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  Automotive industry news, it feels like nothing of what they say is really important but put it together and you will get the big picture before the others.


A few weeks ago, word came out of the Goodwood Festival of Speed that Toyota was considering setting up a one-make race car series for the GT 86 .

What it probably didn’t know was that the car already has one, or at least, is set to have one.

Over in New Zealand, the Toyota TR 86, a racecar built using the online-only 86 RC model as its basis, was first introduced to the public at last weekend’s CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

More than just being a show car, the TR 86 is actually a turn-key competition race car that was designed and developed for use in a variety of racing competitions, including its on one-make racing series in New Zealand as granted by MotorSport New Zealand, the country’s FIA-appointed national sanctioning body.

As for the TR 86 itself, the car was built with the idea of using it as a tried-and-true race car. That entailed stripping it of all its amenities and fitting the full breadth of racing equipment, including: Sparco competition seats and race harnesses; an FIA-approved roll cage installed by Neil Allport Motorsports; racing brake rotors and calipers; and a set of 18-inch Speedline alloy wheels.

It’ll also use Motec’s new C125 color data screen and logger, a data system that provides access to a wide range of information about the car’s performance in any given practice, qualifying or race session.

Similarly, work was also done on the car’s engine using the standard Toyota management system with its proprietary software package. The racecar’s sump was also strengthened to ensure that no oil spills occur and it doesn’t surge under high cornering forces. No specific performance numbers were given but using the 86 Griffon Concept as a peg, we expect the TR 86 to have close to 300 horsepower under its hood, a number that is more than enough, considering that the TR 86, even with a full fuel load, only weighs 1,195 kg (2,634 pounds).

Click past the jump to read about the TR 86’s one-make racing series in New Zealand

Toyota Supra

The eagerly anticipated sports car tie-up between BMW and Toyota is set to take on a life of its own after reports have circulated that the two companies are currently in the process of developing as many as five concept versions to determine which one they will present to the public.

This leads us to assume two things: BMW and Toyota both have a whole lot of time on their hands or the two automakers are determined to shake up the auto industry with this sports car .

We’re inclined to believe the latter because the industry has dictated that everybody should be on their toes when building new vehicles. No pansies allowed, so they say. That’s why we believe BMW and Toyota are hunkering down and are determined to see this joint project through and through.

Drive indicated as much when it quoted a handful of BMW employees that the two companies are working on "four, five, or six" different proposals.

This then leads to the rather exciting speculation about what kind of car BMW and Toyota are building together. Is it just going to be a traditional front-engined sports car? Or should we prepare ourselves for something completely out of left field, like, say, a mid-engined supercar ?

To the credit of the quoted BMW employees, even they don’t know what its going to be.

There are so many questions that need to be answered, that much we’re sure, but what we can tell you right now is that the tie-up between the two brands will give birth to two distinct models.

Could it be that the long rumored return of the Supra is in the horizon?

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota Supra


The Fast and Furious franchise has turned into one of the biggest goldmines in Hollywood. The massive haul Fast 6 generated at the box office more than a month ago when it fetched a worldwide gross of $704.2 million was clear evidence of its dominance in the world of films.

It’s no surprise that the franchise is moving fast and furious - no pun intended - on developing the seventh movie, which has been listed for a release date of July 11, 2014.

So with a little less than a year to produce, develop and shoot the whole thing, the clock’s already ticking on Fast 7. To help speed up the production process, producers have taken a new route on choosing some of the destinations for the seventh movie. We already know Tokyo is going to play a huge part in it, but where else will it go?

Well, our voices are being sought. Producers want to know where we want the movie to go to next and we can vote on it at the official Fast and Furious Facebook page.

The franchise began its globe-trotting shoots in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift where they obviously went to Tokyo. From there, Fast 4 was set in Mexico, Fast 5 was in Brazil, and Fast 6 sped through numerous European destinations, including Turkey, London, and Spain .

So the question begs: where do you want to see Fast and Furious 7 go?

Jump to the comments section and let us know what you think!

Click past the jump to relive Fast 6 courtesy of its official trailer

Ferrari 458 Scuderia

It’s been a while since Ferrari applied the "Scuderia" badge to any of its models. Actually, it’s been 6 years since that happened with the F430 Scuderia .

But expectations are already heating up that a Scuderia-badged 458 Italia is coming to the Frankfurt Motor Show. And if the F430 Scuderia is any indication, the 458 Scuderia could also be treated to a significant loss in weight.

That much was hinted to AutoExpress, saying that the Italian automaker could go a similar "weight-savings" route with the 458 Scuderia just like when it shaved close to 100 pounds off of the F430 Scuderia.

The buzz and the hype surrounding the 458 Scuderia is very real, folks. And with the Frankfurt Motor Show drawing closer and closer, we’re all going to have the answers to all these rumors. Stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Scuderia

Source: AutoExpress
Toyota GT 86 Griffon by TRD

If you asked us, we’ve always believed that it was only a matter of time before the Toyota GT 86 would have its own racing series.

That apparently is coming closer to fruition after a Toyota spokesman told Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that the brand’s resident sports coupe could make its racing debut in its own one-make racing series sooner rather than later.

Should discussions turn into reality, it should pave the way for the Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon , which is in attendance at Goodwood, to go into production.

