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…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]

…Rolls-Royce is making a Phantom Drophead?

Rolls Royce

Start saving your pennies now, because the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is going to easily justify skipping a few meals to buy one. Loosely based on its Phantom big brother, the Drophead is more curvy and more sexy thanks to an all new body design that shares nothing with the sedan. Here’s just a few reasons to fall in love:

    1) Suicide doors. Lamborghini doors are commonplace now, residing on everything from a genuine Lamborghini to the Civic down the street. Suicide doors on the other hand have yet to catch on, though I’d have to say it’s not because they aren’t a great way to enter and exit a vehicle. Nothing says understated and classic luxury like suicide doors. They even open and close on their own if you can’t have your butler follow you around everywhere to do it for you.
    2) 6.75L V12 that makes 453 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque. Any car that weighs in at a hefty 5775 pounds but can still get to 60 mph in only 5.7 seconds deserves to have wings on the hood.

Rolls Royce Drophead

    3) Teak wood decking on the hard tonneau cover. Inspired by a J-class yacht, the teak wood is a design cue taken from any luxury yacht, and not only handles any weather you can throw at it, it also looks great in the process.
    4) The trunk is called a “picnic boot” by Rolls since there is a split opening that acts as a traditional trunklid, but there is also a folding tailgate, which acts as a bench and can support up to 330 lbs. if you decide to stop for a little wine and cheese on the way to your private jet.
    5) They named it a Drophead Coupe. Any other car manufacturer would have been satisfied by just calling it a convertible and calling it a day, but at Rolls, they aren’t just going to use the same names that every other plebeian car manufacturer uses. For them, it’s a Drophead, and I couldn’t agree more.

If you’ve got the cash, there’s no better way to spend it than to cruise down an oceanside stretch of road, wind rushing through your hair with the Drophead down, teak glistening in the sun, 453 horses singing you a song, and the knowledge that if all else fails, you can still sell it and buy a house. Be sure to check out the Rolls-Royce site for a beautiful video of the Drophead doing just what the Drophead was designed to do, stun.

[Rolls-Royce Motor Cars]

[Via: Autoblog]

…Flickr Sudoku lets you make your own game?

Lamborghini Sudoku

Here’s a cool take on the popular Sudoku puzzles: Using your own pictures. By choosing a picture tag(s) and/or user name from Flickr, as well as picture size and puzzle type, you can create your own picture based Sudoku puzzle, such as the one I created using the Lamborghini picture tag. Definitely a cool concept and a fun way to get your daily Sudoku fix.

[Flickr Sudoku]

[Via: MAKE: Blog]

…Audi announced the R8 in Paris today?

Audi R8

Today in Paris, Audi unleashed the R8 sports car on the world. The specs are as follows:

  • All-aluminum body
  • 4.2L 420-horsepowermid-mounted V8
  • 320 lb-ft peak torque from 4,500 to 6,000 RPM. 90% of max available from 3500 rpm and up
  • 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds
  • Top speed of 187 mph
  • All headlight functions available as LEDs
  • Typically excellent Audi interior
  • Automatically-extending rear spoiler
  • Two transmissions available: 6-speed manual and Audi R Tronic sequential shift gearbox
  • R Tronic can be shifted via console stick or wheel-mounted paddles
  • Quattro all-wheel-drive
  • Available magnetic ride system
  • 18″ wheels standard, 19″ optional
  • First time the Audi rings are on the hood instead of the vehicle grille
  • Clear engine cover
  • 3 colors available for the side trim panel

The looks of this car are stunning, and with 420 horses on tap powering the aluminum body, performance ought to match nicely. I only wish they would have stuffed in a real monster of an engine to compete with the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini (or even Bugatti). I guess that only happens in my dreams though. Oh well, hopefully this sells well so that companies get the message that people want to buy cars similar to the concept pieces they put out instead of the watered down versions that eventually hit the street. Look for it in early 2007.

[Audi R8]