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Fans of Lamborghini’s racing exploits finally get the street-legal Huracán STO

Occasionally, carmakers engineer vehicles specifically optimized to meet the performance requirements of motorsports. Each one is either built for speed or for endurance. In the case of the Huracan Super Trofeo and Huracan GT3, these machines are ready to outperform Lamborghini’s competitors at their respective racing events. To skirt over restrictions for use on public roads, it presents the Huracán STO. This latest model intends to deliver everything one expects to experience behind the wheel of the Italian marque’s automobiles.

“The Huracán STO is the purest incarnation of Lamborghini Squadra Corse heritage, directly transferring technologies from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and drawing on the Huracán GT3 EVO’s unique accomplishment of winning three consecutive times in the Daytona 24 hours,” stated Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

Lamborghini hopes owners will appreciate the racing heritage each Huracán STO embodies on every drive. We know it will be an exhilarating ride as the naturally aspirated V10 engine produces 640 horsepower with 417 lb-ft of torque. The output courses through a 7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels. The addition of superior aerodynamics allows it the go from 0 to 62  mph in 3.2 seconds. Meanwhile, tracks testing shows a top speed of 192.63 mph.

In addition to its new street-legal status, owners also get three new ANIMA driving modes: STO, Trofeo, and Pioggia. Beginners who prefer some assistance for all types of road conditions should stick with the first. The next one – Trofeo – is for when you want to unleash its capabilities on the track. Finally, Pioggia provides reliable support for the driver on wet surfaces. The Huracán STO is a treat for people who love Lamborghini’s machines.

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Protect and your Apple Watch with the Gray Cyber Watch Case and Band combo

For years now, the Apple Watch has been a commercial success that has left Android Wear behind. Battery life continues to be dismal in comparison to wearables from Huawei, Samsung, and other brands. Nevertheless, its widespread adoption makes it a perfect platform for third-party accessory manufacturers. While its first-party options retail for premium prices, there are some add-ons that cost more than the device itself. The Gray Cyber Watch is one of those which retails for up to $1,299.

What makes it even more ridiculous is the fact that it is for a case and band only. Although the Apple Watch can survive some accidental bumps and scrapes, it lacks the protection that some of its competitors ship with. Thus, there is a thriving demand for aftermarket accessories that could augment its survivability. Common items owners shop for are tempered glass screen protector and protective cases.

The Cyber Watch from Gray is an upscale case with an FKM rubber band that not only keeps your wearable safe but enhances its appearance. You can choose from titanium or aluminum variants and several colors to match your preference. It is engineered to perfection and fits the Apple Watch without any noticeable gaps. The metal housing reinforces its overall durability and elevates its aesthetics

Likewise, to absorb the shock from impacts an FKM rubber insert sits between the titanium frame and the Apple Watch. Taking into account the crown, the right section angles inward to make the button accessible. If you are getting the Cyber Watch from Gray, you might as well splurge on its other collection to protect your iPhone and AirPods.

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This Ford Bronco VelociRaptor V8 from Hennessey Performance is a bespoke beast

How does a carmaker gauge if their upcoming model will be a big hit? While that may be a difficult question to answer for certain marques, but Ford seems to already have a winner on its hands. After caving in and finally giving fans what they have been clamoring for, the Blue Oval is making the right decision. The hype surrounding the new SUV is clearly at an insane level right now and Hennessey Performance is crafting the Bronco VelociRaptor V8.

Some of you already know what happens to stock vehicles that undergo the services provided by the American tuning group. Recent ones that were on our pages include the 2021 Dodge Durango and the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. Although those are equally impressive in their own way, the appeal of this Bronco VelociRaptor V8 is special.  After years of settling for restomods, gearheads are ready for something brand new.

Hennessey Performance is not the only shop teasing bespoke takes of the Bronco or the Raptor variant to be specific. Nevertheless, its past exploits should give us an idea of what we can look forward to. The Bronco VelociRaptor V8 will output up to 750 horsepower from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 power plant. The tuner projects a remarkable 4.5 seconds 0-60 mph run, which it will likely deliver.

Some of the tweaks on the list include a stainless-steel exhaust assembly, an exclusive hood with scoop, a robust suspension upgrade, and massive wheels witch chunky all-terrain tires. Completing the look are racing stripes and graphics along with Hennessey Performance branding in key sections of the vehicle. Finally, only 24 examples of the Bronco VelociRaptor V8 will see production in 2- or 4-door options.

