Chris Harris and Tiff Needell face off for a race between the scintillating Ferrari 458 Speciale and Porsche 911 GT3 with hilarious results.
Mad Mike Whiddett drifts his four rotor Mazda RX-7 up the Goodwood hill climb at this year’s 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Former Top Gear presenter James May has been driving the new Ferrari 488 GTB, but not for Top Gear, rather for the Sunday Times.
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The BBC has released a trailer for what will be the last ever Top Gear episode to air with Clarkson, Hammond and May as hosts.
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Our first glimpse of the new Clarkson, Hammond and May TV show has been revealed at one of the live arena tours!
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Chris Harris has driven the brand new Ferrari 488 GTB supercar, Ferrari’s first new turbocharged supercar since the legendary F40.
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Ford has released a short clip of the new Shelby GT350R Mustang on track, giving us our first listen to its incredible race-derived 5.2-litre V8 engine.
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The insane Koenigsegg One:1 supercar has set a new lap record at Japan’s Suzuka race track despite less than ideal conditions.
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When this new Volvo owner was showing off their new car’s ‘self-park’ feature they didn’t realise it would become a funny viral video hit!
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The new Batmobile has been caught on video in Toronto while filming for the upcoming Batman Suicide Squad movie.
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A girl has been spotted in Monaco driving and skidding the fastest production supercar in the world, the Bugatti Veyron, during grand prix weekend.
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An awesome new Need For Speed game trailer has been officially revealed ahead of the game’s PC, XBOX One and PS4 launch later this year.
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Chris Harris gets behind the wheel of the fastest 991 generation Porsche 911 yet, the hardcore new 911 GT3 RS, for a drive on road and track in Germany.
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Here’s your chance to own a piece of Top Gear memorabilia as the E36 BMW M3 driven by Richard Hammond is up for auction.
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There has been another horrific Indy 500 crash during practice at the Indianapolis Speedway, making it two incidents in two weeks.
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Jalopnik reporter becomes the first person to crash the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro during a media event earlier this week.
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Indy 500 driver Helio Castroneves found himself upside down and airborne after losing control of his race car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice.
It really is quite amazing how safe top-tier open-wheel motorsport is these days. Back in the sixties, seventies and eighties motorsport was one of the most dangerous sports in the world and drivers were constantly being killed in massive accidents – as James Hunt once said of his Hesketh F1 car, ‘to all intensive purposes this thing’s a bomb on wheels’. It was incredibly dangerous – sure they had roll-over protection so they didn’t span their necks should things go south, but there was highly flammable fuel sloshing around either side of the cockpit and the chassises were no where near as strong as the carbon fibre ones we have today.
To see just how safe a current Indy car is take a look at the video below. Helio Castroneves lost control of his racer on the banking at Indianapolis during practice and the rear of the car slammed into the wall at what was probably around 180mph, the car spun backwards but what happened next was really rather spectacular. The car took off and became airborne and flew around 30 meters down the track backwards. Eventually the car hit the track and righted itself, but the lack of damage to the car and its driver are truly remarkable. The front and rear wings were torn off during the impact and one of the front wheels snapped off, but otherwise it looks to be in decent shape. And Helio Castroneves walked away with nothing but a slightly hurt ego we suspect. Despite the incident, he returned to the track later in the practice session and the fifteenth fastest lap time! Amazing.
Check out the video below.
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Former Top Gear presenters Clarkson, Hammond and May have released their first promotional video for their new live shows.
The boys are officially back filming again, and they’ve released their first new footage footage since the Clarkson fracas. The short video which you can see below is a promotional clip for the trio’s Clarkson, Hammond and May Live stadium tour, and the show now has its own Youtube account. They’ve also started the hashtag ‘#BackOnTheRoad’ which you can follow as the boys travel around the world presenting their live show.
Initially it was thought that the live shows, previously held under the ‘Top Gear’ banner would not go ahead following the Clarkson incident. However, things will go ahead as normal, but under the new ‘Clarkson, Hammond and May Live’ name.
Check out the first promotional video below featuring Clarkson and Hammond… and James May’s piano….
As for the remaining filmed Top Gear episodes from season 22 that are yet to be shown, they’re expected to air later this year during the European summer. BBC executives have made it clear they intend to show the final episodes, especially given how high the ratings would be with the hype that the Clarkson controversy has caused.
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Porsche 918, LaFerrari, Koenigsegg One:1, and a load of other crazy supercars hit their top speeds drag racing at VMAX 200.
This weekend the VMAX 200 event was held in the U.K at an old airfield that’s often used to performance test quick cars. VMAX 200 is an event open to the public where drivers can push their cars to their limits racing down the runway against other drivers. The cars include Nissan GT-Rs, Audi R8s, McLarens, Lamborghinis LaFerrari and Ferrari 458, Porsche 918, Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Zondas and even a couple of Koenigseggs including the 1360hp One:1.
