TECHART for Boxster and Cayman Deliver A Huge Shot of Adrenaline to Porsche’s Mid-Engine Heartthrobs

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You know the adage about Porsche limiting the Boxster and Cayman so the 911 Carrera is protected? That applies in all aspects of the cars, regretfully, even the hottest new GTS models for 2015. The Cayman and Boxster’s mid-engine layout and exotic proportions are just a tweak or two away from drawing huge crowds and stares on the road. From the factory, they are often just a bit too subtle and classy for their own good. So to inject some of the hottest 918 or Carrera GT flair? TECHART to the rescue! A comprehensive set of upgrade options are offered for the exterior, interior and mechanicals. The TechArt wide-bodies and big spoilers are a delicious treat, but the lower srpings and big wheels make the most visual impact for your dollar. Explore these linked options to make your Boxster or Cayman a little — or a lot — more exotic …

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LARTE Design Arrives in USA With Scary-Cool INFINITI QX80 Upgrades

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America, please meet LARTE Design. It is pronounced like “Bart,” but with an L. Larte. LARTE Design, meet America. This exciting new automotive upgrade house in California brings all the bad-ass appeal of a Brabus Mercedes-Benz or KAHN Range Rover — but with its own unique design aesthetic and a fleet of upgrades for the often-overlooked INFINITI SUV range. The designs of the Infiniti QX80 and its siblings are clearly high-quality and highly sophisticated in their appeal and aesthetics – right from the factory. 2014 INFINITI QX80 (stock) But what they might lack is a big hit of testosterone. A cure for which we rendered the QX80 Eau Rouge a few months ago… LARTE Design handles the QX80’s “Low T” situation with three levels of customization packs. These fit the current QX80 as well as the previous QX56 nameplate of the same car. A serious lighting, aero kit, bumper, wheel …

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4.2s, 203-MPH 2015 Aston Martin RAPIDE S Also Nabs New Dampers, Torque-Tube and 8-Speed ZF Transaxle

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Even more thrilling news from Aston! The technical upgrades to the Vanquish and Vanquish Volante also join the Rapide S saloon-car for 2015. This brings an enormous leap in agility and pace at all times thanks to the latest and greatest ZF Touchtronic III automatic transmission. Mounted in back on the rear axle, this transaxle setup creates an exceptionally balanced sportscar with weight distribution balanced exquisitely. A transaxle layout is the best method for a supercar sedan – as shown by the previous Maserati Qauttroporte and other heroes with four doors over the years. The Rapide S also brings new wheels, a few new colors, and a raft of other dynamic upgrades to go along with the swift-shifting new automatic. Sprint pace for the Rapide S. These bring along a half-second reduction in the car’s 0-60-mph time: down to just 4.2-seconds for 2015. Top speed is up as well: now …

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2015 Hennessey Venom F5 Seeks Real 290MPH VMax Via New V8TT, Active Aero and Low-Drag Design

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Exciting time to be in the hypercar business! Here is the first look at Hennessey’s upcoming Venom GT successor. 2015 Hennessey Venom F5   Hennessey ® Venom F5 ™ Hennessey Venom F5: The Next Generation With the fury of a Texas tornado, 290 mph is within reach August 4, 2014—For immediate release Sealy, Texas—Here at last, the Venom F5, successor to the Venom GT. If you remember from Meteorology 101, the Fujita scale pegs the strongest tornado as an F5, with winds of 261 to 318 mph, so it’s a fitting name for this next-generation Venom that’s the very definition of power and speed. The F5’s bold, lower-drag shape, additional power and enhanced technology will push this Texas-built hypercar to velocities previously unimagined for a road-legal, series-produced vehicle. “We are very excited about this next chapter of the Venom, which brings forth an all-new design that is not only a …

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3.6s 2015 Aston Martin VANQUISH Adds Amazing ZF 8-Speed Auto for 201-MPH Vmax

