Lamborghini’s latest toy could be an amazing gift for the car-loving kid who knows how to take care of collectibles, or it could be one of those "I’m buying myself a great present" moments. This 1:18 scale Aventador LP 700-4 was built by Burago and is wrapped in Swarovski crystals. Yes, Swarovski.
Each unit is painted in a crystal color and features a total of 8400 Swarovski elements, emitting luxury and stunning brilliance from this tiny supercar. Each unit also comes in a Black leatherette box with an awe-inspiring realistic design.
Only 500 units of this very cool die-cast Aventador will be produced, so if anyone wants one, they’ll need to move fast and produce €1,000, about $1,300 at the current exchange rates. It may be a little early for Christmas, but they’ll surely sell out before that time comes.
The Japanese drift scene is one of the more mysterious yet fascinating things about the entire industry. The cars are insane, they’re customized to the hilt, and best of all, they attract some of the finest looking hotties in the country.
Kendra Messer is by no means Japanese, although she looks perfectly at home with all those Japanese drift cars. No, we’re not just talking about her looks; this lady is also a bonafide car enthusiast and a recognized racer and drifter.
Talk about the ultimate babe, right?
Photographer Nino Batista was able to capture the essence of what makes Messer such an attractive lady. Lingerie with Japanese drift cars? Yeah, that just about sums it up for us.
Nino put her next to a series of Japanese sports cars usually used for racing and drifting. Kendra, to her credit, has pulled off some sexy poses to go with those sports cars, and trust us, it’s a gallery that’s worth checking out.
Hop on over then to the gallery and look at how Nino Batista pulled off photography awesomeness yet again.
It’s time to take a little break from all the Paris Auto Show related news and talk about something a little more fun: toys! Whether you’re a child or not, we’re pretty sure many of you can appreciate the art behind die-cast models. These small versions of high-end supercars are an adult child’s dream, but this one in particular, a very cool Ferrari 599XX collection developed by BBR, is simply drool-worthy.
These 1:18 scale models are painted in the same Evo Rosso and Rosso Corsa colors used for the real car. Unfortunately, they will be built in a limited run - 50 units painted in Evo Rossa and 25 units painted in Rosso Corsa - combined with a very cool F1 2007 Italian Flag.
The bad news is that these amazing toys are not cheap. Each unit is priced at $475, cheaper that the real car, but still a ton money for a toy.
Over the years, we’ve seen a number of collaborations between heavyweight automakers and their Swiss time piece counterparts. The list actually reads long and the announcement that Ball Watch Company and BMW are tying up for their own partnership will only add to that growing list.
As part of this exclusive agreement, Ball will be tasked to build the new BALL & BMW timepieces, which will incorporate various technical feats into it, highlighted by a revolutionary anti-shock system. Ball’s exclusive patented Amortiser system will also be part of the collection and serving as a means of protection for the watch against bumps, dings, and bruises.
Another unique feature of this watch, and one that owes its creation to Ball’s status as the official standard watch of the American railroads, is the use of micro-mechanical engineering, which features a shock-absorbing, anti-magnetic protection ring.
As far as aesthetic design of these watches are concerned, Ball will be paying homage to the unique and distinctive design language of BMW vehicles, reflecting dynamism and strength of character that BMW’s line up of models have come to be known for.
Ever the provocateur for all things awesome and artistic, Dante has created yet another masterpiece of a sculpture. This time, the artist’s inspiration is another classic Italian supercar: the Lamborghini Miura.
Instead of Pebble Beach, Dante will be presenting his 24-karat Miura sculpture at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix this coming November. In addition to being finished in 24-karat gold, the 1:24 scale Miura sculpture was built using silver and comes with a black marble base and a piano black lacquered presentation case.
Dante will only build 50 of these models with each piece being priced at 50,000 Swiss Francs, which is around $52,000 based on current exchange rates. For that one person who believes he can always do better than that, Dante is also offering a one-off model that will cost double - 100,000 Swiss Francs ($104,000) - than the 24-karat versions.
