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PostHeaderIcon There Are a Few Aston Martins in the new James Bond No time to Die Trailer

The brief teaser for No Time to Die hasn’t even gone cold yet, and here we are looking at the first official trailer. As is the usual case, there is plenty of automotive action going on, including a completely fresh take on Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 – one of the most famous action-movie cars in history. That DB5 even has a fresh upgrade (and probably more that we haven’t seen.)

PostHeaderIcon You Can Own One of the Superformance Ford GT40 Replicas from the Ford v Ferrari Movie

We’ve always wanted, at least once, to own a piece of history. The car shared by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby throughout the 1966 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a Ford GT40 Mk. II, is such an example. The identical-looking ’continuation’ Ford GT40 Mk. II seen in the recently released ’Ford v. Ferrari’ movie is another.

The good news is you can own the latter and brag that you’ll sit where Christian Bale did during filming. He’s no Ken Miles but he surely played the part convincingly well and all you have to do to get this baby blue 7.0-liter monster is be the highest bidder on lot #R554 during Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee auction in January. Simple, right?

PostHeaderIcon New Rendering Envisions a Real-Life Need For Speed Toyota Supra

The 2019 SEMA Auto Show hosted no less than five different Toyota Supra concepts. None of them, though, can compete with the audacity of this custom rendering of a tricked-out Toyota Supra created by Ambielec Design.

Inspired by the Need For Speed: Heat video game that was launched earlier this month, this Supra rendering wears what is arguably the wildest wide-body kit we’ve seen on the returning Japanese sports coupe. It’s modified to an extent that the only two possible reactions to this rendering are to either love it or hate it. We’re still not sure where we are on that scale.

PostHeaderIcon Check Out This Ridiculous Ford GT40 Movie Rig from Ford V Ferrari

Making a movie like the just-released Ford vs Ferrari film requires a lot of on-track camera work, some of the creative variety. Look no further than this behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube by Fab TV, showing what just might be one of the most unusual camera rigs you’ll ever see. That, folks, is a replica Ford GT40, except that it’s only half of the car. The other half is a giant tube-framed platform that not only supports an external driver but, more importantly, a full-blown production setup that includes multiple cameras. This is the kind of movie production razzmatazz that you can expect in 2019. It’s strange, awesome, and downright weird, all rolled into one.

PostHeaderIcon The New Michael Keaton Lego DC Batman Car is Two-Foot of Childhood Dreams Come True

One of the most important Hollywood cars is about to get the LEGO treatment. In what could be the best LEGO car of all time, the iconic Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie has now been immortalized in bricks. Otherwise known as the 1989 Tim Burton Batmobile, this LEGO car is a showstopper when fully built and a huge challenge to actually build. It’s made up of 3,306 pieces, which is around 200 fewer pieces than the LEGO Bugatti Chiron. The LEGO Batmobile, which arrives in time for the Tim Burton film’s 30th anniversary and the 80th anniversary of the Batman character, will be released on November 29 (Black Friday) at a price of $250.

PostHeaderIcon The New Ford v. Ferrari Movie, The History Behind It, and Why That GT40 On the IMAX Poster is Inaccurate

“This is David vs. Goliath vs. Goliath,” said leading actor Christian Bale that plays veteran sports car racing ace Ken Miles in the upcoming ’Ford v. Ferrari’ movie that’ll park in a cinema near you from November 15. It’s a story about racing as much as it is a story about business affairs that become personal and about what you can achieve if you’re willing to throw infinite amounts of cash at a problem. It’s the story about Ford’s first outright success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that ended a six-year winning spree for Scuderia Ferrari.

’Ford v. Ferrari’ (or ’Le Mans ’66’ in Europe and other places) is the first movie to take us back to Le Mans since 2003’s Michel Vaillant. Those scenic country roads in France that play host to the most famous sports car endurance race in the world over a weekend in June were first showcased to moviegoers almost 50 years ago when Steve McQueen put his fortune and reputation on the line to create ’Le Mans’. ’Ford v. Ferrari’ looks at the 1966 edition of the race but you can’t tell that by looking at the recently released IMAX poster. So, why are Bale and co-star Matt Damon seen propped up against a weird-looking Ford GT40?

