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PostHeaderIcon Smart Brabus ForTwo 15th Anniversary Editoin

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Fifteen years ago smart, a city car maker with a pathological hatred of capital letters, hooked up with Brabus in a 50-50 partnership so that they might make their cars cool and desirable. Now they are celebrating staying with each other this long with a special limited edition called Smart Brabus ForTwo 15th Anniversary.

Designed to showcase what Brabus treatments can do for smart cars, the Smart Brabus ForTwo 15th Anniversary claims to be a sportscar for the city. That is a bold claim and they certainly can’t be using the term sportscar to describe this model in the sense that it’s fast since it comes with a 52 kW (70 hp) motor in the hottest version. But we have to say the unique looks and the exclusive interior appointments featuring leather and carbon fibrer do give this ForTwo a certain flair that makes it a cool urban runabout.

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Smart Brabus ForTwo 15th Anniversary comes as a fortwo coupé or cabrio and with a choice of two turbocharged engines (66 kW and 80 kW) as well as in an electric drive variant (60 kW). Highlgihts include individual paint finish for bodypanels and tridion cell in “anniversary silver (shiny)”, leather appointments in espresso brown with BRABUS sports seats, and tailor made exterior style package. Production is limited to 150 units.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren P15 Hypercar Initial Details Revealed

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McLaren Automotive has had such an amazing experience with the P1 hypercar that they seem to be in a bit of a hurry to come up with a successor. In fact, the new McLaren P15 Hypercar is said to be ready for debut later this year, just in time to mess up the market for AMG Project One and Aston Martin Valkyrie. 

And it’s going to be banging, this P15, boasting an 800 horsepower non-hybrid 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8. That is less than what the P1 offered, but the McLaren P15 will be faster seeing it’s designed to be a stripped-out but still road-legal track toy with a weight of just 1,300 kg. So it’s fair to say the P15 won’t be any good around Casino Square or Knightsbridge, but it’ll kill at Silverstone or Spa.

McLaren P15 will make use of McLaren’s latest Monocage II one-piece carbonfibre tub complete with roof structure and get a race-inspired two-seater interior and no P1-style electrical powertrain. That is the key to its light weight and therefore superb power-to-weight ratio. The hypercar will also benefit from Active aerodynamics with self-adjusting spoilers.

Just about the only worry with McLaren P15 is that it is said to be designed more with function in mind than good looks, and the fact that it’ll £840,000 (limited to 500 units).

Via Autocar

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PostHeaderIcon Wald Lexus LC 500 Styling Kit Preview

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Behold the magnificence of the soon-to-be-released Wald Lexus LC 500. If you have ordered any other styling kit for your upcoming LC just cancel the order and wait for this, because Wald’s offering is, well, I mean, just look at it. It’s awesome!

Japanese tuner Wald International has a unique touch and their kits, even if they share some of their design cues with other products, always have an x-factory, a little extra something that make them different and instantly recognizable as a Wald kit. With the Wald Lexus LC 500 the designers seem to have gone the extra mile to make sure the car is different to the standard car as a whole different model, and they seem to have pulled it off. Of course, we need to see the finished product before making a judgment, but it looks half as good as this teaser we’d say that’s a job well done.

Wald Lexus LC 500 styling package includes, based on the teaser, a front spoiler lip, new mesh grilles, extremely cool aero pieces on the front bumper, Porsche  RS-style fender vents, dynamic side skirts, and one would assume, an enormous rear diffuser and boot lid wing. Wald also suuplies fancy wheels and exhaust systems, but no power upgrade at this time.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 N Fastback Render Looks Intriguing

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While the hatchback Hyundai i30 N has captivated fans the world over with its cool blend of performance, practicality and value, its sister the Fastback is not getting as much attention as it deserve. Maybe they shouldn’t have unveiled them simultaneously. In any case, there is a solution to that and that is what you are looking at here, the Hyundai i30 N Fastback.

Yep, just give the Fastback the N treatment and it becomes just as cool as the other one. This car, of course, is just a speculative render of what a Hyundai i30 N Fastback might look like and it only shows the car from one side. But it is enough to convince us the whole thing is a good idea. I mean, what’s not to like about a sleeker, more practical i30 N? You get the sporty looks thanks to the unique aero kit and colors of the N treatment, and you get the style and class of the Fastback.

