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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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If your coffee maker is broken and you are looking for a great way to start your day, why not click play and allow the roaring V-8 of the new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe to wake you up.

In this video from EVO, they take a look at Jaguar’s newest sports car to see if its worth a buy over competitors from Porsche or Audi . At least that was the plan. What you actually get is five minutes of drifting and British lunacy that turns our host into a giggling mess. God it looks fun.

Toward the end of the video we do get some real impressions about how this car compares to its rivals, and it seems the F-Type R may be the perfect enthusiast car. No, it wont drive as precisely as the Porsche 911 , and it likely wont beat many of its rivals around a racetrack, but it is the king of backroad fun and sexy looks. What more do you really need than that?

If I had that 550 horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 turning those rear tires into a lovely symphony of grey clouds and deafening noise, I would want for nothing else in the world (except for a clutch pedal, obviously).

Crank the volume, hit play and enjoy.

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The battle between Porsche’s RWD 911 Carrera S and AWD Carrera 4S is one of the enthusiast’s longest running matchups. Fans of the basic RWD configuration claim it delivers a more pure and raw driving experience, while fans of the 4S claim that AWD is necessary to help balance out the 911’s rear-engine placement.

EVO decided to take this argument to the physical space in an episode of its Track Battle series. In this video, we have a blue Carrera 4S lineup up against a yellow C2S , and they are going to try and decide which one is best.

I am not completely satisfied with the car selection as they are not speced quite the same. The RWD car has the PDK automatic and the enhanced suspension package, while the 4S gets the three-pedal option and the standard suspension. They both have ceramic brakes and the upgraded engine horsepower options.

I won’t spoil the ending for you, but there is plenty of drifting from both of the German machines. When you finish watching, sound of below about the conclusion. Did EVO get it right, or should the other car have won?

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In the automotive world you tend to hear the phrase “fire-breathing” and “explosive power” a lot when discussing high-end supercars . This video of a Lamborghini on the dyno brings those words to a more literal level.

The Lamborghini in question is no standard Gallardo . Rather this beast has been tuned by a group called Exelixis Motorsport in Greece, and they are claiming an insane 2,000 horsepower is being produced. Now unless I can see the dyno results for myself, I am going to take that claim with a grain of salt. That said, nobody can argue with angry sound and explosive nature of this beast.

As it sits on the dyno, this Gallardo burps, bellows and howls as massive fireballs explode from the exhaust. I understand that many cars have their bumpers removed for heavy dyno runs to improve cooling, but I can’t help but think that this one was simply melted off.

The video itself is not the greatest quality, but you get a good dose of angry V-10 noise and you can easily see the Lambo try to flambé anyone nearby. It’s a wonderful thing to see, indeed.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a hulking ball of muscle with the agility of a ballerina. It’s hard to come up with enough praises to describe one of the most powerful and best-handling Camaros in history. Somehow, though, the folks over at Motor Trend have found a way to do just that.

MT’s resident racer Randy Pobst took some time to give the 2014 Camaro Z/28 a serious shakedown and by, did he come out singing the praises of the Chevrolet and Z/28.

Comparing the Z/28 to an Italian supercar doesn’t seem fair, but the Z/28 debunks that notion. Pobst found this out himself when the Camaro posted a figure-eight time of 23.6 seconds, right on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia. Pobst was also quick to praise the vehicle’s carbon-ceramic brake system, which allowed the Z/28 to consistently stop from 60 to 0 mph in fewer than 100 feet.

Those things, coupled with the car’s obvious power output, are what makes the 2014 Camaro Z/28 such a prized thoroughbred, enough, at least, to be considered as one of the best Camaros Chevrolet has ever built.

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For my money, the Porsche 918 is one of the most exciting and important cars to be released in the last 25 years. Since it was introduced as a concept in Geneva in 2010, I have gobbled up every morsel of information and video of it in motion. The latest entry into my vault of Porsche knowledge is this video from the Nurburgring.

