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Apparently, California tuner Stillen wasn't paying attention when Aston Martin unveiled its DB9 1M. If it was, it would know that crowd sourcing a car design does not always end well. We suppose it probably already realizes the possibility for failure but is hoping its contest will turn out better. The contest offers amateur designers the opportunity to build their own body kit for the Scion FR-S.
Stillen isn't handing over full control; the contest only allows designers to work on the front lip, skirts and rear valence. Participants will download templates at the contest's website (stillen.com/frscontest), design their kit and send it back by August 14. Both hand-drawn and digital renderings are accepted. Multiple entries are allowed.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auto Shows, Reports
Tags: Toyota, Scion, tuners, Stiller, SEMA 2012, crowd sourcing, FR-S
If there's one car that you could safely say would not set a record at the "Festival of Speed," it would be a small electric car like the Nissan Leaf. Or so we thought. The Leaf set an interesting record at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
During this past weekend's Goodwood festivities, stunt driver Terry Grant powered the Nissan Leaf to a Goodwood record...multiple times. While the Nissan Leaf was ill-equipped to compete with the suped-up sports coupes and supercars in most categories, it took its own direction - fastest time over the course of a mile, in reverse.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Racing, Auto Shows
Tags: Nissan, Leaf, electric, EV, Goodwood, Festival of Speed
If you follow our blog, then you’ve probably heard us talk about the luxuriously-awesome Festivals of Speed. You know, the three-day events with lots of fancy food, wine, cigars and exotic cars, planes and boats. Right. Well, if you’re in the Orlando area (or willing to travel there), listen up, because the Festivals of Speed recently announced they will return there November 30 – December 2 (not a bad time of the year to visit Orlando either).
There you’ll find the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you’d expect from the Festivals of Speed. Friday, November 30, it all kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception featuring delicious foods and drinks, a silent auction and poker tournament benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, a high-energy jazz orchestra and – of course – a collection of exotic cars at the Orlando International Airport. Saturday (December 1st), the Festivals host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin tasting experience. Yum. And Sunday, the Festivals conclude with the Motorsports Collection Display of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft at the beautiful Grande Lakes property.
So mark your calendars now, start saving up and ask your boss for a few days off, because the Festival’s Orlando event is sure to be a great weekend!
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics
Tags: Festivals of Speed, Florida, Orlando, Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, exotics, super cars, boats, watercraft, aircraft, motorcylces
A huge, never-ending line of Ferraris sounds like a dream that any car fan has had before. It's about to become a reality, though, as Ferrari North Europe prepares to create the world's longest Ferrari parade. While creating a parade of a Ferraris is a valuable proposition on its own, the group will be attempting to get itself recognized by Guiness.
Ferrari North Europe already has 600 cars registered, more than enough to beat the current record of 490. However, it won't be making the official attempt until September and is hoping to get an even 1,000 cars on board. It will be making the attempt at Ferrari Racing Days at the Silverstone Circuit in the U.K. (September 15 - 16).
Ferrari North Europe previously set the world record with a 385-car parade at the same event in 2007. The following spring, however, Ferrari North Europe was eclipsed by a 490-car parade put together by Cornes & Company Limited, a motor vehicle distributor in Japan, at the Fuji Speedway Circuit, Shizuoka, Japan. Ferrari North Europe hopes to get it back in a few weeks.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics, Racing
Tags: Ferrari, events, parades, world records, Guiness Book of World Records
GM may or may not be all that savvy at navigating social media advertising, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't embrace the social format. Chevy has launched its own social network called The Block, which it describes as "social media for gearheads."
The Block, which is still in beta form, is sort of like an online car club, where enthusiasts can chat, share pictures and talk about projects. Expect to find all kinds of pictures, stories and enthusiasm involving cars of all kinds.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports, Technology
Tags: Chevy, GM, social network, social media, The Block, Chevrolet
We'd imagine the Alfa Romeo 4C's curves look good even before they're covered in paint, but the concept's paint schemes have been spot on. The original icy red simply refused to be ignored, and the follow-up fluid metal silver was nearly as luxurious. For the Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d'Este this past weekend, Alfa presented a new color of 4C. And it's every bit as mesmerizing as its predecessors.
