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To say Tesla is the world’s leading automotive start-up of the last 90 years would be a gross understatement. The company has done extremely well for itself, considering its mere 10-year existence and two-model lineup. Now solely producing its second product — the Model S — Tesla is on the forefront of all-electric car design and manufacturing. The Silicon Valley company can pin the majority of its success on the shoulders of its founder and CEO, Elon Musk.

CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley recently sat down with Musk for an interview about Tesla. “Well, I didn’t really think Tesla would be successful,” Musk answered regarding how he could start a car company and be successful at it. “I thought we would most likely fail. But I thought that we at least could address the false perception that people have that an electric car had to be ugly and slow and boring like a golf cart.” That sort of tenacity seems to be a driving force behind Musk’s inability to think small. “If something’s important enough you should try. Even if you [think] the probable outcome is failure.”

The Model S has shown an electric car can be successful inside the U.S. It’s so successful, in fact, Tesla is having a hard time keeping up with demand, turning out 600 cars each week, despite a few fiery setbacks. Musk is even planning a $5 billion factory to be built within the U.S. for constructing enormous amounts of lithium-ion batteries. With the eventual lowered cost of battery production, Tesla’s next major goal is producing an all-electric car costing roughly $35,000, making the company and its technology open to a far greater number of consumers.

Click past the jump for more info on Elon Musk’s other projects

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Having taken delivery of his brand new McLaren P1 supercar — the first US-spec version to cross the Pond — Jay Leno is probably busy driving Britain’s most anticipated vehicle for the 2014 model year as we speak. And we bet he’s grinning from ear to ear while with all 903 horsepower at his disposal.

Coincidentally, the most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage also focuses on a British car. One that comes from a different era and in a package that’s more about lightness and precision handling than extreme horsepower. We’re talking about the Lotus Elan 26R.

Launched in 1963, the Elan was a small sports car that measured only 145 inches in length and tipped the scales at just 1,516 pounds. To draw a better picture of what the Elan was about, the third-gen Mazda MX-5 is about 158 inches long and weighs around 2,500 pounds.

Developed using Colin Chapman’s "simplify, then add lightness" design, the featherweight Elan didn’t need more than a 1.6-liter, inline-four engine and 105 horsepower to take on public roads or race tracks at high speeds. Of course, the tiny vehicle quickly became a popular race car .

Getting back to Jay Leno, he already owned a 1969 Lotus Elan, but his garage lacked a track-prepped 26R. That hole was obviously filled recently, when Jim Hall completed the roadster you’re about to see in the video above. The project started from a regular 1966 Elan, which means we’re not dealing with an authentic 26R, but judging by the amount of work it was put into the roadster, it’s safe to assume that Leno’s right by saying this is "the ultimate Elan".

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The new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is more than just another Camaro with a huge motor. As we have shown with videos about wheel design and alterations to the Chevy Bowtie , Every piece of the Z/28 is built to perform. In this latest video, Mark Stielow, the program engineering manager for the project, covers all the new aerodynamic changes that have been made to the car to make it a Nurburgring-blistering beast.

Starting with the nose of this beast, the Z/28 features a large front lip spoiler to create downforce. Mark is quick to point out that this front splitter is much larger than the unit sold with Chevrolet’s other track-focused Camaro, the 1LE . Not only is this front splitter larger, it is steel-reinforced and mounted to the bumper beam of the Camaro to allow it to withstand up to 200 pounds of force. The hood of the car features a revised heat extractor that is made from carbon to reduce weight, and it features a more open design to improve cooling.

Around the side, there are gurney lips in front of the front wheels, the side sills reduce drag and improve downforce, and the whole car sits a full 33 mm (1.3 inches) lower, thanks to a new suspension setup. You can’t see it normally, but there is a large bellypan under the front of the car as well.

There are few more changes, but we don’t want to ruin the whole video for you. All we can say is that GM went above and beyond in creating the new Z/28, and we love every square inch of it.

Car paparazzi extraordinaire Shmee150 recently paid a visit to Arash Motorcars , proving once again that when it comes to sniffing out the fastest machines on the planet, this guy is one of the best in the business. His latest video is more like a 30-minute episode of diving into everything and anything that has to do with one of the most highly regarded niche supercar builders in the world.

