Secret Supercar Meet 2012
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Supercar Driver secret meet! The biggest event on the Supercar Driver calendar in terms of attendance figures, more than 200 cars attended this years event.
Our starting position was at Donington Park, where we had exclusive use of the land adjacent to the GP museum. After time to relax and get reacquainted with each other, members were led by the GrayPaul team to our destination – the Ferrari & Maserati dealership, where our hosts had laid on a fantastic display of some very special cars.
The Supercar Driver team had also arranged for a racing-simulator to be present on the day, so members could have a go at driving a realistic racing game – complete with full feedback in the controls!
The event has a charitable element to it and raised a significant sum for the BlueBell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Below are a bundle of pictures and a little more information about some of the rare cars that came out to play on the day…!
This is a rare breed indeed. In fact, it’s the only one of its kind! The car was originally build to compete in the British GT series in the mid-‘90’s against the heavy hitters such as McLaren and Porsche. It was tested at Silverstone with a Jaguar XJ220 engine producing more than 850bhp. Unfortunately, just two weeks prior to its first race, the rules changed and the Pulse couldn’t be modified in time.
The car was parked up and was never completed. In October 2008, owner Keith bought the car as a pile of bits and set about returning it to its former glory – with a few of his own enhancements along the way (who can miss that giant rear wing!).
In terms of engine, Keith’s intention was to use an Audi RS6 engine, but none were available so chose an equally impressive Audi RS4 2.7 Twin Turbo! This ensures that it goes just as fast as it looks!
The CTR3 was released 20 years after the original Ruf CTR, on April 11, 2007 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. Continuing the Ruf tradition of enhancing Porsche cars, the CTR3 shares both the body panels and engine from Porsche.
For the first time, however, it features a Ruf designed body. Built out of steel, aluminum, and Kevlar-carbon, the car weighs just 1,375kgs.
The engine of the CTR3 is a Porsche derived 3.8 L flat-6 paired with twin KK&K turbochargers; meaning the CTR3 produces 691bhp with a top speed of a whopping 233mpg.
The CTR3 will get you to 60mph from standstill in just 3.1 seconds!
This year Supercar Driver members brought along a couple of classic Rally cars! The red car above is a “Hawk Stratos”, a replica of the Lancia Stratos HF, which had a successful rally career during the 70’s.
The Stratos was designed by Bertone and has the familiar lines of this design house (they also penned some of the earlier Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s). This Hawk model is owned by Supercar Driver member Rob.
The yellow/white car below is an Audi Quattro.
For those who aren’t aware of the history, the Audi Quattro was the first rally car to take advantage of the then-recently changed rules which allowed the use of four-wheel drive in competition racing. It won competition after competition for the next few years and in doing so, became a rally legend.
This Short-Wheel-Base version is an original Quattro car and has been fitted with Porsche GT3 running gear.
Fast? You betcha!
Inside the showroom, Graypaul had arranged a stunning array of automotive splendour! This included a full complement of Ferrari racing cars, the latest model road cars from Ferrari and Maserati and of course some of the legendary classics. This included the Ferrari F40, Ferrari Enzo and the Porsche Carrera GT.
The new Ferrari FF was on display as was the 599 GTO. In the workshop area, guests were able to talk to the dealership engineers and several cars were on the ramps for Supercar Driver members to have a nosey at what goes on underneath a number of fantastic supercars!
With so many cars in attendance this year, it is difficult to mention them all – and to highlight all the wonderfully rare exotica that attended the event. In attendance were two of only five TVR Typhon’s in the world, a Porsche 959 and a Ferrari F40. There was also two of only three Ford GT 720 Mirage’s, the only Tipo 250 and a Mercedes CLK DTM AMG (that’ll be the one that maxes out on acronyms!). There was also a Mercedes SLR Cabriolet, Ascari Ecosse, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and what is believed to one of only a handful of Corvette ZR1’s in the country. Special mention must also go to the incredible Jaguar XJ13.
Photos by Dom Fisher (www.dfishpix.co.uk) and used with permission.