Why ‘Ferrari’ Is A Banned Search Term In China

2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Don’t you just love to be able to type ‘ferrari’ into Google to see hundreds of images, reviews, videos and more? Not if you live in China.

In fact, if you live in China you might not even be able to read this article. Unfortunately for some Chinese car enthusiasts, state censors have supposedly been banning searches for Ferrari on micro-blogging sites.

It’s all about image. It seems The Prancing Horse has become the symbol for so-called “princelings,” wealthy young Chinese who use their parents’ privileges in the Communist elite to afford luxuries.

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It all began in 2011 when the son of then-high-ranking politician Bo Xilai was spotted cruising around Beijing in a red Ferrari, a vehicle much more expensive than he should have been able to afford.

Once this started trending on Chinese social media, censors began blocking searches for Ferrari in the colour red. The Italian brand was censored again briefly in 2012 when a Chinese investor crashed his Prancing Horse into two other cars in Singapore.

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It happened again in 2012 when the son of a top Communist party official was killed when he crashed his black Ferrari in Beijing. The crash was barely covered in state media but became such a hot topic on social networks for Ferrari to be banned again.

However, on 13th February there was another fatal Ferrari crash in Beijing which reportedly trended on social media with no censorship. Watch this space…

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Source: Autoblog

Lamborghini Gallardo Goes Skiing

Lamborghini Gallardo On Ski Slope

If you think the Winter Olympics are awesome, wait until you see this video. It’s a Lamborghini Gallardo. On a ski slope. Again, it’s a Lamborghini Gallardo. On a ski slope.

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The turns, the skids, the speed and the snow whipping around it is all brilliant. However the best part of the video by far is the bemused ski-slope user who watches it go past him, looks very confused, then carries on as normal.

We do not recommend trying this at home…

Leaked: McLaren 650S Revealed Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

McLaeen 650S

Late last week McLaren announced it will be bringing a new model to the Geneva Motor Show called the 650S. However before McLaren has had a chance to reveal the new model, images have been leaked online.

It seems to be an MP4-12C with revised styling to more closely resemble the P1. It also features an updated interior and is said to be more powerful.

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The name suggests a 650 metric horsepower output from what we can assume to be the same 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 that powers the 12C and the P1.

What remains to be seen is whether the 650S will replace the 12C or continue in production alongside it. The industry whispers seem to suggest that McLaren will run them both together and see how sales go…

McLaren 650S

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Source: Autoblog

Xzibit’s Matte White And Red Bugatti Veyron From Gumball 3000

Xzibit’s Matte White and Red Bugatti Veyron From Gumball 3000

This Bugatti Veyron belongs to none other than rapper and former ‘Pimp My Ride’ host Xzibit. Finished in a stunning matte white with a hint of light pink, it is certainly eye catching.

The paintwork is matched by a set of custom Veyron wheels hiding large red brake calipers. This matte white and red theme continues uniformly with dark red carbon fibre side sills and a uniquely finished gas cap. The engine also features custom red accents and a stunning dark red carbon fibre rear diffuser to match the side sills.

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Into the cabin the colour scheme continues with a host of red leather and Alcantara components. If you look closely there is even a custom red crocodile leather gear stick!

Because the Bugatti Veyron has been produced for almost a decade, a host of uniquely finished examples have rolled off the production line. We think Xzibit’s Veyron pictured here is without a doubt one of the most unique.

We haven’t previously seen the car on the road before, but Xzibit did take it on the Gumball 3000 in 2012!

Xzibit’s Matte White and Red Bugatti Veyron From Gumball 3000

Xzibit’s Matte White and Red Bugatti Veyron From Gumball 3000

Xzibit’s Matte White and Red Bugatti Veyron From Gumball 3000

Xzibit’s Matte White and Red Bugatti Veyron From Gumball 3000

Xzibit’s Matte White and Red Bugatti Veyron From Gumball 3000

Source: GTSpirit.com

Spotted: Arab Style In London

Arab Style in London

The Arab countries have a habit of stealing the show in style and never fail to impress, despite the fact that summer supercars regularly visit London from continents all over the globe.

GTSpirit captured two stunning machines in its recent ‘photo of the day’ feature, which showcased these two cars grabbing attention at the Dorchester Hotel (pictured).

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On the right is an Arabian favourite, a car that focuses on decadence and comfort. It’s none other than the Rolls-Royce Ghost. This car might be a common sight on the streets of Knightsbridge, but as you can see, this is no ordinary Ghost.

The car has been finished in matte blue, the intricate trademark Rolls stripes along the cars profile, still painted by hand to this very day.

On the left is a car that really needs no introduction. Where the Ghost is about comfort and style, the Lamborghini Aventador is about speed, noise and turning heads. This white example looks fantastic with its contrasting black wheels, don’t you think?

Via GTSpirit.

Computer-Generated Carved Marble Ferrari 250 GTO Rocks

Marble Ferrari 250 GTO

Ever wished you could buy a scale model of the Ferrari 250 GTO hewn from a single block of Arabescato marble? Well now thanks to stone specialist Lapicida, you can.

The Ferrari 250 GTO ranks as perhaps the most valuable production car ever made. With just 39 of them ever assembled, these Ferrari owners are among a rarefied class of an already top-tier class of car collectors.

Despite what you might be thinking, very few man hours were actually necessary to create this work of art. Lapicida simply laser-scanned a real GTO and fine-tuned the resulting data in 3D modelling software.

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Then, the file was sent to a computer-controlled, five-axis mill to shape the marble, which was selected because the veining gave the illusion of speed. Finally, it was hand-finished to make sure the details were as crisp as possible.

