Hundreds of Range Rover Thefts In Short Period Riddles London

Something is just so alluring about the Range Rover luxury SUV. It is so captivating, in fact, that hundreds have been stolen from the streets of London lately. With such a vast amount of Range Rover thefts occurring in a small window of time, insurance companies have been forced to impose a few policy guidelines just for their owners.

Range Rover theftsHow bad could it be to lead to such a dramatic policy alteration? A total of 294 Range Rovers were stolen between January and July! The preferred models were the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, of course. 

That is correct, there will be stricter insurance policy rules for Range Rover owners in London in the aftermath of the string of brazen thefts. But wait, is that not punishing the innocent? While it may certainly seem that way, the insurance carriers must defend against major losses in order to remain operative.  Some of the new rules listed below for Rover owners only:

  • The Range Rovers will not be insured unless the owners have proof of secure parking.
  • If the Range Rover happens to be a 4×4, owners must purchase either underground parking or supervised secure parking.
  • Some reports indicate that the insurer may outright refuse coverage.

Thieves of high-end automobiles are targeting these vehicles because they possess keyless ignition technology. This technology is now easily hacked, with thieves gaining access within seconds via handheld devices capable of bypassing the vehicle’s security system.

Range Rover theftsDuring the same period of time, 63 BMW X5 SUVs were taken. There have been cases when an owner replaced a stolen Range Rover with a Range Rover, only to be declined coverage. While it is clearly out of the hands of Range Rover to write coverage, it seems they will need to rethink their technology strategy in order to attract buyers, because it is illegal to drive without insurance. What a sticky situation for all parties, what should the resolution be? Perhaps each policy should come with The Club..

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Lambokhana: How to Punish a Lamborghini Ken Block Style

The clip below shares the adrenaline of blending Gymkhana with a Lamborghini, or Lambokhana as some are labeling the fun. When it comes to automotive acrobatics, few can match the technique and prowess of Ken Block.


This is Ken Block’s take on what is being called Lambokhana–taking place on a handcrafted strategy course. While it lacks in some of Block’s previous shenanigans, it is still worth the watch. 

It is safe to assume that Ken Block’s Gymkhana style will remain popular for many years to come. What Block does with rally cars like the Subaru WRX and others is not an easy challenge, and to control a beast like the Lamborghini for supercar gymkhana takes that skill factor up a few additional degrees. That does not mean that this Lambo is faster than Block’s rally cars–it is probably not. It is simply more challenging to control a car like the Gallardo or an Aventador.

Lambokhana

Some of Block’s best maneuvering has been in his signature Subaru WRX car with that screaming Monster logo plastered on any available inch. It seems the name Block will forever be synonymous with Monster, which is quite fitting because he is a beast behind the wheel of anything equipped with an engine.

Supercars are not synonymous with ease of use—they require skill and knowledge to harness all of those pretty horses. That is why there are so many exotic car crashes in the daily headlines and bereft mechanics or valets without jobs after trying their luck at a sneak joyride. So will Ken Block become obsessed with manipulating supercars at some point? We can only hope!

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$6,000 Lamborghini Smartphone is Already Outdated

This is the $6k Lamborghini smartphone that is already outdated. It is the 88 Tauri, and it’s technology has already passed its prime, though it may find its way onto the Christmas wish list of a somewhat older Lamborghini fan who does not know the difference.

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Hold the phone: Lamborghini founder’s son is offering brand-inspired smartphones. 

The 88 Tauri smartphone at a glance:

  • The company behind the phone is Tonino Lamborghini. The head of the company is none other than Lamborghini founder Ferrucio’s son–though Tonino Lamborghini is not officially affiliated with Lamborghini cars.
  • The smartphone operates on Android and a quad-core Qualcomm 801 processor. While it is better than some of those old laughable Blackberry phones inspired by exotic cars like Porsche, it is not quite up to competition mode with the latest market offerings this holiday season.
  • Just 1,947 88 Tauri phones will be made…which may be roughly 1,946 too many.

Lamborghini smartphone

This Lamborghini smartphone is aesthetically pleasing.

Blackberry Porsche Design P’9983

Dare to Compare: The Blackberry Porsche Design P’9983 at a glance:

  • The main perks of this device are that it is roughly half the price of the Lamborghini phone, and retains that ancient QWERTY keyboard that no one will admit they still have a thing for. Also: carbon fiber.
  • The best part: Blackberry seems to have finally accepted defeat in the technology arena. From their website: “This handset isn’t about internal hardware specifications (meaning they are terrible), it’s about productivity, exclusivity and desirability. It makes a statement about its owner’s impeccable taste and drive for achievement and success, as well as discernment in making the right choices with products that help them stay on top.” That, folks, is a rather engaging and impressive way to say the Porsche Blackberry phone is a status symbol lacking in other areas.

Lamborghini smartphone

Overall, Lamborghini is a brand known to be raging fast. It would certainly seem that Feruccio’s boy may not be fast enough to keep up in the smartphone industry and is in need of additional horsepower!

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Mercedes-Benz Challenges BMW and Audi to F1 Battle

It has been a satisfying year for the folks at Mercedes-Benz. The company has an impressive offering of vehicles for 2015 and absolutely annihilated the 2014 Formula One season. Not one to idle, Mercedes-Benz is already challenging both BMW and Audi to race next season.

Mercedes-Benz F1

The Mercedes-Benz F1 season was a screaming success. 

Mercedes-Benz F1We all love the long-running romance/rivalry between Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Inarguably, the often humorous back-and-forth jousting could be made even better with some F1 titles at stake. Mercedes-Benz took home all but three of the grand prix titles this year, finishing off the season with at least one car perched on the podium at every single race.

Mercedes-Benz F1Competition is the driving force to success, especially in the automotive arena. It is in that spirit that Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche invited rivals BMW and Audi to face off in the F1 circuit. It is a seductive thought, as the three companies combined hold 80% of the luxury auto market. It would also provide a more interactive method for faceoffs, taking the challenge from forums and clever billboards to the best tracks of the world.

Mercedes-Benz F1BMW made its last F1 move in 2006 when it purchased team Sauber, withdrawing in 2009. Audi has never held a presence in the circuit, though that may well change with the likes of the Audi R8 out there competing in other races and the Le Mans grid. As for Audi and F1, they released the following statement in October that brilliantly traipses around confirming and denying the possibility: “These rumours keep appearing. It’s pure speculation again this time and without any foundation. Audi Sport is committed to the @FIAWEC @DTM and GT racing. In 2015 we will add the Audi Sport TT Cup to our programme.”

Will there be an F1 showdown between three of the best luxury auto brands in the business? We must wait to see if BMW and Audi take the bait!

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Which Machines Made the 2014 Top Gear Awards List?

It is that adrenaline and petrol infused time of year again: The 2014 Top Gear Awards list is out! You may want to kick up the horsepower on your downward scroll to see which dream machines made the cut!

2014 Top Gear AwardsLet’s begin with the top choices of the leading lads of the show:

Jeremy Clarkson’s Car of the Year: Corvette Stingray 

“They’ve skimped on the trim to keep the costs down – Amstrad would have rejected the head-up display graphics for being too old-fashioned. In 1985. But they’ve gone the extra mile with the bits that matter. So we get a properly fast car that’s lovely to drive, for about half what we were expecting to pay.” –Clarkson

2014 Top Gear AwardsJames May’s Car of the Year: Ferrari LaFerrari 

“I’ve driven the LaFerrari very hard around Fiorano, twice, and even I can handle it. That alone makes it my Car of the Year. It’s also an artwork. It’s a massive indulgement, so it really has a duty to be beautiful, as a courtesy to other people who are forced to watch it go by.”  –May

2014 Top Gear AwardsRichard Hammond’s Car of the Year: Porsche 918

“The 918 is a direct product of racing experience and outstanding technological development and application. It melds electric and petrol power perfectly to move the supercar into entirely new possibilities. It feels, and is, unlike anything else before or now. It is my Car of the Year, no doubt.”  –Hamster

Other categories are as follows for the 2014 Top Gear Awards:

Sports Car of the Year: Mercedes-AMG GT

Hot Hatch of the Year: Volkswagen Golf R

Supercar of the Year: Lamborghini Huracan

City Car of the Year: Renault Twingo

Hatchback of the Year: Citroen Cactus

Family Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

Coupe of the Year: Audi TT

Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Cabriolet of the Year: Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale A

Muscle car of the Year: Corvette Z06

And the main car of the year is…drumroll please…The BMW i8!

