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The BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car had its moment in the spotlight during the inaugural Formula E Championship race in Beijing over the weekend. But outside of what we all saw, do we honestly know a whole lot about the i8 Qualcomm Safety Car that makes it different from other i8s ?

The obvious answer would be to point to all of its safety equipment, which is critical to its function as the series’ official safety car. But what we didn’t know was whether the i8 was up-to-task in a serious racing environment, even if it comes in the form of electric-powered race cars .

All our questions were answered in the lead-up to the race when Qualcomm’s Edward Van Boheemen and Pat Kusbel were invited to drive around the racetrack on-board the i8 Safety car driven by Nelson Piquet Jr.

During the entire ride, the two Qualcomm engineers were asked to explain how they brought Qualcomm’s inventions into cars. It seemed like a fairly easy question for Van Boheemen and Kusbel given their backgrounds. But what both didn’t expect was Picquet Jr. treating the i8 Qualcomm Safety Car like a real racer, blasting it around the track while the two aimlessly tried to answer the questions posed to them.

It’s hilarious to watch these engineers attempt to get their points across while the i8 flings them all around.

If you didn’t pick up the latest and greatest Grand Theft Auto game when it arrived late last year it seems that your patience is finally paying off. Rockstar has announced that the open-world, car-filled game will make its way to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 18, 2014.

Best yet, this isn’t just some direct port over. Rockstar has been working hard over this last year to make GTA V look better than ever on the new-generation systems. Included in the upgrade is higher resolution, new weapons, cars and missions, more traffic and wildlife wandering around, and a new foliage system for plants. Rockstar even redid the damage and weather systems for more realism, and added 100 songs across the game’s 17 different radio stations.

Experts have heralded GTA V as the best game of the franchise, and now it’s getting better. If you want to run around the world swiping, crashing, racing and driving some of the coolest cars that have ever been a part of a Grand Theft Auto game, you can pick up your new copy just in time for the holidays. If you are feeling generous, I’ll take a PC copy. Just let me know if you need my address.

If you are curious to see how the game looks with its upgrades, we have included a new trailer after the break.

Click past the jump to read more about the Grand Theft Auto V.

It’s fairly obvious that if you want to appreciate a supercar like the Aventador , you’re going to have to take it out of the city and drive it where there aren’t that many cars. A racetrack is an ideal place for it, but if that’s not available, the deserted stretches of road in the American Midwest is a pretty good alternative.

That’s exactly where a group of supercar enthusiasts went to back in July 2014. The entire ride was organized by Rob Ferretti of SuperSpeeders and a group from DrivingForceClub joined in on the fun with the mighty Aventador Roadster.

A host of its supercar brethren joined the Aventador, including a fellow Lambo in the form of the Gallardo Balboni Edition driven by Valentino Balboni himself (you can see him at the 1:57 mark of the video). An Audi R8 was also present, as well as a mid-2000s Honda NSX and a Subaru BRZ .

It’s an admittedly eclectic bunch, but you still can’t help but feel a little jealous about not being a part of it. Maybe next time Ferretti organizes a road trip like this, I can join in and bring my Honda Civic .

Then again, maybe I’ll just sit on the sidelines and cheer them on.

Mercedes has been caught testing its latest version of the C63 AMG at the famed Nürburgring . The short spy video depicts the V-8 brawler ripping around the track with Jaguars and BMWs all around. No doubt Mercedes is sizing up the competition. The performance sedan will be all-new for 2015, just as its less-powerful C-Class stablemates. With plenty of design cues coming from the ritzy S-Class, the C is quite the looker.

Aesthetics aside, the C63 AMG makes itself known by the ferocious growl emanating from its quad exhaust and 4.0-liter, biturbo V-8. Its sound and specs should be familiar as it’s the same V-8 found in the just-released AMG GT . Both cars will give customers the choice of a 456-horsepower version or 503-horsepower unit. If the C63 AMG’s curb weight lands around that of the AMG GT , we can expect 0 to 60 mph times of less than four seconds.

Mated to that will be Mercedes’ seven-speed, dual clutch transmission, though it won’t likely be mounted in a transaxle configuration as the AMG GT’s design entails.

We can expect Mercedes to launch the 2015 C63 AMG sometime in the coming months, with models hitting dealer floors in 2015. Pricing will likely be set just north of the $60,000 mark.

Things are looking pretty serious for Audi’s future TT lineup. We’ve reported before about the possible expansion of the TT, making it into various vehicle configurations, but now word from Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s development chief, says a new TT body style is currently in development, though he stayed quiet regarding details. The news comes from the TT coupe’s recent launch in Marbella, Spain.

Audi has already released a concept of a TT iteration, the TT Offroad Concept . Back in April 2014 when the concept debuted, Hackenberg said it “provides an insight into how we might envisage a new model in the future TT family.”

This concept comes as Audi recognizes the growing market demand for higher-riding SUVs and crossover. In an interview with Automotive News market analyst Mark Fulthorpe of HIS Automotive said, “Many image- or fashion-conscious buyers are moving to the rapidly growing crossover sector as a means of expressing their taste.” This movement translates into Audi having to expand the TT lineup to include such vehicles in order to keep the TT Coupe and Roadster alive.

