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It may be due to the craftsmanship and design that goes into creating one, but all petrol heads seem to love nice watches as much as cars. I am no different, and if I won the lottery I would purchase an expensive matching watch for every car I owned.

Thankfully companies like Jaeger-LeCoultre and Hublot are more than happy to create unique automotive themed watches. One of the newest members of this breed is the Ferrari Big Bang Russia Special Edition. The watch was created by Hublot to celebrate 10 years of Ferrari in Russia.

Like the Ferrari it was built to celebrate, the new Big Bang features some of the most advanced materials in the world with a black ceramic casing and carbon fiber bezel. The movement powering the watch is Hublot’s in-house UNICO flyback chronograph, and it looks stunning to see through the skeletonized housing.

If you would like to add this to your collection along with your shiny new 458 Italia , you will need to put in your order soon. There are only 25 of these produced, making them even rarer than the cars they are designed to represent. We haven’t been given a price for this watch yet, but I can assure you that “a lot” would be a good place to start.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Big Bang Russia Special Edition Watch.

There are some world records that we considered ridiculous, bordering even to the insane. But there are records that really hold their own weight and being the "fastest blindfolded driver on Earth" certainly is one of them. Extreme Motorsport seems to think so too, which is why the company is now on the hunt for anybody looking to take on this challenge and in the process stamp their names into the record books.

As part of its proposal, Extreme Motorsport will provide challengers with a souped-up Ferrari 458 Challenge Race Car that these people will drive blindfolded as fast as they can over a one-mile distance within a given time. The objective is to beat the current world record held by Mike Newman, who set the bar while driving 186.12 mph in a Porsche 911 GT2 last September.

That might seem like an easily attainable record given that the 458 Challenge can hit speeds in excess of 200 mph, but once you factor in the element of being blindfolded, then it gets a lot trickier. Nevertheless, Extreme Motorsport is pushing through with the challenge, inviting anybody who is game enough to try and re-write history.

The company has even chosen the Elvington Airfield in York, England where the record attempts are going to take place, specifically a two-mile stretch of the airport’s runway that’s flatter, longer, and wider than the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground where Newman set the current record with the 911 GT2.

The challenge has been set for July this year, giving interested challengers enough time to gumption up the wits to try and break Newman’s record. As added incentive, the entire event will be filmed by Verve Productions, chronicling the the lives and preparations of the would-be challengers in the days leading up to the event, all the way to the record-setting attempts.

Should there still be trepidation among those interested in attempting to drive blindfolded, they can at least take comfort knowing that there will be a comprehensive training program that will be part of the event under the guidance of former F1 driver and the original Stig himself, Perry McCarthy.

Having said all that, if you’re still interested in becoming the fastest blindfolded driver on the planet, now’s your chance to tell Extreme Motorsport that you want to be a part of it. You need to at least be an experienced driver over 21 with a current driving license. For more details, head over to Extreme Motorsport’s website for all of the details and to apply for the record-breaking event.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fastest Blindfolded Driver on Earth World Record Challenge.

It’s not everyday that you see a car like the 1989 Ferrari 412 get transformed into something that goes against everything the Prancing Horse stands for. But somehow, London Supercar Workshop owner and founder Elo (yes, that’s his name) managed to do it and more.

History Channel’s Ultimate Wheels follows the exploits of Elo as he sets out and puts his brush stroke on great cars, transforming them into, well, the title of the show.

In this particular instance, Elo set his sights on the aforementioned Ferrari 412, giving it a Jekyll and Hyde transformation that essentially turned the Italian supercar into a...pick-up truck .

Yes...a pick-up truck.

It does seem a little blasphemous to even consider butchering a Ferrari and turn it into something that isn’t a supercar, but for what it’s worth, there’s a method to Elo’s madness, something that can’t be explained by simply looking at the finished product.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 412 Pick-Up By London Supercar Workshop.

Me and the other two buffoons from the TopSpeed Podcast had a bit of an argument the other day. We were discussing what we each think has been the greatest enthusiast car maker. What auto company seems to do whatever they can, regardless of common sense, decency or money to create cool cars that we want, especially in the last 20 years or so?

Why don’t you guys take a second to chime in? Drop us a comment about what you think the best enthusiast brand is, and tell us why. I am working on my answer, and I will share it with everyone very soon, but I want to know what you guys have to say about it. I also want to see how many of you guys get it so obviously wrong.

Is it going to be Porsche or maybe Ferrari ? What about Dacia ?

Also, before you go too far. No, I am not going to pick Lancia . Top Gear already did that, and I still kinda think they are wrong.

You have your assignment. Now hit those comments!

Watching the Ferrari LaFerrari smoke its tires on a race track never gets old. Sometimes, all you have to do is sit back and watch because seeing it mesmerizes you. That was the case in this video when the folks over at Top Gear Magazine were given a chance to take the LaFerrari out for a spin.

It may not be as interesting without the always entertaining comments of Jeremy Clarkson while he sits behind the wheel and starts bloviating about how mental the LaFerrari is, but the video is still worth checking out.

It’s not too often we get to see the mighty Ferrari supercar get pushed to the limit like it was in this video so you can appreciate the fact that while this supercar costs over seven digits, people can still channel that beast within and unleash it out in its natural elements.

We’ve all done it — taken a wrong turn just to follow a Lamborghini or Porsche, just for a few more seconds of staring at its beautiful exterior and listening to its engine’s exhaust with our windows down. To see a rare car on the road is well, rare, but Tim Burton of Shmee150 got the chance to follow the LaFerrari, the latest in ultimate hypercar eye candy from Ferrari.

