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    Exclusive: ATS gives up on De Tomaso, moves to Canary Islands [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: ATS appears to be going through a management dispute between its two owners - one party supporting the course of action described below and the other working to stop it and keep ATS in Italy. We'll be watching to see how it develops. Those truly schooled in the history of Italian sports ...

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    Motorsports: Geely to provide engines to Formula 4
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    Formula One may get the lion's share of attention, but it's far from the only formula racing series. The FIA Formula E Championship just kicked off in China this past weekend, for example – and while FIA President Jean Todt was in town, he also announced the latest engine supplier for the ...

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    Report: Wiesmann still hoping for savior
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    The saga of Wiesmann dates back to the late 1980s when a pair of German brothers set out to make retro sports cars. The first model was built in 1993 and a steady stream of new coupes and convertibles powered by a variety of BMW engines trickled out of the factory ever since until the company ran ...

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    Official: Geely reveals new GC9 flagship sedan
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    Geely makes the bulk of its news these days resulting from its acquisition of Volvo, but the Chinese automaker has its own product line in addition to its adopted Scandinavian, and this is its new flagship. Called the GC9, Geely's new top-of-the-line sedan draws on the KC Concept it unveiled at ...

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    Official: Lada reveals new Xray, Vesta and Vesta WTCC in Moscow [w/video]
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    With the Russian market growing into one of the largest in the world, automakers from around the world descended this past weekend on the Moscow Motor Show in pursuit of a slice of that pie. But you can bet that Lada, one of Russia's biggest domestic players, wasn't going to miss out on the ...

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    Report: Wiesmann was planning cheaper MF3 Roadster before bankruptcy
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    Founded in 1988 with its first production car completed in 1993, Wiesmann based its entire business around one design. Fortunately since that design was more retro than a Mini Cooper, it aged well, but that didn't mean it wasn't outdated when the company recently folded. The latest reports coming ...

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    Official: Zenos unleashes turbocharged E10 S featuring Ford EcoBoost power
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    Colin Chapman's legacy of "adding lightness" has filtered down to many followers, from Lotus to Caterham and now to Zenos. Started by a pair of former Lotus and Caterham execs, Zenos unveiled its first model based on its innovative carbon and aluminum backbone chassis earlier this year at ...

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    Official: Morgan reveals one-off SP1 at Salon Privé in London [w/video]
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    Morgan has been around for 105 years, and still builds its cars largely the way it has from the beginning. So seeing a new Morgan debut is a bit of a rarity, but that's what we have in front of us here. Called the SP1, this coupe is the first product of Morgan's new Special Projects division. It ...

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    Official: Atalanta to unveil new Sports Tourer at upcoming London concours
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    Automakers come and automakers go. Sometimes they come and go and come back again, as in the case of revived marques like Bugatti, Mini, Maybach and ATS. And now we're about to have another one on our hands. That marque is Atalanta, which traces its routes back to 1937. It only ever offered two ...

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    Report: Noble developing M600 roadster with paddle shifters
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    Want to get your hands on a Noble? May we first compliment you on your choice, good sir or madam, because the British niche manufacturer produces some of the most direct, hardcore sports cars on the market. And that, thanks to Rossion and its Noble-derived Q1, includes the United States. But if ...

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    Video: Here's the Youabian Puma in motion
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    Want to know the low point of my trip to Monterey for last week's Car Week festivities? It wasn't the four-hour layover in Phoenix or getting stuck in the horrible traffic surrounding the event. No, it happened at the Concorso Italiano, when after strolling through the fields of gorgeous Alfa ...

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    Report: Dallara working on its own sports car project
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    If the name Dallara doesn't ring a bell, you're probably not a racing fan. Because while Dallara is, like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani, a performance automaker based in northern Italy, it focuses on racing cars and doesn't produce cars for the road. At least not under its own name, anyway. But ...

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    Report: Caparo T1 Evolution to carry $1.5M sticker price
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    If you're looking for racecar performance for the street (or at least for non-competitive track days), it doesn't get much more direct than the Caparo T1. With "only" 575 horsepower on tap, the lightweight F1-car-for-the-road will rocket to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds and grip the tarmac ...

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    Monterey: Panoz reveals 25th anniversary Esperante Spyder at McCall's
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    Panoz has kept the Esperante around for about fourteen years now, making it one of the longer-serving models on the market. But in Monterey this week, the American niche automaker is introducing a revised version of the Esperante that aims to keep it current. As we've reported twice before, the ...

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    Video: Local Motors opens up submissions for new Sportscar Platform
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    Last month we reported that Local Motors was working on a new sports car project. Now the grass-roots automaker has released this video detailing how the project will take shape. (In fact the video even features our earlier report, if you watch closely at the 32-second mark.) Rather than ...

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    Report: China's Haval readying Local Motors Rally Fighter knockoff
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    By now, it's clear that the Chinese auto industry has shown us a demonstrated will (if not necessarily the complete ability) to copy something that another automaker has made. In this case, the subject appears to be the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Believe it or not, a Chinese automaker has ...

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    Teased: Caparo packing 700 hp into new T1 Evolution
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    There are a lot of automakers that throw the term "racecar for the road" around, but few have ever taken the recipe quite as far as the Caparo T1. And now it's coming back in an even more extreme form called the T1 Evolution. Originally launched as the Freestream T1 before the project was taken ...

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    Official: Hennessey Venom F5 to gun for 290 mph with 1,400 horsepower [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: Hennessey has released official renderings and verbiage on its forthcoming Venom F5, which we've incorporated into this story. Hennessey Performance had good reason to fly the star-spangled banner with pride when it recorded a top speed of over 270 miles per hour at the Kennedy Space ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.28.14
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    First Drive: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype It's quick – 0-60 in under four seconds. It's fast – top speed is estimated at around 186 miles per hour. And, rather surprisingly considering its status as a prototype, it drives pretty darn well. With a heart of gold borrowed from the ...

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    Official: Polaris Slingshot hits the road on all three wheels [w/videos]
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    If there's one thing that the likes of Morgan and Campagna have taught us, it's that a three-wheeled roadster can be one heck of a fun ride, bringing together the best elements of a motorbike and a sports car (albeit with none of the practicality). And now they've got a new challenger on their ...

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