Salon Privé 2020

Manifattura Stratos brings a '70s rally chic exterior to a Ferrari F430 underbody

MAT is bringing classic rally design to its Stratos supercar.

Photo courtesy of Salon Privé

Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT), a Turin, Italy-based carmaker, will debut its new Stratos car at this year's Salon Privé. The company is committed to a limited run of the car.

MAT was launched in 2014 by Paolo Garella and his son Riccardo after Paolo's long tenure in the automotive design industry that included a stint spearheading the Special Projects Division at Pininfarina. The new company takes projects from conception to final production, and not just under their own marque.

MAT has been involved in a number of projects including the P4/5 Competizione and the SCG003C&S Series for American collector and entrepreneur Jim Glickenhaus. They've also worked on the Apollo Intensa Emozione and currently are co-developing the Aspark Owl.

Salon Prive luxury car show EnglandA guest has his photograph taken against a Ferrari f430 sports car on display at the "Salon Prive" luxury and supercar event held at the Hurlingham Club on July 22, 2009 in London, England.Photo by Getty Images

The first Stratos went on sale in 2018. The Stratos to be shown at Salon Privé is a modern, luxury version of a 1970s rally car. Just 25 examples of this new take on the model will be produced.

"We are happy and proud to showcase our New Stratos for the first time in the UK in such an iconic landmark," said Riccardo Garella, Sales and Marketing Manager at MAT. "Salon Privè is the perfect fit for our cars and for the kind of experience we always try to offer to our clients: we look forward to presenting the New Stratos in September in Blenheim Palace!"

Each model starts life as a Ferrari F430, which was produced from 2004 to 2009 as a successor to the Ferrari 360. MAT then heavily modifies the car to safe weight resulting in increased agility and performance. Its adapted carbon fiber body and steel frame surround a wheelbase that has been shortened by 7.87 inches.

The model keeps the Ferrari's 540-bhp 4.30-liter V8 engine under its hood. The power plant is capable of getting to 62 mph off the line I a mere 3.3 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 170 mph.

"The MAT Stratos is a brilliant modern-day interpretation of a 70s icon and the passion, skill and engineering that have gone into creating this stunning homage are clear to see. In designing the new car, MAT have made every effort to recreate a car that is as true as can be to the original, even down to the helmet compartment built into the inner door compartment," said David Bagley, Salon Privé Sales Director. "With just 25 examples being built, it will be super rare and so we are thrilled to be able to show the car to our guests, many of whom are collectors of limited production supercars."

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Toyota patented a dog-walking robot.

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Pets are one of life's great pleasures, but there's no disputing that they're a ton of work. Cleaning, vet visits, and walks are just the beginning, so it's always interesting to see the products that promise to make pet ownership more manageable. Toyota, the world's largest automaker, filed a patent for a self-driving dog-walking robot that looks nearly as advanced as many cars today.

Toyota Dog Walk RobotLogic helps the bot determine when to clean up a mess. Toyota

The main structure appears to be a platform with various attachments, and though the intention is for the machine to walk the dog for you, there's space for a person to ride. The vehicle is completely autonomous and does not require a person to guide it on walks. Sensors keep the robot from running over the dog and maintain speed.The patent paperwork includes several decision trees and logic for how the vehicle responds in various dog walking scenarios. One uses the vehicle's sensors to gauge the dog's distance from the robot. If the dog wanders too far, the machine can lock the leash and adjust its speed to maintain proper distance. It's the same sort of "thinking" done by autonomous cars on the road, just adjusted for scooping poop and leash management.

Speaking of number-two, dogs tend to poop when they walk, so Toyota had to prepare the robot for some poop scooping. In its decision-making process, Toyota added logic that asks, "Is it detected that the dog has pooped?" If the answer is yes, the machine is then instructed to "Execute collection process." A camera helps determine when the pooping has happened so the machine can do its job. If the dog pees, there's a water sprayer with an onboard tank to rinse the ground.

If your dog is anything like some of ours, it's likely you don't make through more than a few walks without some antics. Our lazy pups frequently get tired of walking and decide it's time for a mid-sidewalk nap, but Toyota's dog walker isn't going to tolerate any of that. The platform features paw sensors that can sense the dog's position and even let it do some driving.

Toyota Dog Walk RobotThe bot will scoop poop and wash away pee during a walk.

Toyota's patent filing is fun to think about and imagine what could be, but it's still just a patent. The automaker could turn its idea into a line of puppy walkers sold at dealers across the country or file it away as a thought exercise, never to be seen again. Either way, Toyota's got an exciting year ahead of it with the GR Corolla release and bZ4X hitting the streets, and there are rumors of a Crown SUV coming to the automaker's lineup.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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