2014 is a very special year because it is the 50th Anniversary of Lamborghini. To celebrate the occasion, the company has produced a limited run of “50th Anniversary” Aventador models. Just 200 cars are to be produced – 100 coupes and 100 roadsters. This particular car is #47 of 100.
The Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario edition has the same 6.5L V12 engine as the standard Aventador, though power has been bumped up from 690 to 710 HP thanks to a new engine calibration.
For the past 8 years, the Gallardo has been Lamborghini’s volume seller. With a starting price of around $181,000, it was Lamborghini’s “entry-level” car, if you could call it that. Earlier this year, Lamborghini announced the Gallardo would be replaced by a new model called the Huracan.
For half a century, Lamborghini has been making some of the wildest supercars on the road. But what if the entry level Gallardo is just a bit too pedestrian for your tastes? Well, the folks at Italian coachbuilder Zagato have got a solution for you!
It’s called the Zagato 5-95 and it features a custom body built atop the Gallardo chassis. Zagato has plans to produce just 5 of these cars; so far only 2 have been built. Imagine my surprise when I saw this car at Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale! One of only two in the world!
One of my favorite things about Barrett-Jackson is coming across all of the weird, limited-production, boutique cars that you just never see anywhere else. The Mosler Raptor GTR is a perfect example of this.
Started in the mid-1980s, Mosler Automotive has been the side project of hedge fund manager Warren Mosler. Unfortunately, the company seems to have dissolved in 2013. The Riviera Beach, Florida-based company made a variety of cars for the street and for the track, and one of these was the Raptor GTR.
The history of the automobile in America is filled with dreamers who saw an existing car or idea and thought to themselves “I can do better.” People such as Henry Kaiser, John DeLorean, Malcolm Bricklin, Henrik Fisker, and countless others held that dream for a short time, only to watch it slip through their fingers. Starting a car company is really, really hard to do – even for those who are blessed with talent, ideas, money, and a whole lot of luck.
Enter Jeff Lemke, an entrepreneur from Holly, Michigan (a small town about 50 miles outside of Detroit). Lemke has years of experience in building aftermarket parts for Dodge Vipers. In 2009, he decided he wanted to do his own car and started a company called Falcon Motorsports.
When it comes to Italian supercars, there is an unwritten social order of things. Ferrari is at the top, with decades of racing experience and some of the world’s best road-legal supercars money can buy. Lamborghini is a close second, having designed and built some of the wildest and most iconic vehicles in the world.
Both companies have been around for over 50 years. Both make very fast and very expensive cars. Both have proven that they’ve got what it takes when it comes to radical engineering and even more radical design. They’ve both got pedigree.
Then in 1992, this Lamborghini engineer by the name of Horacio Pagani decides to leave the company to do his own car. Continue reading →
History dictates that Americans are primarily focused on drag racing and NASCAR while Europeans are focused on Formula One racing. During the past couple of years though, I have noticed a surge of interest in road course racing in the USA.
These are not small time events where people dart around cones in a Mazda Miata or Honda S2000. If you can afford the annual membership fee, you can probably afford a purpose-built track car such as a Factory Five GTM, Gumpert Apollo, Ariel Atom, or Rossion Q1.
At the 2013 SEMA Show, I discovered another contender in the street-legal-track-day-car market: the Radical RXC from Radical Sportscars.
Check out this video clip from the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas as Simon from Spring Mountain Motorsports goes over some of the performance and features of the Radical RXC. We think you’ll be just as impressed as we were.
The great thing about the Radical RXC is that you can ditch the flatbed trailer – this is a completely street legal car! Put a set of plates on it and drive it to work, stop by the track and set a few lap times, then drive it home. Oh, to be rich!
In honor of its 100th anniversary, the Ford Motor Company produced a limited production supercar from 2004 to 2006. Known as the Ford GT, this mid-engined marvel had a production run of just 4,038 vehicles.
The folks over at Galpin Auto Sports wondered: what if Ford had kept making the GT? What would it look like today? Based on that concept, they created the GTR 1 supercar.
This amazing car is based on the Ford GT, but features some significant changes. Check out the video below to learn more about the Galpin Ford GTR-1.