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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join the ‘Ferrari at 70’ celebrations this Autumn

As supercar fans may be aware, iconic Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari celebrated its 70th birthday this month in grand style.

Ferrari returned to Maranello, the tiny town in the north of Italy where the company was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1947, with a memorable parade of some of its most famous cars from the last 70 years.

In that time Ferrari has grown into one of the biggest sports car brands in the world, with its cars among the most iconic in history. In a dramatic evening stage show, an iconic car was chosen and brought on stage for each decade of The Prancing Horse‘s existence. The comparisons between each generation of supercar also served to show the technological improvements between decades that have allowed the cars to become faster and faster.

The birthday party in Maranello featured an auction of several high-profile Ferraris, with one, a limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta, being sold for a staggering £7.6m. Thousands of Ferrari fans – known as tifosi in Italy – lined the streets of the town to catch a glimpse of their favourite cars from Ferrari’s history.

And you can join in the ‘Ferrari at 70′ celebrations this Autumn by taking advantage of PB Supercars’ Ferrari rental.

We offer three Ferraris for hire: the 458 Italia Coupe, the Ferrari California, and the F430 Sypder. All retail for over £130,000 and are capable of reaching almost 200mph (or just over 200 in the case of the 458 Italia Coupe).

All three supercars offer an amazing driving experience. The 458 Italia Coupe boasts the classic Ferrari luxury, with a plush interior complete with high-quality leather, while the F430 Spyder is renowned for its performance and handling, with a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds.

Whichever aspect of the supercar experience you’re looking for, our Ferrari models can provide it.

So why not take the chance to hire one of the world’s best sports cars while simultaneously celebrating a landmark for Ferrari? Get in touch today by visiting our site or calling 0207 241 6854.

Five reasons to hire a Lamborghini

Everyone knows that Lamborghinis are some of the fastest, sleekest and most impressive cars around. Being seen driving one by everyone you know is the stuff of dreams, but when the best Lamborghini models can set you back hundreds of thousands of pounds, how can you get your hands on one? The answer is simple: hire a Lamborghini instead of buying one.

Here are five reasons why you should consider hiring a Lamborghini:

5. Power

Lamborghinis are well known for being very powerful supercars. The Lamborghini Huracan Cabriolet and Huracan Coupet both have a whopping 602BHP – more than any other supercars on our books – and 5.2l V10 engines. Of course, this makes for a very satisfying drive, especially on open stretches when you can test the Lamborghini to its limit.

4. Look like a celebrity

Regardless of whether you’re Brad Pitt or a supermarket shelf-stacker from Shrewsbury, people will want to know who’s behind the wheel of the Lamborghini zooming past them as they walk along the pavement and more often than not they will assume the driver must be famous to be able to afford such a luxury car. It goes without saying that Lamborghinis will stand out and make an impression in almost all surroundings. Why not make yourself a local celebrity and be the envy of the town?

3. Speed

The Lamborghini Huracan Cabriolet and Huracan Coupet both boast a seriously fast top speed of 202MPH, while the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is just behind with a top speed of 198MPH, making them some of the most enjoyable cars around to drive.

2. To help sell your house!

Research by Avis has shown that parking a gorgeous, expensive-looking supercar such as a Lamborghini outside your house makes it more appealing to prospective buyers, in turn increasing your chances of selling your house. On average, according to the research, having a supercar parked on the drive adds over £4,000 to the value of a house.

Avis’ 2014 survey showed that 6% of Brits have hired a supercar in the past for that very reason, and 10% have considered doing it. Think outside the box and use a supercar to add value in other parts of your life, or alternatively, just leave it on your drive to make the neighbours jealous!

1. It’s easy to do

Here at PB Supercars, we offer the chance to get your hands on the car of your dreams – and at an affordable price. Get in touch today to hire a Lamborghini and create an unforgettable experience for yourself or a loved one. We own all of our supercars, meaning you don’t have to sort out any of the boring stuff – leaving you free to concentrate on the tricky decision of which of our amazing supercars to hire!