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Pagani builds the 100th and final Huayra Roadster

Pagani has remained relatively quiet in the past few years. It has steered clear of the horsepower and top speed races, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t stayed busy. It published a video on its social media channels to announce it has built the 100th and final example of the Huayra Roadster three years after introducing the model.

The anonymous Hong Kong-based collector who will soon take delivery of the final Huayra Roadster explained he fell in love with the brand after seeing a C12 in a showroom. He added that he ordered his Roadster after unsuccessfully trying to buy a Huayra coupe, which is a relatively small problem to have in the grand scheme of things. And, an open-top hypercar with a screaming V12 engine isn’t terrible as far as consolation prizes go.

Like most Huayra buyers, the man worked directly with the company to customize his car.

“When I was shown the Mamba Black exposed carbon, that’s when I knew that I wanted this. It’s far richer in depth, and it really does look considerably different from the normal carbon fiber,” he explained. Pagani even designed a special fin for the rear end of the car. It’s inspired by the ones fitted to the Zonda Tricolore, and by a shark fin.

The owner played a role in designing the interior, too. Rather than keeping it all black, like the body, he requested yellow accents on the seats, on the door panels, and on the dashboard, and matte carbon fiber on the center console.

It doesn’t sound like the buyer requested any mechanical modifications, meaning power comes from a Mercedes-AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V12 that’s twin-turbocharged to 753 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Mounted behind the passenger compartment, the 12-cylinder spins the rear wheels via a seven-speed automated manual transmission. It’s 40% lighter than the dual-clutch transmission used in the Huayra coupe, Pagani explained.

Pricing for the Huayra Roadster started at $2.4 million before options entered the equation, and all 100 units were spoken for by the time the car made its debut at the 2017 edition of the Geneva auto show. Selling 100 cars for a seven-digit sum is a big achievement, but building them and delivering them is even more impressive.

What’s next?

As of writing, Pagani’s future plans are relatively vague. Mercedes-AMG confirmed plans to phase out its V12 in the wake of ever-stricter emissions regulations around the world, so the Italian firm will need to either find another engine to power its cars, or design one from scratch. Which route it plans to take hasn’t been revealed yet. Regardless, the Huayra’s successor remains tentatively scheduled to arrive before the end of 2021.

In 2019, it said it hoped to release its first electric model by 2024, though company founder Horacio Pagani also admitted there is absolutely no demand for one. “None of our customers or dealers want to know about an electric car. They don’t want to know anything about it. They’re not interested. It’s a huge challenge for us, because no one is asking for it,” he affirmed. Another upcoming Pagani model that will undoubtedly generate more interest among the super-rich is a $3.3 million SUV, which could break cover before 2025.

The UR-220 All Black is the stealthy timepiece we always wanted form Urwerk

It has been a while since Urwerk had a spot on our pages. Thus, we’re happy to see that it’s catering to our love of things in stealthy colorways. The Swiss luxury watchmaker presents the UR-220 All Black. If not for the prohibitive cost, we will snap one up in a heartbeat. This stylish timepiece touts a pitch-black coat with a matte finish that adds to its elegance.

What looks like metal is actually 81 layers of CTP carbon that has been compressed into a robust structure. Another unique feature you can find on Urwerk’s watches is the location of the crown. As for the UR-220 All Black, you can find it on the top where the lug meets the frame.

Much like the other models from the brand, the UR-220 All Black is a visual treat for owners and onlookers close enough to see it in action. As with the others that came before it, the highlight is the sophisticated satellite hours complication. Urwerk is pairing it with a retrograde minute system which is just mesmerizing in motion.

The Arabic numerals on the hour markers and the indices that run along the bottom half of the dial are in yellow with Super-LumiNova for low-light visibility. The power reserve indicators are split in two and each occupies the upper corners of the dial.

As we turn the watch over, it gives us a view of the oil change service indicator and cutouts with sapphire windows. Its case back is fashioned from black DLC-coated titanium. The Urwerk UR-220 All Black uses a UR-7.20 manual movement with a 48-hour power reserve. Completing it is a black leather strap with a  titanium buckle.

