Hello everyone, it is your favorite day of the week, TopSpeed Podcast day!
Join us for today’s show where we have lots of crazy cars to talk about from topless and one-off Ferraris to a 567 horsepower Jag and Audi’s newest superwagon. We have lots Subaru and Toyota news involving the future of the GT86 twins, and we will probably spend some time arguing about a few other things.
To start the show, you get to hear Justin’s impressions of the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in Weekly Wheels, and I plan on discussing the strange experience that was driving the Mercedes Sprinter van in Gumball. We don’t have a Mark this week, he is off with Hyundai checking out some new cars for you fine people to read about later.
Of course we have a few viewer questions to answer, and we are also going to be Own, Drive, Burn. Tune in to catch all the crazy action, and as always we have an audio version up on the site and on iTunes for those of you who prefer to do without video. Although this week’s video is pretty entertaining to see.
Thanks for watching!
TopSpeed Podcast Episode 017 LIVE originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:30 EST.
With the death of Paul Walker last year, the certainty of “Fast and Furious 7” continuing was really unknown, but this latest video shows that filming is back underway. A savvy car buff in Abu Dhabi shot this video of the production company shooting some driving scenes for the seventh installment of the F&F franchise.
From this grainy video, it looks like the car in question is a 458 Italia, which is a stark contrast from the imports and classic muscle cars that we are used to seeing in the franchise. Sure, there have been some exotics in the Fast franchise, but rarely did they see this kind of action.
There were no details on the shoot itself, as to when it took place, how long it pasted and if any of the cast was present, but we assume this was a skeleton crew simply shooting a little b-roll to fill some gaps. We’re hoping to see come previews rolling out soon, so stay tuned for those. And until then, enjoy this behind-the-scenes look.
Video: Fast and Furious 7 Filming in Abu Dhabi With a 458 Italia originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 8 February 2014 06:00 EST.
Hot off the Italian Maranello roads and and thanks to CarPassion.it is the most recent spy video and rendered images of the Enzo Ferrari successor the Ferrari F70. Ferrari’s new flagship supercar will be powered by a 7.3L V12 (borrowed from the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta) most likely tuned to deliver a blistering 800+ horsepower. It will also be aided by another 100+ hp thanks to KERS (thanks Dr. Feynman) adapted from current Formula 1 racing technologies.
It’s not every day you see one of the most valued exotic supercars being driven the way it was designed (or not designed) to be driven.
CarZi.com salutes the owner who provided this awesome video of his Enzo Ferrari being rallied through some muddy farm roads.
Ferrari unveiled it’s fastest flagship car in Geneva – and it’s a hybrid! The unexpectedly named Ferrari LaFerrari (previously known as the F70) was unveiled just yards away from its natural rival the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno at the Geneva Motor Show this month and it’s surprising in more ways than one. Ferrari chose the 2013 Geneva MotorShow event to unveil its fastest ever road car, displacing last year’s Ferrari F12 Berlinetta from top of the pile and consigning it to second hand car sites like Car Sales now that there is a new boy in town – albeit limited to 499 happy customers. Even more ground-breaking is the fact that this is Ferrari’s first ever hybrid. Photos and video below!
Although faster than the F12 Berlinetta, LaFerrari is probably a more natural successor to the famous Enzo anniversary model. The new supercar boasts a top speed of more than 217mph and can reach 60mph in less than three seconds. Pretty awesome, it has to be said.
Another interesting fact to note about the LaFerrari is that, as the company notes, it is “the first ever car with hybrid technology to come out of Maranello”. The car features a 6262cc V12 engine that produces 800hp but also boasts an electric motor that chips in with a further 163hp for a total of more than 960hp. Impressively, this means that the car emits the same amount of CO2 as a Ferrari 458 Italia despite its far greater horsepower.
The electric system, HY-KERS, is even more advanced that the KERS system featured on Ferrari’s Formula One cars. The system allows energy produced under breaking to be stored in a battery to aid acceleration later on. Thankfully the technology hasn’t added any extra bulk to the car and the Italian maker says that the new system that it has been designed to allow it to be ported to future vehicles as well.
Ferrari was recently named the world’s most powerful brand – well the LaFerrari is now its most powerful car and is only going to build on that success. Even if it is a hybrid, we want one now.
But even being touted as the world’s most powerful brand, according to a survey conducted by British insurance company AXA Group, only 57% of Ferrari owners are actually enjoying their expensive sportscar experience behind the steering wheel.
[Source: Photo by Sellerie’Cimes]
|Posted on 08.22.2013 12:30 by Justin Cupler|
Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta, the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.
Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track. It’s just too bad that this specific model will never make its way to production
So, what can we expect to see from Ferrari in the coming years?
Update 8/22/2013: Ferrari has just released a preview video of this awesome concept. You can see the video above.
Click past the jump to read all about the new 458 Speciale concept to find out.
Ferrari 458 Speciale originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:30 EST.
Posted on 02.18.2013 10:00 by
Ferrari may not be the most valuable brand in the world – that distinction belongs to Apple – but it sure is the most powerful brand in the world.
That much was alluded to by a recent study conducted by British research firm Brand Finance who determined that the Prancing Horse holds the keys to the car as far as the being the most powerful brand in the world.
Sure, its brand value is only at $3.6 billion, a far cry from the brand values of Apple ($87.3 billion), Samsung ($58.8 billion), and Google ($52.1 billion). In terms of revenue, a key factor in determining brand value, there’s no way Ferrari has the legs to compete with these tech giants.
But according to Brand Finance, once you factor in other important financial metrics (net margins, average revenue per customer, marketing and advertising spend) with qualitative metrics (brand affection, loyalty, emotional attachment), then nobody can unseat Ferrari on the top of the list.
With Ferrari so used to getting compared to other automakers in the industry, being considered the most powerful brand relative to every company in the world is an achievement that’s pretty remarkable. Especially when you’re staring down a top five list that includes Coca-Cola, Google, PwC, and Hermes.
Understandably so, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo was thrilled about the results of the study. “It is always a pleasure to top any list and still more so when the competition includes some of the world’s most famous companies,” he said.
“This achievement proves that even in very tough economic times, Italy can still offer the world businesses of excellence. Behind this acknowledgement are exceptional products made by equally exceptional men and women. They made it possible and for that I thank them.”
Brand Finance Study Names Ferrari as World’s Most Powerful Brand originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 18 February 2013 10:00 EST.
Posted on 02.16.2013 18:00 by
For any Ferrari enthusiast out there, the most amazing car ever launched by the company is no doubt the Testarossa – a car that stole the heart of many of us especially when it appeared in the “Miami Vice” movie.
Petrolicious has prepared an awesome tribute video to the Testarossa that proves the supercar deserves even more respect than you probably have imagined. Yes, we do know many of you consider the Lamborghini Countach to be a better “supercar,” but we are pretty sure you are going to change your mind after watching this video – or maybe at least accept the Testarossa a worthy adversary.
The car featured in this video belongs to vintage car collector, Joe Ventura, a man lucky enough to live daily with this beautiful redhead next to him.
This also makes us wonder is Ferrari would ever consider bringing the Testarossa back. What a joyous day that would be.
Video: A Tribute to the Ferrari Testarossa originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 16 February 2013 18:00 EST.
Fitting aftermarket wheels to any supercar can be like walking on a tightrope between a pool of flaming hot lava and a tropical paradise. Fit the wrong wheels to a supercar and it immediately looks like overkill and therefore falls into the hot lava category. On the other hand, an appropriately chosen set of wheels can both increase performance of a supercar while also dramatically increasing its visual desirability; just like a tropical island.
Unfortunately however, the following Ferrari F430 rolling on Deviant wheels doesn’t fall into that category. Due predominantly to the near chrome finish of the wheels, this white F430 is on the verge of being overkill and that’s not helped by the fact that it features unnecessary color-matched side skirts, a color-matched front splitter and aftermarket rear wing.
These particular wheels are from Deviant and are the firm’s DV8.2’s and while the deep concave finish does look impressive, we can’t help but think they’d look that much better finished in matte black!
What do you think?
The Ferrari 458 Spider has been voted ‘Best Imported Cabriolet’ in the ‘Best Cars’ poll by the readers of the prestigious German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport.
After attracting a huge amount of praise in 2011 and 2012, it is the second time that the 570hp 458 Spider, which is the fastest Ferrari convertible ever, won this category. It is also the 15th time that a convertible Ferrari won this award overall. The prize was handed over to Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa by Auto Motor und Sport.
All in all, the Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spider together have already received more than 50 awards worldwide which make it the most acclaimed and successful models in the history of Ferrari.