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Just Cars #275 19-05

Just Cars is the Collectable, Classic and Custom Car enthusiast’s bible for buying, selling and just plain dreaming. Not only is it the largest selling car magazine in Australia, it’s free for individuals to advertise meaning there’s no better place to find your next dream machine, or to find a like-minded mate who’s going to take care of yours if you need to sell it.

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holden creates ‘time attack concept’

GM Holden’s Design Team has explored what they call “the technological potential of the future” with a virtual design study called the ‘Time Attack Concept’. Released on the eve of this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the Time Attack Concept is an entirely virtual project, using what Holden calls sophisticated simulation technology and the expertise of their Melbourne Design Studio. While something based on the Commodore Supercar would have been an obvious choice for such a design study, Holden instead chose a one-lap sprinter, aka a Time Attack car. With such cars, aero plays a massive part in generating the sort of downforce need to ensure time isn’t lost over the single flying lap through loss of traction. That explains why the Time Attack Concept looks so different from anything Holden has…

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gt-ho phase iv auctioned for $2m

Two weeks after Lloyd’s Classic Car Auctions set a record price for an Australian-made car of $2.1 million, they almost bettered it when another iconic example of Aussie motoring came up for auction. The car, a 1972 Ford XA Falcon GT-HO Phase IV, was one of only four produced by Ford before the famous ‘Supercar Scare’ ended its development, along with that of rivals from Holden and Chrysler. Lloyd’s had already set a new record of $1.03 million for an Aussie-made Ford back in June, but the XA Phase IV was predicted to sell for as much as $3 million. “We are extremely honoured to have the opportunity of handling the transition of this car to its next custodian,” said Brett Mudie, CMO of Lloyd’s Auctions. Built in Ford’s ‘Lot 6’ Special Vehicles development…

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ford to extend gt production

Demand for Ford’s GT supercar has seen production increase from the original commitment of 1,000 to 1,350. The additional 350 is due, Ford says, to exceptional interest. Since launch last year, demand has outstripped supply by six to one. That response surprised even Ford, who confirmed the production increase for the 482kW and 746Nm V6-powered supercar on 18 October. “By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we’re able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers in addition to the 80 Ford GT owners in Europe who’ve taken delivery of their bespoke car to-date,” said Hermann Salenbauch, director, Ford Performance. The demand also comes in spite of a recall announced on 10 October that affects approximately 200 GTs built…

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porsche confirms 911 speedster return

Following its presentation in concept form (see JUST CARS #272), Porsche has confirmed that the 911 Speedster will return on the current (991) platform as a limited-production model. Production will start in the first half of 2019, with numbers limited to 1,948 units – referring to the launch year of the first Porsche seven decades ago. At the Paris Motor Show in October, Porsche unveiled what they described as the second 911 Speedster Concept, finished in Guards Red paint evocative of the 1988 Speedster that was the first offered on the 911 platform. Both concepts were developed at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, in cooperation with Style Porsche and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Beyond the bright red paint, the Speedster Concept presented at Paris also featured 21-inch centrelock wheels with a different cross-spoke wheel design from…

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mazda to bring back rotary

When Mazda announced in October that they’d be bringing back the rotary engine, sports car fans got their hopes up that an RX-7, RX-8 or similar would be returning to the range. Unfortunately, the rotary won’t be coming back in the performance sense, but as a range-extender for a future hybrid. Mazda has committed to releasing its first electric vehicles in 2020, as part of a ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ longterm development programme that’s also looking at alternative fuels like hydrogen and microalgae-derived biofuel as a way of reducing CO2 emissions in its vehicles to half of 2010 levels. The two vehicles set for launch in 2020 will consist of one fully-electric model, with the other to use the rotary engine as a range-extender. While a rotary makes sense to a company so closely associated…

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tickford launches tsv-535r mustang

Tickford used this year’s Bathurst 1000 to launch their latest enhancement package for the Ford Mustang – the TSV-535R. To an MY18/19 Mustang GT coupe donor vehicle (with either manual or auto transmission), the TSV-535R specification covers ECU calibration, fully-adjustable H&R coilover suspension, front and rear chassis bracing, seven-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, Michelin performance tyres and a carbon fibre aero body kit as the more substantial changes. Other mods and additions include XC Cobra-style ‘American Racing’ body stripes (for Oxford White Mustangs only), Steeda hydraulic bonnet struts, a carbon fibre and leather-trimmed steering wheel, a bespoke gearknob (for manuals) and an alcantara and nappa leather interior trim that’s unique to the TSV-535R and applied to the front seats, rear seats and door cards. “The TSV-535R is inspired by several historically significant cars in…