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  A convertible is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof. The collapsible roof section is typically made from flexible canvas or vinyl, although plastic, aluminium and steel have occasionally been used in elaborate folding designs.

We just recently got a full look at the all-new, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in all of its glory and though I was initially in shock from its new look, it has since grown on me. In fact, it has now gotten to the point where I actually think it may be an upgrade over the NC generation, but I will reserve my final judgement for when the drivetrain information rolls out. In order to truly understand how the Miata got to this point, we need to step back and really dive deep into the history of the MX-5 . Enter in two experts in the field of Mazda roadsters, Bob Hall and Dean Case, and you stand to learn all the information on the Miata’s history that you care to know.

Bob Hall was a part of the team that was tasked with designing the NA Miata roadster , and despite his team’s version not being warmly received on paper, it was a huge success once it made it to the clay-model phase.

Bob and Dean went on to talk about the Mazda Miata’s first true rival, the doomed-from-the-beginning Mercury Capri, and the why British Racing Green and yellow were initially axed from the color options. The video goes on for nearly 22 minutes, so there is a ton more insider information passed on. This is definitely a must-watch for any Miata fan.

The Jaguar F-Type Roadster has been one of the most popular sports cars since it made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show . It’s rarely had any bad press and hasn’t received any negative reviews. Simply put, the F-Type Roadster has been a sparkling ray of light for Jaguar . But all good things come to an end, or burned to the ground in this case.

That’s exactly what happened to this F-Type Roadster in Germany. Multiple media reports out of Germany suggest that this charred piece of metal was once an F-Type Roadster . The accident happened earlier this week when the F-Type’s 26-year-old driver heard an explosion under its hood. The driver managed to stall the car on the side of the road before jumping out. Fortunately, he managed to escape unhurt before flames engulfed the F-Type and turned it into this wrecked heap.

The damage to the roadster is incredible. You can’t make even make it out anymore because the entire front section’s completely gone. It’s a wreck beyond recognition, which is even more difficult to stomach considering that reports indicated that it only had around 5,000 kilometers (around 3,100 miles) on its odometer.

We can only hope that this isn’t the start of an epidemic.

British DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans (not to be confused with Captain America Chris Evans) recently dropped a staggering £2.27 million on one of the most famous Ferraris ever created, the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder . Evans purchased the iconic Ferrari at Silverstone Auctions ’ Salon Prive sale in London late last week. What was initially thought of as just an appearance by the British celebrity quickly escalated into a frenzied bidding war for the extremely rare Ferrari Ferrari . In the end, Evans won the auction after agreeing to shell out £2.27 million for the Daytona Spyder, which converts to around $3.7 million as of 9/9/2014.

The amount the Daytona Spyder went for is thought to be a world record for the model, further highlighting how classic Ferraris have become incredible investments these days.

This particular Daytona Spyder also holds the unique distinction of being built by two of the most important Italian design houses: Pininfarina and Scaglietti. It also hasn’t spent a whole lot of time under the sun despite being more than 40 years old. According to Silverstone Auctions, the Daytona Spyder Evans scooped up for almost $4 million only has less than 4,000 miles on its odometer. It’s also been described as being in "concours condition," which pretty much translates into "as good as it gets."

Click past the jump to read more about the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder.

Source: DailyMail

Panoz , an American sports car manufacturer founded in 1989, rolled out the Esperante back in 2000. Developed as a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, luxury sport convertible , the first Esperante featured an aluminum body and a modular, extruded-aluminum chassis with steel subframes. The first iteration was powered by a Ford -sourced, 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that cranked out 305 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque with modifications made by Elan Motorsport Technologies. First-gen models were capable of 0-to-60-mph sprints of 4.9 to 5.1 seconds and top speeds of up to 155 mph. The Esperante also spawned a GTLM race car with notable results in the American Le Mans series . As we approach the 2015 model year, Panoz has launched an updated version of the Esperante, this time with larger, more powerful engines, a revised exterior and a completely new interior.

As with most Esperantes, the 2015 model is available in both standard and GT versions, with the latter being highlighted by a wider body kit. The revised Esperante Spyder GT comes just as Panoz is celebrating its 25th anniversary as one of America’s most exclusive sports car manufacturer. Let’s see what Don Panoz has in store this time.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT.

At last, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is finally here to put an end to years of speculation over its new design. Sure, details surrounding its engine and the amenities it will come with are still under wraps, but that didn’t stop us from having an argument about what impact will the 2016 Miata have on the sports car market once it hits showrooms. While most of us agree the Miata is a rather unique vehicle, we do know the Japanese roadster faces stiff competition from larger and sometime more powerful convertibles .

Of course, if you’re a Miata enthusiast, then it’s likely you’re not even considering what other manufacturers have to offer. But it’s not that of a bad idea to know how the fourth-generation MX-5 stacks up against its main competitors, which mostly come from either Japan or Germany. So what nameplates should fear the new Miata’s arrival in late 2015? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and its competitors

With a history that began in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the best-sold convertibles on the market. In its 21 years of history, the MX-5 saw three different generations, numerous design updates, and even more engine changes. However, the most impressive update has been announced for the fourth generation that is set to debut on September 3rd, 2014.

