Meet the Mercedes truck, the X-Class!

Posted on July 19, 2017

Thankfully it looks almost exactly like the X-Class Concept. There’s a reason Mercedes chose South Africa as the backdrop for the reveal of the X-Class pickup, the carmaker’s first dedicated passenger truck that, unlike truck versions of the G-Class built for the military, is intended for civilian use. It’s all because within the borders of Africa’s more developed nation, truck sales account for 17% of all passengers and light commercial vehicle sales and Mercedes wants to be a part of that party. And it will, at least from what can be inferred by the fact it left the X-Class concept almost fully intact. [...more]

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Lewis Hamilton explains his post race unhappiness

Posted on July 10, 2017

Lewis Hamilton has called for understanding from fans and journalists, saying they cannot expect a driver to be happy when they don’t get the result they wanted. Hamilton fell 20 points behind Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, finishing fourth to the Ferrari driver’s P2. [...more]

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The latest creation from Porsche could break Nurburgring lap record!

Posted on July 4, 2017

Will the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS beat the 918 Spyder’s lap time? After denying its existence despite debuting at the E3 gaming convention last month, Porsche finally lifted the wraps off the new 911 GT2 RS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week, and it was worth the wait. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine from the current 911 Turbo S that produces 700-hp, the GT2 RS is the most powerful road-going 911 Porsche has ever made, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds. Clearly, this incredible car was built to set blistering lap times. Question is, how fast will it rip round the Nurburgring? [...more]

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Todt is thinking about citing Vettel before the court!

Posted on June 28, 2017

Sebastian Vettel could face further sanctions from the FIA over his antics during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver saw red on the streets of Baku when he drove into Lewis Hamilton in retaliation for what he perceived to be a brake-check by his title rival. [...more]

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Could Lewis Hamilton be retiring end of this year?

Posted on June 22, 2017

Lewis Hamilton admits he could follow former team-mate Nico Rosberg out of Formula 1 as early as the “end of this year.” The 32-year-old is currently embroiled in a battle with Sebastian Vettel for the 2017 Drivers’ Championship title. [...more]

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When a $50 million Ferrari collection isnt enough for Ferrari..

Posted on June 19, 2017

When the uber rich get denied. Only 200 examples of the LaFerrari Aperta are being built, and despite the $2.2 million price tag, Ferrari is having absolutely no problem selling all of them. As is common with Ferrari, there’s far greater demand than supply, but what’s needed to get on that exclusive 200-person list? The Los Angeles Times has done a great write up about watch and jewelry entrepreneur David Lee, who’s also a serial Ferrari collector (and Pagani Huayra owner). Over the year’s he’s amassed a Ferrari collection now worth $50 million. [...more]

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Hamilton has branded his previous relationship with Alonso as toxic!

Posted on June 13, 2017

Don’t expect to see Fernando Alonso in a Mercedes next season after Lewis Hamilton branded his previous relationship with the Spaniard “toxic.” Alonso and Hamilton teamed up for one season, a tension-fraught 2007 campaign at McLaren. [...more]

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Americas track monster, the Dodge Viper ACR is back for another crack at the Nurburgring record!

Posted on June 7, 2017

Can last generation race car tech and driver skill beat the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and McLaren P1 GTR? When you picture the typical Gofundme campaign, you think of a family earning minimum wage trying to pay for their kid’s leukemia treatment, an aspiring doctor trying to get med school tuition, and the occasional sly teenager who’s trying to get their hands on the latest game console with a pity story. But the site is also full of unconventional grass roots efforts, like the Take Back The Ring campaign that seeks to put the Dodge Viper ACR back on the Nurburgring lap time leaderboard. [...more]

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After Hamiltons struggle in the Monaco GP, his said that the W08 is the most unusual car in years!

Posted on May 29, 2017

Lewis Hamilton was at a loss to explain why his car was so temperamental at the Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend. Hamilton lost valuable ground in the World Championship race, falling 25 points behind Sebastian Vettel who toppled Kimi Raikkonen in Monte Carlo. [...more]

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Stunning One-Off Pagani Huayra BC Delivered To Car Collector In Miami

Posted on May 23, 2017

Is this the best looking Pagani Huayra BC yet? Not long after the first coveted Lamborghini Centenario was delivered to its privileged owner in the US, a special one-off Pagani Huayra BC is now part of a prestigious car collection in Miami. It belongs to car collector Kris Singh who recently took delivery of the bespoke Huayra BC where it will be joining his one-off Huayra La Monza Lisa, Koenigsegg Agera XS and ultra-rare Lamborghini Veneno, one of only four examples ever made. Dubbed the BC Macchina Volante, you won’t see another Pagani Huayra BC like this in the world. [...more]

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X-Men Star Michael Fassbender Wants To Be A Ferrari Racing Driver.. Don't We All?