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And most importantly you get the performance of the N car in an overall more desirable package. Yes, the hatchback is very nice and all that, but the thing is if you drive a hot hatchback you are sort of marking yourself as a certain type of individual, whereas a high-performance fastback could be driven by anybody. What’s more, the hatchback is not a car for every occasion, but you can take the Fastback to the best restaurants and the valet would still open the door for you.

Rendering by X-Tomi Design

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PostHeaderIcon Waze Navigation Comes to Android Auto

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I know, I know, we don’t really need another navigation app and we all use Google Maps anyway because it’s just the best. But the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze is becoming the trend these days and they have decided to make it part of Android Auto which means it becomes standard equipment on cars that come with the system. 

Of course, you may already be using Waze, but its integration into Android Auto you no longer have to fondle your phone for half an hour every time you want to go somewhere. The system now works  via your vehicle’s in-car display, touch screens, steering wheel buttons, and other console-mounted controls. All it takes is connecting your Android phone to the USB port in a car that supports Android Auto. That means no wireless connectivity, we guess. Didn’t know people still used wires, but hey.

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Waze Highlights:

  • Navigate to all your most frequented destinations as pre-programmed in your Waze app in one tap—we’re talking home, work and your Waze favorites. 
  • Start any drive using voice command “OK, Google” to tell Waze your destination and get on the road even quicker. 
  • Receive visual and audio alerts to keep you informed of what’s ahead and find the fastest routes. Bonus: you’ll enjoy a larger map with bigger views of alerts, hazers and more. 
  • Access your personalized Waze experience from your phone on your car’s bigger screen.
  • Easily view your ETA Panel, which organizes everything you need in one place so you can seamlessly check alternate routes and adjust your sound settings. 
  • Help other Wazers on the road through a visual reporting menu.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 N First Edition Sold Out in Two Days

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Hyundai seems to have come up with an instant hit with the new i30 N hot hatch as the First Edition version of the car sells out completely after a couple of days of taking orders. Mind you, they are only making a 100 Hyundai i30 N First Edition and only in Germany, so…

So the achievement may not be all that impressive, but the car sure is. To be officially launched across Europe by the end of 2017, the Hyundai i30 N is the most sophisticated sporty model the Korean company has ever built and it has already made the big-time Euro boys sit up and take notice. The hot hatch comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivering up to 275 PS and 353 Nm torque, and sports unique high-performance design elements on the exterior and interior. Depending on the driving mood, drivers can choose from five different modes to change the character of the car by adjusting the parameters of the engine, the dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), engine sound, steering and Rev matching.

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“The high interest in the First Edition confirms our confidence in the i30 N. Our first high-performance model under the N line up has been developed from the ground up to deliver pure driving pleasure in an accessible high-performance package for the road and for the track. It enriches the Hyundai brand with emotional appeal. People will experience a contented grin when driving this performance car.” Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division at Hyundai Motor Company

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PostHeaderIcon Honda/Acura NSX GT3 Race Car Now on Sale

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Honda/Acura announced the highly anticipated 2018 NSX GT3 customer race car is now available to order by qualified customers for the 2018 Motorsport season. Sold through JAS Motorsport in Europe, HPD in North America and by Mugen in Japan at a base price of €465,000, the GT3 may not be the best car on the grid next year, but it’ll certainly be the best looking. 

Racing with the Honda/Acura NSX GT3, eligible to race in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned race events around the world, will cost you around half a million Euro just to begin with. Then there is the parts and sales, training and engineering services you’ll have to pay for. But the good new is Honda supplies all of that so you don’t have to shop around.

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As for the technical specs, Honda/Acura NSX GT3 boasts a production-based 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 racing engine with the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system changed for competition and mated to a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox and backed by racing chassis and aerodynamic package. The car’s development has been undertaken as a collaborative project over the past three years that has also included HPD since the end of 2015 with over 85,000km of race and test mileage completed. An initial batch of 12 cars will be produced in time for the start of the 2018 race season.

