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Well boys and girls, it looks like those crazy kids at Touriclips are at it again. This time they have gotten some video footage of what appears to be a hard-core Golf GTI blasting around the Green Hell. According to the YouTube description, Touriclips thinks this is a Club Sport edition of the GTI, or perhaps a mildly camouflaged Golf R EVO. Either way, they expect the car is being shaken down for a debut at the Wörthersee Tuning Festival in May.

I am not sure I buy that though. A quick eye will notice the Wiechers Sport logo on the flanks of the car in white. Wiechers is a company that specializes in roll cages, harnesses and other racing gear. I don’t see Volkswagen putting a sponsorship decal on a test mule.

I agree that this is likely a special car for Wörthersee, but I don’t think it’s something that Volkswagen is working on specifically. Every year, Wörthersee sees many cars from other companies that are designed to showcase new parts. With the Mk7 Golf just hitting showrooms around the world, I think Wiechers Sport is finalizing tuning for new suspension and roll cage upgrades to showcase at the show.

Secretly, I do hope they prove me wrong though. A tauter, lighter Golf GTI would be an amazing machine to spend time in. It is no secret that the Volkswagen Golf is one of my all-time favorite cars, but there seems to be too much amiss for me to take this as a new special-edition car. I mean we do have proof of a Golf R wagon , so I guess anything is possible.

What do you guys think? Did Touriclips get it wrong, or am I just an idiot that likes to make things up?

I have put in a line to Wiechers to see if this is their mule, or not. If they don’t claim it, then the Club Sport GTI rumors get a lot juicier. Keep your eyes here for an update.

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Hennessey Perfromance ’s most recent projects included power updates for the 2014 Corvette Stingray and 2014 Chevrolet SS . If you’ve been with us the past couple of months, you may also know that its Lotus Exige -based Venom GT is the world’s fastest production car, albeit an unofficial record, at 270.49 miles per hour.

But these aren’t the only vehicle Hennessey has meddled with in its Texas workshop lately. The company has added its familiar HPE700 package to a couple of European sports cars , such as the recently-discontinued McLaren MP4-12C and the Ferrari 458 Spider, as well.

Tuning an already fast Ferrari 458 might sound insane to some, but nothing’s too extreme for the folks over at Hennessey, who have added a pair of ball bearing turbochargers in order to increase output up to a neck-breaking 738 horses and 532 pound-feet of torque.

The twin-turbo Ferrari was also enhanced with a new fuel system, a stainless steel exhaust system, among other goodies, while being fitted with the HPE Engine Management Calibration for optimized performance.

These updates enables the Texas-tweaked 458 Spider to launch from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 137 miles per hour.

Automakers taking the web series route have become prevalent these days. Koenigsegg has "Inside Koenigsegg" and Chevrolet Racing has the "Track to Street" series in the middle of the ALMS season. Now, Aston Martin is joining in on the fun with the debut of the "Discover Aston Martin DB9" web series.

Unlike the technical nature of Inside Koenigsegg and the action-packed episodes of Track to Street, Discover Aston Martin DB9 takes a dramatic look at one of the British automaker’s most esteemed models.

The first episode gives a full overview of the iconic DB9 , complete with interviews with two men greatly responsible for its development: design director Marek Reichman and director of product development Ian Minards.

WIth the history and pedigree of the DB9 as it relates to Aston Martin, it’s no wonder why the company holds the model in high regard, attributing its appeal to a legacy of style and innovation that has defined the model and the company.

Or simply put, as Reichman describes the DB9, "it’s the backbone of Aston Martin."

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Yes, we know what you’re thinking! The guys over at Top Gear finally got a chance to do a lap of their Dunsfold Aerodrome track in the McLaren P1 . Well, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Driving the British supercar you’re about to see in the video above is not The Stig, but Chris Goodwin — McLaren ’s chief test driver.

We don’t know whether the former race car driver was actually conducting any relevant testing or just having some fun, but we do know that this was the first time a McLaren P1 lapped the small course that has seen thousands of vehicles roaring upon it throughout its life.

Although there’s no actual lap time available for us to compare to other Top Gear’s famous list of cars, the footage show the P1 in its natural environment. The vehicle’s hooned at full throttle, its brakes are put to good use and you’ll even notice a bit of oversteer through the fast corners.

If this video is not enough to quench your thirst for the P1, make sure you stick around because there’s more coming our way. The YouTube user that uploaded this clip says we should be getting a full POV from the driver’s seat, as well as some track footage with the supercar in E-mode, soon enough.

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Introduced in 1981, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a rear-engined sports car built in Northern Ireland for the American market. The vehicle acquired iconic status after staring in the Back to the Future film trilogy, in which Dr. Emmett Brown used it as a time machine.

These details, and the fact that the DMC-12 had gull-wing doors and unpainted stainless-steel body panels, are part of common knowledge nowadays, as most of the car’s history. However, the full DeLorean story is still intriguing after more than 30 years.

Why? Because DeLorean went into bankruptcy due to an unstable U.S. car market that finally slumped in the early 1980s. There’s also the fact that the DMC-12 looked faster than it really was with only 130 horsepower at its disposal and a sluggish 0 to 60 mph time of 10.5 seconds. This car could’ve been more than that.

DMC-12 aside, John DeLorean’s life is also worthy of a Hollywood movie. He worked for Chrysler , Packard, Pontiac (developed the GTO muscle car ) and Chevrolet before starting his own company, and got out of the automotive business after being framed, arrested and tried for trafficking cocaine.

