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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

New BMW Zagato Model Coming To Pebble Beach

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 11:25AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It was just a few months ago that BMW and Zagato teamed up to wow the crowds at the Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d'Este. The BMW Zagato Coupe was a sharp, curvy fastback that may or may not make it to production. And it may or may not be joined in production by a second BMW-Zagato collaboration. The partners have another vehicle to show, and it's coming later this week.

"Making its world debut late in the week will be a new BMW Zagato concept, the second collaboration between these two legendary car companies," BMW says in an announcement previewing its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event.

Domino's Teams With Local Motors For Ultimate Pizza Delivery Vehicle

On: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Sometimes it takes the sordid mind of the great collective to come up with truly inspiring designs. Local Motors knows this better than most. With its crowd-sourced design model, Local Motors came out with the truly unique Rally Fighter.

Domino's has decided to team up with Local Motors to see what the collective can come up with in terms of the "Ultimate Delivery Vehicle." Help ensure your pie is delivered in style by designing the perfect transport vehicle.

Arrinera Teases Production Supercar

On: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

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When we first saw the Arrinera, the Polish supercar, it was impossible to think anything other than "Lamborghini knock-off." In fact it was so close to a Lamborghini, some Polish media outlets claimed it was a replica of a tuned Lamborghini. Arrinera denied those reports and is moving ahead with the production version of its car. Given the back story, we expect the production car to take a few steps away from Sant'Agata Bolognese in terms of styling. The first teaser pictures provide more specifics as to what we can expect.

The teaser pictures don't provide enough evidence for us to determine how "Lambo" the production Arrinera will be. The shadowy profile view shows a shape that appears quite similar to the prototype model. The other shots zero in on small areas of the car.

McLaren F1 Successor: 1,000 HP, 2.5 Seconds To 62 MPH, August Debut

On: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've heard tell of a big McLaren debut before. At the time, it wasn't clear if the reveal would be public or private, and since we never heard anything about it later on, it was either private and tightly concealed or didn't happen. According to a new report from the UK, McLaren will hold a private debut at Pebble Beach, followed up with a full public reveal at the Paris Motor Show a month later. The subject of the reveal, of course, is the much anticipated F1 successor.

Not only does CarsUK provide a pretty solid (and believable) time line for the F1's appearance, it also has some new rumors about what the car will be capable of. We've heard the flagship's codename is P12, and CarsUK says that the actual model may be called '799'. That number undoubtedly refers to the ~800 hp that's rumored to come from its 3.8-liter V-8 engine.

Eight hundred horsepower would be more than enough for McLaren to compete with cars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta or Lamborghini Aventador, but the P12/799 is about something more - it's about competing with the fastest, most powerful cars in the world. The Bugatti Veyron, SSC Tuatara and upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor are a few of its future colleagues. So McLaren will reportedly use a KERS system to add up to a 200-hp boost for a total of 1,000.


Nissan Leaf Gets Stretched Into A Limo

On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Nissan Leaf may not be the right choice for a taxi cab, where it would risk running out of power meeting the varying demands of street customers, but it could perform as a hotel limo, where specific guidelines could ensure that it never travels too far from home. At least one hotel in Nashville, Tennessee seems to think so.

We've heard whispers about a Nissan limo being designed in Missouri, but this is the first time we've seen a comment from Nissan on it. In a press release, the automaker quotes a hotel executive in calling it "the world's first road-worthy, licensed, street legal electric limousine."

Mansory Gives Lamborghini Aventador More Carbon Fiber

On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 3:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Lamborghini is a big proponent of weight savings through lightweight composites. It opened a composite research center two years ago, and it uses generous amounts of carbon fiber in its models. It even built the Sesto Elemento as a sort of ode to lightweight carbon fiber construction. But it has taken the tuning of Mansory to give Lambo's latest model an overdose of carbon fiber.

While the standard Aventador uses plenty of carbon fiber, the Mansory Carbonado takes it to the next level, replacing non-carbon exterior components with the auto industry's favorite weave. Mansory says every element of its aerodynamics package is crafted from carbon. Those elements include an apron with optimized air inlets, front lip, side sills, rear apron with diffuser and rear wing. Mansory also replaces body panels, the engine and roof covers, and the hood with carbon fiber versions. Aerodynamics are enhanced while weight is kept to a minimum.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 12:22PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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With the recent passing of one of this writer's personal heroes, we thought it was time to take a look back on one of Carroll Shelby's greatest creations. Although it was only built for one model year, the Shelby Series 1 may be one of the most underrated sports cars of all time.  

The Series 1 was the first car that Carroll Shelby created from scratch. Really? Yes, really. Think it over -- all of the other cars Shelby is known for were already in production: the Cobra was originally an A/C Ace, the GT350 and GT500 were Mustangs, even the Dodge GLH was an Omni before it became one of the first pocket-rockets. The Series 1 however, was nothing before it came into existence  It was an idea, at best and then became one of the crown jewels in the king's garage.

Lamborghini Opens A New Facility For Concepts And Special Editions

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you're hoping that Lamborghini will continue to bring the wow factor to auto shows with stunning special edition models like the Sesto Elemento and Aventador J, it looks as though you'll get your wish. The Bull announced that it is opening an entire facility for developing and building prototypes, concept cars and special edition models.

Lamborghini's new prototype and concept center includes a mini assembly line designed to fine-tune building standards and catch problems before they hit the main production lines. The aim is to develop the best manufacturing processes and standards so that your $400,000 doesn't go to waste at the dealership. That assembly line will also be used to build low-volume special edition models like the Sesto Elemento.

Cobra-Aping Puritalia 427 Unveiled

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Truth be told, we forgot all about the Puritalia 427 roadster, which the company teased several weeks ago. A car from a little-known Italian outfit purporting to reinvent an icon was interesting for about 10 minutes; then it quickly vacated our minds to make room for more important things. Well, the car has been revealed, earning it another 10 minutes of attention.

This Is What Happens When You Crowd-Source An Aston Martin

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 2:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Sometimes, relying on the crowd for information and insight works out well, like in the case of the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Sometimes, it does not, like in the case of the new Aston Martin DB9 1M.

Last fall, Aston Martin announced that it would build a special edition Millionth Fan Car to recognize hitting one million fans on Facebook. Since the car was conceived to honor its fans, Aston gave those Facebookers some input. In a manufacturing by consensus campaign, Aston relied on Facebook fans to pick out the model, trim and options of the car.

Bugatti Working On Veyron Successor, Could Be Hybrid

On: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Introduced way back in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has enjoyed a long, successful career. It's been the fastest car in the world - both officially and unofficially - for much of its existence. It has also enjoyed a role as the most expensive and exotic supercar on the planet. But it's getting very close to retirement. Despite the lack of any official announcements on succeeding models, reports about a Veyron successor are already heating up.

While the status of the 16C Galibier remains in limbo, Bugatti is reportedly hard at work on the next generation Veyron, which will be named....VEYRON! The new model will be more than just an update or special edition, however; it will be a completely new model.