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  • Gunther Werks carbon-fiber Porsche 993 911 body

    Enthusiasts and fans herald the 993-generation Porsche 911, but California-based Gunther Werks seeks to perfect what is widely viewed as the zenith of the 911 range. The company unveiled its carbon-fiber 993 body at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Saturday during the 2018 Monterey Car Week. Alongside the carbon-fiber exoskeleton was the company's first production unit: a Chelsea Gray 993 911. Gunther Werks seeks to reengineer 993-generation 911s with its house-built carbon-fiber body. Obviously, the material lends itself to a lighter curb weight to amplify the car's driving behavior...

  • Jay Leno in 2020 Tesla Roadster
    New Tesla Roadster acceleration makes Jay Leno scream

    In November 2017, Tesla showed us "one more thing" at the company's reveal of its Semi. That "thing" turned out to be the second-generation Roadster, planned for 2020. And at the debut event, Tesla gave depositors their first rides in the future electric sports car. Now, Jay Leno has had his turn...

  • Pagani Huayra Roadster Gyrfalcon
    Pagani Huayra Roadster Gyrfalcon takes flight at Pebble Beach

    Pebble Beach played host to oodles of new-car and concept-car reveals, and Pagani was among them. The Italian supercar maker used The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Saturday to celebrate the opening of its new showroom in Beverly Hill and to unveil the latest of its Huayra Roadster line: the...

  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO bearing chassis No. 3413 - Image via RM Sotheby's
    Meet the top 10 most expensive cars sold during 2018 Monterey Car Week

    The 2018 Monterey Car Week saw thousands of cars cross the block at various auctions, but a handful of vehicles rose to the top with eye-watering prices. What cars did the seven- and eight-figure (!) sale prices buy? Below are the top 10 most expensive cars sold at auction leading up to Sunday's...

  • Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 reveal
    Volkswagen was reportedly Tesla's backer to go private

    Volkswagen may have offered to come to Elon Musk's rescue but the Tesla CEO turned down funding from the German automaker and others to take his company private, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Monday. Elon Musk started a circus Aug. 7 when he tweeted about taking Tesla...

  • 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition
    2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition wears famous Gulf Oil livery, 2020 GT will too

    Vintage design meets modern engineering in the latest Ford GT Heritage Edition, which was unveiled Friday in the iconic Gulf Oil livery that emblazoned the 1968 GT40 bearing chassis number 1075. This is the car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 with drivers Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien...

  • Crashed 1987 Porsche 959 heads to auction

    A Porsche 959 is worth more than a million dollars in today's classic car market. How much is someone willing to pay for one that's been in an accident? The answer is $467,500 as a banged-up example crossed the Mecum auction block during Monterey Car Week over the weekend. The auction house estimated the car to fetch between $450,000 and $550,000. Oddly, the listing for this 1987 Porsche 959 didn't even mention the significant damage shown on the front of the car. Instead it touted the 444-horsepower 2.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine and the 3.6-second 0-60 mph time. That's going to be...

  • 1935 Duesenberg SSJ - Image via Gooding & Company
    This Duesenberg is the most expensive American car ever sold at auction

    Classic cars from European marques selling in the tens of millions will barely get an eyelid to bat these days, and soon that may be true of American cars, too, judging by the auction activity in Monterey, California over the weekend. A 1935 Duesenberg SSJ sold at a Gooding & Company auction on...

  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
    1937 Alfa Romeo 8C voted “Best of Show” at 2018 Pebble Beach Concours

    An Italian beauty with a body crafted by Touring and a twin-supercharged inline-8 sitting under its long hood took home the Best of Show honors on Sunday at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car is the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick of...

  • Infiniti Prototype 10 concept - Image via Kimball Studios
    Radical speedster concept hints at future design, powertrains for Infiniti

    Infiniti will start switching over to an electrified lineup around 2021 when the first models based on a new modular platform are introduced. That date's a few years off but in the interim Infiniti is providing a glimpse into its future with concept cars. The Q Inspiration unveiled in January gave...

  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO bearing chassis No. 3413 - Image via RM Sotheby's
    Ex-Phil Hill Ferrari 250 GTO sets record for highest price paid for car at auction

    The Ferrari GTO stands as one of the most beautiful and exclusive cars of all time, and it boasts a racing record to back up its unparalleled collectibility. This, however, has seen prices soar to insane levels in recent times, and things don't appear to be cooling down one bit. Case in point is a...

  • Ferrari 488 Pista Spider - Image via Kimball Studios
    Ferrari 488 Pista drops its top at Pebble Beach Concours

    Ferrari surprised visitors to Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance with the unveiling of the 488 Pista Spider. The car is the 50th convertible from the Prancing Horse, and one of the most powerful on the market today. It shares its mechanical package with the 488 Pista coupe unveiled in March...