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Buy a private jet, get a matching Porsche 911 Turbo S

Here’s an opportunity for the top 0.01% earners in the world. Porsche and Embraer are collaborating on a limited-edition project in which you buy a Phenom 300E private jet and get a matching Porsche 911 Turbo S to go with it.

If you can’t afford the approximately $10 million jet, then you won’t have the opportunity to buy a Porsche in this spec, either. Porsche and Embraer are calling this collaboration “Duet,” as the Porsche was specifically designed to pair with the jet’s styling and color scheme. There will only be 10 of these 911s ever made, which is probably a fine number considering the price of entry is about 50 times higher than that of a standard 911 Turbo S.

Porsche painted the upper part of the 911 in the same Platinum Silver Metallic as the jet is painted in. However, the two-tone jet necessitated the lower portion of the 911 be painted in Jet Grey Metallic. The Porsche also has the same strips of chrome and blue running along the lower portion of its body. All of this paint work and trim work is done by hand, similar to the painting process of the jet. Embraer and Porsche collaborated on a special logo for this pair, which the Porsche wears proudly. Its rear wing takes inspiration from the jet, too, as Porsche painted the underside blue and added the jet’s tail number to it: N911EJ.

The thoughtful and special touches don’t end there. Unique wheels are painted in Platinum Silver Metallic and have a blue rim line that was put there using laser technology. Even the chrome surround on the side air intakes are reminiscent of the chrome surround on the jet’s engines.

Inside, Porsche developed a special black/Chalk two-tone color scheme to match the seats in the jet. Even the steering wheel is two-tone, which is meant to copy the plane’s yoke design. More blue accents abound; the special logo is placed in a few spots, and the entire interior is hand-crafted. Porsche also placed an illuminated “No step” plate on the door sills to reference the same lettering seen on the plane’s wings.

There isn’t one aspect of this build that hasn’t been worked over with a fine-tooth comb. You get a special key painted in blue with the jet’s registration. The car cover says “Remove before flight” on it. You even get a custom watch and luggage set that perfectly matches the car. It all sounds fit for a billionaire or a multi-millionaire who likes to live large.

And in case you were wondering about the jet, it’s about the best you can get for a five-person, single-pilot private jet. With a range of 2,010 nautical miles and a cabin fit for a king, it’s about as dreamy as air travel gets.

Bang & Olufsen is adding wireless charging support to the Beolit 20 speaker

Bang & Olufsen continues to drop even more premium products before 2020 draws to a close to the delight of its fans. In fact, we have been featuring some of its new releases lately. The Beolit 20 is a welcome addition to its catalogue of portable audio products. As always, we remind you not to underestimate some of the smaller speakers out there. These bad boys often pack a mean acoustic punch which could catch folks by surprise.

Now that you have been given fair warning, the Beolit 20 a substantial upgrade over the outgoing model. Aside from its new features, Bang & Olufsen is keeping what matters the most. Due to the design, it is difficult to tell apart from the 2017 version. At first, we were wondering why the manufacturer was sticking with the look.

Nevertheless, upon closer inspection, it’s easy to tell which is which. What gives it away are the new colorways: Black Anthracite and Grey Mist. This means it still sports the same omnidirectional audio output like its predecessors. From all angles, its anodized aluminum body, robust polymer base, and vegetable-tanned leather strap remind us of the top-shelf craftsmanship that goes into each Beolit 20.

Bang & Olufsen packs cutting edge technology into a 135 mm x 230 mm x 189 mm body that weighs  2,700 grams. Meanwhile, the 3,200 mAh battery can last up 37 hours at lower volumes and up to 8 hours at regular levels. Furthermore, the Beolit 20 now comes with a 5W wireless charging area on the top section. This is a welcome addition that a modern smartphone user will surely appreciate.

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This BMW M4 Competition x Kith is one of the coolest car collaborations this year

We’re loving the continuous flow of stealthy automobiles that have been debuting all around. Moreover, there have several cool collaborations between artists and carmakers as of late. To our surprise, the BMW M4 Competition x Kith is one of the more unique presentations this year. What we like about this tie-in is fun rebranding that the manufacturer was willing to go with. The result is the familiar silhouette of the 2022 BMW M4 Competition with bespoke styling elements.

