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  Sports Cars are engineered to go around corners and straight lines as fast as possible. They are usually expensive, dangerous and so much fun that everybody wants one. Owning a sports car is a gratifying experience but it will cost you money and back pain as they are usually expensive to maintain and not very comfortable. But who cares as they look like supermodels at the beach.

For all the accomplishments Lexus has achieved since it broke into the luxury market scene in the mid 1980s, it still has trouble coming up with names for its paint colors. How else can you explain the company’s attempts to ask fans what to name the orange paint on the Lexus RC F Coupe ?

Ok, we’re busting Lexus’ chops here a little because if it really wanted to, it could come up with a name for this orange shade pretty quickly. But to its credit, the company wants to get its fans involved, sort of like giving them a say on company decisions.

Up until now, the RC F sports coupe has only worn a striking blue paint, but Lexus is adding this orange color into the mix. The bright shade is still unnamed, so that’s where we all come into the picture.

A quick look at Lexus’ Facebook page reveals a large number of impressive recommendations already posted. We especially liked Tangering Flame, Sunset Rage, and Fireburst, among other entries. But as far as what our suggestion is, how about Orange Symphony?

It’s not the catchiest of names, but it does reflect the fiery balance of an aggressive sports car with an aggressive color to match.

If you want to make your own suggestions, hop on over to Lexus’ Facebook page. Don’t forget to tell us what your suggestion is by leaving a comment below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC F Coupe

Aston Martin has a certain knack for creating some of the most beautiful and finely crafted automobiles in the world. They also have a reputation for being eternally on the verge of bankruptcy and utter collapse. Thanks to this constant state of disarray over the years, Aston Martin has gotten really good at pinching pennies and making their engineering dollars go the distance.

If you need proof of the engineering frugality, I give you the VH architecture. If you are unfamiliar with that term, it is simply the platform/backbone that Aston Martin is currently using for all of its cars. Not only are they using the same basic bones for every car, those bones have existed basically since the first Vanquish . That was 2001.

Now while these old bones have been through several revisions to handle Aston’s newest machines like the One-77 and the new Vanquish , the truth is the platform is beginning to show its age. Thankfully, in part to a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz , Aston is finally going to build an all-new platform. This means that every new Aston Martin going forward will be lighter, stiffer and better performing than ever before.

As a bonus, Aston is teaming up with AMG to build an all-new, bespoke V8. Suddenly I am less sad that the AMG 6.2 is dead.

I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet! Aside from the shiny new V-8s, Aston has confirmed to Autoblog that the V-12 is sticking around too. In a world where even Ferrari is looking at turbocharged V-6 power for its fastest cars, seeing the Brits stand up and wave that V-12 middle-finger is refreshing.

Cheers to you, Aston Martin.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin-Daimler partnership.

Renowned Chevrolet Corvette tuner SuperVettes is hard at work building its next project for the new Corvette Stingray. If there’s anything to go by the promises of SuperVettes owner Jason Hunkler, this project is shaping up to be the best widebody kit made for the American sports car .

It’s a task that’s far easier said than done given the current availability of a multitude of programs for the Corvette Stingray . But Hunkler remains steadfast in the awesomeness of the SV7 kit his company is building for the Corvette, telling the C7 Stingray forum that the kit "will rival the looks of the Corvette Z06 " and will come with an engine modification that will be "beyond the standard specs of the new Z06."

Clearly, the man isn’t lacking confidence and with it. Hunkler even released a rendering of the new SV7 program. One look at it and you can immediately tell that the front section of the Corvette will take on a completely modified look. We’re quite not sure if the angle of the rendering plays a part in it, but those wheel arches look pretty huge from our vantage point. The headlights do retain their configuration but there’s also something about the vented hood that looks different, like there’s a little more vertically to it than the standard Z06.

This is par for the course for an aftermarket company that has given us some pretty wild programs over the years. Can you remember the SV8.R C7 aero kit the company unveiled late last year to a limited production? That kit cost $59,995, not including the donor car, but if you saw the finished product, you probably would’ve paid for one, too.

