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Rolls-Royce's "Bespoke" Personalization Arm Expands To Meet Increasing Demand

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 3:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Rolls-Royce had a problem. Turns out that so many of the people that bought new Rollers wanted to spend untold riches right away on “personalising”—as the Brits say (or at least spell)—those cars that the firm couldn’t keep up.

And as Rolls-Royce isn’t about to turn away (over)paying customers, what else could they do other than expand the operation that handles such matters. Known in Rolls-speak as “Bespoke,” it is the department that converts your cubic Dollars, Pounds, Euros, etc. into the customized—I mean personalised—Rolls-Royce of your dreams.

As the saying goes, “All it takes is money, honey…”


The Porsche 911: World's Sportiest Tractor

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 9:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The insurance industry is a chicken-and-egg-type conundrum. Those that believe human beings are inherently evil could argue that fraud and dishonesty amongst their customers force insurance companies to find ruthless, penny-pinching ways of making profits. Those that believe corporations are naturally more evil and self-serving than any disorganized group of humans could ever be could just as easily argue that customers have to use fraud and corner-cutting in order to squeeze their money out of ruthless, more experienced insurance companies.

Whichever side or combination of sides you choose, the insurance market is a contentious system that can often play like a battle of legal (and not so legal) and technical wits. Insurance companies find any small-print excuse to dismiss your claim and raise your rates, and consumers dismiss law and truth in order to get what they believe is rightfully theirs. It's not uncommon to hear even the most honest and law-abiding folks discussing—without inhibition or remorse—ways of sticking it to the insurance man.


A Lesson In Distaste: Miami GT Kit Car From DDR Motorsport

On: Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 9:24AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ever want to transform your otherwise legitimate but perhaps somewhat plebeian sports coupe into a generic, McLaren F1/Saleen S7 supercar knockoff? You're in luck, but only if your sports coupe is a circa 2002 to 2006 Acura RSX, 1997 to 2002 Chevrolet Corvette or 1989 to 1996 Toyota MR-2. The Miami GT kit car from DDR Motorsports transforms your car into a super-machine (at least in terms of looks).


WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron test 2

I always thought it would be cool to mount a massive supercar engine into an unassuming everyday commuter like a Toyota Corolla. Imagine pulling up to a stop light next to a Camaro or 911, looking the guy right in the eye, stepping on the pedal ever-so-slightly to let him know you were serious, and then just blowing him away in your Lamborghini-V12-powered Corolla. It would be truly awesome.

Less awesome, but more affordable, would be designing an everyday car—let's say a Mercury Cougar—to look like a supercar. The car featured here may look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it's miserably underpowered.


 

The [WH]Y-Files: All-Chrome McMerc SLR Terrorizes London Streets

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


The [WH]Y-Files: All-Chrome McMerc SLR Terrorizes London Streets test 1-1

The Mercedes SLR McLaren has been the subject victim of some of the worst tunes of all time. I actually did a list of terrible tunes a few years ago, and the SLR showed up for three of the 10. And if I updated that list today, a new Brabus SLR creation would bump one of those other choices right off the top 10 to make it four of 10.


Definitely Dartz: Red Chromed Bugatti Veyron

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


Definitely Dartz: Red Chromed Bugatti Veyron test 1-1

Russian tuning/armored vehicle firm Dartz has a way of messing around with endangered species. First, it had to publicly retract the "whale penis" leather option from one of its armored SUVs. And now it's ruined the Bugatti Veyron, a car that is in itself an endangered species thanks to the fact that the production run of the Veyron 16.4 is about over.


Lamborghini Takes On Casino In Lawsuit

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 3:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


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"Lambo vs. The Casino" —now that's a movie I'd go see. Sure as hell sounds better thanTransformers 3. But it's no movie, and it's likely to be far duller and more tedious than any Hollywood blockbuster.

According to the Associated Press, Lamborghini lawyers have filed a trademark lawsuit against the Dal Toro Exotic Car Showroom, Dal Toro Merchandise Gallery and Dal Toro Il Ristorante Italiano in Las Vegas. The businesses are all located in the Palazzo Las Vegas Resort.


Jeep Pickup [Mopar Package] Now Available

On: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 7:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For years, the world has yearned for a Jeep pickup model. Chrysler teased it in 2005 with the Jeep Gladiator concept; Mopar poked it with a stick last year with the NuKizer 715, but the market has remained empty. Until now. You can now get your Jeep pickup, but it's going to take a little more than just waltzing into your local Jeep/Chrysler showroom and demanding a test drive.

Jeep is rumored to be developing an actual pickup model, a spiritual successor to the pickups of old. Unfortunately, the most recent word says that the pickup is a pretty low priority at Chrysler at the moment, given the money pouring into fewer niche products. So it's unknown if or when we can expect an actual Jeep pickup model.


FPV's Blacked-Out, Supercharged 5.0-liter Mustang GT

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Australian International Motor Show is typically just a tad too far 'down under' to play out like a Geneva or Paris in terms of scores of awesome concepts, supercars and new production models. But don't think there's no hot, new hardware coming out of Melbourne. The show is going on now, and to prove that there are some exciting dream cars on our favorite island continent, Ford Australia's tuning arm, Ford Performance Vehicles, debuted a fully black Mustang that it calls its "first-ever concept car."


Feebay's Top Five Sales For June Is A Lamborghini Fest

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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If you’re anything like me (God help you), you spend a fair amount of your online idle time poking around eBay, with special attention paid to eBay Motors and its bevy of fantastic cars you can’t afford and wretches you wish you couldn’t.

But I’ve noticed an odd phenomenon on eBay regarding the former (i.e. the unaffordable exotic) the VAST majority aren’t selling, whether at auction (rare), “Buy-It-Now” (ditto) or the only seemingly-viable method, “Best Offer.” For all the multi-million-dollar listing and asking prices on the site, there aren’t ANY selling prices anywhere NEAR that high.

In fact, the highest recorded sales price you can find in the site’s “completed listings” is the $255,000 “Best Offer” sale of a used orange ’08 Lambo Murcielago. The NEXT THREE of the “top five" automotive sellers are Lamborghinis, too, though not all the same model, seller, year, etc.


Sorry Chrysler: You Don't Own Ad Rights To Detroit

On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, here's a brilliant victory for the little guy. Though I went on a pretty big rant against Chrysler in its lawsuit against a Detroit-area clothing company that used the popular "Imported From Detroit" slogan in a line of clothes, I really suspected that the court was going to side with the much bigger, more powerful automaker. But a Detroit federal court has ruled against Chrysler in trying to stop Pure Detroit from using the phrase, paving the way for the clothing company to keep selling "Imported from Detroit" clothes.