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We’ll be looking at RIM’s latest smartphones and seeing how they fare, taking a trip to Italy to get a peek at what the Ferrari of 2030 might look like, chatting with Fusion Garage’s Chandra Rathakrishnan about the Grid 10 and Grid 4 (and why his company deserves a second chance), taking over Times Square, and chatting with the EFF to figure out just what the heck Google is going to do with all those patents.
Again, it’ll be live here at 6:00PM ET. Hop past the break for times in your timezone.
Is that regular ol’ Xbox 360 controller leaving you unfulfilled after a marathon session of Forza Motorsport 4? Don’t fret, Thrustmaster has announced the launch of its Ferrari 458 (F458) Italia Racing Wheel for Microsoft’s gaming console. The 11-inch wheel features a rubberized grip to stay comfy, built-in metal paddle shifters, a Manettino dial for mid-lap adjustments and progressive resistance to keep you on the straight and narrow. Not wanting to leave PS3 and PC racers in its dust, the company also revealed the TH8 RS gear shifter — which connects to the T500 RS or the outfit’s other PC wheel controllers via USB. This bad boy lets you release your inner Michael Schumacher with either H-pattern or sequential configurations plus 360-degree rotation adjustment to tailor the gearbox to your liking. Both the TH8 RS and the aforementioned F458 will be hitting your garage… er, game room in October for $180 and $90, respectively. Check out the full PR for the pair after the break, and make sure you fasten your seatbelt.
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My opinion on all racing wheels is this: if you’re going to play a semi-realistic racing game, why not do it with a wheel? A controller is unnatural for racing, no matter how good you may be twiddling your thumbs. It just doesn’t compare to a wheel. Wheels themselves come in all shapes and sizes, and while the most powerful one I’ve seen thus far is the Thrustmaster T500RS, my time with it was limited.
With the Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition, I’ve driven more than it takes to get from LA to New York and back.
The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition, or 430 for short, is a wireless non-motorized racing wheel made specifically with console and desk-taken players in mind. It not only sports the wheel and two foot pedals, but is a fully built one-piece slab of metal, plastic and electronics so you don’t have to bolt a wheel to your desk or seat it on your lap. It may not be marketed towards console gamers, especially working only on the PS3 (and PC, of course), but there is no better place for the 430 than in front of a giant HDTV.
That’s not to say it doesn’t fit right at home in front of a desk. It doesn’t for my desk, not in the slightest, though presumably not everyone will have similar problems. My PS3 moves between my office desk and media center, and for my testing of the 430 the console went back to a full-fledged TV. This wasn’t a problem, of course, because the 430 is a fully-inclusive racing wheel.
What that means is that unlike most racing wheels, it isn’t meant to be seated on a steady surface, like a table. It comes with it, as you can see in the pictures above and below. The wheel is connected to an adjustable bar, which can change its length and angular position to accommodate any seating position or player height. The best part is that it’s stable.
Keeping a racing wheel stable is probably the biggest problem any gamer using one will have with the hardware. Even bolting it to a desk is no assurance that it won’t loosen over time, or that it’ll remain steady and in place And when racing, if the wheel isn’t stable, neither is your driving. But Thrustmaster made the 430 with stability in mind, which is why the base of the setup also houses the foot pedals. The 430 is smartly built to use a player’s own weight to keep the wheel firmly in place.
It also helps that the 430 is not a motorized racing wheel. That is to say it won’t fight back, so players will not get the most realistic driving experience using this wheel. The next best alternative is the Logitech G27, which comes with wires, a powerful motor, an excellent gearbox, and three foot pedals.
Installation is straightforward and takes no more than five minutes. Two pedals work for gas and brakes, and shifting gears is accomplished by hitting the right and left pedals behind the steering wheel. The height and position of the wheel can be set mechanically, and it can also fold down for easy storage. There’s even a handle at the end to carry it around. The wheel can also be removed for easier storage.
With a 270° turn radius, the 430 certainly has the feel of a tight racing wheel, though the handle diameter is relatively small at 28cm, just under a foot. It was clearly a hurdle to determine proper size for best use and portability, and considering the price and turn radius, 28cm is fine. It does feel small, especially for regular drivers or anyone who’s played with larger racing wheels, but that size won’t diminish your ability to drive in-game. Thrustmaster states that it’s 70% the size of an actual Ferrari F430 wheel.