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The 2018 NSX GT3 will be eligible for:

  • The Blancpain GT Series, Nurburgring 24 Hour race in Europe;
  • The Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA SportsCar series in North America;
  • The Blancpain GT Asia Series and GT Asia championship
  • Super GT’s GT300 class in Japan
  • The Australian GT Championship
  • Intercontinental GT Challenge

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PostHeaderIcon Official: New Rolls-Royce Phantom (2018)

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Though one would have expected more changes after being in the works for twelve years or so, the new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is improved over the previous model substantially enough so as not leave much room for complaints. The ultimate luxury saloon gets a new chassis, a better engine, and a mind-boggling array of luxury features, most of which have become a lot more sophisticated than before. 

You see, with the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom luxury is not just about the wood and leather and glass in the cabin, although you do get a healthy supply of those in a wide range of colors and themes. Their approach to luxury motoring has always been that of an artist trying to create something that feels great to look at, to touch, to behold. It’s an all-encompassing experience, luxury with Rolls-Royce, arrived at through a combination of sensations and feelings.

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That is why they spend a long time perfecting the ride and achieve that characteristic Rolls-Royce waft, adjusting the acceleration of the new 570 hp and 700 Nm V12 engine to match it, and making sure the car still has the world’s most quiet interior. The new Phantom boasts an all-new aluminium ‘Architecture of Luxury’ with  ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ and no, these are not just lofty words. The interior design and its luxury features are designed around the passenger with ‘The Embrace’ concept, where he or she can enjoy a whole new level of luxury motoring with ‘The Suite’ and ‘The Gallery’ bespoke treatments tailored exclusively for them.

Check out this video and get a full explanation of the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom and check out also the Great Eight Phantom exhibition:

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“This realisation was a moment of clarity about the destiny of Rolls-Royce,” reflects Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Every one of our customers – each a connoisseur of luxury in the extreme – were asking for something more individual to them, not less. We were adamant that that was what they should have.”

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PostHeaderIcon Aarhus, Denmark Reminds Us That Privacy Is an Ongoing Concern as We Venture into a World with Connected Cars

It wasn’t that long ago that over-the-air updates and mobile internet were pretty much limited to our cell phones, but nowadays, just about every new car worth having has a 4G LTE internet connection and a direct link to manufacturer servers. This is extremely evident in cars with semi-autonomous capabilities, like the Tesla Model S, which routinely provides data back to the manufacturer to help improve autonomous systems and help us venture closer to a future of self-driving cars. Eventually, our vehicles will connect to the infrastructure around us, allowing full communication between traffic signals and cars, and for cars to communicate among themselves. We’re not there quite yet, but the city of Aarhus over in Denmark is showing us a little preview as it uses Bluetooth sensors to track traffic.

Of course, this raises some concerns in those who have a fear of our privacy being invaded but so far this particular method of tracking traffic is actually harmless. Apparently, a company known as Blip Systems has provided the sensors to the city and also provides them to other cities across the globe as well as airports. Basically, the sensors pick up on Bluetooth signals from vehicles with built-in Wi-Fi and or phones of passengers with Bluetooth enabled as well. The data is then sent back to the city where it is analyzed to provide a better picture of how traffic is moving and where areas get congested, ultimately allowing the city to determine where they can improve their transportation infrastructure to reduce driving times and fuel consumption.
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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Highs & Lows

If ever there were a vehicle that could be described as “ionic,” the Jeep CJ/Wrangler would be it. It’s overall shape hasn’t changed much since the U.S. entered WWII in 1941, and neither has its off-road capability. The current version, the Wrangler JK, has been around a decade now, having debuted for the 2007 model year. By now you know Jeep is readying its replacement with the 2018 Wrangler JL – an SUV rumored to be far superior to the JK in nearly every way, both in on-road comfort and off-road ability. But before the last new JK rolls off its Ohio assembly line, I spent a week living with one of the most hard-core versions: the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock.

Now, if you’ve been living under a rock and have to ask yourself what makes a Rubicon Hard Rock, take the time to read my explanation. For the rest of us, we can explore the Wrangler’s highs and low – its loveable characteristics and loathsome traits. The Jeep certainly has both, and you’d better be fully aware of each should you purchase one, much like the 191,774 customers did in the U.S. in 2016 alone. Of course, these are just my opinions, so feel free to tell me yours in the comments below.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG E63 S By Posaidon

There may be a new-generation Mercedes-AMG E63 S in town now, but just because that’s the case, that doesn’t mean the previous-generation model will just fade out into the sunset. Noted Mercedes tuner Posaidon seems to think that there’s still some untapped potential left in the “old” AMG E63 S, and like any tuner worth its salt, Posaidon set about unlocking it with a new program that delivers a staggering 1,090 horsepower, more than what today’s lineup of hypercars are capable of.