Speaking with Arash Farboud himself, the two discussed, among other things, the company’s latest pride and joy, the AF8 supercar.

It’s already known in and out of the industry that the AF8 is one shiny piece of metal and carbon fiber with matching performance credentials to boot. The floor of the supercar is actually made from Kevlar-carbon composite to provide “ballistic” protection against stones and road debris, and lest we forget, the AF8 is powered by an insane, GM-sourced, LS7 7.0-liter V-8 that produces 550 horsepower, enough to push the AF8 to 200 mph.

There’s more to just the discussion of the AF8 in this video so we’re advising everyone to watch the whole episode to get a full idea on how Arash has established itself as one of the finest exotic car builders in the world.

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We may be all hot and bothered with the new Lamborghini Huracan , but technically the Gallardo is still the Lamborghini to buy today. As a quick reminder of why the Lamborghini Gallardo rose to stardom to become the best-selling model in the Italian automaker’s history, we have a pair of videos that show off what the fastest and most capable Gallardo, the LP750-4 Super Trofeo can do.

The first video is a simple dyno run, but it lets you get a good close-up dose of V-10 wail. Final numbers are 509 horsepower. At the wheels. Just be a bit careful with the audio on this one, it starts mid dyno run, and it’s a little loud.

The next video lets you get a good look at what all that power can do. It is a set of three drag races with the first two being against a new 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo . After more than 10 years in production, the Gallardo was getting a bit long in the tooth, but as these videos show, it certainly aged well.

Click past the jump for the drag racing video.

Source: Dragtimes

Chris Harris is always dependable for having a jolly good time during his video reviews, and this one of the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is no different. Tire smoke, sideways shenanigans, and fast lap times are a guarantee.

At the beginning, Harris gives an honest opinion of the Jag’s interior. He takes issue with a few points throughout the cockpit, noting the random bit of low-rent materials, miss-matched type fonts, and odd ergonomics. The imperfections are far from a deal breaker though as he can’t seem to get over the F-Type’s exterior aesthetics – especially its “incomprehensibly attractive posterior.”

After a full rundown of the inner bits, Harris gets down to business making the Jag dance around the corners of some picturesque mountain road. The F-Type’s ability to be a subdued Grand Touring car is astonishing given its beastly on-track attributes and unbridled 550 horsepower prancing from its supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8. Even with the traction control off, Harris says the car is so predictable, so well handling that it’s a cinch to drive fast. Getting the tail out is a simple task with 502 pound-feet of torque on tap.

At the track, however, things are even better. With the computer in the right settings and the tires warmed up, the F-Type scoots around with surprising purpose. Its visceral sounds and ostentatious exhaust calls like trumpets of triumph as the Jaguar barrels around corners like it was a Porsche 911 . Its steering, in fact, Harris enjoys more than the 911’s — a car as a whole, he later says, has become “weak" these days.

Harris ends the review by concluding the F-Type might just be the best Jaguar has built since the iconic E-Type of the 1960s. “This is,” he says, “might be the E-Type of my generation.”

Jay Leno has taken delivery of a new supercar . What else is new, right? This time, though, Leno’s new baby isn’t just any supercar; it’s actually the first US-Spec McLaren P1 delivered to a private owner.

McLaren of Beverly Hills made the confirmation of Leno’s historic new ride and boy, is it pretty to look at. Dressed in a Volcano Yellow finish, Leno’s new prized purchase —all $1.4 million worth — is as groundbreaking as it comes in the supercar world.

Featuring a litany of technological advancements, the P1 is the crowning achievement of McLaren engineering. The P1 that has taken the mantle of being the fastest and most powerful McLaren ever built. And it runs on hybrid technology, too.

Leno has never been shy about tossing his money around when it comes to high-prized exotics. The comedian is a well-documented gearhead with a car collection that would make Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection look tame by comparison. But without the Late Night money rolling in any longer, he may need to tap Jimmy Fallon for a loan if he keeps up at this pace.

Regardless, bow he gets to add another car to his collection, much to his enjoyment and much to our collective envy. Be easy on your new bird, Jay Leno!

