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Beautiful Cars, Women, and Lambos Starting Fires: Day One of the Gumball 3000 Rally

My first day being part of the Gumball 3000 rally with team Anastasia Date has been insane. I have seen more Ferraris than I can shake a stick at, there are beautiful women everywhere, and I got to see a Lamborghini Aventador set fire to some bushes with the fireballs it was shooting form its exhaust. Yes, I got video footage of the fireball.

The day started with a quick look around the area before hotel checkout, and then we met up with the girls and headed over to a local import dealer that sells Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and lots of other exotic metal. Then we made it back to Ocean Blvd to see our car get unloaded from the carrier truck.

After all that there was a big dinner, and since Deadmau5 is in the rally, he put on a big concert at the hotel. If you want to see photos of some of the crazy cars and pretty girls, plus watch that Lamborghini fire video, just look after the jump. Sadly I don’t have any photos from the concert.

As a whole, the Gumball 3000 has been an interesting ride. The experience of being immersed in this world of wealth and extravagance has been jarring in the most entertaining way.

But I don’t want to spoil all the fun of the trip just yet. You have to wait for my full piece next week. Until then, enjoy these cool photos and that incredible Lamborghini video.

Beautiful Cars, Women, and Lambos Starting Fires: Day One of the Gumball 3000 Rally originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 6 June 2014 09:00 EST.

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BMW Performance Division's Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted

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The M1 is one of the most iconic cars ever produced by BMW, and it was the model responsible for the M Division that creates all the cars we love today, like the M5 and the venerable M3.

Fans of the Roundel brand have been clamoring for BMW to revive this epic nameplate and take on competitors like the Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS AMG for years now, but there has been little movement.

Rather, what we got was a new hybrid car that looks like an M1 called the i8. While the i8 is an incredible piece of engineering, it is not a fire-breathing M car. But what if it could be?

At the recent launch of the M3 and M4, CarAdvice asked M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke about the potential for this new car to spawn an M car. His response is encouraging.

When it comes to moving the advanced powertrain and lightweight carbon-fiber technology over to an M car, Nitschke said its a matter “capacity not a question of know-how.” Basically, it would not be hard to move anything over, they just need approval from the higher ups in BMW. As it stands, the M Division is ready to make one, if the BMW board will green light the project.

Would you guys like to see a revived M1 in all its mid-engined glory?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M1.

BMW Performance Division’s Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 12 May 2014 16:00 EST.

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McLaren 650S

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I think somebody owes me 5 dollars. McLaren has dropped the official details on its upcoming 650S reveal at Geneva, and just as I predicted, it is essentially a hotted up version of the McLaren 12C not the upcoming P15. Just as expected, that 650 in the name stands for the amount of power produced by the engine. Since McLaren is a UK company, they have the power rating of the new 650S rated in Pferdest rke (PS) so the actual U.S. horsepower rating is 641.

The new car features a pretty solid collection of visual upgrades and aerodynamic changes that increase downforce and handling at speed. This isn’t a pure power bump either, as the 650S is designed with several bespoke parts and pieces.

McLaren has kept tight-lipped about the actual performance statistics of the new car, but if it’s siblings are anything to go on, the 650S will best any of its Italian competition with relative ease.

Update 2/17/2014: McLaren has released a ton of information about the 650S, and you can see it all after the jump.

Continue to get all the details on the new McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.

McLaren 650S originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:30 EST.

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Video: Over 5,000 Horsepower Worth of Porsche 918 Spyders Invade Monaco

Posted on 07.18.2013 18:00 by
Simona

Having the chance to see a Porsche 918 Spyder on the road is pretty rare, but YouTube user Marchettino had the opportunity to catch not one, but six of these beasts on the streets of Monaco (AKA the supercar capital). While cruising around Monaco, he stumbled upon a convoy of three 918 Spyder, then when they stopped at the gas station, three more were right behind them. You can only imagine what the six V-8 engines pounding out a combined 5,250 horsepower must have sounded like.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 875 horsepower. The supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

The model is limited to 918 units and will carry a price tag ranging from 781,155 (about $1million) to 853,155 ($1.1 million) when you also opt for the Weissach package.

