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Lamborghini Launches Veneno – a Racing Prototype and Road-going Super Sports Car as a Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini

While the only word out of some peoples mouth last night and late into today is Veneno some are simply saying NO! One Facebooker said that it looks like a real life Batmobile and that he would pass. Another Stated that Lamborghinis simply keep getting uglier and uglier.

Personally, I think they should both be tested for some sort of mental defect. I think the car is hotter than a hot thing on a hot day. But don’t take my word for it. You be the judge.

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Naming it after one of the fastest bulls in bullfighting history which became popular in 1914 when he fatally wounded the famous torero José Sánchez Rodríguez during the bullfight, the Veneno seem intent on doing the same to everything in its path. And is more than capable of doing so.

Boasting 750 hp, the Veneno accelerates from 0 to just over 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and the top speed for this street-legal racing car stands at 220 mph.

Key Features:

A 6.5 liter twelve-cylinder , an extremely fast-shifting 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive, a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. The complete chassis is produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin. The inside, features innovative, Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.

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At three million Euros plus tax – and all three units have already been sold.

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Inside the McLaren P1

The McLaren P1™ has a clear goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. For this reason, the cabin of the McLaren P1™ is fully focused on the driver, and is clear from clutter and distraction as these first images show. Read more

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BMW Teams up with Toyota to create a Midsize Sports Car

That’s right, Toyota and BMW are coming together to create a mid-size sports vehicle by the end of 2013. Unfortunately those are all of the details we have at this time. But the possibilities of what could come from these two giants are truly exciting.

Consider – BMW makes some of the most exhilarating cars that money can buy. For decades the 3 series has been the benchmark in the compact sports car class. They sound great, look great and the engines are rock solid. However, their transmissions have had their fair share of bad press. The same can be said of their fuel pumps, regulators, thermostats etc.  They tend to fail prematurely on the BMW and even with a warranty, chronic issues are annoying. Another area that needs attention is the cockpit. While ergonomically sound the cabins layout looks rather dated. Especially when compared  to Mercedes and Audi (BMW’s main rivals). 2nd hand ownership is also a sour note, for most consumers fear that expensive repair looming around the next corner.

Toyota’s, on the other hand, are known as some of the strongest built cars on the road today.  Thousands of  loyal followers attest to their reliability and good resale value every year. The advancements made throughout the Lexus line up are both physically and visually stunning.  Cool tech with a sophisticated layout is something we’ve come to expect from Lexus. But! Toyota’s are not known as a pure drivers car. Even in the “F” series, the sound is synthetic, the steering feel is electronic and the acceleration is flat. They’re moving in the right direction but can’t seem to nail it the way BMW has.
Now, imagine an interactive gauge cluster similar to the LFA, with a tech package taken from the GS but with the  suspension and chassis of the 3 series. Now throw in a collaborative effort on the engine giving it Toyota reliability coupled with BMWs tuning. Now your’e starting to get the picture.

Tesla – So Quiet They Snuck Up On The Entire Industry

Its funny that I would learn about the Tesla Model X from a website that was also clueless about its existence until just recently. Read more

The NEW HONDA CIVIC

HONDA CIVIC: DESIGN & QUALITY

Honda has launched the new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Developed specifically for the European market, the Civic will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment, the heart of European Car market. It will reach European showrooms in early 2012.

In the build-up to the reveal of the new Civic, Honda has released a series of short form films detailing its development. The fourth of these films focuses on the design and quality.

NEW HONDA CIVIC: Distinctive sporty design with class leading utility

The designers of the new Civic wanted to keep the sporty and advanced elements of the car’s character but tailor them to express the new model’s even more elegant yet dynamic feel. “We have lowered the height by 20mm and increased the width by 10mm compared with the current car,” comments Mitsuru Kariya, Civic Development Leader.

 

“Defining the correct proportions was the most important challenge for the design of the new Civic,” says Kariya. We enhanced the sporty aspect of the design while creating a clean, dynamic shape.” Sources of inspiration included a ‘blended wing body’ aeroplane * in which the fuselage and wings blend into a single body for superior aerodynamic performance, quietness and habitability.

 

The new interior is focussed around the driver and creates a sporty ambience. “We wanted to create the feeling of a cockpit, like a racing car or an aeroplane,” explains Yukio Emi, the Design Chief of the Civic Interior.

The quality of the interior for the new Civic has been improved without compromising the class leading utility space. “The key target was to increase the feeling of quality,” says Kariya. “We have changed our approach to match customer expectations and European standards. The new Civic has a high quality cabin, both in the way that it feels and the way that it looks.Offering class leading boot space and with the versatile seat combinations means that it is the most practical yet.“

 

Mazda Extends Production of Special Edition RX-8 SPIRIT R

Special Edition RX-8 SPIRIT R

– An extra 1,000 RX-8s are on their way due to popular demand –

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has decided to extend production of the Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R by 1,000 units. Mazda initially intended to make 1,000 units of the special edition four-door, four-seat rotary engine sports car, but will extend production due to a large number of orders. Sales of the RX-8 SPIRIT R, the final special edition model, were launched in November of 2011.

