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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

Established in 1975 in Fountain Valley, California, ANDIAL is more than just a tuning house. While the company may not be as famous as Gemballa or TechArt when it comes to beefed-up Porsches , ANDIAL is a big name in racing, helping the Germans win numerous events. Porsche scored six 24 Hours of Daytona victories, four Pikes Peak class titles, the IMSA GT and Supercar Series championships, as well as the SCCA World Challenge using ANDIAL-prepped engines, which says a lot about the California-based tuner. Now a part of Porsche Motorsport North America, who purchased the historic name in 2013, ANDIAL has also delivered some exciting road-going cars over the last two decades. One of them is the 911 3.8 C2S, which was launched in the late 1990s.

Based on the 993-generation 911, the last of the air-cooled 911s, the C2S is the best example of what ANDIAL was capable of back in the day. Don’t mind the lack of visual upgrades, this 911 is about enhanced performance, with all the tweaks operated under the shell. It’s a race car in disguise, one you simply can’t ignore if you’re into true blue sports cars .

Click past the jump to read more about the 1998 Porsche 911 Andial 3.8 C2S.

Source: eBay

In the land of the Interwebz where exaggeration is the norm and idiocracy runs rampant, there lies this video : Monster Energy’s Ballistic BJ Baldwin Recoil 2 – Unleashed in Ensenada, Mexico. I kid you not; this video contains the most ridiculous driving I’ve ever seen. Period.

Let me back up.

‘Ballistic BJ Baldwin’ is a five-time national off-road racing champion and driver of the Monster Energy Trophy Truck. BBB has more than 17 years of off-road racing under his belt with impressive back-to-back wins at The Best in The Desert Trophy Truck Championship in 2010 and 2011. His other wins include a 2006 and 2008 victory at the SCORE-International Trophy Truck competition. Needless to say, he lives up to his ‘ballistic’ title.

His latest publicity stunt comes a year after the first ‘Recoil’ flick. Unlike Hollywood, BBB’s second Recoil totally outdid the first. There’s more slow-motion suspension action happening here than a Stephen King book has suspense. If you’ve ever wanted to see an independent front suspension and a live rear axle with a long-arm kit work, this is your video.

BBB’s 800-horsepower Chevrolet Silverado trophy truck careens through the little seaside town of Ensenada, Mexico, hitting incredible jumps and diving from impossible heights. Ensenada is no stranger to trophy trucks, however, as the town is home to the Baja 1000.

There’s a bit of a story line to the whole sequence, if the ridiculous action doesn’t enthrall you. So follow along for the most insane seven minutes of your life.

Click past the jump to watch the original Recoil

Source: SpeedSociety

Imagine if Ferrari made you a custom wallet that was as futuristic and modern as the LaFerrari supercar . There is a good chance that it may look like the Billetus. The Billetus is a minimalist wallet form the mind of Dennis Kaping that uses modern exotic materials like carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium to create a unique and bold minimalist wallet that has lots of visual substance with very little weight.

The wallet comes in two flavors. The first is the solid-aluminum Billetus Minimus that holds five cards and five folded bills, while the larger Billetus Maximus adds carbon fiber and titanium to the build sheet and will hold seven to eight cards comfortably as well as five bills. What makes the Billetus wallet unique from other minimalist wallets is its rigid structure and compact dimensions. The stiff shell structure means that it will hold its shape permanently, and it won’t swell with every item you place in it. It also has notably smaller than other designs of this nature. At 9.5 mm (0.37 inches) thick for the larger Billetus Maximus, it is only slightly thicker than a modern smartphone like the Samsung Glalaxy S5 or the iPhone 5c.

If this wallet sounds like something you would be interested in buying, it needs your help to make it to the market. The project is currently on Kickstarter, and it is $4,000 away from its goal. There are 35 days left before the funding period ends, so there is plenty of time for you to get your pledge in. Pledges range from just $5 all the way up to $575. The smallest donation to secure yourself a Billetus Minimus is $45, and you can get a Maximus for a pledge of $105.

Click past the jump to read more about Billetus.

Source: kickstarter

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