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My first day being part of the Gumball 3000 rally with team Anastasia Date has been insane. I have seen more Ferrari s than I can shake a stick at, there are beautiful women everywhere, and I got to see a Lamborghini Aventador set fire to some bushes with the fireballs it was shooting form its exhaust. Yes, I got video footage of the fireball.

The day started with a quick look around the area before hotel checkout, and then we met up with the girls and headed over to a local import dealer that sells Lamborghinis , Ferraris, and lots of other exotic metal. Then we made it back to Ocean Blvd to see our car get unloaded from the carrier truck.

After all that there was a big dinner, and since Deadmau5 is in the rally, he put on a big concert at the hotel. If you want to see photos of some of the crazy cars and pretty girls, plus watch that Lamborghini fire video, just look after the jump. Sadly I don’t have any photos from the concert.

As a whole, the Gumball 3000 has been an interesting ride. The experience of being immersed in this world of wealth and extravagance has been jarring in the most entertaining way.

But I don’t want to spoil all the fun of the trip just yet. You have to wait for my full piece next week. Until then, enjoy these cool photos and that incredible Lamborghini video.

Nissan has accompanied its teaser photo of what we assume is the 2015 Frontier with a teaser video ahead of its June 11th unveiling. The drop of the new teaser video is confirmation that Nissan has high expectations for the midsized pickup truck . That’s not a surprise considering that the Frontier has been in dire need of an upgrade for years now.

The teaser photo didn’t do much in showing the truck in all its glory. Unfortunately, the video isn’t any better. There are some quick cuts to the pickup, but you’re either going to have sharp eyes or quick hands to pause the video to get a better look at it ahead of its unveiling next week.

Still, give credit to Nissan because it’s done a good job building up the hype surrounding the pickup’s debut, boldly proclaiming that it has undergone over 40,000 quality control tests covering a distance of 1 million km in real-world conditions.

Those are serious numbers if Nissan isn’t exaggerating them. Should they be true, you can bet that expectations surrounding the new truck will go to another level.

Time to prove the hype, Nissan.

When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a BMW 8 Series . It was that special of a car, different from the rest because of the way it looked. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the company’s flagship model first made me fall in love with it. But even today, the 8 Series still looks as sexy as it was back then. It’s a testament to the incredible design of the car, the angular lines, the large hood, and those retractable headlights. Oh those retractable headlights.

When it was first introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show , the 8 Series captivated a lot of people’s hearts. It became even more special when BMW decided to slap on a massive 5.0-liter V-12 under its hood, allowing it to produce 295 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

The 8 Series ended up becoming a classic when BMW decided to stop offering it in the U.S. in 1998. But to this day, the 8 Series is still held in high esteem, so much so that Bimmer took the time to mark the 25th anniversary for the coupe .

The company even prepared a commemorative video to celebrate the occasion, bringing in "BMW 8er: Power & HIghtech" author Niels Hamann to properly encapsulate the magnificence of this model.

There aren’t a lot of people who know the 8 Series more than Hamann, so when he says that the model remains the "most successful German 12-cylinder coupe ever", I’m going to listen to the man.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a rare supercar that can speak a number of languages very few of its contemporaries can even comprehend let alone understand. It’s a daunting task just trying to decipher the car’s fullest capabilities, but for what Porsche managed to build, it also turned out to be a watershed moment for the future of the industry.

Recently, the Drive channel was able to get its hands on the Porsche hybrid hypercar, and like everybody who has felt its pulsating power, Drive’s Mike Spinelli was taken for a thrill ride for the ages.

Everything that makes the 918 Spyder so unique is displayed front and center, unleashing one wave after another of breathtaking displays of power and speed wrapped in a cocoon of the finest technology known in the industry today.

It’s hard to throw so many superlatives at just one car because there is usually disappointment along the way, however the 918 Spyder bucks that way of thinking for all the reasons that put the 918 into its current slot-on-top to begin with.

It really is the supercar of the future, in more ways than one.

Volkswagen’s new commercial for the Golf GTI might as well be called "notice your environment." The whole concept is pretty unique: get a new Golf GTI, stick around 30 GoPro cameras on it, and then have Tanner Foust do whatever he wants with the sports hatch .

It seemed simple enough, at least until it appeared that we also had a chance to "interact" with the commercial to see multiple views of specific moments in the ad.

So when you’re watching Volkswagen’s "Turbocharge The Everyday" commercial for the Golf GTI, pay attention to the left side of the screen. At certain moments, you’ll be given a choice of different views you can switch to. That’s when the video jumps to another part of the ad, showing the exact same scene from the view of a different GoPro camera.

It admittedly took us a while to get it, but once we did, the commercial became a lot more enjoyable to watch. Watching Tanner Foust do all those burnouts on the Golf GTI didn’t hurt our viewing experience either.

