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Anybody who has ever played Gran Turismo owes a lot of debt of gratitude to creator Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind the game’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. Now you have a chance to do so by watching the full-length video of the Gran Turismo documentary “Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide”.

Last year, Gran Turismo announced the documentary as an inside look at the evolution of Gran Turismo from the eyes of the man who made it all possible. It traces Yamauchi’s incredible desire to create a car racing game that will put all others before it to shame. 15 years later, we’re still saying the same thing about Gran Turismo and its incredible advancements in video game technology .

Thanks to the support of Sony, Yamauchi was able to realize his objective and in so doing, the man was able to change the landscape of the gaming and automotive industries now and in the future.

The documentary is almost 90 minutes long so prepare to spend a lot of time to watch it. So prepare the popcorn and find yourself a comfortable couch to sit on. Rest assured, it’s worth every minute if you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo franchise.

It’s true that very few supercars can match the awesomeness of the McLaren P1 , but when it comes to track hooning, there’s more to a car than just brute power and torque. Take the Bugatti Veyron for instance. It comes with more than 1,000 horsepower on tap, which makes it one of the most powerful supercars in production. Is it a proper track car? Not quite. In fact, we don’t see it taking laps very often, which says a lot about its racing capabilities. Race it against the Caterham 620R and you’re bound to lose.

Which brings us to the video below, in which an utterly powerful McLaren P1 is chased by an ultra-light BAC Mono on the Silverstone track. Comparing the P1’s 903 horsepower with the BAC Mono’s 285 ponies, it’s easy to say the latter is no match for the McLaren. However, bring the curb weight into the equation and the 600-horsepower gap reduces dramatically. That’s because the BAC Mono weighs in at only 1,190 pounds, which means 479 horses per tonne. On the other hand, the McLaren tips the scales at 3,280 pounds, resulting into a horsepower per tonne rating of 551 ponies. Not that big of a difference, huh?

This pretty much explains why the BAC Mono in the video above manages to catch up and overtake the McLaren P1 McLaren P1 , although the supercar is obviously faster in a straight line. The lightweight sports car is superior at entering and exiting corners, which proves once again you don’t need nearly 1,000 horsepower to be fast on the track. Hit the play button to watch the action.

Jaguar has launched a new teaser for the XE , ahead of the compact sedan’s official unveiling on September 8th, 2014. Much like the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s interior teaser video , which ties the company’s future with that of the space program, the new XE footage revolves around the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic team. In fact, the XE only makes a brief appearance in the video, being shown as it is transported by helicopter during the final seconds. The vehicle is too far away in the distance, which means we’ll have to settle for the teaser photo Jaguar released earlier in 2014.

As a brief reminder, the XE was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series, but it will also be Britain’s main weapon against the likes of the Mercedes Mercedes -Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. With most of its body structure and chassis made from aluminum, the XE is expected to be lightest sedan in its segment and deliver class-leading fuel economy in its most frugal trim. Power will come from JLR’s new Ingenium engine family and will include both gasoline and diesel powerplants. A high-performance version motivated by the familiar supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 mill is also in the books.

The first model to be unveiled will be the XE S, with the rest of the lineup to break cover during the Paris Motor Show in October 2014. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on the compact sedan next week.

When somebody brought up a statement like Ferrari using V-6 engines , they’d probably be met with either bewilderment, hysterical laughter, or maybe a combination of both. But times have changed in the auto industry and no more is that evident than a recent report indicating that Maranello is seriously contemplating a V-6-powered entry-level super car.

Sources told Car Magazine that Ferrari is currently developing a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that will be used for future sports cars, specifically a more affordable version of the 458 Italia , considered as the incumbent “mainstream” super car. Details behind the planned engine are still being kept under wraps, but there’s reason to believe that somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque is achievable.

The rumored V-6 super car isn’t so much an admission from Ferrari that it wants to start catering to mass market consumers. Instead, it could be the next step in the company’s efforts to offer more sustainable products that can adhere to emissions regulations now and in the future.

A V-6-powered Ferrari that people can somewhat afford is definitely an interesting proposition if you think about it. Such a scenario would’ve been impossible in the past.

But times are definitely changing and we could be looking at the Prancing Horse beginning its evolution in front of our eyes.

Note: Photo is of the Ferrari 458 Italia

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Italia

Source: CAR Magazine

So this is what the Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan looks like. It doesn’t look like a typical Aston Martin that much I can see. But more surprisingly, the Lagonda’s first public appearance came as a collaboration with luxury airline Oman Air.

The two companies announced a partnership that basically gives the Middle Eastern airline a free publicity tie up with the British automaker’s new top-of-the-range, luxury four-door super-saloon designed exclusively for the Middle East market. So if you happen to travel in that part of the world, prepare yourself to see a lot of Lagonda-Oman Air billboards.

It’s a stroke of marketing savvy for both companies. Aston Martin gets a top quality airline on its side and Oman Air rakes in whatever interest - and they’re sure to be many - the limited edition Lagonda Sedan will generate in a market that has no shortage of deep-pocketed customers.

As part of their partnership, Aston Martin is sending a Lagonda prototype to do some test runs in Muscat as part of its early testing program, allowing the vehicle to get a good read on the environmental conditions in that region. Don’t be surprised if some of the beautiful people of Oman snap some quality photos of the Lagonda mule. You might even see some of them in these pages at some point in the future.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Lagonda

Volvo’s recently released 2016 XC90 has the industry abuzz about the all-new crossover’s elegant design and futuristic interior. While the ink is still wet on the XC90’s debut headlines, Volvo has dropped an important piece to its latest vehicle’s puzzle. This Volvo-originated testing shows the new crossover getting subjected to the worst kinds of treatment.