Driving with the 430 is average to good. The small size is noticeable and the lack of force feedback has its ups and downs. On the one hand, not having to fight the wheel made it easier to focus on the driving aspect and not fighting it, but on the other realism diminishes significantly (then again, one could question the realism of racing simulation when there is no acceleration forces). Button placement is optimal for gaming, not for fitting any console control scheme, which I find more proper and am simultaneously annoyed with. Buttons scattered around the wheel make it easier to command on the PC, but hell to navigate menus on the PS3. Every button has to be manually set, and doing so is no easy task.
I had no trouble with the wireless connection or using four AA batteries. They’re rated for 50 hours, and I haven’t managed to use them up after a month. The battery life really is phenomenal, but even better is how easy the 430 is to store. I’ve got five other racing wheels, all of which I’ve had for review, and they’re all equally terrible when it the game ends and they go back into storage. Each is a plethora of cables, extra parts and connectors. The 430 is one piece. You take it out, play, and put back with no fuss. I don’t know about you, but I hate having to spend 10-15 minutes getting a racing setup together to play. The 430 takes 30 seconds.
The way I see it, the Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition is a racing wheel for anyone who doesn’t want to waste time, who doesn’t want wires and cables everywhere, and who doesn’t need every bell and whistle out there. It’s all inclusive, and while I’d love an option for a gearbox, for the sake of consolidation Thrustmaster is right to have left it out. For the given price of $250 (the lowest I’ve found is $233 online), you get a wheel that’s smaller, less intense and less realistic than the next best thing in terms of value (the G27, new for $300 or used at $275), but likewise better for storage, more practical, and more reasonable for the even-minded gamer. The 430 won’t give you the best racing experience, but if you play racing games on and off, or perhaps play when you can, then this is a great wheel for you. Console gamers and those interested in force feedback should invest more money in alternate wheels and a setup to house them for stability. Having the all-in-one setup on the 430 is simply amazing, really, but for gameplay, it comes down to whether you want the most realistic simulation or if you want ease of use.
For that, Thrustmaster reigns supreme. I’ve never seen or used a wheel so easy or comfortable to use over time.
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A FerrariChat forum member asked his fellow enthusiats yesterday to be on the lookout for his stolen 348. The car was quickly found, leading the deep-pocketed Sherlocks at FerrariChat to accuse both the car’s finder and owner of the theft.
Sick with the flu and bummed after previously wrecking another Ferrari 348 — one of the brand’s lesser appreciated cars — member “348Tony” posted this sad alert.
Pretty cut-and-dry theft, although confusing given he left the keys in the car and the straight-piped car would make enough noise to wake anyone up. These were mostly deemed strange circumstances until user “probable_cause” announced he’d seen the car.
“Ferrari is next to where i work. Been there since Saturday,” said the hero. “Car has been wrecked. Police have put sticker on it to be towed. Car is behind McDonalds on Northwest highway and Loop 12.”
Victory! Right? Nope. First, someone turned on “probable_cause” stating maybe he, as a rookie member, had taken the car, but he explained it was just a coincidence.
I use this sight (sic) to learn/diagnose things needed to work on my personal 355. Only reason I knew of the location of the car was because it has been parked next to my job since saturday. I figured the owner would surely get it sunday morning. When I seen the car Monday. I just knew it was stolen and logged in to fchat and had it confirmed.
Once the members of FerrariChat determined it wasn’t the helpful tipster involved, they turned to 348Tony, who a week earlier had posted about wiping out in the snow.
Users cried foul, assuming this was all a setup to get the insurance company to pay for damage that occurred when the car spun out in the snow. And who was doing the blaming? None other than “probable cause.”
Guys and Girls. I’m no Kojak but when it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, it must be a what “A RAT”. Draw your own conclusions. The quote above was in the TEXAS section dated 1-10-11. A week later this supposed theft happens. A thief does not lock the doors. He does when he’s told too so no one comes along and vandalizes the interior. The way Ferrari electrics are you do not want someone yanking the electrical/cutting wires/busting out the ignition. Therefore, insurance only has to pay for bodyparts and labor. Hope theres no grass in that damage. INSURANCE JOB???.
What followed was a chorus of people agreeing, with a few dissenters. Eventually, the unlucky 348Tony responded with this CAPS LOCK’d rant:
The board now seems split between people who find it suspicious and those who feel bad that 348Tony has to endure both a stolen car and a bunch of pointed fingers. It’s apparently the price you pay when asking the online Ferrari community for help. Perhaps they’d be nicer if he drove a 355?
