National Boat Show 3D Virtual Tour

The Johannesburg National Boat Show took place in the Coca-Cola dome in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 7th to the 9th of September 2012. We have been at the show and have created the above Virtual Tour of the show.

The National Boat Show virtual tour is one of the most complete virtual tours of the Boat Show ever created. Visitors can walk through the show in a photorealistic enviroment viewing all the exhibitors and boats at the show.

The intention of the virtual tour is to allow visitors who could not attend the show a means to visit the show online, and to see who exhibited at the show, and find new products on the market.

The National Boat Show only takes place for 3 days, the virtual tour makes it possible for visitors to experience the show as if they were there forever. The purpose of the virtual tour is also to record the history of the show and allow people to see how the show evolves every year.

In order to view the virtual tour, please wait for it to load. Once the virtual tour have loaded you can use your mouse to navigate through the scenes, simply click and hold down your left mouse button and move left or right, you can also move up and down.

In the scenes there are "icons" if you click on these icons you can move from exhibitor to exhibitor, walking through the National Boat Show virtual tour. The Virtual Tour also have a map section allowing you to go directly to anyone of the exhibitors who have exhibited at the National Boat Show.




For the first time ever, a virtual reality experience will be tied to Ken Block’s viral video series. Coming soon, fans will be able to experience a VR/360-degree experience of Gymkhana NINE, live in the creation of stunts, the action and catching the tire-slaying spectacle from all angles!

For now, catch an exclusive preview available in the FordVR app. You can download FordVR now for iOS and Android devices.

Posted by Gerald Ferreira on September 14, 2016

NOVITEC ROSSO refines the Ferrari 488 Spider

NOVITEC ROSSO refines the Ferrari 488 Spider with carbon, forged wheels, tuning rated at 568 kW / 772 hp and a top speed of 342 km/h

Haute couture and high performance: NOVITEC ROSSO now also offers an exclusive refinement program for the Ferrari 488 Spider. A sporty designer outfit from naked carbon and tailor-made wheels with diameters of up to 22 inches make the Italian sports car even more extraordinary

The NOVITEC ROSSO engine specialists have developed various performance upgrades with up to 568 kW / 772 hp for the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, which shoot the open-top two-seater in just 2.8 seconds from rest to 100 km/h on the way to a top speed of 342 km/h.

The NOVITEC ROSSO product range also encompasses various high-performance exhaust systems including a superlight version made from INCONEL, plus a hydraulic front lift system and individual customization of the cockpit.

Carbon is the number-one choice in not only Formula 1 racing, but also the preferred material for the NOVITEC ROSSO aerodynamic-enhancement components for the Ferrari 488 Spider. Apart from thrilling looks, the designers above all aimed for aerodynamic efficiency, which they achieved with the help of laborious wind tunnel testing. Tailor-made aerodynamic-enhancement components are of course also available for the GTB version.

The front of the mid-engine sports car is upgraded with a spoiler lip, a surround for the central air intake, and side flaps. This adds even more sporty character to the car’s appearance. What is more: The aerodynamic-enhancement components also reduce lift on the front axle at high speeds. The NOVITEC ROSSO rocker panels give the car a lower and sleeker visual stance. Carbon applications for the door mirrors, and black turn signals add further striking design highlights.

The NOVITEC ROSSO add-on diffuser for the production bumper and the rear spoiler lip lend the drop-top sports car more exciting looks while also optimizing the aerodynamic efficiency. Owners of 488 Spider wishing for an even more spectacular-looking rear end can upgrade with the large NOVITEC ROSSO rear airfoil. Carbon surrounds for the taillights and the black LED third brake light add further visual details.

The extraordinary NOVITEC ROSSO styling is rounded out with wheels designed specifically for Ferrari 488. Customers can choose between especially light 21-inch forged rims and three-piece rims in a staggered combination of 21-inch and 22-inch wheels, which emphasize the wedge shape of the sports car even more.

NOVITEC ROSSO NF4 forged wheels provide maximum driving dynamics as the result of reduced unsprung masses. The size 9Jx21 front wheels are mounted with tires of size 255/30 ZR 21, while the 12Jx22 rims on the rear axle are shod with tires of size 335/25 ZR 22. Pirelli supplies the perfectly matched high-performance tires in form of the P Zero.

Alternatively, customers can opt for the new three-piece NOVITEC ROSSO NF7 alloys with ten slender spokes. The size 9Jx21 front wheels are likewise mounted with Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires of size 255/30 ZR 21. Size 335/25 ZR 22 tires on 12Jx22 rims on the rear axle provide maximum grip.