Posted on May 17, 2017

The X-Men actor is channelling his inner Steve McQueen. We could be looking at the new king of cool. It’s not uncommon for Hollywood actors who are passionate gearheads to become racing drivers. Patrick Dempsey has ambitions of becoming a full time racing driver having competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans among many other disciplines, while the legendary Steve McQueen used his real-life racing experience to produce the infamous 1971 Le Mans movie, a passion project which ultimately flopped. Michael Fassbender can now also be added to the growing list of Hollywood actors turned racing drivers. [...more]

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The Lamborghini Urus Will Be A 650BHP Super SUV!

Posted on May 15, 2017

Take it to the track and then straight to the rally race... as long as you’re cool with putting dings on a six-figure car. Maurizio Reggiani is the head of Lamborghini’s research and development sector, and given the sorts of odd futuristic projects the Italian supercar marquee is adding to its portfolio lately, he’s the sort of man you want to listen to for a trip into the future of one of the most desirable brands on the planet. He recently sat down with Digital Trends to give the topic of the upcoming Urus a whirl and using the SUV as a beacon for Lamborghini’s future, it can be gathered that things will get juiced up. [...more]

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The BMW 8 Series Is Making A Comeback!

Posted on May 11, 2017

Looks like the Mercedes S-Class Coupe has a new rival. Rumors have been rife for years that BMW is planning to revive the legendary 8 Series grand-tourer after an 18-year hiatus, which remains popular with BMW aficionados despite only 31,000 models being built between 1989 and 1999. Evidence that BMW is gearing up to revive the hulking luxury coupe has been mounting. Earlier this year, the automaker silently killed off the 6-Series, and an 8 Series test mule was recently spotted being put through its paces at the Nurburgring, implying that an announcement is imminent. [...more]

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Gearing Up For The Spanish GP!

Posted on May 11, 2017

Formula 1 returns to the Circuit de Catalunya, the most lapped track on the calendar, for this weekend’s Spanish GP and the start of the war – the development war that is. With new regulations in play this season there is still a great deal of scope for teams to gain more time meaning this year’s development race is likely to be hotter than in previous seasons. [...more]

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Who Would Like To See A Tesla Supercar? We Certainly Would..

Posted on May 8, 2017

We wouldn't mind if it looked something like this. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. For Tesla to maintain its image as a premium carmaker while delivering an affordable car in the shape of the Model 3, it should seriously consider building a halo car. Lexus did it with the LFA, Ford has done it with the GT and there’s no reason why Tesla couldn’t do something similar to this Model EXP concept, created by Spanish rendering artist Xabier Albizu. Elon Musk recently confirmed that a revamped Roadster is in the pipeline, albeit a few years away, and that it will set a new performance benchmark. [...more]

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Gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster Is Happening!

Posted on May 3, 2017

Only 28 will apparently be made – but wait until you see the asking price. With the rising prominence of the turbocharged DB11, the naturally-aspirated Aston Martin Vanquish looks like it may be getting ready for retirement soon. Thankfully, design house Zagato is honoring its legacy with the drool-worthy Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, combining stunning Italian styling with brilliant British engineering. According to renowned render artist Jan Peisert of Peisert Design, an ultra-exclusive Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster is also in the works. [...more]

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Ultra-Lightweight Porsche 911 Leichtbau To Sell For Half A Million At Auction!

Posted on May 1, 2017

It's no 911 R, but the 911 "lightweight construction" is as enticing as a piece of Porsche history can get. The task of the automobile and each of its individual subgenres has constantly been changing to adapt to new demands, but more recently the role of the car as an investment has become the norm and unfortunately, it seems as if the models that are the most fun to drive and that should be more prevalent on the road are the types that become garage queens. Thankfully, Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale gives you a chance to right this wrong when the 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau goes to the auction block. [...more]

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Bottas Holds Off Vettel For His First Career Win In Russian GP!

