What can you really get for $6.99 these days? You may be able to snag up a burger and fries from your favorite fast food joint, or maybe you can pump a few drops of gas into your tank. Well, you may want to think about parking the car or cooking up some ramen noodles today because 2K Drive has officially hit the App store at the cool price of $6.99. No, that’s not per month or per year; that is for a lifetime of edge-or-your-seat racing on your iPhone or iPad.
2K Drive is not some crummy, rushed-to-production iOS game either, as 2K Games — best known for its 2K Sports franchise that includes MLB 2K13 and NBA 2K13 — went to great lengths to make it as realistic as possible. The game includes tons of real-life cars, over 100 unique events, more than 25 real tracks and RaceFace, which allows you to snap a pic of your smiling mug and upload it onto the game.
Not only do you get real licensed cars, but you also get a crack at loading them up with as many aftermarket parts and accessories as you can. You want a 300-plus-horsepower Ford Focus ? You can have it, as long as you earn enough credit to buy the latest and greatest performance parts. You also have to repair physical and mechanical damage, just like in real life, or suffer the consequences of decreased performance.
2K Games also knows that you want to stay up to date with all of the latest automotive news while racing your virtual rig, so it includes live news about all of the latest happenings in the automotive world. Just don’t forget about us here at TopSpeed...
So, head on over to the App store and shell out your $6.99 and get to racing. Until then, you can check out the official launch trailer and more videos on the game after the jump.
The latest VW Beetle upgrades from ABT Sportsline add some real machismo to the styling, performance and handling of this lovable coupe and ragtop. Typically sold on a individual basis, the full ABT kit is also available to turn a stock Beetle into something much more sinister.
The beauty of these ABT upgrades, despite the Euro-market’s sometimes trashy appetite for car modifying products, is that they can generally be applied across any of the engines or trims from the 2011 to present Volkswagen Beetle coupe and cabriolet. This full-line strategy is smart for ABT, and with only a few pieces that are model-year or trim-specific, providing other options to fit a diesel engine or GSR . These guys know Beetles inside and out, so they are a good resource for personalizing your love bug.
Driving a fast Beetle might sound like a joke to serious GTI fans, but there is a special joy in this shape that’s still present after all these years. Additionally, a higher seating position amplifies all the senses, with the G-force feeling even more enjoyable and hilarious inside.
When you pass someone in a fast Beetle, they will be: confused, impressed, and then confused again. That is part of the fun, and ABT certainly gets it.
Click past the jump for all the details on ABT Sportsline’s upgrades to the 2011-present Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet.
Graphic artist, writer and futurist Daniel Simon is the current darling of both Hollywood movie studios and the top levels of the video gaming industry. Where this man’s wild brain goes, billions in potential commercial opportunities seem to follow.
His most groundbreaking work for car enthusiasts came with the founding of Cosmic Motors some years ago. Future cars from Cosmic Motors are often capable of flight, hypersonic speeds and include unimaginably advanced racing and weapons technology.
Away from the brutality of the interstellar race circuit, Cosmic Motors also produces a line of super-luxury coupes called the Galaxion. The Galaxion 3000 and 5000 personal luxury coupes present a luxurious way to warp to the 330 mph top speed inside a plush two-seat cockpit. A fusion cell provides the energy for unlimited lifetime use.
For comparison, the Galaxion 5000’s performance and style are a good mix of the Bugatti Veyron and the recent Cadillac Elmiraj concept - with more than a dash of Bugatti Type 57 S/C Atlantique for good measure.
The Cosmic Motors brochure opens a fantasy world thousands of years in the future - with all of the glamor and racing iconography intact. Even the Cosmic Motors booth babes are in full track suits - and are more than a little sexy in some of the renderings - while the dudes practice looking into the distance like brooding sunglass models.
Don’t feel too bad because a lot of people who aren’t from China probably feel the same way too.
But even if you lost out on the actual one that costs almost $1 million, you can still get to own a 458 Italia China Edition.
Thanks to Hot Wheels’ premium line of collectable die-cast models, a Ferrari 458 China Edition can be in your future. You won’t be able to drive it because it’s only a 1:18 scale version of the actual supercar but then again, you take what you can get, right?
Besides, parking it on your desk sounds about cooler than actually taking one out for a spin. It still comes with the distinctive "Marco Polo Red" finish and it has the distinctive decorative dragon imagery running the length of the car. Gold wheels are in there, as is the finely-dressed interior.
Really, it’s the best way to own this ultra limited supercar without having to pay a fortune for the real deal. All you need to fork over is $105 and it’s yours.
Sounds like a good deal to us.
Click past the jump to read about the actual Ferrari 458 China Edition
If your child is slowly developing symptoms of "gearhead-itis," it’s a fair estimate to believe that you’re going to have to keep up with those incessant requests for toy cars and R/Cs, as well as the occasional complaints on why he’s riding in a minivan instead of a two-seat sports car .
If you can live through all of that, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t, you can give your child the biggest smile in the world by giving him Fisher Price’s Power Wheels Corvette Stingray .
