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WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show: April 18, 2020

The McLaren 720S is known for being an engaging, athletic drive whether you're cruising on the highway or carving up the twists of Angels Crest Highway.

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This week's Virtual Car Show entries are as varied as America itself. From a vintage Chevy (or two) to a modern Ferrari there's something for everyone.

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2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast

Photo courtesy of Post Oak Motor Cars

This pony will roar. It's a 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and achieves 800 horsepower.

The car's Bianco Avus exterior is paired with a red interior and checks many options boxes. It has yellow brake calipers, a carbon fiber driver zone with LEDs, carbon fiber central bridge, colored inner details, colored safety belts, carbon fiber dashboard inserts, horse stitched on headrests, colored mats with logo, heat insulated windscreen, 'Scuderia Ferrari' shields, front and rear parking cameras, Daytona racing seats, and racing seat lifter.

It rides on 20-inch forged dark painted wheels. *chef's kiss*

The car is available for sale at Post Oak Motor Cars and has a price tag of $369,950.

2020 Porsche 911

2020 Porsche 911

Photo courtesy of Christian Brown

Why get a Porsche 911? "Because it's ... iconic," said the owner of this 2020 model, Houston, Texas resident Christian Brown.

The car was first introduced in September 1964 and has undergone continuous development while still holding true to its design heritage. A new, eighth generation of the car debuted in 2019 and given the 992 designation. It's available in an expanded number of varieties for the 2020 and 2021 model year including the 911 S Turbo, which is the fastest 911 to date.

1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

Photo courtesy of Craig Bethscheider

Craig Bethscheider of Cypress, Texas traded for this 1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery in 2016, marking his 50th '57. The only thing he's updated since he purchased it is the drivetrain, which now features modern components.

The car was originally produced under the Chevrolet One-Fifty line and 1957 was its swan song. For '58, the One-Fifty lineup was replaced by the Delray.

2005 Chevrolet Corvette Z51

Photo courtesy of Craig Beecher

The LeMans Blue paint job is the key reason Craig Beecher owns this 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Z51. He said, " I hunted for this car, nation wide. It just popped up, 50 miles from me, one morning." He paid $18,000 for it in 2019.

Since purchase, Beecher has modified the car a bit. There's a new Borla back axle, Hurst shifter, and SLC cold air intake.

The car already came with the the Z51 package, which includes a stiffer suspension, larger brakes than the typical 'Vette, a six-speed manual transmission with shorter ratios, and a transmission-oil cooler. Legendary Car & Driver editor Csaba Csere was impressed with the car's performance with the added package, giving it high marks when it was new.

2018 McLaren 720S

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In the words of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor, "More power!" This 2018 McLaren 720S has gotten the Hennessey Performance HPE900 Performance upgrade giving it 890 rwhp - up from the 710 bhp it comes with out of the factory.

Its already race-like prowess is further enhanced by the 720S Performance Package, MSO defined cargo fiber steering wheel, MSO defined carbon fiber steering wheel paddles, silver brake calipers, 5 twin-spoke lightweight forged wheels, HomeLink system, vehicle lift, secondary interior components in carbon fiber, power steering column, electric and heated memory seats, sports exhaust, and a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system. It wears a Pearl White exterior and black interior.

The car is available for sale at Post Oak Motor Cars and has a price tag of $304,950.


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The Ferrari 812 Competizione comes in two varieties.

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A new variant of the Ferrari 812 Superfast has been revealed. The Ferrari 812 Competizione models are a limited edition series of vehicles in two variants, coupe and targa, known as the Ferrari 812 Competizione and the Ferrari 812 Competizione A.

Both models sport a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that achieves 818 horsepower. The power plant is, on the surface, the same that is in the Ferrari 812 Superfast but engineers have tinkered with the fresh version to optimize fluid dynamics of the intake system and combustion, reducing internal friction.

