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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.

Last time we heard anything about Panoz , the Georgia-based company was busy working on the 2014 DeltaWing Coupe program following Nissan’s withdrawal.

For those of you who are not familiar with the marque, Panoz manufactured a number of competitive race cars , such as the Esperante GTR-1 and its successors and the LMP-1, but also rolled out some limited-run, road-going sports cars as well. Dubbed Abruzzi , the most recent of them all was unveiled four years ago.

Despite this long hiatus, the American automaker hasn’t given up on building road cars, and it has now resurfaced to introduce the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder. As the name suggests, the new vehicle was built to celebrate Panoz’ first quarter of a century in the business and represents an update to the manufacturer’s notorious Esperante model.

Aiming to deliver "pure sports car performance and reflect the Panoz Le Mans endurance racing and performance ethos," the 25th Anniversary Esperante Spyder is built on a modular extruded aluminum chassis and its lightweight structure is made out of carbon fiber and aluminum.

Although it’s based on the original hand-built Esperante, the new sports car has received a redesigned fully independent suspension, a performance anti-lock brake system and BBS wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ultra high-performance tires.

The Anniversary Edition Esperante will go on sale with two different bodies. The standard Spyder will sport a "super formed" aluminum body made through a process developed for aerospace applications, while the Spyder GT will feature carbon body panels constructed by Elan Composites, Panoz’ partner from the DeltaWing program.

Click past the jump to read more about the Panoz Esperante Spyder 25th Anniversary Edition.

As one of the world’s most esteemed brands, Ferrari is no stranger to getting involved with weird lawsuits. But this time, the Maranello-based company has found itself in a humdinger of a legal battle with a 21-year-old amateur racer. The issue at hand? Control of a Ferrari fan page on Facebook.

According to Bloomberg, 21-year-old Sammy Wasem and his father Olivier have filed a criminal complaint against Ferrari SpA over accusations that the latter engaged in copyright infringement on a Ferrari fan page the younger Wasem started when he was 15 years old. Not to be outdone, Ferrari has also taken the steps to sue the Wasems, claiming that on their part, the two misused the company’s trademark to advertise non-Ferrari merchandise on its website, not to mention touting the brand on items like Wasem’s 18th birthday celebration.

This case is peculiar on so many levels, notwithstanding the obvious oddity of a fight involving a Facebook fan page. But it also has far-reaching consequences to a lot more people, largely because of how it can define the line that crosses violating somebody’s freedom of expression on social media.

As far as Ferrari is concerned, the issue it has is with people who, according to spokesman Stefano Lai, "try to use Ferrari’s intellectual property to make money out of it,” an accusation that the company is apparently throwing the direction of the Wasems despite objections by Olivier Wasem that he and his son made no money selling merchandise on the site.

For them, the fan page was merely an expression of Sammy’s love for the Maranello brand, and when it grew to become one of the biggest Ferrari fan pages on Facebook, it caught the attention of Ferrari, who in turn, sent the Wasems an email on March 2009, informing them that it was "taking over formal administration of the fan page".

At first, the Wasems agreed to turn the site into the official fan page for Ferrari, but on the understanding that they would receive financial compensation for their efforts in improving the fan page. But the money never came, four years after they lost their administration rights, hence, the civil lawsuit that was filed in February 2013, demanding Ferrari to pay them owed compensation, amounting to around $11 million for 5,500 hours of work.

I have a mild issue with the numbers the kid and his dad are tossing out. First of all, 5,500 hours since the age of 15 means that he spent 17 hours per week working on the Facebook page. I find that a little outlandish. Secondly, doing the math on the amount they are suing for and the amount of time spent on the site (per their claims) that amounts out to $2,000 per hour... Yeah, that’s a little much, folks.

As it stands, the case is now in the hands of a Geneva prosecutor who, in turn, will determine what kind of action is going to be taken next.

