Cars
Jul 8

Test drive: How a sports car should evolve – the 2014 Porsche 911

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Seven generations later and the 2014 911 still retains its same iconic look that it had in the 1960s. (Photo courtesy )

For a full half century now, the Porsche 911 has defined what a pure, no compromises sports car can, and more importantly, should be.

And during the last 50 years, the 911 has stayed laser-focused and true to Porsche’s vision of a sports car through countless automotive trends, market changes and fads.

If you bought a 911 new in 1964 and a 2014 model today, you would instantly understand the connection, how what the German automaker created way back when has evolved into what it is today. The new 911, now in its seventh generation, is every bit as targeted today as it was in ’64. And that’s a very good thing indeed.

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Jul 8

Le Mans cars from 1923-79 race out onto circuit again

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Since 2002, the Le Mans has been held every other year on the Circuit de la Sarthe. (Photo courtesy Ultimatecarpage.com)

Introduction:

First held in 1923, the is one the greatest annual sports events. However, unlike most other events, Le Mans’ rich heritage can actually be celebrated by bringing the protagonists, the , back to the track.

Since 2002, this is done biennially with the Le Mans Classic. This twice-around-the-clock event features cars from the 1920s all the way through the early 1980s, spread over six grids.

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Jul 6

3D-Printed Car Could Lead American Manufacturing Revolution

The Strati is a 3D-printed electric sports car. (Photo: Local Motors)

The is a 3D-printed electric sports car. (Photo: Local Motors)

Local Motors wants to change the way America makes things. In fact, it already has.

The Phoenix-based automotive and industrial design and manufacturing outfit was one of the pioneers of cloud-based co-creation, where members of a 150,000-member strong online community submit and refine ideas for products, dramatically speeding up the process.

Founded in 2007, its first project was the Rally Fighter, a high-speed off-roader built from a mix of original parts and off-the-shelf components that’s manufactured in small numbers at what Local Motors calls a microfactory. Each vehicle it produces is an updated version of the one before it.

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Jul 5

Ferrari 250 GTO To Be Auctioned Off At The Quail

This Ferrari 250 GTO will be auctioned off in August. (Photo: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering)

This 250 GTO will be auctioned off in August. (Photo: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering)

We may see a new car receive the world’s most expensive title at this year’s The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering event on August 15, as a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is going under the hammer. Another 250 GTO sold for a staggering $52 million just last year, and the car coming up for sale next month could see that figure surpassed given the current mania in —only last weekend a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus sold for $18.3 million, and the 250 GTO is a much, much more desirable vehicle in the world of collectors.

The 250 GTO coming up for sale is the car with chassis #3851 GT. It was the 19th 250 GTO to be built, out of a 39-car run, and it has been in the one family’s care for no fewer than 49 years from 1965 until now. It will be sold by auction house Bonhams — at no reserve.

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Jul 5

Are ‘American’ Vehicles Going Extinct?

The Corvette Stingray is one of only 10 cars to qualify for the annual American-Made Index. (Photo: Chevrolet)

The Corvette Stingray is one of only 10 to qualify for the annual American-Made Index. (Photo: )

Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last.

Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands.

The F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in seventh and the Detroit-built SRT Viper rounded out the list in tenth.

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