Ferrari has paired the engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that the automaker says delivers a new type of shifting feeling. The setup retains the same gear ratios as the 812 Superfast but has more rpm range. The engine can rev to 9,500 rpm and a progressive growling comes spewing out of the car's exhaust system, which comes complete with a gasoline particulate filter that ensures the car meets modern emissions standards.

Ferrari 812 Competizione & Ferrari 812 Competizione A

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A single front air intake works to keep things cool up front marking the first time such an adaptation has occurred on a V12-powered Ferrari. The cooling circuit has also been improved making it 10 percent more efficient and the oil tank has been redesigned to allow for extra flow.

Engineers have given the new Ferraris added braking power. That includes a redesigned version of the caliper that was first used on the SF90 Stradale and other modifications. These changes allowed Ferrari to redesign the car's front underbody freeing up space around the lower front wishbone suspension and extending the area that could be used to generate downforce. The car has a passive mobile aero system.

The backside of the new variants has a unique design with a fresh exhaust layout, diffuser geometry, spoiler volume, patented rear screen, and bumper design. The rear diffuser now extends across the full width of the car and redesigned silencers and tailpipes that are integrated into a single pipe.

Four-wheel steering and independent rear-wheel steering features a new electronic management system. Refinements have been made to the car's response system to deliver a more connected drive experience. It features a new iteration of Ferrari's Side Slip Control system and rides on new Michelin Cup2R tires.

Weight savings abounds throughout the car and though much of it isn't apparent to the untrained eye, it helps the performance of the car. This includes the dashboard and door panels. The door panel pocket juts out from the main structure almost as if it were a floating element.

The 812 Competizione A features a number of modifications that differentiate it from the 812 Competizione including the implementation of a flying buttress design that helps the car's center of gravity to appear lower that the coupe's. When the targa top is stowed, the roll bars jut out becoming a secondary visual element.

Each of the cars comes standard with Ferrari's extended seven-year maintenance program.

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BMW's newest works are equal parts art and car.

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BMW has revealed "The Ultimate AI Masterpiece", an exploration of automobiles at the intersection of art in conjunction with Frieze New York 2021, as well as the 50th anniversary of BMW Group Cultural Engagement. The virtual art installation is supported by videos of the exhibit's creation process on YouTube and Instagram.

The installment is the brain child of creative technologist Nathan Shipley of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, and Gary Yeh, art connoisseur/founder of artDrunk. The duo used the NVIDIA StyleGAN artificial intelligence model to "cross-reference over 50,000 images of artwork spanning 900 years of history and a curated set of 50 works from renowned and emerging contemporary artists BMW has worked with over the past 50 years", according to a release.

Frieze New York 2021: "The Ultimate AI Masterpiece"

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The artificial intelligence then used those pieces to create entirely new art, merging classical art with the work of contemporary artists. These new works have been projection-mapped onto a virtual rendition of BMW's flagship 8 Series Gran Coupe.

"For 50 years, BMW has supported the arts and culture through numerous initiatives as a way engage and interact with consumers around the world in an authentic way," said Uwe Dreher, vice president of marketing, BMW of North America. "As we continue these efforts into 2021, and look for new and creative ways to engage audiences, we shift to a virtual setting where we are combining centuries-old art and the latest AI technology to create something completely new and exciting."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shipley and Yeh collaborated digitally from their homes in San Francisco and Seoul for the project.

"During an unusually isolated time in history, we took the opportunity to curate and work with artists from around the world as a means to give viewers a true art experience digitally," said Gary Yeh, art collector and founder of ArtDrunk. It was particularly exciting to push the boundaries of art, see how technology may influence the art world in the years to come, and build on 50 years of cultural engagement at BMW."

Frieze New York is currently in its 10th edition and taking place at The Shed in Manhattan through May 9. The venue is new and features an event reimagined for its new location, bringing together over 60 major galleries. A dedicated edition of Frieze Viewing Room will run parallel to the fair, through May 14, and will feature an expanded list of over 160 exhibitors.

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