Perhaps the best example of this type of model expansion would be Mini Cooper . Its models all share the same basic structure as the conventional three-door hatchback. Mini now builds a five-door, wagon, coupe , convertible , roadster, and SUV versions of its original car.

Segmenting the market in this manner allows automakers to reach potential niche buyers while offsetting development and production costs. Audi would be smart to adopt the practice, at least for the upcoming 2015 TT and its potential family.

Note: Audi TT offroad concept pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Audi TT crossover.

When Lego announced the Ultimate Collector Series Batman Tumbler , we thought that was pretty cool. There are some issue though. It is massive, it costs $200, and Lego can’t keep it in stock, so its impossible to find.

What is a car-loving Lego enthusiast to do? Just buy a different Lego set of course!

Lego has a long history of cool car-related creations. You can get a replica of the old Volkswagen van, multiple version of F1 cars and the Cadillac -based Ecto-1 wagon from the Ghostbusters film. And then they have set 10242; the classic Mini Cooper .

For $99, you can grab one of these kits that has almost 1,100 pieces, and is extremely detailed. The car is bricked out in British Racing Green, has a full interior, working doors, trunk and "bonnet," and it comes with a complete picnic set as well.

You can watch me build the entire thing in time-lapse mode by pressing that little play button. The kit was a lot of fun to build, and it took me about 3 hours. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a Saturday morning. If you want to see some more photos of the finished kit, just check after the break.

Rumored to break cover at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is still somewhat of a mystery. Sure, we’ve seen it stretching its legs on the road and track in several spy shots and video footage, but very we know few details besides its exterior appearance. The GT3 RS’ big conundrum is what lurks under the rear bonnet. Is the mother of all GT3’s going turbo? The rear fenders obviously back this scenario, but why isn’t Porsche saying anything? Guess we’ll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, word on the street has it the upcoming GT3 RS is the second-fastest Porsche ever to lap the Nurburgring track after the 918 Spyder .

Yes, folks, the redesigned GT3 RS is quicker than the mighty GT2 RS , a sports car we’ve been missing ever since the Germans discontinued it in 2012. According to Zero2Turbo, the GT3 RS lapped the "Green Hell" in only 7 minutes 20 seconds, making it four seconds faster than the 911 GT2 RS that established its incredible 7-minute 24-second benchmark on the ’Ring in 2010. This claim isn’t official, so make sure you keep them salt shakers within reach, but it’s a lap time that’s realistic for a turbocharged GT3 RS.

For the record, the benchmark would make the RS-badged sports car quicker than supercars like the Maserati MC12 , Pagani Zonda F Clubsport and the Koenigsegg CCX . Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Source: Zero 2 Turbo

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t set to take the chairman of Ferrari role from Luca di Montezemolo until next month, but he’s already planning to do something his predecessor was opposed to throughout his tenure. Speaking at an event late last week, Marchionne divulged his plans of increasing production of Ferrari vehicles, including the LaFerrari , to meet with customer demand.

That issue was one of the reported reasons behind the disagreements Marchionne had with di Montezemolo, culminating in the latter’s decision to step down as Ferrari chairman after 23 years of holding that post. Di Montezemolo wanted to keep the Italian automaker’s production volume limited to 7,000 vehicles a year to protect its exclusivity, even at the expense of losing buyers willing to spend top dollar for these models.

But Marchionne is holding firm on his stance and is now planning to increase production of Ferrari models, including the $1.3 million LaFerrari that was initially limited to just 499 units.

“If that class increases, we should be able to follow them,” he said during the event. “The waiting list will become too long, and people get tired.”

He didn’t give a definite number on how many vehicles he wants Ferrari to produce every year, but he did say that there’s a potential for close to 10,000 models annually.

Only time will tell if his strategy works or whether it puts a taint on the Italian automaker’s ‘exclusive’ legacy.

Click past the jump to read more about Marchionne’s plans for Ferrari.

Source: detroitnews

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo is stepping down from his post on October 13th, but before he hands over his Ferrari access cards, the man is going out in a blaze of glory by unveiling a limited-edition Ferrari that will be exclusively sold in the U.S.

There will only be 10 examples of this special Ferrari so yeah, it’s limited alright. But more importantly, it’s also ridiculously expensive. How expensive, you ask? Try $3.2 million, which is the roughly the equivalent of buying a Ferrari LaFerrari and having enough change to score Bugatti Veyron .

Auto News is reporting that the yet-to-be-identified model will be inspired by America, including a predominantly blue paint finish with matching white stripes. Those are the same colors the North American Racing Team that drove Ferraris back in the 60’s used. The same report also indicated that the F12 Berlinetta will likely be the basis of this unique model, sort of like the F12 SP America with a dramatically different body and interior.

I’m not sure what to expect out of this model other than what’s already been disclosed. It’s going to be rare. It’s going to be expensive. And oh, by the way, all 10 units are already sold. Yup. They’re all sold out.

We expect the new Ferrari to make its debut in Los Angeles on October 12th, 2014 during a gala dinner to celebrate the Italian automaker’s 60th anniversary in America. It’s also the day before di Montezemolo steps down so quite literally, this launch will be his swan song with the Prancing Horse. Hard to imagine how you can top that one, Mr. Sergio Marchionne.

Note: Ferrari F12berlinetta pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s Future Special Edition.


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