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PostHeaderIcon What’s in a Name? The Origin of the “Countach” Name Comes To Light

Lamborghini is known for naming its cars after famous bulls in history. The Miura, for example, is named after a Spanish fighting bull that was bred from the Miura Cattle Ranch Feruccio Lamborghini’s friend, Don Eduardo Miura. There’s also the Islero, which was named after a specific Miura bull that killed matador Manolete back in 1947. Then there’s the Murcielago, which is, quite arguably, the most famous bull in history, thanks in part to the myth that has grown from it surviving 28 sword strokes in a bullfight that took place all the way back in 1897. Of all the Lamborghinis that have made hit the road, only a handful carried names that weren’t connected to bulls. One of those models is the Lamborghini Countach, regarded as the first Lamborghini to break free from the automaker’s bull-naming tradition. So if the Countach’s name isn’t related to bulls or bullfighting, how did Lamborghini come up with the name? Well, we now have the answer, one brought to us by no less than the head of the Countach’s design team, Marcello Gandini.

PostHeaderIcon Geely Wants Lotus To Start Playing With The Big Boys

Geely’s plans for Lotus includes bringing the once-proud British sports car brand back to relevancy. But a new report from Automotive News Europe reveals that the Chinese auto giant now has bigger plans for its new acquisition, specifically increasing its stake in Lotus with a fresh $1.9 billion investment. If Geely’s plans come to fruition, it could up its stake in Lotus from 51 percent to a more significant ownership percentage. Doing so would cut into the shares of Malaysia’s Erika Automotive, which currently owns 49 percent of Lotus.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Cool Muscle Cars You Can Buy For Less Than $20,000

Buying a brand-new muscle car can be quite expensive, especially if you’re going for the V-8-powered versions of the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, or Dodge Challenger. The same goes if you want a mint-condition classic that stands out of the pack through limited-edition packages or a rare version built in only a handful of examples. However, buying a cool muscle car on the used car market can be more affordable than you think, even if you want an iconic model from the past. Also, opting for a modern, previous-generation model can help if you don’t want to break the bank for a Mustang or a Camaro.

We did a bit of research and came up with ten cool muscle cars that you can buy for $20,000 or less. We rounded up seven classics, including some from the golden era of muscle cars, as well as a few options from the modern era. Check them out below and tell us which one you would buy (and why) in the comments section.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

In 2003, the Ferrari 456 was discontinued after 11 years in production. The grand tourer, which had been updated to 456M specs in 1998, was then replaced by the 612 Scaglietti. Designed by Ken Okuyama and Frank Stephenson, the 612 Scaglietti was bigger than the 456, and thus it was a true four-seater rather than a 2+2 GT like its predecessor. Named in honor of Sergio Scaglietti, who designed many Ferraris in the 1950s, including the 250 Testa Rossa, the 612 also pays homage to the 375 MM that company director Roberto Rossellini had commissioned for his wife, Ingrid Bergman, in 1954.

Unlike its forerunner, the 612 was an all-aluminum vehicle and the second following the 360 Modena. Developed with Alcoa, the space frame was later used in the 599 GTB. The GT also came with a redesigned engine. While the 456 used a 5.5-liter V-12, the 612 received the larger mill from the 575 Superamerica. While the “612” badge suggests a 6.0-liter engine, the displacement was actually 5.7 liters. Produced at the Carrozzeria Scaglietti plant, the 612 was taken to Maranello to have its interior and V-12 put in. A total of 3025 cars were produced until 2011 when the 612 was replaced by the FF. Ferrari also produced a series of limited-edition model, but more about that in the review below.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept

Man, I can’t remember the last time I was as stoked about a rally car as I am about this one. Ever since the rally scene migrated from awesome sedans (Lancer Evo, WRX, or that magnificent Skoda Octavia), I was a bit disappointed watching small city cars tackling the courses. They are supremely fast, granted, but lack the drama, or the seriousness of the larger machines. Or sports cars. And that is where the newest Porsche Motorsport Rally concept comes into play. This is the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept. A mouthful isn’t it. Well, after I saw it the first thing I thought about was the 959 Dakar Porsche from the Eighties. It was sublime and, while the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye isn’t a 918 Rallye, I feel happy to have an opportunity to see it at all.

