Celebrity Cars

Celebrity Cars

  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

We all knew that this would happen eventually. The only question was when it was going to go down. Six months after Paul Walker and Roger Rodas lost their lives in a car crash involving the latter’s Porsche Carrera GT , Rodas’ wife, Kristine Rodas, has filed a lawsuit against Porsche claiming that the design of the rare supercar contributed to the high-speed accident that caused the car to go up in flames.

In her lawsuit, Rodas argued that the Carrera GT was, for all intents and purposes, unsafe for its intended use "by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents." Rodas also contends that her husband was driving the car at only 55 mph at the time of the accident, contrary to the Los Angeles County Sheriff department’s investigation , which found the accident to have been caused by speed with investigators estimating that Roger Rodas was driving at speeds between 80 to 93 mph before the crash.

Shortly after the crash, Porsche even sent its engineers to investigate the Carrera GT’s remains only to find that the car itself had no problems.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Kristine Rodas’ lawsuit against Porsche has a leg to stand on. We are by no means trivializing the situation and we’re not going to disrespect her for taking this step. We just don’t see her winning this suit based on the results of the police’s investigation.

Maybe Porsche will just avoid the whole thing with an out-of-court settlement. We don’t know if she’s going to accept those terms, but at this point, you might have to take what you can get.

Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s crash.

Source: Sky News

While we often have praise for automakers who create interesting marketing videos, Hyundai’s latest one had us totally up in knots. Produced presumably by its German arm, Hyundai has produced a ten-minute promotional video of the European-spec i10 by slamming together scene reprisals from 70 different movies.

If you’re looking for any sense of this video , you’re probably not going to get any because the video is about as confusing, strange, and downright bizarre as any promo video we’ve seen in recent memory.

We’re going to stop short of calling it pointless because the mere fact that I’m writing this and you’re reading it means that Hyundai accomplished its goal of getting people to talk about this video. So props to Hyundai for that, but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that even after multiple viewings, the entire point of the video, other than to show the i10 in various scenes, still escapes us.

Maybe we have to watch it while our senses are impaired? Who knows, maybe a few glasses of something special will make for a totally different level of appreciation for this video.

Of all the Lamborghinis ever built, a case can be made that the Diablo holds a unique place in the heart of the company and its fans.

Not only did it carry a name that lived up to its diabolical nature, but it also holds the distinction of being the only Lamborghini that was designed under the watch of Chrysler . We’re not going to dive into all those details now, but it’s certainly interesting to remember a day when the Raging Bull was owned by the Pentastar.

It was at that time when the Diablo was created as the successor to arguably one of the most popular Lamborghini models ever, the Countach . Talk about having huge shoes to fill.

Fast forward to this year and the Diablo is now treated with reverence and respect, especially by true car enthusiasts who appreciate everything the Diablo stands for.

Recently, Jay Leno got his hands on a Lamborghini Diablo owned by a buddy of his, Franco Barbuscia. He’s the owner of Franco’s European Sports Cars in Los Angeles and, as Leno claims, is one of a few men in this world who probably knows more about Lamborghinis than the car itself.

The two, together with Barbuscia’s son Damiano, spend 15 minutes talking shop about the Diablo, dissecting it from every conceivable detail and reveling on its place in history among Lamborghini models.

It’s an interesting to hear these guys share their combined knowledge about the cars and the iconic Italian company that built them. And besides, Leno gets to drive a Diablo. What’s not to like?

With only 64 standard street versions built, the McLaren F1 is one of the rarest supercars around. And since the company stopped building them about 16 years ago, those looking to add an F1 to their garage need to search for months, if not years, to find one for sale and spend millions of dollars to take it home.

One of these jewels changed owners for no less than $5.5 million a couple of years ago, a record for the astounding F1. However, a more recent sale saw one of these supercars fetch nearly double the amount, with a British F1 nut paying £6.2 million or $10.5 million at current exchange rates.

The amount is more than staggering, but there are a couple of reasons for why the anonymous Brit paid the price of nearly ten P1s to get a 20-year-old car. First of all, the model depicted in the photo above is one of the only two F1s finished in red. Secondly, this example, bearing chassis No. 28, was initially delivered to Michael Andretti, former IndyCar champion, owner of Andretti Autosport and son of renowned Formula One and Le Mans ace Mario Andretti.

The former racing driver reportedly owned the F1 for about two years before selling it to a Japanese collector. The vehicle eventually returned to the U.S. and spent ten years in California prior to being sold to its new British owner. According to Western Morning News, the firm commissioned to find an F1 for the British enthusiast spent no less than six months trying to source one.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren F1.

This Formula One season is looking more and more like a lost cause for every team on the grid not named Mercedes GP. Defending champion Red Bull will likely lose out on the title this year, so in order to pass the time – or at least make it interesting for the four-time champs – the team and its partner Infiniti have taken to launching a new video series called the "A to Z of Formula One."

As the title of the series implies, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastien Buemi, Christian Horner, and Adrian Newey all take turns highlighting key aspects of Formula One tied to each letter of the alphabet.

Some are pretty self-explanatory like (A)erodynamics, (H)elmet, (F)ly-aways, and (I)nterlagos, but other letters represented some pretty interesting aspects of Formula One that are a little more obscure. Items like (C)omputational Fluid Dynamics, (D)rag Reduction System, and (K)inetic Energy Recovery System (or as it’s come to be known now, ERS) are interesting to listen to. What’s more is the excellent way the Red Bull guys explain the complex systems on a level that we all can understand.