No, it’s not an actual sports car; what it is, though, is a tots version of the American sports coupe that has its own unique list of features. There’s a single racing seat, Power Lock brakes, and yes, a shiny set of fake chrome wheels to give your little one that all-too important neighborhood swag.
The little electric Stingray runs on a 12-volt battery with top speeds announced at 6 mph. If you think that’s too fast, you can set it up so that it only reaches half that speed at 3 mph.
The Power Wheels Corvette Stingray will hit stores this coming September for $275, a relatively affordable price for the chance to see your kid have one of those mega-watt smile moments.
Click past the jump to read about the ACTUAL Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
A real LaFerrari costs €1.3 million (about $1.7 million), which is apparently a bargain for the 1,000 clients who placed orders for the new supercar, but way too much for ordinary people like us. The second problem is that the LaFerrari will be limited to only 499 units, so most of us will never even have the chance to see it on the streets.
Luckily for us, the folks over at BBR have developed a LaFerrari that’s a little closer to our budget. Sure it can’t be driven on the road, as it is just a 1:18 scale model; but even so, it will look mighty fine sitting to your desk.
The 1:18 LaFerrari is priced at €361.18 (about $472) and will be available for order starting June 20th. BBR is also offering a special edition with a gloss-carbon-fiber roof priced at €372.08 ($486). This version will be limited to only 149 units. If the 1:18 scale model is still a little rich for your taste, you can also get a 1:43 scale model in red, Yellow Modena or black for just €157.90 (about $206).
Remember, Father’s day is just around the corner (June 16th) and this would be a great present for any Ferrari fan that can’t quite afford one. You can preorder one through BBR Models’ website.
Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari.
Let’s face it; there’s absolutely no chance in this world that we can even get a sniff of the Lamborghini Aventador J . Lamborghini only made one model and who knows where it is now.
But even without actually touching or looking at the one-off supercar, that doesn’t mean we can’t own one. The only caveat is if we were to own one, it would be in the size of a 1:18 scale model of the Aventador J.
That’s where AUTOart Models enter the picture.
You might recall that this company was already featured here last December with its own 1:18 scale model of the Aventador . Now, it’s taking things up a notch with a remarkable scale model of the one-off Aventador J.
We say “remarkable” because the actual Aventador J was an Italian engineering marvel complete with significant carbon-fiber elements. Being able to replicate the design in a scale that small is a testament to the skill of AUTOart Models.
Pretty slick work, fellas.
Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Aventador J
The famed Halda Watch Company of Sweden is introducing a new convertible into the market for high-dollar racing watches. There’s a twist to this beauty’s black titanium frame: it accepts both a gorgeous mechanical movement as well as a high-tech digital chronometer for racing lap times and three-axis g-force readings.
The concept of two watches serving different purposes enhances the authenticity of the product for a realistic racing tie-in. The digital portion, or the Racing Module, is pre-loaded with full maps of the world’s 150 top racetracks, like Suzuka in Japan and Silverstone in England. The digital face is also perfectly useful in real life via reconfigurable display settings to deliver all the critical watch functions plus a few extra, like a super-loud alarm amplifier to be heard over racing engines.
Offered as a single watch or the pair of faces, the new Race Module also clips into Halda’s existing flagship watch, the Space Discovery.
Please click past the jump for the full gadget review of the Halda Race Pilot.
Car Shoe, a company that specializes in driving leisure apparel, is celebrating its 50th anniversary . So is Lamborghini . So what better way to kill two birds with one stone than unveiling a pair of moccasins that celebrates both birthdays.
That’s what Car Shoe thought and that’s what they did. These pairs are limited-edition pieces that were made to identify with the celebrations of both companies. As you can see, those moccasins are completely genuine and also come with numerous Lamborghini-inspired details, including colors from the automaker’s supercar range, as well as the company’s iconic Raging Bull logo that has been added to the back of the shoes.
And if you’re wondering whether Lamborghini signed off and allowed Car Shoe to use its branding, it certainly appears so because each of the Lamborghini owners that participated in the Grande Giro were given a pair.
As for the rest of us, Car Shoe is planning to release the shoes to the public in the future, although a specific price has yet to be announced.
Those pairs definitely look sweet and made that much better if we had Lamborghinis too.
Click past the jump to watch highlights of Lamborghini’s Grande Giro event
How do you protect your supercar’s paintwork from stone chips? Two possible answers: Either never, ever drive it, or pay thousands to have clear films mounted to protect the trouble spots: nose, hood, rockers and wheel wells. An exciting new product called 3M Paint Defender offers all the benefits of permanent shields in an easy-to-use, crystal-clear spray-on film.
3M invited some auto journalists up to their Minnesota headquarters last week to unveil their latest innovation: a spray-on Paint Defender film that’s perfect for DIY car guys.
Keeping a supercar showroom fresh is a constant struggle, and the exterior paintwork is the hardest piece of the puzzle, right behind the engine and electronics. Buyers will walk right past a supercar with purring mechanicals if it has bad paint. Any visible paint scars from stone chips can be a deal-breaker and can easily knock 15 percent off the car’s total value.