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2014 Vancouver Auto Show kicks off with newest cars in Canada

Posted Mar 25th 2014 8:01PM



Local auto show season is upon us once again, and much like last year's Vancouver International Auto Show, most manufacturers seem to have upped their game for 2014. This time around there aren't quite as many North American unveilings, however there is still plenty to see on the show floor from March 25-30th.

The biggest news to hit Vancouver was the first North American appearance of the new Mclaren 650S Roadster and Coupe. Looking like an aesthetic combination of the MP4-12C and the new Mclaren P1, the 650s is one sharp unit. The Pfaff Mclaren showroom in the city has already been doing huge business on the West Coast, and this mid-engined monster we previously saw debut in Geneva will no doubt find more fans in our Canadian supercar haven.

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On the other end of the spectrum, Kia has come to the table with an interesting unveiling of its own. Building on the already-successful Soul platform, the Korean firm pulled the covers off its new Kia Soul EV for the first time in Canada. Kia has its heart set on offering a more practical budget EV than the likes of Mitsubishi and Nissan, and although they haven't released official details, word is the EV is currently going through range testing with numbers in the 160-200km plus per charge.



BMW once again brought its A-game to the show for 2014, packing along the upcoming i3, i8, M3 and M4 for Bimmer fanatics to drool over. The production model i8 has been surfacing all over the auto show circuit as of late, but it is still one of the most interesting sights on the show floor for 2014. As part of their opening presentation, 2-time Canadian gold medalist Kaillie Humphries was on site to talk of the brand's ongoing support of the Canadian Olympic teams.



Performance enthusiasts will have plenty to drool over as they work their way through the show this year. From the very entrance, Volkswagen as a great display of every generation of GTI, and in the main hall every heavy-hitter from the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI, to the 2015 Mustang, to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe are all on hand. Classic car enthusiasts even have their own little corner to scope out as BC's own 360 Fabrication has a number of their wild custom projects on hand for all to enjoy. Before hitting the exit be sure to have a look at the offerings of the Vancouver Collector Car Auction display, as a few of their freshly restored Mustangs will be auctioned off for charity before the end of the show.

Click past the jump for our massive gallery from the Vancouver International Auto Show, and click here for show hours, location, and admission rate info.

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Qatar Supercar group storms the streets for evening drive

Posted Oct 10th 2013 2:15PM



Just about every automotive video to surface out of the Middle East ends up showcasing millions of dollars in high performance, whether it be the Dubai Police and their fleet of supercars, or the epic sand drag races, so when this video surfaced of a Qatar supercar group going out for an evening cruise we knew we wouldn't be disappointed.

The group seems to be pulling together on a fairly regular basis, and although the video does not show any real high-speed antics, we wouldn't be surprised if things were a bit less tame off-camera. After all, what else do you do with a Mclaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini Aventador, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT other throw down to see who is the quickest?

Click past the jump to see the video, and click here for our gallery of the Qatar supercar gathering.

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Watch POV Underground Racing Lamborghini Gallardo catch fire at 402 km/h

Posted Oct 9th 2013 7:57PM



Car fires can be a real scary situation in the most ideal conditions, but imagine we can't even imagine what it would be like to have your Lamborghini burst into flames after cracking past the 400km/h mark. We last saw this Russian Underground Racing Gallardo it had just won its owners a $25,000 bet for running a standing mile in under 22 seconds, and by the looks of it the team was in testing for their follow-up bet to shave a second off that time.

In all fairness, the driver of the twin-turbocharged 2,500 horsepower Lamborghini keeps reasonably calm as he brings the car back down from Warp 11, and it seems the fire subsided without much fuss. We can only hope that this means the mighty Gallardo will still be prepped to challenge that 21-second standing mile time, that is if Zahir Rana and the crew from ZR Auto in Calgary doesn't beat the record first.

Click past the jump to watch the full video.

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World's most expensive car is a gold, platinum and diamond encrusted Lamborghini

Posted Oct 4th 2013 9:45AM



Once again Dubai is bringing us one of the most expensive cars on the planet, but it's not what you would expect. Lamborghini of Dubai has commissioned a 1:8 scale model of an Aventador built from a mix of gold, platinum, diamonds, and of course carbon fibre. The model has been built by notorious scale-model builder Robert Gülpen who has already built a handful of other multi-million dollar models. This absurdly over-the-top toy is valued at US$7.8M, and is set to go up for auction later this month. A price tag like that makes the new record-holding most expensive motorcycle we reported on recently looks like a real bargain.

Now, we know that there's a market for everything, and that there are plenty of folks out there willing to shell out tons of cash that most of us can't even comprehend, but the idea of someone spending 18 times the value of a real Lamborghini Aventador on a gold and jewel encrusted scale model is a tough pill to swallow. Our first question to its buyer would be to ask what other strange collectibles they've acquired before this made the must-buy list.

Click past the jump for video of the gold and platinum Lambo in much more detail.

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Anyone want a street legal Formula 1-style car?