We haven't seen the proper name for the new paint, but what we do see is a deep, robust red that hugs the 4C's curves as naturally as lipstick on a supermodel's lips.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics, Reports
Tags: Alfa, Alfa Romeo, 4C, concepts, Villa d'Este, Lake Como
Last year around this time, we saw the Aston Martin V12 Zagato for the first time at the Concorso d‘Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. This year brings a new Ville d'Este and a new Zagato. BMW introduced the Zagato Coupe at the festivities this past weekend.
BMW and Zagato collaborated closely to build the one-off handcrafted masterpiece. The goal was to craft a "BMW seen through the eyes of Zagato," an aero-optimized, steet-legal car that could hit speeds like a track car but still meet all the legal obligations of an everyday driver.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: BMW, Zagato, Concours d'Elegance, Lake Como, concept cars
The Beetle may be a timeless design, but it's a car that evokes a certain amount of nostalgia for decades gone by. Stare at it long enough and you may find yourself transported to Woodstock or the 1970s gas crisis. If new rumors hold truth, Volkswagen will play upon the Beetle's nostalgia when it launches the new Beetle convertible. Instead of just launching the production convertible, it will launch at least three special edition models.
According to Car & Driver, the special edition convertibles will play up the Beetle's illustrious 74-year history. Based on some trademark filings, the magazine expects each one to be dedicated to a given decade - 50s, 60s and 70s. Volkswagen filed European trademark applications for the numeric and written designations for those decades, so it looks likely that it will show convertibles styled specific to each decade.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: VW, Beetle, convertible, new cars, 2012 LA Auto Show, special editions
On Sunday, Volkswagen of America revealed a new sportiest version of the CC four-door coupe to debut physically at the Auto Mobil International car show in Leipzig on June 1st, the CC R-Line. In addition to all those perky German technologies associated with the CC Sport Plus, the R-Line will be mated to an optional six-speed manual transmission, beefier lower air intake, upgraded lights, and aggressive aesthetics.
If there’s one thing we’ve always appreciated about the Volkswagen CC, it’s the vehicle’s sophisticated style – often fitting in with equally distinctive, but significantly more expensive makes. The R-Line model appears to take style to a whole new level, aimed to find the perfect nexus of sport and luxury.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Reports, Special / Limited Edition, Auto Shows
Tags: Volkswagen, VW, unveils, reveal, reveals, CC, r, r-line, r line, specs, price, pics
Pop quiz: What all-new Big Three micro CUV will be sold in more than 140 countries, including Canada and Mexico, but not the United States? If your answer sounds anything like a brain exploding from frustration, you’re right on track – or Trax, as the case may be.
In September, GM will debut the company’s latest Sonic-based addition to the Chevrolet brand, a cheeky small CUV called Trax. Despite class-leading cargo space, room for five passengers, and city-appropriate physical dimensions, Trax will not be offered in the United States “[b]ecause of the strong position of the Chevy Equinox.”
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: Chevrolet, Chevy, Trax, makes, GM, General, Motors, away, US, USA
Though its definition may be disguised to those that don't speak German, the Volkswagen is, quite literally, the 'people's car'. Last year, the German automaker put a whole new emphasis on this definition by launching the People's Car Project in China, a Web-based collaborative platform for new product and technology ideas. At the Beijing Motor Show this month, Volkswagen showed the first three concepts to come out of the project.
Volkswagen is quite happy with the success that the People's Car Project (we feel bad calling it "PCP") has had over its first 11 months. The website has attracted 33 million visitors and inspired about 119,000 unique ideas. It's been so successful, in fact, Volkswagen is extending its run indefinitely (it was originally planned for a single year).
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Technology, Videos
Tags: Hover Car, Volkswagen, VW, People's Car Project,