PostHeaderIcon Porsche’s Newest Concept Is a… Spaceship

Porsche is creating a new concept vehicle, only this time, it’s not the kind of concept that we’re accustomed to. The German automaker is teaming up with Lucasfilm — yes, Lucasfilm — to create a spaceship — yes, a spaceship — for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The intergalactic vehicle isn’t expected to be included in the movie, but it will be created and displayed at the premiere of the new Star Wars movie extravaganza on December 20. The timing of this Porsche-Lucasfilm collaboration could point hints to the possible use of Porsche’s new Taycan — Porsche’s first-ever EV is also slotted for a December world debut — in the design and development of the aforementioned spaceship. It’s a curious thing to say, let alone imagine a Porsche-designed spaceship for the Star Wars universe.

PostHeaderIcon No Time to Die Will Feature Plenty of Jaguars, Aston Martins, and a Possible Cameo by the Valhalla

Production of the 25th James Bond movie, called No Time To Die, is well underway, and we’re already seeing fan-filmed videos of what we can expect from the movie, at least from a car-chasing perspective. We already know that the Aston Martin DB5 — replicas of it, at least — will play a prominent role in the movie. We also know that Jaguar Land Rover has signed a deal confirming its involvement in the movie.

These videos of all these cars in attendance at the same time hints at a high-impact car chase scene that will play a key role in the movie. It’s hard not to get excited about what these scenes are going to look like, though I will admit that I’m more excited about seeing the car that Aston Martin said will make a cameo in the movie. With apologies to the remade DB5s and all the Jaguars and Land Rovers in the movie, I’m here for the Aston Martin Valhalla’s first-ever Hollywood screen time. No Time To Die is scheduled to hit theaters on April 3, 2020.

PostHeaderIcon Pontiac GTO from “xXx” Cruises Into Jay Leno’s Garage

The Pontiac GTO was the brainchild of John DeLorean – yup, that DeLorean, Bill Collins, and Russ Gee. Its name was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, which on the Ferrari, meant Gran Turismo Omologato (homologated grand tourer, meaning it could be raced in the GT class). The Pontiac GTO didn’t have the same status, but you might remember how a heavily modded GTO with enough firepower to wipe out a small state made an appearance in xXx, as Xander Cage’s (Vin Diesel) weapon of choice.

The same car was given the honor of being in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, where it was brought by Thom Sherwood, a living GTO encyclopaedia and owner of two GTOs used in 2002’s xXx movie. Stick around for the juiciest details you’ll ever get about the so-called Flame Car.

PostHeaderIcon Vin Diesel Gives Us a Sneak Peak at the Dodge Charger from Fast 9

Fast & Furious 9 is hitting theaters on May 20, 2020. That’s literally eight months from today. At this point, the production of the movie is in full swing — it’s now in its 13th week — and, according to a video posted by Vin Diesel on his Instagram account, it appears that we should brace ourselves for a #202020 hashtag at some point in the movie’s publicity tour.

After all, the franchise will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, so the hashtag pretty much writes itself. Notwithstanding that little nugget, the Instagram video also revealed one of the most important stars of Fast 9. It’s not Vin Diesel or Michelle Rodriguez. It’s the heavily customized Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat that Diesel will be driving in the movie.

One look at the Charger in the video and you’ll know that it’s not your typical Dodge sports car. That’s one of the great things about the Fast and Furious franchise. Imaginations can run wild in all facets of the movie, and that extends to the actual cars that you’ll see in it.

PostHeaderIcon There’s Lots of Porsche Goodness in the “Bad Boys for Life” Trailer, and Martin Lawrence Has Spent a Lot of Time in The Kitchen

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since we last saw Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in a Bad Boys movie, but that’s exactly how long it’s been. Mercifully, the long wait for the “threequel” is about to end now that the trailer for the third movie in the franchise, Bad Boys For Life, has finally dropped.

