2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo

This is the latest Lambo, and it has a long name: 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo. It’s a name that reminds me of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but that doesn’t, as a matter of fact, have anything at all to do with Mary Poppins. What the Super Trofeo does have is a bent for racing, and, says Lamborghini, a 120 percent improvement in aerodynamics over its predecessor. That all comes from an R&D team reworking the body and adding adjustable aerodynamic devices such as its 10-position rear wing. The Super Trofeo also benefits from improved brake ducting, which the company says increases front brake cooling by 50 percent. Not too shabby. Basically, this angular beast is scientifically formulated to go really fucking fast without coming off the road. Are you ready (and do you have the money)? Read more
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Hyundai creates 400-HP Veloster Turbo Velocity concept for SEMA

  Hyundai has already released renderings of its Cosworth-tuned Genesis Coupe that will be on display at the2012 SEMA Show, and with the show just a couple more weeks away, Hyundai is now teasing a souped-upVeloster headed to Las Vegas. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo Velocity concept was designed at Hyundai’s America Technical Center in Irvine, CA to be a street car that is also trackable. To start, Hyundai had the Veloster Turbo’s stock engine sent off to Cosworth for new internal components, turbocharger, intercooler, intake manifold and engine controller, and it was finished off with a custom exhaust system. The result gives the Velocity concept more than 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet. To handle the track, Hyundai also upgraded the car’s suspension and brakes. SEMA concepts are known for their flashy, over-the-top designs, and the Velocity will not disappoint with its wide body kit, a massive rear wing and a white-painted roof that gives the car a custom chopped look. Intending to prove this concept is ready for the track, the Velocity also comes with a full roll bar, data acquisition hardware and racing harnesses. We’ll have live images of the Veloster Turbo Velocity concept for you in a couple weeks, but until then, Hyundai has included a press release and a quick video of its SEMA-bound concept that we’ve posted below Read more
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Chevrolet Volt battery maker A123 goes bankrupt

A123 Systems, the Bay State battery maker that received millions in government grants, has filed for bankruptcy. The Waltham-based company sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today after failing to make a debt payment that was due yesterday. A123 Systems listed about $460 million in assets and $376 million in debt in the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. “The company may not have sufficient cash to fund operations,” the company warned in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A123 Systems — which makes high-tech batteries for electric cars with technology developed at MIT — received nearly $250 million in federal grants to build a factory in Livonia, Mich., with the promise to create some 38,000 U.S. jobs. The company also received a $5 million loan from the Patrick administration to expand in Massachusetts. Read more
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