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It is a battle of the heavyweight German super coupes ; the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 507 against the Audi RS5 . In this episode of Motor Trend’s Head2Head, they take these two V-8-powered monsters and try to decide which is best. Will Audi’s Quattro AWD help it pull ahead, or does that incredible engine in the AMG take top honors.

I won’t ruin anything for anybody, but we can look at some of the high points.

Jonny Lieberman takes the wheel to give these cars a thorough once-over and he comes to a lot of conclusions I agree with. Firstly, the Audi is the better looking car. Not in the crazy “go-fast” way, but as a genuinely pretty car the Audi easily takes top honors.

The Mercedes may lose in style, but Jonny says it walks away with better braking and steering feel. It also doesn’t suffer from the understeer that the Audi does.

It is quite the close battle; click play to see who comes out on top.

Jay Leno’s garage is never short on amazing vehicles with loads of historical or performance pedigrees melded into every component. But Jay’s latest guest car is a vehicle with loads of future potential for the mainstream market, though it’s not much to look at.

Starting with a stock Euro-spec Ford Focus , the folks at Ricardo replaced the car’s standard 2.0-liter Duratec inline four cylinder with a 1.0-liter I-4 with a few tricks up its sleeve. The engine features a regular turbocharger, along with an electric supercharger in a setup much like the McLaren P1 . (Ricardo helped develop the battery management software for the P1) Designed as a torque fill, the supercharger is powered by electricity stored in super capacitors. Once the driver hits the gas, the supercharger responds within 200 milliseconds, providing boost until the turbo spools up. Once the turbo is pressurized, the supercharger is turned off.

A belt-starter generator running off the engine powers the super capacitors. And because the 1.0-liter is has a stop/start feature, the capacitors also power the belt-starter generator to restart the engine.

Perhaps the two most impressive aspects of the HyBoost system are its efficiency and overall cost. The old 2.0-liter engine averaged around 32 mpg, but the HyBoost improves on that by an impressive 47 percent – meaning the new powertrain achieves roughly 47 to 50 mpg and nearly 60 mpg highway. Then there’s cost. Somehow, Ricardo is potentially able to include this system in a car for roughly $1,100 over its original sticker price.

Though the powertrain is more efficient, it hasn’t given up any performance over the larger 2.0-liter. The setup makes 143 horsepower at 5,500 and still runs the same 9.2-seconds to 60 mph.

We wouldn’t be surprised to find this technology making its way into products in the next few years. As Jay points out in the video, nothing on the car is break-through technology. All the components were pre-existing, so it’s proven technology and should be easy to manufacture.

Koenigsegg’s highly entertaining web series, Inside Koenigsegg, has returned for a second season. This time around, the Swedish builder isn’t wasting any time; it’s jumping right in to discuss the car that’s got everybody’s attention in the auto world these days: the Koenigsegg One:1 .

Even with its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, there’s still an air of mystery surrounding the Koenigsegg One:1 Koenigsegg One:1 that a lot of people couldn’t point to. Maybe it’s because Koenigsegg has been mum on its performance capabilities, or that it’s come out and said that top speed wasn’t a priority in building the ridiculous supercar .

Whatever it’s intentions are, the company did elaborate on a few things in the first episode of Inside Koenigsegg’s second season. For one, the nomenclature of the supercar was finally explained. According to Christian von Koenigsegg, "One:1" is a reference to its power-to-weight ratio, which is, well, 1:1. That’s unheard of, even with all the technological advancements the industry has achieved in recent years.

So, in essence, the One:1 produces 1,340 horsepower and has a curb weight of (that’s a fully fueled up car, mind you), you guessed it, 1,340 kilograms (2,954 pounds). If you dive into more interesting performance measurements about the One:1, the output it produces is right around 1 megawatt, making it in von Koenigsegg’s words "the first megacar ever built".

That combination is jut mind-blowing, if you think about it. Much more so when you take into consideration that von Koenigsegg describing the One:1 as the most extreme car the company has ever built isn’t somebody trying to blow smoke up our you-know-whats.

The man means it and judging by the product he and his outstanding team of engineers have created, it’s words that you can take to the bank.


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