Pull over! It’s the police Huracan

Eyes on mirrors, Italian drivers: The Polizia’s got itself a new 202mph Lambo

Eyes on your rear-view mirror, it’s the new Lamborghini Huracan police car.

Depending on the strength of your predilection to flouting the law, it presents either the latest in a pleasingly offbeat lineage of blues-and-twos supercars, or the latest installment of pure, scary evil. We’re in the former camp, obviously…

While Dubai’s police force has a fleet of slightly ridiculous ‘show cars’ – you may have seen its Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FF and even a super-rare Aston Martin One-77 with lights and stripes – the Italian road traffic cops regularly press their Lambos into service.  More…

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Ferrari F60 America is a powerful, exclusive US special

Ferrari is observing its 60th anniversary in North America this year, and to celebrate, it’s given us this: the F60 America, an incredibly exclusive supercar based on the already outrageous F12 Berlinetta.Ferrari F60 America

Want one? Too bad. Production has been limited to just 10 examples, and according to Ferrari, “the wonderfully elegant and unique F60 America has entranced US collectors and all 10 examples are already spoken for.”

Entranced, indeed. It’s a slick-looking machine, with clear revisions over the F12′s already svelte bodywork. The F60 America takes the form of a roadster, with carbon fiber-trimmed flying buttresses that stretch from behind the cabin to the rear of the car. There’s no power soft- or hardtop available – instead, Ferrari says the car can be closed off with a light fabric top that’s usable at speeds of up to about 75 miles per hour. More…

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Let’s Make Patrick Dempsey’s 911 GT3 Cup Car Super Awesome

Let's Make Patrick Dempsey's 911 GT3 Cup Car Super Awesome

Ever felt like racecar liveries needed more pizzazz? Sharks with frickin’ laser beams? What about robot unicorns with laser beam eyes on a field of sparkly purple? Well, now is your chance! Porsche wants you to design Patrick Dempsey’s GT3 Cup livery.

Racing liveries tend to take themselves a bit seriously—perhaps too seriously. Basic stripes and solid colors may look classy, but they’re certainly no Hardibird photoshop.

I’ve always said that when I win the lottery, deeply impress Porsche Motorsport with my LeMons 944, strike oil in my yard and/or otherwise make it rich, I’ll buy a 911 to race and run my favorite livery of all time: the Bunnywagen.  more…

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Here’s a Ferrari covered in rave paint

There’s a lot going on at Ferrari at the moment, what with Raveits new boss, new F1 driver and new convertible supercar. But amongst all this, the Italian carmaker is keen you don’t forget about perhaps its most bread and butter product, the relatively big-selling California.

The ‘My First Ferrari’ has had an update this year, the new California T ushering in Ferrari’s second era of turbocharging. Yet we’d forgive you if it nestled beneath Marchionne, Vettel and the 458 Speciale A in your conscience.

But Ferrari wants to fix that, and it appears it has done so… by taking the Cali T out clubbing and covering it in rave paint.

What’s actually going on in the video above is the dark art of aerodynamics: spraying a car with UV paint and plonking it in a wind tunnel is a very visual way to analyse its aerodynamics. The fact that it ends up looking like a fresher who’s had too many luminous alcopops and liberally lacquered itself in neon psychedelia is just an excellent bonus.  more…

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Exclusive: Lotus CEO Outlines Plan to Save the Brand with Faster, U.S.-Legal Cars

Lotus doesn’t have a stand at the 2014 Paris auto show, but its newly appointed French CEO Jean-Marc Gales was in attendance, so we took the opportunity to grab an interview about his plans for the future of the brand.

2014 Lotus Evora SIt’s been a baptism of fire for Gales. Even a resume that includes Peugeot-Citroën, GM, Mercedes, and Volkswagen little prepares him for the unique challenges faced by Lotus.

This Paris show marked the fourth anniversary of when previous Lotus boss Dany Bahar unveiled his ambitious (and subsequently proven pure-batshit) scheme to launch five all-new models by 2016. The strategy unraveled dramatically, nearly taking Lotus down entirely and leading to Bahar’s acrimonious departure.