The hydraulic suspension system that further optimizes the 488 Spider’s practicality is a special NOVITEC ROSSO hi-tech development. To be able to, for example, navigate over a curb or down a parking garage ramp, the front end of the car can be raised by 40 millimeters at the touch of a button in the cockpit. The front end reverts to its original position at a second touch of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h. The standard-spec damper adjustment range of the 488 Spider is of course fully retained.

In keeping with a successful tradition at NOVITEC ROSSO, the company now also offers engine tuning for the 488 Spider, controlled from the ‘manettino’ on the steering wheel. While the inner workings of the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine remained untouched, the peripherals were modified in various upgrade stages.

To optimize the power delivery further, the NOVITEC ROSSO specialists have developed modifications for the electronic engine control unit. The 488 Spider is fitted with two NOVITEC ROSSO N-TRONIC control modules, which provide the ECU with specially calibrated mapping for injection and ignition while increasing the peak boost pressure. This benefits not only the power delivery, but also results in further optimized throttle response and in-gear acceleration.

Upgrading to a NOVITEC ROSSO high-performance exhaust system is equally indispensable for an optimal power delivery. The exhaust system, which is optionally available with electronic sound management, comes in various versions and for maximum performance can also be combined with 100-cell sports catalysts. Owners of a 488 who are not just looking for better sound and maximum power, but also want to save significant weight can opt for an especially lightweight sport exhaust system made from INCONEL. This high-end alloy is also used in Formula 1 racing for manufacturing exhaust systems.

In the highest NOVITEC ROSSO upgrade stage, the engine produces an extra 76 kW / 102 hp of power and 132 Nm more torque. With a new output of 568 kW / 772 hp at 7,950 rpm and 892 Nm torque at a low 3,250 rpm, the open-top two-seater sprints from 0 – 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 342 km/h.

NOVITEC ROSSO also offers exclusive refinement options for the interior of the 488 Spider. The company creates leather/Alcantara interiors in any color imaginable and from materials of the finest quality, tailored to individual customer request in every detail.

ferrari-spiderPosted by Gerald Ferreira on August 23, 2016

Triumph Motorcycles to sponsor Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

In 2016 Triumph Motorcycles is once again encouraging riders to don a dapper ensemble and take to the streets astride a classic motorcycle as it shows its support for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as global sponsor for the third year running.

The only motorcycling charity event of its kind, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 and is a celebration of the art of being dapper and the style of classic custom motorcycles. Dedicated to raising funds to combat prostate cancer, the 2016 ride will take place on Sunday 25th September.

Triumph proudly became the global sponsor of the event for the first time in 2014 after deciding that the ride captures everything to be celebrated about motorcycling.


Last year saw record numbers of participants as more than 37,000 smartly-dressed gentlefolk joined forces in 410 cities, raising over $2.3M dollars for prostate cancer research from the saddles of their niche styled motorcycles.

In September 2016, with the support of Triumph Motorcycles, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is aiming for 50,000 riders to take part in events in over 500 cities across 90 countries, all united in their support of men’s health. This year, for the first time, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride have chosen the Movember Foundation as their official charity partner and have set a fundraising goal of $5M to be invested by the Foundation in local and global prostate cancer research and suicide prevention programs.


Mark Hawwa, Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride founder, commented; “We are just blown away by the traction and the enormous support over the past four years. It’s fantastic to see so many different countries and cultures uniting together to offer much needed support toward prostate cancer research and suicide prevention programs. Along with the synergy and genuine support from world class brands such as Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches, and with passionate organisations such as Movember, together we will do everything we can to support the cause and cover the globe with incredibly well dressed gentleman and genteel lady folk.”


The most outstanding fundraisers globally will be awarded with a modern classic motorcycle from Triumph as a thank you for their support.

Mark founded The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride after being inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike, wearing his finest suit. It was decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together. The first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged Mark to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.

For further information and to register to become part of genteel riding history, visit

Gentleman-RidePosted by Gerald Ferreira on August 5, 2016


Scott Speed claimed his second victory in a row while Tanner Foust battled to third place with a last-lap pass, earning the team its fourth double podium finish of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

Herndon, VA  — Scott Speed completed a perfect weekend Saturday afternoon, taking his Volkswagen Beetle GRC to victory after setting the quickest time in qualifying and winning each of his Heat and Semifinal races. The reigning Red Bull Global Rallycross champion walks away from D.C. with a maximum haul of points, placing him second—just behind Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates, Tanner Foust—in the provisional points standings.

