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It’s been less than two months since Jaguar introduced the F-Type Project 7 , a 567-horsepower, limited-edition version of the sports car , and the British have resumed Nurburgring testing, hinting that more iterations of the F-Type are underway. Jaguar tested several F-Types on the "Green Hell" between July 22nd and 25th, according to TouriClips, with as many as four vehicles being hooned simultaneously.

While the Brits are still mum on details, something is obviously going on in Germany, with some of the F-Types seen on the iconic track wearing swirly camouflage on their front fascias and side skirts. There are numerous scenarios to consider. Most of them are based on past spy shots and rumors, which indicate that Jaguar is readying at least three new versions of the sports car.

Interestingly enough, all the F-Types seen on the ’Ring in late July 2014 are roadsters. What’s more, none of them carry significant aerodynamic upgrades, being fitted with regular front bumpers and rear spoilers. So what’s Jaguar up to with these apparently plain-looking F-Types? Read on to learn more.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s upcoming F-Type sports cars.

Posted on by Nico DeMattia  

If you aren’t familiar, Chris Harris is one of the better journalists out there. He’s made a name for himself by getting into arguments with Ferrari — and more importantly — destroying tires (or tyres since he’s English). The one thing that’s always great about a Chris Harris video review, is how well he can diagnose a car. He’s been in the game a long time and has driven everything from ancient, decrepit Citroen 2CV’s to hypercars like the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari . This makes him very diverse, and able to enjoy many different types of car, he doesn’t limit himself to old muscle cars with manual gearboxes or modern high-tech sports cars with all the newest of gadgets. He simply enjoys cars for what they are, he’s a proper gearhead (or petrolhead because again...English). So when he put out this video driving the i8, I payed attention.

The i8 is a technological powerhouse, using technologies and techniques not available on anything in its price range. It has a mid-mounted, 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine, making 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 129-horsepower electric motor to make a combined power out put of 362 ponies. The benefit of electric power is the instantaneous torque, and when combined with the turbo three-banger, the i8 produces a whopping 420 pound-feet of it. All this is sent through a variation of the six-speed auto in the new Mini Cooper (the engine is also carried over from the Mini), and delivered to all four wheels.

The chassis of the i8 is a monocoque tub made from CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic), so it’s incredibly light for a hybrid with big heavy batteries. The i8 weighs only 3,378 pounds. This makes it heavier than both the Corvette Stingray (3,298 pounds) and the Porsche 911 Carrera (3,042 pounds), but since the chassis is made out of CFRP and the batteries are laid out down the spine of the car, it feels much lighter and more nimble than it’s weight would suggest. This is also aided by the fact that it has that 420 pound-feet of torque from almost the second you touch the accelerator. In the video Chris explains how it doesn’t feel as pure and organic as a 911 but it’s close, and with all of the new technologies, it brings new exciting elements to the table.

Then there’s the look of the thing. To these eyes it’s the most interesting looking car on the road today, if not the most beautiful. This gives the Jag F-Type a run for it’s money. It’s not beautiful in the classic sense, but it is stunning in a modern art sort of way. It looks like the future, and it sort of is. Sports cars need to become fuel efficient nowadays and the new i Division cars are paving the way for that green future. I’m not a fan of electric cars but this one has me intrigued and it intrigues Chris as well. Real gearheads can appreciate when something is new and innovative, when it pushes the ball forward, and that’s exactly what you see here in the i8 and exactly what Chris talks about while driving it. Watch the video, it won’t disappoint.

Although it was launched about two years ago, the outrageously powerful Ferrari F12berlinetta has never posted an official Nurburgring lap time. That might come to an end soon, according to TouriClips, which just released a video showing what appears to be an F12berlinetta lapping the ’Ring with some measuring equipment on board.

The source claims the Italians showed up for testing at the German course and had the "Green Hell" to themselves for about half an hour, just enough to post a quick lap. TouriClips claims to have timed the F12berlinetta at 7:48 minutes, which, due to his positioning on the track, includes about 40 seconds of cool down time the Ferrari took between the T13 and Hatzenbach sections of the Nordschleife.

Simple mathematics suggest the F12berlinetta completed a full lap of the ’Ring in only 7:08 minutes, which would put it on par with the Nissan GT-R Nismo . As impressive as it may sound, TouriClips’ timing leaves room for a lot of error and we suggest you take the said benchmark with a grain of salt. Should Ferrari post on an official lap for the F12berlinetta, we’ll be right back to report it.

Meanwhile, the Enzo remains the fastest Ferrari-badged production car to lap the "Green Hell". The supercar achieved its benchmark in 2008, when Marc Basseng completed a lap in 7:25.7. As far as non-road-legal Ferraris are concerned, the 599XX needed only 6:58.16 minutes to lap the ’Ring in 2010.