What we get to see is a track-side video showing a 918 wearing the Martini livery chasing after a new 991-generation 911 Turbo. It mates a 4.6-liter V-8 to a pair of electric motors for a combined power output of nearly 900 horsepower. The 991 Turbo is the latest in a long line of forced-induction 911s. the 2014 911 Turbo uses a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 560 horsepower, enough to launch the 911 to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds.

As this is a standard test session there are very few cars on track, and aside from one slow moving BMW , the video is pure Porsche.

Of all the cars that have entered Jay Leno’s Garage, you can make a case that very few are as advanced technologically as the Porsche 918 Spyder . The hybrid supercar from Stuttgart recently paid a visit to the comedian’s auto lair and, as expected, Leno raised some serious hell with it.

But before he got a chance to take the 918 Spyder out on the road, Leno had a pretty interesting discussion with the 918’s Client Relations Manager, Daniel Eastman.

Among the many topics discussed by the two, some of the more pertinent highlights of the discussion centered on just how much of a technological marvel the 918 Spyder really is. Whether it’s the fact that it can hit 70-plus mpg or that it can still hit 900 horsepower, despite being that fuel efficient, the 918 Spyder is really the best of both worlds. It’s an achievement that flies in the face of those who believed you can’t achieve one without sacrificing the other.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of those cars that will be talked about decades from now; a true crowning moment for Porsche that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

And in case you’re wondering, Leno took the 918 Spyder for a drive with Eastman riding shotgun. Some guys are just blessed...

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When Horatio Pagani started Pagani Automobili , he turned the act of supercar creation into an art form. Thanks to an obsessive attention to detail and an unequaled eye for design, Pagani burst onto the supercar scene with an immediate hit: the Zonda C12. Now Pagani is looking to repeat the Zonda’s success with its newest car, the Huayra . To announce the arrival of this incredible new machine, Prestige Imports in Miami Florida has teamed up with Cinemotive productions to create a teaser video for the new car.

The quick two-minute film shows some great detail shots of the Huayra’s body and interior and finishes with some exciting driving; complete with high-speed blasts and tire smoking drifts.

I could think of much worse ways to let people know you have the newest and hottest supercar on your lot.

The video is a bit old, it was released about nine-months ago, but with only 20,000 views we realized this gem has not made it to most of the car fans out there. We just can’t let something this awesome go unnoticed, so we are passing it on to you.

Click play and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Pagani Huayra on U.S. soil.

When Jaguar first brought the new F-Type Roadster to market last year, we marveled at its beauty; its swooping yet subtle lines that flow into expressive shapes, exuding what a proper gentleman’s roadster should be. Now as the coupe version of the F-Type becomes available, all those same feelings come swelling back, but somehow exponentially more. The coupe’s design seems more true to what the F-Type should have been in the first place. We can’t fault Jaguar for releasing the convertible first, but oh the coupe takes the cake in every way.

Speaking of cake, Alex Goy of XCARFilms draws a simile between the F-Type Roadster and a gooey slice of chocolate cake. The F-Type Coupe , on the other hand, “is like adding a whole ’nother cake on top of that slice. It simply is that awesome.”

Besides making us hungry for cake, Goy‘s positive comments continue throughout his 11-minute review — and for good reason. The F-Type Coupe he pilots is of the R variety, which means it gets the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 550 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque at a low 2,500 rpm. The ZF-sourced, eight-speed Quickshift transmission directs that feline power to the rear wheels, and with enough traction, will launch the car to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. It’s V-max tops out at a way-faster-than-feasible 186 mph. Meow

As suspected, the masterfully-executed video review is chocked full of raving comments regarding Jaguar’s new “visceral” machine and its decision to make a pair of cars so juxtaposed from the cushy luxo-mobiles in its current lineup.

Click past the jump for more exciting info on the Jag F-Type R Coupe


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