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Categories: Exotics

Belgium's Supercar Gets a Successor

On: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It seems that no matter how long I write about supercars and the automotive industry, there's always some random exotic company out there—often in northern Europe—building a supercar that I've never heard of. The latest company to point to my insufficient supercar knowledge is Automobiles Gillet. Its new Vertigo .5 Spirit is a successor to the original Vertigo that was launched back in the 1990s and promises to deliver even more performance.

Return Of The Morgan Threewheeler

On: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

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British specialty car firm Morgan is bringing back one of its legends of yesteryear: the Threewheeler. Built between the beginning of the 20th century and the 1950s, the Threewheeler looks like an interesting cross between a car and a partially faired motorcyle. Morgan is reintroducing it as a 2011 model.

Hot, Hot, Hot! Ferrari 458 On Fire Again

On: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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After a two and a half month hiatus and an investigation leading to recall, the worldwide Ferrari 458 fire-fest is back on. A 458 recently caught fire in Sao Paulo, Brazil, casting some question on the efficacy of Ferrari's 458 recall.

In early September, Ferrari concluded an investigation into a rash of 458 fires that had plagued the new model since shortly after it became available. At that time, there were four highly publicized 458 fires in just a few short months, each occurring in a different country. The fires had occurred in Switzerland, California, Paris and China. Maranello concluded that the fires were a result of the adhesive used on the rear wheel arches. At extreme speeds and temperatures, the adhesive would heat up, melt and potentially catch fire.

Lamborghini Bids The Murcielago Adieu

On: Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Lamborghini Murcielago has had a strong nine years at the top of the Lamborghini food chain, top of most car food chains to be truthful. The successor to the Countach and Diablo is treading on becoming the last-generation Lambo flagship with the launch of the Jota getting palpably close. Such an icon doesn't fade quietly into the night, though; it goes out with a celebration of its life. Last week, Lamborghini had just that celebration, holding an event to commemorate the Murcielago and bid it farewell.


Lamborghini Murcielago Gets Blacked Out

On: Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Back when I was in junior high, a friend told me a random rumor about a Lamborghini (Diablo, I believe) that was blacked out to the point that driven at high speeds it could roll down the highway virtually undetected by the police and other motorists. The car was driven for the purpose of smuggling drugs and the route was somewhere in the flat desert of the American southwest, if memory serves. 

For a while, I took this random story from a buddy as fact, as young kids so often do. When I got old enough to actually question the veracity of the unlikely story, it began smelling like a big, stinking urban legend. Even if a car could be that dark and that fast, wouldn't you hear its giant, grumbling V12 engine and hyper-rotating tires from half a mile away? Oh yeah, and the headlights were off too—always feasible when you're driving at 200 mph in the middle of the night.

I did a quick search before writing this article and found mostly forum debates on this very topic, many supporting the fact that it was a fun but fictional tale. Here's the best break-down I came across. Had the tale been real, and had it taken place in 2010 rather than the 90s, the protagonist would be behind the wheel of the new Murcielago Yeniceri Edition by tuning firm Unicate—the blackest Lambo I've ever seen. 

When Too Much Is Never Enough

On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 11:07AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It's an age-old mantra most gear heads will recognize:  Run what ya brung, and hope it's enough!  Whether it's at the track, road course, or just the next traffic light, every hot rodder knows that feeling of getting beat out when you weren't expecting to lose.  Watching taillights pull ahead of you when you're giving your own car everything its got is demoralizing, disheartening, and feels worse than watching your favorite team lose the Superbowl.  After a loss, there are stages of rehabilitation:  Surprise, Anger, Denial, Sadness, Acceptance, and in some cases, Resolve.  


