Celebrity Cars

Celebrity Cars

  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

Being a bit of a sneakerhead myself, I can appreciate collaborations between the kicks industry and the auto industry. Remember a few years ago when Nike released a special-edition Kobe Bryant sneaker in collaboration with Aston Martin ?

Not to brag, but yes, I have that in my collection.

In any case, the recent LeBron 11/11 Experience held in Miami for LeBron James’ 11th signature sneaker with Nike had a pretty interesting guest during the event: a unique Lamborghini Aventador Roadster that was worked on by auto designer Rich B. Caliente in partnership with Toys for Boys Miami and Lou La Vie.

The special wrap Caliente used on the Aventador was inspired by the first signature release of the LeBron XI, called "King’s Pride." If you know the sneaker game, you might also recognize the South Beach-styled design from the Lebron X Low Championship Pack Edition.

Either way, there aren’t a lot of Lamborghini Aventadors in this world that looks as unique and eye-catching as this one. Kind of makes you wonder why somebody would take off that wrap once the event is offer. It looks awesome on the Aventador and more importantly, fits right into the laid back yet flash lifestyle Miami is known for.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador

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If you haven’t seen Rush just yet, you still have time get a chance to. In the mean time, you can start daydreaming about another flick that includes an icon in the automotive industry: Carroll Shelby .

Apparently the new movie, titled "Go Like Hell," has in pre-production since 2011, and it will tell the story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the 1960s.

The new movie will be based on the 2009 book "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans" by A.J. Baime. He is an editor for Playboy Magazine, and managed to write the book based on some extensive interviews with Lloyd Ruby, Mario Andretti and Carol Shelby.

The initial details on the movie suggest that Tom Cruise will play the role of Carroll Shelby in the upcoming movie. Michael Mann and Brad Pitt were also associated with the role, but Cruise was chosen because of his role in another auto-racing movie — "Days Of Thunder" — back in 1990.

We have no other details on the movie, but if the movie gets the final "OK" from the studio, we expect it to arrive sometime in 2015.

Click past the jump to watch Cruise in action in Days Of Thunder.

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For fans of "The Spy Who Loved Me," you are likely very familiar with the Lotus Esprit turned submarine — yes the irony of a Lotus model being underwater is hilarious — in the old James Bond flick. Well, like most other movie cars, that one recently crossed the auction block, and the news just come out that the buyer who paid the £616,000 ($996,560) just so happened to be Tesla ’s Elon Musk.

That’s big news in itself, but what’s more important are Elon’s plans with this submersible sports car . He plans to bring the car back to its road-going roots, but with the powertrain of a Model S in tow. That’s right, he is taking a car that cost nearly $1 million and stripping it of the majority of why it was so expensive.

Sure, the creativity is out of this world, and an electric-powered Esprit with somewhere between 302 and 416 horsepower in tow in fantastic, but to drop that kind of dough, then change the whole car seems rather wasteful. He could have just snagged up any old Esprit for a fraction of the price he paid for this iconic sports car.

Then again, Elon Musk likely found that scratch between the seat cushions of his couch...

Click past the jump to read more about this awesome Lotus

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The drama continues to unfold since Chevy released an outstanding high-def video of its new 2014 Camaro Z/28 hitting ridiculous speeds and lap times on the Nurburgring earlier this week.

48 hours ago, as the Youtube link of the video hit the TopSpeed newsdesk: the Z/28 track video views count stood at 111. Total.

After making waves for the last few days, the video has crested 330,000 views and is climbing fast. Why is this eight minutes of Point-of-View racing footage such an event? There are a few reasons, visible in the video itself from about 5:00 onward, when the rain starts coming down hard just as the Z/28 is on the back straight-aways. The driver briefly touches 161 mph after a lap that would sap the arm strength of pop-eye himself.

This is not a driving sim. This is not a digitally remastered classic. This is news, happening with the same leafy trees turning fall colors in Germany as in America and the rest of the world.

This crowd-sourced and social news environment is fun. It brings everyone into the game, and being included is fun.

The Z/28 has more uphill battles to climb when carving out a sales niche for itself in the Camaro lineup. As an all-new model for 2015, the intimidating badge can now finally back up its bar-room swagger out on the roads.

But who was this brave ace of a racing driver behind the wheel of the eardrum-shattering supercar? Initial ideas about who hangs out at the ’Ring led us to the Queen: Ms. Sabine Schmitz and her expertise on this track on everything from a bike to a semi truck. If there is one driver who knows this course and its many, mnay variables in traction: it is Sabine.