Speed enjoyed a nearly trouble-free weekend, encountering few issues on the way to his dominating win. The driver of the No. 41 Special Operations Warrior Foundation Beetle GRC led from the start of the Final, crossing the line nearly two seconds clear of his nearest competitor.

“It seems like we’re back on track with two wins in a row—I’m so happy to show the full capabilities of our car and team,” said Speed after the race. “It was something special for me at this race in the Nation’s Capital to have Special Operations Warrior Foundation on the car. I’m so proud to be representing them and back-to-back wins with them has been amazing.”

Foust’s run to the podium was more difficult than his teammate’s. The No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC started in the middle of the front row of the grid after winning each of his Heat and Semifinal races. On the opening corners, Foust lost position to other competitors and completed the first lap in fourth position. After the initial shuffle, Foust hounded the third-place driver each and every lap, and even spun his car midway through the race. The two-time champion recovered quickly and forced his rival into a mistake on the last lap  for a third-place finish.

“Honestly, third place feels like a win today,” said Foust on the podium. “This is a scary track when you’re running by yourself, but right behind another car, blinded with mud, is a whole different story. I have to thank the team who built this car in less than a week to get us on track. Congratulations to Scott on the win, making the championship really tight between the two Beetles.”

The win in D.C. marks the team’s fifth victory in seven contests this season. Volkswagen leads the manufacturer points standings and Speed and Foust sit one-two in the driver’s championship. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action next month at the inaugural race in Atlantic City on August 28th.


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

volkswagen-rallycrossPosted by Gerald Ferreira on July 31, 2016

BMW Motorrad USA To Join Celebrity Panel Supporting Women Riders At Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Industry leaders will explore the role motorcycling plays in transforming lives during “Two-Wheeled Transformation” symposium


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 29, 2016… Sarah Schilke, National Marketing Manager, BMW Motorrad USA, will be among a panel of leaders representing a broad cross-section of women in the motorcycle industry at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2016 Biker Belles® symposium, Tuesday, August 9. Other industry trailblazers taking seats on the panel, moderated by Marilyn Stemp of the Sturgis Rider Daily and Iron Trader News, include moto-journalist and Iron Lillies co-founder Leticia Cline, Perewitz Cycle Fab’s Jody Perewitz and land-speed record-holder Karlee Cobb. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® organizers chose this group of panelists due to their influence in the industry and their leading roles in helping to shape the future of motorcycling.

"I look forward to participating in this unique event alongside such notable industry veterans,” observed Ms. Schilke. “It's an honor to represent BMW for its ongoing commitment to women and motorcycling."

Following a ride through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the panel will discuss the theme “Two-Wheeled Transformation” while guests enjoy a catered lunch at The Lodge at Deadwood. The event was created to raise awareness of the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling and to raise funds for local worthy charities.

  • 2016 Biker Belles Schedule – Tuesday, August 9
  • 8:30 a.m. - Registration at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads and an opportunity to meet antique motorcycle racer Brittney Olsen.
  • 9:30 a.m. - Guided ride through the picturesque Black Hills led by Ride Captain and safety expert Vicki Roberts Sanfelipo.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Registration opens at The Lodge at Deadwood for those not participating in the ride.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Riders arrive at The Lodge at Deadwood for a catered lunch, a pampering at the “Comfort Zone” by Team Diva, a silent auction, uplifting songs and stories by Iron Cowgirl Missy and an inspiring program.
  • 12:30 p.m. - The symposium, “Two-Wheeled Transformation.” Filmmaker Michelle Carpenter will offer a preview of her new documentary, “Klocked: Women with Horsepower,” the story of land speed record-holder Laura Klock and her daughters, Erika and Karlee Cobb.
  • 1:45 p.m. – All participants will gather for inclusion in the Biker Belles official group photo.

How To Register

Participants are asked to make a $60 contribution to join the festivities, 100 percent of which directly benefits two South Dakota charities for women-related causes: Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. For reservations, visit or phone (605) 347-9000.

