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Trying to figure out the most impressive land-speed record in the world is an exercise in futility because of the sheer number of them and the circumstances surrounding each of these records.

That being said, there’s still a certain level of respect we have to give for each new world record, including the recent one set by Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres.

Using a stock Audi RS6 , Nokian Tires fitted the sports saloon with its eighth-generation Hakkapeliitta studded winter tires and proceeded to set a new ice-driving speed record with a top speed of 208.6 mph, beating the previous record it also set two years ago when it clocked a top speed of 206.1 mph.

The new record was set by the company’s test driver, Janne Laitinen, over the frozen waters of the Gulf of Bothnia. We’re not going to pretend to know where that is, but the record in itself is pretty impressive, especially when you consider certain rules the tire manufacturer had to adhere to.

It may sound ridiculous, but the ice which the RS6 ran on had to be natural with no chemical treatment done to it, but such are the aforementioned circumstances that makes picking the most impressive land-speed record such a chore.

Whatever the case may be, a big congratulations goes out to Nokian Tyres for breaking its own world record.

Ford Mustang

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang is already under development, but all we know up to this point is simple speculations. For a long time, we have talked about rumors that the 2015 Mustang will come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the first time since the 1986 Ford Mustang SVO.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Edmunds spoke with Ford insiders who let them know that a boosted four banger will be part of the lineup, but only for the European market.

According to the report, this four-cylinder gasoline engine will be offered as a low-emissions alternative to the V8 engine currently offered in the Mustang. The V-8 engine is highly-taxable in Europe, so the four-cylinder engine will help to boost sales.

The engine will be based on the current turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine featured in the 2013 Ford Focus ST. For the Mustang, the displacement will be increased to 2.3 liters through extending the stroke, widening the bore or maybe both. The output will be increased to about 300 horsepower up from the current 250 horsepower. It is expected to keep the fuel consumption at the current 23 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway.

These are, of course, unconfirmed rumors but they do come from a very reliable source. We’ll keep an eye out for some confirmation from Ford.

Source: Edmunds

The warning disclaimer before the start of the video seems appropriate. Nobody in the right frame of mind should ever try duplicating this stunt, let alone even remotely think about it.

Leave it up to the pros, fellas.

MINI’s participation in the stunt is indicative enough that this won’t be your average performance. See, when you have the German automaker bringing in a heavily-modified MINI Countryman with GRAVIT-T team driver, Guerlain Chicherit, in the setting of the Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps, you can do a whole lot of crazy things, including performing a 360-degree backflip that clearly goes way past the bounds of sanity.

To their credit, they managed to pull the stunt off and it looks pretty remarkable with the magic of video editing, but for the love of God, this is one stunt that no matter how good it looks, you better need to stay away from at all costs.

Watch the video; that’s all you need to do

Source: MINI

The Aston Martin Vantage V8 S is currently offered with a seven-speed Sportshift II gearbox - not the best thing if you are a true pilot and want to feel like you are in the control of the car.

Things are going to change however, as now Aston Martin announced the V8 Vantage SP10 - a model inspired by the GT4 race car that races the VLN endurance championship at the Nürburgring. The car got its name from the SP10 class in the VLN series.

The best part of this new version is that it offers a standard manual transmission - as a first for the S model - while the Sportshift transmission is only available as an option. We are pretty sure this news will make lots of people very happy.

The new Aston Martin V8 Vantage SP10 will be offered in all European countries, except the U.K. The model is priced at €96,635 (around $130,000 at the current exchange rates).

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage SP10.

SRT Viper

The SRT Viper is poised to battle with the recently unveiled Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray here in the U.S. for American-sports-car supremacy.

Over in Europe, however, that doesn’t appear to be the case after Chrysler announced that it has no plans to sell the Viper across the Atlantic anytime soon, citing its exclusive American concentration as its motive behind the decision.

The announcement is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Chrysler’s apparent reluctance in bringing the Viper to a continent chock-full with its own share of sports cars and supercars. Maybe they realized they would enter a saturated market, although the price of the Viper in Europe would be significantly cheaper than most of the supercars running around those roads.

Chrysler’s decision to keep the Viper in U.S. soil would be a coup for Chevrolet, who announced earlier this week that the Corvette C7 Stingray would hit UK dealerships in the near future. One less competitor is great news for Chevrolet, especially when you consider that the Viper is truly the only direct American competitor to the `Vette.

Make no mistake, the SRT Viper is every bit as fabulous and deadly as its Chevrolet counterpart. This move does raise some questions as to whether Chrysler believes the SRT Viper SRT Viper could fare well in Europe, or maybe just in the UK, something Chevrolet believes the Corvette C7 Stingray can do.

