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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.

You might be tempted to think that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is ready to hit the streets now that its configurator is online, but you’d be wrong. Refining a super-fast vehicle that’s based on a true-blue race car is a long and difficult task, and it seems Chevy is spending a lot of time doing that. With just a few months left until the first Z06s start rolling off the assembly line, GM’s halo sports car is being put through its paces on the Nurburgring track, the place where all high-performance vehicles go to hone their skills.

Thanks to YouTube’s BridgeToGantry, whose daily routine is to keep an eye on the "Green Hell" for any interesting car that may arrive to run a few hot laps, we’re able to watch the 2015 Corvette Z06 doing what it knows best. That’s taking fast turns and running fast straights on one of the world’s most challenging race courses. Naturally, the Z06 is by no means intimidated by the Nurburgring’s difficult configuration and has no trouble in tackling the track’s tight bends at high speed. The footage also provides us with yet another opportunity to hear the Vette’s enticing V-8 engine roar through its four-pipe exhaust.

There’s only one thing wrong with this video. It’s too damn short. Just hit the play button and you’ll understand why we need more than 53 seconds of Z06 footage.

We’ve always known Vilner to be an off-key tuner that specializes in dressing up interiors. Apparently, it’s also a fan of Star Wars, which may or not be surprising depending on your allegiance to the movie franchise. The Bulgarian tuner is such a fan that it decided to get an early start on Episode 7 promotions by giving the BMW M6 Convertible a Stormtrooper treatment.

Before Star Wars junkies get too excited, the program is actually a one-off, build specifically for one customer who offered his last-generation M6 to receive the aftermarket program. In other words, it’s a unique project that will be sold on a limited number. No more than 10 cars, according to Vilner.

The BMW Stormtrooper is actually the second project Vilner has made of this dramatic scale. Remember last year, when the company introduced the Bullshark ? Seems like a long time ago, right?

Vilner followed that up with the Stormtrooper, a convertible version of the Bullshark that might have the same design idea, but has dramatically different applications.

The result is nothing short of eye-catching, and that may even be putting it lightly.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Stormtrooper by Vilner.

There’s nothing wrong with an automaker showcasing two different concepts before rolling out a production car, which is why I’m not at all surprised Honda is bringing the Type R Concept II to the Paris Motor Show before unveiling its next high-performance Civic hatch. However, I suspect the Concept II is as production-ready as it gets, and the latest batch of spy shots that arrived in our inbox come to confirm just that. While we’re all busy gazing at the striking Concept II and its flashy paint job, Honda is testing the real deal close to the Nurburgring . And guess what? The production Type R appears to be identical to the Concept II that’s slated to debut on October 2nd, 2014.

In an almost hilarious attempt to hide what we already know, the test car is wrapped in black-and-white camouflage, and there’s no actual sheet metal for us to look at, but certain details reveal the Concept II will hit the production line with very few changes. That’s far from shocking, as Honda is known for displaying near-production cars while calling them concepts.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Honda Civic Type R.

Supercars are always up for a riot on the roads with spinning tires, loud exhausts, and speeds in excess of insanity. Supercars are apparently also up for a good roasting, with tires melting off their rims, glass shattering, and Alcantara interior bits leaving the cockpit in a puff of smoke.

Porsche’s newest supercar, the $845,000 918 Spyder with its hybrid powertrain, hadn’t felt the burn until now. Cell phone video (from Dave and his lovely girlfriend) captures the inferno mid-event as the Porsche sits idly by at a gas station with flames engulfing its left-rear quarter.

While most supercars like to spontaneously combust on their own, this 918 is perhaps a victim of a refueling mishap. Maybe the owner forgot to extinguish his Cuban cigar before pressing that 93-octane button at the Ontario-based gas station. Or perhaps it was a jolt of static electricity built up from exiting the car. Either way, there is one less Porsche 918 in the world, and for that we grieve.

Pro Tip: Before filling up with gas, discharge yourself of any static electricity by touching a few bare metal items not near the fuel nozzle or gas pump, lest you become the topic of the next car-on-fire story. This is especially important as the weather turns cold.

Source: Jalopnik

You find yourself holding the keys to two of the most-anticipated sports cars of 2014, and you just happen to be at one end of a long, straight and abandoned piece of asphalt. What are you going to do? Hint: the correct answer is “have a drag race.” In this new video from the The Fast Lane Car, they have the new 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible and the BMW i8 down at the local track, and they are doing some straight-line speed runs.

We get to see a total of three runs, and the results are much closer than we expected. One thing to note, and the TFLCar team is quick to point it out, they film in Boulder Colorado. That means that elevation is a major factor in the performance of naturally aspirated, internal-combustion engines. Electric motors don’t suffer from any sort of power drop at higher altitudes.

The video is a little long at five minutes, but they make sure to give you some good details on the cars themselves, and you get to hear a good bit of exhaust noise. If you want skip all the pre-party stuff and just want to jump straight into the drag racing, skip over to the two-minute mark and enjoy.

You may have read the news last week that Lotus was killing its only remaining road-legal model here in the United States. There were a lot of sad faces around the U.S., but considering the car never sold well to start with, I didn’t quite feel the sorrow. Still, if you were one of the Lotus fans who spent the week crying into your ultra-lightweight driving gloves, I have good news for you. According to a report from Jalopnik, the Evora will be back as a 2016 model.

A statement was posted to Lotus Forums, and Jalopnik says that the CEO of Lotus North America, Arnie Johnson confirmed it to be true. "We would like to comment upon the rumours that are circulating on social media and online, Lotus is committed to the North American market and will indeed produce a 2016 Model Year Evora that will be fully U.S. compliant. We will not be producing a 2015 model year Evora, therefore, there will be limited availability of 2014 model year cars over the next few months."

