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Valentino Balboni Spyder caught testing

Photographs of an orange Gallardo prototype that is covered in black tape and undergoing testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife is actually a spyder version of the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni. InsideLine points out that although very similar in design, the prototype shares its intakes and lack of fixed rear wing with the Balboni.

[via InsideLine]

Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/30/2010 at 4:02 AM
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TSLA (Tesla) does well first day on exchange

With a starting price at $17 a share—opposed to the $14–16 originally planned—and an increase in the number of shares offered from 11.1 million to 13.3 million, Tesla Motors initial public offering raised more than $200 million for the electric-car company, enough to keep it viable for the next two years. The increases show that Tesla believed it would have a strong investor backing its first day on the NASDAQ exchange.

The company went on to do well its first day of public trading, rising to $19 by midday Tuesday and closing at $23.89 for a 40 percent gain.

[via New York Times]

Tesla Roadster

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Posted on: 6/30/2010 at 3:13 AM
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Bentley releases more Supersports Convertible images

Bentley has released a good amount of new pictures of its Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible. You can view all the new Bentley Continental Supersports pictures here.

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

Continental GTC Supersports

Bentley Supersports Convertible

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Posted on: 6/29/2010 at 5:35 AM
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Ferrari 458 Challenge testing at Monza?

Speculation persists that a 458 Challenge is in the works and will be unveiled soon. Now we have video of what is believed to be a 458 Challenge lapping the Monza Circuit, which is located near Monza, Italy. In the video the 458 is followed closely by a couple 430 GT2s.

[via YouTube]

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Posted on: 6/29/2010 at 4:00 AM
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Is this the first image of the Bugatti Veyron Supersport?

Is this the Bugatti Veyron Supersport? A more-powerful Veyron has been rumored for some time, although some publications say they now have confirmation that Bugatti is going to release a 1,200-hp Veyron Supersport in the very near future. The price? An estimated $2.2 million. Rumors also say that Bugatti plans to build only 30 examples of the Veyron Supersport and that the company has managed to already line up homes for 22 of those cars.

[via CarsUK.net]

Bugati Veyron Supersport

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/25/2010 at 4:38 AM
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What's hotter than an iPhone 4G?

What’s hotter than an iPhone 4G? The BMW 5-Series (okay, maybe not. The iPhone 4G cleared 600,000 in sales its first day and is expected to hit one million in its first week). BMW announced two days ago that it is completely sold out of its new-for-2011 5-Series sedan and not just in the United States but in the whole world. Demand is high enough that a three-to-four-month wait period is expected for all future deliveries of the BMW 5-Series, which only hit dealer lots over in Europe in January and here in the United States in June.

News of the BMW 5-Series being completely sold out comes hot on the heels of news that the BMW M3 Frozen Gray Coupe sold its 30-unit run in 12 minutes.

[via Bloomberg]

2011 BMW 550i

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Posted on: 6/25/2010 at 3:08 AM
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Ferrari talks about model lineup, wait times

Ferrari told Motor Trend that it plans to introduce a new model every year—a move that follows what Lamborghini announced a year and a half ago—but still retain a lineup of four models, which equates to each model having a four-year model cycle. To accomplish this goal without introducing an all-new vehicle every four years, Ferrari wants to offer refreshed or “Modificato” facelifts (like the California M scheduled for 2013) along with its normal array of Spyders and track cars.

The company plans to continue to offer two “versatile” models like the 612 Scaligetti and the California and two performance models like the 458 Italia and 599 GTB but may widen the difference between its models in the future. It also wants to introduce a new supercar in the same vein as the Ferrari Enzo, F50, et cetera every ten years or so.

Ferrari also mentioned that hybrids are in its future but won’t be ready for mass production for at least another five years and that Ferrari is only looking at the technology because government regulations are placing demands on the company to meet certain CO2 and fuel consumption guidelines.