 

 

Zarooq Sandracer 500GT off road supercar

The world’s first off-road supercar? Introducing the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT

It will surely be the craziest car to be released this year. It looks so futuristic that it’s been compared to the Batmobile. You’re just as likely to spot it zooming through the desert as you are on a motorway – not that many people will see one close-up: just 35 are being sold worldwide, and most have already been snapped up through pre-orders. Its manufacturers claim it marks the start of a new era in supercars.

Yep, we’re talking about the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT, which is being billed as the first ever off-road supercar. The futuristic hybrid blends the best of luxury cars with all-terrain abilities: as its name suggests, it is capable of handling even the most unwelcoming environment, but inside are supercar comforts including an infotainment system, LCD screen, hand-stitched leather interior and climate control. Completely road-legal, the 500GT is equally at home in the desert or the city.

Zarooq Sandracer 500GT off road supercar city

The Sandracer is equally comfortable racing through deserts or cities

The Sandracer’s manufacturers, Dubai-based Zarooq Motors, are named after the Arabic word for the fastest snake in the desert – very appropriate given the 500GT boasts a top speed of 137mph, a 0-60 of under 4 seconds and a 6.2 litre V8 engine. Its body, made from carbon fibre, gives it a more lightweight, agile feel. Zarooq even say it’s been “designed to look aggressive” – it looks like they’ve succeeded on that front.

 

After being teased at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Sandracer has finally been released following two years in development. Its arrival will thrill supercar fans across the globe, but the very limited first run, as well as the hefty price tag – the cheapest version of the Sandracer will set you back £350,000 – means it is truly an elite release for now.

You may not be able to roll up to some traffic lights in one of these beasts and give the driver next to you a knowing nod just yet, then, but here at PB Supercars we can offer something pretty close. The Sandracer has been described by CNN as having “the luxury and speed of a Lamborghini with the sensibilities of a dune racer.” Why not check out our Lamborghini hires, all of which are actually even faster than the Sandracer?

 

 

Top 3 Ferrari’s At The Movies

The galloping horse brand is one of the most well known in the world, with everyone able to recognise the logo and the bright red colour synonymous with Ferrari.

But which of their cars has taken it’s red appearance to the red carpet and achieved fame as a movie car, to rival Bond’s Aston Martin or the DeLorean’s of Back To The Future?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

In 1986 a 250 GT California Spyder made a guest appearance in one of the best cult movies ever in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The car was used in the plot to collect Ferris’s girlfriend from school after she fakes her Grandma’s death – after which the miscreant youths proceed to drive it around Chicago.

The 250 GT California was Ferrari’s version of an open-topped 250, making it the perfect car for a movie star of the time – but not for a boy skipping school.

Ferris Bueller Ferrari 250 GT California Sypder

Ferris and a Ferrari in Chicago

The car comes to a sticky end when it accidentally ends up falling into a ravine after Ferris and co try to run the odometer back – it’s a good job it’s been immortalised in the success of the film!

The Rock

Featuring one of the most iconic car chases ever, The Rock features Sean Connery driving a black Humvee in pursuit of Nicholas Cage in a stunning 1996 Ferrari F355 Spyder.

The Rock Ferraru F355 Spyder

Nicholas Cage’s Ferrari F355 Spyder

The F355 Spyder driven in The Rock was the convertible version with the roof up. The design was specifically to improve performance with the mid-engine rear-wheel drive helping improve handling and the V8 engine giving it some oomph.

Unfortunately, this Ferrari also came to an unfortunate end as it ends up the filling in a fireball sandwich in true Hollywood style.

The Cannonball Run

Cannonball Run is an iconic driving film – if not just for the wealth of acting talent in it including Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan and Roger Moore. The film features Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin as drunken priests in a 308 GTS Ferrari

The film features Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin as drunken Catholic priests in a 308 GTS Ferrari, who enjoy plenty of air time during their on-screen rivalry with a Dodge Ambulance.

Cannonball Run Ferrari 308

Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr in The Cannonball Run

The 308 GTS doesn’t end up flattened or burned to a crisp, but it also doesn’t win the race either. The antics of Martin and Davies have helped to secure the 308 GTS firmly in automobile film history though.

If you want to enjoy your own movie star Ferrari experience, then try hiring a Ferrari with us for the weekend – for the movie star feel.