2014 Top Gear Awards

I will wrap things up with a quote from Top Gear that attempts to explain the nature and fortitude that is the driving force behind the coveted annual awards: “Why? Because a Top Gear Award is different. An accolade from Top Gear isn’t like other industry awards, because we don’t ascribe overwhelming value to the size of the boot, or the lack of life-threatening oversteer at 170mph. Instead we honour cars that will satisfy some basic premise of car ownership. Cars that genuinely move the game on in terms of technology, cars that inspire and point the way to the future. Cars that make you laugh, smile and over-deliver on their promises. Cars with a decent chunk of soul, in other words.”

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Secret Range Rover Velar Has Been Hidden Since the 1970s

There is a secret Range Rover out there that has been closely guarded since the 1970s. The Range Rover Velar has been found out, however, and is actually for sale!  What exactly is this model and why has it been kept a secret for decades?

Range Rover VelarThe Range Rover Velar at a glance:

  • The Velar is a prototype of the first Range Rover. It is a pre-production development model of the first ever one, which launched in 1970.
  • Only about 30 of these units exist, and this is one of them. It will hit the auction block in February. It will likely become part of a collection that preserves the brand’s rich history.
  • It’s name, Velar, actually means “covered”. The brand worked in secret to develop a luxury vehicle with off-roading capabilities, thus revealing what became the gold standard of just that.
  • The first fleet was tested in extreme conditions in efforts to ensure they could handle the demands of countryside and ragged roads. The extreme was taken a step further when they were given the muscle to drive off-road.
  • The only off-roading vehicles at that time were considered agricultural. Range Rover changed the game with the first luxury vehicles that did not flinch at a few hills or valleys.
  • These units were powered by 3.5-liter V8 engines and capable of nailing the 0-60 mile per hour marker in about 15 seconds with a top speed approaching 100.
  • The gearbox is a four-speed manual with a low and high ratio.

Range Rover VelarThe Range Rover Velar is an impressive slice of the brand’s rich history. Who would not want a pre-production Range Rover that has been kept tucked away since the birth of the brand?

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Say Hello To James Bond’s New Ride: The Aston Martin DB10

The next James Bond film, Spectre, shall star the Aston Martin DB10 alongside with 007. Aston Martin collaborated with the producers of Spectre to create the completely custom Aston Martin DB10. Just ten examples of the car will be made for use and potential destruction in the film.

Aston Martin DB10The completely bespoke James Bond DB10 revealed.

Aston Martin James Bond

Some of the DB10 cars will end up like this. You know, for science..

The press release for the special Aston Martin DB10 stated: “The DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martin cars.” The car is certainly striking, and caused a stir of relief amongst rumors that 007 would be rolling dirty in a Fiat 500. The Fiat 500 could still have a cameo in the James Bond film, but it is not going to steal the show from Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DB10

Aston Martin luxury cars have starred as the vehicle of choice for James Bond in 11 films over a 50-year period. The relationship between Bond and Aston Martin is a close one, with the names sometimes synonymous.

The Aston Martin DB10 car for ‘Spectre’ at a glance:

  • While 007 is a true master of disguise, the Aston Martin DB10 is not. It is exactly what it appears to be: A reimagined Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
  • While a new powertrain is coming soon for future models, the DB10 will pack the same hearty little 4.7-liter V8 found in the Vantage.
  • The tweaks are purely aesthetic, and will look sensational on screen.

Overall, the Aston Martin DB10 is a preview of things to come from the brand in the near future. While the design of the cars will remain quite recognizable, there will be some sleek new design cues emerging along with changes in the power department. The next Bond film will come out sometime next year, possibly coinciding with a new model release with full details!

