Valentino Rossi and Yamaha – MotoGP rockstars

Ask any follower of MotoGP or for that matter, any motorsports fan, who they think is the top rider out there and Valentino Rossi will head any list. Having nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name, seven in the Premier class, he is considered to be the greatest and most successful motorcycle rider of all time. Rossi, or il dottore (his racing nickname), has won the World Championship in all categories he has entered, 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP. He is first in all-time 500cc/MotoGP race wins – 88 victories and in overall race wins (114), he is second only behind the legendary Giacomo Agostini, a fellow Italian.

Rossi burning up the track at the Argentinian Grand Prix, 2016

Through his illustrious career starting in 1996, Rossi has been the lead rider in every team that he has raced for – Aprilia (125cc/250cc class), Honda (500cc/MotoGP class), Ducati and Yamaha (both MotoGP class). His contributions to the teams’ technical and race directors have been instrumental in the development of race bikes with outstanding performance.

In fact, Valentino Rossi has played a vital role in developing the YZR-M1 and their story is one of the most famous tales in the world of motorsports. The Doctor first tested the YZR-M1 in 2004 and tried multiple engine prototypes before choosing one that he labeled a “sweet” engine. The combination of man and machine reached epic heights when they went on to win at Welkom (South Africa) that same season. Four MotoGP championships in nine seasons racing with it, and still running!

The Yamaha YZR-M1 is powered by a liquid cooled 1000cc, in-line 4-cylinder, 4-stroke with 16-valve DOHC engine with cross-plane crankshaft. Transmission is via a six-speed gearbox with alternative gear ratios available. The bike is capable of producing 245hp for a top speed of around 340km/h.

Man and Machine, Rossi with the 2016 Yamaha YZR-M1

Now you can own part of this legend with Maisto’s Yamaha YZR-M1

This 1:10 Yamaha YZR-M1 (Valentino Rossi, # 46, MotoGP 2016) diecast model from Maisto has working steering, wheels and stand. Measuring approx. 20cm long it is very highly detailed and features high quality paintwork with authentic, precise decals of Rossi’s race livery.
A truly great model of The Doctor’s 2016 season bike. And one that is a must for any MotoGP race fan.

Maisto’s 1:10 Yamaha YZR-M1 2016 Factory Racing Team #46 Valentino Rossi


Celebrating Ferruccio Lamborghini’s legacy with the outrageous Centenario

Lamborghini debuts the Centenario at the Geneva Motor Show, 2016

Automobili Lamborghini debuted the Lamborghini Centenario at the Geneva Motor Show 2016, in the year the company celebrated the birth centenary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Only 20 coupé and 20 roadster limited edition versions of the Centenario will be produced.

The Centenario is part of Lamborghini’s one-off strategy, and demonstrates the company’s innovative design and engineering competencies. Using the V12 architecture, the Centenario’s naturally aspirated engine produces 770 hp and powers from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in 23.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 350 km/h. A monocoque and body in full carbon fiber provide a low weight of 1,520 kg and a weight to power ratio of just 1.97 kg/hp.

The car’s aerodynamic design includes an extending rear wing providing more downforce at high speeds. The introduction of rear-wheel steering provides increased agility and stability.

Lamborghini Centenario at full throttle!

“The Centenario is a car that perfectly combines tradition and innovation. It looks to the future while honouring the legend that is Ferruccio Lamborghini,” says Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann.

While the Geneva show car was in an entirely carbon fiber finish, clients can specify their Centenario to include exposed carbon fiber or any colour and finish from Lamborghini’s personalisation programme.

The Centenario continues Lamborghini’s strategy of producing exclusive limited editions, which allow scope for exploring design and technology possibilities while heightening brand awareness. Starting with the Reventón and including the Sesto Elemento, Aventador J and Veneno, every car has proved its instant appeal, achieved iconic status, and increased in value.

Aggressive styling combined with aerodynamic brilliance

Maisto’s homage to a masterpiece in automobile design

Faithfully reproducing the aggressive aerodynamic styling right from the front hood, along the side profile to the outrageous back end with its insanely attractive six-fin diffuser, Maisto has produced a 1:18 diecast scale model of this beauty. Front splitter and air vents, side skirts with race-inspired fins, sharp character lines along the doors, rear decklid with function vents, triple exhaust vent, massive tyres with distinctive wheels and an interior that is truly futuristic… the attention to detail is mind-boggling! With opening doors, rear engine cover, front luggage boot, steerable front wheels, this officially licensed model is a collector’s dream come true.

