Autos

ARES Design Overhauls and Refines the Porsche 911 Targa

Modena-based coachbuilder ARES Design, which is most known for its restorations of the Porsche 964-gen 911 Turbo and the custom drop-top Tesla Model S, has put its hand to something more refined — delivering its take on the Porsche 992-gen 911 Targa. It’s unclear whether ARES Design has used the Targa 4 or Targa 4S as its base, but either way, it has given the flat-six engine a mild tune to deliver an extra 60 HP, which partly comes thanks to a new sports exhaust system. Aside from performance, ARES Design has done what it does best: perfection. To most, the 911 Targa is one of the most beautiful iterations available, littered with historical design features such as the Targa roof section and the huge rear glass covering, but for ARES Design this wasn’t enough. Its clean ...

Toyota Unveils Souped-Up 2022 Tundra TRD Pro Truck

Following a leak that prompted Toyota to fully unveil its 2022 Tundra truck, the Japanese automotive manufacturer has just released details for its full line of trims for the truck, more specifically — the TRD Pro version. One of the biggest upgrades is towing capacity and the updated transmission. Total towing capacity moves from 10,200 lbs to 12,000 lbs while payload increases from 1,730 lbs to 1,940 lbs. The transmission is now a 10-speed compared to the 6-speed in 2021. Power has also been improved upon as consumers can either choose from a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 (389 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque) or a hybrid engine (437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque). “Our design goal from the beginning was to create the most powerful, rugged and sophisticated looking full-size pickup that will tak...

Collecting Cars Offers 17 Rarities, Classics, and Icons in “The Heselden Collection”

Collecting Cars has announced “The Heselden Collection,” offering 17 unique, rare, and well-kept cars that are all at auction. Each model is a low-mileage example, but it’s the cars’ provenance and one-off attributes that make this collection one-of-a-kind — as seldom do you find a 1-of-50 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Miura Homage in the same pack as a 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Elsewhere, “The Heselden Collection” presents one of the very few Targa 911 models produced by Singer Vehicle Design, coming packed with an Ed Pink Racing Engines four-liter naturally aspirated flat-six that produces 390 HP and 315lb-ft of torque, making it one hell of a driver’s car. For fans of tiny but fun driving experiences, a 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 — ...

Acura Sold All of Its 300 US-Designated 2022 NSX Type S Supercars in Under 24 Hours

All stateside final version 2022 Acura NSX Type S sportscars have now been spoken for. It has been reported that all 300 that were designated for the U.S. were reserved in under 24 hours — with another 100 on a waitlist. Starting at around $170,000 USD, it was expected that this version would be in high demand granted its celebrated history as one of Honda‘s icons. Said to be the “quickest, most powerful and best-handling production NSX ever,” the final NSX Type S supercar boasts a 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine that makes about 600 horsepower and 492lb-ft of torque. Aside from the 300 going to the United States, 30 units will go to Japan with another 20 divvied up to the rest of the world. In other automotive news, Qatari Royal Family-owned Porsche 959 Komfort heads t...

Rolls-Royce’s All-Electric Aircraft Completes First Test Flight

Rolls-Royce completed the first flight of its all-electric “Spirit of Innovation” aircraft, marking a milestone as the aviation industry moves toward more sustainable flight solutions. “We are focused on producing the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonize transport across air, land and sea, and capture the economic opportunity of the transition to net-zero,” said Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East in a press release. The plane took off on an approximately 15-minute journey at around 3 p.m. BST from the UK Ministry of Defense’s Boscombe Down site on Wednesday, propelled by its 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain that is said to contain the most power-dense battery pack used in an aircraft. The aircraft’s test is part of the ACCEL program, short for R...

This 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport Could Fetch $1.4M USD at Auction

The Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport is one of the rarest 993-generation models in existence, with a rumored number of just 20 ever being made, and now a very clean example has been listed by RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming St. Moritz auction. 993-generation 911s hold a special place in a Porsche fanatic’s heart, as it marked the end of the air-cooled “Mezger” engine era before the German marque moved to water-cooling. Its DNA is intrinsically connected to the ethos of Porsche: a six-cylinder, air-cooled boxer layout with twin overhead cams that featured in Porsches since the ’60s. Porsche created the GT2 Clubsport because of ’90s homologation rules, meaning it had to produce a certain number of road-going cars derived from its FIA GT2 turbocharged 911 race car. ...