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Thrilling news from Aston Martin today! The 2015 Vanquish brings a hefty set of upgrades and updates – including the best-ever automatic transmission from ZF. Dubbed Touchtronic III in its Aston duty, this amazing box is a wonderful complement to the new 2015 adaptive/adjustable dampers and a new torque tube as well. The eight-speed auto optimizes the 568-hp V12’s power to great effect in all scnearios. This includes the 60-mph sprint, where the 2015 Vanquish nails a 3.6-second pace. This is down more than 0.6-seconds versus the current car. Great stuff! The full details are out – below is nearly 150 photos and the tech specs + debut video. The online builder is live now on Aston Martin’s website, linked below. http://www.astonmartin.com/cars/the-new-vanquish/vanquish-design    2015 Aston Martin VANQUISH Pebble Beach Edition by Q   Configure – 2015 Aston Martin VANQUISH Exterior Interior Options & Accessories Summary Share & Submit     …

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McLaren Special Operations Confirms Pebble Beach Debut of MSO 650S Spider and MSO P1

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As if the all-new P1 GTR were not enough excitement at the McLaren Centre of Pebble Beach — the McLaren Special Operations team will be on hand for the best concours of the year as well! McLaren Special Operations is the newly minted custom-car division of McLaren Automotive. Based with the engineers and designers at the Woking HQ, MSO has shown some amazing creations over the years. A return to Pebble Beach for MSO is exciting because it will put them up close and personal with a core client group. The US has been a run-away success for all McLaren sales, and the dealer body for North America is expanding rapidly to suit.  McLaren Special Operations 650S Spider and MSO P1 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept: teaser and speculative render Feet on the ground for MSO is an exciting commitment to their next projects, and will surely drum up a …

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RM Auctions 2014 Monterey Preview – 1911 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout

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If the official name of Raceabout is not confirmation enough! This Mercer 1911 Type 35R Raceabout is perhaps the worlds first rally sportscar. Outstanding. 1911 Mercer Type 35R RaceAbout Monterey 15 – 16 August 2014 Lot 235 1911 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout $2,500,000 – $3,500,000 Chassis no. 35-R-354 Engine no. 35-R-137 Contact Us View Lots An institution for over 25 years, the historic Monterey auction is held at the Portola Hotel & Spa, steps away from downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf. The spacious plaza, ballroom, and lobby at the Portola present ample room and comfort to preview the diverse offering of high-caliber automobiles that this sale attracts.   Along with the auction excitement, the entire week is filled with automotive events from historic racing to festivals to concours events. The week culminates with the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. RM’s Monterey auction smashes records year after year, and 2013 saw …

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Concept Flashback – 2005 Volvo XC70 All Terrain and 2007 XC70 Surf Rescue are California Dreams

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Sure, the SEMA show may be physically located in Las Vegas, Nevada. But Volvo certainly had California Dreamin’ on repeat throughout that winter’s day in the Trollhaten design center. The potential of these amazing XC70 lift concepts is two-fold: — shows the potential of the platform to accept a much, much larger suspension, wheel and tire package. Makes Car-Revs-Daily.com Aston ELV8 concept rendering seem almost feasible… 2005 Volvo XC70 All Terrain Concept   2007 Volvo XC70 Surf Rescue Concept   You May Also Like:Concept Flashback – 2005 Volvo 3CC Was Ultra-Efficient PHEV That Influenced Volt and VW XL1 A few things come to mind when reviewing the Volvo 3CC concept nearly a decade after its debut in Detroit in 2005 — but the resemblence of the design to the current VW XL1 is the most striking. How similar are these two! Especially in the extreme taper of the rear glasshouse …

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3.4s Radical SR3 SL Startup Video and 70 High-Res Photos at Atlanta Motorsports Park

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Any Radical in the USA is fantastic to experience up close, especially in its native environment: the racetrack. The Radical SR3 SL here is the only two-seat model in the United States – so it is: a) the quickest car around almost any racetrack — including the Nurburgring, where Radical has long held an unbeat-ably quick pace in the 6.44-second SR8. The SR3 SL is no slouch either: its roughly 7:00-second Nordeshleiffe lap is still in the top 20 for any kind of car, racers included. b) one of the only street-legal track cars of this caliber of performance c) a two-seater! Amazing stuff.  45 original, super-high-res photos of this SR3 SL at Atlanta Motorsports Park. Plus 30 or so photos of the latest official Radical SR3 SL photos. STARTUP VIDEO Radical SR3 SL TECHNOLOGY & SPECIFICATION The SR3 SL flatters on all levels: performance, handling, styling and specification. At …

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