PostHeaderIcon The New Alfa Romeo 8C Could Be An 800-Horsepower Supercar Stalker

Alfa Romeo’s plan to bring the back the 8C nameplate has come with a lot of speculation about its presentation. The prevalent buzz surrounding the model is that it’s going to be a supercar of some sort. As it turns out, though, it could be more than just a supercar. The new Alfa Romeo 8C could be an 800-horsepower hybrid monster, debunking previous rumors that said that it would “only” have 700 horsepower on tap.

PostHeaderIcon Presenting the $1 Million Toyota GR Super Sport

There seems to be some sort of a trend, wherein automakers are using their expertise and experience from the motorsport industry to build street-legal hypercars. First, it was the Mercedes-AMG Project One and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, and now we have the Toyota GR Super Sport. While the former two was derived from Formula 1 knowledge, Toyota will build the GR using its FIA World Endurance Championship experience. However, it’s the seven-figure price tag that caught our attention. Is this for real?

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rally Concept Hints at Porsche’s Return to Rally

There is nothing that Porsche engineers can’t do. Case in point: the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rally Concept. The new machinery is a turnkey, track-spec race car that traces its roots to the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. It looks different than the GT4 Clubsport, in large part because it was designed specifically for rally racing use. More importantly, the concept will be in attendance at Rallye Deutschland later this month and will serve as a course car for Romain Dumas, the same man who now holds the time attack record at Pikes Peak with the Volkswagen I.D. R electric rally car.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rally Concept Hints at Porsche’s Return to Rally

There is nothing that Porsche engineers can’t do. Case in point: the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rally Concept. The new machinery is a turnkey, track-spec race car that traces its roots to the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. It looks different than the GT4 Clubsport, in large part because it was designed specifically for rally racing use. More importantly, the concept will be in attendance at Rallye Deutschland later this month and will serve as a course car for Romain Dumas, the same man who now holds the time attack record at Pikes Peak with the Volkswagen I.D. R electric rally car.

PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Teases New Supercar, Debut Set For September 17

Ferrari is the latest automaker to drop a teaser of an upcoming model, and it’s teasing a new product in the pipeline that could pave the way for a new, limited-run supercar that traces its roots to the 812 Superfast. The teaser doesn’t reveal much about the new model, but it does say that the new supercar will make its debut on September 17 at the company’s official headquarters in Maranello, Italy.

PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Teases New Supercar, Debut Set For September 17

Ferrari is the latest automaker to drop a teaser of an upcoming model, and it’s teasing a new product in the pipeline that could pave the way for a new, limited-run supercar that traces its roots to the 812 Superfast. The teaser doesn’t reveal much about the new model, but it does say that the new supercar will make its debut on September 17 at the company’s official headquarters in Maranello, Italy.

PostHeaderIcon Pebble Beach to be Graced by Infiniti Electrified Performance Concept

The 2018 Pebble Concours d’Elegance is playing host to a number of extraordinary concepts, including one from Infiniti that’s being billed as an electric vehicle concept. The description doesn’t do justice to the accompanying teaser image, which shows the concept’s cabin taken from a birds-eye-view perspective. The teaser doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show enough for us to assume that the concept could have some loose connection to the Prototype 9 Concept that Infiniti showcased last year at Pebble Beach.

PostHeaderIcon Pebble Beach to be Graced by Infiniti Electrified Performance Concept

The 2018 Pebble Concours d’Elegance is playing host to a number of extraordinary concepts, including one from Infiniti that’s being billed as an electric vehicle concept. The description doesn’t do justice to the accompanying teaser image, which shows the concept’s cabin taken from a birds-eye-view perspective. The teaser doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show enough for us to assume that the concept could have some loose connection to the Prototype 9 Concept that Infiniti showcased last year at Pebble Beach.

PostHeaderIcon Wiesmann Will Finally Introduce a New Sports Car in 2019

Four years after quietly entering the retirement home, Wiesmann is making a comeback with plans to roll out a new model in 2019. Details are still scarce on what this new model is going to be, but given the automaker’s history of building limited-run, bespoke, retro-styled, thoroughbred sports cars, it’s hard to imagine this model being any different. The important thing is that Wiesmann is back, and it has credible people with years of experience in the industry running it now. Hopefully, this new lease on life is going to jumpstart a new era for the once proud German automaker.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype

Originally designed to compete at Le Mans and considered to be “the most significant one-off Works Aston Martin” in existence, the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype is also one of the most valuable collectible cars in the world. Exuding an almost mythical presence, the history of DP215 is one of heartbreak and accomplishment that marks the end of an era for the British automaker. Lovingly restored over a 40-year period with extensive consultation from the car’s original designer, DP215 now heads to the block later this month at the RM Sotheby’s event in Monterey, where it may very well become the most valuable British car ever sold at public auction.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevy Just Got Caught Racing a Mid-Engined Corvette Race Car!