Wrap your heads around that number for a second. 1,090 horsepower for the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Sure, the mid-sized performance saloon is capable of handling that much power, but not without a lot of help, or at least in this case, a bigger engine up front. That’s the scope of what Posaidon has done. Not to mention the work Posaidon put in, which speaks to the kind of upgrades it’s offering for the Merc-AMG. It’s admittedly not for everyone, but for those who prefer supercar-levels of power out of the E63 S beauties, the German tuner’s power offering is about as high as it’s going to get. And in case it’s a little too out of reach for a customer’s sensibilities, Posaidon does have other options on the menu, specifically upgrades that “only” bring out 850 and 920 horsepower, respectively. I suppose the output numbers, in this case, are relative, but then again, even an 850-horsepower AMG E63 S is going to be a whirlwind to drive.

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PostHeaderIcon Get Ready! The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is Coming

In case you’ve been sleeping, or missed our history piece on the Rolls-Royce Phantom, you should know that one of the world’s most iconic luxury cars just recently celebrated its 90th birthday in 2015, if you don’t count the time from 1939 to 1950 when Rolls-Royce was shut down due to the war. Over its long and illustrious history, it has changed dramatically, keeping with the times and always taking luxury one step further. The most recent generation, the Phantom VII, has been around since 2003 and was in production until 2016, which means it’s time for the next-gen Phantom VIII to make its long-awaited debut. As is the usual case, the car won’t really change much, but it will get all of the modern updates you would expect from a luxury marque like Rolls-Royce. It’s set to debut on July 27 and should bring updated exterior styling with new fascias, LED headlights (possibly laser headlights) and a revamped grille with lots of chrome trim. And, let’s not forget about the suicide doors.

But, it’s not all about the exterior design that comes as a result of this new-gen model. See, the platform is being completely revised and will be an “aluminum-intensive” setup that’s known as the “Architecture of Pure Luxury.” Word has it that it will shed some significant weight, which means more speed and better economy, and AWD or electrified drivetrains could also be brought to the table as Rolls continues to modernize its most iconic model. That modernization will also bring an updated infotainment system to the interior that features a larger screen, and it will likely get gesture control too as Rolls-Royce can’t be beat out by the BMW 7 Series, right? LED ambient lighting is pretty much guaranteed as is an all-digital instrument cluster. The latter may upset those who prefer the classic look, but Rolls could very easily provide the classic look on a digital platform, a move that will make everyone happy. We’re also expecting a massive V12 engine to sit under the hood, but whether it will be a revised unit or just carried over from the last generation remains to be seen.

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PostHeaderIcon Buick Regal Sportback

The Buick Regal actually has a pretty long history that dates back to 1973, when it was first introduced to the market. It also led to some amazing cars in the 1970s, including the Grand National and the GNX. It was produced continuously here in the U.S. until 2004 when Buick decided to call it quits, but it was brought back in 2009 as an Opel in other markets and as the Regal here in the U.S. again in 2011. That generation ran until 2017 when it was time for the sixth-gen model to make its long-awaited debut. Now available in both Sportback and wagon form, the Regal is now better than ever in modern terms and for 2018, the Sportback brings a lot to the table. Featuring a coupe-like silhouette with four doors and a rear hatch, it’s really a combobulation of several different body types but somehow looks attractive and sporty. For 2018, Buick made huge improvements to the Regal, including increasing cargo space by more than half. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for around 250 ponies and should prove to be an awesome family car. It is available with a new nine-speed automatic or an eight-speed automatic if you want AWD.

And, believe it or not, Buick is looking to take on the Germans, but aptly pointing out that the new Regal has more cargo space than both the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback. Overall, the new Regal is also about 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and with the 2.0-liter it should offer up better fuel economy as well. It has a longer wheelbase which translates to better maneuverability and improved passenger space. A whole host of safety systems is available if you’re willing to pay for it, but you do get hood pedestrian safety as standard equipment. We still have a little while before the new Regal goes on sale, with its official launch slated for the fourth quarter of 2017. Until that happens, let’s take a better look at the new Regal and discover what all it has to offer.

