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Everybody knows that the Nurburgring attracts automakers from all over the world with almost all of them using the track as a testing ground for their newest models. But there’s one company that rarely makes that that trip for that specific purpose, so it was pretty surprising to see Bugatti doing some test runs at the ’Ring with what can only be described as a mysterious looking Veyron .

This video of the strange Veyron was captured taking in some test laps at the famous German circuit, and from the looks of things, there’s something going on with the supercar ’s engine because the entire cover has been taken out. Clearly, Bugatti was doing some performance testing on the car, presumably making some tweaks and revisions to the engine in between these hot laps.

Could this be a new, special-edition Veyron that Bugatti has in store, or could this be a mule testing out the drivetrain of the promised second-generation Veyron?

Only time will tell, but if you ask me, this could be a special-edition Veyron that Bugatti is preparing ahead of the supercar’s exit. Besides, there’s still no timetable on when the successor is going to be launched, so in the meantime, Bugatti is probably preparing one special model to give the it the kind of exit it so richly deserves.

Click past the jump to see the spy video.

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Although many Aston Martin enthusiasts would rather have a DB9 or a Vanquish in their garage, sports car racing aficionados are more likely to go for the Vantage GT4.

Built to FIA GT regulations, which makes it eligible for the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge, the Vantage GT4 just got a racing series of its own in North America.

Open to just about anyone who can afford to purchase the sports car and pay the entry fees, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America will run its inaugural season over seven weekends. The gentleman racers will get a chance to prove their driving skills on famous U.S. track such as Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Road America and Sebring, but will also travel to Canada to hoon the GT4 on Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

2014 entrants will include IndyCar and prototype sports car driver Eliseo Salazar, who had driven for TRG-Aston Martin Racing in the past, as well as drivers that have less or no racing experience at all, such as Montreal Aston Martin dealer Joel Segal.

The inaugural Aston Martin GT Challenge of North America will commence on May 16th through 18th at Watkins Glen and will end on November 21st through 23rd at Sebring International Raceway.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

The new-generation Jeep Cherokee is making its first appearance at the Easter Jeep Safari. For its first taste of the event, the Cherokee is getting upgrades befitting of the company’s off-road reputation.

First of all, we’re already on record as not being big fans of how the new Jeep Cherokee’s looks. Those slit-like headlights look good on a coupe , but not so much on an off-road SUV . But that’s neither here nor there, because all the modifications given to the Cherokee Adventure makes those lights seem like an afterthought.

Boasting of Trailhawk 4x4 capability, the Cherokee Adventure lives up to its name, nicely balancing the tan exterior with plenty of new adventure paraphernalia best suited for the SUV’s purpose. A prototype matte-black Mopar roof basket rides on top, providing space for owners to stow all their gear for all their outdoor adventures.

Speaking of the outdoors, the Cherokee Adventure has also been prepped to tackle even the roughest of terrains. Jeep Performance Parts rock rails have been installed to provide off-road defense. Added protection also comes in the form of a two-piece underbody skid plate, a front suspension skid plate, an oil tank skid plate and a two-piece fuel tank skid plate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Adventurer.


Meister Watches and Formula Drift have announced a partnership that makes the former the official timekeeper of the professional drifting competition. Considering how similar both companies are in their market base, the tie-up between the two sides can be described as a match made in urban drift heaven.

Apart from MSTR serving as the official timekeeper for Formula Drift, the partnership between the two companies also includes the production of a limited-edition watch to commemorate Formula Drift’s 10th anniversary. Turns out, when you’ve established a reputation as the premier drift competition in the world, the opportunity to partner with a watchmaker known for its urban street-wear image was too good to pass up.

The said limited-edition watch is based on MSTR’s popular Mark-2 Ambassador line. It’s specially created specifically for the occasion of Formula Drift’s 10th year anniversary so unique details like a full 316L stainless-steel case and a textured rubber band are part of its details. To add more separation to the standard Ambassador, the limited edition watch will also carry Formula Drift’s signature red and black colors to go with touches of high-performance, carbon-fiber and a signature red ring circling its race-inspired dial face.

Only 300 pieces of this timepiece will be created, each individually numbered and carrying a price of $275.00 on the MSTR website.