We may see Chrysler change its mind if the Corvette takes off in the European market.

Source: inautonews

The current-generation Honda Civic’s design has been much maligned by everybody, including Honda itself. The reception’s been so bad that even Honda tried to hustle through extensive interior and exterior design upgrades for the 2013 model.

Fortunately, the Japanese automaker’s in-house aftermarket arm, Mugen , has come to offer some assistance of its own in the form of a new styling package for the Euro-spec Civic.

The package is purely aesthetics, which actually is a good thing considering the amount of help the Civic needs to make it palatably desirable. Mugen’s new front spoiler and a revised grille are big bonuses to add a splash of aggression to the car’s front profile. Aerodynamic side skirts are also offered, as is a new rear diffuser, a carbon-fiber rearview mirror cover, a tailgate-mounted wing, Mugen badging, anodized aluminum oil caps in Champagne Gold, Silver Grey, Red, Blue or Black, and a choice of three different sets of wheels that can be had in a number of different finishes.

If only Honda had Mugen design the Civic, then it probably wouldn’t be in the pickle it is in now.

Source: MUGEN

We understand the itch some people might get when wanting to drift their cars, but there’s still that line between fun and dumb that you shouldn’t cross, especially when you begin to put other people’s car - and lives - at risk.

This video, courtesy of the folks from Need for Drive, illustrates that example perfectly. We get it: drifting is fun and it provides a thrill that not a lot of things can replicate.

However, it must also be done in a closed environment that doesn’t pose a threat to anybody who isn’t sitting behind the wheel of the car. Last time we checked, a busy city street isn’t the kind of place you should be doing something like this.

We’ve seen, heard, and read so many stories about road accidents brought about by sheer recklessness. Those things can be avoided and should be avoided at all costs.

The video is "fun" to watch, but you have to wonder how fun it would’ve been if these guys took out a car or, much worse, a person. There’s no fun in that.

Just a reminder to everyone to drift safely!

Infiniti Europe has launched a new special edition based on the FX luxury SUV. Called Back and White Edition, the new model is based on the FX S Premium version and will be limited to only 500 units. The model will be priced at €64,570 (about $85,000 at the current exchange rates).

This special-edition FX will be offered in Obsidian Black and Moonlight White and will be distinguished by exclusive 21-inch Turbine-style silver alloy wheels, and aluminum and chrome side air vents. On the inside, Infiniti is offering sports seats wrapped in a combination of black lacquer and soft aniline leather with light-grey stitching. The same stitching is used on the gearshift knob, in the door trims and around the steering wheel.

The model will also be offered with an impressive list of standard features, including: Around View Monitor with corner parking sensors, moving object detection and parking guidance, a touch screen display HDD satellite navigation system, Rear Active Steer and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with direct injection. This engine cranks out 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque and 238 horsepower, and it hooks up to Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Either the Lexus LF-A is that awesome of a supercar that’s worthy of celebration or the folks over at Lexus of Poland are relieved to have finally sold one.

We’d like to believe it’s the former after the aforementioned Polish Lexus dealership held a celebration after officially selling the 447th production LF-A, the first Lexus supercar to be sold in Poland.

The LF-A is a quite a doozy, as it was limited to only 500 units and it’s even rarer in a place like Poland where there aren’t as many of these exotics around. We’ll give credit to Lexus of Poland for understanding the significance of the occasion and to that new owner of the LF-A, you have one of the most awesome supercars in the world.

Congratulations on the purchase and please don’t wreck your new baby. It feels a little better knowing that you’re going to take real good care of this red/burgundy LF-A. It deserves as much.

Fiat has launched an all-new sports package in the European for the tiny 500 hatchback. The new 500S fills the gap between the standard 500 and the Abarth version, and will be distinguished by new alloy wheels, front and rear bumpers, side skirts, dark chrome trim, tinted glass and a rear spoiler.

For the interior, Fiat added sportier bucket seats, shift knob and steering wheel — all of them featuring cool red stitching. Of course, lots of 500S logos will remind customers this is indeed an updated Fiat 500.

The new version can be combined with all 500 versions, except the Abarth. This means customers will have the possibility to choose between five different engines: 1.2-liter with 69 horsepower, 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo with 85 horsepower, 1.4-liter with 100 horsepower, 1.2-liter EasyPower with 69 horsepower and 1.3-liter Multijet 16v with 95 horsepower.

On the European market, the new Fiat 500S is priced from €13.750 to €16,050 ($18.200 to $21,229 at the current exchange rates.


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