Technically, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is still the world’s fastest supercar . But if you really ask people in the industry what the real fastest car is, the answer will be the Hennessey Venom GT . Forget about those silly rules and technicalities that prohibit the Venom GT from being recognized for what it really is. This 1,244-horsepower demon is truly on a class of its own. But if you’re giving love to this hypercar, you need to give as much or more to the man behind the madness: John Hennessey.

After/Drive host Mike Spinelli spent some time with Hennessey to talk shop about a whole range of topics. As you can expect, the conversation eventually led to the Venom GT, his 7.0-liter V-8, twin-turbocharged beast.

There are over 28 minutes of video time in this episode. That provides plenty of time to get to know the man who changed the way we look at supercars here in the U.S. But most importantly, we get to learn more about the things that put Hennessey in the position that he is in now.

As always, it’s a fascinating episode from the guys at After/Drive. Be sure to spend time watching it.

If you’ve never missed an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage , the latest one is an awfully bad place to start. In this episode, Leno talks about the Mille Miglia , the legendary Italian open-road endurance race ran 24 times from 1927 to 1957 before changing its format in 1977 as a regular race for classic and vintage cars . Being a student of automotive racing history, Leno knows everything there is to know about the Mille Miglia. In this episode, he puts all that to use as we’re taken on a comprehensive look behind the history and extravagance of this legendary 1,000-mile race.

In between interviews with the likes of Stirling Moss and Martin Brundle, Leno also spent some time at the 2014 Mille Miglia with Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum.

The Mille Miglia isn’t what it used to be, having been changed to a more relaxed event that’s more about showcasing the classic cars of old than it is trying to beat them. Still, Leno managed to capture magic of Mille Miglia the way nobody else can, and that translated to arguably one of the best episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage.

Be sure to have some time for this episode because it gives you a first-class education at one of the most dangerous racing events in the history of the sport.

Most of the summer movie schedule has come and gone and that leaves us with fewer blockbusters to look forward to. Fortunately, Transformers: Age of Extinction hasn’t been released yet. That’s enough reason for us to get our robot geeks on in time for its showing later this month.

Ahead of the movie’s June 27 opening, three new teasers of the movie were released, each as incredible as the other. The teasers, dubbed "Help", "Forge", and "Destroyer", gives us three unique looks at the action that takes place when our favorite Autobots join forces to save the world from all those intergalactic baddies.

The videos also gives us a few shots of some of the cars used in the movie. The most notable is that green Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and if you look just behind it, you’ll also see a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport .

It’s just the right amount of automotive awesomeness that we can all look forward to when Optimus Prime and company returns to the big screen.

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When DriveClub was announced for the PS4, I almost canceled by reservation for Forza Motorsports 5. Sony was promising a true open-world driving experience that I could share with my friends. They were promising a style of gaming and play that would focus on camaraderie; it would be a virtual version of meeting your friends for a Sunday drive.

For all the promise, the game was delayed and I ended up with the incredible Forza Motorsports 5 instead.

Now after this long delay, DriveClub has made back onto my radar. This new video footage looks incredible, and we finally have a real release date. Come October 7th, all PS4 owners can get their hands on what is promising to the best massively multiplayer racing game ever created.

From scenic vistas, an impressive list of cars that looks to include Aston Martin and Pagani , plus all that promised robust online functionality, DriveClub may have finally given me a reason to go buy a PS4.

What do you guys think? Does DriveClub look like a game you would be interested in playing, or would you prefer to stick the already established games like Gran Turismo , Need for Speed , and Grid ?

Solar roadways sound like a cool idea, but like with many cool ideas, questions of feasibility are bound to be raised. Harnessing the sun’s bountiful power for use on Earth as a sustainable energy source has already been achieved, but actually using it on the road — or any other trafficked surface for that matter — offers a new twist that could be a game-changer in the name of long-term sustainable growth.

The solar roadways technology is the brainchild of Scott and Julie Brusaw, a couple from Idaho who happen to be engineers. Smart ones at that, too.

After being a awarded a contract by the Federal Highway Administration to build two prototypes of solar roadways, the Brusaws successfully developed intelligent solar panels that generate their own electricity, essentially turning our roads into fully-functional surfaces that are capable of a myriad of functions.

Think of them as "smart roads" that can be reprogrammed to suit their environments, whatever they may be. Whether its melting snow after a blizzard, lighting highways at night to warn of incoming dangers or charging green cars , these solar roadways could end up becoming a key to unlocking a whole new world of sustainability that lowers the cost of energy and reduce our carbon footprint.

Check out the above video and keep an open mind, as some of these ideas seem farfetched, but they are downright interesting and very useful.

Just don’t ask us who much something like this is going to cost...


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