PostHeaderIcon Brace Yourselves, A Track-Focused Successor To The McLaren P1 Is Coming!

The super competitive world of hypercars can be really amazing. Not only do we get some of the fastest and most powerful driving machines from it, but we also see first-hand how this space has spurred a competitive arms race among automakers. It’s great to see these companies embrace the challenge of innovation and dive in head-first. Take McLaren for example. The British automaker has already given us the P1 hypercar, and now it’s all set to follow that up with a successor that will apparently include a track-focused model that will be faster than the P1.

Word of this development comes by way of Autocar, which is reporting the new model, codenamed P15, will not only be faster than any McLaren model other than the P1 GTR, but it will also be much lighter than its predecessor. In fact, one of McLaren’s intended goals for this model is for it to have a much better power-to-weight ratio than the P1, allowing it to be much faster around the race track than the automaker’s ground-breaking hypercar. The report also says that the P15 will feature the company’s new Monocage II carbon fiber monocoque while also making extensive use of active aerodynamics to allow it to have better performances on a race track. Specific details are expected to be announced as the project advances, although it is being reported at this point that McLaren will only build 500 units of the model featuring just one variant, likely being a coupe, with a price tag of about €700,000, or around $814,000 based on current exchange rates.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler To Debut At LA Auto Show

The upcoming and highly anticipated 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. That’s the official word from Jeep CEO Mike Manley, originating from an interview with Auto Express. What’s more, Manley confirmed the Wrangler will have a hybrid powertrain option, the details of which will be announced before the end of 2017. Thankfully, the Wrangler will still have the rugged looks and off-road capability of the current Wrangler JK we’ve come to love, but with healthy updates to both styling details and interior NVH.

“It’s definitely going to move the game along but you will absolutely know it’s a Wrangler – for sure! If we did anything that departed from the Wrangler formula I don’t think I’d be able to get out of the States,” said Manley, a native of Great Britain. It’s clear the next-generation Wrangler will have a familiar shape thanks to numerous spy shots of prototype vehicles seen scurrying around Detroit.
However, improvements to the Wrangler’s everyday livability will be a welcomed addition. “You’ll be really surprised how far we’ve been able to move things in terms of capability, fuel economy, ride comfort, noise and all of those things, said Mike Manley. “I’m very pleased with where it is.”

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Drops Huge Assist For Dodge Challenger Demon Owners

The Dodge Challenger Demon is quick. Apparently, it’s so quick that the National Hot Rod Association actually banned it because it’s capable of hitting the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds, well below the 9.99-second threshold that the association allows without serious safety modifications. It’s a disappointing handcuff for Challenger Demon owners, but fortunately, John Hennessey has saved the day by telling Fiat Chrysler that Hennessey’s home track, Lonestar Motorsports Park, would accommodate the Challenger Demon without any restrictions to the car.

Hennessey made his offer clear to FCA’s head of passenger cars, Tim Kuniskis, in a letter addressing the issue with the NHRA. In the letter, Hennessey said that the Lonestar track would allow owners of the Challenger Demon to “run their vehicles down the quarter-mile drag strip without a roll cage and/or parachute. All Hennessey requires is that owners attend a one-day drag racing school to become familiar with car itself and the layout of the track. The noted tuner and car manufacturer’s offer is a lot more lenient than the NHRA, which requires owners of the 700-horsepower muscle car to equip their cars with safety equipment on top of getting an actual competition license before they can bring their Demons to any one of its quarter-mile drag strips.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 IMSA Northeast Grand Prix – Race Report

Lime Rock Park’s tight nature makes it perfect for an all-GT contest, and that’s exactly what we had on the plate for last weekend’s IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Race at the Lakeville track. Akin to the old days of the IMSA GT Championship, the two-hours-and-40-minutes sprint around the 2.459-mile-long circuit was open only to the GT-LM and GT-D contenders which made for great racing between the two “cores” of action.

