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A Car-As-Art, Not An Art Car: Stella/Gregg M1 Goes To Auction In August

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Stella-painted Gregg '79 BMW M1 Pro Car racer test 2

For reasons not clearly explained, the Guggenheim Museum in New York will end its 12-year stewardship over what is easily among the top 10 most expensive BMWs on Earth—the 1979 BMW M1Pro Car painted by artist Frank Stella for late racer Peter Gregg—when it is offered for sale by Bonhams during its Quail Lodge auction event Aug. 18-19 in Carmel, Calif.

[If you thought that sentence was convoluted, just wait for the car’s historical run-down I’m about to get into…]

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 9:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer  test 2

As it detailed last week, Aston Martin is racing its all-new V12 Zagato in the VLN race at Nurburgring this weekend. Of course, it's not racing the street version shown at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este last weekend; it's racing a modified, track version of the car. In other words, we have a whole new Zagato-Aston sports car to ogle.

Naked and Beautiful: Dodge Viper (Minus Body) Does Burnout

On: Wed, May 25, 2011 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

Naked and Beautiful: Dodge Viper (Minus Body) Does Burnout  test 2

Apparently Viper fans are getting a little impatient and rambunctious waiting for the 2013 Viper to rear its scaly, triangular head. And when fans of fast, powerful cars get bored, mayhem has a way of ensuing.

Breaking about every rule in the safety book, a Swedish tuner set the Viper loose for some drifting debauchery. Okay, nothing too crazy about that. Only the Viper in question didn't have a body.

Porsche Introduces An RSR You Can Put Plates On With Its GT3 RS 4.0

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 test 2

You’d think, at some point, the laws of physics would step in and tell Porsche enough’s enough.

I don’t know if the crew in Stuttgart have incriminating photos of Father Time cavorting with Mother Nature or some such blackmail item, but I hope all parties will come clean before they let Porsche unveil the 911 that finally destroys time and space as we know it.

And they’re getting close.

Very close.


Pebble to "Celebrate the Greatest Ferrari of All Time" (x20+!)

On: Tue, May 10, 2011 at 3:02PM | By: Andrew W Davis

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta test 2

“My Ferrari.” Racing driver and journalist Denise McCluggage pegged those two as the two best words in the English language, and if you’ve ever been able to say them and mean it, you know why.

But, for those of us—myself included—who can’t, why does this little Italian marque of red cars with a black-horse-in-a-yellow-rectangle badge mean so much to so many?

I’m convinced that it’s because they all wear the glow generated by the Ferrari’s greatest road-going(!) race car, the 250 GTO. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—on Sunday, August 21—is hosting a record-setting event to celebrate the “50th anniversary of the birth of this model” which is “considered by many to be the greatest Ferrari ever manufactured.”

The Latest Electric Bullet: Amarok P1 Electric Bike

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 1:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

Amarok P1 Electric Bike  test 2

In a way, motorcycles are the perfect vessel to develop electric powertrain technologies around. They are lightweight and use smaller engines, which mean less power is needed to drive the wheels and deliver speeds and ranges comparable to gas bikes. And if electric powertrains are good for one thing, it's less power and lower speeds. On the other hand, the heavy, bulky nature of lithium-ion batteries can make integrating an electric powertrain into the narrow, streamlined frame of a bike more difficult than plopping it somewhere in the chassis of a compact car.

Canadian company Amorak has the latest solution to integrating electric technology into the motorcycle. It's called the P1 and it looks pretty damn good.

Zagato Reveals TZ3 Stradale

On: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 2:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Zagato Reveals TZ3 Stradale  test 2

As rumors predicted it would, Zagato has released a special edition model designed to celebrate 100 years of Alfa Romeo. It decided to celebrate that by building a car based on the Dodge Viper(?). I know Fiat/Alfa and Chrysler/Dodge are all BFF business buddies at this point, but that's been the case for only about 2 of those 100 years. But, I guess Alfa doesn't really have an 8C to build the special edition on, so Zagato did the next best thing.

Since the car is a highly limited special edition that Zagato calls a "design exercise" and "avant-garde car," its underpinnings shouldn't matter that much. More important is its sexy, cherry exterior.

Behold Your Key to the Camaro: Festival!

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2011 Camaro Indy Pace Car test 2

I previously mentioned just how hard—or expensive—getting your hands on one of the 500 2011 Chevy Camaro RS/SS convertible Indy pace car replicas can be. I also told you how to order a “normal” Camaro convertible that’s as close to a pace car replica as you could replicate.

I have recently come into some information on how you could get your hands on something rarer and more authentic than a regular “replica” (just 50 exist). Best of all, it might not be too late to snag one.

How do you feel about visiting Indiana?

The Summer Of '69s... Again!

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 9:43AM | By: Andrew W Davis

1969 and 2011 pace cars test 2

The month of May is coming up, and for most car-focused folks that means the Indy 500—and all it entails—is on the way.

This year that last bit really means something as the 2011 race is being celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the first race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet.

Naturally, Chevy was given the nod to provide the Speedway with its pace and “Festival Committee” cars (the former leads the field of racers during the start of and any pauses in racing while the latter are used by officials and workers to reach various places and events around the Speedway. They also participate in the pre-race parade around the track.), and it chose the race as a good place to unveil its new Camaro Convertible.

1,000-MPH Car Nearing Testing Phase

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bloodhound SSC test 2

When it comes to production cars and speed, the 268-mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport reigns supreme. But, if you're willing to invest millions toward building a massive, bullet-shaped vessel powered by a series of F1, jet, and rocket engines, then you're looking at numbers surpassing three times the speed of the Bugatti Veyron. The current absolute land speed record—you know the kind that's achieved on dried salt flats, as opposed to paved tracks—stands at just over 763 mph. But an ambitious team plans to best that by more than the world-record speed of the Veyron SS. The Bloodhound SSC has an estimated top speed of 1,050 mph, and it is nearing testing.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 Preview

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid test 2

It was just over a year ago that Porsche introduced the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The innovative track hybrid features a combination of rear-mounted 480-hp V6, two front-mounted electric motors and a flywheel generator in place of a battery pack. The generator pulls power from regenerative braking and distributes it to the front motors when needed for short bursts of acceleration.

Apparently the original R Hybrid has grown long in the tooth in that short year span. Porsche has previewed a revised version which will officially debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in late June.