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Archived Features For November 2011

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Hennessey Venom goes Topless

2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

Hennessey's flagship Venom will feature an optional removable hardtop for 2013.

The Spyder will cost $1.1 million USD and Hennessey hopes to build five over the 2012 year.

Hennessey says the Spyder required additional reinforcement without adding weight which contributed to the vehicle's development cost.

Other than the hardtop, the model is nearly identical to the Coupe version with its 1200 bhp turbocharged Chevrolet LS2 V8 and custom-tailored chassis.

599XX Evoluzione

2012 599XX Evoluzione

For the Bologna Motor Show Ferrari have prepared an updated version of the 599XX known as the Evoluzione or Evolution.

It takes the track-day supercar launched in 2009 to the next level by offering more power with less weight.

One key ingredient to the new 2012 599XX is the aerodynamics package which uses two rotating flaps on the rear to control downforce.

There is no mention of price, but this must be the most expensive Ferrari offered outside of the F1 program.

If anyone has images of this spectacular Ferrari from Bologna, please let us know, we would love to share them.

Tokyo Motor Show in Pictures


Today we can present a comprehensive gallery of all the highlight cars launched at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show.

Our gallery offers a view of the show cars from the exhibition halls which is a great alternative to the press images which are sometimes just computer renders.

Some of the wildest cars from the show aren't supercars, more super-duper micro cars with a glimpse of the future.

Real supercars in the gallery include the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package, 2012 Subaru BRZ GT300, 2011 Alpina B6 BiTurbo and 2011 KTM X-Bow R.

EV-STER and more from Tokyo

CEO Takanobu Ito and the Honda EV-STER

Earlier today, Honda revealed their EV-STER at the Tokyo Motor Show's opening day. It's a fully-electric concept car and one of the many releases that remained a surprise until showtime.

Toyota is showing their JDM version of the GT 86 simply known as the 86. They also have the Toyota Fun-Vii which works as a large display for uploaded images.

Nissan are finally sharing a finished version of their Juke Nismo Concept which is an attempt to bridge the gap between the GT-R and Juke crossover.

Subaru has also pulled the cover off their BRZ and a GT300 race version for the SuperGT series.

WRX STI S206 for Tokyo

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206 NBR Challenge Package

For the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show Subaru are going to release a pair of Impreza WRX STIs with their potent S206 package.

The more exciting of the two is the NBR Challenge Package which pays tribute to the 24 Hours of Nürburgring effort and has a carbon fibre rear spoiler.

The standard model comes with a healthy list of upgrades that modify almost every important system on the car.

Subaru says the S206 goes on sale today in Japan only and the NBR Challenge edition is already sold out.

2011 Essen Motor Show

100 Years of Monte Carlo Rally

This year's Essen Motor Show had to two great feature displays including a tribute to the 100 years of the Monte Carlo Rally.

Assembled were many of the previous winners of the Monte in anticipation of the upcoming event which will run for both the WRC and IRC championships in 2012.

The prototype display was also noteworthy at Essen for including many independent cars from institutions such as Sbarro.

This year we have assembled a highlight gallery from Essen courtesy of photographer Dirk de Jager.

9ff GT9 CS

2011 9ff GT9 CS

At the 2011 Essen Motor Show, 9ff are displaying a one-of GT9 known as the Club Sport. It was built for a client to take the already radical 1000 bhp , 400 kph GT9 to the next level.

From the outside, the CS has a new front splitter, side skirts and a more integrated rear wing. It also features air extractors at the top of each fender and a revised air intake infront of the rear wheels.

Inside, the car is stripped out and fitted with a huge roll-cage that looks ready for the track.

9ff say they can build a similar car for €375,000.

GT 86 is Toyota's new 2+2

2012 Toyota GT 86

For the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota have released details of their new entry-level sports coupe known as the GT 86.

The new car has a back-to-basics ethos with little electronics and plenty of room for tuning much like the famous Corolla AE86.

The production version follows several concept cars which began in 2009 with the Toyota FT-86 Concept and the Toyota FT-86 II from earlier this year.

New to the Toyota line is the 4-cylinder Boxer engine developed in conjunction with Subaru. As early as 1962, Toyota fitted a Boxer engine in their Sports 800. This engine arrangement allows for a very low center of gravity.

