When we drooled over Frank Profera’s Lotus Elise purchase in 2005, who knew this car would become California’s most envy-inducing hot rod
! What began as a lotus is now the Ronin RS 211, a supercar modification that includes the Ferrari 612 Seaglietti’s Grigio Medio paint job, an MR2 five-speed transmission, and an on-demand E85 system that kicks into gear above 20psi. In fact, between 20psi and 36psi, the engine releases a mixture of gasoline and alcohol to boost the octane rating and hit over 680 horsepower.
That’s right, we said 680 horsepower.
Don’t believe us? Check out this video on what may very well be the fastest hot rod in the world. Jay Leno interviewed Frank Profera to get a closer look at this exotic mod-car, and find out more about what’s under the hood:
Do you have a Lotus or another type of exotic car in your collection? The exotic car insurance policies
from Classic Auto Insurance are the most comprehensive and cost effective policies on the market. We offer agreed value, roadside assistance, and additional perks you won’t find anywhere else. Give us a call at 888-901-1338 to get a free quote and find out how we can save you money and give you the best protection available for your exotic car collection.
Posted: 12/31/2014 9:00:00 AM
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We all want to spend less money, right? If so, why do so many people neglect to get a variety of estimates for the work they want done on their classic cars?
While it’s fantastic to only take your cars to the best, most specialized auto shops, for many jobs, a standard mechanic may be able to do exactly what you need for half the cost of the niche auto shops. Perhaps the most important part of any repair for your classic is making sure your car is in good hands, while at the same time, making sure you aren’t getting ripped off for the work being done. Just because your car is old or exotic doesn’t mean standard work should cost huge amounts of money, or require excessive amounts of time.
- Get an estimate beforehand: If a mechanic is hesitant to give you an estimate for classic car repairs, go elsewhere. Full disclosure and honesty up front are things you want to be sure you have.
- Review the estimate thoroughly, and compare all estimates to each other: It can be easy to get one estimate and feel satisfied, but get several, and determine the best one for your money.
- Recognize that the best work will likely not be the cheapest: Take into consideration the quality of the shop, the certifications of the mechanics, and reviews from other customers.
- Do your research for time estimates: Search sites like Alldata and Mitchell for estimates on the time it takes to do most repairs. Don’t let your mechanic overcharge you for extra hours or for excessive repairs.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Talk to your mechanics, get opinions from other classic owners, and don’t necessarily choose the cheapest work or the most inexpensive parts. Treat your car well, but treat your wallet nicely too! Save more money by getting a classic car insurance quote
from Classic Auto and checking out our competitive rates on tailored policies.
Posted: 12/29/2014 9:00:00 AM
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Thinking about upgrading your classic car with the Christmas money you have in your pocket? If so, make sure you put in the legwork up front to research any potential mechanics or body shops you may want to use. The last thing you want is to get taken advantage of by a mechanic or body shop that is just out to get your money. We want to help you out in this process by offering a few tips for selecting the right place to do your classic car repairs and customization projects:
Visit the Shops
It may seem like a long process to visit every shop on your list, but an in person visit can quickly give you the idea of whether or not you want to have work done on your car at that location.
Shop Around Online
- Talk to the mechanics and get a feel for their experience
- Ask about certifications and specialty work, especially when it comes to your specific make and model of car.
- Ask for references so you can call previous customers of the shop and get their reviews.
Although the possibilities for what you may find are endless, checking out online reviews, reading about the variety of shops and mechanics in your area, and even checking average costs compared to other areas can greatly benefit you.
Don’t be afraid of the cost
- Get on sites like Yelp, Cars.com, and Angie’s List to find reviews from both satisfied and dissatisfied customers of any shop or mechanic you may be interested in. Find out what others have to say. Be skeptical of online reviews and look for real problems or issues rather than just disgruntled customers.
- Search for custom shops outside your area. If you can find a shop that specializes in a job you need done, but it’s a bit further away, it may still be worth the trip.
- Check out sites like repairpal and automd for information on the average cost of general repairs, as well as custom jobs. You can also check out online resources like Alldata and Mitchell 1 for information about the average time most repairs take, in order to protect yourself from a mechanic who overbills for hours and charges you an arm and a leg for basic repair work.