Hoonigan Builds Real-Life 1,060-Horsepower ‘Halo’ Warthog

Hoonigan has just released a video documenting its newest build in partnership with Microsoft and the release of Halo Infinite. Choosing to build one of the game franchise’s most memorable vehicles — the Warthog — this build sees over 1,000 horsepower thanks to a Ford Windsor 438ci V8 engine and Garrett Motion twin turbos. The engine is matched with a Gearstar Supermatic80 transmission, while 4×4 racing suspension and active 4-wheel steering make this an off-roading dream. Check out the introductory video above and watch the build process below. In other automotive news, Rolls-Royce’s newest vehicle is actually a massive hybrid MTU mining haul truck. Read more at HYPEBEAST

Qatari Royal Family-Owned Porsche 959 Komfort Heads to Auction

Following on from the just-seen 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport that’s heading to auction at today’s RM Sotheby’s St. Moritz showcase comes yet another, and even rarer, Porsche: the 959 Komfort. This particular example is finished in “Wine Red Metallic” over a “Burgundy” interior, produced under the Porsche Exclusive division known for granting requests under the “Special Wishes” program. Not any old customer could access this program, and not any old person could buy a 959 as it was pipped alongside the likes of the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari F40 back in the ’80s and ’90s, making it part of a then-holy trinity of exotic supercars. Owned by a sheik of the Qatari Royal Family, this 959 Komfort was ordered alongside s...

The Ford RS200 Is an ’80s Group B Rally Legend, And It’s Up for Sale

Prior to March 2021, seeing a Ford RS200 up for sale was as rare as a unicorn, and now Bring a Trailer has a non-Evolution spec iteration up for grabs. As touched upon, the last RS200 we saw for sale was an Evolution model, meaning it was one of the 24 to be converted to an even more hardcore specification that made it closer to a road-going version of the Group B ’80s rally icon. Nevertheless, this standard RS200 is still quite the spectacle, and is just one of 140 ever built as per ’80s homologation regulations. The car is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter Cosworth DOHC inline-four that sends 250 HP and 215 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, making good use of a five-speed manual gearbox and three limited-slip differentials. Aside from the engine, you’re also getting...

Rolls-Royce Newest Vehicle Is Actually a Massive Hybrid MTU Mining Haul Truck

Rolls-Royce has just announced a partnership with Flanders Electric for the hybridization of mining trucks. Under its Rolls-Royce Power Systems umbrella, the deal will see the massive trucks retrofitted with mtu engines, batteries, hybrid control systems, and Flanders Electric’s drive train solutions. Scott Woodruff, Vice President for Mining and Oil & Gas at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, comments: “We are excited to shape the mining industry’s sustainable future together with Flanders and further leverage our advanced hybrid technologies, which are already proven in the rail industry. Together we will offer our customers integrated, future-oriented, hybrid solutions.” With this upgrade, braking energy will be stored using mtu EnergyPack battery systems and then reused t...

This 2004 Porsche Carrera GT Just Sold for $1.3M USD

When Porsche unveiled the Carrera GT concept at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the automotive industry stopped in its tracks as it’d been years since Porsche had done anything as wild as this. By 2003, the car actually launched and just 1,270 were built over a four-year period — and now this very rare and clean 2004 example has just sold on the auction site, Bring a Trailer. The Carrera GT is without a doubt one of Porsche’s most daring models ever built, as it steered away from what purists knew — a rear-engined flat-six engine — by putting a thumping 5.7-liter V10 in the middle of the car. This sent 605 HP and 435 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transaxle with a limited-slip differential. Altogether, it was a rather successful recipe, m...

LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum Is Hosting a ‘James Bond’ Car Exhibition

Just in time for the highly anticipated release of No Time to Die, LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum is now hosting an exhibition showcasing some of the most iconic vehicles from the James Bond franchise. Named “Bond in Motion,” the exhibit spans across the British superspy’s cars, motorcycles, helicopters, boats and submarines as well as other scale models used during filming. Some of the highlights include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 models used in the latest series of films, the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 that could transform into a submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Aston Martin V8 from The Living Daylights, the Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DB10 from built specifically for Spectre, and the 1999 BMW Z8 from The World is Not Enough. For the Bo...