The first visual treat that grabs your attention is the matte finish of its exterior. As we noted before, the partnership is not immediately obvious. Instead, one needs to study the coupe up close to appreciate it. Here lies its charm because it practically looks like your average luxurious transport. Nevertheless, each BMW M4 Competition x Kith is a special ride.

Letterings on the hood and trunk actually say Kith. For those who would rather advertise it, the optional carbon fiber roof can flaunt the logo. Our personal choice would be the Frozen Black colorway, but BMW also offers it in Frozen Brilliant White and Frozen Dark silver. Glossy goes out the windows as the muted finish makes it more striking in our opinion.

Now that you know what goes on outside, let’s step inside the cockpit, shall we? What immediately greets us is a pair of M Carbon seats with full Merino leather upholstery. Following its theme, these are mostly in black save for the blue and red accents. Meanwhile, Kith monograms are embossed on the headrests, armrests, door sills, and center console. Finally, only 150 examples of the BMW M4 Competition x Kith are available for order globally.

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Watch as the $2 million Rimac C_Two drives straight into a wall

Rimac is leveraging the power of software-based simulations to fine-tune the C_Two, but there is no substitute for real-world testing. It released a video that explains how its engineers are ensuring the electric hypercar keeps its occupants safe in an accident, and the work they’re doing to make it street-legal all over the world.

“Simulation of [the metal parts] are at a high level [of accuracy], but composites are an area that’s not very well known. The orientation of each composite part is important, because the materials behave differently in different directions, so it’s not so easy to simulate. We can get some overview of how a part will perform, and after the crash test I can immediately see how close my simulations were,” explained senior CAE engineer Martin Mikulčić.

After strapping in the dummies, Rimac launched the first prototype into a deformable barrier with a 40% offset at 25 mph. It then crashed a second car into the same obstacle at 35 mph. Both tests allowed the company to analyze a wide selection of parameters, including how the seat belts hold up and whether the pedals injure the driver. Petar Marjanović, the Croatian brand’s trim engineer, proudly pointed out the C_Two passed both tests.

Although the two cars look completely totaled, they performed exactly the way Rimac wanted them to. The front end was designed to absorb energy before it reaches the passenger compartment; it’s a giant crumple zone. Marjanović reported no cracks in the central carbon fiber tub, and even the footwells remained solid.

13 prototypes and five pre-series cars will be built in total, and 11 of these will be destroyed. Stuffing prototypes into walls is a horrendously expensive process, but it’s the only way to ensure buyers can register and drive the 1,914-horsepower C_Two regardless of where they live. Rimac admirably chose to certify the car to U.S. safety regulations so that American customers can own and register one normally, rather than apply for a special Show or Display exemption, for example. This painstaking attention to details also illustrates the firm’s commitment to taking on bigger rivals.

Rimac will put the final touches on the C_Two in the coming months, and production is scheduled to begin in 2021. Pricing starts at about $2 million before options enter the equation, and they often do, but the 150 units planned were spoken for about three weeks after the first prototype was shown to the public in 2018. It’ll be a rare sight, though it’ll be a lot more common than the Concept_One, which was limited to eight examples.

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Hennessey Performance pushes a 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat beyond 1,000 HP

Hennessey Performance appears to be on the move to bolster its lineup of mean machines before the year ends. While other shops focus mainly on supercars, it opts to cater to more than that. As such, we regularly see the Texas-based tuner work on muscle cars, pickup trucks, and even SUVs. One of its latest exploits deals with a 2021 Dodge Durango, which it boosts way beyond what the American marque can muster from its assembly lines.

If you’re familiar with what Hennessey Performance can do, you’ll find that this SUV is now officially a monster. In fact, it can take on most supercars with ease as its power plant now pushes 1,012 horsepower with 969 lb-ft of torque. This is way over what the stock powertrain can handle which is why tweaks are in order. Once complete, this SRT Hellcat Durango can easily go from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

This should turn heads on the tracks or on the street. It all begins with the 6.2-liter V8 Hemi engine. Hennessey Performance gives the 2.65L supercharge system a thorough upgrade along with the pulleys. Additionally, they’re adding stainless-steel tube headers to squeeze out even more horsepower from the 2021 Dodge Durango.