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We showed you the first photographs of Jim Glickenhaus’s one off P4/5 on the track Friday, now we have the video. Watch, listen and drool as the Ferrari based P4/5 makes a few laps. (H/t to Mr. Glinkenhaus and horspowr1001!)
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Red and black hand sewn leather? Is it a car? Is it a Ferrari?
No, it’s a phone, but it is inspired by Ferrari, and carries its brand, alongside the Vertu logo. The Ascent Ferrari GT is Vertu’s latest Ferrari branded phone, and all leather aside, it’s made out of forged titanium finished with matter black PVD.
The sides of the phone look like an engine block, geometrically embossed and passed through by symbolic engine tubes until it screams Ferrari. The battery cover is made from yet another material – ceramic.
Instead of information on costs, we know only 2011 Ascent Ferrari GTs will be made.
Full List Of Test Drive Unlimited 2 Cars:
AC 427- This famous 1960′s 2-seat roadster, designed by Shelby Cobra, features a 7 literliter big block Ford V8 developing over 400bhp going from 0-60 in 4.20 seconds.
Alfa Roméo 8C Competizione – This limited edition Italian sports car features 4.7-liter V8 assembled by Ferrari, 480 N•m of torque, a computerized six–speed transaxle gearbox has gear selection with official top speed is announced to be 292 km/h (181 mph). Oh yea, there are only 500 ever made.
Alfa Roméo Brera Italia Independent – Made in association with Italia Independent, this special limited edition Italian sports car features a 3.2 V6 petrol engines, six-speed transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive, electronic Q2 limited slip differential, direct injection and variable valve timing in both inlet and exhaust cams, allowing for a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour (160 mph).
Alfa Roméo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde – The Quadrifoglio Verde (English: green four-leaf clover) has traditionally been the highest line of Alfa Romeo models. The QV version has the new 1.4 liter 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) Multiair engine and newly engineered suspension, steering and new six-speed C635 gearbox developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT).
Alfa Roméo 8c Spider – Alfa Romeo unveiled the 8C Spider, a roadster version of the Competizione coupé. The Spider concept was built by Carrozzeria Marazzi. Alfa Romeo claims that the 8C Spider’s top speed is 290 kilometres per hour (180 mph), which makes it slightly slower than the coupe version. The brakes on the Spider are Brembo carbon-ceramic units.
Lancia Delta integrale evoluzione – The 1993 edition of the Delta HF integral featured an updated version of the 2-liter 16-valve turbo engine to produce more power, as well as a three-way catalyst and Lambda probe.
Ariel Atom 300 Supercharged – Ariel Atom is a high performance sports car made by the Ariel Motor Company based in Somerset, England. With an unusual chassis is the body, the Atom lacks a roof, windows and other features commonly found on road cars, but features a Supercharged 2.0 Liter 300hp 250 ft/lbs GM Ecotec engine both of which can reach speeds rivaling those of much more expensive automobiles.
Ariel Atom 500 V8 – Race specification components are specified throughout the Atom V8 and reflect the extraordinary levels of performance that the car offers. With over 500bhp available the Atom V8 has a power to weight ratio in excess of 900bhp per ton.
Ascari A10 – Ascari A10 is an automobile produced by the British company Ascari Cars that was conceived by Dutch millionaire Klaas Zwart. It is a road-going evolution of the KZ1-R GT race car currently contesting the Spanish GT Championship, with both cars penned by ex-Formula One designer Paul Brown.
Ascari KZ1 R Limited Edition – Ascari KZ1R Limited Edition was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in 2008. With 520BHP, 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds and max speed of 200mph, Ascari KZ1R is one of the most exciting Ascari productions.
Aston Martin DB9 Coupe – The Aston Martin DB9 is a GT sports coupé launched by Aston Martin in 2004. The DB9 is the first model to be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility in Warwickshire, England.
Aston Martin DBS Coupe – The Aston Martin DBS is a 6.0-liter V12 powered, race-bred, two-seater shaped by the aerodynamic demands of high performance, with an exquisite interior that marries beautifully hand-finished materials with the very latest in performance technology
Aston Martin DB9 Volante – The Aston Martin DB9 is a thoroughbred sports car with GT levels of comfort and refinement. Combining Aston Martin’s unique character with an uncompromising design philosophy, the DB9 was borne out of a synthesis of traditional craftsmanship, high-tech manufacturing, modern components and use of the finest materials.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage – At the heart of every great sports car is a great engine, and the V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster are powered by Aston Martin’s 313 kW (420 bhp) 4.7-liter V8, developed for both flexibility and outright performance. The V8 also sounds spectacular and is capable of propelling the car to a maximum speed of 290 km/h (180 mph).
