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Jaguar is celebrating the launch of its new F-Type sports car in the British market with a special #YourTurnBritain campaign. People were asked to share photos that encapsulate the best of modern Britain through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. Contenders who submit the best images will have the chance to win one of the four unforgettable F-Type driving experiences.

Along with this contest, a total of six F-Type Union Jack models, wrapped in a special Union Flag livery will tour the Great Britain in an attempt to support the new campaign. This special F-Type will feature an exterior finish inspired by the recent "Best of British"-themed BBC Top Gear TV show.

The six special F-Types, which will start the British tour on August 12th, 2013 and will run through August 16th, will go from Edinburgh to Oxford. Londoners can admire the cars from August 12th through 23rd as they take residence at Canary Wharf.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Jaguar F-Type.

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Last year Driven offered a very interesting series on how cars are made at the Koenigsegg factory. Thanks to that series, we have learned plenty about the Swedish supercars .

In the latest episode of its show, Driven took a trip to the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern, England. Matt Farah talked to the men responsible for developing these amazing sports cars . He walked the shop floors and talked with some of the long-time craftsmen about their tools and methods, and learns about the philosophy behind Morgan.

What makes the Morgan models so interesting is the fact that their frame is made from wood, so the construction process requires a special development process. And this is exactly what Matt Farah tries to find out from the guys he is talking to.

Check out the video to learn how to make a wood-framed car.

Jaguar XKR-S GT

Initially earmarked for just North America, the track-focused, street-legal Jaguar XKR-S GT will now also be offered in the UK, albeit in limited quantities.

The irony of a British sports car only being offered in the U.S. and Canada notwithstanding, this latest development should be music to the ears of people in the UK, a lot of whom probably scratched their heads after Jaguar made the initial announcement the new sports car was only available across the pond.

But according to a release from Jaguar , the automaker had a change of heart, or at the very least, a change in priorities after strong demand from its homeland spurred the company to build and send 10 models of the XKR-S GT to the UK.

Strong demand has been the primary reason for Jaguar’s decision to not only send some models to the UK, but increase its total volume from the initial offering of 30 units - 25 in the US and five in Canada - to up to 50 units.

Each of these models will run £135,000 ($205,362) on the road, which, given the exclusivity of the sports car, appears to be money well-spent for anybody lucky enough to score one of the 10 models staying in the UK.

Click past the jump to read about the Jaguar XKR-S GT

It’s very rare that you see The Stig lose control of a car, let alone one with the sheer power of a Lamborghini . If we’ve come to know anything about Top Gear’s tame racing driver, it’s that he rarely makes any mistakes when it he sits behind the wheel of any car.

But the improbable happened in a recent episode of Top Gear. Not only did he spin out on a car, he did it on one of the rarest exotics in the world, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento .

People eventually found out that the world was round and now, we also found out that The Stig is human after all.

The Stig spinning out rarely happens. In fact, before doing it on the Sesto Elemento, the only time the masked driver did it was with a Koenigsegg CCX some years back, an episode that infamously led to the Swedish automaker installing a rear wing to add downforce to the CCX.

In this case, downforce wasn’t the issue that resulted in the Sesto Elemento spinning off the track. A high-speed left turn just caused The Stig to lose control, sending the ultra-limited Lambo into the grass, damaging the underside.

It’s tough seeing The Stig lose control of a car like the Sesto Elemento. It’s like watching Jay-Z mix up his lyrics during a live concert.

But even the best fall down sometimes and we’ve no doubts that The Stig can bounce back from this like nothing ever happened.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Aston Martin CC100

If there is a limited-edition vehicle that people with deep pockets should taken notice of, Aston Martin’s DBR1 -inspired CC100 Speedster is likely it.

Unfortunately, if you were late to the party, you won’t be able to get your hands on one. The concept, which Aston built to celebrate the British automaker’s 100th anniversary, has now been scooped up by what we can only imagine to be a financially well off collector. After all, he paid around $770,000 for the chance to own the car so he clearly has enough money left on his bank account to absorb that kind of monetary hit.

According to Autocar, there will be a second CC1000 to be built, but like the first model, that one’s already accounted for after Aston Martin was commissioned to build it. Aston Martin’s already building that car and the lucky fella who paid an equal premium for it is expected to take delivery of a literal two-of-a-kind vehicle later this year.

We don’t know about you, but if we had the finances to make that kind of splurge, we wouldn’t hesitate in following the footsteps of these two men.

Rarely do you chance upon a concept as cool and as riveting as the CC100 and the chance of owning one is something our bank accounts would have taken a hit for without even blinking.

That is if our accounts were fat enough to do so.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

Source: Autocar UK
The (New) Stig returns to Top Gear

Ever since Ben Collins outed himself as The Stig a few years ago, the producers of Top Gear have been extra cautious in protecting the identity of Collins’ replacement .

It’s one of the shows most important traditions; to keep the Stig’s identity confidential under all circumstances. That’s precisely the reason why you see this man barely register an emotion on the show, opting to stick to his go-to-move of crossing his arms to tell you what he thinks about you.