In order to maximize its capabilities, it likewise welcomes changes such as high-flow fuel injectors, catalytic converters, air induction, crankcase ventilation, and more. Handling everything are highly trained staff, which also facilitates dyno testing and road testing (up to 200 miles). Hennessey Performance is only producing 50 of these 2021 Dodge Durango. Finally, those who love their rides in black are in for a treat as well.

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The Buben & Zorweg for Bugatti collection channels the Chiron Super Sport 300+

For some reason, Bugatti has been the subject of tributes and collaborations as of late. Given the level of the finesse its vehicles exude, it’s no wonder why other high-end brands in the market want to associate with the French marque. Amid the barrage of offers from various groups, Buben & Zorweg appears to have one of the more interesting tie-ins. What they have in store for the luxury carmaker’s discerning clientele are a series of premium safes and a watch winder.

They’re calling this collection the Buben & Zorweg for Bugatti and rightfully so. Each is a masterpiece that should meet the needs of those who can afford a machine from the manufacturer in the first place. The level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into the construction is remarkable. Headlining it are two versions of the safe: The Illusion Chiron 300+ and Grande Illusion Chiron 300+

Talking about exclusivity, the two will only see 30 examples available for purchase respectively. The range-topping variant goes the extra mile with a Buben & Zorweg Flying Minute Tourbillon clock on top. The layer of security it ships with is certainly impressive. Owners of both models can gain access via biometrics (fingerprint sensor) or a transponder chip.

Given that watchmaking and automotive construction often go hand-in-hand, Buben & Zorweg has something for collectors. Depending on the configuration of the Spirit Chiron, owners can either store four or eight automatic watches. Using Buben & Zorweg’s Time Mover technology, you can be sure they’re ready to use when you need it.

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Jacob & Co. presents the $1M Bugatti Twin Turbo Furious La Montre Noire

Similar to an engineer’s work on the sophisticated mechanisms of a vehicle’s powertrain, watchmakers deal with intricate complications to produce some of the most accurate timepieces. Perhaps a great example of a connection between the two is the Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Twin Turbo Furious La Montre Noire. The two brands are at the pinnacle of their respective craft. Thus, a collaboration in the past produced one extraordinary model. Now, the two are at it again with something even more extravagant.

What made the Bugatti Chiron 16 Cylinder Tourbillion stand out was its automotive vibe. It achieved this through a feature that pays tribute to the power plant of its namesake. This time, Jacob & Co. is working with the celebrated French marque to honor the La Voiture Noire. For those wondering, it was a one-off in 2019 that was inspired by a certain all-black vehicle from Jean Bugatti’s collection that was mysteriously lost.

As such, the Bugatti Twin Turbo Furious La Montre Noire attempts to channel the vibe of the LA Voiture Noire. It does so by going overboard with its opulence in stunning showcases of stealthy style. What we have here is a 46 mm case in 18-carat black gold with 344 baguette black sapphires. This imparts a sinister silhouette as only a few elements in silver, white, and red offer contrast to its dark image.

A Jacob & Co. calibre JCFM05 manual movement grants it a 48-hour power reserve. The Bugatti Twin Turbo Furious La Montre Noire also flaunts two triple-axis tourbillon regulators for superior timekeeping accuracy. Rounding it off is a black Cordura strap with an 18k black gold buckle with 18 baguette black sapphires. At $1 million, it would match the La Voiture Noire in exclusivity.

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8 Tips For Buying The Best House Near A Golf Course

Owning a house near a golf course is a dream come true for many golfers. The properties near the golf course have great value, but there are a few things to consider before investing in one.

Properties with specific types are tough to buy due to many uncertain factors. The communities, surrounding areas, homeowners’ association all are important things to consider. It is vital to do research on all these things before buying a house.

Here are 8 things that you need to consider before investing in a house near a golf course

1. Visit The Place

You must visit the property before buying it. Yet a lot of us still skip this step. The fieldwork will give you ideas about many things that your real estate agent might skip out on. You may even notice other important stuff that will have a great effect on your experience.

If you visit the place in person, you will get to know about the community, the neighborhood, amenities, and transportation options in the area. You can even talk to your potential neighbors and have an idea about the lifestyle they have.

For instance, your traditional golf course area will be a bit different from the golf course near the beach, If you are planning to buy a house in an area like Myrtle Beach, then you should visit the place in person or check out the Myrtle Beach golf course condos for sale.

