Celebrity Cars

Celebrity Cars

  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

Most of you know Gordon Ramsay as an amazing Scottish chef. But, how many of you did you knew that he is also a Ferrari owner for many years? And now he finally got the chance to visit the Ferrari plant in Maranello. A special day for Ramsay, who went around all the production facilities and was truly impressed by the working environment in Ferrari.

Also, a very special day for Ferrari’s employees who could not believe their eyes either, and warmly welcomed Gordon asking for autographs and photos.

"You can feel the passion of the people working here – he said – it’s incredible, I couldn’t imagine such a place: bellissimo!"

His visit included Ferrari’s Tailor Made and the Atelier, where Gordon Ramsay met Amedeo Felisa and the Ferrari’s CEO, who showed him the newborn F12berlinetta . A car by which he was really impressed. At the end he was taken by test driver Raffaele de Simone to the Fiorano circuit to enjoy the F12berlinetta and he got behind the wheel of the 458 Italia .

Finally, the review we all have been waiting for! In the latest episode of "Jay Leno’s Garage," Leno was able to get behind the wheel of the brand new Scion FR-S and was kind enough to share his opinions with us! Leno wasn’t alone, of course. Scion also sent over their vice president and general manager, Jack Hollis, to answer a series of questions about the FR-S .

As a reminder, the Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter front boxer engine that can also be found on the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ . The engine delivers a total of 200 HP and 151 lb/ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. What’s unique about this new powertrain is that it carries Toyota’s new D-4S injection system, a technology that results in direct injection combined with port injection. With separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, and a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, the D-4S system can increase the power and torque bands of the FR-S over a wide range of engine speeds, all without having to sacrifice the sports coupe’s fuel efficiency numbers.

The Scion FR-S is now on sale and is priced from $24,930.

We hate to say we told you so… Wait who are we kidding? We love to say we told you that our article about oft-troubled Lindsay Lohan crashing her rented Porsche would not be the last thing we’d hear about the accident. According to TMZ, Lohan was forbidden to drive any car at the time she was in the accident.

You see, Ms. Lohan has a bit of a, um, drinking problem and with that problem tends to come her urge to get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle. To help prevent that and preserve the filming of her ongoing Lifetime series “Liz & Dick,” the company insuring the film added a stipulation that Lindsay Lohan was forbidden to drive any car, let alone a Porsche 911 , while the show was in production.

Oops, we guess she missed that memo. We also assume that the production company missed that memo too, as directly behind Lohan’s borrowed Porsche during the accident was an SUV used by the production crew… Double oops.

Fortunately for the production company, the insurance company did not cancel the plan, but it did require the company to inform Lohan that she is not permitted to drive for any reason whatsoever.

What a life to live. You have multiple millions of dollars in the bank and you have insurance companies and production companies taking your keys away like a 16-year-old that just got caught staying out after curfew.

Okay, we can once again resume ignoring everything involving Lindsay Lohan, unless it involves her and a car.

Source: TMZ
Will.I.Am's IAMAUTO Car

For a while now, Black Eyed Peas member, Will.I.Am, has been prancing a DeLorean DMC-12 wrapped in a body kit and some rather odd looking headlights around calling it a (ahem) “Concept car ” for his new “car company” dubbed “IAMAUTO.” In reality, this is literally nothing but an uglier version of the original crap box that hit the market in 1981.

Saying that any rendition of the DMC-12 could be uglier than the original may seem rather impossible, but this monstrosity takes the cake. Its sheer ugliness is not the news though. The news is that the LAPD has recently impounded this “concept” car. Though we wish we could say it was impounded for lowering property value, we cannot, but it is for an equally boneheaded reason.

Will.I.Am was caught driving this thing around L.A. without a license plate, registration, or VIN plates. We venture to say that list can also include insurance, as you typically cannot insure a car without a VIN.

So why did Mr. I.Am decide to take his “concept” on an un-plated and extremely illegal spin? According to reports, the musician said he just wanted to feel what it was like to drive his concept car on the street. Um, a few problems… First, that is no more a concept car than a 1987 Fiero with a Ferrari kit is a concept car. Secondly, you are a multi-millionaire pop star, pay to have the thing registered before driving it or take it to a track to drive it!

We’re not here to pass judgment on the guy, but please use that 3-pound hunk of water, lipids, protein, carbs, soluble organics, and inorganic salts inside of your skull (A.K.A. your brain) next time you think about taking an un-plated and unregistered car for a spin.

A silver lining in the whole situation is that Will.I.Am was, according to reports, extremely cooperative with the police. So we have to give him credit for that, at least.

Back in 1968 when he was on the Bullitt movie set, legendary American star, Steve McQueen took delivery of a very cool 275 GTB4 . Now Ferrari has taken the car back to the factory for a complete restoration. Next to belonging to McQueen, this car has a pretty interesting evolution: the previous owner converted it to a Spider and the new owner wants it converted back to coupe form.

So the new owner took 275 GTB4 to the experts at Ferrari Classiche for the company’s authenticity certification process. The only problem they had was that the transformation from Spider to Coupe could not happen until the vehicle was restored to the exact same specifications as when it left the factory. Now, Ferrari has to restore the car’s roof and add new hand-beaten steel panels.

Considering that only 36 examples were built of the Ferrari 275 GTB4 and that, in recent auctions, most of the 275 GTB4 models went for a large sum of money, we’re thinking it’s in Ferrari’s best interest to have this model fully restored.