Very stoic, The Stig is.

But a recent report by the Daily Record may have Top Gear execs fidgeting in their seats after the British daily pretty much took the mystery out of the box and splashed it all over the news.

According to the Daily Record, The Stig is none other than Scottish racecar driver Gordon Shedden. Rumors that Shedden was The Stig took on a new life after the Scot demonstrated the Honda Mean Mower, a lawn mower that can do an incredible 135 mph. But demonstrating a garden vehicle didn’t register too much of a blip on the radar. What did, though, was a recent episode of Top Gear that showed The Stig giving the Mean Mower a run. The unfolding of events eventually gave way to rumors that Shedden was the man under the white racing suit.

The man didn’t even try to squash the rumors when he was asked about it, opting only to say"I don’t think anyone can say that. At the end of the day, it is just a person in a white suit. It’s more about the myth of Stig than who it is."

While no confirmation was made, this is one of those times where the adage "where there’s smoke, there’s fire" can be aptly used.

Click past the jump to learn more about Gordon Shedden

Source: Daily Record

It seems Europeans get all of the automotive fun, right? Well, Ford is about to reinforce that belief by unveiling the Mountune package for the already insane Focus ST .

This Mountune program does its power-boosting deeds by way of a handful of new components, including: a cast-allot inlet duct for easier breathing; high-flow sports air filter; larger intercooler for less heat soak on extended drives; and recalibration of the electronic systems. Buyers can opt to have the inlet duct and intercooler in silver or powder coated in black.

As it sits, the UK-spec Focus ST packs a mean wallop at 250 PS (246 horsepower) 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) of torque straight off the showroom floor, but Ford’s Mountune program jumps it to an incredible 275 PS (271 horsepower) and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque.

The power bump drops the Focus ST’s 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time from 6.5 to under 6 seconds. Additionally, the 31 to 62 mph acceleration time drops to just 4.9 seconds — a 0.8-second improvement.

The upgrade only takes about 90 minutes to install on the Focus ST and comes in at £1,225 ($1,852) for the silver components or £1,275 ($1,928) for the powder coated black components. This means a total investment of between £23,200 ($35,080) and £26,770 ($40,480), depending on the level of Focus ST and the Mountune kit chosen.

Unfortunately, there is no mention of this kit ever making it to the U.S. We can hope, right?

Not a lot of people understand the hard work it takes to build a car, let alone one that develops 500 horsepower and hits 200 mph at the drop of a hat. But the people over at Sin Cars understand what it takes to hit these levels of performance. That’s why the company has succeeded in building a special supercar called the R1.

For what it’s worth, the R1 supercar looks like one and performs like one too. It doesn’t boast of the most ostentatious design you’ll see, but it’s got the styling credentials to be looked at as a race-ready machine capable of throwing down with the best of them.

But that’s what makes the R1 impressive: it was made by young designers with plenty of experience in motorsport racing. The combined knowledge and understanding of the industry made this supercar what it is now and that’s a credit to the folks who worked hours on end to see this project through.

Again, the R1 isn’t your typical Ferrari or Lamborghini , but it sure does have that supercar soul and at the end of the day, that’s the ultimate stamp of approval.

Click past the jump to read more about the Sin R1.

Source: Sin Cars

A Formula One racecar belonging to arguably the greatest F1 driver in history is apparently such a collector’s item that people will deep pockets are willing to pay a moon’s price for it.

That much was made very clear at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed after Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sold for a staggering $29.6 million, making it the most expensive car to be sold at a public auction, the most expensive F1 race car ever and, as a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, the most expensive Mercedes in history.

Lots of "expensive" there, huh?

The racecar, which was sold at a Bonhams auction late last week, is the same one Fangio used to win his second Formula One title in what became an illustrious and now legendary career. It’s noted for being the racecar that introduced a bevy of new technologies into F1, including the use of a fuel-injected engine, an all-independent suspension from Mercedes, a multi-tubular ’spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard-mounted brakes, and the ’straight-8’ engine ’laydown’ configuration that reduces the car’s overall height.

Suffice to say, this Mercedes racecar is that rare gem in automotive history that commands a price depending on how deep the pockets of the bidders are.

And apparently, "deep" meant to the tune of $29.6 million.

Click past the jump to read about Juan Manuel Fangio

Source: Bonhams
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If you haven’t heard anything about the MX-5 in the past few months it’s only because Mazda is quietly preparing to unleash the new generation soon. Still, in order to keep our attention focused on the model, Mazda announced today the MX-5 Sport Graphite. This release comes as no big surprise, as the MX-5 remains the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car with almost 1,000,000 units sold around the globe.

The model was initially unveiled in 1989 and it is currently in its third generation. All the three generations were built with the "Jinba ittai" credo in mind, which can be translated as "rider and horse should be one body."

What makes the MX-5 so cool is the fact that it managed to keep its origins during all the three generations, and each one was an evolution of the previous one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite.


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