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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.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the brand-new Lamborghini Huracan is an open book by now, with all of the details around it revealed, analyzed and put to good use in comparisons against the Ferrari 458 Italia , its most feared rival.

We’ve also seen a couple of video reviews featuring Sant’Agata Bolognese’s latest machine, but there’s one thing bothering us; we have yet to see the Huracan in the flesh. And that’s because the supercar has yet to hit the streets, with its very anxious customers having to keep their excitement in check for another few months.

But production and post-assembly testing is well underway in Lamborghini ’s home town, as revealed by YouTube’s Mikesupercars, who has spotted and taped several Huracans moving in and out of the company’s offices in Sant’Agata Bolognese. This is the very first time we get to see the Huracan on the move without being featured in a review, and we’re more than happy we are able to do so.

Making the footage even better is the fact that it shows the supercar in various colors, including red, orange, white, and black. According to the uploader, who has seen several vehicles on the assembly line, we’re about to see loads of red Huracans on the streets later this year. Red has been popular with Lamborghini customers ever since the Countach hit the market, so we’re not surprised that customers prefer this specific hue.

As a brief refresher, the Lamborghini Huracan hits the streets with 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque under its hood. All that power hails from a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine and travels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

It’s been about two months since the Maserati Alfieri made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show , but we have yet to see it on the move or revving its V-8 engine. Fortunately that comes to an end today thanks to supercar spotter Marchettino, who caught the Italian beast on tape at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Besides sitting pretty and winning the Concept Cars category of the show, the Maserati Alfieri also made an impact by flexing its V-8 muscles around Villa d’Este. And while there’s no denying that each Maserati sounds awesome in its own way, we have to admit that the Alfieri tops the entire lineup.

Sure, we haven’t forgotten that this concept car is motivated by the same mill found in the GranTurismo MC Stradale , but the Alfieri’s sexy looks somehow manage to add more drama to that exhaust note.

If you’re as excited as we are, then we must tone things down a bit by reminding you that the said 4.7-liter V-8 engine won’t be used in the production version. According to Maserati’s five-year plan, both the coupe and roadster will come alive with V-6 units under hood, with outputs ranging from 410 to 520 horsepower.

It remains to be seen whether the production Alfieri will sound as sexy as the concept car or not. We’ll probably find out in 2016, when the coupe is scheduled to arrive in showrooms.

We’re pretty much done with the Mustang ’s 50th Anniversary celebrations here in the U.S., but the iconic muscle car is about to get one more birthday party in Europe. The event will occur during the Silverstone Classic in late July, when more than 25 competition-prepped Mustangs take on the famed track in two different races .

To preview the event that we expect to become the world’s largest gathering of race-spec Mustangs on one grid, the folks over at Silverstone Classic have put together a video that pays tribute to the memorable car chase from the "Bullitt" film. Regarded as one of the most influential in movie history, the chase saw a 1968 Mustang driven by Steve McQueen gain on a 1968 Dodge Charger through the streets of Chicago.

Recreated right on the Silverstone track with vehicles that looked similar to those in the movie, the scene is a worthy replica of the "Bullitt" scene with all the drifting and the V-8 revving. It all comes to an abrupt halt near the end, when the Charger "blows up" in a poorly rendered crash. At least they didn’t wreck a perfectly restored classic.

If you’re planning on traveling to Britain for the Mustang races, this year’s Silverstone Classic is scheduled between July 25th through 27th.

You know how our smartphones and tablets always needs to have distinctive-looking cases that make them stand out from our friends’ gadgets. It’s not just with phones and tablets. The same also holds true for surfboards, wallets, or really anything that we can attach our personalities, too.

In some respects, car customization has also been around for a long time. But while it always used to be in the hands of the automaker or tuners to customize our cars for us, StickOut is offering all of us a chance to do the customization ourselves.

Is all goes well with the company’s Kickstarter fundraising campaign, all we will need to do is go to its website and we are in charge of the design, color, and layout of our very own customization plan for our car. It’s an idea that’s been around for a while but not to the extent where we’re left to our own devices to imprint our personalities into our rides.

It’s a fascinating thing to check out, especially if you’re the type who’s down for dressing up your own ride to fit your personality. Do check out the video and hop on to their site if you think it’s worth looking into.

Check out more videos from the company after the jump.


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