Last Minute deals this Weekend

This weekend (Fri 23rd February ) we have 3 cars available at last minute discounted prices ready to go from Fri 12pm to 2pm Mon as follows:-

 

R8 V10 Spyder Auto in White £1000 (normally £1200) Pictures

Lamborghini Huracan Coupe Auto in Grey £2000 (normally £2400) Pictures

Mercedes AMG GT Auto in Black £1200 (normally £1400) Pictures

 

 

 

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**300 miles inc with excess miles at £4 per mile in the Huracan/Mclaren/458 £2 in the Ferrari’s and £1 in the R8/Bentley/AMG/Maserati

**Minimun Driver age is 25 on all cars

**Cars collected from Canary Wharf or delivered in London for £125 each way

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Deposits

**Drivers 28+** 

R8/Bentley/430/California/AMG/Maserati– £5k but can be reduced to £1.5k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £300.

Huracan/458/McLaren– £7.5k but can be reduced to £3k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £300.

**Drivers 25-27**

R8/Bentley/430/California/AMG/Maserati — £7.5k but can be reduced to £1.5k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £400.

Huracan/458/McLaren– £10k but can be reduced to £3k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £400.

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Call 0207 241 6854 or email to book….

 

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Rimac Concept Two self-driving supercar

A self-driving supercar? Rimac reveals controversial plans

It’s an exciting time for the supercar industry, that’s for sure. Just last month we wrote about Ferrari announcing the first electric supercar. Back in July there was the world’s first off-road supercar, in the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT. And now Croatian manufacturers Rimac have revealed plans for a self-driving supercar. Say what you like about these brands, you can’t fault their innovation.

Predictably, Rimac’s announcement has been met with mixed reactions. A huge part of the appeal of driving a supercar is, well, driving it. These cars are built for maximum enjoyment, capable of combining lightning-quick top speeds with massive horsepower but also the highest levels of comfort and luxury.

While the ego boost and style points that come from driving a supercar around are undoubtedly also part of the appeal, the actual driving experience is arguably the biggest reason why supercars are so popular.

With that in mind, Rimac’s design is something of a risk: will supercar enthusiasts want a supercar that drives itself?

The Croatian brand clearly believe so. The self-driving Concept Two is expected to be revealed in Geneva later this year, following on from the (human-driven) Concept One in 2013, which earned praise for its futuristic design and performance. Experts believe Rimac have been forced to up their game and go bigger with the Concept Two by Tesla’s recent Roadster announcement, hence the self-driving addition.

The Concept Two will have what is known as Level 4 autonomy. This means that no driver attention is ever required for safety, and the driver could safely go to sleep or leave the car without risk of the car crashing. Level 4 is the second-highest level of autonomy – the only level above it is reserved for cars such as robotic taxis that do not require any human intervention whatsoever.

It is believed that Rimac will manufacture around 100 models of the Concept Two, which is set to be priced at around $1 million. Only 8 Concept Ones were produced and they sold out very quickly.

In the meantime why not experience the thrill of driving a luxury supercar yourself by hiring one of PB’s range of supercars.

Ferrari electric car

Ferrari announces plans for first electric supercar

In exciting news for the supercar industry, Ferrari last week made the surprise announcement that a groundbreaking electric supercar is in the works.

Ferrari’s CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the plans for the first battery-powered supercar at the Detroit Auto Show. The move has been interpreted as a bid to challenge Tesla at the top end of the electric car market.

“If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first,” said Marchionne. “People are amazed at what Tesla did…I’m not trying to minimize what Elon [Musk, Tesla CEO] did. but I think it’s doable by all of us.”

The groundbreaking Tesla Roadster has attracted headlines for its futuristic design, but Ferrari believe they can succeed in the electric market by offering their iconic Italian comfort and stylishness paired with the advantage of consumer familiarity with their brand.

Cannily, Marchionne hinted that Ferrari’s electric car would be released in 2019 or early 2020 – just before the Tesla Roadster. The electric supercar will not compromise any of the Prancing Horse’s values, with its design remaining true to Ferrari’s legacy: “It has to drive like a Ferrari,” Marchionne insisted.