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Stolen Bond Cars Include 5 Range Rover Sports

Filming has been delayed on the set of the next James Bond film, Spectre, due to some of the luxury vehicles being stolen! While the star of the show, an Aston Martin DB10, remains safe, around five Range Rover Sport models were not so lucky. The stolen Bond cars have made headlines worldwide.

stolen Bond cars

The set of the next James Bond film was shaken and stirred by the theft of several Range Rover Sport models. At least the mini fleet of Aston Martin DB10 cars are accounted for.

The heist ended in nine luxury vehicles being taken from a garage in Dusseldorf, Germany. The vehicles were intended for the set of Spectre, the next installment of the beloved James Bond films. Naturally, all of the stolen vehicles were completely customized for the film, making it a touch more frustrating for those involved to manage the crisis and replace them. The following statement was released via a spokesperson from Jaguar Land Rover in Germany on the matter: “The theft of the vehicles in Neuss is part of an ongoing police investigation and we therefore cannot provide further detail.”

stolen Bond carsThe thieves likely felt a bit like 007 himself during the heist. It will be interesting to learn more details as the investigation continues to unfold. 

The theft of the James Bond vehicles uncovered some information about the film–including that there will be some sweet action shots with vehicles in the Alps. Filming locations are said to include London, Rome, the Alps, Mexico City and the Moroccan Sahara. Daniel Craig will grace the screen and grip the wheel of the Aston Martin as the big man himself, 007.

stolen Bond carsAs for the special Aston Martin DB10 James Bond will favor in the film, ten have been produced for the crew to blow through.

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Bizarre Ferrari F430 Enzo Kit Gets Zero Bids

This is one of the most peculiar Ferrari kit cars out there. It is a Ferrari F430 base generously doused with carbon fiber in efforts to look like the classic Enzo Ferrari. Take a minute to process that: A Ferrari F430 Enzo kit car.

Ferrari F430 EnzoBehold: The Ferrari F430 transformed into an Enzo wannabe. The end result of decking out an F430 body to resemble an Enzo is imaginative and has drawn strong reactions from around the world, just no bidders. 

The online auction for the Ferrari F430 Enzo kit ended November 24th without yielding a single bid. The seller hails from Israel and attempted to begin the bidding process at a staggering $400k. While there are only 4,000 miles on the F430, it can be purchased for closer to the $200k mark in standard form.

It is quite obvious that the owner went through great pains to create this replica, and there is some credit to be given in certain areas. The overall curb appeal is simply a bit off for this realization of someone’s strange automotive dream. There are people who love the Ferrari F430 and those who adore the Enzo—but it is not likely that a single soul shares this man’s vision of a merger between the two.

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The Enzo F430 replica is said to be located in Texas, where it is likely still available if anyone is interested. It is packing the standard mid-mounted 4.3-liter V8 from the F430, not an Enzo V12.

Ferrari F430 EnzoThe resemblance to the Ferrari Enzo is unmistakable—but was it done properly? Most feel it is too strange and thrown together to be taken seriously.

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Mazda MX-5 Cup Series Communicates Goals at SEMA 2014

The Mazda MX-5 Cup Series car showed off its stuff at the annual SEMA gathering in Las Vegas this year. Is this mini-wonder gearing up toward success in the racing arena? When it comes to the Miata…or…the MX-5…t is either adored or scorned. Luckily, looks do not matter much in racing, so most will have to agree that if it is simplified with lightness, it stands a chance.

Mazda MX-5 Cup SeriesThe Mazda MX-5 Cup Series is geared toward uniformity in racing.

Mazda MX-5 Cup SeriesThe MX-5 Cup Series will emerge in 2016 and the front-runner is to be the 4th generation MX-5 car. Some compare the aesthetics of this model to a sort of mini F-Type, which is a welcome departure from the overdone Miata styling. So what does the brand have in store for the MX-5 Cup Series? Managing executive officer of global sales Masahiro Moro shed some light on the subject: “We are excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup Series and introduce them to a new global audience. It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality.”

Mazda MX-5 Cup SeriesWhat separates the 4th generation Cup Series from its predecessors is that it shall be sourced entirely from a single supplier. The competition circuit should boil down to the skill of the drivers, and the circuits will include North America, Europe, Asia and highlight some of the most famous tracks in existence. There is just something about driving a Mazda that makes life a little more enjoyable, and that passion will continue with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Series.

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