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Audi R8

Considering that the current Audi R8 already uses a lightweight aluminum structure, news that the German automaker plans to drop as much as 130 pounds on the second-generation R8 caught a lot of people by surprise.

So why is this important news? Well, for one, it could usher in a new era of how the company will construct the bodies of its cars moving forward. And another thing: don’t sleep on what 130 pounds less can do to the performance characteristics of a car, let alone one that’s as fast and powerful as the R8.

That’s exactly what we could be in store for if recent comments by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg have any weight to them. At the LA Auto Show , Hackenberg told Motor Trend of the company’s plan to offer a lighter Audi R8, which could very well mean that the automaker will be improving upon its current lightweight aluminum structure technology.

Hackenberg stopped short of diving into specifics, but he did indicate that the company will use what it calls a ‘multi-material’ strategy where some elements of aluminum on the current car will be replaced with lighter carbon fiber and more of the latter material will be used in the floor structure and center tunnel.

The second generation Audi R8 is scheduled to be released in the next few years so there’s still enough time to dissect what the company has in store for its resident supercar.

Click past the jump to read about the 2016 Audi R8

Source: Motor Trend
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Just yesterday, Lamborghini announced the production of the last Gallardo and today it has already started to tease its successor. The Italian company launched a new microsite — www.hexagonproject.com — that allows visitors to "discover the roar of the new creature from Lamborghini."

What does this mean? Well, visitors can push the ignition button from the screen to hear the revs of the supercar’s new engine. Lamborghini said nothing about it, but rumors suggest it will be a considerably improved version of the current V-10 engine with its output nearing the 600-horsepower range.

Our only question is why the microsite is called "Hexagon Project" when most people expect the new supercar to be called Cabrera ? Could it because we are maybe not listening to the Gallardo’s successor, but just another special based on the Aventador — a model that features lots of hexagonal lines? We can’t tell for sure, but considering the Cabrera is the only model that Lamborghini is currently testing, to our knowledge, we tend to believe that this is the first teaser for the Gallardo successor.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Cabrera.

Ferrari California

For years, rumors of Ferrari using turbocharged engines have risen up to the surface time and again. While the automaker has yet to venture down that path, it looks like its warming up to the idea for some of its future models.

One model, in particular, that could get a turbocharged engine in the future is the successor to the Ferrari California . At least that’s what Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa indicated in a recent interview with [Top Gear].

When asked if turbochargers have a future with the Prancing Horse, Felisa indicated that in order to successfully evolve the California line, the successor would need to have a turbocharger under its hood. The CEO stopped short of actually confirming such a move, but the signs are pointing in that direction, especially since the company has spent millions developing the technology to satisfy Formula One regulations call for the use of turbocharged engines beginning next year.

So, after years of whispers and rumors floating around, Ferrari using turbochargers may finally come to fruition in the near future, possibly with the release of the successor to the California, which is due out in 2015.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari California

Source: Top Gear
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Lamborghini Gallardo was unveiled in 2003 and during its decade-long run, it was Lamborghini ’s sales leader. Now — on November 25th. 2013 — ten years later, it’s time to say good-bye to an Icon in the supercar world, as the last Gallardo rolled off the production line.

The final Gallardo was number 14,022, and it was an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante variant draped in a Rosso Mars hue. The model will go to an unnamed private collector who will receive his car in the upcoming weeks.

To understand what a successful car the Gallardo was, you have to know that during its entire lifespan, Lamborghini sold a total of 30,000 units; nearly half of those were Gallardos. Also, before the Gallardo rolled into showrooms, the company sold a total of 250 units per year. The Gallardo’s presence drove sales numbers up to a total of 2,000 units per year.

With the Gallardo making its triumphant exit, Lambo will now focus on the supercar’s successor, which will be called either the Cabrera or Huracan.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante.

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So, you’ve got a supercar but no place flex its muscles... With the Nurburgring sale nearly completed , then you may be interested in this upcoming auction. Mid America Motorplex, which is located just outside of Omaha, Nebraska, will go under the hammer next week. The complete facility along with all the assets will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The 2.23-mile-long racetrack, which also includes an 1/8-mile drag strip, paddock building, and other racetrack necessities, has been put up for auction on Auction Solutions Inc. The sale is scheduled to take place on November 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The little-known Mid America Motorplex is situated in the small town of Pacific Junction, Iowa, not far from Omaha, and covers a total area of 205 acres.

Pre-bidding has already kicked-off on Auction Solutions’ website. The last bid registered is $380,000 with 5 days remaining. Sure, it’s no Nurburgring , but it would be a steal if it comes in under $500k.

Read more about the Mid America Motorplex after the jump

Hot Wheels may market itself as a toy company that makes die-cast cars for kids, but somewhere along the way, the lines of what constitutes a "kid" gets lost in the mix.

