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Did all of you know that Fast and Furious 7 was supposed to be released this weekend? At least that was the initial plan until Paul Walker’s unexpected death last November, throwing a monkey wrench into the production of the movie . There was talk of it being cancelled altogether, but ultimately, filming continued, albeit after massive delays. Well, the filming of the movie just concluded and we now have the official release date: April 3, 2015.

We’re all relieved to finally have confirmation that Fast and Furious 7 will hit cinemas next year. But that relief will forever be mixed with sadness knowing that Paul Walker didn’t live long enough to finish the movie. We all miss the man, even if none of us have never come close to sniffing an interaction with him.

His brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker , joined the movie to finish some of Paul’s scenes. That’s going to take a little bit of the sting out but we’d be lying to you if we think that their contributions to the movie would have been the same had Paul been around to finish the movie himself.

The good news is that the movie now has a scheduled release date. It’s hollow news relative to what has happened, but it’s still a good place to start moving on.

Click past the jump to read more about Fast & Furious 7.

Source: Deadline

Paddle-shift automatic transmissions, active adjustable suspensions, traction control systems, and active aerodynamics are all incredibly useful technologies available on road cars today, and they all have one thing in common; they were birthed, tested and perfected in Formula One racing. According to a report from Drive, Mercedes is looking to continue this tradition of racing technology enhancing street cars by bringing new e-turbo engines to market.

If you are unfamiliar with e-turbo technology and how it affects Mercedes’ Formula One team, just take on quick look at the season results so far. In 2014, Mercedes has won almost every single race. Part of its success this year is that it has one of the most advanced and most powerful engines on the grid. A big part of that speed is down to the new e-turbo engines.

For the first time in more than two decades, turbocharging of Formula One engines has returned. While turbos can provide massive amounts of power from small engines, they also have a downfall usually referred to as "lag." To prevent lag the new Mercedes F1 engine uses a small electric motor to keep the turbocharger spinning when the exhaust gases are not flowing. This electric turbocharger system provides instant power and response from the turbo engine by keeping the turbo spinning, and now AMG wants to use this same tech in road cars.

Click past the jump to read more about AMG’s future plans.

Source: Drive

Pagani Automobili has been officially launched in North America. It’s been 22 years since Horacio Pagani established its very own company in Modena, Italy, and 15 years since the very first Zonda left the workshop, and Pagani may now officially sell its supercars in the United States.

And by "supercars" we mean the breathtaking Huayra , the upcoming Huayra Roadster and all the limited edition and bespoke versions that are set to follow. All these V-12-powered rockets can be acquired through the company’s U.S. subsidiary, Pagani WorldWide, across the entire North American continent.

Although U.S. deliveries of the Huayra have only just begun, the said supercar is already familiar with American soil as an import, and a very successful one for that matter. According to Pagani , 40 percent of Huayra sales this year have been accounted by U.S. customers, making North America its largest market. Now that the Huayra can be picked up from specialized dealerships, we expect Pagani to flourish even more in the United States.

Click past the jump to read more about Pagani’s North-American launch.

Tire smoke, sideways action, and gratuitous passing of slower cars are all a part of this Jaguar F-Type ’s run around the ‘Ring. Pumping out 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, this supercharged Jag lays down power like its out for a Sunday stroll. Its 5.0-liter V-8 makes beautiful noises, cracks, and burbles the entire time as the driver paddles his way through the ZF transmission’s eight gears.

Adding to the fun is the point of view. You get a wide open viewing range to watch everything from the side mirror and the glass roof to the driver’s handwork has he muscles the car sideways around several of the corners. Things get a little hairy around the three-minute mark as he adds just a touch too much throttle, sending the F-Type R more sideways than comfortable. Watch the side mirror closely as smoke rolls off the rear tires when he powers out of the corner.

Live video testimonies like this only add proof to the F-Type’s impressive pedigree as a high-performance machine. Between the controllability around high-speed corners and the seeming ease at which the driver recovers from near disaster only makes us want the F-Type Coupe R that much more.

It’s nine minutes long, but the video is well worth your time. Click full screen, the "HD" button, and turn your volume up to 11 for the full experience.

Porsche did it. McLaren did it. Heck, the previously stubborn Ferrari did it. Now it appears that Bugatti is also considering doing it. By "it," I mean hybrid, or to be more specific, a hybrid supercar.

Reuters is reporting that the extravagant supercar brand is throwing around the idea of using a hybrid system to power the successor to the Bugatti Veyron. For a company that prides itself on those mammoth, 16-cylinder engines, a move to a hybrid powertrain is as surprising as it was inconceivable a few years ago.

But Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimier is reportedly angling to use a hybrid engine on the Veyron’s successor. It’s unclear if he’s doing this to jump on the bandwagon his competitors are in, but there’s no denying that his position was made because of the reception the Porsche 918 Spyder , the McLaren P1 , and the Ferrari LaFerrari have all received.

One thing we do know is that the Veyron successor won’t compromise its performance ethos in the name of using a hybrid engine. The supercar is still expected to be more powerful than its predecessor, possibly generating an output in excess of 1,500 horsepower. It’s also being prepped to eclipse the 267-mph top speed of the Veyron Super Sport and even reclaim the unofficial top speed record from the Hennessey Venom GT .

As Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari have shown, there’s a place for hybrid systems in the supercar world. Bugatti has spent some time watching its competitors roll out their products one after the other.

It’s the Bugatti’s turn now and don’t be surprised to see the Veyron’s successor packing its own efficient hybrid system .

Click past the jump to read more about Bugatti’s future hybrid supercar.

Source: Reuters

BMW is currently working on a number of facelifts and redesigns for its current lineup, and the second-generation 1 Series is one of them. The updated compact is scheduled to arrive in dealerships for the 2015 model and, as the latest batch of spy shots we received in our inbox reveals, work is well underway.

Along with the regular model, which has yet to show its face on public roads, the facelifted 1 Series range will also include a slightly upgraded M135i . The refresh won’t bring many changes to the hatchback , which is scheduled to remain on sale for another three model years until the third-generation 1 Series arrives, but will help keep it fresh in the eyes of potential customers.

Only the front and the rear fascias of the M135i appear to have undergone surgery, and this pretty much explains why the vehicle spotted by our paparazzi is wearing very little camouflage. More changes will occur under the compact’s skin, where BMW will add a number of improved gadgets and more environmentally friendly engines.

Click past the jump to read more about the facelift BMW 1 Series.

When the BMW FAST , short for Family Active Sports Tourer, was first spotted testing in Germany back in 2011, it was believed the new vehicle is scheduled to reach showrooms by 2014. That didn’t happen and the FAST prototype disappeared for a while, only to resurface again in 2013. Now, the vehicle that’s set to create a new niche took German streets once again, hinting that BMW is indeed readying a production version of the Family Active Sports Tourer.

For those of you that are not familiar with FAST, it’s a vehicle destined to sit right under the BMW X1 , giving birth to a new crossover niche that blends the flexibility of an MPV and the sporty looks of the next-generation X1 . It will share the same UKL platform with the upcoming X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer and carries the same front-wheel-drive configuration. While BMW is still mum on the details, we expect the Family Active Sports Tourer to break cover in 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW FAST.

Thanks to my job, I have had the rare opportunity to drive several high-powered and expensive cars. From Porsche to Lamborghini with a few GT-Rs in between, I have spent a lot of time going fast. When I heard Gotham Dream Cars was coming to town, I didn’t really think too much about it. A few quick laps in a Lamborghini around an autocross course seemed to pale in comparison to some of the things I had done. Then I started to hear some of the other car fiends in the area talking about how exciting this seemed.

Even people I know of who aren’t that excited about cars were interested in this chance to experience the power and speed of a supercar. It makes sense though. Supercars are the most useless creation in the world of the automobile, but they still draw certain emotions from us.

It doesn’t matter how much you like cars or not, when a supercar rolls by, you likely pay attention. Maybe it’s the speed, the looks or the noise, but the majority of the world is simply drawn to them.

I decided that I would test this theory and I decided to head to the event. Aside from just experiencing what Gotham has to offer, I brought my wife. Thanks to me she knows about cars, but aside from the fact that she thinks Porsche 911s are pretty, she has little to no interest in anything to do with supercars.

Would she still enjoy this experience? Would she revel in the noise and the horsepower that all petrol heads crave? What about the other guests of the event? Are they gasoline-drinking speed junkies or just regular people drawn in by the allure of Italian horsepower?

Read on to find out more about my day with Gotham Dream Cars

With less than a year left until production begins around the world, the second-generation BMW X1 is slowly revealing itself as testing continues on public roads. Caught roaming the streets somewhere in Germany by our skilled spy photographers, the 2016 X1 showcases its production headlamps for the very first time.

Although most of the crossover’s front end is still camouflaged, the new headlight configuration suggests the upcoming X1 borrows its front fascia from the bigger BMW SUVs . We expect the new headlamps to connect with the chrome surrounds of the reshaped, taller kidney grille, meaning the X1 will carry a lot of character up front, albeit it will be less muscular when compared to the X5 .

Nonetheless, the next-gen X1 is just an evolution of the current model, so don’t expect any overwhelming changes inside and out except for the introduction of the front-wheel-drive, UKL architecture that underpins the new Mini Cooper and the upcoming BMW 1 Series Active Tourer.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW X1.

You can now rest easy, Subaru BRZ fans. The Japanese sports car will live to see a second generation version after all. It wasn’t looking too good, especially after a recent conversation between Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and Drive indicated that the second-generation 86 could be a BMW -Toyota collaboration, leaving Subaru out in the cold .

But thank your lucky stars for Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. The head honcho of Subaru’s parent company has told Automotive News that the BRZ will live on, effectively debunking the previous report of the BRZ’s possible demise.

Yoshinaga told Automotive News that Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries will be working on a successor to the current-generation BRZ . The Fuji chief was responding to the aforementioned Drive report that quoted Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

"If I were to be told that, I’d pass out," Yoshinaga told Automotive News. "It’s not going to be just one generation."

Cue the collective sighs of relief from fans of the BRZ.

So it looks like Subaru will still be involved in the next generation model of the BRZ.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ


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