Video: Over 5,000 Horsepower Worth of Porsche 918 Spyders Invade Monaco originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 18 July 2013 18:00 EST.

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Video: Horacio Pagani Interview

Posted on 12.28.2013 18:00 by Simona

Have you ever wonder how passion for cars is born? How things evolve from just a passion to an everyday job where you get to build the most powerful supercars in the world?

Of course not many people in the world get the chance to do this, but Horacio Pagani was one of the luckiest men in the world as he was able to transform a passion into a profession. How? Well, check out this video and you will see how the son of a baker end up building cars that can easily rival with supercars from Lamborghini and Ferrari.

The video will also explain how he ended up designing cars like the latest Zonda and Huayra, so, even if the video is 30 minutes long, trust us it worth watching every second. So, sit back, relax and enjoy! You will learn lots of cool things from Pagani!

Video: Horacio Pagani Interview originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 28 December 2013 18:00 EST.

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BMW and Toyota Working on a Joint-Venture Supercar

Posted on 11.11.2013 16:00 by Simona

Almost two years ago, BMW and Toyota started talking about a possible partnership and once the papers were signed, they announced the new collaboration will bring a new sports car and new hybrid technologies for both companies.

Now, new details on this collaboration have surfaced online and they only bring good news. Apparently, Toyota’s supercar will be something similar to the previous Lexus LF-A supercar, but with a hybrid powertrain.

This new supercar will explore terrains never hit by the LF-A, like a hybridized V-8 engine. Even though Toyota was the first maker to offer hybrid cars in its lineup, it never had the courage to develop a hybrid hyper-car. However, things are about to change.

Sources suggest that the company is already testing the i8’s carbon-fiber frame, meaning that the two new supercars could also borrow elements from the i8. One thing is for sure though: Toyota will be the one coming with the hybrid technology since it already developed high-performance hybrid powertrains for the V-8-powered Lexus LS 600h. BMW is also offering a very successful 4.4-liter, V-8 engine in its lineup, and a hybrid system from Toyota will only make it even more fuel efficient.

Everything else on these two new supercars is pure speculation, and there are still tons of question that need to be answered, but for sure more details will follow in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8 – the model that could inspire the new Toyota-BMW supercar.

BMW and Toyota Working on a Joint-Venture Supercar originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 11 November 2013 16:00 EST.

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Lang Lang Edition

Posted on 10.1.2013 12:00 by Kirby Garlitos

The common response to hearing news like losing almost $6 million per Veyron sold is to make a well-crafted press release calling for an understanding of priorities.

But that’s not Bugatti’s style.

What the French automaker does best it seems is to build special edition Veyrons, even if it costs them millions just to get one model on the road.

Recently, Bugatti took a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, dressed it up real nice, and aptly named it after one of the world’s fastest rising classical musicians. This, dear friends, is the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Lang Lang Edition.

The ode to the classical pianist is clearly evident just by looking at the Veyron’s two-tone, black and white finish, which was inspired by the colors of a concert grand piano.

Moving inside, the door panels of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse continue the color treatment with white leather covers coming with black contrast stitching, something Bugatti says should remind people of ‘note lines.” Continuing the piano inspiration are the number of gold plates made available throughout the cabin, including the EB badge on the steering wheel, center clasp, and even the fuel filler cap.

Click past the jump to read about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Lang Lang Edition originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 12:00 EST.

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Video: Auction Winner Finally Receives His Bolt Gold Nissan GT-R

Posted on 08.31.2013 18:00 by Kirby Garlitos

It may have taken longer than expected, but the auction winnerhttp://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-ne… of the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold finally saw his prized win in the flesh after the car was officially delivered at a special ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia.

Late last year, the bidder put down an astounding $187,000 bid on the two-off GT-R dedicated to Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt with the funds from the auction going to Bolt’s foundation in his native Jamaica. After months of waiting, including what we imagine to be a lot of waking up wishing to see the car in his garage, the new owner of the GT-R Bolt Gold can finally enjoy the car that he paid a princely sum for.

If we were in his position, we’d understand why the wait would’ve been really excruciating. It’s hard enough to wait months on end while your $187,100 is presumably sitting somewhere without you being able to touch the item that you purchased it for.

