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Every now and again we run across some crazy footage of people doing crazy or amazing things with their cars. In this case, it’s both. What you’re about to witness is a rolling start drag race between what looks like a stock McLaren MP4-12C and a modified, second-generation Cadillac CTS-V .

While we don’t have any information on the race nor its participants, the Caddy’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 is obviously massaged into making a touch more than its stock 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Aftermarket wheels and tires further tip off the Caddy’s hidden potential.

The drag race starts off innocently enough with both cars rolling to the start line. At that point, it’s all gas. The GM small-block’s supercharger whines like a baby at midnight as the Caddy crosses the line ahead of the 616-horsepower, $239,400-McLaren supercar .

This race just goes to show you; a little know-how, some good aftermarket parts, and a solid project car can become something unbelievable.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not old enough to even remember the 1960s TV show "The Saint." I do remember the movie with the same title starring Val Kilmer, although that one didn’t have a Volvo P1800 , but "The Saint" TV show had one. More importantly, this particular P1800 is the same one Roger Moore used as his personal daily driver.

Yes. Roger owned the car he was driving on the show. As Jay Leno said in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage , “talk about low budget.”

But the P1800 is anything but “low budget.” It’s arguably one of the most famous TV cars of its generation, an opinion that Leno and fellow car enthusiast and auto journalist Matt Stone shared, among other things.

What makes this P1800 even more special is the pristine condition it’s in, despite being close to 50 years old. That’s a testament to the tireless and admittedly expensive restoration work put in by the car’s current owner; the self-described classic-car nerd, Bill Krzastek, who mortgaged his house to finance the purchase of this P1800.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a commitment to the cause. A slightly irrational one at that, but a commitment nonetheless.

Remember the Rocketman concept Mini unveiled back in 2011? It was a dolled-up three-door hatch that was about a foot shorter than the regular Mini Cooper, and had a panoramic glass roof and a carbon-fiber spaceframe. Its main highlight, besides the fancier looks, was its 78 mpg U.S. estimated fuel economy rating. Initially expected to spawn a production car, the Rocketman remained a concept only. That’s about to change according to Auto Express, which found out more about the company’s new plans straight from Mini head of design Anders Warming.

Details are being kept under wraps for now, as the Brits are still developing the idea, but Warming says the Rocketman could become the base of a Smart ForTwo competitor. “For sure, a Mini should always be a small car , so a new city car would be appropriate for the brand. At the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it. We don’t yet have a final solution, you could say," he noted.

But don’t expect to see too much Rocketman in this small, lightweight vehicle. Warming stresses Mini doesn’t plan on using carbon-fiber like BMW did with the i3 . Instead, the tiny city car is more likely to make extensive use of aluminum. "Our concept had carbon parts, but aluminum is more likely. We want to reduce parts, to do more with less."

As for know-how, Mini is reportedly looking to team up with Toyota , who is currently working with BMW on a brand-new sports car . Needless to say, Toyota’s experience with the iQ could help Mini enter a previously unexplored segment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Rocketman Concept.

Source: AutoExpress

It’s no mystery that Porsche has built some of the most fascinating sports and race cars the world has seen since the late 1940s. Some of these vehicles took years to develop and had numerous prototypes that preceded them. Some of them are already famous, while Porsche kept others under wraps until the 21st century. Now, after decades of silence, the Germans are revealing their full lineup of prototypes and concept cars in a new exhibit at the Porsche museum.

The exhibit goes by the name "Project: Secret!" and includes 14 projects Stuttgart engineers have worked on in the past. Test mules, prototypes, concept cars or plain design studies that helped the Germans develop and create the production cars we’re all familiar with.

You probably recall the front-engine 924 that Porsche offered from 1976 through 1998. But did you know Porsche also built a 924-based world-record car? The project came to an abrupt halt before being finished, but the vehicle still exists. Then there’s the 959 C29, an early prototype that helped Porsche engineers come up with the outstanding aerodynamic properties of the mighty 959.

Did Porsche’s first sedan , the Panamera, take you by surprise when it hit the road in 2009? Then you probably don’t know the company pondered the idea of a 911 -based sedan from the late 1980s. That’s how the 1991 Porsche 989 concept was born, a study that didn’t make it to production, but end up inspiring the design of the 996-generation 911. These are just a few of the previously unknown vehicle included in the "Project: Secret!" exhibit. Watch the videos for more intriguing prototypes the manufacturer has been hiding all these years.

One more video after the jump.

Read the BMW i8’s specs all day long and it’s still hard to believe the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder, hybrid-powered 2+2 coupe is capable of doing the things a proper sports car can do. Sure it’s turbocharged, but its still a three-cylinder! Remember the Geo Metro? Yeah, it was thee-banger and sported all of 55 horsepower. That’s what comes to mind when I hear three-cylinder.

But never mind all that. BMW’s sorcery and electrification coax a combined 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque to spin all four wheels. With a curb weight of 3,360 pounds, the i8 magically rockets to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.

This Prius killer is a competent handler, too. Its carbon-fiber center section is reinforced with aluminum while substructures at each end hold up the suspension, engine, and steering mechanisms. Bridgestone Potenza tires sized in 215/45R20 and 245/40R 20 do the road holding.

This video evidence is still hard to believe, though all the stats (besides cylinder count and displacement) say otherwise. BMW has sure done its homework, and I look forward to what else is coming down the pipeline from the new i Division.

As the power density of engines grow and smaller displacements become the norm, my existing notions of three-cylinder power need adjustment.

Luca di Montezemolo has become a legend in the automotive industry. He was the man that helped lead a failing Ferrari into record profits, unsurpassed sales, and record-setting Formula One performances. Now after 23 years as the president of the Prancing Horse brand, Luca is stepping down next month. Thanks to differences between him and Sergio Marchionne, the head of Ferrari parent company Fiat , Luca has decided that his time with the Italian automaker needs to come to an end.

To celebrate what he has accomplished, I have compiled a small list of some of the memorable things that happened to the company while he was at the helm, as well as looking at five of the greatest cars that Ferrari produced during his tenure.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts on his leaving the company, your favorite Ferrari from the Montezemolo era, as well as your favorite Ferrari memories and moments. Let’s send this great man off with a celebration of what he has accomplished.

You will be missed.

We already know Lamborghini is bringing a brand-new supercar to the 2014 Paris Motor Show , but there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the company’s new bull. Our best guess is Lambo has come up with a 2+2 coupe to toss in the general direction of the Ferrari FF , but all the important details are still under wraps. However, we expected for more info to surface as the French event draws near, and it seems it didn’t take too long for the first rumors to hit the Interwebz. Unfortunately, there are no powertrain details or leaked photos, but word has it the upcoming Lamborghini could be called Asterion.

That’s the word from Autoblog.nl, which states Lamborghini has filed a trademark for the "Asterion" logo. Is this the name the Italians are using for the new 2+2, mid-engine supercar ? It’s very likely, as Lamborghini already owns the trademark for the Asterion name, which it filed alongside the Encaste moniker recently. Autoblog.nl also reports the yet unconfirmed Asterion could use a hybrid drivetrain, with an electric motor to spin the front wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Lamborghini Asterión.

Source: Autoblog.nl

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