There was plenty of new and interesting things to climb the famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, but perhaps nothing else hits closer to home than the iconic American pony car in its latest iteration; the 2015 Ford Mustang. With it still months away from hitting dealer showrooms and with no official reviews gracing the glossy pages of magazines or the Interwebz, the Mustang is still a dark horse in terms of third-party information.
But we get just a little closer with this video from Ford of a Mustang GT Coupe barreling up the hay-lined hill. Professional driver Paul Swift (a fitting last name, huh?) takes the wheel of the ‘Stang. Unfortunately, the 5.0-liter’s exhaust is masked by the video’s musical selection. There are a few instances where some burble cuts through, but we’ll wait to reserve judgment on its sound. Then again, Mustangs have always managed to sound amazing, so it’s unlikely we’ll be disappointed.
The video also gives us a good look at the manual transmission’s shifter. It appears to have nice, short throws that are easy to manipulate. We also get a decent look at the interior and its all-new dashboard, and form-fitting Recaro seats.
Sadly, the video is less than a minute long, but there are several good scenes and sequences within. Ford also neglects to publish the Mustang’s time, leaving us to wonder how well it did in what is likely its first-ever public racing event.
Video: Ford Mustang V-8 Takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 11 July 2014 20:00 EST.
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.
Posted on 07.27.2013 12:00 by
Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most challenging motor-racing circuits you will find in the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. It measures 4.352 miles and features 20 turns. The current record at the track is held by Sebastian Vettel who lapped it back in 2009 in 1:47.263.
This challenging circuit was the perfect place for the BAC Mono to prove what it is capable of. This test comes just a few days after the Mono managed to smash Top Gear’s test track record with a time of 1:14.3, thereby bettering the times of all but the 720-horsepower Pagani Huayra.
The two BAC Monos running at Spa were driven by Ron Simons, who was almost unbeatable in wet conditions at Spa for years and TV personality Sabine Schmitz.
Check out the video to see which of the two managed to handle Mono the best.
Video: BAC Mono vs BAC Mono at Spa-Francorchamps originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:00 EST.
It certainly goes without saying that there are few automakers in this world that can compete with Bentley’s status as a premier luxury brand. But being identified with luxury isn’t the only thing that Bentley is proud of; the company also has this goal of combining all that class and elegance with technology. So the company developed a new four-minute short film, titled “Intelligent Details,” to specifically showcase how it has achieved blending luxury and technology in one package.
The short film is told through the words of Bentley Director of Design Luc Donckerwolke and Head of Exterior Design Sang Yup Lee. While riding the Mulsanne in the streets of New York, the two describe the company’s goal of offering
“performance that’s compatible with luxury”, something Donckerwolke proudly claims no other auto brand in the world can claim.
The two also talk about a new goal for the company to turn the interior of its vehicles into its own living space that’s largely attributed to a renewed sense of empowering it with interior infotainment technology. This is where the short film comes circle in a really cool way. We’re not going to spoil you the ending of the video, but what Bentley used to develop, create, and edit this four-minute short film certainly may shock you, given its professional quality.
Video: Bentley Presents “Intelligent Details” originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:00 EST.
The brand-new BMW M3 is only one month away from going on sale in the United States, but it appears that the German manufacturer is still working on those final track adjustments. Late last month, no less than three BMW M3s were caught on film while being hooned on the iconic Nurburgring track and the footage has finally surfaced the Internet.
It isn’t clear whether or not BMW is still developing the car’s ability to stay glued to the asphalt, while taking both fast and slow turns, but this three-minute video is bound to keep potential customers on their toes. In fact, it doesn’t matter if the new M3 is on your list or not, this is a spectacle you can’t miss.
As a brief reminder, the 2014 BMW M3 will hit U.S. dealerships with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-six engine under the hood. The sedan (the coupe is now sold as the M4) benefits from 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available, a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed automatic.
The vehicle starts from $62,000 and has enough boxes on the options list to take a well-equipped model into $70,000 territory.
Video: BMW M3 Sounds Aggressive While Testing At N rburgring originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:00 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.
Posted on 07.18.2013 14:00 by
There are always two sides to any rivalry and it was no different in the case of Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
The two are now the subject of Ron Howard’s latest cinematic masterpiece “Rush,” which is set to hit theaters on September 20th. History will forever attach the names Niki Lauda and James Hunt to “world champions” but equally fitting when talking about these two drivers is the fact that they had one of the sport’s fiercest rivalries.
Howard touches on that in “Rush” and this newest trailer gives us a good look at one of the protagonists in the movie: James Hunt. Played by Chris Hemsworth, Hunt is portrayed as the free-wheeling playboy who epitomized living in the fast line, the perfect foil to the ultra competitive Lauda, who was driven to be the best on track.
This is the farthest thing from “Driven,” folks. “Rush” is shaping up to be a must-watch movie for fans of both drivers and fans of Formula One in general.
Click past the jump to watch the featurette of Rush
Video: New Rush Trailer Puts the Spotlight on James Hunt originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:00 EST.
Posted on 07.18.2013 18:00 by
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.
|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.
|Posted on 12.28.2013 23:00 by Simona|
What do the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series, Jaguar XKR-S GT and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S have in common? Pretty much nothing at a first look: one comes from Germany, two from the UK; one gets a supercharged V-8, one a V12 and one a naturally aspirated V-8 engine.
Still, the guys over the British magazine AutoCar wanted to see how the three cars will behave one next to the other and prepared a very cool test drive. From the beginning Autocar’s judge Steve Sutcliffe admits that the C63 AMG Black Series is his favorite super coupe is the C63 AMG Black Series and wants to see if the other two are powerful or delicate enough to unseat it and make him change his mind.
Check out the video to see if Sutcliffe changes his mind, or if the Mercedes sports coupe remains his favorite car!
Video: Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Vs Jaguar XKR-S GT Vs Aston Martin V12 Vantage S originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 28 December 2013 23:00 EST.