Perfection in 1:18 scale from Maisto

All 40 original Centenario are sold, to collectors and Lamborghini enthusiasts around the world at a start price of about 1.75 million euros, but this exquisite scale model from Maisto can be yours for just a tiny fraction of the original car’s price!

Amazing detailed, in Die-cast Metal with plastic parts
In drop-dead paintwork, Dark Grey or Red. Stunning!

Mercedes AMG Petronas dominates 2016 Formula 1 Championships


Rosberg-Hamilton rivalry in 2016 F1 Championship

2016 was the 67th Formula One World Championship which comprised of twenty-one Grands Prix—making it the longest season in F1 history—starting in Australia on 20th March and finishing in Abu Dhabi on 27th November.

The starting grid for the 2016 season was made up of 11 teams, twenty-two cars with the addition of the Haas F1 Team. Renault also made a comeback to F1 after four years. The calendar featured the return of the German Grand Prix and the European Grand Prix which was held in the city of Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

Nico Rosberg

World Driver’s Title

The 2016 F1 World Drivers’ Championship title was won by Nico Rosberg. With nine wins and seven other podiums, Nico beat teammate and defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton by five points. By winning the title, Nico followed his father’s success in 1982, when Keke Rosberg was crowned F1 champ. This would prove to be Rosberg’s last season, as he announced his retirement from the sport shortly after winning the title.

The fight for the title was a tense battle for supremacy between the two Mercedes drivers. Winning 18 of the 20 Grand Prix between them, going into the final race of the season, Rosberg led Hamilton by twelve points. The head-to-head race wins up to that point read R-R-R-R-H-H-R-H-H-H-H-R-R-R-R-H-H-H (R-Rosberg, H-Hamilton).

In the final round at Abu Dhabi, Hamilton secured pole ahead and led from the start. Late in the race he tried an unconventional strategy of slowing down in the hope that Rosberg, running second, would be caught and overtaken by one or more drivers behind him. However, though Hamilton went on to win the race, Rosberg was able to hang on to second place and secure his maiden Drivers’ Championship title in a thrilling season of high drama racing.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid

World Constructor’s Title

In the World Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes won the title for the second consecutive year, winning 19 of the 21 rounds and beating Red Bull Racing by 279 points, with Ferrari finishing a further 72 behind.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid race car is powered by the Mercedes PU106C Hybrid engine. The chassis, named “F1 W07 Hybrid” represents the seventh F1 car that Mercedes has constructed since 2010, while “Hybrid” marked the recognition of the utilization of fully integrated hybrid power units. With 19 wins, 20 pole positions, 33 podium finishes and a total of 765 constructors championship points in a single season, the F1 W07 Hybrid is statistically the most dominant F1 car in the history of the sport.

The Mercedes-Benz PU106C Hybrid engine, 1.6 Litre, turbocharged 90° – V6, limited to 15,000 RPM, in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout, produces 950-1000 hp. During the Canadian Grand Prix, a new rear wing addition was able to create top-end speeds in excess of 350kmph, by reducing drag and generating higher downforce, making the most powerful car on the grid.

Bburago 1:18 2016 World Championship Winners!

Nico Rosberg’s winning 1:18 Mercedes AMG Petronas W07 Hybrid (#6)
1:18 Mercedes AMG Petronas W07 #44 Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid cars from Bburago are 1:18 scale diecast replicas of Rico Rosberg’s (#6) and Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One racers. They include all the authentic details you would expect to find in the actual car including authentic race and sponsorship decals, as well as the distinctive aerodynamic chassis design. Every edge and curve is present, complete with authentic looking graphics that have been applied via tampo print decals. Approx. 28cm long and truly stunning, these are exquisite models for any F1 or Mercedes fan.

To complete the miniature grid formation, what better than a 1:18 scale diecast model of Sebastian Vettel’s 2016 Ferrari SF-16H, also from Bburago, featuring the same high attention to detail and finish. A must for any Ferrarista!

Bburago 1:18 Ferrari SF16-H #5 Sebastian Vettel