The completed 1:3.6 replica of a 1962/1963 GTO measures 47.2-inches long, 18.1-inches wide and 13.4-inches tall and retails for £30,000 – over CAD$54,000.

Lapicida also takes commissions, so if you want a marble model of your car, they’re happy to do it!

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Gold-Painted 911 Turbo By Porsche Exclusive

Porsche 911 Turbo by Porsche Exclusive

This 911 Turbo in Lime Gold Metallic is the latest example that Porsche Exclusive, the official customising division of Porsche, has been kind enough to share with us.

In case you don’t already know, Porsche Exclusive has been personalising vehicles since 1986 and every once in a while, we get to see some of their cars.

The striking colour is just the beginning. The 911 Turbo in Lime Gold Metallic also features blacked-out Bi-Xenon headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), privacy glazing, taillights in clear glass look and 20-inch Sport Classic wheels.

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But wait until you see inside! The two-tone leather trim interior in Agate Grey and Lime Gold features a carbon centre console trim and personalised illuminated door sill guards in carbon.

There is even decorative stitching in Lime Gold on the dashboard, door trim, backrests, air vents, steering column, transmission tunnel, leather storage compartment lid, rear seat and floor mats!

However the mechanical package of the car was left untouched, which means the customized 911 Turbo is motivated by the same 513hp (520PS) 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine linked to a standard seven-speed dual clutch transmission (PDK). That means the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes just 3.4 seconds and top speed is 315 km/h (196 mph).

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Women Prefer Men In Black Ford Pickups, Men Prefer Women In Red BMW Sports Cars

Ford Pickup

When buying a new car, what the opposite sex will think of it is probably way down the list of priorities under fuel economy, gadgets, features, etc.

A survey by Insure.com found that women say attractive men tend to drive black Ford pickup trucks, whilst men report that attractive women drive red BMW sports cars.

The survey of 2,000 men and women asked what type, brand and colour of vehicle are driven by the most fetching members of the opposite sex.

Please note that this was a US survey, so here in the UK the results would probably be slightly different.

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What Women Prefer Men to Drive

Among women, 32% said that they found men who drove pickup trucks to be most attractive. Men driving sports cars came in a reasonably close second at 27%. SUVs (16%t), sedans (11%), and hybrid/electric vehicles (4% rounded out the top five.

In terms of brands, women were more divided, though Ford gained the most up-votes at 16%, followed by Chevrolet and Porsche. And when it came to the colour of a prospective mate’s ride, women far and away chose black (53%) as the sexiest colour. Silver took home the silver medal, with 16% of the vote.

What Men Prefer Women to Drive

Men were somewhat more opinionated in their vehicle preferences for women. A very lopsided 39% found women in sports cars most attractive, while the sedans earned just 22%. SUVs came in third at 20%, and at the bottom of the list were minivans, with just 4% of the vote.

Men were also more upscale in their choice of brands than women were. BMW landed in the top spot, earning 16% of the vote, followed by Mercedes-Benz (14% and Porsche (10%). And on the colour front, men showed a distinct preference for red, with 40% pegging that as their favourite car colour for women. Black (23%) and silver (14%) followed.

Via The Car Connection.

2014 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe Revealed

 It’s finally here: BMW’s four-door-coupe version of a coupe derived from a sedan. If that is a bit confusing, you’re thinking too hard. Just go with it.

BMW’s answer to a question no one knew to ask, the 2014 4-Series Gran Coupe puts a sleeker, trimmer look on the four-door F30, or adds a couple doors to the two-door F32, looked at from another angle.

Whatever angle you approach the new 4-Series Gran Coupe from, however, you’re likely to find something worth looking at.

Inside you’ll find the familiar design and equipment shared with the 3-Series sedan and 4-Series coupe.

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BMW says the 428i Gran Coupe will hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and achieve gas mileage ratings of 23 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined.

The more powerful 435i Gran Coupe runs to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and is expected to rate 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined.

Though you’d think BMW would have to lengthen the 4-Series coupe to add the extra doors, the 4-Series Gran Coupe shares its overall length, wheelbase, and track width with the coupe.

The only exterior dimensional changes are a roof that’s 4.4-inches longer, and 0.5-inches higher for greater rear-seat headroom.

The 2014 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe will make its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month.

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Chrome-Wrapped ‘Lamborghini’ Is Possibly The Worst Replica Ever Made

Chrome-Wrapped ‘Lamborghini’ Replica

This is possibly the worst replica car we have ever seen. The Dodge Stratus-based ‘Murcielago’ is on Craiglist in the US for the best part of $9,000!

Instead of a 6.5-litre V12 pumping out 640bhp, you get the Dodge’s 3.0-litre V6 with a measly 205hp. But fret not, the seller assures us it “feels more like 300hp“.

The doors don’t even open so you have to jump in but apparently that’s easy to do as the seller has cut the springs, so it’s really low. So that makes it all ok.

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The interior features cheap leather seats showing signs of wear and tear, but again we’re reassured that “a nice pair of racing seats can be bought on eBay for $220 delivered!” So that’s fine.

The work is only 80% done, and the seller suggest that he has only wrapped it in chrome for show. If you were to buy it then “the entire car needs to be skimmed with bondo and/or gelcoat and then sanded smooth. Then the New Silver Mirror Chrome Wrap Roll (which is included!) can be applied or the car can be painted.”

If you don’t believe us, take a look for yourself at the advertisement on Craiglist.

Chrome-Wrapped ‘Lamborghini’ Replica

Chrome-Wrapped ‘Lamborghini’ Replica

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