Best looking Ferrari Dino guess yet

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You have Turkish designer Ugur Sahin to thank for the Ferrari Dino Concept you see above. Sahin has nothing to do with Ferrari, and the car above is sprung from his imagination ... but if the actual Dino unveiled in Frankfurt happened to look just like this, we wouldn't be at all disappointed. His goal was to update the Dino while keeping the rounded styling language of and trademark rear window of the original. From our view, it's mission accomplished. The most interesting thing about the concept is that Sahin is actually studying international hotel management -- he only designs on the side. May we suggest a change of major, Mr. Sahin?

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Schumacher set to race again

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Though we're sure Ferrari wishes Schumi were returning to the cockpit of one of their racers, he will actually be contesting the Race of Champions this December at the new Wembley Stadium. The now-retired septuple F1 World Champion has done the RoC before, in 2004, when he was beat by current Renault F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, but he did beat rally driver Sebastian Loeb in a one-up rally heat. After turning Wembley's field into a tarmac track, 18 drivers from F1, Rally, NASCAR, Champ Car, Le Mans, Touring Cars, Dakar Rally Raids, and X-Games riders will compete in one-on-one heats to be declared the Champion of Champions. This year's race will also feature a national shootout between Jenson Button representing England, and David Coulthard racing for Scotland.

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Good bye baby: Speeder pays ultimate price, loses Viper

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If you're going to wrecklessly disregard traffic laws in the state of Illinois, make sure to do it in a Dodge Stratus.

The driver of a black 2000 Dodge Viper learned this lesson the hard way when he was clocked doing 127 MPH in a 35 zone. The clueless motorist was caught red-handed, but he decided that his 450 HP beast was quick enough to evade the long arm of the law. The driver then hid in a parking lot where he was later captured. The local law enforcement knows a compromising situation when they see one, so the fuzz decided to keep the pricey snake for their own as a promotional vehicle for D.A.R.E.

This is no doubt an extremely steep price to pay for a moving violation, but since the driver of the Viper disregarded the lives of others during the chase, the consequences could've been far worse.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 

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Badass, Optimized: Edo Competion's Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

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The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is a rolling monument to automotive badassedness. It's as if the Italians captured the mojos of Darth Vader, John Shaft, Jules from Pulp Fiction, Chow Yun Fat, Snake Plissken, Lawrence Taylor, Boba Fett and Dirty Harry Callahan and somehow turned them into a car.

Edo Competition found a way to make it better badder.

Calvin's editorial commentThink of it as adding a little Lee Van Cleef to the mixture, coaxing out an additional 23 horses for a grand total of 663. Zero to 60 mph runs should should take 3.4 seconds or less, and the Lambo tops out at 216 mph. The boost comes as a result of a reprogrammed ECU, high-flow air filters, performance cats, a new muffler with a stainless tip, and an exhaust butterfly valve that can be controlled remotely by the driver. The Murci's menacing bodywork is left largely undisturbed, save for a new rear wing with an adjustable lip on its trailing edge. Perhaps the best modification is the simplest: a Calvin sticker, shown at right, that communicates how the car's owner feels about the raging bull's competition from Maranello. And you thought those things only came in Ford and Chevy versions...

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60th Anniversary Ferrari 612 Sessanta

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To wrap up Ferrari's celebration of six decades of automotive porn, it took the wraps off a limited edition 612 Scaglietti dubbed the Sessanta -- Italian for "60."

Mechanically, the Sessanta is little more than a mildly massaged 612, sporting 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, black chrome exhaust tips and Ferrari's F1 gearbox. It's only when you open up the door and slip into the heavily bolstered seats that you get the sense that the Sessanta is something special.

The roof employs the three-position electrochromic glass that originally debuted in the Superamerica, which allows variable levels of light to swath an interior coated in custom leather by Frau. The steering wheel gets a start/stop button, the gauge cluster is a model-specific unit and in-car entertainment duties fall upon a Bose media setup that has a TV tuner and a rear-parking camera.

Appropriately, the Sessanta is limited to a run of 60, with the aforementioned mods, anniversary badging and choice of two colors: Grigio Scuro, a dark gray, and Rubino Micalizzato, what we're assuming is a dark burgundy.