While the runway isn’t long enough for all cars to reach their absolute top speeds but most of the really quick ones were able to reach speeds in excess of 180mph. And the insane Koenigsegg One:1 managed over 220mph – still someway off its theoretical v-max of 270mph.
The video below gives you a behind the scenes look at the event from the perspective of Car Throttle founder and CEO Adnan Ebrahim. It even includes a passenger ride in the Porsche 918 Spyder and appearances from Youtube supercar celebrity Lord Aleem.
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Ferrari celebrates its legendary test driver Dario Benuzzi by tossing him the keys to some of the brand’s most exciting supercars.
This is one of the few times where you’ll see all of Ferrari’s greatest ever hypercars on track at the same time. We’re talking the new boy LaFerrari, legendary Enzo, the amazing F50 and the breathtaking F40 all sharing the Fiorano test track. These are Ferrari’s rarest, most extreme cars ever. They’re poster cars that defined their generations.
The reason Ferrari has decided to crack open the vault and get these four incredible machines is to celebrate its long-serving test driver Dario Benuzzi. Benuzzi has been at Ferrari since 1971 and he’s driven everything from the 288 GTO to the utterly insane FXXK LaFerrari race car. He’s played a crucial role in defining how every Ferrari of the modern era drives, and you’d have to say he’s done a pretty damn good job.
As a thank you to the cool Italian driver, Ferrari let him drive the LaFerrari, Enzo, F50 and F40 on track. Naturally, all cars are finished in Rosso Corsa red. To get those four cars on track at the same time is a proper bucket-list sort of thing and an awesome way to say thank you.
Check out the awesome Ferrari video below.
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The wild new Batmobile for the upcoming Batman v Superman movie has been revealed in a new viral video.
Good news! There’s a new Batman movie on the way, and that means it will soon be cool to wear black leather attire and a cape again… Um, there’s also a new very exciting looking Batmobile which has been revealed in this short thirty second clip, and it looks angry. Christopher Nolan’s old Tumbler Batmobile has been swapped for a lower, sleeker machine that looks like a Star Wars spaceship on wheels. It’s really cool, and fitted with a pair of forward facing guns to take down the inevitable baddies.
Speaking of villains, we can’t tell you anything more about the upcoming movie apart from the fact that it will also include another old-school superhero in the form of the one and only Superman. Judging by the title ‘Batman v Superman,’ they will probably verse each other in some capacity.
As for the nitty gritty details of the new Batmobile, they’re pretty scarce at the moment as well. The old Tumbler machine was powered by a 5.7-litre Chevy V8 engine producing around 400hp. The new car will probably use a similar drivetrain due to its reliability and cost-effectiveness – they’re probably going to smash a few of these things during filming.
Anyway, check out the short video of the new Batmobile below.
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Lewis Hamilton has taken delivery of his brand new McLaren P1 supercar in Monaco just days after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Current Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has treated himself to one of the world’s fastest and most exclusive supercars, the McLaren P1. Just 499 P1’s will ever be built, and this 903hp hybrid rocket ship can accelerate from 0-62mph in under three seconds and 0-184mph in around 16 seconds. This phenomenal performance comes curtesy of a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which is supplemented by a pair of electric motors to give a total of 903hp.
The P1 also features one of the most aggressive and advanced aerodynamic packages ever fitted to a production car, capable of delivering 600kg of downforce in Race mode. In Race mode the P1’s massive rear wing fully extends and the car lowers right down to the ground. In fact, the McLaren P1 is so extreme in its Race mode that it’s actually illegal to use this setting on the road.
Thanks to its electric motors, the P1 can also be driven in silent emissions-free electric mode for around 6 miles. Even without the V8 engine in use, the P1 is just as fast as a Golf GTI or Fiesta ST – both decently fast cars.
Lewis Hamilton took delivery of his unique McLaren P1 in Monaco earlier this week, just days after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix. The car is finished in a unique electric blue colour with special blue pinstripes on the wheels and body. Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton can be seen collecting the McLaren P1 in the video below (he’s the guy wearing the blue clothes and hat).
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Another Youtube prankster has released a rich versus poor viral video, showing how restaurant workers react to a homeless guy in a Ferrari.
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Just because someone dresses a certain way, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re poor or homeless. The viral video below shows what happens when a poor person attempts to dine at a fancy restaurant. Despite having the cash to pay for the meal, the supposedly homeless person isn’t allowed inside and is told to leave the premises. An hour later the same ‘homeless person’ returns in nice clothes and most importantly a new Ferrari 458 supercar. The reactions of the restaurant workers is priceless.