The first battery of testing involves the common frontal offset crash at 40 mph. As the vehicle hits the barrier, the crumple zones do their job in defecting the majority of the crash’s energy away from the passenger compartment. It doesn’t even look like the side door was even scratched. Not even the windshield shows signs of damage.

The side impact test comes next, as the XC90 gets slammed with a dummy car at 35 mph. The simulated T-bone crash shows the side doors getting pushed inward, however the dual side-airbag system prevented the test dummy from ever hitting the door panel or window.

Lastly the rollover crash test simulates just that — a dreaded rollover where the vehicle spends time bouncing down the road on its roof. The test shows the side-curtain airbags deploying as the roof structure stays in place. It’s hard to tell for sure, but it seems all the occupants could simply open the doors and walk away from this crash.

While it hasn’t been official tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, it appears the all-new Volvo XC90 will pass with flying colors. It’s amazing how far crashworthiness of vehicles has come since Volvo became the first automaker to include seat belts in all its vehicles back in 1959.

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Bentleys introduction to the SUV world will come in the form of the Falcon. Due next year, Bentleys new flagship model, will be designed by Luc Donckerwolke, who has worked for the Volkswagen group for many years now and was the designer behind the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo . His style usually utilizes sharp, crisp lines designed to reflect light. “I like really sharp, defined surfaces. If it’s too voluptuous, it’s too sweet. You need spices.”Said Donckerwolke.

This is somewhat different to the usual Bentley design, which is about softer, more rounded edges. However, despite his love for sharper lines, the new Falcon SUV will stick closely to the Bentley design language while still being a new direction for the famed British brand. “We are adapting the DNA of the brand to a new topology of car, but it’s always good when you do something that the brand hasn’t done before.”

A larger issue that Donckerwolke faces is creating a car for both the Western and Eastern markets. The Chinese and Russians seem to like the EXP 9 F concept , in which the Falcon is based, quite a bit, however the Western markets seemed more opposed to it. So the design for this car has to meet somewhere in the middle for both markets. Donckerwolke claims this is a difficult task and says Bentley “can’t design for just one market. We are ambassadors of a culture, and we have to look like a Bentley.” Hopefully Donckerwolke is up to the task, as he will have some stiff competition from Maserati and Aston Martin, which are both developing their own SUVs .

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Falcon

The Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) has become increasingly difficult for Cadillac and its CTS-V.R race car , which now faces competition from lighter and more powerful GT3-spec machines. Mercedes AMG , McLaren , Lamborghini and Porsche have all joined the PWC series in 2014, preventing the CTS Coupe-based racer from winning more than three events in 2014. Cadillac is in dire need of brand-new vehicle and word has it the manufacturer is already testing a brand-new chassis for 2015.

According to Racer, the next-generation Pirelli World Challenge car was seen lapping the Gingerman road course in Michigan in late-August 2014. While there’s no actual footage or photos of the vehicle, the source claims the new chassis will drop the CTS-V Coupe body in favor of an ATS-V Coupe -based shell. A new body could also mean a new engine, as Cadillac is expected to drop a twin-turbo V-6 in the yet unconfirmed ATS-V.R. The current race car is motivated by a naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8.

As with its predecessor, the ATS-V-based track car is also developed by longtime Cadillac Racing partner Pratt & Miller engineering.

Click past the jump to read about the Cadillac ATS Coupe

Source: Racer

Leave it to Red Bull to pull off a stunt like this. The F1 racing team got the help of FLIR, the leading company in infrared camera systems, to do some high-speed infrared video of its car commencing in gratuitous burnouts.

The video provided by the high-speed FLIR cameras is absolutely stunning, with hot pebbles of rubber and scorching exhaust gases showering front and rear of the racecar . The slow motion effects add all the more drama. The footage was captured at the GAMMA Racing Day 2014 at the famed TT circuit Assen.

FLIR captured these shots with several of its camera systems, including the T650sc, the B660, and the x6580sc for high-speed shots. FLIR is the world’s largest company specializing in infrared cameras has supplies cameras to everyone from the U.S. Military , to BMW for uses in their vehicles, to a consumer-based infrared camera for the iPhone .

One thing is for sure, you’ve never seen doughnuts like this before.

If you thought the GT-R -powered Nissan Juke and its 545 horsepower was a crazy idea, then you’re in for a big surprise. Nismo’s crazy limited-edition crossover is far from being the fastest Juke ever built and it’s quite slow compared to the monster a Russian company managed to create. How’s that possible, you may ask? Well, the folks over at Shpilli Villi Engineering squeezed no less than 800 ponies out of Godzilla’s twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine, while adding a shot of nitrous for an extra 200 horses. That’s right, this Juke has no less than 1,000 horsepower traveling through its drivetrain, albeit only for a few seconds.

So what do you do when you have at least 800 horses to spare besides winning a dozen drag races against the world’s most powerful supercars ? You take it to the Nurburgring track, of course, the place where all production cars go to have their engines and chassis refined. Not that this Juke needs further tweaks or any race-course time given its purpose, but at least the Juke R isn’t one of those massive SUVs BMW and Mercedes-Benz keeps bringing at the ’Ring.

Naturally, the overly powerful crossover isn’t the kind of vehicle you’d expect to set a new Nurburgring record, especially on a wet track, but owner and race car driver Vladimir Ulanov manages to put the Juke R through its paces and clock a few fast laps. Thankfully, the Russians captured it all on tape and you can watch the madness in the video above.


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