Posted Oct 3rd 2013 10:30AM


It takes a certain kind of person to decide to buy and build one of the many available kit cars out there. Shelby Cobra geeks have been building from kits for ages, as have fans of the old Lotus 7 that Caterham still produces by the hundreds. For Russ Bost, the idea of a kit car had some serious appeal, but when it came right down to it he chose to put his engineering background to use and engineered himself a road legal Formula One style race car.

From this first build a handful of years ago which started by him modifying a Formula Ford chassis and Frankensteining parts together, Bost has now built a series of road legal replica Formula One cars based on Toyota MR2 donor cars. He designed the bodywork himself in the shape of an F1 car, complete with a removable airbox that hides a passenger seat. We are still a bit confused about how he manages to get these things to be road-legal, but his latest website update makes mention of 2 MR2 donor cars being available in California so he's clearly working at getting some of these strange creations to cross the Atlantic.

Click past the jump to see a video of the Furore in action on the track.

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Lamborghini Vancouver celebrates new showroom grand opening

Posted Oct 1st 2013 2:15PM



Vancouver's Lamborghini dealer has been doing incredibly well over the past few years, and seeing the sheer volume of Lambos on site at the Luxury Supercar Weekend,there was little surprise when an improved dealer showroom was announced. The Lamborghini Vancouver dealer accounts for 50-percent of Lamborghini's Canadian sales and the store currently ranks within the top 10 across North America. To celebrate the opening of the new space, Lamborghini's CEO Stephan Winkelmann as well as top brass from Automobili Lamborghini America rolled through town bringing with them several surprises.

Alongside the usual parade of Sant'agata supercars, Lamborghini brought along their new Aventador Roadster, as well as a Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo race car for enthusiasts and owners to drool over as they mingled through the impressive showroom. The following morning, the owners of Lamborghini Vancouver and sister company, Weissach organized a drive to Whistler, BC for lunch which pulled together roughly 25 Lamborghinis including an ultra-rare 1967 Miura. Standing in the pouring rain on Saturday morning, the crew from Lamborghini America were quick to admit that if the drive were happening anywhere else in North America, none of these cars would have turned up, let alone something as rare as a Miura.

Click past the jump for our full image gallery from the showroom event and from the following morning's drive, and click here for a quick video of some of the cars rolling out Saturday morning.

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Google Street View car goes on crash rampage

Posted Sep 28th 2013 8:00PM



When this story first surfaced out of Indonesia we have to admit part of us was hoping the car was running into autonomous mode at the time if impact just to see how the peanut gallery would react, but the more info that came out of this video, the more fascinating the story became. It seem the driver of this Google Street View car got into a bit of a fender bender, was escorted to a repair facility by police, then decided to make a break for it thinking he couldn't afford the repair.

Now, a runayway Google car on its own is pretty hilarious, especially when you think of the driver trying to find a place to hide out in the easy-to-spot ride but this isn't the end of our vigilante's escapades. Instead he is pursued until a pair of other crashes convince him to surrender. We don't know about you, but we are hoping this fiasco is at least enough for Google to start questioning their hiring procedures overseas.

Click past the jump to see the news recap of this strange incident via the Huffington Post.

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Core Autosport shows us how to build crashed Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from scratch

Posted Sep 21st 2013 12:00PM



We all know there is a lot of work that goes into building a race car, but thanks to the crew at Core Autosport we can now watch the entire process in this awesome 3-minute timelapse video. Much like the cancelled documentary that featured the rebuild of a Pagani Zonda R, this Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was wrecked while racing. After the crash at the Grand Prix of Baltimore, Core decided to capture the entire rebuild process on film, from bare chassis through to completion.

Believe it or not, the Core Autosport crew is already back up and racing this weekend in the American Le Mans Series and as of yesterday has 2 cars qualifying in the top 5 at Circuit of the Americas. We wish them the best of luck in the race and hope this will be a clean one.

Click past the jump to see the rebuild timelapse video for yourself.

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Chris Harris, Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo, race track, equals mega drift

Posted Sep 19th 2013 8:01PM



After seeing Alpina's new B3 Bi-Turbo at Frankfurt earlier this month, we figured this video couldn't be too far away. We won't be seeing the B3 in Canada any time soon, but at least we are now able to live the driving experience vicariously thanks to Chris Harris. Harris has been on a roll with the DRIVE series of video reviews, and much like the rest this one balances information and drifting foolishness quite nicely. After tromping around some appropriately twisty bits of British back-roads, he takes to the track to simply show us how well the B3 Bi-Turbo goes sideways.

For you BMW geeks in the room, you're probably wondering how Alpina has set up this bi-turbo motor, knowing that it is based on BMW's current twin-scroll single turbo engine. Well that's where it gets interesting. As you can see in the gallery above, Alpina has essentially blended components from the outgoing twin-turbo motor with the new single turbo, allowing them to benefit from the advantages of both motors. The end result is 410 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, which propels the B3 from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. If this is any indication of what BMW will be up to with the new M3/M4 we think we'll be in for a treat.

Click past the jump to see Chris Harris driving the Alpina B3, and click here for a gallery courtesy of Alpina.
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