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The creators of XBOX One’s Forza Horizon 2 car game have teamed up with the Fast and Furious 7 guys to bring the movie cars to your living room.
You can now drive your favourite cars from the new Fast and Furious 7 movie on XBOX One’s Forza Horizon 2. Forza Horizon is basically an RPG for car guys (and gals) where you drive around a massive map looking for other gamers to race against, or you can do arcade style mission races. It’s a lot less structured than the usual Forza games that generally stick to set race tracks and car modifications are limited.
There’s loads of cars to choose from as well with plenty of scope for modification. And Turn 10 studios is constantly releasing new car packs that you can purchase to broaden the game even further. The latest car pack has been inspired by the new Fast and Furious 7 movie and gives gamers the chance to drive their favourite cars from the movie. The pack includes Dom’s ballistic supercharged Dodge Charger, Brian’s Toyota Supra, the Plymouth Cuda and Road Runner, 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, Maserati Ghibli and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The only car missing is the Fast and Furious 7 Subaru WRX STI, though the standard car is already part of the game.
The Fast and Furious 7 downloadable content will cost $5, which is the same price as every other Forza Horizon 2 car pack, but this one includes three more cars than usual. The Forza Horizon 2 Fast and Furious 7 car pack is available to download now and you can check out the cars in action in the video below.
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The emotional ending to Fast and Furious 7 has got Paul Walker fans in tears with a touching tribute.
Don’t worry, we’re not here to spoil the ending to Fast and Furious 7. The video below isn’t the actual final scene of the new Fast and Furious 7 movie, it’s the music video that accompanies the “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa soundtrack, itself a very touching and evocative tribute video to the late Paul Walker.
You can check out the music video below. But I strongly suggest you go see the movie in the cinemas to see the incredible final scene, it genuinely is a tear-jerker.
I watched my first Fast and Furious movie when I was about eight years old. I already liked cars, but after seeing Paul Walker’s character Brian ‘blow the welds on his intake’ it started to become an obsession. He was a massive influence for me growing up, to the point where my career is now writing about and driving cars, and now I really couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. Even though I knew Paul’s character Brian was fictional I somewhat idolised him as a young boy – he was just a slick cool dude with morality and nobility who loved Skylines.
I’m sure there are thousands of others out there who have been influenced by Paul Walker’s role in the Fast and Furious franchise. And to those people, he will forever be remembered as a brother.
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When a McLaren P1 supercar pulls up alongside a Nissan GT-R at the lights the only reasonable thing to do is stage a little drag race.
The Nissan GT-R has long been one of the fastest accelerating performance cars in the world, capable of cracking 62mph in under three seconds. When it launched it was one of the few cars available to boldly claim a sub-three second sprint time, but with the arrival of the three hybrid hypercars from Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren the sub-three club has grown significantly.
The video below shows what happens when a 903hp McLaren P1 pulls up alongside a modified Nissan GT-R at the lights. This isn’t a proper drag race that’s truly representative of each car’s relative performance and neither cars used launch control. We also don’t know exactly how much power the GT-R is punching out or what specific modifications it’s running.
While the video isn’t completely representative, it is at least interesting to see what two seriously quick supercars can do to the average car with the throttle planted.
Check out the viral video below.
Note: the McLaren P1 didn’t appear to go full throttle until a second or so after the GT-R.
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Chris Harris spends two days in a McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar to see what it’s like to use a 900hp supercar on the road.
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Motoring website Edmunds counts down the top ten greatest Fast and Furious cars driven by Paul Walker.
The Fast and Furious movie franchise has given us some of the greatest and most iconic movie cars of all time since its inception in the year 2000. These movies, the early ones in particular, inspired a generation to start modifying their cars and while not always in good taste it brought modified car culture to the masses.
While Vin Diesel’s character Dom and his legendary Dodge Charger is like the series’ unicorn character – the one that appears in some state or another in every movie – Paul Walker’s character Brian has always driven some truly awesome machines.
Where Diesel’s character is all about old muscle cars and superchargers, Walker’s has a love affair with Japanese turbocharged pocket rockets. The only times he didn’t drive a Jap tuner car is 2 Fast 2 Furious where he swaps his Mitsubishi Evo 7 for a Yenko Camaro for the big jump onto the boat stunt. He also drove a Dodge Charger cop car and a few others.
Paul Walker’s character Brian always had a connection with the Nissan Skyline, which started in 2 fast 2 Furious where his silver R34 GT-R only appears for a few minutes, enough though to cement it in petrol head folklore.
So, which Paul Walker car did Edmunds pick as the greatest of all? Check out the video below.
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Dodge claims its new Charger Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful production sedan the world has ever seen, here it verifies its 204mph top speed.