Aston Martin V12 Vantage – Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage features a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds.
Aston Martin One-77 – One-77 fuses advanced technology with stunning Aston Martin design to create possibly the world’s most desirable automotive art form. Based on a sophisticated carbon fiber chassis with a handcrafted aluminum body, this 7.3 liter V12 super car will deliver exhilarating performance for a strictly limited number of discerning customers.
Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro – The Q7 V12 TDI will roll on 20-inch rims standard and will be halted thanks to a carbon ceramic brake setup featuring eight-piston calipers up front, four piston units in the rear. Exterior changes include modifications to the front bumper and grille, headlamps, exhaust outlets and stainless steel underbody plates.
Audi R8 Coupé 5.2 FSI quattro – Audi R8 Coupé 5.2 FSI quattro is a 5.2-liter V10-powered R8 with 518 horsepower and 391 lb/ft. of torque, there is no shortage of power in this mid-engine monster. With peak horsepower achieved at 8,000 RPM, the FSI V10 loves to rev.
Audi RS 6 Avant – The Audi RS 6 redefines the term high performance in the business class. With its 426 kW (580 bhp), it is the most powerful model in the current Audi range and with the exception of pure racing cars like the Le Mans-winning Audi R10 TDI, the most potent Audi of all time.
Audi S3 – The Audi S3 is a hot hatch version of the Audi A3 small family car, produced by German automaker Audi since 1999. S3 variants of both the first- and second-generation Audi A3 have been produced.
Audi S5 Coupé – The latest model year features Audi’s direct-injection 4.2-liter V8 engine, which is basically a de-tuned version of the one found In the RS4 and R8, and produces 354hp and 325lb-ft of torque instead of the 420 hp /317 lb-ft.
Audi TTS Coupé – The TTS is a capable all-arounder — not just a straight line missile. In full-on sport mode, the dual-clutch ‘box holds each of its six gears to high revs and shifts at the 6800-rpm max with a palatable “braap! braap!” from its quad pipes. Its 258 pound-feet of torque is available between 2500 to 5000 rpm.
Audi TT RS Roadster – Audi TT RS has a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with direct gasoline injection; it produces 250 kW (340 bhp) and 450 Nm (331.90 lb.-ft.) of torque. The blazing five-cylinder engine enables the Audi TT RS to perform extraordinary feats.
Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro – The 5.2 Liter FSI V10 in the R8 Spider delivers a maximum output of 525 HP at 8,000 RPM and has a rather high compression ratio of 12.5:1 in order to get the most out of the high revving naturally aspirated power plant. With a weight of only 3,792 pounds, the R8 Spider is able to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4.1 seconds; go from 0 to 125 MPH in a little over 12.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 194.49 MPH.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport – The 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged engine with 1,001 horsepower and 922 lb-ft of torque is programmed not to let you damage it, so put it to the test!
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a rear mid-engined grand touring car. The Super Sport version is the fastest road-legal car in the world, with a top speed of 431.07 km/h (267.85 mph).
Caterham CSR 260 – The CSR has two engine options based on the same Duratec block, though modifications and power output differ. The entry level engine produces 200 bhp (150 kW), with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The upgraded engine produces 260 bhp (190 kW), with a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).
CITROËN 2 CV – The Citroën 2CV, literally meaning “two tax horsepower” is technologically advanced and innovative, but with uncompromisingly utilitarian unconventional looks, and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork, that belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering.
Dodge Charger SRT8 – Expect to see a fairly intense power boost compared to the current Dodge Charger SRT8 which pumps out 425 horsepower from its 4.1-liter HEMI V8 engine.
Dodge Viper SRT10 – The Dodge Viper SRT10 is Dodge’s flagship supercar model. It is a two-door, two-seat vehicle based on the Dodge Viper. The Viper SRT10 originated in 2003 as a roadster boasting an 8.3 liter V10 producing a staggering 500 HP.
Ginetta F400 – The F400 also incorporates a flat floor the full length of the car, joining the front splitter and rear diffuser, which provides exceptional downforce giving excellent handling qualities. With the large fuel tank and lightweight carbon fiber body, touring is made simple and enjoyable.