2. Decide What Type Of Golf Course You Prefer

Different courses vary in terms of weather, amenities, maintenance, quality of grass, etc. The designs of the houses are mostly the same, but some look exotic like this house in Argentina.

If you like four-season weather, then you should look into Mid-Atlantic areas, such as Virginia and North Carolina. Vegas, Florida, Tucson, Phoenix, and South Carolina, on the other hand, are places that people who prefer sunny weather will like a lot.

Based on the location, there are plenty of amazing golf courses. One example would be the amazing floating green golf course. The medical facilities, security, school district, shopping, and entertainment area are also factors that you might want to consider.

3. Consider The Financial Possibilities

Golf course estates have great value generally. The prices around popular golf courses and country clubs, such as the Dallas country club, can cost about a few million dollars. The prices around other clubs are not so high but can still be called expensive.

Some houses sell at 250-350 dollars per square foot. However, you can find other houses which sell at 80-100 dollars per square foot. The sizes of the houses are significantly large and most have an area of 5000 square feet.

Prices of houses also rise or drop drastically even for the distance of a mile. If you prefer to have a good view of the golf course, then you will have to pay a higher price for your house as well.

4. Look For Club Benefits

Many golf clubs allow membership for the residents of the surrounding area. Some golf clubs offer membership only if you own a property in the neighborhood.

You can also enjoy club benefits that are available to property owners. For example, the Vaquero club only offers membership if you own a house near the course.

Some clubs offer memberships at a discounted price. The clubs in Arizona and California have green fees and discounts which promote the local economy.

5. Look Into The Club Community

The golf clubs come with many fees and membership conditions. You should ask your realtor to clarify all the fees that are listed and the purpose of each one.

The strength of the club community will help reduce many types of fees. If there are fewer community members, then it is likely that you will be stuck with paying a high amount.

The number of members of a club compared to holes will affect your tee time. You should also see if there are private courses or semi-private courses around. The clubs that have a higher rate of green fees can offer you a greater tee time and vice versa. Overall, the finer details of the club and its exclusivity will affect the resale price of your house.

6. Get A Designer Golf Course

The marquee designers of the golf course have big names in the industry. Try to get into one envisioned by a renowned designer. These courses come with a premium price, but it is all worth it.

The golf courses that have big designers’ names on them will prove to have good quality development, maintenance, and great amenities. Some courses have lakes adjacent to them. This can also drive the price up.

7. Inquire Into The Privacy & Security Concerns

Most houses around will not have a high fence. Thus, golfers will have a clear view of your backyard. Stray golf balls are another factor that you should consider. Although it is uncommon to have fatal injuries from being hit by a golf ball, the possibility still exists.

You can at least be sure to find a stray ball in your backyard or through a broken window occasionally. These problems can be avoided if your house is in between the holes or behind a tee box. The corner of a dogleg or beside a hole will be more susceptible to wayward balls. Occasionally, you will encounter people who might drift close by your backyard, which is out of your control.

8. Check Out The Legal Liabilities

There are multiple legal liabilities and responsibilities related to owning a golf course, but there are no laws that can compensate for property damage from a stray golf ball.

There may be an option to receive compensation if the golfers volunteer or if you have a great homeowners’ association. Likewise, you can have insurance to cover for these damages.

However, finding legal help will be impossible since the court will look into the intent of the golfer. Plus, identifying and locating the one responsible might be difficult, while proving malicious intent is even harder.

Takeaway

Owning a luxurious house near the golf course is certainly amazing. But it comes with a lot of responsibilities as well. Be sure to consider the 8 tips we mentioned above to get the best possible house near a golf course.

Ferrari crafts the Omologata as an ultimate bespoke supercar for one special client

There are times when some of the world’s top carmakers just want to show off for the heck of it. This usually results in exclusive production runs of limited-edition models, which are designed to stun the automotive industry. Then there’s that sudden spark of inspiration that drives certain brands to craft a one-off that often do not even go up for sale. Well, Ferrari did just that with a machine dubbed the Omologata.

So far, the folks from the prancing horse emblem are saying it a commission from a very special client in Europe. Hence, one can probably just guess who just spent a fortune on this remarkable ride. Much like the buyer, Ferrari is keeping the price under wraps. Meanwhile, the rest that makes the Omologata stand out is fair game. Who knows, perhaps some of you might get to see it in the wild somewhere.

