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The fastback design has become synonymous with the Mustang since the first wave of models broke into the scene back in 1965. So the 2015 Ford Mustang’s adoption of the muscle car’s iconic fastback design look was no accident.

It’s become a strong and recognizable design cue that has generated tremendous admiration from Mustang lovers of all generations, so much so that a lot of people still seek out those old fastback Mustangs to this day.

Joel Piaskowski, Ford’s Design Director of Strategic Design further explained the stylistic importance of the fastback Mustang in this new video. In it, Piaskowski goes into detail about the nostalgic look of the Mustang’s fastback DNA and how it continues to this day.

Whatever generation of Mustang it is, the fastback design, according to Piaskowski, continues to evoke that spirit of sportiness and elegance that the first Mustangs showed back in the 1960s.

Fast forward to today’s Ford Mustang and you can still see the fastback inspiration on the current muscle car . That can be attributed to the timeless nature of the design and while certain styling characteristics on the new Mustang may have changed, the stretched fastback design remains steeped in Mustang tradition.

There’s been a lot of talk about Porsche ’s purported plans to drop an electric motor into the 911 , but the Germans are doing a wonderful job at keeping all the details under wraps. In fact, Stuttgart is quieter than a Tesla Model S when it comes to 911 hybridization .

Fortunately, and because we’re living in an age dominated by state-of-the-art technology, Porsche’s steps are carefully monitored by high-performance photo lenses and recording devices. The Nurburgring track is packed with spies waiting to snap shots of the latest prototypes and test cars, so it’s only natural for us to hope for an alert paparazzo to blow the 911 hybrid’s cover.

And although we didn’t expect for that to happen anytime soon, it appears Porsche might be testing a hybrid 911 at the German track as we speak. Spotted earlier this month on the Nordschleife, the 911 shown in the video above looks like any other Carrera S you can buy nowadays. However, a device found on the back seat, as well as the high-pitched noise coming out during shifting accelerating, suggest this is no regular 911.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that the electrical equipment inside the sports car isn’t just a telemetry device, but the unusual noises are noticeable and they must mean something. One thing’s for sure though, if the 911 lapping the ’Ring with that gizmo attached to it is indeed a hybrid, development has barely commenced and there’s plenty of footage to follow.

As a quick reminder, we expect the 911 hybrid to carry a turbocharged, 560-horsepower flat-six engine and an electric motor sourced from the 918 Hybrid supercar , a combo that creates more than 700 ponies. And that’s an upsetting figure for both Ferrari and Lamborghini .

The guys over at Petrolicious just got their hands on a beautiful 1980 BMW M1 coated in a wonderful red paint and looking as pristine as the day it rolled from BMW’s factory. It’s owner, Mike Ura, bought the car in 2009 from its original owner with only 12,500 miles on the clock. Today, Mike regularly takes the car for spirited drives on the road and hard track time on a local circuit located just outside Austin, Texas.

As the story goes, BMW wanted to re-enter the Group 4 racing series. In order to do so, the automaker needed a production car with at least 400 units produced in order to race. So the German automaker teamed up with famed Italian steed builder Lamborghini to build the car. However, as time went on, Lamborghini found itself in hard financial times. With the slowed pace of an ailing car company and reworked regulations and specifications surrounding the racing series, full production of the M1 was no longer needed. Only 456 were ever built.

The M1 is powered by a 3.5-liter, straight-six engine with a dry sump oil system, six separate throttle bodies, four valves per cylinder, and a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel-injection system. The inline-six produced 273 horsepower and gave the car a top speed of roughly 162 mph. The mill’s beautiful architecture only added to the M1’s uniqueness as the only mid-engine car BMW produced.

There are cars that you can drive fast and then there are cars that you NEED to drive fast. The Pagani Huayra belongs in the latter category. The Italian supercar is one of the rare exotics in the world that blissfully combines opulent luxury with incredible performance capabilities. So when you’re behind the wheel of one, as this video shows, there’s a responsibility to push the Huayra to its absolute limit.

Watch the video shot by Marchettino and you’ll understand what we’re talking about. Look at how the Huayra’s interior proudly shouts the meeting of the minds between technology and luxury . That’s not something a lot of other cars can boast of.

But more importantly, listen to the unnerving shriek of that AMG-sourced V-12 engine that belts out 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque and it’s easy to get caught up in the undeniable thrill ride that comes with pushing the Huayra to its limits.

There’s no other way to drive this Italian supercar than unleashing all that power on a race track. Just be mindful of trying to handle it because, as the video shows, it can go sideways on you that quickly if you’re not too careful.

We know Ken Block has sick drifting skills, but we didn’t know he was still as adept at smoking tires even with the lights turned off. The man famous for his Gymkhana videos definitely proved as much in this new commercial from Castrol Edge.

Block was joined by BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, GP2 driver Adrian Zaugg, and DTM driver Mike Rockenfeller in this commercial. Together, all four drivers were given a unique challenge: drive their respective vehicles in complete darkness with only their headlights to put the company’s newest and strongest oil to the test.

The challenge looks simple enough until you realize how easy it is to get discombobulated by all the lighting effects, particularly the Laser Box that Block found himself in.