Here’s where it gets interesting though. You can actually win one of these 300 watches! All you have to do is follow @MSTRwatches & @FormulaD on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. From there, you’re gonna have to take a photo at any of the of the events on the Formula Drift calendar use #MSTRdrift. Tag @MSTRwatches & @FormulaD and you can be chosen as the recipient of this incredibly unique watch from MSTR.

Click past the jump to read more about the Formula Drift.

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For millions of my generation, Mario Kart was our first introduction to driving. Things have come quite a long way since the original incarnation of this wild racing franchise bowed on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992.

I was 6 years old, and I was mesmerized by the drifting, weapons and bright animation. It was a far cry from modern games, like Need for Speed, but Mario Kart was one my first steps on the road to becoming a gear head.

Nintendo is continuing the magic of my childhood with the all-new Mario Kart 8. This latest version of the crazy cart racer hits store shelves on the May 30th, 2014 and brings with it all the excitement, mayhem and characters players have come to expect.

As you can see in the video above, Nintendo has added tons of new tracks weapons and gadgets to wreak havoc on your friends with. This latest video also gives us the best look we have had yet at the return of the Rainbow Road course.

Some of the other confirmed additions for the new title include the return of motorbikes and a new buggy class of vehicle. Anti-gravity racing is a new big feature for the game as well.

The game will be available for the Nintendo Wii U system exclusively.

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The newly launched Porsche Macan , which will wage war against the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 , has yet to reach U.S. showrooms, but that didn’t stop the folks over at Porsche Exclusive from meddling with the compact SUV .

Having already seen its take on the 2014 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo Cabriolet , we know What Porsche Exclusive is capable of when it comes to adding unique features inside and out. Flashy body colors, blacked-out headlamps and deep chocolate brown seats are just a few of the options that can be acquired form Porsche ’s individualization program.

The same amenities are available for the brand new Macan as well, and the customized entry-level model you’re about to see below is proof enough. As with most Porsche Exclusive builds, this specific Macan S looks more aggressive without having that "in your face" statement attached to it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Macan S by Porsche Exclusive

The Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah is the perfect setting for Jeep to introduce a slew of its new concepts . This year, a handful of new Jeep models are scheduled to be unveiled, one of which is the Wrangler Level Red, so named because it refers to the highest level of difficulty an off-road trail can be designated.

One look at the 2014 Wrangler Red Level and you immediately understand why its been named as such. It’s got a sleek Pitch Black exterior that’s heavily accented with a TorRed graphic stripe that runs from the top of the hood and down the body sides. An under-bumper skid plate was also added to provide more protection to the Wrangler. sensitive bits under the hood

Speaking of under-hood bits, this Wrangler is not bone-stock under there either. It received a cold-air intake kit, a low-restriction exhaust, 4.10-to-1 ratio Jeep Performance Parts Dana 44 crate axles on the front and rear, a Jeep Performance Parts Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4-to-1 low range for slow and steady off-road driving and a 73-to-1 crawl ration for really aggressive off-road craziness.

The Wrangler Red Level also comes with a cameo appearance from Mopar, courtesy of a half-door kit that adds to all the other exterior goodies, including a prototype Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier, a locking gas cap, a hood prop kit and Jeep Performance Parts rock rails.

The Wrangler Red Level has more details to it that are worth your attention, but you’re going to have to click past the jump to read more about this unique Wrangler

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Breaking news, ladies and gentlemen! Chevrolet has just unveiled that one of its three premieres for the New York Auto Show is the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is!

The big deal about it is that this is the first factory-built Corvette Z06 Convertible since 1963, when Chevy introduced the said package as a performance update for endurance racing. It was actually called "RPO Z06" and included a larger-diameter front anti-roll bar, a vacuum brake booster, a dual master cylinder, larger shocks and stiffer springs.

Because it also came with a gas tank that was nearly double the size of standard 20-gallon tank, the package was only available on coupe models at first. However, the manufacturer says that one convertible was fitted with the Z06 bundle that year.

Getting back to the newly-revealed model, Chevrolet claims the Z06 Convertible represents "the culmination of more than four years developing an all-new, all-aluminum structure." You see, because the new structure is much more stiffer than the previous Z06, the drop-top sports car needed no structural reinforcements, which means its curb weight won’t be affected by missing a fixed roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible.


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