Although the F12berlinetta’s presence on the Nordschleife is still a mystery, the video is definitely worth a watch. Be sure to pump up the volume, there’s a 6.3-liter V-12 waiting to pierce your eardrums.

Posted on by Nico DeMattia  

Mysterious marketing can be fun. It’s a way to pique peoples’ interests and keep them coming back for more. Leave people hanging and they will diligently follow you for answers. However, it can also lead to disappointment due to high expectations and low delivery. Which is exactly what happened in this case.

BMW released a teaser video showing a car, in first person, tearing through the streets with a nice engine note to go along with it. What it had shown led me, and probably others, to believe a new, hot-blooded sports car was on the way. Being that the only part of the car BMW had shown was the front wheel, I had assumed something front-wheel drive; maybe a 2 Series Active Tourer hot hatch or maybe something based on the new Mini . But what it turned out to be, if you haven’t watched the video, was an i3 being driven by a woman with her son in the back seat playing some sort of racing game on a PS Vita.

While this is kind of a clever commercial, and the i3 is a great car, the video was somewhat disappointing. BMW is primarily a sports car company, a damn good one at that, and the idea of a new sports car from its factory is an exciting one, so to find out it’s just a clever i3 commercial is a real bummer. Unfortunately Bimmer got our hopes up, but at least for a little while I got to dream up some wild car fantasies, and isn’t that what being a car enthusiast is all about?

Click past the jump to see the deceitful teaser video that got us all riled up

Both Hennessey Performance and the Ford GT need no introduction. The former is already famous for uprating almost anything Cadillac and Chevrolet have to offer, among various vehicles from other brands, while the latter is the last supercar to come out of Dearborn. So is there anything Hennessey and the Ford GT have in common? Actually, yes! The Texas-based shop is now offering a mind-boggling engine upgrade that turns the GT into a 1,000-horsepower beast.

Uprating an engine that already generates 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque with help from a supercharger isn’t easy, but Hennessey Hennessey found the perfect answer. Turbocharging! Yes, the supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 gets even more forced induction, this time around from two ball-bearing turbines, along with the necessary updates for an insane output that sits at exactly 1,000 ponies. These include stainless-steel turbo exhaust and pipes, a billet throttle, twin wastegates, a fuel system upgrade, and a new mass airflow sensor.

Add Hennessey’s very own engine management calibration and the stage is set. This beefed-up GT will take you from 0 to 60 mph in a neck-snapping 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 245 mph. If you’re a petrolhead who likes to burn some rubber at the drag strip, then this GT will also enable you to smoke the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 142 mph. Rounding out this exquisite package are a few HPE1000 exterior badges, serial-numbered dashboard and engine plates, and a one year or 12,000-mile warranty.

If you need one more reason why the Ford GT becomes increasingly awesome with the HPE1000 package, then all you have to do is click the play button above. The twin-turbo and supercharged GT just hit the dyno to show off its muscles, enticing exhaust note and intoxicating whistle from the turbos. It’s a soundtrack you can’t miss!

Two simple facts: Hennessey is known for making crazy horsepower numbers by tuning already-powerful cars and many enthusiasts complain the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is underpowered. The solution: let Hennessey tune your 505-horsepower Camaro with some go-fast goodies to get an amazing 636 horsepower from the its 7.0-liter V-8.

This particular kit is called the Hennessey HPE600 and includes porting the heads, swapping in a more aggressive camshaft, upgrading the valvetrain components, bolting on stainless steel longtube headers, welding on high-flow catalytic converters, and flashing the Z/28’s computer for some extra power.

The result is an extra 131 horsepower, making the total count 636 horses at the crankshaft. The new parts help the naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V-8 make 553 horsepower at the massive 305-series rear tires.

Hennessey explains the process wasn’t as simple as using the previous HPE600 kit from the old Corvette C6 Z06 toolbox. General Motors changed the LS7’s cylinder heads extensively between the two cars, so the Hennessey team had to reconfigure its porting process. On the flip-side, GM’s stock cold-air intake box on the Z/28 works well enough to be left alone.

As with every car Hennessey builds, a shakedown run is needed to ensure everything is ‘tight and right.’ In the video John Hennessey himself takes the Z/28 through its paces to see what the added power does. The Camaro’s super sticky Pirelli tires, performance suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes all combine to make the it one of Chevy’s best-handling cars, but the added power allows the GM’s new track toy to keep up with the Camaro ZL1 and perhaps even nip the heels of Dodge’s new Challenger Hellcat .

Car collecting has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to one British dentist who amassed the largest private collection in Britain with multiple warehouses stocked full of antique Jaguars , Bentleys , Austins, and Minis . However Dr. James Hull’s collection is now in the care of Jaguar Land Rover after the automaker purchased the entire fleet for an undisclosed amount.

The collection consists of 543 classic cars dating back to the 1930s and is estimated to be worth some £100 million, or roughly $168,346,500 U.S. dollars as of August 7, 2014. Among the collection are cars like Sir Winston Churchill’s Austin, Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller , and even Sir Elton John’s Bentley.