We're hoping that one of these beauties makes its way over to Goodwood, so our man Frank can snap more pics than the few Ferrari made available.

Follow the jump for a video of the unveiling.

[Sources: ClassicDriver.com, OmniAuto]

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2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed: The Ball and unveiling

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The 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed officially kicked off on Thursday evening, when the Earl of March held a gala VIP ball at his home, Goodwood House, to raise money for the Richard Burns Foundation, and to unveil the grand display for this year's event. After a black tie dinner, guests were ushered out to the darkened yard below the massive display. A little rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm, but thankfully the speeches were kept brief. Suddenly the lights went on and a set of huge pilings were illuminated, cradling 5 Toyota Motorsports vehicles suspended on high by steel cables. Below the display sat another half dozen famous Toyota race cars, each with a story to tell. This year represents a significant anniversary for Toyota and Toyota Motorsports.

Seventy years of cars and fifty years of racing is not insignificant, and so the display was appropriate as much as it was spectacular. After the rain started to worsen, a unique Toyota personal transport vehicle was shown that was part Segway and part Disco Fever. Watching this change configurations on the fly was fascinating. The night was a great way to kick off this year's event. Special thanks to our friend, Jeremy Morrison, of FestivalOfSpeed.net, who helped arrange our travel and admission for this wonderful event. Lots of galleries will be on the way over the next few days if the weather doesn't keep our internet connection down.



All photos (C) 2007 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

 

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Honda deploys staff to pump gas, carry groceries

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The Southern California Honda Dealers Association is trying some friendly, if a bit odd, tactics to sell more new cars. Dealers in the group are sending out its employees in blue Honda shirts to carry groceries, pump free gas and hand out complimentary popcorn at theaters. Pasadena drivers were even treated to free parking, when one street's parking meters were covered in blue hoods that said, "It's on us," and "Helpful Honda."

The L.A. Times' story says the helpful Honda employees aren't trying to sell cars and don't even mention their employer or their reasons for helping. Honda hopes those who receive assistance say to themselves, "That was nice of Honda. Now, what has MY car's company done for me lately?"

While the story doesn't cite any numbers to indicate whether the five-month-old campaign is working, the reporter witnessed at least one free gas recipient vow to buy a Honda next time. We've definitely seen crazier things for a free tank.

[Source: The L.A. Times]

 

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First Fisker finds a home

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It's been a while since we've heard from the Southern California coachbuilding firm headed by Henrik Fisker, and sharing the ex-Aston designer's last name. Thankfully, it's good news.

The first vehicle to come out of the design house was delivered to the Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance in Beverly Hills, California, and it's arguably the most desirable model Fisker "produces." The inaugural Latigo, based of the BMW 6-series, could've come with the 360 HP V8 found in the standard six, but the CS is built atop (around?) the M6, producing 648 HP from it's massaged V10 powerplant and able to reach 60 in a tic under four seconds.

Aside from the exterior and engine enhancements, the Latigo CS gets a custom interior, which adds to the exclusivity. That, and the $304,000 price tag.

[Source: Autoweek]

 

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2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Ferrari at 60

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This year, Ferrari is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a company. The Goodwood organizers decided to have a small party-within-a-party at Goodwood's Festival of Speed and turned over the stables for a display of very special Ferraris. Think of it as one per decade, with some artistic license. Some of the most legendary names from the Maranello marque's history are represented, along with a pair of new "escorts."

A red 599 GTB Fiorano sits beside a police edition 612 Scaglietti, bracketing an enormous Cavallino painted onto the central wall. To the right of these sit an F40, F50 and Enzo. Across from them sit a Testa Rossa, GTO and Daytona. Quite a selection. While Silverstone got the bigger gathering a little while ago, and the factory is hosting its own big party soon, the display here is wonderfully done and worth tracking down. Just beyond the Cartier Style et Luxe section and the nearly complete set of Bugatti Royales (5 of 6?), look for the enormous Ferrari logo-adorned arch on the house to point the way.