But we also understand how exciting it must’ve been to finally lay your eyes on the car you waited for so long to see. And the fact that there are only two models of this car in existence – the other one is with Bolt himself – makes it that much sweeter.

We’re just hoping that the proud owner over there in Australia takes good care of his new pride and joy. You waited so long for it, mate. Better make sure it sticks around with you for a long time too.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold

Video: Auction Winner Finally Receives His Bolt Gold Nissan GT-R originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 31 August 2013 18:00 EST.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale

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.

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Video: EVO Takes a Ride in the BMW i8

Posted on 02.26.2013 17:00 by
Simona

As far as we know, this is the first time an automotive magazine has gotten the chance to review the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid supercar. Evo Magazine’s Harry Metcalfe was invited by BMW to test the upcoming i8 while it was testing in the cold. Of course, he wasn’t allowed to reveal anything on the car’s exterior or interior, but he did provide quite an impressive amount of technical details on the upcoming i8.

The production-version i8 will combine a three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total output of about 400 horsepower. The engine will mate to a new dual-clutch transmission and will sprint the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The i8 will also boast a top speed of 155 mph.

Watch the video to see what Harry Metcalfe has to say about BMW’s first hybrid supercar.

Video: EVO Takes a Ride in the BMW i8 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:00 EST.

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Corvette Stingray

Posted on 02.1.2013 12:30 by
Aravind

After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.

As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.

Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”Calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.

Updated 02/01/2013: Chevrolet has unveiled a promo video for the new 2014 Corvette Stingray that puts the sports car in action on the race track. Even if very short, this video will definitely make you crave the Stingray even more. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better.

Corvette Stingray originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 1 February 2013 12:30 EST.

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Ferrari FXX in Fast & Furious Trailer Appears to be a Replica

Posted on 02.6.2013 09:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

When Universal showed the first trailer of Fast & Furious 6 during the Super Bowl, we noticed that there was a Ferrari FXX in one of the scenes. A closer look, by way of the amazing technology known as “pause,” and we noticed that it wasn’t exactly an actual FXX, but a replica of said exotic.

How could this be possible? Well, a few styling cues from the car seems to suggest as such. The most obvious are the headlights, which actually don’t belong in a real FXX, but in Ferrari’s other limited edition supercar, the Enzo.

Also, check out the vents of the car in a photo uploaded by Ludacris in his Instagram account (by the way, we went back to his account and it appears that the photo has since been taken down). We bring this up because we don’t see the vents and the rivets on the car’s fenders. Speaking of rivets, the one on Ludacris’ photo has them just north of the Enzo-like headlights, which a real FXX shouldn’t have in the first place.

And finally, do you see the vents on the side of the replica FXX? By our account, the real FXX doesn’t have that many of ’em.

If you want to compare photos, we’ve included a gallery of the actual FXX. Check it out and let us know what you think!


BMW M8

Posted on 02.5.2013 12:00 by
Simona

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Rumors about a possible new BMW supercar have been circulating for quite some time now, but now those rumors are getting more intense. Add in the fact that a new model is all but confirmed for a 2016 debut — the perfect time to mark BMW’s centenary.

Until now, everyone believed the new model would be called the M1, mostly because of the M1 Hommage concept car unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. However, new details suggest that BMW’s new supercar will be in fact called M8 – a name adopted because it will share the carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis with the upcoming BMW i8. Of course this doesn’t mean the next M8 will also be a hybrid supercar, but because of this lightweight construction it will deliver impressive performance numbers.

To get an idea on what to expect, you should think of a gasoline-powered i8 alternative specially developed for those to care more about performance figures than the environment.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M8.

Image Note: The above image is not of the rumored M8

BMW M8 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 12:00 EST.

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Video: The Inside Biz Behind The Art of Detailing A Ferrari 288 GTO

Posted on 01.5.2013 18:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

Only the most hardened of auto enthusiasts understand the business of auto detailing. It’s a job that’s best left to those who clearly have an appreciation on the aesthetic side of a vehicle and those that don’t fully grasp that often disregard just how difficult and damaging this job is.

Larry Kosilla of Ammo NYC always wanted to be one of the foremost experts in auto detailing. And to prove his position in the business, Kosilla shows us all the details of detailing and restoration. He even picked quite a car for this: a Ferrari 288 GTO.