About Biker Belles®

The annual Biker Belles charity event is a celebration of women in the world of motorcycling that centers on “Real Riders, Real Stories, and Real Passion”. Whether one rides his or her own bike or prefers being the passenger, this Sturgis Buffalo Chip®-hosted event offers a great opportunity to meet new friends and gain inspiration from pioneering women who continue to influence the world of motorcycling today. All Biker Belles proceeds support worthy local charities. For more information and to join the 2016 Biker Belles celebration, visit or phone (605) 347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling PowerSports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip's concerts are free with camping. For more details, visit

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Sturgis-Buffalo-ChipPosted by Gerald Ferreira on July 29, 2016

360 Video – Jaguar Simola Hillclimb South Africa

The Virtual Reality company took one of their 4K virtual camera rigs to the 2016 Simola Hill Climb in Knysna from 6 – 8 May to capture the excitement of this unique event in 360 degrees.


It was the third Hill Climb sponsored by Jaguar and the seventh running of the event overall and this year saw record crowds attend from across the province and the country.

The event is run on a steep uphill road near the Simola Golf and Country Estate. The road is 1.9 kilometres long and competitors in various vehicle classes try to race up the hill as fast as possible. Until 2016, no competitor has been able to break the magical 40s barrier, despite the fact that some of the cars deliver as much as 1 800 horsepower.

For the Virtual Reality company, the event was a quick trial run for its new virtual rig, which comprises of nine 4K high-resolution action cameras capturing video in 360 degrees and one camera facing up.

360 Video of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

The 360° video is best watched on youtube on the Google Chrome browser which best support 360° video. You can also watch the video using Virtual Reality Glasses like the Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset. Simply go to youtube and watch it on your VR Headset. The video is interactive and you can watch the full sixty degrees of each seen by turning your head, or on a computer using your mouse to move left, right up or down.

“The new set-up, which we have designed and printed with a 3D printer, allows us to stitch a full 360-degree panoramic dome. The only space that is left out is the base of the tripod, which we use to add branding or information to the video,” says Gerald Ferreira, founder and designer of the new Virtual-Reality rig.

Ferreira explains that the perfect placement of the cameras and the high resolution of the 4K cameras allow for rapid video stitching and project turnaround.

“Because we position the cameras perfectly, we do not have to spend a lot of time in studio aligning the different videos in sequence and setting the timing. This has allowed us to turn around videos as quickly as 24 hours or even overnight, depending on the client’s needs.”

At this year’s event, Franco Scribante finally broke the magical 40s barrier with a final run of 38.646 seconds. Scribante raced a custom-built Chevron with a high-revving V8 built from 2 Suzuki Hayabusa engines. His achievement is especially noteworthy, since he crashed the car during the early-morning test runs and the team rebuilt the broken suspension in time for him to qualify and compete in the King of the Hill final race.

First in the Supercar class was a near-standard Nissan GT-R from racing legend Jaki Scheckter. Scheckter ruled the class that included vehicles such as a Lamborghini Aventador, Jaguar F-Type R, McLaren 650 and Ferrari 458.


In one of the camera tests, the rig was placed between the pits and the start, a short stretch of tarmac that allows the competitors to warm up their tires and show off to the expectant crowd.

“We have uploaded the video straight from our rig, with only basic stitching and no editing as a showcase of the inherent quality of our virtual videos. The video captures some of the excitement of the day and will give everyone that could not attend the event a good idea of the layout and atmosphere,” says Ferreira.

360-video-jaguar-simola-hillclimbPosted by Gerald Ferreira on May 21, 2016

Lamborghini 360° Video at the Geneva Motor Show

The 87th Geneva Motor Show have come and gone and is now something of the past. We here at 3D Car Shows usually provide extensive news coverage on the Geneva Motor Show, and publish regular news about the Geneva Motor Show as we get it from automotive manufactures. This year however due to circumstances beyond our control, we did not cover any news on the 87th Annual Geneva Motor Show.

Today I cruised the internet, to search for information on the 87th Geneva Motor Show, to get up to date with all the latest cars that was launched at this years Geneva Motor Show.

It is then that I stumbled upon one of the most awesome finds for me from the show (I am a big Automotive enthusiast) and love auto shows especially international automotive shows.


Brian Cooley tours the Lamborghini stand at the International Motor Show in Geneva and shows you a 360-degree view of the belle of the ball, the Centenario.

This 360° video with the commentary from Brian Cooley is pretty good, combined with a Virtual Reality headset makes it an awesome experience to view the auto show specifically the Lamborghini stand as if you were there.

The Lamborghini 360° Video

In this short virtual reality video you are transported back into time to the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The cool thing is that if you are using a VR Headset it is literally a time travel back to history experience. This is awesome, we at car shows love it!

Experience the Lamborghini 360° video the way it is meant to be experienced

For the ultimate experience of the Lamborghini 360° video from the 87th Geneva Motor Show, you need to watch it using a virtual reality headset. The virtual reality headset uses a smartphone as the computer driving the VR. With the headset you can turn your head left or right, up or down, and experience the cars as if you were there.