It’s a typical Bad Boys film in that there’s plenty of action, explosives, dry humor, and Smith and Lawrence busting on each other. Oh, and there’s a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S in the movie, too. It’s a nice callback to the original Bad Boys movie from 1995, though I suspect some people aren’t old enough to remember that movie. Bad Boys isn’t the Fast & Furious, but for those who are old enough to remember Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s first movie together, you’ll know that Bad Boys had its fair share of drop-dead gorgeous vehicles. It’s nice to know that almost 25 years since that first movie hit the theaters, that formula hasn’t changed, even if Lawrence’s physique has.

PostHeaderIcon Ford vs. Ferrari Trailer 2 – Lots of Racing Drama

20th Century Fox’s upcoming Ford vs. Ferrari movie is shaping up to be a barn burner. The second trailer of the James Mangold-directed film has just dropped, and if you don’t get excited about the movie after watching it, then I don’t know what to tell you. The movie, which stars Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, and Catriona Balfe, sheds a unique spotlight on the iconic racing war Ford and Ferrari engaged in back in the 1960s for Le Mans supremacy.

The new trailer dives deep into Ford’s singular focus and motivation to wipe out Ferrari’s dominance in the endurance race after a deal between the two automakers went south in the 11th hour. There’s a lot to unpack with the second trailer, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that despite the collective star power in the movie featuring several Hollywood A-listers, the true stars of the trailer are the Ford GT40 and the Ferrari 330 P3.

PostHeaderIcon If You’re Planning to Binge Out on the Fast and Furious Series, Time Is Running Thin

The Fast & Furious franchise is becoming a staple in the news again, only this time, Netflix and the opportunity to binge-watch all eight movies in the franchise are what’s making waves. Turns out that the streaming service has announced that it will be removing the first three movies of the blockbuster franchise from its library on September 1. The move, while disappointing, isn’t unexpected. Netflix routinely takes down older movies to give way to new titles that are going to be added to the library. It just so happened that The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift are all on the chopping block. With this in mind, now’s as good a time as any to hop on to Netflix and spend the next few days binge-watching the whole franchise before that opportunity is lost by next week. Fast 9 doesn’t arrive until May 2020 anyway, and if you haven’t seen Hobbs and Shaw by now, then you probably need to watch that, too.

PostHeaderIcon Someone Spotted the 2020 Toyota Supra at a Fast and Furious 9 Filming Location, But There’s Something Even Better There Too

The production of Fast 9 has begun, and it looks like we’re about to see a handful of new characters in the fold. While most of the cast — sans Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — will return for the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, two new additions to the movie are making headlines in the automotive world. No, it’s not John Cena, who, by the way, is in the movie. It’s not even Michael Rooker, who was recently announced as the newest member of the Fast family. The headline grabbers are a pair of cars, specifically a 2020 Toyota Supra Mk5 and a heavily modified, blacked-out Dodge Charger. If the additions of these two beauties aren’t enough to get you excited for Fast 9, then the thought of seeing them in action should get those juices flowing.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus Just Made a Jet, But You Can’t Have One

The Men in Black movie series has featured a number of different vehicles, all of which featured some pretty cool futuristic… uhem…. alien technology. Men In Black: International will naturally be home to at least a couple of vehicles that boast alien technology, but this time around, at least two of them will be wearing a Lexus badge… and that massive, controversial spindle grille. One of the vehicles you’ll easily recognize; it’s the Lexus RC F. OF course, it’ll have some modifications too, but the real news here is the all-new Lexus QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer Jet.

