It's not one of the most beautiful designs in the automotive world, but the Nissan 350Z (made from 2002 through 2008 in coupe guise) is arguably one of the better looking and perhaps more importantly, distinctly styled sports cars of our times, which kind of makes you wonder why anyone would proceed with the changes you see in the example pictured above.
Only the rare Lamborghini Reventon Roadster and the 1,200PS (1,180bhp) Bugatti Veyron Super Sport meeting up on the road are a good enough reason for gearheads to celebrate, but in this video clip recorded close to the East Midlands Airport in England, you will discover a few more rarities from the world of superfast cars.
Besides a couple more Lamborghinis, including a Murcielago, there's also a Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG DTM Coupe and a TVR Sagaris – and they're all travelling together on public roads at speeds we assume aren't exactly legal…
It's one of the most exclusive exotic supercars in the world, with Lamborghini having built only 21 coupe models of the Reventon, keeping one of those cars for itself to display at its museum, and 15 roadster versions, only three of which are right-hand drive (RHD).
For their first video, the gearheads over at The BHP Project had the unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of the RHD Reventon Roadsters and shared the experience with us.
Much like Wang Jian, a 28-year old Chinese mechanic that built a Lamborghini Reventon replica from scrap metal and used car parts, Alexander, a 30-year-old car buff from the Ukrainian city of Odessa, had a dream and that was to create a clone of the Italian supercar.
The Ukrainian, however, followed a different path as he decided to base the Reventon on his very own 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe (third generation) that he had acquired back in 2008.
Most Lamborghini supercars in a drivable condition are out of reach for most people, even more so if we are talking about one of the most expensive models to come out from Sant'agata, the $2 million Reventon.
Being the son of a humble farmer from a rural area of China's eastern Jiangsu province, doesn’t help either, but when a man has a dream, nothing can stop him, which is the case for Wang Jian.
The 28-year old mechanic built himself a replica of a Lamborghini Reventon using whatever parts and materials he could get his hands on.
If bumping into one of the 20 Lamborghini Reventon Roadsters in existence sounds like a one in a million chance, we wonder what the odds are for someone to stumble upon the stealthy open top model together with the one-off Aventador J Unica speedster…
Unless one of the 20 owners of the real $2 million Lamborghini Reventon had a change of heart regarding the Italian exotic's mid opaque grey color, something we humorously doubt, this is a replica based on an unknown donor car.
Nevertheless, it was special enough for one camera phone equipped by-stander to waste 11 seconds to film it passing by. Feel free to do the same by watching the video right after the jump.
No question, the Lamborghini Reventon is one of the most impressive looking Lamborghini models ever to cross the gates of the Italian company's Sant'Agata Bolognese facilities.
It is also one of the rarest and the most expensive car ever made by Lamborghini as the company built only 20 examples of the coupe priced at €1 million (about US$1.3 million at today's exchange rates) a piece during a two year production run from 2009 to 2010.
However, as with anything else that is rare and carries a lot of value in this world, the Reventon has fallen victim to counterfeiters - or so to speak.
Joining a long list of unknown companies with no prior experience that wish to enter the supercar building industry is firm called Arrinera Automotive. from Poland.
Last month, Arrinera showed the first prototype of its newly created sports car during a local presentation. Now the Polish firm has released some fresh photos as well as video footage of the prototype model on the road, which you can check out in detail after the jump.
It has been three years since we first told you about a new supercar venture from Poland (see here). Many had expressed doubts as to whether the newly formed company, then named Veno Automotive, could pull it off and create the country’s first supercar model. Fast forward to today, and the Polish company, which is now called Arrinera Automotive, presented the first real-life prototype of its yet to be named supercar model.
While to a lesser degree than what the original sketches from 2008 implied, the prototype Arrinera features an edgy styling and certain details like the shape of the headlamps and front air vents that are all very similar to Lamborghini’s Murcielago / Reventon series.
There's no doubt that the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is the worst kept secret of the 81st Geneva International Motor Show. In addition to a bevy of studio shots that were leaked online in the past few days, we now have live shots of the Murcielago's replacement from Geneva, courtesy of the folks over at Autogespot.
"We have just received from a friend a few exclusive photos of the new LP700-4. It is the Grigio Estoque colorded Aventador that will be shown on the press day on the 1st of March," Emil from Autogespot told us. And well, there you have it: the new Aventador. We'll have all the juicy details in a couple of days when Lamborghini officially debuts its new flagship model at the Geneva show, but scroll down for the condensed version.
We've seen more leaks on the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 than on a rusty pipe of late, so we're hardly surprised that a new set of images surfaced online today. The three fresh pictures show the Raging Bull's engine bay with the brand-new 700-horsepower 6.5-liter V12 unit, the supercar's interior and the sculptured fuel cap. Unless someone spills the beans later today or during the weekend, you'll have to wait until Monday for the full reveal at the Geneva Motor Show.
The farce of the "leaked" Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 photos continues to play on. Following the appearance of a scanned image from the Croatian edition of Evo Magazine on Wednesday, earlier today Jalopnik released a single photo only to be snarked back by Autoblog that posted a higher resolution version claiming that it knew where the photo came from but was sworn to
In the third -but certainly not final- act of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 play, Jalopnik has published two more pictures, luckily for our browsers, on its Facebook page. You can check the trio of photos by clicking this link that will forward you directly to the Facebook gallery.
Pictures of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 are floating right and left lately, with the most recent one coming from Jalopnik. The new photo reveals the Italian supercar's profile that brings to mind both the Murcielago and the edgier-shaped Reventon. If you're wondering about how the rest of the car looks like, you might have to wait until its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, however, given the way things are going, we wouldn't be surprised if we got an early unveil within the next couple of days. In the meantime, follow the break to check out the complete gallery of photos that we have of the V12-powered Lambo.