What’s more, Burton‘s vantage point happen to be a new F-Type R Coupe on loan from Jaguar as a group of motoring enthusiast traveled around the Italian countryside celebrating the Mille Miglia road rally .

In the video above, the LaFerrari mostly shows off its posterior as the line of cars wind up the curvy roads. Towards the end, however, the privileged driver of the Ferrari decided to pull a dumb and dangerous U-turn just shy of a corner on a two-lane road. While the move was questionable, it affords us the chance as candid video of the car’s side and front.

Though the LaFerrari has been out for nearly a year now, videos of sightings are still rare thanks to a 499-unit production run. That’s a sad limit for such a limitless performance car. Power comes from a 6.3-liter V-12 and two electric motors all packaged together in a 963-horsepower combination. With a 0-to-62-mph time of fewer than three seconds and a top speed of 217.48 mph, the LaFerrari is one of the best performers currently in production.

If you ever wanted to own a Ferrari 275 , your chance is coming up. RM Auctions has been entrusted with the sale of this special Fezza, and it will hit the block in Monterey this August. Just make sure to bring your big boy wallet; this one wont go cheap.

Not only, is this a pristine example of a 275 GTB/4 , it was also owned and customized by Steve McQueen. The car was ordered by McQueen in 1967 and was delivered to him in the middle of filming "Bullit."

While the car originally arrived wearing gold paint, McQueen quickly had it painted red. The wire wheels are also not standard. They came off a different 275 that McQueen had wrecked.

After a few years of ownership, the car was sold to Guy Williams. Over the years it passed through many hands, but the latest owner had the car fully restored . Don’t be worried about the quality of that restoration, as the car has been on display at the Ferrari Museum in Italy ever since the refurb.

This could be the perfect addition to any Ferrari collection, but you will need to pay for the privilege. Sales estimates are as high as $9 million.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 275 GTB/4.

Source: RM Aucions

Although it hasn’t been developed as a road-legal car and very few people have access to it, the Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione will always enchant us by putting all of its racing skills to good use on the track.

Whether it’s being hooned in the Challenge series or simply enjoyed by a customer on any course located in Europe or the United States, the 458 Evoluzione is a joy to watch - especially in race livery - and hear.

With 562 horsepower coming out of the 4.5-liter, V-8 engine, the 458 Challenge sounds like a proper, track-prepped sports car should and reminds us that the Italians haven’t forgotten about Enzo’s main dream — delivering the ultimate race car .

Built to 2014 Challenge specifications, the new 458 Challenge has already made its debut in the series in January, at Daytona, while the second race took place earlier this month at the Sonoma Raceway in California. Ferrari used this recent event to put together an awesome video with the race car lapping the track with Conrad Grunewald behind the steering wheel.

In case you’re wondering, Grunewald is the coach of Ferrari of Huston and a Formula Drift driver, meaning he’s more than qualified to drop the hammer on the 458’s gas pedal. The interesting thing about the video is that the pilot is also offering a brief tutorial on how to approach each and every curve on the Sonoma track in terms of speed and gearing. Enjoy!

Ferrari will have five new cars to release in the next five years. And that number doesn’t include special editions, one-offs or anything like that. Doesn’t that sound super amazing?!

Well it does sound cool, but the news is not as big as it sounds. Ferrari has been on a yearly update schedule for quite a while now. That is simply their main business plan. Every year we get a revised model, and every four years, that model gets a heavy update. So we had things like the 599 GTB that became the 599 GTO . For the current lineup, we got the California, then the 458 , the FF came after that, and now we have the F12 Berlinetta . Then the cycle began its repeat with this year’s California T , the first major refresh. Next year should see a faster, modified version of the 458 arrive.

Ferrari is also still enforcing its 7,000-car maximum production limit, so there won’t be any more available than there already are. I think the really big takeaway from the announcement was the fact that Ferrari said they are still exclusively using V-8 and V-12 engines. There were rumors of something like a forced induction V-6 in a potential 458 update, so those are now basically dead. Ferrari also is not going to heavily invest into hybrid systems until the tech reaches a level they deem satisfactory.

As cool as the announcement of a new lineup of Ferrari’s seems, it’s actually just business as usual.

But what if Ferrari didn’t do business as usual? What if Ferrari decided it wanted to dramatically increase sales, and didn’t care so much about its brand prestige and message? It worked wonders for Porsche with models like the Cayenne .

Hit the break to see our self-destructing, five-year Ferrari plan; brand prestige be damned.

If you want to know it means to be a true car enthusiast, you need to hear this story about Doug Demuro. Doug used to work for Porsche PR, but now he is a writer like all of us here at TopSpeed. Well, just like us except he also owns a Ferrari . This is where the story gets interesting.

You see, Doug hates people that own these amazing cars that only hoard them. You know the guys – if you look at their car wrong, they make sure you understand that it is their car and you are to come nowhere near it.

The problem with that is it’s cars like this that bring people into our automotive world. Kids don’t excited about seeing a Camry , but when they see a Ferrari, they suddenly know why cars are cool . Doug decided that the best way to share his automotive fortune would be to, well, share it. He found 20 different friends and let each one drive his shiny red Ferrari 360 Modena .

Best of all, he had the foresight to film the whole adventure. The car comes away 100 percent unhurt, so if you wanted to see scraped paint, look elsewhere. What actually happened is 20 people experienced a life-changing drive in a Ferrari, and it is beautiful.

My hat is off to you, Doug. Oh, and the next time you want to try this, just give me a call.

Click past the jump for more info on the Ferrari 360 Modena


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