2008 Finali Mondiali To finish off the year, we end 2008 the Ferrari way at the Finali Mondiali around Mugello. This included the ultimate rounds of Ferrari’s F430 Challenge, the Historic Races and the FXX World Tour. Furthermore, the parking lot was littered with almost every major modern Ferrari. Of all the spectacular cars on …

Top 10 Supercars of 2008 Tough fuel prices nor an economic crisis will slow down the supercar. 2008 was another exceptional year with too many launches and too little time. With no flagship models coming from either from Ferrari or Lamborghini, we also had much more room to fill. At the very beginning of the …

Unusually high reserves kept most the Ferraris from selling at last weekend’s auction in Gstaad. Despite putting together a stellar collection of Italian cars, Bonham’s failed to sell any of the highlight lots. The first among these was an ex-LeMans Ferrari 121LM which attracted a high bid of 3.7 million USD. The other star of …

Mercedes-Benz has decided to spice up the Detroit Auto Show with their latest and probably last version of the SLR. It’s named after Sir Stirling Moss for his legendary win at the 1955 Mille Miglia. As an indefinite article, the Stirling Moss is strictly a two seat roadster with no soft top and no windscreen. …

We pay attention when the Sultan of Brunei’s secret collection comes up. Such is the case with Basman’s epic thread revealing that some Brunei supercars recently showed up in Singapore! To highlight their 40th anniversary, Hong Seh Motors held a show at the local Formula 1 pit building. The display included a copy of almost …

With multiple companies pulling out of motorsport for economic reasons, it is remarkable others are still optimistically moving forward and launching supercars. The first of these cars is Reiter’s Murcielago R-GT Streetversion. Built and released in Germany, it mimics the company’s FIA GT racer in many ways. Our photographer Dirk de Jager first spotted this …

Today we can introduce a new photographer, David Engel, who has shared two of his most recent galleries with us. The first of these comes from BMW’s new dealer headquarters called ‘BMW Welt’. Fortunately, when this unique structure was being constructed, BMW took the time to renovate their museum-a bowl designed by Karl Schwanzer and …

Even though we have new details and images of the upcoming R8 V10, there aren’t many surprises to mention. The car has been scheduled for the Detroit Auto Show for some time and trails its GT3 variant. The production version, called the 5.2 FSI Quattro, will be produced in 2009, have a price tag of …

2008 SEMA Roundup By popular request we have decided to revisit the SEMA show from last month. Lucky for us, Jason Thorgalsen of Vodcars.com has graciously let us edit his photos for our comprehensive gallery. Jason spent considerable time around the new Camaros (the official vehicle of the show), but also found many European imports. …

Today the Essen Motorshow opened its doors and we can now report on its many releases. At the forefront of these is Audi’s new GT3 contender called the R8 LMS. If it performs as successful as Audi’s recent prototypes, then the Matech-Ford GTs will finally have a challenger. Audi also took time to outline their …

Next January, all the major auction companies will descend on Arizona to sell some impressive supercars. It seems Barrett-Jackson has started a successful trend in Scottsdale-both RM Auctions and Gooding&Co. will be there as well. Naturally, each company has their fair share of highlight lots. For instance, RM Auctions will sell one of the five …

One of the more spectacular exhibitions is now open at the World Design Capital in Torino, Italy. In the spacious Torino Esposizioni hall, 50 concept cars are being displayed that highlight Italian design from the last 59 years. In the entrance sits a 1930 Fiat 525 SS, one of Italy’s first stylized cars. Nearby is …

With the opening of today’s LA Auto Show, many manufacturers are taking the opportunity to launch new sports cars. So much so, LA might be taking some of the thunder away from Detroit. The first and foremost of these is the new 2010 Mustang Coupe and Convertible which both get a slight makeover and power …

On Decemeber 1st, Bonhams will auction one of the two functioning Lotus Esprits from the James Bond Film The Spy Who Loved Me. It was these white supercars that thrust Lotus into the public’s eye. The car on auction is actually one of nine bodyshells used in the film. Most were destroyed to transform the …

First we have a bevy of tuned Porsches and among them this GT9R takes the cake. Having 1120 bhp and equally impressive torque, it is a version of the Veyron-killing GT9 taken to the next level. About the only other car that comes close to the 9ff in this update is Hamann’s radically styled SLR …

