An engine as special as the Hellephant must be unveiled in a very special wrapper, so the Mopar design team found a nice, period-correct, iconic design celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018—the 1968 Dodge Charger—and just loved on the design a bit. Joe Dehner, head of Ram exterior and Mopar design, walked us around a beautiful stock '68 Charger R/T Hemi from Chrysler's historical collection, complementing its voluptuous beauty while lamenting how deeply inset its wheels are relative to the bodywork, how long the front overhang is, and how ugly the vent windows, Coronet side-view mirror, and chrome drip-rails are.
Looking for an example of just how quickly time passes? This year marks the 50th anniversary of BMW's legendary 02 Series, and to commemorate the occasion the brand has just unveiled a very interesting concept car for the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.Known simply as the 2002 Hommage, the car pays tribute to the iconic 2002 and the groundbreaking 2002 Turbo model in particular.
Big engine, little car. It's an age-old recipe that has been putting big grins on the faces of car guys the world over ever since modifying began. Back in the '60s Carroll Shelby did just this with the AC Cobra - shoehorning big Ford V8 motors into the light UK-built chassis to create one of the most legendary cars of all times. Magnus Jinstrand has always wanted to create his very own Cobra and when it all started to materialize for him he decided to take things a little further than originally planned...
Watch the full onboard video of Sebastien Loeb's record-breaking run at Pikes Peak.Many expected something special from nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb as he took part in the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb yesterday (30 June), but not many predicted him to completely obliterate the record.
Pimp as hell.
Finally, the moment is upon us. Lexus has released the most-exclusive version of its already hyper-exclusive LFA supercar. Behold, in person, the 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition. For those who need reminding, the LFA is Lexus' $375,000 supercar. There will only be 500 LFAs built worldwide, and of those, a scant 50 will have the Nurburgring package bestowed on them.
This isn't a hack job, this is is the sort of hybrid we can throw our enthusiastic support behind. The body started life atop a humble 1973 Volkswagen Beetle chassis, while the running gear saw duty under a 2000 Porsche Boxster convertible's skin. The car was created by Siegfried Rudolf, who owns CarMaxx, an Austrian company that restores and customizes Porsche and Volkswagen cars.
The engine is mounted longitudinally amidships, with the transmission ahead and beneath the center tunnel, meaning 58 percent of the weight sits on the rear axle. Luckily (for your insurance carrier), there's a viscous-traction, permanent all-wheel-drive that puts all 662 ponies to the ground through all four wheels. Yes, the torque split is variable and automatic, meaning you can more or less point the car, mash the pedal and hang on. Just make sure you aim carefully.
Hammond, nicknamed "Hamster", was reportedly shaken but uninjured in the accident, which wrecked his treasured $220,000 supercar.The 30s-style Morgan AeroMax, capable of a staggering 273km/h, looks like a Batmobile and has a 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine.