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    Motorsports: Man commits suicide at NASCAR's NRA 500 race in TX
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    A suicide during this weekend's NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway will likely only add to the controversy behind the National Rifle Association's title sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Kirk Franklin, 42, of Saginaw, TX, shot and killed himself in the infield of the track during late ...

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    TAS 2010: Toyota MR2 Sports Hybrid concept packing 400-hp 3.3-liter V6, AWD [w/video]
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    Toyota MR2 Sports Hybrid Concept – Click above for image gallery
    Back in November, the rumormill was set ablaze when reports began to surface that Toyota was working on a new MR2 packing hybrid power. Today, those rumors have been laid to rest... kinda. In addition to the G Sport Series ...

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    VIDEO: Dutch auto journo says Lexus LF-A is the best car he's ever driven
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    Dutch auto journo Thomas Bangma giving his opinion on the Lexus LF-A -- Click above to view the video after the jump
    The man you see above is Thomas Bangma. Described as a Dutch automotive journalist, and noted on his LinkedIn page as an "Independent Automotive Professional," we can't find much ...

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    Quick Spin: Superformance GT40 MkI is vehicular sashimi, raw and delicious
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    Superformance GT40 MkI – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As much as we enjoy piloting modern machinery, there's something special about vintage vehicles, and that something is the pure, unvarnished connection between man and machine. But it's not always good. Things get dicey when ...

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    REPORT: Production lines halted at MG's Longbridge plant. This is not a repeat from 2005.
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    It is a travesty that the initials "MG" are coming to be a convenient epithet for the term "woe." The British sportscar maker has had an exceedingly trying history recently, and things haven't got any better with word that its owner, MG Motor UK Ltd. (which is really Nanjing Automobile ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Melkus RS2000 provides thrills with history for big money
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    Melkus RS2000 -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    Three years ago Melkus, the historic, East German race car builder, released renderings of a gullwing sports car they wanted to have ready in 2009. It always makes us happy to see the passionate guy make big plans and then get them ...

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    Everything you wanted to know about the Mercedes SLS AMG
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    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the microsite for the SLS AMG called "From the Ground Up," and it has all the information you need on gullwinged retro rocket from the space from to components to the magnesium backrests in the seats. At the end of it all, there's a visualizer so you can start ...

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    Ferrari 458 Italia spotted in the flesh
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    A lightly-camo'ed Ferrari 458 Italia has been caught napping by the roadside, and from the looks of it, Ferrari doesn't appear to have pulled any tricks with its renderings: the car's a dead ringer for what was presented last week, right down to the seriously extended mirror stalks and that ...

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    Dealer accidently unveils Audi R8 Spyder in classified ad?
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    Stafford Audi, a U.K. Audi dealer, placed an advertisement on the popular website Pistonheads for the forthcoming R8 Spider. For a picture of the car, they used an uncamouflaged picture of an R8 Spider from the Iron Man sequel, as you can see from the California license plate that reads "Stark." ...

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    Is Ferrari turning the 599 GTB into the 600 GTB? No.
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    An Italian site perusing Ferrari's online media outlet found the screen you see above. At the end of the list of La gamma attuale -- the current range -- is a box captioned "600 GTB" accompanied by a "Coming soon" image. The picture next to the "600 GTB" is a placemarker of Luca di Montezemolo ...

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    Next Honda NSX could be dubbed "Super Hybrid Sports"
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    Even though it's been going on for more than two years now, the tale of the Acura NSX is like a news story that just broke: you have to keep checking back for details, and each subsequent update could turn the whole story on its head. The V10 NSX that was going to own the sports car gods on Mt. ...

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    Second That Emotion: Toyobaru re-confirmed for Tokyo Motor Show?
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    As recently as February, the Toyota/Subaru sports car was declared dead, a week later it was back on, a few weeks after that there were rumblings that it would be at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. Japan's Best Car magazine is apparently reporting that the little car will definitely be revealed in ...

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    Jaguar officially announces XKR Goodwood Special... in lime green
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    2010 Jaguar XKR Goodwood Special -- Click above to enlarge
    In a press release announcing the cars it would be taking to this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar's own Mike Cross has officially confirmed the coming of the Jaguar XKR Goodwood Special. We noted before that it would be louder ...

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    Jaguar to make a roaring lion? XKR Goodwood Special mooted
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    The details haven't been disbursed yet, but one of Jaguar's chief engineers has reportedly spilled the beans on a special XKR to be shown at Goodwood. Called, fittingly, the XKR Goodwood Special, it will get more power than the standard XKR's (shown above) 500 horses, and more audible snarl than ...

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    Don't Tread On Me: U.K. church angers some by offering Wimbledon parking in cemetery
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    Every year during Wimbledon, St. Mary's Church offers parking to fans attending the tennis tournament. Normally, the church opens an adjacent field for car parking, but this year St. Mary's allowed tourney visitors to park their cars in the oldest portion of its cemetery -- on top of actual graves ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi R8 Spyder
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    Audi is testing its forthcoming R8 Spyder, and the car is wearing what appears to be a completely stowable roof, not the targa-style top that has been suggested as a possibility. Yet disappearing along with the roof could also be your view of the engine. The droptop in the spy photos and in Audi's ...

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    Spy Shots: This is your Aston Martin Rapide
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    A Car magazine reader has photographed the Aston Martin Rapide looking like it could have come off a dealer lot. The snapper also peeped the inside, which he said has a full-length console a la the Mercedes CLS to create four distinct seating positions. Aston has, however, said that those rear ...

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    REPORT: Australia's Joss supercar on its way with dreams of Le Mans in its eyes
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    In 67 days, the Joss supercar will be revealed. The brainchild of Matt Thomas, an aerodynamicist with the short-lived Stewart F1 team, the car has been wholly designed and engineered in Australia. The details revealed so far might not make one immediately think "super" status applies since the car ...

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    Rumormill: More details leak out about new Ferrari F450
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    We know that Ferrari is working on turbochargers and all-wheel-drive hybrids, and the hybrid portion of that equation could show up as soon as this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. If so, Autocar supposes the car in question will be the new Ferrari F450. As Jaguar has reportedly planned with the XE, ...

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    Rumormill: 2012 Jaguar sports car to get Volt-like extended-range hybrid tech?
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    Ratan Tata, Jaguar's owner, knows that the future of the company rests on "shiny and new" products. That's why the XE roadster was reportedly moved to the front of the line and given a 2011 release date. If the soothsayers at Motor Trend are correct, Tata also understands that cleaner engines are ...

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