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New McLaren-Gulf deal offers the opportunity to get a Gulf livery on your next supercar

Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO; Mike Jones, Gulf Oil International Ltd CEO; Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO; and Lando Norris, McLaren Racing driver pose for a photo to mark the occasion of a renewed partnership between McLaren and Gulf.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

McLaren and Gulf Oil International Ltd announced a new strategic partnership that has implications from the garage at the track to your garage at home. The multi-year deal will once again formalize a longstanding relationship that the brands have had since the 1960s.

Racing enthusiasts may recall that Gulf's link with McLaren started in 1968. That initial partnership continued until the end of the 1973 season, with Gulf and McLaren enjoying success in both Formula 1 and the Can-Am series, winning over 40 races. The two came together again in the 1990s for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which saw the McLaren F1 GTR running in Gulf colours throughout the decade.

2020 McLaren Gulf Partnership Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO; Mike Jones, Gulf Oil International Ltd CEO; and Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO pose near one of the historic McLaren models that has worn a Gulf livery over the years.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

Starting in 2021, Gulf will become the preferred lubricant supplier to McLaren Automotive, with all cars to be filled with Gulf Oil and fuel optimized for high performance engines. Additionally, Gulf branding will also be displayed at McLaren Automotive's PURE customer events that take place around the world, at retailers, and on team kit.

A small number of McLaren customers will be offered the opportunity to have their supercar hand-painted by McLaren Special Operations, the firm's bespoke division, in Gulf liveries and colors which echo the famous F1 GTR Le Mans car that raced in the 1990s.

"It's great to be able to welcome back Gulf after a long historical association which has seen the name adorn many McLaren road cars and race cars over the years," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. "McLaren has a rich history of working with class-leading partners and we're delighted to continue this trend via our renewed partnership with Gulf. Like McLaren, the Gulf name is synonymous around the world with technical excellence and innovation and the excitement of going racing and motoring."

To launch the partnership, the Gulf brand will be integrated into the McLaren Formula 1 team starting with the British Grand Prix 2020 this weekend. The logo will be represented by McLaren F1 personnel throughout the 2020 F1 season, including via race drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz and the McLaren pit crew. Gulf branding will also appear on the engine covers and wing mirrors of the McLaren MCL35 race cars.

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The new Type R set a Suzuka Circuit lap record.

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The new Honda Civic somehow improves on the formula laid out by its numerous predecessors and does so with style, refinement, and value. The Civic Si built on that foundation with a potent turbocharged engine and solid handling, but Honda's not done with the Civic. The automaker just teased the new Civic Type R, and it set records at Japan's Suzuka Circuit during a recent testing session.

The All-New 2023 Type R Achieves Track Record at Suzukawww.youtube.com

The Type R lapped Suzuka Circuit in 2 minutes, 23.120 seconds, a record-breaking lap for a front-wheel drive car. The video features neat telemetry information on-screen during the lap as well, but the real excitement comes later when full specs are revealed.

Honda's been understandably mum on details on the new Type R's powertrain and performance numbers, but the car is expected to carry the same powertrain with its predecessor. The 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made that car a force to be reckoned with, so the 2023 Civic Type R will likely continue carrying that torch.

Honda Civic Type RHonda will fully reveal the car this summer. Honda

Honda will reveal the car in all its glory this summer. As for pricing, the previous car started around $38,000, so the new model should be around there to start. That, of course, is before dealers mark it up and other lucky buyers snap them up for insane resale on an auction site.

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Mecum Auctions is ready for 2022

The Mecum Kissimmee Auction will feature a handful of rare, low-mileage supercars.

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Today marks the end of 2021, and 2022 is looking to be an exciting one for auto enthusiasts. Mecum Auctions, one of the most prominent and popular automotive auction companies around, is ready for the year with its Kissimmee 2022 auction. Though the event takes place over an eleven-day period, the automotive portion of the auction takes place from January 6 through January 16 in Kissimmee, FL.

2021 Ferrari SF90 StradaleLow-mileage exotics are just the start. Mecum

Many auto auctions feature impressive vehicles, and this one is no exception. Everything from a 725-mile 2016 Pagani Huayra to a crew of classic Corvettes will cross the block, and there will be a few full-collection auctions. The Don Salmon Collection features 62 American muscle cars, including Corvettes, Impalas, Mustangs, and more. The Gary Thomas Collection is on offer as well, featuring 33 Ford and Shelby vehicles.

In addition to classic American cars, a collection of six low-mileage supercars are on offer, including #100/106 McLaren Speedtail with just 194 miles, a 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale with 57 miles, a 2021 Ferrari 812 GTS with 138 miles, and a 2021 Ferrari F8 Spider with 66 miles. Two Mercedes-AMG cars join that impressive group, including a 2018 AMG GT R and a 2020 AMG GT R.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette CoupeAs usual, the auction will feature several rare American muscle cars. Mecum

If you're hoping to bid on a lot at the auction, registration is available online and on-site at the event. The cost to register is $200, but if you just want to look around, you can buy a general admission ticket for $20 in advance or $30 at the door.

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