That’s exactly what happened during Hot Wheels’ latest publicity stunt, which turned out to be more of a impromptu competition among dads. The elaborate setup included the creation of one of the craziest race tracks Hot Wheels has ever built. From there, the company invited kids for a casting call, except that the real targets were actually the little ones’ dads.

Proving that even adults still are kids at heart, Hot Wheels took the dads on an impromptu competition to see if any of them can complete the unfinished racetrack before the cars cross the finish line. One dad was able to do it, but others were deemed "too slow."

But in the end, it was probably worth seeing the reactions from these dads, who probably believe now more than ever that it’s never too late to relive their childhoods, even if its in front of their kids.

Click past the jump to take a tour inside the Hot Wheel factory

Source: Hot Wheels
De Tomaso Pantera

For those who were disappointed with last year’s news that DeTomaso had once again gone under, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. That glimmer comes in the form of ATS Autosport .

Recent reports have indicated that ATS Autosport is preparing to revive the brand after buying the rights to the "DeTomaso" name. The full breadth of details of the deal have yet to be announced, but ATS told Autoblog that an announcement of the purchase could come before December with accompanying news of a future run of DeTomaso models in the pipeline.

One such model, and the one that we’re all getting excited about, is the revival of the Pantera . We were teased a few years ago after former Fiat CEO Gianmario Rossignolo purchased the company. But mismanagement of funds and a subsequent legal issue involving Rossignolo scuttled those plans, resulting in DeTomaso filing bankruptcy only a few years after it had seemingly risen from death.

This time, ATS Autosport looks like it’s going to pick up and deliver on all that promise with the purchase of the DeTomaso name. Here’s to hoping that this is for real this time. The Pantera has been out of our lives for too long. It needs to come back, and we’re all waiting with baited breath for it to do so.

Click past the jump to read about the 2012 DeTomaso Pantera

Source: Autoblog
Video: 2014 Corvette Stingray Tested in Germany

The long, drawn-out saga surrounding the state of Germany’s famed Nurburgring may be finally close to its conclusion.

According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, ADAC — one of Europe’s largest automobile clubs — is one step closer to acquiring the ’Ring after submitting non-binding offer to purchase the famous racetrack. As part of the deal between the auto club and the Rhineland state government, the former would be granted ownership of the circuit, which could include both the ’Ring and the Nordschleife, but not the other veritable neighboring attractions, including the shopping mall and the amusement park.

Should this transaction push through, it’s safe to say that the Nurburgring — if it were alive that is — could rest easy knowing that it’s in good hands. Besides, this isn’t the first time an auto club has owned a race track. Silverstone , for one, is controlled by the British Racing Drivers’ Club and last we checked, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, France’s biggest auto club, still owns the Circuit de la Sarthe where Le Mans is staged.

Here’s to hoping that the Nurburgring ’s bankruptcy saga can now be laid to rest for good.

Click past the jump for a quick history lesson on the Nurburgring.

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McLaren P1

The McLaren P1 went into production in October, and it is now officially sold out. Earlier this year McLaren announced that all of the units destined for the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East were spoken for, but a smattering of units remained available in Europe. Well, those last few units are now spoken for, and McLaren is officially closing up the order books.

In the U.S., sales spiked when a McLaren F1 sold at auction in Pebble Beach for a stunning $8.47 million. European sales had their own spike following McLaren’s confirmation that the P1 lapped the Nurburgring in under seven minutes earlier this month.

So now, the only chance for you to get the P1 is if a buyer happens to change his mind before taking delivery. McLaren is actually already prepping for this potential situation, as it has asked potential customers to register their interest in the P1, just in case a buyer decides this amazing supercar is not for them.

Up to this point only 12 P1s are complete, and 75 percent of P1 buyer have opted for some level of unique design from McLaren Special Operations.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Source: Autocar
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Tesla Model S

Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla , has categorically denied any plans to recall the company’s flagship Model S electric sedan. This comes as numerous reports of the Model S’ fires came to light. News of multiple Tesla Model S fires have been reported to date, and an official investigation into the matter is yet to be undertaken.

That said, U.S. regulators are yet to confirm any form of investigation into the Model S fires. If the government regulator does find a fault, we could be looking at a potential recall of select models. However, Tesla boss does not think a formal investigation should be required and that Tesla cars are way safer than any other fossil fuel-powered automobile.

Musk was quick to attack those media channels that, according to Elon Musk, had blown the whole thing out of proportion. "Reaction to the fires reported by some media are extremely inaccurate and unreasonable," he added. Since, the first report of the fires, Tesla stocks have plummeted by 22 percent, sparking fears among investors.

The NHTSA is in constant contact with the authorities investigating the accidents. The agency had earlier chosen not to investigate into the fires when the first incident came to light.

More on the Tesla Model S after the jump

Source: Autonews

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