Aston Martin's new GT3

2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

Today Aston Martin Racing are offering details of their newest race car: the V12 Vantage GT3. It follows the potent race-inspired version by Zagato and replaces the DBRS9.

Aston Martin were one of the first manufacturers to support GT3 as early as 2006. The DBRS9 won the 2007 British GT Championship and the 2009 FIA GT3 Teams’ Championship and is still actively raced. Our gallery of the DBRS9 spans the last five seasons of racing.

With the GT2 class almost extinct, it makes sense for Aston to focus their efforts on GT3. Likely most of the famous races in 2012 will have GT honors in GT3 only.

Chevy 100

Louis Chevrolet and the Darracq 200

Like many great marques, Chevrolet's story begins with racing and one of the greatest drives by Louis Chevrolet includes this Darracq 200 which was the fastest car in 1905.

From driving Darracqs and GP Fiats to preparing the Frontenac Indianapolis cars, Chevrolet eventually let GM use his name on passenger cars. Some of the most famous include the 1955 Chevrolet Corvette, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. These cars still shape automotive design today.

This year Chevrolet have been celebrating their 100th anniversary by promoting their Volt as the next largest step towards electric propulsion. Chevrolet was founded November 3, 1911 by entrepreneur Billy Durant and Swiss immigrant Louis Chevrolet.

2012 Carrera Cabriolet

911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Today Porsche are releasing details of the new 911 Carrera Cabriolet which comes after the Coupe's launch earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new Cabriolet models are roughly 15% more expensive than their Coupe counterparts. Porsche say they have managed to make the Cabriolet lighter than previous models by introducing magnesium in the frame.

The Cabriolet will be launched on March 3rd which coincides with the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show.

2011 Motorclassica

Royal Exhibition Buildings

In its second annual running, Motorclassica has become Australia's Concours d'Elegance. This year they packed the Royal Exhibition Buildings with classic cars and filled the surrounding lots with club corrals.

Some of the special features of this year's event included the 60th year of Porsche in Australia including the first Porshe in Australia, a 1951 356 Cabriolet.

Best of Show went to an original 1927 Bentley 6½ Litre with replica Le Mans Tourer bodywork built in 2005. It was surrounded by an impressive stable of pre-war cars including two 1908 Isotta Fraschinis and an rare 1921 Ballot 2LS.

The centerpiece of the show was the freshly restored Holden Hurricane. It's a one-of concept car that was probably the most expensive built in 1969.

All these highlights and the rest of Motorclassica can be found in our feature gallery by Tristan de Carro.

Tribute to Scaglietti

1954 Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Scaglietti

Over the weekend master fabricator and designer Sergio Scaglietti passed away in Modena at the age of 91.

His illustrious company was most famous for working with Ferrari by manufacturing and designing their factory competition cars in the mid 1950s.

As a tribute to his work we will list some of our favorite cars that were designed by Scaglietti and wear the Scaglietti & C. badge:

1954 Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Scaglietti
1955 Ferrari 410 Berlinetta Speciale
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti Coupe
1955 Ferrari 410 Sport
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II
1954 Ferrari 250 Monza
1956 Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 860 Monza
1954 Ferrari 750 Monza.

Audi's new GT3 Racecar

2012 Audi R8 LMS ultra

Today Audi released a new version of their R8 LMS called the ultra. It's an updated version of the GT3 contender that will race as early as March 2012.

With the ultra Audi hope to finally clinch an overall victory at the 24-Hours of Nürburgring which has so far eluded the factory effort. It will face the might of the new 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and over 10 other capable contenders in its class.

Leading up to the new season, this time of the year is popular for new race programs to spring up. Corvette has revealed they have a new Daytona Prototype which will debut at the upcoming 24 Hours of Daytona for the 2012 Grand-Am Road Racing Series. With development from Pratt & Miller, Riley, Coyote and Dallara, this new Corvette has high championship hopes.

Lambo's 2WD Spyder

Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder

This evening Lamborghini is debuting a 2WD version of their Spyder called the Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder. It has us wondering if this might be final Gallardo after nearly nine years of production.

Most of the engineering for the LP550-2 Spyder comes directly from the 4WD version, but the aerodynamics, rear axle and rear suspension are modified. These changes are likely borrowed from the RWD LP550-2 Valentino Balboni Edition.

Since today's release happened offsite, we hope Lamborghini will display their latest edition at the LA Auto show tomorrow.