The series runs in six different episodes, with the second to sixth episodes after the jump.

More videos after the jump.

We actually don’t know who made out better between Mark Webber and Maria Sharapova. On one hand, the tennis star had an opportunity to ride shotgun in a Porsche 918 Spyder with one of the best race car drivers in the world behind the wheel. On the other hand, Mark Webber got to drive with Maria Sharapova. See where the struggle comes in?

That being said, it was pretty neat to see two star athletes from different sports share in the experience of enjoying one of the most exotic cars in the world today. The promotional drive happened during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, and by the looks of things, both Webber and Sharapova seemed to enjoy the experience of being inside the 2014 918 Spyde r and all the things that’s made it into a modern-day icon in its own right.

Maybe her experience in the 918 Spyder motivated Sharapova to beat Ana Ivanovic to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. She also received a Porsche 911 Targa for her victory, although after watching this video, she probably would have no problem trading the 911 up for a 918 Spyder.

A quick reminder that the 918 Spider is the newest hybrid supercar from Porsche that cranks out an amazing 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to hit a top speed of 211 mph (93 mph in full-EV mode) and 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

The unfortunate and untimely death of Paul Walker put the future of the Fast & Furious franchise in tenuous position, a position that it was only able to move on from just recently. One of the biggest challenges Fast 7 experienced in the wake of Walker’s death was how it would be able to finish a movie when he still had some action scenes to shoot? It took months of discussions, but ultimately, the people behind the Fast franchise came to a decision to use not one of Walker’s brothers, but two of them.

In an announcement it made on its Facebook page, Fast 7 producers have made it known that both Cody and Caleb Walker, are set to be included in the movie to finish Paul’s action scenes. Rumors of a Walker brother stepping in to film Paul’s final scenes have been going swirling since late last year , shortly after his shocking death. At that time, it was Cody that was being talked about as being Paul’s replacement, but now it’s been announced that Cody and Caleb are going to be in the movie.

As far as what producers have in store for Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, it appears that the character won’t be killed off as previously thought of. Instead, it would be "retired" in the seventh movie.

The death of Paul Walker still leaves a bad taste in our mouth, but knowing that both his brothers will be involved in the movie franchise that defined his career is as good a sign as any to pay respects to the fallen actor.

Click past the jump to see a collection of videos on Paul Walker and to read the official statement regarding the Walker brothers’ inclusion in Fast 7

Source: Yahoo!

There was lots of speculation surrounding the death of Paul Walker . Some said the Carrera GT may have had a mechanical failure, some thought maybe the driver was under the influence, some thought Walker survived the crash only to die in the resulting fire and others thought maybe this was all the result of a street race gone bad. Well, the investigators checking into the crash have released their findings and we found that none of these scenarios are true.

Plain and simple, it was pure speed that was the demise of Mr. Walker. According to the report, the Carrera GT — a notoriously difficult sports car to drive — was doing between 80 and 93 mph when it collided with the power pole, which meant they were traveling well in excess of the posted 45-mph speed limit — there was no evidence of a street race though. Walker broke his wrist and arm, and fractured his jaw, collarbone, pelvis, ribs and spine in the accident. Because Walker only had "scant soot" in his trachea, investigators believe it was not smoke or fire that killed Walker.

Both the Driver (Roger Rodas) and Walker were wearing their seat belts, and the airbags deployed as designed. Unfortunately, the Porsche was traveling way too fast when it impacted the pole for either to do any bit of good in saving their lives. The only mechanical issue on the car was the fact that the tires were nine years old, and the rubber may not have been in the greatest of condition for handling that type of speed.

At the very least, this closes up the Paul Walker case and affords us the chance to look at his impact in the world rather than focusing on what killed him.

RIP, Mr. Walker...

Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s death and how it affected "Fast & Furious 7."

Source: CNN

Universal Studios has announced production of Fast and Furious 7 will continue with the late Paul Walker returning in CGI form, along with a rewritten scrip, in order to complete the movie. Universal is said to be respectfully retiring Walker’s character Brian O’Conner rather than killing him off.

Walker will return, thanks to the heavy use of CGI and voice effects, along with four body doubles providing the movements as a base.

Filming has recently resumed in Abu Dhabi, as evidenced by the video below, after being on break since Walker’s untimely death last November. Co-star Vin Diesel confirmed via Twitter the movie is scheduled for debut April 10, 2015, almost nine months after the original debut date of July 11, 2014. There’s no word yet on whether the Fast and Furious franchise will continue producing movies, though we suspect this will likely be the last.

The franchise has been a lucrative one for Universal, grossing nearly $2.4 billion worldwide since the first movie hit the silver screen in 2001.

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

Source: NY DailyNews

It’s been nearly 20 years since we lost a legend in race car driving. A man that in 10 years of Formula One driving took home 41 wins, stood on the podium 80 times and won three championships. And today we celebrate what would have been his 54th birthday. The man in question is none other than Mr. Ayrton Senna.

We are not the only ones celebrating his birthday either, as the Google doodle — the Google logo that changes every so often to reflect a key date — is celebrating him too. You can see the doodle (above), which has a digitized image of Senna, an F1 car and is all done up in his home Country’s colors: green and yellow.

It’s crazy to thing that it has been 20 years since he perished in an accident at the San Marino Grand Prix. It is even crazier to wonder if he would still be racing today at 54 years old.

Let us know some of your favorite Ayrton Senna moments in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about Ayrton Senna.


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