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Top 10 most expensive celebrity cars and surprising facts you didn't know

Posted Aug 28th 2014 10:59AM



While we don't ponder upon what celebrities do, say, buy, or wear on a regular basis, we are certainly curious about what they drive from time to time. Why does it matter you ask? It matters because some of these celebrities have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal and as gearheads, we're interested to know what people would buy if money were no object.

So without further ado, we present to you an updated list and photo gallery of the top 10 most expensive celebrity cars of 2014, which features a few of the same celebs listed from previous years along with some surprising facts like over half of the most expensive celebrity cars belong to Bugatti-driving rappers like Birdman, Flo Rida, Little Wayne and The Game (shocker!).

If you find some of these exotic car a little out of your price bracket, don't worry as our post on the top 5 affordable celebrity cars and top 10 celebrities who drive cheap, ugly cars is proof not every famous star cares about showing off with their car.

We won't spoil the list for you, but the gallery also lists the pertinent specs, customizations and prices of each car, so click here to check out it out.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's curtain call will come with more power

Posted Aug 28th 2014 10:30AM

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

We love the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, but by this point, we've accepted the fact that the its days are numbered, despite the noticeable back and forth that accompanied rumors of the vehicle's future for so many months and years. And while the Evo's coming death in 2015 is pretty sad, a report from Automotive News claims that the road-going rally machine will at least be leaving with a fairly substantial bang.

According to AN, Mitsubishi will send off the Evo with a Special Action Model. Limited to between 2,000 to 2,500 units and destined exclusively for the United States, the Evo X SAM should boast, most notably, a bump in power for its 291-pony, 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder. There should be a few other performance tweaks to accompany the increased output, although it's unclear what those might be. AN claims the limited-edition model will drop during the last six months of Evo production, some time next year.

AN's report was confirmed to us by Mitsubishi spokesman Alex Fedorak, who said that, yes, there will be "a US special edition in 2015." We've asked for additional information, but all we've heard back, so far, is that mum's the word. Here's hoping we won't be waiting too long to get official details.

Until then, what do you want to see for what could be the Lancer Evolution X's last hurrah? Give us your wish list in Comments.

Canada's Tar Sands vs. Electric Cars

Posted Aug 28th 2014 10:00AM

tar oil sands

It's pretty common knowledge - especially if you're the type to regularly visit sites such as our sister site AutoblogGreen and its ilk - that it's simply cheaper to drive a kilometre on electrical power than on gasoline. We also know that it is inefficient to convert oil sands into usable fuel relative to other sources of oil. Yet the demand for gasoline remains high, mining our Canadian tar sands remains profitable and it has also undeniably created a lot of jobs, so that petroleum is coming out of the ground.

For a deeper look at the economics, look at this article from Hybrid Cars, which breaks down (and even quantifies) what is involved in producing gasoline from the bitumen mined in places like Fort McMurray, Alberta, and how that compares in cost and efficiency to filling up from the socket. Basically, it takes a certain amount electricity and natural gas to turn the bitumen into a gallon (3.78 litres) of gasoline in a multi-step process that even consumes some of its own product. It is much more efficient and economical to convert that natural gas into electricity to power our vehicles. The author compares it to feeding bread to cows instead of grain, with the oil sands crude industry as the baker.

Plug-in vehicles eliminate the middleman, along with the associated costs. And though the electric car industry is still young, it is here to stay, and will only grow and improve. What impact will this have on tar sands operations? The conclusion is powerful, particularly after following the journey of the tar sands to the gas tank. Dig deep over at Hybrid Cars.

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Image Credit: Jennifer Grant, Pembina Institute

Death claim in GM ignition-switch lawsuit rises to 100

Posted Aug 28th 2014 9:28AM

GM logo on Renaissance Center

Nearly 300 people have filed claims in the General Motors ignition switch recall case, with around 100 claiming the defect led to their loved ones' fatal crashes while 184 people claim they were injured in crashes caused by the recalled ignition switch. The period for filing claims opened on August 1.

According to The Detroit Free Press, each claimant must prove that the ignition switch was the cause of the crash that led to the injury or death. Provided the ignition switch was proven to be the "proximate cause" behind the crash, GM's compensation boss, Ken Feinberg, will use actuarial tables and medical cost data to determine individual payouts. Families of those killed will get at least $1 million from the uncapped settlement fund, which GM is expecting to cost $400 to $600 million.

As we've reported previously, claims can be filed through the end of 2014, with payouts to begin 90 to 180 days after the initial filing. You can expect to hear plenty more about these payouts over the coming months.

News Source: The Detroit Free Press

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Is a wrecked Bugatti worth $250k?