With John DeLorean having passed away nearly ten years ago, only a handful of people can talk about and relate to his dream. One of them is Stephen Wynne, the man behind the new DeLorean company based in Texas, and the other one is James Espey, vice president of the small business venture that acquired the trademark in 1995.

They are now building DMC-12s from new-old-stock parts and, most importantly, carry the DeLorean legacy further into the future. Just like "Doc" Brown did in his heavily modified example of the car.

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There was a time where bespoke, coachbuilt cars were nearly as common as standard cars. For decades names like Gläser, Zagato and Vanden Plas ruled the coachbuilding world providing custom cars for any customer with the cash and the imagination.

Thanks to unibody car construction, coachbuilding has become a nearly extinct art, but Aston Martin is reviving the spirit of the coachbuilt car with its new Q option. You won’t be able to get a custom designed body, but Q will let you alter, modify or customize almost any portion of the car to your desires. Do you want a Vanquish purple leather seats with neon green stitching, with a yellow-colored, carbon-fiber dash and orange floor mats? You can have it. Do you want to have a DB9 with all the interior trim pieces covered in wood that has been stained to match your favorite tie? You can have that done as well.

Aston Martin will even let you get customized luggage sets, umbrellas and picnic baskets. If you can dream it, Aston Martin will do its best to make it happen. The video above gives just a small taste of what wonderful things are possible with this new Q program. Some of the creations are utterly beautiful, and some will make you cringe, but each is a unique and noteworthy display of craftsmanship and design.

God help me if they ever make building a Q car into a fully interactive online car configurator.

The second and latest episode of Drive’s "Inside Koenigsegg" web series is now up online. In keeping up with the overall theme of the second season, this episode returns to showcase the 5.0-liter, V-8 engine of the powerful supercar it has ever built: the Koenigsegg One:1 .

Much has been said about the One:1 and all of them has been either tinted with breathless amazement or shameless gushing. We admit to having fallen to both states at one point or another. But for all the technological wonder of the One:1, the heart of the car remains its massive V-8 engine that spits out an ungodly 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque.

Koenigsegg founder Christian Von Koenigsegg returns to give us a rundown on the development of the One:1’s engine, including his disclosure that the One:1’s engine is actually an evolution of the one sitting inside the Agera R .

In order to generate that much more horsepower, Koenigsegg went and changed a number of the engine’s mechanical components, including the camshafts, the springs, the valves, the injectors, the fuel pumps, and the turbochargers. And that’s just the physical changes, as Koenigsegg put it. Software modifications were also done to raise the redline of the engine.

As always, it’s a fascinating look inside one of the most highly regarded supercar manufacturers in the world and how it goes about the business of continuing to raise the bar of exotic engineering.


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The tires are just getting warmed up on the Streets of Long Beach at Round One of the 2014 Formula DRIFT taking place today and tomorrow (April 4-5) in sunny southern California. Marking the start to the 11th season for one of America’s fastest growing motor sport, Formula D can be viewed LIVE right here on TopSpeed via DailyMotion.

As the season progresses through the summer, the championships will be hosted all over the country before the final round is concluded October 11th in Irwindale, California at the unofficial “House of Drift” and birthplace of American drifting motorsports, the Irwindale Speedway.

Formula DRIFT seasons consists of two-day meets or “Rounds” where drivers compete against a set of criteria before a panel of judges who look for the best used techniques, skills, and control. Three major areas of each driver’s run are scored: line, angle, and style — with each worth a certain number of points as follows.

Line judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Angle judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Style judge can award up to 30 points
Total maximum points is 100

For more information on Formula DRIFT, check out their website here. But be sure to give the live stream a watch. It’s an unbelievably exciting motorsport with tons of tire smoke, revving engines, and sideways shenanigans.

Source: DailyMotion
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You guys have asked for it since the first day the TopSpeed Podcast hit the site. “We want video,” cried the unified mass of listeners. Well now we are looking into making that happen for you, but we need some help. The act of creating a video version of your new favorite podcast is proving to be a bit more challenging and time consuming than originally anticipated, so we need feedback and input.

How much does the video feed enhance your enjoyment of the podcast? Is the quality on par with what you expect from us here at TopSpeed? We need to know if we are truly giving you the best content possible. This is a learning experience for all of us, so we thought we should give you guys some background on how we are bringing you the new video format, and we are looking for criticism on what we are doing right or wrong, and what you guys want to see changed.

Here is the most important part, guys. If we don’t have enough response and support for the video, we will be sticking to audio only. So if you want this video, LET US KNOW.

We have put the new video version of Episode 005 after the jump, along with a full run down of how we made this happen; complete with software and equipment lists.

Click past the jump to see the TopSpeed.com Podcast 005 video and how it was made.

Forza 5 has released an amazing new video that pays tribute to one of the finest supercars to come out in recent years: the Ferrari LaFerrari . The video is actually so good that a real-life likeness of it probably wouldn’t look as cinematic as this one. Add the incredible musical score and yes, goosebumps will happen.

The video, essentially, is all about the LaFerrari. But Turn 10 went on a creative route in celebrating the Ferrari supercar by using a number of the company’s past and present models form their own version of a royal entrance by having all these iconic Ferraris form two lines to welcome the LaFerrari.

We all know that the Ferrari LaFerrari has taken the place of the Ferrari Enzo as the company’s premier modern-day supercar. The engineering and technical development attributed to the LaFerrari is beyond incredible, and the car itself looks all sorts of otherworldly. The name, on the other hand, is a whole different conversation...

We already know all of these things, but watching this video created by Forza developer Turn 10 reminds us just how real it all is.


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