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“Chrysler” inspired icon.La Comete sculpture by Guirard-Riviere, Etling Foundry. See reference to the Chrysler building in New York.

La Comète

La Comète is a magnificent Art Deco sculptural image of a female nude modelled as a streamlined comet, her long hair trailing behind her as she flies through the clouds. The silvered bronze sculpture is heightened with parcel gilding and raised on a breche griotte shaped marble base, signed Guirard-Riviere and inscribed with the foundry mark Etling Paris. The sculpture’s composition displays a great sense of dynamism and movement.
This iconic design was considered the height of modernity and an example of the model was placed in the reception of the famous Chrysler Building, New York from 1930 to 1942.
See example with a green/brown patina which was sold at Sothebys, New York in 2014 for $ 60,000 USD

Hickmet Fine Art

 

 

Monaco Grand Prix. 4page supplement New York Times International Edition.

McLaren-Honda’s star driver, Fernando Alonso, racing in the Spanish Grand Prix in May 2017, where he finished 12th. Alonso will skip the Monaco Grand Prix this week end to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Photo Credit Mark Thompson/Getty Images.  Courtesy & with thanks Ian Parkes New York Times International Edition.

McLaren-Honda’s star driver, Fernando Alonso, racing in the Spanish Grand Prix in May, where he finished 12th. Alonso will skip the Monaco race for the Indianapolis 500. Credit Mark Thompson/Getty Images
There is no way to mitigate the disaster that this season has been for the McLaren-Honda Formula One team.

Now in the third year of the alliance, with Honda providing the power units, the opening months of this season have been deplorable. The team has yet to score a point after the first five races, and the list of technical issues has been embarrassing.

Since a revamp of the power unit over the winter, there have been electrical faults, water and oil leaks, and problems with horsepower. In the third race of the series, in Bahrain, the driver Stoffel Vandoorne failed to start because of a water pressure problem. In the next race, the team’s star driver, the two-time champion Fernando Alonso, also did not start because of a power unit failure.

And now the team is even allowing Alonso to miss the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday so he can race in the Indianapolis 500. Alonso will be driving the IndyCar version of a McLaren-Honda, run by Andretti Autosport.

Courtesy & with thanks Ian Parkes. New York Times International Edition. 4 page Grand Prix Supplement. Photo Mark Thompson /Getty Images.

 

 

BMW i3. Has been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years.

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Alexander Kotouc will take to the stage at next week’s Global Superyacht Forum in a keynote presentation entitled ‘Smart, Sustainable Mobility’. Kotouc currently oversees the current and future product portfolio of the BMW i brand, including the BMW i8 hybrid sports car and the all-electric BMW i3. Having been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years, it is no surprise that these vehicles are leaders in their field, pushing the boundaries of what is to be expected of an electric car.
With more technology now focused on sustainability and ‘green’ options, the luxury industry – yachting included – has at times been resistant to these changes. Kotouc believes, however, that BMW i are turning this impression around. “We strongly consider sustainability as a factor becoming more and more decisive for premium buyers,’ he notes, with buying patterns changing considerably in this luxury sector, “Around 85% of all BMW i3 customers are new to the BMW brand, meaning they hadn’t taken a traditional BMW into account.”

To Kotouc, there is no question of the future of sustainable technologies within the automotive industry, “We will see electric propulsion systems overtaking the traditional petrol and diesel engine within the next 25 to 30 years.” Indeed, BMW i’s latest concept is the iNext, is an “all-connected iconic vehicle with autonomous driving capabilities and an even higher level of sustainability throughout.”
For Kotouc, the future for ‘green’ transport shouldn’t be restricted to adaptions on original cars to curtail pollution, but re-evaluating the entire process of designing, engineering and using transport, “Sustainability for us means more than just cars without an exhaust pipe. Our target is to avoid emissions even in the production process and supply chain. We call this “Holistic Sustainability.”
BMW i are spearheading sustainable automotive development and the key to their success? Looking at the emotional side of driving, “Sustainability has traditionally lacked emotional appeal. Therefore, we put a strong focus at BMW i as progressive, an aspirational design and driving pleasure.” It is here where the automotive and yachting markets have strong ties, with many owners citing their pure love of the yachting world as their commitment to the industry. Perhaps it is in this vein that yachting must drive forward sustainability, or as Kotouc notes, “Sustainability sells when it appeals to your heart, not just your brain…”
Therefore, what can attendees expect from Kotouc’s session next week? “Inspiration for our world of tomorrow, and that sustainability does not mean sacrifice.”
Registration for the Global Superyacht Forum, held from 14 – 16 November is still open.
Images courtesy of BMW i and TEDXTaiPei & the Global Superyacht Forum Amsterdam November 2016

 

Mclaren stops the Traffic in London`s Knightsbridge

Lewis Hamilton`s racing red 2008 Championship winning Mclaren MP4-23is suspended above the crowds in Mclaren`s streamlined recently opened showroom in London`s Knightbridge.

This autumn Neuberger exhibited Alain Prost`s original Formula One car on Boulevard Gouvion St Cyr, near Porte Maillot central Paris.

David Cameron recently visited the new State of the Art Mclaren factory, based at the Woking Technology site, where it is possible to watch the cars being painted behind a glass screen.We understand that there are plans to produce 4000 Mclaren sports cars a year by the middle of the decade

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