Do It Yourself
- If you are getting repairs done by an ASE certified technician, it’s going to cost a bit more than one who is not certified. But you wouldn’t want an unlicensed doctor operating on your insides, would you? Same principles apply.
- When it comes to paying for parts, investing in the quality, brand-specific parts will always benefit you over scraping for a deal and buying an off-brand. If the classic was built with certain parts inside it, it was meant to operate with those parts. That doesn’t mean you can’t adjust or modify, but don’t skimp when parts are concerned. It pays to invest in the quality of parts you put into your classic.
- If you have the know-how and the skills to do a job yourself, it can definitely be cost-effective to implement the repairs or customizations on your own, but don’t get cocky and take on more than you can handle!
- Estimate the amount of time it will take you to do the repair and how much “cost” you will lose by using up your own time, vs. the amount it would cost you to have a professional finish the job in what will likely be much less time. If it is worth it to you to do the job yourself, make sure you have all the right tools, resources, and a back-up plan if your efforts don’t succeed or go as planned.
When you’re in the midst of a repair, restoration, or upgrade job, don’t forget to call Classic Auto Insurance
and get a quote on our stated value policies to cover your in-process car. You may not be driving it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth protecting! Give us a call at 888-901-1338 to make sure your classic car insurance policy reflects your needs.
Posted: 12/26/2014 9:00:00 AM
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Ferrari is at it again, and this time, they’re expanding to reach all ages, crowds, and income-levels. In 2010, they opened what’s known as Ferrari World
, a 86,000 square meter theme park in the middle of Abu Dhabi.
Geared towards expanding the Ferrari brand beyond just those who can afford to own this type of luxury car, inside the theme park you will find roller coasters, tours, exhibits, and children toting around memorabilia and merchandise. Anyone can come inside and enjoy not only the history of the brand, but an experience they will remember for years to come; hopefully one that will make them enduring Ferrari exotic car enthusiasts!
This theme park is located right on the edge of the Yas Marina F1 racing circuit, and is the flagship location for what is about to expand. Coming in 2016, Ferrari plans to open a brand new “Ferrari Land” located in Spain. We commend Ferrari for their success in this venture, recognizing that not any brand could open a world-class theme park and have the level of success they’ve experienced.
Have you visited Ferrari World or are you planning to take your family to the brand new Ferrari Land opening up soon? We’d love to see your pictures and hear stories from your visit!
If you’ve added a Ferrari to your car collection, contact Classic Auto to make sure all of your luxury and exotic car insurance
policies are up to date. Call us today at 888-901-1338 to speak with one of our expert representatives.
Posted: 12/24/2014 9:00:00 AM
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Are you anxious to get in on the racing game? Until now, the elusive world of competitive car racing has been only for those with corporate sponsors or the super rich. With a new partnership
from NASA (no, not the space guys. We’re talking about the National Auto Sport Association
) and Élan Technologies
, affordable racing is now a possibility.
This partnership has been working tirelessly to bring us the NP Series of cars (set to release in the fall of 2015), featuring a line of kit racing cars intended to cater to a variety of racers needs and wants, including affordability, safety, and speed. The sneak peak into this line offers a prototype that will appeal to the masses; a kit car that rings up at a grand total of $59,995, the “cheapest” price available for any racing prototype on the market.
This model, the NP01 weighs in at just 1550 lbs. and can reach top speeds of over 150 mph. Under the hood of this kit car comes a sealed 185 horsepower, 2-liter Mazda engine with a 6-speed sequential transmission. Customers can either purchase the car kit and assemble it themselves, adding their own customizations along the way, if they wish, or they can request a factory completion, and have the finished product shipped to them, ready to race.
This exclusive new NASA series will be able to compete at any one of the over 150 sanctioned NASA events across the country, including events at the Virginia International Raceway and the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Are you ready to compete?
Have you assembled any kit cars lately? We’d love to see them! Contact Classic Auto
today to tell us your car stories, or give us a call at 888-901-1338 if you have any questions about your modified or kit car insurance policy.
Posted: 12/22/2014 9:00:00 AM
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