This bespoke build apparently starts off with its 812 Superfast platform, which is already an alluring tribute to the Italian marque’s racing heritage. Thankfully, they sort of held back from going all retro and instead went with a more modern appeal.Gearheads are quick to point out that Omologata only retains the headlights and windshield of the donor vehicle. True to its motorsports essence, Ferrari adds graphics of the number 7 on the hood and on both doors.

The exterior of its hand-made aluminum body is predominantly in the iconic shade of red. Inside is a cabin that’s predominantly In black with seats in electric blue for a welcome contrast. Additionally, there are hammertone accents on the center console and door handles. As for its performance, all we know about the Omologata is that its packs a punchy V12 under the bonnet.

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Limited-edition McLaren Elva receives heritage-laced Gulf livery

McLaren tapped into its vast racing heritage to create a Gulf-themed version of the limited-edition Elva. Its partnership with the Pennsylvania-based oil company began in the 1960s, and it continues to this day.

Like every Gulf-colored car released over the past few decades, the Elva receives light blue paint with orange accents. It’s not the first model to feature this color combination, and it’s undoubtedly not the last, but it wears it particularly well. It’s not fitted with a windshield — it doesn’t need one, according to McLaren — so the separation between the exterior and the interior is blurred, and even the dashboard and the door panels are light blue.

Photos of the interior haven’t been released, but we spot a pair of white seats separated by a Gulf-colored panel. Oddly, the car is not equipped with a rear-view mirror. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has already applied heritage-inspired paint colors to two examples of the Elva, and both wore a dashboard-mounted mirror.

McLaren announced plans to make 399 units of the Elva, but it dropped that number to 249 after analyzing feedback from its customers. Pricing starts at $1.7 million, and the Gulf-themed model displayed at the SpeedWeek event held on England’s Goodwood track illustrates one way to customize the roadster. MSO’s earlier creations paid homage to Bruce McLaren’s 1964 M1A race car and his 1967 M6A racer, respectively.

Ansar Ali, MSO’s managing director, explained the Gulf-colored Elva celebrates the renewed partnership between McLaren and Gulf. Customers are now able to order the historic blue and orange combination directly from the factory regardless of whether they’re buying an Elva, a 765LT, or another one of the British company’s models.

SpeedWeek starts today and runs through October 18. Spectators are exceptionally banned from the event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but you can catch all of the action online. We’re expecting to see a handful of new car launches, timed supercar laps, a huge auction, and, of course, dozens of race cars going flat-out.

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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera leads this month’s list of discounts

The average price of a new car in America last year was $35,932. This month, the biggest discount off the retail price of a new car in America is awfully close to that figure at $34,001. For those keeping track (as we do every month with a post like this one), that’s by far the largest discount we’ve seen so far this year, and it means buyers of the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are paying an average transaction price of $273,819.

The British automaker calls the DBS “the ultimate production Aston Martin.” With a 715-horsepower V12 engine pulsating underhood, sufficient to push this grand touring coupe from 0-60 in a skosh over 3 seconds and on to a top speed of 211 miles per hour, who are we to argue?

If that’s too rich for your blood — and let’s be honest, it’s still a whole heck of a lotta money — the next biggest discount might be at least a little more attractive. According to data provided by TrueCar, buyers of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT are seeing discounts of $23,103 off the car’s average sticker price of $159,995. That’s a heck of a lot of car for $136,892, though admittedly still expensive. But at 14.4% off retail, it’s a better deal than the $132,122 average transaction price of the 2020 BMW M8. The BMW’s $16,497 discount equals 11.1% off the M8‘s $148,619 sticker.

For a look at the best new car deals in America based on the percentage discount off their suggested asking prices, check out our monthly recap here. And when you’re ready to buy, click here for the Autoblog Smart Buy program, which brings you a hassle-free buying experience with over 9,000 Certified Dealers nationwide.

Lamborghini gives buyers even more options with the Urus Graphite Capsule

For those who want an SUV with a distinct essence of a supercar, Lamborghini has you covered. The Urus has been the go-to option for fans of the Italian marque who want more room and off-road capabilities. Where else can you get a vehicle of its type that manages to embody the essence of a supercar in a platform meant for more than two passengers? The latest one is called the Urus Graphite Capsule and offers four distinct colourways.

