Posted: September 18, 2012 Filed under: Obscure Autos, SHOWCASE | Tags: Autos, Beach, Bob, Crash, Italy, Jota, Lamborghini, Mind, Miura, motor, Obscure, Over, Pebble, race, SVJ, V12, wallace
The Miura Jota is one of those unicorn cars, one that everyone who knows about it wants, but that none will ever have. The Jota is a legend because it was the most extreme example of Lamborghini’s beloved Miura, the car that really put the marque on the map. The Jota has a particularly interesting story though, because its fame began with its own fiery death in 1972. The Jota had been a side project of famed Lamborghini test driver, Bob Wallace, and it was the news coverage of the car’s destruction that informed people of the project to build a faster, more racy Miura. The original Jota was damaged beyond repair, never to be rebuilt, but it did peak the interest of several Miura owners, and six Miura SVJs were created. These SVJs are probably the most valuable Lamborghinis around at this point, and they carry on the legacy of their doomed predecessor.
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Posted: August 3, 2012 Filed under: Auto Idolatry, SHOWCASE | Tags: 730hp, Berlinetta, Britain, Car, England, enthusiast, Evo, F12, F12B, Ferrari, Fiorano, Harry, Italy, Magazine, Maranello, Metcalfe, Mind, Modena, motor, Over, review, UK, V12, video
EVO reviews the incredible new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Enjoy.
Posted: April 25, 2012 Filed under: Auto Idolatry, SHOWCASE | Tags: AMG, Car, Drive, Exotic, factory, Fangio, GT, GTspirit, Horacio, Huayra, hyper, Italy, JF, Juan, Mercedes, Miguel, Mind, Modena, motor, Musial, Over, Pagani, passion, spirit, supercar, turbo, V12, video, Zonda
Going to the Pagani factory changed my life. There is something uniquely special about the way they do things and the cars they make that just captivated me. This video from Drive shows many of these qualities very well. I know the video is nearly a half hour, but if you have the time you should give it a watch. Definitely listen to everything Horacio Pagani says too because he is a passionate and genius. Amazing video!
Posted: April 18, 2012 Filed under: Auto Idolatry, SHOWCASE | Tags: 560, Balboni, Drive, factory, Gallardo, Italy, JF, Lamborghini, LP, LP560-4, Mind, motor, Musial, Over, review, Spyder, Valentino
JF Musial of Drive goes to Italy and talks with Valentino Balboni. He also reviews a Gallardo LP560 spyder. A really great video with some insights into Valentino’s rise to success as the head Lamborghini test driver.
Posted: March 27, 2012 Filed under: High End & Exotic, TEST DRIVEN | Tags: Exotic, F430, F430 F1 Spider, Ferrari, high end, Imagine Lifestyles, Italy, Millville, Mind over motor, Motorsport, New Jersey Motorsports Park, NJMP, review, Spider, Test Driven, Track
Ferrari F430 Spider at NJMP
These past few months, I have been fortunate. And just recently, I took the wheel of a Ferrari for the first time in my life. Some words on the experience as a whole are on the way, but today, I want to talk about the first Italian supercar I’ve ever had the chance to drive. And to say the very least, even if the F430 is out of production, it’s still a fantastic car that merits much praise. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 10, 2011 Filed under: Obscure Autos | Tags: 164, Alfa Romeo, Car, Fast, Formula One, Horsepower, insane, Italy, Mind over motor, Obscure Autos, Pro-Car, Racecar, Red, V10
Things aren't always what they seem--looks like a 164...goes like hell.
Most, if not all, car nuts know what the 164 was. When it was introduced, it became the last non-roadster that Alfa sold in the USA. However, it has a dirty secret hidden under its bodywork, one that turned this unassuming little Italian sedan into a fire-breathing monster. Only one was ever built, but it survives to this day–the Pro-Car. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 27, 2011 Filed under: INDUSTRY TALK, USER SUBMITTED | Tags: brake, DCT, F1, Ferrari, FF, horse, Italian, Italy, Mind over motor, paddle, Prancing, shift, shooting, Transmission, V12
Recently, there was a massive amount of hype over a new model Ferrari was releasing. This car seemed to be a very different Ferrari, having all wheel drive, and, judging from the “spy shots” released by Ferrari themselves, this car seemed like it could easily compete in rally races. However, that’s all well and good as long as the car stays as a concept. After all, one could claim that although their prototype was only capable of doing 110 mph, the production version can reach the speed of light! However, the concept of this car seemed to be almost identical to the production version, and that in itself was impressive. Not only that, but the car looked astonishing. Possibly slightly inspired off the BMW Z4 coupe, Pininfarina managed to pack all the styling perfections of both the Ferrari and the BMW into one exceptional looking automobile. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 25, 2011 Filed under: INDUSTRY TALK, USER SUBMITTED | Tags: 500, America, American, Car, Chrysler, Fiat, Hatchback, Italy, marchionne, Mind over motor, sergio, Small
Recently, Fiat returned to the United States for the first time since 1984. They did so with their new flagship model, the 500. One might recognize the name 500 from the postwar car that, for all intents and purposes, saved the Fiat brand. This new 500, however, is bigger than its father car, sportier, and all around better. The car is fairly strict as far as factory options go. There are 3 trim levels, in ascending order, the Pop, Sport and Lounge. Each trim level has equipped its luxuries, with the Pop being more of a bare-bones car than the others. Each is a 3-door hatch, with a cabriolet version available as well. While this is all well and good, there doesn’t seem to be a real attraction to enthusiasts yet and for good reason, this car, at least from the outside looking in, is just a simple city car. In order to understand the true beauty of this car though, one must delve deeper, inside the engine bay.
Posted: July 23, 2011 Filed under: Auto Idolatry | Tags: Drive, event, Evo, Horacio, Huayra, In, insane, Italy, Magazine, Mind over motor, Modena, Pagani, press, Ride, speed, Test, turbo, Twin, V12, Zonda
Evo Magazine’s Harry Metcalfe rides along in the Pagani Huayra with Horacio Pagani himself. Notice how Mr. Pagani happens to be an absolute savage behind the wheel of his creation, doing unimaginable speeds down little single lane italian back roads. Also check out how the Huayra’s key is actually a small sculpture of the car itself. This is just incredible, everything about the Huayra is just awesome, and listen to that twin turbo V12!!! This shows exactly what I was talking about in my recent article on Pagani, everything is a masterpiece.
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