‘Rich Kid of Instagram’ victim of supercar arsonists

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A 19-year-old in the UK is smarting after the possibility that his prolific social media use may be at the heart of four family-owned supercars going up in flames in barely a week. Aleem Iqbal has thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram paying attention to his frequent posts about the high-priced cars he’s driving. He’s even been featured on the Tumblr page Rich Kids of Instagram. It appears that some people might not be so smitten with him, though.

According to his Twitter profile, Iqbal owns Platinum Executive Travel, a luxury car rental company in the England, and UK newspaper The Telegraph claims the company is also owned by Iqbal’s father. On June 6, cameras caught three hooded men setting fire to a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster leased by the company for a wedding. A few days later, two Audi R8 Spyders and a Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Platinum also got the torch, and two men were caught on camera setting the blaze. Nobody was hurt in either of the attacks, and the Aventador appeared to be repairable with the fire causing most damage to the passenger seat and dashboard. Police are still investigating both of the crimes.

According to The Telegraph, Iqbal believes that the arsons could have stemmed from jealousy towards him and his family’s business. Regardless, setting fire to a bunch of cars that are likely insured isn’t a great way to show displeasure.

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Translogic 152: Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

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Watch this Koenigsegg CCX hit 211 mph on a runway, outpacing McLaren’s P1

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Vmax200 in in England organizes events where those who care to show up with a supercar can run them down the two-mile runway at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. Evo attended the latest event, bringing an impressively green Lamborghini Aventador to test its girth and gaping vents against other precious metals like the McLaren P1 and F1, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Enzo, a Porsche Carrera GT and enough 911 Turbos to start a dealership. Speaking of those Porsches, nine of the top ten slots in the top speed competition are claimed by modified 911 Turbos.

A monochrome Swede ruled them all, though, a black-and-white Koenigsegg CCX setting fire to the speed trap run after run, hitting 211 miles per hour at its quickest. It was followed by, surprise, a 911 GT2 modified by 9E that did 210 mph. You can watch the EVO video below, GT Spirit has a bigger breakdown of the day, and we’ve included another vid showing the tandem launch of the CCX and McLaren F1.

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Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato could be bound for limited production

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Lamborghini has been seriously upping its production overt the years. When Audi took over in the late 1990s, the company’s production was measured in the 200-unit range. Now it’s making over 2,000 cars every year. But at the same time, Sant’Agata has been focusing on low-volume production as well, with a separate assembly line dedicated to putting together concept cars and limited editions like the Sesto Elemento and Veneno. And now it may just have another on its hands.

That would be the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, a unique coachbuilt supercar based on the Gallardo and unveiled last week at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Italy’s glamorous Lake Como. It was commissioned as a one-off custom for noted Lambo and Zagato collector Albert Spiess, but reports suggest that it could be put into limited production.

The viability of the project would likely depend on how many orders the Italians might garner for an expanded production run. Whether the project would be undertaken at Lamborghini’s special projects facility or off-site by Zagato remains to be seen, but you can bet it would fetch a pretty penny or two, despite the fact that the platform on which it’s based is now over a decade old and has since been replaced by the newer Huracán.

It wouldn’t be the first time Zagato has performed its magic for Lamborghini, from the 3500 GTZ of 1965, through to the Raptor, L147 “Super Diablo” and LM 003 Borneo of the 1990s. Take a drive down memory lane in the image gallery below.

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Lamborghini gets to work on Huracán LP610-4 Super Trofeo

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We all know the story of how Automobili Lamborghini got its start. The short of it is that Ferruccio, who had already started a successful tractor business, wanted to stick it to Enzo Ferrari, so he started making sports cars of his own. Lamborghini, however, never embraced motorsports to the same degree that Ferrari has – dabbling in Formula One engines in the early ’90s and the occasional foray into GT racing – but these days the Raging Bull marque is getting more serious about racing. It partners with Reiter Engineering to field competition versions of its road-going supercars, and organizes its own one-make series with individual championships around the world.

That’s where the new Huracán comes in. While the Ferrari Challenge has progressed from the 348 to the 355, 360, 430 and now the 458, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo has always been centered around the Gallardo. That’s because the series only kicked off in 2009, and the Gallardo had been in production since 2003. But now that the Gallardo has been replaced by the Huracán, the Squadra Corse team is hard at work on their new Super Trofeo racer.

To that end, Lamborghini has recruited racing drivers Fabio Babini and Adrian Zaugg to conduct development work on the Huracán LP 610-4 Super Trofeo. Babini is a GT racing veteran who took a class win at Le Mans in 2001, while Zaugg came up the formula racing ladder, competing on A1GP and GP2 before signing on as a Lamborghini factory driver.

