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With all of our past Photo of the Week images simply being pictures of stationary cars, we thought this week we’d bring you something even more special. The following picture taken by Bruno Terena definitely meets those prerequisites.

The following image was captured in Serra do Rio do Rastro, Brazil back in 2010 where Rhys Millen took to the mountainous roads in one of many promotional activities for his sponsor, Red Bull.

Now you may be asking yourself as to what separates this drifting photo from the thousands of others circling the net? Well, let me describe the reasons. First, it’s very rare that one will stumble upon a drifting photo actually captured out in the wilderness rather than a ‘drifting arena’ in the middle of a bustling city. Second, we absolutely adore how this image manages to capture both the Hyundai Genesis drifter and the stunning backdrop in one frame.

Finally, the awesome smoke trail following the Genesis up the mountain and around the hairpin in the center of the photo also played a part in our selection for this weeks’ Photo of the Week.

Be sure to check out Terena’s flickr account for more great photographs!

Source: Bruno Terena
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Our latest Photo of the Week is arguably the most artistic photo we’ve seen to date and was taken by none other than Notbland aka Webb Bland.

Taken in the Mojave Desert in early 2011, the impromptu photoshoot where this photo is featured took place in just a 45-minute session with no lights and no assistance. Yet to our amateur photography eyes, we can’t even begin to think of how this photo could have been improved.

Depicting an extremely unique 2009 Dodge Viper ACR , this particular image is so special because the Viper ACR’s masculinity has been captured beautifully with the setting sun in the background helping to pull this photo off. Then there’s the lovely wooden structures in the background of this generally abandoned desert and the juxtaposition between the technologically advanced Viper ACR and the surrounds.

As a reminder, the 2009 Dodge Viper ACR features a massive 8.4-liter V10 engine producing an incredible 600 horsepower and 560lb-ft of torque. It is consequently able to sprint around the Nordschleife in what was a record time of just 7:12.1 late last year after bettering the record which was previously held by the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package .

On a side note, be sure to check out Notbland’s Facebook fan page, his flickr account and his personal website for more amazing work.

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When it comes to sports cars that have remained true to their heritage, there’s no other name more noteworthy than the Porsche 911 .

After being in production for upwards of 50 years, the 911 continues to be the sports car benchmark of which all other manufacturers aim to trump. This particular unit, the stunning Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, is the epitome of what the 911 represents.

Delivering an impressive 210 HP when new, which is more than both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ , the Carrera RS 2.7 featured revised, stiffened, and more aggressive suspension and debuted with a revolutionary ducktail spoiler which remains one of the Porsche’s most iconic components fitted to any of their cars ever.

The following photo helps to capture the true beauty of the Carrera RS from ’73 with this stunning green example arguably being one of the very best examples produced by the German brand.

Taken by Alexis Goure, the stunning lighting of this photo combined with the incredible reflection helps to cement it as one of our very favorite photos of the RS we’ve seen to date.

Hat tip to Goure for allowing us to use the photo, and be sure to check out their website here.

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We’re not going to lie about the fact that we are big fans of the Ford F150 SVT Raptor . As we outlined in our review a couple of years back , the car is extremely fun to drive even if the whole concept of which it’s based around makes no sense.

Nevertheless, it seems fitting that one day this incredible off-roader would make its way into our ‘Photo of the Week’ article, and the following picture courtesy of GREATONE! finally has.

The F150 SVT Raptor as a standalone car is already something to behold, but this following example takes how love for the car to new extremes. Featuring an aggressive camo paint-job and some incredible ADV.1 wheels, this is undoubtedly one of the coolest Raptor’s you’re ever likely to see.

And as for the photo? Wow sums it up nicely.

Set in a rural environment which the F150 SVT Raptor calls home, the following picture helps to capture the true size of this beast. With the added bonus of the picture being offered in a range of sizes big enough for any computer, this week’s selection was the easiest thus far.

Follow the link here to find the original photo where it can be downloaded in whichever size tickles your fancy.

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There’s no denying the fact that a name can either make or break a car. In the case of the C63 AMG Black Series (better known simply as the ‘Black’), this name definitely makes the car, as does this shot taken by Bas Fransen Photography.

As the spiritual successor to the CLK 63 AMG Black Series , the C63 version takes an already extreme car which can easily compete with the M3 , and turns it into an outrageous monster called the ‘Black’ which was produced with the underpowered M3 GTS in its cross-hairs.

Mercedes managed to pull this feat off with the C63 AMG Black, and when fitted with the AMG Track Pack like the above matte black version, this is unquestionably one of the most menacing cars you’re ever likely to see. The following photo is bound to be the most impressive picture of this insane muscle car you’ve ever seen.

With some of our previous Photo of the Week selections capturing exotics in some spectacular settings, one may question our choice for this week. However, this week’s photo is all about the car, rather than the setting, and with this incredible, high-contrasted image, Bas Fransen has managed to capture the true essence of the matte black paint job, which is something extremely difficult to pull off.

Too often will you see images of matte cars where they simply look dull and uninviting. However, this image is an exception to that, with the small rain drops present capturing the sun’s glare, adding an interesting white sparkle to the upper half of the car. Add to that the fact that this angle captures the aggressiveness of the C63 AMG Black to its utmost and it’s little wonder why we like this image so much.

Hats off to Fransen for allowing us to this stunning photo, and be sure to head over to his flickr page and personal website!

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An incredible picture of a Ferrari 599 GTO has already made its way into our ‘Photo of the Week’ a couple of weeks back , and even though the latest addition to our weekly promotion of stunning car photography features the same car, the following GTO shot by Willem Rodenburg showcases Ferrari’s fastest production car from a completely different angle.

Shot in a desolate forest in Brasschaet, Antwerp, Belgium the 599 GTO is showcased from a high-angle which helps to capture the aggressive stance of the car, while the light bursting through the trees directly behind the car help to create one of our very favorite GTO photos.

Being Ferrari’s fastest production car produced to date, and despite the upcoming F70 set to supersede the old Enzo and the 599 GTO, it still produces an impressive 660HP at 8,250 rpm and 457lb-ft of torque thanks to the 6.0-liter V12 engine directly behind the front axle.

As a result, the 599 GTO can launch to 62 mph in less than 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 208 mph.

Be sure to check out Rodenburg’s facebook and flickr pages!

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Making your way in the photography world is not an easy task. In fact, we’d say it’s extremely difficult to do so, but Jordan Shiraki has managed to do just that. Back in 2010, he managed to create a portfolio specifically for Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann and one of his incredible photos from that set has managed to make it as our latest ‘Photo of the Week.’

His image depicts a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera sliding through a desert, definitely a place where you won’t usually see a supercar of this caliber.

Combine that scene with an incredible backdrop and a large plume of dust trailing in the car’s wake, and it’s little surprise of why we are so fond of this particular photo from Shiraki.

As a reminder, the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera weighs an impressive 154 pounds less than the standard LP560-4, with the 5.2-liter V12 pumping out an extra 10 horsepower, bringing the total figure up to 570HP. As a result, it can sprint to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and continue onto a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

Starting at $237,600 for the most basic of models, the Superleggera is the ultimate expression of what can be achieved in the junior supercar market, and this particular image captures the car in all its glory.

Thanks to Jordan Shiraki allowing us to use this photo and be sure to check back next week where we have an incredible Koenigsegg Agera R image to showcase.

Be sure to check out Shiraki’sportfolio, blog, and shop!

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Amidst reports that the Ferrari F70 will deliver upwards of 1000 horsepower, a mule was recently spotted doing the rounds near the company’s Maranello factory. It was sporting minimal camouflage and the following two spy shots give us an indication of what the production car could look like.

Despite it being obvious that this particular test mule has loads of fake body panels on to try and deceive spy photographers, one clear detail which seems to have been retained from the Enzo are its upward-swinging doors based on the position of the door handles and the panel gaps from the door which stretch over half of the roof on either side.

Add to that the low hunkered-down look of this test car and it seems obvious that the new F70 will have similar proportions to the original Enzo albeit with vastly different body work in order to bring the retro looks of the Enzo into the modern world.

The images were first posted onto FerrariChat, and one forum member went on to speculate that an F70 with no camo will be previewed at a few very select events in the coming months, although we’ll have to take that information with a pinch of salt.

In saying that however, it wouldn’t surprise us if Ferrari did do so in order to drum up some customers for the F70 ahead of its rumored public release at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Source: FerrariChat
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Ever wonder what it would be like to sit in the wings as the newest, hottest supercar desperately tries to conceal its newest generation? Feel at home with a camera in your hand and money in your pocket? PistonSpy Tours is now offering a few lucky people a chance to do just that as they embark on a trip through some of the most popular testing grounds in the world for the opportunity to catch these cars in action.

For a fee ranging from £700 to £1100, these lucky folks will be able to tour either Germany, Italy/Alps, or Sweden with a guide to take pictures or videos of vehicles that have not been introduced to the market just yet. The tour will last four days and will include pick up/drop off at the airport, fuel used during the trip, hotels/guest houses, breakfast and evening meals, and the vehicle that will be shared during the trip.

At the end of this adventure, guests will be able to take home a gallery of their shots and will also get the chance to sell them to the automotive press to make some extra cash. All in a day’s work during this remarkable working vacation!

This trip is only being offered for a short time and only 1-3 guests will be able to join the guide, so make your reservations quick! Contact pistonspy.mobile@gmail.com for more information.

Source: PistonSpy
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Now that we’ve got your attention with the following incredible picture of the world’s first Ferrari 599 GTO , let’s have a little look back at the history of the GTO name.

The GTO name dates back to the 60’s when Ferrari released the 250 GTO . This awesome piece of machinery was produced after FIA rules for sports car racing stipulated that at least 100 road-going examples needed to be produced before Ferrari could go racing. However, Ferrari never actually produced 100 250 GTO’s and only ever produced 39 GTO’s. Ferrari got around this by numbering the chassis’ numbers out of sequence. They also produced fake documentation of cars that did not exist.

In 1984, the successor to the 250 GTO was released called the 288 GTO . Unlike the 250 GTO before it, it was mid-engined where the 250 was front-engined. Just like the 250, the road-going version of the 288 GTO was built because the Group B Race Series said that 200 examples needed to be made, before Ferrari could go racing. Sadly, Ferrari abandoned the series before they even took part in a single race. Between 1984 and 1985, a total of 277 were manufactured including 5 special 288 GTO Evoluzione models.

The Ferrari 599 GTO is the third member of the GTO family, and the above picture was taken by Tareq Abuhajjaj in late 2010, and was actually the first ever production 599 GTO to hit the market. Sporting a stunning black paint job, with a selection of red accents including bright red brake calipers and wing mirrors, it’s unquestionably one of the most extreme GTO’s we’ve seen to date.

Featuring an incredibly impressive 6.0-liter V12 engine based upon the unit fitted to the 599XX, the GTO pumps out 660HP at a screaming 8,250rpm and 457lb-ft of torque helping the car launch to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and onto a top speed of over 208 mph.

Thanks to Tareq for letting us use this stunning photo, and be sure to check out his personal website and come back next week for the next ‘Photo of the Week.’


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