Besides the sheer number of vehicles, the collection’s breath of variety is also intriguing. It ranges from million-dollar Jaguars down to the must humble Morris Minors, a plane-Jane economy car produced from the 1940s through 1970s.

Included are even pristine examples of a super-rare 1950s-era Jaguar XKSS and a D-Type worth more than $6.7 million together. Hull’s vehicles even include classic pedal cars dating back to the 1920s to present day. Perhaps the most special one is a Ferrari example that was hand-built in Maranello, Italy in the 1950s.

It’s unclear what Jaguar Land Rover plans to do with the massive collection, but it’s a sure bet that all 543 cars are in good hands. Perhaps those vehicles not wearing a Jaguar badge will end up at auction, possibly fetching a profit for the British automaker. Be sure to check out the video below the jump.

Click past the jump to learn more about this private collection.

Source: DailyMail

The world has definitely taken notice of Dodge’s new Challenger SRT Hellcat . Journalist from all over the world rave about its 707 horsepower and its ability to run the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds on drag radials, while still getting nearly 20 mpg while cruising down the highway. Well, the time has come for famed car guy Jay Leno to get behind the Hellcat’s wheel.

Helping Jay give the Challenger a once-over is the President and CEO of Dodge, Tim Kuniskis. The two guys quickly start talking about the how the new Challenger Hellcat compares with Jay’s original 1970 Challenger that’s powered by the legendary 426 HEMI — a car that when new, represented the same outrageous performance as the Challenger Hellcat of today.

“The 1970 Challenger,” Jay says, “This was like the scariest car in the world when I was a kid. 425 horsepower, 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Now not so much.” Jay continues saying, “It’s like walking around with a rolled up sock in your pants…it’s not that impressive. But this, (pointing to the 2015 Challenger Hellcat), this is impressive."

As he walks toward the 2015 Challenger Hellcat, it’s stunning to see the size difference between the two cars. There’s no wondering why Dodge had to stuff 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque under its hood. As Tim walks Jay through the workings of the Hellcat, he spouts off some impressive facts. At around the 17-minute mark, Tim walks Jay through the SRT Performance Pages on the Challenger’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen.

Of course, no muscle-bound Jay Leno’s Garage is complete without a smoky burnout at the end. Sure enough the Hellcat’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 provides plenty of billowing clouds for theatrics.

Now that the third-generation Audi TT — due 2016 in the United States — has been unveiled, the Germans are busy working on more powerful iterations of the small coupe. The TTS, which shares a 310-pony, 2.0-liter turbo with the Audi S3 , is already underway with Nurburgring testing having commenced in May 2014. Now, Audi is upping the ante with the range-topping TT-RS model, which showed up on the "Green Hell" wearing a TTS disguise.

How can we tell this is a TT-RS mule and not the TTS we saw earlier in 2014? Well, that’s quite simple. The main clue is that the coupe’s exhaust note indicates the presence of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine under the hood. The super-powerful five-pot is reserved for vehicles such as the TT-RS and the RS3 , while the Audi TTS, whose body was bolted onto the mule’s chassis, is motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger.

Yes, the next-generation TT-RS gets to keep its five-cylinder engine, but not without the mandatory upgrades that come with each new iteration. Expect output to increase to around 375 horsepower, 20 ponies more than the previous model, and 0-to-60 mph times to drop to four seconds, if not 3.9. Routing the power to all four wheels will be the same seven-speed, twin-clutch transmission. We figure fuel consumption will remain unchanged due to updated internals and a slightly lighter vehicle. The previous TT-RS returned 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, so expect to get the same deal.

Drivetrain aside, the TT-RS is also in for a redesigned body and interior, in line with the new-generation TT. The high-performance coupe will be unveiled by the of 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year. In the meantime, hit play to watch the TT-RS lap the Nurburgring track for the first time.

Damn you, Shmee150, and your supercar-video awesomeness. That’s right, YouTube star Shmee150 is at it again, and this time around he’s taking a look at the all-new Lamborghini Huracan . The Huracan is the car that every automotive journalist is in line to drive — yours truly included — and a demo car just rolled into a dealer near Shmee. So, he packed up his trusty fleet of cameras and headed out to the dealer for a little seat time.

Many of Shmee’s videos are short and sweet, and don’t dive insanely deep into him actually testing the vehicle, but not this one. Nope, the petrolhead went all out and took the Huracan for a proper drive through the English countryside.

The Huracan seems like it’s right at home both cruising at lower speeds and in full-manual mode with the ANIMA switch pointing at "Corsa," ripping through the rev band. The exhaust note is prominent in all modes, but it gets particularly vocal when he puts it into Corsa mode and the gear shifts sound neck-breaking at high revs. Yup, it’s a true Lamborghini .

Nice work, Schmee, nice work indeed.


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