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As with most editions, the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed with lots of action as hundreds of classic and modern sports and race cars stormed up the iconic Hill. With so many cool vehicles gathered in England, picking a favorite is next to impossible. However, I must confess some of the Ferraris stole my heart this time, especially one particular LaFerrari that caught the eye with its unique exterior paint.

Unlike other LaFerraris showcased during various events since launch, which were mainly painted in the company’s famous Rosso Corsa, this example roared in Goodwood in a bright-green suit. The hue is definitely a show stopper, but what makes it even more impressive is its uniqueness among "regular" LaFerraris, which can only be ordered in either red, yellow or black. If you’re a bit puzzled, then you should know that the owner of this LaFerrari is no other than Jay Kay, Jamiroquai’s front man.

I have no idea in regard as to how he managed to order the LaFerrari in green — I’m guessing he opted for a bespoke program — but considering he already owns an F40 and an Enzo , the Italian company would be crazy to deny any of his requests. All told, Jay Kay is the proud owner of a LaFerrari that just screams for attention. A refreshing break from the regular, red-painted Prancing Horses.

What do you think? Is this bright shade of green appropriate for a LaFerrari or would you rather have it in Rosso Corsa or Giallo Modena? Let me know in comments.

There’s one more video after the jump.

Most of us watched the Goodwood Festival of Speed to see hundreds of awesome road and race cars storm up the Hill. Others, including many past and present racing drivers, travel to Goodwood to hoon the vehicles we drool upon. But there’s a third category of motoring enthusiasts that take trips to England to pay million for the classic cars sold each year by Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auction house.

This year’s event brought together nearly 100 vehicles and more than 400 automotive-related collectors items, raising a staggering £22.6 million (nearly $39 million as of 06/27/2014). One car alone sold for nearly half that amount, with two more fetching more than $1 million each, rounding up yet another successful event.

Not surprising, the most expensive vehicle sold at Goodwood was a Ferrari . Maranello classics are already a common occurrence at such events, and very few change hands for less than $5 million. On the other hand, how often do you see a 102-year-old vehicle sell for more than $1 million? Head over below to find out more about the most expensive classic cars auctioned at Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Bonhams’ sale at Goodwood

Having 15 million Facebook fans is no small thing for an automotive company. Recently, Ferrari broke through that mark and as a sign of appreciation for its 15 million — and counting — Facebook fans, the Italian automaker decided to dedicate a lap in the Ferrari LaFerrari to all of them.

It’s not a typical hat-tip gesture, but it’s the kind that only a company like Ferrari can think of. The two-minute video was shot through Google Glass and gives a unique point of view on what a LaFerrari lap looks like when you’re riding shotgun and Rafaelle de Simone, Head of Development Ferrari Test Drivers, sitting behind the wheel.

Speaking of reaching 15 million fans, Ferrari is in elite company. We did a quick check on Facebook and discovered that of the major automakers in the world, only BMW has more Facebook fans (or ’likes," depending on how you describe it) at almost 17.77 million likes. Ferrari’s now at 15,021,085 likes so it still has a ways to go before it can catch BMW in that regard.

But hey, 15 million fans is an achievement in itself, and like only Ferrari can, it showed its love for its fans in about as unique a way as it could.

It may not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but Ferrari has won a pair of awards for the engine its 458 supercar uses. Every year a collection of journalists from more than 30 different countries weigh in on the best and brightest powerplants in the business and hand out multiple accolades to congratulate those that push forward the art of internal combustion.

Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 was chosen for two separate awards, the Performance Engine of the Year and the award for the Above 4-liter class. Ferrari has won these two awards every year since 2011, with the 4.5-liter taking both honors in 2011 and 2012 — the 2013 awards went to the V-12 engine in the F12 Berlinetta .

With an astonishing — and record-setting — specific output of 135 horsepower per liter in the 458 Speciale , this naturally aspirated engine is one of the most advanced units ever created.

Ferrari is not the only winner this year though, and competitors like McLaren are also racking up awards for their engines. Ferrari won’t just sit back on its laurels, and as the four consecutive wins proves, the Italians will keep pushing the art of high-power, high-revving engines.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 engine.

As soon as the California T started revving its turbocharged, V-8 engine, we began to wonder how long will it take before Ferrari starts adding turbos across its entire lineup. Well, it appears all V-8s are set to receive forced induction over the next six years, as the Italians want to reduce their fleet CO2 emission by 20 percent by 2021.

