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Hype News: Lamborghini Bringing Driving School To Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Posted on 08.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its easy to make a car go fast.  Just push the pedal down as far as it will go.  However, driving fast is a different story.  The ability to drive fast on a track (something that is also known as “racecraft”) is not so easy.  It does come naturally to some people but most of us (including me) need help!  That’s where a driving school comes into play.  Beyond being the coolest thing that still has the word “school” in it, driving schools are the best way to find out how much natural talent you have and build on it to get faster.

There are many different driving schools out there, most notably Skip Barber and Bondurant.  Audi recently opened their own school at Sonoma Raceway, Porsche is in the process of opening up their own school and track here in Long Beach, CA, and now it looks like Lamborghini is expanding their driving school program to the USA and setting up shop at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!  Unfortunately it looks like it will only be a temporary thing as “Lamborghini Accademia” will only be at the legendary race track for a few days (September 14-17).

So, there you have it.  If you have ever wanted to drive a Lamborghini Huracan down the famous “corkscrew” then now is your chance!  If you want to sign up it will set you back about 5 grand which is a bit of a shock but that price covers everything from the actual driving school to accommodations at a nice near by hotel, food, and more.  So, really its not too bad considering the experience.  Visit http://www.squadracorse.lamborghini.com for more info!  There is also a few more tidbits in the press release below.

Press Release:

Track Accademia Debuts at Legendary Laguna Seca Circuit

Lamborghini Accademia will host its first-ever North American performance driving school – from September 14-17 – at renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The lead role for this year’s global Accademia program is the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which has achieved great commercial success since its debut earlier this year.

The Accademia, developed by the brand’s motorsports team, Squadra Corse, provides Lamborghini clients with intense driving courses on the track, allowing them to take the first steps into the world of motorsports. It’s a captivating combination of high performance vehicles on some of the world’s legendary race tracks coupled with fine dining and hospitality.

The one-day event is designed to challenge participants with morning exercises including slalom, acceleration, braking, drifting and section training at Laguna Seca’s key corners such as the famous Corkscrew. The afternoon is spent applying the learning into full-course lapping, utilizing one-on-one and video coaching.

At the end of the day each of the 24 participants will receive a certificate from Lamborghini Squadra Corse stating their completion of the course.

After Laguna Seca, Lamborghini Accademia goes back on the road with a stop at Hockenheim, Germany on October 1-2. Winter Accademia event dates, for the 2014-2015 season, will be announced shortly.

For further details on the program and to enroll in the Lamborghini Accademia,
log on to: http://www.squadracorse.lamborghini.com.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which made its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the successor to the iconic Gallardo and redefines the luxury super sports car driving experience with its innovative technology and outstanding performance. The Aventador LP 700-4, in Coupé and Roadster offerings, represents the reference point in the world of V12-powered, luxury super sports cars. With 129 dealerships worldwide, in little more than half a century Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of extraordinary, exclusive cars that include the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, and several limited series like the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, the Egoista and the Veneno Roadster, were created to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary year in 2013.

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Tuner Hype: John Benton Loves Classic Porsches…Like Seriously Loves Them.. (With Video)

Posted on 04.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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They say there are many breeds of “car people” but if you really want to generalize there are really just two.  The first breed is the person who just loves cars of almost all makes models shapes and sizes which is what I would fall into.  The second breed are those who fall hopelessly in love with just one make and/or model of car.  This breed tends to be made up of the crazy ones, and innovators of our culture.  They can find ways to completely re-invent a car without bastardizing its intended aesthetic.  They will make the object of their affection better without changing anything that they loved about it in the first place.  John Benton is of the latter breed.  Mr. Benton loves Porsche but not just any Porsche, the classic Porsches such as the 1963 901.  Benton loves to take these classic Porsches and make them better in the most significant and yet insignificant ways imaginable all while keeping everything completely vintage and original-ish.  If you want a better idea of what I am talking about then check out the video below.

[Source: Fatlace.com]

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Event Hype: Mother’s Car Polish Exotic Car Show (Gallery)

Posted on 04.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Here we are with another gallery from the epic Long Beach Grand Prix weekend.  As you may or may not know, the TUDOR series has their race on Saturday, so come Saturday night their paddock clears out as they head off to the next race.  In its place on Sunday morning is a cavalcade of luxury and exotic cars filling the lot completely and its all furnished by Mother’s Car Polish.  First thing Sunday morning I headed out to the newly filled lot and started shooting away.  Granted, not every car there was photo worthy but I snapped the best stuff and now I am presenting it all to you in a new gallery.  Just scroll down to check it out.

