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The video above is chock-full with history, life, humor, old cars, and towards the end, the restoration of the oldest Porsche car in existence. The short exposé follows the story of Luciano Rupolo, the grandson of an Italian immigrant who grew up enjoying perhaps the most legendary racing period, only to eventually come across an abandoned rusted hulk that resembled an early Porsche. Turns out, it was something very special.

As Luciano elaborates approximately 10 minutes into the video, he discovered the car wasting away in a repair shop. Years of pestering the shop’s owner, 250,000 Liras (roughly $180) and a scheme about grand theft auto later, the car was his.

Even more years go by before he discovered what he’d actually purchased. After an eye-opening trip to the Porsche Museum, he began researching the car. Turns out, the car wore the chassis number of 004. Since car number 003 has been registered in 1949 – one year after Luciano’s – and cars 001 and 002 are no longer in existence, that made his Porsche the oldest in existence.

He spent years attempting to restore the car back to its original condition. During that time, Wolfgang Porsche himself caught wind of Luciano’s car and offered to buy it. He refused as he felt Mr. Porsche was lowballing his offer. “You keep your money,” Luciano told him. “I keep your car.”

Fast forward to 2012 and Luciano had fallen into a difficult financial time and ended up selling the car. Even more unfortunate is the lack of knowledge of the buyer. Rumors suggest a Swiss collector now owns it – the same collector who owns car number 003.

The next few years will be rather exciting, as the pony car war heats up with three updated models. We’ve already reported the deep details of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and more recently the 2016 Chevy Camaro with its new underpinnings. But what has Dodge been up to? Well, apparently it’s developing a supercharged version of its mighty HEMI engine and calling it the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Reports are uncertain on whether the 6.2-liter V-8 or the updated 6.4-liter engine will be the recipient of forced induction, but either way, the added power will be a welcomed addition. We also expect the Challenger to undergo some significant visual updates for the 2015 model year, helping it compete against its two refreshed rivals. More specifically, the Hellcat will likely challenge the Camaro Z/28 and outgoing Shelby GT500 in both performance and price, coming in at $70,000 to $80,000.

In the shaky and distorted spy video above, the Challenger is seen with camouflaged front and rear fascias, and with an updated, more luxurious interior. We’re not expecting the updates or even the supercharger to rocket the Challenger into the trio’s sales leader, but the changes will help Challenger sales to remain steady. Chrysler sold just over 50,000 Challengers in 2013.

All the development money spent on the Hellcat project likely won’t be relegated to one Chrysler car either. Rumor has it the supercharged mill will find its way into the upcoming and also refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger. Though unlike the 6.4-liter HEMI shared between the 300 SRT and Charger SRT, the Hellcat is said to miss the 300.


Mobil 1 and Tony Stewart — Smoke to most of us — are up to a whole new bag of tricks with their commercials. This time around, they borrowed the plot of one of every car buff’s favorite classic car flicks, Smokey and the Bandit. As expected, Tony plays the Bandit — a role once reserved for Burt Reynolds — and he is driving a Trans Am nearly identical to the 1976 Trans Am that originally starred in the movie.

So far, Mobil 1 has released three episodes of the six-part series and a trailer. If you’ve watched the original Smokey and the Bandit movies, then you will appreciate that a lot of the scenes are nearly identical to the original, save for a few humorous modifications. If you have not seen the original movies yet, I suggest watching them before checking out this series — you’ll definitely need to have the original plot in mind to really grasp these remakes.

We’ll pass on the remaining episodes as Mobil 1 releases them, so keep it locked on TopSpeed.

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When is a BMW M car, not really an M car at all? Well in this week’s episode of XCAR, Alex Goy takes a look at the BMW M235i . Is it worthy of the M badge, or should you just wait for the inevitable M2? If Alex is to be believed, they don’t even need to make an M2 .

Alex really enjoys the tuned version of the 3.0-liter twin turbo engine that has been placed in the M235i. It is essentially the same engine that can be found in every model BMW sells, but power has been increased from 300 horsepower to 321 ponies. Torque sees a similar climb from 300 pound feet to 322.

Like you often hear in a BMW review, the steering, suspension and brakes also gain high marks. The BMW M235i may not be a true M car, but I feel like XCAR may have gotten it right about not needing a proper M2.

In traditional XCAR fashion there is plenty of beautiful camera work and back-road bombing. So sit back, click play and enjoy the next six minutes of automotive awesome.

After you get done, let us know if you think Alex and the XCAR crew got it right. Do we need an M2, or is the M235i more than enough?

Celebrity car enthusiast Jay Leno can get his hands on pretty much every car he wants, including concept cars. The latest to visit his garage was the Nissan IDx NISMO Concept — a car we never expected to see in his show.

Now for somebody who has seen his fair share of quirky cars, Leno’s introduction to the Nissan IDx NISMO Concept caught us a little by surprise because, well, he liked it!

Considering the tongue-looking bumper of the concept and other quirky design cues, it’s amazing that Leno managed to keep his witty remarks to himself when talking about the concept with Nissan Creative Design Manager Giovanni Arroba. The young Arroba, who wasn’t even alive when the concept’s spiritual predecessor — the Datsun 510 — burst into the scene in the 70’s, proceeds to walk Leno through the distinct styling of the IDx NISMO Concept.