German sportscar tuner, JB Car Design has upped the ante on the Lamborghini Murciélago with its new Bat LP 640 performance and styling package that will cost buyers a little over €88,000 [for the full tune] or about the same as a brand new 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera in Germany.
This here is the Lamborghini Cnossus, a design study for a supercar concept named after the ancient Greek city of Cnossus (Knossus) on the island of Crete. The eye-catching Cnossus was designed by Russian student Victor Filipchenko with the help of his Portuguese colleague Nelson Simoes as part of their final thesis project at Italy's Scuola Politecnica di Design.
The designers claim to have been inspired by the Lamborghini Countach, though it is evident that the edgy styling of the limited production Reventon special also played a role in the design of the Cnossus Concept. You can check out the rest of the pictures and share your thoughts on the design of the Lamborghini concept in the comments sections right after the jump.
If you're searching for an answer to the question what to do when you own a Lamborghini Gallardo but want the style of the limited run Reventon model, you may want to take a look at these aero part offerings from German tuning firm CDC-International.
Even though the similarities are far less obvious than the tuner would like us to believe, nevertheless, the newly styled protruding front bumper and 'busy' side skirts offer the Gallardo what we'd describe as a more Reventon-ish look.
Those of you that answered "Mazda RX-8" in our mystery car quiz are indeed correct and you may pat yourselves on the back. This uniquely modified Mazda RX-8 is owned by a Carscoop reader from Singapore who goes by the nickname "Shawnz".
His goal is to create a one-of-a-kind Mazda RX-8 Coupe (yes, the stock model's rear-hinged suicide doors are gone) with inspiration coming predominantly from two Lamborghini models, the limited production Reventon and the conceptual Estoque sports saloon.
Shawnz will send more photos and details over our way as the development progresses, but for now, you can follow the jump to read his story and check out the full gallery.
PS: Our friend from Singapore is working his way through school, so as you can imagine, it's not easy to keep up with the expenses involved in such a project.
That said, Shawnz would appreciate any kind of support or sponsoring from companies engaged in the tuning industry. If you're willing to help out, send us an email and we'll bring you in direct contact with Shawnz.
The Story as told to us by 'Shawnz':
My goal is to create a completely unique RX-8 Coupe with a sleek design that will stand out from the crowd.
The company associated with the project is called J's Artworks. They initially turned me down when I could not settle with their asking price but the company's boss liked my idea and so we finally agreed on a fair amount.
Starting with the side skirts, I did not like the usual aftermarkets parts that were readily available. In most cases, side skirts simply make the car look lower without adding to the design of the car.
I really liked the Lamborghini Reventon's side skirts so I decided that was the way to go.
Next up the front bumpers that were a real challenge. For the RX-8, I found the Nakamura Racing Factory front bumpers truly eye-catching. So from there on, took some styling cues from other Lamborghini models and voila!!!
The rear-end of the car was a big question mark. There was no design to my liking. However, after going through all sorts of supercar exotics and hot rods for ideas, I came up with something I liked. The back won't be finished until September 2010. It is to surprise the public at the upcoming Super Import Nights here in Singapore.
So with the Lamborghini Reventon-style skirts, J's Artworks suggested that I widen the body. That did not sit very well with me because I still wanted the use the car on the race track.
I wanted the car not only to look good, but also to be reliable. Lots of planning, trials and errors, and setbacks were encountered along the way. First of all, I wanted to make sure that the FRP, putty, etc used was the right amount so that no unnecessary weight would be added.
Second, I didn't want to make the body too wide so I could still be able to use my own 245/35 R19 tires. However, we did have to use spacers at the back. And that took quite a bit of time to find a suitable pcm so that I could use the thinnest spacer required. We ended up using a pcm from a BMW.
Due to the known heat issues with the RX-8, we had to be careful with the bonnet. I really wanted to go with a vented hood, but having the sleek design in mind, I decided to create an inverted vented bonnet. The heat will escape through an opening we created at the back of the hood.
The large vents on the front bumper also help by directing plenty of air to the oil coolers and engine bay.
Color wise, the obvious choice was to go black. But the boss at J's Artwork told me that with this finish, the sharp lines and contours of the car would not stand out therefore defeating the purpose.
Going glossy was a no no. Matte was the answer. Since I could not get glossy black, and yet wanted it to look cool and stealthy, I chose the F-22 color.
Something grayish and dark but not too much. The Reventon looked similar and I found out that it had a pinch of special green in it. So we ended up using this combo.
I think that's about it. Interior wise, I have no plans yet except to have lightweight materials installed.
We'll give you a couple of hints to help you out with the answer to our question: it's not a supercar of any sorts and the transformation to something that's clearly inspired by the design of certain Lamborghinis such as the Reventon and Estoque Concept, involves, among other things, the alteration of the donor vehicle's body style.
Follow the jump to check out the rest of the pictures that were sent to us by the owner of the vehicle and to give your answers in the comment section. And of course, stay tuned for a follow up post with details and more photos on the ongoing project.
This Reventon is said to be car number 3 of the 20 that Sant' Agata churned out, and just one of ten that came to the U.S.
The 650HP Italian rocket that's capable of speeds in excess of 340km/h or 211mph has clocked a mere 78 miles on the odo since it arrived in the States in 2008 and only 5 miles since it changed hands for the second time in September of last year!
True, the Reventon is a one-of-a-kind supercar / collectible and its owners should be extremely cautious when it comes to using the vehicle, but being a car guy and all, I can't help but think that's it's a real shame that most of these cars will never be driven as they were meant...