Despite not having the benefits of proper lighting and the restrictions on space, Kosilla managed to take us through a quick crash course on the art of detailing and restoration. It’s the kind of job that only gets its proverbial shine when people notice how it’s done. By the sheer skill Kosilla displayed in not messing up such a delicate exotic, the man certainly earned his keep as one of the finest detailers we’ve seen in a while.

Video: The Inside Biz Behind The Art of Detailing A Ferrari 288 GTO originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 5 January 2013 18:00 EST.

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Audi R8 V10 Stassis by VF Engineering

Posted on 12.20.2012 20:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

VF Engineering is really into breaking the mold when it comes to developing programs for some of the world’s finest supercars. The American aftermarket company definitely knows a power upgrade when they see one and their latest offering for the mighty German beast, the Audi R8 V10, is no different.

With some help from fellow Audi aftermarket wizard Stassis Engineering, VF Engineering took the R8 V10’s massive 5.2-liter engine and made serious work out of it, highlighted by the addition of a bolt on roots style supercharger system and an Eaton/Magnuson TVS2300 four-lobe roots blower with an air/water aftercooling system that boosts up the R8 V10’s output from the standard 520 horsepower and 390 pounds-per-feet of torque figures all the way up to 720 horsepower and 590 pounds-per-feet of torque. That impressive bump in output is particularly jacked up because of the resulting lag-free instant punch of 5psi from as little as 2,000rpm, with the boost gradually climbing all the way up to 6.5psi at redline.

And should the R8 V10 be using a 91 or 93 octane, the stock engine programming is then recalibrated by VF courtesy of an OBD2 port electronic flash.

For all of the program’s downright awesomeness, there is one bit of bad news out there for anybody interested in getting this package. It’s not compliant with the California Air Resourse Board and cannot be used on public roads in California.

Wait, what?

Audi R8 V10 Stassis by VF Engineering originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:00 EST.

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Video: A Short Trip to the Audi R8 Factory

Posted on 11.24.2012 06:00 by
Simona

Filed under:
Audi | coupe | Supercars / Exotic cars | video | roadster | Audi R8 | Cars | Car News

In the latest episode of “The Downshift” the crew over MotorTrend took a trip to Quattro GmbH, the birthplace of the the RS3, RS4, RS5, RS6 and R8. Since 1983, Audi’s go-fast factory has been taking Audi sedans to the extreme and in 2006 it unveiled the R8, which has quickly become one of the worlds most sought after supercars.

The factory was founded in October 1983 and it is located on a 3,500-square-meter site in Neckarsulm, near Stuttgart, Germany. The factory specializes in producing high-performance Audi cars and components, and its name pays homage to Audi’s original four-wheel-drive, rally-inspired road car: the Audi Quattro.

Take a look at this video; you will be amazed by the dedication and heart these folks put into each and every Audi that passes through. Let us know what do you think!

Video: A Short Trip to the Audi R8 Factory originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:00 EST.

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Caterham Boss Confirms The Company's Ambitions to Become More Mainstream

Posted on 11.5.2012 15:00 by
Simona

Filed under:
Caterham | Supercars / Exotic cars | future cars | Cars | Car News

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Renault and Caterham have joined forces to develop the new Alpine sports car. As a result of this agreement, Renault will get its coupe and Caterham will get its roadster sports car. Caterham boss Tony Fernandes is now offering new details on the company’s future plans, including a possible range-topping supercar.

In a conversation with AutoCar, Fernandes said: “The ultimate ambition is to do what Porsche has done, and grow beyond being a sports car manufacturer into a mainstream car brand – SUVs, city cars, whatever the market wants. There is a long way to go, but we can see a day when we’d like to have a true halo car.”

Such a decision should not be a big surprise, considering Caterham’s experience in Formula 1 and its in-house composites business.

Currently the most impressive model offered by Caterham is the SP/300.R. It is powered by a supercharged 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine that delivers 301 horsepower. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 180 mph. But this is a track-only car and not many people have the chance to enjoy it. A new supercar will change Caterham’s image, but until that finally happens, Caterham will focus on developing the new Alpine supercar.