The virtual reality headset, also enlarges the cars and the cars appear to be the same size as if you were actually standing infront of the cars.

If you haven't got a VR headset yet check out the Google Cardboard headset or the plastic virtual reality headset featured in the images above. You can purchase this headsets on our 3D Photographers partner site.


lamborghinie-360-videoPosted by Gerald Ferreira on April 28, 2016


  • The latest model in the McLaren Sports Series, the 570GT, to make UK debut at the London Motor Show 2016
  • McLaren 675LT Spider and 650S Spider also on display on the McLaren London stand #L63 at Battersea Evolution, 5-8 May 2016


The new McLaren 570GT will make its UK debut at the revived London Motor Show, following the global reveal at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The latest model in the Sports Series will be joining the 650S Spider and the sold-out 675LT Spider as part of the McLaren London stand #L63 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park.

The 570GT is the most refined and luxurious McLaren to date sitting alongside the 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé as the third model in the recently announced Sports Series. Practical enough for everyday use and long-distance journeys, the 570GT features a unique side-opening rear glass hatch offering additional storage on the leather-upholstered Touring Deck. The light and airy cabin is specified with the highest quality materials throughout and includes a standard fixed glass Panoramic Roof creating an open and relaxing driving environment.

Under the skin, the 570GT has been developed with a road-biased dynamic setup, while retaining the supercar levels of engagement experienced on other McLaren models. The 570GT is fitted with the McLaren-developed 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 M838TE engine which generates 570PS (562 bhp) and 600 Nm (443 lb ft) of torque. The power is delivered through the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission with adjustment to the handling and powertrain settings available through Normal, Sport and Track. The UK pricing of the McLaren 570GT starts from £154,000 with first customer deliveries scheduled for July 2016.

The car will be displayed alongside two groundbreaking models from the McLaren Super Series, the 650S Spider and the 675LT Spider, the latter of which is also making its UK show debut. The 675LT Spider is the second model to wear the iconic Longtail badge and the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open top McLaren model ever built. The car was unveiled in December 2015 as a limited edition of 500 examples, all of which sold out within two weeks.


The revived London Motor Show will be taking place at the Battersea Evolution from 5-8 of May and showcase more than 40 car brands and 130 models to visitors from around the world. The Show provides an important platform for the motoring industry in the UK, which is enjoying considerable success in terms of vehicle manufacturing, technical innovation and new car registration.

McLaren Automotive operates in the UK via a network of six official retail partners. McLaren London is part of Jardine Motors Group with responsibility for the capital city. The remaining UK locations include Ascot, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester.

Mclaren-GTPosted by Gerald Ferreira on April 28, 2016


McLaren GT Factory Drivers Rob Bell, Côme Ledogar, Shane van Gisbergen and Alvaro Parente claimed victories in Europe and North America as the 650S GT3 enjoyed a strong weekend. The race-focused version of Super Series model secured a dramatic win at the opening round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Monza, Italy, a double podium in the Pirelli World Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park in the USA and pole position and a win at the first weekend of the International GT Open championship in Estoril, Portugal.


In the all-Factory Driver line-up #58 McLaren 650S GT3 of customer team Garage 59, Bell started the three-hour race P16 alongside the all-McLaren GT Academy Driver trio of Alex Fontana, Struan Moore and Andrew Watson in P15. The experienced Brit quickly fought through the pack, climbing as high as P3 during his stint, before a quick pit stop by the team vaulted the car into the lead with Ledogar aboard. Frenchman Ledogar – making his competitive debut as a Factory Driver with McLaren GT – drove faultlessly through traffic and retained the lead against one of the most competitive GT grids, before van Gisbergen took over for one of the most exciting and closest finishes the championship has ever seen.


During the final stint of the race, the rapid van Gisbergen defended the lead as he negotiated back-markers around the historic 3.6-mile Italian circuit. As the chequered flag fell after 96 hard-fought laps and three hours of racing, the New Zealand-born driver brought the #58 650S GT3 home to secure the top step of the podium with a winning margin of just 0.341s, and score the team its first win in the Championship.

In the United States, fellow Factory Driver Alvaro Parente enjoyed a successful weekend at the wheel of the 650S GT3. Parente, driving for customer team K-PAX Racing, won Round 6 of the Pirelli World Challenge on Saturday, and finished second on Sunday morning in Round 7 at the challenging Barber Motorsports Park circuit in Alabama. The results place Parente firmly in the running for the Drivers’ Title.