Ferrari 612 Sessanta – Ferrari 612 Sessanta is a limited version ,it was released on 60th anniversary of the company, with only 60 cars ever produced. It includes 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, black chrome exhaust tips and Ferrari’s F1 gearbox, 3-position electrochromic glass roof, steering wheel with start/stop button, Bose entertainment unit.
Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole – The 4-valve per cylinder Quattrovalvole or QV model pushed output back up to 245 hp (179 kW) restoring the performance.
Ferrari California – The Ferrari California is the first Ferrari Gran Turismo with a mid-front 8-cylinder engine: a vehicle that uncompromisingly combines sportiness with versatility, guaranteeing the maximum driving pleasure characteristic of cars from Maranello.
Ferrari Dino 246 GTS – The Dino models used Ferrari racing naming designation of displacement and cylinder count with two digits for the size of the engine in deciliters and the third digit to represent the number of cylinders, i.e., 246 being a 2.4 liter 6 cylinder and 308 being a 3.0 liter 8 cylinder.
Ferrari Enzo – The Enzo Ferrari is a 12 cylinder mid-engine berlinetta named after the company’s founder, built in 2002 using Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fiber body, F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission, and Carbon fiber-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite disc brakes.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia – The Ferrari F430 is a sports car that was produced by the Italian automaker Ferrari from 2004 to 2009, as a successor to the 360. It debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano – The 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F141) is an Italian gran turismo produced by Ferrari. It is the brand’s two-seat flagship, replacing the 575 M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model.
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M – The Scuderia Spider 16M is a special limited series of just 499 unique cars, dedicated to the most passionate drivers. The car combines a 510 hp provided by its V8 engine and a power-to-weight ratio of 2.6 kg/hp, means that it delivers blistering 0-100 kph acceleration in just 3.7 seconds and a superb top speed of 315 kph.
Ferrari 599 GTO – Ferrari’s fastest-ever road car is a street-legal version of the 599XX. The GTO is capable of impressive times—to the tune of 0 to 62 mph in just 3.35 seconds and a Fiorano lap time of 1 minute, 24 seconds. The GTO clocks a top speed of 208 mph.
Ferrari FXX “Evoluzione” – The Ferrari FXX is a high performance race car built by automobile manufacturer Ferrari in Maranello, Italy. The FXX is based on the street-legal Enzo.
Ferrari 458 Italia – The Ferrari 458 Italia, launched at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2009, is an 8-cylinder two-seater berlinetta with a mid-rear mounted engine, and represents a genuine break with the past in terms of Maranello’s previous high-performance sports cars.
Ford Mustang Fastback – In 1966, the Fastback featured a redesigned grille, new instrument cluster, and new styled wheels – featuring side racing stripes which took the place of chrome rocker panels, giving the vehicle a serious performance racing look.
Ford GT - The Ford GT is a mid-engine two-seater supercar that features many new and unique technologies, including superplastic-formed aluminum body panels, roll-bonded floor panels, a friction stir welded center tunnel, a “ship-in-a-bottle” gas tank, a capless fuel filler system, one-piece door panels, and an aluminum engine cover with a one-piece carbon-fiber inner panel. The car has 690 hp (515 kW; 700 PS) at 7000 rpm and 610 ft·lbf (827 N·m) at 3800 rpm of torque. A Ricardo six-speed manual transmission is fitted featuring a helical limited-slip differential.
Ford Mustang GT – The Mustang GT used an aluminum block 4.6 L SOHC 3-valve Modular V8 with variable camshaft timing (VCT) that produces 300 hp (224 kW). The Mustang GT featured the same automatic transmission as the V6 model, but the 5-speed manual is equipped with a heavier duty Tremec TR-3650 5-speed.
General Motors Chevrolet Camaro 2SS ou Camaro SS – Chevy Camaro is an excellent performance-car value whether it’s equipped with the base direct-injected V6-powered base Camaro can sprint to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, thanks to 300 horsepower.
General Motors Hummer H3 – The H3 features a two-speed, electronically controlled full-time four-wheel drive system that is suitable for both on-road and off-road driving in all conditions. The H3 has maximum towing capacities of 3,000 pounds (1,400 kg) for the straight-5 with manual transmission, 4,500 pounds (2,000 kg) for the straight-5 with automatic transmission, and 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg) for the V8 with automatic transmission.
General Motors Chevrolet Camaro LT – The LT is powered by a 304-hp direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 with a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The LT adds fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels and power driver’s seat, while the SS features unique front fascia, sport suspension, Brembo brakes, limited slip differential, a rear spoiler and heated leather seats.
