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  Car Gift Ideas for all Motorheads out there

From the low and decrepit to the high and mighty, no car escapes the eyes — and opinions — of Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May. These two, together with Richard Hammond, have seen their fair share of vehicles of varying kinds so it’s safe to say that they’ve established a certain level of clout over the rest of us on picking which car they think is the best and which is the worst.

The latter, in particular, presents a good opportunity to garner some attention from gear heads everywhere. After all, picking the best car in the history of the world is a daunting enough task on its own, but picking the absolute worst of ’em all? That should be fun.

So Clarkson and May have taken to the world of DVD to present their latest offering to all of us: "The Worst Car in the History of the World".

To be fair, picking the worst of them all is a tough challenge in it of itself so the two set out a pair of parameters to lessen the pool of vehicles to choose from. First, the car has to be "not cheap,” and second, it needs to have been made by an automaker that "should know better.”

In the promo video for the DVD, we get to see the cars Clarkson and May get behind the wheel of and to their credit, a lot of them are modern-day exotics, including the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder and the Ford GT . There are old models thrown in there, like the Lexus SC430 , so at least there’s some variety in there.

Check out the video and tell us if this new Top Gear DVD is worthy of being a holiday present.

Source: Top Gear

In this economy, $90,000 is a treasure chest for a lot of people. It’s enough money to sustain a decent-sized household for an extended period of time. But for Neiman Marcus, $90,000 is only enough money to score you this rad-tastic racing simulator just in time for the holidays.

Pretty sweet, right?

If you’re the lucky few that can afford to throw 90 grand on the Pinel & Pinel Arcade Trunk, then we applaud you for it. It’s not like you’re splurging on a designer handbag, or even a diamond-encrusted timepiece. Nope, it’s a racing simulator that comes with controllers for four people, a 55-inch Sony 3D TV, racing seats, a PlayStation 3, a Thrustmaster T500RS wheel , a Bluetooth system, a multitude of microphones, a choice of 24 games, and, for the aesthetically inclined, 51 different colors for the calfskin cabinet.

And they said we love to splurge on unnecessary items. Trust us, if you’ve got the money and a sizable chunk of free space in your living room, there’s nothing unnecessary about this racing simulator.

When Traxxas first unveiled the X-01 R/C car just after the holidays last year, it billed the car as an out-of-this-world R/C vehicle capable of massive speeds and a matching sticker price.

Well, it looks like all that hype may be justified.

The X-01 was in attendance at the recently concluded SEMA Auto Show , and not only did it justify the $1,000-plus price tag it carried, it did so by unleashing its full fury on an unsuspecting miniature dyno machine.

By “full fury,” we mean maxing out well above 100 mph.

That number certainly doesn’t sound like a big deal for a regular car, but for an R/C car? Yeah, that’s a different story.

Traxxas brought the X-01 to SEMA and placed it on a rolling dyno to show its sick capabilities. And boy, did it impress, as it hit a top speed of 104 mph. Do you know what the wildest part is about this whole thing? It hit 104 mph in just four seconds, something that no other car - real or otherwise - is capable of doing.

Check out the video of the Traxxas X-01 hitting 104 mph at SEMA courtesy of the fellas over at HighTechCorvette.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin are celebrating eight years of partnership with the unveiling of the AMVOX7 - the first vertical-trigger chronograph equipped with a power reserve display. As usual, exclusivity comes with a quite a big price: $26,000.

The watch features design elements seen on the latest Aston Martin models. For example, its dial was inspired by the radiator grille of the Vanquish . As a first for Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, the AMVOX introduces an intuitive display method that is in perfect accord with the sensation of immediacy conferred by a sporting outlook and the power reserve display. You will have to release the lever to unlock the glass, and then press at 12 o’clock to start or stop the timing function. Pressing at 6 o’clock will reset the time.

The watch is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre 756 automatic mechanical caliber with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 65-hour power reserve. The comparison between the AMVOX’s "motor" to that of the new Aston Martin Vanquish is inevitable.

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.

Source: Nino Batista

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.

About a year ago, Swiss artist Dante brought a 24-karat Ferrari 250 GTO sculpture to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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.

What’s the catch for this one-off, you ask?

It’s a solid gold sculpture of the Miura.

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.

Impressed yet?

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?


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