A third win for the 650S GT3 was secured at the opening weekend of the International GT Open, as customer team Garage 59 enjoyed further success in the second race at Estoril in Portugal. Kevin Estre and Alexander West secured pole position in the #88 650S GT3, and the French-Swedish pair looked set for a convincing victory until a misjudged overtake by a competitor ended the charge on the final lap. Charging to the line, the #59 650S GT3 of Michael Benham and Duncan Tappy reacted quickly to the incident with the British pair taking the lead in another dramatic race finish.


Commenting on the result at Monza, McLaren GT Factory Driver Côme Ledogar explained: ’It is a dream come true to win on my debut for McLaren as a Factory Driver, and even more so at a place as special as Monza. Garage 59 did a fantastic job all weekend and didn’t put a foot wrong through the race. The work by the pitcrew which saw us jump the leaders was a key moment for us, so credit must go to them. I’m also really thankful for the job my teammates did during the race – Rob (Bell) made a great start, fighting through the pack, and Shane put on a stunning display of defensive driving at the end. The car was perfect and in my stint I just had to keep it clean. I can’t wait to visit Silverstone next month and continue our title challenge.’

mclarenPosted by Gerald Ferreira on April 25, 2016

Standard Bank – Triple blow loads additional costs on road transport operators

The recent 30 cents a litre increase in the fuel levy which came into effect on 01 April 2016, another rise in interest rates and the recent consignor/consignee legislation will add more layers of cost on a transport industry that is struggling to remain profitable, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance.

Operators competing for market share in an environment dominated by shrinking profit margins would respond in various ways to cope with the increased costs created by these major changes, says Toni Fritz, Head of Vehicle and Asset Finance: Business at Standard Bank.

Small and large operators alike who would normally consider buying new trucks will now probably lengthen their replacement cycles to avoid the higher costs of replacing vehicles.

This will have implications on the maintenance costs of vehicles, which will rise as vehicles become older.  For smaller operators working on the fringes of the industry and low margins, the costs could lead to reduced maintenance - a concern when the roadworthiness of vehicles is considered.

“Coping with an increased fuel price will see costs being passed on to customers. In regions where competition is tough, many other operators will be forced to absorb the additional cost - again, maintenance and roadworthiness will then also be impacted upon.”

In addition, what still has to be quantified is the costs of the new consignor/consignee legislation that will demand certain standards are maintained by transport operators moving more than 500 000 kilograms of freight a month,” Ms Fritz mentions.

“Although the legislation focuses on reducing the overloading of vehicles, the damage to roads and demands that operators are insured - changes which are to be lauded - the costs of adhering to the law will undoubtedly impact the industry,” says Ms Fritz.

This impact had to be seriously considered in a country where the lack of bulk rail infrastructure is forcing consignors of goods to use road transport to meet the demands of customers.

Key requirements of the legislation are that:

  • A consignor and consignee must take ‘all reasonable steps’ to avoid overloading a  vehicle;
  • A consignee is a party who is accepting more than 500 000 kilograms of freight per month;
  • In the event of a prosecution, the consignor or consignee must be able to show what steps has been taken to avoid the overloading of vehicles;
  • Accurate documentation must be maintained as it could be used in evidence in court;
  • A consignor, if the vehicle ‘is not loaded in terms of the provisions for the loading and transportation of goods as prescribed in this Act’, must have a written submission as to the payload of such vehicle and the distribution of such load on a vehicle.
  • If a consignor is responsible for the loading of a vehicle of an operator, he or she shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the vehicle is loaded correctly in terms of the Act.
  • A consignor or consignee cannot conclude a contract with the operator to transport goods on a vehicle, if the vehicle is overloaded when the load is transported.
  • Insurance that provides for any incident that is caused by a load while being transported.

“The practical impact of the legislation is that to comply, operators will have to install specialised weighbridges to measure axles and axle unit weights, which is a considerable cost for many operators. Increased administration costs and time lost through completing the shopping list of requirements for documentation also have cost implications.  Add the cost of comprehensive liability insurance and the financial pressures become even more onerous,” Ms Fritz adds.

“The bright spots in the equation are the possibilities that there will be fewer incidents involving overloaded trucks, overall safety will improve and road infrastructure will be less damaged as has been the case in the past. These outcomes will also depend on the delivery of law enforcement on our roads,” she concludes.

Toni-FritzPosted by Gerald Ferreira on April 7, 2016 Older posts