General Motors Corvette C1 – The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the sports car by the Chevrolet division of General Motors introduced late in the 1953 model year and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the “solid-axle” generation, as the independent rear suspension didn’t appear until the 1963 Sting Ray
GUMPERT apollo sport – The Gumpert Apollo is a sports car produced by German automaker Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH in Altenburg. The Apollo is a street-legal race car with a mid-engined, rear wheel drive two-seater constructed on a tubular chromoly frame, with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels.
Jaguar D-type - The Jaguar D-Type, like its predecessor the C-Type, was a factory-built race car. Although it shared the basic straight-6 XK engine design with the C-Type, the majority of the car was radically different.
Jaguar E-TYPE – The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring.
Jaguar XKR – The supercharged variant is known as the XKR. The first-generation XK series shares its platform with the Aston Martin DB7. Both cars are derived from the Jaguar XJS, though the platform has been extensively changed.
Koenigsegg CCXR Edition – The Koenigsegg CCXR Edition is a limited edition of the Koenigsegg CCXR manufactured in 2008, only available by special order in a very limited run of 4 production models.
Range Rover Sport – The Range Rover Sport made its first appearance in late 2004, in concept car guise as the Range Stormer. This low-slung, short wheelbase 3-door coupe sports split-folding gullwing doors, one-piece skeletal seats and 22 inch alloys.
Lotus 2-Eleven – The Lotus 2-Eleven is a car produced by British car manufacturer Lotus. It is based on the Lotus Exige S, and thus has the same supercharged 2ZZ-GE engine. Weighing 670 kg (1,477 lb) and with 252 bhp (188 kW), the 2-Eleven can sprint from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h).
Lotus Esprit S3 – Introduced in April 1981, the Turbo Esprit and S3 Esprits’ body is a glassfiber-reinforced plastic body with galvanized steel backbone chassis, passenger compartment encapsulated in a ‘safety-cell structure’, a five-speed manual unit transmission, rear-wheel drive, dual braking system, split front/rear circuits, and rack-and-pinion steering.
Lotus Evora – The Lotus Evora is based on the first all-new vehicle platform from Lotus Cars since the introduction of the Lotus Elise in 1995 (the Exige, introduced in 2000, and the 2006 Europa S are both derivatives of the Elise). The Evora is the first vehicle of three vehicles to be built on the same platform; the remaining two vehicles will be on sale by 2011.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722s – Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S opens up astonishing dimensions when it comes to open-top driving. Delivering 478 kW/650 hp, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 335 km/h, this two-seater cabriolet surpasses the existing benchmark among open-top super sports cars.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss – The SLR Stirling Moss is a limited edition (75 vehicles) of the McLaren SLR series. The supercharged V8 engine is rated 650 PS (480 kW; 640 hp). The car’s top speed is 350 km/h (220 mph) with acceleration from 0–100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds. The car is approximately 200 kg (440 lb) lighter than the regular model.
McLaren MP4-12C – McLaren MP4-12C is a sports car set to be launched in 2011. The MP4-12C features a carbon fiber composite chassis, and will be powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine developing approximately 592 bhp (441 kW; 600 PS) and around 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) of torque. The car makes use of Formula 1-sourced technologies such as “brake steer”, where the inside rear wheel is braked during fast cornering to reduce understeer.
Mercedes 300 SL GullWing – Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. It has 4-speed manual rear wheel drive, standard axle ratio 3.64:1., double wishbones, coil springs, stabilizing bar, and a 6-cylinder-inline, front-mounted engine.
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series - Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series-a super coupe expressly designed for running at the front of the pack.
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG – The ML 63 upgrades the standard M-Class sports utility vehicles with an AMG-designed bodykit, a lowered sports suspension with active shock absorber control, AMG wheels, and numerous standard features. The AMG-calibrated Airmatic sport suspension features Mercedes’ Adaptive Damping System that allows the driver to adjust the cush-versus-sport factor of the ML 63 at the touch of a button.
Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG – The SLK 55 AMG is a high-performance variant of the successful SLK-Class roadster from Mercedes-Benz. As with all AMG models, the SLK 55 sports wider fenders, a lower stance, quad tailpipes, enlarged air intakes, and, of course, a more powerful engine.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - The SLS AMG is designed to be a modern 300SL Gullwing revival. The car has a long hood, the passenger compartment is close to the rear axle and the rear of the car is short. The SLS AMG will also adapt the feature of wing doors that will swing open upwards on gas struts, not in a mix of upwards and forward like the SLR. In case of a roll-over, the doors can be fully detached to allow the occupants to leave the vehicle.
