cars that we had in the past for our petrol cars?

VB: This is even more difficult to answer. I think the passion in the culture of the cars will always stay. I think over the years, but many years to come, it will probably balance, but at the beginning it’s difficult. Too much contrast, too much culture. You know, time always helps recovery from previous injuries.

It’s a good question. I really don’t know. I mean, from my point of view, I will always say, “Geez, I experienced the best time of my life.” I’m very lucky, but I’m sure people will have fun also driving this kind of car, they’ll show a different way of approaching or viewing this situation. It’s a good question.

MT: Do you think it’s the same for racing?

VB: Racing? For example, Formula One from ’50s, ’60s. Wheels like this [skinny]. 200 miles per hour. Compared to a Formula One of yesterday, I don’t want to say today. Say yesterday. The entire wings, computer, electronics, we still love it. We still love Formula One. We still love what it was 50, 60 years ago because you, me are passionate. We are confident, let’s say. New generation, when they see eventually a movie or a video of Formula One car with the guy with the goggles flying with driving, do they accept it or not? Do they think it is a Formula One?

We are the most lucky of this time of life because we know what we had, and we respect what is coming. I think like this. Lucky to have experienced this best of my life. I never thought one day to be here talking or judging or giving impression of EVs. I thought a lot before taking this kind of engagement today, “Geez, am I doing the right way? Am I saying the right things,” because I am so much respectful of what I did on my life and consideration I have, but this is the future. This is the future. If you see the scenes from a right way and a correct way, this is the future. Lamborghini is doing the same thing. Ferrari is doing the same thing. Here, we have an extreme. We have a total car, but history is history.

MT: Can you get the same feelings from EVs as gas-powered cars?

VB: You have to fit to every car, to every different car, its specific purpose. Our attitude is today, driving as a professional, has to match with the car. Has to get immediately in symbiosis to appreciate it. I never found a car in my life which I say, “Oh, I will never drive this car again.” Each car makes you, gives you different feelings. I like it. I can’t say this is bad or not. As long as you feel the push and the braking, it’s nice. The sound, well … Today, I mean, the concept is the same. Car is the same. What changes is the relation we have to have with the sound, which is there or not there. I think it’s not a big deal. I think it’s not a big deal. You feel the power. You are comfortable. You feel the wind. Ok, you don’t feel an engine, 8000 revs or 12,000 revs, but ok, but you have other positive reactions.

MT: A lot of car enthusiasts complain computers are getting in the way of the driving experience. That it breaks the connection between you and the car. Do you feel that way?

VB: No, no. I am always against this kind of opinion or feeling. Computer apps, today we have ABS. Let’s say, take this as the most easy, ABS, electronic stability program. More than same. We can avoid that. We can avoid those devices, but they are important.

MT: Do you like having so many controls to change the car or would you prefer that the car just be set up one way and no twisting knobs, no playing with buttons?

VB: Well you know, being grown up with none of those things, I still like it, but I understand with this kind of power it may be useful for a normal driver to have this kind of opportunity to feel more relaxed. I think they are good in terms of, I don’t know if it’s correct to say, normal driver, but making people comfortable.

MT: There’s another common complaint against electric power steering, as opposed to hydraulic power steering, that the electric system doesn’t have the same feel as the hydraulic system.

VB: Not with me really. Not with me really. I drove many, many modern cars with electric power steering. Other cars with hydraulic power steering. Honestly, I think is more marketing and commercials than really affected. Commercial and marketing is important. For me, electric or hydraulic makes no difference. I mean, the feeling behind the wheel, I never felt… I can tell you this is electric and this is hydraulic? No. Honestly not.

MT: What is your philosophy for evaluating cars? What are you looking for when you get into a car for the first time? What’s the test for you whether it’s a good car or not?

VB: Well, when I sit in a car the first time, I’m always kind of afraid because I’m expecting something different than [before], expecting new experience and every time is something new. It’s something motivating to see, to feel different reactions or feel different. I am kind of afraid, respectful I would say.

I am respectful of the car because I don’t know the car. It’s completely opposite growing up with a company, growing up with a prototype, developing the prototypes so you know step-by-step. It’s easier. When I sit in a new car, it’s a new technology. It’s not intimidating, but it’s something that I want to learn. I am initially respectful of the car and then slowly, slowly you appreciate and you get on the car, which is good.

MT: Is there a certain behavior that you hope that a car will have, something that you expect from a good car?

VB: I think my attitude is to get familiar and appreciate what the car does, what the car gives. Because every car has his own temperament and character. I don’t know which is the best car of the world, but it’s because I appreciate every car and his character. I think a lot about this.

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Capital & Regional collect 34% of rent for third quarter

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 09:57
Capital & Regional has received 34% of rent due for the June quarter.
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Arcadis pre-lets 40,000 sq ft at EightyFen

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 09:32
YardNine has pre-let 40,000 sq ft of City of London office building EightyFen to management consultant Arcadis.
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