Motul PH showcases rarest, limited edition supercars at MIAS


Around this time of the year, Motul PH preps up its annual pilgrimage to the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), lining up some of the show’s best cars for the country’s biggest annual motoring mecca.

As always, Motul PH never ceases to amaze the crowd with rarely seen collector sports cars at the MIAS.

Here’s their line up this year.

Ferrari F12 TDF  (Tour De France)

motul-MIASWith just 799 units built, this Ferrari was named after the legendary endurance road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s to 1960s, the Tour De France (TDF).

It was a race that required optimum sporting performance from its cars, having to be driven fast on hundreds of kilometers per day on very tough roads as well as circuits.

The Ferrari F12 TDF is the ultimate expression of an extreme road car that is also athletic on the track.

Powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine, the TDF uses the same engine as the standard F12 Berlinetta but tuned to 769 hp (39 more than the standard F12) and is about 110 kilos lighter, thanks to its extensive use of carbon fiber.

With a radical redesign of bodywork, interior and mechanicals, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

motul-MIAS-3What’s more awesome than a Ford Mustang GT350? The GT350R of course!

Although the GT350R uses the same 5.2-liter V-8 engine, with over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, the R variant is lighter by 130 pounds with the same weight distribution as the GT350.

With a lower suspension, exclusive MagneRide adaptive dampers and stiffer springs and anti-roll bars, the R variant is tuned to be a much deadlier apex killer.

The GT350R’s exotic carbon-fiber wheels is also 13 pounds lighter each, and thanks to its 4-piston rear and 6-piston front Brembo brakes it is an even more formidable track car.

With just 500 units worldwide, it is a rare horse indeed.

Ferrari Novitec Rosso F12

motul-MIAS-2An even rarer Ferrari F12 Berlinetta joins the Motul showcase this year.

With just one out of 12 custom built on these specs worldwide, this Ferrari was meticulously customized by multi-awarded car restorer and customizer Alex Isip of Alex Restoration.

Fitted with a Novitec N-Largo S aerodynamic body kit, exhaust system and special rose gold 20 and 21-inch wheels (front and rear), the bodykit is a creation by German designer Vittorio Strosek who co-developed this new wide body conversion kit specifically for the Ferrari tuner brand.

Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG

Very few three letters evoke more passion about motorsports than AMG. If you add these letters with CLK DTM, then you are in for a real treat.

Mercedes-Benz developed this CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet and made it into the world’s fastest open top four-seater.

 With 582 hp and 800 Nm of torque, its AMG 5.5-liter supercharged V8 engine rockets from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 300 km/h.

There was a coupe version of this car, which was modeled after its German Touring Car Masters, the racing version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK with which 5-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider was able to win the DTM championship in the 2003 season.

Only 20 of these cars were built, compared to 100 units of the coupe version.

McLaren Vehicle Protoype 433 675LT

motul-MIAS-5If you think a “run-of-the-mill” McLaren 675LT is rare with just 500 units built, McLaren has produced only 5 of these prototype vehicles dubbed as the VP433 Prototype 675LT.

These prototype cars were used initially for McLaren’s development program with protective camouflage paint to avoid giving away too much visual information about the vehicle from the paparazzi.

Before it was turned over to its owner, a fresh coat of McLaren Orange paint was applied and the car fitted to road specifications.

Other goodies include a carbon fiber exterior upgrade, a track telemetry system, and parking sensors with a rear-parking camera. 

The only tell tale sign of its provenance as a development prototype vehicle is a sticker that says VP433 on its sideskirts and a matching outrageous sticker price.

Motul has a booth prominently set up at the 2017 MIAS happening at the World Trade Center on March 30 to April 2.

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