The sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, aptly titled "Fast 6," will see the return of franchise mainstays Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. It’ll also have Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in it. Clearly, there’s no lack of Hollywood star power in the movie.
But if there’s one thing the Fast & Furious franchise has shown us, the artists aren’t the only stars in the movie; the cars play a pretty important role too. We saw that in the last movie when a pair of Dodge Chargers took over the latter parts of the movie.
For Fast 6, producers have turned to Subaru to have its new sports car, the BRZ, play a starring role in the film. In response, the Japanese automaker sent over five BRZs to the set, all of which will probably be beaten to oblivion during the course of filming.
Starring in such a high-profile blockbuster like Fast 6 could end up being a huge marketing coup for the BRZ, especially if it appears decked in full-tricked out glory, akin to what you expect to see in a movie that’s heavily influenced in the aftermarket auto scene.
Fast Six is set to hit theaters on May 24, 2013. Here’s to hoping the BRZ gets enough camera shine in the film!
As car buffs, we all can’t help but be extremely jealous of Jay Leno. Not only does he have a collection of cars that most automotive museums would crave, but he also gets to drive some of the rarest cars in the world. This time around, he gets to drive the rarest version of one of the rarest cars in the world.
The Lexus LFA only saw a total of 500 examples built and that’s no mas. To boot, all 500 examples were never touched by anyone during the entire manufacturing and testing phase, as they all were required to wear gloves during the whole process. The 500th example of the LFA just so happens to be the only production LFA that lacks a key component: a roof.
Yes, this one-of-a-kind LFA is a real-life spyder. Not one that has a folding roof, a removable hard top, or even a rag top; it has no roof at all. So when you have a one-off model of a 500-model production car that no one in the production process is allowed to touch, what should you do the second it rolls off of the production line? Let Jay Leno beat the hell out of it at Fuji Speedway, of course.
Not only is the video awesome because Jay gets us a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing process, but you also get a good listen to the sweet sound of that 552-horsepower V-10 working hard. So what does Jay really think about the LFA now that he’s gotten it on the track and felt all the goodness that makes up this Lexus supercar. You’ll have to check out the above video to see.
International recording artist and Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull, recently put his design hat on to customize a 2013 Dodge Dart which was part of a sweepstakes at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
The car, called the Dodge Dart iHeart, received Pitbull’s full design touches, which as you might expect, centered on his own style. You know the classic Pitbull ensemble, right? Tailored suit, classic sunglasses, and the contrasting pin stripes; the Dart iHeart was designed to be an extension of Pitbull’s top level swag.
The Dart iHeart is highlighted by a high contrast matte white exterior and black roof, a custom set of 18" liquid graphite aluminum wheels, a black and pear white leather and suede interior, the addition of a new hood scoop and rear spoiler, and the artful use of metals that not only evoke Pitbull’s classic style, but also add a dose of mystery to the compact sedan.
So who took home the Dodge Dart iHeart? A man named Jack Walters from New York, who personally took the keys to his brand new, one-off ride from the hands of Pitbull himself.
No true automotive junky can channel surf past Top Gear without at least stopping for a few minutes. Even if you can’t stand the show; the cars are bad ass, the driving is borderline insane, and Jeremy Clarkson’s snarly, sarcastic and brash attempts at humor are downright unsettling. That’s pretty much exactly what we love about the show.
Well, this extremely popular show – now watched in 212 territories around the world – has officially been named the “Most Watched Factual TV Program” by Guinness World Record. As expected, Jeremy Clarkson was front and center to accept the award with the rather bland “I am very proud to be associated with such a factual program” statement. Oh Jeremy, you are man of so many words…
Regardless of the “Eh, whatever” response, we tip our hats to the empire the Clarkson and his cohorts have built since 1977.
We tried finding out who owned the record before Top Gear, but the record seems to not exist in the 2012 edition of the book… Hm, interesting… We did, however, find out that you can submit your own world record. We wonder if there is a weird publicity stunt behind all of this. Nah, they would never…
Plus, Clarkson just looks oh so happy holding that plaque in the press image.
Now somehow LiLo managed to get her incompetent driving behind into the driver’s seat of yet another Porsche, which she is not allowed to drive regardless, and decided to play bumper cars with a pedestrian. This time her weapon of choice was a Porsche Cayenne and her victim was a young man standing outside of the Dream Hotel in New York.
Fortunately, she hit the guy at a low speed according to the report and the guy is recovering in a hospital. Lindsay did pull off a big no-no following the accident, as after someone checked out the damage on the car, she simply pulled away, getting herself a misdemeanor leaving-the-scene ticket. From the updated report, the surveillance camera at the hotel shows that the "victim" of the accident really seemed to embellish it, so chances were she may not have even hit him. There is an investigation underway.