LA in Pictures

Jaguar's Press Conference

As the final press day closes at the LA Auto Show, we can present a gallery of the show floor and press conferences.

Unfortunately, many of the prestige cars were launched at private events around LA this year. This included the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible, 2013 Shelby GT500 and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder.

Some of the non-supercar releases that will be a regular sight on the roads near you include the 2012 Hyundai Azera, 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Honda Fit EV.

Treats from LA

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS

Today the first round of press conferences from the LA Auto Show have brought us some great cars. Take for instance the new 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS which Porsche call their sportiest Panamera yet.

One of the biggest game changers is the Subaru BRZ Concept STI which aims squarely at other RWD sports coupes such as the Hyundai Genesis.

We close the day with the 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible which will become their flagship model ahead of the Coupe was released at Pebble Beach in 2010. In a similar vein, Jaguar also released their XKR-S Convertible.

200 MPH Mustang

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe

Today Ford unveiled the fastest GT500 Mustang and the most powerful production V8 engine to go with it.

In anticipation of its full release at the upcoming LA Auto Show, Ford have offered some details of the 2013 Shelby GT500 Coupe. It's easily identified by a new 200 mph front intake that replaces the predecessor's mesh grill.

Upgrades include a larger 5.8 aluminum-block V8, a 2300-series supercharger, revised gear ratios, Brembro brakes and new bucket seats.

We can already imagine the Mustang GT500 vs Camaro ZL1 ''shootouts'' that will adorn magazine covers shortly.

Finali Mondiali Ferrari

Champion Lorenzo Bontempelli

The end of Italy's racing year is typically Ferrari's final Challenge event on home soil. For 2011, Ferrari returned to a recently resurfaced Mugello circuit with the with the curbs painted white, red and green for the occasion.

The main attraction was Ferrari's Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Series which brought together cars from North America, Europe and Asia. Lorenzo Bontempelli won the event outright in the rain and was crowned champion.

Naturally, the weekend included some untimed sessions for historic Formula 1 cars, run by Maranello’s F1 Clienti Department, as well as the FXX and 599XX from the development programs.

The entire weekend was captured for us by ace photographer Michael Van De Velde and his personal story can be found here.

Supercars from Dubai

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Today we can present a gallery of the flamboyant supercars from the Dubai International Motor Show.

Naturally all the big players came out to exhibit and Bugatti topped them all with three special edition Veyron Grand Sports. The yellow and black example was chosen because those were Ettore Bugatti's favorite colours. The car was priced at 1.58 million euros off the stand.

Our gallery comes to us courtesy of Madwhips user tariq199. If anyone has more images to offer, please contact us.

Santa Barbara Concours

Bugatt & Delahaye Match Set

In between the Mille Miglia Tribute and SEMA we had an opportunity to visit the 25th annual Santa Barbara Concours in California. It was run by the Stratus Media Group for the first time and held in conjunction with the Mille Miglia Tribute.

The show's main draw was Peter Mullin's Figoni & Falaschi Delahaye and its sibling Bugatti which was made by Van Vooren as a copy. Supposedly, this show was the second time both cars were photographed together.

Among 200 or so other cars we found several nice examples including some that previously 'debuted' at Pebble Beach. Best of Show went to the 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition which is a regular sight on the West Coast and won the Quail event last year.

Honda set for Tokyo

The New Face of Honda

This year's Tokyo Motor Show will be blessed by seven new electronic concepts from Honda. Among them, the AC-X looks to pave the way for future Honda design.

Looking somewhat like a Prius or Volt alternative from the outside, the AC-X is entirely conceptual inside. We regret to say there are only renderings available of this concept.

There is even less info available on the Honda Small Sports EV Styling which doesn't even have an official name. It appears to have a new visual design language set for the next generation CR-Z.

Mid-Engine Aston One-77?

2013 HBH Bulldog GT

The biggest story in supercar news today is the release of the Bulldog GT, a mid-engine version of the V12 Vantage.

Although almost every detail, including price, is absent from the release, the company called HBH has some photoshops of what the eventual car could look like. Many cues are taken directly from the Aston Martin One-77 such as the side vent with the central fin or strake.

HBH is Hermann Brandt Hartvig who also produced the Zenvo ST1 released in 2009. We hope they find the funds to produce at least a single working example of their vision.