They car they’ll be working on will be a stripped-out, track-tuned racing version of the new Huracán, retaining its 5.2-liter V10 to drive the same 602 horsepower to all four wheels. It could ditch the heavy dual-clutch gearbox in favor of a lighter, more hardcore sequential gearbox, and will likely pack a tighter, lower suspension, upgraded brakes, more extreme aero and other competition-spec goodies. The resulting racer will serve as the backbone for individual championships in Europe, Asia and North America. In the meantime, Lambo has taken the Huracán to the track for the Lamborghini Accademia, pictured above.

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The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 takes to the track with Lamborghini Accademia 2014

After its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and having garnered more than 1500 orders from all over the world, the new supercar from the House of the Raging Bull is playing the starring role in Lamborghini Accademia 2014, which takes to the grid on 2 June in Imola.

Lamborghini Accademia is holding its first 2014 session on June 2 to 4 at Imola Racetrack. The lead role is awarded to the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, the new luxury super sports car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The Lamborghini Accademia program, by Lamborghini Squadra Corse, provides Lamborghini customers with intensive driving courses on the track, so they can take their first steps into the world of motor racing. “Learning by doing is best” is the philosophy behind the Accademia, which offers two programs – one intensive and one advanced – with a team of professional instructors who have extensive experience in the racing world.

The Accademia provides the remarkable opportunity to fully experience the potential of Lamborghini super sports cars on both track and ice (Winter Accademia). It’s a captivating combination of high performance vehicles on some of the world’s legendary race tracks.

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Automobili Lamborghini appoints Fabio Babini and Adrian Zaugg as Squadra Corse test drivers, and announces the selected drivers to Young Drivers Program

Lamborghini Squadra Corse has announced Fabio Babini and Adrian Zaugg as test drivers to develop the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Super Trofeo race car, to be adopted in the three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series (Europe, Asia, North America).

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Ken Block and friends race light in silly-beautiful Castrol commercial

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How does one make fast, loud, drifting cars better? Well, you can add more fast, loud, drifting cars or you can add lasers. Either or, really. In this case, Castrol did the right thing and added both, creating a highly stylized commercial for its Edge Titanium motor oil starring South African racer Adrian Zaugg, BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, Audi DTM and Le Mans staple Mike Rockenfeller and some bloke named Ken Block.

Their cars? No surprise, but Block is in his Ford Fiesta GRC, while Zaugg samples a Lamborghini Aventador and Farfus and Rockenfeller drive along party lines, with a BMW M4 and an Audi R8, respectively. And those cars look good, too, thanks to the creative light and laser work on display.

Take a look below for the video from Castrol.

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Lamborghini donates Huracán to Italian police

Lamborghini hands over the new ‘Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia’ to the Italian State Police

Sant’Agata Bolognese/Rome, May 22, 2014 — Today Lamborghini donated the police version of its newest super sports car, the Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia.

Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, handed over the car to the head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, in a ceremony in Rome at the ”Museo delle Auto Storiche della Polizia di Stato”.

The new Huracán LP 610-4, which replaces the Gallardos used by the Italian police force since 2004 and 2008, features a 5.2 l V10 engine with 610 hp, and reaches a top speed over 202 mph. The new Lamborghini Huracán police car will begin service within the end of this year in order to sustain security on Italian roads by continuing accident and crime prevention.

“We have a strong and fitting relationship with the Italian State Police. The new Lamborghini Huracán stands for Italian super sports car excellence and we are proud to provide it to the Italian State Police to carry out the specialist tasks these police cars undertake,” said Stephan Winkelmann.

“Today is an important day, since two Italian excellences meet and strengthen their relationship which started in 2004 with the handing over of the Lamborghini Gallardo to the Italian State Police. In the last ten years, the Italian State Police used the car for prevention purposes and in order to enhance street security,” said the Head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Alessandro Pansa.

Proof of outstanding reliability
Its predecessor is proof of Lamborghini’s outstanding product quality. Since 2004, Rome’s police force has operated the first-generation Gallardo in regular police service, with a further Gallardo run by Bologna’s police since 2005. Both were replaced in 2008 by second generation Gallardo models. In the hands of the Rome police the sports car clocked more than 140.000 km up until 2008, and more than 110.000 km between 2009 and 2014 during patrol duty on central and southern Italian motorways, as well as on emergency medical transport detail. Aside from regular servicing, neither of the super sports cars has required major repairs.