 

Mazda has received orders for the special edition RX-8 SPIRIT R from a variety of customers of all ages including sports car fans and rotary engine enthusiasts. The 6-speed manual transmission version is proving most popular, constituting 66% of orders. It features aero parts and Bilstein dampers as well as RECARO bucket seats and 19-inch bronze-painted forged aluminum wheels. Orders are almost equally divided between the three available body colors, Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica.

 

Mazda commenced sales of the RX-8 in April 2003, and as of the end of March 2012, has produced 192,094 units (figure includes those intended for overseas sale). Mazda plans to end production of the RX-8 in June 2012.

Main features of the limited Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R series (disclosed on October 7, 2011)

Special equipment for RX-8 SPIRIT R
For both manual and automatic transmission models
  • Exclusive ornament
  • Front headlights, front fog lights and rear combination lights (with black bezels)
  • Front and rear brake calipers (red)
  • Larger brake rotors
  • Transmission tunnel trim (piano-black)
  • Curtain and front side SRS airbag system
  • Driving Stability Control and Traction Control System
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (black with red stitching)
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake lever (with red stitching)
  • Center console box with front seat armrest (synthetic leather with red stitching)
  • Rear console box with a lid (with synthetic leather)
Exclusive to the 6-speed manual transmission model
  • Bucket seats from RECARO (red and black leather* and fabric)
  • Hard suspension (with Bilstein dampers)
  • 225/40R19 89W tires and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels (bronze)
  • Aero parts
  • Aluminum pedal set
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob (black with red stitching)
Exclusive to the 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission model
  • Black leather seats (with red stitching)* and 8-way power seat with memory function
  • Sports suspension
  • 225/45R18 91W tires and 18-inch alloy wheels (gun metallic)
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob (black)

2011 GT-R & Skyline Cruise & BBQ

For the first time ever on the east coast we managed to collect more GT-Rs in one location than Nissan did…anywhere.

I want to give a very large thank you to everyone that stopped by that day, braved the light rain and cold, and donated to make this such a wonderful time.

Enjoy the photos.

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The 26B 4 Rotor – New Arrival of the Total Car Produce Magic FD.

In the world of performance vehicles the FD3S RX-7 has stood out as somewhat of a dark horse thanks to the heartbeat of its 13B rotrary power. In the world of rotary power the 26B 4rotor trumps all.

From Mazdas 787B to the 792P. Rotary and RX-7 ledgendary gurus such as RE/Amemiya who built the 26B for Fujita Engineering AKA FEED. These have all lead up to more and more 4 rotor drift and race cars including Brian Gray of New Zealand and Mad Mike’s MadBull which have been tearing up drifting for quite some time now. But theres a new kid on the block, and since when have rotaries been known to play well with others?

Its always crazy to see these well put together one off pieces of engineering dumping well over 400 normaly asperated horse power at the drop of a hat, without breaking a sweat and I have been studying them off and on for years now. Im very happy to see more and more of these engines popping up and whats more so, not hearing about them popping!

So enjoy the videos and pics of the latest terror to hit the tracks from my new favorite tuning house, Total Car Produce Magic.

Photo Credit: SPEEDHUNTERS.COM

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“Making of” the GranCabrio Fendi

After an almost 9 month break, Maser news isnt a bad post to put us back on the boards. Most of you don’t know that Maserati is one of our favorite car companies at Up Shift. The only experience better than watching and hearing a vehicle like this is driving it. The only thing that can one up driving a supercar is watching the skilled craftsmanship that goes into your priceless possession. So get ready to be amazed at the behind the scenes work that goes into creating one of the worlds highest quality rides.

BMW introduces the M3 CRT

P90079403 BMW is set to release yet another special edition M3, this time with a unique name and unique features. The BMW M3 CRT (short for Carbon Racing Technology) uses carbon fiber elements to shave some pounds off the M3 as well as stylize the new sedan. The 4.4 liter 450HP M3 will be 154lb lighter than its stock counterpart pushing the vehicle to 62 MPH in 4.4 seconds flat. The M3 CRT will use carbon fiber trimmings from the BMW i3 and i8 plant and repurpose those for use in a CFRP mat which is Carbon fiber layers wrapped around a “honeycomb” structure providing immense strength with low weight gain.  

 This CFRP process is used on various aspects of the vehicle including the seats, Hood, front splitter and rear spoiler. The Special edition M3 will be hard to come by as it is limited in production to only 67 units and will retail at $185,000.