So there you have it, the Evora will be returning, just not next year. Considering Lotus wasn’t going to revise the current car to use the “smart airbags” that would make it U.S. legal again, it is likely that the new Evora will be a highly revised model, if not a new-generation car.

As always, keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to pass on all the news as soon as we get it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lotus Evora.

Source: Jalopnik

The Lexus RC F Coupe is one of the hottest new models to hit the market and its popularity is continuing to grow. But now, Motoring Australia is reporting that an even hotter version of the RC F Coupe is on its way.

The auto news outlet recently had a conversation with Lexus chief engineer Yukihiro Yaguchi and the Japanese engineer divulged details on the possibility of an improved version of the RC F that will debut in 2015. Granted, he didn’t explicitly say that an improved RC F would translate to a more powerful RC F Coupe. That would be getting too ahead of ourselves. Instead, the model will likely be geared towards making it more “enjoyable to drive”.

That’s a nice way of putting it, but everyone knows that the RC F is a performance model first and foremost. It wouldn’t be enough to say that an improved new RC F would just be “more enjoyable” than the one that’s already on the market. Remember, the RC F already packs a 5.0-liter V-8 that pumps out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to 168 mph. If Lexus really wants to make a statement, a 500-horsepower RC F Coupe would be the way to do it.

Fortunately, Yaguchi didn’t close the door on that potentially happening, telling Motoring that more power could be extracted from the V-8 without necessarily going the route of forced induction. The question now is if Lexus is planning to do that.

Yaguchi says Lexus is already thinking about it. Hopefully, Lexus moves past the thinking stage into the doing stage sooner than later.

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

Source: Motoring

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show holds a very special place in our hearts, largely because it’s a different take on what an auto show traditionally is. Instead of debuting production cars or unveiling concept cars, SEMA is the place where automakers show off customized versions of their respective production models. This year, Scion was one of the first to unveil its SEMA plans when it released the first details on its SEMA-bound models, including the Slayer-inspired "Mobile Amp" tC sports coupe .

The Slayer Mobile Amp tC is far from a sheep wearing wolf’s clothing. It’s an all-out assault to your senses, a living (albeit on four wheels) embodiment of Slayer’s aggressive and style of music. The exterior and interior of the tC sports coupe received equal amounts of details attributed to Slayer. The car is currently being built by Mike Vu of MV DESIGNZ.

No official pictures have also been released, but I can already tell you that this program isn’t for the weak of heart. If I know Scion like I think I do, the company’s not going to settle for anything less than to make Tom Araya and the rest of the band proud to have their names attached to it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC.

30 years ago, Nissan created its motorsports and high-performance division, Nismo. That was back in 1984. Now, it’s 2014, and Nismo is still alive and healthy as can be. Over the years, it’s been largely responsible for a lot of Nissan’s success in racing, so it’s only fitting that Nissan has released a commemorative video to celebrate Nismo’s 30th anniversary.

As with all trips down memory lane will show you, the video showcases Nismo’s history, beginning with its establishment in Omori, Tokyo, before running through all of its motor racing accomplishments. If you weren’t old enough to remember those years, Nismo was a formidable presence in a lot of racing series all over the world. It competed in Asia, and Europe, spread across numerous racing disciplines, including the 1986 Le Mans 24-Hour Race where Nismo first competed using the Nissan R85V.

High-level racing success for Nismo continued well into the 90’s and in the 2000’s. Along the way, Nismo also began expanding its reach by beginning aftermarket work on a handful of Nissan models, none more prominent than on the Skyline GT-R and its eventual successor, the Nissan GT-R.

Congratulations on 30 years of success and innovation, Nismo! We’d buy you a round of sake on us if we could, but since we can’t, we’ll just raise our metaphorical glasses and toast to more years of success, both on and off the race track.

Kampai!

We’ve all come to appreciate Audi’s iconic quattro technology, one of the world’s most potent all-wheel-drive systems. Its what makes modern Audis such great vehicles, from the full-size A8 sedan to the Q7 SUV and the R8 supercar.

Now in its seventh generation, the quattro system has been enabling Audi engines to send their power to all four corners for 34 years. That’s not to say it took the Germans more than three decades to achieve perfection. No, the quattro was equally revolutionary when it was introduced in 1980, but sometimes it’s a good idea to look back on those brilliant ideas that changed the automotive world forever. And that’s what Petrolicious did with its latest video, which pays tribute to the UrQuattro, the first four-ringed vehicle to receive all-wheel-drive.

The UrQuattro, also known as simply Quattro, debuted in 1980 as a midsize, two-door coupe . While not exactly spectacular by design, the Quattro was the first vehicle to benefit from Audi’s then brand-new all-wheel-drive system. The feat proved to be decisive into turning the boxy UrQuattro into a legend on both the road and rally courses.

Although the production car remained largely unchanged until it was discontinued in 1991, the Quattro spawned a series of fierce rally cars. It all began with the A1 in 1980, which then developed into the Group B-spec S1 evolution. The latter was one of the most extreme rally cars ever built and went on to win several WRC events and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb three years in a row. In all, the quattro system helped Audi score 23 rally wins and two WRC titles, among other trophies.

Sure, Audi is no longer building rally cars, but that’s not to say the quattro has abandoned its motorsport roots. The connection is still obvious in the company’s results at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race the Germans have won 13 times the last 15 years.

But enough with the history, now hit the play button above for a trip down the memory lane with the initial Audi UrQuattro.


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