But true to their racing pedigrees, the drivers successfully pulled off all the stunts, capped off by Block doing his own drift tricks inside the Box. It’s definitely worth three minutes of your time, if only to see how Mr. Gymkhana himself manages to balance drifting his car while also enjoying that laser lights show.

The virtual ink of our review of Zagato’s Lamborghini 5-95 hasn’t even dried yet and auto-razzi extraordinaire Marchettino already has a video of the supercar getting the superstar treatment at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este . That didn’t take long, did it?

It’s hard to argue with those people craning their necks to get a good glimpse at the 5-95. The Zagato-built supercar is just that awesome. It has a drastically different design than the Lamborghini Gallardo the car that it was based on.

But the biggest thrill of Marchettino’s video was hearing the 5-95 bust out its throaty roar. Sure, it carries the same 5.2-liter, V-10 engine of the Gallardo LP570-4 that produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. But the sound from its exhaust was not like that of the Gallardo. That’s the sound of a true one-off exotic, the kind that only a refined design house like Zagato can build.

Although enthusiasts regard the E-Type as the most iconic and beautiful Jaguars ever built, I think there’s at least one other Jag that can match its distinction. I’m talking about the XKSS, a limited-edition, two-seat roadster based on the D-Type race car.

My reasoning is pretty much simple here. The XKSS has the gorgeous looks of the 1950s Jaguars, the racing heritage of the Le Mans-winning D-Type , and a track-prepped structure coming straight from the company’s motorsport division. Add the fact that Jag built only 16 of these sports cars , and you’ll understand why the XKSS is a coveted and expensive collectible.

The XKSS also benefits from an association with famed American actor Steve McQueen , who owned a British Racing Green-pained example and drove it around Los Angeles for years. Now resting its wheels in the Peterson Automotive Museum, McQueen’s Jag just took a trip to Jay Leno’s garage , the place where the world’s greatest vehicles are taken to be reviewed and showcased.

But unlike other cars that have passed through his garage, the XKSS seems to have mesmerized Leno, as the TV host can’t stop praising the roadster enough throughout the 20-minute episode. Just hit the play button and you’ll find out what we mean.

A high-performance driving school is more than a fun thing to do. It could also save your life. A great example of this is BMW’s Ice Power Training Driving Experience. For European BMW owners, you can spend a day or two flogging slightly modified M3 s around a frozen lake to learn about how to handle a car on less-than-ideal surfaces.

BMW does offer classes for lots of other things like teen drivers, high-performance track driving, and they have an M performance school too. While all those sound amazing, the video that BMW released of its ice school trips all my triggers, and pushes just about every button I have. If you have ever wondered what a BMW M3 rally car might look like, just watch the video after the jump.

I highly recommend that any owner of a high-performance vehicle like an M5 or a Porsche 911 take some sort of driving class.

After the jump you can also find out more information about the other BMW driving schools for those of you that live on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Click through for video evidence of fun and information on how to join in.

Hennessey Performance is widely known for adding crazy amounts of horsepower to factory fresh vehicles already laded with respectable amounts of horsepower. This Corvette Stingray Z51 is no exception. Coming from Bowling Green with 460 horses and 465 pound feet of torque under the hood, this C7 gets a generous power increase thanks to Hennessey’s HPE650 Supercharger upgrade.

The specialized kit includes a high-flow supercharger with Hennessey’s HPE air induction system, a custom pulley for the blower, an upgraded 160-degree thermostat, and specific recalibration of the car’s engine management system. The extra air forced down the 6.2-liter V-8’s throat helps produce 650 horsepower at 6,300 rpm at the flywheel.

On the dyno, the car turns in 532 horsepower and 539 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. That’s an increase of 72 horses and 74 pound-feet compared to Chevrolet’s performance output numbers. Compare them to Hennessey’s baseline dyno results of the stock C7, and the difference is even greater. The stock car only put down 399 horses and 400 pound-feet to the rear wheels — though with its dealer license tag still tapped on, it’s possible the car wasn’t broken in.

Compare Hennessey’s before and after numbers, and the Vette gains an extra 133 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. Impressive stuff.

Also added to the car are several Hennessey badges, premium floormats, carbon fiber doorsills, and Hennessey’s 3-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty. The Texas-based company also offers plenty of other interior and exterior accessories with the package, at a slight extra cost.

If you find yourself wanting a Corvette Stingray HPE650, you’d better act fast. The company is only building 100 examples for the 2014 model year, though more will likely be available for 2015 and beyond.

Although most customers, including famed car collector Jay Leno , ordered their rare and expensive McLaren P1s in stock form, a few enthusiasts actually opted for their prized supercar to make a stop at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) before reaching their garage.

This is exactly what an Italian customer did, as he wanted his P1 to wear a bespoke paint job that’s not available on the standard vehicle and that we likely won’t see on any other P1 that’s scheduled to pass through the MSO workshop.

Finished in a dark shade of grey with bright-red accents on the front, the doors, and both sides of the taillights and rear diffuser, the McLaren P1 you’re about to see in the video above is also the only one sold and registered in Italy. If that’s not a rare sight, we don’t know what is.

As a brief reminder, McLaren built only 375 P1s and buyers have snatched them all up for at least $1.15 million. The British supercar makes use of a hybrid powertrain that churns a total of 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.


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