It’s reasonable to expect great things for SuperVettes’ SV7 program. There’s definitely a lot going on with it. And hey, anytime you have guys doing 3D scanning on anything, as the photos below will tell you, you know it’s being done for a reason.

Therein lies the appeal of the SV7 program. Even if its far from complete, we can appreciate the fact that SuperVettes is essentially taking us on a step-by-step guide on how to build it. By the time the SV7 is completed, there’s a good chance that we’ll already know how the kit came to life.

For now, though, it’s still a waiting game until the car makes its debut later this year.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Holden is considered somewhat of an exotic brand, mostly because its vehicles aren’t made available in Europe or the United States. Save for a few exceptions, such as the VE Commodore -based Pontiac G8 and Chevy SS , Holdens mainly remained on Australian soil and a few surrounding countries.

And that has caused some frustration with U.S. enthusiasts, especially among those that were hoping for General Motors to revive the Chevy El Camino by importing the Holden Ute . That didn’t happen, but GM eventually brought the Commodore Stateside last year as the Chevrolet SS .

The Detroit giant also imported the Australian sedan to the United Kingdom for its Vauxhall brand, but, unlike North America, the Brits got the angrier, HSV -prepped version of the Commodore. Sold under the VXR8 GTS name, the high-performance sedan is being marketed as a competitor for the more popular BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG .

And judging by the numbers, the Vauxhall is an impressive machine, with 577 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque coming out of a supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine. That’s more than what the BMW M5 Competition Package gets under the hood, but is it enough for the rebadged Holden to take on one of Germany’s finest sedan ?

The folks over at Autocar embarked on a mission to find out and put both vehicles through handling and rolling start drag race tests with Steve Sutcliffe behind the wheel. Who won? Well, you’ll just have to hit the play button to find out.

Factory Five Racing has been a front-runner in custom kit cars and hot rods for quite some time, building replicas of cars long since out of production. The California-based company also designed and built its own complete car called the 818 using drivetrain components from a Subaru WRX. However, for the particular car pictured above, the drivetrain takes a completely new spin on performance.

Missing is the usual Subaru Boxer engine, replaced by a AC35x2 motor fed by a 16-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery constructed of two 8-kWh sub-packs. The motor and battery unit is still connected to a WRX five-speed manual transmission that allows for reduced energy consumption and management of the motor’s output.

Speaking of output, the motor zaps out 165 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. It might not seem like much, but the entire car will weigh just under 2,000 pounds – even with its body panels attached. Its claimed top speed is 150 mph, and though its still untested, the goal is likely obtainable.

Putting this electrified beast together are two other California companies that know a thing or two about building cars and electricity. EV West is undertaking installing and calibrating the air-cooled, Hi Performance Electric Vehicle Systems-sourced electric motor while the guys at 33 Machine work to incorporate all the components within the modified Factory Five Racing tube chassis.

In a video past the jump, the naked car squirrels around a test track with all the sidewise shenanigans of a V-8-powered muscle car, but of course is completely silent while smoking its rubber.

Click past the jump to read more about 33 Machine’s 818 EV

The BMW i8 , by all accounts, is a pretty incredible ride. It looks sexy as hell; it’s got an advanced powertrain; and the technology used on the hybrid sports car is arguably second-to-none. All that being said, even the i8 is entitled to a bad day or two, and as this video painfully shows, one of those bad days reared its ugly head during a recent testing session at the Nurburgring.

At the start, the i8 looks to have been running smoothly, effortlessly stretching its legs while weaving around one of the world’s most famous race tracks. But during one run down a straight, the i8 slows down and drives into a patch of grass on the side.

We don’t know exactly what happened to the i8, but it doesn’t look like it was part of the testing script. Maybe it lost power, or there were some mechanical glitches in that weave of wiring inside the car. But something happened to the i8 because cars like this one don’t slow down on the side of the road for anything.

Back before the mighty C6 ZR1 rumbled out of Bowling Green with its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 making 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, there was a previous king-of-the-hill Corvette that bore the same ZR1 name (though it was hyphenated ZR-1). The C4 ZR-1 saw production from 1990 through 1995 and came with a rather unconventional engine design never before seen powering a Corvette.

