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Second Earthquake Shutters Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini 30
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ferrari, Italy, Kurt, Lamborghini, Maserati, News, supercars on 05 30th, 2012

Ferrari's 458 Italia Spider. Image: Ferrari

A second earthquake hit Italy’s Modena province on Tuesday morning, killing at least 15 people, destroying buildings and damaging infrastructure. The quake, which measured 5.8 in magnitude, struck at 9:00 a.m. local time and was followed by aftershocks as strong as 5.6.

While automakers Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini escaped factory damage in the quake, all three halted operations so that employees could join their families. As Autoweek reports, all three automakers are expected to resume production today.

Motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, also based in the region, was closed following Tuesday’s quake as well. It’s expected that the Volkswagen Group’s latest acquisition will resume production today, too.

The second quake was centered near the towns of Cavezzo, Medolla and Mirandola, but was felt as far away as Tuscany and Umbria. While Italy suffers some 2,000 earthquakes annually, temblors of this magnitude in northern Italy are a rare occurrence.

Pagani C9 Deus Venti Spied While on Test Mode 7
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Deus Venti, Huayra, Italy, Marchettino, Pagani C9 Deus Venti, Pagani facility, San Cesario sul Panaro, Zonda model on 01 7th, 2011

Marchettino has caught the Pagani C9 Deus Venti, the Zonda successor, on spy cam. The video has been shot while the car was undergoing a real-world road testing in Italy recently. The auto was camouflaged, but still, the center quad-exhaust formed in a square and mounted high on the rear, revealed its identity.

The C9 is to be the next-generation Zonda model. The model will be equipped with a bespoke 6.0 liter V12 AMG power plant with an output of around 700 PS (690 bhp / 515 kW) and 1000 Nm of torque.

It has been learnt that the manufacturer is considering naming it Deus Venti, meaning “god of the winds” in Latin or Huayra, which also means “wind” in the indigenous South American language of Quechua. Certain sources confirm that C9 will be named Deus Venti and not Huayra.

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The prototype was caught when it came out of the Pagani facility in San Cesario sul Panaro, Italy. At some part of the video, the growling of the engine could be heard as the C9 does some overtaking.

This might have happened while getting itself away from Marchettino, we guess. Marchettino says that the V12 he heard is a bi-turbo. However the most significant aspect of the vehicle will be its custom-made unique AMG power plant.

Here’s the video for you:

Mysterious Ferrari 612 Prototype Spotted Outside Maranello 6
Posted by Alex Ion in 599 Fiorano, 612 Scaglietti replacement prototype, Automotive News, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Geneva Motor Show, Italy, Maranello, Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team, Super car news, V12 on 01 6th, 2011

A mysterious 612 Scaglietti replacement prototype was spotted outside Maranello, the home place of Ferrari S.p.A and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team, in northern Italy. It was caught by a member of the Ferrari Chat forums.

This heavily camouflaged vehicle has got many a Ferrari features that has in turn led to a big confusion. It appears to have front lights inspired by Ferrari 458 Italia, rear glass like that of 599 Fiorano, a four-tailpipe exhaust system, a prominent hatchback, the noise of the vehicle resembles that of V12.

Well, all these features appear to be pure exaggeration as compared to the early reports. The rear hatch is supposed to a part of the camouflage, according to the photographer.

Ferrari 612 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. It is likely to feature an advanced all-wheel drive system, a seven-speed double-clutch transmission and a 6.3-liter V12 engine with 670 hp (500 kW / 679 PS), which enables it to  accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph).

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Seen Speeding Along Monza Racetrack (Video) 4
Posted by Alex Ion in Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Automotive News, Aventador LP700-4, Italy, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Super car news, video, Videos, Virtual Rides on 01 4th, 2011

The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is seen conquering the Italian race track on a recently uploaded video. The video, an amateur one, features a yellow Murcielago LP640 ascending the Italian tracks, taking few laps around the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in the north of Italy.

The most notable aspect of the video is that it is soundtrack-free. The occasional or roars of the vehicle itself is featured as such, which in fact had turned out to be its own kind of music.

Lamborghini has a successor to the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. It is learnt that the upcoming auto is extremely lightweight as compared to its predecessor.

It comes with 700 hp and do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in under 3 seconds. Certain images of the car were unveiled last month by the manufacturer. Once referred to as the Jota, the new vehicle will possibly be called the Aventador LP700-4.

Here’s the video for you: