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|Reminder – Posting Illegal Speed Videos On Youtube Is A Bad Idea: Video||
By now we shouldn’t have to tell you this, but apparently not everyone has gotten the message: posting videos of illegal acts on Youtube can come back to hurt you. The 38-year-old president of a Japanese manufacturing company learned this lesson the hard way when Hiroshima police arrested the man for speeding through a tunnel, back in 2010, then posting a video of it for the world to see.
As Asahi, JCarBlog and Autoblog explain, Mikami Tadao wanted to enjoy the sound of his Lamborghini Gallardo in a long stretch of tunnel. To preserve the moment for posterity, Tadao filmed the episode with a mounted camera, which captured him driving at roughly 60 mph over the posted speed limit. In order-obsessed Japan, that’s not an offense for which the police will look the other way.
Tadao now faces multiple charges for the event, and police have seized his personal computer and copies of all videos posted online. Do we even need to tell you that he’s facing a mountain of legal bills over the incident?
Here’s our recommendation: if you’re going to drive at speeds that would result in jail time, don’t film it. If you do film it, don’t include information that can positively identify you, your car or your location. Better yet, save the high speed stuff for the track, where you can film as many videos as you want without fear of a knock on your door.
At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini unveiled the striking sedan concept as a way to preview a new model line for the brand, but since then, nothing has come to fruition. AutoWeek sat down with Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelmann, who shed some light on the decision to move forward with a sport-utility vehicle rather than a rakish sedan.
Given the fact that the production Urus isn’t slated to hit the market until around 2015, that means a Lamborghini sedan will likely be even farther out. Nearly four years later, we’re still quite fond of the 2008 concept, but we aren’t sure if we can hold our breath for another five-ish years.
|Second Earthquake Shutters Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini||
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.
|Lamborghini Aventador J Geneva star conceived||
This year’s Geneva Motor Show served up a scintillating buffet of vehicles, but the Lamborghini Aventador J may very well have been our favorite. With no roof, no windshield and all of the insane running gear of the standard Aventador, the roadster is the embodiment of exotic. Designer Filippo Perini told TG he first sketched up the Aventador J in mid-January after CEO Stephan Winkelmann asked his crew to to come up with something special for Geneva.
Despite the apparent similarities between the Aventador and the new Aventador J, the two models share only a handful of body components, including the front hood, fenders, headlights and rear fenders. Everything else is bespoke just for the concept.
|Lamborghini Aventador Roadster To Wear Targa Roof: Report||
If you were hoping the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster would pack a slick, power-retractable hardtop like Ferrari’s 458 Italia, it appears you’re out of luck. If reports from Italy’s Quattroroute are correct, the topless Aventador will come to market with a removable targa roof, similar to that used by Bugatti on the Veyron Grand Sport.
The Aventador Roadster’s top panels will be made from carbon fiber or carbon composite, and will be split in the middle for easy removal or deployment. That may make them small enough to carry on board the Aventador, eliminating the need to decide on topless motoring before leaving the garage (like the Veyron Grand Sport, whose roof can’t be stored on board the car).
As for the “why,” the answer is relatively simple: adding any kind of folding top, whether manual or powered, would add more weight and would require redesign of the Aventador’s intricate engine cover. Not only is such a redesign cost-prohibitive, but it also would added significantly to the car’s development time.
Assuming, of course, that the car actually exists. Lamborghini is neither confirming nor denying a topless Aventador, which means we’ll have to wait until the international auto show schedule resumes this fall before any official announcements are made.
|Just Because: Lamborghini Aventador J Promotional Video||
Even though no one will ever get their hands on the exclusive Aventador J, it does not stop Lamborghini from promoting their outrageous machine proving what they are capable of building. As a continuation to a previous promo video, Lamborghini shows us the end highlighting the one-of-a-kind Aventador J.
The 700-horsepower roadster will go to one lucky owner reportedly paying $2.74. That figure may be a drop in the bucket for the 1-percenters here in America but for us common folk, all we get are hi-res images and a promotional video below.
|Lamborghini Officially Unveils Urus SUV Concept at Beijing w/Video||
You cannot doubt the idea that the SUV segment is an exploding market, even when you consider the current high price of gas. Let’s face it, in America, size matters and the SUV and crossover market is a dominating factor not only among growing households, but for those who demand added utility instead of the traditional sedan or coupe. Lamborghini is among a growing list of premium auto brands to introduce a new SUV that may hit the automotive market very soon. To officially unveil Lamborghini’s new SUV, the Urus, Stephan Winkelmann takes to the stage at the Volkswagen Group Night in Beijing.
The new Lamborghini Urus (a Spanish Bull) will join the Italian Bull lineup focusing on premium SUV market consumers who want to depart from the traditional sports cars offered by such brands. Think of it as a dream you always had of taking the whole family to Disney in the new Aventador or Gallardo. Only this time, you will have 600 horsepower on tap, potentially 3 seats in the back and maybe a little usable storage to boot.
Hit up the video below of the official introduction to the Lamborghini Urus Concept vehicle below.
|Official Lamborghini Urus SUV Images Leak Onto The Web||
From all of the previous circulating rumors of Lamborghini birthing a new SUV, it was only a matter of time that we would get a glimpse at official images from the Italian Bull maker. After-all, the internet waits for no one.
What is to be called the Urus, is Lamborghini’s newest vehicle added to the lineup and very first SUV. For obvious reasons, the Lamborghini Urus will compete head-to-head with the likings of the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, BMW X5M/X6M, Bentley’s upcoming SUV and any other premium brand sport-utes to hit the market.
Powering the new Lamborghini Urus SUV will be the company’s well-endowed 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 584 horsepower for the riding-high Bull. Additional details are expected to be released when Lamborghini officially unveils the Urus at the Beijing Motor Show. For now, enjoy the leaked official images of the Lamborghini Urus SUV below.
|J.F. Musial Meets Lamborghini’s Valentino Balboni: Video||
If you’re a fan of Lamborghini, you know the name Valentino Balboni. Best known as Lamborghini’s test driver, Balboni’s history with the company dates back to 1968 and a chance meeting with Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. The story is best told in Balboni’s own words, but here’s the two minute drill: in today’s process-obsessed world, there can never be another Valentino Balboni.
Balboni was trained by Lamborghini to become a test driver, and had no prior racing background. Instead, Balboni had a passion for cars, and learned early on to “listen” to what a car was trying to communicate. That’s easily lost with today’s technology-filled supercars, but in the early 1970s “listening” to cars like the Lamborghini Muira or Countach was an important part of self-preservation.
While we’d have liked to see more time with Balboni and less time with Musial touring the Italian countryside in a Gallardo Spyder, the video is worth watching. We’re not the fashion police, but we’ll still offer some free advice to Musial: when you’re going to meet one of the automotive world’s iconic figures, wearing a hoodie over a t-shirt is a bit inappropriate. Next time, buck up for a polo shirt, OK?
|Video: Lamborghini Teases ‘Unica’ Ahead of Geneva Motor Show Reveal||
Not only will Lamborghini take the wraps off of a new Aventador Roadster at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but they will introduce a completely new model named Unica. Many sources have speculated that the new Lamborghini Unica will be a production version of the Sesto Elemento Concept revealed at the Paris Motor Show back in 2010. The new teaser video, posted below, is a well-produced teaser of the new Lamborghini Unica. The Unica will be officially revealed this week on March 6th when the Geneva Motor Show kicks off.
|Heffner Performance Twin Turbo Lamborghini Gallardo Reborn w/ 1470 Horsepower||
We already know Jason Heffner and his team are dedicated to appeasing owners of some of the most exclusive exotic cars around with more horsepower than they ever dreamed of. As we discovered a couple years ago touring Jason’s shop, the process of taking an already-fast exotic car and making it faster is more involved than we ever imagined.
One of the latest creations to grace the local streets of North America, is a Twin Turbo Lamborghini Gallardo re-worked to produce 1470 crank-horsepower. That allows this all-wheel-drive Bull to lay down about 1236 wheel-horsepower (1470 crank-horsepower) to the pavement on race fuel. Using 91 octane, this beast is puts down about 800 wheel-horsepower.
One of the more interesting aspects of this build is that it was no virgin to modifications and has seen over 71,000 miles of asphalt in its lifetime. The owner surely does not baby this machine. After-all, it was made to run. In this particular case, it runs like a scalded dog.
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While Heffner Performance and its world wide network of installing dealers deliver multiple twin turbo builds to its customers every week, this particular project was unique enough to share more in detail.
This highly modified Gallardo came back to us recently for a complete engine refreshing and our latest twin turbo system.
The vehicle has approximately 71,000 miles (115,000 km) on it with about half of those miles (km) on the twin turbo system. It was not babied and its owner enjoys using the loud pedal…a lot.
The Gallardo was disassembled and freshened up with a new motor as the OEM fuel injectors and stock pumps had become clogged which resulted in multiple burnt cylinders.
Also, Les Wells, an employee of ZR Auto, came down to our Sarasota shop for the car’s teardown.
He returned when the engine was back from the machine shop so he could be there for a side by side experience of how to properly install a Heffner Performance Twin Turbo system in its entirety.
As with many of our global dealers, this experience for Les will further fine tune our dealer installed induction systems.
ZR Auto is our primary Western Canada distributor/installer. ZR Auto – Home
The engine provides an est. 920HP at the crank (800 whp) on Canadian spec 91 octane and an est. 1470 HP at the crank or 1236 whp on C16 race fuel.
Heffner Performance is a global provider of twin turbo induction systems for Audi, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Ford GT, Viper, and coming soon in early 2012…The McLaren MP4-12C.
|Report: Lamborghini Crossover SUV Rumored||
In a perfect world you could build an automobile for the masses, no matter how daring or bold the design was, and the majority of auto enthusiasts would naturally be attracted to your new creation. The same thing can be said for many new crossover SUVs, especially in the luxury market. Here in America we have taken a special liking to luxury crossovers such as the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Evoque and even the BMW X5/X6. Undoubtedly, there is a vast market for such vehicles.
The latest luxury automaker to reportedly have plans to roll out a new luxury crossover SUV, is Lamborghini. We already got wind of Bentley having an SUV on the drawing board while Maserati recently uncovered the Kubang concept, so this news is no surprise to us.
Automotive rumors are sometimes like the bubonic plague; sure it spreads fast, but you never really confirm its legitimacy until you experience the real thing for yourself.
According to Autonews, a senior source at Audi confirmed reports of Lamborghini getting into the SUV market with an aggressively styled crossover vehicle. Lately, images of such a vehicle have been circulating over the social networks and various automotive blogs from the Italian magazine Quattroruote.
There is really no reason for us to doubt this rumor especially considering that Lamborghini has stated that they will have “two surprises” for upcoming auto shows. One surprise for Beijing and one for Geneva. Quite possibly, one of the two surprises will be a new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster while the other may be the rumored crossover SUV.
|Autocar Drag Race Video: Benz SLS AMG vs. Porsche GT2 RS vs. Lamborghini Aventador||
I am always down for good old fashion drag race especially when the contestants include a selection of new exotic cars. The guys at Autocar get their hands on a new Benz SLS AMG, Porsche GT2 RS and a Lamborghini Aventador all at the same time. What do they do with these three beastly cars? They do what many of you reading this would do; take them to an open runway (or drag strip) to find out which one is the fastest. Sure, anyone can look up the stats of these three cars and see what they will do on paper. But what is the fun in that? Hit up the video below to find out which car leads the pack.
|Video: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Nails A 230 MPH Run||
I am sure everyone reading this would agree with me in saying that the new Lamborghini Aventador is an astonishing sports car even if you are not a fan of raging bulls. Despite the Aventador not being the fastest exotic car around, it still deserves some type of exclusive recognition for being one of the most talked-about exotic cars of this decade thus far.
When the official announcements of the new Aventador made its way onto automotive enthusiast sites such as AutomotiveAddicts.com, we all reiterated Lamborghini’s claimed top speed of 217mph for Lamborghini’s newest creation. Well that top speed may be true to many owners of the new Aventador but now the guys at Sport Auto pegged the Aventador at 230mph (370 km/h).
For proof of the 230 mph run, here is the exclusive Sport Auto Aventador making rounds at Hockenheim followed by a top speed run below. Enjoy!
|Lust-Worthy Cars In The Canyons Of Southern California||
Southern California is the center of the collector / exotic car universe, and nowhere is that more evident than the canyons of Mulholland Highway, near Malibu, California. YouTube poster RNickeymouse makes a living by filming motorcycle riders in some of the better corners, then selling them the footage and stills. Occasionally, he captures a few cars worth noting, too, like the ones in the video below.
If you’ve got a keen eye, you’ll spot Jay Leno (twice, in fact), and the list of cars captured is pretty impressive. There’s a Ferrari 599 GTO, a McLaren MP4-12C, a prototype Audi eTron Spyder, a few Ariel Atoms, a Caterham 7, a Bugatti Type 57 SC and even what looks to be an original Shelby Cobra. If idiots crossing double-yellow lines mid-corner raise your blood pressure, there’s some sweet justice in the middle of the video, too.