Posted on April 30, 2017

A storming start from third to first set up Valtteri Bottas for his maiden F1 win with the Mercedes driver holding off Sebastian Vettel to triumph in Russia. As the excitement over the latest installment in the Ferrari versus Mercedes battle mounted, Fernando Alonso became the second McLaren driver to retire before a race in two races as he broke down on the formation lap. An extra formation lap, 53 laps down to 52, and just 19 starters. [...more]

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Hardcore Ferrari 488 To Revive The GTO Badge

Posted on April 26, 2017

You knew that Ferrari was never going to take coming onslaughts from Porsche and Mercedes without striking back. Even though Porsche hardly sells more cars than the AMG wing of Mercedes, sitting atop the German sports car throne can be a bit of an ordeal. Each year it seems that another automaker announces its own crack at the 911’s reign of terror, and though Mercedes and McLaren have been searching for a weak point in Porsche’s armor for years, it’s a marker of what the automaker has accomplished when Maranello begins to do the same. According to Autocar, that’s what Ferrari is doing. [...more]

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Marc Marquez Makes it 5 out 5 in Austin!

Posted on April 25, 2017

Marc Marquez claimed a fifth successive MotoGP victory at Austin, as Maverick Vinales crashed out early on and Valentino Rossi took the championship lead. Dani Pedrosa commanded the early stages after a lightning getaway from fourth on the grid, with his Honda team-mate Marquez slotting into second ahead of the two factory Yamahas of Rossi and Vinales. [...more]

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Meet The Most Hardcore Road-Legal Lotus Exige - The Cup 380

Posted on April 23, 2017

Lotus is obsessed with continuously shedding weight off its spritely sports cars. Not long ago, the British manufacturer presented the Evora 410 Sport bound for the US, a lighter, faster and sharper variant of the excellent Evora. Now the exhilarating Exige has been given the same diet regime – and the result is spectacular. Meet the Lotus Exige Cup 380: the fastest and most hardcore road-legal Exige ever built, a moniker that previously belonged to the Exige Sport 380. [...more]

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Lewis Hamilton Back On Top In Bahrain F1 Testing

Posted on April 18, 2017

Honda’s engine woes continued in Bahrain on Tuesday as Oliver Turvey broke down after just two laps on a day when Lewis Hamilton was quickest. Honda had a nightmare weekend at the Sakhir circuit with Stoffel Vandoorne breaking down on his way to the grid meaning just one McLaren-Honda started the race. It failed to finish it. [...more]

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Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition

Posted on April 17, 2017

Nothing like jet fighter inspiration! Aston Martin is certainly no stranger to building special editions of its existing lineup, so it comes as no surprise there’s another new one today. This time the focus is on the Vanquish S. Introducing the Vanquish S Red Arrows edition, limited to just 10 examples and commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge. For anyone who’s not English, the Red Arrows are the Royal Air Force’s highly regarded aerobatic unit, founded in 1965. [...more]

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Vettel Quickest in Bahrain FP1 & FP2

Posted on April 14, 2017

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel continued to top the timesheets after FP2 was run under the lights in Bahrain. Vettel set a 1:31.310 on supersoft tyres to finish P1, but not without a small problem which forced him to come to a halt at Turn 13. [...more]

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Jaguar To Offer A 4 Cylinder F-Type For 2017

Posted on April 12, 2017

Until now, the Jaguar F-type has packed a choice of rasping 3.0 V6 or burbling 5.0 V8 under its generously sized bonnet. Now Jaguar has announced another, more modest option: a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, from Jaguar Land Rover’s latest family of Ingenium engines. [...more]

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Chinese GP - FP2: Not A Single Lap In Second Practice

Posted on April 7, 2017

Second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix never got underway on Friday as poor weather conditions meant the medical helicopter could not land at the designated hospital. Following minimal running in FP1, the teams and drivers had hoped to make up for most time in the afternoon’s session at the Shanghai International Circuit but it was not to be. [...more]

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Audi Debuts 2018 TT RS With 400-HP And Puts Every Cayman S Ability To Shame

