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Vettel Victorious in F1 Australian Season Opener

Ten years on from Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at Albert Park, Scuderia Ferrari has returned to winning ways in Melbourne, in the first race of the season. Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line in first place after 57 laps, in a race whose key moment came on lap 23, when a perfectly executed pit stop for fresh tires saw him rejoin the track ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

This is Scuderia Ferrari’s 225th Formula 1 victory, Seb’s 43rd and his fourth with the Maranello team. Thanks to his fourth place finish, Kimi Raikkonen brought home a further 12 points, so that Scuderia Ferrari now has a total of 37 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

Check out the full race results

The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix, 7-9 April, 2017.

Sometimes I think about the future of self driving cars and how everyone I talk to about that future is like “okay but in an emergency we’ll be able to take back manual control, right?” and I usually placate them by saying, yeah, that’s totally how it’ll happen, but actually we’re already seeing the opposite. Cars with “self driving” features like steering and breaking that kick in and take control from the driver if the driver is about to rear end someone or is in a dangerous situation because the truth is computers can think faster and have better reflexes than us and I think about this going into the future and how if the self-driving cars are able to share their data with each other and learn from the driving experiences of every car on the road soon we’ll have cars that are so massively experienced at driving and avoiding accidents and making microsecond decisions and partial degree turns of the wheels and being so damn precise that automobile accidents will be almost unheard of and that’s when we’ll develop the most wasteful hilarious extreme sport in history where a single human driver will go up against an arena of ultra smart self driving cars and just by driving around recklessly try to coral them into crashing into each other and I tell you I would watch that sport all day.

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Spiffy’s First Full Feature! 

Perry Kveton’s 1974 BMW 2002tii:

You may have seen a couple photos of our friend Perry’s 2002 on Spiffy before, but this winter it went under the knife.

Perry shot some awesome photos of his vintage rally mobile in the Tahoe, CA. area. Speaking form a regular passengers perspective I can tell you it is impossible to have a bad time in a car like this!

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First Look: The Lamborghini Aventador S

The new Lamborghini Aventador S is characterized by new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension, increased power and new driving dynamics. The ‘S’ is the suffix of previous enhanced Lamborghini models and defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini.

  • New iconic design features focused on aerodynamic performance
  • New four-wheel steering system
  • Enhanced suspension, electronics, & customisable driving modes
  • More powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine outputting 740 hp
  • 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, top speed of 350 km/h (217mph)

The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador S in
Spring of 2017 with prices starting at $421,350 USD.  

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First Look: The Lotus Elise Sprint 

Evolved, energized and even lighter, a significant update for the legendary Lotus Elise has been unveiled ahead of its arrival in showrooms this spring.

Pride of place in the latest Elise line-up is the new Sprint edition, capturing the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg. Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, as well as the Elise’s distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles. Benefiting the range as a whole, all new Elise editions receive the car’s new look and new interior options, and every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 variants.

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First Look: The One-off Ferrari 275 RW Competizione

Designed under the direction of Ferrari’s Styling Centre with the collaboration of Pininfarina, the latest Ferrari one-off model, the SP 275 rw competizione, is built  on the chassis of the F12berlinetta but equipped with the more powerful V12 engine and gearbox from the limited-series F12tdf.

Drawing inspiration from the 275 GTB, one of the most iconic front-engined V12 berlinettas of the 1960s, the SP 275 rw competizione features  a thoroughly modern interpretation of some of the themes that give the 275 GTB its berlinetta connotation, such as the quest for the ultimate balance in proportions and the pure and curvaceous surface treatment. The stance of the car, particularly in the muscular transition from the rear three-quarter panel to the wheelarch was carefully refined with a slightly wider track to express potency over the rear wheels and confer a rakish attitude.

The characteristic front engine-bay vents of the 275 GTB are an evident styling cue, as is the adoption of the triple louvers in the three-quarter panel in place of the F12berlinetta’s B-post quarterlights. The louvers on the rear bumper, together with the pronounced nolder on the tail and milled aluminium fuel filler cap, recall instead the special competition-developed 275 GTB (chassis number 06885) that won the GT category in the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hour race, coming home an impressive third overall behind the winning 250 LM. The yellow paint scheme is also a tribute to that 275 GTB, echoing its Ecurie Francorchamps team color.

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First Look: The 2018 Ford Mustang

Today, Ford partnered with its ambassador of Service, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to introduce the new Mustang – the world’s best-selling sports coupe and the company’s most advanced Mustang ever.

  • Sleeker design: New Mustang features a more athletic look, with new front and rear-end design that deliver a leaner and meaner look and refined aerodynamics.
  • More advanced technology: New Mustang technologies include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that you can customize your way, MyMode with memory function that remembers your driving preferences for the next time you drive, and new driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection for increased confidence behind the wheel.
  • Improved Performance: Powerful engine upgrades, plus an all-new available 10-speed automatic transmission give Mustang even more performance, while available MagneRide suspension offers optimum handling; optional active valve exhaust affords complete auditory control – let the engine roar, or not.

On sale in North America in fall of 2017. 

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Rolls Royce Phantom VII Extended Wheelbase, 2017. The final Phantom VII has rolled off the line at Goodwood having been built as a special one-off edition with a nautical theme for a ‘connoisseur collector’ of the brand’s vehicles. The car includes a number of individual features that mimic those of a grand ocean liner’s interior. Work will now begin on creating a new line for the upcoming all-aluminium Phantom VIII, due in 2018

5 Useful Car Hacks

If you possess an automobile and even ride an auto, after that you need to understand how a  car works and truck features a lot of troubles of its own. There many hacks that a restriction of issues that a technician can manage, yet in addition to it you need to look after it by yourself to have it useful

As long as there have been vehicles around, there have been imaginative cars and truck proprietors who have thought about some truly wizard driving hacks to their cars and truck problems. So if you assumed driving can be monotonous, utilize these driving hacks to convert it right into enjoyable, despite children.

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Reveal: The NIO EP9 Electric Car

Today, at a launch event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, electric car company NextEV unveiled its brand, NIO. This visionary electric car brand will help users rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ of car ownership by creating inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance, a new benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user experiences.

Additionally, the company unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, which has achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12th 2016, the EP9 lapped the ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. Additionally, on November 4th, it smashed the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.

With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes,the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres.

The carbon cockpit and chassis embodies a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of a car with 3G cornering capabilities, with added structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph.