Celebrity Cars

Celebrity Cars

  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.

The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea for Darth Vader toy car. After the small-scale version was finished, they went big. Built in only two months, the car is completely drivable.

The Darth Car is based on a Corvette C5 platform. Its new menacing bodywork is constructed mostly from fiberglass and carbon fiber, making the car nearly 50 percent lighter than the original C5. Under its lengthy hood still lies a Corvette engine, though this one has been upgraded to an LS3, 6.2-liter V-8 — the engine used in the 2008 and newer C6 Corvettes. Of course, it’s been massaged to make well beyond its stock output numbers. PCW Brands, the car’s builder, says it makes 526 horsepower and hits 150 mph. A six-speed manual transmission delivers The Force to the rear, custom-made wheels and tires.

Loads of special-effects gear is added to bring the Vader Car to life. Darth Vader respirator noises emanate from the grille while light saber sounds play as red lights glow along the rocker panels. Even the cockpit roof opens up like Darth Vader’s helmet. Oh, and there’s also a drift brake lever for, you know, agile maneuvers while in pursuit of Rebel forces.

The Darth Vader car currently on display at the 2014 Comic-Con International convention taking place in San Diego, California.

Click past the jump for video and pictures on the Darth Vader Car By Hot Wheels.

Source: Car & Driver

Lego has just announced that it is releasing an Ultimate Collector’s Series version of the Batmobile from the recent Dark Knight trilogy, the Tumbler. The Batmobile is awesome. Lego is awesome. When you combine the two, the result is an incredible explosion of epic greatness. That, or a really great way to spend an afternoon or two.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Collector’s Series models, they are the biggest and best that Lego offers. Not only is this Tumbler almost a foot and a half long, it is comprised of close to 2,000 pieces and features a fully detailed interior. Even the wings on the top adjust, just like in the movie. As an added bonus, you get minifigs of both Batman and Joker.

The set will be available starting in September 2014, and it will carry a price of $199 for all the U.S. buyers. If you are interested in the Lego model, or just the Tumbler in general, make sure to hit the jump. We have a video of Jay Leno driving a full size Tumbler , and Lego was kind enough to send us a second video that shows a 3D spin of the model so you can get a closer look at it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lego Batman Tumbler.

Source: Uncrate

Horacio Pagani has the kind of problem we can only dream of having. The founder of Pagani was recently spotted out and about in a McLaren P1 MSO , an incredibly exclusive supercar that I can’t possibly purchase unless I win the lottery. It must be tough having to make a choice between driving a P1 and his very own Huayra .

But such is the life of a man who is embedded deep in the industry’s supercar circle. We’re not going to make an issue out of that. Besides, he probably has a reason for doing so, not the least of which could be to test out the P1 and use it to help better his own lineup. That’s happened before in the business and it will likely happen again.

Who knows what his real intentions are. What we do know is that Horacio Pagani is an awesome man with an impeccable taste in supercars. The P1 MSO he’s driving also looks incredible, especially the exterior panels decked out in chrome to go with the orange trim on the hood and the red leather interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

It appears that we finally have some promising news about the condition of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher. In a statement from his manager, Sabine Kehm, it was announced that Michael has awoken from his medically induced coma and he has moved from the French hospital where he has spent the last several months following a skiing accident .

There have been no further details released about his condition, or where he is being moved to, and it doesn’t look like we will be getting any more information unless there is a substantial change in Michael’s condition. Sabine’s statement concluded with, "For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye."

The family also wanted to take the time to thank each and everyone one of us, the fans, that have provided well wishes and thoughts of a successful recovery.

This news is promising, but Michael is not out of the woods yet. We wish this legendary Ferrari driver continued health and recovery.

Click past the jump to read more about Michael Schumacher’s ski accident.

Source: ESPN F1

Former SNL cast member, 30 Rock star and one of my personal favorite comedians is in critical condition following a serious accident this past weekend. Tracy Morgan was riding in a Mercedes Sprinter converted into a limo as it traveled down the New Jersey Turnpike in Mercer County, NJ when it was struck by a Walmart semi truck .

According to the report, Morgan’s Mercedes was stuck in slow-moving traffic when the semi didn’t see the slower traffic and failed to avoid the limo. The semi struck the rear of the limo, spinning it around and flipping it on its side, critically injuring Morgan, harming three other passengers and killing Morgan’s long-time friend James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.

Morgan is currently in critical condition in the hospital, but is showing signs of improvement as of Monday afternoon. The complete rundown on Tracy’s condition is unknown at this point, but there are plenty of rumors running around.

The driver of the Walmart truck, Kevin Roper, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Reports claim that he had been awake for 24 straight hours when the crash occurred.

We’ll stay on top of this news and update you as more information comes out.

Click past the jump to see some of Tracy Morgan’s stand-up.

Source: CNN

Volkswagen’s new commercial for the Golf GTI might as well be called "notice your environment." The whole concept is pretty unique: get a new Golf GTI, stick around 30 GoPro cameras on it, and then have Tanner Foust do whatever he wants with the sports hatch .

It seemed simple enough, at least until it appeared that we also had a chance to "interact" with the commercial to see multiple views of specific moments in the ad.

So when you’re watching Volkswagen’s "Turbocharge The Everyday" commercial for the Golf GTI, pay attention to the left side of the screen. At certain moments, you’ll be given a choice of different views you can switch to. That’s when the video jumps to another part of the ad, showing the exact same scene from the view of a different GoPro camera.

It admittedly took us a while to get it, but once we did, the commercial became a lot more enjoyable to watch. Watching Tanner Foust do all those burnouts on the Golf GTI didn’t hurt our viewing experience either.

Technically, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is still the world’s fastest supercar . But if you really ask people in the industry what the real fastest car is, the answer will be the Hennessey Venom GT . Forget about those silly rules and technicalities that prohibit the Venom GT from being recognized for what it really is. This 1,244-horsepower demon is truly on a class of its own. But if you’re giving love to this hypercar, you need to give as much or more to the man behind the madness: John Hennessey.

After/Drive host Mike Spinelli spent some time with Hennessey to talk shop about a whole range of topics. As you can expect, the conversation eventually led to the Venom GT, his 7.0-liter V-8, twin-turbocharged beast.

There are over 28 minutes of video time in this episode. That provides plenty of time to get to know the man who changed the way we look at supercars here in the U.S. But most importantly, we get to learn more about the things that put Hennessey in the position that he is in now.

As always, it’s a fascinating episode from the guys at After/Drive. Be sure to spend time watching it.

Miley Cyrus now knows what it feels like to get car jacked. The controversial 21-year old artist lost her 2014 Maserati Quattroporte after two burglars managed to infiltrate her North Hollywood home last Friday.

According to the LA Times, the burglars climbed the fence and then entered the home and garage, eventually getting away with the $100,000 Italian luxury performance sedan to go along with a handful of jewelry, the values of which have yet to be determined.

Fortunately, Miley wasn’t in her home when the burglary happened. Unfortunately, her 2014 Quattroporte was and by the time authorities were called in at around 4:00 pm local time, the merry pair of burglars had already escaped, jewelry and Maserati in tow.

If that Quattroporte is registered and has all the proper paperwork, it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate it. But it still sucks to be Miley Cyrus. Your home gets robbed twice in the span of eight months and they take your beloved Maserati Quattroporte.

Couldn’t they have taken those Hannah Montana posters instead?

Click past the jump to read more about the Maserati Quattroporte.

Source: LA Times

Rowan Atkinson’s name is tied to yet another car crash with a McLaren F1 . This time, though, he wasn’t the one who crashed the supercar , but was actually one of the first to help the guy who did. Atkinson was driving his F1 in a convoy of fellow F1 owners driving along Tuscany when a man identified as a rich American businessman lost control of his F1 and crashed it into a tree before flipping over.

Knowing a thing or two about crashing the F1, Mr. Bean sprung into action, helping out the injured driver as medical personnel headed to the scene. Bystanders spotted the British actor picking up pieces of wreckage from the McLaren , all while presumably having flashbacks to his own crash three years ago.

Fortunately, the driver didn’t sustain any serious injuries and is reportedly in good condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Pisa. The same, though, can’t be said for the F1, which looks like a mangled heap that’ll probably give insurance companies nightmares for a long time. Hopefully the rig survives to live another day, as McLaren built only 64 road-ready F1 units.

For the record, this F1 is chassis No. 72. This particular red-and-white paint scheme is actually part of a pair of bespoke McLarens, as there is a matching McLaren 12C out there too. McLaren dubbed this matching pair "Project 8."

Click past the jump to read more about McLaren F1

Source: lanazione

Sir Jack Brabham, a three time F1 World Champion and the only man to have won the Formula One drivers’ title in a car he designed and built, died Monday morning, aged 88.

An iconic figure of the classic era of motorsport, the Australian started racing after watching a midget car race in the late 1940s. He joined Formula One in 1955, after moving to Europe and tying a friendship with John Cooper, a relationship that would last until 1961.

It was under Cooper’s flag that Brabham started to make a name for himself as both a passionate driver and a skilled engineer, commonly adopting his own tactics while behind the steering wheel. Just like Juan Manual Fangio , Brabham started to race Formula One single-seaters in his 30s, proving that talent and prowess don’t fade away with age.

Brabham had sporadic appearances in his first three season in Formula One, starting in only seven races and finishing just three, without scoring a podium. That changed dramatically in 1958, when the Australian raced a full season, although he failed to score more than three points.

Success finally came in 1959. Cooper introduced the rear-engine, T51 car and Brabham drove it to two wins and three podiums to win his first World Championship. In the process, "Black Jack" defeated famed figures such as Stirling Moss , Phil Hill and Bruce McLaren. He reached new heights the next season, when he won the series with a comfortable lead after taking five consecutive checkered flags. McLaren, Moss and Hill had to settle with yet another defeat.

Click past the jump to read more about Sir Jack Brabham.

Source: BBC

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