Supercar Capsule provides showplace for your favorite car | Journal

Supercar Capsule
Showcase your favorite car right in your own home | Superfuturedesign photos

Looking for a way to showcase that special vehicle? Well, there are those clear-plastic inflatable containers, but an Italian architecture firm and a company from the UAE have another and much more elegant — and, yes, more expensive — option, the Supercar Capsule.

Under the banner of Superfuturedesign, the company reportedly has done more than 400 installations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

Supercar Capsule, they say, is “a unique concept that gives your expensive toys a center stage to captivate the audience.” And all the better, they note, as “your supercar contributes to a distinct aesthetic experience at home, even when it’s not on the roads.”

Each capsule is bespoke and designed to fit the needs of the particular customer. They can be stand alone, or stacked one atop the other, or incorporated into an existing building or home.

“One of the models involves creating a new capsule to merge with the home’s interior,” the news release reports. “This will incorporate the garage with existing rooms, in which a simple wall will transform into a bespoke exhibition for your statement piece. It allows guests and visitors to appreciate and admire your supercar without having to take them to the garage – your car becomes a part of the interior décor.”

Or a garage can be remodeled into a supercar showroom.

Or, “If you have a taste for displaying your supercar as a separate entity from your home, you can opt for constructing a new parking area that’s independent of your home. It will be installed in the garden or any other free space as per your villa’s spatial elements, to showcase your supercar within its own dedicated showroom. This displays your prized possession and asset in a sculptural way by accentuating all its best features.”

Pricing varies on the specific project and its design and location. For more information, visit the Supercar Capsule website.

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FIVA launches online source for parts for vintage vehicles | Journal

Realizing that “the future of our mutual hobby is also depending on the availability of good quality replacement parts,” the Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens has worked with to create an online FIVA Parts Catalog where owners of collector cars can search for suppliers without pressure to purchase.

International collector car federation joins with on website with links to parts for more than 17,000 vehicles

“As the number of classic and modern classic cars rises, the search for parts becomes increasingly problematic,” FIVA reports. “Demand exceeds supply, prices rise, supply sources dry up. It is often unclear which parts are still available, where and at what price.

“Only about 20% of all parts are developed and produced by the vehicle manufacturer, primarily engine and body assemblies. OEMs contribute the other components. All of these original parts, in other words, original equipment, are held by the manufacturers beyond the production time: however, not for an indefinite period.

“The second industrial source is the replacement market, i.e. parts that have been produced specifically for this purpose. Here, too, supply becomes incomplete when falling demand no longer permits profitable production.

“The gaps are to some extent bridged by smaller companies that specialize in the reproduction of vintage parts.”

Screen shot from the new website

And thus the new online catalog, but with a twist.

The catalog “does not sell you any parts,” FIVA noted in its announcement. “Hence, there is no incentive to push certain products or suppliers, making CP4Y the leading independent source for this kind of information.”

Instead, ‘The FIVA Parts Catalog provides you with a very complete cross reference between (original) part numbers and suppliers… Using this information, you can select who is near to you, offers the best price or other conditions.”

According to the website, it lists more than 6 million parts for more than 17,000 historic vehicles with information and prices for original equipment and aftermarket parts and qualified experts.

The website offers free access through January 31, 2020 if you visit a special FIVA/ClassicParts website.

FIVA adds, “If you are in the restoration business, this tool helps you to find quality parts quickly so you can spend your time working on the vehicle rather than spending endless time on the phone or behind your computer to locate that correct and therefore safe exchange part.”

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