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Lamborghini Veneno arrives at Geneva

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The Veneno is based on the Aventador, though the body is restyled with an even greater emphasis on aerodynamics and downforce. The two Lamborghinis share a similar carbon-fiber reinforced polymer monocoque, though the Veneno’s roof is cut in a more severe fashion. It’s also marked by scissor doors, prominent wheel arches, huge openings to cool the engine, a central fin and an adjustable rear wing.

Like the bones, the powertrain is based on the Aventador, and the Geneva supercar runs a 6.5-liter V12 pushing out 740 hp paired with a seven-speed Independent Shifting Rods transmission. Power is routed to the ground via permanent all-wheel drive, and top speed is 221 mph.

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The Veneno rolls on 20-inch wheels in front with 21s in back. The cabin is dripping in carbon fiber, with the monocoque visible to the passengers in the center tunnel and sill. The seats and headliner are also coated in a carbon-fiber skin. Enticingly, the supercar is designed for the track, but also is street legal. The Veneno takes its name from a strong and aggressive bull known for its brutality. Expect nothing less from the latest Lamborghini.
Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130304/geneva/130309983#ixzz2Mc9eFXHw
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Paris Bonhams Auction – Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

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On Feb. 7 — less than one month after the Scottsdale auction concludes — London-based auction house Bonhams will host a Paris event they’re calling “Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais.”

That’s French for ‘The Great Marques of the World at the Grand Palais,” with the Grand Palais being a historic Beaux-Arts exhibition structure located on the Champs-Élysées.

It’s a premium location, and everything set to cross the block — from memorabilia to motorcycles — reflects that. The more than 600 lots include books, hood ornaments, posters, cars, motorcycles and even the De Havilland Gipsy Moth biplane used in the filming of Out of Africa.


2012 in Review – Art of the State

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 18,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


BMW M6 Gran Coupe set for Detroit

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BMW has revealed its 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8-powered M6 Gran Coupe in a series of official photographs ahead of the sleek four-door’s public debut in January at the Detroit auto show.

Set to rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo and upcoming Audi RS7, the latest M-car sets out to broaden the scope of the existing M6 lineup, providing added levels of practicality and improved comfort through the adoption of two extra doors and greater rear seat accommodation than its coupe and convertible siblings, alongside which it will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing factory in Germany from early 2013.

The car arrives in North America in early summer of next year with a price tag around $110,000.

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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force – Debut @ L.A. Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz will reveal the Ener-G-Force concept vehicle later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

It’s an imposing seven-seater dressed in highway-patrol vehicle guise, and it also provides the centerpiece for the German carmaker’s entry into this year’s Los Angeles Design Challenge.

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As Mercedes’ entry for this year’s Los Angeles Design Challenge, which seeks a highway-patrol vehicle for the year 2025, the Ener-G-Force’s proposed driveline consists of four wheel-mounted, hydrogen-powered electric motors. Water held in containers on the roof and a so-called Hydro-Tech converter provides electricity that is stored in batteries within the concept car’s broad sills, which also act as tread plates. Mercedesprojects a range of up to 497 miles.Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20121116/losangeles/121119917#ixzz2CU7WJBmZ

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20121116/losangeles/121119917#ixzz2CU6vGQfK

 


Lesula Monkey found in Africa – Look Familiar?

“Who does this remind you of? Respond in comments and I will post if appropriate.”

Researchers have identified a new species of African monkey, locally known as the lesula.

Read and listen to the story at NPR.ORG link:

http://tinyurl.com/9xsue8w


Audi S6 0-60 3.7 Seconds & Snake River Jump?

Nothing truly exhilarating ever really happens in a few seconds — until now. The new 2013 Audi S6 accelerates from 0-60 in a mere 3.7 seconds and was recently ranked “The World’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver over the M5 and E63. Warning: Your adrenalin may rise as fast as the speedometer.

There are a lot of things slower than an S6. Car and Driver recently clocked it running to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and named it the World’s Best Sedan—ahead of the BMW M5 & Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. What are some other things slower than our new Audi S6? Autoweek.com

Follow this link to the Car and Driver story http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2013-audi-s6-vs-2013-bmw-m5-2012-merc…


Audi RS 5 Cabriolet – 2013 Official Pix

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Dynamic performance where the sky’s the limit – Audi introduces the RS 5 Cabriolet. The four-seat convertible with a cloth soft top entices with a unique combination of elegance and power. Its 4.2 FSI, a high-revving naturally aspirated V8 engine, outputs 331 kW (450 hp). It accelerates the high-performance sports car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

Read much more here: http://tinyurl.com/cd5j9vx


Willys-Overland Jeepster

All photos from autoweek.com

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Kansas – Live in Omaha 1982 remaster [FULL SHOW]

Enjoy this full show by old era Kansas! I’ve digitally enhanced both sound and image (in 16:9) to make this 30 year old gem shine again. In 1981 Kansas was the top grossing live act worldwide and this recording from the following year clearly shows the reasons for that: unsurpassed individual musical skills and impeccably tight playing as a collective. Live the band sounded even better than on their studio albums. I mean, just compare the album version of a song like Crossfire to what you hear here… This is the original line-up minus Steve Walsh, who had left a few months before and had been replaced by John Elefante. Also helping out during the Vinyl Confessions live shows was Warren Ham, formerly of Bloodrock. He would later be asked to join Toto but went on and joined Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope instead to form the band AD. Interestingly enough, after Kansas’ initial demise in 1984 John Elefante was also asked to join Toto as their new lead singer, but he declined as well.