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On the surface, this is arguably one of the flashiest Lamborghini Aventadors we’ve ever seen. Hardly surprising, though, considering that the man driving this supercar is 24-year-old Naseer Al-Thani.

So while vacationing in London with his trusty exotic, Al-Thani inexplicably forgot his driver’s license and insurance information in Qatar, a bad recipe if you’re planning to show-off your purple-and-orange, glow-in-the-dark Aventador in a foreign country.

Unfortunately for Al-Thani, dressing up the Aventador in that garb wasn’t the only poor decision he’s made recently. After getting pulled over for missing number plates, Al-Thani’s Aventador was seized by British police for being driven without insurance.

And as fate would have it, the Aventador could meet its maker far too soon with the prospect of getting crushed a likely scenario. Remember, mundane vehicles get this kind of treatment when they’re seized in Britain.

Could Al Thani’s Tron-tastic Lamborghini Aventador suffer the same fate?

We certainly hope not, although we’re not too confident of its chances to live past its slapped expiration date.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Aventador

Source: Jalopnik

Back in April, Drayson Racing Technologies put the auto world on notice when it announced that it was planning on breaking the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record.

Well, consider the record broken.

Led by former British science minister and racecar driver, Lord Paul Drayson, Drayson Racing achieved the goal it set for itself two months ago, setting a new land speed world record for an electric car in the FIA’s sub-1,000 kg category.

Using a heavily modified version of the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype that was originally developed to compete in the American Le Mans Series, Drayson managed to clock in a top speed of 204.185 mph, head and shoulders clear of the 175 mph record set by Battery Box General Electric back in 1974.

Although the record is impressive whichever way you look at it, it still falls way short of the current world electric car land speed record. That distinction belongs to Venturi, who in 2010 was able to completely set itself apart with a top speed of 307.7 mph.

Despite the catch of setting a record using an FIA-sanctioned vehicle, Drayson Racing’s achievement is no less impressive, particularly given the obvious challenges of having to attempt a record with a car as lightweight as the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype.

Congratulations to Lord Paul Drayson and the entire team over at Drayson Racing. Well-deserved record, if you ask us.

Click past the jump to read about Drayson Racing’s B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype

The day when Top Gear returns to television is a cause for joy for a lot of us.

Our three favorite TV hosts are returning to BBC2 this Sunday, June 30th for their 20th season, a remarkable achievement for Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, and yes, we’re counting The Stig in there, too.

So what exactly are we all in store for with season 20? Judging by the photos and the trailer for the season that were both recently released, we’re expecting nothing less than the usual doses of witty zaniness mixed with some high-powered vehicles and the occasional lemon thrown into the mix.

Supercars galore are also expected to be headlined, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series , the Jaguar F-Type , and of course, the Ferrari F12berlinetta .

In other words, we’re expecting Top Gear to be, well, Top Gear.

Click past the jump to watch the first official trailer of Top Gear’s 20th season

Source: Top Gear
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Jaguar UK announced that for the 2014 model year, theXF lineup will be expanded with the addition of a new four-cylinder engine. Also, new for 2014 the XF will receive an extended navigation system offering a more focused and intuitive mapping, a smart keyboard and one-way road visualization.

The new, four-cylinder, 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers a total of 163 horsepower and will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new four-cylinder engine features a larger exhaust gas recirculation valves and a revised cooling assembly, which contributes to its astronomical 57.7 mpg and 129 g/km CO2 ratings.

The new engine is combined with Jaguar’s Stop-Start system, which features a twin-solenoid starter system that shuts down the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarts it fast enough for the driver to shoot into traffic seamlessly. When this system shuts down the engine, the instrument panel shows an illuminated ’ECO’ symbol. The 2014 XF is equipped with two batteries: one for the engine re-starting and one for all the other ancillaries.

If for some reason, the driver would like to deactivate the Start-Stop system, he can do so manually. However, the system reactivates on the following key cycle.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Jaguar XF.

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A few days ago, TVR placed a teaser image on its official webpage announcing what appeared to be a possible revival of the brand. Today, the teaser image changed and it says: "The distant rumble of rumors has turned to thunder and TVR is back in Britain!"

Along with this teaser image, Les Edgar - the marque’s incoming director - has offered new details in an official interview with Top Gear. Edgar said he purchased the TVR name from the former Russian owner, Nikolai Smolenski, and now has plans for the sports car brand. He also promised that the new TVR "won’t make the mistakes that have been made in the past."

Edgar is best known for developing video games and reintroducing Aston Martin to GT racing, so you can say he has plenty of knowledge to pull off this revival. As a result, the TVR name will be kept in the automotive sphere. "We bought TVR for what it is, and we don’t want to dilute that. We want to build on the DNA, and that’s unlikely to apply to anything but cars."

