RIP Ferdinand Piëch

That’s Piëch with chassis #917-001, painted to look like as the 1970 winning 917K #23.

This Sunday passed away Ferdinand Karl Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. A controversial figure in the motorsport industry, Ferdinand Piëch was at the helm of Volkswagen and Audi for many years. He is credited for saving VW from bankruptcy in the early 90’s and transforming Audi in a premium brand.

But to me, though, he will always be remembered as the father of the Porsche 917.

Ferdinand Karl Piëch

Typ 64: the first Porsche that’s not a Porsche

Recently went on auction, and thanks to a blunder by the auctioneer, it didn’t sell. But though nobody actually said it is the first Porsche, it was kind of implied. However, neither Porsche nor the Porsche Museum recognize it as the first Porsche. It was though Ferry Porsche’s personal drive for many years.

Still a terrific piece of history. And as always, Chris Harris presents a very nice car video that’s worth the watch.

Centodieci: the new Bugatti

In theory nobody should know about this car yet, but well, it sucks to keep secrets with the interweb… This is the Bugatti Centodieci, Bugatti’s new hypercar that is a homage to the venerable EB110.

The new car was going to debut this weekend, but since yesterday images have been doing the rounds on the web. It’s heavily based on the Chiron, but with a very different body. The engine is also the same W16 engine, but upgraded to deliver 1550 ponies (because 1500 is too few, right?).

I’m a big fan of Bugatti and the EB110, and I liked the Centodieci. A lot, in fact. Now let’s hope it also gets released in 1:43rd.