No groom to improve: Choosing your wedding car

You have one shot at the perfect day: whether it’s yours, your son’s or your best friend’s- and you absolutely have to get it right. A lot is made of the bride, her dream wedding and the dress, and quite rightly- but that doesn’t mean you should forget about the groom. A man about to embark on the next step of adult life deserves a bit of a splash. Nobody wants to upstage the bride- yet who doesn’t want to see the groom’s face as the wedding car is revealed to be the one of his dreams? The great thing about hiring a wedding car is you can make a choice that matches the couple’s personalities perfectly. Not everybody is reflected in a classic Rolls Royce or stretch limo- some couples want to arrive (and leave!) the wedding with a little more spark. Enter in one of our range of luxury supercars, and show the world your marriage isn’t about stuffy convention- you want to go forward in your own, unique way, full of confidence and energy. Your wedding car can simply say you will live life to the full- in control and embracing every moment.

We make our full range of vehicles available for weddings, because we know the importance of getting those special moments right- in front of your friends and family, you’re making a statement of love and of self-belief. So why not leave your ceremony in the ultimate red-blooded performance car, ready to pursue your new life together as fiercely as you tear down the road toward your honeymoon? Whether you seek the passion in the unbridled power of a Ferrari or the understated sophistication of a Bentley Continental, we will take care of all the details and leave you the joy of sweeping into the bride’s view like the superstar she thinks you are!

Speak to our team today- we will be happy to adapt to your needs and requirements, to ensure you receive a service second to none.

How do they compare? Some of our favourite cars from the PB Supercars.

We get asked about our favourite cars all the time- and we love talking about them even more! Of course it’s unfair to compare some of our most unspeakably powerful & luxurious cars: each one has a unique charm that goes beyond mere statistics, the sort of class only achievable combining glamour, soul and a classiness that would leave James Bond lost for words. But we wanted to try- so here are some of the cars we have waiting for you.

These machines pack some serious power- and with next-gen technology more suited to Star Wars than the school run, they need to be driven to be believed. If the envious stares you get on public roads get too much however, take them out on the track and unlock the raw power of these incredible animals.

Mclaren 570S Coupe

This British beast doesn’t mess around- it’s a lean, speed machine- tailored to the high performance & precision responsiveness you need whether on the road or the track. With low weight matched with terrifying engine power it hits 124mph in 9.5 seconds, sweeping past stunned onlookers with its tell-tale ‘air piercing’ nose and striking, tendon-like detailing creating a flowing, almost animal form echoing its creators’ ‘inspired by nature’ design process theme. With 562 horsepower behind the bonnet and one of the most advanced luxury control systems in the world, it’s muscular technically too- a real show stopper.

Mercedes AMG GT

A monstrous V8 lurking beneath an ostentatiously distinctive prow, the GT smirks a smile almost as wide as yours will be after hitting its top speed of 185mph. Leave the competition in your wake as you unleash the fury of the GT’s V8 engine. Despite its classic good looks the distinctive Mercedes packs a punch entirely 21st century- with its 563 horsepower and a jet-cockpit controls. A heavy hitter at 1.6 tonnes, it nonetheless keeps pace with the sprightlier Mclaren and, hitting 65mph in 4 seconds, doesn’t hold back whether on the racetrack or the road.

Lamborghini Huracan Coupe

A firm favourite among the uncompromising, the slick and brutal Lamborghini chews up road like a true predator, 602 horsepower snarling from behind the unmistakable jaws of its radiator. Pouncing with raw power under its bonnet, breezing past 60mph in 3.2 seconds, this is a hard car to match for prowess on the road or on the racetrack- with just enough Italian fun left in the mix to keep surprising you. The interior comes complete with all of the trimmings- this is a car as a spectacle, a true event that will change the way you see driving. Nimble and a little cheeky- car critics clamoured over the Huracan- never suggesting that the cost of over $200,000 might be excessive.

These are only a few of our favourites, picked from our wide range of cars, ranging from the sweeping executive Bentley Continental GT to the ferocious Maserati Gran Turismo. We know our customers expect the best, and by our uncompromising ethos we have turned many thousands of miles into unforgettable experiences- why not let your next drive be our next great success story? Speak to our team today, whether you’re planning one special day or the trip of a lifetime- and we will make the car of your dreams a reality.