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Event Hype: Offset Kings Showocase Long Beach (Gallery)

Posted on 04.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There was a lot happening on the streets of Long Beach last weekend and we have pictures of it all!  We are kicking off our coverage with a gallery of the Offset Kings showcase brought to you from the team at illest/hellaflush/fatlace.  The showcase brought out some of the best cars in the so cal area and beyond.  Granted there were a few cars that probably shouldn’t have been there but I didn’t take pictures of those so it works out.  All you need to know is that I shot pictures of the best cars there (which is a lot) all for your viewing pleasure.  Below is the embedded facebook gallery of all the pretty automobiles so scroll down and enjoy!

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Hype Meet: Cars And Coffee Irvine 3-15-14

Posted on 03.19.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ok this site was starting to get a little dusty so its time to push forward again with some fresh new content.  We are starting off with my return to Cars And Coffee Irvine last weekend.  In all honesty I just visited to get a little extra shooting time in before I headed off to the Formula Drift Tech Day AKA Source Interlink casting call.  However, I lucked out in the fact that it just so happened that Porsche decided to bring a genuine production-spec 918 Spyder to the event!  News of the Spyder’s appearance brought out many of my industry friends and colleagues like Jon Sibal, Bisi of Bisimoto engineering, and even my old friend and mentor Craig Lieberman!  In fact, I ran into so many people that I haven’t seen in a long time that I actually didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted! But I have a healthy bunch of photos below.  Enjoy!

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Hype: Want To Smell Like A Lamborghini? Well You Can With New “L” Cologne. Seriously, Lamborghini Made A Cologne…

Posted on 02.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Some people love “new car” smell.  I think its pretty nice too (as long as it doesn’t contain harmful toxins) but I think one of the best new car smells comes from exotic cars.  Frequenting car shows as much as I do I have inhaled my share of alcantara, leather, carbon fiber, and ABS plastic in my time and it is quite intoxicating (no pun intended).  However, would anyone of you actually want to wear that scent?  Lamborghini is hoping so as they just announced that they will be launching their own cologne at the Geneva Motorshow called “L”.   Seriously, this is happening.  Crazy right?

I am sure that “L” won’t actually smell like a Lamborghini interior but technically its possible since they never say it won’t smell like a Lamborghini…  If you are interested in a leather wrapped bottle of “L” then get in line fast as Lamborghini says they will only produce 999 vials of the stuff.  If you miss out then don’t fret too much because Lamborghini says they will actually produce three more scents after this in the near future.  I wonder what the next one will be; Acuqa Di Exhaust Pour Homme perhaps?

Press Release:

Sant’Agata Bolognese, 21 February 2014. Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, the clothing and accessories line with the DNA of the House of the Raging Bulls’ super sports cars, presents the Spring-Summer 2014 collection.

The must-have

The newest product in the collection is definitely the perfume “L”, for men who love essential, unique luxury. The first of the four fragrances, a limited edition with only 999 produced, will be presented in a world preview at the Geneva Show on 4 March. The perfume, designed by a creative team and perfume experts for Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, extends the values of the worldfamous super sports car brand to an olfactory experience. “L” is the first perfume by Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, extending the product range for the first time to fragrances for men.

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Hype Video: On Board Lap Of Sepang In A Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO Because Friday

Posted on 02.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ever wonder what its like to take a lap around the legendary Sepang circuit?  What about taking a lap around Sepang in a purpose built go-fasty-fast Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO?  I wonder that too!  Although its unlikely (for me anyway) that such an experience will ever happen.  However, we can at least know what it would look like thanks to Ferrari posting this video on their YouTube channel.  Scroll down and take a ride with driver Paul Van Lohenhout as he hits every apex Sepang has to offer!

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Hype: Here Are Some Pictures Of The Porsche 918 Spyder Because Reasons And Because Porsche

Posted on 02.19.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I am trying to re-organize things on my computer and I figured out that for some inexplicable reason I took a bunch of pictures of the beautiful Porsche 918 Spyder at the 2013 LA Auto Show but didn’t post them.  Again, I have no idea why I didn’t but I didn’t so I am rectifying that horrible mistake right now by posting them!  Please click the thumbnails below and enjoy!

