COLLECTOR CARS OF TOMORROW STAR IN ‘FUTURE CLASSICS’ AT CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE
The RUF CTR is perhaps the perfect example; steeped in heritage, handcrafted, exceedingly fast and incredibly rare. This 700bhp model is built on a totally bespoke aluminium platform, clothed in lightweight carbon fibre body panels. With a weight of just over 1100kg, it’s the successor to the legendary RUF CTR ‘Yellowbird’; a Porsche 911-based model that has hypnotised motoring enthusiasts with its famous filmed ‘Faszination’ lap of the Nürburgring. On its release, the ‘Yellowbird’ was the fastest car in the world, but the new CTR is faster still, with a top speed of 224mph. ‘Yellowbird’ itself will also be on display at Hampton Court Palace as part of the Main Concours line-up.
Joining the RUF is a limited edition Bentley model, built-in 2019 to celebrate the brand’s Centenary. The Mulsanne ‘W.O. Edition’ pays homage to Bentley’s founder, inspired by his very own 8 Litre, and even including a part of that car’s original crankshaft, proudly displayed between the two rear seats. The crankshaft is set within a veneered surface, with a handcrafted vision of W.O Bentley’s 8 Litre, completed in an art deco style during a painstaking process of more than 8 days. Elsewhere, the Centenary Mulsanne is marked out by its use of heritage hides of leather, W.O. Bentley signatures throughout and a number of 8 Litre-inspired styling touches.
The Bentley is joined by another British rarity; the Aston Martin Vulcan. This track-only two-seater was limited to just 24 units globally, powered by a 7.0-litre V12 engine producing 820bhp in its most powerful tune. Using Formula One-style pushrod suspension, adjustable dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars and variable traction control, this lightweight Aston Martin is the ultimate trackday car. And from trackday car to out-and-out racing car, the Ginetta G60-LT-P1 will also be in the Future Classics line-up, featuring a full carbon fibre monocoque chassis and body, seven-speed racing gearbox by XTrac and a 3.4-litre turbocharged engine.