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2013 Bathurst 12 hour qualifying report

Both Qualifying sessions are complete and there was drama at the front of the grid. It’s not often that you are penalized for going too fast in a qualifying session, but that is exactly what happened to the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 458. The Bathurst 12 Hour race has speed benchmarks in place for each class in order to make sure that closing rates between classes do not get too far out of hand. The benchmark for the top class was set at 2:06 and the Ferrari went almost a full half second under that limit. Not only did they lose the pole, but they were handed a 50kg weight penalty that they will have to carry for the rest of the weekend. Congratulations! You were absolutely flying out there. For your effort we would like to award you this chubby 110 pound Labrador retriever. Now go ahead and get the pup strapped into the car. Enjoy the ride!

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2013 Bathurst 12 Hour practice report

Audi Motorsport, Skwirk/Oneworld Bar Team R8 LMS

As I sit down to type up the practice rounds wrap up for this weekend’s 12 Hours of Bathurst, several things occur to me. The first thing that popped into my head was how well I know this circuit. The odd twist to my intimate knowledge revolves around the fact that I Have Never Been to Australia! How can I possibly know the ins and outs of twenty three turns when I have never been on the continent? Several thousand laps around this incredible twenty three turn circuit in a simulator has a fairly profound effect. If you want to have a go up and over the mountain, you can find this circuit in rFactor, Simbin’s GTR series and EA’s Shift2 to name a few. The experience is highly recommended!

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The Audi terminal in Dubai on track for November launch

So far over 355,000 man hours have been spent on what will be the biggest Audi terminal worldwide in terms of new cars on display. The development, located between the second and third interchange on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, represents an investment of over AED 100 million by Al Nabooda Automobiles. Continue reading ‘The Audi terminal in Dubai on track for November launch’

Lamborghini continues Asia expansion

Lamborghini’s partner Charmzone has opened a new showroom in Seoul

Dealer openings in South Korea and China, with further development planned for 2012

Automobili Lamborghini officially opened two new dealerships in China. The first, in Chongqing, marks the second dealer in western China and continues the brand’s important expansion in the region. The second was opened in Dalian: Lamborghini Dalian is the Italian super sports car manufacturer’s first dealership in Northeast China. Continue reading ‘Lamborghini continues Asia expansion’

WIRED: A Peek Inside the Lamborghini Factory

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4s on assembly line

Not long ago, the phrase “Lamborghini quality” was as laughable as the phrase “monogamous Berlusconi.”

The Italian automaker founded in 1963 by feisty Ferrari hater Ferruccio Lamborghini built a long line of swoopy exotics that demanded passionate, dedicated drivers — with an equally passionate and dedicated mechanic on speed dial. Several ownership changes over the years, including an ill-fated union with Chrysler in the 1980s didn’t help the cause. Lamborghinis inspired lust, but consistency of build and reliability proved elusive.

Until the Germans got involved. Continue reading ‘WIRED: A Peek Inside the Lamborghini Factory’

Renault exec to head design at VW Group’s SEAT

Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, who is currently design director at Renault Samsung Motors, will become design chief at Volkswagen Group’s Seat brand, VW said on Friday.

Mesonero-Romanos, 34, succeeds Luc Donckerwolke, who moves to a new role as VW Group’s head of advanced design, reporting directly to VW Group Design Chief Walter de Silva. Continue reading ‘Renault exec to head design at VW Group’s SEAT’

Walter de’Silva chosen as the Lifetime Design Achievement Award winner

Walter de’Silva, head of Volkswagen Group Design, has been chosen as the Lifetime Design Achievement Award winner for the 2011 EyesOn Design Automotive Design Show. The award is unique in that only vehicle designers who have previously won it are allowed to vote. De’Silva accepted the award on Friday evening, June 17th, in Detroit at Vision Honored, the formal awards dinner. Continue reading ‘Walter de’Silva chosen as the Lifetime Design Achievement Award winner’

Fast cars, fast rise for Miami Lamborghini dealer Brett David

Sharpie Lamborghini Miami

The top-selling Audi dealer in the United States is 23 years old — and he has been running the business since he was 19.

His name is Brett David, a wunderkind who took over Prestige Imports of Miami in 2007 after a tragedy.

David inherited the business when his father and automotive mentor, Irv David, died unexpectedly of a fourth heart attack at age 56. Continue reading ‘Fast cars, fast rise for Miami Lamborghini dealer Brett David’

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