The tongue front bumper aside, the concept does come with some unique details, including the bolt-on-style fenders, the anodized finish on the roof rails, the side exhausts and the carbon-fiber rear end, among other things. If anything, the look of the concept was more than enough to make Leno wax poetic on the quirkiness of Japanese design.

From there, Leno got the treat of actually driving the IDx NISMO Concept, but like he said, extra precaution was taken since the car is still a prototype. So there are no burn outs here, fellas...

After watching this video, I cannot help but think that Nissan really has some production plans for this car. Typically, concept cars get stripped of all mechanical components and put in a museum or into storage until they are demolished. Thrusting the IDx back into the spotlight now just seems rather suspicious.


A month after it was announced that the Spanish supercar was also making an appearance at the new Need for Speed movie, the Spano is making it 2 out of 2 for the Need for Speed franchise. It’s a great way for the Spano to get some much-needed publicity after being largely in the shadows of more popular competitors. But one thing we do know is that the Spano is all sorts of ridiculous and it deserves its turn in the spotlight.

Being in the new Need for Speed game accomplishes that. It’s not so much the fact that the franchise is one of the most popular and successful video games in history, having sold 150 million copies in its long and storied existence, but it’s also how NFS has managed to successfully cross over into other media platforms, like the NFS movie that’s scheduled to hit theaters this week. And guess what; the Spano is one of the main supercars featured in the film.

The Spanish sports car will be joined by other cars in the “Need for Speed Rivals, Movie Cars Pack,” and will be available in a digital format for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Video and more on the GTA Spano after the jump

Forza Motorsport 5 has a new car pack that it just made available, and the list of cars in it as diverse as they are worthy of inclusion.

The new downloadable content is called the Alpinestars Car Pack and it comes available with a list of ten vehicles that cover a wide range of racing classes and should give gamers of the popular Xbox racing franchise plenty of new options to get their racing groove on.

From old-school classics like the 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe and the 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT all the way to modern exotics like the 2011 Radical SR8 RX and the 2012 Ultima GTR720 , the Alpinestars Car Pack has a lot to offer for those whole Forza 5.

And the best part? The pack only costs $9.99, which is a pretty darn good bargain if it means getting our hands on an Ultima GTR720 and a Radical SR8 RX.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser video of the Alpinestars Car Pack and read about the full list of vehicles included in it

Who knew that a 40-second video could say so much about McLaren’s history. But that’s exactly what this video accomplishes, showing us each and every car — production and racing — that McLaren has ever built. Despite being only founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren, McLaren has become one of the most accomplished racing teams, a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence the company had from its very first day in operation.

From old-school racing classics like the Group 7 M1 and the M2B to its current lineup of supercars , including the P1 and the recently-introduced 650 S , McLaren has set a bar for automotive excellence that very few automakers in the world today can even come close to approaching.

Watching this video and seeing the history of McLaren flash before our very eyes made us remember a McLaren commercial with Johnnie Walker back in the late 90’s. We’re hazy on what the ad was showing, but we do remember the overall message of the team’s pursuit of being the best.

"The race for perfection has no finish line".

In so many ways, that line reflects on what McLaren was, is, and will continue to be moving forward.

The Koenigsegg One:1 has gotten loads of press lately, and for good reason. It captured the elusive unicorn of the automotive world by hitting the 1 horsepower per kg rating, and it captured all of our hearts in the process. With 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque flowing from its 5.0-liter V-8, it was only a matter of time before one of the car video games inserted the digital version of it, and that day is here.

Need For Speed Rivals is the first to insert the digital One:1 into its game by way of downloadable content. What’s more, the One:1 Pack is 100-percent free of charge. EA Games could have easily turned a profit by charging a few bucks for what’s likely to be one of the hottest DLCs of the year, but it instead decided to be fair to the game owners and give it away. That’s just good business there, folks.

The DLC first hit the Internet on March 4th, and is available for all major platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. So snag it up in your system’s respective marketplace and have yourself a One:1 on EA Games’ dime — well, digitally that is...

Click past the jump to read more about the One:1 from Koenigsegg.

This year looks to be primed for all sorts of automotive-movie goodness, as we have Need For Speed coming soon, Fast and Furious 7 back in production and Transformers 4: Age of Extinction coming this summer. If this isn’t getting you excited for movie-going season, than you may want to check your Car Buff badge to make sure it wasn’t revoked.

Above is the latest trailer for the upcoming Transformers movie, sans Shia Labeouf — who seems to have lost his mind a little lately — and Megan Fox. We are now in the Mark Wahlberg era for the Transformers series. Wahlberg plays a struggling mechanic trying to make ends meet by parting out old trucks, but happens across one old rig that is "more than meets the eye."

Just watching this trailer was enough to get me amped up to pay $150 to hit up the movie theater, buy a bag of popcorn, a bucket of soda and an oversize box of snowcaps this summer. The only issue I have with this trailer is that the Autobots and Dinobots look a lot more computer generated than they did in years past. I am hoping that this is just a resolution issue on my computer monitor, as in past Transformers movies, they managed to integrate the computer-generated bots nicely within the human world, and that was one of many things that kept me into the movie.

Enjoy the trailer folks and let us know what you think in the comments section.


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