Just when it seemed like Chevrolet’s mid-engine Corvette was enough to make our knees weak in excitement, a report from Sportscar365 reveals that the American automaker is also developing a race car version of the mid-engine powerhouse. The race-dedicated website was able to get its hands on spy photos of a heavily camouflaged car that’s believed to be the mid-engine C8 Corvette race car. The photos were taken at Road America in Atlanta, which suggests that the car was doing some test runs in its natural habitat.

PostHeaderIcon ARES Project Panther

Although it’s just a few years old, ARES Design is already creating a bit of a name for itself. Founded back in 2014 by Dany Bahar, former CEO at Lotus, the firm started out as a customization shop for high-end automobiles. Now, however, ARES Design is looking to break into the world of boutique supercar production, and Project Panther is its first effort to step up to the big leagues.

Continue reading to learn more about the ARES Project Panther.

PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 500 Superfast by Pininfarina

One of the most iconic Ferrari nameplates, the America is also one of the longest standing badges from Maranello, being offered in various cars from 1951 through 1967. However, none of the Americas stand out as the top-of-the-line 500 Superfast model, which was built between 1964 and 1966 in only 37 units. As rare as they get, the Superfast is next to impossible to buy, but one example is going up for auction in Monterey this month.

Bearing chassis no. 8459SF, this specific car was the 33rd Superfast built and the eighth of 12 Series II models. It was also the seventh of only eight Superfasts built with right-hand drive. It was delivered in 1966 to British sportsman Jack Durlacher and was sold in 1976. Restored in 1981, it remained with the Manoukian Brothers for 15 years until 2007, when it was sold to the current owner. While not in mint condition, with minor dents and sign of use inside and out, the 500 Superfast has held up well, and it’s still fitted with the original engine. Let’s find out more about this fantastic grand tourer in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina

PostHeaderIcon Milan Red

Every once in a while a new hypercar automotive company emerges claiming it can make a car as good as if not better than the Chiron. Case in point – W Motors, who actually managed to get under the spotlight with the Lykan and the Fenyr. Now, we have a new attendant that is the first one from Austria and one that claims it will be in the same ballpark as Koenigsegg, Bugatti, or even Pagani – Milan Automotive with a car called the Milan Red.

The Milan Red is a no-nonsense (well, a bit of nonsense, just keep reading) hypercar powered by an ICE without any electric assistance. It is still in the development phase (of course,) but if you are really into the world of cars, you might remember this design from some time ago. Zooming through Milan Automotive Facebook page (quite revealing, might I add) I saw that its CEO, Markus Fux, actually was on a business trip visiting someone in Russia who designed a Lada.

Well, why?

The guy is Dmitry Lazarev, and he was responsible for designing the quite stunning Lada Raven Concept. It was a one-off design he actually pitched to AutoVAZ (Lada producer in Russia), but AutoVAZ declined to claim that they aren’t into cars without trunks. Honest to God, their response was along those lines.

Nevertheless, Fux and Lazarev came to an agreement. What once was the Lada Raven, will become the Milan Red. Interestingly enough, the new name Raven is of a passerine bird. The Milan Red, on the other hand, is a word play on the red kite bird of prey, which in German, translates as the Rotmilan. Cool name! And Milan Automotive didn’t just envision a name like that but formed the entire brand around it. The plaque is a nice abstract design inspired by the Rotmilan flying. Some other aspects of the car evoke a certain bird of prey qualities obviously infusing unique character into the Milan Red.

PostHeaderIcon The Spice-X SX1 Is A Cheap And A Practical Electric Race Car For Every Pocket

Racing is expensive. No matter what you are trying to race, the sheer price of a racing car, admission fees, safety protocols, and testing usually makes racing a nonsense that only a handful can pull off. Yet, regardless of this, the world is drizzled with racing cars – not many of which can be considered affordable and competitive at the same time. That is where the new company from Piedmont, Italy comes into play. It is called Spice-X, a collaborative effort by a number of smaller car companies in the Piedmont region who proposed a whole new version of a racing car – an affordable electric racer called the Spice-X SX1.

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