We all know that the LaFerrari is one of the sexiest hybrid supercars available now, but it looks like the Italiam automaker has something else up its sleeve.
A very strange LaFerrari mule was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack. We say strange because it did not have the exhaust note of a a normal LaFerrari. It sounded a lot more like the note from the turbocharged V-6 engine that we will see in Formula 1 next year.
We are not too sure why Ferrari would test an F1 engine in the LaFerrari, but we’re sure some light will be shined on the topic soon enough. Our best guess is that the mule has an easy way of swapping the drivetrain out, which would have made initial drivetrain testing easier, so Ferrari is using the old LaFerrari mule as a tester for its new F1 engine, given it can easily install and remove the drivetrain. Then again, we are just speculating on that.
The Land Rover Defender has lived a long and glorious life that began back in 1948. The Defender is set to retire in 2015, following 67 years of production. Seen as an example of highly rugged British engineering, the Defender went on to conquer the world, thanks to its go-anywhere ability.
Land Rover plans to replace the Defender with a new model, based on the DC100 Concept . That said, the legacy of the original Defender has rendered it with "classic" status.
A. Kahn Design specializes in the customization of Land Rovers and its latest creation is based on a Defender 2.2 TDCi. Kahn likes to call it the Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCi SW 90 Chelsea Wide Track.
Kahn retained the classic shape of the Defender, but the subtle detailing make this Kahn Design Defender rather special.
Click past the jump to read in detail about the Land Rover Defender by Kahn Design
Shortly after unveiling the absolutely scintillating Red Bull X2014 , Sony and Polyphony Digital decided to give us all a peek at what we can expect with all of its Vision Gran Turismo Concepts . Yup, the two companies weren’t just content with just one teaser image; they decided to give us a tease of a handful of vehicles that will appear as part of the Vision Gran Turismo Concepts.
Automotive design is an odd beast that usually ends up being a product of compromise and costs concerns after long hours in board meetings and design studios filled with creative minds that don’t always agree. One man, however, has broken that tradition and designed a car from the ground up to be a single entity, appealing to both the male and female buyer through specific design elements and featured content.
Timur Bozca is that man and his Bozca Zest concept is a truly unique piece of automotive design. The philosophy behind the Zest is, according to Bozca, one of equality between the sexes and what each desires in a vehicle. Men look for performance and stunning designs, while women desire creature comforts, useful interiors, and storage space.
Not only is the Zest an exercise in clever design, but its powertrain is something to be admired. An Audi -sourced, 2.5-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder with direct injection makes its home under the hood and produces 335 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine does not power the car, however. Rather, four synchronized electric motors at each wheel receive power from the gas engine and 84 kg (185-pound) on-board batteries to propel the Zest forward – with the ability to hit 62 mph from in just 5.5 seconds. Regenerative braking, photovoltaic panels on the transparent roof, and full-on, plug-in-hybrid capabilities (PHEV) mean the Zest is highly efficient while being performance oriented.
The Zest also boasts a composite chassis that aids in reducing the car’s overall weight to just 1,200 kg (2645 pounds). Carbon fiber is used extensively and is even employed in crash zones to help absorb impacts. The body panels are comprised of a sandwiched material of linen and cork bonded together with epoxy resin. The result is a lightweight, yet strong exterior that also boasts a drag coefficient of only 0.35 Cd.
Click past the jump for more info and photos of the Bozca Zest Concept
Every Monday, Motor Trend rolls out a new episode of its Ignition show and the latest one brings into focus a great sports car: the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S .
Carlos Lago checks out the V-12-powered sports car to see if it is really worthy of all the praise that is heaped upon it. He also checks out just how well the Vantage V12 S performs, relative to Aston Martin’s claim that this model is indeed the second-fastest-accelerating car the company has produced. This is where Carlos got to have all the fun in the world, as he pushed the Aston to its limits. Lago also lets us in on whether or not the controversial single-clutch automated manual transmission really hampers the performance of the Vantage.
As a reminder, the V12 Vantage S is powered by an AM28 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds — Lago noted a much slower time — and up to a top speed of 205 mph.
When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show we were all in amazement. Within that amazement was a sense of a sense of pessimism, as we were unsure exactly how this future successor to the Carrera GT would look and run in the real world. We all know that manufacturers have a habit of “overestimating” its cars at these shows, to put it nicely.
After more than three years, the 918 Spyder ended its testing phase and is ready for its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 918 has made many passes around the “Green Hell,” thrashing its predecessor’s time in the process. All of these laps around the famed Nürburgring and at Porsche’s test facilities have given the automaker enough details to allow it to piece together all of its specs.