Last month, Lotus announced plans for aggressive cost-cutting, with up to a quarter of its workforce targeted for layoffs. Shortly after, we broke the news that—due to the expiration of its smart-airbag exemption—there won’t be a 2015 Evora in the U.S. market. Lotus responded with an official statement that the car will be brought back in 2016. More…

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VW Shocks The World With 200 HP Ducati-Powered XL Sport

They did it. They were talking about doing it, but I can’t believe they actually did it. Volkswagen has put a mighty Ducati motorcycle into their XL1 eco-minded lightweight, and the result is kind of mind-bending.

VW Shocks The World With 200 HP Ducati-Powered XL Sport

VW Group impresario Ferdinand Piëch had been talking about swapping out the 800cc diesel hybrid engine in their carbon fiber-laden, 1,700-pound XL1, and today at the Paris Motor Show, they revealed that it’s more than just a crazy fevered Piëch-dream.  More…

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Infiniti will build a 550bhp 4-dr supercar

More details on the Infiniti ‘Q80’; a halo saloon concept that previews a proper version

Infiniti bosses are being remarkably un-coy about their new Q80 Inspiration concept car, launched today in Paris. Something very similar is headed for production.

Its design communicates Infiniti’s values of “seduction and mystery”, apparently, and it has an “unmistakably romantic presence” said Infiniti design chief Alfonso Albaisa.

Well, something similar is coming to production, but without the clap-hands doors and four individual seats, maybe. But the 550bhp hybrid drivetrain, including 440bhp of all-new three-litre twin-turbo V6 and nine-speed auto, will survive to production.  More…

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The 707 HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Is A 10-Second Car

“So it’s got 707 horsepower,” the nay-sayers, um… say about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. “It’s still a land yacht. It can’t be that fast in the quarter.” Today, I’m happy to report that yes, yes it is indeed fast in the quarter — 10.8 seconds fast.

The 707 HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Is A 10-Second Car That’s on street legal drag radials, according to this new video from Chrysler. Equipped thusly the Hellcat did the quarter mile in 10.86 seconds at 126 mph. The number has been NHRA certified.

Similarly, with its production tires, the Hellcat runs the quarter in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph, also certified. That’s also fantastic.

Let’s put that into context. The Ford Shelby GT500 did the quarter in 11.6 seconds; the Camaro ZL1 did it in 12.1; and even Dodge’s own SRT Viper, a more dedicated sports car with a much larger engine, did it in 11.7 seconds. More…

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Tobias Moers: AMG to go hybrid

The big boss of Merc’s go-faster wing confirms petrol-electric AMGs are coming… along with a C63 Black Series.

AMG boss Tobias Moers has confirmed to TopGear.com that his firm will soon embrace hybrid tech.

Speaking at the Paris Motor Show, Moers stated that no timeline had been finalised by AMG, but that hybrid drivetrains would definitely feature in its future sports cars.

“I don’t know exactly which segment will be the first,” he told TG, “but if you ask me about AMG hybrids my answer will always be yes. It’s the future.”

Moers confirmed R&D work had already begun on future AMG hybrids, though admitted the limiting factor currently is – as most have found – the weight of the battery cells.

“We need to have a better power-to-weight ratio for the battery,” Moers said. “Today’s applications are far too heavy for a sports car, but the future will give us new technologies and possibilities. I’m happy about it. The future is bright.”  More…

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The 910 HP Lamborghini Asterion Is The Most Desirable Compromise Ever

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We all have to thank the European Union for it’s upcoming emission regulations, because that’s the only reason Lamborghini built the stunning Asterion hybrid.

Journalists keep asking Lamborghini about turbos at press events, especially since Ferrari went back to boosted power, and CEO Stefan Winkelmann is always there to tell them firmly that not only are they keeping their naturally aspirated engines, but also the tradition of one Lamborghini equaling one engine. There’s the ten-cylinder one, the twelve-cylinder one, and finito.

Now, the last time I checked, the Asterion had four engines. The 610 hp V10 from the Huracan, an integrated starter generator and two electric motors. That’s probably why I got the impression today that it actually pains Winkelmann to say “plug-in hybrid solutions,” And he had to do that twice. More…

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