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…Top Gear built a space shuttle?

Top Gear Rocket

Top Gear, the very popular British automentary (television documentary about autos), stands by the motto “Go big or go home”.Recently Richard Hammond, one of the show’s presenters, was seriously injured after crashing a rocket-powered car at over 300 MPH.

Now, their latest debacle was an attempt at building and launching a space shuttle out of a Reliant Robin (a car not found in the US). The goal was to launch the car, and then glide it back down to the ground via remote control, though that’s not exactly what happened. (Skip to about 2:29 left in the video if you just want to see the good stuff).

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Movie Monday: Redline?

Redline Poster

Porsche Carrera GT Wreck

They could take out all of the actors and just have a bunch of cars driving around and I still think I’d want to go see Redline. Described as The Fast and The Furious for exotics, this Daniel Sadek creation is a who’s who of the supercar world, including Ferrari, Saleen, Koenigsegg, Ford, Lamborghini, Mercedes, McLaren, and Porsche. Though I’m sure the acting by such greats as Eddie Griffin, Nathan Phillips and Nadia Bjorlin will be nothing short of Oscar worthy, it’s all about the car porn anyways. Plus, they even manage to wreck a perfectly good Porsche Carrera GT at some point in the plot line. Set for a February 23rd release date, this is going to be the car movie of 2007. Fear Nothing, Risk Everything.

[Redline]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Exotic cars get wrecked?

Murcielago Fire

Murcielago Pole

Enzo Half

Wrecked Exotics is “the Internet’s largest collection of exotic car crash photos”, and also a great way turn any hiccup in your day into a “well, I guess it’s not that bad”. Sure, it must be nice to afford a car with a six figure price tag, but I’d be willing to bet the day that owner put it through a steel pole was probably not a good day. All told, over a quarter of a billion dollars in automotive carnage has been documented. If you’ve ever dreamed about driving one, chances are someone has crashed one, and someone else got it on film.

Murcielago Rail

Enzo Wheel

Carrera GT

Viper Ditch

[Wrecked Exotics]