We will keep you posted with the development process, so stay tuned!

James May, one of the three stars from Top Gear, had the chance to drive the amazing Bugatti Veyron SuperSport recently. Nicknamed "Captain Slow," May is anything but slow as he took the SuperSport on the Volkswagen Group’s private Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany where he managed to hit an incredible top speed of 417km/h or the equivalent of 259mph.

So how does the world’s second fastest man celebrate?! Check out his great victory dance!

The Bugatti Veyron SuperSport is powered by a 16-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 1200 HP and a peak torque of 1106 lbs-ft. The car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph is just 2.5 seconds and goes to an impressive top speed of 267 mph. However, this impressive supercar comes with a huge price: $2.4 million. So you can imagine that not many people will be able to drive one, let alone own it.

The Queen of England may not have the power that she once had, but she certainly remains a powerful figure in the hearts of all British folks. On June 2, 2012 the Queen celebrated her 60th year on the throne, which brought about a celebration dubbed the Diamond Jubilee – “Diamond” indicates 60 years, for those wondering.

In the festivities, the Queen was spotted riding around in a rather luxurious automobile that one of our readers keenly pointed out is either a Rolls-Royce or Bentley , and he turned to us for help identifying the car and telling him a little about it. Figuring he is not the only person interested in the topic, we felt that a full-on review was in order.

As it turns out, after a good amount of research, we have found out that the queen traveled around in the Jubilee in a 2002 Bentley State Limousine. This is no typical Bentley limo either, as it is fit for a… Well, Queen, of course!

Click past the jump to read our full review of the Queen’s ride.

Carroll Shelby: The Life of a Legend

At this point, nearly a month after his death , we all assumed that Carroll Shelby was peacefully laid to rest in a plot of land or cremated, so his ashes may stay with his family or spread as he saw fit. According to a report by TMZ, neither of these scenarios are true, as his family is now fighting over who has control over his deceased body.

On one side we have Shelby’s children that are claiming that their father signed paperwork leaving the eldest son in control of the deceased former racecar driver’s body. It looks as if Shelby’s long estranged wife, Cleo, is fighting the children stating that being his wife, she has full rights to his remains. She is fighting this despite the fact that Carroll was in the midst of annulling their 14-year-long marriage citing her lying about numerous personal things, such as her assets and even her real name.

She is also arguing that there is no way that Mr. Shelby could have signed any papers giving his son control, as he did not have the “physical capacity or eyesight” to read, understand, and sign off on the papers.

Until this is all sorted out, Mr. Shelby’s body is stuck at the medical examiner’s office in a freezer, which is not the place for this automotive hero. He needs to be laid to rest in the place that he made clear he wanted to be prior to his death. If his estranged wife truly does care, she would allow him that right.

There is a silver lining to this whole thing and that’s that the annulment Shelby filed for in April is still pending and a judge does have the right to approve an annulment even after death. So in the end this could all be resolved with one tap of a gavel from a judge and Mr. Shelby can rest peacefully.

Source: TMZ

It’s time for TopSpeed: Celebrity Edition! Per a report from TMZ, oft-troubled actress, Lindsay Lohan, learned that an 18-wheeler always wins against a Porsche 911. While driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, Lohan managed to plant the front end of her rented – yes, RENTED – Porsche 911 into the backside of an 18-wheeler.

Don’t worry, your favorite teen star gone awry is A-okay, as she went to the hospital for tests and was released shortly afterward. According to reports, she heading to the set of the TV show she is surprisingly starring in, “Liz & Dick,” when she smashed the Porsche into small bits of $100K plastic, metal, and rubber, and she is now on the set and in good health.

According to reports, Lohan is claiming that the accident was not her fault and that the 18-wheeler cut her off. Looking at the accident scene, we really don’t see how an 18-wheeler could possibly cut someone off and not leave enough time for the driver to respond. Unless, of course, she was driving really, really, REALLY fast. But, we’re not here to judge, we are simply stating what we can see from the images. We are certain that this is not the last we will hear about this accident.

We are all glad to hear she is in good shape, so we can all continue on our normal path of ignoring any piece of work that she happens to be in…

Image Credit: TMZ

Source: TMZ
Posted on by Brad Anderson

We’re all aware of who Bill Gates is as he’s remained one of the richest people in the world for the better part of two decades. But just like any other successful businessmen, Gates started off with relatively humble beginnings studying at Harvard University in the early 1970’s, before founding the company which has made him so wealthy, Microsoft, in 1975.

Just four years after founding the company, Bill gates purchased an awesome Porsche 911 Turbo and registered it in Seattle, Washington. That same Porsche was then sold in the ’90’s, but has recently resurfaced and will be put up for auction with Gates’ signed registration details. The auction will be in Vienna, Austria in the coming days and we expect this particular 911 Turbo to fetch a handy amount.

The current owner selling the car is said to have repainted the 911 to the bright blue seen in the above picture. He then got Porsche Classic to kick-start additional life into the sports car by uprating its standard 3.3-liter flat-six engine which when stock, produced 300HP. That was a mighty impressive feat for a car in that era.

The 911 Turbo is expected to sell for between $55,500 and $71,000 when it’s put under the hammer on the June 6,2012. Even though it’s unclear how the Porsche made its way to Austria from the U.S., it is clear that it has lived a very privileged life and hopefully it goes to a suitable home.

Source: Hemmings

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