In addition to the clearly effective deterrent offered by the presence and visibility of a Lamborghini on the highway, the equipment on board these vehicles makes them highly effective in the control of hazardous driving behaviour (high speeds, driving in the emergency lane, dangerous over-taking); technologies include automatic number plate recognition and tracking, and real-time transmission of images to the control rooms.

Trouble-free everyday operation and the exceptional safety of the Huracán LP 610-4 comes from its permanent all-wheel drive and refined new hybrid chassis made from aluminium and carbon fibre, which maintains stability even at the highest speeds.

High-tech video system with real-time retrieval
The Lamborghini wears its uniform with pride, painted in accordance with requirements in “blu Polizia” and with the white stripes and lettering following the Huracán’s dynamic design language.

The cabin of the super sports car is fitted with the latest advancements in police technology to immediately document evidence of any transgression. The video system is positioned in the center of the cabin with a camera fitted next to the rear view mirror, and a computer and recording equipment behind the seats. As soon as police officers are alerted to a suspicious driver, they activate the “Proof Video Data System.” With the help of GPS data, the device can calculate the location, direction of movement and speed of the Lamborghini. This, combined with the distance and time before intercept, accurately determines the speed of the vehicle being pursued.

Using radio data transmission, the video system in the Huracán Polizia transfers its images in real time to the relevant police station. There, the videos are stored and used for automatic number plate retrieval. This information can be used for immediate identification of stolen vehicles.

The classic array of police equipment on board too
In addition to its high tech equipment, the Huracán is also fitted with the “classic” array of police equipment, such as a gun holster, police radio equipment and the ”Paletta”: the traditional hand-held stop sign used to advise motorists and traffic offenders to pull over. Officers can then use a removable screen to show offenders their misdeeds immediately, complete with an overlay
of all the associated data.

Rapid response in medical emergencies
The Lamborghini is used regularly for urgent medical transportation, too. The luggage compartment in the front of the vehicle is equipped with a specialized refrigeration system for safe transportation of donor organs. For extreme emergencies, there is also a life-saving defibrillator.

Even the blue light is designed for speed
The police beacon on the roof of the Huracán had to be aerodynamically optimized as the new police car reaches a considerably higher top speed than regular service vehicles. With the extremely flat
construction of the signal lighting, blue LEDs are fitted around the base to ensure the visual signal cannot be missed. The roof-mounted lighting is supported by further white LED signals on the front, sides and rear of the light’s aluminium shell. A total of four sirens integrated into the front and rear of the Huracán generate unmistakable audible warning signals.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which has made its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the successor to the iconic Gallardo and redefines the luxury super sports car driving experience with its innovative technology and outstanding performance. The Aventador LP 700-4, in Coupé and Roadster offerings, represents the reference point in the world of V12-powered, luxury super sports cars. With 129 dealerships worldwide, in little more than half a century Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of extraordinary, exclusive cars that include the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, and several limited series like the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, the Egoista and the Veneno Roadster, have been created to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary year in 2013.

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Egoista concept comes home to Lamborghini Museum

The Lamborghini Egoista: Now on Permanent Display at Lamborghini Museum

Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, 16 May 2014 – The prestigious collection in the Lamborghini Museum is now the home of another automotive gem – the Lamborghini Egoista, the supercar developed by Walter De Silva, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, as a tribute to the House of The Raging Bull’s 50th anniversary, which was celebrated last year.

This futuristic single-seater is the only one of its kind in the world. Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that churns out 600 horsepower, it takes the attributes that are in the DNA of every Lamborghini to the next, extreme level. The look is sharply distinguished by a muscular structure with alternating open and solid areas, and the profile suggests the stylized silhouette of a bull about to charge – the iconic hallmark of the Lamborghini logo. The car’s aeronautical flair can clearly be seen in the headlight system, The aeronautical inspiration is also evident in the body made of lightweight materials (carbon fiber and aluminum) with stealth capabilities, in the anti-glare windows with an orange hue, in the cockpit conceived as a removable appendage which allows the driver to be insulated and protected from external elements, and in the head-up display. Because of this latter feature, in order to leave the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and leave it on the dashboard, open the dome by actuating an electronic control and climb out of the cockpit with a specific series of movements, as required in fighter jet aircrafts.

Described by Walter De Silva as the embodiment of pure emotion and extreme hedonism, the Egoista was unveiled on May 11, 2013 before an audience of more than one thousand invited guests at the Gala Dinner that brought the 50th Anniversary Grand Tour to a close.

Exactly one year after it was introduced, the Lamborghini Egoista has returned to its home in Sant’Agata Bolognese. It will now be permanently displayed at Lamborghini headquarters – at first in the showroom, and then in the Museum.

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