It’s still a one-off concept at the moment, a car Toyota and TRD developed to proudly highlight the racing credentials of the GT 86. It’s undergone extensive testing in Japan to make it fit for racing competition. It’s been reported that the Japanese automaker is trying to break a Ferrari lap time record with the Griffon Concept at an unnamed racing circuit in Japan.

Whether it breaks the record or not isn’t the important thing here. It’s the reported interest from Toyota to give the GT 86 its own racing series, something that we definitely would want to see.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota GT 86 Griffon by TRD

Source: Autocar UK
Bugatti SuperVeyron

By now, everybody that follows the auto industry knows that Bugatti is preparing the wickedest version of its Veyron supercar to date.

It’s been dubbed the SuperVeyron and insiders have described it as "a fantasy in terms of its performance". That being said, Autocar is reporting that the SuperVeyron will be priced at a staggering £5 million, which is about $7.7 million based on current exchange rates.

In any language, that price tag is beyond ridiculous.

However, for those with the financial wherewithal to make such a purchase, they can take comfort knowing that they spent their money on a car that will put just about every other supercar in this world to absolute shame.

It’s not every day that Bugatti can wax hyperbole, given that the Veyron is already considered one of the fastest and most powerful supercars in the world. But anytime you can outdo even that with a supremely limited edition that’s fixing to shatter records left and right, then there’s really no such thing as exaggerated claims.

Click past the jump to read about the Bugatti SuperVeyron

Source: Autocar UK
Mazda MX-5

With the ever evolving landscape of the auto industry, it’s easy to get left behind on new developments that can be categorized as a "world first".

Mazda’s probably well aware of that, which is why it is taking the never-before-taken step of unveiling a new car - a global debut, in fact - through a video game system.

Believe it or not, that’s exactly what the Japanese automaker is set to do after partnering with Xbox to introduce a new global model as part of the first-ever global live stream of a new vehicle introduction through the Xbox.

“It’s a digitally connected world, so what better way to reach our customers than through a connected platform like Xbox,” Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda, said.

”We were looking for a way to launch a global product and tie together our five separate reveals. Xbox not only gave us the platform, but allowed us to leverage our digital assets to drive a global audience to view the event.”

Mazda is keeping a lid on what kind of vehicle it’s going to unveil, but fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. The ground-breaking unveiling is scheduled to take place on June 26th in New York with the festivities being streamed globally, courtesy of Xbox Live, beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

To drum up interest for the talked about debut, Mazda is sweeping through social media, touring the hashtag #GameChanger, alluding presumably to a car that will redefine its market.

Perhaps Mazda is gearing up to unveil the next-generation MX-5 Miata .

For now, your guesses are as good as ours because the whole event is being shrouded in so much secrecy that would make the Pentagon proud.

If you want to be part of the unveiling - and score a chance to win $2,500 and create your own dream trip to a music event of your choice - you can participate in the live broadcast and the accompanying sweepstakes.

Click past the jump to read some history on the MX-5

Sergio Pininfarina Tribute Concept by Pininfarina

A couple of months after word spread that Pininfarina was thinking of building a limited production run of the Sergio Concept , it looks like there was more to those rumors than anybody previously thought.

According to Car and Driver, the Italian coach builder is really serious about building a production model of the Sergio Concept. The caveat is that it will be limited to just around five units. Each of the five vehicles will be built in the company’s headquarters in Turin, Italy.

Here’s the other interesting part about the Sergio Concept. The anticipated €3 million price tag (roughly $3.89 million at the current exchange rates) of the concept may not be as much of a reality after all. If it hits production, it’s still going to cost potential buyers more than a pretty penny, but the updated $2 million price tag is a relative bargain.

Click past the jump to read about the Pininfarina Sergio Concept


If you think that 2,000 vehicles being made isn’t a big deal, you obviously don’t know how much a Lamborghini Aventador costs.

It’s not a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic , and it certainly doesn’t cost anywhere near those two cars.

So, for Lamborghini to have built 2,000 examples of the Aventador in a little over 2 years, that’s a huge deal and certainly worth celebrating. Celebrate the company did when Aventador No. 2k rolled off the production line.

As for the lucky owner of the Italian supercar, his name is Thaddeus Arroyo, the Chief Intelligence Officer for AT&T in the U.S. Incidentally, he also owns a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder , which indicates that this man knows his Lamborghinis.

Congratulations to Lamborghini on reaching this fantastic milestone far sooner than anybody anticipated. At this rate, don’t be surprised if we see more of these celebrations in the coming years.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Aventador

Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake "Jet 2+2" Concept by Bertone

More and more coach-built cars are getting green lights for production, leading us to believe that the market is becoming more open for cars of such unique quality.

According to Autocar, it appears that the Bertone Jet 2+2 , which we first saw a few months ago at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , is set to be offered as a production model by Aston Martin , albeit in limited quantities.

By ’limited’, word has it that the car will only be offered as a 10-unit lot, meaning that it’s going to be extremely exclusive and as such, far from our reaches.

There are still a lot of hurdles that need to be cleared, not the least of which is the use of the name "Jet", something Bertone has previously used in its concepts. As far as Aston Martin is concerned, should it give the go-ahead to have the car built, it’s leaning towards badging it as the Rapide Shooting Brake.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that the Jet 2+2 Concept is essentially an estate take on the Rapide .

Click past the jump to read about the Bertone Jet 2+2 Concept

Source: Autocar UK

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