Marchionne pointed out that, as Ferrari are already making hybrid cars, the move to electric supercars would not be a huge jump.

However, the Ferrari CEO’s announcement marks a dramatic change of heart: as recently as March 2016, when asked about the possibility of an all-electric Ferrari, Marchionne replied “You will have to shoot me first”.

“With Ferrari, it’s almost an obscene concept,” he added then.

The enormous potential of the electric supercar market seems to have convinced the Italian giants, and some of the other leading supercar brands, such as Porsche, are also believed to be entering the market in the near future.

In the meantime, here at PB Supercars we have a range of classic Ferraris available for hire, including the Ferrari 458 Italia Coupe and the California F1. Get in touch today for more information.

Ferrari F430 Spyder PB Supercars

5 Celebrities who drive a Ferrari F430 Spyder

It may be 12 years since the iconic Ferrari F430 Spyder was released, but the classy convertible remains highly popular with celebrities as well as supercar fans.

While you might expect some of the world’s most famous stars to have moved on to newer cars by now, there are plenty of reasons why the F430 Spyder is still their supercar of choice.

Its sleek and stylish exterior, luxurious interior and top speed of almost 200mph show why the Spyder was such a hit and remains so popular even now.

Here we count down our top five celebrities who drive a Spyder.

5. John Cena

A self-confessed supercar obsessive, it’s fair to say WWE legend John Cena knows an iconic luxury car when he sees one. Cena hosts the ‘Auto Geek’ series on YouTube and recently profiled his beloved F430 Spyder. He revealed he was particularly fond of the fact that the Spyder was one of the last Ferraris to have manual transmission, and how its side mirrors pay tribute to the iconic 1984 Ferrari Testarossa. Watch the erstwhile actor wax lyrical about his pride and joy here.

John Cena Ferrari F430 Spyder

4. John Terry

The former Chelsea and England captain may have a rugged style of play, but he clearly has an eye for a classy car. Despite recently moving to Aston Villa, he is still often seen around London proudly displaying his 430 Spyder.

The defender is clearly a Ferrari lover: he also owns a rare 275 GTB as well as a 2003 Ferrari Enzo.

3. Seal

The R&B star has been known to take his black Spyder everywhere – even on quick shopping trips or to pick up his ex-wife Heidi Klum when the two were married! To be fair, you can’t blame his eagerness to show off the classic supercar. He may now be well into his 50s, but the legendary singer is still travelling in style. Seal also owns a gold Bentley Azzure.

2. LeBron James

LeBron James Ferrari F430 Spyder

Basketball superstar LeBron James has owned a customised silver Spyder since 2008. His Spyder is specially-built to accommodate his 6”8in frame. So far, so reasonable. However, the customisation also apparently included replacing the iconic Ferrari stallion figurehead with his own ‘LB’ logo. Unsurprisingly, he got a lot of stick.

The Cleveland Cavaliers player owns a raft of other supercars, including a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Ferrari 599.

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi Ferrari F430 Spyder

It’s only appropriate that the man often described as the best footballer on the planet should have a car to match. The understated but classy red Spyder matches Messi’s reserved personality and is one of the supercars in his collection.

A Polish newspaper recently calculated that it would’ve taken Messi just 31 minutes to earn back the cost of the £137.000-valued Spyder. It’s alright for some…

Messi clearly appreciates vintage Ferraris: last year he won an auction for a classic 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, shelling out a whopping £25 million and reportedly outbidding his footballing nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo in the process.

Here at PB Supercars we have a Ferrari 430 Spyder available for hireWe’re also offering a special winter deal on the Spyder for hires between January and April 2018 – see here for details.

