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Porsche's high-tech 'magic mirror' turns every car into a Macan

Posted Dec 17th 2014 6:00PM

A Porsche campaign puts a large screen at a valet stand in Los Angeles. As people drive up, they see themselves pulling up in a Porsche Macan.

Porsche calls it the "Magic Mirror," but it's less a reflective device and more 12 high-def screens that track drivers pulling into the valet area at a mall in Los Angeles. As they pass the screens in their cars, they get to see what they'd look like pulling up in a Macan, Porsche's newest and smallest crossover.

It could be considered the experiential evolution of a prior campaign that let people imagine how a Porsche would look in their driveways, an idea that was taken even further by a dealer in Toronto a few years later. Check out the video to see how it was done and how it was received.

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News Source: Porsche via YouTube

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Watch Nissan 350Zs set the record for world's longest tandem drift

Posted Dec 17th 2014 3:00PM

Two Nissan 350Zs set a Guinness World Record for the long twin-vehicle drift in Dubai.

Back in July, Harald Müller notched a Guinness World Record by drifting longer than any lone tire-burner ever had: 89.55 miles (144.11 kilometres). This month, Nissan Middle East broke the Guinness World Record for the longest twin drift when two drivers slithered through a figure eight for 17.7 miles (28.4 kilometres). The feat came about to commemorate the opening of the Nissan 370Z Drift Experience in Dubai, which will teach eager punters how to abuse slip angle, but the actual drifting was done with two 350Zs.

Nissan opened the centre in partnership with ProDrift Academy, a European school for wannabe drifters, and when it comes time for actual instruction that will be done in the eponymous 370Z. You can check out a video snippet from the event above (due to the cheesy music, and what sounds like fake tire screeching, the video may be more enjoyable on mute) Also, check out the official press release from Nissan Middle East for more details.

News Source: Nissan via Top Gear

Acura NSX coming to Detroit, the wait is almost over [w/video]

Posted Dec 17th 2014 10:00AM

Turbo Engines, New Pilot And Ridgeline Round Out "The Year Of Honda

Acura NSX

Finally. After spending years rounding three bases in the development of the second coming of the Acura NSX, we can espy home base just beyond the turn of the year. Here is your first teaser image for the profoundly anticipated coupe that will show itself in production form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. (We've even brightened it up for you, but feel free to see it in high-res, original form, along with a few other teaser shots, here.) What we can see of it looks like the last camouflaged prototype we saw at the 'Ring, save for switching out the prorotype's traditional headlights for Acura's jeweled units.

After years of foreplay, well... let's just say we're ready. The coupe, its zirconium e-coat and its twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit – aimed at Ferrari 458 Italia performance for Audi R8 money – will be uncovered on January 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM Eastern time, and you can watch it as it happens at www.youtube.com/acura. There's a teaser video, below, to whet your appetites.

Next month's NSX debut kicks off what John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, calls "The Year of Honda." Speaking to members of the media at an event in Detroit Tuesday, Mendel said that following the NSX, Honda will debut a new version of the Pilot SUV in 2015, as well as a redesigned Ridgeline pickup. Mendel also confirmed that Honda will launch small-displacement, turbocharged engines for use in production vehicles. As for Acura, the company's luxury division will offer the new ILX this year, and Mendel hinted that the RDX and MDX crossovers will get a few updates to make them more competitive within their respective segments.

It sounds like a busy year, for sure. And we're ready and waiting (we've been waiting...) for the NSX to kick it all off. Head below to read the official confirmation statement, and to see a teaser video.

News Source: Acura via YouTube

Xcar gets muddy with BRP's Can-Am Maverick

Posted Dec 16th 2014 8:00PM

XCar flogs the BRP Can-Am Maverick UTV around a muddy English field.

Xcar has channeled its inner Dukes of Hazard, but uses a BRP Can-Am Maverick as substitute for the General Lee and a muddy English field instead of Hazard County, Kentucky. The Maverick is a side-by-side or utility task vehicle (SxS or UTV) from the same folks who make the Spyder, but BRP considers this is a "Sport 2-Seater" of the UTV world that will "get you in front of the pack."

It does so with a 976-cc, V-twin Rotax engine with 101 horsepower that propels the Maverick's 1,294 pounds (687 kilograms), it can be either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive at the flick of a switch, it's got 14 inches of suspension travel, and it's road legal in the UK. Eschewing the sanity of the road, Xcar flogs it in an English field and finds the Maverick is capable of a great many things, including the reward of "a childish state of giddiness."

News Source: XCAR

This McLaren F1 replica was built from scrap by a Top Gear fanatic

Posted Dec 16th 2014 3:00PM

Polish mechanic Jacek Mazur builds himself a McLaren F1 replica out of scrap metal and spare parts.

If Field of Dreams had been made about an automotive enthusiast, its most famous line would need to have been, "If you build it, they will come... and then build their own replicas of yours." More evidence of that comes from Polish amateur mechanic Jack Mazur, who decided to build a copy of his dream car, the McLaren F1.

Mazur spent eight years on it, using scrap metal and parts to fabricate everything from the chassis to the seats, spending 20,000 pounds (CAD$36,625) to get it done. Mazur is no novice at such endeavours, either, having worked up a homebrew Porsche 911, a Meyers Manx dune buggy and at least three Lamborghini Countachs, among other creations. It sounds like his McLaren replica, however, is the only one with a special seat just for Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond. This video tells Mazur's story in his own words.

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News Source: Barcroft Cars via AOL ON

Chevy working on production Impala Midnight Edition

Posted Dec 15th 2014 9:00AM

Chevrolet Impala Blackout concept at the 2014 SEMA show, front three-quarter view.

To put together the Impala Blackout concept for SEMA, Chevrolet didn't need to go much further than its accessories catalogue. The in-house connection is what could make it possible for Chevy to get a production version of the Blackout into dealers this model year, with its few bits of chrome trim and dark detailing on the 19-inch aluminum wheels set into an abyss of gloss black paint, black Bowtie, grille surround, rear spoiler and mirror caps. The interior is black leather, with stainless steel for the sill plates and pedals, and an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and it gets the optional 305-horsepower, 3.6-litre V6.

The brand's marketing director for cars and crossovers, Steve Majoros, told Edmunds that it could come in late spring, and that it will be called "Midnight Edition." Majoros didn't give any indication of pricing or if the production car will be spec'd out like the concept.

If you simply don't want to wait for late spring, you could work your DIY mojo by putting one together the same way Chevrolet did: give the accessories catalogue a workout.

News Source: Edmunds

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This man has gullwinged delusions of DeLorean grandeur

Posted Dec 12th 2014 8:00PM

Rich Weissensel stands with his collection of custom cars, all made from Deloreans.

When an animal rescue group finds a disabled pup, it swoops in and spirits the pooch to a vet and better care. When Rich Weissensel finds a wrecked DeLorean, he whisks it back to his rural lair for a wild makeover. Over the past 14 years, ever since the Chicago native and software engineer met John Z. DeLorean at a car event, he's been exercising his Dr. Moreau-like tendencies on the gullwinged coupe, so far creating a monster truck, a limousine with six gullwing doors, a convertible, a hovercraft and, naturally, a tribute to Back to the Future.

Actually, he doesn't modify all of his DeLoreans - he owns three in stock condition - but he only uses wrecked DeLoreans for his project cars. Why does he do it? In his own words, because he's "Absolutely... DeLorean crazy." And what better answer could there be than that? You can listen to Weissensel tell his story in the video.

News Source: Barcroft Cars via YouTube, Motor Authority

Jack Olsen built a Porsche 911 to drive every day and conquer Willow Springs

Posted Dec 12th 2014 5:00PM

Jack Olsen's 1972 Porsche 911 dubbed Black Beauty.

Almost two years ago we wrote about the 12-Gauge Garage Jack Olsen built to house his multifarious Porsche 911 - its 1972 bodywork hides four decades of Porsche parts, like the transaxle from a 1977 911 and the engine from 1995 911, for example. It weighs 1,088 kilograms (2,400 pounds) and has 272 horsepower, and Olsen uses it daily driving and for track days, the latter excursions featuring homemade, bolt-on aero parts.

German magazine Auto Bild stopped by Olsen's house to look in on the Porsche called "Black Beauty II," and we get a few more details about the mods he's made, like swapping out for fiberglass body panels and welding Fuchs wheel centers to wider Corvette barrels so he could run different tires.

Most importantly, though, Olsen divulges his passion for lowering his lap time at Willow Springs. Randy Pobst set the lap record for a production car around the 2.5-mile (4-kilometre) Big Willow track in a Porsche 918 Spyder at 1:23.54 during a Motor Trend test (the outright record, according to Willow Springs, is held by Michael Andretti at 1:06.050 in a CART car). Further down the list, Steve Millen drove a 415-hp 911 GT3 RS around the same track in 1:33.14 - a car 272 kilos or 600 pounds heavier than Olsen's. Over the past 14 years of tinkering with his car, Olsen says his data shows his lap time is now down to 1:26.88, achieved on the day of filming the Auto Bild video. That time would put him in between the 1:26 flat posted by Dominik Farnbacher in a 608-hp Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR and the 1:28.93 put up by Pobst in a 400-hp, 991-series 911. You can hear Olsen tell it in his own words in the video.

BBC signs deal for theme park that could have Top Gear attractions

Posted Dec 12th 2014 3:00PM

A rendering of the entrance to Paramount London, a theme park to open in 2017 that will have BBC-themed exhibits.

Paramount Pictures has been working for two years on plans to open a theme park about 45 minutes outside of London, called, would you believe, Paramount London. The corporate entity behind the project, London Resort Company Holdings, has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide that will allow the park to incorporate "famous BBC programs and characters." That means parkgoers might be able to enjoy a Star Trek adventure alongside one from Downton Abbey, and Dr. Who with their Jurassic World dinosaurs.

It also means we could get a permanent place to enjoy Top Gear exhibits. We say "might" and "could be" because none of the parties involved have commented on what BBC properties will make the cut. For instance, Thorpe Park in Surrey has already announced plans to open a Dark Ride in 2016 thought to be based on a BBC property like Dr. Who. We'll wait for details, but we'd be surprised if Paramount didn't get the nod for something Top Gear related. We wouldn't complain about a Flying Circus on the premises, either. Seeing as Ferrari already has its own theme park in Abu Dhabi and rumours of a second Ferrari Land in Spain already underway, we'd love to see what a Top Gear ride or theme park would look like in London.

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News Source: BBC

Image Credit: London Resort Company Holdings

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