Surprise that another car is able to beat a car that you believed was unbeatable, then anger quickly on its heels that you spent money on a car that isn't as fast as the car now humbling and/or humiliating you.  The denial comes a little later.  The denial usually stems from the transmission:  "Oh I missed a shift" or sometimes, "He caught me in the wrong gear" or the ever popular, "I need a new clutch, this one is slipping pretty badly, but next time ..." Each of these excuses, along with hundreds of others like it all boil down to the same result:  You lost.  Winners never make excuses for why they won.  


Such is the life of any car enthusiast, but maybe none more than the drive-it-to-the-track guy.  Sure he is only a weekend warrior, sure he might have 85,000 miles on his three year old racer because much like the driver himself, his car leads a double life as a Clark Kent-type daily driver grinding through the Monday to Friday commute before they can both jump in a phone booth and transform into Superman and Supercar.  But the problem is, even if drive-it-to-the-track guy explains all this to trailer-queen racer guy, he still lost and trailer-queen guy is king of the race.  


It seems Audi has heard the cry of the daily driver track star, and has tried to help bridge the gap between the two worlds with the new Audi R8 GT.  Although it might seem redundant and almost unnecessary to try to improve the R8, Audi officials seem to think otherwise and seem to have taken on a mentality that Ferrari has all but perfected when it began introducing its Challenge Stradale and Scuderia models in recent years.  It's very similar to a hardcore bodybuilder at a health club.  Sure he can bench 450, and that might be the best anyone at that club has seen, but if he can do better, why not? 

Lotus Esprit Will Be The First of Paris Concepts To Production

On: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

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At the Paris Motor Show last month, Lotus provided one of the big highlights of the show when it displayed five new concepts designed to outline its intended plans for the future. Of course, the most exciting one of those debuts was the new Lotus Esprit, a car that is much more powerful than past iterations of the Esprit. Lotus confirmed this week, that the Esprit is the first to-do item on its new agenda.

According to Autocar, Lotus insiders say that the company has focused all its attention squarely on Esprit development. The new Lotus halo car is the only one of Lotus Paris concepts to have undergone a significant amount of engineering. The model is being planned for a 2013 launch.

Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster Snapped In The Wild

On: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 9:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The famously gullwinged Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG launched last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a 563-hp 6.3-liter V8, 3.7-second 0 to 60 mph time and 197 mph top speed, the SLS has given Mercedes a place in the high-end sports car market. And that place will get a little bigger sometime in the future when Mercedes launches the roadster version of the SLS at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show or possibly Geneva show. That model was recently spotted out testing.

Hennessy Venom GT To Appear at SEMA

On: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The SEMA show, which begins next week in Las Vegas, has a reputation for showcasing some of the most outlandish tunes and mods in the world. So it's fitting that the Venom GT, a supercar from tuning firm Hennessey, will appear at the show. The Venom GT may not look that strange when compared to the other cars of the show, but underneath, it's one of the wildest auto creations of modern times: a 1,200-horsepower engine tucked behind the seats of a Lotus Exige two-seater. The car bows at 11:15 a.m. on November 2.

Porsche Planning New Model Between 911 and 918 Spyder?

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Porsche is in the process of trying to boost yearly sales to nearly double the level of last year. With such an ambitious goal, it's clear that they're going to need some fresh blood--there's only some many different types of 911s that the market is willing to take. According to a new rumor out of Europe, one car Porsche is considering is a high-end coupe that would slot between the 911 line and the upcoming 918 Spyder Hybrid.

Details On The Next Pagani

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As can be seen by the Pagani Zonda HH and Pagani Zonda 750, Pagani makes some of the rarest, most distinctive, highest performing supercars on the planet. In fact, the overused moniker 'supercar' isn't even quite strong enough to describe what Pagani does with composites, V12 engines, and tires. And the world will soon see the next iteration of Pagani hypercar. Outside of a few privately commissioned one-offs, the Zonda has had its time in the sun and is on the verge of retirement. Pagani is developing the new C9 supercar, which will replace the Zonda. The C9 has been spotted testing in a few locations around the world, and some details of the new flagship recently began making the rounds.