Posted Aug 28th 2014 8:59AM

Wrecked Veyron

When a Bugatti Veyron crashed on a highway in Austria a few months ago, insurance company AXA estimated the cost of repairs at upwards of $800,000. Of course, there were worries that even after all the repairs the car may never drive quite the same. So rather than try, the insurance company evidently wrote it off and paid the owner the insured value of the car. But now it's got the wrecked Bugatti on its hands, and is looking to offload it.

This early model, built in 2008, has the original version's 987-horsepower 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine, a fixed roof and a blue and black livery – unlike some more recent examples that have adopted a removable roof panel, employed a more powerful 1,184-hp engine and moved away from the original two-tone paint schemes. It's got nearly 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometres) on the odometer and would still require the better part of a million bucks to get it running again... at which point it could be worth more in spare parts, which surely don't come cheap from the manufacturer in Molsheim.

Alternatively, with bidding currently hovering around a quarter million, you could just get yourself a brand spankin' new Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Huracán or McLaren 650S and actually get to drive it without spending eight hundred grand on repairs. But if you were looking to pick up a Veyron on the cheap, regardless of condition, this could be your chance.

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News Source: AXA via MotorAuthority

Water-powered Hoverboard is real and we want one

Posted Aug 27th 2014 7:59PM

Hoverboard

In 2012, Translogic featured a unique jet ski-powered device known as the Flyboard, which transformed its pilot into a sort of aquatic Iron Man. With hydro-thrusters at the hands and feet, Flyboard enabled water-powered flight and incredible ariel tricks.

The folks from Zapata Racing are back with their latest innovation, the Hoverboard. If Flyboard drew comparisons to Tony Stark's metal suit, Hoverboard is sure to conjure up another pop-culture touchstone: Marty McFly's hovering skateboard from Back To The Future Part II.

Translogic Host Jonathon Buckley heads to San Diego, CA to meet with the founder of Aquatic Aviation, a North American distributor of both aquatic devices, and attempts some high-flying tricks on the water-powered Hoverboard.

Behind the scenes of BMW's 'Driftmob' [w/videos]

Posted Aug 27th 2014 7:00PM

BMW Driftmob

All this, for one minute and 47 seconds of action-packed footage with no official plot.

We arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, on the third and last practice day for the drivers of a BMWStories internet video called The Epic Driftmob feat. BMW M235i. We were immediately whisked to a large, empty parking lot on the outskirts of Cape Town, where tires are squealing, and chunks of rubber are flying as five red BMW M235i coupes churn up more smoke than a California wildfire. And the smell – it smelled like heated metal, the kind of thing rev limiters were made for. Times five.

A couple dozen locals have lined up along a chain link fence, lured like moths to a flame by the sounds and scents and plumes of smoke emanating from the site. Each has their camera ready for the moment stunt coordinator Riley Harper says, "Action."

This event – and Autoblog's involvement in it, specifically – was more or less an experiment on BMW's part to see if there is a story to be told from video production and photo shoots, normally marketing endeavors and something PR folks keep documentarians like us a long way away from. We were the only North American media outlet invited, and we weren't there to drive a new product, just to watch one of its current (and in our opinion, one of its best) cars, the M235i coupe, do amazing things at the hands of some of the world's best drifters... WATCH VIDEO

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Steve Siler / AOL / BMW

Bugatti Veyron Supercar: Cockpit Views at 384 km/h

Posted Aug 27th 2014 6:00PM

Bugatti Veyron Supercar: Cockpit Views at 238.5mph

Watch the video above to experience the world's fastest car, the Bugatti Veyron from inside the cockpit of this top speed rocket. The high-definition video captures a first person view as the Bugatti Veyron travels and reaches insane top
speeds hitting up to 384 km/h (238.5mph) during the 2014 Sun Valley Road Rally in Idaho. All highways were shut down for this top speed run event and credit to 'Ambenso' for the clip.

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Volvo building new AstaZero safety proving ground in Sweden

Posted Aug 27th 2014 5:00PM

AstaZero

Volvo is an automaker committed to vehicle safety, setting an ambitious target for itself: by 2020, the Swedish automaker envisions that no one will be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars. In order to achieve that goal, Volvo has announced a new proving ground designed specifically to test safety solutions.

Called AstaZero, the new facility near the company's headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, is the result of a $70 million investment. It will cover some 500 acres, with over 60 acres of pavement, four city blocks and three and a half miles of highway. The Active Safety Test Area (the ASTA in AstaZero) will enable Volvo and its partners (including Scania trucks as well as government bodies and university development programs) to simulate city streets, highways, rural roads, roundabouts, T-junctions and more, combining traffic from cars, pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, buses, trucks and even animals in order to account for all manner of potential hazards.

The facility will enable Volvo to test active safety systems and autonomous vehicle operations, and even allow robots to test its prototypes in an adaptive environment that aims to be more flexible than existing proving grounds. Read more about Volvo's commitment to safety in the press release below.

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