Regardless of if she hit him or not, how many Porsches is she going to go through before she finally learns that No. 1 she can’t drive, No. 2 she’s rich enough not to need to drive, and No. 3 she needs to hire a freaking driver!
Fortunately in the latter two accidents neither any people nor any Porsche’s were seriously injured.
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary is our kind of guy. Not to say that we’d decline a chance to meet the President of the US, Barack Obama - in the White House no less - but we appreciate a true petrol head when we see one.
Apparently, Clary, who won gold at the 2012 London Olympics in swimming, decided that he’d rather spend a day of his life jumping at a chance to ride a stock car than to shake hands with the Commander-In-Chief.
The date for Clary’s White House invite was September 14 when the White House would be holding a special event for US Olympic athletes. The date, however, posed a scheduling conflict for Clary, who decided that getting to test drive some stock cars and attending the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event in Fontana, California the next day was higher on his bucket list than meeting the leader of the free world.
Clary has made no bones about his passion for motorsports, having already gone on record to say that he wants to become a full-fledged race car driver once his swimming career comes to an end.
Here’s to hoping the White House understands this snub. After all, this is still America, right?
When we brought you the football installment of Car and Athlete last month, we described how superstar Lionel Messi, despite being considered the best football player in the world, had a pretty modest car collection compared to his peers.
Well, Messi is certainly doing his part building up his garage when a video on YouTube showed the Argentinian taking delivery of a brand-spankin’ new Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale.
The Italian supercar, with its 450-horsepower, 4.7-liter V8 engine has the credentials fitting of a world-class athlete like Messi. And while he still doesn’t have the car collection that his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo has, his new Maserati definitely brings those automotive swag credentials up a notch.
His new toy surely looks pretty sweet when lined up with his other high-priced rides. But if Messi really wants to make a statement, he should have ordered a one-off Pagani Zonda.
If you are both a car fan and a James Bond fan, and saw the “Quantum of Solace” movie, you likely salivated over the Quantum Silver 2008 Aston Martin DBS that Bond drove. You are not alone in this drooling effect, we did it too. Well, now you can own a piece of history – well, a one-of-seven piece of history – by buying this famous 2008 DBS at auction.
Christies auction house is auctioning off one of the seven 2008 Aston Martin DBSs used in the “Quantum of Solace” film. This model is draped in deep silver paint and boasts black leather interior. From the looks of it in the auction catalog, the car looks to be in fantastic shape, but there is no information on what scenes this particular chassis was used in.
This beast is not only famous, but it’s fast too. With its 5.9-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, this beast sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.3 seconds. The 6-speed manual gearbox allows you to rip through the gears at will – no fancy-pants automatic transmission in this sports car.
This 2008 DBS is anticipated to fetch between $160,000 and $230,000, which is about $3,000 to $73,000 more than your everyday 2008 DS is valued at, per Kelly Blue Book. If you can get in it for close to the bottom, you’ve got yourself a great deal. Unfortunately, Christies does not list the actual mileage of the vehicle, but we anticipate that it is extremely low for the year.
The auction kicks off on Friday, October 5th at 8:30 p.m.
Mila Kunis has been in the showbiz spotlight recently for her dalliances with Ashton Kutcher, proving that life does imitate art when it comes to the two former co-stars of The 70’s Show. But what a lot of people don’t know about the Ukraine-born actress is her affinity for muscle, as in muscle cars.
This batch of photos show Kunis baring skin with a Chevrolet Camaro, a car that knows a thing or two about catching attention. Apparently, there’s nothing quite like rubbing skin with a car that packs serious power under its hood. Just goes to show that when you put a hot lass like Kunis and pair her up with a serious road-buster that is a Camaro, you get hot and sizzling photos like these.
If only there were more...
Enjoy the sexy actress Mila Kunis with Chevrolet Camaro Gallery below and let us know whether you like the car or the girl in the comments section!
Technically, there’s really no Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition, but seeing as this unique FF is a ’one-off’ that was delivered to British golfer Ian Poulter, then you can understand why this car holds special regard in our eyes.
Presented at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this particular FF also holds distinction as the first Tailor Made car in the US with an interior design that fits right up Poulter’s tee. No golf pun intended.
For his custom-spec’d model, Poulter opted to deck the interior of his pristine white Ferrari FF with a "Sabbia" triple-layer livery that’s finely complemented by black Poltrona Frau leather and tartan. Matching the peculiar chose of trim is the prevalent use of carbon fiber and high-tech fabric sports elements, which also comes as a first for Ferrari.
Despite earning fame as a professional golfer, Poulter is also a known car enthusiast with a garage that includes a Ford GT, a Bentley Continental GT, and a Ferrari California. With all due respect to those cars - and they’re fine machines by any stretch of the imagination - Poulter’s new, one-off Ferrari FF should definitely have a garage of its own.