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B-J Unloads A Few Mindfreaked-With Customs For The Magicial Criss Angel (& "JD"!)

On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 1:00PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Welcome to the 200th installment of my series, “I Am in the Wrong Line of Work.” Today’s topic: What the hell’s so freaking special about magicians?

Now I’m not saying that automotive writers don’t get their fair share of the ladies, it’s just that those damn key-swallowing, hand-waving weirdos get way more than theirs. [Sure, maybe those multi-pierced, wannabe Goth/Emo girls aren’t what I’d be looking for, but it hurts me that they never even offer.]

What does this have to do with cars, you ask? Plenty. See, this "Criss Angel" dude—like that’s really the name his mom gave him—decided to unload a few of his “Mindfreak” vehicles at the last Barrett-Jackson sideshow in Vegas—naturally—so now I get to unload a little on him, too.

Let’s see Mr. Magicpants escape from my Tomb of Scathing Invectives!


Ferrari CEO: Enzo To Get V-12 And Carbon Fiber Chassis

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 3:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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One of the car's on our "can't wait" list is the Ferrari Enzo successor, which will debut next year. The car will reignite the F40, F50, Enzo blood line and promises to be one of the most exciting supercar debuts of 2012.

Given the excitement surrounding the flagship sports car, there has been no shortage of rumors and speculation on the model. Rumors have typically ping-ponged between the Enzo successor going with a V-12 engine ,as its last predecessor had, or digging down deeper into the playbook and reintroducing a twin-turbo V-8 like the F40 used. Well, according to Ferrari chief Amedeo Felisa, it's all V-12.


2014 Acura NSX Going Hybrid?

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In August, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito admitted to the long-rumored NSX revival, adding at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the company is looking to build a new type of NSX with a dramatic power-to-weight ratio. According to new reports, Honda's next-gen NSX will launch in 2014 and may feature a hybrid powertrain.

According to an Auto Express report, the 2014 NSX will combine two Honda projects into one. The car will get design influence from an Acura-badged supercar to appear in the upcoming Avengers movie (spied in NY's Central Park in the picture above). A car similar to the movie car will sit atop an all-wheel-drive, hybrid platform inspired by the 2001 Dual Note 4WD concept, which featured a 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine driving the rear wheels and two, wheel-mounted electric motors up front. The engine and motors combined for around 400 hp in that concept.


2000 Mustang Cobra R

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:05AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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The high point for Ford’s 4th Generation 1994-2004 Mustang is the 2000 Mustang Cobra “R” model. No fooling around here—the “R” model was not equipped with any luxury options such as air conditioning, stereo, power windows, rear seats, and power door locks. The standard seats were replaced with special Recaro versions which also incorporated a Cobra snake and “R” emblem on the headrest area. The snake/”R” emblem was also used on the reverse indicator letter on the transmission shifter. It almost seems as though Ford didn’t want people to drive the car.


 

1967 Ford Mark IV - Ford's Reponse To Enzo

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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In the 1960s, Ford Motor Co. was into racing big time - the reason being that whatever you raced on Sunday, customers would come and buy the car on Monday. It was a simple process - win on Sunday, sell on Monday.

The same formula applied to sports car racing, but it would be better (i.e. cheaper) if Ford just bought another sports car manufacturer, changed the name to Ford and watch the sales take off. The only problem here was Enzo Ferrari, owner of the most successful sports car manufacturer company who also had the most winning-est race cars around, did not want to sell out to Henry Ford II.

Henry Ford II was not your easy-go-lucky car manufacturer. When he wanted something, he would go out and get it. And so from 1964 to the end of 1967, epic duels between Ford and Ferrari took place which pushed the development of sports cars to a new level and which also provided thrilling competition for spectators to see.


Old Concept Turns One-Off Supercar

On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 3:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


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On any given year, there are a number of awesome concept car debuts. Many of these cars are the most interesting, exciting stars of major auto shows. Sometimes, they go on to limited-run or full-blown production. Many times they never make it past the concept stage and are retired to the annals of automotive history.

The past few years, we've had a pretty good run of concept cars being green-lighted. Intriguing, cutting edge concepts like the Jaguar C-X75, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento have all been approved for limited production, and other exciting concepts like the Lotus Esprit were designed to preview upcoming production models.

But we aren't always so lucky. Some sexy, high-performing concepts are left to be forgotten and mentioned only in passing every year or two in auto news stories.

One artist decided that one concept deserved to be more than just a forgotten relic of once edgy design and technology. Since Ford wouldn't build it, he's doing it himself.


Lamborghini Sedan/SUV Concept At Geneva Motor Show?

On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last we checked Lamborghini was pitting a potential SUV against a potential sedan in deciding which model would join the Aventador and Gallardo/Cabrera in its line-up. There's no official word as to which direction Lamborghini will go, but we'll know for sure in a few months.

According to Motor Authority, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently said that Lamborghini will announce its decision on a third model early next year. To further tickle our anxiety, Winkelmann said that when Lambo decides, it will have a concept to show. Given the time frame, we take that to mean a concept sedan or SUV at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Sant'Agata Bolognese needs a more practical model with broader appeal to boost profitability. Small-volume supercars are just not the ticket to a healthy bottom line.


Sotheby's Australia Presents An Eclectic Octet At Its "Important Collectors' Motor Cars By Public Tender" Event

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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As I mentioned in my companion article, things at the Sotheby’s Australia’s Oct. 13-17 “Important Collectors’ Motor Cars” event in Sydney are a little bit different from what most of you are used to, in keeping with the usual way of doing business for this “largest Australian-owned, internationally operated fine art auction house”.

Put simply it’s a “sealed-bid” event wherein bidders “tender” (submit) their maximum offer on each desired lot directly to the auction house which then tallies the entries and notifies the “winner.” In fact, there is no actual auction “event,” and apart from several available “preview” days, there is no “in-person” component to the sale at all. [See my feature on the public tender process itself HERE for more info.]

Though if you think the process is strange, wait until you get a load of the very varied vehicles on offer....


Tesla To Build Quicker Model S Sport

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Tesla was the first real automaker to show the world that vehicles can be electric, sexy, and fast all at the same time. Unfortunately, the car that proved that is close to retirement. The Model S, which will replace the Roadster as Tesla's only car, has two of those qualities—sexiness and electric powertrain—but lacks the speed and performance of the outgoing Roadster. But Tesla will fix that problem by offering a higher performance sport version of the sedan.


Next Great Italian Sports Car? Vygor n.01 Coming Next Month

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 4:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ferrari. Lamborghini. De Tomaso. Pagani. Italy has a history of sexy sports cars like no other country in the world. So we're cautiously excited for the newest one. Italian newcomer Vygor has teased a new Italian sports car with an image and a rather cryptic press release. The car will debut next month.


Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Next year, Ferrari will unveil two new cars: a replacement for the 599 GTB, Ferrari's current coupe flagship, and an all-new Enzo. For Ferrari fans, 2012 will be a banner year. But for the 599 and its successor, it will be a bit bittersweet because they'll lose the flagship role to the more exotic Enzo successor.

Well, the 599 GTB is going out with more than a whimper. The car recently took its frustration out on one of the Enzo's predecessors: the F40. The two cars battled it out in what Ferrari calls a "fictional race." Looks plenty real to us.