Archive | January 2013

Nightmare Garage: Ferrari Mondial 8

Ferrari Mondial Front

Photos from topspeed.com

I absolutely love writing the articles that comprise the Dream Garage feature: they are the cars I will buy once I achieve my chosen profession of Eccentric Billionaire, and I simply list them to remind myself what to purchase once I hit that milestone. But as there are two sides to any coin, there must be an inverse to the Dream Garage, and “Cars Regurgitated From the Fiery Depths of Hell,” while certainly more descriptive, is more unwieldy than “Nightmare Garage.” It is with the Ferrari Mondial 8, arguably the worst Ferrari ever made, that we christen the Nightmare Garage.

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Lamborghini to Get Back on the Track with Gallardo GT3 FL2

Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2

The Lamborghini Gallardo enters its 10th year of production in 2013, and without a replacement anywhere on the horizon, Volkswagen’s supercar division continues to crank out special edition variants to keep sales going. This year, Lamborghini will team up with Reiter Engineering to create the Gallardo GT3 FL2, a factory-sponsored race car that will compete in the GT3 class during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Beginning in March, teams in Europe and Asia will begin taking delivery of the $430,000 track monster, which will run in the Blancpain Endurance Series, Asia Le Mans Series, and the Italian GT3 Championship, among others.
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Tesla Model S Smokes Dodge Viper in Drag Race

Who says electric cars aren’t fast? As Automobile Magazine discovered a few months ago, the Tesla Model S is a seriously quick car. As in, faster than a BMW F10 M5. The next car getting served by the family sedan? Dodge’s ball-busting Viper supercar. To be fair, this is the 2003-2006 Viper, which is down about 140hp from the 2013 SRT Viper. Still, being able to run and beat an American muscle car packing an insane 8.3L V10 under the hood is an impressive feat for a company that just started selling its second car ever.

Inside Lotus F1 Racer Kimi Raikkonen’s Billion-Dollar Steering Wheel

Lotus F1 Wheel

Photo from the Lotus F1 team’s Twitter page

It’s no secret that Kimi Räikkönen is the crazy half of the Lotus F1 team, and Lotus thought it appropriate to fashion a new racing wheel hewing to his unique sensibilities. Judging by all the new buttons, it seems that Räikkönen frequently gets bored during GP races, and many of the new features are designed to keep his mind from atrophying.

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$412 Million is Pricetag to Hyundai/Kia for False Mileage Claims

Hyundai 40mpg

From consumerwatchdog.org

Last November, Hyundai Motor Group admitted that mileage claims on Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the 2011 through 2013 model years may have been exaggerated. 1.1 million automobiles in North America, and 900,000 in the United States alone, are affected, and owners have until the end of this year to register for compensation.

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Rolex 24: Galleries via Autoblog and Racer

The beginning of every new year brings with it a new shot at the informal Triple Crown of endurance racing. This weekend, the Rolex 24 at Daytona kickstarted this year’s endurance season, one that also includes the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year, the Chip Ganassi team, with drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Charlie Kimball, Scott Dixon, and Memo Rojas took first with the Riley BMW MkXXVI Prototype at 709 laps completed.

Check out the RACER and Autoblog (Day and Night) galleries from the Rolex 24, both have absolutely beautiful photos from the race.

 

Today in Automotive History: The 1965 Shelby GT 350 is Announced

GT350

From shelbyamerican.com

January 27, 1965 is remembered fondly by Ford and Shelby diehards alike, as it was the day Carroll Shelby introduced his first modified Mustang. The GT 350 and Mustang shared the optional 289 V8 rated at 271hp, but a Holley four-barrel and other additions bumped power figures to 306hp. This allowed the Shelby to run with the standard-issue Chevrolet Corvettes, good news since the Shelby was $350 more expensive than a base 327 ‘Vette. Shelby sold just north of 500 1965 GT 350s against more than 20,000 Corvette C2s during the same time.

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