The ZR-1’s small-block 350 had dual overhead cams and 32 valves.

Sure, DOHC are a commonplace thing found in engines, but this represented uncharted territory for the Chevy small block that had always used a single cam and pushrods to operate the overhead valves. Luckily, General Motors had acquired Lotus in 1986, and soon after the purchase, engineers with Corvette approached Lotus with their plans of building the world’s fastest production car. Together the UK-based automaker and The General went to work combining the classic V-8 with the modern DOHC design. The result was named the LT5.

Displacing a familiar 5.7-liters, (or 350 cubic inches, depending when you were born) the LT5 engine produced 375 horsepower, which helped push the ZR-1 Vette to 60 in 4.5 seconds and had a top speed of over 180 mph. The power rose to 405 horses when Lotus redesigned the heads and valvetrain for 1993. Those were stellar numbers 20 years ago.

General Motors had one problem, however. They couldn’t handle the extra workload of building the specialized engine. So GM contracted the engines to be built by Mercury Marine,, a company normally associated with boat engines (and no relation to Ford’s Mercury division). Only 6,939 C4 Corvette ZR-1s were ever built, but they created a legend only touched years later by the C6 Corvette ZR1.

As part of Mercury’s 75-year anniversary, the company is remembering this mighty engine, an dhas placed an example on display at its headquartersI.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1990 ZR-1 Corvette Powered By Merc LT5 Engine.

Although we’ve seen plenty of Ferrari 458 Speciale footage since it was launched, we still can’t get enough of this pure Italian sports car , mainly due to its awesome exhaust note.

Getting near one of these beauties is more than difficult, but this is where supercar spotter Marchettino comes in by providing us with videos showing all sorts of rare, high-performance machines.

This isn’t the first 458 Speciale clip he uploaded on YouTube, but this one features not just one, but two such vehicles. Making things even better is the fact that they were shot while lapping the Misano track, the perfect place for a pair of sports cars to show off and put their outstanding technology to good use.

Before we leave you with the video, we’d like to remind you that the Ferrari 458 Speciale is motivated by a noisy, 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that cranks out 596 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The unit enables the car to scream from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and reach a top speed of 202 mph.

Lotus has been struggling not to go under for quite a few years now, but the U.K .-based sports car manufacturer - currently owned by Proton - could be off to a fresh start with a new CEO in charge.

As of this month, Group Lotus will be led by Jean-Marc Gales, the former CEO of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers and former president of Citroen and Peugeot , Malaysia’s Proton — parent company of Lotus — revealed today.

Responsible for implementing a brand-new strategy and restructuring Citroen’s sales value chain with the brand-new DS line, the 51-year old is expected to "drive the Lotus transformation plan and further enhance Lotus’ business and capabilities."

Gales, also employed by companies such as Daimler, General Motors and Volkswagen in the past, will be replacing Aslam Farikullah, who will remain a Member of the Board of Lotus Cars.

Specific details about the company’s immediate plans under Gales haven’t been disclosed, but the Luxembourgian is likely to come up with a new game plan by the end of the year and decide whether or not Lotus should go ahead with reviving the much-rumored Esprit.

Click past the jump to read about the Lotus’s recent woes

With only two months left until the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie hits theaters, Chevrolet has confirmed the full lineup of Bowtie-badged vehicles that will be featured in the new installment.

The main star of the new film will obviously be Bumblebee , a futuristic concept based on the fifth-generation Camaro. The Pearl Yellow car will return to the silver screen as the movie’s leading attraction for the fourth time since its debut in 2007.

Besides the Bumblebee, Chevy has prepped four more vehicles for the new Transformers film, ranging from the Corvette Stingray , which will convert to Autobot Crosshairs, to the Trax crossover , and even a heavily modified 1967 Camaro SS . Also included is a Sonic dressed as a rally car will appear in some of the action-packed scenes.

In addition to prepping the aforementioned vehicles and providing them to the production crew, General Motors also allowed Paramount to film at its Warren Technical Center, Milford Proving Ground and even its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.

The highly anticipated "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie is set to arrive in theaters on June 27th, 2014.

Click past the jump to find out why it matters.


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