Le Mans 1966 to 1969. Four times in a row, a GT40 won the grueling 24 hour endurance race. Who do we have to thank for the creation of Ford’s original supercar? Enzo Ferrari. Yup, il Commendatore was the man that spurred the Blue Oval into creating the most celebrated and successful racer of the 1960s.
To make a long story short, Enzo proposed Ford to buy his company for $18 million in 1963, but Ferrari backed off late through negotiations once Enzo had realized that he would not have been able to retain independent control of the racing program. Ferrari became joint-stock, allowing Fiat to take a share in 1965 and then in 1969 they increased their holding to 50 percent of the Italian automaking company.
Because of this late change of heart, Ford wanted to teach Enzo a lesson, thus employing the British arm of the Blue Oval into creating the Ford GT40. Fun fact: the iconic nameplate isn't 100 percent built in America. With the exception for the...
White Veneno Roadster arrives at Lamborghini Hong Kong. Model limited to 9 units
A brand new Lamborghini Veneno Roadster painted in white was recently introduced at the company's dealership in Hong Kong.
Described by Lamborghini as being an "open racing prototype", the Veneno Roadster is a limited-run exclusive model launched in 2013 as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Production was capped at only 9 cars and each carried a staggering €3.3 million price tag. A white example was presented recently at a dealer in Hong Kong and will be exhibited starting today until January 29 at Lamborghini Pop Up display at KCP Auto Plaza.
Hiding underneath the striking design is the...
Almost two million units of the BMW 1 Series have been sold worldwide over the last ten years, and this latest edition is poised to set another new benchmark in driving pleasure in the premium compact segment. The new 3-door and 5-door BMW 1 Series models come with a comprehensively revised engine line-up and additional measures designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, allowing them to lead the way once again in the introduction of new BMW EfficientDynamics technology.
Having dominated the World Rally Championship in the past two years with the Polo R WRC, clinching both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles, VW unveiled its second generation a week before the season opener.
Polo R WRC features new headlights, as per the production car, a new rear wing and a host of improvements under the skin.
“Not only does it look even more dynamic and sporty than it did before, but our engineers have also been working meticulously on technical innovations under the bonnet and improved many detailed aspects of the package that has been so successful for the past two years”, said Dr. Henz-Jakob Neusser, VW’s Board Member for Technical Development.
The company says a new, hydraulically activated gearbox, which is operated via steering...
0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds
Porsche has introduced the 2016 Cayenne Turbo S at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The range-topping Cayenne model features a re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine that now develops 570 HP (419 kW) and 800 Nm (590 ft-lb) of torque, which is 20 HP (15 kW) and 50 Nm (37 lb-ft) more than before. Thanks to this, the model now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model. The top speed is rated at 284 km/h (176 mph) and the German manufacturer says the new SUV has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:59.74 minutes.
An active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system permanently...
The dizzying array of Porsche 911 variants continues to grow as the automaker has unveiled the 911 Targa 4 GTS at the North American International Auto Show.
Designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, the model features a sportier front bumper, wider rear fenders and tinted bi-xenon headlights. The car also has aerodynamic mirrors, a sports exhaust system and gloss black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
Interior changes are relatively limited but there's Alcantara upholstery and four-way adjustable Sport Plus seats.
Power is provided by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 430 PS (316 kW) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0–60 mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds) before hitting a top speed in excess of 186 mph (300 km/h)...
Features 9-speed dual-clutch gearbox
After a rather lengthy development process, Acura has finally unveiled the production-ready NSX.
The second generation Acura NSX draws most of its styling cues from previous concept but everything else has changed as Acura has decided to ditch the naturally aspirated V6 of the 2013 concept in favor of a longitudinally-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 developing “north of 550 horsepower.” The conventional engine works together with three electric motors sending all power to both axles to form what Acura calls the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Two of the electric motors are mounted up front for torque vectoring while the third direct-drive motor sits at the back between the combustion engine and the newly developed dual clutch nine-speed gearbox. The Acura NSX sits on 19-inch front &...
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