Nissan 370Z - Powered by a VQ37VHR 3.7 L (230 cu in) DOHC V6 with Variable Valve and Lift Control the Nissan 370Z produces 332 bhp (248 kW; 337 PS). Power delivery to the rear wheels comes through a new 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or 6-speed manual transmission features the world’s first synchronized down shift rev-matching system, SynchroRev Match.
Nissan GT-R - The Nissan GT-R is all-wheel drive with a twin-turbo 6 cylinder engine with the new V6 VR38DETT engine.
Pagani Zonda Cinque – The Zonda Cinques possess a new clutchless sequential gearchange, resulting in shifts now taking less than 100 milliseconds, dropping 0–62 mph down to 3.4 seconds, the Cinque also has a revised form of carbon fiber which uses titanium to increase strength, suspension will make use of magnesium and titanium components, and the engine’s power has been increased to 678 bhp (506 kW). The Cinque is capable of generating 1.45 G of cornering force.
Pagani Zonda F – The Roadster F is able to maintain chassis rigidity without any gain in curb weight. Pagani used racing car thinking, materials and construction techniques, strengthening the firewall structure of the chassis tub together with billet alloy braces that connect the points where the roof rails would have joined.
Pagani Zonda Roadster F – The Zonda Roadster F debuted at the 2006 Geneva show, features a removable carbon fiber roof and canvas side curtains weighing just 5 kilograms (11 lb). The Zonda Roadster F has 50 horsepower (37 kW).
Pagani Zonda C12S Roadster – The C12 S uses a 7,010 cc (428 cu in) AMG–tuned version of the engine producing 550 PS (400 kW; 540 hp). It can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.7 secs, to 100 mph (160 km/h) in 7.5 secs and complete the quarter mile in 11.3 secs at 131 mph (211 km/h). The C12 S features an elongated nose, flaps at the rear for improved aerodynamics, and new light clusters and exhausts. Only fifteen 7.0 L C12 S cars were produced.
RUF RGT – Rebadged from Porsche 911 GT3, the RUF RGT combines light weight with a powerful engine to provide impressive performance. Acceleration of the original 3.6L version was 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h).
RUF Rturbo – The RUF Rturbo comes with a KKK Turbocharged Flat-6 engine, Bosch Fuel-Injection, 4WD, and RUF 5-spoke multi-piece aluminum wheeltype. The chassis and the brakes are adjusted as well, fitted with new shocks, springs, stabilizer bars, and RUF-Brembo brake discs and calipers. The RUF integrated roll cage serves as a hidden safety feature.
RUF Rt 12 – The Ruf Rt 12 is a sports car built by Ruf Automobile of Germany and based on the 997-Generation. It contains a twin-turbocharged, 3.6 liter flat-six cylinder engine based on the previous 996 series Turbo engine provides 530 and 560 bhp options. The Rt 12 is amongst some of the fastest production cars in the world, with a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds and 219 mph (350 km/h) top speed with standard gearing, giving it superior straight-line performance.
RUF RK Spyder – The RUF RK Spyder is an open, hand crafted sports car, which will be produced in a limited number of 49 cars. The car has a top speed of 314 km/h (190 mph), and accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.8 s. With a flat-6 3.8 L supercharged engine (the RK in Ruf Coupe/Spyder stands for Ruf Kompressor), the RK Spyder pumps out 324 kW (440 hp) at 7,000 rpm and 470 N·m (347 ft·lbf) of torque at 5,500 rpm.
SHELBY COBRA “DAYTONA” COUPE® – The Shelby Daytona Coupe (also referred to as the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe) was a coupé based loosely on the AC Cobra roadster chassis and drive-train. It was built for auto racing, specifically to take on Ferrari in the GT class.
Spyker C12 Zagato – The Spyker C12 Zagato is an all aluminum rear wheel drive sports car, based on the Spyker C12 Spyder. The C12 is powered by the 6.0 liter, 12 cylinder, 500 bhp W12 engine from Volkswagen AG and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds. It has a panoramic roof that features the Double Bubble, a typical Zagato style element.
Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris – Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris is a luxurious 4-door high performance crossover SUV from the Dutch car manufacturer Spyker Cars. Spyker aims for a weight of 1,850 kg (4,079 lb) and an acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in 5.0 seconds.
