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2010 Retromobile Car Show: Europe’s Classic Rides on Display in Paris


Paris

Ah, Paris. Nous aimons (we love) your succulent cheeses, your delicate wines, your quiet days in Clichy. Every inch of the city oozes history, and the aroma of literature, painting and revolution wafts through the air like steam from a stovetop BonJour espresso machine. The city of lights is the perfect locale for the 2010 Retromobile Car Show, which is running from Janvier (January) 22nd through the 31st. Continue reading

Porsche 9ff GT9-R: Now with More Speed


Porsche 9ff GT9-R - Side View

Remember the 9ff GT9?  It’s the fastest car ever built by a tuner.  Sure… SSC built the Aero, a car that is 1-2 MPH faster, but they built that car from the ground up. 9ff’s are loosely based off the 911 chassis. And while there’ s not much Stuttgart left in their mad creations, at least they had a starting point.

For those of you with fuzzy memories, here’s what all the fuss was about:

  • 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine
  • 973 horsepower, 710 lb-ft of torque
  • Curb Weight: 3047 pounds
  • 243 HP/liter
  • 3.13 Pounds/Horsepower
  • 0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h: 8.2 seconds
  • 0-300 km/h: 16.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 409 km/h, or 254.77 MPH
  • Cost: €498,000, which is about $730,000

It’s now been over a year since 9ff released the details of the GT9.  Upon review of the project, 9ff saw a few things they could improve upon.  1st, they wanted to make it faster.  2nd, they wanted to make it uglier.  They have succeeded in both, here are the official details of the 9ff GT9-R.

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BREAKING: There was No Pelican


In what seems like an uncanny, unpossible chance of coincidence, there were some guys driving parallel to and videotaping the Bugatti when it crashed into the salty marsh.   From the video, it’s clear that the guys recognized the Veyron as being an exotic car, although they weren’t sure what kind it was.  As they were admiring the ulimate super car,  the Bugatti all of a sudden veers to the right and hits the drink!  The driver reported to the authorities that he swerved to miss a low-flying pelican, but I don’t see a pelican, do you?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

But before we reserve judgment, lets review some freeze frames.  You can see there is a small white smudge in front of the Veyron, which could potentially be a Pelican.  However, the original report stated that the driver swerved to miss a low-flying Pelican… this smudge ain’t flying.  Even if the bird wasn’t flying, if a car came so close to it that the driver had to swerve to miss it, you would think that the bird would be startled enough to fly up in the air, at least a few feet, in an act of self preservation.  There are some strange details to the drivers story, but in a grassy-knoll kinda way, I’m not buying the idea that the white smudge is a pelican.

The sleuths over at AutoBlog did some digging around and discovered that the person driving the 16/4 was none other than Andy House, the owner-operator of Performance Auto Sales, the “leader in Exotic Salvage Restoration”.  So far, this doesn’t look good for Andy as it sounds like it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.  Although this notion is unconfirmed, but it is an unthinkable atrocity to crash an exotic car as rare as the Bugatti Veyron for some kind of business gain.  Sounds pretty bad, huh?

Here’s the crash video.  WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NSFW.

Bugatti Veyron Dodges Pelican, Goes for a Swim in Galveston, Texas


Bugatti Veyron in Salt Water - Galveston, Texas

In Galveston, Texas, a local was driving his run-of-the-mill Bugatti Veyron to go prospect some “high-end” land for development.  As the story goes, he was talking on his cell phone when a pelican flew in front of his 16/4, he dropped his phone, swerved to miss the bird,  and hit a patch of mud.  The end result is in the photo above.

Believe it or not, the $1.6 million dollar Veyron comes with a hands-free bluetooth system built in, so I smell something fishy.  Video of it sitting in the salt-water drink after the jump.

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More Details on the Bugatti Galibier 16C


Bugatti Galibier C16

The Galibier isn’t expected to hit the market until 2013, but with an 8-liter W16 engine and $1.5 million dollar price tag, people are already waiting inline for it. A few new details were released today; the W16 is going to be tuned down to around 800 horsepower and the top speed will be limited to around 220 MPH.  Even though this is 30+ MPH less than the Bugatti Veyron, it is still light years ahead of any other 4-door car in the world.  There is also speculation that the 16C will share the same platform as the Bentley Mulsanne.  Stay tuned, more details as they become available!

