Video of Porsche 918 Spyder Assembly Line

We are a little late to get this on this year’s Christmas list but there is always next year. The Porsche 918 Spyder truly is the ultimate sports car available today.  Yes, I know it’s not for everybody as it comes with a starting price of US$845,000 but that’s the point its aspirational.  You know you’ve made it to the top when you roll out of the dealership in one of these….Check out Car and Driver’s new in-depth video which shows how this hybrid bad-boy supercar is hand assembled.

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Awesome funny Holden videos from Aussies living in the US

Going with last week’s Holden Ute theme we came across the following videos which are just too funny not to share.  Ironically, a female colleague who is British shared her Aussie friend’s videos with me.

Got to love the INXS soundtrack in this as some stereotypes really are just too funny not to embrace…..And to be filmed around the sacred ground of Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a nice touch.

 

Australia El Camino meets US McDonald’s drive-thru…….

Chris Harris hoons with the fastest Australian “El Camino” ever built

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Unveiled back in October at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport is aimed at delivering legendary off-road ability at a price point that won’t break the bank. Available in both a five and seven seat configuration the 2015 Discovery Sport offers an updated sleek design with enhanced technology compared to the LR2 model it replaces.

The Sport’s standard powertrain is a 2.0L, 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine shared with the Range Rover Evoque. This is mated to a full-time all-wheel drive system with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

True to its roots, the Discovery Sport provides rugged capability with ground clearance of 212 mm, towing capacity of 2500kg and the ability to wade through water up to two feet deep. With a full size spare fitted to the five seater and a space saver in the seven seater it provides the confidence to take it off-road.

Starting at $37,995 USD the new Land Rover Discovery Sport is priced well in the crowded luxury compact SUV market. The final sticker price can climb dramatically with additional features so buyer beware but let’s be honest it’s a Land Rover after all.  If you are crazy budget conscious this is likely not the vehicle for you.

We are glad to see Land Rover is updating its line-up and are looking forward to getting some seat time behind the wheel in 2015 when these models hit our streets.

100 Vintage Cars Discovered on French Farm Worth at least £12 million

In today’s world of Wikipedia not much is left to the imagination and certainly finding hidden treasure has become a rarity.  So this story is just so darn cool we had to cover it since as auto enthusiasts the barn find is the Holy Grail.

After calling in auctioneer’s to the family farm, the grandchildren of French transport magnate Roger Baillon discovered that the 100 dirt-covered cars that had decayed away undisturbed for decades could now be worth £12 million or more at auction.

Of course these are not your average vintage cars as they range from 1930s-1950s models from all the great European brands, such as Bugatti, Porsche, Maserati and Ferrari. Although most of the vehicles were only covered by a shed roof exposing them to the elements, two very special sports cars were hidden away in a garage. The two cars are a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider with covered headlights which is one of only 37 ever made. The second one is a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua.

The Collectors’ Car Department at Artcurial, a French auction house, recently discovered the incredible collection.  They will be putting up the entire collection for auction in Paris on February 6th, 2015.

‘We found ourselves overcome with emotion. Probably much like Lord Carrington and Howard Carter, on being the first person for centuries to enter Tutankhamun’s tomb,” stated Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars. “This really is a treasure. No doubt a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.”

Roger Baillon’s collection, beginning around 1950, was nearly twice as big as the number recently discovered.  One Talbot-Lago in the collection had previously been owned by Egyptian King Farouk and a Ferrari had been used in the filming of a movie with Jane Fonda. Along with the rare Maserati in this collection, Baillon had intended to build a museum with his collection. However, when things didn’t go as expected, he was forced to sell 50 of his beloved cars, and the rest of the collection was just parked and literally forgotten about until now.  Hopefully these world-class beauties will be restored to their original greatness and shared in museums around the world.

Check out more images at Bored Panda’s coverage.