Spyker C8 Aileron – The road going Spyker C8 Aileron is powered by an Audi 4.2 Liter V8 that produces 400 HP and accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 187 MPH.
Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder – Armed with an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine, the C8 Aileron Spyder can make 298kW (405hp) and peak torque of 480Nm at 3400rpm. Its 0 – 60mph sprint time is stated as 4.5 seconds while top speed is 300km/h (187mph).
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan – Become an expert rally racer in the WRX STI, designed for the Subaru WRC team, with more power from the Forester’s XT 2.5 liter turbos and a more balanced, gravel-grabbing, 41/59 torque split, thanks to the added mechanical differential and steering angle sensor to the center differential.
VR Sagaris – The TVR Sagaris is a sports car designed to ignore the European Union guideline that all new cars should be fitted with ABS and at least front airbags because Peter Wheeler believed that such devices promote overconfidence and risk the life of a driver in the event of a rollover.
Volkswagen Beetle – The Beetle featured a rear-located, rear-wheel drive, air-cooled four cylinder, boxer engine in a two-door bodywork featuring a flat front windscreen, accommodating four passengers and providing luggage storage under the front bonnet and behind the rear seat – and offering a Cx or coefficient of drag of 0.41.
Volkswagen Golf(6) GTI – The Golf VI GTi hatch keeps its 2.0-liter turbo unit but it currently generates 210hp (155kW) which is about 10hp (7kW) above the retiring version. The maximum speed is 240km/h limited and acceleration from 0-100km/h is attained at 6.9 seconds. The engine is also flexible as demonstrated by an acceleration of 80-120km/h in 7.5 seconds in the fifth gear and even in the sixth gear it takes it under 10 seconds.
Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI – The Touareg V10 TDI includes 6-speed semi-automatic transmission, 10-cylinder engine, 2-valve, 90° V10 twin turbo-diesel, combined city/highway: 12.3 liters/100km fuel consumption, 5 seater, dual front and side airbags, curtain airbags front and rear, ABS brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control with ESP, hill descent and hill hold control.
WIESMANN ROADSTER MF3 – The Wiesmann Roadster has been in production since 1993. It is a dynamic and powerful sports car, intended for enthusiasts looking for something a little different. It includes a 3.2 L, BMW M3 in-line 6 cyl Transmission, 6-speed manual, a max speed of 158 mph, 0-60 mph 4.9 seconds, 325 bhp horsepower @ 7400 rpm and weight 1180 kg, 2601 lbs.
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Let me share with you how my thinking is going on this.
From what I have learned in my time here on Jalopnik, most of us on here cannot afford this car. Most of us cannot afford a Ferrari period. Oh sure, some could. And many more could swing for one of the lesser valued, slow, ungainly malaise models just to get it into the driveway, but not much more. And also, most of us would like a Ferrari. This NPOCP can be our first stepping stone to being one of the beautiful people.
Ferraris are expensive to begin with, but their values stay high because collectors and connoisseurs covet them. The market for them is driven by these people who buy and sell many of the higher models, such as this one, amongst themselves. They’re names are on lists and records the factory keeps and doles out special models to them. It’s a special society that we are not in, or allowed to visit. We do not understand what it takes to be a member. We are outsiders.
Every sale and purchase of a Ferrari affects the value of others like it. Call it a ripple effect. And this we can exploit. We need to Crack Pipe this thing.
Imagine the next Enzo that comes up on the stage at Pebble Beach. Pages of stats, history, comparative pricing, and fancy brochures accompany it. But deep in this pile of data is a glaring factoid: it was deemed too pricey at $1.2m on Jalopnik.com. Every other Enzo owner feels the pang. The sigh that is silent yet heard throughout Ferraridom travels into the hearts and wallets of owners all over the world; The King of all Ferraris is not worth as much as was believed, the stone is cast, the ripple spreads, and all models depreciate accordingly. The top dog is no longer a moonshot. And when the gavel falls at the Beach, we Jalops are one step closer to realizing a dream. One step closer to filling our garages with the prancing horse. We take one step, then another. We hunt every Ferrari for sale and onto NPOCP it goes. And every one is Crack, until every man, woman, and child Jalop who desires to sing the song that is Ferrrari can be heard loud and clear. We do understand.
Then we stop and let the values climb back and get some return on investment. We don’t want them to be Camrys after all.
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