Insanely Tuned 2015 Lexus RC Heads to SEMA

The Lexus RC looks like a car built for the sole purpose of giving it insane tuning jobs and making us all gawk like bug-eyed cartoon characters.

Lexus RC F Photos

This 2015 Lexus RC, which is headed for SEMA, is no exception. Take a minute to put your eyes back in their sockets and then check out the details.

LexusTuned, GReddy, Toyo Tires, and Rocket Bunny all had their way with this RC practically turning it into a whole new Lexus. You can see the lines of the original are in there somewhere, but it takes a keen eye to see just where the original car ends and the SEMA version begins.  More . . .

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Inside the Porsche 918 Spyder factory, where even the screwdrivers are smart

A Porsche 918 undergoes final inspection and charging after assembly.

As we moved past the insertion station for the acid green-callipered carbon-ceramic brakes at the Porsche 918 assembly plant in Stuttgart, the strains of The Human League’s 1981 hit “Don’t You Want Me” played tinnily from the in-car stereo of one of the partially assembled hyper-cars.

This was fitting — not just because of the of the numerological confluence of the date of the tune’s release (all 9s, 1s, and 8s), or because of the fact that we were in a car factory so quiet that the synthetic strains of new wave could be heard readily from a vehicle on the assembly line — but because the answer to the song’s titular question was a resounding Yes!
f the 918 is one of the world’s most desirable cars, it should come as no surprise that the plant in which it is produced is one of the world’s most desirable factories — a perfectly lit, technologically advanced, human intensive temple to Teutonic efficiency and monomania. We were among a select quartet of American journalists to be invited here this week, the first to visit since production began earlier this year. Likewise, every one of the 110 men and women working on the line was hand-selected by the plant’s affable but exacting Director of Production, Logistics, and Quality (and our tour guide) Michael Drolshagen. As was each of the movements they make every 111 minutes, the duration for which each $850,000 hybrid remains at their respective workstations.  More . . .

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First drive: Bentley Continental GT3-R

Crewe’s raciest road car is here, packing a 572bhp V8 and much green. Jason Barlow buckles up

The Continental GT3-R arrives as a road-going counterpart to Bentley’s perhaps unexpectedly competitive endurance racer. Just denied a podium finish on its debut in the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina last December, the Conti GT3 netted Bentley’s first British race win for 84 years at Silverstone in the Blancpain last summer.

So it’s Bentley’s take on the Porsche 911 GT3 or Ferrari 458 Speciale, then?  More . . .

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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Aston Martin previewed its most powerful, quickest-accelerating and fastest production roadster ever at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours. The 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster is essentially a convertible version of the V12 Vantage S Coupe, which we reviewed last year, a model that drops the automaker’s most potent powertrain into its smallest chassis.

Unlike the outgoing V12 Vantage Roadster, this new S model boasts a more powerful engine, a new transmission, new adaptive suspension and more luxurious appointments along with freshened styling. While last year’s beloved six-speed manual gearbox is gone – a thought that continues to bring tears to our eyes – everything else about the updated roadster piques our interest. We recently spent a full day in the mountains and deserts surrounding Palm Springs with a China Grey (with red carbon fiber accents) version of the British automaker’s latest.  More . . .

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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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