What’s cool about it is the level of customization available for buyers with over 16 combinations possible. These start off with Grigio Keres, Grigio Nimbus, Bianco Monocerus, and Nero Noctis. According to the product page: “The Urus Graphite Capsule presents Lamborghini drivers all the possibilities to go anywhere with inimitable character and style.”

“Sporting a powerful look and a dynamic stance, these exclusive configurations combine sophisticated satin-effect matte colors with contrasting bright-colored details that express new and alluring interpretations of your personality,” it continues. Aside from the exterior, Lamborghini also wants buyers to choose how the cabin matches the design. Following the two-tone theme, the inside also flaunts accents in contrasting shades.

There’s Alcantara, carbon fiber, black anodized aluminum, the signature hexagonal Q-citura stitching, and the embroidered logo. Meanwhile, the Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule does not only introduce a new aesthetic. Owners still get to enjoy what the SUV brings to the table. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 641 horsepower with 623 lb-ft of torque. This allows it to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Moreover, it can also reach a top speed of about 190 mph.

Learn more about it here

Images courtesy of Lamborghini

Control your Bang & Olufsen wireless speakers with the Beoremote Halo

Let’s say you finally got yourself a fancy audio system to upgrade your last one. Maybe, it’s one of the models we have been showcasing recently on our pages. For those of you who got any of the new wireless speakers from Bang & Olufsen, then your home likely looks even fancier than before. If you’re the type who got one for each room as well as living space, then controlling them might become an issue. Thankfully, Beoremote Halo is here to help.

At roughly $883, this is not your average universal remote. Instead, it’s a beautifully designed control hub. While your smartphone could be a handy alternative at a moment’s notice, the Beoremote Halo adds personality to your current setup. Bang & Olufsen even offers configurations: Table Stand and Wall Mounted. The latter is likely the way to go if you normally frequent a specific space in your residence.

However, the Table Stand version of the Beoremote Halo boasts a little more versatility. It comes with a built-in battery so you can move it around. It charges via a USB Type-C cable and is compatible with the Beoplay Charging Pad for wireless convenience. Its 1,110 mAh batteries deliver 24 hours of usage time, which is more than enough before your next charge.

Just pair it to the speakers you want and enjoy acoustic bliss anytime you feel like it. With the help of proximity sensors, the remote control module lights up the moment you approach it. The IPS LCD boasts an 800 x 340-pixel resolution and capacitive touch interface. Bang & Olufsen uses premium materials such as mineral glass and anodized aluminum to give the Beoremote Halo a luxurious appeal. Finally, you can get it in three colorways: Brass Tone, Bronze, and Natural

Purchase it here

Images courtesy of Bang & Olufsen

Revealed: Aston Martin shows first V12 Speedster prototype

The V12 Speedster — Aston Martin’sliving show car” — has moved from the realm of dreams (and digital renderings) to the physical world. Here it is in the metal. In the composite? A bit of both, we’d reckon, but we can say this for certain: it’s definitely not glass.

Aston Martin’s 88-unit, $950,000, topless supercar is officially entering the physical development stage “in earnest,” the company’s spokesperson said, and here are the photos to prove it. Aston Martin had originally planned to start delivering V12 Speedsters in the first quarter of 2021, but whether that’s possible in the world of COVID-19 remains to be seen. 

The company says this prototype is intended for “dynamic development,” meaning it’s going to be used to fine-tune road and track performance. Based on the details Aston Martin has released so far, we’re inclined to believe that it will be a treat in both departments.

Fortunately, we have Aston Martin’s previous renderings.

Aston says the V12 Speedster is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 making 700 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels by way of a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The British luxury builder claims this combo is good for a run to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.

The platform itself is made by combining elements of the DBS Superleggera and Vantage. It has 21-inch forged, center-locking wheels, huge carbon ceramic brakes and adaptive dampers.

As you can see from the gallery, Aston Martin did not include any photos of the prototype’s interior, and we suspect that’s because it doesn’t actually have one yet — at least not anything worth showing. That’s just as well. This is a single-purpose toy, not a touring coupe, and anything more than a well-anchored set of seats and intuitive driver controls is just a bonus anyway.