More details on this revival will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Click past the jump to read more about the TVR Sagaris - the last model built under previous ownership.

Source: TopGear
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In 2011, rumors were flowing that TVR was preparing for a comeback , but we haven’t heard anything since then. Well, at least not until today, when TVR placed a sort of teaser image on its official webpage. It’s true the teaser doesn’t outright mention a comeback, but that "Never say never" promise is pretty leading.

To be completely honest with you, this change of mood is quite surprising, considering that TVR said on its official page last month that it won’t develop any new model and that all it will support "the owners of TVR sports cars by ensuring supply of spares and the development of alternative drivetrains."

In 2012, TVR owner, Nikolai Smolensky, said that developing a new model won’t be financially viable for the company and sent the company into bankruptcy.

If the above image is, in fact, a teaser of a return, we can’t help but wonder what could have changed in the mean time? Maybe we will find out soon, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read a short TVR history.

Source: TVR
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Drayson Racing Technologies announced today its intention to brake the current FIA World Electric Land Speed Record. The attempt will be made on June 25 at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire with a low-drag version of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype . Behind the wheel will be racing driver and former UK science minister Lord Drayson.

According to the first details we have the company aims for a top speed of about 200 mph - quite an increase over the current 175 mph record set by Battery Box General Electric in the United States which has stood since 1974.

This record has held firm for nearly 40 years due to the immense technical challenge of running an electric vehicle consistently and reliably at such speeds when weighing less than 1000 kg (2200 pounds).

Click past the jump to read more about the Drayson B12 69/EV - the car that will attempt to brake the record.

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Shortly after HSV unveiled the 2013 GEN-F GTS , Vauxhall also announced the launch of the new VXR8 GTS - or the most powerful VXR8 offered by the company. The model borrowed all the technology and the design language from its Australian brother, so for sure you pretty much know what to expect from this new model.

When designing the new VXR8 GTS, Vauxhall focused on making the car looking as aggressive and as sporty as possible. For this it opted for bold graphics and shallow ramp angles that emphasize the car’s width and stance.

The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is now available for order at a price of £54,999 - or about $84,000 at the current exchange rates. According to Vauxhall this is about £20k less than any other German rival, while delivering pretty much the same performance figures.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.

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The British market received yet another special edition; this time it comes from the Italian automaker, Alfa Romeo , and it is called the Giulietta Collezione Limited Edition. The easiest way to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup is by its exclusive contrasting roof offered as a standard feature. The roof is painted matte Magnesio Grey on models donning a black body, whereas Alfa Red and Ghiaccio White models receive a black roof.

Along with the roof, Alfa Romeo offers special 17-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels, titanium-effect wing mirrors, darkened headlight surrounds and chrome door handles. For the interior, the Collezione Limited Edition adds black and red competizione cloth upholstery, and titanium-finish inserts on the doors, central console and dashboard.

The new Giulietta Collezione Edition can be ordered in four different engine configurations: 1.4 TB with 120 horsepower, 1.4 TB MultiAir with 170 horsepower, 1.6 JTDM-2 with 105 horsepower or 2.0 JTDM-2 with 140 horsepower.

On the British market, the model is priced at £18,265 (roughly $27,500 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

A few days after Citroen introduced a special-edition RCZ Coupe to the masses, its French sister from another mother, Renault , introduced its own.

This one, though, has been a yearly tradition for the French automaker (at least since last year) owing to its partnership with Formula One’s Red Bull Racing team.

This is the Renault Megane RS Red Bull RB8 Edition. You might recall that last year, Renault released a similar special-edition version for the 2013 Megane RS called the Red Bull RB7 Edition .

One of the most distinctive features of the new special-edition Megane is the Crépuscule Blue finish of the car, the same colors adorning the Red Bull RB8. Keeping with the theme of the model, Red Bull Racing graphics adorn the rear and the sides of the limited-edition car. Platinum Grey details on the F1 blade, door handles, door mirror housing and rear lip spoiler, as well as a monochrome laurel on the rear side windows that celebrate the team’s 2012 Constructors’ world title round out the exterior treatment of the Megane RS Red Bull RB8.

Inside, there are more of the same distinctive features, including Red Bull Racing branding on the numbered aluminum sill guards and carpet mats, as well as Renault’s R-Link and R.S. Monitor 2.0. Also inside are Recaro seats trimmed in an all-new fabric/leather combo with Red Bull Racing logos embroidered on the headrests.

As with any Megane RS, this special edition comes with a 265-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that twists out 250 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to get the hatchback up to 62 mph in 6 seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph.

The model is expected to be sold in 26 countries at a price of €36,000, which is about $46,300 based on current exchange rates.


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