 

 

 

Bentley history - badge and hood ornament

Supercar Histories: Bentley

Following on from our look at the history of Lamborghini last month, it’s time to travel into the past of another supercar giant, this time a bit closer to home. Bentley will celebrate its centenary year in 2019, and it’s fair to say it’s been an interesting ride so far…

The company that would go on to become one of the most famous car brands in the world was founded by brothers Walter and Horace Bentley in 1919. The Bentleys had experience in designing cars in London before the First World War, and once peacetime resumed they set about creating their own unique cars, using aluminium instead of iron to create lighter pistons and designing innovative engines.

The brothers wasted no time in entering their designs into races, and their cars quickly earned a good reputation for their durability. The newcomers’ first big race was the 1922 Indianapolis 500, where they impressed as their adapted road car outperformed several specialised racing cars.

Bentley continued to punch above their weight in races, but struggled financially, with debts mounting and projects going underfunded. Their fortunes were improved when one of their racing drivers, Woolf Barnato, agreed to take over the business.

Having inherited his wealthy father’s fortunes at just two years old when his father died mysteriously at sea, Barnato had the financial clout to take Bentley to the next level. He soon invested significant amounts and paid off Bentley’s debts.

With the company’s future secured, Walter Bentley was able to design his next prototype. The result was the creation of a group of successful racing drivers, Barnato included, who became known as ‘The Bentley Boys’ and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race four years running.

However, it was also around this time that Barnato’s money began to run out, once more leaving Bentley’s future uncertain.

With debts again piling up and Barnato this time unable to pay them, an auction developed as investors bid to take over the struggling company. A late bid from a mysterious company called the ‘British Central Equitable Trust’ blew all other offers out of the water.

It was only revealed after the takeover had been completed that this company was a front for Rolls Royce, one of Bentley’s rivals. Fearful that new Bentleys would outperform Rolls Royce’s star model, the Phantom II, they had decided to remove the risk by buying out their rival.

Bentley Continental GT supercar for hire

The classic Bentley Continental GT, one of the supercars available for hire from PB Supercars

While Walter continued to work under the new regime for several years, he left in 1935 after becoming disillusioned with Rolls Royce. However, Bentleys produced after the takeover incorporated some of Rolls Royce’s best features too, helping Bentley to become a well-established and popular brand.

Indeed, all Bentleys produced between the takeover and 2004, a period of more than 70 years, used a Rolls Royce chassis. Rolls Royce also introduced the “silent sports car” slogan that stuck with Bentley until the 1950s.

Bentley’s well-known association with Crewe began in the build-up to the Second World War, when Rolls Royce, looking to build a new factory, were partially persuaded by the fact that as a small town in the north-east, Crewe was unlikely to be bombed during the war. Bentley’s headquarters remain in Crewe today.

By the 1970s and 1980s, Bentley had declined in popularity and sales dropped to the point that just 5% of cars sold by Rolls Royce were Bentleys. However, with cars like the luxury Mulsanne, Bentley was able to gradually rebuild its reputation for high-performance, high-quality cars and sales improved. By the early 1990s, Rolls Royce was selling as many Bentleys as Rolls Royces.

Bentley changed hands again at the turn of the century, with Volkswagen taking the wheel. While the majority of Bentleys are still manufactured in Crewe, some are now built in Germany. The first Bentley released under Volkswagen ownership was one of its most popular of all time: the Continental GT. Unsurprisingly, people looking to hire a Bentley often choose this gorgeous car.

 

Last Minute Deals This Weekend

This weekend (Fri 27th March ) we have 4 cars available at last minute discounted prices ready to go from Fri 12pm to 2pm Mon as follows:-

 

R8 V10 Spyder Auto in White £850 (normally £960) Pictures

Bentley GT Auto in Black £850 (normally £960) Pictures

Ferrari F430 F1 Spyder Auto in Black £1200 (normally £1350) Pictures

Ferrari California F1 Spyder Auto in Black £1500 (normally £1920) Pictures

Ferrari 458 Coupe Auto in Red £1800 ( normally £2300) Pictures

Lamborghini Huracan Coupe Auto in Grey £1750 (normally £2400) Pictures

McLaren 570S Coupe Auto in Green £1800 (normally £2300) Pictures

Mercedes AMG GT Auto in Black £1200 (normally £1400) Pictures

Maserati Gran Cabrio Auto in White £800 (normally £900) Pictures

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**300 miles inc with excess miles at £4 per mile in the Huracan/Mclaren/458 £2 in the Ferrari’s and £1 in the R8/Bentley/AMG/Maserati