Posted on April 5, 2017

It’s quicker, cheaper, more powerful, and sounds miles better than the four-banger in the Porsche corner. A gorgeous futuristic interior peeled straight out of our wildest iRobot fantasies and a rich blend of angular yet smooth lines of the current R8 may have made every critic of Audi’s feminine design approach a believer, but to most, the Mk2 generation TT was still too rounded to look the least bit tough. To some, it even echoed the design approach of the Volkswagen Beetle, but thankfully Audi remedied that with the more confident looking Mk3 released late in 2014. [...more]

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Perfect Weekend For Maxi Buhk And Franck Perera

Posted on April 2, 2017

After winning the qualifying race yesterday evening, Maxi Buhk and Franck Perera also claimed victory in the main race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The HTP Motorsport duo crossed the line with an impressive 23-second lead over Bentley-pairing Vincent Abril-Steven Kane, with Dominik Baumann and Jimmy Eriksson putting a second HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG in the top three. [...more]

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Jeff Smith Secures Maiden Pole Position

Posted on April 1, 2017

Eurotech Racing’s Jeff Smith has scored a sensational maiden Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship pole position, as the experienced driver mastered tricky, damp conditions at Brands Hatch. [...more]

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Ferrari LaFerrari Smuggled Into South Africa Set To Be Crushed

Posted on March 30, 2017

This is a sad day for tifosi and Ferrari fans everywhere. You might want to read this one sitting down. As this gorgeous red LaFerrari you see here is destined for the crusher. According to Fin24, on a fateful day back in 2014, the owner attempted to bring the LaFerrari into South Africa. Inexplicably, he failed to cough up the cash for customs duty and VAT. So the Italian hypercar was held in a bonded warehouse where it has remained for the past three years waiting for the owner to pay the necessary fees for its release. [...more]

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Webber: Alonso Could Leave McLaren Early

Posted on March 28, 2017

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber can envisage a “frustrated” Fernando Alonso leaving McLaren before his contract expires at the end of the season. [...more]

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Audi Defends Lamborghini In Nurburgring Lap Time Controversy

Posted on March 25, 2017

Would Lamborghini have any incentive to fake the record Nurburgring lap time set by the Huracan Performante? The record Nurburgring lap time set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante should have been a landmark moment for the manufacturer. Instead, it’s attracted controversy, as skeptics have accused Lamborghini of faking the 6:52.01 lap time. Some have analyzed the footage and claimed that the in-car and on-screen speedometers don’t match. Others are saying the footage has been sped up from 24fps to 25. James Glickenhaus has even suggested a new Nurburgring “Road Cup” to prevent dubious production car lap times. It's all a bit overblown. [...more]

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Hamilton: 99% Perfect

Posted on March 25, 2017

Half a second up on his nearest rival in FP2, Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ improvement between the final test and Friday’s practice was “night and day.” Despite stating several times that Ferrari would be the team to beat in Melbourne, it was Hamilton who claimed back-to-back P1s in Friday’s practices. [...more]

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Aston Martin DB5 Reborn As The Speedback GT - Yours For £594,000

Posted on March 21, 2017

David Brown Automotive has been handcrafting 1960s-inspired, Aston Martin DB5-lookalike bodies on Jaguar XKR platforms for three years now, and badging the coachbuilt model the Speedback GT. An updated Speedback GT was unveiled at the Geneva motor show last week, with stiffer suspension and minor design tweaks to the original prototype. Minor, but important considering that the finished article is all about the detail. [...more]

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Hamann Liberates The Jaguar F-Pace With 410 HP And Sharp New Bodykit

Posted on March 20, 2017

Something to consider while waiting for the F-Pace SVR, perhaps? Super SUVs are all the rage right now and by the end of the year we should have, among others, the Lamborghini Urus, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR – all featuring powerplants capable of well over 500 horsepower. While we await the latter of these, German tuner Hamann has developed an upgrade package for the British crossover, which currently comes with 380 hp in its most potent form, the supercharged F-Pace S. [...more]

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Italdesign - Lamborghini's Iconic Design House

Posted on March 19, 2017

Italdesign is returning to its traditional business roots and the Zerouno, a £1.3m supercar revealed in Geneva last week, is proof. On arrival, you could be forgiven for thinking nothing at Italdesign has changed. True, there are more cars parked in the street, but that just means there are more employees, a given for a thriving company. But the two large studio buildings through which you usually enter Italdesign’s estate on the southern outskirts of Turin seem hardly to have altered, even though it’s nearly 50 years since the company’s famous founder, Giorgetto Giugiaro, decided to launch his own design business. [...more]