All photos (C) 2007 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

 

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2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Bonhams auction

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Although the auction has already ended and we have no sales results, we did get a chance to visit the cars that were being sold by Bonhams at Goodwood this year. We thought you might like a peak inside the auction tent. A fairly small catalog didn't mean there was a lack of things to see. Check out the gallery for yourself to see the eclectic mix of lots. This Lancia 037 Rally (above) really called to us.



All photos (C) 2007 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

 

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Spy Shots: 2009 Chevy HHR SS

When the HHR was first announced, Bob Lutz and his gang projected sales somewhere in the 100,000 range. As the launch drew nearer, GM started listening to the throngs of automotive geniuses that said the HHR was nothing more than a blatant rip-off of the PT-Cruiser (which it is), and the General modified down the projected figure to 60,000 units. Well, it turns out 100,000 was just about perfect after all, as the High Heritage Roof has produced very respectable sales volume. As of right now, there isn't much in the way of HHR spin-offs (other than the Panel) like we've seen with the PT, but that's about to change with the introduction of the HHR SS.

From the looks of the photos from Brenda Priddy's Chris Doane, Chevy cracked open the corporate parts bin to breath some excitement into the HHR. The front end gets the requisite larger front air dam and mesh to replace the shiny chrome grille, the roof rails have been removed, and handsome 18-inch rims that will no-doubt be exclusive to the SS. The most important update, however, comes to the powerplant. The same 260 HP, 2-liter turbocharged engine that powers the Solstice GXP will find its way underhood, along with a six-speed manual The HHR has been selling well since its introduction two years ago, and with a well executed SS, we expect the buyer love to continue, copycat or not.

[Source: Car and Driver]

 

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2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Cartier Style et Luxe

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One of the main static display areas at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed is the Cartier "Style et Luxe" concours. As the press release tells us, "The Cartier 'Style et Luxe' is possibly the world's most coveted car design competition." Not only does it celebrate beauty, imagination and innovation, but it uses non-traditional judges to choose the award winners in 10 or so different categories. It's about art and inspiration and is fittingly judged by artists. That can mean actors, musicians, directors, artists, and even journalists. But not us. We had to walk in like every other general admission ticket holder. You enter the area and are greeted by an artistic reinterpretation of the buried Cadillacs one can find along old Route 66 near Amarillo, Texas. Right away you feel a sense of detachment from your current place and time. And the amazing journey just keeps surprising at every turn. Check out the gallery to see what we mean.


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Millen set to run Solstice GXP up Pike's Peak

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The organizers of this year's Pike's Peak Hill Climb have added a new Time Attack class to the event, and one of our personal heroes is returning to beat the mountain into submission.

Rhys Millen, the pilot of the 550 HP Pontiac Solstice GXP drift car, Pike's Peak veteran, renowned rally racer and all-around driving deity, will be flogging his heavily modified sideways sidewinder up the hill during the Time Attack's inaugural run.

The Solstice itself will remain relatively unmodified for the event, keeping the same suspension setup, but tweaking the ECU to cope with the elevation changes and its affect on the air/fuel ratio.

There's too much good stuff to summarize here, so we'd encourage you to click the 'Read' link below for all the details, including several choice insights from Millen.

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2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed: The Supercars

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed has given us a great chance to see some supercars and exotics that haven't been very plentiful in the States. Several soon-to-be-released models or Euro-only offerings were in the supercar paddock, and most would later be seen making the run up the hill. Even the rain didn't seem to discourage them. A veritable who's who of the mega-exotics has made the run up the hill so far -- Caparo, Bugatti Veyron, Aston DBS, Lotus 2-Eleven, GB Roadster, SLR roadster, the one-off Ferrari 612 P4/5 (above), the Giugiaro Mustang, Audi R8, Lambo Superleggera, Roush 600 RE, Maserati Gran Turismo, Invicta S1, Marcos, Morgan, a Ferrari 599 and the 612 Police car, the Tesla Roadster, a Mosler, and many more. Around the grounds you can find additional cars that are on display only, like a couple of Zondas, a Koenigsegg, a Carrera GT, an F40, the Peugeot 908 RC concept, a Diablo GT, the SLK 63 AMG Black Series, an Alfa 8C, KTM's X-Bow, and others. Supercars are just about everywhere you go here at Goodwood. Click through for tons of high-res photos of some of them on display or in action.



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