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Hype: McLaren 650S Coupe Is More “12C 2.0″ Than Completely New, But That’s Just Fine

Posted on 02.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I got super excited when McLaren Automotive dropped a teaser for a new car that would debut at Geneva and slot in between the MP4-12C and the P1 hyper-car.  While my imagination ran wild with what could be, a colleague suggested to me that it will likely just be another special edition 12C.  Personally I was really hoping against that.  Not that I have any problem with the 12C but to see a completely new car from McLaren so soon after the P1′s release would be pretty damn awesome.  Turns out that we were both right in sorts.

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Like the title of this post suggests the 650S (the 650 representing the HP and the “S” meaning sports) is essentially an evolution of the 12C by using some of the things they learned from building the P1.  This pretty much why the 650S looks like a P1 from the front.  The McLaren engineers also employed more than a few new aerodynamic bits to add improved downforce over the 12C (the extra 25HP doesn’t hurt either).  So while I am a bit bummed that the 650S is more “new” than new, I still think that a next-level 12C is still pretty damn awesome.  The real signs of if this car will take off is how the world will react to the 650S’ most important number: MSRP.  We should know more about that when it makes its debut in Geneva on March 4th.  For more pictures of the McLaren 650S feel free to click on any of the thumbnails and for more details check out the official press release below.

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Press Release:

Designed and developed to give the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement

  • The McLaren 650S will offer the widest breadth of capabilities of any supercar
  • Coupé and Spider, with electrically retractable hardtop, to be available from Spring 2014 launch
  • Joins McLaren’s range of supercars above 12C, which continues on sale
  • Uniquely enhanced active aerodynamics and ProActive Chassis Control systems optimise the capabilities and usability

McLaren Automotive will return to the International Geneva Motor Show this year with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet.

The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1™, and learns from both models as well as 50 years of competing in the highest levels of motorsport. Available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high performance supercar segment, and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.

The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) – of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement.  Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale.

The design is inspired by the McLaren P1™, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the McLaren P1™. The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.

The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet the air is being worked harder and more efficiently as it flows over, and through, the functional bodywork. At 150 mph, downforce levels are increased by 24 percent.

‘As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,’ says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt.  ‘The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.

Unique side intakes behind the dihedral doors feed large, efficiently packaged, radiators which help provide the cooling requirements of the mid-mounted, compact engine. A new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is unique to the model, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres to offer optimised roadholding, handling and driver feedback – the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tyres have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.

The McLaren 650S builds on experience from success on the track, and groundbreaking technologies fitted to other McLaren models. Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1™, have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S. The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability.  The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. Below the Airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shaping of the McLaren 650S.

The pioneering ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, developed by McLaren, has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.

‘McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.’

The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered. Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.

The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupéand Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT) on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.

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Hype: McLaren Automotive Gives Us Tingly Feelings By Teasing New “650S” Supercar Before Geneva Motorshow

Posted on 02.12.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Let’s face it, while they may have their quirks McLaren Automotive can do no wrong.  They have yet to make a misstep since they set off in their epic quest to produce the greatest supercars on the face of the planet.  No one thought they would ever top themselves and produce something better than the legendary McLaren F1 and then they blew everyone’s mind with the P1.  So, taking all of that into account any news that McLaren is working on another car is automatically good news; which is exactly what we got today!

McLaren Automotive has officially announced that they are set to reveal a new supercar dubbed the 650S at the Geneva Motorshow and have teased the interwebs with a glimpse of the car’s badge but that is about all they teased.  All the really important stuff (engine, HP, configuration, number of doors, weight) will all be left to the official reveal but McLaren did state that the 650S is meant to slot between the MP4-12C and the P1 so we already know that this new vehicle will not be an “entry level” McLaren, rather a car for someone who wants something more than a 12C but doesn’t have the connects (or the cash) to step up to a P1.

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Although while it will be technically in the middle of the line up I doubt it will have “middle” performance.  I can’t wait to see what this car is all about! You can click the thumbnail to see a full size image of the teaser and scroll below for the incredibly short press release.

Press Release:

McLaren Automotive will reveal at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show the latest addition to its range of groundbreaking supercars – the McLaren 650S.

Designed and developed to offer the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, as well as dramatic yet beautiful styling, the McLaren 650S is the result of 50 years of competing, and winning, at the highest levels of motorsport.  It takes learnings from both the 12C as well as the sell-out McLaren P1™ and will be positioned between the two on McLaren Automotive’s supercar grid.

More details of the McLaren 650S will be announced in the run-up to the car’s global reveal which will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT), Tuesday 4 March 2014 in Geneva.

[Source: McLaren Automotive]

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