**Minimun Driver age is 25 on all cars

**Cars collected from Canary Wharf or delivered in London for £125 each way

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Deposits

**Drivers 28+** 

R8/Bentley/430/California/AMG/Maserati– £5k but can be reduced to £1.5k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £300.

Huracan/458/McLaren– £7.5k but can be reduced to £3k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £300.

**Drivers 25-27**

R8/Bentley/430/California/AMG/Maserati — £7.5k but can be reduced to £1.5k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £400.

Huracan/458/McLaren– £10k but can be reduced to £3k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £400.

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Call 0207 241 6854 or email to book….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supercar Histories: Lamborghini

The next supercar superbrand to go under our spotlight is Italian giant Lamborghini. They’ve had a fascinating history, starting with a spat with their biggest rival and taking in everything from cars unveiled without an engine to designs that changed the world. Take a seat…

Borne out of anger

Lamborghini’s story began in 1963. Their founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini had a stellar background in vehicles, if not supercars: he had been stationed on the Greek island of Rhodes during World War II doing vehicle maintenance for the Italian RAF; with supplies to the island limited, he had to cobble parts together to keep his vehicles running with whatever he could find.

After the war he became a very wealthy man, making his money in tractor factories, but Ferruccio decided to start a rival car brand after a feud with his compatriot Enzo Ferrari, who refused to give Lamborghini a spare part for his Ferrari when he brought it to the garage for repair.

However, his new venture got off to a bad start. Lamborghini’s original vision was to create luxury, powerful cars to rival Ferrari’s, but whereas Ferrari’s cars were made with racing in mind, Lamborghini’s would be solely for regular road use.

Having commissioned a former Ferrari engineer to design a prototype fitting this description, Lamborghini was furious when the engineer presented what was clearly a racing car. Lamborghini refused to pay him the 4.3m Lire due, but was forced to cough up after a bitter court battle. Ironically, Lamborghini would end up using the engineer’s despised design for the best part of half a century, until 2010.

Powered by the need for revenge on Enzo Ferrari. their first car, the 350GTV, was built so quickly that, when it was presented at the Turin Auto Show just four months after the company was started, engineers hadn’t even had chance to put the engine in. Lamborghini’s unusual solution was to put a pile of bricks in the hood and stop anyone from looking inside.

Lambo strike gold

However, by 1967 Lamborghini had struck gold. That year the Miura, widely considered to be the world’s first supercar, hit the streets. The car was hugely successful and became seen as a must-have status symbol for the rich.

Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura catapulted the brand to worldwide fame

It marked Lamborghini’s ascension as one of the biggest car brands in the world, but by 1973, the worldwide financial downturn and oil crisis threatened to cripple the company. The pressures took their toll on Lamborghini himself, who sold the company the following year and retired.

Dark days and recovery

It may have seemed a strange decision for Lamborghini to step away so soon after his company had become world-famous, but a few years later his decision was vindicated. Still reeling from the financial difficulties of the mid-1970s, in 1980 the company was declared bankrupt. An auction to decide its new owner attracted only one bidder, a 24-year-old businessman from Switzerland called Patrick Mimran who took over the giant along with his brother Jean-Claude.

Thankfully, Lamborghini’s fortunes were gradually turned around under a series of owners and today the company produces some of the best and most recognisable supercars around the world; its cars are unsurprisingly amongst the most coveted by supercar drivers and enthusiasts. That said, they still produce high-end tractors too. Ferruccio would be proud.

Now you’ve learnt about Lamborghini’s fascinating history, why not get behind the wheel of one? PB Supercars provide Lamborghini rental – get in touch today to arrange your hire.