That’s the word coming from Ferrari Powetrain Director Vittorio Dini, who said Maranello needs to reduce emissions by three percent each year and by 20 percent by 2021, Automotive News reports. To achieve this daring goal, the company will turbocharge its V-8 engines and develop hybrid technology for each V-12-powered supercar . Additionally, V-8 engine displacement is to decreased, meaning no unit larger than the current 3.9-liter V-8 will be available once Fezza retires the 4.5-liter unit.

Ferrari’s average CO2 emissions are currently about 270 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Ferrari is one of many manufacturer that obtained derogations from the European Environment Agency in recent years, alongside Aston Martin , Spyker , Koenigsegg , and Lotus . For the record, companies such as Fiat , Renault , and Peugeot average less than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s new hybrid system.

Hello everyone, it is your favorite day of the week, TopSpeed Podcast day!

Join us for today’s show where we have lots of crazy cars to talk about from topless and one-off Ferraris to a 567 horsepower Jag and Audi’s newest superwagon . We have lots Subaru and Toyota news involving the future of the GT86 twins, and we will probably spend some time arguing about a few other things.

To start the show, you get to hear Justin’s impressions of the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in Weekly Wheels, and I plan on discussing the strange experience that was driving the Mercedes Sprinter van in Gumball. We don’t have a Mark this week, he is off with Hyundai checking out some new cars for you fine people to read about later.

Of course we have a few viewer questions to answer, and we are also going to be Own, Drive, Burn. Tune in to catch all the crazy action, and as always we have an audio version up on the site and on iTunes for those of you who prefer to do without video. Although this week’s video is pretty entertaining to see.

Thanks for watching!

The 458 Speciale was a bit of a surprise when the details began leaking out in 2013, and we were in for an even bigger treat when it debuted during the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with its 596 horsepower — 34 more horses than the base 458 — 398 pound-feet of torque, 200 pounds of weight loss, and three-second 0-to-60 mph time. Now on June 24th, 2014, rumors surfaced claiming that Ferrari is planning on removing the top from the 458 Speciale, creating a new, road- and track-ready Spider.

The news was broken by 4wheelsnews.com via "inside sources" within Ferrari, but the details behind the model remain a relative mystery for now. What we know for sure is that this model will weigh significantly less than the current 458 Italia Spider , carry the same engine as the Speciale Coupe and clip 60 mph in around three ticks of the second hand.

Click past the jump for the whole story and to see what I think of this move.

Source: 4wheelsnews

What seemed like an impossible scenario a couple of years ago might become reality within the next twelve months, as Ferrari is reportedly working on an entry-level version of the 458 Italia. That’s the word coming from Automobile, which claims the Italians are set to introduce a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter, V-6 engine, and create a more efficient and less expensive sports car based on the popular 458.

Shocked? You should be. Last time Ferrari used a V-6 engine in a road-going car it was 1974 in the soon-to-retire Dino . Since then, all V-6 units have motivated Formula One cars exclusively. It happened from 1980 through 1988 before FIA reintroduced V-6 power units to the sport for the 2014 season.

Details are rather scarce, but such a move would make a lot of sense given the market’s current shift to smaller, more efficient units. So what’s Ferrari hoping to achieve by rolling out an entry-level 458 ? Skip past the jump to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future plans.

The Special Projects division of Ferrari is an exclusive arm of the company that is capable of creating unique, one-off cars for prospective buyers who find the traditional models of the Prancing Horse to be a bit too plebeian. The SP team has created cars such as James Glickenhaus’s P4/5 Competizione . This exclusive customization division has been very busy lately. We are still trying to chase details on models like the SP FFX and the SP America , yet here Ferrari is with another new beauty, the F12 TRS. As you can maybe guess by the name, this latest unique machine is based on the new F12berlinetta .

This one-off exclusive was just unveiled last weekend in Sicily during the Ferrari Cavalcade. The F12 TRS was one of 90 cars that were included in this year’s event.

Updated 06/22/2014: The one-off Ferrari F12 TRS made its debut during the third edition of the Ferrari Cavalcade, which took place the weekend of June 22nd on Sicilian soil. The model was inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa and was developed by Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Style Centre team.

Updated 06/30/2014: Ferrari unveiled a new set of images showing the new F12 TRS in action at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F12 TRS.


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