If you are not familiar with the Ferrari 250 GTO we should tell you that an example of it was recently sold for $ 35 million. That should be enough for you to realize what an special car we’re talking about it here. Now, at the Le Mans Classic event in France 18 of these showed up and hit the track all at once! Words cannot describe how awesome, and how rare, this occasion was. And God knows how much wealth was roaring around the track there. Not all GTOs worth 35 mil, but I don’t think even the cheapest example run for less than $ 4 million.
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BMW Australia is hopeful of launching the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 for under $ 100,000 when the first examples of the 3-Series-based petrol-electric mid-sized sedan arrive in showrooms at the end of this year.
BMW Australia’s Piers Scott says the local brand is targeting a five-figure sum for the ActiveHybrid 3, which pairs the 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine from the $ 91,900 BMW 335i sedan with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery for enhanced performance and significantly better fuel economy.
A sub-$ 100,000 price tag would see the ActiveHybrid 3 go head to head with the larger Lexus GS450h hybrid, which is priced from $ 99,900 in Luxury spec.
Scott confirmed a handful of ActiveHybrid 3 vehicles would land down under late this year but said the new variant would not get a proper launch until early next year once the dealer network was tooled up to service the new hybrid technology.
It will be a similar case with the local brand’s first hybrid – the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – which is set to land around two months earlier in October, but will also be in limited supply until the beginning of 2013. Sharing its powertrain with the ActiveHybrid 3, the petrol-electric 5-Series will be priced just north of the $ 115,600 BMW 535i sedan.
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Folks, it’s July 9th and that means it is finally time for Ken Block GYMKHANA 5.
“San Francisco was absolutely amazing for Gymkhana,” said Block. “It’s such a unique location for this kind of driving and allowed me to do some things that I never thought I’d ever be able to incorporate into one of my Gymkhana videos-like jumping a table top or doing a jump drift! I’m stoked with how this project turned out and I’m truly a lucky bastard to have been able to do the things I was able to do on the streets of San Francisco. To all of the residents andpeople who allowed us to make this happen, thank you!”
Currently, the video has 20,200 likes and 305 views… wait, how’s that possible?
We don’t know and we don’t care.
Hit the jump for the video.
Sunday, July 8 2012 will stick in Mark Weber’s mind as the day he won the British Grand Prix, but for American Formula 1 fans it had another special meaning.
Exactly 50 years earlier, Dan Gurney won his first Grand Prix race. Racing on France’s 4.0-mile Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit, he beat the likes of pole sitter Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, John Surtees and fellow American Richie Ginther. Gurney triumphed over second place finisher Tony Maggs by a full lap.
Gurney is famous for being the driver who gave three constructors their first F1 win, his own Eagle in 1967, the Brabham team in 1964 (also at Rouen) and Porsche. In fact, the 1962 win was Porsche’s only win as a constructor. This was in the Porsche type 804 with a 1.49-liter air-cooled flat-8 and around 180 bhp.
You can watch the action from Rouen in 1962 here:
July 9, 2012 at 11:39am by Alexander Stoklosa
By now you all know Ken Block’s Gymkhana series well—the rally driver’s hoon-tastic videos have garnered a pantload of YouTube followers with their displays of driving awesometude and quirky humor. Now the fifth and latest Gymkhana video has arrived, and it continues Ken Block’s tradition of upstaging his previous efforts. This time, Block took his race-prepped Ford Fiesta to the streets, bridges, and barges of San Francisco, with predictably spectacular results. We won’t give too much away, since we’ve embedded the video below for your viewing pleasure, but we will say this: Get ready for some flying drifts. Yup, the movie Bullitt may have the best hippity-hop San Francisco car-jumping action extant, but Block uses the city’s famous whooptie-dos in a whole new way.
Driving Videos — By Lawrence on July 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm — 2 Comments
Ken Block, together with DC Shoes released the fifth installment of the original viral drifting series; Ken Block’s Gymkhana. The setting for the new 10 minute Gymkhana video is San Francisco. The car is the Ken’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC car. Cameo performances include X-Game gold medalist Travis Pastrana and Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine. It’s every bit as epic as you would expect!
The team even managed to get the San Francisco Bay Bridge shut down to film the intro! See the full video below!
It has been reported that Mazda’s new shape for the next generation Mazda 6 wagon has been spotted and there is evidence to prove it in the spy shots above and below. Until now, the new vehicle has been kept under wraps by the auto maker.
Although in full camouflage, one can quite easily see Mazda’s new Kodo design language that has been incorporated.
According to Car Buzz the new design, while in keeping with that of the CX-5, also gives the car a more aggressive and sporty look with a larger grille, swept back headlights and boosted wheel arches.
Along with this new exterior comes a full suite of Skyactiv fuel saving technologies that will include the Skyactiv-D Clean diesel engine, good for 165hp and 300lb-ft of torque and be the first Mazda to be equipped with regenerative braking.
The Mazda6 wagon is expected to make its debut at the Moscow Motor Show in August.
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