Click past the jump to read about Ferrari’s latest model: the California T

Source: Bloomberg

It is a battle of the heavyweight German super coupes ; the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 507 against the Audi RS5 . In this episode of Motor Trend’s Head2Head, they take these two V-8-powered monsters and try to decide which is best. Will Audi’s Quattro AWD help it pull ahead, or does that incredible engine in the AMG take top honors.

I won’t ruin anything for anybody, but we can look at some of the high points.

Jonny Lieberman takes the wheel to give these cars a thorough once-over and he comes to a lot of conclusions I agree with. Firstly, the Audi is the better looking car. Not in the crazy “go-fast” way, but as a genuinely pretty car the Audi easily takes top honors.

The Mercedes may lose in style, but Jonny says it walks away with better braking and steering feel. It also doesn’t suffer from the understeer that the Audi does.

It is quite the close battle; click play to see who comes out on top.

If your coffee maker is broken and you are looking for a great way to start your day, why not click play and allow the roaring V-8 of the new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe to wake you up.

In this video from EVO, they take a look at Jaguar’s newest sports car to see if its worth a buy over competitors from Porsche or Audi . At least that was the plan. What you actually get is five minutes of drifting and British lunacy that turns our host into a giggling mess. God it looks fun.

Toward the end of the video we do get some real impressions about how this car compares to its rivals, and it seems the F-Type R may be the perfect enthusiast car. No, it wont drive as precisely as the Porsche 911 , and it likely wont beat many of its rivals around a racetrack, but it is the king of backroad fun and sexy looks. What more do you really need than that?

If I had that 550 horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 turning those rear tires into a lovely symphony of grey clouds and deafening noise, I would want for nothing else in the world (except for a clutch pedal, obviously).

Crank the volume, hit play and enjoy.

There was lots of speculation surrounding the death of Paul Walker . Some said the Carrera GT may have had a mechanical failure, some thought maybe the driver was under the influence, some thought Walker survived the crash only to die in the resulting fire and others thought maybe this was all the result of a street race gone bad. Well, the investigators checking into the crash have released their findings and we found that none of these scenarios are true.

Plain and simple, it was pure speed that was the demise of Mr. Walker. According to the report, the Carrera GT — a notoriously difficult sports car to drive — was doing between 80 and 93 mph when it collided with the power pole, which meant they were traveling well in excess of the posted 45-mph speed limit — there was no evidence of a street race though. Walker broke his wrist and arm, and fractured his jaw, collarbone, pelvis, ribs and spine in the accident. Because Walker only had "scant soot" in his trachea, investigators believe it was not smoke or fire that killed Walker.

Both the Driver (Roger Rodas) and Walker were wearing their seat belts, and the airbags deployed as designed. Unfortunately, the Porsche was traveling way too fast when it impacted the pole for either to do any bit of good in saving their lives. The only mechanical issue on the car was the fact that the tires were nine years old, and the rubber may not have been in the greatest of condition for handling that type of speed.

At the very least, this closes up the Paul Walker case and affords us the chance to look at his impact in the world rather than focusing on what killed him.

RIP, Mr. Walker...

Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s death and how it affected "Fast & Furious 7."

Source: CNN

The battle between Porsche’s RWD 911 Carrera S and AWD Carrera 4S is one of the enthusiast’s longest running matchups. Fans of the basic RWD configuration claim it delivers a more pure and raw driving experience, while fans of the 4S claim that AWD is necessary to help balance out the 911’s rear-engine placement.

EVO decided to take this argument to the physical space in an episode of its Track Battle series. In this video, we have a blue Carrera 4S lineup up against a yellow C2S , and they are going to try and decide which one is best.

I am not completely satisfied with the car selection as they are not speced quite the same. The RWD car has the PDK automatic and the enhanced suspension package, while the 4S gets the three-pedal option and the standard suspension. They both have ceramic brakes and the upgraded engine horsepower options.

I won’t spoil the ending for you, but there is plenty of drifting from both of the German machines. When you finish watching, sound of below about the conclusion. Did EVO get it right, or should the other car have won?

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Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? The joint development deal that was supposed to net two sports cars bearing the same underpinnings under the Renault and Caterham names is apparently over. We reported earlier that there was a riff between the two companies, and according to multiple sources, the two have decided to nix the joint-development deal altogether.

According to these reports, both the Caterham and Renault cars are still on schedule for a 2016 release, but there is no information on whether they will continue to share the same architecture. Earlier reports claimed that Caterham approved a design from Renault, but the French company later tried to stuff the toothpaste back in the tube after customers didn’t respond well to the initial design. The Caterham bosses didn’t take too kindly to this, but they were assured that the project would remain Renault’s No. 1 priority.

Well, with the 50-50 venture now completely off track Caterham is free to continue with its designing process completely free from Renault’s nervous trigger finger.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Renault will eventually pull the plug on its project altogether citing demand issues, and Caterham will modify the car to better match its current design language. This would be a sad ending to a promising campaign, but it seems like Renault lost interest at some point and Caterham really has no need for a sports car like this in its lineup.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more on this topic.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault - Caterham joint sports car.

Source: AutoCar

Had it not been for some silly rules, like needing 30 production cars to qualify and needing two back-to-back runs, the Hennessey Venom GT would have taken home the title as the "World’s Fastest Production Car" after its 270.49-mph run at Kennedy Space Center. But those rules are in place, and Hennessey couldn’t care less, as it is rolling out a special World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs in very limited quantities.

There is very limited information on the World’s Fastest Edition, but we do know that it features a red, white and blue livery to match the American flag. We also learned that the model will come in at a price tag of $1.25 million.

According to what I can gather, the Venom GT WFE will carry the same 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 as the rest of the Venom GTs. This means that it pumps out 1,244 horsepower, and shoots the hypercar to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 186 mph in just 13.63 ticks. While the Venom GT only hit 270.49 mph at Kennedy Space Center, Hennessey claims it can hit about 278 mph.

I’m sure that Hennessey will announce more details on the WFE Venom GT, if there is more to talk about, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Hennessey Venom GT.

For my money, the Porsche 918 is one of the most exciting and important cars to be released in the last 25 years. Since it was introduced as a concept in Geneva in 2010, I have gobbled up every morsel of information and video of it in motion. The latest entry into my vault of Porsche knowledge is this video from the Nurburgring .

What we get to see is a track-side video showing a 918 wearing the Martini livery chasing after a new 991-generation 911 Turbo. It mates a 4.6-liter V-8 to a pair of electric motors for a combined power output of nearly 900 horsepower. The 991 Turbo is the latest in a long line of forced-induction 911s. the 2014 911 Turbo uses a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 560 horsepower, enough to launch the 911 to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds.

As this is a standard test session there are very few cars on track, and aside from one slow moving BMW , the video is pure Porsche.

The demise of the Jaguar XK doesn’t necessarily mean Jaguar is leaving a hole in its entire lineup. A new model is set to replace the XK and from the looks of it, the British automaker is looking to field a coupe version of its bigger Jaguar XJ with styling cues attributed to the F-Type .

Given how the F-Type has been an enormous success and is largely the reason why Jaguar decided to drop the XK, it’s a smart move for Jaguar to make the proposed XJ Coupe look similar to its current meal ticket. That appears to be the plan for Jaguar, as it continues to make aggressive move after aggressive move to be a player in the luxury performance market.

The reported arrival of the XJ Coupe also means that Jaguar won’t necessarily drop out of the 2+2 grand tourer market where models like the Bentley Continental GT and the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe reside. On the contrary, Jaguar is preparing the XJ Coupe to be a direct rival to these models. With that, you can at least expect the model to be bigger than the XK with a similar aluminum architecture as the F-Type.

Engine options will likely also be varied and could range from either a supercharged V-6 to a V-8, or possible both. A six-cylinder diesel is also expected to be in the mix.

Discussions on price will likely be shelved at least until there’s confirmation for the model, but reason dictates that the model could be priced somewhere in the neighborhood of at least £100,000.

Note: Sedan model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XJ Coupe.


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