There are some crazy fast sedans currently on the market, including the bonkers V8 AMG-powered Mercedes’, BMW M cars, Audi RS models and even the Cadillac CTS-V. But none punch harder or go faster (probably because the other cars have speed limiting devices fitted) than the 204mph Dodge Charger Hellcat, pushing 707hp from its 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine.
Dodge claim it to be the quickest, fastest and most powerful production sedan ever built – capable of covering the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds, hitting 204mph flat out and delivering 707hp.
The video below shows the Charger Hellcat in its final phase of development, undergoing high-speed testing. The development car in the video is identical to the final production car in every way and averaged a top speed of 204.55mph in a two way high-speed run. It truly is supercar pace. The fact that it only costs $63,995 in the United States makes it one of the best bang-for-your-bucks performance cars in the world. If only it was available in right-hand-drive….
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Chris Harris takes to the track in the new Porsche Cayman GT4, the fastest and most track-focused Cayman to date.
We’re only three months in, but this is possibly the most hotly anticipated car of 2015. It’s the Porsche Cayman GT4, the car that finally takes the Cayman – regarded by some as Porsche’s sweetest steering model – and turns up the volume to eleven.
Since the mid-engine coupe was introduced some ten years ago there has been a suspicion that Porsche was deliberately holding back its performance to protect the more iconic and expensive 911. Not anymore, because Porsche has given the Cayman to its motorsport division – the people responsible for the 911 GT3, the GT3 cup car and the slightly mental GT2 RS from the 997 generation 911. The GT car engineers know how to make a car go, steer and stop better than anyone else in the business, so the Cayman GT4 should be pretty good.
In terms of its power and straight line performance it seems just a rung above the lesser Cayman GTS, but actually this is more or less a whole different animal. It’s got the larger 3.8-litre flat six engine from the 911 Carrera S producing 375hp in this application instead of the standard 3.4-litre. Suspension has been changed completely, the entire front axle is borrowed from the bigger 911 GT3 and the rear suspension has been re-designed and re-engineered. The carbon ceramic brakes are also taken from the GT3.
The only thing that hasn’t been dramatically changed from the Cayman GTS is the gearbox. Ah yes, the most appealing thing about the new GT4 for some will be the fact that it’s only available with a six-speed manual gearbox. The GT4’s ‘box features shorter throws and a more precise feeling, say Porsche.
So what does all this machinery look like in action? We’ll let Chris Harris show you…
BONUS CLIP: What’s the third pedal for?
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Internet star, professional hoon and tyre wrecker Chris Harris walks us round the supercar packed 2015 Geneva motor show.
The Geneva motor show is the biggest motoring event on the calendar, it’s where all the hottest and most exciting new cars are revealed for the first time and usually they’re fast cars. This motor show is basically an ideal place for manufacturers to show off their most technologically advanced performance models and compete for the spotlight. You can usually tell who’s ‘winning’ the Geneva motor show by how many journalists turn up to each manufacturer’s press announcements. When ever a new Ferrari is unveiled people tend to pay attention – reveal a new Ssangyong cross over and well, you get the idea.
Before Chris Harris walks us round the Geneva motor show and makes lots of hilariously rude jokes, I’ll give you some of my own highlights from the show. I’m a huge fan of the Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg, and their two Geneva show cars were serious stand-outs. The Regera hybrid is an 1800hp rear-wheel drive monster which packs a 1080hp twin-turbo V8 engine and three electric motors which give a total of 700hp. A Bugatti Veyron takes around a minute to reach 248mph (400km/h), this car takes less than 20 seconds. It’s completely nuts. Less extreme is Koenigsegg’s Agera RS, a lightweight track version of the standard 1080hp Agera. Other highlights include the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4, Audi R8 and its GT3 race car R8 LMS cousin, and curiously, the new Skoda Superb.
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Limited edition 1035hp LaFerrari based Ferrari FXX K race car laps Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit.
Before Ferrari officially announced its race-car version of the LaFerrari hybrid hyper car, rumours speculated that the model would ditch the V12 engine for a modified version of Ferrari’s 1.6-litre turbo V6 Formula One motor.
Were glad those rumours turned out to be false and a naturally aspirated V12 remained at the heart of the FXX K, because not even the latest F1 cars can match the aural lunacy pouring from the exhaust pipes of the latest V12 racer from Maranello.
Combined power output from the musical V12 with electrical assistance is 1035hp – 72hp more than the LaFerrari -, weight is down thanks to a bare-bones interior, and those odd-looking dual rear wings help the FXX K produce 50 per cent more downforce than the car it’s based on.
Now, listen to it turn petrol into rather loud noises – it’s FxxKing fantastic (yes, we went there).
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