  • 2019 McLaren 720S GT3 race car

    McLaren is a brand with a rich racing heritage. Sure, lately it's been known for kicking out tremendous road cars. That doesn't mean that motorsport isn't always on the minds of McLaren engineers and designers. Woking's latest and greatest is the 720S, and now there's an even faster version designed for racing. GT3 racing, to be precise. Testing is currently underway on tracks all over Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Customers vying to get their hands on the 720S GT3 will be able to do so early on in 2019. They'll have the cars in time to battle for top spots during the...

  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
    Elon Musk decides to keep Tesla public, board agrees

    After a 17-day roller coaster, Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] CEO Elon Musk announced Friday via a blog post on the automaker's website that Tesla will remain a publicly traded company. The announcement comes more than two weeks after Musk tweeted his idea of taking Tesla private at $420 per share and said...

  • SSC Tuatara - Image via Kimball Studios
    SSC Tuatara is America's 1,750-hp, all-carbon challenge to Bugatti, Koenigsegg

    It's time for the likes of Bugatti and Koenigsegg to step aside, as bespoke hypercar manufacturer SSC North America is ready to reclaim its previously held title of maker of the world's fastest cars with the long-awaited Tuatara. The homegrown hypercar was originally penned by Jason Castriota, a...

  • Mercedes' EQ Silver Arrow concept
    Mercedes' EQ Silver Arrow concept is an electric streamliner with 738 hp of grunt

    Prior to the onset of World War II, the grand prix racers of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union (today Audi) were dominating race tracks all over Europe. The cars were referred to as the Silver Arrows, a name Mercedes-Benz still applies spiritually to its current Formula 1 cars, and one of the most...

  • 1966 Ford Bronco Icon Derelict
    1966 Ford Bronco Roadster gets the Icon Derelict treatment

    Back in 1966, Ford created the Bronco in an effort to capture the growing enthusiasm for off-road adventure. The most basic example is a model called the Roadster, which arrived from the factory sans doors and roof. Expert restorer Jonathan Ward and his Icon outfit got ahold of one and turned it...

  • Bugatti Divo
    Bugatti Divo bows with bespoke looks, focus on agility, $5.8M price

    Meet the latest member of the Bugatti family: the Divo. The French luxury and supercar maker unveiled its latest creation on Friday at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Monterey, California. And the Divo isn't just about straight-line speed, but a nimble and track-focused experience. The Divo...

  • Kalashnikov CV-1 electric car

    Readers may not recognize the Kalashnikov name, but they will recognize one of its best-known products: the AK-47 assault rifle. Now, the same company has decided to gun for the electric car market. It's called the CV-1 and the Russian firm unveiled the car at the 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia. Autocar reported Friday that the CV-1 is meant to recall the 1970s Izh 2125 Combi with retro design cues. It's hard to believe this is a new vehicle given its design. The look is, indeed, retro-inspired and the ride height and wheel combination makes the CV-1 look like...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    VW reportedly tried buying Aurora to catch up in self-driving car race

    The Volkswagen Group looks to be a bit behind in the mobility and self-driving car segments compared to some rivals as the automaker is on the hunt to scoop up experts on the subject. It appears Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car startup based in California, was one of the firms VW approached...

  • Enea Casoni EC OnlyOne P8
    EC OnlyOne P8 is a one-off supercar built on Ferrari bones

    EC stands for Enea Casoni, an Italian gentleman responsible for bringing his vision of a bespoke supercar to life. The car is called the EC OnlyOne P8, which is a bit of a mouthful. But the styling is very to the point. The car stands out. And when a Ferrari powertrain figures into the mix, our...

  • Volkswagen We
    VW spends big to make its vehicles digital devices on wheels

    The automobile's days of simply transporting drivers will be a thing of the past at Volkswagen. The German automaker wants to turn its cars into digital devices on wheels. And to ensure it's competitive in the near future, VW will spend over $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025. The...

  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
    Lamborghini Aventador SVJ arrives with thundering 759 horsepower

    It's finally here. Lamborghini's Aventador SVJ, the current record holder for production cars at the Nürburgring, was unveiled Thursday night in Monterey, California. The covers came off during The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, where Lamborghini confirmed all of the specs including a...

  • Project Gold: 911 restomod
    Project Gold: 911 restomod celebrates 70 years of Porsche

    Porsche isn't done with its celebrations for its 70th anniversary this year. Having already built a highly authentic replica of its very first sports car, as well as unveiling a spiritual successor in the form of the 911 Speedster concept, Porsche on Thursday unveiled a restomod based on a...

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