Bugatti Reveals the C16 Galibier


Bugatti Galibier C16

They’ve been teasing us for months now; it all started with dark images of the tail lights and other vehicle accents.  Then an image was leaked out after a private unveiling of the new 4-door saloon. Now Bugatti has released an official video with narration so good, it rivals the Lord of the Rings…

Here’s what we know so far:

  • 8-liter W-16 engine (same as the Bugatti Veyron)
  • The engine is now front-mounted and can be run on Ethanol
  • Insane hood with twin-fin mechanisms to display the engine
  • Estimated top speed of 217 MPH
  • Carbon fiber body work that shines blue when under direct light

We’ll keep our ear the ground, check back later for more details!

Super Car Showdown: Bugatti Veyron vs. McLaren F1


Bugatti Veyron vs Mclaren F1
The production crew over at Top Gear has outdone themselves once again. This could be called the ultimate drag race. A showdown of Goliath and Goliath. In the right lane, we have a McLaren F1, the former champion of all things speed. In the 1990’s, the F1 broke the world record for the fastest production car by hitting 242 MPH. 15 years later, the Bugatti Veyron became the new heavy-weight champion, breaking the 250 MPH barrier and setting the record at 252 MPH. Although SSC’s Ultimate Aero and the Porsche 9ff GT9 claim faster speeds than the Veyron, neither of them are as refined or polished as the Veyron. If I were to choose one of these, the Veyron would most certainly be my choice.
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New: Wallpaper of the Week!


I thought it would be fun to start offering up a new desktop wallpaper every week, so starting today until I run out of motivation images, you can find a fancy new wallpaper for your desktop every Friday.

If you have a cool image you want to submit to WOTW, feel free to send it in to AutoAnythingBlog -at- gmail -dot- com.

This weeks wallpaper: the Bugatti Veyron at the Salt Flats.  Resolution is 1280x1024px.  On a Window’s based PC or laptop, open the image, right click and select “Set as Desktop Background”.

Meet the Mansory Bugatti Veyron Vincerò


Mansory Bugatti Veyron - Drivers Side

Yet another edition of the extremely exclusive Bugatti Veyron has been released, and this is perhaps the most exclusive of all.  The first reason is that this edition isn’t made by Bugatti.  In fact, it’s a German coach builder and tuner by the name of Mansory is responsible for this one.  Mansory is known for their passion for British sports and luxury cars, but I guess they are giving some of their love to their German brethren.  But not too much of their love, as only three Veyron’s will be touched by Mansory’s craftsmen.

Not much is know about the Vincerò yet, except that it isn’t any more powerful than the standard Veyron.  Most of the modifications appear to be visual;  carbon fiber paneling adorns most of the body while polished doors, fenders and mirros provide an elegant two-tone finish.  You’ll probably also notice a V emblem at the bottom of the horseshoe grill,  the branded symbol of the Vincerò.

New 10-spoke alloy wheels finish off the exterior nicely while leather mesh combo dresses up the interior.  All in all, this Veyron should be a little lighter and dare I say, a touch more aerodynamic, which might amount to something on the performance meter.  So if 0-60 MPH in 2.5 seconds isn’t fast enough for you, maybe the Mansory will give you the edge until Bugatti releases the Super Veyron in 2010.  Hit the jump to view the gallery!

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Top Gear Puts the Bugatti Veyron Around the Test Track


Some pretty fast cars have raced around the Lotus-designed Top Gear Test Track. Being at the top of the Power Lap board is almost as prestigious as have a sub-7:30.0 lap time on the Nurburgring. Last nights episode was a big one with the Pagani Zonda F Roadster managing to shave 6-tenths of a second off of the Zonda F’s lap time! To save you from Google’ing it, here’s an updated list of the top 5 fastest cars to have gone around the TG test track:

  1. 1:17.1 – Gumpert
  2. 1:17.3 – Ascari A10
  3. 1:17.6 – Koeniggsegg CCX (with the Top Gear Wing)
  4. 1:17.8 – Pagani Zonda F Roadster
  5. 1:18.4 – Pagani Zonda F

But the Zonda wasn’t the only car the Stig got to drive on last nights episode of Top Gear. He also got to put his foot down in the Bugatti Veyron. Where do you think the Veyron will finish? It’s a pretty heavy car, will it even be in the top 5 or can the 1,000 horsepower on tap overcome it’s handling limitations to let it claim it’s thrown at the top of the Power Board? Make a guess before you watch the video!