PostHeaderIcon The First Trailer for Le Mans ’66 aka The Ford vs. Ferrari Movie is Out

Ford’s incredible victory at Le Mans in 1966 — and the subsequent dominance that followed — has been shared, told, and written about numerous times, none in better detail than A.J. Jaime’s book, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their
Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.
But the story has never been told through the silver screen. That changes this year when Le Mans ’66 hits theaters on November 15, 2019. Before we experience the spectacle of the greatest race in history and the back-story that led to it happening in the first place, the movie’s first official trailer will serve as a proper appetizer for what we can expect when the movie comes out in November. As far as trailers go, this one is a fantastic way to spend the next two minutes of your lives on. There’s star power, humor, incredible racing scenes, and enough exposition to properly set the table for the actual movie. It doesn’t hurt that the film stars a number of Hollywood heavyweights, including Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Jon Bernthal. It’ll probably not reach Avengers: Endgame status, but for those who are fans of car racing and the history it has created, Le Mans ’66 is the true must-watch movie of the year.

PostHeaderIcon Look In Awe At The Freshly Restored 1968 Lamborghini Miura That Starred In The Italian Job

Many generations of car guys watched in disbelief as the orange Miura that shows up to drop jaws as it drives down one of Italy’s many strips of winding road in the opening minutes of the classic 1969 movie ’The Italian Job’ never exits that tunnel in one piece. The good news is that the car we see traversing the Grand Saint Bernard Pass survived the filming and here’s what’s even better: the car that was considered to be the one used during filming was certified by Lamborghini as being genuine and then was restored by the Italian company’s Polo Storico department that specializes in nut-and-bolt restorations.

Can a car roar its way into the folklore of motion pictures after appearing on screen for a grand total of four minutes? If that car is Lamborghini’s first mid-engined car, the Miura, then the answer is yes. Granted, it helps that the said movie isn’t some C-rated afterthought of a movie that barely made its way on home video but a masterpiece starring Michael Caine and a trifecta of Minis that were so iconic they got a reboot by the time the BMW-engineered Mini Cooper was launched in the early noughties.

But the Miura remains the unsung four-wheeled hero of that movie and, now, that very P400, chassis #3586, is shiny and its leather sparkling. Having said that, everything is else is as it’ should be: the driving position is still unpleasant, and the bulky center console with those six Jaeger dials looks notoriously out of place. Did they forget about it and just added the whole thing at once before sending the first finished car to the Geneva Auto Show in 1966? Does it matter? Well, not really. You tend to not question cult classics.

PostHeaderIcon “Framing John DeLorean” is the Summer Movie You Need To See

John DeLorean is, without question, one of the most colorful and interesting personalities the auto industry has seen. As the founder of DeLorean Motor Company and the creator of the Pontiac GTO, DeLorean’s fingerprints can be seen in all sections of the auto industry. His life is a fascinating story, and we’re all going to see it play out in movie theaters and video-on-demand when the movie Framing John DeLorean, starring Alec Baldwin as John DeLorean, comes out on June 7. In addition to Baldwin, the movie also stars Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Homeland), Josh Charles (Dead Poet’s Society, The Good Wife), and Cristina Ferrare (Home).

PostHeaderIcon Everyone’s Going Electric, Including James Bond Himself

As good as he is at foiling international criminals from their evil schemes, not even James Bond himself can stop the onslaught of electrification in the auto industry. Proof of that lies in the next Bond film where 007’s ride-of-choice will be the Aston Martin Rapide E. The British automaker’s first-ever electric car joins a long list of Aston Martin models to appear in a James Bond film. The yet-to-be-titled Bond movie — it’s working title is Bond 25 — is scheduled to release in April 2020. It’s the 25th movie in the long-standing franchise, so you can expect it to have no shortage of surprises, including the array of gadgets and weapons that will be included in the Rapide E’s arsenal.

PostHeaderIcon Disney’s Building a Real-Life Version of The Giant Simulator in Cars 3, But None of Us Will Get To Use it

One of the more memorable scenes in Cars 3 is coming to life after Disney announced the opening of its new attraction, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, at the company’s Hollywood Studios park at the end of March. The attraction is based on the giant simulator scene in the third Cars movie that Lightning McQueen used — he actually destroyed it — as part of his training with Cruz Ramirez. Details of the attraction are still vague at this point, but reports indicate that Disney is investing heavily in recreating the giant racing simulator from the movie, complete with a large, custom-made project surface. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens on March 31, 2019.

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