Thrustmaster has a new racing game accessory and wouldn’t you know it, it’s as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Aptly named the Thrustmaster Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition, the racing peripheral is an 11" replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia’s wheel, providing gamers a unique interactive driving experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. The genuine leather steering wheel has been replaced with a rubber-coated wheel, but everything else remains the same - albeit replaced with buttons instead of the usual controls - including the Engine Start button and the turn signals. Even the sequential paddle shifters are also present and finished in brushed metal.
The accessory is also adaptable to riders of all sizes because it’s extendable, has an adjustable height, and an adjustable steering column. Heck, it’s also portable and foldable, allowing gamers to stow and move the peripheral anytime.
Finally, Thrustmaster also announced that the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition comes with what it’s calling the Global Vibration System, a program that simulates the actual vibrations that come from driving an actual race car.
The Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition is compatible with the XBox and PC, and is scheduled to hit stores in October with a retail price of $299. Sure makes for a nice little early Christmas present, right?
In case you’re wondering where American ingenuity went, you can look no further than Slot Mods, the makers of hand-made, custom race tracks to find your answer.
Taking a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro dressed in the legendary deep blue Sunoco finish of Roger Penske’s old Trans-Am race car, Slot Mods went about and customized it to be a different kind of eye candy. No, they didn’t rebuild it to run out on the track, but rather, they customized it to be the track itself.
Taking their expertise on building custom race tacks and using it to the full hilt, Slot Mods managed to turn an old race car into one that brings the track with it. If for nothing else, it makes for the kind of conversation-starter that Slot Mods has come to be known for.
Check out the video of the Slot Mods race track build on a 1969 Chevrolet Sunoco Camaro. Really, you couldn’t make this stuff up - even if you wanted to.
Such exaggerated claims of that title might fly over the head of other auto manufacturers, but not with Pagani. After all, the Italian automaker is most famous for their exclusive products that cost well over a million dollars.
So when they come out with a man bag - yep, a man bag - you know that it would feel completely out of place in the shelves of K-Mart. Looking at this fashionable money hole, the Pagani man bag draws inspiration from the shapes, styles, and the materials used on the company’s pride and joy, the Pagani Huayra.
A plethora of high-end materials were also used in the making of the bag; looking at it, there’s high-end leather, aluminum, and hold on...are there some touches of carbon fiber too?
With Pagani, you can never be all too surprised if there really is carbon fiber on that bag. Still no word on how much this man bag will cost, but rest assured, there will probably be a lot digits attached to it.
Almost every automaker in the world is currently offering a special line of accessories to get more bang out of their brand image buck. Koenigsegg has now joined the bunch with a new Accessory Line, making it the only Koenigsegg product we can actually afford.
The new Koenigsegg Accessory Line includes a variety of lifestyle items ranging from hand-built scale models to cuff links, artwork, and clothing. The prices are also pretty accessible - when compared to a Koenigsegg model - and range from $45 for a pen or $48 for a t-shirt up to $12,300 for a carbon ceiling lamp.
We also found a blue Agera R in 1:43 scale in the store. This scale model is limited to only 500 units and priced at $188. The blue Limited Edition model was created by Frontiart for exclusive distribution by Koenigsegg Lifestyle. Each product in the new accessory line has been chosen or developed by founder Christian von Koenigsegg.
We know, we know. It caught us by surprise too. British tuner Kahn Design has a new project, except that this one doesn’t have anything to do with wheels.
What it is though is something that a lot of watch enthusiasts will surely enjoy: the Kahn GMT Timepiece.
Yeah, it’s a watch. Designed in the UK by Azfal Kahn himself and manufactured in Switzerland, the Kahn GMT Timepiece is the epitome of a watch that comes with a classic, no-frills style that embodies the company’s tuning reputation. The white face is finished in white and matches really well with the full soft leather strap that exudes that classic look we’re talking about.
It’s ideally suited to be worn as a casual watch of informal set-ups and it also has time zone references of just about every major city in the world, allowing you to keep tabs on just about every time zone there is.
All told, the Kahn GMT Timepiece makes for a dandy watch on your wrist, proving that the British tuner has far more skills than we thought they had.