But the world is filled with many other superhero drivers. TopSpeed has a strong hunch that the white helmet behind the wheel of the Z/28 was not Sabine, but rather… another household name.

Some say… to click past the jump for the full TopSpeed "Wanted" Dossier on the 2014 Camaro Z/28’s Nurburgring driver.

Jay Leno’s clout in the auto industry is well established. That’s one of the perks of being a certified car enthusiast but in the comedian’s case, automakers trip over themselves to get featured in his own auto web show series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

Recently, Jaguar took its turn and it brought along its latest pride and joy, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S . Eric Johnson, vice president of Jaguar Western Region, presented the car to Leno and true to the script, the pair began by talking about the car before Leno does what he seemingly always does: take the F-Type V8 S for a spin. Obviously, a car of the F-Type V8 S’ stature deserves to have some kind of special attention given to it and Leno was quick to point out how impressed he was with its 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the F-Type V-8 S, the episode also featured Leno’s drive of another one of Jaguar’s recent builds: the Project 7 Concept. Like we said, this guy really gets all the treats, doesn’t he?

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster

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Earlier this year Flo Rida decided that a $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron is just not enough for him, so he decided to wrap in gold. Of course, this was basically just a grab for attention.

Now, from gold Flo Rida decided to go pink with his Veyron . This time it is for more than just attention, as the pink hue is to help raise awareness for breast cancer — October is the official month for breast cancer awareness for those that don’t know.

Along with the pink wrap, Flo Rida’s Veyron also dons the immediately recognizable pink ribbon — the official breast cancer awareness logo — on its hood, chromed wheels and some chrome insertions on the grille.

Last time around, we couldn’t help but laugh at the golden shimmer of Flo Rida’s rig, but this time around, we have to admit that he did this over-the-top wrap for a good cause: saving the ta-tas. Hat’s off to you, Mr. Rida...

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Bugatti Veyron.

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Anchorman 2’s Ron Burgundy is rocking a new Durango R/T in the latest set of hilarious ads from Dodge.

There’s a whole series of ads featuring Burgundy tell us what makes the Durango such a special ride. In addition to boasting a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, Burgundy also touts the Durango’s standard ‘thermoplastic’ glovebox door.

Ron calculates the standard dashboard cubby’s size and versatility. The glovebox boasts of a 0.1 cubic feet of storage, a 12-volt light bulb, and can comfortably fits two turkey sandwiches.

Only Ron Burgundy can deliver the 1980s gameshow feel of Anchorman 2, in theaters this winter.

Click past the jump to see Ron shill for the 2014 Durango R/T at his new business, Burgundy Dodge.

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Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.

In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.

The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC .

The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.

Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.

IWC, sharp-eyed readers may recall, makes the elegant new boxed timepiece in the center of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model driven earlier this week.

The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.

The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.

By now, the Fast and Furious franchise has become one of the biggest in Hollywood in recent years.

So, what better way for the movie to give back to its legions of fans by allowing one of them to be part of the next Fast and Furious movie .

You may think that this is all lip service, but believe it or not, it’s actually going to happen. One lucky person will be picked to appear in the movie in a "walk-on-role," presumably sharing some kind of scene with one of the stars of the movie.

The rules to enter the competition is pretty straightforward. All you have to do follow @FastandFuriousMovie on Instagram, upload a video and tell those who handle the movie’s IG account why you should be the next member of the Fast Family. Remember to hashtag your video with #UltimateFastFan to conclude your entry into the competition.

We gotta say, it’s an ingenious marketing ploy by the franchise to get even more fans excited about the seventh movie.

Entrants need to be legal residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the competition so if you have the qualifications, don’t waste time and post your entries as soon as possible. Competition starts at 12:00 midnight Pacific Time on October 7 and ends at 6:00 pm PT on November 30.

Click past the jump to look back on Fast and Furious 6 courtesy of the movie’s final trailer

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Car television shows have come a long way in the last five years. From the previous drought of anything car-related but entertaining on American television, there are now at least 10 incredible automotive-themed television shows.

Some focus on road and track testing, some on adventures and some on the popular resto-mod template. Finding which of these shows is the best for real car enthusiasts can be tricky. They take a long time to film, are expensive to make and edit, and generally are nowhere near as popular as TMZ and other garbage.

To help car guys to find the best way to see all the latest cars being driven to the max, these 10 television programs are our favorites right now. The best part? The new seasons of Top Gear USA and Fifth Gear UK are airing, so there is some new car content to devour.

So sit back, relax, and never have to suffer through MotorWeek again.

Please click past the jump to see the full details of the Top Ten Best Car TV Shows.


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