The Mazda MX-5 will remain a rear-wheel drive compact sports coupe with exterior design inspired by the Shinari Concept unveiled earlier this year. With the new generation, Mazda will focus on reducing the total weight to less than 1,000 kilos.

At the launch of the Shinari concept, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements." Guess the MX-5 will be among the first to adopt Mazda’s new "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language.

UPDATE 09/03/2014: Mazda has finally unveiled its all-new fourth generation MX-5 Miata. Its new design still stays true to the original, but has a look all its own. Mazda was very stingy on the mechanical details, but did spill some important info. Click past the jump to see all we know.

Hit the jump to read more about the fourth generation Mazda MX-5.

Well, it seems that the internet has been lit on fire by a set of renderings that have been posted to the Miata.net forums. While the rendering is rather attractive, what has set this apart from any other is the belief that it comes directly from a Mazda USA product engineer.

Now the rendering was posted by someone with the name “SethOfDeath” but the photo has a watermark that says Seth Elson. Jalopnik grabbed word of this and did some digging. According to a LinkedIn account, there is a Seth Elson who lives in Orange County California that is an engineer at Mazda North America. Jalops also found a twitter account named SethOfDeath that is based in Orange County and has a few references to Mazda as well. It hasn’t been confirmed that this is really from a Mazda employee, but all signs are pointing in that direction.

Jalopnik reached out to Mazda about these renders but only received, "another nice rendering. You fanatics."

Judging by the renders here and the photos and spy shots we have so far, this rendering does look very close to the right proportions and shape. My only concern is the that front end seems a bit to sculpted to match the spy car.

Whatever the case, we will know what the new ND Miata looks like in just a few hours when it is revealed live.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mazda MX-5.

Source: Miata Forum

In the matter of hours, Mazda is going to be livecasting the unveiling of all the all-new fourth generation Miata, the 2016 Mazda MX-5. It has been almost ten years since the NC-generation car made its debut, and the world is ready for a new roadster.

Will it have a turbocharged engine? How much less will it weigh? Will it shoot lasers into space from magical performance canons? Tune in tonight and you can find out. The party starts at 6 p.m. PDT. That means 9 p.m. if you are on the East Coast and a rather crazy 2 a.m. if you find yourself in a city like London.

Don’t forget to come back right after the reveal to check our coverage. We will have a full write-up with all of the important details, specifications and new press photos as soon as we can get it live.

While you wait for the reveal, feel free to hop into the comments and let us know what you think is coming. I especially want to know what you guys think about the engine. Justin and I have a bet going on; he thinks it will have a turbo, and I think that he is wrong.

Get to commenting and we will see you back here in just a few hours for the party.

Ever since Zenos introduced the E10 in 2013, I’ve been pretty intrigued about the company’s production plans. I knew that the E10 was a road-legal, track-focused sports car. I also knew that the company had plans for expanding its lineup in the future. Recently, that talk of expansion began to take shape with the unveiling of the E10 S, a faster and more powerful version of the E10 .

Zenos was actually founded by ex-Caterham boss, Ansar Ali. The man started Zenos with the idea of building sports cars based on the Lotus Elise . While he’s still a ways away from getting there, he’s done an admirable job in building up Zenos with a line of models that now includes the E10 S.

Give it a few more years and we might see more Zenos models prowling the roads and tracks everywhere. For now, it’s the E10 S’ well-deserved turn in the spotlight. Smile for the cameras, you little track-ready racer.

Click past the jump to read more about the Zenos E10 S.

We’ve told you about Jaguar’s race-ready F-Type Project 7 before, but now thanks to Justin Bell we are getting a glimpse of what the car is really all about. Jaguar built the Project 7 to celebrate its racing heritage that dates back to the 1950s when the D-Type won Le Mans three times. After the success of the D-Type, Jaguar created the E-Type and brought beauty to the scene in the 1960s. Between the two cars, Jaguar’s catapult into the history books was solidified.

Unfortunately the world had to wait some 50 years before Jaguar produced a vehicle that matched the D-Type and E-Type’s reputation and beauty. The new-for-2013 F-Type has shaken the brand’s dusty image and brought back the iconic status of its vehicles. The new F-Type is a formidable car on the open road and track, making everyone take notice.

Jaguar was kind enough to give Justin Bell and the MotorTrend team the keys to this early Project 7 example just before the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance . Bell stretches the Jaguar’s legs at the Mazda Laguna Seca raceway and along the California coastline, though at a very leisurely pace.

The Project 7 represents an awe-inspiring iteration of the current F-Type that harks back to the glory days of Jaguar racing. Its sharp paint scheme and is matched by the added carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and large rear wing. Even more so is the shapely cowl just aft of the driver’s head. Under the Project 7’s hood lies the same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, but its output has been increased to 567 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic does the shifting.

Based on a car that is the successor to the legendary E-Type, and built as an homage to the incredible D-Type, Jaguar’s Project 7 is truly a thing of beauty.


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