The seventh round of the 2017 season came as a lot of news was coming out of the Prototype camp which will return at Road America. For starters, Mazda announced they will cut their season short as they begin a new relationship with Joest Racing which will take over the Japanese manufacturer’s program in IMSA over from SpeedSource. The team that previously ran Audi Sport’s LMP1 program (and has a rich history even before that, with Porsche) will begin testing with the Riley/Mutimatic-based RT24-P immediately which is why we won’t see the car back on track until its debut under the new Mazda Team Joest banner at Daytona in 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition by Mulliner

By now, you would think that Mulliner would have done just about every kind of luxury interpretation imaginable. That is at the heart of its job as Bentley’s in-house personalization division. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Mulliner turn Bentleys into works of pure art and opulence. You’d be surprised, though, how creative this group can get, and no more is that in full display than in its latest project, the Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition.

Yes, Mulliner just finished another limited edition build for Bentley. Yes, it looks amazing. Yes, it takes its name from the Greek goddess of calm seas. And yes, it’s nautically-inspired, right down to the whole treatment in the exterior and interior of the convertible. It says a lot about the Continental GT Convertible Galene’s status as a decadent limited edition that even Princess Yachts, the creators of some of the most expensive yachts in the world, got involved in the project with Mulliner. The styling cues in the exterior and interior are indicative of what Princess Yachts does with its own expensive products, and you can tell by how the whole model turns out that it’s a Bentley that’s ideally suited for a specific clientele. Only 30 units of the Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition will be built, too. That’s hardly a surprise considering the people behind its creation. Luxury begets luxury, and the Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition is a physical embodiment of that.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition by Mulliner

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante

The second-generation V12 Vanquish was introduced in 2012, 11 years after Aston Martin used the nameplate to replace the aging Virage. Although it borrows the same styling cues made popular by the DB9, the Vanquish stands out thanks to its design features inspired by the One-77 supercar, sporty yet stylish interior, and a powerful 5.9-liter V-12 engine. Set to be replaced before 2018, the Vanquish is still being used as a base for numerous limited-edition grand tourers.

In 2016, Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish Zagato, the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades. Previewed by a concept car that Aston Martin showcased at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este earlier in 2016, the production coupe has been joined by a convertible at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Set to be produced in only 99 units, just like the coupe, the Vanquish Zagato Volante follows in the footsteps of the 1987 V8 Vantage Volante and the 2003 DB AR1 as an exclusive Zagato-built sports car with a bespoke body. And, if its predecessors are any indication, the Vanquish Zagato Volante will become one of the rarest Aston Martins ever created.

Update 07/25/2017: Although the production model was unveiled in 2016, it took Aston Martin almost a year to roll out the first customer cars. These were spotted for the first time in July 2017, when the British firm took one example to the Nurburgring for some proper flogging.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante.

PostHeaderIcon Ferrari P3 Hypercar Rendered as Valkyrie Rival

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We are currently living the age of hybrid hypercars and it’s been fairly exciting, what with the rivalry between the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. But already it seems the tide is shifting towards crazier, more technologically sophisticated machines such as Mercedes AMG Project One and Aston Martin Valkyrie. So an independent designer decided to speculate what Ferrari’s answer to all this would be like.

And here’s what he came up with, Ferrari P3 which is a futuristic hypercar designed with inspirations from the aforementioned products. Now, this might seem like a pretty outlandish idea, and it is frankly, but something like this has a much greater chance of actually happening that may realize. See, if indeed this is where the hypercar game is headed, and all the evidence suggest that might be the case, Ferrari cannot just sit back and watch other brands runaway with the market. They are going to have to react, and that reaction could look a helluva lot like what you are seeing here.

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What we can’t imagine is what sort of powertrain a Ferrari hypercar of this caliber would use. Of course we know that that electrically-boosted V12 in the LaFerrari has still more potential than its current 1,000 horsepower output, but it is just not in the same league as the F1-derived powertrain in the AMG One. What’s more, we don’t yet know what Porsche might have in store should they decide to join this high-roller club. Traditionally, what Porsche brings to the table makes all the other offerings look like they belong to the previous century.

So yes, it’s only getting more exciting, this hypercar game!

Renderings by Alex Imnadze Baldini

The post Ferrari P3 Hypercar Rendered as Valkyrie Rival appeared first on Motorward.

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