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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix is racing like you dream about
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    Well. What a race. The first line of last year's Bahrain Grand Prix recap was, "The sand, the wind, the penalties, the contact and the one crash – all of them collided to make the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix a surprise affair from day to day and lap to lap." This year the sand stayed ...

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    Motorsports: Bahrain's Sakhir circuit names first corner after Michael Schumacher
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    Organizations don't typically name a location after someone until after they've died. Michael Schumacher may be fighting for his life and still in a coma following the massive head trauma he incurred in a recent skiing accident, but he's still with us and we hope will make a full recovery soon. ...

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    Video: McLaren P1 prototype still sliding hard after 40,000 miles
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    Even if you're the manufacturer responsible for producing them, you don't just hand the keys over to a seven-figure supercar to just anyone. You hand-pick just the right man for the job. But even then, you still don't want to give him a brand-new car. Which could be why when McLaren invited Chris ...

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    Report: Dubai may ban poor people from car ownership to ease traffic problems
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    In many ways modern, Dubai seems like some sort of science-fiction utopia. It emerged from the Middle East's desert seemingly overnight with some of the largest buildings in the world and it has police supercars patrolling the streets. It's not all perfect, of course, and like many cities, it's ...

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    Video: Fast and Furious 7 has resumed filming, and here's proof
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    It seems that Fast and Furious 7 is finally back in production. The UAE-based Speeed spotted crews from the movie filming in Abu Dhabi with help from the local police. According to Speeed, the production worked with the constabulary to shut down several roads in the metropolis and simulate a ...

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    Video: World's largest toy car collection is in Beirut, and it's remarkable
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    It's common for auto enthusiasts to have a few miniatures of their favorite cars around their home or office. They provide a respite of happiness knowing that if you can't have the real things, at least you can look at them in miniature. However, Billy Karam of Beirut, Lebanon, has taken ...

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    ETC: There's a Porsche Cayman under here somewhere
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    What we have here is the work of Dubai tuner Royal Customs that is controversial even beyond its styling. The Middle East aftermarket house says it spent fourteen months developing a bodykit for the Porsche Cayman, and the results seem to be aimed at those who wish their coupe were a 918 Spyder - ...

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    Official: Special edition BMW 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo headed for MIddle East
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    Despite what we imagine is a lot of pleading among well-heeled BMW fans, the German brand still won't build an M7 to do battle with the Audi S8 and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. Instead, the most potent 7 Series money can buy is the 760Li, a rear-driver with a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 that can ...

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    Official: McLaren MP4-12C joins Dubai police force
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    If there's one country in the world that can afford to buy exotic supercars, what would it be? If you answered Dubai, you are correct, habibi. Because that Gulf emirate has been buying up some of the highest of high-performance machinery to patrol its streets and sand-swept highways. The Dubai ...

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    Video: Jordan's King Abdullah II helps push a car out of the snow
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    To say that Abdullah ibn Al-Hussein comes from a prestigious family would be one heck of an understatement. The current ruler of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Abdullah II comes from the house of Hashem that claims its descendency from Mohammed himself. His ancestors have sat on the thrones of ...

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    Official: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster stands in for fighter jet aboard Italian carrier
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    How do you draw even more attention to $4.47 million hypercar? Placing it atop an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf ought to do the trick, as Lamborghini has demonstrated with the live reveal of the new Veneno Roadster on the flight deck of the Italian Navy's Cavour. Docked in the port of ...

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    Read This: How automakers stand to benefit from Iran
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    The big global news of late is a deal that sees a number of major powers easing some sanctions on Iran in return for the Middle Eastern nation scaling back its nuclear program. This thawing of relations between Iran and the West could have far-reaching impacts in both the near and long term, ...

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    ETC: Dubai fire brigade gets Corvette Stingray
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    Because Dubai is a rather silly land, today we bring you this - a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that's just joined the Dubai Fire Brigade. Courtesy of our friends at Drive Arabia, we wouldn't expect to see this at the scene of many actual fires. Instead, this is more or less a publicity stunt ...

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    Official: Bentley rolls out Shaheen edition Mulsanne in Dubai
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    Bentley doesn't do quite as many special editions for local markets as Rolls-Royce does, and when it does, they're usually based on the Continental range. But the new Shaheen edition which Bentley unveiled at the Dubai Motor Show is based on its flagship sedan, the Mulsanne. Named for and ...

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    Official: Jaguar C-X17 gets liquid metal finish for Dubai show [w/poll]
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    We thought the C-X17 concept looked pretty good when Jaguar unveiled it in Frankfurt a couple of months ago. But that shade of blue, while nice enough, made it look like it shared more than a similar name with the Mazda CX-7. No, what a Jaguar needs is a more luxurious paint job than electric ...

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    Official: Range Rover Sport claims record for crossing Arabia's Empty Quarter
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    The Empty Quarter of the Arabian peninsula is one of the harshest terrains on the planet. It's the second largest desert in the world, with temperatures regularly exceeding 122 degrees Fahrenheit. And that's just the landscape which Land Rover has conquered with the new Range Rover ...

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    Official: 700-hp Brabus G-Wagen latest addition to Dubai police motor pool
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    If you were responsible for law enforcement in a country with all the money and oil in the world, what would you use as your patrol car? If you answered a 700-horsepower Mercedes-Benz G-Class, you're in the same boat as Brabus, which brought just such a beast to the Dubai International Motor Show ...

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    Video: Devel Sixteen debuts in Dubai with alleged 5,000 hp and 350-mph top speed
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    This is the Devel Sixteen, and it might be the king of lofty statistics. Its Dubai-based backers are claiming it'll use a 5,000-horsepower V16 and will reach a top speed of 348 miles per hour. The sprint to 62 mph will take just 1.8 seconds. Sounds great, right? So, what's the ...

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    Official: Rolls-Royce looks to the heavens with diamond-encrusted Celestial Phantom
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    The Middle East is a vital market for Rolls-Royce, particularly in the Gulf emirates. So the British automaker wouldn't let the region's premier auto show go by unnoticed, and to that end has rolled into the Dubai Motor Show with an array of special editions. Chief among them is the Celestial ...

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    Official: Bugatti's third Legend edition Veyron pays tribute to Meo Costantini
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    Bugatti is in the midst of a six-part special series of Veyrons that pay tribute to legendary figures from its history. The first, unveiled at Pebble Beach, paid tribute to Jean-Pierre Wimille. The second arrived in Frankfurt to recall Jean Bugatti. Given the patent application we came across, we ...

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