Another item on Ferrari’s to-do list is to cut the wait time for its vehicles to less than one year. Currently people interested in owning a new Ferrari may have to wait up to two years to take delivery of their cars. In order to cut wait times Ferrari hopes to build its cars faster, but not necessarily build more of them.

[via Motor Trend and AutoCar.co.uk]

Ferrari 458 Italia

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Posted on: 6/24/2010 at 6:07 AM
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Switzer Performance builds 900-hp ethanol E900 GT-R

When a customer request came in to pull even more power out of Tym Switzer’s already monstrous 800-hp P800 tuning package for the latest R35-version of the Nissan GT-R, the Ohio-based company had to look at other ways to extract performance from an already well-utilized engine. Nissan declared the GT-R both “perfect” and “un-tunable” soon after the car was launched in 2008, and it was only the desire for more oomph and a yearning to tinker that so many shops like Switzer’s shop began to lay waste to the idea of an “un-tunable” car, building massively powerful GT-Rs along the way. The solution to Switzer’s newest problem wasn’t quite as simple but was, in fact, all around the shop—literally.

“In a way, the solution was all around us,” offers Tym Switzer, whose shop is located deep in Ohio’s farm country, “E85 isn’t without its trade-offs. We had to modify the fuel system to handle the fuel and significantly increase the size of the injectors, also, but in the end we had a fuel that gave us everything we needed to crank up the boost on this car and deliver over 900 hp.”

Switzer Performance E900

Its next problem was the transmission. It simply couldn’t take the strain from the new high-horsepower engine. Swizter decided it had to beef up the transmission. The new transmission is the product of several months’ co-development between Switzer and Dodson Motorsports in New Zealand, and is exactly what it needed in order to reliably push the GT-R above 800 hp.

The final product—dubbed the E900 for “Ethanol fuel, 900 hp”— is what Switzer describes as a fast and capable package that offers linear power delivery and massive mid-range torque with superior transient response compared to larger-turbo-and-race-fuel combinations, while maintaining a bit of environmental responsibility along with its blistering sub-6-second 60–130-mph acceleration.

[via Switzer Performance]

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Posted on: 6/23/2010 at 7:03 AM
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Hennessey upgrades 6.2-liter V-8 in Ford Raptor

We already showed you the Hennessey VelicoRaptor 500, a 500-hp monster powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8. Not ready to just sit back and marvel at its work, Hennessey has released details on a more-powerful packages for Ford’s off-road demon.

The Velicoraptor 600 is powered by the optional 411-hp 6.2-liter V-8 in the Ford SVT Raptor; twin turbocharged to 600 hp and 622 lbs.-ft. of torque. The package consists of just engine upgrades and does not include any exterior modifications or suspension or brake tuning. The package can be shipped to your doorstep for $22,950 or professionally installed for an additional $7,000. If you have it professionally installed it comes with a one-year-or-12,000-mile warranty.

[via Hennessey]

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Posted on: 6/23/2010 at 3:39 AM
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Tesla unveils future product plans

Tesla, in an attempt to churn up excitement before the company goes public, has unveiled to investors the products the company hopes to be able to market in the future. Using the same principle as GM’s Autonomy Skateboard (sort of), Tesla hopes to offer a variety of products that will all use the same basic underpinnings, architecture, and technology. Besides the upcoming Model S sedan, Tesla may look into a four-seat convertible (think Fisker Sunset), a minivan (think a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter), and a crossover SUV (think Acura ZDX).

Tesla is upfront with the difficulties it is going to face, mentioning everything from its sole ability to survive being dependent on customer’s willingness to purchase an electric vehicle to the company’s history of losing loads of money—net loss of $290.2 million from its inception to March 2010. The company hopes the Model S, and the $177.6 million it wants to gain when the company shows up on the NASDAQ, can put the company in the green and from there it can move into these new models.

Tesla Future Autos

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Posted on: 6/22/2010 at 12:14 PM
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