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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.

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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