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Five Talking Points from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

This year’s Geneva Motor Show wrapped up on Sunday, and as ever, it left supercar fans and experts with plenty to discuss.

The major international auto show, which has been held in the Swiss city for over 110 years, is regularly used by supercar brands to show off their latest futuristic concepts, and this year’s edition was no different.

We’ve come up with five key talking points from the show, which ran from March 8th to March 18th.

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The Geneva Motor Show is one of the highlights of the calendar for supercar enthusiasts

Rimac’s electric supercar steals the show

We wrote about Rimac’s self-driving electric supercar last month, and it was at the fore again in Geneva. The concept is controversial – where’s the fun in a supercar that you don’t get to drive? – but you can’t deny that it has gained a lot of attention in the industry.

The Croatian manufacturer’s Concept Two was on show in Geneva and turned a lot of heads with its top speed of 412km/h and 0-100 time of under two seconds. Rimac’s design typified the shift towards electric supercars at this year’s convention. While gas-powered vehicles remain the overwhelming choice of consumers, electric cars are increasingly gaining traction.

Aston Martin reveal zero-emission prototype

As the rise of electric shows, supercar manufacturers are increasingly considering environmental factors in their designs. Aston Martin grabbed the headlines in this regard at Geneva with their announcement of the zero-emission Lagonda Vision Concept.

The legendary brand have hailed the Lagonda as the beginning of a new generation of emission-free luxury vehicles. with the Lagonda marking the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand.

Production is scheduled to begin in 2021. Aston Martin have used the Lagonda name since the 1960s for ultra-luxury sedans, and this announcement takes the high-end concept further to include environmental factors. Is this a reflection of consumer concerns or a play for positive PR?

Porsche tests the water with cross-utility vehicle

 One of this year’s Motor Show’s most surprising stories was Porsche revealing a crossover vehicle, the Mission E Cross Turismo.

The four-door electric car combines classic sports car features with everyday practicality. It has been interpreted as a ‘feasibility study’ – an attempt to test the water for demand for such crossover cars.

The Mission E Cross Turismo is powered by two electric motors, which offer a combined 590BHP. This, along with its speed and quick recharge time, are presented as the prototype’s selling points.

Pal-V Flying Car makes its return

Pal-V Flying Car

The Pal-V Liberty in its two forms (image courtesy of Pal-V)

There’s always one, isn’t there. While the rest of the supercar brands present were showing off their sleek new designs, Dutch manufacturers Pal-V returned with their Liberty Flying Car model, six years after it was first displayed.

The Liberty is capable of reaching 110mph in the skies and 60mph on the road, and – perhaps unsurprisingly for a car that can actually fly – is reportedly priced at $600,000, though a ‘sport edition’ is available for around $200,000 less.

If you want to snap up the ‘pioneer edition’, the more expensive version, you’ll have to be quick, as there are only 90 models available – an exclusivity Pal-V promotes by presenting Liberty owners with a framed. gold-plated serial number of their vehicle.

Inevitably, regulation barriers continue to slow the Liberty’s progress. Pal-V are still waiting for their Federal Aviation Administration licence in the U.S. This is something that critics continue to pick up on, noting that several other ‘flying car’ concepts in the past have failed to get off the ground (sorry) due to practical issues.

Being an autogyro rather than a helicopter means the Liberty is more compact and can fit in a roughly regular parking space. However, it also means that it needs a good run-up before takeoff, as planes do.

Marty McFly would be proud.

‘Booth Babes’ Banished from Show

Following the much-discussed announcement last month that Formula 1’s ‘grid girls’ were no more, the Geneva Motor Show’s ‘booth babes’ also appear to be a thing of the past.

Several exhibitors including Toyota, Nissan and Ssangyong confirmed that they would not be using ‘booth babes’ at this year’s show.

“Times have changed,” Bloomberg quotes a Nissan spokesperson as saying. “It makes more sense to use product specialists because we’re selling cars.”

However, Bloomberg also reports that a Geneva Motor Show spokesperson said exhibitors are free to promote their cars at the show however they want.

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.

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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.




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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.


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.









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.