At the Ferrari Finale in Mugello, a drop-top version of the F430 Scuderia became the weekend’s surprise. Called 16M, it now celebrates Ferrari’s continued success as a manufacturer in F1. Ferrari says this Spider is their fastest ‘open-top road car’, which probably comes as concerning news to anyone on the waiting list for the new …

Today, the SEMA show opened it’s doors in Las Vegas to an anxious crowd of industry insiders. As with every year, many of the manufacturers prepared some tuner showcars and we have the best right here. Being the ‘Official Vehicle of SEMA’, Chevrolet prepared several versions of their venerable Camaro. Our favorite, called the GS …

Last week, RM Auctions proved that the economy hasn’t affected certain blue chip cars. At their London Automobile sale, several records where broken including the McLaren bid we featured last week. One sale watched by the concours community was a Horch Special Roadster which sold for nearly 1.8 million USD. In need of a restoration, …

3.68 Million USD. That’s the amount reached yesterday at RM’s Automobiles of London auction for a mint McLaren F1. This money was swapped for chassis 065 which has lived a pampered life with an immaculately maintained history. 065 was one the last of the road-going cars and was used as showcar in McLaren’s own Park …

Today Lamborghini announced their one-make racing series dedicated to the LP560. Called the Super Trofeo, 30 of these menacing Gallardos will start their series at Silverstone in support of the FIA GT weekend. In a couple days, RM Auctions will host their final 2008 auction in London. The cover-car is a striking Horch, but we …

With all our favorite race seasons coming to a close, now is a good opportunity to review their progress. Despite Peugeot’s best efforts, the obvious victors of 2008 are Audi who have won the ALMS and LMS Championships as well as LeMans. ALMS completed its final round last weekend at Laguna Seca and let Porsche …

Geneva Classics always brings out some impressive vintage cars and this year was no exception. At the forefront of these was a Hai 450 SS from the Monteverdi museum. It ranks among the very few Swiss supercars ever made. Another highlight of the show was a display that included the entire Slavic Collection. This had …

One of the largest annual gatherings of Ferraris takes place at the Nurburgring. Called the ‘Racing Days’, these typically include factory support with F1 Clienti, the Historic Challenges and Michael Schumacher flogging his personal cars. This year, the event was heightened by the FXX Evoluzione program which was on the last leg of its world …

Top 10 Supercars From Paris Auto Show It’s rare when we can compile a list of new supercars from just one show, so Paris is giving us a rare opportunity to play tastemaker. When it comes to order, we could have mixed the top spots differently. This is especially true considering most haven’t yet reached …

2008 Paris Motor Show is Here Earlier today the Paris Motor Show opened its doors to many anxious executives, geeky photographers and some public. While our world economy is currently at odds with most of this show, the French companies still have a strong projection of the future. This was exemplified earlier today with stunning …

Before our focus is completely focused on the Paris Motor Show, we would like to squeeze in a new event from the historic calendar. Called the Weekend of Excellence, it’s a revival of the Reims race track that became famous in the twenties. To commemorate, the organizers were proud to have Hans Hermann drive Mercedes-Benz …

Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster Much like the car it is named after, the 722 Edition of the Mercedes-Benz SLR is now offered as a roadster. Mercedes will try to sell 150 of these which really completes the SLR range before a new supercar successor comes years down the road. Like the coupe model, this roadster gets …

With the Paris Motor Show coming up, it’s pretty easy to assemble an impressive list of concept cars. At the very forefront of these is Maserati’s new GranTurismo MC Corse. It looks like a potential GT-class racer, but with all the flair of an Italian Grand Tourer. Next we have two more Paris-bound concepts, but …

2008 Goodwood Revival Roundup Last weekend, everyone in the UK played dress-up for the 10th Annual Goodwood Revival. Along with the sights and sounds of the 1960s came tweed, miniskirts, kamm tails and Boranni wires. Among 13 classes of racing was the R.A.C. Tourish Trophy Celebration which featured the obligatory Ferrari GTOs, Shelby Cobras and E-Type …

GM’s 100 Year Anniversary GM has used their 100th anniversary to launch the Chevy Volt, an electric vehicle with a fuel-engine that only works as a generator. It’s a milestone for the company, one which will likely become part of GM’s important Heritage Collection. The 100th has been celebrated at almost every major show this …