SEMA Wrap-Up

2011 Galpin Mustang Super Snake Wide-Body

Before we move on from SEMA, we have to take a look at some of the supercars released during the show. Among them we chose Galpin's wide-body Shelby Super Snake first because it embodies the spirit of Las Vegas best.

Chevrolet released six Camaros at SEMA and we have new photos of the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept, Camaro Synergy Series Concept and the Chevrolet COPO Camaro. Not too far away was Baldwin-Motion's own 800 BHP Camaro Phase III 427-SC.

Among the Mustangs, we found the Roush Mustang Stage 3 Premier Edition, the Galpin Super Snake mentioned previously, the MRT Mustang ‘TKO’, and the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet which did some pulls in the parking lot.

Honda had a 1004 bhp Civic by Bismoto and a new limited edition Civic Si Coupe HFP. We are also happy to have better pictures and information on the Lexus Project GS F SPORT by Five Axis and Hyundai's Hurricane SC and Genesis RM500 Coupe.

2011 SEMA Show

Monday's Peak Crowd

To coincide with the SEMA Show's last day, we are presenting our finished gallery of the event.

Included are some of the many highlights from the Racing & Performance hall including a Foose-modified Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the Lingenfelter Camaro L28 800TT and Motion's new Camaro 427-SC Phase III. NASCAR was also present to showcase their new fuel injection system developed by Holley, McLaren and MSD for 2012.

We also got around to uploading the Lexus media conference which ended with hotlaps of the new GS350 F SPORT immediately after its reveal onstage. They also had two concepts by Five-Axis which had some of the best bodykits revealed at the SEMA Show.

We should also mention Chevrolet who unveiled more showcars than anyone else for their 100th year. Oddly enough, they released the new COPO Camaro twice; the first time without telling anyone.

Judging by the number of cars and people present, SEMA is successfully showcasing the immense size of the aftermarket industry. This means they can continue to protect the hobby from government regulation that at times prohibit creative design.

Porsche's New RSR

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Today Porsche released details of their updated Porsche RSR that will race in the Le Mans Series, ALMS, the International GT Open and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Reading between the lines, Porsche have hinted that this will be the ultimate 997 until the model's 991 replacement for 2013.

The new car features updated bodywork that has a side-mounted air intake for the engine that replaces the previous hood-mounted design. Furthermore the front and rear valances are heavily revised which give this variant a distinct look. We expect to see the new car at the Sebring test days in February.

Ford Racing @ SEMA

Ford's Main Display

This year Ford used the SEMA Show to highlight their many motor sports milestones starting with the Ford Sweepstakes that raced 110 years ago. They assembled some of the greatest achieving drivers and racecars on their stand in the Performance & Racing hall.

Ford's presence at the SEMA Show was greater than any other manufacturer due to their racing exhibition in the front parking lot by drivers such as Tanner Foust, Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. They also brought out the new Super Cobra Jet for drag pulls and offered rides in Superformance Cobras.

On their stand, Ford emphasized the 2012 Ford Focus and the new '65 Mustang Convertible body shell. They were displayed in front of cars which had won Le Mans, Indianapolis, Daytona and Talladega.

Wheels & Tires at SEMA

Murdered Out 722

Today we can present one of the most popular draws to the SEMA Show: the Wheels & Tires hall. This is where the supercar and model counts are quite high which both make for some pleasant sights.

As in past years, the displays from Giovanna, CEC and Forgiato were the most impressive. For some reason many of top cars where were either black or white which made our gallery quite monochromatic.

Today we attended many of the big press releases and the drifting exhibition which we will add in the coming days. Ford celebrated their 110th racing anniversary and GM also highlighted their 100th year.

SEMA Day 0

Car Corral at SEMA

Although SEMA hasn't officially started, we can always find some impressive cars in the corral leading up to the show. Typically stands like Dub, Galpin and Meguiars are setup alongside club cars and contribute to a huge event outside.

Galpin Auto Sports brought out three different versions of their widebody Mustang including a particularly potent black Super Snake. It uses a high flow Kenne Bell supercharger that Shelby has very rarely fitted to their own cars. It was finished just days ago for the event.

Leading up to SEMA's opening tomorrow, we have many of the highlights from outside the show. We will update our gallery as we go along.

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Archived Features For November 2011

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