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

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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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Via Autoblog.ca

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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Via Carscoops.com