So, is the 918 Spyder everything it has been hyped up to be?
Update 10/02/2013: Porsche unveiled a new promo video (above) for the new 918 Spyder in that it explains the design concept behind the new supercar. Enjoy!
Update 11/18/2013: Shortly after the first 918 Spyder units were delivered, Porsche announced a series of improvements for the new electric supercar. With the new improvements, the model equipped with the Weissach package will go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds (-0.2 seconds), from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds), and from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 19.9 seconds (-2.1 seconds). Also, when only the two electric motors run, the model goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds, without producing any emissions.
Update 12/04/2013: Porsche unveiled a new video showing its new 918 Spyder in action on the on the Valencia racetrack. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read our review and find out.
When Polyphony Digital announced Gran Turismo 6, it also announced that a series of makers around the globe would develop a series of concept cars especially for the game. With Mercedes and BMW revealing their respective concepts, the folks over at Red Bull Racing have now released their creation.
You shouldn’t be very surprised to hear that Red Bull is providing a concept for GT6, as it did the same thing for GT5 when it released the X2010 .
The concept developed for GT6 is called X2014 and it is offered in three different versions: the Red Bull X2014 Fan (X2014/F), the Red Bull X2014 Standard (X2014/S) and the Red Bull X2014 Junior (X2014/J). So, we’re not talking about just one car, but three different concepts imagined for the racing world.
All three of them were designed by Polyphony Digital Inc. in collaboration with Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of four-time F1 champions, Red Bull Racing.
Just like with the other concepts, the new X2014 will be offered exclusively int he GT6, so if you want to drive it, you’ll have to buy the game.
Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo 6.
With the new 2014 Corvette Stingray hitting showrooms soon, we can only assume that Chevy will be revealing higher-performance versions in the near future. One of these new high-performance versions is the successor to the Z06, and, according to Chevrolet’s official confirmation it will keep the same nomenclature during the seventh generation.
The Corvette Z06 will keep enthusiasts happy until the the new ZR1 model hits the market late in this generation’s product cycle.
Just like the previous Z06 , the new model, will likely feature a sportier suspension system, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and larger Michelin tires to help keep the speedy `Vette glued to the road. Rumors suggest that the Z06 will carry a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower and mates to a Tremec TR-6070, seven-speed manual transmission.
Savvy spy shooters have caught the Z06 out and about testing on several occasions, and we have created a rendering (above) to help give you a better idea of what to expect. We anticipate seeing the Z06 debut in early 2015, which points to it bowing in at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .
Updated 12/04/2013: Chevrolet officially confirmed today that the new 2015 Corvette Z06 will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . According to GM, it will be "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features." Along with this announcement comes the release of the first teaser image of the new Z06, which you can see above.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
America’s original pony car will turn 50 in 2014, and Ford is celebrating the monumental birthday by taking its maiden voyage overseas. The 2015 Ford Mustang will find its way into right-hand-drive markets, such as England, Japan and Australia. Moreover, for the first time in the Mustang’s history, England and Australia studios will aid in the design of the new-generation muscle car. Add that to the fact that the 2015 Mustang will receive independent rear suspension for the first time ever, with exception of the Cobra version a decade ago, and the Mustang suddenly becomes a hot topic among enthusiasts.
With such dramatic changes in the geographical availability of the Mustang, as well as the move away from the cheaper live axle, not much else has to change in order for this new-generation Mustang to find its new niche in the 2015 model year. That being said, expect the updated muscle car to get a radical redesign while still staying true to its overall look and style.
Also, for the first time, the Mustang is offered with an EcoBoost engine and a series of new technologies that will push it on top on the market.
Updated 12/05/2013: After many teasing, spy shots and rumors the sixth generation Ford Mustang finally made its world debut today.
More details on the 2015 Ford Mustang after the jump.
It’s been a few days since Paul Walker’s unexpected passing and the details behind the ordeal are still pretty hard to fathom.
One of the things that have been directly affected by Walker’s death is the Fast & Furious franchise, which is actually in the middle of filming its seventh installment with Walker playing a prominent role in it, as usual.
Recently, leaked footage containing a scene from Fast & Furious 7 made it’s rounds in which Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, promises "just one more" funeral while attending one held for another member of the "Fast Family," Han Seoul-Oh. You can see the scene above, though the audio is a little low quality.
Not a lot of details are being released about this particular scene, although a recent report from Movies indicated that the scene is actually a spoiler from the Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray and DVD.
Either way, it’s a particularly goosebump-raising scene given the unfortunate and truly shocking death of Walker last weekend.
Our thoughts and prayers are still with his family and friends.
Click past the jump to relive all the trailers for all six Fast & Furious movies.